Probably the best advice i can give is dont be afraid to crank the iso up as needed. 6400 results in clean noise free shots when properly exposed. Low light performance is fantastic. One of the first things you'll probably notice is the large viewfinder. It's bright and easy to see through, though doesn't give quite 100% field of view, that was easy for me to adjust to. You will also be able to use the DX lenses, as the D700 can be set up to automaticly detect those lenses and shift to DX mode, though the resulting images are something like 5 or 6 mp instead of 12. The D700 and D300 complement each other well giving the best of both worlds, with the advantage of maintaining the increased apparant magnification because of the DX crop factor. If you're like the rest of us, the initial response will be "WOW"
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You are going to love this camera. I always get Thom Hogan's guides for each of my cameras. The autofocus system is a little different than the D300 and takes some getting used to (like any new camera).
You've got an excellent selection of FX lenses except at the wide end. You might eventually save up for a 17-35 f/2.8 or a 16-35 f/4 if you do any landscape photography.
Good call on keeping the D300, everyone should have at least one of each.
Welcome to Nikonians! Congratulations on your new D700. Many of us shoot both FX and DX to take advantage of the virtues of each format. Here is pdf copy of the D700 Users Manual for a little lite reading. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
Thank you for the tips! My boys are high school wrestlers and both have meets this weekend. I'm planning to bring my whole arsenal with me and play, play, play! There isn't much else to do for 12+ hours in gymnasiums with really bad lighting anyway. Thanks for the welcome too!
Thu 17-Feb-11 11:26 AM | edited Thu 17-Feb-11 06:14 PM by ajdooley
Congratulations! You have already partly solved your wide-angle issue with the added angle of coverage you will get from the 24-70mm. For decades, 35mm was considered a wide angle, some people had 28mm lenses and a few real well-padded ones had 24mm lenses -- most were f2.8 primes. So you're there, unless you need more coverage, and apparently you have survived with the 35mm equivalent you got from the 24-70mm on a DX format camera.
Dive in. Take the D700 and leave the D300 at home. Poorly lighted gyms call for the greater ISO capability of the D700. Go immediately to ISO 6400 and make sure you "center" the histograms. Noise shows mostly in underexposed areas. If you can get close to the mat, the 50mm f1.8 will allow you to shoot at shutter speeds you've only previously dreamed of.
Hi Amy, Welcome to Nikonians and D700 Ownership. I think you will really enjoy the 700 along with your 300 because it offers the additional flexibility of the FX and DX lenses. I always take both my DX and FX bodies whenever I have room so that I have those flexibilities.
Someone already mentioned taking advantage of the high ISO that the 700 offers you, and I would also caution not to assume you need more light. When the D700 over-compensates (as a result of the operator thinking it HAS to need more light) it results in a red/orange tint, so crank up the ISO and don't worry about the light until you can prove to yourself that it really needs it.
There are a number of good books on low light 'graphy at your local bookstores that will be worth looking through.
Welcome! You will love this camera. Seems like you have a decent compliment of lenses. Only thing you might consider is the 17-35 2.8. Its incredible on this camera although a pretty good chunk of change.