Version 1.00Thom Hogan’sComplete Guideto the Nikon D7001st EditionBy Thom HoganbyThom PressThom Hogan’s Complete Guide to ...
Version 1.00Thom Hogan’s Complete Guide to the Nikon D700First Edition 2008Published in the United States bybyThom PressEm...
Version 1.00AcknowledgementsBecause the D700 is so close to the D3 in most aspects, thiswork is derived from my Complete G...
Version 1.00About this eBookThis eBook was created using Adobe Acrobat directly frommy original files. I’ve tried to retai...
Version 1.00          use. However, you must destroy that backup copy and          any other copies you have of this work,...
Version 1.00Some recent printers offer something called “duplex printing,”where the printer itself handles flipping the pa...
Version 1.00with Your D700”); I’ve tried to keep the instructions you’dwant while out shooting in the middle section.If yo...
Version 1.00speed is (check out http://www.bythom.com/bookrecs.htm if youwant some recommendations for general photography...
Version 1.00Note on the First EditionWhile this is a first edition, the D700 is enough like earlierNikon DSLRs and the rec...
Version 1.00expand it considerably and will now be able to keep it up todate separately from the cameras.Since I mentioned...
Version 1.00The structure of this eBook also mimics the order you’ll wantto follow as you master your new camera: initiati...
Version 1.00Table of ContentsACKNOWLEDGEMENTS................................................................................
Version 1.00          How Much Card? .................................................................... 124          Com...
Version 1.00         Top View .................................................................................. 236      ...
Version 1.00             Lens Angle of View ......................................................................... 407 ...
Version 1.00     Connecting to a GPS .......................................................... 493     Shooting Informati...
Version 1.00    #C3 Self Timer Delay Setting ............................................. 601    #C4 Color LCD Active Tim...
Version 1.00         Non-TTL Flash Modes .............................................................. 663     Setting Fl...
Version 1.00  USING A D700 IN THE FIELD ...................................................... 722    The “Routine” .........
Version 1.00       Printing Resolution ............................................................. 803       Output on C...
Version 1.00Conventions Used in this eBookIn this eBook I occasionally make comparisons between theD700 and previous Nikon...
Version 1.00Instructions that apply to using the camera are marked startingwith a õ. Anywhere you see that symbol, grab yo...
Version 1.00IntroductionYou’ve purchased a Nikon D700 and are looking for help ingetting the best possible pictures from i...
Version 1.00       (though I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out that       something like a D40, D60, D80, or D90 might be ...
Version 1.00   3.	 You’ve used a digital SLR before, so the D700 is likely       your new primary body and your older DSLR...
Version 1.00But don’t worry, it doesn’t matter which category you fit.You’ll find everything you need to know in this eBoo...
Version 1.00D700 BackgroundIn this section we’ll look at the D700 specifications, howit differs from previous Nikon DSLRs,...
Version 1.00Blue models are film bodies, black and gray are digital. Thick lines are directlineage, thin lines are indirec...
Version 1.00I should note that the delay between each generation ofNikon’s pro cameras has been longer than that of the am...
Version 1.00Now the triple-digit models:              D100             D200             D300             D700Introduced   ...
Version 1.00These changes from the D3 left many scratching their heads—two are improvements over the D3, one is a step bac...
Version 1.00   rendered in a less visible black and aren’t capable of the   instant updating in some autofocus modes that ...
Version 1.00Virtually every autofocus lens Nikon has made will work onthe D700, as will most manual focus lenses (with a m...
Version 1.00and D3 in terms of performance and featues, just as it does inprice.I’ve been shooting regularly with all the ...
Version 1.00the resolution as good as 35mm film?” Some ask this questionin a slightly different way (e.g. “can I get profe...
Version 1.00Still, the cleanliness of the digital detail versus the grain in thefilm detail makes things about a draw as f...
Version 1.00samples are too small, it might look like detail is beingrecorded, but this is false detail—mostly artifacts5 ...
Version 1.00          not at all visible. Other maker’s printers are similar. While          it’s a bit out of the scope o...
Version 1.00based cameras and now shoot nearly all digital. I normallyuse a D700 or D300 in my shooting as I write this7.D...
Version 1.00• 	 The 95% viewfinder is a huge disappointment. I like a    100% viewfinder more than a 95% one, too. But I f...
Version 1.00   astrophotography.   Bottom line: The visual differences aren’t strong enough to   suggest one brand over an...
Version 1.00D700 NEF converted with Adobe ACR; f/13 at ISO 800; Tamron 28-300mm lens at 92mm handheld. Other than a bit of...
