I really expected to love the D700. I got a chance to shoot with one at K&S in Palo Alto and I have to say I was underwhelmed. For 3 grand it needs to be way better than my D300. Okay, It's FX format. That's nice. It shoots in low light. Again nice, but $3000? It seemed kinda tinny to me. I didn't like the shutter sound. Just me. I made the mistake of trying it with the 14-24. Now that got my attention. When I move to FX, It's going to be $1800 + the camera, because that is one nice piece of glass.
Well, to each his own impression I guess. Tinny? I find it very solid and substantial, I certainly wouldn't want it any heavier than it is.
I love the shutter sound, and more importantly the speed and smoothness of the shutter. Compared to my D200, the D700's shutter is much more solid, fast, and smooth: I can barely feel it, which means more of my shots are sharp.
But physical aspects aside, the dynamic range, resolution, tonal gradations, and high ISO performance are well worth the price.
Wed 01-Oct-08 11:54 AM | edited Wed 01-Oct-08 11:54 AM by MichaelAlan
Well you know, you can argue the price point. $1800 is steep especially in this day and age where we need our money to stretch further.
For some it is an arguement between choosing the D300 or the D700 while others may be torn between the D700 and the D3. You could think of it either as an additional $1800 you would have to front OR (now this is my "price shopper" mentality talking here) saving $1500 by not getting the D3...
It really is all about what you fell you need. Once you go full frame it is hard to go back. I owned a couple Canon 5Ds (when I was in my "confused" stage) and those full frame sensors were just killer!
All in all, you pay $X more for these lenses. If I buy a wide angle lens then gosh darn I want a wide angle lens!
Full frame for the wide angle stuff, crop bodies for the zooms. You could also throw a teleconverter on your lenses and get more zoom on a full frame sensor.
For me (well for everyone else who has a D700 I guess too), the D700 is: Full frame, sharp, has amazing and fast AF and killer high ISO abilities... Enough said! Worth every penny.
While I can't agree with teh underwhelmed comment, I can go along with the bit about shutter sound. When I first got my D700 about three weeks ago, my first impression was that the shutter did indeed sound awful. The D300 had a much smoother and reassuring sound. However now after three weeks, the sound does not bother me.
Other than that,it is hard not to be very very impressed by this camera. The build quality is really amzazing and you know this the second you pick it up.
It seems to me to have better enviromental sealing than the D300. I noticed that the on/off has more resistance to it, my guess is it perhaps a tighter seal. Any comments?
So doe sthat mean that you will not be considering the D700 as a purchase ?
Going from D80 to D700, it took some getting used to. I have been using it for about 8 weeks now and I love every shot I'm taking. The shutter sound did bother me a bit at the beginning, but now it feels and sounds just fine. I've been trying to fine tune the JPEG on D700, but now I just shoot in raw and post edit. I think it's $3000 well spent for me since it gives me much more pleasure when shooting.
As Sylvain said to each his/her own impression....I have both cameras and I have to say I never noticed a shutter sound. I have had my d700 for almost a month and have yet to pick up the d300.....I find the d700 way better then my d300 in low light and that is one of the main reasons I purchased it, but that is just me...
>I don't buy a lot of things. >I don't need to publish the reasons why I don't buy them >I don't direct those comments at those who obviously love >them. > >Guess I'll go out and not buy a Corvette now. tinny horn.
Well, last Saturday (Sept 27) I got to play with one D700 and it felt very confortable and relatively hefty in my hands. I didn't pay attention to the shutter sound because I was more concerned with the viewfinder's scope and feel. I liked it a lot. I'm buying one either for Xmas or in March, whichever looks better.