Question D500 or D850

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I like to photograph birds and currently use a D5600 with a 70-300lens, it does a good job but I want to improve. I'm looking at a D500 or a D850, paired with a 200-500mm lens. Which should I go for the best results, the D500 or the D850?
 
Nov 19, 2019
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The 850 is a better choice for most uses. The D500 has a faster frames/second rate for continuous shooting. The D850 has what I consider a superior autofocusing mechanism and is just a step lower than the D5. True confession: I chose the D850 over the D500 and therefore represent a biased responder.
 
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Nov 24, 2019
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I have both. I use the D850 for motionless or slow movement scenes and the D500 for movement. The 500 has a bigger buffer, faster frame rate. The 850 is better at low light and detail.
 
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I was recently considering both the D850 and the D500. I dont think you can make a poor decision either way. I went with the D500 mostly because the DX lenses would be lighter and therefore easier to handhold for a given reach. I bought the camera (and lenses) for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Antarctica and there is a firm weight limit on the carry on bags on the final flight to Uhsaia of 25 pounds/10Kgs. Add up the chargers, batteries, laptop, etc. that I would not trust to a checked bag and system weight is an issue.
You will be happy with either, but if cost is no object - get both! (grin)
 
Nov 24, 2019
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I like to photograph birds and currently use a D5600 with a 70-300lens, it does a good job but I want to improve. I'm looking at a D500 or a D850, paired with a 200-500mm lens. Which should I go for the best results, the D500 or the D850?
If you’re looking for a wildlife camera the D500 is gonna be tough to beat, plus it’s half the price of the 850. Birds require reach and the crop factor of the dx system is gonna get you more pixels on your subject.
 
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I also use both D500 and D850 and if forced to choose would keep the D850 and drop the D500. As MkMuffin says above the D500 is superior for speed and better for that 'extra reach' when photographing birds etc. However the D850 can be set to DX mode and still grab a 16 megapixel image with the same reach. This mode has advantages in that you can get the 'greyed out' fx view set to semi transparent and this aids flying bird (for example) location making them easier to locate through the viewfinder. Another advantage is I was photographing a Spoonbill from a distance through a Nikon 200-500mm VR (a superb lens and ergonomically superb) as it was distant I was in DX mode when it was startled by another photographer (in the distance) and it took to wing and landed right in front of me. Even zooming back to 200mm would not fit it in the viewfinder so I quickly changed back in the D850 to FX and got some superb high quality images at 46 mega pixels.

You would be happy with either camera given the cost implications but will always want a D850 . Enough said?
 
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As an ex sports photographer I have been considering downsizing my gear and with this in mind I was looking at the D850 as a back up camera to my Z6.
As I am now concentrating on landscape and wildlife photography, I am looking at getting rid of the D4's and the D300 and just having 2 cameras when I decide what to buy.
 
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