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N-Photo: the Nikon magazine March 2016

Every month we bring you 132-pages of step-by-step advice on how to get the best results from your Nikon digital SLR. Our camera skills section will show you how to shoot great pictures and how to edit them to make them even better! You'll be inspired by the beautiful images shot by top photographers and fellow readers. And you'll learn the basics through our Nikopedia reference pages – picking up tips from the pros with our exclusive interviews and masterclasses. ****Note: This digital edition is not printable and does not include the covermount items or supplements you would find with printed copies***

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welcome to issue 56

FREE! 48 page Photography show guide See below for details I don’t know which I’m more excited about this issue: the launch of Nikon’s 10 frames-per-second D500, or N-Photo’s fresh new look. Happily, if you’ll permit me to mangle a metaphor, you can have your Nikon cake and eat it. And where better to start than with our special feature (page 8), which takes an in-depth look at the D500 (and its big brother, the D5) and explores just why it’s a potential game-changer. And if you’d rather use your Nikon than gaze lovingly at one – and that’s not to say you can’t do both – don’t miss Chris Rutter’s feature on mastering your Nikon in a single weekend (page 24). Broken down into 11 easy-to-follow lessons of half an hour…

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n photo

Rod Lawton PAGE 8 Rod’s returned to N-Photo this issue to preview Nikon’s two new cameras, the D5 and D500. Both are fully professional, all you have to decide is: DX or FX? Chris Rutter PAGE 24 Still using a lot of your D-SLR’s automatic functions? You need Chris’s guide to mastering your Nikon in a weekend – 11 simple steps to taking total control. Adrian Baughan PAGE 66 The ability to capture action and understand light on a landscape – Adrian shows this issue’s Apprentice the serious skills needed to photograph dogs. Michael Freeman PAGE 94 Michael explores capturing gesture and expression in your images, and explains how they can be used to bring your people pictures to life. Jeremy Walker PAGE 112 He was already an established pro when he shot the images for the brochure for the Nikon Df, but Jeremy…

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meet the team

Paul Grogan Editor What’s Paul been up to? He’s been hard at work on N-Photo’s new design, making your magazine even better. paul.grogan@futurenet.com Jason Parnell-Brookes Staff Writer Jason’s work has literally gone to the dogs – he spent a day on location shooting pet portraits with this issue’s Apprentice. jason.parnell-brookes@futurenet.com Ali Jennings Lab Manager He’s still waiting to get his hands on the new Nikon cameras, but our group test of standard zoom lenses kept Ali busy. ali.jennings@futurenet.com Angela Nicholson Head of testing Angela’s already had her hands on the new Nikons, at CES 2016 in Las Vegas. Frankly, we’re amazed she gave them back… angela.nicholson@futurenet.com Our contributors Stuart Adams, Kaitlin Ainslie-King, Ben Andrews, Michael J Brown, George Cairns, Daniel Cheong, Michael H Davies, Brian Hammonds, Geoff Harris, Felix Inden, Simon Lewis, Andy McGregor, Mike McNally, Graham Parker, Chris Packham, Matthew Richards, Chris Rutter, Luca Simonetti,…

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nikon re-defines the d-slr...

It feels like a long time since Nikon announced a new D-SLR. The last was the Nikon D7200, back in March 2015, and even that was more of a refresh of the D7100 rather than a completely new model. But two rumours, in particular, have refused to go away. One was that the Nikon D4s would be replaced with a new D5, especially since 2016 is Olympics year and the perfect opportunity to launch a new flagship sports, action and press camera. The D5 is here. That’s not such a surprise in itself, but what is a surprise is the step forward this camera represents, not just in one area but several. Those who thought the D-SLR had had its day may have to think again. The other rumour was more wishful thinking…

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continuous shooting

There are several big technological advances in the D5 and D500, but one of the biggest is the continuous shooting performance, and not just in terms of the maximum frame rate. The buffer capacity is even more impressive. The D5 boasts the highest frame rate of any Nikon yet, with a maximum continuous shooting speed of 12 frames per second. That might sound like a modest increase over the D4s (11 frames per second), but at this level every improvement is important. That extra one frame per second could make the difference between an everyday image for the sports section and a shot that makes the front pages of the newspapers. The D5 can go faster still if you shoot with the mirror locked up, achieving an amazing 14 frames per second.…

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memory card formats

D500: What Nikon did with the D4s, it’s now done with the D500, this time adding one slot for regular SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards and one for the XQD format. This way, users can upgrade from another model, but still use their old SD cards, and migrate to the XQD format later. The use of the XQD format is another indication that Nikon is treating the D500 as a fully professional camera. D5: Like the D4s before it, the D5 has twin card slots. But the D4s offered one XQD card slot and one for CompactFlash as a concession to pros with stocks of expensive, high-capacity CompactFlash cards. With the D5, though, Nikon has bitten the bullet and gone for twin XQD slots… well, almost. It will also be possible to buy…