Nikon d700 12.1 mp fx format cmos digital slr camera with 3.0-inch lcd (body only)Document Transcript
My Associates StoreShopping CartProduct DetailsNikon D700 12.1MP FX-Format CMOSDigital SLR Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD(Body Only)From NikonPrice: $3,399.99Availability: Usually ships in 1-2 business daysShips from and sold by Crawfords Superstore34 new or used available from $1,225.00Average customer review:(213 customer reviews)Product DescriptionThe new D700 digital SLR camera featuring a 12.1-effective megapixel Nikon FX-format sensorthat measures 23.9 x 36mm, which is nearly identical to the size of 35mm film. Benefiting fromNikon’s legacy of imaging technology innovation, the D700 offers both advanced andprofessional photographers stunning image quality, accurate color reproduction andrevolutionary low light performance. Building on the immense success of the Nikon D3professional D-SLR camera, the D700 offers pro-level performance and an extensive array offeatures and innovations in a comfortably nimble platform. In addition to the Nikon-original FX-format CMOS sensor, the D700 incorporates Nikons EXPEED Image Processing System,Nikon’s renowned 51-point auto focus system with 3D Focus Tracking and two Live Viewshooting modes that allow photographers to frame a shot using the cameras three-inch high-resolution LCD monitor. The D700 also features Nikon’s sophisticated Scene RecognitionSystem and a new active dust reduction system. Nikon’s flagship FX and DX-format cameras,the D3 and D300 respectively, established new benchmarks for digital image quality, speed, andunmatched ISO performance. The D700 maintains this new measure with exceptional overallimage quality, broad tonal range and depth, and extremely low noise throughout its native ISOrange of 200 to 6400.1-Year Manufacturers Limited Warranty.
Product Details Amazon Sales Rank: #2608 in Camera & Photo Color: black Brand: Nikon Model: 25444 Number of items: 1 Dimensions: 4.80" h x 3.00" w x 5.80" l, 2.19 poundsFeatures 12.1-megapixel FX-format (23.9 x 36mm) CMOS sensor; body only 3.0-inch, 920,000-dot VGA color monitor; 170-degree wide-angle viewing and tempered-glass protection Fast, accurate 51-point AF system; 3D Focus Tracking and two Live View shootingmodes Base ISO range from 200-6400 can be expanded to range from ISO 100 (Lo-1) to 25,600(Hi-2); 0.12-second start-up speed Capture images to CF I/II cards; compliant high-speed UDMA CF cards that will enablerecording speeds up to 35 megabytes/secondEditorial ReviewsFrom the ManufacturerThe new D700 digital SLR camera featuring a 12.1-effective megapixel Nikon FX-format sensorthat measures 23.9 x 36mm, which is nearly identical to the size of 35mm film. Benefiting fromNikons legacy of imaging technology innovation, the D700 offers both advanced andprofessional photographers stunning image quality, accurate color reproduction andrevolutionary low light performance.Building on the immense success of the Nikon D3 professional D-SLR camera, the D700 offerspro-level performance and an extensive array of features and innovations in a comfortablynimble platform. In addition to the Nikon-original FX-format CMOS sensor, the D700incorporates Nikons EXPEED Image Processing System, Nikons renowned 51-point auto focussystem with 3D Focus Tracking and two Live View shooting modes that allow photographers toframe a shot using the cameras three-inch high-resolution LCD monitor. The D700 also features
Nikons sophisticated Scene Recognition System and a new active dust reduction system.Nikons flagship FX and DX-format cameras, the D3 and D300 respectively, established newbenchmarks for digital image quality, speed, and unmatched ISO performance. The D700maintains this new measure with exceptional overall image quality, broad tonal range and depth,and extremely low noise throughout its native ISO range of 200 to 6400.Nikon D700 Digital SLR HighlightsThe legendary Nikon FX-Format CMOS sensor The D700s 12.1-megapixel FX-formatCMOS image sensor provides exceptional image quality throughout its remarkable ISOsensitivity range. A large pixel size of 8.45 µm allows for an extremely low signal-to-noise ratioand a wide dynamic range. The 12-channel readout enables accelerated information transfer,allowing the D700 to shoot at speeds of up to eight frames per second at full resolution (using theoptional MB-D10 Multi Power Battery Pack) and quickly write image data onto theCompactFlash card.The D700 offers a versatile base ISO range from 200-6400 but can be expanded to range fromISO 100 (Lo-1) to 25,600 (Hi-2) affording photographers the new-found confidence to shoot inthe widest variety of lighting conditions from the brightest midday sun to dim interiors. Imagespreviously thought to be impossible to create without complex lighting set-ups or lengthy post-processing are now captured easily and faithfully with the D700, unleashing new and diverseshooting possibilities.Also new to the D700 is Nikons first self-cleaning system designed for the FX-format sensor.Utilizing four distinct vibration frequencies, the D700 frees image degrading dust particles fromthe sensors optical low-pass filter at start-up, shut-down or on demand. As an added benefit, themirror box and entire shutter mechanism are constructed of materials that resist creating debristhat can affect image purity.
