Noise Level Issues/Review

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Elandon New Member • Posts: 2
Noise Level Issues/Review

I've recently purchased a Nikon D500 paired with a Nikkor 200-500mm lens.  It seems that the pictures it takes are extra noisy and I struggle to get any in sharp focus.  I understand the sharpness issue is likely due to me handholding at 500mm but the noise level seems higher than it should at the settings I'm using.  I'm trying to determine if the issue is something I'm causing or if the camera is somehow defective.  Can anyone give me some input or thoughts on this? Sample photos below, originally shot in RAW but uploaded as jpeg.

Also, when the lens is locked on the body, it still feels a slight bit loose.  As in the lens is able to ever so slightly wiggle on the camera mount.  Is that normal?

Thanks-

Nikon D500
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