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spraay2236

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spraay2236 Registered since 27th Feb 2012
Thu 31-Jan-13 10:18 PM

I've been contemplating an FX format DSLR for some time, and finally made the move. Today I received my new-to-me D700. It's nearly immaculate in cosmetic condition and has a little over 3000 clicks on it. I figure it's got many more to go.

I will still be shooting my D300s, but I wanted an FX body for low light. The D700 is supposed to be good for this sort of thing, at least compared to DX format cameras. I shoot a bit of wildlife and a lot of animals come out at dusk. I have an F/2.8 Sigma 70-200 that I've been using on my D300s. I know I'll lose the crop factor, but I'm expecting the better ISO performance will help.

Anyway, the notion of using the same battery and grip (if I decide to get it) and the same control layout appealed, and a it seems a nice used D700 can be had very reasonably.

Thanks!
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avm247

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#1. "RE: New D700 Owner" | In response to Reply # 0

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Fri 01-Feb-13 03:56 AM

Congrats, Shane!


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#2. "RE: New D700 Owner" | In response to Reply # 0

MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Fri 01-Feb-13 04:28 AM

Hi Shane,

Congratulations on your new D700.
The D700 has about a 1.5 stop advantage in high ISO performance over the D300/D300s. It is very easy to transition back and fourth between the D300/s and the D700 without missing a beat.
Enjoy!
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

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Marty

espeto68

Oeiras, PT
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#3. "RE: New D700 Owner" | In response to Reply # 2

espeto68 Silver Member Nikonian since 28th Aug 2010
Fri 01-Feb-13 11:53 AM

Hi Shane,

You'll love it!!!
Congrats,

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#4. "RE: New D700 Owner" | In response to Reply # 0

DinoCardelli Registered since 19th Oct 2010
Fri 01-Feb-13 09:39 PM

Shane,

The grip will change your life

Seriously, I can't shoot half as well without my grip....I've got big sausage fingers with arthritis...I like the feel and the extra battery / extra kit for Lithiums insures I'll never run out of juice...

I have the same Sigma - you'll see your image POP when you've gone D700....

Or...at least I think they do (LOL).

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Toronto, CA
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JPJ Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Aug 2009
Sat 02-Feb-13 12:21 AM | edited Sat 02-Feb-13 12:21 AM by JPJ

I moved recently from a d7k for the same reason.

I would comfortably shoot my d7k at 1600 ISO, with the d700 I wouldn't hesitate to go to 6400.

Enjoy the new camera and congrats on the new purchase.

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Asgard Administrator He is your Chief Guardian Angel at the Helpdesk and knows a lot about a lot Nikonian since 07th Apr 2004
Sat 02-Feb-13 08:57 AM

Congratulations on your new D700, Shane

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ctadin

St Louis, US
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#7. "RE: New D700 Owner" | In response to Reply # 6

ctadin Gold Member Nikonian since 28th Oct 2008
Sat 02-Feb-13 11:59 AM

Shane,
Enjoy your new camera.

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BR

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BR Registered since 17th Nov 2006
Sat 02-Feb-13 07:49 PM

Similar situation here - I recently bought one with 1400 clicks and it uses the same battery and CF cards as my D200. Great camera.

Barry

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Waterloo, US
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#9. "RE: New D700 Owner" | In response to Reply # 0

ajdooley Gold Member Nikonian since 25th May 2006
Mon 04-Feb-13 10:50 PM

I shifted from an F5 film camera to a Nikon digital when I was in Iraq for the Army Corps of Engineers in 2003, starting with the D1X. My fiance got me a D100 for a homecoming present and I later replaced that with a D200. When I moved to the D700 two years ago my first few weeks were spent going "WOW!" It was truly a revolutionary transition versus an evolutionary enhancement as it had been with the D1X, D100 to D200 transition. The images were simply stunning. Even today, as new bodies swirl around us, I am considering adding a 3rd D700 body. My only qualification is that Nikon has lost a tad of its "tank" mentality since the D200. But since I use them to take photos with instead of sledge hammers, I guess that's OK! You'll love your D700 -- just love it. Welcome to the fold.

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spraay2236

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spraay2236 Registered since 26th Feb 2012
Mon 04-Feb-13 11:01 PM

Thanks for the encouragement. I'm pretty pleased with this camera after going over it with the proverbial fine-toothed comb. I reset all the menus and upgraded the firmware. I haven't bought a used camera since my Minolta X700, and I was a little apprehensive.

The commonality of the controls and menus (from my D300s), and the overall handling are great. I'm looking forward to better weather so I can get outside and shoot some. It's been bitter cold and snowing for over a week now!

Thanks!
Shane

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Thu 07-Feb-13 01:11 PM

Congrats. You'll love it.

