Summary: If you are going full frame and don't want to spend for a brand new camera, then the D700 is a great choice. Low light and sharp photo's are first rate, however, you do need good glass to accomplish this. The camera alone will not make great photo's. This is not your light weight camera. If you are looking for that, then this is not the one for you.
Summary: I am a pro photographer - This camera is simply the best full frame. The file sizes are manageable, and I can still print 6 foot by 4 foot images should I choose (Don't believe the megapixel hype). I've owned this camera for a few years now and it's yet to disappoint. Couple it with a 24-70 F2.8 or 50mm F1.4 and it's magic.
Excerpt: Pros : - EVERYTHING except for the cam jpg engine. Usable iso 4500-6400 (and sometimes 8000!) were a REAL revolution. Cons : - Disappointing cam jpgs : sky banding (a real problem...), clipping (red channel and some whites). I switched from raw+jpg (first 1-2 years) to raw only... - Bulky and heavy with the 28-300 and the SB-800. Conclusion : Great... what else?
Excerpt: I bought my D700 back in December of 2010. I used it for 2 full years and I just checked the shutter count and it has taken 150,150 shots! So yes, I've used it heavily, mostly model shoots --some studio and some on location. This camera became a part of me and it was very hard to switch to anything else.
Summary: This is probably the most reliable full frame digital camera Nikon has produced to date. No flaky left side AF problems like the D800 and no oil/dirt on the sensor problems like the D600. It doesn't do video like either of those cameras, only has 12 megapixels, and doesn't have as much dynamic range, but apparently remains the camera of choice for many stills-only dedicated pros who don't want any issues and just want to shoot away.
Summary: I have two of them. bought one, and when I have worked with it for a day I bought one more. A perfect tool for a photographer. With a grip clipped on itÂ´s a D3. Very good qualityfeeling. But needs good lenses. This camera have everything you need. And more!
Pros: Versaltility. A realy protool for everything.
Cons: 12 mp But isÂ´s good enoght. Heavy with grip on.
Under the circumstances, D700 is the best camera for my top AIS lenses.
23 February 2013
Summary: There are two reasons I bought the Nikon D700 in February 2013 -- after it was discontinued. 1. I have had the Nikon D300 for years, but wanted a full frame camera to take full advantage of my top quality manual lenses. I like the slow pace of manual photography. 2. My son had outgrown his D70s and he likes manual photography too. I considered the D600, but missed the AF-ON button and the direction pad center button zoom.
Summary: I'm still getting use to it, but from what I've already shot it's real nice. I thought it would take a little longer to figure out, but it has been an enjoyable learning experience. It does have a lot of bells and whistles, but that's part of the fun. I'm trying to get back into wedding photography after a 20 year hiatus but this will make it much easier. It certainly helped having learned on medium format film cameras, to compose shots before shooting.
Excerpt: I bought this camera as a backup to my D3s, and I have not been disappointed. I like the fact is has a small, pop-up flash built in, and with the extra grip, makes a great second sports camera. I bought mine used in Sept. of 2012, with only 1,200 shutter actuations. I don't need the huge files of a D800, so the D700 is the perfect second camera for me.