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  1. 1. Version 1.00Thom Hogan’sComplete Guideto the Nikon D7001st EditionBy Thom HoganbyThom PressThom Hogan’s Complete Guide to the Nikon D700 Page 1
  2. 2. Version 1.00Thom Hogan’s Complete Guide to the Nikon D700First Edition 2008Published in the United States bybyThom PressEmmaus, PA 18049http://www.bythom.com© 2008 Thom HoganAll Rights ReservedCopies of this work may not be distributed in any form or byany transmission method.All photographs by and © Thom HoganThis book is not sponsored by Nikon Corporation.Information, data, and procedures described herein arecorrect to the best of the author’s and publisher’s knowledge;all other liability is expressly disclaimed. Nikkor, Nikon, andSpeedlight are registered trademarks of Nikon Corporation,Japan. CompactFlash is a trademark of SanDisk Corporation.All other products or name brands are trademarks of theirrespective manufacturers.The author and publisher shall not be responsible for errorscontained herein or any damages in connection with thefurnishing, performance, or use of the material in this book. Inparticular, the author and publisher shall not be responsiblefor any damage to the sensor of the camera of any reader whofollows the cleaning instructions contained in this book. Theauthor and publisher shall not be responsible for damage tocamera electronics by anyone attempting to make their ownexternal power supply based upon the ideas presented in thisbook. It’s a sad commentary on our society that I even need toinclude this disclaimer.1st Edition, version 1.00: 9/24/08Thom Hogan’s Complete Guide to the Nikon D700 Page 2
  3. 3. Version 1.00AcknowledgementsBecause the D700 is so close to the D3 in most aspects, thiswork is derived from my Complete Guide to the Nikon D3.That eBook was extensively reviewed and commented on bya number of readers, most notably Ron Armstrong, EdwinBodo, Matt Buedel, Eric Carlino, Shun Cheung, Al Hart,Yischon Liaw, Robert Lively, Robert W Von Mayr, JohnSchulte, Tom Vadnais, and Arthur Yeo. The D700 draft wasalso reviewed by Jay Abramson, Michele Arling, ShunCheung, Michael Erlewine, John Schmidt, Jerry Smith, and JimUnderwood. This work is better because of their efforts.Several Web sites proved useful in researching aspects of thisbook. While I mention others at appropriate points in theeBook, several need to be singled out for D700 users:• Phil Askey’s http://www.dpreview.com has some of the most thorough reviews of digital cameras (yes, even more thorough than the ones on my own site) and an ongoing forum that’s useful for getting answers to tough questions (select Nikon D3 – D1 / D700 from the Discussion Forums pop-up in the left navigation panel).• Nikonians http://www.nikonians.org is another of the “well-attended” public forums that are useful for Nikon D700 users. Click on Forums, then click on the D700 Users Group link.• Nikon Café http://www.nikoncafe.com is a relatively new moderated forum and has had a lively discussion of the D700. Click on Lighting and Flash, Cameras, and gear, and then click on the Nikon D700 forum link.• Nikon Gear http://www.nikongear.com is a moderated forum with notables such as Bjørn Rørslett involved. Click on FORUM at the top of the page, and then click on the The Nikon D700 forum link.• Photo.net http://photo.net has a moderated forum on all things Nikon. Click on the FORUMS tab at the top of the main page, and then click on the Nikon forum link.Thom Hogan’s Complete Guide to the Nikon D700 Page 3
  4. 4. Version 1.00About this eBookThis eBook was created using Adobe Acrobat directly frommy original files. I’ve tried to retain as many of thenavigational features as Acrobat allows (for example, theBookmarks section at the left is derived from the Table ofContents and is fully active—click on an entry and you’ll betaken to it). Curiously, trying to create a fully functional eBookusing Adobe’s tools is worthy of an eBook itself (most of thechapters would be centered on trying to get promised featuresto work, and how they keep changing between AcrobatProfessional versions, sometimes going backwards in ability).Your Rights versus MineI make my living documenting Nikon equipment. Thus, I haveregistered the Copyright for this work in order to protect myrights.That said, I have not enabled copy protection, forced you toenter a serial number, asked you to agree to a LicenseAgreement, or in any other way limited access to theinformation in this eBook. I trust you to honor my Copyrightand to follow a few simple guidelines: 1. Treat the CD you received as you would a printed book. 2. I grant those of you who purchased this eBook directly from Thom Hogan the specific permission to print or have printed by a third party a single copy of this eBook for your own private use. You may not resell that printed copy, and must destroy it if you sell or pass on the original eBook you received to someone else. Do not print a copy if you don’t agree with the previous sentence. 3. I grant everyone who purchases the eBook directly from Thom Hogan specific permission to create a backup copy of this eBook file for their own privateThom Hogan’s Complete Guide to the Nikon D700 Page 4
  5. 5. Version 1.00 use. However, you must destroy that backup copy and any other copies you have of this work, printed or electronic, if you sell or pass on the original eBook you received.It is a violation of Copyright law to distribute or sell copies ofthis work. It is also a violation of Copyright law to put thiswork in any public forum, send it to any newsgroup, place iton a Web site, or allow it to be accessed on any file sharingservice.This work is registered with the Copyright office. That meansthat punitive damages and legal fees can and will be soughtagainst anyone found illegally copying this work. Ignorance ofthe law and claims that someone else told you that you hadrights to resell this work 1 are not legal defenses.Printing the eBookOn to a more positive subject: if you’d like a hard copy of theeBook, you can print a copy for your personal use byselecting Print from the File menu.It’s possible to print on both sides of the paper and get a realbook-like experience by using the Print: Odd Pages Onlyand Print: Even Pages Only options on the Print dialog, butI don’t recommend this unless you’re good at keeping track ofpaper, know how to properly re-orient the paper for thesecond pass, and are sure that your printer won’t choke on apage somewhere. With some HP printer drivers, for example,you can print the odd pages, put the pages generated backinto the printer correctly oriented, then select Print: EvenPages Only and Print Back to Front, saving you the step ofreordering the pages before the second pass.1 I have not and will not pass rights for this work to other parties. Yes, other peoplefraudulently claim that they own the rights when they don’t. And they hear from mylawyer when they do. Don’t say you weren’t warned should you try this.Thom Hogan’s Complete Guide to the Nikon D700 Page 5
  6. 6. Version 1.00Some recent printers offer something called “duplex printing,”where the printer itself handles flipping the paper. That’s howI print my eBooks for myself on my HP Officejet, whichsupports duplex printing. Here’s the relevant dialog on myMac filled out correctly for this eBook:Since there are so many printers available and their dialogboxes all allow different printing options, I can’t help youfigure out the most economical or convenient way to printyour eBook 2. Yes, it even took me a few minutes to figure outhow to create front and back copies on my laser printer, so Iknow it’s a hassle. A complete set of step-by-step instructionsthat work for the three printers I have available are includedon the CD in a separate file, called PRINTING.PDF.Take the resulting pages to your copy shop, have them trimthe edges (the final page size is 5.5 x 8.5” unless you’ve letAcrobat rescale the book to fit the full page) and bind. ThiseBook is actually in three specific sections that could bebound separately (“Before You Take Pictures,” “ShootingPictures with Your D700,” and “After You’ve Taken Pictures2 Since I get the occasional question as to why I don’t publish a paper version, I’llexplain: paper versions turn out to be more expensive to produce in the smallquantities at which a niche publication like this sells. Producing this eBookelectronically allows me to create it on demand, reducing waste and cost, and tokeep it up to date as I learn new things about the camera. It also gives me a chance tocorrect the inevitable minor typos that somehow creep into every major production.On that last point: I keep a current errata list on my Web site. You’ll find the one forthis version of the eBook (1.00) at http://www.bythom.com/d700guideerrata.htm.Thom Hogan’s Complete Guide to the Nikon D700 Page 6
