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One of Nikon's Best Ever DSLR Camera Bodies in Terms of Quality and Value

By Scripps23 from San Diego, California on 04/13/2015


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The Nikon D700 DSLR was Nikon's first full frame sensor camera body. This camera's image quality is superb and the camera is still relevant today. With its 12 megapixel sensor, I have printed images that are 24" 36" with virtually no loss in resolution, as is the case of the photo below off a mosque in Instanbul, Turkey


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A few years old and 12.1 Mp but up.to the task. ISO performance is awesome.

By Jarhead from Northern, VA, USA on 08/22/2014


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Just recently picked up the D700 used and didn't know what I had been missing. I can shoot at FX format or if I want some longer legs I can shoot the DX format. rarely use the flash anymore. Can shoot beautiful ISO 3200 shots with my 80-400mm AF-D VR at high shutter speeds (+1/1000). Don't really need the VR at those shutter speeds. Summed up: Great camera with lots of life left.


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Legendary.

By NotMP from Undisclosed on 08/13/2014


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This is the greatest DSLR ever made by anybody ever.


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Such a cool camera

By wagnealy from Undisclosed on 03/20/2014


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This is a great high quality camera with wonderful features. It takes great photos.


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Great all round camera

By KeithM from Undisclosed on 01/27/2014


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I've been using Nikon since around '74 or so and purchased my first digital a year ago. A D2x which is a great camera at ISOs up to around 400. I wanted to take advantage of my FX lenses especially the wide angle ones and have better low light performance. The D 700 delivers. a nice size, enough weight to stabilize long lenses hand held, but not so heavy it causes fatigue carrying it around all day. I read the complaints about the hot shoe, but I learned way back in the '70s not to put a big honking speed light on a hot shoe, use a bracket and there are no problems. Pros: build quality, weather sealing, size and feel. Focus is fast and accurate. works with all my older AF Nikors as well as my AI/AIS manual focus lenses. Cons; None that I've found. In short the D700 delivers what you expect from a Nikon


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Problem child camera, hot shoe can fry the circuts, did to my first, replacement doing the same

By Pete from Undisclosed on 07/10/2013


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No, I would not recommend this to a friend

This is a problem child, when I first got the D700, it was great, no issues, SB900 on hot shoe will loosen then short, starts with LCD screen on SB900 flickering and no flash output, this during a wedding is a no go, or any event for that matter, Nikon replaced mine after it shorted out the circuit and they could not fix it, it was a case of pointing to the grass below me and taking a photo of a cat laying down, Ginger in color, cloudy day, everything reset to make sure camera was set correct, and the exposure was 8000 of a second at 1.5, on cloudy day looking at deep green grass, but then the image was over exposed by three stops at least. Got a refurbished D700 with just 65 shutter count, got to 6500 shutter count, same thing happening at a very expensive and high end event we were paid for. I am done with D700s, not good, and not reliable and the camera cannot hold its own, even so grainy at ISO 400 and 200 with perfect exposure. Requesting Nikon replace with another model, I have been dealing with this with Nikon since April 2011 to today July 2013 yes those dates are correct. I cannot tell you how many times the D700 let me down on very important jobs and I had to rent a better camera and use my backups and not trust the D700 again. Without going into too many details other than above, Nikon along with the D700 has cost me so much money and work since 2011 I am constantly trying to fight my way back up to where I was when I started the business! Nikon let me down and still does until they replace with a better model for the damage they have done to my business and my clients and my pocket for all the rentals I have had to do. And I will be shocked if they post this as its damaging to Nikon and Nikons past good name that I have stood by, so when are Nikon going to stand by me for loyalty of years now they have cost me so much in so many ways


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Siesta Key, The #1 Beach in the World.

By NikonProGenius from Sarasota, FL, USA on 03/31/2013


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The camera is great. This is a picture of Siesta Key, The #1 Beach in the World.


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Best Nikon I've owned, and Used!

By Nikon4Life from Boulder, CO, USA on 12/28/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have had the D700 for two years now, and it has been a wonderful camera. I travel alot and this fits perfectly with me. I have taken it to Canada, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Germany without any hiccups. The performance is phenomenal, the autofocus is fast and precise and even though it only has 12.1 megapixels it produces great looking, extremely enlargeable pictures. I will only purchase a new camera when this one fails to meet my expectations. It been two years and she's still going strong! Thanks Nikon for the Best Camera I've ever owned! Nikon for Life!


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Great camera !!!

By Nikonian from Undisclosed on 10/24/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I bought this D700 to replace my D2X for a year after spend lots and lots of hours read and compare it with its brother D3 or its competitor the Canon 5D Mark II. I never regret my choice of excellent image quality and perfect built quality of this monster.


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Long-term Review

By NIkonShooter2009 from Undisclosed on 10/24/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have owned and used two D700 bodies since 2008. Even today I have D4 and D800 in my bag, D700 still never fails to do a fine job. The only issue is that its rubber grip materials needs to be glued once in a while. Both of my D700 bodies have been sent back to Nikon for grip replacements a few times. Here is a low-light image captured recently with D700 at f/3.5 1/500 ISO 12800


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great camera

By earl from Hillsborough, NC 27278, USA on 09/25/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

this is mt second review. i love this camera. had it 2 years now. still learning new things about it every day. i moved from the d 3000 to d 700. best choice i ever made. cant say enough about it. looked at the d800. nope not yet. at the d4, not yet, still learning the 700. i want trade or sell it. the best and most fun ever. 24/36 and 30/40 posters r easy with the 700.


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Great camera

By alrav2 from Milan, Italy on 09/12/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I use it very often in low light (6400 ISO): beautiful raw shots in all difficult situations. Lovely camera in a pros system that cover all what you need. I have been a "Nikonist" since 1968 (F) with great satisfaction!


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Camera breakes down frequently

By Billbphoto from Undisclosed on 08/15/2012


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No, I would not recommend this to a friend

I make my living as a photographer and I'm a member of NPS as well as ASMP The image quality is great. The noise is great. I can shoot at high ISO and the noise level is minimal. The auto focus is slow. My D 300 wins every time. Doesn't work well with my SB 800 flashes. My D 300 works well with the SB 800. It's been back to Nikon 4 times for the auto focus, poor flash performance, poor color quality. I just got tired of sending it in for repair. Been using it as a backup for my D300. It's performance has improved a bit with the new firmware upgrade, but overall I would avoid the D 700. Perhaps mine is just a lemon and the rest are great.


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Perfect for Commercial Work

By dpphoto from Charlotte, NC, USA on 08/14/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The D700 is a great camera only limited by the glass you use with it. The files produced are suitable for full page ads and I've enlarged them to 22" wide with great results. And people photography, I find the skin tones are very good. I recently purchased the D800 with the idea of making larger personal prints. And after using the D800 a number of times, I'm still impressed with my D700. It just produces great files. Even high end architectural photographs look beautiful at 800 ISO. The D700 still has a worm place in my camera bag.


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Bang for your bucks

By RavingDesign from Undisclosed on 08/13/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I love this camera.... The speed and clarity is spot on. The only thing that needs a little work is the AF.


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Much superior focusing compared to my D800

By coronawithlime from Dallas on 08/09/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I kept this excellent camera when purchasing my new D800, which focuses to different points depending on whether the left, center, or right focus points are used. Good thing, since Nikon does not seem to recognize that many people are disappointed with trhe D800 and has no substantitave fix for the problem.


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Can't find a reason to let go.

By MDB from Undisclosed on 08/09/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I shoot alongside other photographers at events ranging from local T-ball to NCAA Division 1 to NASCAR to PGA etc. etc. While I like to drool over some of their cutting edge gear and fantasize about hitting the lottery and going on a major shopping spree, in reality, I can not think of a good reason to trade in my loyal companions, a pair of four year old D700's. I don't pamper my equipment. In fact I shoot a ton of dirt track racing where the dust can get so thick I wear goggles and a dust mask and have to leave my clothes on the porch for a good dust off before putting them in the washer. But after hundreds of thousands of shots in that environment the D700's have never needed anything more than routine, annual clean and checks. On top of that, shooting at iso 6400 and 1/200th to get the right exposure still leaves room for a touch of unsharp mask in post processing. After four years that still amazes me.


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Best all around camera on the market for anyone to use and love!

By Larry in New Lenox, Illinois from Undisclosed on 08/09/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The D700 is without a doubt the most versitile all around camera I have ever used! It produces the BEST LOW LIGHT photography with the best resolution. My accessory lighting gathers dust because i seldom use it because this camera does a superb job without the addition of artificial light. I have used this camera under all types of light and it is outstanding. This FX produces the absolute best resolution with great speed for anything from extreme sports to landscape.


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Best camera ever for serious enthusiat

By rdf1951 from Texas on 08/09/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The D700 has all the features a serious enthusiat needs. Focus response, fast shutter speeds, silky smooth portraits, outstanding low light capability, the list goes on. Even with the new models out the D700 still is unsurpassed in quality professional photos.


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Powerful camera

By John from Charlottesville, VA on 08/09/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Amazing camera capable of creating wonderful images only limited by your skill and creativity.


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The True Digital F100

By Sportsshooter Chuck from Ann Arbor, MI on 08/08/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

As long as you're not into megapixels and video, this is the camera. It's the first camera in the digital era where I said if things never got better I would be satisfied here. D3 quality at D300 prices. Pro auto-focus, pro frames-per-second, pro build, pro high-ISO performance. I wish Nikon would continue to make this product or make a D700s with the D3S sensor. Uses EN-EL3 and EN-EL4 batteries though, those have been deprecated by Nikon.


