Nikon D700 review

The Nikon D700 is a full format Nikon FX camera and is Nikon's second full format DSLR camera. The camera was introduced in the summer of 2007 and is now the cheapest full frame from Nikon (unless, of course, film cameras) Most photographers attribute the Nikon D700 to reportage cameras.

Legendary Nikon D700 with MB-D10 booster and Nikon 50mm 1: 1.8D AF Nikkor (MKIII) lens

Legendary Nikon D700 with booster MB-D10 and lens Nikon 50mm 1: 1.8D AF Nikkor (MKIII)

I have been using Nikon D700 for a little over 3 years, during which time I have changed several of these cameras.

Nikon D700 is a professional camera, it has no automatic modes shooting. This camera is designed for people who know the basic skills of working with photographic equipment and for whom it will not be difficult to work in semi-automatic or manual modes P, A, S, M.

Example shot on a Nikon D700

Example shot on a Nikon D700

Nikon D700 - heavy, dustproof and waterproof chamber with uncompromising metal alloy housing. But trouble, trouble, over time, the gum on the handle and throughout the camera body swell, peel off, and badly spoil the nerves. In addition, the lateral rubber plug for different connectors after swelling of the rubber does not want to close and constantly hangs. On my last Nikon D700, I just cut off this stub. Hanging gum and dummy plugs for PC-sync under studio light and contacts for the remote control. You can replace the rubber bands in the service center, but they take a lot of money for this pleasure, and the rubber bands come from China for quite a long time.

Example photo on Nikon D700

Example photo on Nikon D700

My Nikon D700 cameras are badly worn out from fighting, which is why metal began to appear under their black paint. Due to its heavy weight, the Nikon D700 distributes weight well with heavy lenses like the 70-200 / 2.8. It is best to use a Nikon D700 with a battery grip.

Example photo on Nikon D700

Example photo on Nikon D700

We accelerate the Nikon D700 to the cherished 8 fps

In normal mode, the Nikon D700 can shoot at a speed of 5 fps (with any image quality settings, color depth and compression level RAW) Using battery pack MB-D10 or network adapter EH-5a / EH-5, the speed can grow up to 8 fps. But, to make the camera shoot at a speed of 8 fps, one MB-D10 not enough. You need to use a special holder MS-D10 with 8 AA cells (batteries or rechargeable batteries). The MS-D10 holder is supplied with MB-D10. Also, 8 fps can be achieved using a more capacious battery. EN-EL4 (from cameras Nikon D2h, D2hs, D2x, D2xs) Or EN-EL4a (from cameras Nikon D3s, D3, D3x), but this requires an additional BL-3 cover (which is not included with MB-D10). In addition, if you purchase a battery EN-EL4 or EN-EL4a, you will have to additionally buy and charge Nikon MH-21 / Nikon MH-22 for it. If in MB-D10 use a regular standard battery EN-EL3e, then the burst speed will not change. Battery pack MB-D10 equally suitable for D300, D300S and D700.

Recently, I have been using Nikon D700 with a booster MB-D10 and one EN-EL3e battery. I want to note that the booster (battery pack / portrait grip) MB-D10 performed not logically. Only one battery is inserted into the booster, the second is inserted into the battery compartment of the camera itself. As a result, to use the camera with two batteries, you need to remove the booster from the camera, insert the battery into it and reinstall the booster. I think this method is stupid, impractical and in general, after the bustare from Nikon D200, such illogical behavior is just a mockery of the photographer.

Example shot on a Nikon D700

Example shot on a Nikon D700

Unpleasant feature of batteries No. 1

At low temperatures (not necessarily freezing), the camera does not fully release the shutter, and an error message 'Err' appears on the display. To resume camera functionality, just press the shutter button again, after which it will perform a full cycle and you can continue shooting. This behavior in cold weather is most likely due to a drop in battery capacity, which is not enough power for a full shutter release cycle. The repairmen say that diaphragm drummer absorbs a lot of energy and this problem can be observed with many Nikon cameras. This feature is also observed when working with a booster. In any case, in cameras of this level I would like not to encounter such unpleasant features. I get around this shortcoming with 'warmed up' batteries, of which I have 6 spare pieces.

Unpleasant feature of batteries No. 2

When using non-native (Chinese counterparts) batteries with a battery pack, the camera often reports that the battery is completely discharged. At the same time, if you install it in the main battery slot, which is located in the camera, then everything will work fine.

Trouble number 3

With the active use of external flashes, the hot shoe of the Nikon D700 camera breaks, after which the flash begins to behave similarly poltergeist. Even if you put the camera on a table or a tripod, install any flash, for example, the native Nikon S, the flash can turn on any of its functions on its own. Usually a malfunction manifests itself in the fact that the camera stops “seeing” the flash, or blocks the shutter release, the flash can spontaneously give any number of pulses of any power (you can burn your eyes), the flash focusing grid is activated, etc. If you move the flash in the hot shoe a little, the problem goes away for a few seconds. Clamping the metal contacts of the hot shoe only solves the problem for a while. It is treated by replacing the shoe.

Example photo on Nikon D700

Example photo on Nikon D700

The camera has a great small monochrome displayon which all the basic settings are available. I write small because, compared to Nikon D200, D300, D300s the monochrome display has decreased, since the Nikon D700 uses a large pentaprism, which pushed and reduced the secondary display. The monochrome display has a pleasant green backlight, which is turned on using the camera's power lever. The monochrome display saves battery power and simplifies camera setup and shooting.

Sample photo on Nikon D700

Sample photo on Nikon D700

The main display of the Nikon D700 at 920.000 points, the same as that of the cameras Nikon D90, D300, D300s, D7000, D3, D3s, D3x. The display is nice, has a protective cover that I never take off. You can adjust the brightness of the display for yourself.

