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Jun 4, 2019 12:26:52   #
For those who are interested, looks like Costco extended the offer to the end of the month--at least on line so should also be in stores.
Jun 3, 2019 11:19:26   #
BebuLamar wrote:
While I don't think it's gray market but then the price isn't any better than B&H

Actually for an additional $3 at Costco you get a second battery and SD card. And a 90 day return policy. So I would say the Costco deal is better than B&H.
Jun 3, 2019 09:39:55   #
qball wrote:
Just wondering Costco has some amazing prices on a Nikon 7500, would that be gray market or not?

The Costco deal is a good one and I picked it up for a replacement for my D7100. Costco has a 90 day return policy on the camera - no questions asked. I also think that they extend the warranty period but I am not sure. They are not grey market but are US Nikon products with US warranties. Costco backs all their products.

For $200 above the current D7500 camera body price of $799 on the market you get the 2 Kit lenses and two (2) EN-ENL 15a batteries plus a 32m SD card. I was surprised with the lenses in that they are fast to focus and surprising sharp. The 70 - 300 AF - P is sharper at the ends than my Nikkor 18 -200 VR II. But they are plastic so treat them with care. The camera bag is just so-so but usable.

So all in all I think it is a good deal. Plus should you decide you do not like it, you can return it.

Let us know if you pull the trigger.
May 19, 2019 15:01:16   #
I have to jump in with my 2 cents. I also have contemplating this camera to replace my D7100. Two reasons are the tilting flip screen, so much easier at the age of 70 than crawling on the ground for low shots, and the new sensor from the D500.

Additional review to help this out Pretty positive.

Also Costco has a sweet deal at the moment: One can sell the lenses it they are not wanted.
Oct 12, 2017 14:17:29   #
Lilka wrote:
I’ve had the a6000 w/kit lens for two years & I love it. The camera has very sharp & fast auto focus, is light weight & is an all around pleasure. However, the menu is confusing & the paper manual almost useless. Buy a third party help book.

Also Gary Friedman's book: is outstanding.
Oct 10, 2017 15:48:15   #
Hank Radt wrote:
Same for me with my a6300. Initially, unfamiliar with the camera, I didn't turn my camera off after shooting, and drained the battery (only had the OEM battery at the time) pretty quickly. Quickly trained myself to turn the camera off after each shot (unless I was taking several at a time), and got a couple of spare 3rd party batteries and a charger. The other thing I did was turn off known battery drains, like airplane mode and silent shooting, and haven't had any problems since. I always carry a spare (sometimes two) if it is going to be a long shooting day. And I always leave the house with the battery in the camera at full charge.
Same for me with my a6300. Initially, unfamiliar w... (show quote)

There is a small sensor beside the eyepiece. When you put your eye up to the view finder it turns on the EVF, electronic view finder. The EVF is powered by the battery. If you do not turn the camera off and put it into your pocket or bag it will rundown the battery EVF can be turned on by this sensor becoming blocked. Also because the camera is smaller and lighter than than the larger DSLR so the smaller batteries have less juice, this is just the nature of the beast. If you carry extra batteries and remember to turn the camera off you should be good to shoot all day.

Tip, above select wheel is the function button labeled with Fn. Pressing this brings up a short cut menu for fast access to changing the settings, so you do not have to go through the menu every time to change settings. You can change what settings are used and can save three versions of these settings. So, for instance, you can have these set for standard, portrait and landscape pictures with your preferences. The camera is difficult to learn but when learned is extremely flexible in how to use the camera. Still this camera does not appeal to everyone because of the menu system.
Oct 10, 2017 15:18:39   #
PCB_smv wrote:
This camera eats batteries for lunch, has anyone used the off brand batteries for the a6500?

Mirror-less cameras have an EVF instead of optical viewfinders. These run the batteries down faster. Also, the batteries are smaller as the cameras are smaller and lighter so do not have as much punch as their larger DSLR bretheren. Battery consumption is just the nature of the beast. My solution is to use 4 Wasabi batteries and charge them up before venturing forth with my camera. A relatively inexpensive solution considering the cost of the Sony batteries.
Aug 6, 2016 11:13:09   #
johneccles wrote:
I agree with you I have been using Win10 since day one on all my PC's (5) and my wife'e 2 PC's there hasn't been a single problem.
On the latest update which I have been using today and I have only noticed one difference, when the start icon is left clicked there are 4 buttons to click on, shutdown/restart, setting, file explorer and your MS account.
Some other function have moved to the top left corner eg, Expand, Pinned Tiles and All Apps.
I quite expect to discover changes more as I continue to play around with the latest update.
I agree with you I have been using Win10 since day... (show quote)

