Thoughts on a used D7500 for $675 for beginner wildlife

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Thoughts on a used D7500 for $675 for beginner wildlife

So if you've been following some of my other posts, I'm looking to get a beginner wildlife camera. Thinking (for cost reasons) of a D7500. Local camera store has one for $650 used in good condition . A used D500 (which would be ideal) is about $1100 in good condition.

I know it doesn't have the second memory card slot, 1/3 of the AF point as the D500, and no official vertical grip from Nikon (although if I use heavy lenses like a 200-500 or 150-600 I'll probably be on a gimbal most of hte time, and if I use a lighter lens, like a 100-400 I might be able to get by without a grip).

From what I've read the D7500 inherits some of the same AF and high ISO performance as the D500, since they both presumably use the same sensor and processor (the D7500 is just a more watered-down version).

As I'm new to wildlife photography, this would be a "beginner" camera, and I sort of figured that at $675 I could probably sell it in a year or two and get most of my money back (maybe $550 used at least, if I chose to get a D500 at some point later on and sell the D7500).  I mainly don't want to jump into a $1100-$1200 camera right away (partially because I have to get a long lens anyway regardless of what body I buy).

Thoughts on the D7500?

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