  7. 7. Version 1.00with Your D700”); I’ve tried to keep the instructions you’dwant while out shooting in the middle section.If you’re really the type that doesn’t like to struggle throughthe paper handling idiosyncrasies of your printer, mostKinko’s and similar copy shops can print, collate, and bind anice portable version of this book for you (show them thestatement on the back cover or on the previous page if theybalk at printing a Copyrighted work). Make sure they knowthat the final page size is 5.5” x 8.5”.Note: Kinko’s and other copy shops should actually refuse to make a copy of this eBook, as it is protected by Copyright. Show them the boxed area on the back cover of the eBook jacket, my Web page for the eBook, or Item #2 in the “Your Rights versus Mine” section where I grant you permission to print or have printed a copy for your personal use. If that doesn’t work, have them email me at thom_hogan@msn.com to verify that this is okay. If you encounter a copy shop that doesn’t ask you to show permission to reproduce a copyrighted work, or one that still refuses after being shown permission, I’d like to hear about it. If the former and the copy shop is a chain, it is probably violating direct court orders that mandate that they don’t do this. I’ve not put Digital Rights Management on this file to block all copying and printing, because it’s a hassle for the user. So, please respect my rights and help report those that willingly violate them.Note: Some Kinko’s now use a special piece of software to print from PDF files, such as the one for this eBook. Since that software first attempts to extract all text from the file and I have selected to block text extraction in Acrobat, this means that such software fails to work with this eBook. Kinko’s can still print it by simply running Acrobat, but this limits some of the fancier options they can do.This eBook is designed to help you get quality results fromyour Nikon D700. While I’ll try to provide introductorymaterial that should help even a photography novice get by,this eBook isn’t the place to learn what an aperture or shutterThom Hogan’s Complete Guide to the Nikon D700 Page 7
  8. 8. Version 1.00speed is (check out http://www.bythom.com/bookrecs.htm if youwant some recommendations for general photography books).Nevertheless, I will try to explain the concepts andterminology that are necessary to understand how a D700works. If you find something in this eBook unclear, or that I’veassumed knowledge on your part that you don’t have, don’thesitate to drop me an email asking for an explanation. Notonly will I answer your question, but it will give me someinsight on what I might want to change in future editions tomake the eBook even clearer.Besides dealing with the practical side of the camera andshowing you how all the basic functions work, I’ll alsoprovide you with some tips on how to squeeze every last bitof image quality out of your camera as well as how to makeup for some of its shortcomings.Thom Hogan’s Complete Guide to the Nikon D700 Page 8
  9. 9. Version 1.00Note on the First EditionWhile this is a first edition, the D700 is enough like earlierNikon DSLRs and the recent D3 that I’ve been able to re-purpose and rewrite portions of earlier eBooks—specificallythe D3 eBook, as the D700 shares quite a bit with thatcamera—which means that much of the information here hasbeen previously vetted.One thing I have done with my recent eBooks, though, iscompletely restructure them from my previous ones. With myeBooks on advanced Nikon bodies I’ve received feedbackfrom readers that indicates many of you want a tighter workwith more suggestions, and something that you can take withyou.So, to better serve my readers, I’ve made some changes fromthe way I put together the D2 series eBooks. In particular, I’veremoved the introductory material on DSLRs, added manymore suggestions on how to use various camera controls, andproduced a hard copy supplement entitled Thom Hogan’sD700 To Go. That supplement isn’t designed so much to beread as to be referred to for quick reference while outshooting.At the same time, there may still be some of you who arecoming to the D700 who want additional introductorymaterial. I’ve moved that to a separate PDF file on the CDentitled Introduction to DLSRs (INTROTODSLRS.PDF on theCD).But that’s not all. I’ve taken what used to be the “softwaresection” completely out of my eBooks and made it into acomplete eBook of its own entitled Introduction to NikonSoftware (NIKONSOFT200.PDF on the CD). This new eBookis also found on the CD you received and includes completedescriptions on the current Nikon software (if you’re aWindows user and don’t know how to find files on anAutostart disc, read the inside front cover of the disc package).By putting the software into a separate work, I’ve been able toThom Hogan’s Complete Guide to the Nikon D700 Page 9
  10. 10. Version 1.00expand it considerably and will now be able to keep it up todate separately from the cameras.Since I mentioned the change in structure earlier, let meelaborate on it so that you know what to expect in this work.This eBook is separated into three distinct sections:• Things you should know and consider before using the D700 (labeled “D700 Background” and starting on page <27>). In this section I cover how the D700 came to be, its specifications and capabilities, and how it differs from previous Nikon DSLRs. I also cover how to set up your camera for shooting. This section is up front because it’s the background material you need to get up to speed with the unique aspects of your camera.• Things you need to know while using the D700 (labeled “Shooting Pictures with Your D700” and starting on page <234>). This is the “how-to” section of the eBook. Here’s where I walk you through each feature of the camera as you’d use it. I’ll explain why you might use it, how to make that feature active, and what your options are. Yes, you may find a few things repeated in this section from the first, but in the interest of making for a complete “how-to” section, I’ve elected to repeat some set-up and other instructions. The separate Thom Hogan’s Nikon D700 To Go is a highly abbreviated version of this section.• Things you need to know and do after you’ve taken your pictures (labeled “After You’ve Taken Pictures with Your D700” and starting on page <768>). When you come back from shooting with your camera you still have things you may want to do, like print, view, or improve your images. Note that I don’t cover what you do on a computer with your images in this section—that’s reserved for the new Introduction to Nikon Software eBook that came with this one.Thom Hogan’s Complete Guide to the Nikon D700 Page 10
  11. 11. Version 1.00The structure of this eBook also mimics the order you’ll wantto follow as you master your new camera: initiation, use, andpost production.As I wrote earlier, this eBook incorporates a few bits andpieces from earlier eBooks I’ve written about Nikonequipment. It’s not easy keeping up with all the changesNikon keeps making to its DSLR lineup and software. So ifyou have any of my previous eBooks, you’ll find that mywords and explanations may have changed, even for featuresthat were common across many models. So don’t skip overanything—read everything here as it stands, not as you think itmight be.As I receive comments from readers of this eBook, I updatethe original file. Since I generate this eBook directly from myfiles, this means that I am usually able to keep the text nearlyerror-free while adding or modifying sections to make a pointmore clearly. Every now and then I make a full pass throughthe manuscript, augmenting what I’ve previously written withknowledge I’ve learned from using the camera, teachingworkshops, and from other sources. When I do that, I iteratethe “edition number.” And when I create a new edition, I offerlow-cost updates to people who bought the original eBook.So, if you do find an error or confusing wording, take a lookat http://www.bythom.com/d700guideerrata.htm to make surethat the problem hasn’t already been discovered; drop me anemail telling me about it if it hasn’t.Thom Hogan’s Complete Guide to the Nikon D700 Page 11
