Wed 14-Jul-10 09:31 AM | edited Thu 15-Jul-10 04:33 AM by jrp
I was in New Orleans for Nikonians work and decided to pick up locally a ThinkTANK Photo Airport Acceleration backpack for ANPAT 10 this coming September.
The short trip to Bennett's Camera in Metairie ended up being very expensive.
I then decided to buy the Nikon D700 with MB-D10, 2nd battery, and a 14-24mm f/2.8G AF-S Nikkor.
Before I could say STOP!, a ThinkTANK Lightning Fast small bag for a brand new SB-900, a ThinkTANK StreetWalker (to take all back home - they did not have at the store the Pro model) and a 8GB CF card by Belkin (ARGH!) to start shooting immediately.
I need to pay my credit card as soon as possible so I can forget the total of the tab for which I did not even get batteries for the flash.
Back at the PhotoProShop I added a Kirk LB-D700G L-bracket and a Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal for the new flash.
What a trip! And what a camera!
But it was not until a full week later -yesterday- that I had the time and opportunity to do some "serious" snap shooting.
Now I know what you are all raving about and will make my best to soon have a field report on it at the Resources.
I have a couple of questions for you if I may.
a) How does a Nikon D2x Auto WB-2 translates into D700 settings? Vivid? WB A1?
The settings for the D700's built-in flash are in the 'e' section of the menu. I assume you were wanting to set the built-in flash to commander mode to trigger your new SB900. That setting is e3 in the menus. Once you turn on commander mode, you can get to settings to control the groups. The details are on page 311 of the manual (at least the version of the PDF I have).
I highly recommend downloading the D700 manual PDF from Nikon's support site. This is the main link for the manuals, and here is the D700 manual download page.
Once you have the PDF, keep a copy handy. I find it much easier to search than the hardcopy that came with the camera.
Congratulations Boss, and welcome to the D700 Group!! What a shopping spree, I'll bet you felt exhausted and on a big high after treating your acute state of NAS.
The D700 is the bomb, no? There is something indescribable about the image quality and characteristics. I have tried to compare the output of this fantastic camera against my D300 and I can't seem to put my finger on it. It is just different, in a good way. I do notice a little more contrast straight out of the camera. With my D300 I still need to fiddle with the sliders in ACR to get the look I want but with the D700 I hardly have to do anything. Maybe a slight adjustment to WB and gamma (brightness in ACR) and that is it.
As others have already instructed the on-board Speedlight controls are in the "e" section of the menu. If you want to control your SB-900 remotely you can configure the pop-up Speedlight to Commander and then what I like to do is set it not to fire. It will send a pre-flash but it won't fire. I works very much like the SU-800 from what I understand.
Here is a tip on WB. When shooting outdoors try the Kelvin setting of 5260° K. Very natural color with just a pinch of warmth. I set it there and leave it for all outdoor work.
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Sat 17-Jul-10 04:09 AM | edited Sat 17-Jul-10 05:08 AM by jrp
Ernesto, Last times we talked face to face you recommended the D700 highly so I decided to stop waiting for the D3s. I'll keep in mind that WB temperature. Those images you've made in the desert are simply glorious.
JRP I am surprised that it took you this long to get a D700, but know the hole it can leave in your wallet. We look forward to your inputs to this forum. You already got the answers to your questions, so I won't answer them, but will reinforce the advice to download the PDF. With a manual this thick, it is the only sane way to search for answers.
Sat 17-Jul-10 04:47 AM | edited Sat 17-Jul-10 05:21 AM by jrp
Bob, Well, it took me that long because since I decided to "retire" into Nikonians full time my earning power plummeted from a 100 scale down to maybe 10. Thanks God for reserves and other income. Add to that the fact that the community is a capital hungry monster and you can easily picture it is a miracle I bought filters over the past 7 years! Everytime some clueless one comes back with the misconception of "free Internet" I have to laugh to avoid sobbing uncontrollably
Sat 17-Jul-10 05:06 AM | edited Sat 17-Jul-10 05:23 AM by jrp
Neil, Everytime I bought a Nikon something, no matter what, I derived a lot of pleasure from it, marveling at what Nikon engineers come up with, over and over again. So this time couldn't be less fun and it was a lot of fun. Kind of wanted it to happen in slow motion.
