The D700 is categorised by Nikon as a 'Pro' body, so you're not really mixing pro and am here. My personal experience is that I find the D700 quite hard to (literally) get to grips with after the D3, because it doesn't fit as comfortably in the hand, especially for vertical shooting. The overall feel doesn't work for me either. We used to operate a D700 at work, because my staff thought my D3 and D2X were too heavy. Although the picture quality is superb, the ergonomics are quite different. As a backup body I use my D2X — I find it easier to swap to a DX sized sensor and poorer noise performance than the shift in body format.
If you are after reach then why not go with the D7000? It gives you the 1.5x crop factor without using a teleconvertor so you can still use get that beautiful 2.8 bokeh that the longer lens provide. I have a D4 and am now getting ready to purchase a D7000 just for that reason. I will be arming the D4 with the 70-200 2.8 for the close action and then arming the D7000 with either the 300 2.8 or the 400 2.8 for the distant stuff.
I have been reading up on the D7000 and for the money it's looking like you will be getting equivalent fps, iso, and AF quickness of the D700 plus the 1.5 crop factor.
People are different, possibly quite a bit so, but I'm in the same category as Martin - I really prefer sticking to the same control systems. A D2x and D2h worked well together. A D3 and a D2x is still workable, but I'm not very comfortable with either of them with a D100 - or for that matter, a D700. The buttons are all in the wrong places, they do slightly different things, or they work in slightly different ways.
Of course, I don't have any trouble at all working with a FX and DX body together. I haven't had any trouble figuring out which lens to use on which body. As I said, folks are all different. You may find that the two control systems are close enough to be fine. I know some folks can do that. I can't, but I can deal with the crop factors pretty much without any conscious thought.
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I Shoot with multiple bodies all the time. While shooting with multiple copies of the same body type is ideal, it is not too difficult to use different bodies together. I have never had a problem switching between my D2X/D3/D3s and my D200/D300/D700 (all have grips)bodies. On occasion I throw an F5 or F100 in the mix as well. There are times when it takes an extra second or so to change settings (because Sometimes I have to think which body I have in my hands) but it hasn't been a problem for me. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
I've had great luck at swapping from FX/Film/DX/Medium Format. The secret for me is to spend some time with each camera ensuring that they're set up for the shoot ahead. Having a DX sensor can be an advantage at times. I've found myself using my D2Xs and D800 as a pair. I'm holding off on the D4 and waiting to see if there is a D4x coming soon.
I used the D3s and D700 side by side for a long time. The controls are a bit different, but you should quickly adapt. I found it a little like alternating between two different cars -- once you're very comfortable with either one, it becomes second nature.
It helped that they were different sizes, believe it or not. Holding big camera, zoom in on review using single button and rotating main command dial. Holding smaller camera, zoom in/out with separate buttons. The differences might have been annoying (if you preferred one way over the other) but no worse than having the radio controls in different places on your two cars.
I note with my D800 and D4 that Nikon has converged a little in some things, but not enough.
Sun 03-Jun-12 04:25 PM | edited Sun 03-Jun-12 04:26 PM by sergeantcigar
I had trouble using a D200 (almost the same control configurations on the body) with my D3. If I had time to think about what I wanted to do with the body, it was no problem. When shooting under pressure (time constraints, weddings, etc.) I found that going between two different control systems on the bodies was a real pain. I now have use of a D700, and I still am uncomfortable with it. I use a D2x for a backup. Maybe if you regularly shot both bodies, you could get used to it.
>I'm almost on the point of buying a D700 secondhand. > >I primarily use a D3s but want to shoot comnined with a D700 >with a longer lens fitted. How does shooting with the two work >out? >Is it hard to get used to the differences if switching? > >Cheers > >John
John, you just need to be familiar with both bodies. The main difference between the two, for me, is the location of the ISO, WB and Qual settings. The D700 has these settings located on top of the release mode dial while the D3 series has them on the rear control panel. I mix camera bodies all the time and don't even think about it. Since the D3S and D700 are both full frame bodies there is no confusion as to what lenses give you what views. Since both bodies have 12 mp sensors even the files are the same size if you set the qual the same.