Seriously, I've had my D700 since it first came out and have no intention of getting rid of it even though I just got a D610. For me, the D700 is the perfect size--not too big and heavy, not too light--and it has been my #1 workhorse for several years for weddings and everything else. I love the feel and control layout. For that, I do still prefer it over my newer camera. Wouldn't it be great if Nikon would release a D700s with new technology inside but the same exterior size, feel and layout?
My d700 is my "dream camera." What made everything go haywire is that school demanded I have video. I started me on a wild-goose chase. School created conflicting feelings since I wanted the d700 becasue it did Not have video. Adding a d600 seems to fill that void so far. I feared that a d800 file would be too cumbersome. Yet as I had my "affairs" with other ideas for cameras with video, I even tried the Canon line. I felt impressed for a moment with the tilting screens and even touch-screen options on the T4i, yet that is not the same class of camera as the d700. I came to need a more quiet shutter. Again, the d600 seems to meet that need. I could us the d700 in very quiet settings yet love the color photography is soft light. Those are some of my random thoughts. The university and their demands for video starting with their 400 level (4th year) courses in photography somewhat "upset the applecart" for awhile.
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Us poor folks can even use the 28-300mm with satisfaction on the D700. All you have to do is use aperture priority set at f/8 for most use, f/11 if you need the 300mm length for very acceptable sharpness. I can't imagine a more versatile, for the price, combination. I think it's the best one-camera, one-lens combo in the Nikon line-up. Is there a better combo?
Fri 13-Dec-13 06:34 PM | edited Sun 15-Dec-13 01:39 PM by D2xer
I use a bunch of AI/AIS primes, the wider ones on my D700 - in fact my passion for the 28/2.8 AIS is justification enough to own a FF camera.
My only zoom is the 70-200/2.8 VR, which is just short of being a great lens on the 700, due to minor vignetting. I use it both cameras, but prefer it on the D300. Favorite lenses on D700 are the 28/2.8 AIS, the 55/2.8 and 105/2.8 AIS Micros; also my 300/4 AF.
I still have my D700 even though my D800e and Fuji X-Pro1 are used for 99% of my shooting now. I don't know, I just can't seem to part with it. I very occassionally shoot 2 bodies - and that is when I use it these days.
For FX - I think it still stands as a testament to a time when Nikon managed to strike the right balance of image quality, autofocus capability, ISO performance, FPS, body style and durability and price. Everything after has been a compromise somewhere - with the D800e being the closest thing I have used - but the FPS limitation will still frustrate some shooters. Not a major issue for me, so it is the new workhorse.
Still, the D700 was perfect, remains highly capable, and will continue to remain highly capable well into the foreseeable future.
I think it's quite a statement that being launched as the poor man's D3, it stayed on to be the poor man's D3s and is now the poor man's D4
Not being a pro and not "needing" it for another reason than personal enjoyment of photography, I'm not changing mine, which is used with a vast array of lenses, but mostly with the 28-105 AF-D, the 28-300VR and primes...
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Got my D700 for 3 reasons. 1. better low light capability than my D2x. 2. all but two of my lenses (bought just for my D2x) are AI/AIs and older film AF lenses 3. I missed real wide angle shooting. that said I love it and have no intention or need to upgrade any time soon.
Absolutely nothing poor about the D700...I still use mine a lot even after NAS set in I got the D600 and then the D800. Each have their place. However, the extra bucks for a D4 is not in the cards and I just don't think I have a reason for a Df and I know my wife knows for sure that is not in the cards!
After I'd finally screwed up my courage and decided to go to FX format, I ordered a D700. While it was in transit between B&H and Wyoming, Nikon announced the 800/800e. I started using the D700, loved the feel and the size but craved the higher resolution of the D800. NAS got the better of me and I bought one. No regrets about that but I still use both cameras about equally, depending on what I'm shooting: D700 in low-light, night photography; D800 where higher resolution is important (a client wants a humonguous panorama). I'd not trade either camera and certainly don't view my D700 as a "poor man's" camera. It's a sturdy pro workhorse.
This topic prompts me to ask for advice. Unfortunately, my D4 is a complete lemon. It's been in for warranty service twice - won't go into the details - but the autofocus is still unreliable. Sometimes the photos are just soft, other times they are a blurry soup. I'm communicating with Nikon for the 3d trip back for repairs but I'm not optimistic about my $6,000 paperweight.
So I need a good camera, since I don't currently have one. These posts about the D700 were promising (and I spent time this evening with a friend who has one) but it has apparently been discontinued. What is the current "version" of the D700? I.e., an FX camear with similar features for a comparable price? Thanks!
The D700 has no successor, which would be a mini D4. The closest you can get would be a D800, which is more of the successor to the D3X. The D600/610 line has a newer/better sensor, but everything else is more of a step down.
If you are looking to take a step back in tech to the D700/D3 lines, you would be much better off with a used D3S.
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I'm not looking to take a step back so much as I'm looking to have a good camera without (ever again) spending anywhere near what I spent for the D4. That's disappointing that there's no D700 equivalent right now. Thanks for the information!