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Very good Camera

By runnintex from Undisclosed on 08/08/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I am a retired armature photographer with a desire to take good pictures. The pictures I take are primarily in two areas: family and landscape. I transitioned from Canon to Nikon when the full frame technology became a reasonable purchase for a person of my ability and need. Over time I purchased all three 2.8 Nikkor lenses. I have taken some outstanding pictures with the 12 to 24MM and 70 to 200MM lenses but the bulk of the pictures I take are with the 24 to 70MM lens. If I were making the purchase today the first lens I would buy would be the 24 to 70MM lens. The on board data base is extensive but cumbersome to drive from the camera controls. This is probably true for all cameras at this level. It would be very supportive of the customer base if a PC/iPAD based, user friendly, operations system was supplied with the initial purchase to facilitate training, display and update of the shooting and custom data banks. For a new user of the D700 I would recommend purchasing the D700 e-book documentation by Thom Hogan. Bottom line, I would buy the D700 again.


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Wonderful camera

By aponikit2 from Laguna Hills, CA, USA on 08/08/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This box is a nifty compilation of what works best for nikon. I've given up finding a better SLR in the same price range. I put a 24-70 / F2.8 glass on it and I haven't been disappointed. The lighting matrix is fantastic on all levels of light. I dont even bother using a speedlight anymore. My complaints: sensor really loves dust- impossible to clean. Setting the timers for multiple exposures can be a bear. Last program (for exposure) usually resets to default after going on "sleep mode". No wireless remote exposure capability (as is available in D70S).


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I love this camera!

By Macro Chick from Seattle, WA. on 08/08/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I was fortunate enough to get one of the first 500 of this camera made. I absolutely love it! I love the clarity, how it feels in my hands and the ability to shoot hand held with the ISO dialed up and still get a nice image. I'm not a technical person. I don't get into all the hows and so on. I'm a very creative person and I can't always tell you what settings I used on an image but what I can tell you is that they turn out and although I realized it's not just the camera, I believe the camera and I are a team and with my creativity and Nikon's D700 technology we do some pretty amazing things.


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D700 rocks

By NikonDave from USA on 08/08/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The D700 is far superior to my previous camera - the D7000. Even after sending in the D7000 to Nikon to address focusing issues, and fine tuning the focus on my lenses (premium glass like the 85 1.4), the hit/miss rate on the D7000 was sorely disappointing. My keeper ratio with the D700 is extremely high (i tuned my lenses) in terms of focus. It rocks! Yes it is only 12 megapixels; i don't make prints that require more megapixels. But i'll take 12 megapixels of beautiful, spot-on focus over 16 or 32 megapixels of soft stuff anyday. If money permits, i'll buy another one i am so happy.


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pro camera at a pro-sumer price!

By dsyphoto from Undisclosed on 08/08/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The best bang for your buck camera on the market! Beautiful!


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A truly amazing camera that produces virtualy limitless creative photos!

By A&L Adventures Inc from Winter Springs, Florida on 08/08/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Simply put, I LOVE. This camera. I have used this camera in many adverse conditions throughout the state of Florida, California, Utah and many other states where climate conditions can vary from extremely wet, cold and windy. The body is extremely durable and weatherized to deal with virtually every condition. The features and functionality are very easy to use and navigate through. I am able to vary my custom settings to any situation on the fly. I highly recommend the D700 to anyone who enjoys photography and professional reliable quality camera body.


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Great Camera for Enthusiasts & Pros!

By tmj41765 from Bentleyville, PA, USA on 08/08/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I've had the D700 for almost 2 years & it continues to amaze me with the Image Quality, Speed & Features!


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Almost perfect...

By chad from Destination wedding photographer on 07/27/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The only complaint I have is that the hotshoe has a really loose connection with the SB-900, which over time gets even worse and causes the flash to misfire or not fire at all. This is a know problem for Nikon and they have chosen not to issue a statement and fix the problem. More of a Nikon problem than a D700 problem, but if they would fix this I would give this camera 5 stars, as it is, my camera is not reliable 100% of the time...


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D700 has problems

By Nikon professional photographer from California, USA on 07/25/2012


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No, I would not recommend this to a friend

I've been a professional photographer for 25 years during which time 've used Nikon cameras. I've had a series of problems with the D700. It randomly switches from RAW to .jpg. I've been in the middle of several shoots and noticed that is has done this. It also has a problematic hotshoe. While shooting on TTL at -3, it can blow out the picture by several stops. Not all the time, but when it decides to. While using it with a transmitter, at times when pushing the shutter button, nothing happens. And most recently with a Nikon strobe on the hotshoe but off, the camera will only shot at 250 sync as if the strobe was on.


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Amazing and versatile camera....HUGE thumbs up!

By Eddie in NJ from Galloway, NJ on 07/04/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I bought my D700 a little over a year ago when I first upgraded all of my gear. Though I do mostly wildlife shooting, I bought the full frame because I still do a lot of landscapes and cityscapes, and the massive sensor would be great for that. It is super fast, and colors jump when I see their final production, and I'm never challenged when shooting low light, either. I usually couple this body with my f2.8 70-200 Nikkor, or my f2.8 24-70mm and the results are always consistent and impressive. I use another DX body for wildlife now (D7000), with a 300mm and 1.4 teleconverter. Now that the D800 has come out I'm sure many will jump ship to the new version, but not me. I'm sticking with my D700 because of its production quality, versatility, and for the simple fact that it's paid for!!!! I love it and couldn't say a negative word about it...


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A great camera

By trb from SLC, UT on 06/29/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I've owned the D100, 200, 300 and then the 700. The D700 was a gigantic step forward. Full frame is the only way to go. It's ability to shoot in the dark is awesome... at least I thought it was until I shot the D3S. It is reliable and forgiving. I recently sold mine to a son and have upgraded to the D800. Too soon to compare them but it looks like another leap forward.


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The perfect DSLR D700 however..

By The College Photographer from Undisclosed on 06/13/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I bought my D700 from a riend of mines, its awesome, it gets the job done when I want to take beautiful portraiture and landscapes as well as Automotive. however there are some kinks that needs to be fixed such as the LCD, ive compared this with every other D700 went on forums, and asked other nikon users. If there were a case if I were to strobe one small stop of overexposing the photo will give me a very pasty look, even in natural light. I think as I've been told by others the D700 doesn't know how to handle or "think" how to process this small overexposure. Other exposures would be fine, such as normal or a small underexposure. It would be nice if nikon can fix this problem, obviously it can't be a factory defect, because if it was possible we would see alot of returns. It could be possible if Nikon can look into it and do some fixes with the firmware but again this is a problem in other nikon users.


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LCD Screen haze

By LCD Screen haze from Englewood Cliffs, NJ, USA on 06/13/2012


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No, I would not recommend this to a friend

After a few years of meticulously keeping this camera and never using in the rain and never storing in humid conditions, the LCD screen corners (like a rim around the screen) hazed up. Nikon apparently doesn't own up to the fact that it's some sort of design or manufacturing defect. I've now read about it where others had this problem and I can't believe a product THIS expensive would be made so cheaply.


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Greate Camera

By NicMike from Undisclosed on 05/31/2012


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No, I would not recommend this to a friend

I am lucky to be a proud owner of Nikon D7000 !!!!!!!. I really experienced the advantage of this camera during my last week Kenya trip. It is simply great and is truly a GREAT CAMERA as claimed. If you ever think about value for money, you will never regret once you buy D7000 !!!!!!!.Hats off to Nikon


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Too much trouble!

By disapointed from Undisclosed on 05/23/2012


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No, I would not recommend this to a friend

I have had D7000 for 5 weeks. It has been at the Nikon service center twice.


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The D-700 is a can do it camera

By Startrunning from Undisclosed on 04/08/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Having a D-300 and the D-700, I really like the higher ISO on the D-700. There are events at school and church where a flash would be disruptive. The quality at the 6400 ISO is good. I enjoy the 8 frames a second when using battery grip and the EN-EL4a batteries. I shoot in the worse of weather and my Nikons with a little protection from rain has had no problems. I would like to see a higher ISO.


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Best camera I have owned

By PhotoGene47 from Undisclosed on 03/31/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have had a number of Nikon camera dating back to around 1970. The D700 was heads and shoulders above the other models that I have owned. It has nearly everything that a photographer could use to enhance the picture taking process. It has a full-frame sensor, can take up to eight frames per second, three different metering systems, several buttons which are programmable for better performance based on personal preferences, large digital display on the back and a menu system that has an unbelievable array of features. I love taking RAW photos and this camera provides that capability. For me, it is a solid winner and I love it.


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One of the Best Nikon's Ever Made

By Oldshooter from Ft. Collins CO on 03/29/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I've been shooting for a living since 1965, and have had a Nikon or two in my bag since day one. Still have my F-2's and they work flawlessly. The D-700 is a joy to shoot, and I wouldn't think of selling them. Outstanding camera from an outstanding company!


