Nikon D700 Review

September 3, 2008 | Mark Goldstein | PhotographyBLOG | 8 Comments | |

Nikon D700The D700 is Nikon’s long-awaited answer to the venerable Canon EOS 5D - an “affordable”, compact, full-frame DSLR camera aimed at the keen enthusiast or pro looking for a backup body. The Nikon D700 borrows liberally from the cheaper D300 and more expensive D3 cameras to offer the best of both worlds in terms of features and design alike. The D700 has a full frame, 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, 51-point AF system, 3 inch LCD screen, 5fps continuous shooting, Live View mode and ISO range of 100-25600. With Photokina just around the corner and persistent rumours of the Sony A900 and Canon EOS 5D Mk II raging like wildfire, is the £1999.99 / €2599.00 / $2999.95 Nikon D700 worth the substantial investment? And should Nikon owners consider the D300 or D3 instead? Read our in-depth Nikon D700 review to find out…

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#1 Murali

Conclusions: no new insight. what is stated is well known and documented in numerous reviews.

2:15 pm - Wednesday, September 3, 2008

#2 Peter

You wrote: "For us the images more closely resemble the look and feel of shots from the D300 rather than the film-like quality provided by the D3."

This doesn't seem to make sense. The D700 has the same sensor as the D3, and doesn't process it any differently than the D3 shooting RAW. Do you have any controlled tests to back up this statement? It contradicts everything that is known about these two cameras. I had a D3 and now have the D700 and see no difference in photo quality.

4:08 pm - Wednesday, September 3, 2008

#3 Dino

Your scoring makes no sense. You gave the D700 a 4.5 for quality yet the D300 got a 5 ...

7:22 pm - Wednesday, September 3, 2008

#4 ISO Ranger

"ISO 100 - 256000 should cover most lighting conditions!"

Sure it should! Just don't let Nikon know the camera can do ISO 256000, else they'll have to rise the price of the camera!!!!

people have trouble counting zeroes after 10

8:32 pm - Wednesday, September 3, 2008

#5 james

I've heard that the Nikon 24-120mm lens is significantly inferior to the Canon 24-105mm f4L lens. A zoom lens in the range 24mm-120mm ( or 24mm-105mm) is the lens I would use 90% of the time, rather than having to carry many prime lenses. I would like to buy a full frame camera but I fear that the D700, with thieir, supposedly inferior lens, would produce unsatisfactory results, especially compared to the Canon 5D MarkII with its 24-105 f4 L lens. Is this true? If so, I'll have to buy the Canon system instead!!
When will Nikon introduce a replacement to their 24-120mm lens to compete with the Canon 5D MarkII?

3:16 pm - Tuesday, October 21, 2008

#6 Brian Scantlebury

Helpful, would have benefited with comps with other equivalents in competitive brands.

5:04 am - Monday, November 2, 2009

#7 Colin Angus

I have just bought the D700 just over a week ago.
On taking it out of the box I found the images to be overexposed and they were also not very sharp.
Over the week I have been trying it on all sort of settings so at the moment I have the sharpening on standard mode set to 9 the highest it will go.
I used it on a live job the other day and it worked great. I have also found that ISO 6400 is very usable.

8:14 pm - Monday, July 26, 2010

#8 Gideon Hart

A great review - thanks for posting. I have used a D700 in my London studio. I shoot portraits and products. I'd say for portraits it is a great camera, being fairly fast and good in low light. For products it is ok. Also good for food photography. Quality could be a bit better. The major issue I have with the camera is the mini firewire port on the side which is easily wrecked. I am careful but occasionally when you're coming down a ladder it gets caught on something, the camera gets yanked and easily damaged. Costs about £700 to fix. So I recommend some kind of studio fixing bolt to keep the cable from being pulled. I always have mine wrapped a couple of times round the tripod. Great post and keep us updated.

9:12 pm - Sunday, February 2, 2014