Nikon D5 and D500 updates

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Nikon-D500-with-Nikkonr-200-500mm-f5.6E-lens
Few Nikon D5+D500 updates:

Nikon D5 D500 launch event
B&H will be hosting a Nikon D5 & D500 launch event in NYC.

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Adorama will also host a similar event: register here, press release (check also Nikon's own launch events)

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The D5 is listed to start shipping on February 5th on Nikon USA website. Both the D5 and D500 are scheduled to start shipping in March.

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Two Nikon D500 cameras sold on eBay (from BuyDig) - maybe shipping will start earlier?

Another Nikon D5+D500 hands-on video:

Nikon D500 | I AM Concentrated Performance

Nikon 5 | I AM Vision Outperformed

New Nikon D500 and D5 samples uploaded on flickr by Nikon Europe. More D500 pictures by Keith Ladzinski can be found here.

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  • Ez

    The February 5th appear on all items while accessing the checkout for the first time. It’s due to inventory and not reflecting real shipping of pre orders.

  • fanboy fagz

    couldnt he remove the damn phones from his belt holsters, eh?

    • T.I.M

      welcome to the 21th century !
      even my wife is using her phone while calling her mother !

  • Photobug

    Nice overview of the two top of the line Nikon DSLRs. I am all over the local camera store about getting a Nikon D5/D500 event here.

    • Proto

      Although I use only Nikon, but from a fair perspective the new canon flagship sucks — no ISO or AF bump!

      • Max

        I think the AF has been improved, they just didn’t ad more focus points. The ISO performance might be (is probably) better than the outgoing model too.

        • Max ISO is advertised as 51k as opposed to 100k for the D5. So they don’t seem to be going after the high ISO market at all.

      • KnightPhoto

        More of an S update wasn’t it (1DX ii)

      • razec

        While from a quantitative perspective it remains the same number of points, what Canon basically did was to significantly improve its sensors. so the 1Dx II AF is significantly more accurate especially when using teleconverters.

  • Thanks for posting this! In this video Denis demonstrates he doesn’t know a thing about the D5 and D500 so very interesting how Nikon would have him talk about their new releases. It’s actually pretty funny…

    • Scott

      It was downhill after he said D5000.

    • They’ve been smelling their Nikon watches for too long.

      • MY OB

        Clearly!!!!!! 😀

  • Stephen Corby

    Video starts by saying “We aren’t going to talk about the specs” followed by the rest of the video being nothing but the specs (some incorrect). I want my 15 minutes back.

    • T.I.M

      15 minutes plus the 10 seconds that you wasted reading my comment.

      • CERO

        you.. damn you.. *slow clap*

  • usa

    From the beginning of the video: “My impressions of what I liked and disliked…” and then no critical analysis at all. Someone need to tell him he’s not cute enough to tease.

  • usa

    I have preordered from B&H. No tax. No shipping.

    • yepits me

      Thanks for letting us all know….Bit late are you not.

      • usa

        You are welcome! Point is, Nikon site (discussed by Peter) charges $536.25 in sales tax on the D5. Not sure why anyone would make that choice. And thanks for being an #hole! Protip: Everyone has one; most of us keep them covered up.

        • usa

          That is 8.25%

        • ZoetMB

          It’s not that simple. It depends upon where you live. If a business has “nexus” – any business, office or store in the place where the product is being shipped to, they have to charge sales tax. If you live in NYC, B&H is charging you sales tax. Luckily, since B&H is not a chain, they don’t have to charge tax anywhere else.

    • Scott

      Nice. D5?

      • usa

        Yes. Retiring the D3s. I decided I’ve gotten too old to wait for the a used D5 (my historical upgrade path)! I do a lot of college sports and my kids won’t be in college forever. Time is the most cruel of all mistresses. Nikon pricing is a close second. 🙂

        • Scott

          Good for you. I’m in the justification phase right now, and have a feeling the Nikon D5/500 event is going to influence any rational judgement I have. : )

    • Scott M.

