If you have been reading this blog, you know how excited I was about the D500. This camera offers a lot of what makes the D5 great including blazing fast autofocus at 10FPS with a huge buffer, LCD screen with touch controls like your phone (and it articulates as well), and the best Nikon camera for focus sensor point coverage.
I have been shooting my D500 with my 300mm PF ED with a 1.4x converter, giving me an angle of view of over 600mm. Look at the image above. The D500 with 300mm is on the left, the D810 with 70-200mm is on the right. The D500 with this lens makes an incredible walk around telephoto setup for shooting wildlife and sports. The picture at the top of this post was shot with this set up.
There have been reports of some problems with the D500 freezing up. I have not experienced any problems, and I am using a Sandisk SD card. I have assignments coming up this weekend where I will put this camera through some rough use, so I will report back with those findings. What I see now is the D500 is a durable, solid performer loaded with pro features, and at $2000, a great value for the sports and wildlife photographer. Stay tuned, more on this camera shortly!