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brucerd80

Ocala, US
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brucerd80 Silver Member Nikonian since 15th Jan 2009
Fri 10-Feb-12 05:01 PM

Hello all,

I am currently shooting with a D300S and I have been buying the FX lenses with the plan to evently add a FX camera to my gear. I like to shoot NEF and post process into JPG files and archive NEF files.

The recent release of the D800 is pretty cool, but I understand the NEF files are huge. Also the vertical grip is $450 and not interchangable with my D300S.

While I know this is being discussed in multiple threads all over the place, I am trying to decide to buy a clean D3, D700 or get the D800. I may still be able to find a D700 if this makes sense for me to do.

Since this information and comparisons have probably been mentioned in other threads, I was hoping to get some opinions from folks that may have direct experience with the different cameras or point me to the links to discussions that can help.

I am happy with my D300S and was thinking that the D700 would be a nice FX compliment to 300S someday.

Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.

Thanks, Bruce

conradcjc

US
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#1. "RE: D700, D800 or D3" | In response to Reply # 0

conradcjc Silver Member Nikonian since 04th Nov 2010
Fri 10-Feb-12 04:37 PM

I just purchased the D700 on the day they released the news of the D800. I have used the D700 before and I am very happy with that camera. I don't need video or 36mp the D700 is more then enough for me. I love the super clean photos up to ISO6400. I don't believe the D800 can match that since it's 36mp. If you not too concerned on high ISO photos then maybe the D800 is for you.

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brucerd80

Ocala, US
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#2. "RE: D700, D800 or D3" | In response to Reply # 1

brucerd80 Silver Member Nikonian since 15th Jan 2009
Fri 10-Feb-12 04:49 PM

I would like the higher ISO. I have found that for my shooting the D300S MP range works well. Thanks for your feedback!

conradcjc

US
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#3. "RE: D700, D800 or D3" | In response to Reply # 2

conradcjc Silver Member Nikonian since 04th Nov 2010
Fri 10-Feb-12 04:55 PM

Actually I was just looking in the DPReview forums and found the following...

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/readflat.asp?forum=1021&thread=40573608

The high ISO's on the D800 look amazing so if you want to wait maybe go for the D800. You may have to wait a while to get a hold of one if you need a new body soon then the D700 is probably the only option. I still don't regret not waiting like I said above the D700 is more then enough camera for me.

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mcpianoca

Sherbrooke, CA
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#4. "RE: D700, D800 or D3" | In response to Reply # 2

mcpianoca Registered since 05th Jan 2011
Fri 10-Feb-12 04:57 PM

I'm sure the D 700 would give you exactly what you're looking for. High ISO capabilities, not too big files, battery and grip compatibility between D300 and D700. Just get a pre-owned one and enjoy. The results are just amazing.
Don't forget that you might NOT be able to get a D800 before the end of the summer...

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#5. "RE: D700, D800 or D3" | In response to Reply # 0

MotoMannequin Awarded for his extraordinary skills in landscape and wildlife photography Registered since 11th Jan 2006
Fri 10-Feb-12 05:15 PM

D700 also has the advantage of using the same batteries as D300s.

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spcassidy

South Barrington, US
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#6. "RE: D700, D800 or D3" | In response to Reply # 0

spcassidy Platinum Member Nikonian since 15th Apr 2009
Fri 10-Feb-12 06:18 PM | edited Fri 10-Feb-12 06:18 PM by spcassidy

I have a D700 and a D300 and just acquired - from a member - a D700. I am really enjoying the D700. I had also acquired a lens stable to allow me to make a move to FX. The shots seem to have a depth to them that neither the D300 or 7000 match. I took care to set the cameras up to be as equivalent as possible and only shoot RAW. I am sure the D800 will be a fabulous camera and I would think the processor will be able to do neat things with the pixels to determine if a data point is noise or real. For me dropping $3000 on a new body is less attractive than getting some better lenses.
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JosephK

Seattle, WA, US
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#7. "RE: D700, D800 or D3" | In response to Reply # 0

JosephK Silver 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 17th Apr 2006
Sat 11-Feb-12 12:58 AM

As already pointed out, the D700 uses the same batteries as the D300(S) and same battery grip, and about the same number of megapixels you are used to at a higher ISO range. And it is available for purchase right now!

For an extra $2000 or so, does the D3S have features you want?

The D800 seems like a replacement for the D3X; is are there features in that direction you are willing to wait for?

