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does D700 have advantages over D7100

km6xz

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"RE: does D700 have advantages over D7100"

km6xz Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, including Portraits and Urban Photography Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2009
Mon 15-Jul-13 11:02 AM | edited Mon 15-Jul-13 11:04 AM by km6xz

The D700 will have an advantage as you found out, in low light of about 1 stop.
Regarding image quality, the D700 being a lot lower resolution is more forgiving for slow shutter speeds and hand holding.
Otherwise, image quality will be better on the D7100. Neither camera is as quiet at the D7000 at 100 ISO, only the D800, D3x and D4are as quiet with as flexible files as the D7000 which can handle shadow pulling of 4-5 stops without much artifact.
The file depth not quite as good at low ISO on the D700 or D7100, but both cameras have some advantages over the older D7000. The biggest difference is the speed and accuracy of the AF of both the D700 and the D7100 with a slight advantage to the D7100 which is delighting bird and wildlife shooters a great deal.
The D7100 is a solid somewhat smaller camera than the D700 as you know, and has been one of the most successful, problem free releases since the D90. The D90 was probably the most sorted camera in a long time, never needing a firmware update from day one.
If you pixel peep, no question, the D7100 files are spectacular but if printing moderate size, its probably a wash with the D700, until you print large or crop.
Reliability and dependability is probably a wash also, neither should be fragile. Service will be more expensive on the D700 as prices increase for replacement parts as stocks dwindle.
Frame rate is higher on the D700 but unless you really need a sequence, the difference in getting a shot and not getting one is not going to be much different. If it is too fast action for 7fps it is also going to be too fast for 8. More experienced pros shooting their specialty sport rely more on game and player knowledge and anticipation than raw frame rate, were the second and later shots being in focus is somewhat related to luck. There have been improvements in the MultiCAM3500FX in the D800 and D4 which seem to lock and track better than prior versions. Part of the reason for that improvement is the 91k metering sensor that neither the D7100 or D700 has.
The only sore spot for some high frame shooters has been the buffer depth. The buffer is larger in the D7100 but the data for each frame is much larger so it fills up fast in RAW 14 bit mode. You can drop down to 12 bit or JPG and have a 100 shot buffer. The D300 was a pig on 14 bit and could only manage 2.5fps if all the extras were turned off. So birders and sports shooters worked only in lower flexibility 12 bit format.
Overall, the D700 is a fine camera for general purpose work, not real high res, or real fast but quite competent in a wide variety of applications that do not need cropping or large prints. Getting used to the D7100 files however will make you notice the benefits of such high resolution. The D7100 has finer detail than a D800 which is head and shoulders above the D700.
I have a D7000 backing up a D800 and have been considering replacing the D7000 for something better for low light so the D7100 sure looks tempting. I have used it enough to have a lot of respect for it, the best DX camera on the planet. But not being in a hurry, I will wait for the D400 that is getting stronger rumors again. If it is not a major enhancement I will get the D7100. The D400 will probably be $1000 more than a low click used D700, and above the D600. The only other camera in the running now is a used D3s.
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