Nikon D700 uses large and fast CF cards. My Nikon D700 works seamlessly with a 32GB 400x card.
Nikon D700 is not big at all frame buffer. Depending on the type and format of the image, the buffer can hold a maximum 18 RAW shots (at conventional compression, 12 bit RAW), 15 shots of Tiff, 24 JPEG L FINE (size priority). I almost never saw information in reviews about the fact that some functions reduce the number of frames in the buffer. Because, attention: if you enable ADL, noise reduction at slow shutter speeds and high ISOs, frame buffer reduced to 6 shots - this is a very, very bad indicator. But, even if you take the maximum - 18 RAW files with disabled additional settings to improve images, this is 3 frames less than in the ancient professional Nikon D200.

Given that the maximum shooting speed is 8 fps, with the Nikon D700 you can shoot series no longer than 3 seconds. So, the Nikon D700 is not quite suitable for serious reporting. Frame buffer - one of the main indicators of camera performance and speed. Well, if it is very important to shoot in series in RAW, then in DX mode the buffer can hold as much as 26 frames (with normal compression and 12-bit color depth).

Example shot on a Nikon D700

Example shot on a Nikon D700

Nikon D700 camera has everything 12.1 effective megapixels. It is small enough for a full-frame camera. A small number of megapixels lowers the diffraction threshold. Type of CMOS sensor, the first in the Nikon D700 full frame matrix from Nikon, because it is not the most ideal. In a number of characteristics, the D700 is inferior even to amateur cameras. Nikon D7000, D5100... Full frame is not a panacea for image quality. In general, I do not recommend chasing the number of megapixels, for more details in my article Battle of Megapixels.

Wedding photography for the Nikon D700 is not a problem at all

Wedding photography for the Nikon D700 is not a problem at all

Nikon D700 has built-in focus motorthat allows you to automatically focus with AF optics, for example, with  Nikon 50mm F1.8DNikon 85mm F / 1.8D AF Nikkor and other AF lenses.
For measuring exposure thrown out 3D Color Matrix Metering II with 1005 zones. The camera works wonderfully even with old AI-S, Pre-ai lenses. In principle, froze exposure available and tin can instead of lens, and even without a lens at all. The camera can memorize 10 manual lenses. I love to use Nikon D700 with Soviet lenses, since the camera has an electronic rangefinder (arrows near the green dot, which suggest which direction to rotate the focus ring on manual lenses).

Full-length portrait on Nikon D700

Full-length portrait on Nikon D700

At the camera 51 focus points, 15 of which are cruciform. After using the camera for a long time, I do not feel the difference between cross-shaped and regular focus points at all. A serious focusing drawback is the fact that all points are placed only on the DX area of ​​the camera - you cannot focus at the edges of the frame. Focus module Multi-CAM 3500FX use older cameras Nikon D3, D3s, D3x.

The camera has a main ISO range from 200 to 6400 and an expanded from 100 (1) to 25.600 (hi 2). It's a shame that the Nikon D700 does not have a true ISO 100. The shortest excerpt the camera is 1 \ 8000c. Funny but one of the first Nikon D1h could shoot at 1 \ 16.000. Short excerpt and minimum ISO are very important when using fast lenses.

Example shot on a Nikon D700

Example shot on a Nikon D700

Nikon D700 can control flash according to the protocol Nikon CLS. Funny but before the release Nikon D800 (D800E) seven hundred was the only full-frame camera with built-in flash. Yes, everything is correct, in Nikon D3, D3s, D3x, D4, D4sThere is no Df flash at all, therefore, the SU-800 module is recommended for flagship cameras. You can read how to control flashes in the section about Nikon CLS. Many do not respect the built-in flash frog, but in skillful hands it turns into an ideal flash synchronization device. Of course, the Nikon D700 has fast flash synchronization and can shoot in FP mode with flash for at least 1/8000 s, in more detail in the section on flash in the afternoon.

The battery on the camera is quite powerful, without a flash it easily fulfills 1000-1500 shots. The battery is completely identical to Nikon D80, D90, D200, D300, D300s and compatible with D100, D70, D70s, D50 (but not vice versa).

Nikon D700 behaves well in the studio

Nikon D700 behaves well in the studio

A thousand and one useful things: bracketing, control HA in JPEG, vignetting control, virtual horizon, Live View, viewing depth of field, multiple exposure, matrix cleaning, interval shooting, etc. If you have questions about small things, write in the comments, I will try to answer quickly.

If you take the matrix and the stuffing from the flagship camera Nikon D3, and shove it into the case from Nikon D300 (Nikon D300s), we get the Nikon D700.

With Nikon D700 and a cheap fifty dollars, you can squeeze a lot

With Nikon D700 and a cheap fifty dollars, you can squeeze a lot

About Nikon D700 and Nikon D3, I highlight the main differences in bold.

  1. Different level... Nikon D700 is professional and Nikon D3 - flagship professional camera. In any case, Nikon D3 is positioned for a different circle of photographers.
  2. Different body. And therefore, Nikon D3 has better ergonomics of management, more capacious battery.
  3. Nikon D700 has dust cleaning matrixand the Nikon D3 doesn't have one.
  4. Nikon D700 takes off 1 f slowerthan Nikon D3
  5. Nikon D700 has another pentaprism with less coverage, covering only 95% of the picture.
  6. Nikon D700 only one slot for memory cardsThe Nikon D3 has two. Professionals value this feature in the Nikon D3 very highly.
  7. Funny but Nikon D3 does not have a built-in flash, and the Nikon D700 has, from here comes up a whole series of Nikon D700 work options with Nikon CLS with groups of flashes. I really appreciate this feature.
  8. Different shutter. Nikon D700 will last two times less than Nikon D3
  9. Various little things in the menu settings, etc.

Speaking on the case, I did not use Nikon D3, but, given that the cameras have the same matrix and the same focusing system, the image quality and functionality are very close. Now both cameras are outdated, as Nikon D3s, D4, D4s, D5 much better than these two old women.