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OK, Not Great

By kichiguy from So Cal on 03/29/2012


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No, I would not recommend this to a friend

I am a long time user of Nikon camera equipment. I waited until there was a digital Nikon with a sensor (approx) the same size as 35mm film (so that my lenses would behave similarly) that I could afford. My results using the camera have been adequate, really no complaint about that. But there are several things about the camera I do not like. First, some of the controls are not where I would like them; it always takes me a couple of tries to change the aperture or shutter speed or ASA. Also, (and this is my biggest complaint) it is incredibly complicated to use --- way too many options and settings. I have to review the manual every time I use the camera. A couple of other major design issues that I think Nikon could have done better. One is image stabilization (IS). You *could* put it in the camera body, but Nikon chose to put it in the individual lenses. That means I have to replace all my lenses if I want IS. I feel like this is gouging and I resent it. The other major design issue perhaps sounds silly ... but with a digital sensor and view finder, why do we need SLR at all? Why do we need that big mirror flapping up and down? A rethink of the whole system could have paid off in a much better camera.


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A digital F100

By Chuck from Ann Arbor, MI on 03/29/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I've owned this camera for 3 years now, as my first line camera, which is 2 years longer than any previous digital camera before it. I've felt that if digital cameras never got better that I'd be happy with it for the rest of my life. It's like the F100, a compact pro camera that can serve consumers well, at a cost short of the top of the line. If you don't need video, this is all the digital camera you'll ever need. I wish that Nikon would make it indefinitely as the D800 isn't really a successor.


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Excellent Performer!

By mlebryk from Indianapolis, IN on 03/29/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I bought this product right out of the gate, and only recently sold it with the availability of the D4. Great camera, and I miss it! It was great to be able to detach the grip and make the camera much more inconspicuous. It was great to have a body that was equivalent to my D3, but A, not as expensive, and B, not as big. Never had any problems with it that Nikon didn't immediately address and take care of for me. Grade A Performer! I never once second guessed the performance of this camera going back and forth from my D3 or my D3s. Outstanding camera, especially for the money. Highly Highly recommended!


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Wonderful Camera

By DixiePixel from Oak Ridge, Tennessee on 03/29/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I've worked this camera hard over the past 3 years, as it's my main camera for weddings. My absolute favorite "ability" of this camera is the range. The highlight recovery exceeds the D3s (in Raw, post production). It's lightweight and easy on my wrists after a full day of shooting. It's fast, and easy to operate. It's a great camera. The only 2 improvements I would love to see made to this camera is dual card slots and better high iso capabilities. Otherwise, it's a great camera.


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Finding Balance - Joy

By Cruisin' Poet from West Virginina on 03/23/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

i find the D700 is a nicer and better carmare then the D70 i also own and still used. In the viewing on the D700 is a greater viewing area, idea for a quick viewing on my shot. I am stilling learning the bell on this carmera


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Wonderful workhorse

By Monty671 from Charleston, SC, USA on 03/21/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have been using the D700 now for 3 years. Wedding photographer. Done over 120 weddings with this camera without almost no problems. Excellent in the low light environments like an old church or during the reception after the coordinator has turned down the lights for "mood". Only problem has be the hot shoe. It bends up and loosens. This causes the connects to the flash to shift causing some miss fires. After each wedding I have to push the ears back down to keep everything tight. Fix this one problem and it is perfect.


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Amazing High ISO

By HENRY from Chihuahua Municipality, Chihuahua, Mexico on 03/20/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Wonderful camera. It is amazing how so great has this camera function. The D700 that provides literally hundreds of menu options and combinations. Capture impressive images of faces, actions or simply create magnificent fine art. Exquisite compilation of features, nice size and weight. Even the price is realistic! I am delighted with it. I usually use ISO 800-1600 and photographs are without grain. Virtually all my work I do with my dynamic duo: My Nikon D-700 & Capture NX2. Nikon thank you very much!


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Solid performance, superb image quality

By Mcass from Walnut Creek, CA, USA on 03/18/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I've owed this camera for almost three years and still amazed by its performance. Although it does not has video capabilities which is quite reasonable given that the camera came out almost four years ago I do recommend this camera. The tonal range and iso capabilities are excellent. Autofocus and meetering capabilities are also outstanding. The 12MP sensor is still plenty for most applications and the raw files generated are normally about 25MP. The live view autofocus performance is slow compared to newer models but if you are shooting stationary subjects it works fine. Overall the camera is a winner and I do recommend it.


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Nice SLR for low light Nature Photography

By yukon from Undisclosed on 03/15/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

combined with the proper Nikon lens, is a great camera, very pleased . It could use some improvements, the body could be made of something other than plastic, the door latch to the batterie compartment needs to be upgraded, something easier to use and a more proper fit.


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They don't get much better than this!

By Adampad from Lexington, KY, USA on 03/15/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Bang for buck this is one great camera. I shoot weddings and these were my workhorses until I moved up to the D3s. The high ISO my be a little better with the D3s, but the D700 isn't very far behind. Love the size, the control layout, the image quality, and the value. The build quality is great except for the problems it may have with the SB-900 flash causing the hotshoe to become loose. I would be nice if it had two memory card slots too. That's really my only complaints about the D700. The D700 is a Nikon classic.


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Great Gear

By JV from Miami, FL, USA on 03/15/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The D700 is an outstanding camera, excellent pro gear. Rugged and very durable. AF is quite good specially for action photography. Low light capability excellent that I understand is being improved with the D800. Why 4 stars and not 5? I think the menu trees are quite complex, specially when you are in a hurry to change a setting (though you have the option of saving commonly used settings). I find the live-view mode somewhat cumbersome and would like an actual switch to enable it. Wish Nikon would provide the option of interchangeable focus screens. Other than this the D700 is an excellent camera.


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lo light...can't find the noise

By nikonteacher from Sarasota, FL, USA on 03/15/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

(4.5 really) I teach photography/adobe photoshop lightroom and one of my students asked me to illustrate noise reduction in action... I already had a before/after photo shot at 4500 ISO with available indoor reception light in my presentation. So, I compared the before and after. (You figured it out - no noise) What does this mean: - greater flexibility when shooting nature shots early in the morning or later at night - handheld street scenes after dark - party/reception shots that incorporate ambient light with a touch of flash - What does this accomplish: - what doesn't it accomplish?


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balanced opinion

By runner13fr from Paris, France on 03/14/2012


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No, I would not recommend this to a friend

quite satisfied but it is log from wygwys you have to think that you get more n your photo than what you see in the visor the gummi cover for the usb plugs and others does not fit after one or two years the rounded button at the right of the screen is not accurate when you push it to get the next image on the screen you get the RGB diiagram !


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easy to use

By hal from Costa Rica on 03/14/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The D700 is a great unit. It takes great photos especially at low lights


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program and A Mode with flash camera is all over the place

By click click from Westchester, NY, USA on 03/14/2012


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No, I would not recommend this to a friend

I am very dissapointed with this camera and I purchased two of them.


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Wonderful, Wonderful Camera but One Serious Flaw

By Pixelhead from Undisclosed on 03/14/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Love my D700, I have two of them, they have been great except for one rather serious flaw. The construction of the hot shoe is not rugged enough to handle the weight of having a SB900 perched on top on long days of shooting weddings. I have had to replace my hot shoe on one body twice and on the other one once. Each time the repair bill has been roughly $285.00. This is a serious design flaw that I hope Nikon has fixed with the D800. I have not had this problem on my two D3.


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My tired D700

By Girlwithacamera from Auburn, CA, USA on 03/14/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I've had this camera for 4 years now. My first Nikon was a 2200, then a F3, F5, D1x too many hand-helds to count. My D700 been through a lot, with an estimated 300,000 plus images captured. It has seen a myriad of shooting situations of all kinds, from low light, speed, modeling, sports, tragedies, births, and yes, even politicians. It has probably seen more lighting situations than most. Now if only it can tell all those stories too. It's been dropped, rained on, sweat on, spilled on, grabbed by other individuals, but never spit on, and some of the rubber seals are missing. I opted for the D700 over the D3 because of weight. When people ask me how I like my D700 I tell them "I love it, it does everything I tell it to do". I wish it had the speed of the D3, but this one is sufficient for my needs. I love that I can have full control over all the custom features, that it works well with my SB-800 flash, and that all my Nikor lenses are compatible. The reality is, I have overused this camera, beyond it's limits, and it still works, with some minor function flaws. It needs a serious nap, maybe some TLC, but that will have to wait till my new D800 comes in which is on order. I opted for the D800 instead of the D4, once again for the weight of the camera. I think where my D700 lacks, the D800 will make up for. Would I recommend this camera, you bet.


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Great camera for the money.

By NikonProWannabe from Fort Myers, FL, USA on 02/23/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I use my D700 for nature/wildlife photography. I shoot everything in RAW. The ability to push the ISO to get shutter speeds to freeze flying birds is important to me and the camera does this quite well. Far superior to the D300 in this regard. Image quality is very good. I use the spot meter exclusively. The camera gets good results with aperture priority, but if my subject allows me the time, I use manual. It's a great camera for my purposes, and I recommend it to folks taking pictures of birds in their habitat.


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I am extremely ...

By nikonman from oklahoma city, ok on 11/16/2011


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No, I would not recommend this to a friend

I am extremely disappointed with my Nikon d700. The camera has been making noise every time it's turned on and off. Beyond this problem it works well. I have sent the camera to Nikon for repair but they could not fix it. They wanted me to send it again but that means no work for two weeks. So, I have a camera that makes noise every time I turn it on and off but work fine other wise. If that does not bother you then its a great camera.


