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Nikon D500 Digital Camera

SLR 20.9MP 5x Jan 2016
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A Nikon D500 review from a loyal Nikon D300S user
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35 Reasons For

Excellent User Reviews

On average, based on 23 user reviews the average user rating of this digital camera is exceptional.

Good Quality Lens

Several people who purchased it concluded that it had a good autofocus. Rob Hawthorn wrote in his review of this digital camera on Amazon “The best follow focus for the price”. Imaging-Resource.com mentioned in their review on expert review site Imaging Resource.com “The autofocus sensor module has 153 focus points, including 99 cross-type sensors”.

Some Nikon D500 owners mentioned in their reviews that the product had a good lens. Charles mentioned on Amazon “Regarding lenses, I don't need the DX kit lens (the seller kindly took off the kit lens for me), since I can use my FX lenses with D500” in his review of this digital camera and rated it 5 stars. Charles also mentioned “Now with D500 I can fine tune the lens auto focus straight away on the D500 camera body”.

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Good Quality Pictures

Two Nikon D500 owners considered that this digital camera was good in low light. Expert website Techradar.com wrote in their review of this digital camera in January last year “It looks like a real contender with an impressive AF system and great low-light credentials”.

A number of customers who bought this digital camera reckoned that it had a good picture resolution. One Nikon D500 owner said that it was able to produce good images.

One person who reviewed the product wrote that it had a good ISO range.

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Good Product Quality

Some people who reviewed it reckoned that it was good quality. Dylan mentioned on Amazon “Top quality can't fault it” in his review of the Nikon D500 and rated it as excellent. Isaac Newman mentioned on Amazon “High quality heavy item metal” in his review of this digital camera. Misterkayos wrote on Amazon “Fantastic product that was better than expected! Very high quality” in their review of this digital camera.

Reasonably Priced

Four Nikon D500 owners mentioned in their reviews that the product was good value for money. P. Durham mentioned on Amazon “Value for money” in their review of this digital camera. P. Durham also mentioned “Considering the price I'm happy with it”. Peter Laine said “Can recommend this to anyone whose looking for a reasonably priced and well-built follow focus” .

Several Nikon D500 owners mentioned that it was a bargain for the price. Rob Hawthorn gave it a rating of 5 stars and he mentioned “I've tried other cheap follow focus units” in his review. Three years ago Seif wrote in their review of this digital camera “Cheap price” and gave this digital camera a very good rating. Seif also wrote “The only cons would be the packaging which is way too cheap and mine looked like something refurbished.”.

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Nice Design

Two Nikon D500 reviewers who bought it thought it was smooth. Paul wrote in his review on Amazon “I use it with a Nikon 24-70mm lens, buttery smooth! You can even draw on the white ring with a whiteboard pen”. Seif wrote on Amazon “Everything is smooth, sturdy and look great”.

One Nikon D500 reviewer who purchased this digital camera wrote that it was ergonomic. Mustafa rated it 5 stars and mentioned in their Nikon D500 review last year “Very sharp images Ergonomically (subjective) you can't fault it”. One person who purchased it reckoned that it was a good design. Stephanie Lane said in her review of this digital camera on Amazon “You can clearly see the quick release design in the photos”.

One Nikon D500 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that the product was good looking. Timj_uk said on Amazon last year “It looks like another Nikon quality issue which, in true Nikon style, they will probably deny knowledge of! Secondly the battery issue itself” in their review of this digital camera however despite that they gave it a score of 3 stars.

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Easy to Use

A few customers wrote in their reviews that it was easy to use. Charles said in January last year “It works extremely handy when shooting in manual as you can just use right hand to change ISO while keeping your eye to the view finder” in his review. Charles also mentioned “Fn2 on the left hand, plus the handy joystick”.

One Nikon D500 reviewer reckoned that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Mustafa wrote on Amazon last year “Very comfortable with all the buttons exactly where they should be which makes shooting a pleasure” in their review and scored the product very highly.

One person who bought it thought it was easy to setup. Three years ago Paul gave this digital camera a score of 5 stars and he wrote on Amazon “Zero play, easy to set up and secure, I LOVE having lock to keep focus within my own predetermined limits using the stops” in his review of the Nikon D500.

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Robust

Three customers thought the product was well made. Stephanie Lane said in her review on Amazon “Well built - and practically no 'play”. Stephanie Lane also said “Feels well built”. One customer mentioned that it was strong and durable.

Nikon Cameras Have Good Reviews

Nikon has good average ratings for its SLR digital cameras as well as across its entire digital camera range compared to other brands.

