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Nikon D700 - Nikon D700

By Jamie Harrison

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Nikon D700

Summary

Our Score:

9

Unfortunately it's not all rosy. In low light, and in my dimly lit studio the autofocus struggles to lock onto the subject. In half decent light it's fast and efficient, but, certainly with the 24-120mm f/3.5 VR lens I had for the review it was frustratingly slow at times. On a more positive note the large LCD is a real boon for checking images and is accurate for exposure, if not spot on for colour, but good enough.

When images are good, they are very good, but this is still not a perfect camera; I generally found the colours to be slightly warm, though manual white balance fixed this. The daylight and flash presets didn't work too well with my studio lamps, but the Auto white balance did a better job. A more worrying finding that can be seen clearly in the following images is the appearance of vignetting. Again this may be due to the lens, but it's a full frame lens so should work. On a positive note, the camera doesn't suffer from fringing problems with that particular optic.

When analysing the pictures I also noticed a small dust spot on the images. As the dust reduction is supposed to kick in when the camera is switched on, and it was switched on and off several times, I would have hoped that it would have cleared - it didn't. I do some retouching work for a client with a Nikon D300 and part of that involves extensive manual dust cleaning, which worries me about the efficacy of the Nikon system.

Back to the positive though and the D700 is in the main a great performer. Detail is crisp and clean, sharpness (again within the parameters of the optic used) is very good, and the tonal range within the images is beautiful. Noise is also exemplary, with no worrying noise at all until you go over ISO 6400. There is some noise at ISO 12800 and ISO 25600, but I think we can allow Nikon some slack here.

Verdict

I'm sure there are some D3 and D300 owners who are cursing Nikon right now for bringing out a camera that combines the best of those two cameras for a relatively reasonable price. The three cameras should pretty much cover most people's needs, though Nikon still requires a higher resolution model for some pro needs. The D700 covers a lot of bases, though, and for the most part does it very well. I have some reservations about the vignetting, and would be interested to hear how other users' lenses perform, while the sometimes slow AF is also mildly frustrating. The dust reduction is a feature I have reservations about too. However, for the most part, the Nikon D700 is a joy to use and is capable of incredible results, so I'm sure it will make some lucky people very happy indeed.

Shapour Va

August 9, 2008, 1:40 pm

Hi Dear Jamie


Thanks for your review.


Regarding the new job of Nikon,it is necessary to admit that "It is really a great work of technology"In almost all DSLR s we suffer mainly from the noise in high ISO which corrupts the image tottally and all the manufacturers still are fighting with this problem and apparently no solutions so far have been achieved though they claim that the problem predominatly solved.By D700 Nikon has shown their potential capabilities,so generally speaking sooner or later all manufacturers should concentrate on full frame CCD s or CMOS in order to get rid of tis nasty noises.In for example E3 Olympus although the image quality is quite all right but in higher ISO I mean higher than 800 those beautifull red and oringe balls start to damage the image! So the same in Canon 40D and even in D300 Nikon in high ISO.Any way we are waiting for other participants in the market to do the same job may be in the new standard which is called Micro Four Thirds developed by olympus and Panasonic by giving more room to the imager by eleminating the mirror and the mirror box.


Thanks and Best Regards


Shapour Va'zi Tehran Iran

Jane68

August 10, 2008, 6:34 pm

Hello Jamie Harrison,





You wrote at page 7: .... The image is a little warm for my liking (Hannah).





Yes, thats normal without an embedded color profile. Below the same photo with a sRGB color profile.





http://www.pbase.com/image/101...





Regards, Jan

Cameron K. Fong

January 19, 2009, 7:05 pm

Hey Jamie,


A few questions:


1 - Did you miss the buttons labeled with the magnifying glass to get to full size images from thumbnails?


2 - Did you set the self cleaning sensor to actually clean?


3 - Why would you use daylight or flash preset with your studio strobes? You should shoot a custom preset!


4 - Slow AF in low light, what are you comparing to? (Please note also that it is a Multi CAM 3500 module not a Multi CAM 300 module)


5 - Vignetting, this is a lens issue, are you reviewing the lens (which is not a great one) or the camera?





Overall a much better review than your D60 review, but please take the time to better acquaint yourself with a camera before writing a review. It is well known that most dust reduction systems dont work awfully well (Canon and Sony being dismal compared to the Olympus).

Jay Werfalli

January 19, 2009, 7:48 pm

For your information, Jamie no longer works for TrustedReviews.

Erick Danzer

July 28, 2009, 11:28 pm

FYI, Peter Burian has also recently published both a Nikon D700 review and a comparison review of full frame DSLRs (D700, 5D Mk II, A900):


http://www.photocrati.com/niko...


http://www.photocrati.com/comp...

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