|When it comes to appearance, the Nikon D700 really is a Nikon, right down to the familiar red stripe. You'd almost consider the body similar to that of the D300, but it isn't. The Nikon D700 DSLR is a tad larger and heavier however; the camera isn't too heavy. It can be easily balanced with various heavy lenses, such as an AF 12-24 mm f/2.8 lens. If you'd like to adjust the height of the D700 camera, you can mount an extra MB-D10 grip underneath the body. You will find that part of the right hand fits slightly better around the camera. |
|Suitabe for dusty and rainy circumstances
The housing features a magnesium alloy finishing. It makes the Nikon D700 a solid D-SLR camera for a photo journalist who will certainly appreciate the effect of sealings against dust and rain. Perhaps not as perfect as the D3, but you won't have to worry about the camera giving in when working under tough circumstances. This makes the Nikon D700 an interesting body for the Pro who works in that type of environment.
Nikon D700 equipped with vibrating sensor
Dust on the sensor is annoying and still one of the biggest nuisances of DSLR cameras. Manufactures do their utmost to prevent this dust problem. One possibility is to place a thin filter in front of the sensor that vibrates at a high frequency. Nikon applied this solution to the D700. Why the Nikon D3 is not equipped with it remains a mystery. Luckily the Nikon D700 does have it. Frequent changing of lenses and zooming increase the likelihood chance of getting dust in the camera.
Old Nikon lenses work with the D700
The metal bayonet mount fits nearly every lens with a Nikon F-mount. There are some limitations, just like with very old lenses, yet it is possible. This is one of the reasons that many photographers stay true to Nikon. Nikon manufactured many of the so-called 'DX' lenses in the last couple of years. If you purchase a Nikon D700, you can keep using these lenses. The D700 will automatically make a DX crop, providing a magnification of 1.5x. If you swap your D200 for a D700 you don't have to sell your old lenses and purchase new ones, which helps to keep the total costs down!
|Nikon D700 features a Live View LCD screen
The familiar programmable buttons encircle he lens mount. The AF switch is on the same spot as on Nikon's first camera with auto focus. The points for the remote control and the external flash are hidden behind a rubber flap which is a better solution than having separate lids which you will likely lose anyway. This way the connections are well-protected at all times. The large LCD screen with a diagonal of 7.6 cm is found on the back of the Nikon D700. Not only is it large, it also offers high resolution. This enables significant zooming in on an image while displaying many details. The high resolution also comes in handy when using the Live View function. An HDMI port enables viewing of pictures on a large TV screen.
Nikon SLR camera buttons are well placed
The buttons on the camera look familiar, i.e. the joystick, two command dials and the info button. In fact, when it comes to the digital part of the camera, nothing has really changed since 1998 except all of the extras. I find the two command dials in combination with the multi control button unsurpassed when it comes to adjusting the settings. Unlike Canon, you don't have to take your index finger off the shutter release button to change the aperture. This is done by the middle finger while the thumb is able to adjust the shutter speed or the auto focus area. Every time I pick up a Nikon camera, I remember how great this feature is!