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  • Luke Wein says:

    Good post. I am very happy with my D700 and do not have the urge to get the D800. I did when I first heard of the D800 but am now content with my D700. I went from the D300s to the D700 to take advantage of my full frame 16-35 and 70-200.

  • Darren says:

    How ironic you posted this today! I’ve been researching the D700 most of the day trying to determine if I should upgrade from my D300. It appears that the answer is a no-brainer? Thanks Dan!

  • Edwin says:

    Great Post!! Exactly what i have been lookign for. I am using a D90(which is a pretty good camera) but have been wanting to upgrade to full frame. my choice were D700 or 5d Mk II but after announcements of D800 and 5d Mk III, i got even more confused. Should i get the latest model with all the latest technology or get something which is already 3 years old in terms of technology. Thanks

  • Josh says:

    Hi there,
    Great comparison. Picked up lots of things.
    Do compare Nikon D5100 next time.

  • Hi,

    On paper there are two factors to the D800 that scream out at you: 1080p video and a 36 megapixel sensor.

    Andrew Childress

  • Dan Bailey says:

    Josh, thanks for your comment. I actually did a D7000 vs. D5100 comparison a few months ago. You can check it out here:

  • Gil Sears says:

    As noted below – your comment on the high ISO shooting capabilities –
    How high can one push the ISO without getting a lot of noise when using a slower zoom lens out to 5.6 in low light such as early mornings, late afternoons?

    Don’t count out the highly popular and successful D700. It’s lived a good life so far, but it’s not done with it’s run yet. With it’s 12.1 megapixel full frame FX CMOS sensor, EXPEED image processing engine and excellent low light, high ISO shooting capabilities

  • So now I am more confused. I love my D300s but it is starting to get worn out. I want to start photographing bands, street photography, scenic and wildlife but I don’t know which camera to get. I don’t use the video that much right now but my cameras need to be extremely rugged. I want something that shoots in the dark well with very little noise but I also want good quality photos.

  • Dan Bailey says:

    Rebecca, from what you said, I’d strongly recommend the D700. It does low light extremely well, and believe me, it’s rugged. It has a full frame sensor and outstanding resolution for high end professional work. I went from the D300 to the D700 and never looked back. It’s been my main body ever since I bought it. I’ve shot all my recent pro work on it and have banged it around more than the average person every will. Knowing your style, my advice is to save yourself the $900 and go with the D700. Hope that helps.

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