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Connections

The D700's connections are in two places, either at the front top right (remote and flash PC sync) or the left side of the body (from the rear). The remote (which also allows for serial GPS) and flash PC sync terminals are protected by a rubber cover which is itself attached to the strap eyelet. On the side are the largest group of connectors, from top to bottom; HDMI (digital video out HD/SD), Video out (composite), USB 2.0 and DC-IN. When using HDMI output you can select five different output options; Auto, 480p, 576p, 720p or 1080i. For an example and video clip of HDMI output see this page of our D300 article.

Camera Base / Tripod Mount

The bottom of the D700 is very similar to the D300. The base of the camera has a soft rubber foot made from similar material as the grip. The metal tripod mount is located in line with the center of the lens and the focal plane.

Flash

Unusually for a professional Nikon (in fact unusual for a professional camera, full stop), the D700 has a small pop-up built-in flash. The flash is released manually by pressing a small button on the left side just below the flash. The long arm raises the flash unit a respectable distance above the top of the lens (useful for lens hoods and reducing red-eye). Just below the release button is another button which changes flash mode and flash exposure compensation control button. Hold the button and turn the main command dial (rear) to change flash mode, sub-command dial to change flash exposure compensation (-3.0 to +1.0 EV).

The D700 has a standard (ISO 518) accessory shoe which is compatible with third party flash systems for flash sync and more advanced i-TTL with the SB-800, SB-600 or SB-400. Non-TTL Auto available with the 80DX, 28DX, 28, 27, and 22s. The 'flash ready' icon on the viewfinder status LCD will only light when using one of the Nikon SB series Speedlights listed above. (Note that there would normally be a cover over the accessory shoe).

Lens Mount / Sensor

Below on the left you can see the D700's lens mount with the mirror down, on the right with mirror up and shutter open (exposing the sensor). Lenses are inserted twisted clockwise and lock in place with an anticlockwise turn. This is a standard Nikon F lens mount and can use almost the complete range of Nikkor F lenses (although some features are only available with newer type G or type D lenses). The D700 supports the aperture ring found on older AI lenses. Despite being full-frame it also supports 1.5x crop DX format lenses automatically and masks the viewfinder view accordingly (see earlier in this article).

Self-cleaning sensor unit

The D700 trumps the D3 in one area; it has the same automatic sensor cleaning system as found on the D300. It works in the same manner as other implementations, piezoelectric elements vibrate a cover filter which should in theory remove any light dust particles attached to it.

Supplied In the Box

Box contents may vary by region:

  • Nikon D700 body
  • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e
  • Quick Charger MH-18a
  • USB Cable UC-E4
  • Video Cable EG-D100
  • Camera Strap AN-D700
  • Body Cap BF-1A
  • Accessory Shoe Cover BS-1
  • LCD Monitor Cover BM-9
  • Software Suite CD-ROM
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Total comments: 7
driftnomore
By driftnomore (8 months ago)

@ 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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driftnomore
By driftnomore (8 months ago)

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
By MusaOmar (7 months ago)

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
By Jamesbond6668 (9 months ago)

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
By Chrysippus (8 months ago)

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
By zakk9 (8 months ago)

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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Son Of Waldo
By Son Of Waldo (10 months ago)

Excellent review!

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