I have just returned from the 63rd annual photo conference of the New England Camera Club Council. Both Canon and Nikon had representatives with product displays. One of the things offered was a loaner camera for an hour. I had the good fortune of shooting a D700 with the 14-24/2.8 for an hour out on the campus of the Univ of Mass at Amherst. Wow! What a camera! We were told that the camera should be available by the end of August. For those wanting a full frame Nikon, the D700 should fill the bill.
The D3 was also available, but I did not shoot it. The rest of the time I used my own D300/18-200 VR.
Here is a shot of the Nikon table taken at ISO 3200 and not touched in PS except for size. The shot of the chapel had some light added using levels in PS.
Cheers, Bill P.
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#1. "RE: Test Drive of a D700" | In response to Reply # 0dgillilan Nikonian since 14th May 2006Tue 15-Jul-08 09:34 PM
Looks great, thanks for posting, I have my D700 ordered at Berger,
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#3. "RE: Test Drive of a D700" | In response to Reply # 2camerapapi Nikonian since 22nd Apr 2002Sun 27-Jul-08 03:53 PM
You certainly nailed the WB in your first picture because I cannot see any green cast. In my calibrated monitor it looks great.
The second shot looks great too although it needs just a bit of contrast and perspective correction.
It is very difficult for me to make a judgment based on images I see in the monitor. As a matter of fact, images from different Nikon cameras they all look alike to me and I cannot say what camera was used to take what picture.
The D700 promises to be a great tool with its full frame and latest technologies. I am not so sure if timing was right for its debut because it could erode the sales of D3 and D300.
Thank you for sharing your experience.