  12. 12. Version 1.00Table of ContentsACKNOWLEDGEMENTS...................................................................................... 3ABOUT THIS EBOOK ........................................................................................... 4 YOUR RIGHTS VERSUS MINE ........................................................... 4 PRINTING THE EBOOK .................................................................... 5NOTE ON THE FIRST EDITION............................................................................ 9TABLE OF CONTENTS....................................................................................... 12CONVENTIONS USED IN THIS EBOOK ........................................................... 21INTRODUCTION .................................................................................................. 23D700 BACKGROUND.......................................................................................... 27 THE D700’S HISTORY ................................................................. 27 IS IT BETTER THAN FILM? .............................................................. 34 DEBUNKING S OME MYTHS ........................................................... 39 D700 BASICS .............................................................................. 43 D700 Design ........................................................................ 43 The D700 Sensor.................................................................. 48 Sensor Specifications (Size) ............................................................... 51 Sensor Specifications (Pixels) ............................................................ 52 Sensor Filtration ......................................................................... 53 Tonal Range ............................................................................... 64 Dynamic Range -- Dark v. Bright............................................... 70 Spectral Characteristics.............................................................. 74 Noise .......................................................................................... 75 Hot and Dead Pixels .................................................................. 83 Sensor Longevity ........................................................................ 84 Sensor Wrap-up ......................................................................... 86 EXPEED ................................................................................. 86 POWER ....................................................................................... 88 Changing Batteries ............................................................... 92 Charging Batteries ................................................................ 93 Battery Storage ..................................................................... 95 Clock Battery ........................................................................ 95 Alternate Power Sources ...................................................... 96 Battery Life.......................................................................... 100 Battery Notes...................................................................... 107 IMAGE S TORAGE ........................................................................ 109 Buffer Sizes ......................................................................... 112 CompactFlash..................................................................... 114 UDMA...................................................................................... 115 Solid-State CompactFlash ........................................................ 116 Using CompactFlash ................................................................ 119 Nikon-Approved Cards ............................................................ 122Thom Hogan’s Complete Guide to the Nikon D700 Page 12
  13. 13. Version 1.00 How Much Card? .................................................................... 124 CompactFlash Troubleshooting ............................................... 125 Image Formats .................................................................... 129 Pixels ........................................................................................ 131 JPEG ......................................................................................... 133 Setting JPEG..................................................................................... 136 JPEG Rendering ............................................................................... 146 JPEG Artifacts .................................................................................. 148 JPEG Recommendation ................................................................... 153 TIFF Format .............................................................................. 154 Setting TIFF...................................................................................... 156 TIFF Recommendation .................................................................... 158 NEF Format .............................................................................. 159 Compressed NEFs............................................................................ 163 Why NEF?........................................................................................ 166 Setting NEF ...................................................................................... 168 NEF Recommendations ................................................................... 173 EXIF .......................................................................................... 174 IPTC.......................................................................................... 178 DPOF and PictBridge............................................................... 179 File Names and Folders...................................................... 180 Folders...................................................................................... 181 File Names ............................................................................... 188 File Number Sequence............................................................. 195 CAMERA SETUP.......................................................................... 197 How Menus Work .............................................................. 197 The SETUP Menu ............................................................... 200 Date, Time, and Language ....................................................... 204 Setting Date and Time ..................................................................... 205 Setting Language ............................................................................. 210 Programming a Comment ........................................................ 211 Copyright Information.............................................................. 214 Setting the LCD Brightness....................................................... 218 Set Up Recommendations Summary ....................................... 221 Viewfinder Adjustment....................................................... 222 Focus Screens........................................................................... 224 Resetting the Camera ......................................................... 224 Resetting Basic Settings............................................................ 224 Settings after Reset........................................................................... 225 Resetting Other Settings........................................................... 225 Settings after Reset........................................................................... 227 Resetting Custom Settings ........................................................ 227 The Last Resort Reset ............................................................... 227 Firmware Version ............................................................... 228SHOOTING PICTURES WITH THE D700 ........................................................ 234 CAMERA AND SHOOTING CONTROLS ......................................... 234 D700 Controls .................................................................... 235 Front View................................................................................ 235Thom Hogan’s Complete Guide to the Nikon D700 Page 13
  14. 14. Version 1.00 Top View .................................................................................. 236 Back View ................................................................................ 237 Side View ................................................................................. 238 D700 Displays.................................................................... 239 D700 Top LCD......................................................................... 239 D700 Color LCD ...................................................................... 241 D700 Viewfinder...................................................................... 245 IMAGE QUALITY ........................................................................ 248 Approximate Maximum Images Per Card ....................................... 250 METERING AND EXPOSURE ......................................................... 257 Metering Methods .............................................................. 258 Center-weighted....................................................................... 265 Spot .......................................................................................... 266 Spot Meter Point.............................................................................. 268 Metering Compatibility ................................................................... 268 Setting the Metering Method ................................................... 268 So Which Metering System Should You Use? ................... 269 Metering with Digital Requires Care .................................. 271 Locking Exposure................................................................ 275 Options for Evaluating Exposure ........................................ 276 How to Interpret Histograms ................................................... 281 Exposure Modes ................................................................. 290 Flexible Program....................................................................... 