Probably the most frequent question we receive. In this new series, we will brave the digital frontier. After all, We suffer so you don’t have to™ is our motto and our mantra. This is Part IV of the series.
The Nikon D7500 is a DLSR camera that can do it all. This is it. This is our camera!
This is the camera for you. The optics and software are the same as the final more expensive and complicated option that will follow. You are going to take great photos with this camera.
Get one. I did. I have also owned its distant ancestor the D200, its grandfather the D7100, its father the D7200. (Nikon strangely skipped over the D7300 and D7400) All were amazing cameras for their time and this camera is the most amazing Nikon yet. Every photo on Backyard Ecosystem was shot with one of the cameras just listed.
Get the camera body in BLACK.
Order it with this lens if you want to go fast and light or this lens if you want to do it all. Choose one lens or the other for now. Come back and get the other one when you want to give yourself options. You won’t be carrying both at the same time. Put one on the body and go!
I recommend starting with the fast 35mm. It lets you learn the body of the camera with a lens that mimics the eye, is fast enough to arrest motion, and will capture your image in available light without a flash.
Then swap it out for the real thoroughbred, the 18-300mm. This lens is going to let you go long, go wide, and go macro. There is literally nothing else like it. You are buying a Nikon so that you can slap this lens on the body and go take photographs for a year without ever removing it. Landscapes, flowers, tiny insects, your dog, your kid, your partner, everything and anything you want to point it at, is just a twist of the wrist away.
I have had photographers who are dragging a wagon of gear behind them start drooling when I explain it to them. Meanwhile, I nonchalantly stroll along capturing everything in sight handheld. I feel bad for them as they heft their many thousand dollar lenses onto a tripod and struggle to get it pointed at something that is long gone. I am already shooting something else, and quietly snickering to myself.
Yes, you really do need them all.
More on troubleshooting problems and cropping your photos for professional results in a future post.