What Philip Dunn like most about the Nikon D700.
In a word – handling. The Nikon D700 is a really workmanlike camera to use. Not since I enjoyed the simplicity and handling of my old Nikon F3 film cameras have I felt so much at one with a piece of camera gear. They are becoming an extension of my eye.
I don’t actually want to think too much about the cameras I am using when I am taking photographs. The camera should be just a means to an end, part of the process, and the easier it is to handle, the more I am likely to forget about it – suits me fine.
I’ve been using my Nikon D700s for some three months now – handling them is becoming second nature.
These camera bodies fit my hands and have a comfortingly solid, well-built feel about them. The exception to this is perhaps my only real dislike about the D700 – the battery compartment hinged cover seems a little flimsy and I have visions of the battery dropping out of the bottom of the camera if it gets a bit of a shake. It’s the small plastic catch I dislike most. The truth is it does work, I have not had a problem yet and I have never heard of anyone else having a problem either – it just doesn’t feel hefty enough.
Otherwise I can’t find anything to dislike about a camera that can produce the most superb quality images even when the ISO is pushed to 800 and beyond. I find it very difficult to tell the difference between an image shot at ISO 200 and one taken at ISO 400. By ISO 800, you can start to see a slight downgrading of colour and contrast, but not a lot of noise.
One facility I do use regularly is the Exposure Delay Mode. No, this is not the same as using the Self-Timer. Exposure Delay Mode has an entirely different purpose. It causes the mirror to be lifted the moment you press the shutter button, but delays the actual exposure for about one second. This short delay is enough to allow any small vibrations from the mirror ‘slap’ to cease – and this leads to even sharper pictures. It is a mode I often use when the camera is mounted on a tripod.
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