The experience began with a road trip north from Calgary along the Icefields Parkway before breaking west to Valemount, B.C., one and a half hours from Jasper. From there, a helicopter carried me and the other members of the group up to Canadian Mountain Holidays’ Cariboos Lodge, which is perched high in the Cariboos, a subrange of the Columbia Mountains within sight of the North Canoe glacier and other glaciers.
The helicopter returned several times over the course of this high-altitude stay to transport us and our team of expert guides to a variety of terrains, from glaciers to rocky mountain tops, waterfalls and other jaw-dropping views. At the end of each day we enjoyed the laid-back comfort and superb staff service of the cosy lodge.
For the trip, Nikon Canada equipped me with the new D850, their latest full-frame camera body, as well as a selection of lenses: the AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR, AF-S Nikkor 80-400 f4.5/5.6G ED VR, and the AF-S 14-24 F2.8 G ED.
This was an ideal kit for a trip of this kind. It was neither small nor light, but adventure shoots like this call for powerful cameras and great flexibility.
The new D850 sensor resolution of almost 46 megapixels and extremely low ISO capability (64 ISO) provides excellent detail and dynamic range — ideal for zooming-in and editing in post-production.
Overall performance and the resulting image quality are brilliant, and the D850 boasts all of the features you would hope to see (and more) in Nikon’s newest pro-level DSLR.
In my opinion, this is one of the most innovative products Nikon has launched in the past few years. If you can give it a try, you won’t be disappointed.
A few of the best new features:
153 focus points — great for sports and wildlife shooters
Effective low-light capture with autofocus down to -4 EV
Up to 7 FPS at 45.7 MP
Nikon’s highest magnification optical viewfinder ever, 0.75x
16:9 4K Ultra HD movie quality
In Live View mode, the D850 captures stills without producing sound or mechanical vibration — ideal when you don’t want to disturb your subject or be noticed
Check out a few more of my images, and the settings I used to capture them, below:
Dimensions: 146 mm x 124 mm x 78.5 mm
Weight: 915 g (camera body only)
Resolution (megapixels): 45.7
Sensor size: 35.9 mm x 23.9 mm
Shutter: 1/8000-30 sec
AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED
Dimensions (diameter x length): 98 mm x 131.5 mm
Weight: 1,000 g
Maximum angle of view (FX-format): 114°
Minimum angle of view (FX-format): 84°
AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR
Dimensions (diameter x length): 84 mm x 103 mm
Weight: 710 g
Maximum angle of view (FX-format): 84°
Minimum angle of view (FX-format): 20°30’
AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR
Dimensions (diameter x length): 95.5 mm x 203 mm
Weight: 1,570 g
Maximum angle of view (FX-format): 30°10’
Minimum angle of view (FX-format): 6°10’