I think Nikon needs to re-introduce a refreshed version of the D700. Maybe a bit smaller and lighter, maybe stripped just a bit to shave the price, but essentially the same camera—no extra features or functionality, same controls in the same places, just whatever updates would bring its functionality up to SOTA.
Seems to me some cameras are such "hits"—they get everything so right—that they deserve to become classics and live on. Yeah, even in the digital-electronic era. I dunno, what do you think?
(Thanks to Joe, Jim, Bill and all the other D700 users from yesterday's post)
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Matthew: "I sold my D700 to help fund my D800, and don't regret it. The three things that I wasn't thrilled with on the D700 are all fixed: 100% viewfinder, a dedicated button for bracketing, and enough resolution for very large prints. But I handled a D700 the other day, and it just felt so much better in my hand. I can't rule out owning one of these again."
GH: "The D800 is the replacement for the D700. While the D800 may not be enough to convince some D700 users to upgrade, there's no reason to move backwards. That's what the D600 is for."
Dave Stewart: "Suspect the fact I recently bought another second-hand one will give a clue to my view...."
Tom Simonsen: "Sounds like a good idea. Talked to a D700 owner on Sunday, and he was not going to buy neither the D600 or D800. The former is missing too many things, and the D800 has too many pixels and is a bit too sluggish. A D700 refresh with the 24-MP sensor from D600 was his wish."
Glenn Brown: "I do not need a DSLR for professional work and using film converted to digital bodies and lenses make no sense at all. I switched to the Fujifilm X-Pro1 a year ago and never looked back at the too-long-in-the-tooth DSLR."
Dave Jenkins: "Canon did that with the 5D—took a great camera and just kept making it better."
[Leading Nikon expert] Thom Hogan (partial comment): "This seems to be a popular notion, but a misplaced one, I think. When I ask people who ask for a D700 update about what bringing it up to state of the art (SOTA) would mean, I start to get lists of things that, well, essentially mean it isn't a D700 any more...." [See the rest of Thom's comment in the Comments section. —Ed.]
Gene Lowinger: "Update? Meh! I'll keep my old D700 just as it is. Hardly ever use it since switching to the X-Pro1, but still love to fondle it."
John Krumm: "I'm still waiting for the sub-$1000 full-frame camera, but I guess that's what the used market is for. Alas, the D700 seems popular enough to compete with the newer D600. Both go for around $1500 used depending on condition."
Tim McGowan: "Sort of like Ford bringing back the Mustang."
Craig A. Lee: "I used to think I wanted a D700. Then I bought a D800 and never thought of the D700 again. Life and tech moves on."