Funny how this seems to be the question on most people's minds but yet no one has given an answer. The first thing I would be doing after getting the batteries charged is running out shooting moving cars, kids on bikes, someone at the park shooting baskets, skateboarders, dogs chasing cars or frisbees or anything to test the tracking. All the portrait and still life stuff would come later. Those aren't exactly things that tax the camera's abilities.
Someone wanna loan me a D700 so I can see for myself? C'mon...give us more stuff to be jealous about and drool over and get out there and test that tracking.
My D300 and grip came in literally 30 minutes ago. Can you elaborate on what kind of issues it gives you? Is it just with fast moving subjects or is it with anything that moves?
I used auto-area AF + continuous-servo AF for the BIF shots, completely forgotten about the 51 points (3D-tracking) dynamic area AF, still learning :redface:.
But your pigeons looked good to me for someone who doesn't shoot birds. Was it able to lock on quickly or did it hunt around? The fact that there was quite a bit of contrast helped. I would like to see how it works in lower light with moving targets.
Anybody with a D700 been able to put the camera to the test using 51pt 3D focus tracking, versus the (awful) D300. Does the 700 really track fast, like the D3? Or slow, like the D300?
It's that in 51pt 3d mode, the D3 siezes upon and erratically moving objects like BIF with a vengence; the D3 lacks processing power and the tracking is so slow and "behind" as to be essentially useless. The feature is there; it simply isn't usable for much.
They have to say that to justify buying a D700! What rubbish - maybe they should spend more time learning to use the camera?