#2. "RE: Nikon D800" In response to Reply # 1 Fri 17-Feb-12 12:09 AM by ajdooley
I will speak for myself, but I agree with Anthony. The D700 is not obsolete and will not, I believe surrender much value in coming months. Along with the D3 family, it has shared a spot as a premier "available dark" camera and nothing has changed about that. In my case: -- I have two of them. -- They do everything I need them to do, especially when dealing with low-level lighting. -- They are paid for! If there is a D800 in my future it will be for aerial photography, but I will need more of that business to pull me into that decision. I never think it wise to buy the newest tool and THEN look for uses. I also like to let others be the "beta testers." By that I don't mean that I think Nikon is selling an unproven product, but the ideas of how best to take advantage of the D800/D4 family will come from smart experimenters like our fellow Nikonians. They will spend premium $$$, run the tests, and then I will buy -- if the new cameras do more than my D700s, and by that I mean, more of what I need. For that matter, I don't think any of the Nikon DSLRs are truly obsolete. Obsolete means useless, unable to function. All were state of the art machines when they appeared and all took many, many brilliant and beautiful photographs.
I totally agree with you and Anthony about the D700 continuing to be a premier image producer, especially under low light conditions. I just celebrated the third anniversary of my purchase of a D700 and have had a blast using it over that period of time. Buying this winner was like getting a D3 for half price!
I just recently passed the 84,000 shutter release count. (The count adds up fast when shooting sports at 5 FPS). I have no fear whatsoever that as soon as the D800 enters the scene my D700 will suddenly commence shooting inferior images. I not only love the images that emerge from my D700, but I also favor the less bulky and lower weight D700 compared with the D3 and D3s. As a senior citizen the less weight I have to tote when on shooting adventures the better I like it.
Alan I could not agree more. I waited for a bit before I bought my D700, but have still had it over 3 years, and I paid around $2400 for mine. I bought it because my D200 was being pushed to the outer limits of its capabilities by the way I was shooting. I am extremely happy with the results of my D700 and have ZERO interest in video in a still camera. Maybe sometime in the future I will buy a replacement for my D700 but I am not sure it will be a D800.
The D700 is still near the top regarding high ISO performance, and I find that 12mp are sufficient for me with my wedding and event work and even my print making up to16x20 inches. Also, it is enough to get published. Hardly obsolete, at least for me.
They be better or they may be the same deepening on your skills. They should never be worse when viewed or printed at the the same size.
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