[D7000] - Buy D7000 Or D700?(34 posts) (20 voices)
Agreed, actually, on both posts, above, from PB PM and Mike. But, I also think that an FX-body camera is "right" for the OP specifically because he's used to shooting 35mm (which of course, is full-frame). Moving from a film body to a DSLR is hard enough, which, as PB PM points out, with a DX-format DSLR, there's no large, bright viewfinder as you're accustomed to seeing in just about any film SLR. My first DSLR was a DX-format D70, and moving from 35mm to the tiny, dim, hard-to-see viewfinder of my D70 was quite a shock.
I also think the OP will appreciate familiar, full-frame, focal-lengths. Although DX makes your fast, long lenses, quite long and quite "fast" (e.g., you can now benefit from a 300mm f/2.8-equivalent for a fraction of the cost of an actual 300mm f/2.8), I really miss the nuances of shooting various short, fixed-focal length lenses on a full-frame camera (e.g., 20mm, 24mm, 28mm, 35mm).
The D700 is the bet out of those two. Equip it with a MB-D10 battery grip and the EN-EL4a battery (make sure you get the charger for that battery too) - and you have something pretty close to a D3 experience (8fps).
I used a D700 for nearly 2 years - in all conditions. It got quite heavy use and it is still going strong. It's now the backup camera to a D3S, or the second camera for when I need two of them. I cannot recommend the D700 highly enough.
Images from D700 are very clean as well. Viewfinder is quite good - but I recommend the rubber eyecap attachment, it's a worthwhile addon.
I wouldn't recommend the D7000, it's a DX format - and isn't a really well known quantity. The D700 is known, it does the job well.
On second thoughts, a D700 replacement may be on the horizon soon enough, so perhaps wait and see.
I'm also facing the dilemma of what upgrade path to take.
I have a D200 and would like to upgrade; mostly to get the high iso / low noise / improved DR and AF of one of the newer DSLRs; can't decide between D300s / D700 / D7000.
D7000 - like the price, video capability, high iso capability, improved DR but don't like the controls and am concerned about some of the forum postings about dead pixels / af hunting. And I will have to buy new cards and batteries which will get expensive. And on the handling - I own a D70s which I bought for the high speed sync capability which I never use because I don't like the controls or the ergonomics; much prefer the D200.
D300s - better high iso but some of that is in the software so you lose texture; probably a better all around camera than the D200 but is it a better choice than the other 2? Definitely would be an advantage to share batteries / cards with my D200. I'm not even considering video capability on this due to the limitations.
D700 - my pro friends rave about this camera; but for the price I could get both of the other two. Should I wait until Feb / Mar 2011? NR says it is due for a refresh so I shouldn't buy now (although I would be buying proven technology). This would be complementary to the D200 capabilities (sport with D200; portrait / low light with the D700)
I shoot a mix of sport and portrait. If I was shooting all sport, of course DX would be the better choice for me (except for night time shots, D700 would perform better) to get better range out of my lenses (80-200 2.8 and 70-300 VR) To further complicate things, I occasionally shoot the kids performance (piano, vocal music) in dimly lit rooms; the D7000 video plus a sharp prime lens would be ideal for this.
Hi ylDave, If you can afford it I'd say buy the D700. If you can afford it, and can afford to wait for a possible D700 replacement then wait and see?
The problem with waiting is that you don't know how long you'll be waiting for, it could easilly be a year from now and it'll be more expensive than the D700.
If you need a body right now I say D700.
One of each. Use the D7000 as a backup and occasional video. ;)
I likewise am trying to decide between the D700 and D7000. Right now I'm using the d70s. I only have 3 lenses, (50mm 1.4 - 17-55 2.8 DX and 70-200 2.8 VR. I've recently started taking High School portraits and could desperately use some advice as to which camera to purchase.
Like many on this post im going to put my vote on the d700. When I moved over from film i went with a dx body. It has covered my needs but a full frame just would have been better. The crop factor by itself was enough for me to wish I would have went straight to full frame. It is very situation dependant,"which many on here have said" because you might be happy with the extended range of 1.5. I am going to pick up the d700 myself. Love the low light abilites and pro sealing, plus it fits my hands alot better.
I have both a D700 and a D7000. I chose the full-frame sensor and FX lenses for all the reasons previously stated by others. The only reason I have a D7000 is for the video, which is remarkable. I was ready to purchase a much more expensive Sony b'dcst or prosumer video camcorder until I heard rumors of the D7000 and its 1080p capture and H264 MPEG4 recording. Since I already had the F2.8 "trinity" lens compliment, the ability to utilize them for my video shooting made my decision easy. But, I still think of my D700 as my "serious" camera when it comes to still photography. If video is not a consideration, I feel the D700 is the best buy. Soon, I will probably be facing the dilemma of relegating both bodies to backup positions when Nikon finally offers a true pro-level full-frame camera with full HDTV capture and recording.
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