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Good Size

A few Nikon D500 owners who purchased it wrote that it was a good body shape. Mustafa wrote in their review of this digital camera “Overall, hands down the best body I've ever owned” . Digitalcameraworld.com said last year “It has a smaller body and sensor than the D5.” in their Nikon D500 review.

One person who bought it said that it was a good weight. Charles scored the product 5 stars and he wrote “Smaller size/weight and much cheaper than D5” in his review of the Nikon D500. One customer who purchased the product considered that it was tight. Rob Hawthorn said on Amazon “The gears are tight and accurate” in his Nikon D500 review and gave the Nikon D500 an excellent review.

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Good Video Capture

Some customers who purchased it considered that it was good for video recording. Mustafa wrote in their review on Amazon “Video looks great”. Three years ago Paul said in his Nikon D500 review on Amazon “Best Video Upgrade Out There”.

Good Support

One Nikon D500 owner mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera had good technical guidance.

One Nikon D500 reviewer wrote that the product had good customer support. Timj_uk wrote on Amazon “Another tick for those fantastic Nikon PR people, your customer support is truly inspirational” in their review of this digital camera but in spite of that they only rated it 60 out of 100.

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Supports Wi-Fi

The Nikon D500 supports wi-Fi, which is unusual. Most of the other similar spec cameras that have been available for more than a year do not support wi-Fi.

We compared all the other digital cameras which support wi-Fi to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Nikon D750[plb_2497138_price], and the Sony Alpha A77[plb_2716029_price] is also worth considering.

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Quite Large Display Diagonal

Across all the cameras of this age and type the display diagonals range from 2.7" to 3.2". With a display diagonal of 3.2 inches, the Nikon D500 has a fairly large display diagonal compared to most of the other SLR digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the D500.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 3.2" screen cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Nikon D750[plb_2497138_price].

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Nikon D500 supports Full HD video, which is unusual. Most of the other SLR digital cameras that came out around the same time as the D500 do not support Full HD video.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras which support Full HD video and we think the Sony Alpha A77[plb_2716029_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Electronic Camera Shutter Type

This camera has an Electronic camera shutter type, which is typical of many cameras of a comparable age and spec to it.

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1240 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)s

The Nikon D500 takes more battery life (CIPA standard)s than most of the digital cameras that have been available for more than a year. Most of the digital cameras that came out around the same time as the D500 only take between 440 and 1,239 battery life (CIPA standard)s, however this digital camera takes 1240 battery life (CIPA standard)s.

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Fairly High ISO Sensitivity (max)

SLR digital cameras that were launched more than a year ago have ISO sensitivity (max)s of between 6,400 and 52,000, and the average ISO sensitivity (max) is 25,000. At 51,200, the Nikon D500 has a fairly high ISO sensitivity (max) compared to most of the other digital cameras that were released one year ago.

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Very High Display Resolution (numeric)

The Nikon D500 has one of the highest display resolution (numeric)s (2,359,000 pixels) amongst comparable spec cameras of this age. The lowest display resolution (numeric) of SLR digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the D500 is 460,000 pixels, the highest is 2,400,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 1,000,000 pixels.

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Two Memory Slotss

Most of the other digital cameras that were released around the same time as the D500 only have one memory slots, however the Nikon D500 has two memory slotss.

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3840 X 2160 Pixels Video Resolutions

This camera supports a video resolutions of 1280 x 720|1920 x 1080|3840 x 2160 pixels, which is typical of many cameras that were released more than a year ago. A video resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels is equivalent to 4K Ultra HD video. This has four times the detail of Full HD video.

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3840x2160@25fps Resolution At Capture Speed

The Nikon D500 has a 3840x2160@25fps resolution at capture speed which is higher than the 1280×720@60fps resolution at capture speed found on most cameras that came out around the same time as it. In addition, this camera have resolution at capture speeds of 1920x1080@24fps, 1920x1080@25fps, 1920x1080@30fps, 1920x1080@50fps and 1920x1080@60fps and 3840x2160@30fps. The best resolution at capture speeds of all digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the D500 is 1920x1080@120fps and the worst is 320x240@25fps.

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Has Six White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the Nikon D500 is more than most SLR digital cameras that have been available for more than a year. The most frequently found white balance is Shade, but this white balance is not found on this camera. The white balances Auto, Cloudy, Direct sunlight, Flash, Fluorescent and Incandescent are also found on this Nikon camera.

