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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
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.
Edited on Nov 19, 2012 at 09:52 PM · View previous versions