|Nikon D700 12.1MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
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Building on the immense success of the Nikon D3 professional D-SLR camera, the D700 offers pro-level performance and an extensive array of features and innovations in a comfortably nimble platform. Nikon's flagship FX and DX-format cameras, the D3 and D300 respectively, established new benchmarks for digital image quality, speed, and unmatched ISO performance. The D700 maintains 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. The Nikon D700 is a fusion of astonishing image quality and agility. Leveraging the breakthrough performance of Nikon's original 12.1-Megapixel FX-Format (23.9x36mm) CMOS sensor, teamed with exclusive Nikon EXPEED image processing technology, the D700 delivers astounding image fidelity with incredible sharpness, rich color depth and broad tonal range. Shooting limitations fade with the welcome picture angle characteristics of a 35mm SLR, combined with amazing low-noise performance at up to ISO 6400 and continuous shooting as fast as 5 frames per second. Nikon's exclusive Scene Recognition System boosts several segments of the D700's performance, including its fast, accurate 51-area autofocus system. The D700's tempered-glass-protected, 3" VGA TFT LCD monitor features bright, 170-degree wide-angle viewing for precise image review. With a rugged self-diagnostic shutter, tested to 150,000 cycles, the versatility of two Live View modes and integrated dust reduction, the D700 is agility meets quality. Two Live View shooting modes Rugged magnesium-alloy construction Fast, accurate 51-point AF with 3D Focus Tracking Dynamic integrated dust reduction system 3D Color Matrix Metering II Exclusive Scene Recognition System Picture Control settings Active D-Lighting with New Auto mode Dimensions - Width 5.8 x Height 4.8 x Depth 3.0 Weight - 35 ounces (995 grams)
- 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 shooting modes
- 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 enable recording speeds up to 35 megabytes/second
- Simply fantastic!
I bought this camera elsewhere, but it was toss up between this and the Cannon 5D Mark II. I am so happy I went with the Nikon. Even though the lenses that came with the kit I bought were not the greatest, (and DX!!!)this takes fantastic photos. I bought the Nikon 85mm f/1.8 (full frame of course) lens for portraits and I could not be any happier! The color and clarity in low lighting situations is amazing! With the 85mm almost every photo looks better than life. : )
This is my first digital SLR camera. I am a student pro photo major and I've used several different cameras, digital and film. I picked this camera up for the first time and figured out how to shoot with it in a matter of minutes. (I always fiddle with the camera before cracking the manual) However, everyday I find a new feature that is useful, but even on the most basic (even dreaded) AUTO settings it is enough to thrill you. I turn off the Auto ISO for studio work, but find it is amazing when out and about shooting hand-held. Even on the 6400 ISO photos are clear, little or no noise, and great color!
This was worth every penny! Not to mention you can use virtually every Nikon lens ever produced!
My only regret was not buying it from AMAZON.COM, actually! I got the run-around from the company I got it from on eBay and it wasn't worth the small savings to deal with being hassled, not getting part of my order, and being harassed about buying an extended warranty. ...more info
- Poorly Served
Nikon d700 "new" (though I have my doubts) arrived with all its cutting edge technology, its bells and whistles, its superlative reviews. I charged up a battery and attached a brand new Nikor 24-120mm lens, inserted an 8gb flashcard, formatted same, enabled "liveview" mode, removed the lens cover turned on the camera pointed and...stared, open-mouthed, at a blank dark monitor...now I am a novice, I don't deny it, so I was sure that I had missed a switch, a button, a lever, a trigger, a step, a sequence, a cryptic gesture, a password or a mantra which all but the most hopelessly untutored DSLR users already know and perform automatically and without thinking. So I read the "Quick-Start" over and over, searching for the hidden nuance, hoping it would suddenly jump out in front of me and I'd shout, "Oh for Pete's sake, of course, you have to blow on the flash bulb and tighten the camera strap first before the monitor turns on. How dense can I be?" But I came to no such epiphany, and so I called the Nikon 800 number and I was told, "You have a bad camera, Joe," and though my name is not Joe, I thanked the man for the bad news. The camera is on its way, as we chat, to NV whence it came and I am left wondering what kind of shoddy quality control placed Nikon's name on that camera neatly packed in that box with all of its accessories and cables and operating manuals, for me, the unsuspecting and very disappointed would-be user to discover that oh, it doesn't work.Nikon D700 12.1MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)...more info
- Product and service
Amazon's customer service is far superior to any of the other camera dealers. I had a problem with the first D700 and they replaced it without question. I would recommend anyone wanting to buy products from Amazon and their deliveries are excellent. Most of the other dealers charge delivery and often you can get free delivery from Amazon. I don't buy anywhere else.
thank you Amazon
- The D700 really is as good as all the reviews (D300 Owner)
With many very positive reviews already written there is not a lot to add. I have a D300 and was very pleased with it but the high iso capability of the D700 intriuged me. Having used the camera some, the high iso capability is extraordinary - I took a black & white shot at ISO 25,000 that actually looked pretty good (looked like B&W film pushed). DX lenses are usable but not the first choice with this camera. I will continue to use my D300 for long telephotos in most cases. However, if light is an issue - I will always use the D700 even with telephoto shots.
