For 3 years now I set up a log on a tripod and more 2 grooves on the back side to hold grape Jelly. after walking the boardwalk all day at Magee Marsh we head back to where we are parked and set out our camp chairs and big glass and shoot Orioles on the jelly filled log.
Wildlife. When I set the AF Adjustment for the 800mm F5.6 it would not focus on a flying eagle and also would not focus on an opposite bank a couple of hundred yards north of my position. I wasn't shooting anything just wanting to see if it would at that distance. I went the camera menus to AF adjust and clicked on default settings and now my lens was back. In discussions with Nikon they get a lot of cameras back to fix the not focus problem that was caused by the incorrect setting of the AF Adjustment. Please look at my photos in the gallery and none of them have AF adjustment applied.
I've shot Nikon cameras and lens since 1969. I have 11 Nikon lens and none are AF tuned and I can print to 24x48 with any of them. It seems to me by AF adjusting to one distance makes no sense. I tried AF adjustment one day and the lens would not focus at infinity so I deleted the adjustment. I just shot 3,743 images and all can be easily enlarged and the lens and camera used are not AF adjusted.
I have two scanners. One is a Nikon Coolscan 5000. It can save a color scan as a NEF, my Epson Perfection V700 can not save as a Nef, only jpg or Tiff. The Coolscan has Digital 4 ice that will clean the color neg or slide perfectly. I used both of these to scan 3,517 rolls in 2010. I can open a scanned NEF in ACR and Photoshop.
All cameras have a native ISO. When ISO is changed upward it is gain that is increased and with increase of gain come increased noise. Read Steve Perry's new ebook on metering and in the last 20 or so pages he goes into this very subject.
In 2010 I scanned 3,517 rolls of B/W, color neg and slides. If I had used a service and at the variety of DPI's the cost might have been over $1700. I believe you might be able to purchase either a used Coolscan 4000 or 5000 for far less than I paid for mine in 2010. A service scan might cost $.25 to .50 per scan. Also a tiff is a rather large file which can impact your storage to. Check out scanning services and their costs.
I use a Nikon Coolscan 5000 and I scan B&W, color neg and save in NEF format. I open them thru Adobe Bridge and the acr screen. Works great.
Its very unusual to have a good view with the big lens.
It is no faster downloading images from the camera than using a card reader, so why take a chance on bending pins?
The D500 is built to a higher standard but electronics are really delicate.
That's why I advise everyone to download their cards by plugging them into the computer with the cord that comes with the camera. If the op had done that he could have saved $333.00. I have 5 Nikon bodies and I have never since 2004 bent a pin. I bent one once using a card reader so I stopped that and never remove the card once it is put in.
From the roadside. There is tight pull off and parking is really limited. We set up next to the guard rail and the ground goes downhill to a small river. I used my Nikkor 600mmF:4G VR with a Nikon D810. In post processing I crop to 4x6. The lens and camera deliver outstanding resolution and sharpness so I have no trouble cropping. Distance across the river is around 50 yards, total distance might be around 60 yards.
If you have driving directions on your phone it will take you right there,
Get there early. maybe at dawn. Parking is really limited
My first visit there. The lens used was my Nikkor 600mmF:4 G VR with my D810 camera. Since I shot 1,589 images these shots are from the D810. I haven't yet post processed the shots from the D800.