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Idea Low Light Camera

By birdchaser from San Francisco Bay Area on 10/27/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

One day I was shooting on-stage dance with my D300, so was my neighbor but with D700. A bit later I got one of his file with identical shot as my. Amazed by D700 high ISO noise and dynamic range, I bought it next day without slightest hesitation. This camera really shines in poorly lit conditions, such as theatre, ice rink, shool gynm, etc. I can confortably pump up ISO beyond 3200 while maintains fast enough shutter speed to capture actions. The resulting pictures leave lot room for software post processing as well.


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Great Camera For This Price!

By Nino N. from Stevens Point, WI on 09/21/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I purchased this camera as a D90 replacement. Nikon D700 is my first FX format camera and it blows my mind away. The image quality and color rendering is superb even at ISO 6400. The view finder is bright and clear - very useful when you are shooting in low light situation. This camera is also ergonomic. The buttons are in the right place where you need them, however, I find the ISO button is a little uncomfortable to reach. Unlike newer DSLRs, there is no dedicated Live view button which is useful when you are trying to take picture above crowds. The camera is comfortable to hold but it becomes heavy when you add a battery pack (MB-D10). The pop-up flash is somewhat annoying and I don't see a reason why would camera of this caliber need a pop-up flash to weaken camera's weather resistant ability.The only thing I wish Nikon would do is to supply the rubber eye cup DK-19 with their FX format camera.


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This camera is the perfect package.

By NikonFan from Tullahoma, TN on 09/05/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I was a Pentax shooter for a long time. Always having blow outs, colorloss, noisy focus, you get the picture, sometimes. With my D700, I have gotten everything I've wanted and more. I have no complaints with this camera. It is a very dynamic camera and very good in low light. It is a good feeling to know I can depend on my camera to do the job.


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Over a Year's Use

By Bill C from Richland Washington on 08/25/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The D700 takes a while to learn option wise, in fact I had to get with one of my relatives who took some Nikon classes. I still own a F5. I have shot my olds F5 lens on the D700 with mixed results. I have some awesome pictures, but there is tendency for it to not perfectly focus. My old lenses were late 1990's early 2000. I just bought the new 28-300 mm and it focuses razor sharp. My old lenses are all Nikkor.


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I've used a lot of ...

By FXUser from Orlando, FL on 08/01/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I've used a lot of cameras over the years, from Canon 10D to 5D Mark II and Nikon D100 to D3. After owning the Nikon D3 for a couple of months, I made the switch to the D700 for the sensor cleaning and size. The D700 is the best camera I've ever used. Period. Of course, I haven't tried the D3s and I plan to make that upgrade at some point but the D700 performs so well and is so affordable, it's hard to justify buying a D3s. Highly recommended!


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Wow

By NikonBump from Franklin, MA on 07/11/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have about 100,000- shots on my D700. I use it extensively for travel all over the world. I have changed lenses in the middle of the Sahara and shot for hours in howling winds and salt spray on the coast of England. I have used it outside in snowstorms in New England and in 100% humidity in steaming Singapore. It just keeps on going and delivers stunning results. Its low-light capabilities are outrageous.


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The most ecomonical FX DSLR from Nikon.

By StuckwithNikon from Rochester, MN on 07/06/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The ISO auto has much room for improvement. Too often it won't operate in low light. I have a Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ18 that's up to 3200 ISO, yet it takes better image than my D700 under the same low light conditions. Other than the above, it is an excellent camera, especially if you have a collection of Nikon lenses for 35 mm film cameras. And I have no regret sticking with Nikon and I see D700 as the extension of my N90s.


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I had such high hopes for the D700.

By ncwsandiego from San Diego CA on 06/29/2011


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No, I would not recommend this to a friend

I have been shooting a D200 and D300 for years with pro glass. I could not afford the D3x but bought the D700 on the basis of reviews. Mine must be a lemon. It is currently in the shop for focus repair, focus lock and intermittent shutter delay. It has also stopped playing review images. Maybe after it is fixed, I will like it better but the images are much softer than my D300 in RAW.


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Great Camera but....

By NikonCoupleSoFlo from Hollywood, FL on 06/06/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This camera has been out for awhile and is getting long in the tooth. I purchased this camera after getting a D7000. I will say the D700 is an excellent camera but the D7000 gives you better picture quality. The newer 2016 RGB metering on the D7000 along with the better NR built in to the D7000. I took shots with the D700 at ISO 6400 and was sadly disappointed with the amount of noise levels. I took the same shots with the D7000 and there was far less noise at the same levels. All in all, I know you can't compare the D700 to the D7000 since one is FX and the other DX but I am just sharing "my opinion" others will vary. It's great to be able to utilize the 14-24 on the FX body as the shots are incredible. During the day the FX body with the pro glass shines. At lower light shooting again it has it's limits.


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Lovin it

By cameraf4 from Wilmington, DE on 05/27/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Never thought that any digital camera would grab my affections over my trusty F4. But the D700 is simply amazing. I cut my digital teeth on a D80 and that was OK, but an F4 it wasn't. I am re-energized with the D700 in ways that I hadn't imagined. While the Learning Curve is a little steep, the time spent is well worth the effort. My old Nikon glass works perfectly on the D700 and I am finding new and exciting ways to use it. Thank-you, Nikon, for bringing back the 24x36 format and re-awakening my passion for photography.


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The D700 is fair as a Dslr camera

By francisco from San Jacinto, CA on 05/11/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Since the D700 is number three on the list of Pro cameras behind the D3x and D3s this camera should be upgraded to a higher pixel count then 12m. In comparing my photos with a Canon with 16m pixels the differences in quality is very noticeable. Hopefully Nikon will have and upgrade for the D700 and I will be the first on the list to purcahse the upgrade..


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Outstanding camera

By styler from Orance county, CA on 04/27/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I purchased a D300 when it first came out, so when the D700 was introduced I wanted those features in the FX format. The D700 exceeded my expectations by improved ISO sensitivity, quality for large prints, and easy to use. I use the TTL features, the Custom Menus, and ocasionally switch to DX size for extra Telephoto capabilities. I like the large viewfinder and still using the CF card slot. I also especially like the fact that it uses so little battery power. I can take a few CF cards and a full charge (two batteries) and go to China for 3-4 weeks, shooting 2500 photos and not need a charger to plan my shooting. It also has fast shooting capability, so I can get action sports easily, and even kids jumping into the water. I shoot mostly Manual or Aperture settings for my style, but Program is still available in a pinch for rapidly changing scenes that are difficult to anticipate. It also works well with a GPS accessory to record where the photos were taken. All great features for a great camera.


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This camera has excellant features.

By bpicinc from Orange,TX on 04/26/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

From the first time that I picked up this camera I have been amazed by it's performance. The D300 is a great camera but can not be compared to the high ISO and shooting in low light conditions of the D700.


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Super camera!

By Flintstoner from Undisclosed on 04/24/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The low light noise performance of this camera is astounding! For regular snapshots, you can shoot at ISO 1600 or 3200 with no noticable noise. If you don't mind a little grain, (makes artfull portraits) you can shoot at 25,600! If you use a VR lens, you'll never need a flash! (It has a built in flash - the only pro camera that does.) The 12meg pixel count is fine, it doesn't use up too much media space, and it can shoot very fast indeed! And the mirror moves so fast you almost miss it! Of course, the full-frame capability of this camera allows wide angle like no other, a 16mm Nikkor will show an entire room, even the side walls next to you! One step panaramas! I find the custom setting capability very good as well. After setting up just about everything you can imagine in the camera, you can assign it to "Memory A", and you have 3 more custom memories! You can set up inside, outside, weddings in a church, nightime, anything you can imagine! This camera is very solid, with a walk around lens such as the Nikkor 28-300 VR, it is quite heavy and allows a very solid grip. A bit pricey perhaps, but prices come down! Lastly, I like the fact it is a pro still camera, no wasted money on movie modes and junk, everything goes towards a pro still camera, which is the way it should be! It's my opinion if you want movies, buy a video cam!


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Full-Frame excellance!

By RockStarJSB from Tampa, FL on 04/20/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This is my first full-frame digital camera, and it has exceeded my expectations in every regard. The pictures are super clear, full of detail, and I feel my D700 is contributing greatly to my hobby as a photographer. I was considering another brand, but the Nikon D700 really has the professional feel and handling that competitors can only wish about. Don't rely on product specifications or mostly unused features to make your decision. The camera that helps you get the best shots by being easy to use, and has good controls is far more important. If you want a great camera, look no further, you have found the best.


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The D700 allows me to use my old lenses

By Nikon Pro from New London, NH on 04/19/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have used Nikon since 1965 and have 13 manual lenses and 5 Auto Focus lenses. Working with my D700 allows me to use all eighteen. I really like the feature that the D700 still meters with the manual lenses and it tells me when the image is in focus. Because the manual lenses don't have a built-in CPU, I have to go into the Menu and tell the camera what type of lens is attached. The D700 has listings of all the past and present lenses Nikon has ever designed. For the work I do I use my manual lenses because they're extremely sharp and provide excellent detail. My D700 has many of the same features as the D3 except for the weight. Having the D700 around your neck for an entire day of shooting is a bit less stressful than the D3. I have recommended several D700s to students and other professionals who wanted a multi-featured camera they could grow with, and they made the purchase. They all have been very happy they took my suggestion. The photographs on display are all taken with my D700 & 16mm Fisheye, my favorite lens. I now capture weddings with it.


