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p.2 #1 · p.2 #1 · Nikon D7000 vs D700


I own both a D7000 and D700... I am now selling the D7000, as it's being replaced by a D600. The D700 is superior to the D7000 in virtually every meaningful way; ergonomics, build quality, high ISP performance, speed, AF accuracy and speed... The only things the D7000 have are dual slots, base ISP of 100, and the U1 / U2 settings (loved having one setup for action and the other ready for still / portrait, with M set for landscapes)... After getting the D700, I used the D7000 less than 5 times over a 6-month period...


Nov 20, 2012 at 03:15 AM
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p.2 #2 · p.2 #2 · Nikon D7000 vs D700


You sound like me over the last few years. I started out recreational at the start of my freshman year (D60) and eventually got into it more as I transfered schools my sophomore year (D80 over a summer into a D90 in the winter for a trip to Ecuador for a research class), then picked up a D7000 as I got a job as the photo editor for school. I'm now running two D7000's personally, and then use D700's for various jobs (boss owns a few, local newspaper one, teachers). Yes, I love the D700 more than my D7000's for build quality and autofocus, but the D700 also doesn't provide that many more benefits than the D7000 other than 5000 ISO vs 6400 ISO once you have the right technique. I'm shooting everything from T&I to pro lacrosse to art gallery openings.

A D3 is what you want. Save the extra cash and get one. There is no question about it. You can go a few months with what you have, I did it multiple times and now I will be coming out of school with a job fortunately. If you're a good photog the camera isn't gonna hold you back, especially if its just a bit of time.

Within a few months I'll be going D3 with D700 back up, the idea being a professional needs a pro body that will withstand the abuse, but you sure as hell better have a compliant back up otherwise you're slacking.



Nov 20, 2012 at 03:17 AM
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p.2 #3 · p.2 #3 · Nikon D7000 vs D700


Ah, here's a page from the last race I shot with the D7000 w/ the the 300 f/2.8 VRII. http://www.flickr.com/photos/pixelrandy/page56/ - I don't hide the EXIF info, so take a gander.


Nov 20, 2012 at 03:18 AM
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p.2 #4 · p.2 #4 · Nikon D7000 vs D700


QWK SVT wrote:
I own both a D7000 and D700... I am now selling the D7000, as it's being replaced by a D600. The D700 is superior to the D7000 in virtually every meaningful way; ergonomics, build quality, high ISP performance, speed, AF accuracy and speed... The only things the D7000 have are dual slots, base ISP of 100, and the U1 / U2 settings (loved having one setup for action and the other ready for still / portrait, with M set for landscapes)... After getting the D700, I used the D7000 less than 5 times over a 6-month period...


Better ISO performance? I'd say not in the real world. I use the D7000 for night shooting all the time and indoor shots up to 6400. I'd LOVE to compare some shots.

The D700 feels like an old dinosaur now, much like my D200, though of course it's way better than the D200.

I guess to each their own, but I'd never trade my D7000 for a D700, and all I currently own is FX glass.

However, the D3S... now that's a puppy I'd trade the D7000 for (though I would miss the extra MPs). Work is very kind about lending out gear, and that's my go-to camera when I feel the need to carry a brick.



Nov 20, 2012 at 03:22 AM
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p.2 #5 · p.2 #5 · Nikon D7000 vs D700


kpc49 wrote:
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.


Frame rate on the D800 only goes up in the crop modes.


Get the D700! Wonderful camera. 8fps with AA or D3 batteries.



Nov 24, 2012 at 04:59 PM
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p.2 #6 · p.2 #6 · Nikon D7000 vs D700


I don't think there's much point in going from a D90 to a D7000; they are very similar cameras with, IMO, only incremental improvements -- and a smaller increment than the jumps from D70 to D80 and then to D90.

I'm going to say something you won't like: Consider keeping the D90 and hold off for a while. It's a really nice camera, and very capable. Pretty good higher-ISO quality (1600 no problem), ok AF (the main drawback is the 11-points, not the speed, IMO) and dual control wheels? Good top of the line consumer Nikon that still offers plenty of value.

If you really want the jump to FX, then go D600 or D700, take advantage of the MASSIVELY better high ISO performance and all the other things that come with full frame.



Dec 05, 2012 at 08:32 PM
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p.2 #7 · p.2 #7 · Nikon D7000 vs D700


QWK SVT wrote:
I own both a D7000 and D700... I am now selling the D7000, as it's being replaced by a D600. The D700 is superior to the D7000 in virtually every meaningful way; ergonomics, build quality, high ISP performance, speed, AF accuracy and speed... The only things the D7000 have are dual slots, base ISP of 100, and the U1 / U2 settings (loved having one setup for action and the other ready for still / portrait, with M set for landscapes)... After getting the D700, I used the D7000 less than 5 times over a 6-month period...

Sadly, you're forgetting the gorgeous 16 Mb files and increased DR They're different tools, and not meant to be compared
I shoot the D800/D3/D700 and the D7K still has a place for this workin' Pro. IQ is a VERY meaningful thing...O,YMMV eh?!



