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Menus

The D700's menu system is almost exactly identical to the D3's. The high resolution LCD and therefore small font allow each menu page to show eight options. Navigation is also identical to the D3, using the multi-way controller and Enter button. You can also configure the command dials to provide menu navigation.

Shooting / CSM menu banks

The D700 offers the same Shooting menu banks as the D3. When working in the Shooting or CSM menus you are in actual fact changing the settings of a 'menu bank'. There are four banks for each of the Shooting and Custom function menus; A to D, each bank can be given a more meaningful label and the currently selected bank letter is indicated on the top control panel for quick reference. This is very useful for quickly switching between a type of shot or situation.

Help pages

The D700 has the same useful help feature we first saw on the D2X, a setting with available help is indicated by a question mark icon (?) at the bottom left of the screen. Press and hold the protect button to display a context sensitive help page.

Playback menu

Option Values / Actions Notes
Delete  • Selected
 • All
- Thumbnail selection
Playback folder  • ND700
 • All
 • Current
 
Hide image  • Select / set
 • Deselect all?
- Thumbnail selection
Display mode *  • Basic photo info
Focus point
 • Detailed photo info
Highlights
RGB Histogram
Data
Allows you to toggle different items of information shown in either basic or detailed photo display modes.
Image review  • Off
 • On
 
After delete  • Show next
 • Show previous
 • Continue as before
 
Rotate tall  • On
 • Off
When enabled portrait shots appear vertically orientated.
Slide show  • Start
 • Frame interval
2 sec
3 sec
5 sec
10 sec
 
Print set (DPOF)  • Select / set
 • Deselect all?
- Thumbnail selection

Shooting menu

A green superscript one (¹) indicates the default setting.

Option Values / Actions Notes / Sub options
Shooting menu bank  • A ¹
 • B
 • C
 • D
 • Rename
Text entry

Four banks of settings can be memorized and quickly switched, each bank can be labeled (see above).

Reset shooting menu  • Yes
 • No
 
Active folder  • New folder number
 • Select folder
- Create new folder.
File naming  • File naming
Text entry
Change name prefix (default DSC).
Image quality  • NEF (RAW) + JPEG Fine
 • NEF (RAW) + JPEG Normal
 • NEF (RAW) + JPEG Basic
 • NEF (RAW)
 • TIFF (RGB)
 • JPEG Fine
 • JPEG Normal ¹
 • JPEG Basic
Select image quality.
Image size  • Large ¹
 • Medium
 • Small
- 4256 x 2832 / 12.0 M
- 3184 x 2120 / 6.7 M
- 2128 x 1416 / 3.0 M
Image area  • Auto DX crop
On ¹
Off
 • Choose image area
FX format (36x24) ¹
DX format (24x16)
 
JPEG compression  • Size priority ¹
 • Optimal quality
 
NEF (RAW) recording  • Type
Lossless compressed ¹
Compressed
Uncompressed
 • NEF (RAW) bit depth
12-bit ¹
14-bit
Set the type of compression used in the NEF file as well as the bit-depth recorded. Note that 14-bit NEF files are about 1.3 times larger than 12-bit NEF.
White balance  • Auto ¹
 • Incandescent
 • Fluorescent
 • Direct Sunlight
 • Flash
 • Cloudy
 • Shade
 • Choose color temp.
 • Preset manual
- A-B, G-M grid to fine tune WB
- "
- "
- "
- "
- "
- "
- 2500 K - 10000 K
- Select / program preset WB
Set Picture Control  • Standard
Quick adjust (-2 to +2)
Sharpening (A, 0 to 9)
Contrast (A, -3 to +3)
Brightness (-1 to +1)
Saturation (A, -3 to +3)
Hue (-3 to +3)
 • Neutral
Quick adjust (-2 to +2)
Sharpening (A, 0 to 9)
Contrast (A, -3 to +3)
Brightness (-1 to +1)
Saturation (A, -3 to +3)
Hue (-3 to +3)
 • Vivid
Quick adjust (-2 to +2)
Sharpening (A, 0 to 9)
Contrast (A, -3 to +3)
Brightness (-1 to +1)
Saturation (A, -3 to +3)
Hue (-3 to +3)
 • Monochrome
Sharpening (A, 0 to 9)
Contrast (A, -3 to +3)
Brightness (-1 to +1)
Filter (Off, Y, O, R, G)
Toning (10 options)
 • [custom]
- Default (3, 0, 0, 0, 0)






- Default (2, 0, 0, 0, 0)






- Default (4, 0, 0, 0, 0)






- Default (3, 0, 0, 0, 0)
Manage Picture Control  • Save/edit
 • Rename
 • Delete
 • Load/save

- Create custom Picture Control sets


- Load / save from card

Color Space  • sRGB ¹
 • Adobe RGB
 
Active D-Lighting  • High
 • Normal
 • Low
 • Off ¹
 
Vignette Control  • High
 • Normal¹
 • Low
 • Off
Applies in-camera masking to reduce corner shading (also tags NEF files for CaptureNX's new vignette correction controls)
Long exp. NR  • On
 • Off ¹
Enables dark frame subtraction NR for exposures of 1/2 sec or longer.
High ISO NR  • High
 • Normal¹
 • Low
 • Off
 
ISO sensitivity settings  • ISO sensitivity
LO 1
LO 0.7
LO 0.3
200 ¹
250
320
400
500
640
800
1000
1250
1600
2000
2500
3200
4000
5000
6400
HI 0.3
HI 0.7
HI 1
HI 2
 • ISO sensitivity auto control
On / Off ¹
Maximum sensitivity
400
800
1600
3200
6400 ¹
HI 1
HI 2
Minimum shutter speed *
1/4000 - 1 sec

Available sensitivities depend on ISO step custom setting (CSM b1).

Full range: LO 1 = ISO 100 to HI 2 = ISO 25600.

Live view  • Live view mode
Hand-held
Tripod
 • Release mode
Single frame
Continuous low-speed
Continuous high-speed

- Phase detect AF
- Contrast detect AF
Multiple exposure  • Done
 • Number of shots
2 - 10
 • Auto gain
On
Off
Create a new image from between two and ten exposures.
Interval timer shooting  • Start
Now
Start time
 • Interval
[hh:mm:ss]
 • Select Intvl*Shots
[000] x [0] = 0001
 • Start
Off
On
Time lapse / interval shooting.
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Comments

Total comments: 10
CDNPHOTO12

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

1 upvote
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.

0 upvotes
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?

2 upvotes
MusaOmar

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

2 upvotes
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.)

1 upvote
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.

0 upvotes
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 :)

2 upvotes
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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