Still worth buying a new D500?

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Re: Still worth buying a new D500?

brianric wrote:

greenmanphoto wrote:

brianric wrote:

greenmanphoto wrote:

Mark A wrote:

I’ve been holding off on getting one, but would really like to. Figured that two years after launch the cost would have dropped a lot.

But, the D500 has been out for over two years. And, the price hasn’t dropped much. Think Nikon will release an upgraded version? Or drop the price?

Is it worth buying one new now?

Thanks!

Mark,

If the D500 was worth buying 6 months or more ago, why wouldn't it be worth buying now? Are there shots you CAN'T get unless you have that D500? Then it's worth buying now. The price hasn't dropped all that much because it is still selling fairly well. Not as good as initially, no. But there's still nothing else quite comparable to it on the market just yet. Canon will PROBABLY equal it, in at least some ways, relatively soon, but I don't think they have done so, yet. Nikon MAY be introducing a replacement soon, when they announce the D6, as the D500 and D5 were announced together. But, there's no guarantee of that, and to be honest, I've not seen ANYTHING to indicate they will do so. Of course, there was also NOTHING to indicate the D500 was coming when it DID come, so...

Point being that if the D500 fills your needs, then buy it. Even if there IS a replacement announced along with the D6, it's VERY hard to tell when it will be available in large enough numbers. And, just to be clear, the replacement MIGHT be a mirrorless model, as well. I SERIOUSLY doubt that to be the case just yet, but it IS a possibility.

Sam

If the replacement is mirrorless I doubt it will have the capabilities of AF-C focusing of the D500.

Brian,

Doubtful it would, true. But, I also don't think they're going fully mirrorless for quite a while. I think there's at least ONE more generation of DSLR in Nikon with the higher-level cameras. I also think a higher-level set of Z cameras are coming out soon, but there are...issues with them fully replacing a high-end DSLR just yet that are not quite worked out. Supplement, yes. Replace? No. Not yet.

Sam

Don't get me wrong, I love my E-M1 Mk II and would prefer to use it on all of my shoots, but I have some shoots that I need the AF-C responsiveness of my D500. Another factor that gets the nod towards my choosing the D500 over my E-M1.2 is that it doesn't overheat under heavy loads and high temperatures, IE85 degrees F or higher.

Brian,

Yes, back when I was still waiting for a D300 replacement, I briefly considered getting something else every now and then. However, I really couldn't find anything else that suited me, whether in Nikon's own lineup or in another manufacturer's lineup, that was within my budget.

I WANT to like Olympus and some of their cameras, but they just don't quite do it for me. I started shooting with Pentax in 1980, using a K1000 35mm film SLR, and eventually getting an ME-Super Program. I sort of have a soft spot for them, and thought about getting one of their bodies. However, the lack of the ability to use any of existing lenses in ANY way steered me away from them, as well. I must admit, though, that if there WAS an adapter for a Nikon lens on a Pentax body, I very likely would've bought a Pentax at some point. Then Nikon announced the D500, and all was good, again. I wouldn't have switched to Pentax, or anyone else, but rather supplemented until something better came along from Nikon.

I shot with a Fuji X-T1, and I liked it quite a bit. I decided that IF I was going to supplement my existing Nikon lineup, it would be with a Fuji body. I like their lenses, their bodies, and where they seem to be going, and the fact they're letting people KNOW where they're going. And I may yet supplement with a Fuji, or POSSIBLY a Z series, but not until I have all of my bases covered pretty well with my Nikon gear, or I become too enfeebled to carry it.

Sam

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