Nikon D500 with 200-500mm Lens Wildlife Kit

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Nikon D500 with 200-500mm Lens Wildlife Kit
Key Features
  • AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR Lens
  • Tripod Legs and Gimbal Head
Compiled with the nature photographer in mind, this Nikon D500 with 200-500mm Lens Wildlife Kit put together by B&H bundles the capable APS-C body and AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E lens with a sturdy aluminum tripod and gimbal head.
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Nikon D500 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Nikon D500 DSLR Camera (Body Only)
  • 3Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR Lens
  • 4Benro TMA47AXL Extra Long Series 4 Mach3 Aluminum Tripod
  • 5Oben GH-30 Gimbal Head

Compiled with the nature photographer in mind, this Nikon D500 with 200-500mm Lens Wildlife Kit put together by B&H bundles the capable APS-C body and AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E lens with a sturdy aluminum tripod and gimbal head.

Nikon D500 DSLR Camera (Body Only)

As the flagship model within Nikon's DX-format DSLR line, the D500 is characterized by its robust physical construction, apt imaging capabilities, and of course, a more compact, sleek form factor than its FX brethren. Revolving around a 20.9MP CMOS sensor and EXPEED 5 image processor, this camera appeals to both still and video shooters with its fast 10-fps continuous-shooting rate and 4K UHD video recording abilities. The sensor and processor also combine to avail a native sensitivity range up to ISO 51200, which can be further expanded to ISO 1640000 for working in dark and difficult lighting conditions. Benefitting the fast shooting performance, the D500 is also characterized by its expansive Multi-CAM 20K 153-point AF system, which features 99 cross-type points for fast performance and accurate subject tracking capabilities. While sleek in stature, the D500 is by no means slim on functionality and versatility.

Besides the imaging assets, this advanced DSLR also features an impressive handling design that incorporates a 3.2", 2.36m-dot, tilting LCD touchscreen, which affords a comfortable means for working from high and low angles. An updated version of SnapBridge is also featured, which provides Wi-Fi connectivity with NFC, as well as Bluetooth Low Energy technology for linking your mobile device for wireless image sharing. In addition to the convenience features, the D500 is housed within a durable magnesium alloy chassis that is both dust- and weather-sealed for working in inclement conditions and harsh environments.

20.9MP DX-Format CMOS Sensor and EXPEED 5 Image Processor

The DX-format 20.9MP CMOS sensor is paired with the EXPEED 5 image processor to provide an esteemed mixture of high sensitivity, nuanced image quality, and fast overall performance. At native values, a sensitivity range from ISO 100-51200 permits working in a broad array of lighting conditions, an can be further expanded to ISO 50-1640000 (Lo 1 to Hi 5) to handle the most challenging of situations. The mixture of resolution and sensor size also contributes to clean image quality and smooth color transitions with reduced noise throughout the sensitivity range.

In addition to benefitting image quality, the EXPEED 5 processor also affords a wealth of speed throughout the camera system, including a top continuous shooting rate of 10 fps with full-time autofocus and exposure metering. Up to 200 frames can be recorded in a single burst, even when shooting 14-bit lossless compressed NEF files. Additionally, slower continuous shooting rates are available as well as a Quiet Continuous Mode for shooting 3 fps in noise-sensitivity areas.

4K UHD Video Recording

Capable of recording more than just stills, the D500 supports 4K UHD video recording at 30, 25, and 24 fps frame rates and Full HD/HD recording at up to 60 fps, along with the ability to save movie files to the in-camera memory cards or as an uncompressed file to an optional external recorder via HDMI out. For maintained quality and versatility in how your movies look, three image area options are available:
  • 4K UHD movie image format is an area that provides a 1.5x increase in the effective focal length of the lens in use and is reserved for 4K 3840 x 2160 recording.
  • 1.3x-based movie image area provides a 1.3x crop of the DX sensor, and is used for recording FULL HD and HD video.
  • DX-based movie image format utilizes the full width of the DX-format sensor, and is used to record Full HD 1920 x 1080 and HD 1280 x 720 video. This setting is well-suited for shallow depth of field effects and provides the widest field of view.

As with still shooting, the wide range of sensitivities is available for recording in low- and bright-light conditions, ranging from expanded ISO 100-1640000, and sensitivity values are manually adjustable via the dedicated movie-shooting menu. Also, a video-optimized Flat Picture Control mode can be used during recording to flatten the overall contrast curve for more control during post-production and color grading.

