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Nikon D500 Fast Start

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Bottom of Camera

John Greengo

Nikon D500 Fast Start

John Greengo

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16. Bottom of Camera

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Bottom of Camera

On the bottom of the camera, we have our battery compartment with our standard EN-EL 15, the quick charger, which may or may not come with the travel charger or the card depending on what country you purchased it in. For charging, there'll be a little light that blinks that tells you it's charging and then when it is fully charged it's just steady like that. And in the camera there will be specific battery information about how much power's left on your battery right now, is your battery overall in new or old condition, and how many images have you taken on that particular battery. Now one of the great things about the SLR cameras is that they have very long battery life and so you can expect around 1200 shots. It's about 50 minutes if you're shooting movies, so a bit shorter there and about two and a half hours to charge that battery. Battery warning, watch out, okay. So, Nikon has made some changes in their batteries over the years. And their current battery is labeled as lithium-ion...

on the back of it. And if you go to buy a battery in a camera store these days that's what you're probably gonna end up with. But there are some older batteries where they've made a slight tweak in the electrical discharge of the battery. They haven't really changed the battery, it still works but the lithium-ion will give you a short battery life. It's just not as long as you would expect given the numbers I just gave you about 1200 shots. And so if you have one of the 01 batteries, you can, at least in the United States, you may have to check with the country that you reside in, you can get a free replacement. It is likely that you need to have a proof of purchase. And so if you don't have proof of purchase, you're probably gonna have to either just use that battery as it's just a shorter life battery or get a new battery. And so in general Nikon has been very specific about really warning to use their own batteries and I think this is for a couple of reasons. Number one, they wanna make more money from selling you accessories, yes that's true, but they also have a very specific electric discharge and chip system in these batteries and so I don't know that a off-brand battery's gonna have the correct chip system in it and so I would be very hesitant about buying off-brand batteries for this camera. Now along with this battery warning, as I was researching this, there is an older battery recall. So there were some batteries that came supplied with the D800, D800E, and the D that had a short-circuit and overheat problem. And it was a certain batch of batteries that came out of the Nikon factory and if you look on the back there is a kind of a serial number, or a batch number, and the ninth character being E or F is bad. And if you have one of those, Nikon will replace your battery. Now depending on what country you live in, you may need proof of purchase to have this replacement done. Now you can either coordinate this with your local camera shop or you can go to the Nikon website in whatever country you're at and look up battery recall, you can look up EN-EL which is the battery on this and that will give you more information about how you go about that process on there. And so the batteries that are being supplied with this camera are totally fine. And so if that's the only battery you have, you don't need to worry about anything. It's only if you have maybe a battery from previous Nikon camera. You got your serial number down there for insurance purposes. A standard tripod socket so you can mount it to all your tripods and the standard accessories there. There is a little rubber cover that you can take off if you get the MB-17 vertical grip, which is really handy for anyone who shoots a lot of verticals so sports photographers, portrait photographers, find this very handy. There will be a battery that you can put in there as well as one in the camera. Supplied with the MBD-17 is a AA battery holder in case you are in far-flung Africa with no place to buy a new battery and your old battery discharged and heated because it's one of the recalled batteries that doesn't work right, you can power the camera through AA batteries. And if you have a Nikon D5 and you have a bunch of the EN-EL 18 batteries that work in the D5, you can get this little battery cover, the BL-5 cover, and you can use the D5 batteries in this camera here. And those are some very powerful batteries that have 2500 shots and so if you really wanna get through a lot of shots you can get one of those batteries.

Class Description

We know what it’s like to dive right into taking pictures with your new camera. But dense technical manuals make for a terrible first date. Get the most out of your new Nikon® D500 with this complete step-by-step walkthrough of the camera’s features.

Join expert photographer John Greengo for a fast-track introduction, and unlock your camera’s full potential.  

In this class you'll learn:

  • How to use the D500’s various shooting modes
  • How to use and customize the D500’s menus
  • How to master the 4K video function
John is a CreativeLive veteran instructor and an experienced photographer. He has extensive experience teaching the technical minutiae that makes any camera an effective tool: aperture, ISO, the Rule of Thirds, and the kinds of lenses you’ll need to suit your camera body. This Fast Start includes a complete breakdown of your camera’s exposure, focus, metering, video and more. John will also explain how to customize the Nikon D500’s settings to work for your style of photography.

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Carl Vanderweyden

John Greengo is the best! I purchased a Nikon D500 and this course around the same time. Because of this camera being so complex, I felt that a course would be beneficial. This course that John teaches is exactly what I needed. His knowledge of this camera as well as photography in general is exceptional. In fact, I own a couple of other courses presented by John and I also bought a couple of his books! I would highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to know the ins-and-outs of this D500! Thanks again John for a great course and your great way of explaining things with clear dialect and great visuals!

M Jo

Wow! What a great class! John is a natural teacher, moving at a good pace and explaining things carefully, never assuming you already know more than you might. I just got my D500 last week and am so pleased to have gone through this entire class. I learned a LOT and took some notes to refer back to. I've also just bought a Z6 and have purchased John's class for that. Can't wait to dive in!!!

Christina Brittain

By The class. John is the gold standard for teaching. He repairs lessons to perfection. He speaks in ways students comprehend all that he presents. Never waste words. Never bores. Always demonstrates his points. I will continue to purchase his classes as they provide the best learning I have found. He is making me a much better photographer, both technically and creatively. You can't make good images if you don't know your gear. Hope he teaches lessons in Portland Oregon one day. I know Pro Photo Supply would sponsor him.