Nikon D500 Getting Started Guide

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Professional
Setting Guide 
— Sports AF Edition —
En
Revision 1.0

Summary of Contents of getting started guide for Nikon D500

  • Page 1 Professional Setting Guide — Sports AF Edition — Revision 1.0 En
  • Page 2: Table of Contents Table of Contents Sports AF: Autofocus Basics ...................... 3 • AF Mode: AF‑C...................................................................................3 • AF-Area Mode: 25-Point Dynamic-Area AF................................3...
  • Page 3: Sports AF: Autofocus Basics Sports AF: Autofocus Basics The following settings are suitable for most sports: • Autofocus mode: AF-C • AF-area mode:...
  • Page 4l Focus Tracking with Lock-On Custom Setting a3 (Focus tracking with lock-on) controls how autofo- cus responds to changes in...
  • Page 5l The Standby Timer Choose long standby times to keep the timer active and avoid the delay that occurs when...
  • Page 6: AF-Area Mode AF-Area Mode Choose an AF-area mode according to your subject. Focus-point display AF-area mode Control panel Viewfinder Selection Shooting...
  • Page 7 Description The focus point is selected manually. The camera focuses on the sub- ject in the selected focus point...
  • Page 8 AF-Area Mode l Custom Settings For faster AF-area mode selection, you can: • Assign specific AF-area modes to buttons...
  • Page 9: Focus PointsFocus Points The camera focuses using 153 focus points, of which the 55 shown in red at right can be...
  • Page 10l Cross Sensors The focus points with cross sensors are highlighted in green. All other focus points use line sensors....
  • Page 11 Focus Points l Teleconverters and Available Focus Points The focus points shown below are available for autofocus and electronic...
  • Page 12 The focus points available for autofocus and electronic rangefinding when teleconverters are used in combina- tion with different lenses...
  • Page 13 Focus Points AF‑S NIKKOR 600 mm f/4E FL ED VR • Alone: 153 (55 selectable); 63 cross sensors • With...
  • Page 14 Focus Points AF‑S NIKKOR 80–400 mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR and 200–500 mm f/5.6E ED VR • Alone: 153 (55 selectable); 45...
  • Page 15: Sports AF: Custom SettingsSports AF: Custom Settings The following options are available in Custom Settings Group “a” (Autofocus).   a1 AF‑C priority selection...
  • Page 16l a1: AF‑C Priority Selection Custom Setting a1 (AF-C priority selection) controls wheth- er the camera gives priority to focus...
  • Page 17 Sports AF: Custom Settings  : Subject not  : Subject  : Photo taken (frame number in focus in focus shown...
  • Page 18l a3: Focus Tracking with Lock-On This menu contains two options: Blocked shot AF response and Sub- ject motion. Blocked...
  • Page 19 Sports AF: Custom Settings Subject Motion Choose how the camera tracks subjects in motion. Choose Steady for subjects approaching...
  • Page 20l a6: Number of Focus Points Choose the focus points available for user selection. • 1 55 points: Choose from the...
  • Page 21 Sports AF: Custom Settings Camera rotated 90° counterclockwise Landscape (wide) orientation Camera rotated 90° clockwise • Off: The same...
  • Page 22l a8: AF Activation Choose AF‑ON only to split the functions of the AF‑ON and shutter- release buttons so that...
  • Page 23 Sports AF: Custom Settings l a9: Limit AF-Area Mode Selection Prevent the selection of unwanted AF-area modes. For example,...
  • Page 24: Sports AF: Custom Control Assignments Sports AF: Custom Control Assignments Custom Setting f1 (Custom control assignment) can be used to assign different roles, including...
  • Page 25• K AF-area mode: Highlight this option and press 2 to se- lect an AF-area mode (3D-tracking excluded). The se- lected...
  • Page 26 Sports AF: Custom Control Assignments l Lens Focus Function Buttons You can use S Lens focus function buttons to choose...
  • Page 27: Auto AF Fine-TuningAuto AF Fine-Tuning The D500 can fine-tune autofocus automatically. The re- sults can be used with all lenses of the...
  • Page 28   2 Start live view. Rotate the live view selector to C and press the a button.   3...
  • Page 29 Auto AF Fine-Tuning   6 Perform auto AF fine-tuning. Press the AF-mode and movie- record buttons simultaneously and keep...
