My original post ("Change to D700/ its replacement or D3, Nikonians thoughts")
I Decided not to wait for the D700 update/replacement or what ever is coming next, so I ordered a D700 over the net with the same supplier that I had previously bought my last camera the D300 from, and again what a great price. So next I need to decide on what lenses to get, I already have the AF-S 70-300mm VR so that’s a starting point, and I think I will have a look at the new AF-S 16-35mm f4 VR and possibly a 50mm prime lens, and bit latter on An SB- 900 Speed light. So thank you to all my fellow Nikonians for all your help .
>Hi John, > >Congratulations on the new D700! >Remember 16-35mm is wide on an FX body! >Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
Do you think that the 16-35mm f4 VR is a bit too wide ? should I be looking at some other lens more suited to the D700, my reasoning behind that lens was that I had the 12-24mm f4 G ED DX for the D300 and thought that they might give a similar field of view at the wide end, but was not sure as I have not actually looked through the viewfinder on a D700 yet.
Tue 23-Feb-10 01:11 AM | edited Tue 23-Feb-10 01:12 AM by wmcy
Great decision - you'll love your D700. For great quality at a great price consider the newer Sigma 24-70 f/2.8 HSM lens. I use on my D700; it's is a good range for walk-around and the quality is superb.
>John, > >Great decision - you'll love your D700. For great quality at a >great price consider the newer Sigma 24-70 f/2.8 HSM lens. I >use on my D700; it's is a good range for walk-around and the >quality is superb. > >Wm.
I’m really looking forward to the D700s arrival hopefully tomorrow, the Sigma was one of the lenses that I was considering for purchase I did have the Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f2.8 G ED but sold it before I had decided to go to FX something that I now regret, iv just bought a used AF-S 24-120 VR IF ED although not a stellar lens as far as Nikkor’s go it should be good enough as a walk about lens for the moment.
I finally ordered my D700 as well. For the life of me, I could not figure out why some sites offered the D700 at around $1300. The reason is not posted but it is due to those cameras having a plastic vice magnesium body. Anyway, mine should be here in a couple of days. I have waited a long time and, other than being nervous about the money spent, I hope I enjoy having it as much as I wanted it.
Good question. I did some checking after reading your comment and cannot find anywhere where it states Nikon makes more than one body type for its cameras. DeltaCamera.com may have been using that special price as bait for us gullible fish. I did receive the camera and input the serial number at Nikon during the registration phase. At first I received an error regarding the serial number and like to scared me out of my getting old age but it turned out that I did not see the serial number entry and had not input it onto the form before submitting. I did not receive the warranty paper with the Nikon serial numbe3r though so I will be contacting them tomorrow. Also, I have the strangest power cord to the battery unit that I have ever seen. The part that plugs into the battery case is fine but the part that is supposed to plug into the AC has two prongs approximately 1.5 - 2" apart with metal tips. I have never seen anything like it. Luckily, I had the power end to my other charger and am currently charging the batteries.
I too have just received my new 700 and also do not have a warranty card. I took the serial number off the box, which luckly matched the camera, and entered the info online... hope that is going to be sufficient.. I purhcased mine from B&H. I did not get the extended warranty because that was money that went for the battery grip. I really like having the grip for vertical shooting but the weight is a big trade-off. I had the grip for my 200.
If the rain holds off, I hope to go shotting this weekend...
If you find out anything about the lack of warranty card, please post it here.... TIA..
Fri 26-Feb-10 06:22 AM | edited Sun 28-Feb-10 06:58 PM by briantilley
I sounds to me by the description you gave for the power cord you might have one for use on the EU continent, in countries the likes of Spain, Germany, France & Holland etc., but not here in the UK as we Use the three prong type plugs with (Neutral-Live & earth) connections.
As for the warranty card I’m sure you should have got that along with the Camera when purchased new, this is my third new Nikon and all of them came with warranty cards, normally if you have a warranty clam you would need the purchase receipt form the supplier you bought it from and possibly also the warranty card as proof of original purchase, but if you have registered the camera on line with Nikon and entered the serial number then I don’t think you should have anything to worry about, but to be sure I would defiantly give them a call back to check this out.
Mine didn't come with a warranty card, and I, too bought it from an authorized dealer. Called Nikon and they check the serial....all was fine. They told me all I really needed for any warranty issues was the receipt. I have filed the receipt, and also scanned it for further protection.
Sounds like you received a grey market camera. Where did you make the purchase - I mean which online dealer? If it was DeltaCamera.com that you mentioned in an earlier post, I'd be really leary of the purchase. ResellerRatings.com gives the company one of the lowest ratings I've ever seen - 0.35/10. It's horrible, with all sorts of allegations of bait & switch, unwarranted upselling, delayed shipments, non-shipment, etc., etc., etc.
The best prices from a legitimate authorized dealer for a D700 body only are still well over $2000. Any merchant online presenting a new, factory warranted D700 body for $1300 is either going bankrupt or simply lying outright.
Unfortunately it is a little late to undo what is done. I will not be using DC again. I do not believe the camera is gray market and have already entered the information on the Nikon website which seemed good to them.
However, the information on upselling appears to have hit the nail on the head. Unfavorable advertising as well. I will keep that website handy for any future online photographic purchases. I did pay over $2000 for the camera. I believe the $1300 camera price was something used to 'snag' unwary persons, such as myself, into making a purchase and then having to call to 'confirm' the purchase. Hard lesson learned but it could have been much worse. I did receive the camera the next day after shipment.
