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Cavy2

Newtown, US
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Cavy2 Silver Member Awarded for her continuing willingness to keep on learning and to share her knowledge with others in the Nikonians spirit Nikonian since 02nd Aug 2006
Wed 22-May-13 03:58 PM | edited Wed 22-May-13 04:18 PM by Cavy2

Tired of waiting for the D400 to be released, and after much deliberation for the best choice between a D7100 and the D700, I pulled the trigger on the D700. Didn't like the feel and button configuration of the D7100. For now I wanted an FX body without the cost and file size of the D800. The main reason for me to upgrade was the low light capacity I couldn't get with my D300.

Much thanks to a few of my fellow Nikonians for their insight, and one Nikonian for providing the camera at a great price!




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audiophileman2002

Clarksville, US
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#1. "RE: New to me D700" | In response to Reply # 0

audiophileman2002 Silver Member Nikonian since 27th Mar 2013
Wed 22-May-13 02:37 PM

HI Cathy,
Congratulations. I think you'll enjoy the D700. I had mine for 4 yrs. & even though I upgraded to a D800, I kept my D700 as back up. It certainly a very good camera and you can kick up the ISO. Likewise, go wide with the old AF 18-35mm f3.5-4.5D which is really very inexpensive now. Of course, there are the expensive f2.8 available (the trinity). Enjoy & all the best with your new D700.
Rod

nrothschild

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

nrothschild Neil is an expert in several areas, including camera support Registered since 25th Jul 2004
Wed 22-May-13 03:58 PM

Congratulations, Kathy! It is a great camera and they trade for reasonable money now.

You no longer need to fear the darkness .

_________________________________
Neil


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golfercat

Menifee, US
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#3. "RE: New to me D700" | In response to Reply # 0

golfercat Silver Member Nikonian since 15th Sep 2012
Wed 22-May-13 04:26 PM

Congradulations on your D700. It is a great camera.

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espeto68

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

espeto68 Silver Member Nikonian since 28th Aug 2010
Wed 22-May-13 08:58 PM

Hi Kathy,

Beautiful choice!!!
I made the "same" choice last year, after the D600/D800 were announced. Didn't like the D600 button layout and the D800 big files.
No regrets so far.
Actually, my D90 is more of a camera than i am a photographer.

José

Nikonians!!! My best investment made after my camera!!!

D700, D90, D70s(IR), F100, F80, F Photomic FTn

MEMcD

US
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#5. "RE: New to me D700" | In response to Reply # 0

MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Wed 22-May-13 11:39 PM

Hi Kathy,

Congratulations on your new D700.
I am sure you will be as happy with it as I am with mine.
Enjoy!

Best Regards,
Marty

KenLPhotos

Stewartstown, US
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#6. "RE: New to me D700" | In response to Reply # 0

KenLPhotos Gold Member Nikonian since 26th Jul 2009
Thu 23-May-13 03:28 PM

Hi Kathy,
Looking forward to your photos and your impressions. I have had mine for many years and it fulfills all of my needs. At my age, it is the last camera I will own and I know it will continue to fulfill my needs into the future.
Congrats - and lets see some images!

KenL

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avm247

Rancho Cordova, US
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#7. "RE: New to me D700" | In response to Reply # 0

avm247 Moderator Awarded for high skills in documentary architecture and aviation photography Donor Ribbon. Awarded for his support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Charter Member
Thu 23-May-13 07:45 PM

Congrats, its a GREAT camera (but you already know that. )

Anthony

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Ed911

US
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#8. "RE: New to me D700" | In response to Reply # 7

Ed911 Silver Member Nikonian since 01st Apr 2007
Thu 23-May-13 10:23 PM

You'll love it. I still use mine professionally. I did two shoots the week of Mother's Day.

18 head shots at one location for a couple of businesses and a family portrait shoot at a local assisted living facility.

I'm not looking at upgrading until the next generation comes out...if then.

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Cavy2

Newtown, US
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#9. "RE: New to me D700" | In response to Reply # 8

Cavy2 Silver Member Awarded for her continuing willingness to keep on learning and to share her knowledge with others in the Nikonians spirit Nikonian since 02nd Aug 2006
Fri 24-May-13 06:47 PM

Thanks all for the kind words! What I've notice most initially is the speed of focus. Of course, to be fair my D300 had developed some focus issues lately. I've been able to get some nice usable shots with an ISO of 1600, which would not have been possible with the D300. I've also noticed better image quality as well.



