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Nikon D500
Chuck Steenburgh, Photographer
Lexington | VA | USA | Posted: 2:19 PM on 01.07.16
->> I thought about crashing the D5 thread, but...let's keep us "slummers" in a separate thread.

FINALLY this is the mythical 'D400' many shooters have been waiting for. A sub-$2,000 (barely), weather-sealed, high frame rate DSLR for a solid backup or a primary body for those of us for whom a $6000+ flagship is too much camera.

I ordered mine already. Not crazy about the XQD slot, especially with the allegedly huge (200 RAW) buffer this thing has. Like that it has anti-flicker (although I"m not certain how well this works in practice; any feedback, D4s owners?). 20MP is more than enough. AF system looks enticing. 10 fps is great.

I was just about ready to have my Sigma 120-300/f2.8 converted to Sony E mount for my a6000 but if the D500 delivers I'll sell my Sony kit (I still have a D750 that I use for the bulk of my photography but it will be nice to return to a single system).
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Tim Hynds, Photo Editor, Photographer
Sioux City | IA | USA | Posted: 1:44 PM on 01.08.16
->> Chuck -

Anti-flicker works well in the D750. Not perfect, but far more usable frames under flickering high school football lights.
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Geoff Miller, Photographer
Portage | MI | USA | Posted: 3:01 PM on 01.08.16
->> I'm going to withhold judgement until I can see examples of how the sensor does in low-light. This seems like it might be a very interesting beast that could breath some life into the DX format... but we'll see if the results match up with the press releases.
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Scott Serio, Photo Editor, Photographer
Colora | MD | USA | Posted: 4:20 PM on 01.08.16
->> All I know is a DX camera, that is 10fps, that is 20mp, that can handle 8000-12800 ISO range well...would be a great basketball solution for down court. In most cases a 200 is too loose and a 300 can be an issue for a scramble for the ball. Having an effective 105-300/2.8 would be awesome.
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 1:24 AM on 01.25.16
->> 4k video has my attention.
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 1:26 AM on 01.25.16
->> Can't wait to try the D500 on the new Nikkor 200-500 zoom!
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Geoff Miller, Photographer
Portage | MI | USA | Posted: 2:20 PM on 01.27.16
->> Nikon has announced that it will hold launch events for the D5/D500 at a large number of locations next month: http://www.nikonusa.com/en/learn-and-explore/events/d5-d500/index.page
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Gary Jones, Photographer
Rocklin | CA | United States | Posted: 12:11 AM on 03.27.16
->> Really looking forward to the first D500 images. I was going to look for a used D4s but if the D500 can beat the D4s at ISO 6400-10K I'm definitely sold on it. Coming from a D3s, using the 200-400 for outdoor and 200 f/2.0 indoors and Friday night football it should give much better range. I can use my wide angle lenses with the D3s. Wondering about shutter life/durability/water resistance/overall ruggedness. Don't see shutter rating on the Nikon site for the D500.

Gary
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Chuck Steenburgh, Photographer
Lexington | VA | USA | Posted: 7:27 AM on 03.27.16
->> Tim, I never even realized the anti-flicker in the D750 worked on still images. It's not bad but the tri-phase lighting color shift is still there, if somewhat restrained. Hopefully it's been improved.

If they're following the example of the D300/D300s, it should be a pretty sturdy body. I'm betting a shutter life of 150k-200k cycles.
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Brad Barr, Photographer
Port St. Lucie | FL | USA | Posted: 11:00 AM on 04.07.16
->> Amazon and other say 4/21 for release date. Hopefully quicker for nps members? Not sure expecting this to beat the d4s in iso performance is realistic...but if its even close, I'll be thrilled to pieces actually. Anything on the long end benefits greatly from dx....
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Geoff Miller, Photographer
Portage | MI | USA | Posted: 11:01 AM on 04.21.16
->> Nikon started shipping D500 units to US dealers a couple of days ago week. I just got a call that mine is in the local store.
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Doug Holleman, Photographer
Belton | TX | USA | Posted: 1:28 PM on 04.21.16
->> I think I waited a few days too long to get in my NPS priority application, unfortunately. Could be months before I ever get one.