Example on Nikon D700

Example on Nikon D700

About Nikon D700, D600, D800, D800E:

D600 D700 D800 (E)
Pixels 24MP 12MP 36MP
Native shooting speed k / s 5,5 5 4
Maximum possible speed k \ s 5,5 8 6
Number of Focus Points 39 51 51
Cruciform sensors 9 15 15
Focus Sensors at F / 5.6-F / 8.0 33 0 15
Focus Sensors at F / 8.0 7 0 11
ISO 100-6400 200-6400 100-6400
Maximum high ISO 25600 25600 25600
Maximum low ISO 50 100 50
Minimum speed excerpts 1 / 4000s 1 / 8000s 1 / 8000s
Minimum sync speed 1 / 250s 1 / 320s 1 / 320s
Housing Part from M. alloy Magnesium alloy Magnesium alloy
Memory cards 2 X SD (HC, XC) 1 x CF CF + SD (HC, XC)
Video 1920 x 1080 no 1920 x 1080
Display 3.2 in 3 in 3.2 in
Dots on display 921000 921000 921000
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 95% 100%
Viewfinder Zoom 0,7h 0.72x 0,7h
Weight with battery 850g 1075g 900
RAW Buffer (FX Mode) 15 18 16
HDR Yes no Yes
RAW Compression only Without compression Without compression
Measurement exposure 2016 pixels 1005 pixels 91000 pixels
Shutter 150000 150000 200000

I note that Nikon D600 and Nikon D700 - these are cameras of different levels, despite the fact that the D700 is much older Nikon D600, but still its 'charm' is noticeably better than the 600. In choise Nikon D800, D700, D600 I would adhere to this sequence, leaving the budget: Nikon D810 -> Nikon D800E -> Nikon D800 -> Nikon D750 -> Nikon DF -> Nikon D610 -> Nikon D600 -> Nikon D700. Nikon 810a will be chosen only by experts in their field.

Sample photo on Nikon D700

Sample photo on Nikon D700

Interesting options for setting up and managing the Nikon D700:

  1. You can set the center selector button to view captured images at a specific magnification. Roughly speaking, when viewing a picture, with one press of the central button of the selector (joystick), you can get an increase in any area of ​​the picture. This is very useful for checking sharpness. Moreover, the increase is done at the focus point (or group of points), according to which the picture was taken.
  2. I adjust the FN button for auto ISO controls. This is not so easy to do, which is the strong minus of the camera. To do this, add the item “Auto. management feels. ISO ”, and in the function key programming menu select“ Call. top. item MY MENU ”. The button is configured via the “INFO” menu.
  3. I program the preview button to select the manual lens. Moreover, it is very inconvenient that you can only select the lens number with the specified parameters. On my Nikon D200 with this setting, it was also possible to change the parameters of the lens, which is very useful when using lenses with manual aperture controls and zoom lenses. The button is configured via the “INFO” menu.
  4. I program the AE-L / AF-L button for the 'Live View' mode, after which the Live View mode becomes more familiar for the convenience of switching on, for example, as on Nikon D90. By the way Auto focus in Live View is only available in AF-S mode and only with the AF-ON button and only when 'tripod' mode is selected.
  5. I turn off the audible focus alert, which greatly disturbs and annoys some people when shooting, for example in церкви.
  6. In the playback menu, you can configure the camera so that the focus points that participated in focusing (on which the subject was focused) are displayed in the image when viewing images. This is done through the "Display Mode" submenu.
  7. Focus mode AF-C set to shutter priority, and AF-S to focus priority. You can find useful information on working with these modes here.
  8. All other settings (and previous ones too) can be customized to taste and needs. Do not forget that the Nikon D700 has several banks of settings that you can save and change. More details about this here.
Nikon D700 portrait example and rare manual lens

Nikon D700 portrait example and rare manual lens

More examples of photos with RAW source files obtained with Nikon D700 can be viewed and / or downloaded in the following reviews:

