Thanks Tom for the feedback. Guess I'm going to have to find a dealer where I can try it out prior to deciding on a purchase. Sad they can't find a way to dampen the sound. Even the D3 series is quieter than the D700. Makes mirrorless a more attractive option in many situations doesn't it!
Alan, I agree with your appraisal. I chose not to purchase the D700 because of the loud shutter and have found other options instead. I was hoping the D800 fixed this, but from Tom's feedback it doesn't look like it.
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