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Bought a D800, what to do with the D700?

NikonMark37814

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NikonMark37814 Registered since 20th May 2010
Fri 22-Mar-13 09:36 PM

Bought a D800 last night. Would you keep your D700 and use it as a second camera or back-up? If I keep it I'll continue to use it for sports where the high iso is a real advantage indoors and the 8 fps is also a bonus when photographing outdoor sports and wildlife.

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meat

US
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#1. "RE: Bought a D800, what to do with the D700?" | In response to Reply # 0

meat Registered since 17th Feb 2012
Fri 22-Mar-13 09:36 PM

Keep it for a while and see if you use it. If you don't, sell it

You may find times when you want to use it, or you may get so used to your D800 that you can't go back to it.

MEMcD

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#2. "RE: Bought a D800, what to do with the D700?" | In response to Reply # 0

MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Fri 22-Mar-13 10:47 PM

Hi Mark,

As long as you will continue using it, keep it.
That is what I did.

Best Regards,
Marty

Clint S

Chula Vista, US
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#3. "RE: Bought a D800, what to do with the D700?" | In response to Reply # 0

Clint S Silver Member Nikonian since 02nd Jan 2011
Sun 24-Mar-13 01:04 AM

I sold my D700 shortly after getting my D800 and recently reacquired a D700 as using it made more sense for some of the photography I do. Such things as events where I shoot hundreds of photos of which none will be used for large prints.

I think you will find the D800's ISO capability as good as if not a little better than the D700.

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PSAGuy

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#4. "RE: Bought a D800, what to do with the D700?" | In response to Reply # 0

PSAGuy Gold Member Nikonian since 04th Nov 2008
Sun 24-Mar-13 01:30 AM

With the prices falling rapidly on the D3 and D700 it almost does not pay to sell them....they are generally worth more to simply hang on to and use as backup. I had thought of selling my D3 when buying my D4, but I saw what was happening to prices and figured the D3 was still a superb camera....so why not just hang on to it ??

ctadin

St Louis, US
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#5. "RE: Bought a D800, what to do with the D700?" | In response to Reply # 4

ctadin Gold Member Nikonian since 28th Oct 2008
Sun 24-Mar-13 12:15 PM | edited Sun 24-Mar-13 12:15 PM by ctadin

I would also hang onto it and use it for your backup camera.
Congrats on the purchase of your new D800.

Cheryl

zumbado

North Potomac, US
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#6. "RE: Bought a D800, what to do with the D700?" | In response to Reply # 5

zumbado Silver Member Nikonian since 18th Dec 2004
Sun 24-Mar-13 03:52 PM

I just got a D800E in addition to a D800, and I till I'm keeping the D700 because I sometimes, for some shoots, I take three cameras so I don't have to change lenses in dusty environments like in Africa.

Juan

RWSTARRETT

Gardnerville, US
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#7. "RE: Bought a D800, what to do with the D700?" | In response to Reply # 0

RWSTARRETT Gold Member Nikonian since 03rd Feb 2009
Sun 24-Mar-13 08:20 PM

I find that my D700 is a bit faster than the D800, in some ways better for sports and action wildlife. Using it as another body also saves lens changes in dusty environments. By all means, keep the D700.

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James23p

Memphis, US
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James23p Moderator Awarded for his wide variety of skills, a true generalist both in film and digital photography Nikonian since 25th Apr 2004
Wed 27-Mar-13 03:38 AM

I just got a D600 and I will use my D700 as a backup and my sports camera for the FPS.

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gaopa

Hartwell, US
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#9. "RE: Bought a D800, what to do with the D700?" | In response to Reply # 8

gaopa Silver Member Nikonian since 28th Jul 2003
Wed 27-Mar-13 09:20 AM

I plan to hang on to my D700 as it is still a great camera. Cheers, Bill P.

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fisherd80fun

Essex, US
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#10. "RE: Bought a D800, what to do with the D700?" | In response to Reply # 0

fisherd80fun Silver Member Nikonian since 23rd May 2009
Wed 27-Mar-13 11:16 AM

I bought the D800 and already had a D700 and D7000. My initial thought was to sell the D700 as it would bring more money, and invest in new some new glass. My D700 sale fell through, and I am VERY happy that it did. I am selling my D7000 tomorrow (the sale is firm), and the D700 is my backup. It is a great camera, and I am very pleased that things have turned out this way. Now I have FX no matter what camera I use.

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NikonMark37814

Morristown, US
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#11. "RE: Bought a D800, what to do with the D700?" | In response to Reply # 10

NikonMark37814 Registered since 20th May 2010
Thu 28-Mar-13 12:37 AM

While the D800 is a great camera I'm keeping the D700. The 36mp's are impressive but to much for most things. The D800 will see alot of action as a landscape camera once spring gets here.

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danshep

Olympia, US
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#12. "RE: Bought a D800, what to do with the D700?" | In response to Reply # 0

danshep Gold Member Charter Member
Thu 28-Mar-13 10:00 PM


My D700 has a flash and a 28-70 zoom.

My 500mm has the other camera body.



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dlabrecque

Live Oak, US
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#13. "RE: Bought a D800, what to do with the D700?" | In response to Reply # 12

dlabrecque Silver Member Nikonian since 29th Apr 2007
Thu 28-Mar-13 10:10 PM

Sell you D700? Hell, I'm still holding onto my D200!