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Has Three Photo Effectss

The Nikon D500 has a greater number of photo effects than most digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. This Nikon digital camera has a Neutral photo effects, which is the most commonly found photo effects found on digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the D500. The photo effectss "Black&White" and "Vivid" are also found on this camera.

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153 Auto Focus (AF) Pointss

153 auto Focus (AF) pointss

Most of the other SLR digital cameras that have been available for more than a year only have between 9 and 152 auto Focus (AF) pointss, however the Nikon D500 has 153 auto Focus (AF) pointss.

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3840 X 2160 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum video resolution on similar spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as it.

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5568 X 3712 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Nikon D500 has a 5568 x 3712 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than the 5472 x 3648 pixels maximum image resolution found on most cameras of this age and spec. Digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the D500 maximum image resolutions range from 1280 x 1024 pixels (worst) to 8688 x 5792 pixels (best).

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Has Two Image Editings

The number of image editing modes found on the Nikon D500 is more than most cameras of this age and spec. This camera has a Rotating image editing, which is the most frequently found image editing found on cameras of a similar age and type to the D500. The image editing "Resizing" is also found on this digital camera.

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Has a Mini HDMI Connector Type

The number of HDMI connector types found on the Nikon D500 is more than most comparable spec cameras that came out around the same time as it. This camera has a Mini HDMI connector type, which is the most commonly found HDMI connector type found on digital cameras that are a similar age to the D500.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modess

The Nikon D500 has a greater number of light exposure modes than most cameras of this age and spec. This camera has a Manual light exposure modes, which is the most frequently found light exposure modes found on cameras that were launched more than a year ago. The light exposure modess "Aperture priority AE", "Auto" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this Nikon camera.

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Supports Two ISO Sensitivitys

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Nikon D500 is more than most digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. This camera supports a 100 ISO sensitivity, which is the most commonly supported ISO sensitivity supported by digital cameras of this type and age. The ISO sensitivity "51200" is also supported by this Nikon camera.

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Supports Three Camera File Systems

The number of camera file systems supported by the Nikon D500 is more than most SLR digital cameras that were launched more than a year ago. This camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most frequently supported camera file system supported by digital cameras of this age and type. The camera file systems "DCF 2.0" and "RAW" are also supported by this Nikon digital camera.

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Features Three Auto Focusing (AF) Modess

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the Nikon D500 is more than most cameras of a comparable type and age to it. This Nikon digital camera features a Single Auto Focus auto focusing (AF) modes, which is the most frequently featured auto focusing (AF) modes featured on digital cameras of this age and spec. The auto focusing (AF) modess "Continuous Auto Focus" and "Servo Auto Focus" are also featured on this Nikon camera.

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Optical Viewfinder Type

This digital camera has an Optical viewfinder type, which is typical of many comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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TFT Display

The Nikon D500 has a TFT display which is better than most SLR digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. Most SLR digital cameras that came out around the same time as it have an LCD display. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight.

This digital camera's display (TFT) is in fact the best display across all digital cameras that were released around the same time as the D500.

The worst display across comparable types of digital camera is LCD.

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8 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The Nikon D500 does not have a built-in flash, unlike most of the other SLR digital cameras that were released around the same time as the D500.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash and we think the Nikon D750[plb_2497138_price], or the Sony Alpha A77[plb_2716029_price] which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Video Capability

The Nikon D500 does not support video capability, although this is within the context that most of the other cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the D500 also do not support video capability.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Nikon D500 does not have a GPS (satellite). Most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age also do not have a GPS (satellite).

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Not Waterproof

The Nikon D500 is not waterproof, although this is within the context that most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to the D500 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

The Nikon D500 does not have an image stabilizer, although keep in mind that most of the other SLR digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the D500 also do not have an image stabilizer.

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Pricey

After checking the price of 21 cameras of this age and type they range in price from £192 to £5,199. We think that this camera looks expensive compared to other cameras of this age and type.

Very Small Eye Relief

With an eye relief of only 16 millimeters, the Nikon D500 has a quite small eye relief compared to most of the other digital cameras that came out more than a year ago. Across all the cameras that were launched around the same time as the D500 the eye reliefs range from 16mm to 27mm, and the average eye relief is 19mm.

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Heavy

The weights of SLR digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the D500 range from 400g to 1.3kg, and the average weight is 610g. The Nikon D500 is one of the heavier comparable spec cameras that have been available for a similar time to the D500 (760 grams) amongst SLR digital cameras of this age.