Fastest speed and autofocus in its class The D700 starts up in a mere 0.12 seconds and has anearly imperceptible shutter-lag response time of 0.40 milliseconds, making this anextraordinarily responsive tool for the demanding photographer. The D700 can record full-resolution JPEG images at an astounding five frames per second (fps), or eight fps with theoptional MB-D10 battery pack for up to 100 images, or up to 17 lossless 14-bit Nikon NEF(RAW) files. To write images efficiently, the Nikon D700 is also compliant with the next-generation of high-speed UDMA CompactFlash cards that will enable recording speeds up to 35megabytes/second.The D700 offers one of the fastest and most accurate advanced AF systems on the market today.Nikons Multi-CAM 3500FX autofocus sensor module features 51 AF points and the ability touse 3D tracking to focus and lock-on a moving subject. The 15 cross-type sensors and 36horizontal sensors can be used individually or in groups, with the option for Single Area AFmode and Dynamic AF modes using groups of either 9, 21 or all 51 focus points. The systemalso features 3D Focus Tracking with automatic focus point switching that takes advantage of all51 AF points as it uses scene color content and light information to accurately track the subject.Intelligent features for sophisticated performance The D700 relies on a wealth of innovativeNikon technologies to help photographers create superb images. Nikons Scene RecognitionSystem analyzes information from the 1,005-pixel RGB light sensor for use in auto exposure,auto white balance and autofocus calculations. The Scene Recognition System also assistsautofocus by tracking subject position and automatically shifts the AF points used to match thesubjects movement within the frame. This system also contributes to higher accuracy of autoexposure and auto white balance detection, resulting in sharp landscapes, flattering portraits andengaging action shots.Photographers also have the option to enhance their pictures during or after capture with thePicture Control System and Active D-Lighting. Nikons Picture Control System enables users toadjust their images to pre-set parameters such as Standard, Neutral, Vivid and Monochrome thatapply tweaks to image sharpening, tone compensation, brightness, overall tone and saturation. D-Lighting uses localized tone control technology to further optimize highlight and shadow detailwhile also maintaining natural contrast, giving photographers the ability to capture moreperfectly exposed images, even in unusual lighting conditions. Active D-Lighting letsphotographers choose from various intensities during capture, while a new Automatic mode alsoapplies varying levels of D-Lighting as, and when needed, to enhance photos while shooting.
