Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Nikon D700?

I am just not sure about the Nikon D700, listed on Amazon.com as Nikon D700 12.1MP Digital SLR Camera. I do not see why, with the required grip you're getting anything that competes with the D3.

For $3,226 you get the body and the grip. For only $4,500 you get the D3. The D3 is way more than a $1,300 improvement over the D700 so I, frankly, don't see the point.

3 Comments:

At Friday, August 01, 2008 12:52:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Clearly you do indeed miss the point! The D700 is a pruned D3 with only a few minor obvious specs. missing such as the double card slot, fps. 95% viewfinder and no sound recording. What you do get is an almost identical performing camera in a D300 body which is lighter and more compact ,( without the grip) and with sensor cleaning included. In UK it is £900 cheaper. $1200 in US. Thats a significant saving. I got my D700 yesterday which is a 2nd camera to my D3 - Early days but I cant tell the difference and if if the D700 didn't cut the mustard I wouldn't support it or keep it. I depend on my cameras to make a living.

 
At Saturday, August 02, 2008 8:44:00 PM, Blogger Cory said...

I can see what you are saying to a certain extent.

I do not own a D700, but I love my D3. I am accustomed (addicted?) to the professional body (heavier and less compact, I guess) of the D3, D2Xs and previous Nikon cameras.

So, I must judge the D700 along with the grip. The D3 has:

- better batteries
- a longer rated shutter
- sweet 5:4 crop feature
- combat level durability
- second always on LCD for tripod shooting
- way better viewfinder focus indicator
- excellent sound recording, same functionality as D2Xs, great for RAW & GPS-enabled shooting

 
At Friday, January 09, 2009 6:36:00 PM, Blogger Nathan said...

Hey Cory -
Very late to the game here - so you might not even see it... BUT D700 with the grip:

I can see what you are saying to a certain extent.

I do not own a D700, but I love my D3. I am accustomed (addicted?) to the professional body (heavier and less compact, I guess) of the D3, D2Xs and previous Nikon cameras.

So, I must judge the D700 along with the grip. The D3 has:

- better batteries - you can use the same batteries
- a longer rated shutter $1200 extra HAS to get you something and should get you more shots
- sweet 5:4 crop feature I don't need an additional forced crop in camera - but it is a nice to have - that you get for $1200
- combat level durability agreed - you could use it to battle yourself out from anything!
- second always on LCD for tripod shooting a nice to have
- way better viewfinder focus indicator not sure its "way better"
- excellent sound recording, same functionality as D2Xs, great for RAW & GPS-enabled shooting again - sound recording - a nice to have - that I don't use

the big one for me would be: no second CF slot...

However lets look at what you get:
- identical sensor
- (with a grip) almost matching FPS
- in-built CLS controller (the flash - which for me - is about the only use it'd get)

Anyway - all this from a current Canon boy who really thinks that Canon need to step up. I'm doing cost comparison analysis and cost of conversion scenarios with both the D3 and D700. I'll have AT LEAST one of each - the third camera will be one or the other - yet to be determined

 

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