Tired of waiting for the D400 to be released, and after much deliberation for the best choice between a D7100 and the D700, I pulled the trigger on the D700. Didn't like the feel and button configuration of the D7100. For now I wanted an FX body without the cost and file size of the D800. The main reason for me to upgrade was the low light capacity I couldn't get with my D300.
Much thanks to a few of my fellow Nikonians for their insight, and one Nikonian for providing the camera at a great price!
HI Cathy, Congratulations. I think you'll enjoy the D700. I had mine for 4 yrs. & even though I upgraded to a D800, I kept my D700 as back up. It certainly a very good camera and you can kick up the ISO. Likewise, go wide with the old AF 18-35mm f3.5-4.5D which is really very inexpensive now. Of course, there are the expensive f2.8 available (the trinity). Enjoy & all the best with your new D700. Rod
Beautiful choice!!! I made the "same" choice last year, after the D600/D800 were announced. Didn't like the D600 button layout and the D800 big files. No regrets so far. Actually, my D90 is more of a camera than i am a photographer.
Nikonians!!! My best investment made after my camera!!!
Tue 28-May-13 04:53 AM | edited Tue 28-May-13 04:54 AM by Partytrooper2
>Hi Kathy, > >Beautiful choice!!! >I made the "same" choice last year, after the >D600/D800 were announced. Didn't like the D600 button layout >and the D800 big files. >No regrets so far. >Actually, my D90 is more of a camera than i am a >photographer. > >José > >Nikonians!!! My best investment made after my camera!!! > >D700, D90, D70s(IR), F100, F80, F Photomic FTn Ditto, ditto... I have had my 'new' 2nd hand D700 for a couple of months, also after waiting for the D400... and finally was able to use if for the purpose I bought it.. indoor low light.. (I have had a D300 from release..) and have been sooo happy with my choice, it worked exactly as I had wished. No regrets with not getting the D600 or D800! Enjoy your camera, wonderful machine.
Hi Kathy, Looking forward to your photos and your impressions. I have had mine for many years and it fulfills all of my needs. At my age, it is the last camera I will own and I know it will continue to fulfill my needs into the future. Congrats - and lets see some images!
Thanks all for the kind words! What I've notice most initially is the speed of focus. Of course, to be fair my D300 had developed some focus issues lately. I've been able to get some nice usable shots with an ISO of 1600, which would not have been possible with the D300. I've also noticed better image quality as well.
I agree -- you'll love this camera, and it only gets better the more you get to know it. I run a D800 and D3 as well as D700, and love them all, but there will always be a place in my heart for the workhorse D700. It just does everything I ask of it so well.
I believe the D700 focus is slightly better/faster than my D300, and I think that is fairly considered a consensus opinion among owners of both. I only notice it with the most difficult subjects though, something like birds in flight.
Thanks Guys! I purchased Darrell Young's D700 guide, and I'm having fun reading through it. Wasn't sure I needed the guide since I know the D300 like the back of my hand, but I'm learning quite a few tricks from it.
Daniel, I'm very flattered! Now I feel the pressure to come up with something worthwhile to post!
>Thanks Guys! I purchased Darrell Young's D700 guide, and I'm >having fun reading through it. Wasn't sure I needed the guide >since I know the D300 like the back of my hand, but I'm >learning quite a few tricks from it. > >Daniel, >I'm very flattered! Now I feel the pressure to come up with >something worthwhile to post! > > >http://kathycavallaro.smugmug.com/
Love my D700. Looked at the 600 and 800, but am sticking with the 700. It does what I need it to do. Enjoy.
Even though I added a D800e to the mix recently - I still think that the D700 may be Nikon's most balanced camera - price, performance, longevity, ease of use, quality. It is also extremely flexible, kind of a jack of all trades. I will never sell mine.
Congrats, it will certainly give you better low light capability.
Congratulations Kathy! I bought my D700 when it first came out and it's still my main camera. I use it for all my paid gigs. Some cameras just feel good in your hands and in operation and I think the D700 fits that category.
Congrats, terrific camera. I got mine before I got a D300 (since I already had a D2x). It made it very easy to get used to the D300. For landscape photography I carry the D700 with one lens and the D3s with another.
Now that I've had the chance to use this for a couple of weeks, I can say how much I enjoy this camera! I'm surprised how quickly Nikon discontinued it, because I find it the perfect camera. I'm not in a rush to deal with all the MP on the D800. Also enjoying the move to FX, which I didn't' think I'd adjust to that quickly. Since I don't shoot much wildlife, I wonder if I'll feel the need for a DX body.
Kathy I have had mine for over 4 years now and I find it just about a perfect camera. I moved from a D200 because the D200 could not keep up with me. I saw your comment about ISO 1600, do try ISO 6400 and above, you will be amazed.