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Which body to go with my NIKON AF-S 80-400MM F/4.5-5.6G ED VR for bird photography?

 
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Aug 13, 2015 18:08 |  #1

After visiting NFLD last month I decided to give my younger brother all of my photo equipment to get him going after using a point and shoot for a few years. My plan now is for some near gear. I am undecided on my Nikon body, lense will be the NIKON AF-S 80-400MM F/4.5-5.6G ED VR (updated lense). Thanks for any input or suggestions.

My short list:


1. Used Nikon D300 for $675.00 price at a local Henry's

2. New Nikon D7000

3. New Nikon D7100

4. New Nikon D7200

No point in waiting for a possible D400, which may or may not come out.




  
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Aug 13, 2015 21:20 |  #2

A couple of left field questions:

why not consider a D300s - from memory it was a good step up on the D300.

Also, have you considered the recently announced 200-500/5.6? Possibly half the price of the current 80-400 and goes out to 500.

Of your 4 options, I'd go with the newer body. If you need fast frame rate and big buffer and are happy with only 12mp, those 4 can't beat a D300s


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Aug 14, 2015 07:12 |  #3

smythie wrote in post #17668076 (external link)
A couple of left field questions:

why not consider a D300s - from memory it was a good step up on the D300.

Also, have you considered the recently announced 200-500/5.6? Possibly half the price of the current 80-400 and goes out to 500.

Of your 4 options, I'd go with the newer body. If you need fast frame rate and big buffer and are happy with only 12mp, those 4 can't beat a D300s

Never thought about the D300s, checked online today and one for sale in driving distance of my place with 49k actuations, priced at $400. With the suggested price on the 200-500/5.6 will have to wait to see test results as it may be the same as my older 80-400 with a little more reach. That being said, big price difference so I will consider that for sure. I am leaning towards a newer body, which matched with the lense you mentioned could be a good setup for sure. Thanks for the input.




  
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Aug 14, 2015 07:36 |  #4

Adorama currently has some nice deals on refurbs:

$469.95 for the D7000
http://www.adorama.com​/INKD7000R.html (external link)

$629.95 for the D7100
http://www.adorama.com​/INKD7100R.html (external link)




  
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Aug 18, 2015 23:48 |  #5

If you are shooting bird in flight, a larger buffer will help. So d7200 would be best plus it allows for severe cropping. ISO performance is near the same as d7100. Both of them have 2x crop mode as well. Pretty handy.

I had a d7100. Had to switch to JPEG to keep buffer from filling up quickly.

Never shot a d300 before so can't comment.


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Aug 24, 2015 14:58 |  #6

Another vote for the D7200, it should do the job for you.




  
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Jan 07, 2016 07:36 |  #7

JTF wrote in post #17667914 (external link)
After visiting NFLD last month I decided to give my younger brother all of my photo equipment to get him going after using a point and shoot for a few years. My plan now is for some near gear. I am undecided on my Nikon body, lense will be the NIKON AF-S 80-400MM F/4.5-5.6G ED VR (updated lense). Thanks for any input or suggestions.

My short list:


1. Used Nikon D300 for $675.00 price at a local Henry's

2. New Nikon D7000

3. New Nikon D7100

4. New Nikon D7200

No point in waiting for a possible D400, which may or may not come out.

My similar short list
1. used D300 for free
2. used D7100 for 400
3. new D7200 for 800
but all I want is a ...D500....at 1999...sign


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Jan 11, 2016 17:16 |  #8

I ended up buying the Nikon D7200 and the updated 80-400 lense.




  
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Jan 11, 2016 19:32 |  #9

Well done. Enjoy


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