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Nikon d700

After a looong thought and much hesitation, I’ve finally decided to move to canon’s arch-enemy, nikon systems, as a start for this new year.  So I gathered all my courage  and ordered a nikon Full frame D700, as i knew my next camera has to be a full frame. But unfortunately, I’ve been waiting for the 5D replacement a year ago and was very excited over canon’s announcement over 2008 photokina. However, the 5DII’s spec is very much a disappointment for me. 21 mpx? I’m not sure if canon did any market survey on how many people needs a 21 mpx camera, definitely not me, so I would only use its sRAW which is 10mpx, still enough for my wedding work and landscape as I do not do large printing. The 3 year old autofocus? The ancient 9 plus 6 invisible autofocus point dated back in 1st generation 5D days, in which performance is crappier than a 50D? How is 5DII gonna compete in the coming 3 years until its replacement comes by? On top of that, I have to put up with possible chances of banding problems in sRAW mode, the mode in which i’ll be using and black dots all over my images on blown out highlights. The only thing I see fancy is the ISO performance which is pretty similar to D700, other than that, I don’t see a point on spending that much money on such a camera. hmm… in fact, I don’t understand why 5DII is even out of stock everywhere. So, how about the old 5D? The price for the old 5D is still RM7k, and a D700 costs only RM7.5k. For 500 extra, I get to upgrade to a newer system.

Those of you who knows me will know how much a big fan I am of canon, I’ve owned a few canon lens and body. I started from the very old 350D, up to a 30D, and 50D with a few nice L lenses and wide angles. Not a huge investment compared to those with 300mm f2.8L or big white sticks, but I suppose I do have put in quite a large amount to my gears.

My D700 came yesterday, I took the camera out from its box, my first thought was, will I ever be able to manage so many buttons? Nikon cameras has buttons all over the place, where as a Canon 50D looks like it has 2X less than it. Of course, Nikon doesnt have the big dial like canon, damn i’m gonna miss that big dial. After a few shots and manual readings, I find these buttons are great! They are like shortcuts for autofocus modes, I can flip between these modes in a flash without looking into the mini LCD, press the AF button and guess which dial should I dial to swap modes(sometimes i just forgets which dial i need to use to change modes on a 50D after you select the function change)

So far, the d700 has been performing extremely well on every shot I take. All I can say is its really putting my canon to shame. Every feature, every function nikon puts in their camera has a photographer’s thought in it. For example, the eyepiece shutter. Yes, Nikon has an EYEPIECE SHUTTER!! As for the canon, you have to MANUALLY remove the eyepiece, and try very hard  to cover the viewfinder with a piece of crappy rubber which comes along in the strap. What is that ancient manual crap? and maybe most of the canon users do not know what the hell is that rubber stucked in the strap if they do not read the manual.

So far, I’m still going through the manual for my D700, its like a dictionary, I suppose the size of manual comes in proportion to the number of buttons you have on camera, the manual is 2X thicker than the 50D. Will post more of my thoughts of Nikon camera from a Canon user point of view in my next blog. Stay tune.

The really thick nikon manual


My D700


  • January 4, 2009 - 7:59 pm

    Teck Siong - I hope u don’t get beaten by the Canon guys… after they read ur post… LOL!!

  • January 4, 2009 - 9:18 pm

    jrhew - heh, these postings are purely base on a my point of view from a canon user’s perspective without any bias. 😀
    canon has really been stingy in the tech they have got for the 1D and had forgotten the lower classes.
    Despite the pricey 5Dii with crappy features, 5Dii is still the cheapest above 20mpx camera in direct competition with A900, D3x and canon’s very own 1Ds.

  • January 4, 2009 - 10:46 pm

    Joe Chiang - Welcome to Nikon World 🙂 Sure you won’t regret 🙂

  • January 4, 2009 - 11:08 pm

    Gie - cool.. i am also change my status to nikonian… :p
    welcome to N world…

  • January 4, 2009 - 11:23 pm

    penguinz - OMG, I can’t believe you left your Canonian world… hahaha… jeeze the manual is indeed a bible

  • January 4, 2009 - 11:55 pm

    jrhew - not yet left canon world. will still be using it as second cam.

  • January 5, 2009 - 11:31 pm

    tc - silent reader here (secret admirer too…admiring your photos la 😉 haha… Can’t wait to see the D700 sample shots from you.

    Let us know your shopping target of your first Nikon zoom lens… or you target only the three Prime? (35mm, 50mm and 85mm)

  • January 6, 2009 - 11:45 am

    Seng Ming - See what happens when you embrace the dark side =) great writeup!

  • January 7, 2009 - 5:20 pm

    jrhew - @tc : i think i’ll stick to primes, they are much lighter. i find d700 very heavy.

    @sengming : the dark side is good. 😀

  • January 8, 2009 - 10:44 am

    Seng Ming - @victor wanching just told me that you should change girls like you change cameras too =)

  • January 8, 2009 - 2:21 pm

    yellow fruit - u got a new wife.i really really dun mind taking your ex.gimme!

  • January 8, 2009 - 5:29 pm

    wanching - @SM: I was saying you change gals like how V changes cameras…you made me say this one huh…dont blame me…haha…i never wish V change gal at all, just wished him change camera and he did..haha…

  • January 8, 2009 - 5:33 pm

    wanching - @Yellow fruit:you want me?

  • March 15, 2009 - 12:21 am

    Jose Lim - Hi I did the exact same thing… sold all my beloved Canon 5D and 40D and my collection of lens and jump in to the Nikon world… No regrets I love it but I’m just broke right now hahahahaha 😉

  • November 25, 2010 - 1:22 pm

    Alexandre - Hi,

    I respect your choice, but…

    I’m also a pro photographer…

    I hesitate longly between the D700 and the 5D Mark II…

    And i choosed the D Mark II…

    My main photography is landscape and travel photography, but i also do wedding photography in Penang, Malaysia.

    I didn’t choose Canon for the movie features, as i’m not a movie producer, and i don’t know anything about movies, even if i try from time to time, and, even if the “building quality” of the Canon is not “that” good, but enough for a pro, i choosed the Canon…

    And i’m happy with it, the Canon 5D Mark II produces high quality photos, and now, when i search on the web, i’m very surprised that some serious photography websites don’t dare to compare the Canon 5D Mark II with the D700, because the quality of the photos are too different, but with the … Nikon 3Dx :p
    It shows that the 5D Mark II, notwithstanding of its “building quality” problems, is one of the BEST camera of the moment in term of price and quality of the photos for professionals…
    I really love the photos it gives to me, in any condition of light, even the most difficult, in RAW or JPG.
    Nikon should seriously consider to upgrade is D700 if they want to be competitive with Canon…
    Just my 2 cents… After being a professional photographer for more than 20 years…

    All my best wishes to you 🙂

    Alex 🙂

  • November 29, 2010 - 9:58 pm

    Victor - Hi Alex,
    Thanks for you kind input. 🙂 Yes, definitely, when it comes to mpx resolution, the d700 definitely aren’t anywhere near Canon. For me, 12 mpx is pretty much sufficient for most of my work, as I do not do any huge prints more than A1 size. Saving up lots of memory space as well especially in an event coverage.
    Apart from that, its been 2 years i moved to nikon, and I love nikon colors. Its just works for me.
    i guess there is a camera for everyone. 🙂


  • February 16, 2014 - 2:01 pm

    Khalil - what color profile you use for camera D700, I still find the color profile settings for my D700. nikon color you are very beautiful

    Pls help me sir..TQ

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