  1. YONGNUO 35mm 1: 2 (YN35mm F2N)
  2. Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm 1: 2.8GII ED N VR Nano Crystal Coat SWM IF (portraits available)
  3. YONGNUO LENS YN50mm F1.4N E
  4. Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm 1: 1.8 (portraits available)
  5. Nikon Nikkor 85mm 1: 1.4 (portraits available)
  6. Sigma 50mm 1: 1.4 DG HSM EX (portraits available)
  7. Nikon N AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm 1: 4G ED SWM VR IF Nano Crystal Coat (portraits and reportage available)
  8. Tokina Macro 100 F2.8 D AT-X PRO N / AIS (portraits available)
  9. Nikon AF Nikkor 35-135mm 1: 3.5-4.5 (there are portraits in the review)
  10. Sigma 50mm 1: 2.8 DG Macro D EX (various scenes)
  11. Nikon N AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm 1: 4G ED VR SWM IF Aspherical Nano Crystal Coat (reportage and portraits)
  12. Sigma 70-200mm 1: 2.8 APO DG HSM EX Optical Stabilizer (different stories in the review)
  13. NIKON ED AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm 1: 3.5-5.6G SWM VR IF Aspherical (various scenes)
  14. Voigtlander Nokton 58mm F1.4 SL N / AI-S (a lot of bokeh in the review)
  15. Nikon AF Nikkor 35-105mm 1: 3.5-4.5 (indoor portraits)
  16. Tokina AT-X SD 100-300mm 1: 4 (there are portraits)
  17. Sigma AF Zoom APO 70-210mm 1: 2.8 (portraits available)
  18. Nikon AF Nikkor 35-105mm 1: 3.5-4.5 D (in the review photo of the autumn)
  19. Sigma High-Speed ​​Wide 28mm 1: 1.8 Multi-Coated Aspherical (in the autumn photo review)
  20. Nikon AF NIKKOR 20-35mm 1: 2.8D (landscapes)
  21. MC TAIR-3S 4,5 / 300 (different scenes at different ISOs)
  22. Tamron SP AF Aspherical LD ​​[IF] 28-105mm 1: 2.8 276D (many autumn photos in the review)
  23. Tamron AF LD 200-400mm 1: 5.6 75DN
  24. Sigma Zoom 15-30mm D 1: 3.5-4.5 DG EX Aspherical IF (in the autumn photo review)
  25. Nikon AF Nikkor 35-70mm 1: 2.8 (just color pictures)
  26. Quantaray - NF AF 1: 3.5-4.5 f = 35-70mm Multi-Coated (outdoor)
  27. Nikon 80-200mm AF Nikkor 1: 4.5-5.6D (flowers, street)
  28. Cosina 70-210mm 1: 2.8-4 MC Macro (nature)
  29. Nikon AF Nikkor 24mm 1: 2.8 (MKII version)
  30. MC HELIOS-44M-4 58mm 1: 2
  31. Nikon ED AF Nikkor 300mm 1: 4
  32. Sigma Zoom 28-70mm 1: 2.8 (miscellaneous)
  33. Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 60mm 1: 2.8D (colors)
  34. YONGNUO 40mm 1: 2.8
  35. Nikon N AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm 1: 2.8G SWM ED IF Aspherical Nano Crystal Coat (macro)
  36. SIGMA ZOOM 28-105mm D 1: 2.8-4 Aspherical (miscellaneous)
  37. Nikon 180mm 1: 2.8D ED AF Nikkor MKIV (Street Photography)
  38. Tamron SP AF 20-40 1: 2.7-3.5 Aspherical 266D (street shooting)
  39. Nikon ED AF Nikkor 18-35mm 1: 3.5-4.5D IF Aspherical
  40. YONGNUO LENS YN 14mm F 2.8 N
  41. Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm 1: 2 (MKI) (miscellaneous)
  42. YONGNUO LENS 100mm 1: 2
  43. Nikon AF DC-Nikkor 105mm 1: 2 D Defocus Image Control (studio)
  44. Sigma EX 85mm 1: 1.4 DG HSM (portraits available)
  45. Nikon ED AF VR-Nikkor 80-400mm 1: 4.5-5.6D Vibration Reduction (portraits and high ISO available)
  46. Sigma Zoom 24-135mmD 1: 2.8-4.5 (miscellaneous, portraits)
  47. Nikon AF Nikkor 28-70mm 1: 3.5-4.5D
  48. Tamron DI SP 70-300mm F / 4-5.6 VC USD A005NII
  49. Nikon ED AF Nikkor 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6D (there are portraits and high ISO)
  50. Sigma 170-500mm 1: 5-6.3D APO
  51. Nikon N AF-S Nikkor 28mm 1: 1.8G Nano Crystal Coat SWM RF Aspherical
  52. Yongnuo YN60mm F2NE MF MACRO
  53. Nikon ED AF Nikkor 80-200mm 1: 2.8D (MKII)
  54. Yongnuo YN 85mm F1.8 N
  55. Nikon ED AF-S Nikkor 80-200mm 1: 2.8D (gray)
  56. Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm 1: 1.8G IF SWM (many portraits)
  57.  Tokina AT-X PRO 28-80 1: 2.8 Aspherical N / AIS (miscellaneous)
  58. Sigma Auto Focus UC ZOOM 70-210mm 1: 4-5.6 Multi-Coated
  59. Nikon ED AF-S Nikkor 300mm 1: 4D IF Silent Wave Motor

Personal experience:

Nikon D700 is a very good camera. I work as a photographer and really appreciate her 51 point focus, quick response. It's funny, but all 51 focus points are in the DX area of ​​the image, it seems that the Nikon D700 is not Nikon Multi-CAM 3500FXand Nikon Multi-CAM 3500DX from Nikon D300 (details here) Also, exposure meters Nikon D700 is afraid of flare. For example, when shooting in a church, if a small light source in the form of a candle enters the frame, matrix and centrally weighted measurements take a strongly underexposed frame. The dynamic range of the camera is small, Nikon D7000 it is much higher, but do not blame the old Nikon D700, because it is the first full frame matrix from Nikon. Also, the Nikon D700 is one of the few cameras that has a useful Live View mode and at the same time does not need to overpay for the video function. When viewing an image in Live View, it is very slow. For example, Live View at Nikon D90 much better "understands", especially when enlarging an area of ​​the image. Often, Nikon D700 is the first FF camera for photographers, and whether it's worth switching to full frame at all - everyone must decide for himself, perhaps my article will help with this. 'Crop identification'. Regarding the matrix noise: yes, Nikon D700 bypasses any Nikon DX camera in terms of noise, there is nowhere to hide the cat in the bag. Regarding the recommendation of lenses for use: it all depends on the needs and tasks of the photographer.

D700 and skinton

Some do not like the way the camera conveys skin color (skin tone). Indeed, sometimes you can seriously complain about this. But for the Nikon D700 (and also for Nikon D300, D300s, D3, D3s и D3x) there is one unusual solution - shoot in RAW, which then needs to be 'developed' using Nikon ViewNX (Nikon ViewNX-I) or CaptureNX (CaptureNX-D), while making sure to select Picture Control (Picture Control) 'M1 D2Xmode1', or 'M2 D2Xmode2', 'M3 D2Xmode3' to your liking. These are special sets of picture control that simulate the operation of cameras Nikon D2x и D2xs... Try it, the result is sometimes very, very pleasantly surprised. So, the 'M1 D2Xmode1' is best for portrait photography.

For those who do not want to bother with RAW files: these same image management modes can be installed right into the camera by downloading them on the official website link.

On the net you can find the same profiles for Lighroom and ACR ( link), after which working with RAW files can turn into a pleasure. Also, I advise you to look into my note about RAW converters.

Live, die and live again!

A little addition: after 150.000 shots at one of the weddings, I refused camera mirror... The cause of the breakdown - the mirror lever broke, the repair at the official service center in Kiev took over 1 month and stood at around $ 650, as they explained, in the D700 all the mirror, shutter and diaphragm mechanisms are connected, so the entire front mirror bay had to be changed ... After the repair, the frame counter showed 10 pictures.

Mirror sticking

Another small addition: I got another Nikon D700 camera, I bought it second-hand with a range of about 10.000 frames. At 330.000 frames, problems started with mirror sticking.

Example shot on a Nikon D700

Example shot on a Nikon D700

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Results

Nikon D700 - Nikon's most affordable full-frame digital SLR camera.

I do not recommend to beginners - it is heavy and requires an understanding of photography techniques.

I do not recommend to professionals - the potential of other full-size cameras will last for many years to come.

