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Nikon D700

Review Date: Jul 21, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,300.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: best FX camera below 3K$, Great low light peformance, Button Placement is perfect. well balanced build, quick AF, 51 point AF, fantastic colors
95% Viewfinder, no BKT button, flimsy built in flash(compared to lesser models like the d200 and the d90)

This was my first FX camera, I upgraded from a d90/d200 combo. This is what I replaced the d200 with.

I've used this for about 3 months now and I think I'm well in line for a review.

The camera is great, the build quality is superb, a solid- solid camera.

First thing I noticed when I first used is is the size, bulky but not oversized by any means. It's a good ergonomic kind of bulky.

Second thing is the viewfinder, while it IS very wide (since it's an FX camera) I feel that 95% isn't enough. That took some getting used to.

Third thing was the placement of the DOF button, it's now on top instead of the bottom- easily fixable however(changeable in the settings)

Live View mode in this camera seems to be a tad slow, I found that live view in the d90 was much better and quicker. I don't use this feature much anyway.

The card door is something people usually complain about. I'm not sure how they're handling their d700's but I've yet to encounter a problem with this.

The shutter button isn't all mushy like it in a d200. I enjoyed that about this camera. A sensitive shutter allows me to actuate the camera with minimal shake while using slow shutter speeds.

The built-in flash is great, frees up money for more lenses instead of having to buy another flash or SU-800. very strong flash, and I noticed that the flash itself is different from other flashes from other SLR's.It's got a yellowish tint to it, maybe to make it warmer. I do not, however, like being able to raise to flash when the camera is off. I feel that this is an accident waiting to happen.

Image quality is fantastic. Even up to 6400 ISO, when coupled with quality glass, this camera shines.

A bracketing button on the exterior would be great, I noticed that that was on other "lesser" nikon cameras, again, why has it disappeared on this model?

Custom functions are great with the ability to switch between set ups.

If you're looking for a small bodied(*compared to the other FX nikons) Full Frame camera with fantastic low light, blazing AF speed and accuracy and don't mind the built in flash construction or the smaller viewfinder. Then this is the camera for you.