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D700 for a 1st Time DSLR User?

johno

St. Louis, US
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"RE: D700 for a 1st Time DSLR User?"

johno Silver Member Nikonian since 23rd May 2006
Mon 28-Jul-08 11:13 PM | edited Tue 29-Jul-08 05:17 AM by johno

I have been on the same path as you. Film -- P&S -- DSLR (DX) and now D700.

If you have the cash, get the D700 and don't look back. There is a joy of ownership with the D700 that will never be verbalized in any review, and which transcends technical pixel-comparisons.

If you take a lot of pictures of birds or distant small objects you might want a DX format. (Personally, while I respect exceptional wildlife work very much, I don't enjoy it myself.)

However, if you are wanting a camera that behaves like your old film bodies, skip DX and go right to a D700.

Then you can get a 50 MM 1.4 or 1.8 and a few other judicious lens buys and you are back where you were with film. For me DX just never felt right. It was nice having a bit more zoom, but....

Be advised -- there are many ways of looking at this and only one view that is right for you. I had to sell off three pieces of gear I loved to make this happen, and now there four people happy - the DX gear buyers and me. If they are as happy as I am (one buyer used the word "thrilled", the world is now a much beter place! And nobody has made a "wrong" decision.

The good news for you is that there are D300s coming up for sale that have been used no more than 8 months at a steep discount from new. The smart money is on a used D300 or a new D700 I believe.

A general, generic topic D700 for a 1st Time DSLR User? [View all] , mbushnell Silver Member , Sun 27-Jul-08 06:23 PM
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