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TonyJ

Boulder, US
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#8. "RE: D700, D800 or D3" | In response to Reply # 0

TonyJ Silver Member Nikonian since 14th Sep 2004
Sat 11-Feb-12 11:04 AM

I love my D300s, but since I picked up the D700, the D300s rarely leaves the bag. Actually, I use the D300s more as an extra teleconvertor (wow...) The higher ISO IQ of the D700 opens up lots of options for sports. The ability to shoot higher shutter speeds in weak light comes in very handy. I'm waiting on some more feedback on the ISO of the D800 before taking the plunge.

I would take a D4 in a heartbeat if it wasn't so much $. Just don't know if I want it as much as my '71 Blazer... lol.

Buy a low mileage D700 for $2K and you'll have one of the best bang for the buck DSLRs ever produced, IMO.

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RRRoger

Monterey Bay, US
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#9. "RE: D700, D800 or D3" | In response to Reply # 8

RRRoger Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his long history of demonstrated excellence and helping other members with equipment, technique and DSLR video in the true Nikonians spirit. Charter Member
Sat 11-Feb-12 02:12 PM

If you plan on keeping the D300 and don't need large files or Video,
the choice is obvious, get a used D700.

Otherwise, get a new D800.

It is a much easier choice for me as my V1 and D7000 share the same memory card and battery as the D800.
+ I will be using the D800 primarily for Video but also want large Landscape files.

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KnightPhoto

Alberta, CA
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#10. "RE: D700, D800 or D3" | In response to Reply # 9

KnightPhoto Gold Member Nikonian since 18th Dec 2006
Sat 11-Feb-12 04:55 PM | edited Sat 11-Feb-12 06:54 PM by KnightPhoto

>If you plan on keeping the D300 and don't need large files or
>Video,
>the choice is obvious, get a used D700.
>
>Otherwise, get a new D800.
>
>It is a much easier choice for me as my V1 and D7000 share the
>same memory card and battery as the D800.
>+ I will be using the D800 primarily for Video but also want
>large Landscape files.

I agree with Roger's points (unless you want more advanced video than the D300S, but you don't mention it).

V1, D7000, D800 and I'm sure D400 too with the same battery and D400/D800 on same grip will make for really good stable mates. I am really pleased the battery compatibility extends downwards to the V1 and D7000 since I love both of those cameras too.

Best regards, SteveK

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Marmion4

Near Sacramento, US
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#11. "RE: D700, D800 or D3" | In response to Reply # 9

Marmion4 Gold Member Nikonian since 21st Sep 2008
Mon 13-Feb-12 01:25 AM

Are you getting the D800E for landscape?

My original choice, but now am rethinking...

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scopeland

Rochester, US
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#12. "RE: D700, D800 or D3" | In response to Reply # 0

scopeland Registered since 17th Apr 2009
Sat 11-Feb-12 06:01 PM

Hi Bruce, and welcome to the forum.

I can vouch for the combo of a D300s and D700. I've been using that duo for that past year and have really loved it. The two bodies are very easy to go back and forth between, handle very similarly, and are pretty easy to setup to operate the same. I also found the benefit of the common batteries and grip to be real nice advantage.

Having said that, I just took the plunge and purchased a used D3s when a good opportunity came up. I can't say enough good things about the D700 though - a terrific camera.

By the way, I haven't posted it yet, but my 1yr old D700 will likely be showing up for sale within the next couple days. Feel free to PM/Email me if you're interested.

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gfinlayson

Maidenhead, UK
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#13. "RE: D700, D800 or D3" | In response to Reply # 0

gfinlayson Registered since 24th Jan 2011
Sat 11-Feb-12 07:00 PM

What sort of stuff do you shoot? Do you need fast AF for action, high ISO for low light, high FPS, or lots of pixels for printing big?

brucerd80

Ocala, US
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#14. "RE: D700, D800 or D3" | In response to Reply # 13

brucerd80 Silver Member Nikonian since 15th Jan 2009
Sun 12-Feb-12 11:50 PM

I got a lot of great feedback from my post, so many thanks for those who have posted their knowledge. With regard to Steve’s question, I am really not interested in the video properties, as I primarily shoot photographs.

I enjoy shooting events, portraits, wildlife, etc. A lower noise high ISO would be nice for indoors and evening shots, along with having my 24-70 start at 24 with group shots.

At this time I do not have the need for really large prints, so the higher pixels and large file size may not matter for me. I do like the fast frame rate on the 300S and I have taken some good shots when the subjects are in motion, so this may come in handy with the FX body as well.

The feedback on the higher ISO and the compatibility with my 300 have echoed of my thoughts of the D700 as well. I plan to continue to use the 300S, so having a camera that operates the same makes sense when shooting with both cameras.

Bruce

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