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Is it worth upgrading? D5200 to d7200?


probie 13 24 United Kingdom
11 Aug 2018 11:02AM
Hi there,
I am considering upgrading from the d5200 to d7200 for more control and hopefully progress my photography skills,
Any advice would be greatly appreciated,
Pete
Stillbase 10 86 Wales
11 Aug 2018 11:25AM
What functions has the D7200 got that the D5200 hasn't that you feel will help your photography skills? Perhaps an alternative approach may be to upgrade your 18-105 lens, for example to the 16-80mm or look at primes.
Chrism8 14 1.0k 29 England
11 Aug 2018 5:11PM
I second what Stillbase has posted and maybe also consider taking some tuition or a photography day in a favourite genre as an alternative to an upgrade on the camera.

Chris
probie 13 24 United Kingdom
11 Aug 2018 6:37PM
Thanks for the replies stillbase and chrism8,
From all the reviews the 7200 is faster focusing and a pretty much a better camera than the 5200?
I have nikon 18-105, 18-140, 85micro, 35mm, and 55-300 lenses,
Unfortunately i have a number of health issues so i really want a camera and lens for ease and not to keep changing lenses, but dont want to compromise on sharpness and quality.
Thanks
Pete
Jestertheclown 13 8.5k 253 England
11 Aug 2018 9:52PM
All of the D7*** series were quite a step up fro the D5*** series in terms of controls and functions and I think I'd be right in saying that the D5200 was a pretty basic model (?)
You'd really best served, looking up the differences and drawing your own conclusions rather than have someone list them here but if it helps, I've just migrated from a D7000 to a D7200 and there's a considerable difference in the images they produce.
I imagine that the difference in results between your D5200 and a D7200 would be like chalk and cheese.
probie 13 24 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2018 8:57AM
Thanks jestertheclown,
I have done a comparison and the differences are quite a bit, the only thing missing from the 7200 is the articulated screen of which i dont use much,
I am going to go to my nearest camera shop ( which is 25 miles away these days) toand take my 5200 and try out the 7200, i will try the 7500 aswell but from most user reviews they say its a step down from the 7200?
Thanks
Pete
Jestertheclown 13 8.5k 253 England
12 Aug 2018 9:44AM
In real life, the D7500 is hardly likeky to be a step down from the D7200.
Certainly there are differences and it's been suggested that, because of them, it's not a logical successor and perhaps should have been called something else.
Whether or not you're swayed by the differences must be up to you but personally, I'd judge it upon its performance.




Stillbase 10 86 Wales
12 Aug 2018 9:52AM

Quote:
Unfortunately i have a number of health issues so i really want a camera and lens for ease and not to keep changing lenses, but dont want to compromise on sharpness and quality.



One thing you need to be aware of is the extra weight of the D7xxx series over the D5xxx - I've looked into this because I no longer have the stamina to carry round a heavy camera and lens.
Jestertheclown 13 8.5k 253 England
12 Aug 2018 9:58AM

Quote:Hi there,
I am considering upgrading from the d5200 to d7200
Pete

Chris_L 7 5.5k United Kingdom
12 Aug 2018 10:52AM
Pete, Jester says to you "I've just migrated from a D7000 to a D7200 and there's a considerable difference in the images they produce" - before proceeding based on his advice ask him for some examples,


Quote:not to keep changing lenses, but don't want to compromise on sharpness and quality.

Continuing to use some of your lenses will compromise on sharpness and quality. Improving the camera body will only show up the shortcomings of those lenses all the more.

I look at my portfolio and I find it hard to see where I changed camera bodies, but I can see where I started using better glass.

A lot of people make the mistake of spending on upgrading a body instead of a lens. Some guides to have a look at:

https://digital-photography-school.com/upgrading-your-camera-new-camera-body-lens/

https://expertphotography.com/why-youre-investing-in-the-wrong-photography-gear/


LenShepherd 13 4.4k United Kingdom
18 Aug 2018 11:50AM

The D7200 is an all round better camera at below 700 new after current Nikon cash-back.

You have not mentioned a budget.


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