I just got the D700 (still in the box new) and the 80-400 lens to try NIKON products. Have been a CANON user and disappointment in D1MarkIII and to some extent 40D caused switch. Didn't want to take chance on 50D so - the switch.
I am a Mac user and D700 not supported in Aperture. Now I'm reading that there is agreement between NIKON and Microsoft. Concern about RAW support. Can anyone help with this?
Also. should I try with a different lens as I have read that there may be update to the 80-400 lens. I shoot wildlife/nature/sports.
#1. "RE: New and request help" | In response to Reply # 0MarkF Registered since 20th Dec 2005Fri 05-Sep-08 12:16 PM
What is your budget?
If money is no object, I'm told the 200-400 is excellent. The 80-400 is much more affordable, but with limitations in image quality and focus speed.
If you do a search in the lens forum you will find lots of good comments on the 80-400, both pro and con.
I am also looking for a good and reasonably priced zoom in that range. Moving from the DX format to full frame (FX) my 70-200 (an excellent lens) is not long enough. The 200-400 is way beyond my budget, and I too am looking forward to Nikon updating the 80-400.
I still own an F100; do you think film will make a comeback?
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#2. "RE: New and request help" | In response to Reply # 0
I hope this help: I believe you got your Aperture before D700 came out. You may want to check online on Aperture updates. Normally any new camera release, most software will include in their update in order for you to use it. Photoshop do. Unfortunately I don't use Aperture. As for viewing only you can download Nikonview for Mac. Thanks.
#3. "RE: New and request help" | In response to Reply # 2gregmiller Registered since 11th Feb 2007Fri 05-Sep-08 02:24 PM
The 80-400 is a very capable lens for landscape shots - image quality is quite good. It isn't high on may people's wildlife or sports lists because it is one of Nikon's slowest lenses in terms of focus speed, and also slow in terms of having a max aperture of f4.5. That doesn't mean it won't work for sports and wildlife but it will limit you to some degree (I have some birds in flight photos captured with this lens in my soon to be released book). The assumption is that there is an update to this lens in the very near future and that it will be an AFS lens. My guess is they new lens will have a slight aperture improvement to f4.0. having a D700 negates the aperture issue somewhat since you can boost the ISO without fear, but that doesn't help limit depth of field. An 80-400 f2.8 lens would have to be huge, so you really have to choose between portability and max aperture. This lens isn't targeted to high end wildlife or sport shooters it will never change much in respect to max aperture.
#5. "RE: New and request help" | In response to Reply # 2svaldes Registered since 24th Aug 2007Sat 06-Sep-08 12:13 AM
> I hope this help: I believe you got your Aperture before
>D700 came out. You may want to check online on Aperture
>updates. Normally any new camera release, most software will
>include in their update in order for you to use it. Photoshop
>do. Unfortunately I don't use Aperture. As for viewing only
>you can download Nikonview for Mac. Thanks.
Forget Aperture it still does not support D700 RAW. I sue Adobe Lightroom 2.0 on the Mac and it works great with the D700.
#6. "RE: New and request help" | In response to Reply # 0
The D700 is not yet supported by Aperture. Until Apple provides the upgrade, I'm using Adobe's DNG converter to convert the RAW files to DNG which Aperture can read fine. This has been discussed before in this forum. It's an extra step for the time being, but as Aperture is so great it's worth it to wait for the upgrade.
#7. "RE: New and request help" | In response to Reply # 6wmcy Nikonian since 20th Aug 2006Sat 06-Sep-08 02:48 AM
I am disappointed with Apple's slow response in updating Aperture's compatibility with new cameras. After purchasing a D700 and fiddling with the DNG converter, I decided to try Lightroom2. I am an avid Apple user (and will continue to be), but I am now sold on Lightroom2. It handles the D700 files perfectly and has great features, included the ability to make local (vs global) adjustments. A 30 day free trial is available for download.
#8. "RE: New and request help" | In response to Reply # 7Sat 06-Sep-08 04:19 AM
Yes that is disappointing. But I take it easy since I don't buy new cameras that often. You can make a number of local edits in Aperture by the way (sharpen, blur, saturate, lighten etc) with good control over area size, softness, strength (right click->edit with->Dodge and Burn). More powerful for local edits is the Viveza plug-in for Aperture, but that costs extra (it's terriffic though).
#9. "RE: New and request help" | In response to Reply # 0
I do have Lightroom as well as Aperture. Had been using Lightroom but tried Aperture and liked it. But if I can use Lightroom to edit RAW will upgrade.
I have read other posts and wonder if full frame is best way to go for wildlife. Have always used the 1.6 sensor (except for my film camera). I like the sharpness of the photographs from the D700 tho. And the color seems so much better than the CANONs I have been using. (am I imaging this?)
As far as lens - I will look into the 200-400. Does anyone have comments about the 300? I can handhold the CANON 300mm f/2.8 with 1.4x converter for short periods of time. But without the conversion 1.6 I think I would need longer lens on the D700 and wonder if that would be possible for me.
#10. "RE: New and request help" | In response to Reply # 9Sat 06-Sep-08 01:15 PM
I had a similar concern, with a 1.4 TC on a 300mm. I just replaced the TC with a stronger one (1.7x) and now it's almost the same reach as before. Of course I loose an extra 0.5 stops with the 1.7 converter, and I stop down 0.5 stops further so that the picture is just as sharp as with the 1.4, but the total 1 stop loss is easily compensated on the D700, just bump up the ISO, well that's what the D700 is for.