Cameras with a heavier weight that might be worth considering include the Sony Alpha A77[plb_2716029_price] (647g and higher rated), or the Nikon D750[plb_2497138_price] (750g and higher rated).

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4 Other reasons to consider the Nikon D500

Released Over a Year Ago

It was over a year ago when this camera was released.

Average Megapixel

The Nikon D500 has a pretty standard megapixel (20.9 megapixels) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to the D500.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC|XQD compatible memory cards, which is the most commonly supported compatible memory cards on digital cameras of this spec and age. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

Cameras with a better memory card type that might be worth considering include the Nikon D750[plb_2497138_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated), or the Sony Alpha A77[plb_2716029_price] (MS PRO Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated).

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many comparable spec cameras that have been around for more than a year.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available including the Nikon D750[plb_2497138_price], or the Sony Alpha A77[plb_2716029_price] which has better reviews.

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Specification

Picture Quality
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Megapixel
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Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
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Image Stabilizer Location
Sensor Format
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Lens Mount Interface
Number of Diaphragm Blades
Filter Size
Mounting Type
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
Auto Focus (AF) Points
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Type
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Sync-Speed
Flash Exposure Compensation
Shoe Mounting Point
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Resolution At Capture Speed
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Second Display
Viewfinder
Magnification
Viewfinder Type
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
USB Connector Type
HDMI
Microphone in
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USB Version
Headphone Outputs
USB Connector
Camera
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GPS (satellite)
White Balance
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Dioptre Correction
Image Editing
Camera File System
Live View
Tripod Mountable
Camera Playback
Direct Printing
Diopter Adjustment (D-D)
Eye Relief
Languages Support
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Height
Depth
Width
Lens Weight
Lens Length
Lens Diameter
Battery
Power Source Type
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Expert Reviews

13 January 2016

Now here's an interesting new arrival. The Nikon D500 is like a small scale, APS-C-sensor take on the top-end Nikon D5. It shows Nikon's realignment of its range too, as the sort-of replacement to... Read more…

11 January 2016

It has a smaller body and sensor than the D5, but the D500 has many of the same components as Nikon's new top-end camera. Find out our first impression in our hands-on Nikon D500 review.For ages... Read more…

8 January 2016

At last Nikon has a professional-level APS-C format camera to replace the D300S and compete with the Canon 7D Mark II and it looks like a real contender with an impressive AF system and great...

Same AF system as the top, end 5
10fps shooting for 200 raw files
Metal, weather, sealed body
20Mp rather than 24Mp
7 January 2016

At last Nikon has a professional-level APS-C format camera to replace the D300S and compete with the Canon 7D Mark II and it looks like a real contender with an impressive AF system and great...

6 January 2016

Nikon's long-awaited upgrade to its venerable D300s DX-format DSLR has finally arrived in the shape of the new Nikon D500. Announced alongside the flagship FX-format D5, the new Nikon D500 shares... Read more…

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Reviewed 22 August 2016 by Markthenomad

Well built, weather proofed brick of a camera which suits my large hands and absent-mindedness. Will last my lifetime...

Reviewed 20 July 2016 by Mustafa
(Verified Purchase)

Very very happy with the performance of the D500 so far. Extremely fast AF and very sharp images Ergonomically (subjective) you can't fault it. Very comfortable with all the buttons exactly where... Read more…

Reviewed 14 June 2016 by Timj_UK | 44 Comments

I've bought this D500 as a backup to my D810 and to be my main camera for sports and fast moving animals etc. (replaced my old D3). Initial testing shows what a capable camera this is and while... Read more…

I've just got my D500 (from a different Nikon seller). I watched/read almost all the available reviews, and decided to get one. There are plenty of good reviews, so I'll skip the technical aspects... Read more…

Reviewed 26 September 2016 by Monkeysnapper

My second D500. The first, rather surprisingly, packed up after a relatively short drop (1.5 metres) and inside my Billingham bag! This surprised me somewhat, but my insurers passed it to Nikon UK... Read more…

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Manufacturer Part Numbers vba480, vba480a, vba480ae, canon f56, canon f56e, vba480k001, nikon d500, code vba480, names vba480, code vba480a, canon vba480, nikon vba480, canon vba480a, nikon n161059, nikon vba480a, names vba480a, code vba480ae, nikon n161059w, nikon vba480ae, names vba480ae, canon vba480ae, code vba485k001, nikon vba480k001, canon vba480k001
Barcodes 00006509704583, 00018208015597, 00018208015603, 00018208947256, 00018208947263

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