I love 15yr old Nikon D700 ... why would I upgrade? (Kids, Sports, etc. shooting)

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Re: I love 15yr old Nikon D700 ... why would I upgrade? (Kids, Sports, etc. shooting)
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bizmord wrote:

PerL wrote:

bizmord wrote:

My Nikon D700 is pretty much dead. After 260,000 actuations, the mirror is giving up, and I am struggling with the decision of what camera to buy next.

Have things improved so much that I am missing out without realizing it?

I pair my D700 with 70-200 2.8 VR2 lens, and I like the output. Yes, extra pixels may be nice when I want to crop heavily, but these days, where 90% of the time we look at these photos on our phones and iPads, 12mpx is OK.

The autofocus is fine and I usually either shoot with continues focus on closest subject or use the 3D tracking. Most shots come out fine. My kids are now participating in dance competitions and other sports where D700 and 70-200 2.8 lens is a good combo I feel.

The back button focus button ..... love it.

In terms of AF - a D700 combined with a 70-200 2.8 VR2 – not much will beat that unless you go really high. Get a used Nikon D3s or D4 is my advice.

this is silly, BUT, what D700 has that D3s and D4 don't have is the pop up flash. There are times I use it as a minor addition of light when I don't have my big flash with me.

out of curiosity, what does D4 or D3s have on D700?

At least one stop better high ISO, faster AF, 9-10 fps, extremely responsive overall. D700 has great build quality, but the D3/D4 are even better. The ergonomics with the built in grip is superb, more compact than a D700 with added grip. The D3s has an improved 12 mp sensor vs the D700, while the D4 has a 16 mp sensor.

If you like the D700 (which you apparently do) I think you really should try to hold and handle a D3s/D4/D4s. Many of the worlds best sports photos has been made with these cameras. I think they hold up very well and beats or matches almost anything even today for sports, coupled with a high performance fast focusing lens like your 70-200.

The main drawback is the weight, but D700 is no paper plane...

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