  • Page 30: Recommended AF Settings by Event Recommended AF Settings by Event This section offers some advice on adjusting autofocus- related settings for different sporting events....
  • Page 31 Custom Settings a1: AF‑C priority a3: Focus tracking with lock-on a7: Store by selection Blocked shot AF response Subject...
  • Page 32 AF Event mode AF-area mode 25- or 72-point dynamic- Gymnastics Balance beam (page 50) or 3D-tracking or auto-area AF...
  • Page 33 Recommended AF Settings by Event Custom Settings a1: AF‑C priority a3: Focus tracking with lock-on a7: Store by selection...
  • Page 34l Soccer Photographing soccer matches in- volves quick changes of focus and subjects that may be briefly ob- scured by...
  • Page 35 Recommended AF Settings by Event l Winter Sports Here are some suggested settings for photographers at the rink or...
  • Page 36 Ski Jumping Choose settings according to whether you are at the side of the hill with jumpers crossing your...
  • Page 37 Recommended AF Settings by Event From the Front When the subject is at the edge of the frame, the...
  • Page 38 Alpine Skiing Choose settings according to whether the skier is near the gate or taking air over a jump....
  • Page 39 Recommended AF Settings by Event Jumps If you anticipate that the subject will come into view suddenly and will...
  • Page 40 Singles Figure Skating Auto-area AF is recommended if composi- tion is a priority. To automatically switch focus points and...
  • Page 41 Recommended AF Settings by Event Instant AF-Area Mode Selection For flexible AF-area mode selection when photographing figure skating, select...
  • Page 42 Pairs Figure Skating/Ice Dance For events in which skaters fre- quently cross in front of one anoth- er, a...
  • Page 43 Recommended AF Settings by Event Speed Skating For more precise focus, use 25-point dynamic-area AF for wide-orienta- tion upper-body...
  • Page 44 Short-Track Speed Skating The following settings are recom- mended: • Autofocus mode: AF-C • AF-area mode: 25-point dynamic- or...
  • Page 45 Recommended AF Settings by Event Instant AF-Area Mode Selection Group-area AF is a good choice when your subject is...
  • Page 46l Gymnastics Try these settings for gymnastics events. Floor Exercises Auto-area AF is recommended if composi- tion is a priority,...
  • Page 47 Recommended AF Settings by Event Select Focus point and AF-area mode for Custom Set- ting a7 (Store by orientation)...
  • Page 48 Rhythmic Gymnastics For events with apparatuses, choose 3D- tracking, position the focus area over your subject (for best results,...
  • Page 49 Recommended AF Settings by Event Select Focus point and AF-area mode for Custom Set- ting a7 (Store by orientation)...
  • Page 50 Balance Beam Auto-area AF is recommended if composi- tion is a priority, while 25-point dynamic- area AF is suggested...
  • Page 51 Recommended AF Settings by Event Vault If you find the subject hard to frame, choose a dynamic-area AF mode...
  • Page 52l Athletics You may find these settings useful when photographing road running or track and field events. Sprints Choose 25-point...
  • Page 53 Recommended AF Settings by Event Instant AF-Area Mode Selection For flexible AF-area mode selection when photographing approaching runners, select...
  • Page 54 Hurdles Choosing an AF-area mode with comparatively few focus points (sin- gle-point or 25-point dynamic-area AF) helps prevent the...
  • Page 55 Recommended AF Settings by Event Marathons (from a Vehicle) Choosing 25-point dynamic-area AF or single-point AF makes it easy...
  • Page 56 Long Jump and Triple Jump Choosing a dynamic-area AF mode with comparatively few focus points (r) when photographing long...
  • Page 57 Recommended AF Settings by Event l Aquatics Synchronized swimming • Autofocus mode: AF-C • AF-area mode: 25-point dynamic-area AF...
  • Page 58 Swimming Choosing single-point AF helps pre- vent the camera focusing on splash- es (you can refocus as needed if...
  • Page 59 Recommended AF Settings by Event Instant AF-Area Mode Selection For flexible AF-area mode selection when photographing the start of...
  • Page 60 Diving When photographing divers against low-contrast, undifferentiated back- grounds, choose 3D-tracking, posi- tion the focus area over your subject...
  • Page 61 Recommended AF Settings by Event • Autofocus mode: AF-C • AF-area mode: 3D-tracking or auto-area or 72-point dynam- ic-area...
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