Not too many negatives with this camera at all. If I had to pick one it would be the lack of a 100% view finder (the D300 sploiled me there)-- but it is a minor flaw. Great camera and I feel like I made an excellent decisionn to purchase it. ...more info
- D700 Place Of Birth
i wonder where Nikon D700 sold by Amazon where made and/or assembled.
- D700: A Good Choice
My purchase of the D700 met my expectations: Low light performance is very good, it works with AI and AIS manual lenses as well as AF lenses, and it is very well built though on the lite side (which is good) because of the materials used to make it.
And, when you make the comparison with alternatives from Canon, Sony, Nikon (the D3 which is also FX format), the D700 is a good choice in terms of specifications and price. In addition, Nikon stands behind their products, especially when you consider that they have maintained the same lens mount size since the 1950's: A very professional approach....more info
- A review of D700 by a previously D200 owner.
I couldn't be more happy with the purchase of Nikon D700 Digital SLR camera. It replaced my 3-year old and retiring Nikon D200, which I have put well over 100,000 images through (and it's still going strong.)
I'm an actual photographer, not a camera-aholic who buys camera equipment and lenses as "collection". So a camera that "feels right in my hand" is very important to assist my creative productivity flow.
The camera have a very solid construction, it is said to use a thicker magnesium body than the D300 and D200, and is very water-resistant (one reviewer used the camera for 4+ hours in the rain with absolutely no problem).
For the first time, I have absolutely no worry about setting my ISO at 6400 and know for a fact the images will come out far superior than that would produce on my old D200 with iso of just 640, sharpness and resolution wise. The High ISO performance is astonishing on D700, thanks to Nikon's full frame 12mp sensor (the exact same sensor that's been used in Nikon's top of the line D3). The sensor's default setting produces neutral, film like results, with the ability to fully customize color/contrast/sharpness.
The ability to produce 14bit raw files would put some of the most critical photographer on the ease, knowing that they will not compromise on the shadow and highlight details while shooting in 14bit raw. However, in my field test the difference is impossible to distinguish with human eye, it can only be detected with the aid of a histogram.
I love the cameras ability to customize at least 3 different function keys for various tasks (the DOF button, Function button and AE/AF-Lock button). The ability to use the en-el4a battery with the MB-D10 grip is a huge plus (although the grip, adapter, the battery itself and the charger for battery costs well over $500 dollars), it enables the ability to shoot well over 2,000 images on a single battery charge, and amazing 8.1fps frame rate (16 raws continues shooting, or unlimited jpgs)
The LCD screen is truely a joy to stare at, it offers 3x more pixels than the old 320x240pixel screen. With 178 degree viewing angle, and anti-glare coating all help ensure accurate color rendition. (mine comes with 1 stuck pixel however that's not noticeable unless screen is displaying complete black)
If you've used Nikon's DSLR before, you'll be at home with D700's menu system, very intuitive with a help function which explains every setting on the fly. Some really useful features include: Self sensor cleaning, Mirror lockup, Multiple exposure, Intravelmeter, Visual horizon and much much more.
Nikon's Speedlight flash system is the best in the industry, and Canon's offerings are all far behind. This camera's build-in flash can remotely control SB-900/800/600 flashes to be fired at distance. Nikon's i-TTL metering is spot on every time during most normal shooting situations.
Some little detail that I really appreciate is the build in rubber caps for the accessory socket and the pc flash sync socket, now I would never have to worry about losing those little caps anymore.
Rival Canon 5D Mark II have the pixel count advantage and the ability to record videos, which would attract a lot of photographers who's also doing motion film works, or landscape photographers who want the absolute highest resolution at lowest iso settings, downside of the 5d mk ii is the increased noise pass iso 1600, lower frame rate, cheaper build, and lower quality lens offerings. Oh wait, did I mention about the ultra tiny buttons that's impossible to press when wearing gloves during winter time?
I would highly recommend Nikon D700 for it's serious high iso performance and incredible usability. ...more info
- D700 heaven
I would give the D700 six stars if I could. What a camera! If you are thinking of making the move, and shoot a lot of low light stuff, this is the unit. I couldn't afford a D3, then came D700, and I am now in heaven on earth. I also own a D300, a great cam in its own right, but the D700 is in a class by itself. ...more info
- Take the dive! You won't be sorry!
