A quick post about cameras and flash

I keep mentioning that I’m busy with stuff and I am. That said, I find time to shoot a few photos and even process a few (see recent posts).

In part, that’s because the interest of photography has been reignited. I’m doing a lot of research on cameras and lenses and trying to map out what I really want going forward. I think I’ve nixed getting the Nikon P1000 until it drops in price and I can pick it up for about half its current price. 

I’m looking at three possible cameras and one possible lens upgrade . . .

If a certain store (Costco) carried it, I’d buy the D7500 . . . well, they do carry it but it’s sold as a kit with two cheap lenses I don’t need. That price is $1,450. Based on everything I’ve read — and I’ve read a lot — that’s the camera that would well-suit my current needs.  The camera on its own is $1,200 (direct from Nikon).

But, for four hundred more I can get a D500 . . . arguably the best DX camera out there and a camera well-suited to a lot of my photography (birds, animals, fast action) with a high frame rate and deep buffer. The D7500 has 5x the buffer of my current D7000. The D500 has 22x the buffer of the D7000.

For people who don’t know what I’m talking about (and of those, the few who might actually care), my current camera, the D7000, can shoot at 6 frames-per-second (fps) . . . meaning, if I hold down the button, it can take six high definition photos in one second.

Unfortunately, the D7000 has a small buffer and after about 1.5 seconds, the buffer fills and the frame rate down to 1-fps. So, with my D7000 I can capture a burst of 9 photos. Often, that’s too short to capture a hawk taking flight, for instance. 

Let me clarify by talking about photographing hawks . . . I get the best shots when I anticipate when the hawk is about to fly.  Otherwise — no matter how fast my reflexes — I’ll miss the launch. BUT . . . if I anticipate too much, the hawk’s best poses will occur after I’ve used up the 9-shot burst.

The D7500 can take 50 photos before the buffer fills (roughly 6-7 seconds of holding down the shutter). That’s more than enough to capture the shot I might want.

The D500 can take 200 photos before the buffer fills (and, if you have a fast memory card, maybe a bit more). I can’t imagine where I would need to hold the shutter button down for a half minute but — like with guns — it’s always better having more than you need.

The D500 is also better at tracking — and keeping focus on — subjects. This might not mean anything to many people but it’s basically having more versatility when capturing action shots. Of course, the D500 is $1,700.

But, let’s throw a loop in the monkey wrench  . . . Nikon is selling the D7200 (also a very capable and highly regarded camera) for $700.

The D7200 has a buffer of about 28 photos, nearly 3x my current buffer (or, 4-5 seconds worth of shooting), so still a large improvement over what I currently shoot. The price is certainly attractive and 4-5 seconds would have a hawk be long gone before I fill the buffer. The lower price also eases the concern of buying another thing I’m eyeing . . . the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR lens ($1,400).

I plan to rent that lens to see if I like it but the research I’ve done already points to “yes”.

As you can see, I’m in quite a pickle . . . a pickle of indecision. My pickle to resolve but perhaps my sharing it helps someone. I’m doubtful that’s the case but it gave me the excuse to share a few of my photos as well as potentially generate sympathy for me.

And now, on to the flash.

No, not the camera flash. Say what?

Yup . . . I’m now talking about writing.

As inconvenient as it is, as my photography bug has reawakened, so has my writing bug. 

I’m itching to write something . . . so much so that when I read THIS post I was compelled to write a short flash piece.

For them not inclined to click on the link, the set-up is this: arranged marriage; daughter not enthused about it; the idea of playing one parent against the other based on long-understood dynamics while still operating within the then well-defined parent/child relationship.  

Also for them not inclined to click on the link, Stefania Gioffrè is an English teacher in Italy and the blog is a mix of personal stories and sharing of stuff related to her teaching (as was the case for the post in question). 

In this particular case, she shared some of her pupil’s modern interpretation of the story; specifically, how the language and interpersonal relationship might be changed by modern attitudes.  

