Hey all! I was very hyped and excited for the d700. I have a d200 and have been getting a few weddings and events under my belt. The low light capabilities and performance of the d700 is amazing and I thought it would be a perfect upgrade for me. I read the glowing review in Pop Photo magazine......and then I read the end of the review that stated how all digital specific lens would be basically useless with the full frame sensor!!! Down to 5MP! This is depressing to me! I just invested in 2 new lens that I guess I would have to sell or just use on my second body (d200). It's hard enough to talk my wife into the d700 not to mention all new FX lens!! The article said if you have many digital lens you might as well stick with the d300. My current lens are 18-200VR Nikon, 50 1.8 Nikon, 17-50 2.8 Tamron, and the new 70-200 2.8 Tamron. Buy the d700 and sell lens or buy a d300 and stick with lens???
Of your four current lenses, the 50mm Nikkor and 70-200mm Tamron are fully compatible with the D700. Only the 18-200mm and 17-50mm are "DX" lenses, which will still work on the D700 in its DX Crop Mode, which as you say would give you 5.1MP images.
The Tamron Di-II are the DX models. I loved my Tamron 17-50 DX, but went for the camera anyway. I sold the 17-50DX lens on Ebay and bought the Tamron 17-35 Di (non-DX) lens to take it's place. It's wider than the 17-50 and just as long when you take the cropping factor into consideration and put it on an FX body. It's not quite as fast on the log end, but the great low light capability of the D700 can compensate for that. The 17-35 lens is less than $300. I paid for it with what I sold the 17-50 for and broke even! So now you're down to only 1 lens you have to sell.
Bill -- You mentioned shooting weddings & being attracted to the low light capabilities of the D700. That's exactly the reason I got the D700, and I'm glad I did. Before, I shot with a D70 and a D80 and got many great pix, but also missed a lot of great pix because of ISO limitations. With the D700 I can get clean pix with low noise levels up to 5000 ISO. At 6400 ISO, some noise is present (depending on the shooting environment), but even at 6400 ISO I'm able to get keepers about 70 percent of the time. Shot night scenes in downtown Austin this week using a Nikor 85mm f/1.8, shooting hand-held and available light, and I was very pleased with the results. The D700 is the ideal camera for wedding photography because of the high ISO and low noise capabilities. I also have a Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 and the lense is full frame and is absolutely magical with a D700. So is the Nikor 50mm f/1.8. You would only need to get one good general purpose mid-range zoom and possibly a good ultra wide. The Nikon offerings are top-notch (14-24mm and 24-70mm), but they are very expensive. Fortunately, there are some very good full frame 3rd party lenses to fill the need. For mid range, there's the Sigma 24-60mm f/2.8. I have one and it is full frame on a D700 and the image quality of the lens is outstanding. Cameta Camera sells the lens for about $200. For ultra wide, there's the excellent Tamron 17-35mm f/2.8-f/4. It will be my next lens purchase (in about 2 weeks). Sigma4less sells the lens for about $270. With a Tamron 17-35mm, and a Nikor 50mm, and a Sigma 24-60 and a Tamron 70-200mm, you would have a very good set-up for weddings. I'm one who switched from DX to FX and I much prefer the FX. DX is good, but IMHO FX is even better.
With the D700 I can get >clean pix with low noise levels up to 5000 ISO. At 6400 ISO, >some noise is present (depending on the shooting environment), >but ......
I make use of the "auto ISO" feature and find it a great help. However, when I saw that you were using "5000 ISO" I scurried off to the menus. Sure, with the ISO sensitivity set to 1/3 steps, (Custom Setting menu, b1)I can choose 5000 as a "fixed" value, but when dictating the "maximum sensitivity" for the Auto ISO feature, "5000" is not an option. It jumps from 3200 to 6400. ie in one stop steps. What am I missing here? Bob
>However, when I saw that you were using "5000 >ISO" I scurried off to the menus. Sure, with the ISO >sensitivity set to 1/3 steps, (Custom Setting menu, b1)I can >choose 5000 as a "fixed" value, but when dictating >the "maximum sensitivity" for the Auto ISO feature, >"5000" is not an option. It jumps from 3200 to 6400. >ie in one stop steps. >What am I missing here?
In Auto ISO, the maximum desired ISO value can only be set in 1-stop steps, so as you have found you can't tell the camera to use anything between 3200 and 6400 as its maximum ISO. But if you set the maximum to 6400 (and the ISO step value to 1/3), the camera can choose 3200, 4000, 5000, or 6400 depending on the lighting conditions.
I have the same potential issue, however, unless you are printing a lot of bigger images, even a 5.1 mpixel image, especially shot in RAW, can be enlarged to 12x18 inches and the prints will look very nice. I know, I have done it many times with my D70s where I cropped images and printed them on my Epson R2400 printer.
You can also upgrade your lenses as you go, IMO. And, with the D700, you get that great ISO range, great dynamic range and 14 bit color depth with any lens you attach.