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Old Dec 24, 2016, 4:19 PM   #1
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Default Hands on info from members who have the D500 please!

I'm thinking of selling my D7200 and getting the new D500.
Reason? For low light shooting that I do a lot of.
I have the Sigma C 150-600mm lens and shoot wildlife & birds in the morning before and right after sunrise/sunsets and I handhold most of the time, especially for BIF shots. So I'm wondering how this compares to the D7200 I have. I may also get the Sigma Pro 150-600mm to complement the D500.
I'm about to pull the trigger, but thought I'd get some opinions from members here who have the D500.

Biggest question is: Is the low light ISO a lot better than the D7200?
This is going to cost me at least $2,000 more after I sell my current D7200 & Sigma lens.

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Old Dec 25, 2016, 7:46 AM   #2
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not got one but from what ive seen in reviews if your a bird shooter then id go for the D500, what with the auto focusing and 10 shots per second

also ive not seen a bad review anywhere, so go for it

this review she starts talking about iso around 6:30
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Old Dec 28, 2016, 9:55 AM   #3
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Hi Jack,

I don't have the D500 but according with some reviews it is a great camera specially the AF system is very accurate and fast.

But your D7200 is an amazing camera also and the ISO performance is just a step down to the D500, so your only advantage upgrading to the D500 is the AF speed.

It is worth for you to spend $2000 just to have a very small advantage in AF and ISO performance?
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Old Dec 28, 2016, 3:03 PM   #4
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Hi Jack,

I don't have the D500 but according with some reviews it is a great camera specially the AF system is very accurate and fast.

But your D7200 is an amazing camera also and the ISO performance is just a step down to the D500, so your only advantage upgrading to the D500 is the AF speed.

It is worth for you to spend $2000 just to have a very small advantage in AF and ISO performance?
Most of the reviews online I've been reading show the D500 to be much better than the D7200 for BIF, wildlife, action and sports. I do all those along with mountain & lake scenes. The photography you do Marcelo is mostly scenes, landscapes & people so the D7200 would be perfect then. I was hoping that some folks on this forum had some real hands on experience with the D500.
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I have the D500, and its a very nice camera.

There isn't going to be much hi ISO difference between the two. Perhaps a bit when looking at 100%, but that would be because there are a few less pixels for the D500. In print I don't think you will see a difference.

Low light autofocus is much better with the D500. The tracking ability is simply outstanding. The spread of the focus points across the full width helps with irregular flying birds if that's an interest. The viewfinder is very nice, controls are where they need to be, its well built and right off I can say I have no quibbles with the new toy.

The D7200 is a nice camera. If your going to be doing action photography, it might be worth a jump, but if you are more deliberate, you won't gain much. I even slowed down the 10 FPS because the viewfinder blackout was a bit much, plus I'd get about three shots when I just was trying for one.
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Biggest question is: Is the low light ISO a lot better than the D7200?
DxOMark objective test results show that the D7200 and D500 perform similarly with respect to noise (SNR 18%) and dynamic range, where their ranges overlap. The big difference is that the D500 has a broader ISO range, going up to 1640000, while the D7200 maxes out at 102400. The D500 doesn't perform well at those higher ISOs, but it does perform.
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I have the D500, and its a very nice camera.

There isn't going to be much hi ISO difference between the two. Perhaps a bit when looking at 100%, but that would be because there are a few less pixels for the D500. In print I don't think you will see a difference.

Low light autofocus is much better with the D500. The tracking ability is simply outstanding. The spread of the focus points across the full width helps with irregular flying birds if that's an interest. The viewfinder is very nice, controls are where they need to be, its well built and right off I can say I have no quibbles with the new toy.

The D7200 is a nice camera. If your going to be doing action photography, it might be worth a jump, but if you are more deliberate, you won't gain much. I even slowed down the 10 FPS because the viewfinder blackout was a bit much, plus I'd get about three shots when I just was trying for one.
Hi Greg from the North!

I don't want to high jack this thread so, I'll be brief, just wanted to say that it's good to see you post Hope all is well.
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Hi Greg from the North!

I don't want to high jack this thread so, I'll be brief, just wanted to say that it's good to see you post Hope all is well.
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Just progressing through the old fart stage. I got the D500 and the 200-500 Nikkor for hiking to some favorite wildlife spots. The D3s/600 f4 was too much to transport too far. I still like the big lens when close to a parking lot, but the option of a lighter setup will help the old bones.

I get much older and I may be back with Oly again

How are you getting along? Hope all is well!
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I may also get the Sigma Pro 150-600mm to complement the D500.
IMO you should stick with the Contemporary 150-600, you are not gaining any IQ with the pro but just add on extra weight (and cost)

As you already know I shoot with the D500 and the 150-600 Contemporary, but a few weeks ago a close friend I shoot with got the new Tamron 150-600 G2. I tried a few shot on a 7D MrkII and boy was I impressed.

You should really give it a try...
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Old Jan 16, 2017, 6:59 PM   #10
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I ended up pulling the trigger and got the Nikon D500 with the AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR lens and the MB-D17 battery pack with extra EN-EL 15 battery and one Sony 32GB XQD memory card. Four places had this kit but all were on back-order,
http://www.nikonusa.com/en/nikon-pro...age?pnbr=13518
so I ended up getting each item separate. With careful shopping off eBay & Amazon I spent a total of $2986

Can't wait to get everything! I have lots of Birding, Wildlife, Mountain trips planned for 2017 with one of my favorite trips here:
http://1-4u-computer-graphics.com/MtAdam2.htm
(gotta get that bald eagle and osprey fishing there)
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