Batteries and Usage
One of the things I have found with the D500 is that it uses a massive amount of battery power. In fact, I would go far as to say about double that of my D810 – in other words I get double the amount of shots out of my D810 over my D500 on a fully charged battery. I have heard that putting the camera into airplane mode helps the battery last longer, however I haven’t had the chance to test this. The other thing I need to warn you about is that it seems that at the moment most generic batteries are not working on the D500. I would recommend you rather spend the extra money and purchase the Nikon battery to avoid disappointment.
My setup and recommendations
AF Mode – I always have this set to AF-C (Continuous AF) as this is what I recommend for any kind of action or anything that moves. I have, in actual fact disabled the AS-S function on my D500. You can do this in the custom setting menu under a10.
AF Area – I have this set to Group AF for the most part but I also use the D25, D72 and the single point. The rest of the options I have once again disabled. You can do this in the custom setting menu under a9.
AF On Button – As I focus with my shutter button, my AF-ON button is set to focus lock.
Focus Tracking With Lock On – As mentioned above, I do actually change this quite regularly, but my default starting point is as such: The first part “Blocked Shot AF Response” is set to 2. The idea here is that if something comes between you and your subject, the camera won’t jump focus to that obstacle. The other part of tracking settings is “Subject Motion”. This new setting is a way for you to let the camera know how erratic or steady your subject is. For the most part, I have this set to the middle.
Sub-Selector – This I have left as default which when pushed around moves the focus point and when pushed in/depressed resets the focus point back to the center.
Pv – This button I have set to Exposure lock. Something I use quite a bit especially for back-lit images.
Fn1 – While I’m shooting with flash, which I usually do, I sometimes want to quickly turn my flash off or temporarily disable it so it doesn’t fire, therefore I have set this button to do exactly that.
Fn2 – As I mentioned before, I change my Focus tracking with lock on quite regularly. Due to this fact, I have set this button as a shortcut for quickly changing this setting.
All of the above can be changed in the menu seen below.