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  1. jl1975

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    Hi all,

    I am looking for some advice on a new camera. I am currently shooting with a D7100 and am thinking about upgrading. I would like something that handles low light/high iso better. I mostly shoot family pictures, my kid's sports (highschool football, volleyball) and some landscapes and macros too.

    I am thinking of the D750 along with the 24-120mm lens. I know the iso goes 1 stop higher than my current camera and full frame might be nice.

    Or there is the D500. It has a higher native iso and more fps. I might miss my pop up flash for those times I don't have my sb700 handy.

    I have some lenses which will work with the full frame camera which, along with the 24-120 will have me covered. I am hesitant to go with the D750 as it is already a few years old and I wonder if the newer D500 will be better in low light even though it is a crop body. Which do you think would be better? Thanks


     
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    D7200 or D7500 have a higher high ISO. My D7200 will do ISO 25600.

    However, I recently purchased a 35mm f/1.8 to shoot indoor sports, and I am shooting at 1/1000 sec, f/2, ISO 3200. With my prior lens 18-140, I was shooting at 1/500 sec, f/5.6, ISO 12800. The image quality difference from ISO 3200 to 12800 is noticeable. I can crop into the 35mm pix and get better image quality than the 18-140 zoomed to 100+mm. OK part of the quality is a prime vs a super zoom. There is an old saying, "for sports in dim light, FAST glass rules."
    Note that I shoot indoor sports on the court floor, not from the bleachers. So I am pretty darn close to the players, and some times that 35mm lens on my D7200 is not wide enough.

    If you have not considered it, check the weight specs.
    I was/am thinking about a D750 + 24-120. BUT, that kit is about 25% heavier than my D7200 + 18-140. And after more than an hour, the camera + lens will start to feel heavy. You are relatively young, so weight of the kit may not be an issue for you. But that 25% weight increase is significant for me. I usually shoot 2 or 3 games in a row; today was 2-1/2 basketball games, each about 1-1/4 hrs, total a bit over 3 hrs of shooting. After 3 hours, a heavy camera feels even more heavy. Again, I'm on the court floor, not in the bleachers with the camera + lens on a monopod.

    The D750 is a few years old, but at a GREAT discount. D750 + 24-120 + grip for just under $2,000.
    My D7200 + 18-140 a year ago was $1,600.
     
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    Thanks for the feedback. I had thought of the D7500 as it goes to higher iso. I was thinking that the d500 and the D750 are close in price so I would go for one of the two as the D500 would be the best option if I stick with a crop body. As for the glass, I do have the 35 and 50mm 1.8's. I also have the Nikon 70-200 F4. For the crop body, I also have a sigma 17-50 F2.8.

    I have looked at the weight specs and I don't think that will be an issue for me. I like the feel of a solid camera.

    I'm just not sure if the native iso range of the full frame D750 while lower than the crop body D500 will produce better results at iso 6400, for example.
     
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    The D500 feels solid and would be right at home at a sporting event.
     
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    The D750 is still a very capable camera with excellent IQ, so don' let the age of it scare you away if you want to transition to FF. I recently picked up a D500 to compliment my D800 as a fast action/wildlife body, and I am absolutely ecstatic with its performance and IQ. At ISO's above 4500, the D500, in my unscientific opinion, is better than my D800 in rendering clean images. Plus, you're getting the flagship AF system in the D500.

    From what you're describing your needs are (unless you want to upgrade to FF for the other benefits such as better control of DOF) if I were in your shoes I would go with D500. It's still a very nice camera for great IQ, has really good ISO performance, and when needed, is a speed machine.

    Just my 2 cents.
     

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