293 Program Exposure Table (at ISO 200) ............................................. 294 ISO Sensitivity..................................................................... 295 Noise Reduction Settings ......................................................... 307 Auto ISO .................................................................................. 312 How ISO Values are Created ................................................... 317 ISO Operating Suggestions ...................................................... 317 Exposure Bracketing ........................................................... 321 D700 Exposure Bracketing Values Table (Exposures) ..................... 323 Exposure Compensation..................................................... 330 Active D-Lighting ................................................................ 333 White Balance .................................................................... 337 D700 White Balance Settings ................ D700 White Balance Bracketing Values Table ............................... 360 UniWB...................................................................................... 361 Picture Controls.................................................................. 363 Contrast Parameter .................................................................. 384 Hue Parameter ......................................................................... 386 Saturation Parameter................................................................ 388 Brightness Parameter................................................................ 389 LENSES AND FOCUSING .............................................................. 391 An Aside About Lenses ...................................................... 395 Lens Compatibility .............................................................. 398 Using DX Lenses................................................................. 402 Lens Differences When Using FX versus DX................................... 406Thom Hogan’s Complete Guide to the Nikon D700 Page 14
  15. 15. Version 1.00 Lens Angle of View ......................................................................... 407 Setting Image Area ................................................................... 408 The Autofocus System........................................................ 411 Focus Mode (Single Servo, Continuous Servo, and Manual) .. 418 Single Servo versus Continuous Servo Autofocus ........................... 419 Autofocus Area Modes ............................................................ 422 Autofocus Summary................................................................. 424 Autofocus Settings Summary ........................................................... 424 Trap Autofocus......................................................................... 426 Autofocus Assist ....................................................................... 427 Lock-On (Focus Tracking) ....................................................... 429 The Pro Approach to Autofocus .............................................. 430 Adjusting Your Lenses ........................................................ 431 Chromatic Aberration Correction ...................................... 439 Vignette Correction ............................................................ 439 Manual Focus ..................................................................... 441 Depth of Field Preview....................................................... 443 FX Depth of Field ..................................................................... 445 20mm Lens (FX Format) .................................................................. 445 24mm Lens (FX Format) .................................................................. 446 28mm Lens (FX Format) .................................................................. 446 35mm Lens (FX Format) .................................................................. 447 50mm Lens (FX Format) .................................................................. 447 70mm Lens (FX Format) .................................................................. 448 85mm Lens (FX Format) .................................................................. 448 105mm Lens (FX Format) ................................................................ 449 DX Depth of Field .................................................................... 449 18mm Lens (DX Format) ................................................................. 449 20mm Lens (DX Format) ................................................................. 450 24mm Lens (DX Format) ................................................................. 450 28mm Lens (DX Format) ................................................................. 450 35mm Lens (DX Format) ................................................................. 451 50mm Lens (DX Format) ................................................................. 451 70mm Lens (DX Format) ................................................................. 451 Diffraction ................................................................................ 451 Other DOF Theories ................................................................ 453 Sharpening.......................................................................... 454 SHOOTING CONTROLS .............................................................. 462 Shutter Releases.................................................................. 462 Shutter Lag ............................................................................... 463 Shooting Method (and Frame Rate) .................................. 465 Self Timer ................................................................................. 468 Live View .................................................................................. 469 Using Hand-held Live View ............................................................ 474 Using Tripod Live View................................................................... 477 Frame Rate Troubleshooting .................................................... 481 Interval Shooting ................................................................ 482 Multiple Exposures and Overlays....................................... 490 Remote Control .................................................................. 493Thom Hogan’s Complete Guide to the Nikon D700 Page 15
  16. 16. Version 1.00 Connecting to a GPS .......................................................... 493 Shooting Information Display (INFO Button) ................... 498 Virtual Horizon ................................................................... 501 D700 Menus....................................................................... 503 PLAYBACK menu ( icon) .................................................... 504 SHOOTING menu (õ camera icon)....................................... 505 Setting and Naming Shooting Menu Banks.................................... 509 CUSTOM SETTING menu ( pencil icon) ........................... 513 SETUP menu (Ø wrench icon) ................................................ 514 RETOUCH menu (folder icon) ................................................ 518 MY MENU (checked icon) ...................................................... 519 RECENT SETTINGS (file folder list icon).................................. 525 Error Messages.................................................................... 528 IMAGE REVIEW AND PLAYBACK ................................................... 535 Image Review ..................................................................... 535 Image Review Options............................................................. 536 Rotating Images........................................................................ 546 The PLAYBACK Menu ........................................................ 548 Deleting Images ....................................................................... 549 Image Recovery............................................................................... 554 Protecting Images..................................................................... 554 Dealing with Folders ................................................................ 555 Hiding Images .......................................................................... 558 Other PLAYBACK Menu Items................................................. 561 CUSTOM SETTINGS .................................................................... 561 #C Custom Settings Bank ................................................... 568 #R Reset Custom Settings for Current Bank....................... 573 #A1 Continuous Servo AF Priority ..................................... 575 #A2 Single Servo AF Priority .............................................. 578 #A3 Dynamic Area AF Customization............................... 579 #A4 Set Focus Lock-On Parameters................................... 582 #A5 Autofocus Initiation Method ...................................... 583 #A6 Focus Area Illumination.............................................. 585 #A7 Focus Point Selection Wrap ....................................... 586 #A8 Number of AF Points .................................................. 586 #A9 Autofocus Assist Illumination ..................................... 588 #A10 MB-D10 AF-ON Button Options ............................. 589 #B1 ISO Increment............................................................. 590 #B2 Exposure Control Increment ....................................... 591 #B3 Exposure Compensation Increment ........................... 592 #B4 Exposure Compensation Control ................................ 593 #B5 Center-weight Metering Circle Size ............................ 595 #B6 Meter Compensation .................................................. 596 #C1 Shutter Release Exposure Locking .............................. 598 #C2 Meter/Camera Active Time ........................................ 599Thom Hogan’s Complete Guide to the Nikon D700 Page 16