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Great color gradations & low light results

By Nasser from Karachi, Pakistan on 04/18/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

D700 is a fantastic camera (especially due to its large image sensor). Images are clean and low-light results exceptional, even at high ISOs. Matrix metering gives great results in varied flash photography situations with Nikon speedlights.


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Major Repairs

By Anne R from Gloucester, ma on 04/18/2011


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No, I would not recommend this to a friend

I've owned this camera for less than 2 years and have had it in for major repairs with Nikon twice. The camera overexposes my images in every mode. So frustrating. Now I have been waiting for 3 weeks to get my camera back from Nikon because of a "parts hold."


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great camera

By ezio from DOHA - QATAR / ROME - ITALY on 04/14/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Perfect to use in any circunstance. I use expecially for night shot, sport (car and moto) and nature expecially wild life (birds, animal)


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This body is almost everything I wanted!

By CIPhotog from Kelowna, BC on 04/14/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Its incredible low light performance made this body completely ideal for my event photography. I fell in love with it the minute I tested in the local camera shop. I ended up making the switch from Canon to Nikon based on overall performance needs for my business, which were completely met by the D700. The only thing I would have liked, was more detail. 12.1mp is great, but having 18 would have made this body supreme.


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Fantastic available light camera

By robosolo from Canaan, Ny on 04/14/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Nikon took a risk producing a 12.1 megapixel camera at a time when the pixel wars were in full throttle and other manufacturers were pushing similar price point cameras with much higher resolutions. But they had the courage to make the D700 (and D3). The D700 (and D3) have this incredible ability to shoot in unimaginably low light/super-high ISO situations with relatively little noise. That 12.1 MP full-framed sensor also records a broader dynamic range than the competition. For an available light photographer like me this is nirvana. Buy one and enjoy shooting by candle light.


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Everything I need

By sixbyseven from Hamilton, Ontario on 04/14/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This camera is near perfection, even at the technology level of 2011. The controls are exactly where I would want them, quality of image is superior to almost anything else out there. If you want to shoot professionally, you would have to come up with very specific reason why you would need anything else at a higher price point.


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Fantastic Camera Body.

By BondOD from Fort Worth, Texas on 04/14/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have gone from the Nikon D100 to the D200 and now to the full frame D700. Each upgrade has been well worth it.


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poor

By anninkc from Undisclosed on 03/16/2011


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No, I would not recommend this to a friend

the white balance and noise in high ISO on this camera is very disappointing. I have contacted Nikon several times about the issues and have been completely ignored. I have read some good reviews and suspect that this could just be a bad sensor. I am a pro user with a BS in photography and a member of PPA.


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Excellent all-purpose camera.

By Barbara from Chapel Hill, NC on 03/13/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I had been using the Sony A700 for years and thought it was pretty good but I was getting frustrated with its inability to catch movement coming toward me and its very limited low-light capabilities. After reading the reviews for this camera it appeared the Nikon D700 didnt have those issues so I finally decided to change brands. The difference between the two cameras has been remarkable. I am very impressed with what this camera can do and how easily it responds to anything I want it to do. No situation I have encountered with it has been a problem and my photos (taken in RAW) have required very little adjustment in Lightroom. I use the Nikon D700 for photographing travel and family, including very active grandchildren, and bought it with the new 24-120 f4 lens and the SB-900 flash - both of which are also excellent products. (For those of you concerned about the overheating/shutdown issue with the SB-900, I have never had the SB-900 overheat on me so that must be more of an issue for event photographers.) I am very impressed with the Nikon line and see myself happily using it from here on out. I also purchased David Buschs book on the Nikon D700 and that has proved invaluable.


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Moving up from a D300

By Bill H from Ludington, MI on 03/11/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This is my fourth Nikon Digital body, augmenting my current D300. This is also my first FX sensor body which, despite all the information available, I didn't really appreciate until I had it in the field. Two weeks ago I drove the coast of CA on one of those special afternoons with bright sun and a deep blue sky painted with interesting clouds. Despite trying to adjust for the brightness of the scene, the sea and sky were well exposed but the green and brown mountains were under exposed. I brought the images up in NX2, set a couple of control points on the mountains to pull up anything that could be there (my D300 wouldn't have offered much) and I was shocked with the result. Everything was there! I now have beautiful prints with a huge dynamic range. So in summary, I bought this camera because of its size, UI similarity with the D300 and its reputation for low light capability. I got all that which enabled me to produce better shots on my first time out!


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Mine Eyes Are Open

By SnapLoon from Deerwood, Mn on 02/26/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Where to start, first let me just say this, Full Frame is a amazing. Many may not understand why I say this. But to the short of it, being able to see the whole image as you shoot it, is a blessing especially in shooting landscapes. The D700 does very well in the use of older Nikon lens. Just to be able to input the lens info in the camera, and now you can fully bring and old lens to life. It has surpassed my expectations when it comes to CLS. It allows you to have more control over what groups and how much output. I have also found the the ease of buttons much more accessible and not guessing how to access them. I found the D700 excels in low light: anything from fireworks, to indoor portraits, to cold frigid weather. The D700 has allowed the combination of glass, light and creativity to push the boundaries in getting the results I want.


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A mixed bag

By AC700 from London, UK on 02/06/2011


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No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Great build quality, (except the rubber port cover on the side that sometimes does not stay in, not what you expect from a camera of this price) but overall disappointing for the following reasons: Always seems to slightly over-expose mid-tones Raw shooting, rendering of image in View NX2 never exactly matches the highlight/shadow-balance of the in-camera JPEG No overall factory-reset option for global settings Resolution of the in-camera JPEGs is poor even on optimal settings Overall, am finding my workflow is easiest if I shoot in TIFF. I get much more detail than the in-camera JPEG, faster post-processing, and at the same time get better in-camera D-lighting effects, which are not matched 100% by View NX2 rendering NEF files.


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a little disapointing

By Mick from Port Chester, NY on 02/04/2011


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No, I would not recommend this to a friend

As with every d series Nikon that I have owned,(D200,D300 & D700) the camera has a problem when shooting in program mode when going from the bride (dressed in white) and then shooting the groom (dressed in black).The groom photos are always 3to 4 stops over exposed. The only way I can sell these photos is to print them in B/W.


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First of all I have been ...

By photoyourmoment from New Jersey on 02/04/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

First of all I have been a Nikon devote since I was 13 years old, I am now in my mid 50's so I know there quality and there reputation . The 700 is a good camera but not made with the legionary quality of Nikon products of past years. Problem one, its been said you should never buy a car the first year it comes out, this is also true with this model. Frimwear problems from the start, sent back to Nikon to be updated and calibrated, I was past my warranty by one week Nikon fixed it at no charge (Thank you Nikon)But too many problems, a lot of lost shots and very unhappy clients, Cheap Plastic on lens Mount how much more would it have cost Nikon to put a metal one at a very critical stress point. Not great in the Cold (Make sure your battery's are fresh) other wise your all over the place I miss my Nikon FM. I was one of the first out of the gate to buy this camera only to suffer with its growing pains. I'm sure the newest version has had a lot of the problems worked out I would only give mine a 7 out of 10


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Full frame body adds versatility to all lenses

By Jer from Undisclosed on 02/03/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The full frame D700 together with a D300 adds a huge amount of versatility to your creativity, making all of your lenses that much more valuable. What a great combination!


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Great Camera

By Chris from Philadelphia, PA on 02/03/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The D700 is basically just a smaller, lighter version of its powerful and beautifully designed sister, the D3. A spectacular camera for portrait, fine art and action photography.


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Good For Everything

By Dick G from Milw., WI on 02/02/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The dynamic range of this camera will astound every photographer. Great for low light and high ISO shooting.


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Poor quality, workmanship

By wizardtwo from Irvine, CA on 02/02/2011


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No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Waited over two months for d7000 body, experienced focus problems after three days of use. Could not calibrate lens with in-camera menu. Poor design of grip with access power cable door. Little finger keeps opening door during normal use.


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Great photography tool

By Dallas Mike from Dallas, Tx on 02/02/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I've always used Nikon, even in Viet Nam I carried a Nikon. I Bought the D700 and an upgrade to a D200 and I'm happy to say it is a great camera. I architectural and aerial photography and the occasional event. The D700 has always performed well and done everything I've asked of it. Someday I'll add a D3x to my camera bag - but so far I haven't needed it.


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Outstanding camera!

By f8lee from Van Nuys, CA on 02/02/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

As a long time (30+ year) Nikon user, I had high expectations for the D700 that I got to replace the D200 I've had for a few years, and I was not disappointed. Ergonomically pretty much identical to the D200, the D700 was very straightforward to use and, most impressively, has the ability to make excellent quality images at ISO 6400 and above. I certainly look forward to the next model in this line (D800? D700S/x? whatever!) but can easily understand why Nikon feels no pressure to update it yet - it's quite outstanding as it is.


