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Mar 19, 2017 22:41:58   #
teranz
 
Hi all, this is my first post, but I've been lurking for awhile, and it's intimidating to get involved in view of all the obvious expertise.
This is really a followup to the question a couple days back about the Nikon D7200 vs the Canon EOS something or other. I own an old Nikon F3 film camera and a couple or three lenses of similar vintage from way back, so I guess that sort of makes me a Nikon man.
Anyway, here goes. I've been looking at the three cameras above. I've been involved in photography on and off since around 1986, mostly still photography, taken some course, did a little video 20 years ago or so, 50th B'Days and Anniversaries and so on. I've done a lot of work with Photoshop, which has been my real area of interest for probably 15 years or so.
I was really hot on the D5600, but after today's research I think the add-ons to it from the D5500 are of little use to me.
I can see that the D7200 is a great camera, but I'm in my 70s now, and I'm not out to win any awards, just make great pics, and that articulated screen, and not having to crawl around on my belly like a snake when I can just ... well I'm sure you get the idea.
I can get a refurb D7200 at amazon with that Nikon 35-140 lens for just a little more than a new D5500 (or D5600??).
Any thoughts? Any and all would be greatly appreciated.
 
Mar 19, 2017 22:47:25   #
teranz
 
I should add that I meant the articulated screen on the Nikon D5500 or D5600. The D7200 doesn't have one, which was the point intended.
Mar 19, 2017 22:49:55   #
DAMcCoy
 
Get the best you can afford. I have had referbished from Nikon and been very happy.
Mar 19, 2017 22:51:38   #
JR45
 
I treated myself to a D7200 last August as a birthday (71) present to myself.
Really like it.
Be careful who you get it from.
Mar 19, 2017 23:06:44   #
CO (a regular here)
 
The Nikon D3xxx and D5xxx series cameras have a pentamirror viewfinder. If you go up to a D7xxx series or above camera you get a superior pentaprism viewfinder. The glass prism inside gives a larger, slightly brighter view through the viewfinder. I think it really helps with composition. The U1 and U2 settings on the mode dial of the D7200 are really nice. You can save frequently used settings and recall them in a second. You also get a front and rear command dial. That's nice to have when you're in manual mode - rotate the rear dial to set the shutter speed and the front dial to set the aperture. You also get dual memory card slots and virtual horizon.
Mar 19, 2017 23:07:34   #
dandi
 
teranz wrote:
... I own an old Nikon F3 film camera and a couple or three lenses of similar vintage from way back, so I guess that sort of makes me a Nikon man....


I like Nikon old lenses. You have three of them, are you planning to use them on your new camera?
If you have AI manual focus lenses then they work on both D5500 and D7200. On D7200 you can use them in Manual and in Aperture Priority mode and have metering.
If your lenses are Non-Ai then you can mount them only on D5500/5600. Mounting them on D7200 can damage the camera. On D5500 they will work only in Manual mode, no metering, setting Aperture on the lens. I use some on my D5100 and love it.For me it would be a deciding factor.
 
Mar 19, 2017 23:14:05   #
mas24 (a regular here)
 
The D7200 is the best of the cameras you mentioned. The D5000 series cameras are very good cameras too. However, the D5000 series do not have the internal focus motor, and dual slots for SD cards. The D7200 is Nikon's 2nd best camera next to the D500. I would suggest you purchase a Nikon Refurbished D7200 from B&H Photo for $789 with a 90 day warranty, and be very happy. For certain.
Mar 19, 2017 23:19:02   #
mas24 (a regular here)
 
mas24 wrote:
The D7200 is the best of the cameras you mentioned. The D5000 series cameras are very good cameras too. However, the D5000 series do not have the internal focus motor, and dual slots for SD cards. The D7200 is Nikon's 2nd best camera next to the D500. I would suggest you purchase a Nikon Refurbished D7200 from B&H Photo for $789 with a 90 day warranty, and be very happy. For certain.


Correction. 2nd best DX camera.
Mar 19, 2017 23:38:55   #
OutBack
 
Crap! I use an old 110mm from the 50's and a 24mm from the 60's as long as you know the range finder scale is calculate at 1.5 of the original value you will do good. They say a 1.6 extender can do a little focusing on it's own, just get it close and BAM the old lenses will do great. I can still see well enough to use man focus. Infinity on the 24 is 6' so that is very good!
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Make yourself happy; be glad about your selection and it will all work out!
Mar 20, 2017 01:13:48   #
IBM
 