Well, I’m old and I don’t have kids so I had nothing to contribute regarding modern parent/child interactions. 

But, I did have an idea about how I’d have written that particular scene . . .  

~ o ~ o ~ o ~

“Mom, I don’t want to marry that man!”

“It’s advantageous for both you and us to do so.”

“But he’s old and ugly and . . .”


“But Mom!”

*Sigh* “OK, look . . . {reaches for a vial} once you’re married and the affairs are in order, start mixing this in his food. Small amounts over time. He’ll be dead in a few months and you’ll be set for life.”

“Mom! Seriously?!”

“Sure; you don’t think your dad is my first husband, do you? . . . or my last.”

“Thanks, Mom!! You’re the best!”

{Runs off clutching the vial}

{The husband comes in}

“Did she buy it?”

“Yes, I gave her the vial of sugar water.”

~ o ~ o ~ o ~

Now, I’m fairly proud of that flash. OK, OK, I’m proud of everything I like.

That was written on my Samsung Note 8 as I sat in the car waiting for Melisa. It only took a few minutes and that’s exactly as written (as a comment on the post). I did add quotation marks but I could have left them off. 

So, there are a few things at play here. 

The arranged marriage bit. That’s still happening in modern times. Certain cultures retain the practice of treating females like property (or currency). I think most readers of this blog already know my opinion on such matters. 

The whole unfolding of events . . . 

As I wrote the piece, I almost stopped at the point where the daughter leaves all giddy at the prospect of murdering her future husband. At that point, she’s no longer a sympathetic character, and neither is the mom. That leaves the current and future husbands as semi-odious but possibly sympathetic characters. 

. . . but then — as is oft my habit — I added a twist.

I thought it was clever (but then, I always think what I do is clever) but the result leaves the reader without any sympathetic characters.   

There’s really no need for that deep a dive into the story. It was just a fun, spur-of-the-moment piece.

But, it’s the first fiction I’ve written for a while and although small in stature, it looms large in significance because I’m now going to revisit my novels.

Who knows . . . perhaps I’ll even send them out again. 

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.


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20 Responses to A quick post about cameras and flash

  1. Emily Scott says:

    I enjoyed the twist! Short and sharp.


  2. You could get a good set of golf clubs for that sort of money!


    • disperser says:

      While my prowess with the blades is no less than that with the light-capturing box, my current interest leans toward the latter.

      Besides, that kind of money will buy you roughly 8500 doughnut holes but that doesn’t mean that’s something worth considering.

      As an aside, I sold my golf clubs when we moved to Hawaii. It may be that I’ll golf again but for the number of times I’m likely to punish the links in the future, it’ll be cheaper and smarter to just rent a decent set of blades as needed.

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  3. HA! Great and clever flash! The ending made me snort-laugh!
    And the photos are wonderful splashes of color on a grey, drab winter day.
    Thanks, Emilio!
    HUGS!!! :-)


    • disperser says:

      Thank you, Carolyn.

      It was a fun piece to write and made me miss the times I could knock those out without breaking even a small sweat . . .

      Come to think of it, that was the case here . . . so this must be the time I’m missing.

      Those photos are part of sets that will eventually merit their own posts but they are great as adornments to these kinds of posts.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. etinkerbell says:

    I’m glad to read that your itch is back and that somehow I have contributed a little. 😉 Thanks for the links, Emilio. 🙋

    Liked by 1 person

  5. oneowner says:

    I’ve been a Nikon shooter for a long time and if I had to choose between a 7500 or the 500, I’d pick the 500, assuming money (the additional $400) was not an object. This is an outstanding camera, one you will not soon outgrow. But the D7500 is still not a bad choice. I’ve only worked with the 7000 before and I loved that camera. The D7500 would be a great choice and you could take the savings and apply it to some new glass. Now that I think about it, maybe the D7500 would be my 1st choice. Now I’m as confused as you.


