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Image parameters

The D700 Picture Control settings are very similar to the D3s and equally comprehensive. You have four standard 'Picture Control' presets (Standard, Neutral, Vivid and Monochrome) plus the ability to load and save custom sets. Adjustment options provide a wide latitude for sharpening, contrast and saturation as well as the brightness adjustment. The 'Quick adjust' feature allows for linked adjustment of sharpening, contrast and saturation. Lastly there's also a grid view which allows you to see all of the current picture control modes on a saturation vs. contrast (plus sharpness) grid.

Image parameter adjustments

  • Picture Control presets: Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome
  • Picture Control adjustments
    • Sharpening: 0 to 9 (10 levels)
    • Contrast: Auto, -3,to +3 (7 levels)
    • Brightness: -1, 0, +1 (3 levels)
    • Saturation: Auto, -3 to +3 (7 levels)
    • Hue: -3 to +3 (7 levels)

Picture Control presets

Below are samples of our test scene taken in each of the Image Optimization presets, we've also included a 100% crop from each image so you can see the sharpness level of each preset.

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'Quick' adjustment

The 'quick adjust' option allows you to modify sharpening, contrast and saturation together to produce a more vivid / sharp image (positive adjustment) or neutral / softer image (negative adjustment). It's worth noting that making negative 'quick adjust' changes doesn't appear to affect these three parameters equally.

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Sharpening adjustment

The D700 provides a total of ten manual sharpening levels plus the traditional Nikon 'Auto' mode. The default sharpening level for Standard Picture Control mode is three; below you can see examples of Auto and a selection of the sharpening levels. Nikon provides a wide range of sharpening options which cover a wide latitude of adjustment. Sharpening by default is higher than in the past (though this is still fairly conservative compared to some of the competition).

Sharpening: Auto
Sharpening: 0
Sharpening: 2
Sharpening: 3 (Default)
Sharpening: 4
Sharpening: 6
Sharpening: 9
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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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