Yeap, although not 3 clicks, maybe 5, because I fumbled with pre-set WB in my ungenerously incandescent light bathed hotel room
Yes, Mike. B&H has been for me very dangerous, for more than 35 years, when I shopped by mail and certified cashier's checks after perusing the pages of Popular Photography and Modern Photography magazines.
Thu 15-Jul-10 02:32 AM | edited Sat 17-Jul-10 05:47 AM by jrp
Thank you, Michael, Thank you every one. Now I fell at home
It took me long to do the addition of FX because my D3 fund, then relabeled as D3x and later as D3s got depleted all the time with other unavoidable expenses.
After almost 6 years now, My D2x is by now an extension of my right hand and performs as the first day. So I'll keep it for wildlife and maybe later for IR photography.
Used to pro bodies since the F3HP with MD-4, F4s, F5, F6 with MB-40 and then the D2X, the feeling of the D700 with the MB-D10 is simply gorgeously hefty. Exhilarating to see my fingers fall in place for all controls without any hesitation.
However, the MB-D10 needs to be very well tightened to avoid flexing when on a tripod. More noticeable when with a front heavy lens. I believe this was reported with the D90, D300 and D300s too.
Having two batteries at work in successive sequence is good assurance for not running out of power out there in the cold and dark; it is having the spare battery ready to kick in, if and when needed, without even opening the battery door and fumble inside your bag in the darkness of dawn trying to remember where you packed your spare. Not a trivial feature.
>Having two batteries at work in successive sequence is good >assurance for not running out of power out there in the cold >and dark; it is having the spare battery ready to kick in, if >and when needed, without even opening the battery door and >fumble inside your bag in the darkness of dawn trying to >remember where you packed your spare. Not a trivial feature.
If you don't want to worry about battery power, try using the EN-EL4 from your D2X. It will easily outlast the Energizer Bunny!
Congratulations and welcome to D700 land. One amazing camera. You will find that the battery usage is phenomenal. With all the money you saved not getting the D3s you were able to pick up a 14-24. I think you are going to really appreciate the Gary Fong Lightsphere. See you at ANPAT 10.
Sat 17-Jul-10 05:38 AM | edited Sat 17-Jul-10 05:39 AM by jrp
Jim, I love the Lightspheres ever since I discovered them. It was a pleasure to host Gary Fong for a couple of days presentations at our Nikonians booth at Photokina. Looking forward to see you at ANPAT10. Olympic National Park, Here we come!
That's the kind of thing we all dream about doing..! These days so many things are bought on-line, that you lose some of that magic of going into a real photographic 'candy store' and emerging with a whole load of bags and golden boxes.
I too have recently entered D700 land, after moving from film to the excellent D200 about four years ago. The things that I love so-far are:
a). Having full use back of my collection of FX lenses - its great to get back to the original aspect ratios I grew up with..!
b). Finding a digital camera where the output looks more like film - a hard thing to define, but it is definitely there for me.
c). At the same time being able to shoot at phenomenal ISO settings, yet with the quality of a slow film. I have recently been playing with Auto ISO and Manual - allowing setting of both Aperture and Shutter speed settings, while the ISO floats. Except in extreme conditions, this allows you to shoot acceptable quality pictures you would otherwise have to take a lot more time and trouble to set up - such as ad hoc hand-held close-up's while trekking, without access to a tripod (see attached).
So congratulations on a fantastic aquisition, executed with a flamboyance we all admire. You will love the D700..!!
Fri 16-Jul-10 12:43 AM | edited Fri 16-Jul-10 12:48 AM by jrp
Yes, Ken, thank you. Although most of the job is done by our Chief Editor Tom Bone, I am one of the editors for the NikoniansPress books, so I should know the D700 by heart, but I really don't. I was looking for completeness, accuracy and typos. I will now read it again.
Congratulations JRP! I think you just lived out one of my fantasies. Luckily, I already have part of the haul--the D700. For me, it has lived up to all the hype and then some. Sure to be another legend in Nikon's line-up, if not already there. Use it with great enjoyment!
Great to welcome you to the D700 forum. Best camera I have ever owned.
