Best in class workhorse !
I have had this camers since it first came out . Always my go to camera. Tiuscamera will be in my bag until it dies. From weddings to landscapes my pictures aALWAYS above the rest.
March 14, 2012
I've had this camera almost 4 years now, and I haven't need an upgrade yet. Very rugged camera, produces amazing photos... no issues whatsoever.
March 14, 2012
The D700 is about the perfect all purpose camera. I use it for all my assignments and it does not let me down.
March 7, 2012
Fantastic Camera Great in low light. I am extremely impress with this camera.
February 29, 2012
I love this camera
I was a late adapter of digital, having graduated from college as a film photographer, shooting with an F3HP. I started my digital journey with a 1MP Coolpix and worked my way up through a D80 to the D700. I thought I'd gone to photographic heaven. I love this camera! I can shoot in any kind of light, in any condition and it always turns out gorgeous pictures. If I can imagine the shot, it will take it for me. Fabulous, full color landscapes or delicate-hued baby pics; fast-paced football or low-light school plays, the D700 does it all!
February 28, 2012
Great camera for the money.
I use my D700 for nature/wildlife photography. I shoot everything in RAW. The ability to push the ISO to get shutter speeds to freeze flying birds is important to me and the camera does this quite well. Far superior to the D300 in this regard. Image quality is very good. I use the spot meter exclusively. The camera gets good results with aperture priority, but if my subject allows me the time, I use manual. It's a great camera for my purposes, and I recommend it to folks taking pictures of birds in their habitat.
February 23, 2012
I just recently purchased this body, even when the looming D800 news was announced, I found one at my local dealer and bought it! I have shot several High School Basketball games with it and have been very happy with the results. I coupled the body with the mb-d10 grip and was shooting a local game with a competing paper photographer who was shooting with a Canon 1d mark III, and my 700 was singing right along with his 1d. Compared online photographs from both newspaper websites and I am happy to announce the D700 definitely out performed the Canon.
February 22, 2012
It's little D3
Basically, this camera gives you 90% of the D3 in a smaller package - FX, 12MP, great color rendition and high ISO capability.
All it's missing is an ultra-fast shutter speed, which can be fixed by adding the grip and using AA batteries, and the vertical shutter release, (which is coincidentally also fixed by adding the grip.)
Great for everything from weddings to portraits to landscapes and sports - it's the camera I'd been waiting for since the advent of the DSLR.
February 22, 2012
Greatest combination of Pro features & mid-range prices
I previously used a D700 and held off on buying one in anticipation of the D800. Once the specs were announced the choice to purchase my D700 was much easier. Despite the D800(e)'s foray into medium format territory (36MP) and HD Video, the reduce frames per second (4fps) were unacceptable for my needs. Understandably when you triple the image size, maintaining the same fps is difficult. Still Nikon's best pound for pound hitting when considering speed.
February 22, 2012
Outstanding camera in every respect. IQ is fantastic with pro lenses, body feels right, buttons in the right place, range of user-customizable features is excellent. No complaints of any kind Rock solid.
February 15, 2012
Great wedding camera
I bought my D700 after using my D300 as my primary wedding camera. I now use my D700 as primary with fantastic results. The features and placement of controls of both cameras are almost the the same. This is very important to me. I have always used Nikon equipment as a professional photographer since the early 70's and the D700 is just a pleasure to use. FX now means that all my older style lenses are put to good use.
February 9, 2012
I ordered my camera as soon as it was announced, it's now almost 3 years old and it and my Nikkor lenses take beautiful pictures. It has and does everything I need it to do.
February 9, 2012
A professional's choice
I'm a professional press photographer and I've used a D700 for over a year now. That's over 50,000 photos. Only once I've had to use my backup camera D40x at a gig and that was because I forgot my D700 CF card at the office. Yesterday I had my first problem with D700 when I was shooting downhill skiing at -18 °C (-0.5 °F) for over an hour, and the built-in flash froze. But now it works perfectly again.
I'm going to buy a D800 because then I can shoot horizontally and then later crop them vertically, and the quality is still good enough for 90% of prints.
February 9, 2012
D700: Always Great - All the time!