Having done a lot of research on this camera and reading all of the positive reviews I knew I would be getting a quality piece of equipment. This camera has been reviewed to death so there is really nothing new I can add just to say the only thing that gave me pause was the price tag. Let me assure you that this camera exceeded every expectation I had and is worth every cent I paid for it.
There is a reason this camera has single handedly converted more Canon shooters than any other. The D700 will add a whole other level to your digital photography. Just do it, you won't be sorry. ...more info
- D80 to D700
I went from a D80 shooting weekends for fun. It was a great camera to learn with but when you need to move into something that you can count on, the D700 is it. Doing editorial stock and portraits, you need a versatile camera for a variety of shooting locations. The overall control and parameters to be ale to set within the camera provides great control over your shot. If you find you're shooting a couple of different situations repeatedly, you can make the changes on the camera and save the settings as s starting point for the next time around. A huge time saver.
Hands down, this is a great camera at a fair price. In regards to a few comments about it not having video... This is a still camera. If you need video, buy a video camera....more info
- D700 FX vs D300 DX
"Wohohoho!" <-- that was what I "said" when I saw the first shots taken with the D700. Maybe this expansive reaction does not describe exactly the differences in image quality nor does say much about handling and ergonomics, however it says that I was QUITE surprised coming after almost one year of using an already wonderful dSLR that I enjoyed a lot.
What I will try to do is to put down some differences between these two cameras and pinpoint some considerations you might be interested in if you want to jump full-frame. Keep in mind that although astonished by differences in image quality, I haven't taken this step yet and the reasons will be explained a little bit later.
The Image - noise, color, accuracy and some more
When talking about Nikon full-frame cameras (D3/x and D700 - for the moment...) what probably comes first to one's mind is high ISO low noise capability. The improvement in this area is so dramatic that this alone might be a reason to go FX. Endless debates about EV differences in noise levels may continue for ages and, probably, no definitive objective answer will be written down. The point is that shooting at ISO 6400 is a must if you want to truly understand what high ISO low noise really means. True, a relatively lower resolution, 12mp sensor helps achieving such results, but the key here is not only the noise is less obvious or less chroma or... whatever, is the fact that, combined with the dramatic dynamic rendition in image of this camera, D700 allows you to do things that were not possible with D300 (or other DX camera) without a drastic reduction in detail and smudging shadows with impossible noise. For example - and that is the best argument I can raise - I am a big fan of underexposure as creative tool in photography. With the D300 I had to pay attention of exposing correctly at high ISO - maybe to overexpose a bit - then to bring down exposure in Capture NX2 if I wanted to achieve a 1/ creatively underexposed image with 2/ inapparent noise in shadows and 3/ preserved details, all these at ISO higher than 1000. To my surprise, D700 is much more forgiving with drastic (>1EV) underexposure in what relates to noise levels and lack of suppression of details. The image is clearer and more detailed that a corresponding DX one, underexposed with the same amount. The direct consequence of this is less time in post-processing (which I am not a very big fan of) and more keepers for your portfolio. Oh, and by the way, talking about Capture NX2, don't believe all those that complain about it. At least on my 4GB 2.4 iMac works flawlessly and, up to this moment, is the best RAW convertor for NEFs in my opinion.
Back to noise, you might be interested to find out that ISO 6400 is a new, virgin territory to be explored with the D700 and this opens you the world of almost noise-free still photography at candlelight (exposure at 1ft/ 30cm from a small candle is 1/60 sec at F/1.4 at ISO 6400). Of course, you can push the limits and go further if you have a less expensive lens (mark that I avoided the term "non-pro lens") using a good de-noising software in post-processing. Coming to that, I tried Noise Ninja, Imagenomics Noiseware and some other software but, whenever I need to artificially remove noise, I always get back to Nik Software Dfine 2.0 which is a superb plugin for Photoshop. In my opinion, it does the best compromise in noise removal vs. detail preservation. Get the trial version and make some tests, you will understand my point.
One more thing about high ISO: usually performance at these levels come at a price: sacrifice in detail rendition and errors in color accuracy. If the first was covered some lines above, I just want to say some words about color at high ISO.
Contrary to some beliefs, color accuracy depends not only on the gear but most important to the quality of light. One has to work with a balanced spectrum to achieve good color rendition and maybe this is the reason that difficult colors (e.g. skin color, colors in shaded areas etc) should have high quality light sources to be put in their real value in a photograph.
