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Nikon D500: Hands-on first impressions

My Nikon D500 arrived today!
Female red-winged blackbird, Fountain, CO. Nikon D500 with 200-500mm f/5.6E VR Nikkor and TC-14EIII teleconverter. 1/2000s f/10 ISO 7200 Effective FL: 1050mm
Female red-winged blackbird, Fountain, CO.
Nikon D500 with 200-500mm f/5.6E VR Nikkor and TC-14EIII teleconverter.
1/2000s f/10 ISO 7200
Effective FL: 1050mm (click to enlarge)

Finally, I get my hands on a true flagship DX body from Nikon. I’ve always had a place in my kit for a DX body, because I appreciate the extra reach when shooting wildlife; especially birds. However, Nikon’s offerings since the D300s haven’t excited me. This camera, however, makes me glad to be a Nikon shooter! Continue reading Nikon D500: Hands-on first impressions

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Service Advisory: Nikon D750

Nikon D750 DSLR
Nikon D750 DSLR

I just received an email from Nikon USA indicating that there is a potential issue with Nikon D750 DSLR cameras manufactured between December 2014 and June 2015. As described here, the issue affects the camera shutter and can cause shaded images.

Check your serial number here. If your camera is affected, Nikon USA will provide you with a free UPS shipping label to send the camera in for service.

Interestingly, my Nikon D750 is indeed included in the list of affected cameras. I’ve not seen anything indicative of the shutter issue in my use. Nevertheless, I will be sending in the camera for service. I encourage anyone with an affected D750 to do the same; if for no other reason than to have the peace of mind from knowing your camera has been serviced.

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Field Test: Nikon 200-500 f/5.6 AFS G VR

Male house finches from approximately 30 feet away
Male house finches from approximately 30 feet away, captured with the Nikon 200-500mm AFS G VR zoom lens.

A few weeks ago, I received the new Nikon 200-500 f/5.6 AFS G VR zoom Nikkor lens. My initial impressions were quite good for a lens of this design and price point. I had a chance today to take it to the local nature center and try my hand at some bird photography; something that I think that the target market for this lens is quite interested in.

I set up the 200-500mm on my Nikon D810 DSLR and I used my Gitzo 3-series tripod with a Really Right Stuff BH-55 Ball Head and Wimberley Sidekick gimbal adapter. Continue reading Field Test: Nikon 200-500 f/5.6 AFS G VR

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Nikon cuts prices on many Nikkor lenses

I received an email today from site sponsor B&H Photo indicating that Nikon has dropped prices on a large list of Nikkor lenses. It’s unclear as to whether these are temporary cuts, or are more long-term adjustments that reflect the relative weakness of the Yen against the US dollar.

Notable price drops include $400 reduction on the excellent 80-400 f/4.5-5.6 AFS G VRII Nikkor and a $300 reduction on the 70-200mm f/2.8 AFS G VRII Nikkor.


 See the full list of Nikkor lenses with their new prices at B&H Photo.

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