Jun 13, 2016

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Switching to Nikon and getting used to their D500 model

Posted in : Uncategorized on by : Mike

When I first became interested in photography I chose a Canon T2i as my first Digital SLR camera. I really didn’t know what to look for as far as cameras went – to me a $700 T2i was top of the line. I’ve since learned that, unfortunately, photography is an extremely expensive hobby, and a $750 DSLR is toward the bottom of the rankings.

Eventually I switched to a Canon 70D, mainly because I wanted a faster camera (in terms of startup time, focus time, and high-speed continuous shooting). I loved my 70D, and as of now just about every picture on this site was taken with that camera. It has a wonderful fully-articulating touch screen, and is significantly better than the T2i I started with.

A few months ago Canon released the next generation on this line, the 80D, which I tried out. Unfortunately I returned it very quickly when I learned it wouldn’t connect to my smart phone (their software was compatible with Android 5, and I was on Android 6). After speaking to Canon support they told me that the only way I could geotag my photos was to purchase a separate GPS device for the camera (which costs hundreds of dollars). I wanted this feature specifically so the camera could grab geo-tagging info directly from the phone. This would mean all of my photos would be geo-tagged with GPS coordinates, which is very useful when traveling worldwide. Even if my phone had no network connection, the GPS would still know exactly where I was.

A few weeks later I decided to switch to Nikon and start with their latest and greatest, the D500. I sold all of my Canon gear on eBay, and pre-ordered the D500 on Amazon, and was happy to be one of the first to receive it (it sold out immediately and was out of stock for weeks after that, but my pre-order arrived within days of the camera’s release). Since then I’ve been working hard to learn all the ins-and-outs of this camera, and I really love it. It’s significantly faster than my 70D, has amazing auto-focus capabilities, and unlike the Canon 80D, the Nikon D500 connects to my smart phone and geotags all images with ease. That being said, I definitely miss my 70D, and the D500 is yet to prove itself in a real-world scenario. In about two weeks I’ll really put it to the test when I travel to Brazil’s Pantanal region in search of a jaguar (among many other things).

So I have a couple more weeks to learn everything I can about this camera. One of the big steps was accomplished this weekend when I fine-tuned my Sigma 150-600mm Sport lens, and took the camera to several nearby parks in search of whatever animals I could find. So far the results are very good, but I haven’t really managed to get a perfectly-sharp image like I did with my 70D. More practice is needed, and time is running out!

Below are some of the better pictures I took yesterday. I didn’t re-touch these myself, as my only goal was lots of practice and review of the results before re-touching.

A young snapping turtle
A young snapping turtle

Osprey
Osprey

Some kind of dragon fly.....
Some kind of dragon fly…..

Red-eared slider
Red-eared slider

A chicken!!
A chicken!!

Red-eared slider
Red-eared slider

Egret
Egret

Egret - almost a great shot if I had gotten the entire bird in the frame.
Egret – almost a great shot if I had gotten the entire bird in the frame.

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