Wel­come to is­sue 60

NPhoto - - From the Editor - Paul Gro­gan, Ed­i­tor paul.gro­gan@fu­turenet.com

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!

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