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Kaylene Thompson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/28/2007
 

Nikon d90 vs. d700


I am looking for candid input from anyone who has had experience using either of these camera models.

I am looking to upgrade for the following reasons:
- I am looking to pursue photography as a more serious hobby. (I am a Designer and often use photography in my work...I would like to be able to shoot some of my needs myself for better creative control)
- I want to be able to shoot detailed environmental spaces with greater interest and perspective (wide angle).
- I stongly prefer natural light to any type of flash environment, but often find the lighting situations I am in restrictive.

I know there are models between these 2, however I understand from a features vs. cost perspective the D90 is a better comparison vs. the D300.

Please advise if money was not the primary factor, what camera you would recommend. I want to start more seriously buying glass, but want to do it appropriately. Since the sensor difference is a consideration, which route would you take?

Thanks in advance for any input!!!!


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6/19/2010 8:54:51 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  Hi Kaylene,

It seems that the choice for you is a pretty straight-forward one. The D700.

I say this because of two facts you mentioned above:

1. Money not being the primary factor, and
2. You want to start buying some serious glass (sounds like you don't currently have a lot of decent glass, specially the faster wide-angle lenses - beware though these can be as expensive as the camera body itself, if not more!)

Suggest you checkout the below page on the type of lenses that you might be interested to buy for the type of work you envisage to do.

My 02 cents worth, hope more people chime in!!

UB.



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6/19/2010 9:39:01 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  ..... and here is the link!

http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/images1/16-35mm/compared.htm


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6/19/2010 9:39:46 PM

 
Peter K. Burian
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/8/2004
  Hi Kaylene, You would LOVE the D700.

But first, you should really appreciate the pros and cons of a camera with a huge (full frame) sensor. Then you can decide whether the D90 might be a better bet. (Also a fabulous camera).

I wrote a short article about exactly that topic:

http://www.photocrati.com/q-a-are-full-frame-sensor-cameras-the-best-bet-for-a-serious-amateur/

Also, you can find my Review of the D700 at

www.photocrati.com/nikon-d700-review-field-test-report/

Cheers! Peter


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6/30/2010 7:13:36 AM

 
Donald R. Curry
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/2/2006
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  I went from a D200 to the D700. I have had the D700 a couple of months. It is a great camera. I'm most excited about the ability to shoot at a high ISO.


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6/30/2010 6:34:28 PM

 
Kaylene Thompson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/28/2007
  Thanks! I bought the d700 and will be doing my first photoshoot this weekend. Thanks!!!


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7/1/2010 12:09:47 AM

 
Thom Schoeller
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/4/2006
  You made the much better choice. The D300 is also far ahead of the D90 you would not have been dissapointed there.

You have some great glass choices in SWA lenses available to you but for the full frame sensor it will cost :(


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7/3/2010 6:36:13 AM

 
Donald R. Curry
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/2/2006
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  You made a great choice Kaylene. I use my old film lenses.


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7/3/2010 11:01:59 AM

 
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