This is by far the best camera I have ever owned! I use it for professional use and would note that the D700 especially shines in the following three areas: magazine work, studio work, and low-light situations. The D700 never fails when it comes to crisp clear images, and wonderful color saturation. Gone are the days of settling for a little yellow or green under florescent lighting. The white balance options allow me to fine tune the color balance to get the right skin color every time. For magazine work, this camera gives me 34MB per TIFF so I can give my designer plenty to work with. Theatrical lighting is one of the rare times I've had to use the AUTO white balance on the D700. But despite the range in color temperatures due to spot lights and gels, the AUTO white balance gives me great color where as I'd have to settle for something less with a different camera (see ballet shot). This camera really handles low light in a new way: 800 ISO looks like 400 ISO, and I rarely need to shoot higher than 3200; however, it handles 6400 very nicely (see wrestling shot). Lastly, as a journalist who often has to do high quality portraits in a short amount of time, the D700 has the wonderful Commander Mode feature. This feature, combined with a few SB-800 or SB-900 strobes and some Speed Light Stands, allows you as a photographer to quickly set-up an on-location studio commanded by the camera. This camera has been a great investment for my day job and my side work. It is my money-maker camera and I often give this camera a BIG thank you kiss!
February 2, 2012
I have owned Nikon cameras since the early 70's, starting with a F2. In the world of digital, I've owned several non-Nikon models, as well as a D-5000 and D-300s.
This is a great camera, built like a tank, that will fill the needs of most professionals and serious amateurs.
Most of my photography is either travel or wildlife. I switch between fully automatic and aperture preferred, depending on circumstances. Either way, the percentage of truly outstanding photos far exceeds my needs.
I am sorry that it is being discontinued as I write this, but I look forward to using this one for many more years in the future.
January 26, 2012
I like all BUT.......
I am quite surprised Nikon didn't have the ability for an "internal wireless" remote release like the less expensive Nikon cameras. The only way is thru the 10 pin plug.
January 18, 2012
Great piece of gear a true mini d3
I shoot weddings and Love this camera for its low light capabilities and speed/accuracy of focusing. This camera has been a joy to work with.
January 14, 2012
Where are the Reds?
I share the enthusiasm about the D700's overall performance with most other users of the camera who have chosen to comment here; there seems therefore no need to repeat the raptures. What would seem more informative is to signal a problem with the product with a view to its possible rectification by the manufacturer in the future. A single area of concern that I have identified during my experience with the D700 is its rendition of the red hues in conditions of bright lighting: perhaps I am doing something wrong myself (in terms of shooting settings selected) but I am unable to capture RED flowers, for example, in bright light: the petals seem to be fused together in a mishmash of general redness that wrecks all detail, I say ALL. I experience the same problem with different lenses, hence lens CANNOT possibly be at fault here; it is rather either the camera's sensor's fault, or my own fault in choosing the settings (for bright sunlight there is however only one WB option, called "direct sunlight", with "auto" as an alternative, therefore it is difficult to see how else the settings could be "tweaked" by the user). Otherwise the camera is out of this world in every respect (save perhaps for night shots, which leave something to be desired). I am however extremely pleased with the D700 all things considered, this camera can do much more than many another; it would be unreasonable to demand that it should do EVERYTHING, including cooking omelettes, etc. :-)
January 13, 2012
I bit the bullet, and bought it...
I have a D300 and it takes great day-time photos, but it was poor at dark or night time photos which frustrated me. The D700 is insanely powerful in comparison. I shot some Christmas lights at the botanical garden, in Boise Idaho with my 50mm 1.4 and had to back off the exposure by 1 at times. Pictures came out crisp and clear. Color is superb. I was worried because the purples and blues looked the same on the display, but after downloading them, the colors were true. That would have to be my only gripe, the display is not quite high def enough, but at this point, big deal. The camera is awesome. It feels great to be back into the 35mm realm with the FX size...
January 12, 2012
A Little Long in the Tooth but still a great Tool
It is January, 2012 and my D700 has been all over the world with me, dutifully fulfilling the role of a very reliable photographic tool with great image quality. I have owned it for years and it has never disappointed me. Good size, full frame, good ISO performance, great Nikon ergonomics, great IQ. I have no need for video so the D700 delivers what it is supposed to....10's of thousands of images and still going strong. There are rumors it will be replaced in the near future but I plan on keeping mine for a long time to come.
