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Nikon D700

D700
Review Date: Mar 24, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Build quality, high ISO performance, "feel", viewfinder shutter
Cons:
not 100% viewfinder, price of glass that this beast craves

I upgraded from a D300 to a D700. I've used the other FF camera from the other brand and the D700 is simply in a different league.

The build quality and handling is quite good - same as the D300. I love love love the built in viewfinder shutter - all cameras should have this!

The D700 is phenomenal at high ISO handling, however when going about my usual shooting routine I was finding that my pics were not any better than the D300 for my type of shooting.

When the D700 excels is available light and people shooting. Portraits done with this camera are fantastic.

I used primes, cheap zooms and expensive zooms with the D700. I found that the camera craves good (expensive) glass. Pics taken with the 14-24 were simply perfect.

I decided to roll back to a D300S for cost savings and weight savings. For my type of shooting, DX is better. I may pick up a D700 again in the future as a second body - for those circumstances where the D300S just can't cut it.