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    WTB: D700

    I need a relatively fast full-frame body with very good high ISO performance. Interested in buying one of the above with or without glass. The lens I'd be interested in is a 70-200 f2.8 VR or IS zoom, and possibly a fast 24-70 as well. Will consider primes as well.

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    Re: WTB: D700 or 5Dii or maybe a D3 if the price is right

    Jack, I have just the camera for you.

    It's a brand new D700 with MaxMax high-resolution modification. Lots of lenses as well (Zeiss, Nikon AF, and Nikon AIS).

    I have decided that M8.2 will be my main camera system so I am selling most of everything else.

    Camera body only, $2300 shipped.

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    Re: WTB: D700 or 5Dii or maybe a D3 if the price is right

    Hi Mike:

    PM sent for more details. Feel free to contact me directly at jack-at-getdpi-dot-com
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    Re: WTB: D700 or 5Dii or maybe a D3 if the price is right

    buying me a camera. What a nice guy you are
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    Re: WTB: D700 or 5Dii or maybe a D3 if the price is right

    Mike,

    Are they doing the FF Nikons? How do you like it? More info please. I might be interested in doing my D3.

    (I would actually prefer a D700 but I bought the D3 before it came out and damn if I'm going to lose value on a camera yet again by selling it).

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    Re: WTB: D700 or 5Dii or maybe a D3 if the price is right

    Jack, You should have caught me three months ago

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    Re: WTB: D700 or 5Dii or maybe a D3 if the price is right

    Bob, did you sell your Nikons -- I didn't know that?
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    Re: WTB: D700 or 5Dii or maybe a D3 if the price is right

    I think I have a remote control left and a few filters.
    Yes, I really didn't like the files or lenses, not dissing Nikon, because I didn't like Canons either. I just didn't need all that gear for the three times a year I used it.
    The MF and Leica gear covers most of what I need with the exception of low light, but the MP and some high speed film works pretty well.
    I am hoping for a D700x and one zoom in the future (maybe) but time will tell.
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    Re: WTB: D700 or 5Dii or maybe a D3 if the price is right

    I hear you on the files -- pretty tough to compete with the MF backs and even the lowly, but supremely clean M8 file -- but both of my daughters are playing volleyball and so a relatively fast action, high ISO camera is needed for that, and frankly the net file quality being plastic-like isn't all that bad for this application.
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    Re: WTB: D700 or 5Dii or maybe a D3 if the price is right

    Jack,
    A D700 plus a 70-200 2.8 zoom is what you want.
    I used earlier versions of that lens with a F3HP for years as a Hockey Dad.
    I shot most of that on 400ISO film
    You could use, but don't need the D3, its added weight and speed are probably not all that helpful in that application (having used and sold both)
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    Re: WTB: D700 or 5Dii or maybe a D3 if the price is right

    Quote Originally Posted by charlesphoto View Post
    Mike,

    Are they doing the FF Nikons? How do you like it? More info please. I might be interested in doing my D3.

    (I would actually prefer a D700 but I bought the D3 before it came out and damn if I'm going to lose value on a camera yet again by selling it).

    Charles
    I called MaxMax and asked about the D700. I don't really know why it's not listed. Maybe because the dust-removal vibration function will be disbled. I do believe MaxMax does support the D3.

    I wished I can tell you more, but I didn't get a chance to play with the camera. It's still in the box as I received it from MaxMax. I just decided DSLR is really not my thing except for really low light situation.

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    Re: WTB: D700 or 5Dii or maybe a D3 if the price is right

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Flesher View Post
    I hear you on the files -- pretty tough to compete with the MF backs and even the lowly, but supremely clean M8 file -- but both of my daughters are playing volleyball and so a relatively fast action, high ISO camera is needed for that, and frankly the net file quality being plastic-like isn't all that bad for this application.
    Curiousity got me to look into this thread. I'm not interested in selling my D700, but I will give it a plug for it's handling of high ISO and focus acquisition. I shoot alot of HS sports and the D700/80-200AFS are my favorite combo for indoor sports like basketball and volleyball. Only issue I've run into is AWB with cycling lights. I felt the D2Hs and D300 handled this better. But to me it's a more than fair trade off for clean 4000ISO and almost instant focus acquistion.

    Good luck with your search--consider the 80-200AFS over the 70-200AFS. It's a tad faster AF.

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    Re: WTB: D700 or 5Dii or maybe a D3 if the price is right

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Flesher View Post
    I hear you on the files -- pretty tough to compete with the MF backs and even the lowly, but supremely clean M8 file -- but both of my daughters are playing volleyball and so a relatively fast action, high ISO camera is needed for that, and frankly the net file quality being plastic-like isn't all that bad for this application.
    Jack

    You may also want to consider the 70-300. It of course is not as fast as the 70-200 but it is smaller and lighter and the IQ is very very nice. It got to the point where I sold my 70-200 and stick with the 70-300 for action shots needing a telephoto. As for the slower lens issue, just crank up the ISO on the camera. Both the D700 and D3 look really good, even at ISO 6400 so lens speed is not the issue it once was.

    Anyway, take a look (I'm sure Keeble and Schukat have some in stock)

    Best

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    Re: WTB: D700 or 5Dii or maybe a D3 if the price is right

    Still looking!

