Rent a D5 or 850?

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This December I am traveling to Washington State to photograph bald eagles on the Skagit River. My main shooter is a D500. I’m considering renting an FX camera and a 500 or 600 f/4 and to use the D500 with my 70-200 f/2.8 for closer shots. So do I go for the speed machine D5 or the fine detail of the D850? I have no experience with either so I would appreciate learning from your experience. Thanks in advance.
 
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You already have a fine speed machine in the D500. While the D5 is a superb, class leading flagship DSLR, I think you'll find that the D500/D5 are so close in function that it won't really make a lot of sense for it with what you are shooting.

I'd go D850 in this situation. The extra megapixels and similar form factor will make it feel right at home to you.
 
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The D5 is a huge improvement over the D500 in everything but especially AF speed and accuracy and high ISO. The skies in WA state can be very cloudy so you're gonna need the D5's AF and high iso. Ask Louie
 
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You actually need to rent both.
Each camera will do specific things better than the d500.
My d500 sits on the shelf, rarely used. The d850 and d4, at least in my hands, dance circles around the d500.
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I'd listen to the advice of the local knowledge aka Louie. I've shot on the Chilkat several times which is very similar conditions and the D4/600 f4 works well.

You've got a pretty wide gap in coverage between the 600mm w/FX and 200mm w/DX. If you have the budget you might also consider renting an AF-S 80-400mm to use on the D500. It's not much larger than the 70-200 2.8 and AF is plenty fast. If you get close enough for the 200mm it'll likely be fly by and you'll need DOF so won't shoot at 2.8 anyway.
 
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the 500e is great because of f/4 but the 500pf is very good on the D5

the 300/2.8 is good with a 1.7 so you get a good 500 at 6.7 I think. But it's big and heavy for HH BIF.
 
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the 500e is great because of f/4 but the 500pf is very good on the D5

the 300/2.8 is good with a 1.7 so you get a good 500 at 6.7 I think. But it's big and heavy for HH BIF.
The 300/2.8 with a 1.7 becomes a 500/4.8. I stop mine down to f/5.6 for that extra bit of sharpness, and actually am very pleased with how well that combo works on a D500.
 
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Thank you everybody. It is a float trip which is why I have so many questions about how much focal length I will need. Looks like a D5 and either the 200-500, 500 f/4 or 500 f/5.6 will work. I'll use my D500 as a second camera with my 70-200 f/2.8 with the 1.4 tcon in case I get really close.
 
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So it's a D5 for sure. The remaining question is do I rent the 200-500 5.6 for $60 or splurge for the 180-400 4.0 with built in 1.4 tcon for $375. It's a lot of money in the differential, but I'm spending quite a bit to get up there and rent the boat ect. Anyone have any experience with the 180-400? Could it possibly be worth the money?
 
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So it's a D5 for sure. The remaining question is do I rent the 200-500 5.6 for $60 or splurge for the 180-400 4.0 with built in 1.4 tcon for $375. It's a lot of money in the differential, but I'm spending quite a bit to get up there and rent the boat ect. Anyone have any experience with the 180-400? Could it possibly be worth the money?
7.7lbs might be a problem
 
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The Pacific Northwest is cloudy during that time. I know, I was born and raised there! I wouldn't shoot with anything but FX cameras and fast long glass due to the short days (during winter) and cloudy weather. If it was summer, I'd totally go with the D500 though, due to long summers and good light! ;)
 
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So it's a D5 for sure. The remaining question is do I rent the 200-500 5.6 for $60 or splurge for the 180-400 4.0 with built in 1.4 tcon for $375. It's a lot of money in the differential, but I'm spending quite a bit to get up there and rent the boat ect. Anyone have any experience with the 180-400? Could it possibly be worth the money?
How many days rental are you getting for a 180-400mm to only be $375? I would love to take the 180-400 out for a test run.
 
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