My advice is if you can find a clean D700 for a decent price, just buy it. You'll see what it's like hands-on, and worst case will get your money back, or very close to it, if you decide it's not for you.
I suspect that if you find a good one, after using it for awhile you won't want to let it go.
I don't know about the 600 or 610, only that my D700 does nearly everything I need right now. But if I were to buy a second FF body, it would be a D800. Companies market new models all the time, not all of it necessarily for our benefit! I purposely stay 2-3 models behind the cutting edge 8>)
Sun 09-Feb-14 05:01 PM | edited Sun 09-Feb-14 05:37 PM by GiantTristan
I have owned the D700 for close to six years and the D800 for about six months and I use both of them with the same lenses. You are quite correct - the D800 is the successor of the D700.
Compared to the D700, the D800 has a higher dynamic range, better LiveView implementation and greater freedom to crop. Only with the very best prime lenses do I see a significant improvement in IQ when using the D800. For my kind of photography, a D4 would not be the best camera, but the D800 definitely is.
I don't see the D800 so much as the successor to the D700, as a variation on it, with more capability in some areas (mainly resolution), and slightly less in others (primarily frame rate). That's why I'd like to pair them up.
My only regret would be that the D800 doesn't use the same battery grip as the D300/D700 (my 'poor man's 2-body combo' for now!)
Love my D700 as well. But now that its been in the shop for focusing issues for the second time since February, I'm looking around for alternatives.
Unless a rich uncle croaks and drops a wad of benjamins on me, I won't be getting a 4s. However the frame rate of the 800 is unacceptable for what I shoot, so it looks like I will be waiting to see what comes down the road next. D900?
Tue 22-Apr-14 12:43 AM | edited Tue 22-Apr-14 12:45 AM by D2xer
I'm always sorry to hear of issues with anyone's D700, as it's become my mainstay since retiring the D2x (itself suffereing an unexpected electro-mechanical failure). I normally expect my cameras to last for decades, so I hope your D700 gets sorted out!
I'd thought I would stay with DX for long FL stuff, but I like the D700 so much it's hard to imagine going back to a crop sensor again.
A second D700, or perhaps a D800, will probably be next for me.
The D700 is a great camera, no doubt. I gifts me with images I could not make with my D2x. The poor man's D3? Yes. However I really have to smile when it is said that the D800 "only" gives you more resolution. That means a lot to me for landscapes. I'll get one as soon as possible. Not the D800E, though. The results of the D800E can be equaled with those of the D800 + FocusMagic software (and maybe other similar deconvolution tools) to bring out textures.
Tue 22-Apr-14 12:58 AM | edited Tue 22-Apr-14 01:20 AM by D2xer
I've gradually been collecting more and more of the MF Nikkors I used to have, most recently a 105/2.5 and a 20/3.5, to use with my D700. This seems to be happening without me even having to think about it! It's as though this camera is a replacement for my old favorite, the F3HP...maybe I'm probably having a late mid-life crisis! 8>] (BTW, the Df holds little appeal to me.)
Well. I look at it this way, Where am I going to get the frame rate this puppy pumps out with the grip without paying a premium, not really gaining much by buying second hand D3's unless a 1st purchase of a DSLR I hope to get a D800E and I have it all covered, the D700/grip for my BIF and action work and the D800E for landscape As always, still buying new glass though ....Gary
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I've decided to think twice before relegating the D700 to 'machine gun duty'. I have the D300 for that, and it's much easier to replace when it wears out. I know only too well how few keepers come out of a manic, 1000-shot BIF session, and it's getting harder and harder to find a nice low-mileage D700!
I lusted after the D700 for years. By the time I had saved enough pennies, rumours were around about a replacement so I held off. Waited and waited until the D800 came out eventually but was disillusioned by the specs - not the camera I was hoping for.
Purchased a second hand D700 weeks after the announcement of the D800 for $1700 (looks expensive now but then it was a bargain). Shutter count 3,500 so had hardly been used. Shutter count now 12000 and I am loving it. Cannot see why I would ever move from it. Would I like more pixels or a D700 body with a D4 sensor in it ? Hell yes but then I think to myself - what is wrong with my images ?, what does this camera not do or not do well enough ? What real benefit would I get from any new camera offering ?
So its the D700 now for the forseeable or until a step change alters my answers to any of those questions.
I consider the D700 to be the hands-down bargain ever in the Nikon lineup. It was my first foray into FX and I still have mine and use it a lot. It does essentially everything a D3 does (when equipped with the grip). I only got a D3s when I started shooting lots of bands in dark bars and needed that little bit of extra high ISO capability.
I really like having two FX cameras each with different lenses for landscape photography. I also still have a D2x, a D2h, a D300, a D200, and a D2hs.
Since I already have a D3s I can't see myself acquiring a D4 although I would like the f/8 focusing capability.
One thing I really love is that all my cameras (except the D200 of course) use the same batteries - enel 4.