    Woody, thanks for the input, but I really want either an 80-200 or 70-200 f2.8 VR lens.
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    Re: WTB: D700 or 5Dii or maybe a D3 if the price is right

    Jack, having both those lenses, I honestly think the 80-200/2.8 is slightly better across the frame wide open than the 70–200 VR; stopped down past ƒ4 no difference IMHO. And on either the D3 or D700, I have not needed to rely on the VR. YMMV, of course. cheers
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    Re: WTB: D700 or 5Dii or maybe a D3 if the price is right

    HI Jack
    Volleyball high school gyms you might want to skip the 24-70 an use primes if you are shooting down low . 35 50 and an 85 depending on where they are. If the gym has a view from up top mostly 200 2.8 or a 135 f2 with an extender is fine. yes I shoot canon 1d mk111. I am getting better results since going to primes on indoor sports and yes I ahve good copies of the 24-70 and 70 200 canons. By he way the last recall on the mk 111 has gotten the best autofocus I have yet seen. David

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    Re: WTB: D700 or 5Dii or maybe a D3 if the price is right

    Ps I would not use a 5d mk11 for sports and yes I own one.

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    Re: WTB: D700

    Thanks for all the feedback! I have decided to narrow down to the D700.

    David, I have shot VB for a while now, and the ideal lens for my uses on full frame is a 50 to 150 f2 zoom, but dang if I can find one! Anyway, agreed on the 24-70, just wanted that to round out the system for other general uses.

    So, STILL LOOKING!

    Would love an 80-200 VR and maybe a fast 50 and 85 prime too!
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    Re: WTB: D700

    FYI Jack, the new Nikon AFS 50/1.4 is worth the money. Lots faster and excellent Bokeh.

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    Re: WTB: D700

    Thanks Marc, 50 AFS it is!
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    Re: WTB: D700

    I've been toying with the idea to sell my D700 kit (D700, Nikon 35/2, Nikon 85/1.4) to go small with an Olympus kit, but I'm not quite ready for that move yet!
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    Re: WTB: D700

    Quote Originally Posted by Amin View Post
    I've been toying with the idea to sell my D700 kit (D700, Nikon 35/2, Nikon 85/1.4) to go small with an Olympus kit, but I'm not quite ready for that move yet!
    Well then why the heck are you teasing me with it?


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    Sorry Jack . Was just thinking out loud and seeing if someone would say something to convince me one way or the other!
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    Re: WTB: D700

    OK, sell it to Jack.
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    Re: WTB: D700

    Bob,

    You forgot to include, "at a screaming deal price!"

    But you're my new best friend anyway!

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    Re: WTB: D700

    Amin,

    Or just maybe you need a nice M lens, like a 21 ASPH?

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    Okay, I get it, I get it .

    For now, let's pretend I never posted in this thread .
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    Re: WTB: D700

    Saw you fishing for that 5D2 on LL, Jack. I see it's sold now. Were you the buyer?
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    Re: WTB: D700

    Hi Roger -- no I wasn't the buyer. I decided the faster framerate was more important for my needs than the extra pixels, so I am wanting a D700 instead.

    STILL LOOKING!
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    Re: WTB: D700

    Jack,

    Not sure what price you're looking for but Amazon has them in stock at the moment for $2351. Pretty near the going price for used ones on Ebay.

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    Re: WTB: D700

    Thanks Greg, That's probably where I'll end up.
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    Re: WTB: D700

    Quote Originally Posted by fotografz View Post
    FYI Jack, the new Nikon AFS 50/1.4 is worth the money. Lots faster and excellent Bokeh.
    I have and like the lens on my D700, but its AF speed is not fast (if that is what you meant).

    The 70-200VR AF speed is amazing - kudos to the 80-200 if that is even faster!

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    Re: WTB: D700

    Quote Originally Posted by akiralx View Post
    I have and like the lens on my D700, but its AF speed is not fast (if that is what you meant).

    The 70-200VR AF speed is amazing - kudos to the 80-200 if that is even faster!
    The new 50G is faster than the previous one is what I meant.

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    Re: WTB: D700

    Jack, the Sigma 50 is worth considering unless you value the compactness of the Nikon 50. The Nikon is compact, but no match for the Sigma in terms of bokeh quality.
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    Re: WTB: D700

    Well as it turns out....

    I had somebody throw a very lightly used 1Ds3 at me for a could-not-pass-on-it price. I like the pro body features of improved AF, dual card slots, weather-proofing and extended battery life -- plus this one isn't nearly as heavy as it's predecessor. And the lenses mount in the correct direction!

    (But regardless of what anybody tries to tell you, it 'aint no MF back equivalent!)

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    Congrats Jack. I thought you had one of those back in the day, no? Incidentally, the only thing that bothers me about the D700 is how the lenses mount (and focus) the wrong way. I'll never get used to that!
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    Re: WTB: D700

    I tested one Amin, but never owned it before now. And I agree -- I shot Nikon for 25 years and NEVER got used to the wrong-way lens mounting and wrong-way manual focussing!
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    Re: WTB: D700

    Well congrats Jack. the latest fix on the 1ds k111 focusing is great. So now want a 24 1.4 thinking of selling mine??? Make sure yours has been sent for the latest fix as canon on one of my 1d bodies changed the mirror box and shutter. You never know what they will do . David

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    Re: WTB: D700

    Mine focuses fine, and the sensor seems as close as aligned to the viewfinder as I can discern, so maybe I got lucky?

    I've owned the 24/1.4 a few times and it is a superb lens, but I tend to shoot a bit longer most of the time. It's probably more than I'd want to spend, but feel free to send me a PM with your asking price.

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    Re: WTB: D700

    Sigma and Tokina make a 50-150 f2.8 lens Jack...
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    Re: WTB: D700

    Hi Ben:

    Unfortunately that lens is for the APS sensors, not full frame; it was Sigma's attempt to make an 70-200 equivalent for APS sensor cams.

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