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Nikon D300 or D700
Old 09-07-2008, 03:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Howdy all! Hope you are all enjoying this opening day of NFL football!

My question is this: Im getting ready to make a purchase of a new Nikon. I recently owned a d200 and ended up selling it back to the camera shop due to serious issues. I realize that theres gonna be a lemon here and there and I happen to just get one.
However Im not sure if the D700 is worth the extra 1500 over the D300. About the only advantage I see is the full frame cen. Money really isnt an issue but also dont want to spend what I dont have to. I have been mostly in the past a hobbiest, however I plan on getting much more serious with my photography. My main interest is in portraits and weddings. I have a few workshops planned in the next few months.
If one of you Nikon buffs could help me figure this out and help me make sence of this I would greatly appreciate your advise.

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Re: Nikon D300 or D700
Old 09-07-2008, 04:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The biggest questions you need to ask are...

- Do I need the clean high ISO the new sensor provides?
- Do I have the right focal length lenses to compensate for the 24x36mm sensor?
- Can I deal with the shallower depth of field if I choose to shoot at the same focal length, but get closer to the subject?

I went from the D200 to the D3 and am 100% completely happy with my choice. It's easy for me to see the improvement in my images between the two bodies. Part of that may be more experience, but I think the delta in image quality is easily seen. See more of my images on Pbase

Enjoy either body. From what I've seen of the D300, it's a great machine.
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Re: Nikon D300 or D700
Old 11-18-2008, 10:00 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Im having the same issue sir.

the way i see it, they both have great high ISO results, however the d700 is a bit better.

my realization is:
"if you aren't going to shoot anything higher than 1600ISO, its probably not worth the extra ca$h.

im getting my D300 from a shooter who wants to upgrade to the D700. but I really do think I personally and professionally will benefit from it to the point where it makes me more money. I think the imagery will be too close to call the difference.

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Re: Nikon D300 or D700
Old 11-18-2008, 01:09 PM   #4 (permalink)
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For me the full frame sensor is really what I want. It allows me to have the narrowest DOF while still maintaining a comfortable working distance and aperture.

You'll have to pry the D3 from my cold dead hands (until the D3x/D4 comes out )
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Re: Nikon D300 or D700
Old 11-18-2008, 05:53 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Both are great cameras, but ... if you ask me for my advice (and I've had a D300 for a year now) ... get the D300 and invest the $1,500 savings in a good lens. Five years from now (or sooner) Nikon will have a lot of new cameras that you'll really want ... but if you invest in a great lens today, you'll still be using it five years from now.

Every day I think about getting the D700, but ... it won't bring more business in my door, and none of my commercial clients are asking if I shoot with a full frame camera (or requiring it) ... and 100% of the models I shoot with don't care (or even know) what type of camera I use!
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Re: Nikon D300 or D700
Old 11-18-2008, 11:14 PM   #6 (permalink)
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The high ISO is much better on the D3/D700 than the D300. The D3 and D700 have the same sensor and image processor. Also, the larger photosites on the D3/D700 sensor get rid of the camera shake camera shake sensitivity that the D2X, D200 and D300 camera have.

One of my favorite things about the full frame sensor it having my wide glass back.
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Re: Nikon D300 or D700
Old 11-18-2008, 11:30 PM   #7 (permalink)
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However Im not sure if the D700 is worth the extra 1500 over the D300.
Seems pretty easy to me...If you're "not sure," then it isn't.

I you're interested in a July '08 purchased D300 (plus grip and EN-EL4 battery adapter) in mint condition but lots of actuations, PM me.
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Re: Nikon D300 or D700
Old 11-19-2008, 12:21 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I own both. I use the D700 for the extra low light capabilities and recovering the wide angle coverage of my 17mm lens. I use the D300 for the extra length telephoto reach and for turning my 70-200 2.8 VR lens into a 300mm for sports action, etc. They are so closely matched in function that I frequently carry both and shoot whichever one is right for the image I am trying to create. I have to agree with ErnieR that it appears that the D700 does a much better job of handling high ISO. I have found that the noise level on the D700 at 6400 is quite acceptable for sports photography. I shoot weddings as well and I have run into locations that will not allow flash during the ceremony. Due to this, I would suggest that you might be better off with the D700 as it does perform quite well under these conditions.
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Re: Nikon D300 or D700
Old 11-20-2008, 11:02 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I own both. I use the D700 for the extra low light capabilities and recovering the wide angle coverage of my 17mm lens. I use the D300 for the extra length telephoto reach and for turning my 70-200 2.8 VR lens into a 300mm

Um...What?
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Re: Nikon D300 or D700
Old 11-21-2008, 06:50 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Um...What?
Some people consider the narrower field of view that a crop sensor provides the equivalent of a teleconverter. I personally don't share that opinion, but as always YMMV.
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