Thursday, July 17, 2008

First Nikon D700 review by Georg Nyman, complete with technobabble!

Yes, Nikon D700 fans, we have the first hands-on review of the Nikon D700, posted by Georg Nyman, Ph.D. The review has lots of eye-candy for the pixel peepers, including resolution charts (ISO 12233) and MTF charts. This is a real camera review, not a spec-sheet review or preview! It's a hardcore review for hardcore dSLR fan-addicts! Lots of Imatest graphs! For more similar reviews, you can also check some of Dr. Nyman's previous reviews.

As always, we won't be revealing the outcome of the review, so as not to introduce any bias in the first readings and also not to spoil the outcome for those who like to read from the beginning, instead of jumping to the conclusions. The review has been added to the D700 Reference page at DSLR Map, where it is currently the only hands-on review.

The D700 is available for pre-order for $3000 body only and $3600 when bundled with the 24-120mm f3.5-5.6 35mm full frame lens. It is available at:



Since we are in gadget blog week, here is a giant Nikon D700 picture for effect :)


And since we mentioned the Nikkor 24-120mm f3.5-5.6 AF-S VR lens, here are some reviews of it, by Thom Hogan, Ed Leong at Camera Hobby, the cast of thousands at the Radio forums (FM, Fred Miranda), and of course the one and only Photozone.de.


Update!
But wait, there's more! Imaging Resource has posted a preview gallery with pictures taken with the Nikon D700, which means they are busily working towards a full-fledged review! D700 here we come!


Reactions to the Nyman Review
So what are the Nikonians thinking of Dr Nyman's review? The Nikonians forum is discussing, with the author, Dr Nyman, responding to some of the questions by the forum readers. A couple of comments in this dpreview thread as well.

Meanwhile dpreview forum user "Carl" has posted a lengthy first impressions post after playing with the camera at a D700 dealer presentation in Germany.

And speaking of forums, this user thinks that the D700 doesn't even come close to the D3. Needless to say, he "hears it" fro a number of other forums users, and gets his head handed to him in a troll basket ;-)

NOTE: The gnyman.com domain seems to have changed ownership, so if you have bookmarked that url, please go to stillphotographie.at instead.

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