To D700 or not?

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Thanks for your help,

The D7500 does not matrix with the E Series, AI, manual lenses. "and there is no aperture-ring feeler so no metering or auto exposure with old manual-focus lenses".
I use these a lot, I simply love them.

I will look at your album.
I have seen many astrophotography pix with the D700 that I like.
To be fair to my D7200, I have not been able to travel to Anza Borrego or Idaho this year so unable to test it.
I am going to Chamonix in Feb and will see if the light pollution is a problem or not.
Thanks for the clarification.
 
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what part of the D7500 is incompatible, where as the D7200 is?

I looked and found that the D7500 is compatible with D type screw drive lenses. The D7500 gives you the same processing engine from the D500 with less of the cost.

regarding the D700...while it is "only" 12mp, those photosites are larger and have less light bleed.

I used the D700 for a lot of jobs in all kinds of light. It was great for years, but I did run into some metering limitations when shooting in back lit conditions. The newer cameras are smarter and handle the tricky lighting better.

Here is an album with examples of stuff I took with the D700. 500+ images, so a bit overwhelming - however, you'll see some night shots in there which should help you decide if that FX sensor is something you would benefit from:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/gryphon1911/albums/72157629347168394


Just to give you an example, here is the D500 album. Many more images, but the same spread of lighting conditions. All the exit data is there for both albums pictures.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/gryphon1911/albums/72157674859122181
Does this mean that you have moved on from the D700 to the D500?
 
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Thanks for that,

The table at the bottom seems to be saying that the measured values between the D700 and D7200 are a lot closer than the ones I quoted.
What is intersting is that the D600/610 get way higher marks, and the D750 almost on a par with the D850.
As Karen said, the D700 is older technology. A D750 would be a much better choice, or even a D610.
 
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@MortyCapp Have you considered the D610? FX sensor, better in low light than the D700, more MP at 24 ,versus the D700's 12.

The AF is not as good for sports shooting, but it might hit the sweet spot for you. It does have your aperture follower so will work with the AI'd lenses, but not the pre-AI.
If the D610 is still more than you wanted to spend, then a D600 with the defective shutter replaced would also be worth a look.

Just throwing some suggestions out there for you.
The D600 is going for around $500 USD and the D610 is roughly $50 more at $550 USD. Still, double the price of the D700 you quoted originally...but that is from places like MPB and KEH. A trustworthy private seller might hit you around $400 or less.
 
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That’s a really difficult call as I don’t want to spend more that the £300-350 I have budgeted.
Unfortunately the D600/610 are not in that range yet.
The D700 is on my list as I was under the impression that it offered significant gains over my D7200 in low light conditions and night scenes.
It seems I was misinformed, so although I would love to own one...
(Sentence left unfinished intentionally).
 

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So I made up my mind thanks to everyone's feedback...
... and a look in my closet where all my rolls of film are.
No D700 for now.
I have too many 120 rolls to use in my Bronica ETRSi and the winter holiday in the Alps will be the ideal environment for some stunning landscape photos.
F90X and/or D7200 as a backup.
I really want to use my serie e 70-210 f/4, 36-72 f3.5 and 50 f1.8.
I won't have the need for AF this time around.
Action shots will be on the GoPro.
I am still keeping the door open for the D700 in the next few months.
Morty, just a littel hint...
Please look in the "Travel" forum at my Portugal pitures.
All were taken last October with a D700.

Kind regards
Klaus
 
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Klaus I am going to have to ban you :)
D700, box, manuals, charger, grip, 6 batteries.
From London Camera Exchange on the strand.
9,900 actuations. 6 months warranty.
At a better price than my budget allowed for.
:)
 

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Klaus I am going to have to ban you :)
D700, box, manuals, charger, grip, 6 batteries.
From London Camera Exchange on the strand.
9,900 actuations. 6 months warranty.
At a better price than my budget allowed for.
:)
Congratulations Morty. (y) (y) (y)
You've bought a very solid and reliable camera. And I'm sure, you'll enjoy it.

I still love working with it after 10 years and about 78,000 actuations. It has seen so many places but never a repair shop.

OK, now you can ban me ;)
Klaus
 

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the D700 has something very special about the output. It has lovely colour.

I wish I had kept mine, that got part exchanged for a more "clinical" D800.

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The D700 was the only body that I truly lusted after, in the worst possible way. (Un)fortunately I couldn't afford it and it was at a time when I was incredibly busy.
Congrats, and now some pictures . . .
 
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Indeed, getting used to the camera and sorting out which lenses to use.
Also trying to find what are the best CFcards to get.
At the moment I am using a generic one (euphemism for cr*p).
 
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So that's what I expect from night shots. Natural and very similar to what my eyes see !
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I love both my D700's perfect for low light stuff. My one body has over 354,000 clicks and still going strong.

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the D700 has something very special about the output. It has lovely colour.

I wish I had kept mine, that got part exchanged for a more "clinical" D800.

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The top picture is really lovely.
I am after "film-like" photos and it seems that the D700 fits the bill, especially with old glass and the customs picture profiles I loaded onto the memory.
I have been using it this morning on the way to the City on the river boat, the sky is grey and miserable.
Will see what I get.
 

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