Strangely enough, the best artificial light source that comes immediately after the natural sun (with a bit of energy "taming"), is the cheap incandescent lightbulb (see color spectra vs energy for incandescent bulbs, lowell lamps and xenon lamps compared to CFL and laboratory reference lamps). Thus, even at low light energy, D700 behaves wonderful and on PRE white balance setting color accuracy is excellent and quite identical over the entire range of ISOs up to 6400. This is even better under natural light, color gamut is well preserved with a slight reduction in shades of deep red and blues (sky gradients may become slightly masked at high ISO levels. Overall, colors are exquisite and beautiful and extremely natural as long as you shoot under balanced light or, at least, under balanced gradients of light. Keep in mind that the worst white balance scenario is, always, auto white balance and fluorescent which, due to the inherent limitations of color distribution within fluorescent spectra, photos tend to have unpleasant hues.
What is different, too, from D300 is the noise absence at low ISO levels, maybe more important than the same behavior at high ISO.
Optics and cost of transition
The conclusions of the discussion above will provide you a huge latitude of creativity. You will not feel "limited" anymore even using lower quality optics. However, if you own a lineup of consumer-grade optics, some deteriorations in the outcome will be evident. The problem is that with a higher pixel pitch and full frame, all, but ABSOLUTELY all flaws of your lenses will show up in capitals. D700 comes with a kit lens that serves better as body cap than optics on such a camera. Get rid of that AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF QUICKLY, otherwise you might feel the urge to send your D700 to Nikon for a checkout. Not even the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras will be spared, some vignetting will be obvious under certain shooting conditions (clear sky that covers half of image, large areas of light and uniform color etc). The latest additions from Nikon optics, the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Nikkor Wide Angle Zoom Lens and the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Nikkor Wide Angle Zoom Lens are both good match for this camera and also some of the older lenses, especially the Nikon 85mm f/1.4D AF , the 35mm f/2 AIS and the 105 AIS versions of the lenses (which render a creamy, "de-focus"-like of images). Unfortunately, the rest of the pro grade lenses from Nikon are out of reach of the majority of us, but one can try and feel impressed by the older 80-200 or a fixed 300 f/4 that are to some match of this superb but unforgiving camera.
This may create a budget problem and it is the main reason I haven't upgraded to a D700 yet (although my fingers burn...). If you just make a quick cash flow analysis, the investment for getting a FF "pro-grade" image with a D700 will hang heavy on your income, and includes the body and, MANDATORY, a pro-grade lens. And I will strongly suggest to go for the 24-70 f/2.8 nano coating AF-S something, which is the best walkaround zoom you might get for this camera. I have sold my 17-55 (a superb lens, but DX) and got the 24-70 just to be prepared for the next year upgrade to the FX format and decrease the financial shock one might feel with such a heavy investment in both a body and a pro lens.
Another optical issue is that going only FX with the D700 means that you have to say goodbye to any Sigma 10-20mm, or Nikon 12-24mm, or Tokina AT-XAF124DXN 12-24mm or whatever cropped format wide (or extrawide) zoom unless you want to cripple resolution to 5 mp and work in the DX mode (selectable in the D700 settings menus). The only option for FF is the new 14-24 f/2.8 Nikkor. Folks, this lens is incredible. It performs so well that even Canonites are prospecting getting them with adaptors on their pro bodies. But- and I hate to say that - it has some MAJOR functionality flaws that are extremely non pragmatic: different from - for example - the 16-35 Canon L, the 14-24 cannot take filters on the front. Bye bye polarizing filters and protection of the bulky rounded glass that protrudes like a fisheye. And going wide and pro, now, will cost you almost another 2 grands (even more in Europe). Nikon thought it well, and it gives you no choice: wanna the best wide and worldwide performance on a 24x36 FF ? Empty your plastic. It is simple as that.
The conclusion is that upgrading to D700, although fascinating from image quality point of view, latitude of photographic creativity and performance will cripple your financial health. Of course, this holds true if you don't opt for a tammy or another cheap glass for your D700, which case might prove that you are... strange.
Body, controls, ergonomics
Who owns a D300 will immediately notice two annoying things: disappearance of the CF compartment lever and a smaller (=shorter) top LCD panel. The prism block is not so evident at first look, though obvious when putting both cameras side by side.
The CF card compartment has a D80/D40/D60 way of access, by sliding it open. This compromises the weatherproofing of the entire camera and if you are curious if I'm right, just try using it under rain. I've used my D300, I don't have the guts to do the same with the D700. One might argue that the popup flash (present on both D700 and D300) is also a weak link and I agree, however, having a sliding lid for CF compartment is a downgrade in my opinion and the most ZZZZ thing (replace with the metaphor of your choice) somebody could do with with such a camera. A minus 10 stars for that alone.
