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Old 03-07-2010, 11:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm looking for your thoughts or opinions on upgrading from nikon d-80 to the full frame d-700 mainly for the full frame benefits of that model , I know what the salesman will say but I'd rather hear what this group thinks . Thanks in advance , photography is mainly a hobby for me and has been since high school .
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Old 03-07-2010, 12:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What are you hoping to get out of the d700? How many lenses do you have? Are they DX lenses?
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Old 03-07-2010, 06:27 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I moved from a D200 to a D3 (very similar move in terms of sensors) and for portrait photography, the 24x36mm sensor is a joy to work with. Be aware that the native ISO of the D700 sensor is ISO 200 and not ISO 100. That can make working with large apertures in the studio a bit more challenging, but in general you'll be shooting a stop smaller because of the closer distance to subject, so it can be a moot point.

I would not hesitate at all if you do natural light work. High ISO on that sensor is simply amazing.

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Old 03-08-2010, 10:24 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I'm mainly interested in the full frame feature without the 1 1/2 crop factor and I have 4 lens with 1 being a dx model but I understand that the d-700 will allow me to use that 18-70 dx lens on that camera . I wasn't aware of that until I started looking at specs and features of the d-700.
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Old 03-08-2010, 11:30 PM   #5 (permalink)
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if you use lightroom to edit or manage your images, tiff will be your friend especially if you like to set saturation, sharpening,etc. you will now have the ability to shoot weddings with no worries.
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Old 03-09-2010, 09:21 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I find the D3/D700 to be hot and yellow compared to the D80/D200 sensor, when shot at an ISO below 1600. Honestly, that sensor was optimized for ISO 6400, and everything below and above varies in quality.

Keep your D80 for outdoor color work.

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Old 03-09-2010, 10:21 PM   #7 (permalink)
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You can't be serious. The D3 optimized for ISO 6400?

I have made tens of thousands of images with both of the bodies you listed below and I never had issues with the D3 being either hot or yellow and it performs flawlessly at the native ISO 200. It also kicks the pants of the D200 in any light.

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I find the D3/D700 to be hot and yellow compared to the D80/D200 sensor, when shot at an ISO below 1600. Honestly, that sensor was optimized for ISO 6400, and everything below and above varies in quality.

Keep your D80 for outdoor color work.

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Old 03-10-2010, 11:06 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I have a D300, and my friend has a D700, and the thing that I noticed is how much better his shots are whenever we are in a low light situation. Having the larger sensor allows more photons/pixel, which allows more counts from the A/D converter for a given amount of light, which allows you to shoot with a higher ISO. Increasing the ISO on a digital SLR camera does not make the sensor any more sensitive, it just rescales (multiplies) the numbers from the A/D converter to make smaller numbers to be bigger, but this creates the appearance of noise (or grain).

So if I had more money in my back pocket I'd be shooting with a D700 . . . of course if I had the D700 then I'd be in the situation of having no money at all in my back pocket.
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You should Google "nikon d3 overexposure" and read all the comments. Again, hot and yellow. I had to set it to EV-0.7 outdoors to mitigate the problems, and servicing the body didn't help any.

The RAWs can also be real crap to work with.

It's a nice camera, but it takes a lot of work to get great images from it.

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I don't need to Google anything. I've owned my D3 since launch day. Perhaps you're confused by the earlier D200 bodies underexposing by 1/3 to 2/3 of a stop? Try Googling that one. As for being yellow, maybe if you use auto white balance.

D3 NEF files hard to work with? I don't seem to have any problems in any one of the three raw processors I have available on my editing machine. I typically use ACR, but now that I'm shooting the PhaseOne DB, I'm beginning to like CaptureOne V5 as a front end. Of course YMMV...
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