Changing out the D850 with a D5. Would you do it? (Wildlife)

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Re: Changing out the D850 with a D5. Would you do it? (Wildlife)

Dyun27 wrote:

Lasse p wrote:

So i got offered to trade my Nikon D850 for a Nikon D5. No money involved, just a straight up trade. Both about the same age and with the same amount of shutter actions.

A new D5 = $6,496.00

A new D850 = $3,096.00

What kind of crazy maniac wants to do a straight trade going from a D5 to a D850 with no money involved for the difference in price? Odd. Is there something wrong with the D5?

Good questions.

The D850 is perfectly fine for wildlife,


unless you want the extra FPS. In that case it's cheap to buy the grip + batteries to speed up the FPS of the D850, or go with a D500 which has 10FPS, AF points covering the entire viewfinder, and about 2 megapixels more than the D850 in crop mode.

I expect the D500 to be my next camera, and it's the better choice for DX for sure. That said, the D500 has 1.2 more MP than the D850 in DX crop mode (that's 6% and essentially not detectable), and the AF coverage for the DX area of the D850 is the same as the D500. The D500 is smaller, has more viewfinder magnification, costs less than the D850, and in a pinch it can serve as a back-up to a D850 (if you are buying it instead of the battery grip and batteries for the D850).

The D5 offers lower resolution, perhaps slightly better AF algorithm (maybe) and slightly better high ISO performance. Unless you shoot mostly in low light and need the improved high ISO performance, stick with the D850.


Some might say "Trade for the D5, sell the D5, buy a new or lightly used D850 and use the profit to get more gear." Assuming there's nothing wrong with the D5, sounds like a pretty good deal too!

Time and seller fees would likely eat up any profits from the deal. Not worth it, IMHO.

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