dhelix33 1:30pm, 17 September 2011
I have not owned a D300 or D3. I have held and test shot them in a camera shop. I notice that my Nikon D700 shares a similar body and size to the Nikon D300 - although I believe the D700 is just a bit larger. With weather-sealing around the body, the build of this camera is solid, and feels hefty in my hands. The lighter weight and smaller size of this camera compared to the D3 means there are less physical features on the D700 as opposed to the D3. There is a single CF card slot instead of the two on the D3 - there is also no integrated battery grip on the D700 as found on the bottom of the D3. I actually think this is a good idea - if I want to I can purchase a battery grip after market and install it myself.

The D700 has a different viewfinder prism that makes the viewfinder bigger but drops frame coverage to 95% compared to 100% on the D3 and D300. There is also a built-in eyepiece shutter found on the D3 in the D700. I have read specifications that my D700 shares the same estimate shutter life span of the D300 at 150,000 actuations in contrast to D3's 300,000 - I hope that doesn't mean after taking 150,000 images the device just stops :-)

I purchased a Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8G for the D700 body, While this combination is heavier than any Nikon DX I have owned, I found the camera to be well balanced and very comfortable in my hands even after a couple hours shooting. My D700 has the same 12.1 megapixels CMOS full frame sensor as the D3. I have not owned a D3, but from reading about these two devices I understand the D700 duplicates producing low noise images that the D3 has been known for. The D700 also shares a 51 point auto-focus system with 3D tracking, which provides locking focus to moving subjects.

The D700 features a pop-up flash. Some may find it silly that a pop-up flash is built into a camera at this level – however, it will serve me well not only for an occasional fill-in, and I look forward to using it as a commander when using my SB-600. After owing a D40 and D5000 in the past - and currently owning a D3100 and D5100 I found the LCD screen on the D700 to be fabulous. The high resolution in this on board screen will assist how well focused I am on any given point in an image capture. I have yet to put it through vigorous paces in low-light, but I have seen reviews that the D700 has excellent noise handling throughout high ISO ranges - I will post some of my night images with the D700 here as time passes.

I am still getting used to the much quicker frames per second burst rate on this camera, compared to the slower burst rate on DX models I have experience with. I have my camera set on 5 fps. The D700 can be boosted up to 8 frames per second with the addition of a MB-D10 battery grip. What is missing on the D3 but is on the D700 is a Image Sensor Cleaning function which shakes dust off its sensor using high frequency vibrations (and also offers a dust-off reference photo). Some minimize the effectiveness of sensor cleaning, but I say it's feature to have rather than not to have.

Here is a shot of my D700 info Screen to let you see an overview of how I have set up my camera:

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dhelix33 Posted 7 years ago. Edited by dhelix33 (member) 7 years ago
Although I was told to expect it, what I was not prepared for is how different the D700 system weight and balance feels in my hands, as opposed to my D5100 (and D3100). After handling the D700 for the past week, when I pick up the D5100 or D3100 they almost feel like toys!

I still appreciate the imaging capabilities of both my DX cameras - and the DX glass I have for them [10-24mm f/3.5-4.5, 35mm f/1.8, 18-50mm f/2.8-4.5, 50-200mm f/4-5.6, and 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6]. The lens I ordered with my D700 is a 24-70mm f/2.8. Intend to get a 12-24mm next, and finish the zoom trio with a 70-200mm eventually). I have been using a 35mm f/1.8 prime for normal imaging on my DX bodies - will eventually purchase a 50mm f/1.4 prime as a normal lens for the D700.

I am really pleased with the purchase of a D700 a week ago. I am not in the habit of using auto ISO - many folks have told me the D700 provides very good auto ISO images at the high end. I am going to try shooting an entire day with auto ISO activated (perhaps putting an upper limit of ISO 1200) just to see...

Although I have yet to work on some night photography with my D700, as shown in the images below, the D5100 sensor has proven it’s ability to me in low-light.

Here are a couple night images I captured with the D5100 last month:

1. - www.flickr.com/photos/73877479@N00/6119376628/lightbox/

1. - www.flickr.com/photos/73877479@N00/6113224126/in/photostr...


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Greg
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