Nikon D7500 field tested: A winner DSLR for mid-range budgets

Nikon D7500 field tested: A winner DSLR for mid-range budgets

Nikon D7500 DSLR Camera (Body Only)Like almost every pro Nikon shooter, I’m eagerly awaiting the new Nikon D850. In the meantime, I needed an updated backup camera for my . I wanted one good enough to use for “pro” work, but small and light enough that I could easily carry it in a messenger bag with my drone for field work. I’d already shot with the Nikon D500 and , which are both excellent cameras, but decided to be a little more adventurous and purchase the newer , that fits many of the features of the into a smaller, less-expensive, package.


After shooting in a variety of situations (wildlife, commercial client work, landscapes) with the D7500, I’m really pleased. I purchased it in a , but you can also get just the for $1246.


My . I encourage you to head over there to read it if you’re still curious about whether it is the right next camera for you. In the meantime, here are a few sample images that didn’t get included in that review:

For our Puffin photography, I paired the Nikon D7500 with the inexpensive,
but quite good, . You can see
more images from that lens in .
[At under $1K currently from B&H the lens is an amazing value!]

One of the many great things about the many years we have been photographing bears
in the same location is that they are quite comfortable with our presence. This shot used
a focal length of 100mm (150mm effective) and is only slightly cropped.

The has an excellent Autofocus system for a prosumer camera.
I had no problem locking on to a variety of subjects with it.

Another advantage of going light with gear is mobility.
These juvenile bears managed to move at the same time they wrestled,
so capturing the action required keeping up with them.

Full disclosure: Yes, I bought the camera and lens for full retail price, and no, no one paid me to do so.