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dbvisions Silver Member Nikonian since 25th Jan 2011
Thu 14-Feb-13 09:28 PM

I have a D700 and a Sigma 70-20mm f2.8 EX DG OS HSM. That combination works extremely well. I use it with the MB-D10 to shoot horse shows in poorly lighted arenas. You will be very happy with it.

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rutherfordphoto

Vancouver, CA
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rutherfordphoto Awarded for his article contributions to the Resources Registered since 26th Aug 2002
Fri 15-Feb-13 04:29 PM

>I've been contemplating an FX format DSLR for some time, and
>finally made the move. Today I received my new-to-me D700.
>It's nearly immaculate in cosmetic condition and has a little
>over 3000 clicks on it. I figure it's got many more to go.
>
>I will still be shooting my D300s, but I wanted an FX body for
>low light. The D700 is supposed to be good for this sort of
>thing, at least compared to DX format cameras. I shoot a bit
>of wildlife and a lot of animals come out at dusk. I have an
>F/2.8 Sigma 70-200 that I've been using on my D300s. I know
>I'll lose the crop factor, but I'm expecting the better ISO
>performance will help.

>SP

congrats on your new D700. 3,000 clicks it's just a baby

I still have a D300, I keep it around just for the 1.5 factor. In average to good light it's still an excellent camera and like you said, the grip is interchangeable between the two cameras.

Enjoy

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nathantw

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#14. "RE: New D700 Owner" | In response to Reply # 13

nathantw Registered since 16th Jan 2008
Fri 15-Feb-13 05:20 PM

>congrats on your new D700. 3,000 clicks it's just a baby

The part that just dumbfounds me is when there are high actuations on the camera when it's still new. I've seen cameras on sale at various websites that have in the description, "just bought the camera 2 months ago. Only 50,000 clicks." What in the world are people doing in order to get that many shutter clicks in such a short amount of time? If you're a working pro I can see it, but for a regular person I absolutely don't. I've had my D700 for coming on 4 years now and I think I just hit 12,000. I use my camera a lot but I don't shoot photo opportunities with the spray and pray mentality. I always seem to get the photo I was looking for with about 5 frames at the most. I guess coming from film I learned to be frugal with my shooting.

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rutherfordphoto

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#15. "RE: New D700 Owner" | In response to Reply # 14

rutherfordphoto Awarded for his article contributions to the Resources Registered since 26th Aug 2002
Fri 15-Feb-13 05:25 PM

>>congrats on your new D700. 3,000 clicks it's just a baby
>
>
>The part that just dumbfounds me is when there are high
>actuations on the camera when it's still new. I've seen
>cameras on sale at various websites that have in the
>description, "just bought the camera 2 months ago. Only
>50,000 clicks." What in the world are people doing in
>order to get that many shutter clicks in such a short amount
>of time?

Often it's time lapse photography... it's super easy to get into the thousands very quickly. I've shot a couple of time lapse sequences, it's easy to take 3,000 photographs in a very short period of time... like in a couple of hours. Imagine what it takes when shooting all day or for a 24 hour period.

Very easy to rack up 50K exposures and have the camera look like it just came out of the box.

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nathantw

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nathantw Registered since 16th Jan 2008
Fri 15-Feb-13 08:49 PM

>>>congrats on your new D700. 3,000 clicks it's just a
>baby
>>
>>
>>The part that just dumbfounds me is when there are high
>>actuations on the camera when it's still new. I've seen
>>cameras on sale at various websites that have in the
>>description, "just bought the camera 2 months ago.
>Only
>>50,000 clicks." What in the world are people doing
>in
>>order to get that many shutter clicks in such a short
>amount
>>of time?
>
>Often it's time lapse photography... it's super easy to get
>into the thousands very quickly. I've shot a couple of time
>lapse sequences, it's easy to take 3,000 photographs in a very
>short period of time... like in a couple of hours. Imagine
>what it takes when shooting all day or for a 24 hour period.
>
>Very easy to rack up 50K exposures and have the camera look
>like it just came out of the box.

Ah, I didnt think of that. I do know I stopped making huge panoramas with the Gigapan to save my shutter in the D700. I too was getting about a thousand pictures pretty quickly.

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spraay2236

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#17. "RE: New D700 Owner" | In response to Reply # 0

spraay2236 Registered since 26th Feb 2012
Sat 16-Feb-13 07:24 PM


I'm considering getting the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 to use on this camera for general purpose photography. Thinking of it as the FX version of the 17-55mm f/2.8 I have for my D300s. That's a sweet lens, but kind of big and heavy (and it was pretty expensive too).

Any thoughts on the D700 paired with this lens? If you have that combination, I'd be interested to hear. This is a chunk of change to spend, so I'd like to hear if everyone thinks it's worth it.

Thanks!