Benefitting handheld shooting, an Electronic Vibration Reduction feature can be used during Full HD and HD recording, which minimizes the appearance of camera shake across three axes to control horizontal, vertical, and rotational movements. Additionally, Active D-Lighting can also be employed during Full HD/HD shooting to preserve highlight and shadow detail when working in high-contrast situations.

In regard to handling, a dedicated power aperture button (Pv) makes it possible to achieve smooth, continuous exposure transitions when switching from light to dark areas and Auto ISO can also be used to maintain consistent brightness when working in changing light situations. Audio recording can be handled using the built-in stereo microphone or an optional external mic can be added via the 3.5mm stereo jack for greater control over quality. Regardless if using the in-camera mic or an external mic, audio levels can be adjusted in 20 increments and live monitoring is possible via the headphone jack, which afford 30 different volume levels for playback.

In addition to straight movie recording, time-lapse recording, for up to 9999 consecutive frames shot over the course of up to one week, is also possible with up to 4K UHD/30p output from the camera.

153-Point Multi-CAM 20K Autofocus System

Matching the speed and imaging capabilities is the apt Multi-CAM 20K AF system, which features 153 total phase-detection points, including 99 cross-type sensors for improved subject recognition, and 55 of the points are selectable for greater compositional freedom. Benefitting the use of super telephoto lenses and teleconverters, 15 of the points, including 9 selectable points, are compatible with an effective aperture of f/8 and all 153 points support working with effective apertures of f/5.6 or brighter.

Complementing the abundance of focusing points is a dedicated AF engine, which offers quick response times to benefit tracking fast and randomly moving subjects, even at the top 10 fps shooting rate. The AF engine also contributes to enhanced focusing sensitivity, with all points capable of focusing -3 EV and the center point capable of reading at -4 EV for working in very dark, low-contrast situations.

Furthering the versatility of the focusing system, seven different AF-area modes can be selected to support varying types of subjects matter:
  • Single-Point AF: The camera uses a single point to find focus.
  • Dynamic-Area AF: Available with 25, 72, or 153-point selections, this mode uses a primary single focus point to lock onto focus, and then makes use of the surrounding points for maintaining focus while tracking erratically-moving subjects.
  • Group-Area AF: This mode treats smaller groups of AF points as a single point for a wider field of recognition, and is well-suited to tracking faces or other detailed subjects.
  • 3D-Tracking: Using a subject's color information, this mode utilizes all 153 points to maintain focus on a moving subject while half-pressing the shutter button.
  • Auto-Area AF: This mode makes use of all 153 points to quickly identify the main subject, and then prioritizes recognized faces as portrait subjects in any AF servo mode.

In addition to the range of AF-area modes, an AF lock-on function can also be used to improve subject tracking performance, and can be adjusted by two parameters-quick or delayed blacked shot AF response and erratic or steady subject movement. By configuring these settings, the AF performance can be optimized to handle a wide variety of subject movement types.

Lastly, a unique auto AF fine-tune function can be employed to ensure the best possible focus for each mounted lens. Rather than relying on photographing distance charts, this function lets you achieve precise focus manually in live view, and then have the AF system calibrate itself to the fine-tuned focus position in order to alleviate front- and back-focusing issues.

Body Design

  • A large 3.2" rear LCD monitor features a high 2,359k-dot resolution for clear, vivid playback and live view shooting. The monitor is also a touchscreen for more intuitive menu navigation and settings control, and is usable while shooting, giving you the ability to choose a focus point or an area to set the white balance from. The screen can also be used as a keyboard for quickly entering notes, copyright info, or IPTC information. Additionally, it features a tilting design for easier visibility when shooting from high and low working angles.
  • A bright pentaprism optical viewfinder offers 100% frame coverage and a 1.0x magnification, and incorporates an organic EL display system to provide shooting information for seamless adjustment over camera settings without removing your eye from the viewfinder. Additionally, the optical glass features enhanced coatings for increased brightness, contrast, and color neutrality for more lifelike viewing.
  • Extending file saving capabilities by permitting overflow recording, in-camera file duplicating, or the ability to segregate raw and JPEG files between two cards, the D500 is configured with both SD and XQD memory card slots.
  • A robust magnesium alloy chassis is both dust- and weather-resistant to benefit working in harsh climates and inclement conditions.
  • The ergonomic grip and overall form factor are shaped to benefit handling for extended periods of time and are further accentuated by anti-slip, textured controls and easy-to-open card slot covers. Additionally, most of the rear buttons on the rear of the camera are illuminated for greater visibility when working in dim lighting conditions. Two configurable Fn buttons, one front-facing and the other rear-facing, may be assigned for checking depth of field or used for other shooting controls.
  • The included EN-EL15 rechargeable lithium-ion battery is CIPA-rated to last for approximately 1240 shots per charge in single-frame release modes. The optional MB-D17 Multi-Power Battery Pack can also be added to further extend shooting times.