The dimensions of the top LCD might or not be an issue. However, more important is the cropping of the viewfinder to 95% coverage from the 100% of the D300/D3. Some say "because of the popup flash". Probably. Popup flashes have junk efficiency anyway, so why to cripple view in the viewfinder for this reason - it beats me. Moreover, try using the popup flash with a longer lens - nice effects you get !
So, Nikon, no excuse for the CF compartment lid and the viewfinder coverage which IS very important for composition.
The distance between the grip and the lens is slightly smaller than on D300. For me - it is a good thing since I have better reach for the function buttons on the right side of the lens, but I suppose this may be an issue for those with thicker fingers.
The multifunction wheel is more protrusive and the center selection button is something very useful. This IS an improvement over D300 when pushing the center of the multifunction wheel may accidentally activate other switches of the wheel. This was quite annoying especially when writing comments or labels for functions and settings.
Aside from these, the rest is identical with the D300. Ah, oh, I forgot: the unlocking lever for the CF compartments from D300 has been replaced with an "info" button which reminds me of the never-dying "print" button on the Canon bodies. Useless for such a camera. However, this may be debated. I leave it to you. I prefer to have better sealing.
It is arguable if spending almost double will bring you something of such a tremendous value that will worth the money. I don't think so, at least for the serious amateurs and maybe some of the pros also. However, D3 is quite different from fps point of view and some other "minor" differences (two CF cards, locking lever for CF compartment, no popup flash = better sealing etc) which might compel some of you to spend even more.
Man, but I wrote a lot ! The idea behind all this is that D700 IS THE ultimate a serious amateur may wish for now. Together with D3 has the best high ISO noise and color performance, excellent low ISO noise (= absence, different from D300 which is somewhat noisy on solid colors), FANTASTIC color accuracy for normal shooting conditions (ISO 100-800), incredible focus accuracy, cool feeling when handheld and, coupled with latest Nikkors - superb optics, sharpness, color balance and a very artistic (but realistic) look of the images. However, this comes at a price, you need expensive optics to match the body performance. The choice is yours. I made mine: I'll gonna wait for a while and make a smooth transition from the superb D300 DX to completely new (and certainly better) photographic horizons.
I hope this review will help you.
- An excellent tool for digital photography
If you already have Nikon lenses and want a full-frame DSLR, but you aren't ready to drop almost $5k on a D3, then this is the camera for you. I have been using a D200, which now becomes my reserve, and the transition to the D700 was seamless. It feels the same except that it has a fuller viewfinder and a much nicer LCD. The results so far are indistinguishable, but only because I have not had access to a printer that can do these images justice. There is no physical reason why I did not give the D700 five stars--only its price. You need to think hard as to whether it is worth the premium over the D300 or even the still-available 200. Since every single lens I own is full-frame, it was to me. Now the images from the 10 MM end of the range on my Sigma short zoom will be REALLY wide-angle. And kudos to Nikon for maintaining their backward compatibility with their really old glass. There is hardly a lens that Nikon has made that can't be at least optically functional on this camera....more info
- Great camera body, worth my wait to go digital
First things first: I had waited for a camera like this to go digital. Of course, as part of my transition and as a way to cope with the learning curve, I decided to look at this camera as if it were some type of cross between the Nikon F100 and the F5. It does have the heft of the latter, and the ease of use of the former. The complexity of the menus was intimidating at first, but a couple of evenings with the manual, camera in hand, took care of most of my questions. Now, I simply take photographs with my film lenses and the behemoth I purchased to accompany this camera: the AF-S 24-70 f2.8.
Even for a newbie in the digital world, this camera is fairly uncomplicated; since the layout resembles so much that of the F100, the photographic part of the workflow was a joy. However, things get complicated in the digital end: 1. Do I have to shoot RAW, JPEGs, both? 2. What to do with RAW files? 3. How to download them to the computer? 4. Which type of cards works well with the camera? 5. Do I need Nikon software absolutely?
1. Not necessarily; the best compromise is to shoot RAW and JPEGs at the same time, but it may create storage crisis.
2. One can treat RAW files as digital negatives and that helps in case one screws up a JPEG.
3 Either from the camera or with a card reader, the choice is personal. I've done both, and found I like the card reader better because it won't use camera juice.
4. Best: Sandisk Extreme III or Lexar Pro, with a transfer speed of at least 80 MB/sec.
5. No, unless one wants to replicate some of the in-camera editing.
And this brings me to something else: the D-Lighting magic wand! I simply love this feature, but I don't use it while shooting, as it creates an unnecessary amount of noise. However, together with the color rendition, I like D-Lighting a lot. I dislike the fact that not all AF sensors were created equal (some in the periphery are not cross-sensitive), but then, it's relatively easy to work around this problem. In short, for those going digital from an extensive film background, it's an excellent camera body, and it will remain unparallelled for a long time. Who needs more megapixels when the camera is so well-crafted?
