5 things Nikon has given to the world of… NA­TURE & WILDLIFE

Get the great out­doors closer

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Nik on D500

Like a mini D5, com­plete with the flag­ship FX cam­era’s 153-point Multi-CAM 20K aut­o­fo­cus sen­sor mod­ule. The D500’s ad­van­tage it that it has a smaller DX sen­sor, so the area cov­ered by the aut­o­fo­cus sen­sor stretches right to the edge of the frame.

AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR

Launched in 2013, this VR-en­abled 800mm came sup­plied with a ded­i­cated 1.25x tele­con­verter, bring­ing it up to an ef­fec­tive fo­cal length of 1000mm. It in­cludes flu­o­rite el­e­ments adopted for ‘su­pe­rior’ chro­matic aber­ra­tion com­pen­sa­tion.

DX crop mode

With a Nikon FX DSLR you can switch to DX crop mode and give your­self ex­tra reach thanks to the 1.5x crop fac­tor, all with­out af­fect­ing the max­i­mum aper­ture – so a 300mm f/4 gives you the an­gle of view equiv­a­lent to a 450mm f/4. Yes, you lose res­o­lu­tion, but you gain frame-fill­ing im­pact.

Bin oc­u­lars and scopes

Nikon has been in­volved in the man­u­fac­ture of binoc­u­lars since 1921, with the Mikron 4x and 6x ul­tra-small-prism binoc­u­lars. Its lat­est WX Se­ries (above) might be aimed more at stargaz­ers than star­ling spot­ters, but the op­ti­cal qual­ity con­tin­ues to shine.

Cre­ative Light­ing Sys­tem

Whether shoot­ing close-ups of crit­ters, a hum­ming­bird in flight or set­ting up a cam­era trap in your back gar­den, Nikon’s Cre­ative Light­ing Sys­tem makes off-cam­era flash work clut­ter-free and pain­less.

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