Would you buy a D700 today and at what price?

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stany buyle Senior Member • Posts: 1,957
No.
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ssmumich00 Regular Member • Posts: 417
Re: No.

No more than $1400-1500 as a backup body.

The sensor is old.

Layout is different from D800/D4.

Not 100% nor dual cards...it's kinda old-tech.

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russbarnes Senior Member • Posts: 1,660
Cameras are not commodities!!!!!

I see this a lot - "I'm worried about losing money".  Facts are that lenses can retain a lot of their value or even increase in value.  Camera bodies do not.

If your decision over buying one body or another is based on what it might be worth later then this is all the wrong mentality because they will both probably devalue and actually it could easily be the case that the D800 "loses" you more given it is a brand new product.  Your decision should be based on your needs now, and what they will be over the next three years at least because no DSLR camera body is going to go up in value in the 2nd hand market.

I have a D700 and have ordered the D800E.  I will not be selling my D700 because it will fill a different need in my photography, for many years from now.  Value of my camera bodies is the last thing I think about and would suggest that there are others who should think more along these lines...

mukNY wrote:

I could of course buy the D700 now and upgrade in a year or so, but I am afraid I would loose a lot of money since D700 prices will probably come down significantly a year after the D800 introduction.

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Mark Ewanchuk Regular Member • Posts: 374
Just bought one!

...$2199 from Adorama. Love that camera! Still more than capable.

No desire for the 36mp that the D800 offers.

Really no wrong choice here...up to you; but I wouldn't plan on selling down the road.

Dan Nikon Senior Member • Posts: 1,503
Re: Would you buy a D700 today and at what price?

Mine has over 130,000 problem free frames on it, some of the rubber is coming off. I will send it in to NPS for a complete overhaul and then sell it with the 3 batteries and vertical grip for around $1,100-$1,600. Considering I have pulled in over 250K in come with just the D700 alone, I have no problem upgrading to a D800 and not getting as much as the happy-snapper who only put 5,000 frames on his in 3-4 years...

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Dan Nikon Senior Member • Posts: 1,503
Re: No.

BS, I could conceivably use the camera in my work for another 10 years as long as it is maintained.

So could all the other pros I know who have used the daylights out of the camera. In fact the only reason I am getting a D800 is video and higher res for clients who have me shoot aerials.

ssmumich00 wrote:
No more than $1400-1500 as a backup body.

The sensor is old.

Layout is different from D800/D4.

Not 100% nor dual cards...it's kinda old-tech.

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kb2zuz Veteran Member • Posts: 3,202
Depends on your priorities.

I'd list out the differences between the cameras and rate them as to how important they are to you... While a lot of people feel the extra resolution (and the ability to shoot 15MP in DX mode) and the video capabilities are important to them, there are others who may prefer the higher FPS available on the D700. The D700 is a great camera, and if you can find a good deal because feels they need the D800... that just makes it even better.
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OP mukNY Regular Member • Posts: 151
Re: Would you buy a D700 today and at what price?

Well, I did it. Just picked up a used D700 from B&H in mint condition for 1879. I could have found a cheaper one somewhere else, but having a 90 day warranty on a used item made me feel a lot better about buying it.

Thanks for all your input. Will take it for a test drive over the weekend and on a trip next week.

Marko

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ejw07 Regular Member • Posts: 464
Re: Would you buy a D700 today and at what price?

I would and i did an awesome camera with only 2220 actuations cant go wrong.. with the battery grip and the 105 Vr ..all for 2400$$..
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DocS Regular Member • Posts: 288
I'd pay $1300 for it, tops.

Beyond that, it's not worth it in light of the fact that there are cameras out there like the D800 and 5DMk3. Above $1300, I think it makes more sense to shell out the money to buy one of those two.

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Emotion SideUp Forum Member • Posts: 72
Re: Would you buy a D700 today and at what price?

In my haste and lazyness I wrote "pay," but meant "spend." Yes it's all semantic but let me elaborate. I hate to explain myself because it's means I'm not expressing myself effectively, but in this case I think it warrants amending.

these are the things that factor into my decision
adaptability with my Nikon gears (already have a D700)
scalability(expand my equiptments)
manageable work flow
predictability/reliable performance
complexity(or lack of)

The D800 is a no brainer; already factored into next years budget.

I was looking into a backup camera with a different approach to my photography and had thought about getting a new camera (has an X in it's designation) system which led me to this cost study. Given the price of this newly announced system (with the X in it's designation, hint, hint) I wanted to see if it was cost effective to add this to my set-up.

Needing something to compare it to I also made an analysis of the D700.

There were added value to what "I" would "pay" for the D700 as listed above. Additional cost of new lenses for the other camera plus back-up lens (I build a contingency to all my equipment in case of failure, can't afford delays-the stress level is more manageable this way) that was factored into a 4-year-plan. This added to the value of adaptability to the D700 cause I can share my existing lenses with a new back-up D700 and future D800 (not interested in the D4's form factor).

Scalable because the money saved on the lens for the other camera can go toward lighting, tripod, etc(more value added).

Being 'only' 12MB, not 16MB or 36MB, I can continue to manage my workflow and farm out my workload if the 36MB becomes a bottleneck. Same goes for frame-rate and sorting-out/archiving my work (cost-saving).

I can cycle in the new D700 and use the current one as my main work horse for scouting location since the DR/ISO results that are coming in on the D800 are very similar to the D700-- therefore i can also glean EV and different focal lengths for my intended pictures. This adds to performance and reliability.

And the 'Info' button adds to the usability of the menus of this complex tool.

This is a COST analysis, so the budget was already there to be spent. I had offered $2195.32 for a demo D700 that was only for display, an MB-d10 grip and two extra EnEL3e two days after the new price announcement. The guys at the store was pleasant enough when i was asking for the items, but turned down right angry when i mentioned the price drop and offered my reasonable priceand asked me to leave(won't be going back there). Although $2199 is the current price, there is a chance that demand might bring it upwards of $2400. I looking to spend upto $2824.15 (NOW to 6 months), which includes accessories if I can. Does this sound more feasible? I think the better question would have been "why such a huge discrepancy of $628.83" and the answer to that would be roughly the price of SB910. which i already blew by buying two SB800 instead and a Quantum Turbo SC : )

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Emotion SideUp Forum Member • Posts: 72
Re: Would you buy a D700 today and at what price?

Good beans! No worries

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