Nikon D700 review – Offered in two different configurations

CameraOn December 22, 2010 at 10:09 am



While writing the Nikon D700 review, I noticed that the manufacturer is giving it in two different configurations – a body only and kit with veteran AF-S VR 24-120mm f3.5-5.6G IF-ED lens. The kit version will cost you from $300-$400 and you will have to buy the lens separately for $500. The camera body will cost you $2,500 and I won’t recommend spending this much money on the camera looking at the somewhat middling lens. On the bright side, the camera is relatively compact and anything more superior would require larger, multiple and more expensive lenses.

Nikon D700 review on the internet says that the device is a bit heavier as compared to the full-frame competitors and I think this is quite true. It weighs about 2.4 pounds where as the Canon EOS 5D series and Sony Alpha DSLR-A900 weights 1.8 pounds and 2.1 pounds respectively. The body is made up of magnesium allow and this gives it a Hummer like feel in the hand. The manufacturer has also sealed it better than the D300 but unlike the D3, it is still not weather and dust proof.

This Nikon D700 review says that the design of the body is typical of Nikon. The settings are to be adjusted through a combination of keys located on the rear or front dials. On top left, there are buttons for ISO, white balance and quality along with a locked wheel which lets you select through the mirror lock up, self-timer, Live View, and drive modes – continuous high, continuous low and single shot.

I thought that the Live View operation could have been made less clunkier; the newer cameras come with a discrete button for going in to the mode directly which makes the whole process easier to use and faster too. The top right has power button surround shutter release along with buttons for exposure mode selection and exposure compensation. The manufacturer has put in a traditional status screen for displaying different information than what you get on a viewfinder. There is no ISO speed or metering mode shown here.

Nikon D700’s front left side has switch for flash pop-up/compensations keys, focus mode (manual, continuous and single), and ports for flash sync cable and wired remote. There is programmable function key between lens and grip which can be pressed with ring finger on your right hand and it can be assigned to different options.

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