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Delemma16 2 1 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2019 12:50PM
I have a Nikon D7200, Nikon AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR and Tamron SP24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD. Do I upgrade to the D500 or the D850. I lke shooting wildlife, birds mainly and want to get into motorcycling photography.

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joshwa Plus
8 898 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2019 8:33AM
Hi Delemma16,

The Nikon D500 is an excellent camera, and the added reach of an APS-C camera is likely to continue to be useful for wildlife, birds, and motorcycling photography.

Where do you feel the Nikon D7200 lets you down?

The D500 offers improved low-light performance / improved noise performance, and high continuous shooting speeds. The Nikon D850 offers higher resolution.

chensuriashi Plus
13 314 18 England
8 Aug 2019 2:14PM
There are some great D810s on MPBs website for about 1200, would be better than the D500 as you get better crops with more Pixels, and have the F Frame for busier shots, I would go for the D810 or the D850.
Delemma16 2 1 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2019 4:48PM
It doesn't, just in a position at the moment to be able to upgrade.
chensuriashi Plus
13 314 18 England
8 Aug 2019 5:09PM
Hi I just had a look and there are a few with 6K shutter counts for about 1200 Quid but the D850 is still 2300 I would go for a D810, am thinking of getting one to go with my D4. The shutter is 200K on the D810, friend of mine has one and the D500, I have had the D500 but sold it for the SH D4, which I prefer in so many ways to the D500, the D4 is just a far better camera, got mine for 1000 and 300 refurb.
Cheers for now Ian.
annettep38 Plus
8 219 42 Costa Rica
8 Aug 2019 5:24PM
I have a D800E if I want more pixels than my D4...
I haven't seen any reason to upgrade in years, have to say if you already have a Hi res, crop frame body why not invest in a second hand pro model like the D4 or D3s .. to have something that resists rain, never lets you down and is faster than lightning.. just a thought.
banehawi Plus
15 2.1k 4020 Canada
8 Aug 2019 8:10PM
There is no known cure for GAS; Gear Acquisition Syndrome.GrinGrin
chensuriashi Plus
13 314 18 England
8 Aug 2019 9:15PM
Willie, you have not seen the difference between the shots from 20, or 36 is not bulldust...
LenShepherd 11 4.0k United Kingdom
9 Aug 2019 8:56AM
The D500 and D850 each have significantly more capable AF for birds in flight, motorcycling etc, though the 2 AF systems work differently when it comes to screen AF point coverage.
By significantly more capable AF for your main needs I mean significantly better than your D7200, a D800 or a D810.

The D500 will continue to have the subject magnification advantages that DX has compared to FX with your current lenses.

When it comes to fine detail image resolution going down from 24 MP D7200 to 20 MP D500 is close to imperceptible.

Going from 24 to 36 MP (D800/D810) there is a reasonable expectation of up to about 15% increase at low ISO's and a little more at higher ISO's - though 20 and 24 MP is easily enough for 24 inch wide prints viewed close from about 15 inches.

Going from 24 to 45 MP (D850) you can expect up to about 25% more image resolution - enough for a 40 inch wide print viewed close at about 15 inches.

The D850 does not have the 10 fps of the D500 even after shelling out over 400 for the grip, larger battery and charger for higher fps - though the D850 does allow you to crop an FX image more or to get 19 MP in DX crop mode.

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