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[email protected] Oct 9, 2017 9:25 AM

Nikon D5100 upgrade to ?
Currently have a D5100 that I have to replace due to the shutter no longer opens up all the way - leaving a black line at the top of all my photos . Looking at the D7200 and the D7500 and don't know which to choose. I shoot a lot of sunsets and sunrises, horses and deer, I could use some new glass too that would let in better light for better low light pictures and need one reasonably priced but the main choice I have to make right now is between the two cameras I do shoot mostly in RAW

TCav Oct 9, 2017 10:27 AM

The D7200 has slightly better dynamic range than the D7500 at low ISO settings (100 - 200), but slightly worse at higher settings (800 and up), plus the D7500 is capable of higher ISO settings than the D7200 (>25600).

On the other hand, the D7200 uses a 24MP sensor, while the D7500 uses a 20MP sensor.

The D7500 can shoot at 8 fps, compared to 6 fps for the D7200.

The D7200 has a higher resolution LCD screen, but the D7500 has an articulating touch screen.

The D7500 has Bluetooth and WiFi.

My preference would be for the higher resolution and lower noise at lower ISOs in the D7200, but you may find some of the other features desirable.

Something that might help with lenses is that the D7X00 series bodies have an AF motor (unlike your D5100). That means you'll be able to use lots of lenses on the used market that wouldn't AF on your old camera. I found a Tokina 100-300mm f/4 constant aperture lens that I use for a lot of my sports/action/wildlife shooting. So you can use lots of inexpensive large aperture lenses with your new camera that you can't with your current camera. I use KEH and the used section of Adorama quite often, and there's always eBay.

TCav Oct 11, 2017 6:05 AM


JR1 Oct 12, 2017 5:20 AM

When you buy have you considered PRE owned from a reputable seller, as you don't say where you life suggesting anyone is not possible

TCav Oct 12, 2017 7:07 PM


Originally Posted by JR1 (Post 1412618)
When you buy have you considered PRE owned from a reputable seller, as you don't say where you life suggesting anyone is not possible

There's a lot to be said for buying a refurbished dSLR. You get a camera that's been 'broken in' then gone over with a fine tooth comb by a factory trained technician, and for a greatly reduced price. The downside is the shorter warranty.

As for used, I'd steer clear. dSLRs have a lot of mechanical and electromechanical parts that are subject to wear, and there's no way to know how much use and abuse a camera has been subjected to.

JR1 Oct 13, 2017 3:51 AM

I agree but, here for example BHP and LCE offer full guarantees, and as an example there was a D810 on offer with just 1000 clicks tthe other day, 600 under the new price


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