It's amazing that Nikon was completely tone deaf for the demand for this camera for so long and still could not anticipate the overwhelming demand for it.
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Geoff Miller, Photographer
Portage | MI | USA | Posted: 1:54 PM on 04.21.16
->> I just picked mine up on my lunch hour after getting a call from my local dealer this morning. Ironically, I stopped in the shop late yesterday, and they reported that they hadn't yet gotten any shipping notifications from Nikon. They also told me at that time that it was likely that NPS pre-orders would actually show up a day or two after their mass shipment as NPS normally has to pull inventory from the warehouse and then label it for each NPS member and it then gets shipped by NPS separately instead of from the warehouse.

I forgot to ask how many units they got in their shipment, but they did say that they were all spoken for.

I pre-ordered mine on Feb-18.
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Brad Barr, Photographer
Port St. Lucie | FL | USA | Posted: 8:44 PM on 04.21.16
->> got mine today. So far...its exactly what they said it was. Second one gets here tomorrow. Will put em thru their paces this weekend. So far I'm impressed.
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Doug Holleman, Photographer
Belton | TX | USA | Posted: 12:38 AM on 05.05.16
->> I wish Nikon would decide on one layout for the controls and stick with it and stop moving shit around. Otherwise, I'm diggin' it.
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Debra L Rothenberg, Photographer
New York | NY | USA | Posted: 1:49 AM on 05.05.16
->> I wish Nikon would have voice recorders on all their cameras!
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Doug Holleman, Photographer
Belton | TX | USA | Posted: 2:54 AM on 05.05.16
->> Here's a question: Does anyone EVER use the thumbnail mode on the LCD display? Is there any reason whatsoever for it to exist in real world applications? I wish there were some way to disable thumbnails on the LCD and make full screen the smallest image, especially if they're going to move the + and - magnification buttons causing one to hit the - button when he wants to enlarge the LCD image.
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Jon Cunningham, Photographer
Lisle | IL | USA | Posted: 7:50 PM on 05.09.16
->> I second what Debra said. No voice memo would be a deal breaker for me. The first camera in this Nikon line, the D100, had voice memo in the add on battery grip. Why they didn't continue that system with the D200 and beyond is a mystery. It's such a valuable tool for sports and PJ. I would sooner by a used low mileage former flagship model that has voice memo, than I would buy the latest and greatest second tier camera without voice memo.
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Doug Pizac, Photographer
Sandy | UT | USA | Posted: 11:38 PM on 05.09.16
->> Jon and Debra...

Think about it. If voice recording were on all cameras then that would reduce the value and incentive of buying the top of the line D4/D4S and D5 bodies.

Personally, I'm happy giving up voice memo and 10+ FPS for the D810 that gives me twice the resolution of the D4S and 80% more of the D5 for half the price. When strobing basketball games and other events all cameras are set on single frame where you count off three seconds between shots. And the D810 in DX mode gives me a 50% boost in focal length with more resolution than the D4 and D5 with a teleconverter or longer glass, plus a 50% boost in FPS.

I also find that taking hand written notes make my editing and captioning faster than using voice memo. With VM you have to listen to the various files to find out what the frame is about. With a notepad you can quickly scan what you shot and find the frames faster for processing and transmitting. That is my workflow experience. That of other people will vary.
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Debra L Rothenberg, Photographer
New York | NY | USA | Posted: 4:32 PM on 05.10.16
->> Doug,

some of my events are so fast paced that there really isn't enough time to pull out the pad or even the Iphone-they voice recorder was just so much more convenient. I said to my husband today that I wondered if Nikon stopped it for the reasons you mentioned but i still think someone will buy the D5 over a D500 if it had the recorder because they need everything else the D5 has.
I did a review of the D810 last year but I never used it at high ISO-what's the highest you have shot with it to find VERY acceptable files?
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Chuck Steenburgh, Photographer
Lexington | VA | USA | Posted: 3:46 PM on 05.12.16
->> Doug - I don't use thumbnail mode often, but I do use it occasionally. It's more often a PITA tho, I'd agree.