Enhanced Live View modes and viewfinder Ideal for studio, remote applications and more,Nikons Live View allows the photographer to compose the subject on the bright three-inch, TFTLCD monitor. In Handheld mode, the user is able to recompose the frame prior to actualshooting; familiar TTL phase-detection AF is activated, using all 51 AF points. Tripod mode isdesigned for precise focus accuracy with still subjects and tripod stabilization. It enables focal-plane contrast-detect AF on a desired point within a specific area. Remote view, focusing andshooting can also be controlled from a PC (via connection or wireless) using the optional NikonCamera Control Pro 2 software. Additionally, the Virtual Horizon feature on the D700 can nowbe superimposed over the Live View monitor image to aid composition.While using Live View to compose or review images and settings, users will appreciate the ultra-high resolution 920,000-dot VGA, three-inch TFT LCD monitor with tempered glass thatprovides a wide 170-degree viewing angle. The large monitor is remarkably effective whenconfirming the focus with enlarged playback images. The camera also outputs a video signal toan HD television using the new smaller HDMI-C standard, which is an excellent solution forworkshop demonstrations or shooting tethered for clients.Photographers will also be able to compose images easily using the wide and bright viewfinderthat features an eye-level pentaprism with high refraction index and provides a 95-percent framecoverage with 0.72x magnification. Each of the 51 AF points, as well as a framing grid, can alsobe superimposed on the finder screen to suit the photographers personal preferences.Rugged construction and durability High-strength magnesium alloy is used for theconstruction of the camera body, rear body and mirror box to create a precision platform, reduceweight and provide rugged durability. The camera is tested to stand up to the rigors of theglobetrotting photographer and is weather sealed using precision O-rings where connections aremade to effectively combat dust and moisture.The shutter unit employs an assembly made of a new composite carbon fiber and Kevlar hybridmaterial. Tested on fully assembled cameras, the D700s shutter unit has been proven through
150,000 cycles under demanding conditions. The self-diagnostic shutter constantly monitors andmaintains shutter precision to ensure peak performance.Customer ReviewsMost helpful customer reviews1046 of 1076 people found the following review helpful.A review of the Nikon D700 by a Nikon D300 ownerBy LGOI am making this review of the Nikon D700 from the perspective of someone who also owns aNikon D300.Without qualification, the Nikon D300 is a superb camera. So many superlatives have been usedwith the D300 that I will not repeat them here. All the superlatives used with the D300 appliesequally well to the D700. I will add however that as good as the superlatives may have been withthe D300, the D700 deserves a bit more.Let me explain.The Nikon D700 is equipped with a full frame FX sensor (36.00mm x 23.90mm). This is thesame sensor used by the Nikon D3. Nikon D3 12.1MP FX Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) TheD300 on the other hand uses the APS-C sensor (23.60mm x 15.80mm). Both the D700 and theD300 have about the same 12 megapixel rating (with the D300 actually slightly higher).The D700 having a bigger sensor than the D300 but with about the same megapixel rating meansthat the size/pixel density of the D700 is much lower than the D300. The ratio is 1.4MP/cm2 vs3.3MP/cm2 for the D700 and the D300 respectively. A lower ratio means lower noise and thisratio favors the D700. For the D700, this translates to lower noise in capturing the same imagethan when using using the D300.The D700 lower noise level in turn translates to the D700 being able to operate at a higher ISOlevel than the D300. The D700 can operate as high as ISO 25,600 while the D300 can go up toISO 6,400. It is of course quite rare to shoot at such high ISO as it will always be better to shot ata lower ISO rating. But if both the D700 and D300 were shooting at the same ISO, the D700 willhave lower noise levels. Simply put, the higher ISO capability of the D700 versus the D300indicates the higher level of performance of the D700s sensor vs the D300.My actual use validates this theoretical advantage. I noticed that while the noise level of theD300 is very good at ISO 1600 and even 3200, the D700 consistently showed lower noise levelthan the D300 shooting at the same ISO setting and light condition. This is most noticeable whenshooting at night with many bright lights in the periphery of the main subject.In terms of color rendition, I have not noticed any significant differences between the D300 and
