I don't have a D700, but one thing I've noticed reading all the forums here is that the D700 has gotten more praise, and fewer complaints (none, really) than any other camera. Read the other forums. People are saying "I've had this problem" or "This doesn't work," or "I'm disappointed in my camera because..." but you see none of that on this forum. Just praise for the camera. So, you're in good company praising the D700.
I got the D700 when it just came out, and I have always been getting outstanding results.
With my Zeiss zf lenses, I routinely use LiveView focusing. Since the LiveView implementation is better with the D800, I acquired one. So I now have the ability to directly compare captures of identical subjects by the two cameras. When viewed on my calibrated 30" monitor, the results are pretty much the same in most cases, though the rendering by the two cameras is slightly different. Also, due to the higher DR, the D800 makes it easier to recapture highlights.
Interestingly, my Nikon 24-70/2.8 shows some softness at large apertures with the D800, while its performance with the D700 is impeccable. Conversely, the results with my Zeiss primes are significantly better on the D800 with respect to color and micro contrast.
I continue using my D700 with my Nikon zooms, while the D800 is dedicated to the Zeiss primes. In summary, unless you want to print very large, need video, better LiveView or only use the best lenses, I see very little merit in "upgrading" from the D700 to a D800.
Great comments... I love my d700, and have since purchasing it almost three years ago. To date, it's been my favorite digital Nikon. Recently I've considered trading up to the 800 or over (?) to the 600 ... but after reading these comments and knowing how I love my camera, how it works and how to use it, I think I'll keep it for a couple of more years ... at least at this point in time. Thanks for the comments everyone!
I own both, yet I prefer the D700 over the D800 with it's 36 pix! There is a deft of teaching in the fine art of video, and all the written material, including "Mastering the Nikon D800" leaves a lot of unanswered questions on how to edit video clips no less, how to shoot them in the first place. I will never give up my D700!
I bought my D700 on sale 4 years ago. It can do more thinks than I have tried. I have not outgrown it, and I have not yet seen a newer DSLR that really replaces it. It was a unique camera when it came out and I think still fills a special place in the Nikon lineup. I am sure someday a worthy replacement will show up, but I am not sure I will need it.
She is a great camera, indeed. I have actually just changed to a D800 only because I got such a great deal on a virtually unused secondhand one. It made me think that I wish we could just swap out the sensor on cameras, like we can with memory chips in computers.
I'm very happy with both of my D700's. I bought both of them new when they first were announced. Sure, at some point I'll upgrade, but not to a D800 or D600. Both of my D700's are serving me well, so for now, I'm staying with the D700's.
I embarked on Nikon digital with the D70. Progressed to the D300. Loved it. Bought a D200 as a back up. Great camera. Got a deal on a D700 (less than 1700 shutter clicks) and scorfed it up. Sold the D200. I am now 67 years old and have the D300 and D700, both with less than 10,000 shutter clicks and am happy to say, I am probably set for the rest of my life. They are both great at what I want to do with a camera, and have the reach of the DX and ISO and DR capabilities of the D700, what more could I ask for? Life is good. Kim Western burbs of Chicago
D700 was my first DSLR, sure I've used a D70s and a D200, but they weren't mine. This one is.
I like the build quality, image quality, size, weight and feature set. Very much a digital equivalent to my F100. On top of all that, 12 MP is just fine for my lenses...though I do need to upgrade my telephoto zoom.
I have a D300 which was an upgrade from a D70's.Loved both.Really researched and pondered The D700,rented and tried the D600 and D800.Bought a used D700 and never regreted the decision.Maybe Nikon will bebug the next generation of bodies and I will reconsider.I will always keep the D700 it is spectacular.
I bought one about a year after it was introduced. I had been using a D200. My experiences with the D700 have been terrific. I'm not sure why I bought a D4. I think my equipment acquisition syndrome caught me. Anyway, I kept me D700 as a backup and still use it quite a bit. Recently, I started playing around with remote flashes and found the pop up flash on the D700 a great convenience as it can be used as a commander.
