Review: Nikon D700
Written by: Tiffany Joyce
In my quest for finding my next camera body I rented the Nikon D700 from ProPhotoRental.
1. Within five minutes of taking the camera out of the box have I taken a picture?
Yes. This camera was pretty easy to figure out. No pretty picture settings but it was easy to use.
2. Camera weight and the scale of sturdiness
I joked on my personal blog that I loved the weight of this camera and about how I could just tape lead weights to my Nikon D40x and immediately be happier. But that’s not true. It’s in the feel. It was very comfortable to hold and I have pretty small hands – which got me to thinking that even with big man hands this camera would feel comfortable so then I proceeded to have men that I see (ie The UPS man, the guy that delivers the 5 gallon water jugs) hold the camera and I noted that I was right.
3. Test shots at different Apertures
This camera gave my lenses a workout. I must have taken 50 shots of toys littered on the floor and I did this without flash and just a really high ISO (which this camera has an incredible range of sensitivity). I felt like the focus bracketing was very easy to use and this shot would have had a LOT of noise if I shot it on my D40x. Isn’t that such a happy model?
4. Test shots with External Flash
I used my external flash on this camera during a bath time photo shoot and the skin tones were so creamy I could have melted. The catchlights in this shot are a little distracting because I can see myself .
5. White Balance review of Auto vs Custom vs Settings
So I took this shot while holding Lexi and this is her reflection in the mirror. I took the White Balance off of the towel – I really liked how on this camera you can tweak the balance in another direction. I had a lot of fun playing around with that but didn’t end up loving any of the shots that I did this custom coloration with so in the end a good custom white balance read was the way to go.
6. Shooting in low light test shots
I was putting stuff on Lexi’s high chair to try to capture her little pincher action but she wasn’t having that documented on SLR so when I snuck around back she turned and gave me this face. Low light here and I think you’ll agree that for low light we don’t have a lot of noise here at all.
The only downside keeping me from running to Amazon to buy this Nikon D700beauty is….the price tag. Ouch. It’s a pricey camera body. Worth it? Yes if you’re making money with your camera….if you’re not though this would be a tough line item in a recessionary budget. Do you think there is a place in the stimulus package for me to buy this camera?
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