the D700 in the limited time that I have been using the D700. It may be due to the fact that I haveconducted my test at dusk and at night.When using the D700, the full frame sensor means that one will not need to convert the focallength of the lens by a factor of 1.5x. So a 50mm lens will be a 50mm lens for the D700 ratherthan its 75mm equivalent when used with the D300.While this may appear to be a disadvantage on the telephoto side, its gain on the wide angle sideis considerable and can only be described as an eye opener. The D700 advantage in wide angleapplication does not just come from its wider perspective. Rather, it is how the D700 maximizesand makes full use of such excellent lens as the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 that makes buying theD700 such an eye opener.The resulting images taken with the Nikon D700 and the Nikon 14-24mm are clearer, sharperand crisper compared to the D300 even when the focal length in the D700 is zoomed out to itsequivalent in the the D300 (21mm in D700 and 14mm in D300). Vignetting is not noticeablyworse even when the D700 is used with the 14-24mm glass fully open at its widest focal length(14mm, f/2.8). This is surprising considering that the D700 is now using the full lens instead ofjust its sweet spot in the center (which would have been to the advantage of the D300 due to itsAPS-C sensor).It is not just the wide angle lens that benefited from the D700. Even the slight vignetting Inoticed with my 85mm f/1.4 shot with the D300 at f/2.8 is not considerably worse in the D700. Iam very surprised at this rather unexpected results as I had expected the opposite. At any rate,vignetting is easily corrected in post-processing.Still, I should add that for corner to corner sharpness (such as in landscape photography), theD700 with its full-frame sensors will be more demanding on the lens than the D300 with itssmaller APS-C sensor.As to the physical differences between the D700 and the D300, while these two models areroughly equal in size, the D700 is slightly heavier than the D300. This is not an issue for me atall.What tilts the balance in favor of the D700 is its view finder which is significantly brighter andbetter than the D300. This difference is very noticeable when switching from the D700 to theD300 and vice versa.This much improved viewfinder however is a mixed blessing. One disadvantage that the D700has over the D300 is that the D700 viewfinder captures only 95% of the image while the D300viewfinder captures 100% of the image shot. So the actual image captured is slightly bigger thanwhat appears in the D700 viewfinder. I understand that this resulted from fitting the biggersensor from the D3 into the body size of a D300. Given the better image quality of the D700viewfinder and the better quality of its pictures, I am willing to work with this disadvantage andsimply compensate for it during actual use. But I hope that Nikon corrects this though in its nextiteration of the D700.
The D700 has an advantage over the D3 as it has an integrated flash which the D3 does not have.The integrated flash is extremely useful when used with the other components of NikonsCreative Lightning System.The Nikon MB-D10 Battery Pack Nikon MB-D10 Multi Power Battery Pack for Nikon D300 &D700 Digital SLR Cameras from the D300 fits the D700 perfectly well. This is very convenientas I can opt for a smaller and lighter package when I do not need the MB-D10 for high-speedshooting. This is one advantage that the D700 has over the D3 where the battery pack isintegrated with the camera. But a D700 with an MB-D10 is bigger and heavier than a D3. Andeven when the D700 is equipped with an MB-D10, the D3 is still faster. This makes the D3 abetter unit for sports photography.Since I shoot mostly portrait, special events and landscape and seldom shoot sports, the D700 isperfect for my needs and I can do without the D3. The D700 lower price tag means that I can getthe D700 with at least one of Nikons professional lens.Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Nikkor Wide Angle Zoom LensNikon 16-35mm f/4G ED VR II AF-S IF SWM Wide Angle Zoom Nikkor Lens for NikonDigital SLR CamerasNikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Nikkor Wide Angle Zoom LensNikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II LensNikon 85mm f/1.4G AF-S Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLRNikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S NIKKOR Lens for Nikon Digital SLR CamerasNikon 35mm f/1.4G AF-S FX SWM Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR CamerasNikon 24mm f/1.4G ED AF-S RF SWM Prime Wide-Angle Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLRCamerasIdeally, the D700 should not be used with the DX lenses. This said, it is possible to use the DXlenses with the D700. The D700 makes the switch to DX lens automatically without need tofiddle with any control. Because the DX lens covers only a section of the D700 sensor, themaximum resolution of using a DX lens on the D700 is only 5.1 megapixel. This smallercoverage is automatically delineated by a box in the D700 viewfinder. In addition to the lowerresolution, the extreme two ends of a zoom lens is not usable. Within these limitations, the D700can use DX lens and produces very good pictures albeit on a smaller resolution / file size.The D700/FX (1.0x factor) and the D300/DX (1.5x factor) effectively doubles my lens option.For those planning to own both the D300 and the D700, it would be wise to choose a glass thatwould be usable with both bodies.In closing, I consider the D700 a good complement to my D300. Except for my Nikon 18-200mm DX lens (which I bought for my Nikon D200), all my glasses and accessories for theD300 can be used with the D700 at its full resolution. I will use the D700 in those times when Ineed the best results shooting wide angle and/or at high ISO speed. In those times when I needthe extra reach, the D300s 1.5x crop factor makes the best use of my telephoto lenses.
