It is ideal for people who want D3 quality, without D3 size, and at a lower price. But not low enough a price for some. :smile:
Words out of my mouth. Although, I've only waited 3 years for this camera, instead of your 11.pforsell said:To me it is the natural upgrade to my D200, the camera I've been wanting for 11 years. It is the digital F100 to me. I finally get rid of the DX 1.5 crap factor.
For me it is more about realism that being cheap. Flagship camera residual values get crucified worse than driving a luxury car out of the dealership.
Um... why angry? It's a full-frame body at a more affordable price than the D3. Smaller and lighter as well. Not everybody needs or wants a full pro body. Even if I could "afford" a D3 I'm not sure that I would buy one. But the D700 is something I would carry and use and happily swap lenses w/ my film bodies without going nuts about the crop factor thing.
Honestly, it's to get the full frame D3 photo quality for less.
Who wouldn’t want it? You guys had it with film and I think we were long overdue to get that size back in digital at a decently affordable price point.
Hey, if they sold a cheaper version like the D80 was to the D200 with FX sensor, they'd sale even more of them. :biggrin:
My statistics may be wrong, but probably 90% of us can't justify a $5,000 DSLR body.
That may be because 90% of us here are not pro's getting paid for our work, but rather we’re hobbyists.
Besides price, here is why I don’t need a D3 and its price:
I don't shoot sports, so I don’t need the speed.
I don't shoot PJ in the elements so I don't need the weather sealing.
I don't shoot 1,000's of photo's a day, so I don't need the shutter life, extra memory card slot, or battery power.
I definitely don't want the extra weight the pro body camera carries from its tougher construction.
All I want in the end is ultra affordable full frame D3 quality images.
That said, I'm not going to wait any longer to get in to a FX DSLR. No way will I wait for the D80 version to pop up in 5 years. So I think I'll be paying the $3,000 and try to keep it a while. :smile:
That, and for me it would be the benefit of an on-board flash, noting previously it's benefits in commander mode, as well as using it for quick fill flash for grab shots when digging out the speedlight is inconvenient or impractical.some of us don't wana carry around a big brick of a gizmo. i'm sure there's many d3 owners that would rather have the 700...for me, this is just what the doctor ordered!!!
It appears to me to be a nicely featured camera body for people who are looking for a smaller body with similar features to the D3, but a lower price point. I think the D700 will do very well. I still prefer my D3 and have no post decision regrets.