Even though we ARE Nikon lovers,we are NOT affiliated with Nikon Corp. in any way.

English German French

Sign up Login
Home Forums Articles Galleries Recent Photos Contest Help Search News Workshops Shop Upgrade Membership Recommended
members
All members Wiki Contests Vouchers Apps Newsletter THE NIKONIAN™ Magazines Podcasts Fundraising

What's Missing From the D700?

brad_nikon


84 posts

Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author
brad_nikon Registered since 18th Oct 2003
Fri 15-Aug-08 06:03 AM

Now that many have discussed the feature set of the D700, which features are missing or lacking that you would like to see?

I'll start off by saying that I would like to have seen built-in GPS, perhaps similar to what the point-and-shoot Coolpix P6000 has. If Nikon can squeeze the basics of a GPS unit into a P6000, surely it would economically feasible for any of the DSLRs.

RoFus

Luxembourg, LU
119 posts

Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author

#1. "RE: What's Missing From the D700?" | In response to Reply # 0

RoFus Silver Member Nikonian since 14th Nov 2004
Fri 15-Aug-08 05:17 AM

not for me. one gadget more that can break, adds to the weight and 10 more pages in the user manual.

JeffR

Palo Alto, US
22 posts

Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author

#2. "RE: What's Missing From the D700?" | In response to Reply # 0

JeffR Registered since 06th Feb 2008
Fri 15-Aug-08 09:08 AM

Maybe Nikon could offer a mini-SD card slot for options such as a GPS with a compass. Also, it would help to be able to set the clock in the camera from the GPS clock. I cannot get them closer than a second. JeffR

monteverde_org

Monteverde Cloud Forest, CR
1283 posts

Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author

#3. "RE: What's Missing From the D700?" | In response to Reply # 0

monteverde_org Silver Member Nikonian since 16th Nov 2007
Fri 15-Aug-08 11:11 AM

Mp3 player & Google Maps.

A tiny ir sensor so we could use the same elegant, small, cheap & simple ML-L3 Remote Control that my old D70 has. Same for the D300s. I hate carrying the bulky Phottix cr#p & hate Nikon every time I have to use that 10 pin thing receiver.

narc

UK
53 posts

Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author

#4. "RE: What's Missing From the D700?" | In response to Reply # 0

narc Registered since 07th Aug 2008
Fri 15-Aug-08 11:19 AM

I have to say I cannot see the point of a gps inside a camera but it seems I am in the minority.

I’m pretty demanding when it comes to cameras and most of this is a gripes list:

1. Make the flash detachable so it has a smaller profile for street shooting. Omitting it totally would have been better but since this is a ‘features’ thread…

2. Please a a “1/focal length” option in auto iso! This way when you change lenses you don’t have to go all the way through the menu to change this. You can’t even make it an option in “my menu” - it is a serious annoyance.

3. Ability to set the aperture with the either scroll wheel while in A mode and similarly shutter speed for S

4. Make the metering mode dial easier to use and access.

5. Have a physical iso control like the 450D

6. Ability to re-order menu items

7. Ability to use self timer with mirror lockup OR make the exposure delay user defined. I cannot believe you can’t do this, 1 sec is not enough!

8. Ability to use the aperture rings on AF lenses rather than having to lock it and use the scroll wheel.

9. Anti-shake built into the body

10. 20MP. 12 is really on the bottom end.

11. 2 card slots (yeah I know, buy a D3 etc.)

12. Bigger viewfinder. It’s good as far as dslrs go but I’m used to my Mamiya 7’s viewfinder

13. Less squidgy d-pad and shutter release. They work well but feel bad.

briantilley

Paignton, UK
30235 posts

Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author

#5. "RE: What's Missing From the D700?" | In response to Reply # 4

briantilley Gold Member Deep knowledge of bodies and lens; high level photography skills Donor Ribbon awarded for his support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 26th Jan 2003
Fri 15-Aug-08 12:59 PM

>5. Have a physical iso control like the 450D

The D700 does have an ISO button. You'll find it on top of the Shooting Mode Dial on the top left of the camera.