      I will pay the sales tax and pick mine up at the local brick and mortar. I got in line 15 seconds after I picked my jaw off the floor upon announcement of D500. Popular Nikon Cameras are hard to get from B&H, without a long wait.

      • whisky

        i found that too. B&H has the longest queues for shorted inventory.

      • I always like supporting local stores, because that way you get to try before you buy. They won’t be around very long if you try and then buy from B&H, and you’re not saving significant money since B&H will charge you retail just like the local dealer will. (Sales tax is not that big a deal for me.)

        • ZoetMB

          B&H (and the now defunct J&R) ARE my local stores.

          • Patrick O’Connor

            I generally buy from Amazon or B&H but if I need a local store’s resources, I like to buy from them.

          • The advantages of living in NYC. I used to love Samy’s in Los Angeles when I lived there. Alas, I couldn’t take life in NYC – the rent’s too high and weather too cold 🙂

      • GirchyGirchy

        Good man. I’ve bought all of my recent camera stuff (D7200, 55-300, 16-80, 12-24) from my local store. I enjoy supporting them, as well as my state, and hope they’ll be around for a good long while.

    • GirchyGirchy

      So you’re going to pay state sales tax next April, right? In your Use Tax box, right? Right?!

      By the way, how will you obtain the camera if there’s no shipping? Seems like a bum deal.

      • Patrick O’Connor

        A lot of internet vendors will include shipping on expensive items.

        • GirchyGirchy

          He said “no shipping,” not “free shipping.” 🙂

          • Patrick O’Connor

            Ahh! I missed that. 🙂

  • Fox sweN Lies

    Must resist add to cart impulse. Be strong, don’t hit B&H link. You must be strong, avoid GAS nasty side effects at all cost, specially D5’s cost.

    • Roberto Solari

      You could be dead tomorrow,treat yourself..you know you want it!!!

      • Mike

        His estate won’t receive it until March though.

      • Fox sweN Lies

        Dead anytime, yea I think like that, but I’m more then content with a D800 with good glass for my primary use, though the D500 does interest me big time. My post was meant to be sarcasm, but I did have that GAS thing in the past.

    • If you want it and can afford it without too much strain, you should go ahead and buy. I got a D4 and have never regretted it. Planning on getting the D5 once it hits stores since I get migraines waiting for slug-like mail order delivery dates :).

  • Aldo

    Interesting how nikon now carries the premium price… as the 1dx mark ii will be 500 dollars less… with 4k @ 60fps and 120fps 1080… also their new AF system promises to be kinder in video… We’ll have to wait and see..

    • Patrick O’Connor

      I can’t imagine anyone will buy one over the other because of the $500 price difference. They’re both great cameras with mild advantages over the other but all irrelevant, for the most part, in choosing one over the other.

      • usa

        Agreed. Glass inventory makes us all slaves to one or the other.

        • Patrick O’Connor

          Your point is valid but “slaves” is a bit of an overstatement. I think the most advantaged slave would be envious of the least advantaged photographer using an interchangeable lens camera. 🙂

          • ZoetMB

            There are many meanings to the word “slave”, such as its meaning when talking about strobes and flashes or being a slave to one’s boss at work. We all know that our first world problems are absolutely and totally trivial compared to the life of actual slaves.

            • Patrick O’Connor

              When someone uses a word as part of a common phrase (i.e. slave to fashion), I don’t think twice about it. When, as in this case, the word is purposefully inserted into a sentence, I take notice and decide (for myself of course) if it’s appropriate.
              Generally, I just don’t like hyperbole and think those who use it should be flogged, drawn & quartered, and then tortured! 😉

        • Roger Martin

          I am glad there are other cameras to choose from as everyone’s needs differ.
          Also the competition motivates innovation.
          I have a lot of Nikkors because I have always preferred Nikon bodies.
          Problem is that 99% of what I shoot is Video in poor/low light.
          Hopefully the D500 will be my go to Camera for that.

