Should I up­grade my D5000 or buy a longer Nikon 200-500mm lens to give me more reach than my 70-300mm lens? Stephen Broughton, via email

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Ja­son says... Nikon’s re­cently launched 200-500mm VR is cer­tainly a tempt­ing buy. It’s a good qual­ity lens and com­pet­i­tively priced at around £1180/$1400. On the other hand, the D5000 is a rel­a­tively old cam­era. Its im­age sen­sor has a fairly small megapixel count of 12.3 megapix­els, and the im­age pro­ces­sor is out­dated. You’d be bet­ter off up­grad­ing to a D7200 for around £870/$1050. It’s a much more ad­vanced cam­era with a 24-megapixel im­age sen­sor, an up­dated im­age pro­ces­sor, a much im­proved aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem and a faster con­tin­u­ous drive rate.

The D7200 is streets ahead of the older D5000, and its 1.3x crop mode is use­ful for ex­tend­ing tele­photo reach

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