While the Nikon D600 is definitely an amazing camera that I’m sure many people are buying right now, if you read my D600 review then you know that for my particular line of work, I’ll be sticking with a D700.  In fact I’ll be buying a second or third one, used, since they’re now discontinued…

I’ll be quick with the benefits  sticking with a D700, and/or who ought to consider one:

  •  If you don’t care about videography, or if you do just fine with video from a P&S camera or cell phone.  (Me)
  • If you don’t care about megapixels, or if you actually PREFER 12 MP because of the smaller file size for shooting high volumes of RAW photos.  (Weddings, sports, etc.)
  • If you need more FPS than the D600 or the D800 can offer, but you don’t have the cash for a D4 or D3…
  • If you’re on a sub-D600 budget, but really really still want to get into full-frame.
  • If you’re an event photojournalist who really needs the 1/8000 sec. shutter speed, the 1/25o sec. flash sync speed, and the PC sync port.


So, until Nikon takes the D4 and makes a “lite” version for ~$3K, …click HERE to buy a used D700 for $1599.


NOTE: I use B&H’s used department as a “kelly blue book” for used camera prices.  I trust their ranking system for used gear, and they have a great return policy in case you have second thoughts about buying used.  Unlike Ebay and Craigslist, where “all sales final” is usually the case.  Or you may just get robbed.  :-(

If you have an irrational fear of buying used because you think the shutter will die after ten clicks, or the autofocus will be totally back-focused, then you should definitely buy your used gear from B&H and get peace of mind.  :-)

Take care, and happy shooting!

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