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New Nikon D3500 or used D7100 for product photography

Discussion in 'Photography & Video' started by sswats, 8 Jun 2019.

  1. sswats

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 26 Mar 2004

    Posts: 1,198

    My D90 dropped and focus motor is broken, and I also have a d3100 which i am really struggling to get a consistent quality out of, and the focus is atrocious.

    So looking for a replacement and a new D3500 is about the same price as a used D7100. Which would be better suited purely for product photos for an ecommerce site.
  2. MrRockliffe


    Joined: 14 Apr 2014

    Posts: 3,413

    Location: Sunny Sussex

    Surely the right lens would have a bigger impact? Once you meet the right criteria of having decent sensor/autofocus etc? :)
  3. sswats

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 26 Mar 2004

    Posts: 1,198

    I already have a 35mm prime lens so hopefully I am covered there.
  4. Drollic


    Joined: 24 Feb 2013

    Posts: 3,599

    Location: East Midlands

    I'd probably try find the extra for the 7200.
  5. Energize


    Joined: 12 Mar 2004

    Posts: 28,447

    Location: London

    The D7XXX series is a big step above the D3XXX series, they are much better cameras in a lot of ways that aren't obvious just from the spec sheet, the handling is much better and I would definitely recommend them over the D3500.
  6. Holst1981


    Joined: 1 Dec 2015

    Posts: 918

    For product photos they will perform similarly.

    The 7100 is better (controls and focus) but I think the sensors are very similar.

    You may prefer the middle 5xxx cameras with tilting screens.

    I was very happy with my 7100 (stolen and replaced with D500)