Did I mention that it fell on the floor on my third day of ownership? Granted, it fell of a chair because I pulled the strap with my foot. Nothing happened. Also, I took it on a walk in the frigid winter of IL, and the camera worked as well as any of my other weather-resistant Nikon bodies.
One recommendation: do not use the Nikon strap. It hurts! From experience carrying heavy cameras, get a slightly elastic strap, as the camera can be very heavy, esp. when combined with the 24-70 or the 80-200....more info
- The Best DSLR
This camera is absolutely the best! It's heavier than the D40 and also a bit heavier than the D200. However, its ergonomics make up for its weight. It makes super sharp images, even in low light. It you're into available light, this is the camera you want. I set it on ISO-Auto with a maximum ISO of 6400. I shot all day and night on Christmas day without a flash indoors. I used only a Nikon 28-200 lens which I bought used (they don't make them anymore). The results couldn't have been better. When you snap the shutter, the sound is very distinct, much like on my F5. It feels like a very high quality piece of machinery in my hands, just like my Leica M and R systems. If you can afford it and don't mind the weight, you can't possibly go wrong with this camera.....more info
- Transition from 35mm film to digital and the D700
The D700 is as capable as a quality Nikon F4 or similar SLR product. Image quality is excellent, accessing features of consequence to a photographer is intuitive. I have used the camera for scenic, still life and portrait photography. Lighting has been daylight, mixed source, low level available light and studio flash. The camera provides lots of photographic latitude, offsets and adjustments are predictable. Digital control genuinely provides all of the looks typically determined by film type and speed. Battery service between charges is long.
Auto focus is fast and accurate, auto exposure is the same and manual operation offers precise control over aperture and shutter speed while maintaining auto focus function with manual setting as an alternative. Metering, even with fancier names, offers scene averaging, center weighted and spot capability. Focus emphasis is approximately the same.
Within a few days, as an experienced SLR user with a little computer lingo knowledge, I was taking pictures that were better than any I ever took with 35mm film. Then I spent the next month working my way through all of the menus and submenus until I realize that much of it has no place in the routine of photography.
The D700 worked to the capabilities of all of my F4 legacy autofocus lenses, flash units and, of course, the full capabilities of newer CPU lenses. Radio signal remote flash triggering systems work just fine in manual mode.
I don't care for the Nikon editing software or the editing functions that are built into the camera. They are not intuitive and they don't offer a lot of user control over images. There are far better stand alone editing programs.
I think Nikon camera bodies and lenses have gotten a little cheesy for the price they command. Large rubber access doors, flimsy plastic access panels and lenses with way too many plastic parts have replaced some really nice looking machinery of Nikons past. But then, so have virtually all consumer electronic products. Functionally, the camera is excellent and provides all of the features and functions a 35mm photographer could use.
- The D700 is an amazing camera!!!
I previously owned a D300 and I have to say that the D700 is an incredible piece of technology. In short this is my first full frame and I am truly amazed at what this camera can do with my 50mm f/1.4. Even at relatively high ISO the picture quality is astonishing, I don't even need the flash anymore in low light! Great job Nikon....more info
- Sigh of Relief
As a longtime F100 and D100 user, I've been holding my breath, on the edge of buying a new DSLR for years. I was so used to shooting with my F100 film camera and collection of Nikon lenses that I was somewhat disappointed when I first bought the D100: Performance, speed and of course the loss of lens range. However, I was pretty pleased with the image quality under most conditions. The full frame pro models were a bit too much of an investment for me then.
I got a chance to use both the D200 and D300 and although quite impressed, I still held off buying either even after the price drops for 2 main reasons: Still wasn't full frame and not made in Japan. Yes, I'm one of those who have a thing about stuff made in Japan and for good reason: Far less issues, if any, with equipment manufactured in Japan than elsewhere. Like all my Nikon equipment, film and digital, still going strong with the exception of my 18-200DX lens which I had to exchange due to AF issues (and made in Thailand, I might add.) Don't get me wrong, I think Nikon holds the highest of standards regardless of where their factory is located, but the "longevity / reliability" factor increases at their factory in Japan for some reason. (This comes from years of personal experience) I got to the point I was ready to buy a used D2xs.
Anyway, when I first got to test drive a D700 a huge sigh of relief came out! FINALLY, a new Nikon that met my needs and wants for under 3 grand. Almost everything about it was perfect for me: Full frame, made in Japan, performance, speed, size, lightweight yet beefy construction. I was ready to buy but due to personal circumstances I had to hold off. Boy was I lucky. The price dropped more than 600 bucks by the end of the year! Thanks Santa!
