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D700 is NOT a Full Frame D300

Joe Mondello

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Joe Mondello Registered since 11th Apr 2007
Thu 14-Aug-08 01:37 PM

As D3 owner (8 months) who is very interested in the D700, I keep reading this notion that the D700 is an overpriced D300FX because the only difference between them is the sensor.

Having attended a couple of day-long Nikon events recently and handled the camera and seen what is under the skin, I have to disagree and say that the D700 is a more compact D3.

Holding the D300 and the D700 side by side should immediately put to rest this idea, but I don't think very many have had that opportunity.

The difference in "feel" between a D300 and a D3 is obvious to anyone who's picked both up. The D700 is in the D3 class -- not the D300 class -- of build and weathersealing. The D300 has a lot more plastic, the D700 is virtually all magnesium like the D3.

So in terms of pricing, the D700 is not "an overpriced D300FX" it is a "bargain D3 compact."

Of course, JMO!