Used my D500 and Sigma 120-300/f2.8 "Sport" at a spring football scrimmage recently...it's like buttah. Really smooth, fast, and nice IQ. Going to shoot some baseball this weekend.
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Gene Blevins, Photographer
Woodland Hills | CA | USA | Posted: 2:11 AM on 05.13.16
->> I've had the D500 for two weeks, and have put it through it's paces from starting at 51,200 and up on low/bad lighting to sports. To keep this short you can get away with 204,800 ISO on this camera!!! in JPG-Lg-Fine and the focus is on the money for speed. Here is my SS link
Email me if you have any questions, all info/settings are with the photo in the captions...Gene/LADN

photo5150@earthlink.net

http://www.sportsshooter.com/members.html?id=1852
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Chuck Steenburgh, Photographer
Lexington | VA | USA | Posted: 12:55 PM on 05.13.16
->> Nikon Rumors says the second shipment of D500s are going out now.

http://nikonrumors.com/2016/04/21/nikon-d500-camera-now-shipping-in-the-us..../
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Al Goldis, Photographer
East Lansing | MI | USA | Posted: 4:55 PM on 05.15.16
->> For voice memos, if the camera doesn't have that feature built-in, almost all the modern non-top-of-the-line models have video capability. Setup the video for the lowest resolution and talk to the camera. ;-)

The only downsides are the mic for video is probably on the front of the camera, it will take more space on the card, and if you shot multiple frames before being able to record a memo then you can't automatically tie it to a specific frame.
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Gary Jones, Photographer
Rocklin | CA | United States | Posted: 1:20 AM on 05.29.16
->> Coming from D3s, the D500 is a wonderful advancement. In the past couple of weeks I've been shooting HS volleyball, baseball, soccer, baseball. I'm now using the D3s with my wide angles and the D500 for zoom - primarily 200-400 f/4 outdoors and 200 f/2 indoors and stadium lights. The autofocus system is as good as reported. Keepers have gone way up and most shots are razor sharp. Noise level seems comparable or even higher than the D3s but after LR post process and crop down starting with NEFs the final image at comparable ISOs is far superior compared to D3s. Very happy so far and I haven't even looked at video or wifi capabilities. The MB-D17 battery pack/vertical grip is a necessity.
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 3:10 PM on 05.31.16
->> Been shooting with a D500 for a couple of weeks now ... a review will be posted soon!
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Gary Jones, Photographer
Rocklin | CA | United States | Posted: 1:16 AM on 06.06.16
->> Looking forward to your review Robert. Love mine so far.
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Debra L Rothenberg, Photographer
New York | NY | USA | Posted: 3:50 PM on 06.06.16
->> loving mine so far too
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Doug Holleman, Photographer
Belton | TX | USA | Posted: 9:19 PM on 06.17.16
->> There is one thing that is bugging me about the D500, and that's the card slots being for two different types of card. I am an absent-minded sort of person, like a lot of photographers. After I have loaded a card I tend to forget about it and leave it in the reader hooked up to the computer. Then I go out on my property to take some photos and I realize I have no card in the slot.

I don't have an XQD card yet, for two reasons. Firstly, they are expensive, and new, so they should get less expensive and I'm not in a hurry to get one. I don't really need the extra speed for what I'm doing for a while, if ever. Secondly, I don't have an XQD card reader, because it's something else I would have to buy in addition to an expensive XQD card. I would be more inclined to take the plunge, but since I used two different kinds of cards now for my camera(s) I need both kinds of slots to load my photos. The XQD card that is most affordable that is packaged with Lexar XQD cards only has a slot for XQD. That means if I got that one I would have to keep unplugging readers and plugging another one in for SD stuff because I only have one available USB3.0 port available, with the other hooked to my external drive where I back up all of my photos that I just uploaded. All that plugging and unplugging is a pain and puts wear and tear on my computer, and I'm a lazy bastard.

I just drove out to look for some wildlife stuff to shoot. Couldn't find any so I took a shot of the moon with the 500mm lens, only to find I have no cards in the slots because it's still in the reader on my computer.

Yes, I suck. But Nikon should know that, and accomodate me and dufuses (dufi?) like me that make up a large portion of their loyal customers.
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Debra L Rothenberg, Photographer
New York | NY | USA | Posted: 8:36 AM on 06.18.16
->> the D4s has 2 different cards too.
The Xqd cards aren't that much more-I bought a 32 gb one fro $79 and a week later it was on sale for $40
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Stanley Leary, Photographer, Photo Editor
Roswell | GA | | Posted: 9:43 AM on 06.18.16
->> That is why there is a Nikon D5 which you can order with 2 CF card slots or 2 XQD slots.

I love the 2 XQD Slots for faster performance
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