D500 General Discussion Thread

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  • NSXTypeRNSXTypeR Posts: 2,231Member
    DaveyJ, sensor size is just a tool, plenty of people get great usable images from Olympus and Panasonic M4/3. If sensor size were an issue, everyone would use medium format digital to make any useful images, which clearly isn't true. I still feel like Nikon never let F-mount DX live up to its full potential and I think that's a shame.

    We never really got a flagship DX camera nor did we get a full set of wider prime DX lenses.
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  • sportsport Posts: 120Member
    I just got a D500 last week and I'm really bummed that I didn't get one sooner. This camera is awesome for sports. The only things that I could really see for improvement are:

    - Snap bridge is still clunky. A smoother connection would be nice.
    - Two CF Express slots. (only if it doesn't add weight)
    - DX lens set to compliment this camera - give us some lighter options Nikon!
    - Bump to 14 fps

    The 20mp sensor is fine with me. DX works better for me as the indoor sports I shoot work best with 24-70 on DX. Outdoors I was always lacking reach with the 70-200. Now instead of dreaming of a 400mm f2.8 I can start saving for 300mm.

    The D500 really just needs a mid model refresh to polish a few things. Looking at the current prices, the D500 is a real bargain.
  • retreadretread Posts: 572Member
    My most used lenses for on DX sensor for indoor sports are the 70-200 and the 24-70 2.8 FX lenses and when I move outdoors it is the 70-200 and 120-300 2.8 FX lenses.
  • PB_PMPB_PM Posts: 4,451Member
    sport said:


    - DX lens set to compliment this camera - give us some lighter options Nikon!

    Don't think you're going to get them, ever. F-mount is very unlikely to see an big lens refreshes now that the focus is on the Z-mount, and high end DX is even less likely to get anything new.
    If I take a good photo it's not my camera's fault.
  • donaldejosedonaldejose Posts: 3,403Member
    Right PB_PM, I fear DX F-mount lenses are pretty much dead. But that doesn't mean a D500 update wouldn't be useful or sell well. Those who want it for sports or wildlife will be using FF glass. Maybe, after we get a FF Z9 in about 4 years Nikon will release a DX Z90.
  • mhedgesmhedges Posts: 2,370Member
    Agree it's very unlikely we will get any more DX lenses. I think a D500 refresh is possible, although I'd probably give it 50:50 odds at best.
    retread said:

    My most used lenses for on DX sensor for indoor sports are the 70-200 and the 24-70 2.8 FX lenses and when I move outdoors it is the 70-200 and 120-300 2.8 FX lenses.

    Whose 120-300 are you using? Sigmas? Or the new Nikon?
  • retreadretread Posts: 572Member
    @ mhedges
    mhedges said:

    Agree it's very unlikely we will get any more DX lenses. I think a D500 refresh is possible, although I'd probably give it 50:50 odds at best.

    retread said:

    My most used lenses for on DX sensor for indoor sports are the 70-200 and the 24-70 2.8 FX lenses and when I move outdoors it is the 70-200 and 120-300 2.8 FX lenses.

    Whose 120-300 are you using? Sigmas? Or the new Nikon?
    It is the Sigma. The Nikon is not out yet and the Sigma was a stretching my budget as far as I could. The Nikon should be good, it is nearly 3X the price of the Sigma.

    I use the longer lens on a D500 and the shorter one on a D7200. Most of the shooting is with the D500. The Sigma is fine tuned to the D500 with the USB dock.

    For long distance wildlife I have the Tamron 150-600 G2 fine tuned with their tap-in console to the D7200 by a factory rep. and use the D500 with the 120-300.
  • DaveyJDaveyJ Posts: 1,021Member
    Sounds pretty close to a lot I see in YNP etc., So you are dialed in!
  • Capt_SpauldingCapt_Spaulding Posts: 620Member
    I'm hoping Nikon does, indeed, refresh the D500. I'd like to see them wait a while and then as a sendoff to the DLSR pack it with the latest AF, sensor tech, video (not important to me, but why not?). To put the icing on the cake they could give it a proper PSAM dial and user modes 1,2, and 3. For the time being, I'll keep my Nikon 200-500 glued to my D7200 and a Nikon 24-85 on the D750. I have a 70-200 f4 and a smattering of short MF primes (Rokinon 20 and 14) for astrophoto use on the D750. I'm quite happy with both bodies, but when it becomes apparent that the end of the DSLR is near and if I can still press a shutter release, I'll probably grab the latest of the D750/80/90 line and a D500/s/x/510 or whatever represents the last generation of that DX line to use with the glass I have now.

    I have nothing against mirrorless and the Z mount S-line lenses are quite impressive. I've used my son's Z6 and find it a wonderful camera. But, the ROI from the replacement of my F-mount lenses with Z mount equivalents (even if Nikon add a good superzoom to the mix) is, for now, far to low to consider.
  • PhotobugPhotobug Posts: 5,584Member

    I'm hoping Nikon does, indeed, refresh the D500. I'd like to see them wait a while and then as a sendoff to the DLSR pack it with the latest AF, sensor tech, video (not important to me, but why not?). To put the icing on the cake they could give it a proper PSAM dial and user modes 1,2, and 3. For the time being, I'll keep my Nikon 200-500 glued to my D7200 and a Nikon 24-85 on the D750. I have a 70-200 f4 and a smattering of short MF primes (Rokinon 20 and 14) for astrophoto use on the D750. I'm quite happy with both bodies, but when it becomes apparent that the end of the DSLR is near and if I can still press a shutter release, I'll probably grab the latest of the D750/80/90 line and a D500/s/x/510 or whatever represents the last generation of that DX line to use with the glass I have now.

    I have nothing against mirrorless and the Z mount S-line lenses are quite impressive. I've used my son's Z6 and find it a wonderful camera. But, the ROI from the replacement of my F-mount lenses with Z mount equivalents (even if Nikon add a good superzoom to the mix) is, for now, far to low to consider.

    +1 on your last paragraph. I am in the same position.
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