I've just had mine 6 days, but have been shooting for pay on weekends, so I haven't messed with it like I want to. I know this is off topic, but as a new owner, how do you like:
1. The positive detents on the CSM switch 2. Thumb slide CF door 3. Some settings changeable from the info screen 4. Eyepiece shutter 5. Virtual Horizon 6. Auto Active-D Lighting 7. Similarity of control positions to D300 8. Pull out - push in, diopter adjustment knob lock
I'll bet I find more aside from the outstanding low noise!
Scott Chapin Powder Springs, GA, USA Nikonians Team Member
I think the ability to change settings from the info screen is the most interesting of the lot, but it will take some getting used to.
I'm not really worried about the sliding CF door. It feels solid enough to me.
I feel like the eyepiece shutter and virtual horizon would be very useful for long exposure and pano shooters, but that's not me so I'll probably rarely use them.
The reason I upgraded was the focal length issue. I have a small studio, so I found myself using shorter focal length lenses than I would have liked for full-length shots. Now, I'm back at normal focal lengths.
I must admit, though, the high ISO capabilities are amazing...
Thu 29-Oct-09 10:45 AM | edited Thu 29-Oct-09 11:22 AM by ScottChapin
not really worried about the sliding CF door. It feels >solid enough to me.
No, I don't have a problem with it. I think it's a nicety.
>I feel like the eyepiece shutter and virtual horizon would be >very useful for long exposure and pano shooters, but that's >not me so I'll probably rarely use them.
I'll use it when I'm on a tripod and I want to get in the picture. Also, it will be nice for low angle shots, where I cannot get my face tight to the eyepiece, and again, it's on a tripod.
> >The reason I upgraded was the focal length issue. I have a >small studio, so I found myself using shorter focal length >lenses than I would have liked for full-length shots. Now, >I'm back at normal focal lengths.
Yep, but that's a win/lose situation since you lose your long end, but no matter, I'll still use the D300 a lot.
Now I don't have the money to buy lenses below 70mm, so I am relegated to:
1. 20mm f/2.8 D 2. 50mm f/1.4 D 3. 28-105 f/3.5-4.5 D (talk about my F100 dinosaur) I'm hoping it will hold me over...LOL.
Scott Chapin Powder Springs, GA, USA Nikonians Team Member
>Now I don't have the money to buy lenses below 70mm, so I am >relegated to: > >1. 20mm f/2.8 D >2. 50mm f/1.4 D >3. 28-105 f/3.5-4.5 D (talk about my F100 dinosaur) I'm hoping >it will hold me over...LOL.
In regards to the viewfinder issue (I almost hate to admit this), I find the D700's coverage more of a help than a hindrance. Perhaps it's in my nature, but I like to get in close and on more than one occasion my tendency to crop in the viewfinder and crowd what I am shooting has meant that the D700 has given me a little margin for error when all the dust has settled!
That's an interesting way to look at it. I guess, for me, I want that accuracy of capturing everything I see. It's a preference. When I use my Leica M8, I'm sometimes peeved that I don't get exactly what I see in the viewfinder, but I've learned to live with this rangefinder kookiness.
However, with a Nikon, I expect supersharp accuracy and having full coverage is pretty important to me, so maybe the answer is to wait for the next model (D800?) or just get a D3 and build up my muscles
Cropping might be an easy solution but as Thom Hogan points out you are then essentially shooting with a ~10MP camera. I have learned to compose with the D700 with the viewfinder crop factor in mind. With a little practice and thoughtful scene placement it becomes quite easy. Then when I switch to my D300 I just don't think about it.
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I do exactly as esantos, but I also agree with Vhemi.
I like to be able to fill the viewfinder, knowing that there's a little extra on the shot. I automatically adjust for it. Whilst it would be nice to have the 100% coverage, I don't find that it causes me any problems and the pros of this fantastic piece of kit far outweigh any minor annoyances.
Love it so much, I just might buy another to replace my Fujifilm S5 Pro (which I use as my 2nd body), although will need a bit more saving first as I've just ordered the 24-70 2.8 and the 70-200 2.8. That takes care of my NAS for about a decade, if my wife has any say in it! ;o)
Talking about vieuwfinders: How do you feel aboud the spread of the AF sensors. Don't you feel they are too much in the centre? The AF sensors are spread the same as on a D300. That's fine on a DX camera, but there are no AF sensors on the edges of a FF ( image ) sensor. I am thinking of buying a D700, but this is something that realy wories me.
Yes I do notice the reduced AF coverage in certain situations, and end up shooting wider on my D700 than on my D300 in order to work around this limitation. Then in post cropping some to achieve the desired composition.
I would like to see future cameras improve on this, but I understand it has something to do with physical constraints (I think) relating to the secondary mirror that shunts light to the phase detect AF unit at the base of the camera.
Mostly affects one if you are a Continuous focus user, with the habit of moving your selected AF point around as dictated by the composition you are trying to achieve. Nevertheless I almost always shoot my D700 this way.
At the moment, this limitation is part of the price you pay for adding FX to your kit. Of course the sensor makes you forget all about that
Thu 19-Nov-09 11:07 AM | edited Thu 19-Nov-09 11:08 AM by fineartdigital
Not hijacking the Post but,
I hate this (Thumb slide CF door) change
Mine always pops open when I taking it out of the bag -- I actually use a tiny bit of gaffers on both my bodies. Holds it tight , no residue etc.. But that would be my only issue.. Thanks for letting me cut in
>I've just had mine 6 days, but have been shooting for pay on >weekends, so I haven't messed with it like I want to. I know >this is off topic, but as a new owner, how do you like: > >1. The positive detents on the CSM switch >2. Thumb slide CF door >3. Some settings changeable from the info screen >4. Eyepiece shutter >5. Virtual Horizon >6. Auto Active-D Lighting >7. Similarity of control positions to D300 >8. Pull out - push in, diopter adjustment knob lock > >I'll bet I find more aside from the outstanding low noise!
1. I've only had an F5 & D2H and I think that they both already had this. FM3A, not an issue.
2. I liked the door on my D2H better (It had a button release). However, I have not had any problems or issues with the D700 door.
3. Love this option. After making one of the shooting banks for just monochrome use only, it makes switching a breeze.
4. Always had this on the F5/D2H, so I'm used to it.
5. I use this when I am shooting on a tripod. I like it. I am used to leveling my view cameras with a bubble level and have used a bubble level on the flash shoe before.
6. I have used this on occasion, but have no opinions on it. It seems to work just fine.