One more photo trip with the Nikon D700

After my last photo trip with the Nikon D700, I decided to take the DSLR one more time with me. The weather was rainy, so setting up my panoramic camera or the Fuji GSW690 would not be easy easy, since these cameras require some time to make images and I didn’t want to expose them in rain. The D700 can withstand SMS droplets (or more) with no problem and shooting is fast so I could make some good images.

As it turned out, the weather was changing fast, so I managed to get some images after rain (the weather forecast failed to predict that !!).

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The remaining clouds created a glorious sunrise and that’s a great way to start the day. I took a few images with the Nikon 24-70 f2.8 and got two keepers (the one above and below).

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I have described one a previous post my experience with a DSLR camera. The D700 with the 24-70 and 135 combo are good for me if I am using a car and don’t have to walk too much. The image quality is excellent and the automations and speed of use make a good combo for great images. I still don’t like the way these heavy lenses balance on the tripod but that because I am not used to zoom or big lenses.

Features like the very fast bracketing are of course welcome, and the fast operation allowed me to create two 100 megapixel panoramic images (which I will show on a future post). Even a portrait lens like the 135mm f2 DC can create a very interesting scenery when shot wide open (as shown below).

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A camera like the D700 can come very handy when time is limited or when I’m not in the mood of spending too much time on the field to shoot my film cameras. The only restricting thing is that it’s “only” a 12 megapixels camera. There are specific shots (mostly landscapes), where I want to be able to print at very large dimensions and stitching doesnt always work, so it’s a limiting factor for me. On the other hand, it’s high ISO perfomance and wide range of focal length make it an all around, all day camera.

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