5D3 is the only D700 replacement, it is OKAY to jump ship. You don't have to worry about AF malfunctioning. 5D3's AF is a thundering successes!
ScottRH: Ok, now where is the D700 replacement and the D400 DX ?
5D3 is the TRUE D700 replacement. 61 vs 51 AF pts., 22 vs 12 mp, silent mode at 3fps vs no silent mode, video w/h mic vs no video, same high ISO performance according to DXO, same build and weather sealing(5D3 uses gaskets on buttons), 950g vs 1075g, 35cr2 vs 17nef buffer, 100% vs 95% VF and it can focus in low light -2ev vs -1ev. This is the legitimate D700 replacement spec for specs, NOT D800 or D600.
AbrasiveReducer: Assuming this is made in Thailand and the lens is from China, it doesn't seem like that much of a price breakthrough.
This is price gouging if this is really made in Thailand, look at the bottom of the cam?
WhaleShark: dpreview has done a disservice to readers by not clearly pointing out that the D600 is a total fail as a serious video tool - even though Nikon is trying to sell it as one.
Why?1) Audio gain (& headphone level) cannot be adjusted while shooting (source: Nikon USA website)2) Aperture (and hence exposure) cannot be adjusted while shooting (source: the preview above)3) As if that wasn't enough, the Nikon website also says that the HDMI output 'may' not have the same pixel dimensions as those that you chose -- in other words, the 1080x1920 output will be what? All sorts of post-production stupidity might result from this.
I would have loved to have listened to the stream of expletives that must have been flowing from the lips of the poor suckers who had to shoot Nikon's doc-style promo videos with these. No wonder so many shots look wooden and set up.
What could have been a nice stills and video camera is actually just a nice stills camera with useless video buttons on it.
So what are you saying, Nikon crippled the video too? If so, then they are really protecting their D4/D800 cams.
Paul Petersen: I was hoping the price would have come in within 500 dollars of the D7000 but now its over twice the current price.WTH Sony has embedded phase detect on their 24mpFF sensor but the new Nikon does not? It seems Nikon has been very skimpy with the features to protect the D800's position.Looks like I will be sticking with the D90 a little longer.Pete
Just to be clear here, there is no such thing as to "protect D800" sales, a sold Nikon camera body is good for the bottom line. Best of all, they will buy numerous AFS glass during their honeymoon. Now if you cripple the features and don't provide direct replacement of certain models like D700, a buyer starts imagining a tour de force of A99 specs, the unmatched EF line up.....then one of this daydreamer jumps ship. So in the end who did Nikon protect?
Yep, this is CLEARLY not a replacement of the D700, far from it. Nikon got soft on the features for the purist, it seems like they crippled it then added video features, priced it above 2k then called it an entry level FF camera. A very strange marketing strategy knowing that their are a boatload of D700 owners and possibly D300/s owners waiting to upgrade to a legitimate D700 replacement.
HBowman: Long Live to the D700. No need to replace it against this ;)
For the PURIST(still photographers), D700 is the number ONE, it has a single mold metal alloy body, a pro grade build and weather sealing, a proven 51pts. AF system, a machine gun frame rate of 8fps, a proven AWB, it can do 1/8000 of a sec. in tv, an excellent high ISO performance(2400 DXO), an extremely manageable NEF files in post and storage, a superior ergonomics and BEST OF ALL a price below 2k. Oh and one more thing, it is better looking too!
Looks plasticky, a bit better looking than its big brother.
24 mp is soft and mushy beyond ISO 800, 1080i as in interlaced, lens noise can be heard during video, LV is slow and outdated, AF and metering not as sophisticated as Canons, only 4 fps, lacks an in-body autofocus motor.......Sony, Pentax and Canon is a better alternative.
Great site until he became a Nikon fanboy, he acclaim to be a non sports action photographer and yet proceeded to test the 1DM3, his fellow photographers with sports/action/wild life credentials disagreed with his findings......from that day on, his Google page rank tanked. Fast forward to 2012, he had a chance to redeem himself with D800's left AF debacle, but choose not do an extensive test like 1DM3. So now, he is hiatus for good. I wish him luck and I sure hope he learned his lesson.
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Fotki, move on, don't waste precious $$$. Find another niche to cater to.
Hollywood uses 5D3 for video(avengers). D800 is for the in coming freshman in majoring in videography. For stills photography they are tie.
Hand held, no solid tripod needed!
Wow, so much wood grain left, absolutely fantastic performance. Easily beating 5D2.
Easily beating D4 at 25600 without even breaking a sweat.
I bet my right nut it will out sell it's main competitors 3x over.
$2300 without IS, 24&28 with IS, I guess the earth quake really had an inverse effect on Canon Headquarters.
It surely revolutionize the price of P&S.