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p.2 #8 · p.2 #8 · Nikon D7000 vs D700


I think the D7000 is a considerable upgrade from the D90 in terms of, well, everything. ISO, IQ, DR, AF, controls, dual slots, build quality, FPS, video, and many more. Add to that the price difference between them has fallen to around $300 when buying used!

My recommendation is to get the D7000 if money is an issue, otherwise either the D800 or D600 for better IQ/DR/ISO or D700 for better build/FPS... It's all about priorities and sacrifices. What's your priority and what are you willing to sacrifice



Dec 05, 2012 at 10:19 PM
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p.2 #9 · p.2 #9 · Nikon D7000 vs D700


trenchmonkey wrote:
Sadly, you're forgetting the gorgeous 16 Mb files and increased DR They're different tools, and not meant to be compared
I shoot the D800/D3/D700 and the D7K still has a place for this workin' Pro. IQ is a VERY meaningful thing...O,YMMV eh?!


Trenchmonkey,

I agree, they are two different tools, however the OP specifically asked for comparison between the two The OP also expressed the fact they have all FX glass, as they have already thought they would eventually go FX.

I will preface this by saying I have read most every post you've written re: the D7K, amazed at what you do; I certainly wasn't able to draw as much out of mine, as you with yours (there's no bow down smilie for me to put here ). I sturggled with AF, with a couple of lenses / siutations in particular: using a Sigma 85mm f/1.4 wide open, and VERY fast moving subjects that every camera will struggle with (I'm particularly fond of BIF, with the bird flying directly at the lens, and use the 70-200VR2 or 300F4). In both of these situations, I constantly questioned myself, and technique; sometimes focus was in front of the subject, other times behind. I lost trust in myself, technique and equipment Eventually, I borrowed a D300 from a freind, and found significant improvement in my keeper-rate, despite no change in technique, and similar AF settings applied (and, as an aside, found the heavier body better balanced with the bigger lenses). IQ means nothing, when focus is not obtained. Now, back to the discussion at hand...

Honestly, I didn't find the 16MP versus 12MP resolution difference to be that significant... The number sounds like a bigger difference than it really is. I don't shoot a lot of landscape, but can see where that little bit of extra resolution may help, there. At base ISO (D700 @ ISO 200 and D7000 @ ISO 100) the D7K files are a notch above the D700; the dynamic range is great and one can recover more from the shadows and highlights. As the ISO goes up, my D700 produced better results than my D7K - the D700 being better at maintaining accurate colours, providing better detail, while saturation and contrast are retained compared to the D7000 from ISO 3200 and up. the D700 NEF files also "feel" more malleable, and more accepting of changes, like increasing sharpening, etc.

In some respects, the D7K is a better tool than D700 that I latter added (most notably performance at base ISO, metering and U1/U2), but for most of my purposes, the D700 better suited me (build, ergonomics, speed, consistency, flexibility with grip, performance at ISO 1600+).

Now that I have replaced the D7000 with the D600, I truly feel I have the best kit a serious but budget-oriented hobbiest can have. The D700 with/without grip for speed, accuracy and ergonomics. The D600 for lightweight, resolution, metering and dynamic range. Also not lost on me if the improved AF performance on the D600, such that it is almost on par with my D700, except in exceptionally dull light, where it may hunt ever so slightly more. note: I have yet to try BIF with it. I will miss the reach of the D7K, but think cropped D600 files can fill that void (and I couldn't justify keeping the extra body, as I am not generating income from it).

Th OP seems to want a jack of all trades (from events to nature, sports and portraits), using FX glass. With that in mind, the D700 would seem a near perfect fit.

PS - Now, the Siggy 85mm is my favourite lens, and it absolutely sings on full frame, and is far more accurate on both my D700 and D600, despite the narrower DOF



Dec 06, 2012 at 09:05 PM
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p.2 #10 · p.2 #10 · Nikon D7000 vs D700


Nikon_14 wrote:
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
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If you can't get a good photo at 6400 on a D700 you're doing something wrong... I've had no problems using 12,800...



Dec 07, 2012 at 01:53 AM
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ACNYPhoto wrote:
If you can't get a good photo at 6400 on a D700 you're doing something wrong... I've had no problems using 12,800...


I was going to say



Dec 07, 2012 at 05:11 AM
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p.2 #12 · p.2 #12 · Nikon D7000 vs D700


QWK SVT, well written...and I appreciate you not ripping my head off. GL with your D600.
Pixelrandy's post on the previous page mirrors my experience. I have trouble with FX/DX comparisons,
I see them as 2 quite different systems...regardless of glass used. I shoot FX lenses exclusively on my
D7K/D2Xs taking full advantage of the perceived 'reach' as well as using the sweet part of the optics.



Dec 11, 2012 at 01:18 PM
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p.2 #13 · p.2 #13 · Nikon D7000 vs D700


Ken - I'm curious - what glass do you have?


Dec 11, 2012 at 01:45 PM
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