  17. 17. Version 1.00 #C3 Self Timer Delay Setting ............................................. 601 #C4 Color LCD Active Time .............................................. 602 #D1 Sound Feedback Setting ............................................ 603 #D2 Grid Line Display in Viewfinder ................................. 604 #D3 Show Tips on Shooting Info Items ............................. 605 #D4 Continuous Low Shooting Speed............................... 606 #D5 Maximum Continuous Shots ...................................... 607 #D6 File Number Sequence............................................... 608 #D7 Shooting Info Display Style ........................................ 609 #D8 LCD Illumination Control ........................................... 610 #D9 One Second Shutter Delay ........................................ 611 #D10 Battery Type in MB-D10 .......................................... 612 #D11 Order Batteries are Used ......................................... 614 #E1 Flash Top Sync Speed ................................................. 615 #E2 Flash Low Shutter Speed Barrier ................................. 616 #E3 Flash Mode for Internal Flash...................................... 617 #E4 DOF Preview Triggers Modeling Flash ....................... 621 #E5 Exposure Bracketing Method ...................................... 622 #E6 Manual Exposure Mode Bracketing ............................ 623 #E7 Bracketing Order......................................................... 625 #F1 Power Switch Illumination Function ........................... 626 #F2 Direction Pad Center Button....................................... 627 #F3 Additional Direction Pad Control ............................... 630 #F4 Direction Pad Scrolling during Playback .................... 631 #F5 FUNC Button Setting .................................................. 631 #F6 DOF Preview Button Setting....................................... 637 #F7 AE-Lock Button Function ............................................ 641 Button Assignment Interdependencies .............................. 644 #F8 Shutter Speed and Aperture Lock ............................... 646 #F9 Command Dial Functions ........................................... 647 #F10 Pressing or Holding Buttons ..................................... 650 #F11 Lock Camera with No CompactFlash ....................... 651 #F12 Reverse the Manual Metering Bar ............................ 652 USING FLASH ............................................................................ 653 What Happens When Flash is Used .................................. 653 Flash Basics......................................................................... 654 Digital Flash Differences .................................................... 655 More Hidden Flash “Gotchas” .......................................... 658 Allowable Apertures in Program Mode ................................... 658 Flash Modes ....................................................................... 659 i-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash .......................................................... 659 Standard TTL ............................................................................ 662 High-Speed TTL (TTL FP)......................................................... 662 Summary of i-TTL Flash Modes....................................................... 663Thom Hogan’s Complete Guide to the Nikon D700 Page 17
  18. 18. Version 1.00 Non-TTL Flash Modes .............................................................. 663 Setting Flash Options ......................................................... 667 Flash Option Interactions......................................................... 670 FV Lock..................................................................................... 670 Flash Exposure Compensation ........................................... 672 Flash Features Available using a D700 with Speedlights ................ 674 Controlled, Repeatable Flash Results................................. 675 Third Party Flash Units ....................................................... 679 Studio Flash ........................................................................ 679 D700 INTERNAL FLASH ............................................................. 680 Internal Flash Basics ........................................................... 682 To Set TTL on the Internal Flash .............................................. 682 To Set Manual Flash................................................................. 683 Internal Flash Guide Numbers (Feet)............................................... 685 Internal Flash Guide Numbers (Meters) .......................................... 685 To Set Repeating Flash............................................................. 685 Wireless Flash........................................................................... 688 EXTERNAL FLASH MODELS FOR THE D700 .................................. 699 SB-400 ................................................................................ 699 Specifications ........................................................................... 699 To Set TTL Flash ....................................................................... 699 SB-400 Usable Apertures and Flash Range in TTL mode (feet) ....... 701 SB-600 ................................................................................ 701 Specifications ........................................................................... 702 To Set TTL Flash ....................................................................... 702 SB-600 Usable Apertures and Flash Range in TTL mode (feet) ....... 704 To Set Manual Flash................................................................. 704 SB-600 Guide Numbers at ISO 100 (feet) ....................................... 705 SB-600 Guide Numbers at ISO 100 (meters) .................................. 705 SB-600 Guide Numbers at ISO 200 (feet) ....................................... 706 SB-600 Guide Numbers at ISO 200 (meters) .................................. 706 To Manually Set the Zoom Head............................................. 706 To Set Flash Exposure Compensation ...................................... 707 To Set Red-Eye Reduction........................................................ 707 SB-600 Notes ........................................................................... 708 SB-800 ................................................................................ 709 Specifications ........................................................................... 710 To Set TTL Flash ....................................................................... 711 SB-800 Usable Apertures and Flash Range in TTL mode (feet) ....... 712 To Set Manual Flash................................................................. 713 To Set Repeating Flash............................................................. 714 Maximum Number of Repeating Flashes at Each Power Setting ..... 715 To Manually Set the Zoom Head............................................. 716 To Set the Distance Scale to Feet or Meters ............................ 717 To Set Flash Exposure Compensation ...................................... 717 To Set Red-Eye Reduction........................................................ 718 SB-800 Notes ........................................................................... 718 Flash Troubleshooting ........................................................ 720Thom Hogan’s Complete Guide to the Nikon D700 Page 18