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Best ergonomics, great image quality

By 2 body D700 owner from New England on 02/02/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I owned a Nikkormat FT, Nikon F1 Apollo, Nikon F3 and another brand camera over 30 years ago and as my eyesight wasn't the same I got away from photography for many years, sold everything and had little interest in anything digital. After buying a Nikon D40 for a family member, then a D60 Nikon w/16-85mm AF-S VR, I looked at a Nikon D700. The FX viewfinder felt easier on my eyes, it reminded me of my former F3; excellent ergonomics, most of the controls can be accessed while looking through the viewfinder. I purchased one in 2008 with the 105mm AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor and found I could take better close-ups than back in my film days. I bought another D700 in 2009 with the 14-24mm AF-S G Nikkor. Low light photos with no noise/low noise and Nikon lenses are excellent


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Great but not perfect

By Tex from Undisclosed on 02/02/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I use this camera most of the time...along with my D300S and D 7000 and 7d, and 5D MK II. The 700 is great in low light, has the weight of a boat anchor, but is durable and quick. I do wish it shot 1080 P Video and had a 24MP sensor and weighed a little less, then it would be perfect. Very nice camera but needs an update ASAP. Thanks, Tex


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Ecellent high ISO quality unacceptable vignetting

By mmgmdrunen from Baltimore, MD on 02/02/2011


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No, I would not recommend this to a friend

+ Pictures in low light conditions show a major improvement over the d-300s. - Unacceptable vignetting with professional ( 2.8) Nikor lenses. - Almost impossible to clean sensor - Slower then D-300s


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Finally, a full size affordable sensor.

By swedehiker from Undisclosed on 01/23/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I've been a Nikon user since October 1960 when I bought my first F. I subsequently added a F2 and a F3 but no new bodies since 1981. This digital body fully utilizes my two dozen legacy Nikkor lenses ranging from 20mm f3.5 to 400 mm f3.5 plus specialty lens and converters. Switchable ISO is like having the Speed Graflex sheet film camera I learned with.


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D700 is an Excellent Camera

By Photog from Mesa, AZ on 12/26/2010


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I bought this Full Frame model (24X36 = 35mm equivalent) after gaining experience with the APS-C smaller format D300s, which I love. The D700 is an older model than the D300s (which is based on the D700, with almost the same features, plus video.) The D700 has a rugged Magnesium alloy frame with dust/moisture sealing. It is easy to use with user-friendly and mostly intuitve menus. This is truly a model that can be called 'high-end'. It is an expensive model, and utilizes the expensive AF line of lenses, but if you are buying this camera you are obviously very seriously into photography. In relation to its nearby high-end models, the D700 sort of sits by itself with only one CF card slot. The other nearby models either use a CF/SDHC combo, or TWO CF cards. I don't know why the D700 has only one card slot, but it is not that big of a deal - you just need to use a 16GB (or higher) capacity card if you really need a large file volume. The 'dust-off' feature does a good job of removing a dust particle from the sensor, should you get one (and we ALL do eventually.) This model is also the 'highest end' camera to retain an on-camera pop-up flash. It is OK, but most users of this model will certainly be using a separate shoe-mount flash unit. Functioning of my D700 is smooth and flawless. The photo's are almost always perfectly exposed, including on-board and stand-alone flash. The many auto-focusing modes are VERY quick and ACCURATE and the exposures are almost always spot-on. The 3D Predictive Tracking is absolutely amazing. The many features of this camera are very useful without providing any meaningless 'gimmicky items.' The D700 is really a professional item that serves the serious enthusiast well.


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Best all around camera

By ghamden from Undisclosed on 12/18/2010


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have used many cameras this has to be the best allaround camera on the market IQ excellent Build Quality Excellent Ease of use Excellent


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D700 rocks !!!

By povazanphotography.com from Vancouver, BC. Canada on 11/12/2010


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Being a wedding photographer, you do not get that much time during the long day when you can actually take your camera of the neck. So in this case size matters a lot. And even thou D3s is a beauty, it is also a heavy beast, so the number one solution for the last 2 years stays D700. It is an excellent machine, light enough not to break you collarbone, fast enough to get those priceless moments, and superb in low light situations. What else do you need for those late evening shootings? Till the new upgrade is out, do not hesitate and go and buy one. I rely on it and there is nothing better in this category for a full frame DSLR. Image quality is superb, and to just simply hold it in your hands will give you that right satisfaction before the trigger was even pressed and the image appeared on the LCD. Way to go Nikon.! JP


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From DX (D60) to FX (D700)

By Mylo from Northridge, CA on 10/11/2010


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

It is a big change for me (from D60 to D700). When I got the D700 out of the box my first impression was it looked rugged and heavy duty. My second impression was it has a lot of features that I need to learn but the manual is very straightforward to read. Excellent FX format and very nice high ISO for taking pictures at night. Very fast autofocus. It is very worth it to own this camera. Love it!!


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only good, not great. Focus problem in studio.

By not thrilled with focus from Undisclosed on 09/10/2010


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I've been using this camera in the studio. It has a hard time focusing on faces/eyes in single focus (single spot) mode. I'm using the 105mm f/2 and the battery/grip pack. It's frustrating when it is not able to focus. The D2x had no problems and even the D70 did ok. This body has problems with this a lot. Other than that, it's a nice camera.


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Problem with focusing indoors, otherwise GREAT.

By Wedding Pro from Woodmere, NY on 08/21/2010


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I was one of the first people to get my hands on this camera when it came out. Imagine my disappointment when the thing just wouldn't lock focus indoors. Very quickly, I found out that most of my colleagues who bought this camera have the same problem. I also discovered that both the D3 and the D300 have the same issues. The resulting image, however is just incredible. I love this camera more then all of my other Nikons.


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Classic

By Hawaii-Geek from Honolulu, Hawaii on 07/30/2010


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Love it! Now just bring on a D800s, with slightly higher RES , D3s low noise, 100% VF, two Card slots CF / SD, USB3, and 1080p Video. :) improved 3D AF would be nice.


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This product has issues.

By Nikon Shooter from Eagle River Alaska on 07/28/2010


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No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Great photos - if the image you want is still there by the time you can get the focus selector to budge. The multi selector is so stiff that after 6 months of struggling with it and missing shot after shot, I gave it back to my husband in exchange for his D300. An extremely unfortunate problem for an otherwise nice camera. It's also heavy.


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Superb photographic instrument!

By Lbhunter from Cartersville, GA on 07/24/2010


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The capabilities of the D700 cannot be overstated. I'm thrilled with the low light capabilities and versatility of this unit. Great value given the capabilities/price.


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a digital F100

By mdblue from PA on 07/23/2010


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

D700 in many ways is the perfect camera-relatively small sized FX body, takes all the old AF-D lenses, pop-up flash that can provide reasonable fill and also can double as a commander, minimal noise in High ISO conditions..the list can go on. Ergonomically it's probably the 2nd best that Nikon has to offer. The top spot of course goes to the F6


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Great action shots in the dark!

By fasted22 from Fayetteville, NC on 07/23/2010


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The D700 is the king of low light photography. My hobby is taking photos of Mexican rodeos. These events usually start late and are in poorly lit facilities or outdoors. While other photogs have to flash-up, I just use an 85 or 50mm Nikon 1.8 lens and ISO-up to 6400. I get true colors and great action freeze at shutter speeds 640 and 800 thanks to the D700 FX sensor. Action in low light is what the D700 does for me!


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This is really a great product

By RenanBR from Undisclosed on 07/23/2010


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

It is fantastic to photograph in low light without a flash. I use ISO 1600 and 3200 all the time with no visible noise. That is great.


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FX sensor and huge pixels are the way to go

By Vlad from Vancouver, WA on 07/23/2010


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I recently made a big step up from excellent D90 to D700 combined with new Nikkor 24 - 70 ultra sharp lens. Shooting night scenes in Prague and Paris without flash mostly at ISO 3200 with minimum noise was amazing. Nikon superb quality, user friendly camera design and FX sensor is the way to go. Shooting at daytime at ISO lower than 400 and viewing photos on high resolution 27" iMac at 200% magnification displayed even the smallest details vividly. Now I wonder why it took me so long to upgrade to that high level.


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Low light performance and great ergonomics

By LebronPhoto from Stafford, VA on 07/23/2010


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This camera has opened up a new world in photography for me. Having started in photography over 30 years ago, I remember when I was limited to ISO 400 film or pushed it to 800. Then came ISO 1000. One thing that was common in these was that the quality of the images suffered due to the heavy grain in the film. With the advent of digital photography, grain was replaced by noise. With its high ISO settings, the D700 has allowed me to capture images under lighting conditions that photographers of the past could never imagine. I can now capture photographs in low light without using a flash or a tripod. Like all Nikon DSLRs, the ergonomics of this camera are world class. When I have this camera in my hand, it feels like an extension of me. Everything is in the right place and there is no searching for buttons. I highly recommend the Nikon D700 to any photographer serious about quality, reliability and performance.


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ok,so my primary problems ...

By HAG from israel on 07/23/2010


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

ok,so my primary problems were: 1.heavy 2.viewfinder 95% 3.card slot =plastic 4.one card slot 5.rubbers=its time to find a solution 6.focus points should be spread on a larger surface in the frame 7.more pixels 8.didnt use the flash


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No niche for this camera

By Buck from Houston, Texas on 07/23/2010


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No, I would not recommend this to a friend

What I really wanted was a digital pack that replaced the back of my NIKON N2000. But I got old and and my eyes got worse and I needed a camera that would focus for me. The D700 is too complicated for even an experienced amateur and, I'm guessing, not quite a professional tool. It's too heavy for someone with arthritis. I rated it average because I haven't tried similar cameras from other manufacturers.


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Good product, with problems

By Ken from Traverse City, Michigan on 07/23/2010


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

My D-700 takes wonderful pictures when it is working. Unfortunately, the memory card reader failed when I was in the middle of a trip to the Baltic Sea, and it will not take any more images. It has been returned for warranty nrepairs, after only three months.