>I finally ordered my D700 as well. For the life of me, I >could not figure out why some sites offered the D700 at around >$1300. The reason is not posted but it is due to those cameras >having a plastic vice magnesium body. Anyway, mine >body] should be here in a couple of days. I have waited a >long time and, other than being nervous about the money spent, >I hope I enjoy having it as much as I wanted it. > >Velis et remis
Tue 23-Feb-10 11:55 PM | edited Sun 28-Feb-10 06:56 PM by briantilley
I read your post and found your experience with this lens very interesting you must be happy that you bought the other one,though there are varying opinions about this lens, I wanted to make my own judgement about it’s performance by actually using it for my self so that was why I bought one, I’m very much looking forward to getting the D700 got an email from the suppliers yesterday saying it was dispatched and I should expect to receive it by Wednesday 1.00pm, I’m also hoping that the 24-120mm VR also arrives some time to-day as well.
Sun 28-Feb-10 06:05 PM | edited Sun 28-Feb-10 06:56 PM by briantilley
I now have the AF-S 24-120mm VR you were correct in saying that I might just like this lens,
I’ve had it a couple of days now and used it to shoot various subjects, and so fare I’ve been very impressed with the sharpness and quality of colour that it produces, I was a bit unsure about getting this lens after reading some of the posts on it, but now I’m glade I did it’s a keeper.
As for the D700 it’s truly amazing especially it’s ability in low light situations, now being able to capture images in lighting conditions that I would never attempted before, it’s marvellous for when you cant use flash,
Hi John, You are going to love what the D700 can do. I think the learning curve will be an easy one for you comming from a D300. I went from a D80 to a D700 a little over a year ago, am still learning. The 16-35 f4 VR is comming Thursday. I hope my NAS will stay quiet for a while. If you get a good copy of the 24-120, I think you will be happy with it as a walkabout lens. Happy shooting
------------------- "On no account allow a Vogon to read poetry at you." - The Hitchhikers Guide
>Hi John, >You are going to love what the D700 can do. I think the >learning curve will be an easy one for you comming from a >D300. I went from a D80 to a D700 a little over a year ago, am >still learning. The 16-35 f4 VR is comming Thursday. I hope my >NAS will stay quiet for a while. If you get a good copy of the >24-120, I think you will be happy with it as a walkabout lens. >Happy shooting > >------------------- >"On no account allow a Vogon to read poetry at you." >- The Hitchhikers Guide
I’m sure you are correct about me loving the D700 and as you say from having had a D200 and then lately the D300 I’m hoping the learning curve should not be too steep, as for the 24-120 I’m keeping an open mind on that one till I can see the results for my self. I was also considering the 16-35mm f4 VR as one of the lenses that I would like to have and would be interested on some feed back from you regarding its performance and IQ and may be once you have had time to get used to it you could even post some images. As for my NAS staying quiet I don’t tend to worry to much about that but my wife does LOL
Hi John. Recieved the 16-35 yesterday. It is bigger than I expected. Almost the length of the 24-70 f2.8. Due to the weather here have not been able to take some outdoor shots. There is a discussion of this lens that will give you some better opinions. Here is the link.
Congrats! Let me just say that the first time I looked through the D700 viewfinder, it literally took my breath away. It was like looking through a tiny window for years and then suddenly having a movie screen size window! It really is wonderful.
As to the issue of lenses, I would echo those suggesting the Nikkor 24-70 2.8. I absolutely love mine. It's as sharp as a razor. Not cheap, but you'll love the combination of one and a D700.
Wed 24-Feb-10 05:35 PM | edited Sun 28-Feb-10 06:57 PM by briantilley
Hi Mike, I just got the D700 to-day charged up the Batteries and have set up the custom setting banks A B C & D with much the same settings as I had been using with the D300 so at least I have a familiar starting point.
I’ve not really been able to try out the camera as the weather here at the moment is fowl with rain sleet and snow, but I did shoot a couple of test shots through the house window at some cars sitting on the street, I used my AF-S 70-300mm VR lens hand held and I must say I’m already impressed with the results as it was raining and quite dark outside, But when I checked the images the detail and lack of noise was truly amazing, I’ve not had results like that before especially in such bad conditions I just used the auto iso settings and it worked out at ISO 3200 the IQ was amazing.
I know I’m just going to love this camera !.
I also bought a used 24-120mm VR as my walk about lens should be here to-morrow, and I’m looking at a getting a AF-S 50mm f/1.4G prim, I’m also interested in the new AF-S 16-35mm f4 VR that’s just been brought out but will hold of for the time being to see what the feedback is going to be like about it’s IQ & performance. As for the AF-S 24-70mm f2.8 G lens I did have this lens and used it with my D300 to shoot a friends wedding and as you say superb IQ and tack sharp, but I was not using it enough to justify keeping it and sold it on “D’oh!” But yes this will be one of my must have lenses for the D700, now all I have to do is convince my wife why I need to have this lens “AGAIN !” LOL
>Congratulations....you will love it. > >I have only had mine a few months, and I, too, am suffering >through record breaking snowfall this year. Did get a few >good snow shots, but very anxious to really give it a full >workout. > >Enjoy....you will not regret your decision.
That’s the same problem we are having here at the moment the weather is going from one extreme to the other, but like your self I’m hoping to get out soon to start. capturing more images as I’m starting to suffer from NAS withdrawal symptoms since selling my D300 kit off a few weeks ago now LOL.