I just took a look at the start button and it appears to be the same as earlier Win 10 updates. A cool trick with the start button is to right click, not left click, and the tools and short cuts that were in Win 7 are there. You can also check out Star Docks,, Win 10 programs. There is a program called Start 10, $5, that will give you additional control over the Start Button, and they update it on a regular basis. Start 8 made the Win 8 usable for me as I could then stay on the desk top and not bother with that Metro thing.

My disappointment with Win 10 is the right click has been dumbed down. Right Clicking on programs is what makes the Win world more useful from Apple. What would take one or two clicks now takes 3 to 5 to do something. This is what happens when you try to be more like Apple.
Jun 7, 2016 14:41:37   #
Jun 7, 2016 13:45:10   #
Camera shack is more than a factor than most realize. You can do a little science on this. Take a picture on a tripod or other support. Try taking a photo with the 2 second delay on. See if any of these remedy the sharpness problem. For myself I often find that I sometimes slightly move the camera when I depress the shutter button.
May 18, 2016 10:40:46   #
Red Beard, that 16-50 has its place, especially in video recording. I have the 18 - 55 which I believe is similar. I have found with zooms, unless you spend $ thousands, they are all soft two stops on either end. My 18 - 55 sweet spot is the f8. There it actually looks good where as at wide open it is very soft. The reviews show Sony 35 and Sigmas are very sharp, although the Sony has some color fringing wide open. For myself I use a Zeiss 32 1.8 and use manual focus a lot. I got it for $500 at a B&H black Friday sale. It is also very sharp but has no in lens stabilization (oss) so the Sony 35 is better in that department if you need it and is better in low light at with lower F stops because of the oss.

redbeard1947 wrote:
I have a sony a6000 with 16-50 and 50-210 and am looking for something sharper. I have looked at the sony 35 1.8, the sigma 30 1.4, and the sony 18-105g. am I on the right track? I am looking at spending $500 or less. I shoot mainly outdoors in bright sunlight.
Jan 18, 2016 10:37:39   #
Jan 18, 2016 08:43:54   #
CHG_CANON wrote:
Your D3300 likely came with a 18-55 VR-enabled zoom lens. Both a 35mm and 50mm prime will fall within the range covered by this zoom. I second the question of what do you want to accomplish with another lens? As you can see in the responses already, everyone is more than willing to give their ideas on how to spend your money...

Yes but the 18-55 is not as sharp or efficient in low light as the 35 DX. If I did get close enough with the 35 it is sharp enough I can crop in post. If I was allowed to have only one lens for my D7100, it would be the 35 DX.
Jan 18, 2016 08:40:31   #
For what it is worth, I have both. When taking pictures of the family, I sometimes find that I do not have enough room to back up in the living room with the fifty. The fifty is a 75 equivalent on the crop and that makes a little long in tight spaces. The 35 simply lives on my D7100 and it is my favorite lens. And did I mention sharp.
Jan 18, 2016 08:26:12   #
RConrad06 wrote:
I had post a few weeks back about thoughts on which brand to go with and after getting feedback from here and the many hours of research I have done I feel like I would like to go with the Nikon D7200 DSLR with the 18-135mm lens. My question for you guys is I was looking at possibly getting one or two more lenses and wanted a few opinions as to which ones would be a good recommendation. I was looking at the following:

Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens
Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G Lens

Are these 3 lenses a good set to work with or is there one that I should look at over one of these or maybe one that I don't even need right away. (PS the 55-300mm I will get for half if I place it in a bundle with the camera when I order it here in the next couple weeks.) just trying to get everything lined up and worked out before I make my investment. Thanks for the responses!
I had post a few weeks back about thoughts on whic... (show quote)

I have a D7100, for a few years now. On that I have the 18-200, a grey market nifty fifty and the 35. The 35 simply lives on my D7100. I use for family and events. This puppy is so sharp that it is a pleasure to crop with if you cannot get close enough. I only use the super zoom 18-200 when out and about and needed and the nifty 50 when outside as the reach is to much indoors. If I were only allowed to keep one lens for this camera it would be the 35 DX. This is my favorite lens for the D7100.
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