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  1. Mutombo

    Mutombo New Member

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    Can anyone give me advice on a starter setup for the D700?

    I've started the process of selling all my Canon stuff except the 5D and 35L. I'm going to keep that as a backup/walkaround kit for the time being. I've already sold the 85L and a few other items so I'm working with about $4400 to put into a D700 plus lenses.

    I was thinking about starting with the D700 + grip and 24-70, which would cost me a shade over $4k if I'm able to grab the 24-70 used. I see a couple on FM right now for around $1500.

    I can put the extra towards a flash right now, or wait a bit and add the 14-24 later.

    Questions:
    1) Would you start with the 24-70 over the 14-24 if your only other lens was a 35mm?
    2) Is the SB-900 flash worth the expense over the cheaper models?
    3) Do you need two batteries (one in the grip and one in body) to get the speed boost?
    4) Any must have items that I'm overlooking?
    5) Any other good places to buy Nikon stuff used besides FM?

    I'm going to try to run both systems for now, and will be adding gear slowly. If I decide that I'm not using the 5D and 35L enough I may sell those too and add the 14-24 and 70-200 VR.

    Thanks dudes.
     
  2. Mutombo

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    The other option is to pickup a 50mm prime right now and wait a few weeks to see if the prices come down :o
     
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    Good luck with that.
     
  4. Mutombo

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    :rofl: I know, wishful thinking.
     
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    noink noink noink
     
  6. legendr34

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    the 24-70 would be a better choice than the 14-24 imo. i don't use my 14-24 too much if at all.
     
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    To get the speed increase, you need...

    • EN-EL 4 battery -$125
    • MH-21 Charger -$135
    • BL-3 Battery Door - $40
    Or, a bunch of AA batteries.
     
  8. Mutombo

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    Gotcha, so if you need the fps it's an extra $500 (including the grip) if you don't want to use AA's. That narrows the gap in price between the D700 and D3.
     
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    There is not a big market for used Nikon gear...i think you should go with Canon.
     
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    I've already been with Canon and am going to keep a backup Canon rig.
     
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    Cool thanks
     
  12. someonenew

    someonenew He's Dangerous

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    24-70 is a great lens

    I don't see how you can ignore the 70-200 though no matter what you do

    the SB900 is the only Speedlight to put on top of that camera IMO.

    yes on the batteries, 1 in the body one in the grip.
     
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    god damn :eek4:
     
  14. Mutombo

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    I bought the D700 and 24-70 today. I'm going to have to pick between the 14-24 or 70-200 next. Probably will be the 70-200 since 70mm will be my longest focal length.

    I'll be picking up a SB900 as well.
     
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    nice choice. 70-200 is awesome
     
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    someonenew He's Dangerous

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    having recently purchased the 70-200, all I can say is you will not be disappointed
     
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    D700 showed up today. Feels a lot different in my hands compared to my 5D. Played around with the menus and realized I have NO IDEA how to operate this damn thing. Gonna spend some time this weekend getting familiar with the controls and custom functions.

    Now if only my 24-70 would show up!
     
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    feels better doesn't it?
     
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    To be honest, I still prefer the ergonomics of my 5D. I really like the thumb wheel on the Canons. The thumb wheel on the D700 is rather awkward to reach. I think the index finger wheel on the front is also a little awkward, compared to the index finger wheel on the top of the Canons. Also, my pinkie finger doesn't really have anywhere to sit on the naked D700, but I think adding the grip will improve this.

    Of course, it's different than what I've been using for the last few years, so obviously it's going to feel strange.

    I don't have a lens on it yet, so I'm not going to pass any judgment until I have a proper setup, but those are just my initial impressions.
     
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    And dont forget the grip! Which is another $260
     
  21. Girth

    Girth ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ OT Supporter

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    I'm the other way around. I used my 14-24 at 2 weddings like it was going out of style.

    Good starter 'all around' set up would a D700 + Grip, 24-70 or 14-24, and some good primes... since I know you like your primes. And yes, the SB-900 is worth it (I think). Lot more range than the SB800 and the controls are much much easier.

    Whats your budget?
     
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    Girth ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ OT Supporter

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    nevermind. :)
     
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    My budget right now is basically the money that's coming in from selling off some of my Canon stuff. I'm going to add a SB-900 and the grip and be content with that for a while.

    If I end up selling the 5D + 35L + 100 macro I'll have another $2800 to spend, which would almost cover the 14-24 and the 70-200.
     
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    Girth ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ OT Supporter

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    I agree w/ the menu thing... there's a TON to learn. One good thing about the D700 is the 'info' button on the backside. Rather than looking for the essential stuff through those frustrating menus, it'll show you the shortcuts of what you need to do and where to go. And I think the feel of it will grow on you after a while. If you still have the 5D in a few months, go back when you're comfy w/ the controls and see how 'odd' the Canon feels. I can't get used to the Canons for some reason... they just feel weird in my hands. I love the controls of the Nikon.

    Oh, and welcome to the dark side. :)
     
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    Girth ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ OT Supporter

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    you'll love the 14-24... same w/ the 70-200. I really want a SB-900... but it'll have to wait a few months.
     

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