I currently own the Nikon D70 and have been quite happy shooting with it for quite a few years now. I mostly do portrait and wedding photography.
That said, I am torn between which camera I should purchase next: the D300 or the D700.
I love the idea of a full-frame sensor that the D700 has to offer and the greater potential for low-lighting situations ...
but for such a great price difference ... is that D300 still a sufficient upgrade in quality for me?
#1. "RE: D70 Now ... D300 or D700 Next?" | In response to Reply # 0churtle1 Registered since 29th Feb 2008Sun 31-Aug-08 05:43 PM | edited Sun 31-Aug-08 05:44 PM by churtle1
I too got the D70 when it came out. About 3 or 4 months ago, I sold my D70 and got the D300. Man, what a step up! Couldn't have been more happier. Shot one of my first weddings with it, and was pretty pleased with it. I just did know the camera well enough. Anyway, when the D700 came out I went to the camera store in town, just to talk to someone about it. And two hours later I put it on my American Express. So, I can say I have both. I didn't think the two were going to be that big of a difference, $1,200 dollars worth, but it surprisingly is. The low lighting it can reach and not be noisy is unreal. Like iso3200 and hardly be noisy. If you don't have a lot of DX lenses I would save for the D700. It's worth it! Good Luck,
Jason - Tampa,FL
#2. "RE: D70 Now ... D300 or D700 Next?" | In response to Reply # 0Len Shepherd Nikonian since 09th Mar 2003Sun 31-Aug-08 07:04 PM
>is that D300 still a sufficient upgrade in quality for me?
Only you can decide!
To help (or hinder) your decision the D300 as the same sharpness and resolution as the D3/700 so in that sense the D300 has the quality you need.
The D70 has better noise performance above about 800 ISO and a little more dynamic range, which might help for dark tuxedo and white wedding dress weddings. On the other hand the D lighting capability of the D300/70 is a huge step forward as regards gaining extra shadow detail.
You should be able to get much better results with either camera
Your profile does not mention your lenses. If they are DX there is IMO no point in getting a D700 without getting some FF lenses to go with it - which could double the upgrade cost.
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.
#3. "RE: D70 Now ... D300 or D700 Next?" | In response to Reply # 2jmteno76 Registered since 28th Dec 2007Sun 31-Aug-08 08:28 PM
The step up from the D70 to D300 or the D700 is a big one. You will be amazed by the jump in image quality. It really comes down to budget and how many DX lens you currently have.
For long term investment and money is not a factor, go with the D700
#4. "RE: D70 Now ... D300 or D700 Next?" | In response to Reply # 3PaulBennett Registered since 09th May 2008Thu 04-Sep-08 11:21 PM
24mm cameras and lenses are quite adequate for most work and are less expensive and lighter weight.
35mm cameras and lenses are twice the expensive and almost twice the weight and the additional quality isn't obviously apparent on 8x10 and smaller prints.
Nothing you didn't already know, but think of it this way...if they were free, which would you choose? There still is a case for the D300. You will find many posts where the users is looking for a smaller 'walk around' lens, which says weight/size is a very meaningful parameter. Even cases where price isn't important, size is, both in print size and equipment size...I say that's where the choice is made.