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  1. #31
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    Re: Searching for a D700 a good idea?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ramseybella View Post
    So what did you decide on?
    Since the original poster has not posted anything for 6 months, I think he has likely checked out!


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    Brent: Poway, CA
    D7200, D200, F100
    Tokina 12-24mm
    Nikon 18-200mm
    Tokina 28-70mm f2.6-2.8
    Nikon 80-200mm f2.8
    Sigma 150-600mm
    Nikon 50 AF f1.8
    Tokina 100mm f2.8 Macro
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  2. #32
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    Re: Searching for a D700 a good idea?

    Hello all.

    I am not the original poster...but I did just order a used D700 body (way to go for staying current in 2020! lol). My previous system was a Sony a6000, which was fine, but always left me with an empty feeling. I am old school in my approach....and at one time was a working fashion photog. I always enjoyed the simplicity and organic nature of shooting with manual-ish cameras. I used to have a FM2n with motor drive that was possibly my favorite camera of all time, along with Hasselblad and Mamiya systems for medium format. 99.99% of my work was done on chrome or T-max, and I LOVED the discipline chrome required to get a great shot. You had about 1 stop latitude to nail the exposure on chrome and I just loved the fact it took a degree of precision to create a great image.

    I spent a great deal of time agonizing over and comparing different models before buying the D700. What ultimately sold me in the end on this particular Nikon was its IQ. I have poured over tons of images from various makes and models, but at the end I kept coming back to and comparing everything to the D700. There is a quality to the color rendition and the images at high ISO (noise) that seems very close to what I came to love about medium format.

    I don't need tons of megapixels. Most of the time I was downsizing the photos from the a6000 to share with family. I've printed a 6mp image to 16 x 20 before and it was just fine. I don't need tons of features, or 500 AF points or whatever. I usually choose one point for AF, and recompose after focus lock. I don't need to shoot 8 frames per second. I don't need face tracking or, or, or......

    What I need is a camera that FEELS like a camera. I need an optical viewfinder. I need something solid and quick responding, and something that has terrific image quality. What I settled on, in 2020, was a D700. I found one in good condition with low shutter activations. I will be using this camera for portraits / family visits and what I call 'out and about' shooting (day trips, travel, you get the idea).

    I will be using 2 lenses for about 95% of my shooting. A 35mm f1.4g, and an 85mm f1.8d. I also have an old 20mm f2.8 for the odd shot or two.

    I know I am probably just looking for confirmation bias on my purchase, but....am I crazy? There are newer, and subjectively better cameras nowadays, but I think the D700 might just be a sweet spot for me....am I wrong?

    Thanks!
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  3. #33
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    Re: Searching for a D700 a good idea?

    Welcome to the forum! No, you're not wrong if you've found what works well for you.
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  4. #34
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    Re: Searching for a D700 a good idea?

    Welcome aboard Kamurah. Enjoy the ride.
    We look forward to seeing more posts and samples of your work.

    If you like the camera and it does what you want, you have made a good decision.
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    Brent: Poway, CA
    D7200, D200, F100
    Tokina 12-24mm
    Nikon 18-200mm
    Tokina 28-70mm f2.6-2.8
    Nikon 80-200mm f2.8
    Sigma 150-600mm
    Nikon 50 AF f1.8
    Tokina 100mm f2.8 Macro
    Nikon SB800

  5. #35
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    Re: Searching for a D700 a good idea?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kamurah View Post
    Hello all.



    I know I am probably just looking for confirmation bias on my purchase, but....am I crazy? There are newer, and subjectively better cameras nowadays, but I think the D700 might just be a sweet spot for me....am I wrong?

    Thanks!
    You are not crazy. I have a D700 that I have had about 2 1/2 years or so. It is a great camera. There is just something about it. It works great on landscapes and I have taken several graduation photos with it and I have not been ever disappointed.

    I recently upgraded to the Nikon Z6. There were a number of things I wanted that the D700 could not offer. That included improved High ISO performance, focus stacking and the EVF and IBIS... THe EVF and IBIS a friend convinced me of with his Z7.

    Now I have this D700 and I am not really using it and I should sell it, but I am finding that very hard to do. I can tell you that you will enjoy the camera. I wish you well with it. Good Shooting.
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  6. #36
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    Re: Searching for a D700 a good idea?

    You know what you want and get the results you want, so no reason to second guess your choice. You obviously know photography. Enjoy the D700. I have an older D300 that takes great images. If you don't need all the features, then no point in paying for them.
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    Um yeahhhh, I shoot a lot of pics of my dogs.
    D500 (DOB 05/26/17), D300, D80, SB-800. RIP-D100

  7. #37
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    Re: Searching for a D700 a good idea?