SP

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rutherfordphoto Awarded for his article contributions to the Resources Registered since 26th Aug 2002
Sat 16-Feb-13 08:01 PM

>
>I'm considering getting the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 to use on this
>camera for general purpose photography. Thinking of it as the
>FX version of the 17-55mm f/2.8 I have for my D300s. That's a
>sweet lens, but kind of big and heavy (and it was pretty
>expensive too).
>
>Any thoughts on the D700 paired with this lens? If you have
>that combination, I'd be interested to hear. This is a chunk
>of change to spend, so I'd like to hear if everyone thinks
>it's worth it.
>
>Thanks!
>
>SP
>
>

The D300/17-55 is a great combination but it is considerably lighter than the D700 and the 24-70mm. If you're concerned about weight, this is definitely something to take into account.

Not only is the D700 heavier than the D300, but you have to remember that one of the benefits of DX is smaller/lighter lenses... upgrading to an FX version 24-70mm will negate all of those advantages and then some.

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Broadway Bob

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Sun 17-Feb-13 12:36 PM

I recently purchased the 24-70 f/2.8 for my D700. I do a lot of event work so it is just right for my needs and also serves well for general indoor shooting. There are times, however, when I wish for just a little more on the high end. My wife uses the 24-120 f/4.0 on her D600 and really likes the extra range. It's not quite as sharp as the 24-70, but still an excellent overall lens.

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ajdooley

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ajdooley Gold Member Nikonian since 25th May 2006
Sun 17-Feb-13 11:43 PM | edited Sun 17-Feb-13 11:44 PM by ajdooley

Shane -- Concerning the 24-70mm f2.8:

I shoot with two D700 bodies and one is more or less permanently mated to that lens. A considerable portion of my work is aerial photography, and my previous lens in that range was an older 24-120. It worked pretty well with a DX sensor D200, but when I added the size of the FX sensor to the equation, it wasn't sharp enough on the edges and especially the corners. I also do a lot of event and sports photography, so the f2.8 aperture is valuable. While the new 24-120 f4 has VR, that only helps you hand hold slower shutter speeds. The 24-70 gives you one more f/stop for stopping action. The 24-120 is not cheapy either. So if you can swing the rest of the cost, I think you'll be happy with the 24-70. I guess the 24-120 would be a better "walk around" lens, but I reach the rest of the range by having the 70-200 f2.8 VR II. The only other "con" for the 24-70 is its weight, but you look to be more my size, and at age 68 I am able to haul it for protracted periods. The 24-70 is one of the three pro lenses I have, and it is super. Again -- that's the lens that is "resident" on my one D700. The other one gets the other lenses.

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spraay2236

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spraay2236 Registered since 26th Feb 2012
Mon 18-Feb-13 11:20 AM


Thanks for weighing in on the lens everybody (no pun intended). I'm going to go for the 24-70 f/2.8. I'm happy with the 17-55mm f/2.8 on my D300s and this seems to be the equivalent for the FX format. With a 24-70mm, a 50mm normal and a 70-200mm, I'm thinking I have the right kit for the D700 for most of what I'll be engaging in.

I was hoping you would chime in Alan. You seem to have the same range of subjects and I saw in your equipment list, that you had the same lens. Your observation is correct, the extra ounces an f/2.8 lens bring to the party aren't a great concern. The 70-200 f/2.8 is certainly bigger and I manage with that, even trekking around all day at a race, or an airshow.

I've read the glowing reviews online concerning the 24-70mm, and it's good to get a bit of perspective from the group here.

Thanks again!
SP

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Hoser

Amsterdam, US
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#22. "RE: New D700 Owner" | In response to Reply # 21

Hoser Silver Member Nikonian since 05th Dec 2008
Tue 19-Feb-13 03:26 PM | edited Tue 19-Feb-13 03:27 PM by Hoser

Congrats on your D700! I just purchased one from a fellow Nikonian and send the money this morning. I should be getting it , hopefully on Friday. I have a d7K but wanted to go FX. Didn't like the feel of the D600 (and of course the dust issues). I noticed a lot of used ones for sale in various places. But coming from film cameras in my early days,
the D700 feels right. So Excited................
Congratulations!!


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HobokenJoe

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#23. "RE: New D700 Owner" | In response to Reply # 22

HobokenJoe Registered since 20th Jun 2012
Thu 28-Feb-13 04:03 PM

>Congrats on your D700! I just purchased one from a fellow
>Nikonian and send the money this morning. I should be getting
>it , hopefully on Friday. I have a d7K but wanted to go FX.
>Didn't like the feel of the D600 (and of course the dust
>issues). I noticed a lot of used ones for sale in various
>places. But coming from film cameras in my early days,
>the D700 feels right. So Excited................
>Congratulations!!
>
>
>Chet


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