I use a D300 and have a bunch of Nikon glass accumulated since I bought an FM2 and three primes in the early 1980s. Wondering which full-frame digital body to use for my AFD lenses (D800 - a tad pricey, raw files a bit large, D600 probably not robust enough the way I bash stuff, dust (?), D700 second-hand) if at all?
>Welcome to Nikonians Oliver we are glad to have you aboard. >The D700 is hard to beat I love mine and it is tough as >nails. > >Jim
Thank you Jim, Alan and others for your replies. Indeed the D700 is hard to beat because Nikon hasn't done better in this market segment, it seems. And guess what, good used D700s are scarce over here, at present.
Here in Chiang Mai, Thailand, folks are avoiding used D600s due to perceived sensor cleaning problems - More than once the guy I deal with has told me about Thai photographers who rushed into the D600 and are now trying to offload them so they can migrate to Canon.
One had even dumped his D800 (after shooting 20k frames with it) and I had the privilege of having a quick try out with it. Perhaps it was customized in camera color profiles that made the jpegs from that particular body look awful, and then there was no way to downsize raw files in camera.
Needless to say, Nikon sees no percentage in a firmware solution that would allow a street/travel photographer to shoot smaller files in raw, opting for full rez only when occasion warranted it. I would like to think this is because Nikon never imagined the uncertainty in regard to the dirt on the sensor issue with the D600. A great camera is the D800 for things like product photography and landscapes, no doubt.
So where is the full frame update for the D700?. Haven't sensors/processors gotten a bit better since when the D700 was designed?
For me the ideal FF Nikon body would be something like the D600, I guess (I haven't been able to get my hands on one), with an all magnesium alloy body, weather sealing and a flip screen (this is so useful it baffles me why it is not already standard). And if this were really La La Land, it would also have optional in-body VR.
In my opinion, Nikon really needs to get a new up-to-date mid-level FF on the market fast. It should have the build quality of the D700 and be very aggressively priced.