Elder Nikon D700 is interesting only for the price and full frame. I recommend Nikon D700 for upgrade after old DX cameras as budget option FX camera.

Nikon D700 is a long-running legend.

Nikon D700 is one of Nikon's most balanced cameras. Until now (in the summer of 2016) there is no full replacement for her. Nikon D750 - not at all. It is Nikon D700, not Nikon D300, that can be considered a reduced copy of the TOP Nikon D3.

Have questions about Nikon D700? Ask them in the comments, I have been using this model for a very long time and I know a lot about it.

The material was prepared by Arkady Shapoval. My Youtube channeland Radozhiva's group on Facebook и VK.

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Comments: 876, on the topic: Review based on a very long communication with the Nikon D700

  • Hamlet

    Hello, I need your opinion. D700 mileage 4k $ 760, D750 new $ 1180?

    • Pokemon

      Explicit over price for D700.
      Can be found with low runs, but not so expensive.
      Much depends on the purpose of use.
      It is preferable to take the camera fresher.
      Next spring, the camera is expected to replace the D750, without increasing the retail price.

  • Stanislaw

    Hello. Recently acquired a D700. I wanted to ask for advice on the lens / lenses for him. I rent mainly urban architecture, landscapes, the sea, ships, griefs, etc. Often I shoot in the dark and at night. What could you advise?

    • Michael

      Tripod)
      And take 14-24

      • Vladimir

        Nikon 28 / 2,8 Ais. Rare, without AF, but optically for your interests is very good.

        • Oleg

          I confirm. The glass is magnificent. I ordered from Japan, in a state of practically new. Costed $ 200.

      • Stanislaw

        Thank you, I will search. (There is a tripod, but I can’t always use it)

  • P.P.G.

    Good day. I want to buy used d700 as an upgrade to d90. I rent a little, museums, architecture landscape, occasionally children and models. At the moment there is an option of 7500 tons of clicks. Should I bother?

    • Pokemon

      If the surcharge is not significant and there are full-frame lenses, then why not.

      • P.P.G.

        Thanks for the answer. there are only two lenses for d90, fixed 35mm and 16-85, so I think. is a portrait portrait probably 50 mm needed for a full frame?

        • Michael

          50mm is not a portrait lens - on the D700 it will be about the same as the 35mm you have now.

    • Taras

      I am a lover, rent a family and love photography. After d90 you will feel the difference immediately. As Arkady said, even the D700 will be better than any old crop in almost everything. Himself after the d300s became the owner of the D700. But as Arkady says, you need to take a full frame newer. A month later, he took d4 and realized that it was better)))) it's like Lanos vs Mercedes))). D700 immediately Sold, d300s would also Sell. Leave: s3 pro, as nostalgia for CCD and D4. By the way, if it’s interesting, then d4 from the States can be taken for 500-600 forever green and mileage for them is not so important (took 350k), they care for their resource.

  • Igor

    I have such a very important question, regarding the aperture lenses on the d700. So, in a bunch of samyang 35mm 1.4 in the field of sharpness. Everything seems to be in a haze, not really harsh, it's about fifty dollars 1.4d!
    On other Nikon carcasses all the rules, tell me what could be ??!

  • Elena

    Hello! I have a Nikon D200, in this camera I do not like the result of shooting at high ISOs and a constantly confusing focus (due to the age of the camera). I want to change the camera, I doubt between the Nikon D700 and the Canon eos 5d mark II (approximately the same mileage there and there / 16000). Which camera model would you recommend?

    • Valery A.

      Hello. Does it make sense to switch to another system, I suppose there are flash lenses? Yes, and fivedvak is not strong at high ISO. With regards to the 700th - here more than once they noticed the superiority of the more modern d600 / 610 - in terms of DD, noise. I myself have both d200 and d600, for noise - no question, 3200 is quite working, fine adjustment of the focus helps out (the lenses are also not new). It conveys the color as it is - without fantasies.

      • Elena

        Thanks for the answer! First, I filtered out the d600 as an amateur, I still didn't want to change the class of the camera (I understand that the d200 still smokes on the sidelines at the moment). Now I am looking at the characteristics - quite a pleasant model. How do you like it in tracking focus mode?

        • Peter Sh.

          Elena, I shoot ballroom dancing on the D610. He serves me in tandem with D3s. It is extremely difficult to find more difficult conditions for mass commercial photography. Up to 3 thousand frames sometimes run up to the day of the competition.
          You just need to be able to focus competently, it comes with experience.

          • BB

            The contemporaries are more complicated, they are less predictable than the ball gowns. In my opinion, ballroom players had a maximum of 4k frames at a big tournament (finished after midnight), while contemporaries had 8k frames at an average tournament from one camera.
            The last tournament of contemporaries in February generally filmed 'fun', when on the second stage the dancers were illuminated mainly from behind by powerful searchlights, you can only see the silhouette through the eyepiece :)

            • Peter Sh.

              That is yes. But there almost always are spotlights, the photos come out more interesting. But at the same championship in Blackpool, parquet is like a football field, and the light is invalid. Ancient dim chandeliers and a little dead lanterns. Everything turns out boring with vyrviglaznymi green shadows.

          • Oleg

            Peter Sh, can I somehow contact you? There is a question about the topic in which you work. Thank you in advance. If it does not make it difficult, please write to me by mail ya.samara2017@yandex.ru

        • Valery A.

          "How do you like it in the tracking focus mode?" I can say that in AF-C mode, one point at a time is normal, like all nikons. And 3D tracking, etc. do not practice. “… I filtered the d600 like an amateur one” - well, the control on it is from the body, similar to that of the d200.

        • BB

          I did not use the d600, but again the amateur D750 and D7100 do an excellent job for me in AF tracking mode, both with ballroom dances and modern ones (and the latter are much faster). Most often I use one or 9 points dynamic focusing. Of course, there are misses, but compared to the D5100 and D90 - much less often.

          • Elena

            Thank you all for the answers!