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This camera is lighter ...

By AzBill from Peoria, AZ on 07/23/2010


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This camera is lighter and smaller than the D3's, but has a lot of the same abilities. Intuitive to use and has a great viewfinder, much better than the DX cameras.


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Did Not Meet Expectations

By Jl_photo from Houston Texas on 07/22/2010


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No, I would not recommend this to a friend

I bought mt D700 based on the information I could get from Nikon and the photographers who tested the pre-release product. The reviewers stated that the camera performed almost as well as the D3. This has not been my experience. I shoot with both the D3 and the D700. The D700 auto focus is 50% slower and less accurate. If I had known this, I would have purchased another D3 instead. I feel that Nikon did a very poor job of explaining the differences between these two cameras. I will have to buy yet another camera body. At least I can turn the D700 into a Infrared Camera.


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Top-notch full-frame camera

By Dr. Z from Broadway, VA on 07/22/2010


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I moved from a D300 to the D700, wanting full frame, a viewfinder that was easier to see with glasses on, and a compact size. I've been very pleased with the D700. The controls are intuitive and the image quality is excellent. Nikon made the right choice in emphasizing high-ISO quality rather than megapixels.


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Superb DSLR!

By jmiller1948 from Hickory, NC on 07/22/2010


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

My D700 is a superb upgrade to my photography equipment. I am especially impressed by the FX sensor's sensitivity in low light. It is easy to use with intuitive menus. Best camera I've ever owned by far.


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The best camera I have ever owned

By DB_Nik from Arlington, VA on 07/22/2010


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have been into Photography for over 30 years, starting with 35mm manual metering film cameras and worked my way up to the spectacular Nikon D700. I am not a professional and do not make a living from photography - but It is a very important part of my life. The Nikon D700 empowers me to be creative through the intuitive and natural feel I get from holding this camera. In my hands the D700 feels like an extension of my though and mood allowing me the ability to dial in any factor of influence with a flick of the finger. The D700 is unlike any camera I have ever used in the sense; it is me, and makes me feel in control. Pulling the D700 from my camera bag is like opening the window into my imagination, it unleashes my photographic abilities. If a camera can have a soul the D700 surely does.


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Versatile body without compromises

By Alche from Praha, Czech Republic on 07/22/2010


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

D700 is perfectly balanced for everyday use without giving up any important technical feature. High sensitivity with little noise up to 3200ASA, fast response to release button. Compatible with older lenses, full frame sensor, intuitive handling. I use it sometime side by side with D3 or D3s and although D3 and D3s are more robust and more professional bodies, sometime setting changes are more conveniently made on D700 (my personal view).


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The Low Noise characteristics make this oustanding

By DynamicMoment from Houston Texas on 07/22/2010


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

My wife bought me this to replace a D300 as I was shooting a lot of indoor sports tournaments. I was dubious as the D300 was an excellent camera that I'd put over 45,000 shots on. My first shoot with it was in the house after coercing my daughters to pose for me. I shot a bunch of pictures both with flah and without and loaded them in to the computer. Wow. The high Iso shots were fantastic. I kept pushing the limits and this is the first camera that has changed the way I work. I was so used to fixed iso and adjusting aperture that it took me a while to get used to the concept of riding the iso without penalty. I now run up to 1600 with little concern! try doing that with film! The ergonomics of the camera are really good, fitting my shooting style well. This is a truly exceptional camera.


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Excellent camera

By j4zzcat from Tel Aviv, Israel on 07/22/2010


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Well built, easy to operate, feature rich and oh, yes, EXCELLENT photograph quality!


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An Excellent Camera

By twhook from Southbury, CT on 07/22/2010


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

My only objection to this camera is not having a 100% viewfinder. I frequently don't see extraneous elements on the edges of my photos until after I review them. Otherwise I am very pleased with every aspect of the D700.


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Best option if you don't need extra pixels

By Iraja from Sherbrooke. Canada on 07/22/2010


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Excellent camera, outstanding performance in high ISO, produces usable pictures up to 1,600 and even 3,200 with a bit of noise reduction in post-production. The only way I can think of making it better would be to increase resolution but then noise would come up. If you don't need extra pixels this is the better option considering performance, overall quality and price.


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It's a dream machine!

By CT_Nikonian from Canton, CT on 07/22/2010


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I purchased my D700 as an upgrade to my D80, primarily for better low light performance. Wow, was that the best camera decision I ever made! The traditional Nikon elements like great engineering and a very sturdy build are the foundation upon which they have built the D700. Add to that a greatly improved ISO performance, a full frame sensor, and the same focus system as the D3 line. The D700 allows me to shoot action in low, available light situations, without a flash and still obtain high quality images at ISO settings 1600 to 6400. And of course it should go without saying, being a Nikon, the D700 rocks in more traditional light levels too. I would not hesitate to recommend the D700 to anyone!


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just a great camera

By nikonman from crossville , TN on 07/22/2010


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I got my D700 as soon as it was available , use it for 80 % of my work . My D300 for the rest . The D700 's full frame files are fantastic in both raw and jpeg . Shooting in Iso 3200 / 6400 is just amazing ! Get a D700 , you will just love using it !!


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Increditable Camera

By hussphoto from Pittsburgh, PA on 07/22/2010


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The Nikon D700 is the most increditable camera that I have ever owned. Amazing quality at ISO 3200 and very acceptable at 6400.


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This camera has great features.

By Dazzleme from Milwaukee, WI on 07/22/2010


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I love, LOVE, love my D700. I was just beginning to move into the professional world of photography. I mainly photograph weddings and also do portraiture & fine art work. This camera allowed me to step up into a professional level camera at a lower budget. I use the high ISO at 3200 for many shots in churches during ceremonies where flash is not allowed. I get beautiful images with little to no noise in images. I took night shots on a cruise ship without flash at an ISO of 3200 and got deep rich colors and sharp images of the deck at night. I haven't really had to use ISO 6400 because the results I get at 3200 are far more than satisfactory. I use to use extraneous tools (trying not to be product specific) to set my white balance. Now, using the custom white balance setting on the camera is all I need. The results are exactly the same. My post processing time has decreased significantly. No extra gear to carry anymore. I love deep rich colors, my camera is set to the vivid color setting at all times. My images all have rich quality colors and I don't make any post processing adjustments. I am saving so I can purchase the Nikon D3s to use in addition to my D700. This camera will remain part of my standard gear no matter what.


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What I've always looked for!

By Rory from Shelbyville, KY on 07/22/2010


Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I've been a Nikon SLR shooter for over 24 years, and used other gear for six years before that. I've gone through the steps of FG and FM to F3 to F4 and have grown a trust for Nikon, along with a good crop of lenses! I have either worn out or destroyed everything but the F4. The only reason it's not dead is that I haven't had it long enough to kill it! I am tough on gear - outdoor action, travel. Although film image quality is nothing less than superb, in the long run, it's expensive and has a lot of while-you're-shooting drawbacks compared to digital. After getting a pocket digital for everyday and family things, I was learning this lesson in spades, and my SLR wasn't getting used so much. I was getting great shots, but the quality was less than I wanted. I am a diehard film user, have my own darkroom equipment and won't ever quit that. But... I'd been wanting to try a DSLR for a long time and borrowed a consumer grade Nikon model last year for a week. It was a DX model and I could use few of my other lenses, but it changed my life. The image quality was awesome and the availability of "instant feedback" on my images was invaluable. That week, I took the best bunch of photos I had in years! I started shopping, comparing, etc. Like previously noted, I've got a considerable investment in good AI and AF film-coverage (FX) lenses. I didn't want to start over again. That was priority in my decision. Nikon stepped up to the bat with the D700, supporting every lens I own, from my very first, a Series E 50mm, through the D-series to my newest 300mm 2.8. I am so happy that I can shoot interchangeably with everything between the F4 and D700! The winning and general DSLR vs film SLR attributes I now enjoy include; impossible before "mid-roll" ISO changes and instant review of images. I can shoot again, right then and there with real time feedback of the last shot's exposure, composition, framing, color tweaking, and compensation. I can now seize the moment, and never have to worry about scheduling a weeks-later or next-year trip to wish I could capture the same conditions. But to the D700 itself? Oh my goodness, what a camera. There's almost nothing I can't ask it to do that it won't just instantly do. Like I said, I'm tough on gear. I can and do break everything. The D700 completely retains the solid metal build confidence I learned I could count on with the F3 and F4. It's mass and ergonomics are familiar and comfortable. I trusted it from the moment I mounted the first lens. No other manufacturer offers a body built like this in this price range. I was also worried, as I was shopping and comparing, that I would not get enough megapixels to add up to the film IQ I am used to. That was a big part of the wait on my DSLR transition. Let me tell you, for my style (complete environmental change from frame to frame shooting), this is not an issue with the D700. I was wrong in doubting it's capabilities. 12 MP is enough. The IQ, whether images are composed on a tripod or shot handheld at higher ISO is astounding. The big idea here is the instant feedback, functionality and trust you will have with this body. You do not work "for it", it works as a part of you. Period. Coming from the days of (ahem) "high ISO" 400 or 800 film, pushing something else way too far; or through some other digital camera's useable limit of ISO 1600, I can tell you that this camera's light gathering abiliites are nothing less than amazing. I think I am using someone else's words "You can shoot up to ISO 6400 with impunity". By gosh, it's true. I love this camera. It's complicated and you've absoloutely got to read and learn the book. But once you do - you've got a tiger by the tail and he's on your side...


