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.
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.
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.
Summary: I've had this camera for over two years now and I recently purchased a Nikon AF medium zoom lens for it. (I chose this camera because it was full-frame, had a live-view screen, and supported nine of my older but still excellent Nikkor AI lenses.
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.
Summary: After researching the internet and visiting camera stores for hands-on experience, I chose D700 without regret. There are many people out there trying to make the decision of the 3 wonderful cameras. I can only share my analysis based on my need and experience, as an avid amateur photographer.