500pf shots with D500 and D850...

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Tom Stites
Tom Stites Regular Member • Posts: 175
500pf shots with D500 and D850...
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These images were both shot handheld this afternoon in my backyard.  One using my D500 and the other with my D850...both from essentially the same location/distance and fairly heavily cropped approximately the same size and uploaded.

The light did change somewhat and the bird (Yellow-bellied Sapsucker) did move slightly during the time I went inside and changed bodies.

Being handheld, not such a rigorous comparison shooting with the D500 or D850, but interesting, nonetheless.  Both shot at 1/1250th at f5.6 using Auto ISO.  Processed in LR Classic with Auto settings, but raised the blacks ever so slightly.  No NR used and sharpening left at default.

As for my preference in shooting these shots, I'd rather shoot with the D500...the bird was larger in the VF and easier to get spot focus point on the eye than with the D850.

Please feel free to discuss among yourselves...

Cheers!

 Tom Stites's gear list:Tom Stites's gear list
Nikon D500 Nikon D850 Nikon AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm F4G ED VR +25 more
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Chuvarsky
Chuvarsky Senior Member • Posts: 2,544
Re: 500pf shots with D500 and D850...

I agree...

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Tamron SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 Nikon D500 Nikon D850 Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Tamron 15-30mm F2.8 +7 more
Tom Stites
OP Tom Stites Regular Member • Posts: 175
Re: 500pf shots with D500 and D850...
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Should have included these for reference...the original images that were cropped.  Both original files were resized to 1920 pixels on the long side.

The sapsucker is a fairly small bird, maybe 6" max and I dared not approach any closer as I was standing in the middle of my yard without cover.

I've seen the question asked here so many times whether one can just go with a D850 and crop to make up for the 1.5x crop factor of the D500...of course you can, but there are definite advantages in shooting with the D500, at least that's been my experience in having both available to me.  If I had to choose one body, I'd go with the D850, but what I shoot is really pretty diverse, not limited to sports or wildlife.

Cheers!

 Tom Stites's gear list:Tom Stites's gear list
Nikon D500 Nikon D850 Nikon AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm F4G ED VR +25 more
Timotis77
Timotis77 Contributing Member • Posts: 578
Re: 500pf shots with D500 and D850...
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Tom Stites wrote:

Should have included these for reference...the original images that were cropped. Both original files were resized to 1920 pixels on the long side.

The sapsucker is a fairly small bird, maybe 6" max and I dared not approach any closer as I was standing in the middle of my yard without cover.

I've seen the question asked here so many times whether one can just go with a D850 and crop to make up for the 1.5x crop factor of the D500...of course you can, but there are definite advantages in shooting with the D500, at least that's been my experience in having both available to me. If I had to choose one body, I'd go with the D850, but what I shoot is really pretty diverse, not limited to sports or wildlife.

Cheers!

I agree, my D500 is much more suited to the 500pf than my D850 - Ever more so when a TC1.4iii is added - main thing being AF speed and accuracy both with and without the TC

I liked the real world comparison - good stuff

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