SnapBridge Wi-Fi Connectivity

Supporting a wealth of sharing and tagging possibilities, the D500 features built-in SnapBridge Wi-Fi connectivity to enable seamless transfer of imagery as well as remote shooting capabilities. BLE – Bluetooth Low Energy technology enables communication between the camera and a smart device. Additionally, the mobile device can remotely trigger the shutter and display a live view image from the camera to enable working from a distance. NFC (Near Field Communication) is also supported to provide a quick and simple tap-to-connect method for linking your mobile devices with the camera.

For faster wireless performance, the D500 is also compatible with the optional WT-7A Wireless Transmitter enabling transmission of image files via FTP server or computer at speeds of up to 866.7 Mbps.

Scene Recognition System and Exposure Metering

The intelligent Scene Recognition System with 3D Color Matrix Metering III utilizes a 180k-pixel RGB sensor to evaluate and analyze all aspects within a scene, including brightness, contrast, subject distance, and the scene colors, to quickly determine an accurate exposure and white balance setting to best render the scene at hand. The information gathered is also checked against onboard reference images to ensure consistency from image to image in regard to exposure, white balance, i-TTL flash settings, and subject-tracking AF performance.

Other Camera Features

  • Three types of auto white balance are available: Auto 0, which maintains natural white values under any lighting condition; Auto 1, which maintains a balances of color between the subject and ambient light conditions; and Auto 2, which renders colors with a natural warmth and retains the colors of various types of lighting.
  • In-camera flicker reduction is available for both stills shooting and movie recording.
  • Three different sizes of raw files can be used depending on your output needs; raw size medium and small are 12-bit lossless compressed NEF files while the large file size is a 14-bit lossless uncompressed or compressed NEF file.
  • Spot White Balance control for live view shooting makes setting the white balance as easy as pointing to the area in the frame that should be white. Additionally, 1-6 preset white balance settings can be stored for easier switching between different light sources.
  • The D500 is compatible with the radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting system, which permits working with the optional WR-R10 Controller and WR-A10 Receiver, along with the SB-5000, for intuitive, controllable wireless flash shooting.
  • Picture Control modes allow you to set predefined looks to imagery in-camera and include Landscape, Monochrome, Neutral, Portrait, Standard, Vivid, Flat, and user-customizable settings.
  • Language support: Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Marathi, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese (Portugal and Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese.
UPC: 018208015597

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR Lens

Spanning a long, versatile zoom range, the AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR Lens from Nikon is a telephoto zoom characterized by a constant f/5.6 maximum aperture for consistent performance throughout the zoom range. The optical design incorporates three extra-low dispersion glass elements to reduce chromatic aberrations and distortions for increased sharpness and color accuracy. Also contributing to improved image quality, a Super Integrated Coating has been applied to lens elements to lessen flare and ghosting for improved contrast and clarity.

A Silent Wave Motor AF system produces fast, near-silent focusing performance that suits both stills shooting and movie recording, which can instantly be manually overridden by simply turning the manual focus ring. Further contributing to photographing in fast-paced situations and difficult lighting, VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization compensates for the effects of camera shake by up to 4.5 shutter speed stops. Additionally, an electromagnetic aperture mechanism is integrated into the lens design to provide greater exposure control stability that is especially beneficial when working with faster continuous shooting rates.

Designed for use with FX image sensors, this lens is also compatible with DX sensors where it will provide a 300-750mm equivalent focal length range.
Constant f/5.6 maximum aperture offers consistent performance throughout the zoom range.
Three extra-low dispersion elements greatly reduce color fringing and chromatic aberrations in order to produce greater clarity and color accuracy.
A Super Integrated Coating has been applied to individual elements to suppress internal reflections, flare, and ghosting for improved contrast and color accuracy when working in strong lighting conditions.
Silent Wave Motor affords quick, quiet, and precise autofocus performance along with full-time manual focus override. An internal focusing design is also used, where only the internal lens groups are moved during focusing, to maintain the overall length of the lens during use and to promote faster focusing speeds.
Vibration Reduction image stabilization helps to reduce the appearance of camera shake for up to 4.5 shutter speed stops, benefiting this lens' use in low-light conditions. Additionally, a designated Sport Mode is well-suited to working in fast-paced conditions where panning and other lateral camera movements are more common.
A rotating tripod collar offers well-balanced support for photographing atop a tripod or monopod with either vertical or horizontal shooting orientations.
Specialized electromagnetic aperture mechanism provides greater exposure control stability that is especially beneficial when working with fast continuous shooting rates.