Edit: November 22, 2008I continue to use both the Nikon D300 and the Nikon D700 and often bring both togetherwhenever I go out to shoot. In those times when I just bring one camera body, I choose the D300whenever range and higher pixel density is a major concern (bec. of the 1.5x crop factor effecton the field of view due to the smaller APS-C sensor but with resolution still at 12megapixel).The D300 is an excellent camera and its 1.5x factor is very handy when I need to reach out witha 70-200mm f/2.8 zoom or with my 180mm f/2.8 prime without need of using a teleconverter.For almost every other instance, including portrait, landscape and low light photographyhowever, I find myself reaching out for the D700.After over 3 and a half months of use, I can safely say that the color depth of the D700 issignificantly much better than the D300. The range of colors, the color details, the varying shadeof colors, and the dynamic range that the D700 is capable of capturing is considerably better andricher than what the D300 is capable of. This advantage is best appreciated when taking portraitand landscape photos. The difference in dynamic range is specially noticeable when shooting athigher ISO settings as noise imposes considerable limits on the dynamic range possible. TheD700 is clearly better than the D300 on dynamic range at high ISO settings.One other difference I should mention between the D300 and the D700 is the difference that thesensor size has on effective depth of field. The bigger the sensor, the shallower the depth of fieldwhile the smaller the sensor, the greater the depth of field. Point and shoot cameras withminuscule-sized sensor often have the greatest depth of field.The D700, having a bigger full-frame sensor, has a shallower depth of field than the D300(which has the smaller APS-C sensor) at the same aperture setting given the same equivalent lensfocal length. The difference in the effective depth of field is about one stop. At the sameequivalent focal length, the equivalent depth of field of a D700 at f/2.0 would be a D300 at f/1.4.The shallower depth of field of the D700 would be an advantage to a user who would like toisolate a subject and blur the background. The deeper depth of field of the D300 would be anadvantage to a user who would like to keep several subjects at difference distances in focus. I usethe D700 where I need to isolate a subject, blur the background, and get the best bokeh. Thiseffect is most noticeable when shooting at wide open apertures from f/1.4 to f/2.8. This, plus thecolor advantage of the D700, makes the D700 my preferred body for shooting portraits.Finally, one difference I notice between the D700 and the D300 is that the D700 has a betterdamped shutter release button. I find that it is easier to release the shutter in the D700 than in theD300. This makes a big difference when shooting at low shutter speeds.Update: 02-10-2012With the D800 finally available, I thought Id share my analysis on the D700 vs the D800Factors that works 2 ways: Higher resolution
= greater details= but requires higher memory card capacity= but requires higher storage capacity= but requires more RAM and faster CPU and better graphics cardImprovements in the D800 over the D700 other than sensor resolution1. 100% Viewfinder2. Better AF3. Better metering4. Better WB5. HD Video6. Improved dynamic range7. Improved color8. Superior live view functions9. Bigger 3.2" LCD screen9. Improved ergonomics and now with more buttons10. Lighter in weight by 95 grams11. Higher capacity battery12. Extra SDHC slot and support13. USB 3.0Disadvantage of D800 vs D700 other than sensor resolution1. 5fps vs 8fps on FX using battery pack2. Higher resolution requires slightly higher shutter speed to shoot handheld to achieve the samecorner/border acuity.3. Higher resolution requires the best lenses to get good results, specially at side & corners4. Higher resolution means lens diffraction occurs earlier at f/9 instead of f/13 with D700 (ifmore DOF needed)5. Optional MB-D12 battery pack for D800 is priced almost double the optional MB-D10 batterypack for D700The D800 is not a true D700-replacement in that it does not use the D4 sensor. Except for aslower frame-rate however, the D800 outperforms the D700 in all respects. I have placed anorder for a D4 and also added an order for a D800E. I will however still be keeping my D700.314 of 338 people found the following review helpful.A Smaller D3By B. FullerThis is an amazing camera. I am not going to go over the specs because you can read about themon just about any camera web site. What I am going to concentrate on is who should buy one andwhy.First off, Ive read about many folks lamenting having bought the D300 and now feel like theneed to "upgrade" to a D700. These are two different cameras for two different purposes and as
