I finally ordered a D700 from T-Dimension a week ago.
And then, as a nerdy nerd, I tracked its progress every hour across the globe.. well, from Hong Kong, to China, to Singapore then to Perth.
And then I waited as it got held up in customs.
And then I rang Fedex, bugging them about why it’s been sitting in Perth for a day without me hearing anything.
And then I decided to drive TO the Fedex depot in Perth, and just demand that I want to pick up my camera.
And after paying the import duty, I had to wait nearly 30 minutes whilst they tried to locate my parcel.
And then it was IN MY HANDS!
Even though I missed out on getting it cheaper, I’m glad I did, because I’ve since found out that many Hong Kong (and probably other) stores have a very small supply of Nikon gear in their inventory, and that’s it – they don’t know when they will get more from Nikon because there’s a worldwide shortage due to the earthquake and tsunami.
After unboxing, the things I immediately noticed:
It was REALLY HEAVY! I thought, “How am I going to lug this thing around?” I can’t even hold it with one hand easily!! I think I nearly strained my wrist holding it with one hand. Heavy is good for one thing though – it’ll help you steady the camera when hand holding a shot. Besides that, the only other positive I can think of is it’ll help me burn more calories when I take photos due all the lifting I have to do!
It was BIG! Well, bigger than the D80 I was using before. Definitely not inconspicuous at all. With a small 50mm or 85mm on there, it’s OK. But I dread to think how big it will be with a 24-70 zoom. Luckily it still fits into my camera bag.
It felt PRO! The rubbery texture, the metal housing, the number of buttons and dials. The lack of “scene” modes like Portrait, Landscape, Sports – that’s right – no more hand-holding. You need to be comfortable with Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Program and Manual modes. And then going through the menus – the sheer number of configurable items – do we need ALL these things to be configurable?
One of the first things I did was put on my 50mm f/1.2 manual non-CPU lens. Amazingly, the D700 can automatically set exposure for the lens, and although there is no autofocus, the in-focus indicator in the viewfinder works which helps report if the camera thinks the image at the focus point is in focus. Sweeet!
A more detailed review with some shots to follow…