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Nikon 200-500 and D810 - a good combination?

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Nikon 200-500 and D810 - a good combination?

Post by daggerfan » Mon Jan 03, 2022 5:25 pm

Hello all. I switched to full-frame cameras in 2016 and have been using a couple of Nikon D610s, which I am more than happy with. However, I am thinking of adding a D810 to my arsenal, for use with my Nikon 200-500mm lens.

I know a D500 DX body and 200-500 lens combination is popular with sports and wildlife photographers, and no doubt aircraft photographers too, but I want to stick with full-frame, and was thinking a D810, with its 36mp sensor, would offer effective extra reach with scope for cropping if need be.

I am led to believe the D500 has superior autofocus to the D810, but I reckon the latter is no slouch either.

Does anyone use a D810 with a 200-500 lens? I'd be interested to hear your comments, good or bad!

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Re: Nikon 200-500 and D810 - a good combination?

Post by Pjross » Fri Jan 07, 2022 8:42 pm

Hi,
Yes, I use a Nikon D810 amongst others and use a variety of lenses with it, including 100mm up to 600mm. I have found the D810 to be a good camera and image quality is superb. I regularly use for wildlife, motorsport and aviation photography.
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Re: Nikon 200-500 and D810 - a good combination?

Post by daggerfan » Sat Jan 08, 2022 7:26 pm

Thanks for that. My brother-in-law has a D810 and is very pleased with it. Unfortunately we live a few hundred miles apart, so not so easy to check it out with my lens. MPB have a couple of relatively low shutter count examples for under £900, so a camera body, battery grip and second battery could be bought for just under £1,000. Seems like a bargain! However, I might just hold out for a really low shutter count example. One will come along soon enough.

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Re: Nikon 200-500 and D810 - a good combination?

Post by Black Mike » Tue Feb 15, 2022 8:59 pm

daggerfan wrote:
Sat Jan 08, 2022 7:26 pm
Thanks for that. My brother-in-law has a D810 and is very pleased with it. Unfortunately we live a few hundred miles apart, so not so easy to check it out with my lens. MPB have a couple of relatively low shutter count examples for under £900, so a camera body, battery grip and second battery could be bought for just under £1,000. Seems like a bargain! However, I might just hold out for a really low shutter count example. One will come along soon enough.
I use a D500 and agree they are a very good match. I don't know anyone with a D810 so can't help you there. Perhaps have a nose around Ffordes for a body, easier to get to being relatively local.

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Post by daggerfan » Tue Feb 15, 2022 11:38 pm

Thanks for that, Mike. My preferred vendors are Ffordes, MPB and Wex, and I shall be keeping an eye on these sites in case a good, really low-mileage example appears. I was hoping the profusion of mirrorless cameras would have boosted the secondhand DSLR market, but alas not with what I'm looking for at the moment!

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Re: Nikon 200-500 and D810 - a good combination?

Post by Black Mike » Sat Feb 19, 2022 2:51 pm

daggerfan wrote:
Tue Feb 15, 2022 11:38 pm
Thanks for that, Mike. My preferred vendors are Ffordes, MPB and Wex, and I shall be keeping an eye on these sites in case a good, really low-mileage example appears. I was hoping the profusion of mirrorless cameras would have boosted the secondhand DSLR market, but alas not with what I'm looking for at the moment!
LCE are also good. I have used all of the ones you mentioned at some stage.
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Re: Nikon 200-500 and D810 - a good combination?

Post by daggerfan » Sat Feb 19, 2022 3:56 pm

Thanks Mike. Funnily enough LCE popped into my head this morning. I'm sure I bought from them sometime back in my days of using film. I'll check them out again. I missed two really low-count D810s on Park Cameras' site yesterday afternoon. Rather annoyingly, they are both still listed a day later!

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Post by Black Mike » Mon Feb 21, 2022 8:44 pm

daggerfan wrote:
Sat Feb 19, 2022 3:56 pm
Thanks Mike. Funnily enough LCE popped into my head this morning. I'm sure I bought from them sometime back in my days of using film. I'll check them out again. I missed two really low-count D810s on Park Cameras' site yesterday afternoon. Rather annoyingly, they are both still listed a day later!
Oh that's frustrating. I saw one on a Nikon only Facebook forum, not sure if you do FB.

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Re: Nikon 200-500 and D810 - a good combination?

Post by sft » Thu Feb 24, 2022 10:38 am

I guess the D810 is like my D800 and if you wish it can do automatic DX cropping at 1.3x or 1.5x, with the advantage of reducing the storage requirement.

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Re: Nikon 200-500 and D810 - a good combination?

Post by daggerfan » Thu Feb 24, 2022 11:16 am

sft wrote:
Thu Feb 24, 2022 10:38 am
I guess the D810 is like my D800 and if you wish it can do automatic DX cropping at 1.3x or 1.5x, with the advantage of reducing the storage requirement.
I think the two are pretty much the same. The D810 with DX cropping gives, I believe, 16mp images. My D610s give images of 10mp in DX mode but I don't use it. I prefer to shoot full-frame and crop as necessary in image-editing software.

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