I commiserate with your dilemna of expenditures but, in a small way, it is payback for your enticing me to the ANPAC 10. It has already cost me a 200-400, a 16-35, a San Ray Vari N Duo, a Gitzo tripod, a Markham M20, etc, etc, etc. All catch up stuff that I wanted but never had a reason to pull the trigger.
Just don't tell my wife. (by the way, she is from Chihuahua)
Humberto, Well, I have expressed some of the reasons for the delay above, but also spare time is scarce. That's the reason we invented the Annual Nikonians Photo Adventure Trip (ANPAT); to force ourselves to go out and enjoy the company of community members, learn from each other, share what we may know, get some feedback, talk shop and shoot a lot, physically removed from our desktops. I have already missed one, but enough of that. I have promised myself to make time over the weekends to play with my new toys. Thank you.
Welcome jrp! It’s a pleasure, indeed, to have one of the “big guns” on the D700 forum. I’ve been to Bennett’s in Metairie– just off the North Causeway - on a number of occasions. Good Nikon shop. I had to chuckle to myself when I read your words about the Nikon film cameras you used a while back. I owned the F2, F3HP, F4, and F5 and loved those cameras. The F3HP was glued to my hands for many years – a wonderful machine in its time. ‘Never thought I’d see the day when digital cameras would rival those beauties - but now we have the D700! Life is good. Yes, the D700 feels “right at home” after using those pro film cameras, I agree. When I got my D700 a year ago I decided that I would be completely satisfied with a 24-70 f/2.8, an 85 f/1.4D, and a 135 f/2DC – and that has proven to be the case, because I am primarily a shooter of “people”. Planned “ anti-NAS”, I guess you could call it. I bought the D700 and those three lenses in a relatively short period of time; so I know what it feels like to have “credit card shock!” I also own a couple of SB900’s – unjustly maligned early on – but which has turned out to be the best pro flash Nikon ever made. I am delighted to have you on the D700 forum as a bona-fide D700 user , Ramon. Your presence here will serve us admirably. Que tu neuva adquisicion te traiga mucho placer, mi amigo! Best regards, John A.
Thank you, John I had the pleasure of using most of the 35mm and DSLRs by Nikon, but on the digital side I've only owned a couple of them, which is entirely different. One thing is to make or propose a review with a camera which will be in the hands of somebody in the team for less than a week and another to have the time to learn it yourself in depth and inevitably love it deeply. That is why when somebody asks for advice on a purchase or upgrade and gets the question "will it make you a better photographer?" I really believe the answer is yes. And not just a better photographer but also a better person, more fully living life by enjoying it. I'll do my best to interact here frequently, not just visit as I do everyday.
Noticed that you are from El Paso, Texas. Me to, didn't know that there were more of us from this area. Maybe if we can find them, we can start a Nikonians Chapter. Right now, I don't think there is any Photography group in El Paso.
Ramon - I just had the privilege of commenting on my D700 to Nikon, and while I don't remember word for word what I said, the essence of it was that when I acquired my D700, for the first time in 35 years of using nothing by Nikons, I had a camera that pruduced images that exceeded the quality of any film I ever used in a time from the mid 1970s. Actually my experience goes back to the late 1950s and Kodachrome with an ASA of 10, but those were pre Nikon days. I have had the D700 now for about a year, and for the first time I am at this point in my usage without wondering what is next in Nikon's list of new bodies. Nikon may have erred and sold me my last camera -- except another D700 body soon as a back up and to obviate the need to change lenses as often. The D700 is a rare marriage of capability and price -- even if you are cringing at the arrival of your credit card statement! You're going to LOVE it more every day.
Thu 29-Jul-10 11:13 AM | edited Thu 29-Jul-10 11:20 AM by jrp
I should maybe start a new thread but here is some news. I started to shoot at ISO 6400 last night, inside my home. What for? Well, just because with this gorgeous machine I can. I ended up doing HDR sequences at ISO 6400. I still have to master HDR but ... Here is just one example with NO noise reduction.
And here it is this early morning, at sunrise, at ISO 100
A belated welcome to the D700 group. I bought mine for the low light advantage. Lately have been using it with the 24-70 to shoot some local outdoor events. The D300 just gets used for long reach shots.
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