  19. 19. Version 1.00 USING A D700 IN THE FIELD ...................................................... 722 The “Routine” .................................................................... 722 General Settings You Make Once............................................ 722 Things To Do Before You Head Out on a Shoot ..................... 722 Check Each Time You Turn the Camera On............................ 724 Settings You Change Rarely (and then only for a reason) ....... 725 Settings You Change Often ...................................................... 726 Things To Do After Each Shooting Session .............................. 727 Keeping Track of Batteries ................................................. 729 Maintaining Image Quality................................................. 730 Which Type of Photographer are You?.................................... 732 Dealing with JPEG.................................................................... 734 Custom Curves......................................................................... 735 Color Profiles and Color Spaces............................................... 735 Setting Color Spaces and Color Modes in the Camera.................... 740 Setting Color Spaces and Profiles in Your Software ........................ 740 Fine Tuning the Color ..................................................................... 743 Special Lighting Issues ........................................................ 745 UV and Infrared ....................................................................... 745 Ultraviolet ....................................................................................... 746 Infrared ............................................................................................ 747 Shooting Under Fluorescent Lighting....................................... 750 Other Field Shooting Issues................................................ 752 Keeping the Sensor Clean ........................................................ 752 It’s Not Just Static Cling ................................................................... 761 Worst Case Scenario ....................................................................... 762 Temperature Considerations.................................................... 762 Humidity .................................................................................. 763 White Balance Settings............................................................. 763 White Balance Color Temperatures ................................................ 764AFTER YOUVE TAKEN PICTURES WITH YOUR D700................................ 768 THINGS YOU DO AFTER THE SHOT IS TAKEN ............................... 768 THE RETOUCH MENU ................................................................ 769 D-Lighting ........................................................................... 770 Red-eye correction ............................................................. 773 Trim .................................................................................... 775 Monochrome...................................................................... 778 Filter Effects ........................................................................ 780 Color Balance ..................................................................... 783 Image Overlays................................................................... 786 Converting NEFs to JPEG in the Camera ........................... 792 TRANSFERRING YOUR IMAGES TO YOUR COMPUTER.................... 793 Connecting to a Computer................................................. 795 PRINTING YOUR IMAGES ............................................................ 796 Selecting Images to Print .................................................... 798 PictBridge Printing .............................................................. 801Thom Hogan’s Complete Guide to the Nikon D700 Page 19
  20. 20. Version 1.00 Printing Resolution ............................................................. 803 Output on Commercial Printers......................................... 807 VIEWING YOUR IMAGES ............................................................. 808 Television Playback ............................................................ 808 Slide Shows ........................................................................ 812D700 ACCESSORIES........................................................................................ 815SPECIFICATIONS.............................................................................................. 819GETTING SERVICE ........................................................................................... 822QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS.......................................................................... 827Thom Hogan’s Complete Guide to the Nikon D700 Page 20
  21. 21. Version 1.00Conventions Used in this eBookIn this eBook I occasionally make comparisons between theD700 and previous Nikon models. In general, whenever thiseBook uses the term D1 or D1 series, I’m referring to theentire D1 family (i.e. the D1, D1h, and D1x). The same is trueof the D2 series (D2h, D2hs, D2x, and D2xs). Use of anindividual model name in the text indicates a model-specificfeature or characteristic. In tables, if there are differencesbetween the cameras, I’ve either added columns for eachcamera, or separated the information into model-specifictables.Why am I including some D1 and D2 information in thiseBook? Many readers own multiple DSLRs or have experiencewith previous Nikon models. Moreover, many D700purchasers followed the earlier camera developments butheld off buying one until Nikon came out with a camera thatwas less expensive. The introduction of the D700 was whatthey were waiting for, though the resulting camera is a bitdifferent from the earlier models they learned about. Finally, itis just good form to know how your camera compares againstother Nikon DSLRs.When software products are mentioned, including those thatNikon supplies with the camera, I try to identify the version Iused for this eBook when I introduce the product. I also noteany significant differences between versions that I think youshould be aware of. If I refer to a software programgenerically, as in “use the Unsharp Mask in Photoshop,” thisusually applies to the entire range of Photoshop versions.Specific instructions for software, as in “select RemoveRedeye in the JustDoIt menu,” are for the version current asof the publication of this eBook. Also, you’ll note that I use adifferent font to distinguish menu items or messages thatyou’ll see on the computer or camera screens—this makes iteasier for you to differentiate what I’m writing about fromwhat you should be seeing on your equipment.Thom Hogan’s Complete Guide to the Nikon D700 Page 21
  22. 22. Version 1.00Instructions that apply to using the camera are marked startingwith a õ. Anywhere you see that symbol, grab your D700and follow along!As I have with all my previous books and eBooks, I use myWeb site (http://www.bythom.com/d700guideerrata.htm) toreport any corrections or clarifications of information orinstructions (you’ll also find some helpful product reviews andgeneral articles). Write me at thom_hogan@msn.com if youhave any questions or comments.-ThomThom Hogan’s Complete Guide to the Nikon D700 Page 22
  23. 23. Version 1.00IntroductionYou’ve purchased a Nikon D700 and are looking for help ingetting the best possible pictures from it. Or perhaps you’reconsidering purchasing a D700 and want to know how itworks and what it is capable of. Welcome. You’ve come tothe right place.First a little background for the newcomers: I’ve been usingNikon cameras most of my life and for the last dozen yearshave spent much of my time creating articles, books, and aWeb site explaining the nuances of these cameras to others—successfully, I think (I hope you’ll agree by the time you finishreading this work).You probably fall into one of three categories: 1. You’ve never used an SLR3 type of camera before. Previously, you probably used either a 35mm or digital point-and-shoot type of camera. Those all- automatic, all-in-one cameras are small and convenient, but tend to be somewhat slower to shoot and limited in control. You probably decided to try a D700 to get away from one of those two traits: you’re hoping that the autofocus is fast and accurate, that there’s no delay between pressing the shutter release and the time the picture is taken, and that you can buy accessories that allow you to take pictures you can’t with your compact camera. I’ll cut to the chase: you’ll be happy with your D7003 SLR stands for Single Lens Reflex. That may not mean a lot to you yet; the key pointis that an SLR uses a mirror relay system (the “reflex” portion of the name) to let yousee exactly what the lens is zoomed and focused on. Yes, there used to be a TLR(Twin Lens Reflex), which is a system where you look through one lens via a mirrorsystem, and a second lens is used for taking the picture. The old Rolleiflex andYashicaMats are examples of a TLR.Thom Hogan’s Complete Guide to the Nikon D700 Page 23
