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#1 Ckdaddi

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Posted 22 October 2017 - 05:32 PM

I am simply a dadographer that shoots sports at my kids' high school games (Soccer and running).  I've gotten pretty good (in my own mind) but I think it's time to upgrade.

 

I currently use a D3300 with a Tamron 150-600 for my best results.  I'll use my Sigma 18-250 if they do not need to be razor sharp.

 

It's been 3 years and i think I am at the limit of my D3300 capabilities, and want to upgrade.  I'm looking for some first hand data to sway me either towards the D7500 or a D7200.

 

My biggest concern is upgrading from 11 focus points on the D3300 to the much more sophisticated focus system used by both of those cameras.  Right now I get 5 FPS and that seems ok.

 

Soooo, what are the reasons to invest in the more expensive, yet newer D7500 instead of saving some money and going with the D7200 (or saving quite a bit with a Nikon Refurbished D7200)?

 

All advice welcome.

Thanks!!



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Posted 23 October 2017 - 08:42 AM

http://cameradecisio...-vs-Nikon-D7500

 

This may help, I used a D7200 for about a year...I gotta say it's a really good camera, then upgraded to a D500.

 

The D7200 has higher resolution and a better dynamic range, take a close look at the features of the D7500 that the D7200 does not have to justify about an extra $250.  There are a few improvements.

 

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Posted 23 October 2017 - 09:58 AM

Take a look at Jarad Polin's review of the D7500.  He's impressed.  He's got 3 or 4 different vids on the D7500.

Good luck.

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Posted 23 October 2017 - 12:09 PM

One thing to consider with the D7500, it has only one SD card slot. That means you have no backup (i.e. no ability to write simultaneously to a second card) in case your SD card goes bad (rare...but happens.) The risk is losing your photos from your shoot. This may or may not be a big deal for you. It is for me.

 

I have a D7100 which is two models before the D7500. I really like it. I don't use the kit lens anymore (18-140mm.) I bought a 16-80mm and a 105mm macro to step up the glass. It is all the system I need and can't see buying anything else unless I go to a mirrorless camera some day to reduce weight and size.

 

I can't speak to what you will gain with a D7200 or D7500 over the D3300 as I am not familiar with the D3300. You need to really think about what is holding you back with the D3300 and if a newer body like a D7200 or D7500 will gain for you what you seek. Or, do you need to step up further? GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) is real and upgrading requires careful thought and consideration as to what your current gear is lacking. Many times putting money into the glass (lens) produces a better outcome.

 

Best of luck with your decision. Welcome to the forum. There is not a better one out there. Consider posting some of your photos here and asking for constructive criticism (called 'CC'.) You will learn a lot.

 

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Posted 23 October 2017 - 01:31 PM

D7500 review - 



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Posted 23 October 2017 - 08:50 PM

Thank you for the replies.

 

I guess my biggest question is regarding the "focus system".  I hear this term thrown around a lot, but not sure what it really means.  I typically shoot with single point only and using the center point.  That 95% of my shots.  So, would either the 7500 or the 7200 do a better job with single point than the lowest level consumer grade d3300?   Will either of those track a subject better or lock on faster?

 

Will resolution at ISO 800 or 1600 be less grainy?

 

Basically, I don't have a lot of money to spend, and want to make sure there is some tangible improvement.  Just very very cautious.

 

Of course, Costco does sell the 7500 and does have a 90 day "no questions asked" return policy.  So, I guess I could test drive one.



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Posted 24 October 2017 - 07:06 AM

Test drive is a great option.

Look for prices on 2nd hand D7200s







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