D700 prices are through the roof!!!

Started Oct 3, 2013 | Discussions thread
Dave Cruz Contributing Member • Posts: 927
Re: D700 prices are through the roof!!!

garyhgaryh wrote:

Dave Cruz wrote:

Simon Garrett wrote:

rightwinger wrote:

I just bought a D800, and you couldn't get my four old D700. It didn't stop being a great unit. I don't see the D600 or the D800 as a replacement.

Can you explain why the D800 isn't a D700 replacement please?

Specifically: what features does the D800 not have that it should have (or does have and it shouldn't)?

D800 is optimized for resolution, not speed. D800 is twice the price, yet slower than a D700. Action shooters and many others simply don't want or need that many pixels/large files.


The d800 is not slower than a d700, it just has more data to transfer. The throughput is the same, if not faster. It's only slower because it has alot more data to process/save.

And for those who don't need 36MP, you can shoot in dx format and you'll always have the 36MP option. You can even shoot at a lower resolution in FF. You don't have to always use the highest resolution mode (36MP).


That's a rather funny attempt at rationalization. When all is said and done, the D800 is slower in producing it's 36MP (or even 24MP) RAW file than the D700 is in producing it's 12MP RAW file - end of story.

But as long as we're in fantasizing mode(!), think how much better for sports and action Nikon could have made the D800 (D800H?) if it needed to manage 'mere' 16MP or 24MP files. Now that  might have been a viable replacement for the D700.


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