I've had it a couple of weeks now and am very impressed with its performance. I'm most happy about the fact that I can fully use all my D type lenses and the camera's buffer keeps up with my trigger finger. I am also very impressed with the quality at high ISO settings. I have been given a huge amount of freedom not having to always rely on a flash in low light or long zoom ranges without always having to worry about the "noise".
Just a few of minor gripes, which led me to give it 4 out of 5 stars:
The color and contrast quality seems a bit "soft" compared to identical shots taken with my D100 using same lens and settings. (I prefer the "richer" contrast) I suspect this has to do with the fact that the D100 (and D200) used a CCD sensor chip and all other current cameras use a CMOS chip. Still, the image quality is fantastic and nothing that can't be tweaked in camera preferences or post processing.
Another gripe is that my current flash (SB-80DX) won't work in DTTL mode with the D700. Although it works ok in regular Auto mode, the exposures are a touch off when shooting portraits compared to identical shots paired with the D100 and I have to make flash exposure compensations for perfect skin tones. I know my flash is a couple of generations behind, but I figured Nikon would make it recognize the flash and give the option to be compatible to the limit of that flash's generation. Oh well, gotta move forward. Bottom line is, I have to invest in another 3-400 bucks for an equivalent paired flash.
Only other small gripe is the rubber flap for the connections is not tight and comes off too easily. The pull lip is along the back edge of the camera and catches on my hand easily. (I put a piece of black gaffers tape over it.) Though the rest of the camera is designed and built tight and solid.
All in all, I am extremely happy with the D700! It is so worth the price. (I paid a little over 2 grand as of 12/08)
- D700 Great Pro-Sumer Camera
Watch Video Here: http://www.amazon.com/review/R20YJ4WTXIPCX4 I have owned the D700 for four months now and I would highly recommend it for the many features inherent on this camera. Nikon is known as a pro-grade camera company and it truly shows in the usage of this camera. Whereas other camera's have you fumbling through menu's to get at settings. The Nikon D700 has most right on the top or back as a Hot key. You can change the ISO, Image Quality, Mode, White Balance, Aperture, Shutter, Bracketing, Flash, Speed of the Continuance Shooting, Mirror Lock, Live View, Image Review and timer to name a few items without looking at the menu feature (these are all hot keys). Because of this I feel this is a very easy camera to step up to. I am very happy I purchased this camera and I am sure if you try it you will also. I have posted some images for your review. Thanks and enjoy!!...more info
- Does this have a Nikon USA warranty?
Can anyone who has bought this from Amazon tell me if it has a Nikon USA warranty or is grey market (Intl. warranty)? It does not say anywhere in the product information....more info
- Worth the upgrade from a D300 but Adobe won't read RAW from the D700
I was debating if it was worthwhile to drop the dough to get the D700 despitte the same megapixel count, which didn't seem to compete with Canon's 5D Mark II. I have no regrets! The D700 out performs the D300 in low light (less noise), color rendition, and most importantly you get a full-frame sensor. 50mm is really 50mm, not 75. That was the achilles heel of the D300 in my eyes.
My three issues with the D700 are (and I can live with all of them):
1) It's RAW (NEF) files cannot be read by Lightroom 1.2, (you need version 2) Photoshop CS3 (you need CS4). This is my biggest beef. You would think that the most widely used software in photography would make an effort to honor the most popular new Nikon camera. I personally have no interest in paying for all the software upgrades quite yet. Adobe needs to get with the program!
2) The viewfinder doesn't quite present 100%. I think it's 95% of your actual frame so you wind up doing a little more cropping than expected.
3) Nikon should have designed this with a higher megapixel count. I know, I know, megapixels aren't everything especially when the pixel interpolation is as nice as the D700/D3's sensors but it would be nice to get a few more inches worth of enlargement (sorry to be Freudian)....more info
- Excellence from Nikon
You can read specs until your head is spinning. Look at the image quality. The D700 produces incredible files, and that's what matters....more info
- Better than I expected
I already owned a D 300, and was very happy with it, but I knew I would not be happy until I got a full-frame. The big advantage to having both is that I can go from extremelty wide angle to extreme telephoto with the same set of lenses.
I expected the D700 to be better than the D300, but not much better. However, when I started to shoot with it, I was blown away with the difference. In fact, I haven't picked up the D300 since getting it. Actually, even with the further telephoto reach I can get with the D300, I think I'm better off shooting with the D700 and cropping more.
I shoot consistently at 3200, and what I get isn't just acceptable, it's just fine. In fact, 6400 or even higher will surprise you, no matter what you're expecting. I can't believe what I could do hand holding with only a single candle as a light source. This camera changes the way you think about flash forever.