    Thank you guys for the positive reinforcement. The D700 arrived today and I have been spending some time setting it up the way I like to shoot. I will be sure to check back and give an update once I have had time to get familiar with how it behaves and what I think of the output.

    Nice to have a place to come to for info and to talk shop!
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  8. #38
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    Re: Searching for a D700 a good idea?

    So I have had a couple of days to familiarize myself with the D700, and I guess I have some observations and a question:

    1. Ergonomics are top notch. I really REALLY like the way this camera handles. It feels good and sturdy, and it responds pretty much like every other AF Nikon I have used. This is a good thing IMO because that means there is a level of predictability. For instance, I tend to prefer center weighted or spot metering over matrix, and the exposure has been pretty bang on with what I would expect. I once owned a F4s, and while this isn't as rugged as that slab of metal, it responds about the same.

    2. Output has been mixed. I am not totally in love with the way it handles JPEGs. No real surprises there. I have not encountered a camera yet whose JPEG output blew me away. It isn't as heavy handed as other brands (looking right at you Sony), but I think RAW will be my preferred choice. I have not tried to upload custom JPEG profiles, just using stock neutral for the testing. I have done some quick shots in both ideal and challenging light, and the RAW files generally range from 'useable' to 'WOW'. I also really REALLY like the way those big pixels handle noise and dynamic range. It feels like I have a bit more latitude to adjust than other cameras I have used. High ISO noise looks as close to film grain (out of the camera) as I have seen. In fact, this is the first digital camera I have used that I actually LIKE the noise. Sounds silly I know, but some of the shots remind me of scans I used to work with from Tri-X. 12mp is just fine for what I need.

    3. I love the way everything about it can be customized. Sooo many options. Just the little things like, how you can use the jog wheel as left-to-right for scrolling through images instead of up/down. I know it isn't unique in this...my A6000 was able to be configured similarly...but it feels like Nikon thought of the things a shooter would like, vs what an engineer would envision. Make sense?

    4. I LOVE the fact it is old enough that all the extra accessories are now cheap. CF cards....cheap. Batteries....cheap. Big thumbs up there. I am thinking of ordering a MB-D10 to round out the physical shape.

    So surely none of this is new to you guys....you have known and enjoyed this little gem for years; but I am so far very pleased with the purchase.

    Here is my question:

    Which program are you using for RAW conversion?
    So far I have tried Aperture, Fotor, Nikon ViewNX-i, GIMP, and Photo Ninja. Currently, I am running Photo Ninja in demo mode (cannot save), but I am tempted to purchase as it seems to have the easiest toolset to get me where I want quickly. I find it's sharpening algorithms to be very nice looking while also retaining a bit of subtlety. I like Fotor as well, except that any zooming in looks like it is coming from the embedded JPEG vs the actual RAW file rendering (very jagged looking / pixelated). I cannot find a setting to switch it to using the RAW file for visualization.

    I have not tried Lightroom or PS. I am sure they are good, but subscription models get under my skin. If I was a working pro, sure, no problem. Tax write-off. As is, I think seeing that bill every month would make my blood pressure rise.

    So what am I missing? What do you guys prefer for RAW work?

    Thanks in advance!

  9. #39
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    Re: Searching for a D700 a good idea?

    I agree with you on not liking the subscription for PS, which is why I am still using Photoshop CS6. However, I am sure I will need to abandon it sooner or later (The new mirrorless cameras are tempting me, and CS6 will not read RAW from these cameras). So I also look forward to seeing what programs work well for RAW conversion.
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    Brent: Poway, CA
    D7200, D200, F100
    Tokina 12-24mm
    Nikon 18-200mm
    Tokina 28-70mm f2.6-2.8
    Nikon 80-200mm f2.8
    Sigma 150-600mm
    Nikon 50 AF f1.8
    Tokina 100mm f2.8 Macro
    Nikon SB800

  10. #40
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    Re: Searching for a D700 a good idea?

    Not to beat an expired equine, but Adobe is really one of the worst offenders when it comes to milking its patrons for money. I have several older versions of Photoshop Express (bought and paid for); however, Adobe does not save your account details for purchased items (S/N) for software they no longer support. Likewise, they do not even have the original installers online. Most companies will allow you to install on an alternate platform (like going from PC to Mac), without any issue as long as you are not abusing the system. Adobe...nope.

    Not really photo related, but it irks me that just about every document program in existence allows you to export / edit / create a PDF file.....except Acrobat reader. You must pay for the full version. It's really quite silly and transparently greedy.

    /end rant

    Phew! I feel better....lol





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