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D700 Viewfinder Coverage Issue

gheck58

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gheck58 Silver Member Nikonian since 26th Dec 2003
Fri 16-Nov-12 07:59 PM

I'm trying to decide on what second body (or first for that matter) to get. Either a D700 or D3 and I'm concerned about the smaller viewfinder coverage area on the D700 compared to my D300S and the D3. I rented a D700 for a shoot last week but didn't really pay any attention to it. Does anyone have any major issues with this? I'd consider a D600 but it's a little too small, slow, and I don't like the top 1/200 sync.

Thank You,

Hecky

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#1. "RE: D700 Viewfinder Coverage Issue" | In response to Reply # 0

Asgard Administrator He is your Chief Guardian Angel at the Helpdesk and knows a lot about a lot Nikonian since 07th Apr 2004
Fri 16-Nov-12 09:06 PM

95 vs 100 % is not a big issue. No problem so far.

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#2. "RE: D700 Viewfinder Coverage Issue" | In response to Reply # 0

dhrphoto Silver Member Nikonian since 03rd Sep 2007
Sat 17-Nov-12 12:25 AM

I have a D300s & D700 , I use both regularly and have no problems swithing between the two. Knowing that the D700 viewfinder isn't 100%, I allow for that and also check the monitor.

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gheck58

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#3. "RE: D700 Viewfinder Coverage Issue" | In response to Reply # 2

gheck58 Silver Member Nikonian since 26th Dec 2003
Sat 17-Nov-12 02:14 PM

Thank you both. Now I'm just torn between the single card slot or the dual slot of the D3.

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ajdooley

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#4. "RE: D700 Viewfinder Coverage Issue" | In response to Reply # 3

ajdooley Gold Member Nikonian since 25th May 2006
Sat 17-Nov-12 03:59 PM

It's not a problem. I shoot the D700, with medium jpgs for rapid use with the newspaper I shoot for -- they run 3 mb or so -- and RAW 14 bt for my keepers. On an 8GB card that's room for 250 shots. I carry 8 of those cards. I could use larger capacity cards, but I don't like all my eggs in one basket. I figure if I survived with 36 hots on film, I cn squeeze by with 250 on an 8gb card. Buy the camera that suits you best -- price, etc.

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gheck58

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gheck58 Silver Member Nikonian since 26th Dec 2003
Sat 17-Nov-12 06:18 PM

Thank you Alan. I found one on eBay and bought it. Hopefully it's a good one. I'm looking forward to shooting with it.

Hecky

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robsb

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#6. "RE: D700 Viewfinder Coverage Issue" | In response to Reply # 4

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Sat 17-Nov-12 11:30 PM

Alan I am shooting RAW 14 bit lossless compressed and on a 16 GB card I am getting well over 650 images but I only shoot RAW not RAW + JPEG.

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Drbee

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#7. "RE: D700 Viewfinder Coverage Issue" | In response to Reply # 5

Drbee Silver Member Nikonian since 05th Aug 2004
Sun 18-Nov-12 01:07 AM

Gregg,

I like my D700. I also have a D2Hs with 100% finder. I find that I can go between the two on a shoot and do not have any issues with the D700 finder. I find the dust "removal" system on the D700 to be far more valuable than the 95% VF coverage. My D2Hs requires a bit more attention to the sensor than my D700. I believe the D3 is lacking that feature.

I think you will be very happy with the D700.

Now of course you will have to personalize it with some FX glass. The FX equivalent of your 17-55mm f/2.8 AFS DX would be your second of the three kings. I'm using the 24-120mm f/4 and it's my go to general purpose lens. With VR and the highISO capability of the D700, I think it's a good match.

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gheck58

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gheck58 Silver Member Nikonian since 26th Dec 2003
Sun 18-Nov-12 03:59 PM

Thank you Bob and Roger. Yes my next challenge is glass. I currently have the 17-55, 50G 1.4, 70-200VR and 105VR. My 17-55 have been one of my go to event and PJ lenses. I will probably sell it and get a 24-70 that I could use on both the D300s and 700 but I'm also thinking about the 16-35VR. I'd really love to have a 35 1.4 but I don't think it's wide enough for my event stuff (can't afford a 24).

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Drbee

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Drbee Silver Member Nikonian since 05th Aug 2004
Sun 18-Nov-12 10:20 PM

I'm reading good things about the 28mm f/1.8 AFS on other forums. It's gets a lot of critical evaluation because there is stuff written about focus shift on the lens. But in practical landscape, PJ and event stuff, I've yet to be convinced that is is a problem that is readily evident in images. I haven't sprung for one because I have a 28mm f/2 AIS and it delivers regularly for me, plus it just doesn't flare so I find it great for night street and travel night-markets where I want to get close in situations where the lighting is often just a bare bulb.

Anyway, lots of choices. Review you images and see what you use regularly and keep notes on images-lost because of wrong focal length. Those too pieces of data will often help you define your requirement when it's time to expand.

Roger
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