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Here are a few comparision photos taken to show difference between D700 and D800 at f/16
The D700 has been around for nearly two years so in DSLR terms it is due for its pension. Two ePHOTOzine experts take a long, lingering look at it and wonder if now is the time to snap up a bargain
Moving on up! For the ultimate image quality you should consider going full-frame and here we test three of the very best.
The Nikon D700 has been launched and London braces itself for Matt Grayson's imminent arrival.
The D700 sets the benchmark for an affordable full-frame Nikon. Based on the same chipset as the D3 series, the D700 promised D3 style image quality at half the price - and man, does it deliver. With a fully customisable menu and shooting system, this is actually many cameras in one and can be setup to perform different kinds of shooting at the touch of a button. Sure, this takes time initially, but once set is a God-send.
The camera has Pro features and protection and ours have endured everything from snow to torrential rain without mishap. The controls are simply superb - as any Nikon user will tell you, they are very easy to operate cameras. The AF is very quick, the high ISO feature is just sublime and the image quality is just ridiculous - so good in fact that we are doing very little out of camera work to get to our finished images from both weddings and studio work.
Problems?? - yes there are a few. The rubber cover at the AF switch comes away from the body too easily (for service access methinks) and there are concerns that the hotshoe is prone to damage when using with an SB-900 flash (we've had 2 replaced for this), but for a Pro level piece of kit these are relatively minor complaints.
If you are looking for a great Full-frame camera at a knock-down price then look no further. The D700 is a bargain.
I moved from the D300 to D700 after a lot of soul searching. I was concerned I wouldn't see any great advantage. However within 10 minutes of using it for the first time I was blown away with it. I have used it in various situations / genres and found no serious drawbacks.
Now what I like about the D700.
1. Excellent dynamic range, even better than the D300 (which was excellent) - particularly in 14bit where you can recover an incredible amount of detail in RAW.
2. The incredible high ISO performance, I have used it over ISO4000 with super results. Even when set by mistake at ISO 800 for landscape - I didn't get any noise even in deep shadows - even pixel peeping (near perfect exposure tho').
3. Creative lighting system - the pop up flash can be used to control Nikons highly intuitive flashes like the SB800 & SB900, tho in outside environment the results can be hit or miss.
4. It might sound trivial, but for a left eye shooter like me the eye piece, I no longer have problems with my nose on the AF point selecter.
5. I like the integral eye piece cover - which you do need for long exposures.
6. Super live view, which in low lighting conditions is great for framing and checking a 100% view.
Very clear viewfinder
7. Easy to get used to after the D300
8. The info button, easy access to the menus (which are fairly easy to navigate)
9. Antidust, can't remember the last time I used the heal tool for dust bunnies (I have for sea spray tho!)
Now for the negatives, or more correctly niggles.
1. Much reduced battery life compared to the Nikon D700
2. Compared to the D300 the AF points don't cover as much of the viewfinder
3. The lenses seem to hunt more in low light than they did on the D300
4. Exposure tends to be slightly on the bright side, to avoid clipping highlights, -0.3 to 0.7 ev often required (not really a problem - the histogram is very accurate).
5. 95% viewfinder
What would I like in a replacement?
Well I won't be rushing out to replace the D700. But heres my wish list
1. 100% viewfinder
2. More pixels with same ISO performance - but I stress only really needed for Panoramas, which format I like (would negate the need for stitching for large prints).
3. Better battery life.
4. "Live" Histogram
5. Better FPS at 14 bit for wildlife
6. ISO 100 native ISO (currently ISO 200 with low -1 for ISO 100)
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