>8. Ability to use the aperture rings on AF lenses rather than
>having to lock it and use the scroll wheel.

This feature is already there too - it's an option in Custom Setting f9

Brian
Welsh Nikonian

narc

UK
53 posts

Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author

#6. "RE: What's Missing From the D700?" | In response to Reply # 5

narc Registered since 07th Aug 2008
Fri 15-Aug-08 02:48 PM

>>5. Have a physical iso control like the 450D
>
>The D700 does have an ISO button. You'll find it on top of
>the Shooting Mode Dial on the top left of the camera.

This still means it is a 2 handed operation but yeah, it is a minor annoyance.

>
>>8. Ability to use the aperture rings on AF lenses rather
>than
>>having to lock it and use the scroll wheel.
>
>This feature is already there too - it's an option in Custom
>Setting f9

Missed that! Thanks.

brad_nikon


84 posts

Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author

#7. "RE: What's Missing From the D700?" | In response to Reply # 5

brad_nikon Registered since 18th Oct 2003
Fri 15-Aug-08 02:55 PM | edited Fri 15-Aug-08 02:56 PM by brad_nikon

GPS lets you add more context about the photo.

Sometimes when I'm traveling about, especially in an unfamiliar location whether it's in a big city or out in the sticks, I might not remember exactly where I shot a photo. After a few years, this may challenge one's memories.

Plus, some sites, such as flickr.com, let you specify where the photo was taken. It would simply be nice to document where photos were taken. GPS would automate that. Built-in GPS would make it simpler.

gwelland

Vancouver, US
304 posts

Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author

#8. "RE: What's Missing From the D700?" | In response to Reply # 0

gwelland Silver Member Nikonian since 23rd Apr 2003
Mon 18-Aug-08 07:28 AM

I miss the ability to zoom by pressing the multi-selector button. I have this set on my D3 and it would be great to make both cameras operate the same way.

------
Graham

Visit my Nikonians gallery.

Ben_hur

Birkirkara, MT
412 posts

Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author

#9. "RE: What's Missing From the D700?" | In response to Reply # 8

Ben_hur Registered since 29th Oct 2005
Mon 18-Aug-08 01:43 PM

If I am not mistaken I think you can do this through custom setting F2. this allows you to zoom in while in playback through pressing the centre button. you also choose from the level ofzoom...

R.


The Image Barrel
My Nikonians Gallery

Narsuitus

Fort Worth/Dallas, US
1152 posts

Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author

#10. "RE: What's Missing From the D700?" | In response to Reply # 0

Narsuitus Registered since 22nd Dec 2003
Mon 18-Aug-08 02:00 PM

Interchangeable viewfinder and view screens

Ben_hur

Birkirkara, MT
412 posts

Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author

#11. "RE: What's Missing From the D700?" | In response to Reply # 10

Ben_hur Registered since 29th Oct 2005
Mon 18-Aug-08 02:56 PM

Yes, a manual focus, split screen viewfinder would be nice....


The Image Barrel
My Nikonians Gallery

slowry88

Walnut Creek, US
303 posts

Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author

#12. "RE: What's Missing From the D700?" | In response to Reply # 4

slowry88 Registered since 06th May 2004
Mon 18-Aug-08 03:06 PM

GPS - Would be nice, but only if it didn't add weight. There are some geotaggers out there, but I don't know if any support NEF files.

I wish that you could choose other cropping formats besides FX and DX. If there were a 4:3 format or square format for when DX lenses are mounted, you could get more than a 5.1mp image.

I miss the frame rate of my D2H and the buffer seems to fill a bit fast.

I agree with those who said they love the slick IR remote that worked with the D70.

I'm in the minority of people who enjoy having the pop-up flash. It works great for fill and there are many times when I just don't want to have to carry my camera with a bulky SB-800 attached.

- Scott
D2Hs/D80/D70(IR)/2 Models who won't pose for me

cheld

US
8 posts

Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author

#13. "RE: What's Missing From the D700?" | In response to Reply # 4

cheld Registered since 04th Jun 2007
Mon 18-Aug-08 03:12 PM

I want Macro programming or the ability to combine the Shooting and Custom Setting menus, plus other shooting-related settings, into ONE "Shooting Situation" that I can call up on demand. I'd like to be able to store a minimum of 10 "Shooting Situations".

