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Kyle Foreman's picture

Advice on Upgrading Cameras

Hello everyone,

I've been shooting with a Nikon d3200 for about 4 years now and I'm thinking about upgrading my camera body. I do mostly landscape and nature photography. However I sometimes will do some events for friends. I would like a camera that is great in low light for milky way/star trails AND that is also good for shooting moving animals, sports occasionally, and moving people in dimly lit situations.

I've been mulling over several choices. Staying with the Nikon aspc censor and getting either the d7500 or the d500. Or possibly going full frame mirror less on something like the Sony A7II. There are some good deals out there right now for some of the slightly less new Sonys. I've also found a deal for a Nikon D810 for $950 however the shutter count is over 160K! Is this too much to consider the D810?

The 2 main lenses I use are the Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 and Sigma 17-50 f/2.8. So this is a plus for staying with the aspc sensor. I'm wondering if the kit lens (28-70 f/3.5-5.6) on the Sony A7II would be significantly better than my tokina/sigma on a D500/7500? My budget is around 1500$ so I'd be able to get the Sony w/kit lens and probably another wide lens. My biggest fear about going full frame is not being able to use the lenses I have already. But if the kit lens on the sony and something like the Rokinon 16mm t2.6 would produce significantly better images than it may be worth it to me.

I know this topic has probably been covered to death but any advice on my predicament would be greatly appreciated. The guy online at B&H said the Sony w/kit would be significantly better than the d500 with my tokina but I"m skeptical. Also, that D810 with a 160K clicks! Is there still a lot of life left in it? Would it be worth it at 950?

Thanks in advance.

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Kyle Foreman's picture

Yeah I'm really thinking about it.

Marc Lavergne's picture

Hmmm, from a D3200 to a full frame it's a big step. Nikon is coming with a Z apsc sensor next month.

If you go to a full frame like the D810 - D850 - Z7 you'll soon realise that you need the best lenses out there to get the full potential of those cameras.

The D750 or Z6 could be interesting options for you.

As far as changing brand it's all up to you, I'm so used to the Nikon controls and ergonomics that anything else seems odd so I got a D850. Coming from a D810 I had all the lenses so it was easy for me.

Kyle Foreman's picture

Thanks for the info. One of the quandaries for me is I want to upgrade cameras eventually but also don't want to have to spend 1500$ on a lens when I do. It seems that for the d810-850 you'd pretty much have to. The d750 seems like a nice option as well. I am increasingly more interested in going mirror-less. If the aspc nikon mirror-less will still be able to use the normal dx lenses that might be an intriguing option as well!

Marc Lavergne's picture

It should be able to use existing dx lenses with an adaptor. One thing that didn't fly with me with all mirrorless is battery life. I'm used to take 1000+ shots on a single battery with a DSLR, hard to achieve 300 on a mirrorless. And a DSLR fits just right in my hands.