Welcome to issue 60
I almost dispensed with the word ‘Nikon’ in this issue’s main cover headline, on the grounds that it was superfluous. Frankly, a simple ‘IT’S HERE!’ probably would have done, because unless you’ve been living in a cave for the last few months, you’d have known precisely what the ‘IT’ referred to.
I am of course talking about the new D500, the most exciting – and most eagerly anticipated – SLR that Nikon has launched in years. Of course, the burning question among (all of us) Nikon nuts on the Facebooktwitterblogosphere is: does it live up to the hype? Has it been worth the long – some might say agonising – wait? Well, you can find out in precisely five pages’ time. Oh, and spoiler alert: you won’t be disappointed.
The launch of the D500, with its fifth generation CMOS sensor, mind-boggling ISO range and staggering processing power, also prompted another question – one we also hope to answer in this issue – and that is: ‘Is RAW dead?’ Or, to put it less dramatically, should RAW still be the default format for ‘serious’ photography?
And yes, we realise that asking such a sacrilegious question is tantamount to file-format treason in some circles, but with the performance of today’s Nikons reaching staggering levels (the D500 being a case in point) we think it’s a question worth asking. You can find out the answer in Rod Lawton’s thought-provoking feature on page 22. Happy shooting, and enjoy the magazine!