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Side-by-Side: D300, D700, D3

Discussion in 'Nikon FX DSLR Forum' started by Walter, Jul 1, 2008.

  1. I did a side-by-side feature comparison on DPReview for the top three dSLR Nikon bodies: D300, D700 and D3. Here is a link to see the comparison. From this comparison, I feel it would make little sense for a D300 or D3 owner to purchase a D700 at US$3000 unless you traded down from the D3 due to size and weight. I'm curious if others feel the same way.
  2. Jeff Mims

    Jeff Mims

    May 25, 2005
    I had planned to get a D3, but this gives me pause. As someone stated in another thread, a D300/D700 combo would be hard to beat.
    That said, IF..I already had a D3, I doubt I'd buy a D700.
    Since, I don't, the question for me is, do I need a D3, for almost 2K more, more than I need a D700?
  3. Chris_B


    Mar 12, 2006
    Arlington, VA
    As a D300 sports/wildlife guy, I tend to agree. If the D3's AF is improved over the D300 and D700 via firmware, I may sell the D300 and go up to the D3. Others may disaggree based on their style of shooting.
  4. pforsell


    Jan 15, 2008
    I definitely agree. D700 is propably not a very compelling upgrade for D300 owners, but it might be a nice addition. D300 + D700 makes a nice combo at lower price than D3.

    For many D200 users the new D700 it is just what the doctor ordered, me included. I had similar doubts about going D200->D300 and didn't because it felt only a half step forward. Now Nikon offers a full step worth taking. I'll keep my D200 but doubt whether she will see much use.
  5. Peter hit the point for me. Frankly, I'm just really hitting my stride with the 200. I'll be getting the 700 for virtually everything, and keeping the 200 for that good ol' DX reach. Just hope my local dealer can get one in a reasonable time frame...
  6. breadfan35


    Nov 23, 2007
    Dallas Texas
    Well I am strongly considering selling my D3 and getting the D700 with the grip. There are features on the D3 with I truly don't need and all the aspects of it that I love and would not want to give up, the D700 seems to have. Plus, all the aspects of the D200/300 that I love, the D700 seems to have. If the Grip for the D700 has the little af point selector knob that the D300 has, I think it will be all but a done deal for me.
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  7. How does the D700 announcement impact the used market price of a previously owned D3?
  8. Actually for the owner of one D3, the D700 is the perfect backup.

    And for me I am already thinking on how to change my lens collection around as to sell my D300 to get the D700.
  9. Chris_B


    Mar 12, 2006
    Arlington, VA
    That's a great question. We shall see :wink:.
  10. Nchesher


    Jul 7, 2006
    I agree. I'm really getting good stuff still out of my D200 but the D700 is going to be too good for me to pass up professionally. I was tempted by the D300 but held off thankfully. Remember the D700 doesn't make the D200 or D300 any less of a camera.
  11. Given that my D2X suddenly lost market value as soon as the 300 and the 3 came out, I don't think I can afford to "upgrade". Sure the 3, 700 and 300 have better IQ (especially low light/high ISO) and other nice things, but my 2X does what I need it to do, and it IS paid for.
    I'd save for new glass---something to fill in between my 17-55 and 80-200.
  12. breadfan35


    Nov 23, 2007
    Dallas Texas

    And it does...http://a.img-dpreview.com/previews/nikond700/images/d700+mbd10b.jpg

    * Just to be sure since I've never actually USED it, the knob on the MB-D10 does control AF point selection right???*
  13. Yes, it controls AF point selection. The D300 and D700 use the same MB-D10 vertical grip. I'm guessing Nikon knew the D700 was coming when they released the D300 and purposely gave the vertical grip a model number that did not contain a specific camera model (i.e. D100 w/ MB-D100, D200 w/ MB-D200). The D300 and D700 both use the MB-D10.
  14. As a D3 owner, the D700 makes perfect sense as a second body if needed. I sold all my DX lenses and so a D200/300 isn't for me.
    On the other hand, if I'm going to have a second FF body, maybe it's best to wait for the D3X/D900.....also speculated to be a FF regular sized body with 24mp. Photokina is not that far away.
  15. jfrancis


    May 8, 2005
    Orlando, FL
    The D700 would make a great complement or upgrade for a D300/200 owner, or backup body for a D3 owner. It makes no sense to trade a D3 against a D700 IMO unless you just want a smaller camera (in which case don't get the grip).

    I'm holding out for a D3x . . . :biggrin:
  16. I will get it...

    I own a D300 right now and will probably get me a D700 next year - the D300 paid of in just over a month a I figure the D700 may take three.
    I'll stick with the D300 too, getting longer glass will be more expensive than what I'll draw in for the D300.

    So it's going to be the D300 for soccer and all things sporty outdoors and a D700 for the dim Indoors.

    I really like the D300 up to ISO 1600, after that it's just hard to resist. On the other hand - indoor sports that sell well usually don't do so in a dungeon so I don't fell pressured to spend.

    I do wonder what my two colleagues feel like - both just got a D300...
  17. breadfan35


    Nov 23, 2007
    Dallas Texas
    Well having a smaller camera is NOT what I want. But what I do want is to have my Metering Mode selector in an ergonomical, easily accessible on the fly, brilliant location as it is on the D200/300. Also, even thought I virtually never use a pop up flash for portrait work, it is nice to have my other flashes free to use with CLS and use a pop up as a commander only. Not to mention that little AF point knob in vertical mode with the grip is absolute genius. Why Nikon didn't build that into the D3 is beyond me! Plus, the D700 has sensor cleaning.

    The only thing the D3 has that I would miss is the dual CF card slots and 100% viewfinder. 9fps is great, but seeing as how I almost never shoot a sporting event, I don't need it. 5-8fps is plenty for me. 5:4 framing is something I never use either.

    I'm still going to wait to read and see a little more from the D700 I think, but for me, it's a good trade. Plus I'll have money left over for more gear possibly.
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  18. JeffKohn


    Apr 21, 2005
    Houston, TX
    As a D300 owner who wants more resolution I guess I'll keep waiting. I don't do enough low-light shooting to have any interest in a 12mp FX camera. On the rare occasions when I need ISO 800 or 1600, the D300 is quite acceptable.

    I'll be first in line for the 45 PC-E though.
  19. Gary Mayo

    Gary Mayo Guest

    I am saving my money for the D3x. The D700 is of zero interest to me.

    If I had a D200 and I wanted to enter the full frame club by saving some money, you now have the choice of a 5D or a D700. With the D700 you can save some glass cash but the 5D is much cheaper.
  20. JeffKohn


    Apr 21, 2005
    Houston, TX
    Sounds reasonable if budget or size constraints are not an issue. You're happy with your D3 so the D700 doesn't make much sense for you. It doesn't make sense for me, either. But it absolutely makes sense for Nikon to bring into the market, they will sell a lot of these.

    The only thing that will be interesting is to see what price point and feature set Canon releases their 5D update at. If I were interested in a D700 I might wait a bit to see what Canon does, because it could end up driving the price of the D700 down signficantly in a relatively short time.
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