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  1. #1
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    Beginner questions about 7200.

    Hi everyone. I'm new to DSLR cameras and looking at buying a 7200, but I have some questions.

    My family and I (wife and 3 kids) do a lot of camping, hiking, exploring etc. We like to take lots of photos while we are out, and recently I've had an interest in wildlife photography. We live on a large lake with lots of opportunities for daily viewing birds, deer, coyote, fox, etc.

    I've been using a Nikon AW100 for several years, and my wife uses a D3100. She has 2 lenses, the kit lens and a Nikkor 55-300. When I began my interest in wildlife photos, I started borrowing her camera and mucking about with it. I spent $200 on a like new Tamron SP 70-300 and have been pretty happy with my results.

    I think its time I get my own camera and have set a budget. My absolute stretch up to amount is $800. Looks like I could get a refurbished 7200 from B&H, or a brand new 5600. I think the 7200 would be better for me, but would I be better off with the newer tech of the 5600? Or should I look for something altogether different?

    Thanks so much!


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    Re: Beginner questions about 7200.

    D7200 hands down for me over the d5600. I actually leave my d7100 body on my sigma 150-600 all the time. Its fine. I have the Tamron SP 70-300 as well. Nice sharp lens.
    I vote for the d7200 for the controls. I find myself shooting wildlife in manual mode. I pick the minimum shutter speed that I am confident hand holding and I will stop down the lens 1 or 2 stops from wide open to give me the best sharpness. With those settings, I also set auto iso. I switch up focus area modes and other settings as needed. Sometimes I will lock in iso rather than use auto. Sometimes I'll use flash on backyard wildlife. All this is much easier done on the fly with the direct access controls and top lcd on the d7200. The menu system of the d5x00 would be a pain for the way I shoot.

    edit: this morning I saw the d7200 refurb for $710 at Adorama and $730 at Cameta with a 1 year warranty. Both good companies as is B&H.
    Last edited by nickt; 03-22-2018 at 03:27 PM.
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    I must have a really good camera.

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    Re: Beginner questions about 7200.

    Quote Originally Posted by nickt View Post
    D7200 hands down for me over the d5600.
    Agreed. This is not even a contest in my mind.

    Unless you have an absolute fetish for touch-screens, the feature set of the D7200 buries the D5600 with its top LCD, dual-card slots, weather sealing, faster shooting, longer battery life, prism viewfinder, auto-focus motor...
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    Re: Beginner questions about 7200.

    Thanks guys. Thats what I was thinking, but I'm totally new to this so wanted to make sure I wasn't missing anything.

  5. #5
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    Re: Beginner questions about 7200.

    Welcome aboard. Enjoy the ride.
    We look forward to seeing more posts and samples of your work.

    You can't go wrong with the D7200. It is better than the D7500 for less money, which is really a crippled D7200 designed to sell more D500s.
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    Re: Beginner questions about 7200.

    I can't see why anyone with a tiny bit of research or knowledge would buy a 7500. Maybe its just folks who assume the latest and greatest is what they ought to buy. Especially if that is all they have on display at Best Buy or Costco. That is often something to consider, but not in the case of the 7500.
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    Re: Beginner questions about 7200.

    Is Adorama safe for buying used? They have the 7200 for $499. Would the refurb be worth the extra $200? Always more stuff I can throw in the kit!

    Well cancel that, looks like the used ones are gone.
    Last edited by Plainsman; 03-22-2018 at 05:28 PM.

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    Re: Beginner questions about 7200.

    My 7100, six months ago was $550 Adorama refurb with only a couple hundred on the odometer. Still happy I went with it instead of the refurb 7200 since I don't use the clunky wi-fi the 7200 brings.

    Some say the 7200 makes better low light shadow detail but I shoot with plenty of light. I like fooling around with multiple lenses, some are manual focus. They are not useable on the 7500 ! That's not progress.
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    Re: Beginner questions about 7200.

    I'd go with a refurb over a used. I believe refurbs are early returns, like during the first 30 days. Maybe they had a problem, but more likely somebody just didn't like it. My d7200 was a Nikon refurb bought from Adorma. Nothing on the shutter count when I got it. It looked and smelled new. I couldn't find any signs of prior use.
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    I must have a really good camera.

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    Re: Beginner questions about 7200.

    I've had my D7200 for one year and have had only limited opportunities to use it, but like it so far.

    That being said, one issue that may be of concern to you is weight. (I know it's my only major beef with the camera.) You mention you like to hike and explore. Before you buy a D7200, hold one in one hand with your wife's D3100 in the other hand. Which would you rather schlep on a long hike?
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