"D700 first impressions What yours ??" Thu 14-Aug-08 02:18 AM by ghamden
Just recieved my D700 box even looks solid
1- Better built than d300 feels more solid 2- Image quilty with standard settings looks ok 3- IQ with portrait and landscape pictue controls great 4- Need to customize picture control to personnel liking 5- Focus is good 6-image compression is better my 4g cf on d300 197 images on the D700 around 205 varies 7- Buttons and switches feel more solid durable 8- NO Noise big improvement over D300 which you could find noise even at 200 iso. 9- Battery grip to me is a must 10- Seems like NX2 is sluggish with D700 nef's i see a patch coming? 11- Viewfinder is excellent very large and clear and bright also has a built-in shutter to block stray light when using tripod 12- No blown out reds an issue i had with D300
My humble opinion once you get used to the feel of the D700 and its settings this will most likey be a long term keeper Nikon will have to offer something pretty amazing to get you to replace this camera.
image shot in shade 1000 iso nx2 converted cs3 reduced size
#1. "RE: D700 first impressions What yours ??" In response to Reply # 0
Beautiful image !!! My first impression is all positive. The more you use your D700, the more you will love it. It's hard to put it down. You just want to keep experimenting because you know this camera can take great pix in every sort of shooting condition.
#2. "RE: D700 first impressions What yours ??" In response to Reply # 1 Thu 14-Aug-08 02:21 AM by runr44
I've had mine for about a week now adn have been using it pretty consistently. It is a very solid feeling camera. The weight is part of it, but each control has a positive feedback and it just feels very "tight" like a pro level camera should.
I am coming from a D70 and an FE2. The D700 is in a different league than the D70. The controls are much more intuitive adn accessible - clearly they had the pro market in mind on the D700. I like the focusing, the overrides, the ability to set up bracketing with a few movements and the LCD is superb.
I have found this to be like any good quality instrument - it makes you want to use it more and more. Each time you discover a little more about how it operates adn you can feel it becoming an extension of you. I always felt a slight barrier between the D70 and my photographic alter ego. I feel much more like I do with my FE2 when I use the D700 - a camera that is just comfortable.
I haven't processed any of the images yet but I have viewed them and I am very pleased.
This was a little pricey, but definitely a good investment. I have no regrets.
*** EDIT *** I did process one for the posting. It took a factor of 38 compression to get it under the 150K size. There may be a better way to reduce the size, but you get a sense of the image anyway.
#4. "RE: D700 first impressions What yours ??" In response to Reply # 0 Fri 15-Aug-08 06:52 PM by narc
This is the first ever modern slr I have owned (film or digital) since I quickly stepped up to medium and large format from my old Nikon FM for quality reasons. I’d been waiting for all the annoyances in digital slrs out there to be resolved and the D700 delivered on paper.
Viewfinder a vast improvement over other dslrs I had handled and I felt confident manual focusing. The body feels very solid and rugged unlike many plastic feeling cameras out there these days – coming from old MF Nikons and medium format (read: all metal) I did not expect this. Screen was also impressive as was the instant turn on time and responsiveness. I dropped the cash. I was going to wedding that afternoon I bought it. Charged the battery, skim read the manual for 10mins before I left and took it with me since it was a friend’s and wasn’t paid.
Auto iso is a dream for weddings. I could be inside in very low light shooting at f1.8 and then move outside and shoot at f/4 and the iso would change to make sure my shutter speed was always OK to hand hold.
AF even in low light had no problems at all although wide open or with groups auto area AF would pick the wrong person on the tip of the nose so point selection was needed and it tracked well if the subject moved (very important at f/1.8!).
AIS lenses worked just as they do on MF bodies. Love this.
Messing about at night I tried live view with it on a tripod. It was a bit like using a medium format camera right down to zooming in to check focus – very nice.
Reviewing the RAWs showed that matrix metering never once blew the dress or dropped the groom’s suit, auto white balance did a good job, and I thought the iso 1250 shots were iso 400 at first! Image quality is probably on par with 645 format. Imacon scanned 6x7 is noticeably better and 4x5 blows it away obviously but that isn’t why I bought it.
It says a lot about the camera that someone with my gear background can skim the manual and shoot at a wedding.