This mechanism limits the compatibility of this lens to the following cameras: D5, D4, D3 series, Df, D850, D810, D810A, D800/E, D750, D700, D610, D600, D500, D300/S, D7500, D7200, D7100, D7000, D5600, D5500, D5300, D5200, D5100, D5000, D3400, D3300, D3200, D3100, Nikon 1 J1, J2, J3, J4 with FT-1, Nikon 1 V1, V2, V3 with FT-1, and Nikon 1 S1, S2 with FT-1.
Compatible with optional AF-S Teleconverter TC-14, TC-17, and TC-20 teleconverters.
UPC: 018208200580

Benro TMA47AXL Extra Long Series 4 Mach3 Aluminum Tripod

Support up to 44.1 lb worth of gear with the TMA47AXL Extra Long Series 4 Mach3 Aluminum Tripod from Benro. Made from aluminum, the 3-section legs are secured via twist locks and extend to a maximum height of 85.1". The center column can be replaced with the included short column to allow the tripod to reach a minimum height of 18.7". The rubber feet can be swapped out for metal spikes so that the tripod can be used on hard surfaces, such as ice, or soft surfaces, like carpeting or a lawn. A ballast hook on the center column allows for the addition of stabilizing weight, and the included carrying case protects the tripod during transport. A 3/8"-16 threaded stud on the mounting platform lets you attach a head of your choice.

Oben GH-30 Gimbal Head

Balance and maneuver large telephoto lenses effortlessly with the Oben GH-30 Gimbal Head. An ideal support for sports and wildlife photographers, this head is capable of handling a 44 lb payload and allows fluid movement on both vertical and horizontal axes. Because of the head's independent pan lock and 360° range of movement, it allows you to capture fast-moving objects.

Lens Compatibility

70-200mm f/2.8 or f/4, 100-400mm, 150-600mm, 300mm f/4, 400mm f/5.6, 200-500mm, and other similar-sized lenses

Weight Capacity

The gimbal head can support, balance, and maneuver large telephoto lenses that weigh up to 44 lb

Smooth and Fluid Motion

Whether shooting birds, wildlife, or sports, the fluid motion and friction control built into the arm allows you to move your camera smoothly and effortlessly along either axis while tracking the subject

Arca-type Mount

The Arca-type compatible plate has two 1/4"-20 threaded mounts, but they are also supplied with two 3/8"-16 bushings

360° Panning with Independent pan Lock

The 9" tall head rotates a full 360° and locks into place with its independent pan lock

Duplicate Set-Ups

Numbered scales are located on the clamp and on the swing arm, so the telephoto lens can have a repeated set up on the gimbal head

Threaded Tripod Mount

The gimbal head mounts directly to tripods with a 3/8"-16 threaded mount, but a reducer bushing can be utilized for smaller 1/4"-20 threads

