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ISO Sensitivity / Noise levels (contd.)

In-camera High ISO noise reduction

The D700 has four different levels of high ISO noise reduction (which are only applied at ISO 2000 or higher); Off, Low, Normal and High (with Normal as the default). High ISO noise reduction appears to work in the same way as on the Nikon D3 and Normal setting offers a good balance between keeping visible noise to a minimum and maintaining fine detail. The four settings provide a good range of options from very low to high enough to keep noise under control right up into the highest reaches of the ISO range.

At the highest settings (above ISO 6400) fine luminance detail is taking a more obvious hit due to the strength of the default noise reduction and you may want to switch down to 'Low' or even 'Off'. However, the best way of truly controlling noise reduction yourself is shooting RAW. This gives you the maximum amount of detail and the freedom to apply whatever noise reduction method you think is most up to the job. Note that even in the 'Off' position some NR is still applied to the JPEGs.

Indicated ISO sensitivity is on the horizontal axis of this graph, standard deviation of luminosity on the vertical axis (note that the standard deviation scale here has been extended 3x compared to the graphs on the previous page).

Noise reduction crop comparisons (ISO 3200 - 25,600)

ISO 3200
NR Off
ISO 3200
NR Low
ISO 3200
NR Normal
ISO 3200
NR High
ISO 6400
NR Off
ISO 6400
NR Low
ISO 6400
NR Normal
ISO 6400
NR High
ISO 12,800
NR Off
ISO 12,800
NR Low
ISO 12,800
NR Normal
ISO 12,800
NR High
ISO 25,600
NR Off
ISO 25,600
NR Low
ISO 25,600
NR Normal
ISO 25,600
NR High
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CDNPHOTO12

I Just Got A D700 For A Replacement For My D200, £854 With 3,000 Actuations. From WEX Photographic.

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driftnomore

@ zakk9:

what is it with telephoto long lenses,btw.

@chrisippus:

i guess that would be a good buy,with only under 1700 shutter count,lens and the battery grip. had it been here in my place,i'm gonna get it.

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zakk9

No problem with long telephoto lenses, and I expressed myself a bit clumsily. What I meant was that a crop sensor, like the one in the D300 (which I also have) gives more reach at the same pixel count. The D300/700 combination is very convenient, since the two cameras share more or less the same body and use the same CF cards, batteries and vertical grip.

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driftnomore

does anyone here know the shutter actuation of the d700? i'm considering buying a used one with 39,000 shutter count for 900 euros.is it a good buy for a 39k count?

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MusaOmar

I think they are rated for 150,000.. So 39k is not that bad. Just bought one with 38K for $1300

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Jamesbond6668

I've used this camera for many photo shoots for over 2 years and still have it as my backup camera. (My main one is the D4). If you don't care about video, this is the camera for you! Much better than the D600 and probably very similar to the D800 (though the D800 has way too large image files for most shooters.). The images from the D700 with the right Nikkor lenses will keep you very happy for many years! (I only switched to the D4 for it's low light ability and faster shooting speed.)

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Chrysippus

I have been looking for a replacement camera for my D40 and in my research discovered the D700. I can now get a used one in perfect condition with less than 1700 shots taken plus grip and lens (waiting to hear which lens) for 890 Euros. Would you say this is a better option than a Fuji X-E1 or Olympus OM-D E-M5 in terms of usability and image quality? I am looking for a camera to take stock photos with.

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zakk9

The D700 is an excellent camera if you don't need video or long telephoto lenses. It's particularly ideal if you want to use wide aperture primes and play with shallow depth of field. When it comes to image quality, it's a 5 year old camera, and many of the smaller sensors approach the once unique qualities of the D700 (I use a Panasonic GH3 in addition to the D700 myself). There are no obvious choices, and it mostly boils down to the user experience. Do you prefer an OVF or an EVF? Are you ok with a camera that is twice as heavy? The rational choices nowadays are probably a mirrorless camera, but the D700 is a classic. They are all good :)

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Lyndzihardy

I have just brought a D700, please can someone help with the mind field of lenses!! do I need FX lenses?
Thanks in advance

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Son Of Waldo

Excellent review!

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