Fri 25-Jul-08 12:25 PM | edited Sun 13-Jul-08 06:55 PM by jrp
The 12.1 Megapixel Nikon D700 DSLR has been unveiled It is expected to be in stores shelves worldwide in the last week of July, 2008 You may want to check our D700 Review by Chief Editor Tom Boné, and some D700 sample images by our friend Dennis Hissink of LetsGoDigital Enjoy.
>Well with a SRP of $2999 USD I think "affordable" >is a relative term for some.
It's certainly more affordable than the D3 when it was introduced. I've been waiting for a 'Full Frame' but the D3 was just too much for my budget. The D700 although still expensive is almost within my reach and I would imagine many other people who have held off for the same reason. I'll still wait a few months to let the price settle & then add it to my kit bag along with my D200. I honestly thought I'd be waiting another year for an 'affordable' FX body so I'm happy. Thank you Nikon.
The UK list price will be 2000 GBP initially (about $4000 USD). Even allowing for tax, that's a substantial price hike - looks like Nikon's currency converter is 'broken' again. Hopefully the street price will be more affordable before too long (at 925 GBP, the D300 is now available for 375 GBP less than its initial list price).
>looks like Nikon's currency converter is 'broken' again.
It certainly does!!
Looks, on paper at least, like a fine bit of kit from Nikon. Makes you proud to back the brand. But it certainly renders my edge-U-kashun in the UK completely useless. 30 years ago I studied for Mathematics O- then A-levels and now I learn that US$3,000 is equivalent to STG£2,000.
Tue 01-Jul-08 09:19 AM | edited Tue 01-Jul-08 09:23 AM by drbrog
The D700 and D300 both accept the MB-D10 grip! I suspect the L-brackets will be the same too. A perfect companion to the D300! I can only imagine that a D3x with a 24mp sensor is around the corner. I'd be bummed if I had just spent $5k on a D3.
I'm not bummed about having a D3. For one thing, I've been using it for half a year, use I wouldn't have gotten if I had waited. Plus, many of its accessories match my D2X.
Also, I shoot in vertical format frequently, so I would have to add the MB-D10 grip to the cost of the D700 to compare to the D3. That makes the comparison somewhat closer.
Finally, I accept whenever I buy state-of-the-art technology that it is on its way to obsolescence the day it comes out of the factory. You may think the D700 is the bee's knees, but trust me, there will be something better and cheaper after the D700 -- and probably sooner than we can imagine!
It's also no surprise that a lot of people are leaving Canon for the D3, and now probably the D700 given the superiority of Nikon's new bodies and lenses, huh?
You do realize that DX bodies were and are capable of world class photographs, indistinguishable if not sometimes better than those from Canon (And vice versa), right? You do realize that, right? Nikon didn't need to be in a hurry to release a FF. They do things much more deliberately than Canon, as Nikon's products are engineering marvels, not just cameras.
With such a grudge against Nikon one wonders why you're even posting here.
I meant if I had just purchased it say a month ago, not 6 months ago. Its just that the technology improvements are appearing so much sooner than in the past. Wasn't it about 2 years between the D200 and D300? Now 6 months between the D300 and D700! I am thrilled to see the new stuff but my wallet ( and spouse) can't keep up
>I meant if I had just purchased it say a month ago, not 6 >months ago. >Its just that the technology improvements are appearing so >much sooner than in the past. Wasn't it about 2 years between >the D200 and D300? Now 6 months between the D300 and D700! >I am thrilled to see the new stuff but my wallet ( and spouse) >can't keep up
The D700 isn't an upgrade from the D300. It's a whole new camera. something that many D300 users will want to use along as a second body or for people who want FX but not in the size of the D3. With a D300 and D700 you would have high iso, long reach, wide angle FX capability, and 2 semi-pro bodies that share accesories. Nikon is just filling in the gaps between their models so their is a body for everyone. It could also be a great 2nd body for D3 users who want two cameras that are both FX but one which is smaller and lighter.
The D700 isn't a replacement, its just a new camera nikon made for people looking for FX in a semi-pro body.
Well, I'm glad that I hung on to the old D70 a little longer than I wanted to. Count me among the people who will be anxiously purchasing one of these beauties. I'm the first on the list at my local camera store.
Finally the camera I've been waiting for. I no longer need to gnaw my knuckles considering a Canon 5D when this is on it's way. I'll be prepared to wait just a little while for the price to settle, and for good deals to surface though.
Quite the surprise,,. I thought that the D700 was an April fools hoax when I first heard of it,. This will certainly give Nikon the drop on Canon's 5D replacement,,. Canon will return the favour with a 2100.00 price point,,.
Nikon must have a lot of confidence in D3 sales as well as any future D3X release from a marketing perspective as you would think this would take some of the interest off the full sized model,,. This model makes a lot of sence however I would have thought its release would have followed the D3X not preceeded it,,.
Isn't interesting that this forum is called the the D700 Users Group.
I take that there are actually no D700 users yet!
But if and when the D700 does arrive and we start to hear from "real" users, I will be really interested.
I have been a film Nikon user for 40 years and I was delighted when the D100 arrived. It was just what I wanted .... until the D200 appeared. I just had to have it and I was delighted with it until.. the D300 arrived.
I persuaded my family and my wife that this was my ultimate digital Nikon and I lied! It was until yesterday when the D700 was announced.