If I'm in shoot-from-the-hip mode (say, AF/S focus mode, Program exposure, ISO 800, CL motor) and want to shoot a 5-shot HDR series, here's what I have to do:

- Select # of shots in bracket.
- Select EV interval of bracket.
- Switch to Manual focus.
- Switch to Aperture Priority.
- Switch to ISO 200.
- Select MLU.
- Attach cable release to that d@mn 10-pin connector.
- Fire shutter 10 times.
- UNDO ALL OF THE ABOVE TO RETURN TO SHOOT-FROM-THE-HIP MODE so that i don't get that "Oh Cr@p" feeling when I realize I forgot that I'm still setup for MLU or bracketing.

Bracketing, Manual Focus, Aperture Priority, MLU, and doing multiple shots in MLU mode ALL require touching DIFFERENT things on the camera - NONE of them can be saved in the menu banks! How much programming would it take to put these settings in the menus? An hour's?

Thom Hogan's review of the D300 suggested that at a minimum we should be able to link a Shooting bank to a Custom Settings bank. But that still doesn't explain why Interval Timer settings belongs under one while Self-Timer settings are under the other.

Len Shepherd

Yorkshire, UK
12722 posts

Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author

#14. "RE: At the price point" | In response to Reply # 0

Len Shepherd Gold Member Nikonian since 09th Mar 2003
Mon 18-Aug-08 04:56 PM

- very little

Photography is a bit like archery. A technically better camera, lens or arrow may not hit the target as often as it could if the photographer or archer does not practice enough.

Len Shepherd

gwelland

Vancouver, US
304 posts

Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author

#15. "RE: What's Missing From the D700?" | In response to Reply # 9

gwelland Silver Member Nikonian since 23rd Apr 2003
Mon 18-Aug-08 05:44 PM

Sweet - I never bothered to go beyond the first level of that menu because it looked like press+zoom as opposed to zoom low/medium/high.

That made my day at least.

------
Graham

Visit my Nikonians gallery.

Ben_hur

Birkirkara, MT
412 posts

Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author

#16. "RE: What's Missing From the D700?" | In response to Reply # 15

Ben_hur Registered since 29th Oct 2005
Mon 18-Aug-08 06:03 PM

glad to have been of help...


The Image Barrel
My Nikonians Gallery

MstrBones

AW
8238 posts

Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author

#17. "RE: split screen viewfinder" | In response to Reply # 11

MstrBones Silver Member Nikonian since 06th Dec 2005
Mon 18-Aug-08 06:04 PM

http://www.katzeyeoptics.com/page--Custom-Focusing-Screens--store.html

They don't have one yet, but they generally make them pretty quickly after an announcement.

""

timgreer

Otego, US
27 posts

Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author

#18. "RE: At the price point" | In response to Reply # 14

timgreer Registered since 20th Aug 2004
Mon 18-Aug-08 07:05 PM

I second that Len. Why not be thankful for what a great camera it is and not speculate about changes that could be made.

monteverde_org

Monteverde Cloud Forest, CR
1283 posts

Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author

#19. "RE: Thankful for the D700" | In response to Reply # 18

monteverde_org Silver Member Nikonian since 16th Nov 2007
Mon 18-Aug-08 08:08 PM

The OP never said that he did not liked the D700 as it is. What's wrong with suggesting additional features for the next model?

Don't you think that Nikon is doing exactly the same so to give us reasons to upgrade again sooner than later?

brad_nikon


84 posts

Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author

#20. "RE: Thankful for the D700" | In response to Reply # 19

brad_nikon Registered since 18th Oct 2003
Tue 19-Aug-08 09:58 AM

I made the original post.

I am very happy with my D700, and none of my comments were meant to express disappointment or dismay.

I had thought that the discussion would _merely_ solicit ideas on additional features that people would find nice to have. That's all!

Perhaps we'll see it in some future product.

Can anyone imagine a day that there is no room for ideas and improvements? The would be very creepy and sad!

G