I am curently shooting with the D300 and I am very happy with the results. I am considering purchasing the D700 body and I would like to hear so feedback from thoughts who are shooting with it. I shoot mostly landscape, nature and macro. I currently own Nikon's 24-70 2.8 and 70-200 2.8 lens. I would like they would really be great on the D700 and the results would be even more impressive than on my D300.
I would continue to use my D300 for travel with my 18-200vr len and my 180 macro len.
Thanks for the help.
#1. "RE: Should I purchase a D700??" | In response to Reply # 0slowry88 Registered since 06th May 2004Mon 18-Aug-08 03:14 PM
You have to decide for yourself whether there is a "void" in your photography capabilities that can be filled by the D700. For most nature and macro, you are trying to bring images closer and more pixel density will do this for you. Thus, the D300 will actually be a BETTER choice than the D700.
On the flip side, you already own two of the best lenses for the D700. You'll get nice landscape shots with the 24mm, but you could just as easity get a 10-20mm for your D300 and it would cost you a LOT less $$.
Thus, my answer is: If you have to ask why, then you shouldn't get it.
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#7. "RE: Should I purchase a D700??" | In response to Reply # 1brad_nikon Registered since 18th Oct 2003Fri 22-Aug-08 06:46 PM
>(snip)For most nature and macro, you are trying
>to bring images closer and more pixel density will do this for
>you. Thus, the D300 will actually be a BETTER choice than the
...except that at higher sensor receptor density, the D300 yields higher noise and lower dynamic range than the D700, which offers lower noise at higher ISOs (which benefits macro and telephoto photography) and better dynamic range.
#2. "RE: Should I purchase a D700??" | In response to Reply # 0
I have both cameras, why did I get both? I use my D300 for all long range photos for the added reach and pixel density. I use the D700 for wider angle photos and using some of my better glass. So far in the short time I have the D700, I like the image quality a little better than the D300 but I love both cameras. I especially like shooting with the D700 at night for sunset shots using high ISO which hasn't worked well with the D300. And the 2 cameras share batteries and other accessories. However as has already been stated, if you dont have any of the needs I just mentioned, save the $3,000 and buy better glass!
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#3. "RE: Should I purchase a D700??" | In response to Reply # 2mkerouac Nikonian since 04th Jul 2006Mon 18-Aug-08 11:29 PM
I also own both. I just finished a two week vacation in Italy and Greece. I took both camera's. The D700 was used with the 14-24 and 24-70. The D300 was used mostly with the 18-200VR and occasionally the 24-70. Overall, I have to say the D700 performed better. I was shooting wit no Flash inside St. Peters Basilica. The D700 was stunning. The D300 struggled with noise in the shadows.
The D300 also had slightly more overall noise than the D700, especially in the 100 degree heat of Athens. The difference in build quality is also more evident when switching back and forth during a days shooting. With the 24-70 glass the differences are minor, but when using a prosumer 18-200 on the D300 and the pro 24-70 on the D700, the higher IQ on the D700 is very noticeable. The FX sensor seems to bring out the best in the high end glass.
#4. "RE: D300 vs. D700" | In response to Reply # 0
It depends if 1, 1.5 or 2 stops of higher usable ISO over the D300 (opinions varies) & a dynamic range advantage that varies from about .5 EV @ ISO 200 to about 1.5 EV @ ISO 6,400 according to this graph is worth to you.
In the Why FX when the DX is so good thread you can read 198 pros & cons arguments.
Set your Tokina 12-24 on DX @ 16mm and that's how wide your 24-70 will be on D700. Set your 70-200 to 130mm to see how it will look @ the long end.
For traveling, the D700 with a Tamron AF28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC is the FX equivalent of the 18-200 VR DX with virtually the same range, speed, weight, size & also has VC (Tamron's version of VR).
#5. "RE: Should I purchase a D700??" | In response to Reply # 0
The D300 is an excellent piece of gear and I still use it 50% of the time. Is it because I have a bunch of DX glass? Maybe a bit... The improved S/N of the sensor in the D700 really shines, and even at moderate ISO values. The 14-24 and 24-70 lenses (which you'll be wanting if you go the D700 route) are fantastic, but forget about traveling lightly!
#6. "RE:If you can afford it" | In response to Reply # 0
- own both formats.
My combination is D300 and D3. I use the D300 about 80% of the time because I do a lot of wildlife and back packing where DX is normally the best option.
I use the D3 where high ISO (for me that means sport) or wide angle ability is important.
My advice to you if you can only afford 1 format is decide if most of your shots are best done with DX or FX - and then make your decision.
Digressing slightly a D300 plus D700 cost about as much as a D2x did 15 months ago so in that sense owning both is becoming more affordable.
Photography is a bit like archery. A technically better camera, lens or arrow may not hit the target as often as it could if the photographer or archer does not practice enough.
#8. "RE: Should I purchase a D700??" | In response to Reply # 0
I would get it. it's always good to have 2 bodies. I use my D700 for wide-angle and mid-range stuff and my D300 for my Telephoto needs because of the 1.5x crop.
D700 | D300 | D60
28mm | 35mm | 50mm | 150mm Micro | 300mm
24-70mm | 70-200mm | 80-400mm | 200-400mm
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