Building System – D7500 + 70-300 AF-P + ??????

Started 5 months ago | Discussions thread
ChelseaPhotographer Contributing Member • Posts: 739
Re: Building System – D7500 + 70-300 AF-P + ??????

DTA wrote:

Hi All,

I got some great advice over in this thread ( choosing a camera.

What I think ill go for is a new grey D7500, as here in the UK they are cheaper than new and e-infin seem to have quite good customer service from what I read. Im just waiting to hear back from Nikon UK to see if they will repair a grey import out of warranty as ive read conflicting answers.

So im thinking to go with the D7500, a AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR Lens (

And I need something to fill the gap

D7500 and 70-300 will take me up to about £800, would like to keep it as close to £1,000 as I can

What I’ll be shooting

Given the lockdown most of my shooting over the next 3-6 months will be in and around London. City pics, architecture, night time shots (it’ll be dark by the time I finish work in a couple of weeks).

If I manage a few shots to upload to stock image sites that would be a bonus.

Family shots over Christmas / kids BIL playing rugby

Maybe eventually drag racing

Future – let’s see when we’re allowed to get out of the country!


I have been recommended the Nikkor 16-80 but at almost £500 that kills the budget IF I get the 70-300 (I had the 70-300 VR II a few years ago and enjoyed it)

So I see my options as follows

D7500 / 70-300 +… Nikkor 18-55 / Nikkor 18-140 / Sigma 17-50 f2.8 / Tamron 17-50 (not 100% on the difference between the VC SP and the LD IF)

Would the above be a good set? Which of the above would you recommend? I was initially thinking of going with a 35mm 1.8 as tht is the lens I used to use the most previously however I see the benefit of a zoom around that range.

Should I forget the 70-30 and put my money into something else?

Thanks for looking.

I have used e-Infinity quite a lot, and I highly recommend them. You only have 14 days to return the gear if it is faulty, so test your gear thoroughly as soon as it arrives. Also, ask them to double box your equipment in a separate email as soon as you get the email from customer service confirming your order. Otherwise, they will just send the box in a plastic bag.

I have also heard that they are not so great for repairs, but you always have PayPal to cover you. I don't have any personal experience on that front, since the gear that I have purchased from them has never failed me.

 ChelseaPhotographer's gear list:ChelseaPhotographer's gear list
SeaLife DC2000 Ricoh GR III Pentax 645Z Canon EOS 5DS Nikon D850 +1 more
Keyboard shortcuts:
FForum PPrevious NNext WNext unread UUpvote SSubscribe RReply QQuote BBookmark MMy threads
Color scheme? Blue / Yellow