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Old 04-15-2012, 10:00 PM
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d700 or d800?

hi all,
looking for some advise given i don't have a money tree at the back of my house for infinite cash supply.

currently am using a d300 so looking at upgrading.
I am keen on the d700 seeing that it be a good upgrade from d300.
Just wondering now since the d800 is out, will the d700 become out of date.

p/s: am just amateur photographers and photography is hobby and travelling purposes/

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Old 04-15-2012, 10:27 PM
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Going to fullframe is always excited. as of whether d800 and d700? I think the question is very easy to answer. Do you need video and 36mp? Is no d700 should be the best for the tightest budget.

I have D700 but I don't feel like upgrading to D800. I think I will spend more time in shooting...
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Old 04-21-2012, 07:25 PM
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Hard to say.

I did a comparison recently. The im age quality of the D800 is stunning, it does capture detail which even 24MP do not capture. It's high ISO performance is quite good as well, surprisingly good I have to say.

However when used for a print file of 35-45cm length of longer side the D800 has only a slight visible advantage in terms of detail and sharpness.

So bottom line is you will have to do large sized prints of perfectly shot images to take advantage of this massive resolution.

Still, it is in a own league, the IQ is fantastic. Video capability is tempting too.
As above, you likely won't use much of that resolution.
So question is: Got the bucks?

Quite rough to decide what Nikon to buy these days, with 24MP D3200 and 36MP D800 out there.
Me thinks that D5100 and D7000 will get upgrades too rather soon, doubt they will leave those as they are with the entry level getting a 24MP sensor.

Maybe hanging on to your D300 would be the best right now I think, in particular if you don't want/have the bucks for the D800.

Btw, what lenses do you own? That might be a deciding factor in getting a new body as well. In particular if you got a DX superwide zoom.
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Old 07-01-2012, 11:22 PM
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A d700 will be good enough for most usage. D800 a bit overkill on the price plus u really need good lenses to bring the best out of it. If u do alot of printing in extra large size then d800 is a better one
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Old 07-03-2012, 11:21 PM
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IMO, D700 would suffice if you only shoot stills. D800 might seem like a good choice but you need to ask yourself if you need the extra resolution. The handling and auto focus of the D800 also have issues. Would you be able to live with the problems?

AF on D700 seems to work better from what I've read. It might be a better choice if you need fast AF.

And like Sher mentioned above, do you have the lenses to bring out the image quality of the D800?

If I were in your shoes, I would go for the D700 and spend the extra cash on a lens.

What's your reason for wanting to move on to full frame? Would it improve your images? Or is it just to satisfy your gear lust or to be able to boast that you have a full frame camera? If there's no compelling reasons to upgrade, stick with the D300s and invest that money on lenses and camera books. Books on works by master photographers, not books that teach photography. I feels that studying the works of the masters would help you develop your photographic vision.
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Old 07-04-2012, 09:08 AM
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I was in you same situation, my conclusion is...Got money D800 no money D700.

I have been planing to go FF since ages ago, all my lens other than the 12-24 are FF. I was hopping that D700 will drop below 6k when D800 came out but instead it went up

But I still bought the D700 for the following reason.
- I was quite happy with D300 ISO, even happier with D700 mainly cause I don't use high iso that much usually max at ISO3200, and even then I dun really mind the grain.
- 12mp is more than I need for now. I'm still using a 4 year old C2D.
- I don't need video(although it's tempting).
- I'm not that rich.
- I rather spend on lens.
- I prefer faster FPS.
- I also own battery grib and L-braket for my D300 which are compatible with the D700.

Interestingly after I have D700, I found that the AF is worse than D300. And it's much heavier (expected).
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Old 07-04-2012, 04:31 PM
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Good points by Falcone. Your batteries for the D300 would work on the D700 so if you have spare batteries, you'll save money in that respect as well.
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Old 07-04-2012, 07:07 PM
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100% Agree

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I was in you same situation, my conclusion is...Got money D800 no money D700.

I have been planing to go FF since ages ago, all my lens other than the 12-24 are FF. I was hopping that D700 will drop below 6k when D800 came out but instead it went up

But I still bought the D700 for the following reason.
- I was quite happy with D300 ISO, even happier with D700 mainly cause I don't use high iso that much usually max at ISO3200, and even then I dun really mind the grain.
- 12mp is more than I need for now. I'm still using a 4 year old C2D.
- I don't need video(although it's tempting).
- I'm not that rich.
- I rather spend on lens.
- I prefer faster FPS.
- I also own battery grib and L-braket for my D300 which are compatible with the D700.

Interestingly after I have D700, I found that the AF is worse than D300. And it's much heavier (expected).
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Old 07-04-2012, 07:09 PM
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100% Agree
ive decided to wait for d300 replacement...whatever that is
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It depends on your budget. If you can afford the D800, then go for it.

Most say they are happy with the D700 but of course if you want to justify keeping the D700 there are many reasons but mainly it's budget. Any Nikon owner that has struck 4-D or Toto where money comes easy will just plonk for the D800 without any hesitation especially those that are owning D700.

If you ask an open question then that is the answer. But if your budget is tight then your decision is different.
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