  • koba

    D700 Still the cheapest full frame in Nikon system that you can buy. Now it costs about 400-450 dollars in excellent condition with very low mileage. Gad, for some reason does not go down below. Personally, I think that a much more interesting option is the D3, like the same matrix but better work in a mixed light, and made forever, and more convenient to use, and the price difference is about 200-250 dollars. On the other hand, for work in a studio, Canon 5D2 will be better, and the resolution is higher, and the colors are more "portrait", that is, the waste of time for correction will be less, and old lenses are easier to adapt, and even video can sometimes be shot, it is also worth 450 dollars now.

  • valera

    Good day to all! I, an amateur with experience, wanted to know the full frame, bought CANON 5D M2. I worked for about 5 years, now I have a desire to change the device to Nikon 700. Is it worth it?
    Thank you!

    • Pokemon

      Meaning?
      If you have 5DMk2 now and lenses to it, it’s more logical to crawl onto used 5DMk3 or used 6D or used 1Dx (if you find money).

      • Pokemon

        Sometimes they switch to the D700 when you need a good AF, sometimes to the detriment of some other parameters.
        Say that I did not like it in 5DMk2. If AF, then the above models have an AF module, better than the second nickle.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Neither goals nor objectives are indicated. In that case it’s not worth it.

  • koba

    I am updating price information in China. The D700 appeared in excellent condition with low mileage for $ 320. And for D3 in the same condition they are already asking for no more than $ 580, even D3s began to fall for $ 850, and D4 for $ 1300. Of course, the Kenons have also fallen in price, now 5d2 can be bought for $ 380, 6D for $ 580, and 5D3 for $ 1100. Slowly cheaper and lenses for DSLRs. For budget photographers, good times are coming.

  • Vlad

    Hello everyone, I choose a camera for a sharp 50 1.8, if it works, then 1.4 and off we go)) I will photograph people at sunset) sharpness is very important .. the choice between nikon d700 or 5d mark2, tell me which is better and why. Honestly, my head hurts to understand, there were d40 and d7000, there are 35 1.8, but it is soapy for me, compared to 50 1.8. I definitely want a full frame, I really like the pictures from the first 5d just like on film, and grain, and volume and sharpness)

  • Nicholas

    who will say for sure if he will see SanDisk memory cards for 64 or 128? Who has experience with cards over 32GB?

    • Ivan

      Are you talking about SD cards? Where are you going to insert them? This camera only has CF.

      • Arkady Shapoval

        SanDisk is a manufacturer of such

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Easy, 32 and 64 no problem, 128 have not tried

      • Nicholas

        Thanks Arkady. Another question, if we take a specific card - SANDISK 64Gb Compact Flash Extreme, will its full "potential" in terms of speed be revealed from its UDMA7 to Nikon d700?

        And part of the question about 128GB remained open, whoever tried it?

  • Nicholas

    Tell me with what shutter mileage it is still worth taking the D700, and with what not. How much does the shutter take on average?

    • Ivan

      149999 is worth taking, but 150000 no longer.

    • Ivan

      You can twist it yourself, not in the service. It is enough to have a computer and download a service program.

  • Necrophil

    Greetings!
    Does it make sense to change the D200 to D700 (shooting a child + portraits)
    There is a 50mm 1,8 for a screwdriver, and I plan to add an 85mm 1,8G
    There are options with mileage after 100 thousand with a quite adequate price tag

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Yes, there will be completely different sensations.

  • Necrophil

    Arkady, thanks for the answer.
    And many thanks for the resource.
    Please tell me how much it costs to replace the shutter at this moment. You never know what ... I read about 65o ye, but apparently it was 10 years ago)

    • Arkady Shapoval

      There, the problems are mainly not with the shutter, but with the mirror, homeless repair with the replacement of the eccentric costs around $ 150

  • Nick

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  • Eugene

    Hello, does the d700 normally digest 64gb cards?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Yes, good. But, perhaps, there may be problems with some specific ones, although I have not met such cases.

    • Pokemon

      I still have a 64GB CF flash drive from Transcend (high-speed, 1000x or higher, I don’t remember) - the card was buggy on D700, D4 and Sigma SD-1. The glitch consisted in the fact that the flash drive works fine on D700 and D4, but on Sigma, with its heavy ravings, equals often fought. Those. were not read at all on the computer.
      And the second glitch was that you cannot delete pictures from the camera itself from this flash drive. Otherwise, everything hangs and it is not readable. Only formatting helps.
      Oddly enough, she has been living for 6 years already, it was bought at a high price, it still won’t die, but it’s a pity to throw it away.
      I don't take off anything responsible for her.
      And one more glitch - the PC is detected by being inserted into the card reader 3-4 times.
      Something like this ... Since then I have been trying to buy 32GB flash drives ... somehow calmer.

  • Alexey

    Good afternoon, Arkady! You have extensive experience with the D700, so I am addressing you. On my D700 (mileage 47k), an ERR error appears on the display. It comes out periodically as follows: I take a picture, then ERR comes out, if this error is present and the shutter is pressed again, the camera continues to take a picture and focuses, but there is no focus signal. So the camera can make more than one frame with such an error, then it disappears on the display. It doesn't matter which lenses are worth: I observed it at 50 1.8 G and at 28-105 3.5-4.5. What could be the problem? How critical is this?

  • Alexey

    Good afternoon, I am considering the Nikon D700 as the first full-frame camera. I shoot mainly landscapes and Macro on nikon D90. Ideally, Nikon D3s will suit me as I like to shoot reports and want to switch to creative shooting. But the price bites a little and finding a D3s camera in good condition is quite problematic. I don't consider cameras of a higher class yet, due to the lack of funds and a good computer for working in Photoshop, in which I am also not good. There is an option to take the new D700 and since I am not a wedding photographer, I think it will last for a long time. Confused by one 12.1 megapixels, on the D90 I lack detail, but overall the camera is good. I would appreciate some good advice. Should you take the D700 or wait and buy D3s or D4s, you want to take one for a long time.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      d700 with the same lens will give a visually sharper and more detailed picture. I pursue the idea that it is better to shoot today than to wait for something.

    • Alexey_S

      Good afternoon, namesake!

