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: 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.
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.
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. D600: the solid pro-sumer body feels the same as D7000, which I also own. Nikon transplanted the FX heart into a DX body.
It's a great workhorse with image quality all its own.
4 November 2012
Summary: I put off buying another DSLR after owning several other Nikons, but when newer cameras pushed the D700 price down I did what I should have done a long time ago. I love using the Nikon. Its auto focus is great . . . allowing me real freedom to move around confidently at events. I use rangefinders with manual focus primes primarily but I miss to many opportunities without autofocus! File size is perfect for journalism requirements. It's very reliable and easy to use.
Excerpt: Upgrading to the D700 was the best decision I could have made - this camera is a dream come true! Coming from a D90, it took a little bit of time to get used to the feel of the extra bulk in my hands, but I couldn't imagine switching back now. Perhaps my favorite of all features is the ISO capability. There is just no comparison to the D700 when it comes to being able to handle low light situations with low grain. Amazing!
Excerpt: Nikon's D700 has met all my needs as a photographer. I use it professionally in my business and it hasn't failed me yet. Easy to operate and quick to learn, every button has been well thought out and placed. A huge and clear screen on the back makes reviewing pictures for focus and clarity a breeze...so you can always be sure that you got the shot you need while still in the field. The viewfinder also yields views that are easy on the eyes..