such dont compete against each other so much as complement each other. The D300 doesnthave the low noise capability (The D700 can get clean images at ISO1600 vice ISO400 for theD300) nor does it have the wide angle capabilities of the D700. The D700 doesnt have the 1.5xmultiplier of the D300 so wide angle lenses are truly wide. Additionally, while you can use DXlenses on the D700, you will only be using 5 mp of your sensor.Another comparison is between the D3 and D700. They both have the same sensor so the imageand ISO abilities are the same. The D700 comes slower out of the box but with the Nikon EN-EL4a Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery for MB-D10 Battery Pack and Nikon D2 and D3 Digital SLRCameras, Nikon MB-D10 Multi Power Battery Pack for Nikon D300 & D700 Digital SLRCameras, Nikon BL-3 Battery Chamber Cover for Nikon EN-EL4 and EN-EL4a for the MB-D10, and Nikon MH-21 Quick Charger for Nikon EN-EL4 and EN-EL4a Rechargeable Li-IonBatteries (~$500) you will be rocking with 8 fps and great battery life; just barely slower than theD3. Also, I have not found any technical data on the autofocus and processing chip but in mynon-scientific side by side comparison the D700 seemed just as fast as the D3 while the D300appeared noticeably slower. (This was shot with the 85mm 1.4D. This lens does not have SilentWave Motor focus and therefore relies on the cameras focusing motor.) As I said this is notscientific but I am also guessing that Nikon saved on engineering costs by just transferring theguts of the D3 to the D700 and slowing it down (this is probably the reason the D700 gets suchpoor battery life (200-300 shots vice 1000 shots) in comparison to the D300).So without further ado:Buy the Nikon D700 12.1MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) if:You need to shoot in no flash low light situations. With a 1.4 lens at 1600 ISO you would beamazed at the quality of the photos! If you are not doing close up work of people you can getgreat shots @ 6400 ISO. If you can stand a grain in B+W(a very cool effect by the way), thenyou can get good shots @ 25,600!You want to shoot ultra wide. With no multiplication factor, you can shoot truly wide anglephotos. The 14mm is 14mm not 21mm like on a DX camera. Also, although you can get theNikon 12-24mm f/4G ED IF Autofocus DX Nikkor Zoom Lens which will be the equivalent of18-36mm, it will still have the distortion of a 12-24mm lens. So compared to the FX D700 youwould get 14 deg less width with more distortion.You are willing to spend $4500 more on the lenses. The body is disposable, the lenses are whatlast. You could get away with a 50mm 1.4 and that would be a fine place to start and a great wayto learn how to frame a picture. However, I would recommend the following 3 lenses and Iwould recommend getting them in the following order. 1) The Nikon 85mm f/1.4D AF NikkorLens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras - $1000 (Super fast, incredibly shallow depth of field, andamazing construction. Get this lens and practice getting good with a fixed length lens! Get thislens over the 85mm 1.8 for the construction and 9 blade design. You will be blown away withhow low the light can be and you can still get the shot! (Rumors have it that Nikon is about toreplace this lens with a new improved version. I expect the new lens will be better but will likelycost 1.5 to 2x as much.) 2) The Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom Nikkor Lens for
Nikon Digital SLR Cameras - $1700 This is the lens pros use to earn their living. (It has been 5years since Nikon updated this lens so it is due for a replacement soon but again I am sure it willbe more expensive and this lens rocks right now) 3. The Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G ED AF-SNikkor Wide Angle Zoom Lens - ~$1600. Stupid fast, stupid wide, and stupid great. What morecan you ask?Buy the Nikon D300 DX 12.3MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-SVR DX Nikkor Zoom Lens if:You want an amazing all around lens. The Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED-IF AF-S VR DXZoom-Nikkor Lens (27-300mm equivalent) You really never need to take this lens off. You canshoot wide (27mm) and telephoto (300mm) Wow this lens does it all.You want to shoot long. If you take a D300, the 70-200mm 2.8, and a 1.7x teleconverter you geta 178-510mm F4.8 for $3600!! Or add the 300mm 2.8 and you get a 765mm F4.8 for $6500($3000 cheaper and 5 lbs lighter than a 600mm F4 lens). Totally