>I bought one about a year after it was introduced. I had >been using a D200. My experiences with the D700 have been >terrific. I'm not sure why I bought a D4. I think my >equipment acquisition syndrome caught me. Anyway, I kept me >D700 as a backup and still use it quite a bit. Recently, I >started playing around with remote flashes and found the pop >up flash on the D700 a great convenience as it can be used as >a commander.
I totally agree with you on the greatness of the D700, and I don't know what I bought a D4 also.....
Perfect? Damn near for me! I got a nex6 because I needed to lessen the weight on bird hunts. After almost a year I grab the 700 if I want absolutely no doubt about the final outcome. The nex6 is a nice little camera but except for a few select situations...
Well Nikon wins.
Greg oWo Just Watchin the world go by, trying to get a good picture.
Perfect? No. But it's an awfully good camera. I recently moved to the D800 body (two of them) after 3 years with a pair of D700s. My only two issues with the D700 pair has been rubber covering coming loose on both bodies and problems with the hot shoes. I overcame the latter issue by adding a flash bracket to my set up. It takes all the strain off the hot shoes. BTW, if you ever need service on your D700, I have found APS in Morton Grove, IL to be perfect: good prices, prompt turn around and a willingness to communicate while they have your equipment. They are superior to Nikon service, especially for cameras that have been in the inventory for awhile, and they will work on so-called grey-market gear too. BTW, I moved to the D800 because I do a substantial amount of aerial photography. Instead of counting cars now I can ID models and years. Ability to hold shadow detail is also remarkable.
I recommend the RRS (Really Right Stuff) Wedding Pro Flash Bracket. While they are expensive and require an L-bracket, they are the strongest and most portable bracket I have found and well worth the premium price.
I am interested in this because I want to take portait orientation shots with an SB-600 on the camera, so I take what I see on the blog as a suggestion that this might stress the flash shoe.
Interestingly, Nikon did give me the repair history of this camera. They replaced the flash shoe about two years ago, and there is still a slight ding inside the base of the shoe when I acquired the camera recently.
>Any brand of L bracket, or are they all the same?
The L-Bracket must be Arca-Swiss compatible. I recommend L-Brackets and Plates made by Kirk (available in the Nikonians Photo Pro Shop) and RRS. I have L-Brackets, Plates, and misc. Accessories from both Kirk and RRS (and Wimburley too). Both manufacturers build Excellent products and you can't go wrong with either brand.
>I am interested in this because I want to take portait >orientation shots with an SB-600 on the camera, so I take what >I see on the blog as a suggestion that this might stress the >flash shoe.
Using a flash bracket has nothing to do with stressing the flash shoe. The reason I use a flash bracket is to keep the Speedlight or Flash unit above the lens regardless of orientation (landscape orientation or portrait orientation).
Thanks for the response. My idea of using the bracket was intended to avoid stressing the flash shoe, because I thought that the landscape orientation might create excess torgue from the SB-600 on the flash shoe. However, I spoke to RRS, and they told me that I do not need s bracket for this purpose, because Nikon designed the flash shoe to support this amount of torque.
I also thought my question was sort of dumb because RRS makes the bracket. I now see that other people make compatible brackets. But, again, RRS told me that I do not need one, if the point is only to reduce the torque.
For me, yes, it is everything that I need. So much so, that I haven't even investigated the D800. Usually, whether seriously in the market or not, I've taken a close look at new Nikons. Not now. Granted some of what I'm saying is grounded in cash flow as I contemplate retirement; but thoughts of retirement work both ways: Not wanting to overspend AND thinking that my D700 will likely keep me happy and photographically active for many more years. The only significant piece I'm looking forward to buying eventually is the Nikon 70-200 f/4 to complement my 24-120 f/4. Dennis