Nikon D500 – A Birder’s Perspective

By Scott Dougherty, Park Meadows Store Manager

As an individual who’s passionate about photographing wildlife, I decided to trade my full frame camera in for the new Nikon D500.

The smaller “DX” APS-C sensor is quite appealing as it gets me 1.5 times closer to the action. Add to that their new EXPEED Signal Processor, new 20.9 megapixel CMOS imaging sensor, blazing 10 frame per second continuous drive, 153 AF points and amazing low-light capability it’s a natural fit.

This camera when combined with the Nikkor 200-500mm lens has far and away exceeded all my expectations as a wildlife photographer.seq-3841

BlueHCapturing this Blue Heron in flight at 10 frames per second let me get that decisive shot with the bird’s wings down. At a lower frame rate it’s highly probable that moment is missed.
ISO 800; 1/3200 sec, f/10, 750mm (equivalent)

Eagle CropWith 20.9 megapixels of resolution there’s a lot of flexibility to crop and retain impressive image quality.
ISO 800; 1/1600 sec, f/8, 750mm (equivalent) + heavy crop

Duck1These young ducklings were captured at f/10 for greater depth of field, so all three are sharp
ISO 800; 1/1500 sec, f/10, 675mm (equivalent)

Duck2This single duckling was taken at f/6.3 for shallow depth of field for blurry background
ISO 800; 1/3200 sec, f/6.3, 675mm (equivalent)

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These American Avocets move quick – the fast shutter speeds & response from the D500 beautifully freeze their action.
ISO 800; 1/3200 sec, f/8, 600mm (equivalent)


A Redwing Blackbird sings a nasal song in a marsh
ISO 800; 1/2500 sec, f/5.6, 660mm (equivalent)

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