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Nikon Officially Discontinues the D500
By Ian Bongso-Seldrup, February 3, 2022 @ 06:00 AM (EST)

Nikon’s Japanese website currently features a grand total of five DSLRs: the D6, D850, D780, D500 and D7500. But the D500 now carries the label “old product”—aka discontinued—so it won’t be long before it’s taken off the list entirely. For a while, the six-year-old camera has been listed as out of stock or discontinued at various major retailers, but this is the first official confirmation that the DX-format DSLR is fading into history.

It’s further proof, of course—as if any were needed—that the “mirrorless revolution” shows no sign of abating. At the same time, that these are the last DSLRs standing also proves what excellent photographic tools they all (still) are. Indeed, the “venerable” D500 remains much loved by many underwater photographers, particularly when paired with the popular Tokina 10–17mm for wide angle. (Check out Keri Wilk’s amazing sperm whales shot with the Nikon D500 if you don’t believe us.)

The good news? DSLR devotees can still pop in to Backscatter and grab a brand new D500—as well as any of the fine cameras on the above list. Farewell, D500. Long may you take awesome underwater images!

A screenshot from the (Google-translated) Nikon Japan website

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