      I want to share my experience, tk. moved from D90 to D700 4 years ago.
      I will say right away that this is just my opinion.
      Seven hundred is much more convenient to operate, I love it to shoot. Relatively high ISOs (by those standards) are becoming available. The picture is cleaner, DD is wider, Raw - stretches better, and I like the colors a little more at 700K. Lenses paint differently.
      Of the obvious downsides, it is noticeably heavier.

      But the DD is narrow on both cameras by modern standards. For many landscape scenes, you have to turn the sliders in Raw for a long time, and you can often screw up a good shot simply by not successfully placing the scene in DD. You can, of course, use some gimmicks (UniWB, gradient filters, etc.). It is disciplined, but it adds fuss and costs the same filters and does not take away the fuss in the editors.

      For landscapes, higher detail is still better (20+ megapixels). On a few frames, I would like to have all 12 instead of 36.

      In general, for people, reporting, shooting animals, etc. - 8 suits me perfectly (with a baht block XNUMX fps is enough for reporting in most cases). But with landscapes, not everything is so smooth.
      As a solution to this problem, a year ago, in the wake of the coronavirus and a 20% fall in the ruble, I ended up buying D850 (at old prices) and I don't think to change it in the foreseeable future, but finances allowed me to do it.

      If landscapes are a priority for you, I advise you to look towards the D600 / D610 / D750 + used. They have good matrices, even by modern standards.
      The new d7200 or d7500 crop will generally be better in terms of the picture (wider DD, working ISO, etc.) than the old D90. Maybe this will allow you to solve your problem cheaper.

      If the priority is reporting and people, then the d700 is often a good option for its money.
      I can’t advise you on macro, since I didn’t shoot much in this genre.

      I hope it will be helpful. Good luck with your choice!

    • Seladir

      In macro you may be more uncomfortable with the D700 than with the D90. That is, imagine you are using the same lens on the D700 as on the D90. Since this is a full frame, in order to get the same composition of the frame, you will either have to move closer to the subject (which is not always possible, if you are already shooting on MDF, and even reduce the depth of field, which is usually a macro problem), or simply crop the image. And if you follow the second path, then a little more than 12 will remain from 5MP. stock of at least some.
      Therefore, if you do buy the D700, I advise you not to rush to part with the D90.

    • Pokemon

      I had d90, D700, D3s, D750, now D4.
      The D700 has a rather thick AA filter on the sensor, which means you have to use sharp lenses if you decide to shoot macro. On the D3s, the advantages are a thinner AA filter (I checked it myself and on the D3s the same notorious brick wall of the house opposite was always sharper), a capacious battery, faster focusing and scrolling of a screwdriver on the lenses, iso3200 working (and in general after D700 the range iso1600-3200 causes delight). The color doesn't need to be edited at all. He is almost perfect - today he looked at his old photos and was once again convinced of this. Of the minuses: heavy, the resolution is still the same 12MP (a small crop or image rotation and you have 8MP), narrow DD for all the same starting ISO200, and you need to carefully monitor the exposure.
      In my opinion, if you need something under the macro and under the landscape, it is better to look at the d610-d750.
      D3s with a mileage of about 50 thousand frames was difficult to find back in 2015-2016, and now even more so, and if you find it, then a camera with a low mileage will cost like a d4 or d750 used.
      The cheapest are from full-frame cameras: Nikon D700, Nikon D600-610 (if you need even cheaper - Canon 5D, 5Dmk2)

      • Pokemon

        I forgot to add - on the D3s it was very comfortable after the D700 to plug in 2 identical 32GB flash drives at once (64, alas, I didn’t try it, and it was so behind my back, because the raves weigh little).
        I literally set it and forgot.

    • Victor

      The XNUMX has an excellent color for people, a bold pixel, as a result, omnivorous to the lenses, even old screwdriver film drivers will work fine, the optimal size. The only thing that may not go too far is the landscapes.

    • Victor

      D3 - bricks, besides, today almost everything is already crumpled.
      The D600-610 is an interesting budget option, you can also watch the 750 if you get it cheap. The rest of the models can be viewed if you know exactly why you need 36MP or the size of a brick, or you are a collector :-)

      • Alexey

        the three will outlive us all. I speak like an engineer who took them apart. a camera is just a classic example of smart design and construction. there is no problem to repair it. parts can still be found.

        • Victor

          And the seven hundred?

          • Alexey

            seven hundred is one of the most unsuccessful cameras not only for Nikon, but in general of all existing ones. very difficult to disassemble / repair, very structurally unsuccessful. removed from support, spare parts for it are no longer officially found. and good. breaks down - throw it out and forget it like a nightmare.

            • Victor

              Interesting information, thanks.

              To me personally, as a person somewhat far from the internal arrangement of the cameras (I could only disassemble the 3 and then not completely), it seemed that the XNUMX is no worse in this regard than dXNUMX, but it turns out that's how it is.

              • Arkady Shapoval

                d200 is also not ice in service

              • Alexey

                nikon units are as well designed and well manufactured as kenon units. everything else is compromise. older nikons also have the advantage that the matrices are firmly installed in them, without springs / rubber bands. so it is very easy to remove the matrix during repair and then put it back in, no alignment is required. on my D2Xs this is how I clean the matrix. I remove the back panel, then the board with the matrix, clean it from dirt, then assemble it in the reverse order. everything takes less time than perverting with the removal of the tonsils through the anus))

  • Anatoly

    Good day! I own a d700, rarely take pictures, mostly my family (walks, competitions and matinees for children). For all the time, about 20k was filmed, but recently I began to take pictures more actively. Plus there are 80-200 2.8 mkii lenses, 35-70 2.8d and 50 1.4d + flashes. Tell me, does it make sense to change to something newer, and if you change it to what? Thank.

    • Trueash

      What exactly doesn't suit you in this set? Excellent technique, except for another shirik.

      • Anatoly

        I want to know if it makes sense to switch to d800 / 810/750, if I will get a noticeable increase in quality. Again, the photo is not commercial, the maximum I do is edit a little raw in darktable. I like the camera very much in terms of ergonomics (with a baht block), but I also compare it with the sony a65. Thank you in advance.

