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Getting a D500 for my first professional job, advice needed

 
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Jun 13, 2016 19:20 |  #16

"d500's superior tracking, end-to-end focus points, sharpness, focusing ability in low light and iso performance. "

This reads like something out of a Nikon ad, try the camera before you buy it. Just because it sounds good on paper doesnt mean it'll be good in real life.


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Jun 13, 2016 22:10 |  #17

I don't see a single reason to get the D500 over D750 unless you do tons of sports/wildlife.
Focusing/tracking features and their necessity and even FPS are really over-rated features. Most people really don't need that.

On the other hand, glass is the one thing that really does make a big difference.
For that reason, I would hesitate from investing heavily in crop sensor lenses... Not a very wise move in the long-term IMO.


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Jun 13, 2016 22:19 |  #18

One good reason is the spread of the AF points in the D500 viewfinder. There is so much more area covered by this new array - on the D5 this array is already larger than the array in the D750. Crop away the edges to get to the DX frame size and there isn't much space in the DX viewfinder that this new array doesn't cover. On top of that there are a LOT of cross type points out at the horizontal edges. Something else the D750 does not offer.

For journalism or events where quick, accurate AF without the need for focus-recompose is important the D500 wins. For any other type of shooting where you don't want to mess about with focus-recompose the D500 wins.


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Jun 13, 2016 22:41 |  #19

Just dug up an old scan from one of the Nikon flyers. To summarise, the AF array covers effectively the whole width of the DX frame with all of the edge points being cross sensitive

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Jun 13, 2016 22:46 |  #20

smythie wrote in post #18038666 (external link)
One good reason is the spread of the AF points in the D500 viewfinder. There is so much more area covered by this new array - on the D5 this array is already larger than the array in the D750. Crop away the edges to get to the DX frame size and there isn't much space in the DX viewfinder that this new array doesn't cover. On top of that there are a LOT of cross type points out at the horizontal edges. Something else the D750 does not offer.

For journalism or events where quick, accurate AF without the need for focus-recompose is important the D500 wins. For any other type of shooting where you don't want to mess about with focus-recompose the D500 wins.

Focus recompose I would suggest is the better way to focus during events because selective focusing is much more important. If you put on auto-focus the camera will chose focus point which is often not what the photographer wants.
I can't imagine the event being so fast that there is no time for focus re-compose haha.


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Jun 13, 2016 22:56 |  #21

you should read up on the various available AF modes in different cameras. there is more than just centre point and automatic point selection available :D


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Jun 15, 2016 22:38 |  #22

I went and picked up my D500 and Sigma 1.8 lenses today - here are some from my first attempt:


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Jun 15, 2016 22:39 |  #23

What do you think of them?


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Jun 15, 2016 22:41 |  #24

And a couple of doggie pictures:


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Jun 15, 2016 22:45 |  #25

smythie wrote in post #18040748 (external link)
What do you think of them?


I'm really loving them. I think I need to recalibrate my 18-35 because the sharpness seems to be slightly off on it. Also the D500 seems to tend to underexpose and sometimes there is a blueish hue in the white hair, but for my first time using these I am very happy. The tracking, once I got it in the right mode, is awesome. I have no regrets.


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Jun 15, 2016 22:55 |  #26

fantastic! the Sigma Dock may be a useful tool for these two lenses too.


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Jun 16, 2016 06:35 as a reply to  @ atsilverstein's post |  #27

nice shots!! There is a built in way to adjust focus, different from the rest of nikons (except the D5 and D810). There are some videos explaining it.


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Jun 16, 2016 06:42 |  #28

russ49 wrote in post #18040987 (external link)
nice shots!! There is a built in way to adjust focus, different from the rest of nikons (except the D5 and D810). There are some videos explaining it.


Thank you! I'm looking forward to getting more familiar with my new system and customizing the d500 for my needs.


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Jun 16, 2016 06:44 |  #29

Hanging flowers swaying slightly in the breeze.

This beast of a lens is SHARP and renders beautiful bokeh!


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Jul 10, 2016 18:35 as a reply to  @ atsilverstein's post |  #30

Beautiful work, Ms Silverstein. Enjoy your D500. It's a great camera and you appear to have the eye and talent to match.


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