January 11, 2012
Affordable FX Masterpiece
I have owned my D700 since shortly after introduction. It travels the world with me and I find it the only camera I pick up consistently whether traveling or knocking about home. I also have the option battery pack with double endurance and a second set of controls for vertical framing. Whether using the new nano series lenses or my collection of legacy Nikon glass, with the FX sensor I have the best optics for every situation. The shooting and image management controls are concise, intuitive and appropriate for in camera editing, without overwhelming the user-- the balance of control and ease of use is ideal. The D700 camera is nothing short of another Nikon classic, sheer perfection for the dedicated hobbyist and professional alike, equally suited to difficult light and fast shooting or measured studio work. It ranks with my trusted FM as one of the best cameras I own.
January 11, 2012
Overall a very nice machine. It has the full size chip and works with all my beloved old Nikon lenses, the two absolutes I needed to have. I wanted the D3x but none were available and my old Kodak 14nx bodies were about to call it quits after years of hard service. The D700 will do a good job of filling in while I wait for the D3x production to ramp up. I do miss the wraparound hand strap of the 14nx, which was very reassuring when the camera wasn't on a tripod. If I have a gripe it would be having to pay for the Camera Control software--that should be included with a 2700 dollar camera. Noise reduction has gotten better, which is great because I shoot a lot of long exposure work, and the handling and controls are easy and intuitive. Live View is great for studio work where the camera is up high and I'm arranging things on the set--I can tweak the composition without running up and down a ladder!
January 11, 2012
an excellent camera
Before I bought my D700, I used my friend's D700 from time to time. The feature I like the most is its high ISO performance. You can use ISO up to 3200 for most of indoor handheld situations. Now I don't have to use flashlight or tripod in these condition. I like almost everything of this camara.
The little problem I have: the AF/MF switch in the front face is very easy to get touched and switched to MF unintentionally.
January 11, 2012
Great skin tones straight out of the box !
Amazing image quality. The best full size sensor/ mid range camera for the price.
January 11, 2012
Love It, Love It
The D700 always delivers. It's the camera I carry when I am really seriously shooting. The higher ISO numbers are almost noise free and the quality of the image is great. I am very satisfied with this camera. I have uploaded some photos I have shot in the last few days.
January 10, 2012
Best Camera ever owned
I'll make this short. Been a pro for more years than most reading this have been alive.This would include actually owning a camera store for a number of years. People ask me what kind of camera I own, I say, "pretty much all of them."
Nikons? All the "F" models. L***a? All the "M" models. H********d? Most of them. Everything from spy cams (M***x) to 8x10. Shot more 4X5 single sheets than most have shot 35mm rolls. After all this, don't have much use for hanger queens.
Point being here, after 3 years, some very hard miles, more than 20 thousand exposures from China to Panama to back roads America, it remains, simply, the best camera I've ever owned.
December 9, 2011
An Awesome Machine
I loved my D200, but the D700 is steps above it. It takes great photos straight out of the box using default settings.
I was amazed at the lack of noise when shooting at high ISO.
It is a very awesome machine.
December 8, 2011
I've been a Nikon user since the late 1960s. Own(ed) Nikon F, FTN, F3, F4, F5, D100 and D200... countless Nikkor lenses. Consider myself an avid amateur photography... Posed and candid portraits, landscapes, architectural, wildlife and sports photography.
I find the D700 an excellent camera. Rugged, solid, easy to use, great image quality. With the large format sensor, I am able to take full advantage of my wide angle lenses.
I like the D200 that I also use, but significantly prefer the D700.
The best Nikon camera that I have used in more than 40 years.
November 25, 2011
Amazing FX sensor ..Photos in low light superb.
I am a mere hobbyist .. photo enthusiast and have been using Nikon cameras since the 70's. I am still using a few lenses from the 70,s on my D700. That fact in itself sets Nikon ahead of the competition.
The capabilities of this camera are truly awe inspiring. For instance you can be in aperture priority mode and set a minimum shutter speed and the camera will change the ASA to compensate. This is really a great feature when you are hand holding a long lens to minimize lens blur. I really love how all the settings are right there at your fingertips and are easily set on the fly.. Built like a tank..I will be using this camera for a long time.
November 23, 2011
I am extremely disappointed with my Nikon d700. The camera has been making noise every time it's turned on and off. Beyond this problem it works well.
I have sent the camera to Nikon for repair but they could not fix it. They wanted me to send it again but that means no work for two weeks. So, I have a camera that makes noise every time I turn it on and off but work fine other wise. If that does not bother you then its a great camera.
November 16, 2011