teranz wrote:
Hi all, this is my first post, but I've been lurking for awhile, and it's intimidating to get involved in view of all the obvious expertise.
This is really a followup to the question a couple days back about the Nikon D7200 vs the Canon EOS something or other. I own an old Nikon F3 film camera and a couple or three lenses of similar vintage from way back, so I guess that sort of makes me a Nikon man.
Anyway, here goes. I've been looking at the three cameras above. I've been involved in photography on and off since around 1986, mostly still photography, taken some course, did a little video 20 years ago or so, 50th B'Days and Anniversaries and so on. I've done a lot of work with Photoshop, which has been my real area of interest for probably 15 years or so.
I was really hot on the D5600, but after today's research I think the add-ons to it from the D5500 are of little use to me.
I can see that the D7200 is a great camera, but I'm in my 70s now, and I'm not out to win any awards, just make great pics, and that articulated screen, and not having to crawl around on my belly like a snake when I can just ... well I'm sure you get the idea.
I can get a refurb D7200 at amazon with that Nikon 35-140 lens for just a little more than a new D5500 (or D5600??).
Any thoughts? Any and all would be greatly appreciated.
Hi all, this is my first post, but I've been lurki... (show quote)


If the D7200 had that flip screen it would be a no-brainer, and if you can get by with out it, it's still a no-brainer, the d7200 is a better built
And the outer shell or the frame is stronger , this fancy metel titainan or something I heard it was weather reisent also not proof
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Mar 20, 2017 06:00:18   #
Techrod
 
The D7200 is definitely the better camera but I would go with the D5600 in your case (i.e. someone in their 70s, who just wants to make good photos). Much lighter and for anyone with dodgy knees the articulating screen is a god-send. Plus you can send photos using SnapBridge (low-power bluetooth) to your iPad or smartphone for instant sharing (the D7200 does not have this but the D5600 does). IF you don't want/need SnapBridge then the D5500 is a fine camera.
 
Mar 20, 2017 06:23:19   #
ELNikkor
 
No articulated screen on the D7200 was the deal breaker for me, I'm sticking with the D5xxx series, much more versatile for my needs.
Mar 20, 2017 06:50:43   #
billnikon (a regular here)
 
teranz wrote:
Hi all, this is my first post, but I've been lurking for awhile, and it's intimidating to get involved in view of all the obvious expertise.
This is really a followup to the question a couple days back about the Nikon D7200 vs the Canon EOS something or other. I own an old Nikon F3 film camera and a couple or three lenses of similar vintage from way back, so I guess that sort of makes me a Nikon man.
Anyway, here goes. I've been looking at the three cameras above. I've been involved in photography on and off since around 1986, mostly still photography, taken some course, did a little video 20 years ago or so, 50th B'Days and Anniversaries and so on. I've done a lot of work with Photoshop, which has been my real area of interest for probably 15 years or so.
I was really hot on the D5600, but after today's research I think the add-ons to it from the D5500 are of little use to me.
I can see that the D7200 is a great camera, but I'm in my 70s now, and I'm not out to win any awards, just make great pics, and that articulated screen, and not having to crawl around on my belly like a snake when I can just ... well I'm sure you get the idea.
I can get a refurb D7200 at amazon with that Nikon 35-140 lens for just a little more than a new D5500 (or D5600??).
Any thoughts? Any and all would be greatly appreciated.
Hi all, this is my first post, but I've been lurki... (show quote)


D7200
Mar 20, 2017 07:52:13   #
Silverman
 
teranz wrote:
Hi all, this is my first post, but I've been lurking for awhile, and it's intimidating to get involved in view of all the obvious expertise.
This is really a followup to the question a couple days back about the Nikon D7200 vs the Canon EOS something or other. I own an old Nikon F3 film camera and a couple or three lenses of similar vintage from way back, so I guess that sort of makes me a Nikon man.
Anyway, here goes. I've been looking at the three cameras above. I've been involved in photography on and off since around 1986, mostly still photography, taken some course, did a little video 20 years ago or so, 50th B'Days and Anniversaries and so on. I've done a lot of work with Photoshop, which has been my real area of interest for probably 15 years or so.
I was really hot on the D5600, but after today's research I think the add-ons to it from the D5500 are of little use to me.
I can see that the D7200 is a great camera, but I'm in my 70s now, and I'm not out to win any awards, just make great pics, and that articulated screen, and not having to crawl around on my belly like a snake when I can just ... well I'm sure you get the idea.
I can get a refurb D7200 at amazon with that Nikon 35-140 lens for just a little more than a new D5500 (or D5600??).
Any thoughts? Any and all would be greatly appreciated.
Hi all, this is my first post, but I've been lurki... (show quote)


Make sure you Check out "Cameta Camera" for a Refurbished D7200, if available, family owned, great customer servive, next I would go to B&H.
Mar 20, 2017 07:59:28   #
CRoy
 
I have the D5300, and it is an excellent camera. I wasn't interested in the touch screen, but I love the flip screen.
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