Should I buy a D7100 or a D700? (Caution - lengthy)

Started Dec 17, 2012 | Questions thread
DWEverett Contributing Member • Posts: 586
Re: Should I buy a D7100 or a D700? (Caution - lengthy)

tundracamper wrote:

I was making a similar decision about a month and a half ago. I don't want the extra resolution of the D800, nor was I happy holding a D600 in the camera store - it was just too small for my hands. I ended up getting a used E+ grade D700 from Adorama and am extremely happy. It has been an awesome camera. It is quite an upgrade in terms of options and controls from the D300, though I plan to keep my D300.

I was going to recommend that you get a good sports lens. A 70-200/2.8 or 80-200/2.8 would be much better for sports at night/evening than the 70-300. Plus, you get better subject isolation with the f/2.8. But, being without a camera, I see that is not really an option. In my opinion, the D700 is still an awesome camera.

I bought my D700 last spring I think.  The D800 was out but not the 600.  I was switching systems from Sony so could have gone to Canon with the 5d iii.  I came to the same decision you did -- I didnt' need the level of resolution that the 800 brings.  I do a lot of indoor sports in addition to soccer so went with the 700 for the low light capabilities.  The Canon wasn't a bad fit but at that point it was $1400 more than what the D700s were new and I just couldn't justify the extra cost.  Plus I would have had trouble getting one at that point.

I've played around with the 600 and D7000 in stores but haven't used either enough for an informed opinion.  I like the feel of the D700 more but if I was making the decision again today and basically had the option for a new D600 plus lens for $2000 or D700 body only for $2100 (what I paid) I think I might have gone with the D600.  No plans to move to it now but if I was just buying in, it would be tempting.

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Nikon D700 Sony 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G SSM Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM +2 more
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