    • disperser says:

      I bought the D7000 in 2011. Going on 8 years now (roughly $140 per year) which is not unusual as far as me keeping stuff. It’s still in great shape and it has close to 74,000 shutter releases on it.

      I could certainly keep on using it and not worry about upgrading but . . .


      I trust the guy’s opinion and his advice has always been spot-on. The thing is, the D7000 does have a few issues with focusing and it’s always been a bit of a crapshoot as far as getting sharp images. Not a problem on fairly stationary subjects because I typically shoot short bursts, but on moving subjects there have been many instances where none of the shots focused where I wanted it too and as sharply as the camera is capable of doing.

      But, the camera is at the limit as far as exploiting the sharpness and capabilities of some of the lenses I have (and lenses I’m considering).

      I agree the D500 would serve me well . . . but, just going to the D7200 (for a cost of $700) should give me a big boost from what I have. The D7500 would be gravy but that’s +$500 from the D7200 and from everything I read, the incremental improvement is probably not worth the money differential (that would be different if it was no more than $200).

      The D500 has many professional features (it shares a lot with the D5) but now we’re talking a $900 jump from the D7200. That’s $900 I could apply to buy the 200-500mm f/5.6 VR lens. (side note: check out the various videos about the D7200, the 200-500mm lens, and the combination of the two . . . and also the 200-500mm with the other two cameras).

      So, to recap . . .
      D7200 + 200-500mm lens ==> $2,100
      D7500 + 200-500mm lens ==> $2,600
      D500 + 200-500mm lens ==> $3,200

      Realistically, I can afford the top end because I know I’d be set for a number of years (I already have other prime lenses) since I tend to think not so much in lump sums but rather in cost per year of use.

      Here’s a stupid thing to look at (given a $3,200 budget):
      D7200 + 200-500mm lens + P1000 ==> $3,100 (and $100 left over for about 500 Dunking Donuts doughnuts holes)
      That last choice gives me a lot of versatility for all sorts of shooting conditions. (check out some of the real-world reviews of the P1000).Plus, you know, doughnut holes.

      Lensrental.com just added the P1000 to their cameras you can rent (1-week for $68) and that has thrown me for a loop because I can now check out the camera without making a risky commitment.

      . . . and you think you’re confused . . .


  6. AnnMarie says:

    When we spoke, you told me I might like your flash . . . and I did! I followed the link to etinkerbell and read the original and student versions . . . but, yours gave me the positive ending, so I thank you.


    • disperser says:

      Not sure how it’s positive . . . the girl is fine with killing her future husband and with her mother maybe killing her dad (and having previously killed).

      The parents are fine with marrying off their daughter to help improve their social/ economic position and have no problem deceiving her to get their way.


  7. mvschulze says:

    NIce post, (nothing unusual there…) including the Stefania Gioffrè link and of course your flash story. M :-)

    Liked by 2 people

  8. mrmickca says:

    I currently have a D90 and had been tossing around between the three (D7200, D7500, D500) as well. I just made my decision a couple of weeks ago and ordered the D7500. This was after a lot of thought and the price dropping by $700CAD for Nikon’s spring sale event.
    Still waiting but hopeful.


    • disperser says:

      That drop in price made it a no-brainer. I ordered mine last week and received it yesterday . . . and here’s the even bigger no-brainer . . . Costco had the D7500 + the 70-300mm kit lens and the 18-55mm kit lens + and SD card (meh) + an extra battery + a bad to carry everything all for $999 and free shipping.

      Very hard to pass up. I’ll be doing a small write-up on the camera and kit lenses soon. Costco has a 90 days return no-questions-asked policy so if there’s something I don’t like, I’d return it and opt for the D500 but that would run me $1,500 just for the camera. The D7500 and D500 share the same sensors but the build is better on the D500 plus it has a few more prosumer features. I estimate that unless I really hate the D7500, I’ll be keeping it.

      Hint: so far I’m really impressed with both the camera and the lenses.

      Liked by 1 person

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