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jgould2

Fort Pierce, US
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#14. "RE: Bought a D800, what to do with the D700?" | In response to Reply # 0

jgould2 Gold Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his excellent and frequent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community in the Nikonians spirit. Nikonian since 13th Oct 2007
Fri 29-Mar-13 03:13 PM

Hi.

I don't think you would want to be caught dead with such an outmoded camera. I think you should just pack it up and ship it to me, I can always use another D700.

JIM

ScottChapin

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#15. "RE: Bought a D800, what to do with the D700?" | In response to Reply # 0

ScottChapin Moderator Awarded for his high level skills in various areas, including Aviation and Birds Photography Charter Member
Fri 29-Mar-13 09:04 PM

Keep it?

I still have my F-100, D-100, D-200, D-300 and D-700! I usually take three bodies with me on important shoots and have 2 to 3 active. Maybe I should reconsider hanging onto the D-200 and and D-100, but I probably cannot get enough for them.

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James23p

Memphis, US
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#16. "RE: Bought a D800, what to do with the D700?" | In response to Reply # 15

James23p Moderator Awarded for his wide variety of skills, a true generalist both in film and digital photography Nikonian since 25th Apr 2004
Sat 30-Mar-13 12:30 AM

Scott keep the D100 its the first of the line! But like you I have my F100, D700, D600, D50(well daughter has it), D200(daughter now has this one too ) the only DSLR I truly got rid of was my D80 and not that it was bad but for some reason I kept my D50 when I got my D200 but not the D80. Hmm I also got rid of my N80 when I got my F100 must be something with the number 80.

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Zareeba

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#17. "RE: Bought a D800, what to do with the D700?" | In response to Reply # 16

Zareeba Gold Member Nikonian since 08th Apr 2008
Sat 30-Mar-13 09:16 AM

I've hung onto my D700 to use for action shots, as its higher fps is an advantage over the D800, which I use for landscapes, historical architecture, portraits etc. I use both regularly, and tend to keep the same lenses on the bodies - the 24-70mm zoom on the D800 and the 70-200mm on the D700, with the 60mm micro on my older D300 which I also still use, although I might occasionally use the micro on my D800. Horses for courses...

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T42

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#18. "RE: Bought a D800, what to do with the D700?" | In response to Reply # 16

T42 Basic Member
Sun 31-Mar-13 03:03 PM

>Scott keep the D100 its the first of the line! But like
>you I have my F100, D700, D600, D50(well daughter has it),
>D200(daughter now has this one too ) the only DSLR I truly
>got rid of was my D80 and not that it was bad but for some
>reason I kept my D50 when I got my D200 but not the D80. Hmm I
>also got rid of my N80 when I got my F100 must be something
>with the number 80.
>
>Jim

Hi Jim.

If I am not mistaken, your D50 will "sync" at shutter speeds higher than the mechanical one. Is that right? That capability might be a good one to have in the bag if light balancing is important.

To the OP, I think I would keep the D700 for awhile. It's a capable camera and a good backup. New models' appearance will in no wise diminish the capabilities of the gear we have. ... Maybe that's why I still have my F and F2

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dbvisions

Ringgold, US
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#19. "RE: Bought a D800, what to do with the D700?" | In response to Reply # 17

dbvisions Silver Member Nikonian since 25th Jan 2011
Tue 02-Apr-13 05:09 PM

>I've hung onto my D700 to use for action shots, as its higher
>fps is an advantage over the D800, which I use for landscapes,
>historical architecture, portraits etc. I use both regularly,
>and tend to keep the same lenses on the bodies - the 24-70mm
>zoom on the D800 and the 70-200mm on the D700, with the 60mm
>micro on my older D300 which I also still use, although I
>might occasionally use the micro on my D800. Horses for
>courses...

I almost sold my D700 but am very glad that I did not. It is much better for me for the same reasons you have. Among other things, I shoot horse shows and other events where I need to get a large number of frames. None will be enlarged to a size beyond what the D700 can deliver. So, the ability to store many more frames on a CF card is much more valuable to me than having very large, high-detail image capability. The D800 excells in a number of ways, but for a large share of my work, the D700 works better.

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seres2

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#20. "RE: Bought a D800, what to do with the D700?" | In response to Reply # 1

seres2 Registered since 12th Mar 2013
Wed 03-Apr-13 02:21 AM

I have both, and I use them both... keep the D700 until you no longer use it!

sixeyes

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#21. "RE: Bought a D800, what to do with the D700?" | In response to Reply # 18

sixeyes Silver Member Nikonian since 24th Dec 2010
Thu 04-Apr-13 05:52 PM

Well I'm another who still has a D100. It was my first Nikon. I've still got every camera I've ever had (too cheap and nasty to mention them here) with the exception of a D300 which I traded in when buying my first D700.
I've followed many threads on the D800 and D600, not that I'm thinking of getting either, but what strikes me is that D700 Nikonians seem to be mostly a happy bunch whereas quite a lot of contributing D800 & D600 owners seem to have had or still have problems with their cameras. However technically remarkable they my be, does that not tell us something? If you can afford to hang on to a D700, I reckon you should, at least for now. I would say that - I bought a second hand one recently as a back up. I think I'm going to be happy with a D700 for a long time yet. But I haven't found a suitable mule yet!

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