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Wingman

Kimberley, CA
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#10. "RE: New to me D700" | In response to Reply # 9

Wingman Silver Member Awarded for sharing his excellent work and continued contribution to the forums, most notably at the Aviation forum. Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 02nd Dec 2002
Fri 24-May-13 07:13 PM

I agree -- you'll love this camera, and it only gets better the more you get to know it. I run a D800 and D3 as well as D700, and love them all, but there will always be a place in my heart for the workhorse D700. It just does everything I ask of it so well.

Enjoy!

Neal Nurmi

---Wingman Photo---

nrothschild

US
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#11. "RE: New to me D700" | In response to Reply # 9

nrothschild Neil is an expert in several areas, including camera support Registered since 25th Jul 2004
Fri 24-May-13 08:02 PM

I believe the D700 focus is slightly better/faster than my D300, and I think that is fairly considered a consensus opinion among owners of both. I only notice it with the most difficult subjects though, something like birds in flight.

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kodiak photo

Montréal, (Qc), CA
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#12. "RE: New to me D700" | In response to Reply # 0

kodiak photo Silver Member Nikonian since 28th Feb 2013
Fri 24-May-13 08:20 PM | edited Fri 24-May-13 08:21 PM by kodiak photo

*
Hello Cathy,

Your decision to the move is very scary to me!

I had the chance to contemplate what you did with your
"old gear". What is to be expected with the new extended
possibilities at your disposal now?

Trough history, the next superlative to "THE GREAT" was
often something like "THE TERRIBLE". And that's scary!

Knowing a bit of your talent, comes the scary question:
WHAT'S NEXT?

I just can't wait! SCARE ME! Beautifully! =)

Congratulations Cathy,

Kodiak
Groovy Shootings
Image Média
www.kodiakmedia.at

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Cavy2

Newtown, US
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#13. "RE: New to me D700" | In response to Reply # 12

Cavy2 Silver Member Awarded for her continuing willingness to keep on learning and to share her knowledge with others in the Nikonians spirit Nikonian since 02nd Aug 2006
Fri 24-May-13 09:49 PM

Thanks Guys! I purchased Darrell Young's D700 guide, and I'm having fun reading through it. Wasn't sure I needed the guide since I know the D300 like the back of my hand, but I'm learning quite a few tricks from it.

Daniel,
I'm very flattered! Now I feel the pressure to come up with something worthwhile to post!


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gtm

Searcy, US
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#14. "RE: New to me D700" | In response to Reply # 13

gtm Silver Member Nikonian since 17th Feb 2002
Fri 24-May-13 11:10 PM

>Thanks Guys! I purchased Darrell Young's D700 guide, and I'm
>having fun reading through it. Wasn't sure I needed the guide
>since I know the D300 like the back of my hand, but I'm
>learning quite a few tricks from it.
>
>Daniel,
>I'm very flattered! Now I feel the pressure to come up with
>something worthwhile to post!
>
>
>http://kathycavallaro.smugmug.com/

Love my D700. Looked at the 600 and 800, but am sticking with the 700. It does what I need it to do. Enjoy.

GARY
The Arkansas Nikonian

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DinoCardelli

Plantation, US
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#15. "RE: New to me D700" | In response to Reply # 13

DinoCardelli Registered since 19th Oct 2010
Sat 25-May-13 08:57 AM | edited Sat 25-May-13 08:58 AM by DinoCardelli

You'll never look back....

don't know how large your hands are...but, I truly love the MD grip....especially true when shoot in portrait mode with a large lense....your hands can hold the body and not be twisted...

Plus, with the extra battery capacity, YOU WILL NEVER RUN OUT OF JUICE....I carry along 6-8 lithium AA's in my kit and my insert..(also carry a 2nd battery in the grip)...

gives a great sense of mind, in the event you leave it on over a couple days without use (or longer) and it runs down, U need to go shooting, you always have juice...

Plus, I just like the feel.

dc

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Partytrooper2

Adelaide, AU
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#16. "RE: New to me D700" | In response to Reply # 4

Partytrooper2 Registered since 17th Oct 2008
Tue 28-May-13 04:53 AM | edited Tue 28-May-13 04:54 AM by Partytrooper2

>Hi Kathy,
>
>Beautiful choice!!!
>I made the "same" choice last year, after the
>D600/D800 were announced. Didn't like the D600 button layout
>and the D800 big files.
>No regrets so far.
>Actually, my D90 is more of a camera than i am a
>photographer.
>
>José
>
>Nikonians!!! My best investment made after my camera!!!
>
>D700, D90, D70s(IR), F100, F80, F Photomic FTn
Ditto, ditto... I have had my 'new' 2nd hand D700 for a couple of months, also after waiting for the D400... and finally was able to use if for the purpose I bought it.. indoor low light.. (I have had a D300 from release..) and have been sooo happy with my choice, it worked exactly as I had wished. No regrets with not getting the D600 or D800! Enjoy your camera, wonderful machine.

