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Nikon D700

Wednesday 24 September 2008


Rating of 5

The basics

The Nikon D700 is a DSLR that weighs around 995 grams and comes with a 12.1 megapixel full-frame sensor, a New Kevlar carbon fibre shutter with 150,000 exposure durability, a 7.6 cm LCD monitor in a light and compact Magnesium alloy body. It joins Nikon's other full-fledged professional models which has taken the world by storm.

The good

Where to start? Anyone who’s serious about photography will be drooling over the D700’s specs: a full-frame 12-megapixel sensor that serves up images smoother than Daniel Craig’s dinner jacket, machine-gun rapid 5fps continuous shooting, plus the ability to take pictures in almost pitch black conditions. The magnesium alloy body repels dust and moisture, and the crisp 3-inch Live View LCD has more pixels than some tellies.

The bad

You might need to sell a few snaps to the red tops to afford the D700 – and that’s before you’ve even thought about the top quality lenses you’ll want on front (budget at least another £300). Don’t worry about the sheer scope of the manual controls on offer – full auto mode is a great place to start.

The bottom line

Everything you need to go pro except a long lens and the willingness to stick it through Madonna’s front window. This stunningly high-powered camera should last, well, forever.
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I have had mine for a 18 months and I love the build quality, ergonomics and picture quality. The autofocus is the best in class, as well as low ISO performance. At 8fps with the battery grip, it is great for action, as well as being suitable for landscapes or studio. I love the Nikon ergonomics and the way they opt for dials and buttons on the camera rather than burying features in sub-sub menus. The 5D Mk II is also a great camera but I wasn't swayed by video or 24MP, as frankly I never need to print that big. If you're a landscape nut then that might be the baby for you. You do need to learn the D700, so expect to spend time with the manual if you are stepping up and accept that you will want the 14-24mm f/2.8, the 24-70mm f/2.8 and the 70-200mm f/2.8 - They all tip the £1000 mark but if you have used lesser lenses for any length of time, the difference is clear, quite literally. All the full frame cameras are too pricey but the sensors are expensive to produce and do in my opinion justify that price by enabling you to shoot at 14mm and get the whole picture. I love the film quality of the images and the ability of this piece of kit to see in the dark - well almost.

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I have used nikon's for over 20 years, 35mm then digital, i upgraded to the full frame D700 early this year (2010). I would always have said digital made life a lot easier but still lacked the quality of 35mm, i can no longer say that, I am now convinced with cameras such as the Nikon D700, D3 & D3x film is soon going to be a thing of the past and im sure digital will still improve with time. Chris Cooke Photographics

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