Until yesterday, I looked at and admired the D3 but it was too big and heavy and way too expensive. I would need to win a lottery and have someone to carry it for me! But I have all those non DX lens (are they called FX lens now) and I really wanted to get back to shooting with the 60 mm F2 or the 85 mm F1.8 at the magnification for which it was designed.
So have Nikon finally given me my ultimate choice? A D300 with my DX lenses, (which I am keeping) and a new D700 body for my FX lenses.
And of course, before I forget, they have announced the SB900 just after I bought my second SB800.
So how will I persuade the rest of the family and my wife that I need another Nikon body? (I have already persuaded myself!)
This is definitely an addiction but I suppose (and I have tried to persuade my wife and family) that it is better than drink or cigarettes.
I think I had better wait until all of my back-ordered gear arrives (still some biggies to come) before I broach the D700 topic with family
But on a more practical note, I was thinking that my primary need for extreme low iso is related to a 10-day event in November. Maybe I better just rent the D700 this year and see what the D400 brings next year for IQ and lower noise. Almost all of my need for low-light performance is tied to telephoto situations so then I would need a D700 and 300mm f2.8 to improve upon my D300/70-200mm combo.
SteveK My Nikonians gallery 'A camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.' -- Dorothea Lange
Oh man, you're singing my song. Be careful about saying what your camera hobby 'is better than'. Just the other day I said to my wife that "It keeps me off the streets." Her immediate response was "Yeah, and puts you in a dark room with naked young women."
I'm just saying - careful gentlemen.
-------------------------- It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. - Aristotle
I have been saying that if they put FX guts into a DX body at a reasonable price, I would buy it. Well, it's about $500-$750 more than I thought it would be, so I can't get it right away, but at some point I will be adding a "0" to my D70!
It's not an optical illusion. It just looks like one.
Twill be interesting to see the 5DmkII specs and price. This may well apply some pricing pressure to the D700. Actually I am a little worried about Nikon continuing to hold supremacy at the moment - C*n*n is taking their sweet time (3 years!) for the mkII and I worry that the delay is due to their goal to take out D3/D700 ISO supremacy.
Seems like the D300 price is slowly inching towards the 40D price and we may see the same effect for the D700/5D...
SteveK My Nikonians gallery 'A camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.' -- Dorothea Lange
If Canon manages to come out with a sensor capable of better high ISO performance than the D3/D700, that would be good for both camps. That same technology would trickle down to less expensive, prosumer bodies. Everybody wins! It, too, look forward to seeing the 5D MKII specs out of curiosity.
Why "D700"? Can anyone explain the naming conventions used by Nikon?
This, I get (well at least it's consistent):
$$$ D3 $$ D300 $ D40
But what gives with the numbers associated with the model? The lineage in the less expensive cameras seems to go backward to the more expensive category. D70>D50>D80>D40>D60 F100>D200>D300>D700 (??!) D1>D2>D3
I W A N T it! Gimme, gimme, gimme! I have not only NAS but CGAS (Camera Gear Acquistion Syndrome), which makes me want pretty much every camera and every accessory that I see. ALL of it! If only I were really, really rich.
Medical science says there's no cure for this malady, and it's not likely there will ever be a cure. People with this "illness" are known to have some sort of extra chromosome or odd little DNA snippet that causes them to be drawn to cameras and gear as if they were powerful magnets. Resistence is futile!color> (BTW, Nikons have an extra powerful magnetic field.)
Back to cruel, hard reality. Maybe I should learn how to use every single function of my D200 before salivating over yet another camera.
It is a strange and deadly virus that spreads NAS. Thank goodness that I took a shot before all the nonsense started and have been taking my Nikon replacement chewing gum to ween me off of the treadmill. I still have the D200---yep, the now lowly D200 which just a short while ago set everyone's teeth on edge and forced major credit card purchases from many. Now I get wonderful shots from the D200 and since my wife has a studio and a pro lab where she prints on Fuji Frontiers and Chromiras, I have many shots on my office walls of 30X40 or larger from not only the D200 but from an even lower D70. My wife shoots with the Fuji S5 in her studio and just has completed a magazine shoot for the annual swimsuit (read that bikini) issue where she did the cover, 8 pages inside and made large prints for the promotion and I never heard her cry for a D300, D700 or D3. She likes the idea of full frame but feels her S5Pro is more than adequate for all of her studio, travel, outdoor portraiture, etc and will upgrade to a D700 when one of her present cameras dies or when she can really see the need. We do have a large collection of full frame lenses as well as DX lenses so a D700 would be nice but--------like someone else has said in this thread, I guess I should use all of my D200 before I moisten myself over each new camera. When that D700 goes down under 2K, things might just change.
I still own a D100 (used for my engineering work) and moving from the D2h and D2x that I still own I'm here to tell you the D300 & D700 recently purchased are an excellent purchase and complement each other very well. Regards,
Tue 28-Oct-08 01:23 AM | edited Tue 28-Oct-08 01:24 AM by gwelland
"The affordable D3 is here: the D700"
I'd put it a different way:
"The luggable D3 is here: the D700."
I use both and I'm just so impressed with having essentially two identical cameras in terms of image quality. I simply cannot tell the difference between the images at all. The D700's more compact format makes it ideal for lightweight travel use vs D3.
If there's one thing I wish were different then it would be the < 95% viewfinder. I do notice this in day to day use. The other minor control differences disappear the more you use it (my muscle memory is D1X/D2X/D3).