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The Best Semi-Pro Camera In The World Today,
This review is from: Nikon D700 Digital SLR Camera Body Only (12.1MP) 3 inch LCD - (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Electronics)
So you've been using a digital SLR for a while now, and you've decided to make the step up to a full frame (FX) body. Honestly - look no further than the D700. I've been shooting with one for several months now, having traded up from a D300. Is it worth the extra over the (DX) D300? For me at least - absolutely! Although the DX format can get you some fantastic images in anything other than poor lighting conditions, and DX lenses are more affordable - if you want to be able to shoot moving subjects indoors without noise, then the D700 (or D3 or D3s) is for you.
You can shoot at ISO 1600 with practically zero noise penalty, and feel confident shooting ISO 3200 or even 6400 if the need arises, knowing that you'll end up with extremely usable images. Unless you shoot sports, or you use your camera to make your living (and need dual card support), there's no need to upgrade to the D3 or D3s. The D700 feels so solid, so capable. It's incredibly comfortable to hold, and the controls intuitively fall right under your fingers. Nikon have their user interface absolutely perfected.
Believe me when I say that there is very, very little to criticise about this camera. There are two very minor points I would like to see addressed in future models - moving from 95% to 100% viewfinder coverage, and an even larger number of selectable focus points covering more of the frame. However, these are not issues which detract enough to make any other similarly priced camera body a more attractive proposition. That is unless you want your DSLR to have video capabilities. I have an HD camcorder - why would I?
If you are in any doubt whether you can afford the step up from the DX to the FX format, consider that a full set of FX capable pro-spec zoom lenses (which you *will* covet if you have this body) will set you back close to five grand. If you can either afford or have the willpower to resist that, then get yourself a D700 and you will never, ever regret your decision.