D700 or D800: what is sensible choice

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Hi,

While I have no complaints with the D7000 I would like to move to full frame.

I am trying to decide between a new D800 costing 2,800 USD or a used D700 with low shot count (less than 10,000) for approx 1,100 USD.

The camera will be used for general photography including sports days, some landscapes etc.

I am leaning towards the D700 for price etc and the fact that it is till very very good kit. I can then put some saved money towards a decent lens.

I am just wondering if people would spend the extra for the D800? Is it worth the money?

The file size from the d800 for PP is not a problem and not a factor in the decision. Printing size will be unlikely to get very large.

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Leigh
 
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I do not have a D800, and I Am sure others will chime in, but IMO, unless you need the crop, the D700 is good as the image size of the D800 would scare me in that my pc equipment may need to upgrade to handle the image size and processing and add additional cost.. but if money was no object, I would go D800 and a new computer to handle the file size.. but then again.. I do not have a D800 so I could be wrong
 
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I have both and from what you are describing the D700 would be a great choice mainly since you can get another decent lens for the difference and also because you can get a cheap grip and large batteries on Ebay so you can shot at 8 fps at the sporting events if you want to (search for DSTE D700 grip).

The D800 is another kind of camera, amazing image quality, but for general photography the 12 mp generation does very well indeed!
 
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Owning both, and for general use as you define, I would go with a pristine D700. Larger body size and file size of the D800 may become more of a consideration than you currently think.

On the flip side, I prefer the D800's cropability.
 
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Unless you specifically want the D800, most people would find the D700 to perform exceptionally well.
 
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Hi Leigh, also have both (as well as a D3) for my FX bodies and use the D700
every Tue eve with my AF-S 300 f4. If you don't plan to crop more than say 20%
...I'd think you'd be as happy with the files as I am. :biggrin:

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sensible? the d700. it will capture stunning images. a d800 is something you just have to absolutely want...sometimes having more money than sense isnt a good thing. fwiw, i went with a d800. :D
 
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thanks everyone for your comments. appreciate the reassurance that the d700 is a worthy choice.

any recommendations for what lens to put the savings towards?

i am thinking 50m 1.4 (D or G)?

i already have 24-70 f/2.8 so something that can compliment that ideally.

thanks again.
 
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Have both a 700 and 800. 11x14 prints at base iso the same.

I am not impressed with Nikon midrange zooms. The only one worth buying is the 24/70, although my 35.70 non D is decent for the $150 paid.

I expect the corners to be nearly as good as the center. Generally they are not.

Basic kit to start is 35 1.4, 50 1.8, 85 1.8 Older nikon 35 AF are not close to the 1.4.

The 700 will take a Katz Eye manual focus screen. 800 will not. This opens the range of manual focus lenses.

If you think you will see a big image difference in 11x14 at base ISO between FX and DX, you will not. The advantage, and it is slight, comes at >400 iso.

At some point screw drive lenses will not be supported. You then have to rebuy. Not a good decision unless you are willing to take a big loss.
 
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I have both. Get the D800 only if you print big, need to crop (shoot telephoto) or need video. Other than that, the D700 is the pinnacle of pure Nikon digital photography (in a small form factor).
 
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Leigh - Sounds like the D700 would be perfect to meet your needs. I don't have one but I do have a D800. I like it a lot but I don't shoot any sports. I believe that you are correct that you need a reasonably powerful and up-to-date computer to edit your files without getting hung up.
 
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i am thinking 50m 1.4 (D or G)?
Because of the myth that the 50mm 1.8G is far superior to the other 50's (it isn't), you can pick up the other 50's relatively cheap.

Grab a 1.4D if you don't have any other non-focus motor bodies that could use the 50mm 1.4G.

They're cheap used right now. Sometimes less than 200 bucks.

Wicked fast auto focus, fast 1.4 aperture, just as sharp as all the other 50's at 1.8, and it lets in slightly more light at 1.8 than all the other 50mm 1.8 lenses.

I've owned all five of the Nikon 50mm AF lenses recently and and old E series manual focus 50. I'm very familiar with all of them.
 
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Because of the myth that the 50mm 1.8G is far superior to the other 50's (it isn't), you can pick up the other 50's relatively cheap.

Grab a 1.4D if you don't have any other non-focus motor bodies that could use the 50mm 1.4G.

They're cheap used right now. Sometimes less than 200 bucks.

Wicked fast auto focus, fast 1.4 aperture, just as sharp as all the other 50's at 1.8, and it lets in slightly more light at 1.8 than all the other 50mm 1.8 lenses.

I've owned all five of the Nikon 50mm AF lenses recently and and old E series manual focus 50. I'm very familiar with all of them.
I've heard otherwise often
 
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I've heard otherwise often
I hear it often as well. I was super excited about the 1.8G when I got it. Then returned it about a week later after I couldn't find anything about it that was better than the 1.4D.
 
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I hear it often as well. I was super excited about the 1.8G when I got it. Then returned it about a week later after I couldn't find anything about it that was better than the 1.4D.
I still have the 50/1.4D and it is a great lens. No need to upgrade that one. The old D lenses are decent lenses. I got the 85/1.4G to replace the D version and there's really no difference optically as both are good. The only thing I got was a reversible lens hood as the D has a screw in non-reversible hood. That was the only benefit for me that made the upgrade worth it.
 
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Had 2 D700s, now a D600 and D800. But for what you are describing D700 is the way to go, especially given the price and that you will need glass. The D700 would be a better sports day camera.

But if you're more into landscapes I would look at the D600 (or I guess the upcoming D610). Much more manageable files sizes than the D800 and if you are comfortable with the D7000 you will feel right at home with the D600. Just a thought.
 
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Had 2 D700s, now a D600 and D800. But for what you are describing D700 is the way to go, especially given the price and that you will need glass. The D700 would be a better sports day camera.

But if you're more into landscapes I would look at the D600 (or I guess the upcoming D610). Much more manageable files sizes than the D800 and if you are comfortable with the D7000 you will feel right at home with the D600. Just a thought.
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