Nikon D500 v. Brett Barley

January 27, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

I've been shooting with Nikon equipment for as long as I have had cameras. I lucked into a Nikon D7000 a few years ago, and it has been a trustworthy and solid camera. Speaking of luck though, I was recently able to get my hands on a Nikon D500 at a very good price. So far, I am impressed beyond words. When shooting surfing, the 5fps frame rate and 7-9 shot buffer of the D7000 could be limiting and it took a lot of experience to know when to let off the shutter button so as to not have the camera lock up while writing the buffer. With the D500, the problem is completely different. The 10fps frame rate with a 200 shot buffer for 14-bit raw lets you shoot and shoot and shoot more. Then when you get back to edit, you've got an enormous number of photos to review, catalog and edit. It's a good thing that the rest of the D500's abilities make the edits necessary minimal. The focusing system and color rendition are pretty amazing without much modification. We had a good swell this week and I had a chance to test the D500 for the first time in solid surf one morning. Here's a 60 shot sequence of my friend Brett Barley getting barreled and packing a second closeout barrel on the same wave. He's got his GoPro in his mouth and Asher Nolan is shooting from the water for the first barrel, so hopefully we'll get to see their point of view soon.


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