Material of Construction

The gimbal head is made of aluminum and weighs 3.2 lb
UPC: 847628007345

Nikon D500 DSLR Camera (Body Only) Specs

Imaging
Lens MountNikon F
Camera FormatAPS-C (1.5x Crop Factor)
PixelsActual: 21.51 Megapixel
Effective: 20.9 Megapixel
Maximum Resolution5568 x 3712
Aspect Ratio3:2
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor Size23.5 x 15.7 mm
Image File FormatJPEG, Raw, TIFF
Bit Depth14-Bit
Image StabilizationNone
Exposure Control
ISO SensitivityAuto, 100 to 51200 (Extended: 50 to 1640000)
Shutter SpeedElectronic Front Curtain Shutter
1/8000 to 30 Seconds
Bulb Mode
Metering Method3D Color Matrix, Center-Weighted Average, Highlight Weighted, Spot
Exposure ModesAperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Exposure Compensation-5 to +5 EV (1/3, 1/2, 1 EV Steps)
Metering Range-4 to 20 EV
White BalanceAuto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Direct Sunlight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Preset Manual, Shade
Continuous ShootingUp to 10 fps at 20.9 MP for up to 200 Frames (Raw)
Interval RecordingYes
Self-Timer2/5/10/20-Second Delay
Mirror Lock-UpYes
Video
Recording ModesMOV/H.264
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 24.00p/25p/29.97p
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 24.00p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p
HD (1280 x 720) at 50p/59.94p
External Recording ModesUHD 4K (3840 x 2160)
Full HD (1920 x 1080)
HD (1280 x 720)
Recording LimitUp to 29 Minutes, 59 Seconds for UHD 4K (3840 x 2160)
Up to 29 Minutes, 59 Seconds for Full HD (1920 x 1080)
Up to 29 Minutes, 59 Seconds for HD (1280 x 720)
Video EncodingNTSC
ISO SensitivityAuto/Manual: 100 to 51200 (Extended: 1640000)
Audio RecordingBuilt-In Microphone (Stereo)
External Microphone Input
Audio File FormatLinear PCM (Stereo)
Focus
Focus TypeAuto and Manual Focus
Focus ModeContinuous-Servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M), Single-Servo AF (S)
Autofocus PointsPhase Detection: 153 (99 Cross-Type)
Autofocus Sensitivity-4 to +20 EV
Viewfinder and Monitor
Viewfinder TypeOptical (Pentaprism)
Viewfinder Eye Point16 mm
Viewfinder Coverage100%
Viewfinder MagnificationApprox. 1x
Diopter Adjustment-2 to +1
Monitor Size3.2"
Monitor Resolution2,359,000 Dot
Monitor TypeTilting Touchscreen LCD
Flash
Built-In FlashNo
Flash ModesFirst-Curtain Sync, Hi-Speed Sync, Off, Rear Curtain/Slow Sync, Rear Sync, Red-Eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction
Maximum Sync Speed1/250 Second
Flash Compensation-3 to +1 EV (1/3, 1/2, 1 EV Steps)
Dedicated Flash SystemiTTL
External Flash ConnectionHot Shoe, PC Terminal
Interface
Memory Card SlotSlot 1: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II)
Slot 2: XQD
WirelessWi-Fi
Bluetooth
GPSNo
Environmental
Operating Temperature32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Operating Humidity0 to 85%
Physical
Battery1 x EN-EL15 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7 VDC, 1900 mAh
Dimensions (W x H x D)5.8 x 4.5 x 3.2" / 147 x 115 x 81 mm
Weight1.89 lb / 860 g (Body with Battery and Memory)
Packaging Info
Package Weight3.94 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)9.65 x 6.35 x 5.85"

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR Lens Specs

Center Column
Focal Length200 to 500mm
Maximum Aperturef/5.6
Minimum Aperturef/32
Lens MountNikon F
Format CompatibilityFull-Frame
Angle of View12° 20' to 5°
Minimum Focus Distance7.22' / 2.2 m
Maximum Magnification0.22x
Optical Design19 Elements in 12 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationYes
Tripod CollarRemovable and Rotating
Filter Size95 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)4.25 x 10.53" / 108 x 267.5 mm
Weight5.07 lb / 2.3 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight6.925 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)17.3 x 7.65 x 7.5"

Benro TMA47AXL Extra Long Series 4 Mach3 Aluminum Tripod Specs

General
Load Capacity44.1 lb / 20 kg
Maximum Working Height85.1" / 216.2 cm
Max Height without Center Column71.1" / 180.6 cm
Minimum Working Height18.7" / 47.5 cm
Folded Length31.3" / 79.5 cm
Head Mount Type3/8"-16 Screw
Weight6.8 lb / 3.1 kg
MaterialsAluminum Alloy
Legs
Leg Lock TypeTwist Lock
Independent Leg SpreadYes
Leg Sections3
Feet FeaturesSpiked, Retractable
Center Column
Center Column FeaturesRemovable
Center Column Sections1
Center Column Extension TypeRapid
Lateral / 90-Degree Center ColumnNo
Packaging Info
Package Weight10.4 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)36.6 x 6.5 x 6.5"

Oben GH-30 Gimbal Head Specs

General
Head TypeGimbal Head
Base Mount3/8"-16 Thread
Camera Mounting Screw1/4"-20 Male & 3/8"-16 with Bushing
Quick Release Plate TypeArca-Type
Load Capacity44 lb / 19.96 kg
Number of Bubble Level(s)None
Friction ControlYes
Independent Pan LockYes
MaterialAluminum
Pan & Tilt Range
Panning Range360°
Physical
DimensionsH: 9.0 x W: 9.3" / H: 22.9 x W: 23.6 cm
Weight3.2 lb / 1.45 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight3.705 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)11.4 x 10.2 x 3.1"
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