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D810 or D500???

 
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Jul 30, 2016 22:18 |  #1

I already have a D610, D7000, and D3300 but dang the 10 fps of the D500 is getting me thinking... So help me make up my mind before I go all in and blow all my money..


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Jul 30, 2016 22:54 |  #2

I own the D500 and I rented the D810. I got the D500 because I'm starting from scratch and I needed an all-purpose camera. But if I had to pick based on image quality alone the D810 is easily the winner. It is just too slow to do all that I want to do and I can't afford 2 sets of cameras with lenses.

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Aug 04, 2016 09:16 |  #3

What your needs? What will you be shooting? The two systems are for two completely different applications of photography.

While you could use the D500 for landscapes and portrait work, the D810 would be much better. Wildlife and anything action related, obviously get the D500.


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Aug 04, 2016 09:29 |  #4

The OP obviously has GAS :-P


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Aug 04, 2016 22:23 |  #5

Okay so to update... As of 11am today I could by any lens and camera combo that I want up to 20K and not come close to touching the amount of money that I have... My issue is that like any amount of money once it is gone it is gone for good.. I have decided that Glass is a lot better investment than the latest and greatest camera but thought about upgrading some. I love my D610 so it will stay in my bag but the D3300 and D7000 almost never get used. My Sony A6000 and my D610 are my go to camera and I feel that any big spending on a new camera would be silly but the D810 has been a dream camera for me as outdoor nature stuff is what I love most. For me this a both a hobby and Therapy as it unstressed me a lot once I started. So I decided that I will add a few lenses to the two cameras that I use the most and keep what I have until something goes on a crazy sale say during Black Firday..


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Aug 04, 2016 22:58 |  #6

I have honestly never seen a high end camera body go on sale in any significant way. How invested are you in Sony? If it were me I'd invest in one brand to make shopping easier. That way as you buy new lens etc they can be used on either body and you dont need to duplicate focal lengths.


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Aug 04, 2016 23:06 as a reply to  @ Iscariotau's post |  #7

I love the Sony because of the 11fps and have seen the photos that good glass can produce...but Nikon is my first love so I will be keeping Nikon as my big camera brand. As I begin to photograph more and more for church sometime I need to have a camera with me just in case as I sometimes find out that there is a baptism that they want me to shoot last second and it is crazy to take all of my nikon gear every wear with me so my Sony goes were I go and my big bag of nikon gear is for events that are planed in advanced.


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Aug 05, 2016 00:35 as a reply to  @ ThomasDidymus's post |  #8

Sell the sony and get the D500 you are only giving up one frame and consolidating brands


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Aug 05, 2016 16:35 |  #9

I'd get the D500. Have you seen this video?

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Aug 06, 2016 00:38 as a reply to  @ rick_reno's post |  #10

Okay that video helped a ton. I crop quite a bit when birding as I lack the long lenses that I would like... It makes sense now why my Sony or even d3300 works so well for cropping images... So again it is going to be glass and more glass now a D500 will be on my list to buy this month


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Aug 06, 2016 19:27 |  #11

Let us know how you like it.




  
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Aug 06, 2016 19:43 |  #12

Yeah.. post in the D500 thread I started;-)a


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Dec 26, 2016 14:47 |  #13

I rented both cameras and decided to save a little money and bought a "gently used" Nikon D800e and a new D500.

The D500 is a superb camera for those who shoot sports, especially at night under the lights or indoors. Its uncanny ability to find and hold focus in poor lighting conditions makes it a keeper. Using the ultra fast XQD cards (2933x ) and SDHX, 2000x, Class 10, UHS-II, U3 cards allows it to keep up with all the action on the field of play

I can still use the D800e to shoot sports, but its capture speed is limited to using 1066x CF cards and SDXC, 633x, Class 10, UHS-1, U1 cards

When shooting basketball, I use both cameras. The D500 using a 70-200 mm f/2.8 for the extra reach cross court and the D800e with a 24-70 mm f/2.8 when shooting at the baseline.

If I had to pick one, it would be the D500 and I would start a new budget for a full frame Nikon, D800e, D810 or D5


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Dec 26, 2016 15:06 |  #14

4 DSLR's? You only have 2 hands...


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ThomasDidymus wrote in post #18082280 (external link)
I already have a D610, D7000, and D3300 but dang the 10 fps of the D500 is getting me thinking... So help me make up my mind before I go all in and blow all my money..

I solved this same problem by buying both :lol:

I carry a wildlife prime on my D500 and a wide-angle (or macro) on my D810, using this (external link).

If I could only choose one, that would be tough. The D810 is more sublime, with the most perfect/smooth shutter actuation ... and just buttery, high-quality colors and files. For macro and delicate colors, it's impossible to beat.

However, the D500 is rougher, tougher, and faster ... and it has the better reach.

If you're shooting macro, portraits, or landscapes ... go with the D810.

If you're shooting birds, or any wildlife in the distance, where speed and reach are required, the D500 is the way to go.

I started with the D810 and I added the D500. I could not part with either.




  
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