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  1. #11
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    Re: Decisions, decisions....

    I would seriously consider a refurbish D7200. This would leave some money towards better glass and also give you a very powerful camera.

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  2. #12
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    Re: Decisions, decisions....

    I am going to just throw out some of my thoughts. These are my experience, I am not going to just repeat what the experts tell us is true on YouTube. I have experience in some matters that contradict.

    First of all, my first DSLR was a D80. I held the D80 and the D40 in my hands at the store when I did my shopping. I knew the extra money spend on the D80 would suite me much better for the controls, top LCD, and the autofocus screw drive motor. I never felt different about that as I moved up to a D7000 and most recently a D750. But I wish I had been able to afford full-frame even sooner. I actually spent a long time choosing the D7000 as I considered an FX upgrade all those years ago. But I still have and use the D7000. The crop factor does make sense when doing long telephoto work.

    Older D type autofocus lenses are slow to focus. Intolerably slow if you have been accustomed to only lenses with internal motors. There is a reason why you can buy them fairly cheap. And old lenses can make your photos look like they are taken on an old camera. They don't have the same optical coatings on them as modern lenses. When you get into a situation where there is some lens-flaring, old lenses will give ugly magenta-green colors on the flares. That is the color of doped silicon. If you wonder why they do it on a DSLR and not so much on a film camera, just look at a bare DSLR sensor. There is where the magenta-green color is coming from. Light is reflecting from the sensor to the back lens element. This is something that gets controlled better with a new lens that has optical coatings meant for a digital camera. Film is dull, flat brown and does not give that kind of reflection, thus old lenses never needed that kind of treatment. I don't use old lenses anymore. But I have had several of those older kind when I started out to save money. Just something I learned that the experts don't talk about. It was (and continues to be) a happy day in my home when I finally replaced my old 1990's Tamron 90mm f/2.5 AF with the most modern f/2.8 017 version they make now.

    So the answer I say is find a way to do both. It will likely mean considering this to be a piece-meal project and you will not be rewarded with better photos immediately. Truth be told, good lenses outlive DSLR bodies. If you buy good glass now, the D500 may be something you might pass over and instead look at something else at a later date. But if you want that burst shooting now, then the glass may need to be put off.
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  3. #13
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    Re: Decisions, decisions....

    buy the D500 and save for a new lens......

    Go for what your heart tells you to, if you always wanted a D500 get it, you will regret it if you buy something else.

    i waited a year to get mine, another year for my new lens, as they say "it come to those who wait".
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    D500, D7000. SB700.

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