      • Aldo

        Maybe not someone with lots of glass in either system… but someone moving up to a machine gun FF would consider the canon advantages in price and video frame rate.

        • Patrick O’Connor

          I don’t think it’s that big a difference. Even moving into one or the other, the overall system and their past trajectories will be a larger influence to the educated photographer. An uneducated photographer, unless they have more money than sense, wouldn’t buy either camera.
          But then, I could be wrong; it wouldn’t be the first time. 🙂

          • Aldo

            Someone who wants to use this for video as well… especially in 4k may want to have that 60p. I know from editing video myself… that 60p comes in handy when doing slow motions and other effects.

            • Patrick O’Connor

              Someone who likes caviar might move to Russia to get it fresher but I doubt it.

            • Eric Calabros

              It’s 4k is practically useless for %90 of the photographers, they have to carry dozens of CFast2 cards to only record a hour of 4k. Its 32GB per 5 minute! while you have only one slot for CFast2. and the files are almost uneditable in their laptops. It’s HDMI-out resolution is just 1080p! That number 60 is just a number to make marketing guys and fanboys happy.

          • ZoetMB

            The “more money than sense” market is actually the primary market for these cameras. I see “rich guys” with such cameras (or Leicas) all the time and it’s usually pretty obvious that they don’t know what they’re doing when you get close and see them set to “auto”. Or, a number of years after the cameras have been released, you see them on eBay with almost no shutter actuations.

            Anecdotal, but back when I was still shooting with a Nikkormat or an Olympus OM-1, an acquaintance of mine shows up with a Nikon F4. This guy knew nothing about photography and to this day doesn’t really know what ISO or depth-of-field is. This guy was not rich and I couldn’t believe he spent all that money and of course he bought it with a very cheap lens. When he went digital, his wife wouldn’t let him spend the equivalent and he got a D80.

            • Patrick O’Connor

              I’m sure there are a lot of those kinds of people in the market but would be surprised to find out they were the majority.
              I don’t really hang out with photographers, or much of anyone for that matter, so I have no similar experience. Several years ago at Niagara Falls, though, someone came up to me with a relatively expensive camera and asked how to change a fairly common setting (I can’t remember what it was).

    • whisky

      it seems that in recent years they’ve played a game of leap frog.

    • I dont’ think anyone in the market for either flagship camera is going to balk at that difference, other than a passing comment. The bottom line is that if you have a favorite system, and you want one of these new cameras, you’re going to stick with your own system. Especially considering the Canon’s claims that DR is improved; this could be a rather level playing field for still photographers. I’ll not count any chickens before they hatch in the video category, though.

      • Patrick O’Connor

        And, at that level (as should be the case for all of us), people are too busy making pictures for a living to worry about that sort of thing. I don’t do video but I imagine if someone needs those kinds of specs, they already have other options.

  • Max

    I wonder what glass Keith used in this shot http://www.ladzinski.com/Advertising/Nikon-D500/9

    • EXIF shows it’s the Nikon 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 DX @ f/16, ISO 1600

      • Max

        ah I see and it’s at 10mm. surprised dof is so thin though. anyways that sure is looking crisp.

  • QuantalQuetzal

    I was like “Yeah, an update!”, now I’m like “What, where’s the information!? Come on Nikon.”

  • MonkeySpanner

    Is Nikon 1 dead? So much promise in that little bastard – so much unrealized potential.

  • KnightPhoto

    On that Flickr set there is an ISO 5000 drummer and 6400 cavers shot that look very clean. Guess we’ll have to see downloadable samples to be sure, but so far the high ISO D500 shots look unaccountably good.

  • Joe Schmitt

    So is the D5 shipping now from the Nikon website? The message about shipping on February 5th is gone. No mentioning of preorder either. Thoughts?

  • Joe Schmitt

    I know the D500 (DX) was delayed but what about the D5 (FX)? I didn’t see any updates specific to the February 5th shipping date on that post.

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