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Great working camera--want a nexgen second one!!

By Steven from Chicago on 07/22/2010


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Things I love: High ISO capability..I shoot portraits and weddings. Low light situations occur frequently so high ISO performance is critical. I don't hesitate to shoot a portrait at 1600-2000 ISO and exposing to the right a bit also helps. Smaller body than D3..I travel frequently with this camera and having a smaller form makes it easier to take along. Performance: it is fast and reliable. Battery life is excellent. I would estimate I have taken nearly 100000 pictures with my D700 and I can not remember a single episode where the camera failed to deliver, if I did it correctly. Things that are so/so- The sensor cleaning built into the camera actually removes dust about 10-20% of the time The combination of the SB900 and D700, after about 1 year of use together, has sent my SB900 back for repair. A brand new one has the same problems though. Others have experienced similar problems so I suspect there is an integration problem


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Excellent low light image quality

By Margee from Frederick, MD on 07/22/2010


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

My D700's low light (high ISO) capabilities have given me shot after shot that I could not have captured with out it. I often set Auto ISO upper limit to 3200 (which would be totally useless on most other cameras) and have it kick in to maintain a minimum shutter speed of 125. Then I shoot primarily in Aperture priority mode. This results in the freedom to capture spontaneous shots in interesting light that I might otherwise miss.


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Are you kidding me? This is THE camera...

By CottageP from New Jersey on 07/22/2010


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have owned the D700 for over a year and this camera is amazing. It has all the features you could want, and a few you will probably never use. The main two reasons for owning this camera are, 1. full frame format, and 2., high ISO capability. If you don't need or want these two features, then get a D300. The D700 has saved me on several occasions where I had to shoot natural light, but didn't have a lot to work with. I can set it to ISO 3200 with complete confidence and even ISO 6400 knowing I'll get usable images. This capability alone was well worth the price. I also have a lot of old Nikon glass (70's and 80's era) and they all work wonderfully with this body.


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Excellent Camera with Great Features

By BCA from Southeast Alaska on 07/22/2010


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I own three cameras, a D90, D300, and a D700. All are good cameras. Where the D700 excels is in light and color information gathering. All three are capable of superb photos but in lower light there is a distinct advantage with the larger FX sensor. The color capability of the D700 is second to none. The fine tuning for color and white balance gives the D700 a nice edge over the smaller sensors. The creative potential of the camera is virtually limitless. A professional photographer would appreciate all of the features the camera has to offer. The 51 point focal system is outstanding. The menu in the camera has a learning curve to it, but once familiar with it, or with prior camera experience, it is not overwhelming and makes sense in its layout. This camera's ISO range is very good. You can get excellent photographs out to 1600 ISO, and even in 3200 ISO. With the right software to back it up, I think it is capable of very good photos out to 6400. On its own though, a 3200 ISO photo in low light comes out with minimal noise or grain. For a newspaper journalist, I would think the black and white capabilities all of the way out to 25,600 would be useful. This camera coupled with either the 70-200mm VR lens, or the 24-70mm lens is superb. The tracking focal feature with the 70-200mm lens will work very well on small birds moving through branches. The dynamic and 3D tracking features are just about magic. If you've never had a camera with these features, you'll be amazed. This is a workhorse camera that is ruggedly built with superb and intuitive features. The buttons and dials are perfectly located so that they are almost instinctive to use without having to take your eye away from the viewfinder. The most colorful and finely detailed bird and flower photos I have ever taken have been done with a D700. For smaller hands, I think the D700 would be the better choice over a D3. This camera will give the same results and nearly all of the same features as its higher priced brethren, but in a lighter weight and smaller package. With a battery pack installed, it is roughly the same size as a D3. The camera is not tough on battery life either. I have forgotten to turn it off and left it on a desk for two or three days without it significantly draining the batteries. In the field, with one battery, just walking around all day and snapping photos regularly, it will use less than a battery. On longer multi-day kayak trips, I have gone about a week on two batteries using it periodically throughout each day to snap wildlife, landscape, or flora photos. Overall, the D700 is more than capable of near limitless creative potential. Low-light photography and color capture is excellent. I could write a book on the significance of each feature within the menu system and the benefits to the photographer. If I could only own one camera, it would be the D700. The D700 is worth the extra money if you want the larger, more detailed files/photos, and creative potential advantage over a lesser model. This is a very serious camera.


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Best dslr for the money Nikon has made yet

By F2ASlover from SE Michigan on 07/22/2010


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Image quality and handling are excellent. I can still get great shots at ISO 6400 (try THAT with film). The camera has a terrific feature set (love the sensor cleaning). The ONLY thing I wish Nikon had done a bit differently was to extend the low ISO settings down to 50.


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Love camera and features, but had sensor problem

By NikonsRG8T from Boise, ID. on 07/22/2010


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No, I would not recommend this to a friend

This is a great camera and takes wonderful pictures, but I have had a sensor problem related to streaks in the sky on contrasty images. The camera was repaired (which took over two months) but I believe I am continuing to have the same problem. Nikon replaced over half the camera with new parts, but the camera and sensor should never of had such a problem. I am not certain, but I believe the problem is starting to happen again. Keep in mind that I have not abused the camera in any way; if anything I have been overly careful with the camera. I have owned over 6 Nikon film cameras over the years and have never had any problems with any of those cameras. This is my first digital camera and I have had problems within the first six months of it's purchase. If I had it to do over, I would have purchased a D300 or D300S because I have heard of no problems with those cameras.


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The D700 is a dated camera that should be replaced

By newelpf from Boulder, CO on 07/22/2010


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No, I would not recommend this to a friend

The camera has been repaired once and there are some indications that it may require additional work. The back display does not reflect the true light balance. The focusing sometimes does not work. The white balance is not alway accurate. 12 MP is not competitive in this price class


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Sensor Rocks....everything else is in question

By D700 from Boulder, Colorado on 07/22/2010


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No, I would not recommend this to a friend

I shoot D3's...needed a backup body in a pinch and bought the 700 for the sensor to keep consistent in the settings as I swap between bodies - shooting live editorial and events. I'm a pro and NPS member. The D700 I own- DIED and by Nikon's Tech team - is beyond economic repair. The damage it suffered was "moistness" leading to the effect of liquid damage....frying 100% of the circuit boards...turning the device into a $2800 paperweight. I am really disappointed with the LACK OF WEATHER SEALING on this body.....the same conditions that killed my D700 are the same that numerous D3's have lived through. The D700 is not a pro-sumer or Pro body - it's a consumer camera with a great ship that is over priced. The sensor is the king....the shutter is a joke and doesn't compare tot he D3....some say no biggie - at the price...the D3 shutter should be in this body. Where is the weather sealing that supports worldwide professional use? Why can nikon NOT fix circuit boards at a cost? I want the FX sensor with the D3 shutter...leave other things out and sell us that combo.....the added price of a D3 body is quite a spread.


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limited lens choices

By hillybiily from West virginia on 07/22/2010


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No, I would not recommend this to a friend

I wanted something better than Minolta 7D but was disappointed with picture quality and limited choices for the lenses. I am stuck with it.


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Good - BUT!!

By Jim from Florence, AL on 07/22/2010


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Had a F3 years ago. Used small digital when camers switched. About 1 1/2 years ago bought a D700. Due to my own ingorance and questlionable retailier I got DX lenses not FX. Had trouble with a dark spot on images, but with repeated ultrasonic cleaning cycles it went away. It came back and I discovered that a clip at the base of the mirrow had pivoted out causing the dark spot on the photos. Sent camera back to Nikon for repair and they sent it back saying there was nothing wrong. Have not used the camera sence, but anticipate the problem will recur. Am reluctant to take it on my upcoming overseas vacation.


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I have D200 and D700 , ...

By Nick from Oceanside on 07/22/2010


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No, I would not recommend this to a friend

I have D200 and D700 , but more happy with D200. Whatever I can see in View finder is less than I can see on picture, not that much in D200 . The difference is very much. Light metering on one point and all points vey much confusing were in D200 better. Picture contrast all type of shadows better on D200


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I can not get my D700 and ...

By A Spoon from Ca on 07/22/2010


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No, I would not recommend this to a friend

I can not get my D700 and 900 speed light to get the correct exposure. 80% of my flash pictures are over exposed even if I set the flash to undexpose by .7.


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Great except White Balance

By ASK's comments from Easton PA on 07/22/2010


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Great camera in all respects except white balance! I have several Nikon cameras and collected a variety of lens over the past 25 years. I have the N70, N90 and two F-5's as well a D60, D300 & D700. The best feature of the D700 is its ability to accomodate vintage and modern day lens. The white balance on the D300 is optimal compared to the D700 which is very orange-yellowish; despite the ability to manually adjust the auto white balance. I purchased a white balance filter which corrects the problem but this slows done the picture taking process. The white balance problem only exists in low light (no flash) conditions. It is fine with flash & daylight shots.


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Great Camera

By jimmyd from South Carolina on 07/13/2010


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I am not going to write a long review I don't need to. The camera speaks for itself. I waited for the full frame Nikon I bought it and had no idea just how good it would be. If Nikon ever upgrades this I have no idea how it will make me better. Yet I will say since 1955 when I started shooting this is the camera that helped me be a better photographer. So many pros talk about the camera as a tool...it is. However, this tool is a help to make you a better photographer.


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