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D700 or wait for new Nikon body - e.g D600

SEMANON 4 95 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2012 10:56PM
Maybe its just impatience, I'm wanting to upgrade to FX very soon and prices of D700 are very tempting - If there wasn't supposed to be a D600 released around now I would go for D700 for sure - any opinions?? (I do have decent 2.8 glass by the way, used currently on D3100)

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photofrenzy 10 424 2 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2012 11:10PM
Well what is it yor waiting for !! More Megapixels???
SEMANON 4 95 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2012 11:14PM
Just to compare them both I suppose - also newer Technology.
photofrenzy 10 424 2 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2012 11:56PM
D700 will serve you well good all round camera and will outresolve several higher mp cameras about.Wink
scottishphototours 12 2.6k 2
17 Aug 2012 11:58PM
What you using it for? Business or pleasure?

Business = D700, pleasure = wait..
thewilliam 8 5.9k
18 Aug 2012 12:09AM
Many amateurs have the funds to buy the D700 right away and lose a hefty chunk of the purchase price when they upgrade to the next generation.

Maybe it's time to do a Ben Franklin exercise, where the pro and con points are written in two columns. Where two points in opposite columns are of equal inportance, strike both from the list. Your answer is whatever is left at the end.

Apparently, Ben invented this method when he was unsure whether to buy a Cadillac or Mercedes Benz! (Tongue in cheek emoticon)
dandeakin 9 209 3 England
18 Aug 2012 7:29AM
Depends on the price a of a D700. I wouldn't buy one new, but if you could find a good second hand one for 1100 then I don't see how you could wrong, unless you needed more MP or video.

I can see me using mine for many years to come.
779HOB 4 1.2k United Kingdom
18 Aug 2012 8:30AM
I wanted to go to FX and after saving for about a year I bought a D700 the same week the D800 came out. I love the D700 and don't think I will upgrade the body again, or at least for a very long time. I don't need more MPs and can't see I ever will. I could have waited for price drops but when do you stop waiting.
Railcam 10 605 Scotland
18 Aug 2012 9:13AM
I had a D200 which was an excellent camera but noise was considerable from 800ISO upwards. I thought hard about a D700 when it was introduced and after a year I got the D700. The only regret is that I should have changed earlier.

Fabulous body and I am not excited by the D800 as the D700 does everything I need..
Coleslaw 11 13.4k 28 Wales
18 Aug 2012 9:18AM
Why wait for something that you are not sure if it is coming out or when it is coming out.
A camera is only good if you can use it now.
thewilliam 8 5.9k
18 Aug 2012 10:24AM
Many colleagues found that they needed to upgrade their imaging computers because the d800 gives files that are 3 times larger than they're used to handling. This cost needs to planned.

The D3X gives as much resolution as I need and the D3200 now gives the same pixel count. But I only rarely produce prints more than 30 inches across.
SEMANON 4 95 United Kingdom
18 Aug 2012 11:14AM
What size prints do people find D700 capable of, and what higher ISO in lower light situations, while still be able to make larger prints?
dandeakin 9 209 3 England
18 Aug 2012 11:34AM
I can print as big as I need to which is rarely bigger than 18x12 inches, although 24x32 inches also looked great on the two occasions I've printed that big.

As someone said, I'm also not that excited for the D800.

High ISO is exceptional, reportedly the same as the D3. I'm perfectly happy shooting up to 3200 and rarely go higher cause I've never needed to. ISO 1600 is remarkable compared to any previous camera I've owned (d300/200/50).

I also waited for ages before buying one (in jan '11) as the D700 replacement was permenantly "around the corner". With hindsight it would have been cheaper to just buy it 12 months before that and I would have had an extra year with it. My only regret was not just buying one sooner and not worrying about what may (or may not) be coming next.

That said, 1750 is alot for a new one, as second hand 5D2's are around 1150 and I'm sure D700's can't be much more.

The 'preview' images of the D600 that I saw suggested that the build in terms of buttons / layout was much more D80/90/7000 than D200/300/700, which for me would be an issue.
Railcam 10 605 Scotland
18 Aug 2012 11:51AM

Quote:What size prints do people find D700 capable of, and what higher ISO in lower light situations, while still be able to make larger prints?

I regularly do A3 and occasionally A3+ without any problems.
As a railway photographer, I usually need a high shutter speed and the subjects have lots of dark areas. I mostly shoot at 800 ISO but have no hesitation in using 1600 ISO if needed.

I have used 3200 ISO and 6400 ISO with excellent results and produced noise free A3+ prints. The D700 has never failed to deliver whatever the conditions.


This was taken hand held at 6400 ISO, i/80 @f 2.8 with just the trackside floodlights..
User_Removed 12 17.9k 8 Norway
18 Aug 2012 5:58PM

Quote:What size prints do people find D700 capable of, and what higher ISO in lower light situations, while still be able to make larger prints?

How big do you want to go?

I have a 4ft x 3ft Poster of THIS taken on my D70 (note - NOT D700) which is perfect. (It was also a magazine front cover)

Printing is a different matter - and the D700 can produce imagery that will fill a Billboard. Or more.


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