      • Anatoly

        And yet, everyone writes about the fact that the d700 is morally outdated, to be honest, I do not quite understand how this is expressed)

        • B. R. P.

          All this is nonsense about obsolescence. What does morality have to do with it?

          • Anatoly

            So I want to understand what this means. They write a narrow DD, but as I understand it, a wide DD is needed mainly for landscapes, sunsets, etc., correct if I'm wrong. Focusing suits me 100%, it's just a pity that there is no definition of faces and eyes, but this is not critical. Iso is also not very annoying, I use a flash in the room, and in principle there is a limit to 800. Therefore, I ask if there will be a very noticeable difference in the photo when switching, for example, to d750, d810, sony a7, etc.

            • 1Ds_mk3

              “So I want to understand what this means. "
              This is the magnitude of the brightness and grayscale that the camera can display.
              This value is unstable and with an increase in the ISO, the DD falls more and more.
              For example when: The sky is “lost”, instead of it there is a white spot.
              On older smartphones (before 2015), this was often noticeable.
              On cameras with a narrow DD - shooting is balancing, constant work with the exposure meter - an overexposed frame leads to knocked out light parts of the frame and you can't bring them back, but on the contrary, an underexposed frame leads to the fact that the dark parts of the frame can be knocked out. This does not happen as often as with the highlights of the frame. A characteristic opportunity to experience a narrow DD is to shoot with old cameras, especially with CCD (all except Fuji), or with Canon crops, up to 600D-650D-700D-7D-60D.
              “Therefore, I ask if there will be a very noticeable difference in the photo when switching, for example, to d750, d810, sony a7”
              The difference will be noticeable. It is more logical to change the D700 to the D810.
              ISO workers for these cameras are similar. The construct is the same. The design principles without prejudice are the same. When designing the budget D600-610-750-780, the designers were guided, as it were, to cut something down so as not to interfere with the expensive D810 and D850.
              At D700, DD drops quite sharply, emnip after ISO800. On iso1600-2000 there is nothing left and there is a lot of noise. The difference will be very noticeable when replaced with d600-610-750 - more halftones will be displayed in the bright parts of the frame. There will be less noise. The D810 will have better detailing, but worse with noise than with 24MP matrices. In general, if there are no particular lenses, go to the UPC immediately.

              • 1Ds_mk3

                example

              • Anatoly

                1Ds_mk3 and Roman thanks for the answers.

              • Anatoly

                Good day! Okay, then I have the next question for you: if you look at the dxomark statistics, the d610 does all the top techniques 1dx mkiii, d5, z7, 5d4, a7iii, etc., but in reality it's the other way around, so I'm wondering if the parameters presented in dxo to a real picture?

              • 1Ds_mk3

                Anatoly, I don't believe them.
                They have a strange method of measuring noise in the photo, and DD, however, too.
                Honestly, I advise you to watch real photos from cameras according to reviews, as an option, try to rent it by clicking it yourself.
                You need to understand for yourself what you want to shoot with a camera and why you want to spend money (for commerce or a camera for your soul), as well as what you expect from the money invested. And from this already proceed. It is better to check it from several sources, then you get some impression, and only then rent it or turn it around in a store (if possible).
                The matrix in the camera is not everything. M. b. You won't like the controls / ergonomics in the d610 / d750. Hard to tell. Until you turn the cameras yourself, look at them, you will not understand.

              • Anatoly

                No, I'm not shooting for commerce, I'm shooting for myself. The questions arose after I tried to take pictures with xt2 and xpro2 fujiki. I didn't like Xt2 at all, but I liked xpro2, but not everyone. I really liked its face detection system and tracking focus, it is really better there than in the d700, but this is secondary to me) I really liked the sharpness and color reproduction, that's just one-on-one with reality. Those. you really feel that the technique is more advanced, my wife had sony a65 and a 58, I won't say that about them, they clearly lagged behind even the older d700. What I didn’t like, and the same picture as a whole, it doesn’t have that fabulousness that my nikon gives. The downside is ergonomics, in the hands of the xpro2 like a toy, too light, the grip is so-so, perhaps a matter of habit, but I didn't like holding it at all. That is why the question arose whether there is something with the sharpness and color reproduction of fuji and the magic of nikon.

              • Trueash

                >> do the parameters presented in dxo have a strong influence on the real picture? - The real picture is influenced by your skills, light and lens.
                And DXO is a spherical horse in a vacuum.

              • Anatoly

                Many have already told me this, I myself understand it, but after fuji (post above) doubt crept in)

        • Novel

          Morality is based on ideas about values, about what is good or bad. Moral obsolescence is the loss of an object of its value, inability to perform work at the proper level, corresponding to modern concepts, when some characteristics become fundamentally unattainable, in contrast to physical obsolescence, when an object loses or worsens its original characteristics. For example, the Apollo lander's computer or some adding machine may be in full working order, but no one will use them for their intended purpose - the requirements for the equipment are different. If we talk about obsolescence in relation to photographic equipment, first of all, it means professional use. Whether the camera is capable of working in the stream that is set by modern ideas about the work of a photographer, whether it supports the required technologies, whether it provides the quality of the picture. If we are talking about a hobby or a special application, no one bothers to use at least a film, even a gimbal with photographic plates.

          Anatoly, specifically in your case, when you operate with the abstract concept of “quality”, there is no sense in the transition. It will appear when you can clearly formulate for yourself what exactly you are missing. Battery power, angle of view, focusing speed, frames per second, etc. The camera is too heavy and bulky, or vice versa, you are ready to put up with the increased weight, etc. While shooting with what you have, pumping up your photo skill will improve the quality of your work much more than any new technique.

  • Vyacheslav

    Good day. There is experience of using nikon d100, 300s. Today d700. I am a photo lover. For landscape and tourism, which camera do you recommend from Nikon? Unnecessary questions, why ... and so on. I will not ask.

    • Ivan

      D850.

    • Ivan

      Z6 II, Z7 II.

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