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p.1 #1 · Nikon D7000 vs D700


Hi all,

I'm new to the forum and this is my first time posting. I'm a college student with a Nikon D90; I shoot everyday and my shooting encompasses pretty much anything that I can find on campus from Political Ralley's to Pro-Sports. I shoot for my newspaper and on my own. I really enjoy shooting nature and portraits.

I'm looking for a more serious camera than my D90 because I'm finding that the AF system is having trouble keeping up with some of the events I'm shooting. I have about $2000 that I can put into a new camera. My lenses are already FX because I thought I'd change over at some point in time. I'm looking into shooting more weddings and portraits and such.

I'm looking into the D700 and the D7000. What do you guys have to recommend

Thanks for your help

Ken Chaney



Nov 19, 2012 at 04:20 AM
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p.1 #2 · Nikon D7000 vs D700


If you need the AF then the D700....If you can stretch a few more dollars and wait a bit longer you may find yourself in a position to pick up a used D800. That is if you don't need any new lenses


Nov 19, 2012 at 04:27 AM
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p.1 #3 · Nikon D7000 vs D700


Does the D800 frame rate increase with a battery pack like the D700 does [goes up to 8fps i believe]?? Frame rate is going to be important to me for sports.


Nov 19, 2012 at 04:53 AM
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p.1 #4 · Nikon D7000 vs D700


D700
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Nov 19, 2012 at 05:36 AM
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p.1 #5 · Nikon D7000 vs D700


If you don't need length, ie use the crop factor of the D7000 as a 1.5x lens multiplier, then get the D700 without question, it is a sensational camera.


Nov 19, 2012 at 05:59 AM
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p.1 #6 · Nikon D7000 vs D700


what about a d600?? I had the 7000, like the crop factor. I dropped and broke it beyond repair. Replaced it with a d600 and I also have the 700. Love the build and feel of the d700. I can also shoot high iso's with the 600, shot last week at 25,000 and is usable with some NR. AF on both is fine.


Nov 19, 2012 at 10:25 AM
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p.1 #7 · Nikon D7000 vs D700


Lance B wrote:
If you don't need length, ie use the crop factor of the D7000 as a 1.5x lens multiplier, then get the D700 without question, it is a sensational camera.


+1 The D700 is a real workhorse. The D7000 is a good DX-camera, especially for it's current price, but for everyday-shooting I prefer the D700 by a wide margin.



Nov 19, 2012 at 11:45 AM
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p.1 #8 · Nikon D7000 vs D700


If you shoot a lot of sports and frame rate is important to you, look into the D3 as well. Used ones have been dipping below the $2k mark and you get great AF, high framerate, and pro build.

Personally I wouldn't hesitate to buy a D3 with a lot of actuations for the right price.



Nov 19, 2012 at 12:01 PM
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p.1 #9 · Nikon D7000 vs D700


I looked into the D600 but I am not sure if there is a battery grip frame rate increase and there aren't too many used yet.

As for the D3, do you think I could get one for cheaper then a used D700 and a battery grip. I'm looking at about $1550 for a D700 with a battery grip. Is 9fps vs 8fps really a lot??

In terms of buying used equipment how many actuation is reasonable??



Nov 19, 2012 at 02:02 PM
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p.1 #10 · Nikon D7000 vs D700


My D700 is over 260.000 shots now and still going strong, but you never know how long a shutter will last.
I for my part would look for a very clean D700 out of the hands of an amateur or for a well-used D3 from a pro with recent check-and-clean or overhaul.
Regarding the MB-D10 battery-grip for the D700: in my opinion it works best with EN-EL4a batteries - you would probably need an extra charger for these.
Please excuse my English, Georg.



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p.1 #11 · Nikon D7000 vs D700


The D3 will generally be a bit more expensive than D700 with grip. It may also hold value a little better when you eventually sell. There's arguments either way, (D3 is a full pro body and has a couple of extra features, D700 gives you the option of losing the grip), and you never know what will turn up on the used market. This site is great for buy/sell, and craigslist too although you just have to wade through a pile of crap to get to the gold usually on CL

However you go, it is a great time to be buying a camera! So many truly excellent options out there



Nov 19, 2012 at 02:30 PM
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p.1 #12 · Nikon D7000 vs D700


D700 didn't stop becoming a sensational camera...and with your lenses and budget sounds like a great choice


Nov 19, 2012 at 04:24 PM
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p.1 #13 · Nikon D7000 vs D700


I started off w/ a D80, moved up to a D200, then two D300, then a D7000, now two D700. Here are my observations and 110% subjective OPINIONS; bear in mind that these are only from actually USING the cameras to shoot 27 weddings in 2012, not sitting around a laboratory measuring.

