Nikon the hibernating bear, hearing the twitter of little mirrorlesses from
high in the trees, adds a flip-up screen
Hey Nikonians, I know you're out there.
Given how much dismay I heard during the many years of the APS-C eclipse at Nikon, and the dimming of hopes for the return of the long-orphaned D300s, the D500 seems to have slipped into the water like an Olympic high-diver, i.e., without much splash. What's the love like?
Not a lot of talk. Is it because it's bigger and heavier than, and the same price as, the D750?
The advantages of the D500 seem to be razor-sharp responsiveness, especially in AF, a generous viewfinder (I'd be the judge of that), an ungodly high frame rate, and high DR at high ISOs, which is a capability that pros would nod their heads over but casual consumers might not even get.
It's selling well. To whom, and how come? And are people liking it?
P.S. If I got any Nikon right now I would head right for the D7200, I think. Sometimes it seems Nikon is like BMW...I know they've kind of lost their way, I know they aren't what they used to be, yet I can't stop paying attention.
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Brad Thompson: "The D500 is primarily a sports and wildlife camera. It is a 'poor' person's D5. At $2,000 it costs about the same as a used Nikon D3s, yet it has much better AF and nearly twice the number of pixels. Also, as a DX-format camera it has more reach than a full-frame FX body. Yet it also has the same FPS as the D3. The 7200 does not have that or the AF. When shooting at 1/2000 at ƒ/2.8 for night sports or for twilight wildlife you need all the ISO headroom you can get. Low ISO DR was never the object with the D500.
"I think we will see a lot of love for the D500 under the Friday night lights this fall."
Geoffrey Heard: "A tilting screen? Whoa! Just flicked through the DPReview review of it. The tilting screen was not a highlight! :-)
"Never been a fan of Nikon. Big clumsy things with cold colored lenses. That was the F. Never seen the need to revise my opinion."
Rob L. (partial comment): "The D500 is a fantastic little D5, the D750 is the just about the perfect all-around enthusiast's camera. The M3 to the D5's M5, to carry the comparison. The D7200 is another perfect all-arounder, but I'm glad Nikon is still making dedicated performance machines...."
Robert Meier: "I've had the D5500 for the last year, and it is pretty near the perfect camera: it has 24 mp without the dreaded anti-aliasing filter; it has the fully articulated screen; and it is small, light, and fast. I use it with three lenses, the 10–24mm, the 35mm ƒ/1.8, and the 55–300mm VR. I shot birds in Florida last winter withe the 55–300mm, buildings in Scotland with the 10–24mm, and everything else with the 35mm ƒ/1.8. I have gotten great results and have had no problems."