Now, I have to wonder about the 24 mp D3X. Would it blow me away just as much? Maybe the ideal pair of cameras aren't the D300 and the D700, but rather the D700 (for low light) and the D3X (for unbelievable resolution). Or,maybe all three bodies are even better. . ....more info
- The best 2nd best you can get. 4 stars.
I have owned the D50, D200, D300, and now D700 cameras.
The D700 is the only one so far, that has not had me wanting the top of the line.
More refined than the D3, and only bested by the D3X, the D700 is a joy to own.
From its tiny gold badging that inspires feelings of "yea,.. Ive got a great camera", to the heavy solid build, ergonomics, and pro details you find all over the camera, (not to mention being a very compact, yet hefty full framer), ... coupled with the Nikon 24-70mm 2.8, the shots you take are incredible. It really is for now "The total package".
I am waiting for the next Bigger thing past the D3X. A beautiful camera, and in a class of its own, but the D700 will hold me over for a very very long time. Its competitor, the Cannon 5D II is a bit sharper in resolving things, and thats because it has double the pixels. Thats about it. Hold an 11x14 side by side and I challenge anyone to pick out which is which.
It is just a camera that FEELS like a lot of thought was put into it. The images are tack sharp, its LEAPS better at focusing, colors, and sharpness all around than the D200, a respectable workhorse in its own right, and a substantial improvement over the D300.
If I wanted video, Id buy a dedicated HD cam, not use my DSLR. Nikon glass, build, and focusing, along with beautiful styling, ergonomics, and extremely low noise imaging is what drew me to this over the Cannon.
Its just a fun fun camera to own, and the only reason I give it 4 stars and not 5, is that I will reserve that 5th one for the D3X.
IF you get this camera, get the Nikon grip with it, and put a great piece of glass on it. Dont skimp here. You have a beautiful full frame camera, with insanely sharp images.
This camera just makes me wonder if any more megapixels are really actually needed for general photography work. If I want to shoot a poster, or a billboard, ill go Medium Format, or Large. I have yet to fond a flaw in this beast....more info
I managed to hold out until now on buying a DSLR but once I saw the specs and read the reviews of the D700 I knew I had to have it. So far it's been about a month and it's everything I hoped it would be. The controls are very well laid out, ergonomic, and intuitive. The camera body feels very sturdy, if a little heavy. It works great with my old non AI manual focus Nikkor wide angle as well as my zoom and new 50mm portrait lens. A few minor quibbles: the Live View function seems utterly worthless but hey, you don't have to use it. I am also a little concerned with the quality of the door that covers the CF slot, it pops open fairly easily and I hope it won't wear out soon. Also the lock mechanism for the door for the battery slot seems like it might wear out. Time will tell....more info
- The Thinking Person's Nikon
This is not a review of the D700 but some suggestions for those with just as much brains as money. For this group the Nikon D700 has got to be a favorite.
Full Frame is worth so very much. If you've gotten this far in your considerations I do not have to go further. No half breed or best fit this is a full fledged Nikon.
Since you are looking at the 'Body Only' version, I have to also surmise that you to see no need to waste money with a special low end Nikon lens.
Through Amazon I purchased the D700, a Nikon 85mm f1.4 lens and the MB-D10 power pack. Also I should suggest that you consider the MB-D10 configuration that allows for easily recharged 'AA' batteries. For the batteries, I went for the eight pack of Sanyo Eneloop batteries. Eneloops are very nice.
My configuration tells you know what kind of photography I'm interested in and I guess, what type of person I am.
Everything arrived the same day and within a half hour I was out running the D700 through it's paces. After a few minutes I was taking bracket shots that feed my interest in HDR processing via Photoshop. So cool, enter the settings and in a little more than a second fire off 3 full frame bracketed exposures!
I could have afforded the D3 but chose Nikon's entry for 'The Thinking Persons Nikon.
- Top of the Line DSLR
Not much I can say about this beauty that hasn't been said here. Shooting at 6400 ISO is great. There is a feature on the camera that sets the highest ISO to shoot at before changing the shutter speed that is essential if you are shooting an event and are moving from light to dark areas. I abuse this feature. The CF card cover has only accidentally slid out once for me. No biggy. Get a good f/2.8 lens and shoot away. I tweak my photos in Lightroom 2. Get this camera and stop making excuses to why your images are not great because you won't have any besides your own abilities....more info
- Great camera, handles like a super fast film SLR
Best camera I have ever owned, and I have owned many. 12 MP is plenty, and you get absolutely oustanding pictures with great resolution. When teamed up with fast, high quality FX lenses, pro results are possible. The attached flash is almost unnecessary, since with the high ISOs you can just about take pictures in the dark. ...more info