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JPJ

Toronto, CA
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#17. "RE: New to me D700" | In response to Reply # 0

JPJ Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Aug 2009
Tue 28-May-13 10:42 AM

A great choice.

Even though I added a D800e to the mix recently - I still think that the D700 may be Nikon's most balanced camera - price, performance, longevity, ease of use, quality. It is also extremely flexible, kind of a jack of all trades. I will never sell mine.

Congrats, it will certainly give you better low light capability.

Jason

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Cavy2

Newtown, US
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#18. "RE: New to me D700" | In response to Reply # 17

Cavy2 Silver Member Awarded for her continuing willingness to keep on learning and to share her knowledge with others in the Nikonians spirit Nikonian since 02nd Aug 2006
Tue 28-May-13 10:52 AM

Thanks everyone, I appreciate your thoughts and congrats.

Think this camera is a real work horse, and for me coming from the D300 an easy transition. I'm certainly enjoying it!


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dclarhorn

Berwyn Heights, US
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#19. "RE: New to me D700" | In response to Reply # 18

dclarhorn Moderator In depth knowledge and high level skills in a variety of areas including landscape Laureate Ribbon awarded for winning a Nikonians Annual Photo Contest Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2015 Nikonian since 31st Mar 2002
Wed 29-May-13 01:57 PM

Congratulations Kathy! I bought my D700 when it first came out and it's still my main camera. I use it for all my paid gigs. Some cameras just feel good in your hands and in operation and I think the D700 fits that category.

Dan L.
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jgould2

Fort Pierce, US
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#20. "RE: New to me D700" | In response to Reply # 18

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
Wed 29-May-13 04:49 PM

Hi Kathy.


Congrats, terrific camera. I got mine before I got a D300 (since I already had a D2x). It made it very easy to get used to the D300. For landscape photography I carry the D700 with one lens and the D3s with another.

JIM

Cavy2

Newtown, US
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#21. "RE: New to me D700" | In response to Reply # 20

Cavy2 Silver Member Awarded for her continuing willingness to keep on learning and to share her knowledge with others in the Nikonians spirit Nikonian since 02nd Aug 2006
Sun 09-Jun-13 10:28 AM

Thanks Dan & Jim!

Now that I've had the chance to use this for a couple of weeks, I can say how much I enjoy this camera! I'm surprised how quickly Nikon discontinued it, because I find it the perfect camera. I'm not in a rush to deal with all the MP on the D800. Also enjoying the move to FX, which I didn't' think I'd adjust to that quickly. Since I don't shoot much wildlife, I wonder if I'll feel the need for a DX body.



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robsb

San Jose, US
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#22. "RE: New to me D700" | In response to Reply # 21

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Mon 10-Jun-13 04:00 AM

Kathy I have had mine for over 4 years now and I find it just about a perfect camera. I moved from a D200 because the D200 could not keep up with me. I saw your comment about ISO 1600, do try ISO 6400 and above, you will be amazed.

Bob Baldassano
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Captain Rich

Savannah, US
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#23. "RE: New to me D700" | In response to Reply # 22

Captain Rich Silver Member Nikonian since 25th May 2006
Mon 10-Jun-13 04:56 PM

+1 to that. I shot a lot of cathedral interiors in Italy at 6400 and was totally blown away at the quality of the captures. Great camera!

Rich

Cavy2

Newtown, US
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#24. "RE: New to me D700" | In response to Reply # 23

Cavy2 Silver Member Awarded for her continuing willingness to keep on learning and to share her knowledge with others in the Nikonians spirit Nikonian since 02nd Aug 2006
Mon 10-Jun-13 05:42 PM

Thanks Bob & Rich.
I've not tried anything that high being accustom to the D300. I'll give it a try. I'm very pleased with my camera choice!



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nrothschild

US
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#25. "RE: New to me D700" | In response to Reply # 24

nrothschild Neil is an expert in several areas, including camera support Registered since 25th Jul 2004
Mon 10-Jun-13 05:57 PM

Kathy, you are not shooting a D300 anymore. Be daring, take it to the edge and beyond .

_________________________________
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zumbado

North Potomac, US
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#26. "RE: New to me D700" | In response to Reply # 24

zumbado Silver Member Nikonian since 18th Dec 2004
Mon 10-Jun-13 06:08 PM

Belated congrats, you chose well.

The best thing is the AF-area selector, which the D800/E do not have (Page 10 on the manual).

Also enjoy using Auto ISO. I us it with ISO 6400 maximum, which can be corrected for noise with Photoshop CS5 or above.

Enjoy your Nikon,

Juan

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G