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  1. #1
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    D7500 a worthy upgrade from D7100?

    I'm sure this topic has been covered before and I've been reading some old posts but looking for up to date opinions.

    My D7100 has always frustrated me for its few weaknesses which I have always felt undermined its many strengths. Mainly the slowish fps and extremely small buffer. I also feel its IQ does drop off quite sharply as you push the ISO to 1600 and beyond. The auto focus is good but has now been surpassed. As a wildlife photographer mainly, this has held me back quite a few times when faced with birds in flight.

    On the face of it the D7500 solves these problems. Superier buffer, frame rate, low light performance and better AF. I would love a D500 but it is just too expensive for the amount of photography I do these days. I couldn't justify it. It seems the D7500 does get quite a bit of hate, as it is not the camera many people (myself included) wanted to replace the D7200. But what are its drawbacks really? I can cope without a second SD as I will seldom if ever being shooting important events. I have never used a battery grip in my life so I won't miss not having one on a D7500. Where else does it fall short? The only concern I really have is its compatibility with 3rd party lenses I have. I read in another thread of an issue with it and Sigma 17-50mm, a lens I'm getting today. Does it have a poor track record and are those issues still ongoing?


    Any experience D7500 users on here have are greatly appreciated. I want to hear the good and the bad. D7200 on the other hand seem harder to come by and as a result I don't see as many good deals for them.


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    Re: D7500 a worthy upgrade from D7100?

    Steve Perry reviewed it here. Compared to d500 and d7200.

    https://backcountrygallery.com/?s=d7500
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    Re: D7500 a worthy upgrade from D7100?

    D7500 a worthy upgrade from D7100?
    Only one person's opinion but this guy could be classed as a Nikon expert -

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kP3Fu-7v8bw

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    Re: D7500 a worthy upgrade from D7100?

    Between Steve (first video link) and the Angry Photographer (second video link) I would give WAY more credence to Steve's opinions.

    Would a used D500 fit into your budget? You can get them in really nice shape for right around $1,000.
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    Re: D7500 a worthy upgrade from D7100?

    Quote Originally Posted by Woodyg3 View Post
    Between Steve (first video link) and the Angry Photographer (second video link) I would give WAY more credence to Steve's opinions.

    Would a used D500 fit into your budget? You can get them in really nice shape for right around $1,000.
    I watched a lot of both of their videos and I would go along with your assessment! Not saying the Angry Photographer doesn't share some useful opinions and information but a take a lot of it with a large grain of salt. I watched the Steve video immediately after posting this thread. The drawbacks of the D7500 don't seem to impact too much on my needs. I can see how they would be a problem for some.

    I have looked at used D500's but I haven't seen such good deals over here in the UK. For one in excellent condition I'm looking at around 1000, I can get a new D7500, albeit a grey import, for 679. I know the difference in price isn't huge but 700 is about the top end of what I can justify spending at this point. I would love a D500 though...
    D7100, D3200, F80
    Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6 VR, Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 AI-s micro
    Tamron 70-300mm VC USD, Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G
    Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D, Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G EDII
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    Re: D7500 a worthy upgrade from D7100?

    @Peter7100 thanks, I'll give this a watch now.
    D7100, D3200, F80
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    Tamron 70-300mm VC USD, Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G
    Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D, Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G EDII
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    Re: D7500 a worthy upgrade from D7100?

    Well I've ordered one now. The hard part was convincing my wife. The options were I sell my D7100 plus at least 2 lenses or she could have the D7100, Tamron 70-300mm VC and my older 55mm 2.8 Nikkor macro lens, which I believe won't meter with the D7500. Thankfully she was quite excited about the latter option which saves me a lot of hassle selling things!
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    Tamron 70-300mm VC USD, Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G
    Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D, Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G EDII
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    Re: D7500 a worthy upgrade from D7100?

    Quote Originally Posted by Elliot87 View Post
    Well I've ordered one now. The hard part was convincing my wife. The options were I sell my D7100 plus at least 2 lenses or she could have the D7100, Tamron 70-300mm VC and my older 55mm 2.8 Nikkor macro lens, which I believe won't meter with the D7500. Thankfully she was quite excited about the latter option which saves me a lot of hassle selling things!
    Good luck with the D7500! When I moved from the D7100 to the D7200, I noticed an improvement in the sensor. Then when I upgraded to the D500, the sensor is even better. Since the D7500 shares the same sensor as the D500, the noise you are currently experiencing with your D7100 will be significantly improved/reduced with the D7500.
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    Re: D7500 a worthy upgrade from D7100?

    Congrats on your upcoming D7500! I love mine and use it FAR more than my full frame that has dual card slots, vertical grip, yadayadayada. Haters gonna hate, but it seems all the hate comes from those who've never even used the D7500. If you're into macro, I bet you're gonna love the live view. Tilt the screen, focus manually, then with the lightest touch, tap the screen and your shots taken without pushing the shutter release. It's very handy
    Camera- D800, D7500, D40x
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    Prime Lenses- Nikon 50 f1.8g, Tamron 85 f1.8, Tokina 100 f2.8, Rokinon HD 8 f3.5

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    Re: D7500 a worthy upgrade from D7100?

    @TwistedThrottle I'm really looking forward to getting it. I would have got it even if it didn't have the tilting touch screen but I'm really looking forward to using those features. My only macro lens won't meter with the D7500 but I can work around that and intend to upgrade to a longer AF macro lens anyway.
    @hark I am hoping to see a decent step forward in low light performance, especially considering I will be using it for my sisters wedding now, where I expect to have to push the ISO higher than I'm comfortable doing on the D7100. I might stick the 17-50mm with OS on the D7100 still, as I should be able to get away with slower shutter speeds with that one.

    I had more or less stopped photography but I'm feeling really motivated to get back into it now.
    Last edited by Elliot87; 10-05-2020 at 11:32 PM.
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    Tamron 70-300mm VC USD, Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G
    Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D, Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G EDII
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