A&P If you own a d700 and d300, please come in here

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  1. turbodude

    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    So the day has come. I have decided i am going to make the switch.

    I plan on getting a d700 with grip and a d300 with grip

    d700 to be used for everything other than nightclub work.
    d300 will be for club use only and as a backup.

    I want to just pretty much swap everything over.
    16-35 ---> 17-35 2.8
    28-70L ---> 24-70 G
    70-200 ---> 70-200 VR
    Sigma 50 -- Sigma 50
    Sigma 15 fish ----> sig 15 fish


    my question to you guys is that do you find that the d300 is a sufficient back up to your d700?

    Otherwise i will just get two d700s.

    and maybe a d70s for clubs and also for the flash sync.
     
  2. Mutombo

    Mutombo New Member

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    Depending on the Nikon rebates, I am probably going to switch as well :o Went and played with a D700 yesterday and loved it.
     
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    Mutombo New Member

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    Just curious, why wouldn't you be using a D700 for your nightclub work? I would think that the high ISO capabilities of the D700 would be perfect for that.
     
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    Well.



    Dibs on what you're gonna sell? :x: AKA what do you have to sell?


    Oh and trader :squint:
     
  6. turbodude

    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    because i dont normally go over iso 800 anyway. i just drag the crap out of the shutter to catch the nightclub strobes and spot lights.

    its the high iso for everything else that i need :)

    sports and concerts mainly
     
  7. Girth

    Girth ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ OT Supporter

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    I will reply in detail when I get home.
     
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    Highly consider the 14-24 instead of the 17-35. While the 17-35 is a great lens, the 14-24 is just awesome and is super sharp along with having the newer nano coating which will highly reduce the sensor glare that you can get from light sources.
     
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    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    i will take that into consideration, thanks!
     
  10. Drunken Karnie Midget

    Drunken Karnie Midget In Yeo We Trust, All Others Pay Cash OT Supporter

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    Dun Dun Dun, Another one bites the dust. Shoot what you want guys, makes no difference to me. But i'm curious as to why you're switching? What was worth it to make such an expensive switch?
     
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    My D200 gives much different color cast, and also renders a pic sufficiently differently that it's hard to mix & match images.

    I don't use the D200 on jobs anymore.

    Haven't used the D300 but ... I'd imagine there is a similar gap between it and FX models.
     
  12. turbodude

    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    the d700 is everything i want in a camera. Its the EOS 3 (which i loved) that canon never produced in Digital form.

    its IQ is awesome, AF is superb, handling and sealing is better than the 5d mkii. IMHO

    cons of the 5dmkii for me are Too many MP (i dont need it), no sealing, shutter lag, 4 fps, AF system.

    My only con for the d700 is the UI, and the fact i have to switch to get it.

    in addition i have always wanted to try the nikon CLS. I think it will open a new playing field for me.

    Its time for an upgrade, and honestly Canon doesnt have what i need, hence the reason for the switch. If Canon had something similar to the d700 i would be all for it.
     
  13. Girth

    Girth ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ OT Supporter

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    Ok, I've arrived... here goes my POV.

    Al, like I told you on our emails... the D300 is a great camera as a backup. I've pushed mine up to 3200 ISO and had some good usable pictures. It'd make a great primary camera if the D700 wasn't in the equation. As far as the D700 goes, its an amazing camera and does what the D3 does w/ a few more features. Mainly the sensor cleaning, in camera commander mode, but it lacks the dual CF card slots. Also for you, I think the low light auto-focusing would be a huge improvement over the Canon cameras.

    As far as your lenses go, here's my opinion:

    The 17-35 is a great lens, but *seriously* consider the 14-24 (like vwpilot mentioned). Its truly an amazing lens and its easily become the favorite lens on both bodies for me. The 24-70 on a FF camera would be heaven for you, and the 70-200 VR would rock compared to the Canon counterpart. As far as the 50 goes, the Sigma one is a good lens, but look into the new G series Nikkor one. Supposedly its huge leaps and bounds better than the D series, which is what I have (love mine BTW). As for the fisheye, for the price of the Siggie, look into the DX 10.5 Nikkor one. Nikon has the 16mm fisheye also for FX format - which would make a great wide angle on the D300 - but its expensive... $1000+ IIRC. The 10.5 would be the same ballpark price as the Sigma 15mm and it'll work on both cameras in DX mode.

    Also, like I mentioned in my email to you, the commander mode would be something I think you'd use. It can either be controlled in camera w/ up to 4 flashes/groups, or use an on camera flash to control other flashes. Also, sine the SB800 is discontinued, I'm sure you can find some decent deals on them used on various forums like NikonCafe and Fred Miranda. If you have any requests, questions, samples, etc, feel free to call me or email me. Phone number is on my site and you already have my email.

    Either way it goes, let us know what you decide... can't wait to see some pics. :)
     
  14. Girth

    Girth ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ OT Supporter

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    wait... what? :eek3:
     
  15. someonenew

    someonenew He's Dangerous

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    I might actually think that you'd benefit from the full frame of the 700 instead of the crop sensor of the 300.

    If you've got the money for it
     
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    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    I saw the 10.5 fish, but i dont think i like the DX format, i want to make sure everything is in FX format, certain times i really need the full 15mm FOV on Full frame. its something you really cant reproduce on a crop.

    i will look into the 50 1.4 G, but after reading reviews they say it flares worst than the D and has slightly more CA. But the bokeh is better. With the siggy 50 14. its almost my fav lens. its pretty bomb
     
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    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    thats the thing i dunno if i can afford the extra grand. and i definitely need 2 cameras, just in case. However if i do notice the d300 isnt cutting it i will save the extra funds and get an additional d700.
     
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    I've been reading up on the Nikon 50mm reviews as well, and most prefer the Sigma to the new Nikkor.
     
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    Girth ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ OT Supporter

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    you sure the 15 siggie will work on a FF? I thought it was DX mode too. I can never figure out the Sigma lettering... don't know which one is which. I know my 10-20 was EX and it cropped my D700 to DX mode. The Sigma is pretty badass though, when I upgrade my 50, I plan on looking at that thing pretty hard. :cool:
     
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    Girth ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ OT Supporter

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    I've read good and bad on both vs. each other... I don't think you can go wrong w/ either one. Same w/ the Sigma 30 1.4 aka the "dirty thirty"
     
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    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    sig 15mm is for full frame
     
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    Girth ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ OT Supporter

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    then you're good to go. :bigthumb:

    Maybe I need to look into that one too when I'm getting a fisheye.
     
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    :mamoru:

    I'm just not convinced Canon is going to come out with a "D700" equivalent. I'm sure the Mk IV is going to be sweet, but I want the flexibility of having a compact body.
     
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    Girth ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ OT Supporter

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    If Canon would just improve the focus points and low light focusing of the 5D2, it'd easily be a superior camera. And this coming from a Nikon guy. :o
     
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    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    yes, and fps boost
     

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