astounding.You shoot in relatively decent light. Until I got the D700, I routinely shot great portrait shots athome, at night, and with poor lighting using the D300 and the 85mm 1.4 at 1/30s and ISO200-400.You want to buy and take advantage of DX lenses. Really you only need 2 lenses with the D300.You will want the 18-200mm and the 12-24mm. That will cover everything you need for a grandtotal of $1500. I would still recommend the Nikon 85mm f/1.4D AF Nikkor Lens. A stupid fast128mm 1.4 on the D300.Buy the Nikon D3 12.1MP FX Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) if everything about the D700fits your shooting requirements and:You shoot more than 3000 photos per month. The D700s shutter is rated to 150,000 cycles whilethe D3 is 300,000. Nikons generational replacement cycle for their flagship camera is 4 years.That means if you shoot ~3000 photos per month you will shoot ~150,000 shots in 4 years and itwill be time to replace the camera anyway. If you shoot 10,000 shots per month you will have toreplace the camera in 15 months. However, with the D3 you would not have to replace thecamera until 30 months.You earn your living shooting photographs. Memory cards rarely fail but do you want to losethousands of dollars and your reputation by risking it. Get the D3 and set it to write the images toboth cards. Yes, there are other techniques to minimize your exposure to this failure but none areas easy and reliable.You dont want the option to remove the battery and vertical grip. With the D700 you can add theMB-D10 to make it 98% of the D3. However, if you dont want the weight or need the speed youcan remove it and save the space and weight. This is useful for long hiking trips (However, Iwould recommend a D300 for this unless you were hand shooting in low light).
96 of 103 people found the following review helpful.The one Id been waiting forBy Carl E. FeatherIve been a semi-pro digital user for five years. I started wtih a Fuji S2, moved up to the NikonD2H (horrible reliability, expensive), D2Hs, D200, D300 and finally the D700.With every camera prior to the D700 there were compromises and Nikon was always two yearsbehind Canon. Finally, when the D3 came out, they were in the lead again, but the price was toomuch for my semi-pro use to justify. So I struggled along with a pair of D300s for another eightmonths. The D300 is an excellent camera, however, it has some serious flaws: It overexposesand is particularly hot on the red channel. Its higher ISO performance is mediocre and reallykills detail. And its DX.I bought a D700 for $2950 and, predictably, the price fell $200 a few days after that. But Ineeded it for an assignment that would involve shooting in a dimly light garage.The camera worked perfectly, although once again, I am seeing overexposure in some scenes.The auto WB is much improved over the D300. The dynamic range is much improved, as well.And the AF seems faster.This camera has me going back to prime lenses. The DOF is much shallower and the bokehmuch nicer with my 85mm and 50mm lenses on the D700. Eventually, I want to be all primes onthe long end. My 300 f/4 gives wonderful results on this body. The 70-200 is a mixed bag. Imjust not happy with the look of the images. They are not as sharp as they are on the D300 (I keptone). Weird. Im still testing.I love everthing about the D700 except its tendency to overexpose and the fact Canonscompetitor has video and more MP. Video really should have been on this camera; after all, theD90 at 1/3 the price has it. Nikon dropped the ball by not including it on the D700. Two monthsafter being introduced, the D700 is already a somewhat obsolete camera, thanks to Canonsoffering of more mp and video.All that said, as a Nikon user Im glad to finally have 5D image quality in a full-frame Nikon,even though it comes at a premium. I feel the current combo of the D300/D700 will last me forseveral years, and will eventually result in a transition to almost all prime lenses, if Nikon evergets its act together and offers some worthy wide angle primes to match with this body.Meantime I find the 35 f/2, 50 f/1.4, 85 f/1.4, 105 micro, 180 f/2.8 and 300 f/4 to be excellentmatches for this body. The Beast 28-70 f/2.8 is also a good performer on this body, as is the 14-24 f/2.8. The 70-200 f/2.8 is questionable.Be sure to get the grip for best balance and extended battery life. I find the D700 has betterbattery performance than the D300. Also if you do portraits, get a portrait Expo Disc anddownload the portrait custom setting for your camera. The results are very nice.See all 213 customer reviews...
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