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Nikon D700 - Useful Advice?

Thu Mar 19, 2009 10:55 am

I've just picked up a Nikon D700 camera. I've used Nikon before so I already feel like I've had the camera for a long time, it feels familiar and I feel I know what most of the features do without going near the books (which I will do shortly for a few hours).

But I wanted to ask if there are any D700 users here - and if they had any helpful advice on settings in the camera, what works, what should be avoided, etc. I haven't really taken any proper photos with it yet - though I intend to when I get a chance.

I plan to keep the D700 with my 300mm Nikkor prime lens (they are a obvious match), while the D80 goes in for a check-up, and then keep the D80 going for as long as practical with the "Bigma" lens (avoid the dust problem altogether).

But I was wondering, the Sigma 50-500mm lens, if I were to use that with a D700, will it have to be run with the mode to support the "DX" type lenses? And if so, will the results be worth the bother of that. I've read a lot about the quality still being quite okay, but given it was general photography magazine speak, rather than a.net standards involved - I'm a little suspicious.

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RE: Nikon D700 - Useful Advice?

Thu Mar 19, 2009 12:13 pm

How about the vignetting with your lens? Lots of opinions about the D700.

You can try to use DX lens with the D700 and you can get a large black frame on your photos when not in DX mode.

Apart from that the D700 is a great camera.

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RE: Nikon D700 - Useful Advice?

Thu Mar 19, 2009 1:00 pm



Quoting Cpd (Thread starter):
But I wanted to ask if there are any D700 users here - and if they had any helpful advice

Hold the camera steady. If you pan, pan smoothly.

Everything works on this camera.
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RE: Nikon D700 - Useful Advice?

Thu Mar 19, 2009 1:27 pm



Quoting Cpd (Thread starter):
I was wondering, the Sigma 50-500mm lens, if I were to use that with a D700

No problem, the Bigma is designed for 35mm format.
In fact all Sigma's of the DG type are(DC is meant for APS/c).
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RE: Nikon D700 - Useful Advice?

Thu Mar 19, 2009 1:27 pm

The 50-500 is a full frame lens and doesn't need DX crop mode.
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RE: Nikon D700 - Useful Advice?

Thu Mar 19, 2009 11:02 pm



Quoting Dvincent (Reply 4):
The 50-500 is a full frame lens and doesn't need DX crop mode.

Thanks, that's what I wanted to know. Mine is EX DG.

Quoting Viv (Reply 2):
Hold the camera steady. If you pan, pan smoothly.

Yeah yeah okay.  Wink Very funny.  Smile
 
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RE: Nikon D700 - Useful Advice?

Sat Mar 21, 2009 2:28 am

First impressions after taking some photos of some wet plant leaves in the garden (300mm+D700 at ISO200, F/11 at 1/125sec, hand-held) is that the quality of the images are superb, really superb - there is no noise in the image, it is crystal clear and quite sharp even at full resolution (no resize).

Very, very impressive. Everything seems very good with this camera. I could see the difference immediately on this camera.  Smile

Quoting Codeshare (Reply 1):
How about the vignetting with your lens? Lots of opinions about the D700.

I think the vignetting with the 50-500mm is just one of those things that I'll live with and fix up in photoshop. I know the D700 does have vignette control - but I'm still very suspicious of automatic systems. Maybe that will change in the future.

I'm very interested in the AF fine-tune feature.

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