My “New” Nikon D700 arrived this past week. I had owned one before but sold it in order to buy the replacement D750. While the 750 is a fine camera with unbelievable resolution and twice the megapixels of the D700, it lacks the older camera’s heft and professional build. There is also something to be said about spreading 12.1 megapixels across a full frame sensor. The “New” D700 had been hardly used. It came in its original box with all the bells and whistles Nikon usually includes with new cameras: battery, charger, software, strap, Manual and so forth. The shutter had a grand total of just over 8 thousand snaps on it. Nikon Warranties the shutter for 150,000. So how did it do in the field.
The camera has always been noted for performing well in low light situations. This was shot at the break of dawn with an ISO setting of 400.
Taken the next day in much brighter light that came with sunrise and the usual haze from the morning ground fog, the ISO setting was 250.
Finally, the Autumn colors of the farm grape vine was a nice test of the white balance of the D700, though its true test will come with the color red. Recent Nikon’s tend to render true red with an orange tint which can be corrected by under exposing by a half to full stop. My rationale for buying a used D700 came from my long desire to just shoot full frame cameras. Maintaining a small sensor camera and its dedicated lenses seemed a bit much. If you have a similar hankering and shoot Nikon cameras, I suggest the D700. There are lots of them on the used market these days and more than reasonable prices. I got mine from B and H Photo Video in New York. Whatever you shoot, enjoy the season and thanks for the visit. Happy Shooting! See you next time.