  24. 24. Version 1.00 (though I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out that something like a D40, D60, D80, or D90 might be all that you need—the D700 goes far beyond the point- and-shoot capability and is more complex than what you may be looking for). But you’ve got a lot to learn, as SLRs tend to be more complex and sometimes require more decisions than do the automatic point and shoots. If you fall in this category, you’ll want to read this entire eBook very carefully—there’s really no section you can skip. You’ll also want to take a look at the separate PDF named DSLRINTRO.PDF supplied on the CD. 2. You’ve used a film SLR before, but are just now switching to a digital SLR (DSLR). You probably picked the D700 because it is one of Nikon’s top DSLRs, yet affordable. Your film SLR worked just fine, but you’re looking for the advantages that digital brings: instant review, no wait for developing and processing, no per-image costs, and convenience for emailing and sharing pictures. You’re probably a little worried about image quality—is a digital SLR like the D700 as good as an F5 or F6 shooting 35mm film? Again good news awaits you: yes, you’ll get all the conveniences you seek and give nothing up in image quality. If you fall into this category, you probably don’t need to read the separate DSLRINTRO PDF, and can just concentrate on this main file. But don’t skip over the “D700 Background” section that starts this eBook: there are some things that those of you who are new to digital need to know.Thom Hogan’s Complete Guide to the Nikon D700 Page 24
  25. 25. Version 1.00 3. You’ve used a digital SLR before, so the D700 is likely your new primary body and your older DSLR now your backup. You probably picked the D700 because it has been advertised as being as good as the currently top-of-the-line D3 in image quality and with virtually the same set of features, but at a much reduced price. The D700 indeed has impressive image quality with just about every feature you’d care to name, all wrapped in a professional caliber package. Or perhaps you currently have a D100 and decided it was time to upgrade to a new level of equipment (your D100 will become your backup body). Again, you’ll find that you’ve made a good choice (though the D300 might have been a perfectly adequate choice, since it shares many of the D700’s features and nearly equals its quality, at a much lower price). Your primary worry is whether you can get up to speed with your D700 as fast as possible. The good news is that you’ve already got a huge head start on the others, as the D700 doesn’t deviate from Nikon’s previous designs, it only expands on them—thus, you really only need to brush up on the new features and capabilities. If you fall into this category, you can probably skim through the “D700 Background” section (do make sure to pay attention to “The D700 Sensor” and “Camera Setup” chapters, though). You’ll want to read the section labeled “Shooting Pictures with your D700” (see page 234) very carefully, and depending upon your familiarity with Nikon’s software and workflow with Nikon DSLR images, you may want to also review the section labeled “After You’ve Taken Pictures with the D700” (see page 768), and the Introduction to Nikon Software eBook (NIKONSOFT200.PDF on the disc).Thom Hogan’s Complete Guide to the Nikon D700 Page 25
  26. 26. Version 1.00But don’t worry, it doesn’t matter which category you fit.You’ll find everything you need to know in this eBook (or inthe other materials included on the CD).Thom Hogan’s Complete Guide to the Nikon D700 Page 26
  27. 27. Version 1.00D700 BackgroundIn this section we’ll look at the D700 specifications, howit differs from previous Nikon DSLRs, and how to set upyour camera.We’ll also look at how the D700 is powered, how imagesare stored, and spend time looking closely at the sensorthat does the primary work.The D700’s HistoryThe Nikon D700 was an unexpected announcement in July2008. While an FX sensor in a smaller DSLR body had beenexpected for some time—Canon had produced one in the 5Dway back in 2005—the timing and specifications of theannouncement took most Nikon followers by surprise.The surprise was that the D700 is essentially a D3 in a smallerbody. Sure, there are some minor changes in specification,most notably the single card slot, a 95% viewfinder, and aslightly lower frame rate, but the bulk of D700 features areidentical to the D3.Actual shipments of the D700 began within three weeks ofthe announcement.The triple digit model numbers (e.g. D700) in the Nikon DSLRlineup are pro models, but not top-of-the-line pro models.Amazingly, the D700 comes remarkably close to the D3,though.Historically, here’s the basic lineage that leads to the D700:Thom Hogan’s Complete Guide to the Nikon D700 Page 27
  28. 28. Version 1.00Blue models are film bodies, black and gray are digital. Thick lines are directlineage, thin lines are indirect lineage.I include the film SLRs in that lineage for a reason: The F4pioneered Nikon’s modern pro build, while the F5 pioneeredmany of the technologies—such as the CCD-based matrixmetering system—that distinguish the current models. Thecommon aspects to all the single digit models are a highquality build that stands up to abuse, features that introducenew technology into Nikon’s lineup, all wrapped in a bodywith an integrated vertical grip.As I noted earlier, the D700 announcement was a surprise.Most Nikon followers, including me, had been expecting ahigh resolution full frame sensor pro body to be announcednext. But the D700 is essentially a smaller D3 at a lowerprice. Given that the D3 had been out for only about a halfyear when the D700 suddenly appeared, this was aparticularly aggressive move on Nikon’s part. The D700lopped nearly US$2000 off the D3 price but little else. At theannouncement, it wasn’t clear why Nikon would do this.Thom Hogan’s Complete Guide to the Nikon D700 Page 28
  29. 29. Version 1.00I should note that the delay between each generation ofNikon’s pro cameras has been longer than that of the amateurcameras. The D1 was introduced in 1999, the D1h/D1x in2001, the D2h in 2003, the D2x in 2004, and then there wereminor tweaks to the D2h and D2x in 2005 and 2006 (theD2hs and D2xs, respectively). Looking at it another way, theD1 generation was launched in 1999, the D2 generation in2003, and the D3 generation in 2007, which represent fouryears of technology development per major iteration.Meanwhile, on the “junior” pro models, the D100 wasannounced in February 2002, the D200 in November 2005,the D300 in August 2007, and the D700 in July 2008. Again,there tends to be a multi-year development cycle, thoughthere seems to be some acceleration of that in recent history(down from three years to something more like two).Let’s recap the digital professional D-model cameras for amoment, which should reveal just how far Nikon has movedthe bar in a short period of time. First the single-digit models: D1 D2 D3Introduced 6/99 (D1) 7/03 (D2h) 8/07 2/01 (D1h/D1x) 9/04 (D2x) 2/05 (D2hs) 6/06 (D2xs)Sensor 2.6mp CCD (D1) 4 mp LBCAST 12.1mp CMOS 2.6mp CCD (D1h) (D2h, D2hs) 5.3mp CCD (D1x) 12.2mp CMOS (D2x, D2xs)Best Bit Depth 12-bit RAW, 8-bit 12-bit RAW, 12- 14-bit RAW, 16-bit ASIC rendering bit ASIC rendering ASIC renderingWrite Speed 2MB/sec, 21 frame 9.6MB/sec, 40 35MB/sec+, 60 buffer (D1) frame buffer (D2h) frame bufferShutter lag 58ms 37ms 41ms (74ms blackout)LCD 2” 130k dots 2.5” 211k to 235k 3” 920k dots dotsShooting Speed 3 to 5 fps 5 to 8 fps 9 fps (11 fps DX)Autofocus CAM1300 (5 CAM2000 (11 CAM3500 (51 sensor) sensor) sensor)Viewfinder 100% view 100% view 100% viewMajor added GPS support, Everything from D2features multiple exposure, plus AF calibration, WT-3 wireless, Active D-lighting, FUNC button Live View, WT-4Thom Hogan’s Complete Guide to the Nikon D700 Page 29
  30. 30. Version 1.00Now the triple-digit models: D100 D200 D300 D700Introduced 2/02 12/05 8/07 7/08Sensor 6mp CCD DX 10mp CCD 12.1mp CMOS 12mp CMOS DX DX FXBest Bit 12-bit RAW, 12-bit RAW, 14-bit RAW, 14-bit RAW,Depth 8-bit ASIC 12-bit ASIC 16-bit ASIC 16-bit ASIC rendering rendering rendering renderingWrite Speed 2MB/sec, 6 9.6MB/sec, 37 35MB/sec+, 35MB/sec+, frame buffer frame buffer 60 frame 60 frame buffer bufferShutter lag 100ms 50ms 45ms 41ms (74ms blackout)LCD 1.8” 118k dots 2.5” 230k dots 3” 920k dots 3” 920k dotsShooting 3 fps 5 fps 6 fps (8 fps 5 fps (8 fpsSpeed with grip) with grip)Autofocus CAM900 (5 CAM1000 (11 CAM3500 (51 CAM3500 (51 sensor) sensor) sensor) sensor)Viewfinder 92% view 95% view 100% view 95% viewMajor multiple Everything Everythingadded exposure, WT- from the D200 from the D300features 2 wireless, list plus AF list FUNC button calibration, Active D- lighting, Live View, WT-4, sensor cleaningYes, you’re reading those tables correctly. In eight yearsNikon has quadrupled the resolution, doubled the number ofbits used to record tonal ramp values while rendering JPEGs,improved write speeds by 15x+, octupled the resolution of thecolor LCD and more than doubled its area, doubled or tripledthe continuous shooting speed, increased the number of AFsensors by 10x, and added a host of other features. That’s a lotof improvement.The curious things about the D700 announcement were theinclusion of sensor cleaning (not available in the D3 on whichthe camera is based), the 95% viewfinder (due to the sensorcleaning; more on that later), and the inclusion of a flash (theD700 is the highest specified Nikon DSLR that has had one).Thom Hogan’s Complete Guide to the Nikon D700 Page 30