The new Nikon D500 camera has created a lot of interest and consequently it became the subject of a lot of talk on the internet. As with new cameras in general there is the “enthusiast camp” and the “let’s find or create faults camp”. This latter seems to be much smaller than the first one, however, the nature of the beast is that negative comments draw more interest than positive ones. Many of the “official opposition” post images of miserable quality, saying that the D500 is at blame. Some of those people probably could do better with a point and shoot camera. Others are quick to say something without learning the features of the camera and consciously developing a set of techniques and camera settings for their particular subject matter and shooting conditions. Not to say that the D500 is flawless in every aspect. A new camera has always have some issues that are to be learnt about and ironed out. However, I must say that my suspicion with most of the nay sayers is that they are nay sayers genetically……  😉

So, I decided to create this temporary page where I post some images taken with the Nikon D500 from time to time. This is not a collection of images of merit or artistic value but simply a showcase of images taken under various lighting, weather, and other affecting conditions such as various subject distances. These images are posted just for the sake of providing neutral information for those who want to see more images taken with the D500 before committing to it or passing up on it. I hope it will help to form realistic expectations about the capabilities of the camera.

Most images were taken with the Nikkor 500mm f4E FL + 1.4xTC III, however, the mallard and geese images were recorded with the Nikkor 200-500mm f5.6 zoom  lens. All were taken hand-held. I tried to include images with a wide range of ligting conditions, from harsh daylight to heavy overcast, from rainy days to diffused light, from front lit to backlit subjects and so forth. Some, like the images of the Common Grackle, show the same subject under quite different light conditions. The sparkling metallic feathers of the bird react to front light quite aggressively while in diffused shade it give a bit of extra interest to the structure of feathers. Some of the images are cropped heavily, like the Blue-Grey Gnatcatcher and the Ruby-crowned Kinglet for instance. ISO settings for the images taken under heavily overcast skies or shade were at ISO 1600 or ISO 3200. These are my standard settings when I shoot without a tripod under such lighting.

Would you have any questions about the D500 or the sample images please do not hesitate to contact me, I’ll answer in due course.

  • Strong crop at f5.6, from some 40 yards away.