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Stepping from a D300 to D700???

Stradibarrius

Monroe, US
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Stradibarrius Registered since 17th Mar 2007
Wed 18-Jul-12 07:27 PM

I know the D700 is an FX format and my D300 is a DX format, but is the D700 a step up in overall performance over the D300? Better results using higher ISO's, truer colors, etc?
Over the last couple of years I have been shooting mostly film in medium format and 4x5. I have it in my head that an FX camera will give me better low light performance and better prints...

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Luke_Miller

Rural Virginia, US
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#1. "RE: Stepping from a D300 to D700???" | In response to Reply # 0

Luke_Miller Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Apr 2006
Wed 18-Jul-12 08:21 PM

I shoot with both. Can't say I see a difference in colors between the two, but high ISO performance is clearly better with the D700. I try not to exceed ISO 3200 with the D300, but ISO 6400 is my ceiling on the D700.

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GiantTristan

Stamford, US
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#2. "RE: Stepping from a D300 to D700???" | In response to Reply # 0

GiantTristan Silver Member Nikonian since 08th Jan 2006
Wed 18-Jul-12 08:58 PM

You might want to have a look at www.dxomark.com for a comparison of the two cameras.

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Pouncer

Memphis, US
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#3. "RE: Stepping from a D300 to D700???" | In response to Reply # 1

Pouncer Silver Member Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2009
Thu 19-Jul-12 08:41 PM

>I shoot with both. Can't say I see a difference in colors
>between the two, but high ISO performance is clearly better
>with the D700.

This is my experience also. I usually keep my D300 at or below ISO 1600.

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vadim0416

Northbrook, US
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#4. "RE: Stepping from a D300 to D700???" | In response to Reply # 0

vadim0416 Gold Member Nikonian since 20th Jan 2009
Fri 20-Jul-12 05:41 PM

Barry,

I have both, D300 and D700 and do not see any differences in a good light condition, but in low light it is a big deterrence, It is 1.5 stop at least, in high ISO D700 is much better and I do not see any noise at ISO 1600 when using D700. If you decide to go with FX you will enjoy D700.

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MEMcD

US
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#5. "RE: Stepping from a D300 to D700???" | In response to Reply # 0

MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Sat 21-Jul-12 04:41 PM

Hi Barry,

I have both bodies and agree with the others.
The color depth and dynamic range are identical.
The D700 has about a 1.5 stop advantage in high ISO performance over the D300.
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