D7k, generally $996 new as of Nov. 2012, used goes for $650 to $825.
a) No stupid C/S/M focus switch to turn accidentally like on D200/D300/D700
b) Video
c) Twin SD card slots
d) D7k is not as easy to hold stable with a large lens (70-200mm, etc), but is less girth to pack.
e) Stupid mode selector easily changed by accident. Youre buying a DSLR to use MANUAL controls, right?
f) Weather-sealing much improved over D90, but not as good as D700
g) ISO performance 1 stop better than D300 (more or less same sensor as your D90). ISO 1600 is noise-free, like ISO 800 on a D300.
h) Max flash-sync speed is only 1/250- not good when you want to use a large aperture on a bright, sunny day.
i) If you have CS4, you will need to move up to CS5 to edit D7000 RAW files.
j) Shutter is at least 2x as quiet as the D700.

D700 $1,475 to $1,750 used
a) Minimal noise at ISO 1,600; noise starts to become a problem at 3,200, but is still useable. At 6,400- forget it.
b) D700 AF is not only faster, but also more accurate and has more focus points
c) D700 frame rate is faster
d) D700 buffer is bigger
e) Easier to hold stable. The weight, in my OPINION, is not a lot more if you are capable of carrying a bag of groceries, but its shape is much more ergonomic. Its dimensions are similar to the D300.
f) D700 can be high-speed synced to a flash at high shutter speeds; D7k can only do this up to 1/250 second. This comes into play when you want to use a large aperture (f/1.4, 2.8) on a bright sunny day.
g) MB-D10 vertical grips can be had used for $150-ish.
h) 9 out of 10 dress size 2 females prefer a D700 guy over a D7k guy.


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Nov 19, 2012 at 05:08 PM
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p.1 #14 · Nikon D7000 vs D700


As for considering a D3...

Some good people gave me insight in Oct. 2011 when I considered buying a used D3 for $2,500 to $3,300 before buying a new D700 for $2,700.
Here is what they told me:

D700 pluses:
-Self cleaning sensor
-D3 attracts more dust
-Exactly same sensor as D3, and treats signal exactly the same
-Slightly lower cost
-LCD protective cover supplied
-Uses same battery, grip as my two D300
-Almost exactly same controls as D300

D3 pluses:
-Dual CF slots
-More ergonomic w/ built-in grip
-Longer battery life
-Faster frame rate (9fps)
-100% viewfinder
-300k rated shutter vs 150k for D700
-More better weathersealing
-Better AF in low-light
-No stupid pop-up flash (I gaffer tape it down on the D700's because it tends to pop-up at the worst times).



Nov 19, 2012 at 05:11 PM
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p.1 #15 · Nikon D7000 vs D700


D700


Nov 19, 2012 at 05:33 PM
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p.1 #16 · Nikon D7000 vs D700


Have had both. D700 is better than the D7000 in the ways described above. Since you already have FX lenses, might as well get a FX body to get the most out of them as you can.


Nov 19, 2012 at 06:26 PM
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p.1 #17 · Nikon D7000 vs D700


Well I'm balancing budgets right now to get a D700! I think that it's going to be a camera that will last me a long time and the 8fps will be plenty for me right now. I'm going to be looking into getting a used D700 with the grip.

Thanks for all your input!



Nov 19, 2012 at 09:25 PM
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p.1 #18 · Nikon D7000 vs D700


I was in your situation a few weeks ago. I shot a UW football game with my d90 and a d7000 and then I borrowed a d700 and shot it with the d90 and d700. The d700 is just flat out better than the d7000 in almost every way, minus video and a couple other features. The d700 has much better high ISO characteristics, focuses much fast and with the grip, shoots much more quickly. It's basically a pro body, the d7000 a consumer body (although a great camera.) I found a d700 with 13k shots locally for $1200, bought a knockoff grip that I'm quite happy with so the investment hasn't been that high.


Nov 19, 2012 at 11:46 PM
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p.1 #19 · Nikon D7000 vs D700


Funny, I still have and shoot both on a regular basis...I'd look for a clean D3. Lighter, smaller, faster than
the gripped D700 and the shutter's rated @2X the actuations. My very favorite Nikon body, just sayin'



Nov 19, 2012 at 11:52 PM
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p.1 #20 · Nikon D7000 vs D700


Ok, I'll be the weirdo that prefers the D7000 over the D700. I prefer the D700's handling (not the menu interface) and that's where it stops. I use both regularly at work (Think Tank Photo) and always prefer the dynamic range and extra MP I get from the D7000. If you need a big buffer, then the D700 does win there as well.

The files out of the D7000 are sensational. It's lighter, it's AF is just fine (I shoot motorsports at Sears Point / Sonoma Valley Raceway) with it and a 300 f/2.8. I didn't have the buffer that my friend with his 1DX had, but I feel my photos were just as good as his.

Yes, the D700 does have a better AF, but I've never felt the D7000's was sub-par by any means.

I'd love to hear/see real world examples of problems with the D7000. I'm not great about tagging, but I have tagged a number of my images on Flickr if you'd like to see birds in flight shots, etc. I don't think I tagged the last race, but it was last month if you want to dig through my photo stream a bit - http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=D7000&w=98652717%40N00&s=rec

Not saying that you need to friend me, but if you do, you get access to larger files (almost original size)

Cheers,

Randy



Nov 20, 2012 at 03:13 AM
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