The Nikon D700: A Review

You may or may not have noticed but I’ve recently upgraded my camera.

There’s a funny story behind it: I was walking down Tottenham Court Road and thinking about the blog and that I really, REALLY wanted to upgrade my Nikon D7000 to a full-frame sensor (the D7000) is a crop.  And I glanced into the shop on my left and what did I see in the window?!  A second-hand D700 (the full-frame upgrade) sat on the display shelf STARING AT ME.

So I walked in and bought it.

And then I texted Kirsty to confess and THANKFULLY she didn’t kill me.  But she did make me sell some other stuff in order to make up the cost.

So I no longer have my GoPro or my shiny zoom lens – sob! – but I do have the Nikon D700 and I love it almost as much as I love the children.

It’s a much better camera for indoor photography.  The full-frame sensor allows me to photograph in smaller spaces and the camera deals with low-light situations extremely capably, which is ideal when photographing indoors.  I only wish that I’d had this camera when the boys were new.

I’m still pairing it with the Nikon 50mm f1.4 lens for now.  I do have my eye on a few wide-angle lenses for the future – but I’m not sure how Kirsty will feel about that…

She does agree that it’s a super camera.  She’s a reluctant photographer who finds herself operating the camera far more frequently than she would ideally like – because you know, I like to feature in pics with my children too – but she’s finding that the D700 is more forgiving of a novice photographer than its predecessor.  The full-frame sensor gives her more freedom to move without the worry that she’ll accidentally chop off somebody’s head (it has been known to happen) and as we photograph in RAW mode, she can snap away without worrying too much about settings.  In short, so long as the picture is in focus, she’s gold as everything else can be corrected.

I had the opportunity to test the D700 in a low-light situation yesterday afternoon.  The below pictures were taken by me in our bathroom, which is lit by just one window that faces away from the sun.  It was a spontaneous ‘shoot – we were playing with the boys – and so I didn’t have time to move the operation somewhere brighter (such as our living room) before the pictures were shot.

Had I tried to take these pictures on the D7000 not only would parts of the images be chopped off (the crop sensor means that less of the background is included in the picture) but the images themselves would have been grainy due to lack of light.  As it was, I shot these pictures in RAW, adjusted the exposure in Photoshop and they are barely the worse for wear for it.

I only wish that I had bought the D700 sooner – preferably before the boys were born!

What do you use to photograph your children?

 

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5 Comments

  1. April 12, 2015 / 11:07 am

    i have the D7000 and love it. I’ve got a lot to learn though. I still use auto!

  2. April 13, 2015 / 11:15 pm

    Gorgeous photos and the lighting looks amazing for indoor. I have the D5100 I think and I am still learning to use that, with it beig my first step into proper cameras – so much better than my phone buy I still try and stick to outdoors when I can.

  3. June 4, 2015 / 9:26 pm

    Great review, I use a Canon 500D so a basic model, but I have some lovely lenses. I really am lusting after the Canon 5DMKlll… full frame… but pricey at the moment xx

  4. June 8, 2015 / 11:10 am

    so I own a D7100 and I used to own a D700 and now I wish more than anything for a D610… It’s a long story, but basically involves me buying a faulty D700 (no one’s fault) and freaking out when I had to get it repaired at great cost… But gosh I miss it! Didn’t realise quite how great it was till I started to look back on the pics…

  5. Wiggs Photo
    December 7, 2015 / 7:41 pm

    Nice shots! That 50mm lens is super sharp on the d700. im about to get this camera and I’m excited to compare it to the D5000, which I’ve been using for a few years now. I know the FF sensor of the D700 will blow it out of the water. also picked up a tokina 16-28 f/2.8 and am selling the tokina 11-16mm. How do you think the new d700 with tokina 16-28 will stack up against the d5000 and tokina 11-16?

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