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: Nikon's original 12.1-megapixel FX-format (23.9 x 36mm) CMOS sensor: Teamed with Nikon's exclusive EXPEED digital image processing, the D700 delivers breathtakingly rich image quality. Continuous shooting up to 5 frames per second: Shoot at up to 8 frames per second with the optional MB-D10 Multi-power Battery Pack. Two Live View shooting modes: Choose from hand-held or tripod modes to suit shooting requirements.
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.
Excerpt: You will not know the shutter count before buying. When my refurb D700 arrived it looked like new. I took a few shots and checked the shutter count, it was nearly 100,000. I returned the body and bought a like-new D700 (3000 shutter count) from a highly rated seller on a photography forum. I think my experience with the refurb D700 was not the norm. I read great reviews of the refurbs, however, I was not one of the lucky ones.
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.