Tue 02-Feb-10 05:35 AM | edited Tue 02-Feb-10 10:18 PM by James23p
Well I made the leap to FF or FX and ordered a D700. I ordered a D700 w/MB-D10, Nikkor 24-120 AF-S VR, Nikkor 18-35 Af-D ED and a few odds and ends. I can't wait to start learing this camera so be prepared for the usual slew of newbee questions.
Can't wait to load my bag up with my F100 and D700 now I will only have one set of lens! Yea
Congrats Jim. You've made an excellent decision. The D700 will last you for quite a while, regardless of what the new technology brings. Invest in good glass; lens make more of a difference than the "newest" camera body. Enjoy your camera!
One caveat .... be sure to judge your D700 performance using the excellent 18-35mm lens, or a prime standard lens if you have one, not the 24-120 VR zoom. While Nikon supplies the 24-120 VR as a kit lens for the D700, many users have found it lacking in sharpness. You may find yours better, but I would check it and compare, before you judge the D700 using it.
Got ya! So far the 24-120 seems OK fairly sharp and fast I was a tad leery since this lens has some very mixed reviews but so far it seems I got a good copy. But I intend to really judge the body with my 50 1.8 AF-D when putting it thru its trial paces.
Thanks all I got it today and wow it is so fast and feels like it was made for my hand!
I know you will love it, I went from an FE to the D700, I was advised that this would be overwhelming, To be honest, it was just like using an old Nikon, The only overwhelming bit for me was, I never had so many options before, When everything got too complicated, I just shot manual like the old days, the difference being, I could crank up the ISO, something I avoided with film My hardest transition was dealing with NX2,
I used to have a photographic memory but never got it developed
Congratulations on your new equipment! I too have the F100 and jumped to the D700 because I wanted to maintain the traditional 35mm format once I went to digital capture. The experience has been wonderful! The D700 is simply fantastic and so versatile. As others have mentioned, the number of options and settings is astounding. Ergonomically, I like my F100 better, but the technology built into the D700 is so nice.
I've been able to port over my lenses between my F100 and the D700 while maintaining the same "feel" while shooting, given the FX sensor size. I do not have the MB-D10 (although I have the MB-15 on the F100, which offers great balance), but based on the kit you now have, you still may wish to consider a 50mm f/1.8D lens or perhaps one of the newer/faster versions. I find that I like the light weight, brightness and sharpness that such a prime lens offers. I think the camera looks nice with a 50mm on it too!
Above all, enjoy the gear and look at the development costs you'll save vs. film. I think in the time I've owned the D700, I've already paid for all the slides I would have had to pay for on the F100. Sigh.
>Well I made the leap to FF or FX and ordered a D700. I >ordered a D700 w/MB-D10, Nikkor 24-120 AF-S VR, Nikkor 18-35 >Af-D ED and a few odds and ends. I can't wait to start learing >this camera so be prepared for the usual slew of newbee >questions. > >Jim > >Can't wait to load my bag up with my F100 and D700 now I will >only have one set of lens! Yea
Congrats Jim. I just made the same leap about 10 days ago with a very similar setup. I still need to pick up a good wide-angle zoom or prime but I'm stoked with how the camera handles in my hands and how much it's brought back that 35mm feel for me.
I'm still learning the basics and trying to recapture my own connection to photography - it's like falling in love again.
D700 is a real pleasure. Enjoy it. It may sound silly but after using film cameras for over 40years I can now think and visualize in full frame again. I adapted to the crop factor of DX but it is a lot easier with FX
Conratulations Jim. It is indeed very nice to use the good old fx lenses again, put it on the body and shoot without worrying about the crop factor. For years I was using the DX bodies and lenses, with much pleasure, though, and always multiplying the focal lengths with 1.5. Anyway, good luck and enjoy the new D700, got mine 2 weeks ago. Cheers, D