I did a couple of photo runs recently, one in downtown Memphis, the other at the Memphis Zoo. They were my first tests of my new Nikon D500. This camera is really cool with advanced features and processing power I could only dream of a few years back. ( click on photos to enlarge )
The D500 is quite impressive, plus it will take all of my older lenses. A few are very old, one is from the ’50’s and is truly one of the finest lenses I have used. Quality never goes out of style, and in photography, the glass is what makes the photo.
With the D500, I made the switch to back button focusing. Once you switch, you will never go back. Without a proper training, I don’t think it is possible to figure out the settings, but once you understand them… oh my is it sweet.
The D500 has many programmable buttons. This means I have 2 focus buttons, both will do single and continuous servo focusing with each set to a different focus point option. In the past, I would have to stop and go to the menu, now I have 4 settings always live. This will change your world; it is truly a game changer. The high ISO capability of the D500 is equally astonishing. I remember when I dreamed of digital catching up to film, well, I have to say it has now surpassed it.
Their are only a couple of instances, such as night photography where film still has some advantages. Night photography is something that is much improved to the point I am always looking for ways to improve in this area. The long and often repeated exposures required can put a real strain on the camera as sensor heat can be an issue. I saw an amazing time lapse movie of NY City recently. 3 minutes of video took 10 days and 42,000 shutter releases to produce. That is a lot of work for both the camera and photographer prior to doing the required post processing. A well done night photo, can take a hundreds of shots and then many hours in the digital darkroom to produce a single shot. This is not for the faint of heart.I am just coming to terms with this wonderful camera, I will post more as I get time.
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