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Monday, 14 July 2008

The Nikon Pilgrimage – Part 3

After the two pilgrimages to both Nikon showrooms at Nikon Plaza Ginza and Nikon Plaza Shinjuku, I thought that I have seen all the latest products by Nikon. Not until Nikon announced their latest and hottest semi-professional camera D700 on July 1st, 2008, I jumped for joy again! It is not that I can afford this beast at a recommended retail price (RRP) of ¥328,000 (about RM10,500), but there's hope that Nikon will bring us affordable full-frame cameras in the near future.

I have never dreamt of touching a D700 before it is officially available for sale on July 25th, 2008, but Nikon has made that possible for me through the 'Nikon Digital Live 2008' held on July 11th to 13th, 2008. How could I miss this opportunity to be one of the earliest persons who touched a D700, right? So, I went there with my friend Hung who is also a Nikon advocate on the 2nd day for the event at Ebisu in a building right next to the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography.


I felt as excited as an ant on a hot pan, not because of the beautiful Nikon staff, but for the chance of seeing and touching a Nikon D700 before it is officially available on the shelves of camera stores.


All Nikon cameras currently in production were showcased in the event.


Together with all the showcase of cameras, all Nikkor lenses were available for every Nikonian to poison oneself.


And that includes all the 'big guns'.

However, all those were overshadowed by the new full-frame DSLR from Nikon which was always in the limelight during the event.

There was a long counter desk with more than 10 units of D700 for the visitors to play with. The attendants were there to explain all the latest features and answer all queries on the new camera.

I thought that I was crippled by my limited proficiency in Japanese, but the attendant whom I talked to was proficient in English. However, it was me who didn't know what to ask as I have read in detail about the Nikon D700 before this. LOL! So, he just explained the latest features to me which are not available on my D300.

In terms of handling, it is not much different from a D300. The button arrangement is the same. The only differences in appearance are the round eyepiece and the bigger pentaprism chamber. Another two additional features are the ability to write the copyright notice and the photographer's name in the EXIF and the 'Electronic Virtual Horizon' which works like a spirit level. Another advantage over the D300 is the low-noise high-ISO performance, of course.

Touching and playing with a D700 weren't the only things that visitors could do during the event. We were actually given the chance to do model shooting in a studio setup with a Nikon D700 and a Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G! What more could you ask for from Nikon?! Yes, there were more that we could ask for! We could use our own CF card and bring the pictures back! What more could you ask for??!! Yes, I could print one of the pictures at 4R size from an Epson Stylus Printer! The best part was, everything was free-of-charge!!! LOL!

I have left the EXIF intact in the following images if you are interested in the detailed information.

For the pixel-peeping fans, I have these 3 images which are 100% crops of the above image.

Given a chance to shoot with Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G, I wouldn't stop at just one image, right?

I am glad that I am in Japan during this monumental moment of Nikon. The D700 is really a great camera to have if you have the extra cash to spend, or you desperately want a full-frame DSLR. If you have only half the budget, then go for the D300. It is a D700 minus the full frame image sensor and ultrahigh-ISO performance. I feel very contented with my D300 at the moment, but when Nikon comes out with a low-price full-frame camera, I don't think I can resist the temptation like I do now.


WoMbOk™♂ said...

Fuwahh... is there a Canon show too sifu? lol

vuhung said...

You keep calling places like NDL 2008 pilgrimage :)

CK-II said...

Wombok> I don't care too much about what's going on with Canon. :p

VuHung> Haha! It was really like a pilgrimage to me. I have never thought of being one of the eariest persons to 'molest' a D700. :D

Dean said...

yes..thanks for sharing the vital info~ hehe! :D

Ruey said...

poison for the pocket....;)

The Right Blue said...

It would be like a pilgrimage for me, too. I have been all Nikon from the start -- underwater and on land -- and I would love to be with you for this pilgrimage. If only I was a rich person, I would have every lens that Nikon makes for the DSLR cameras -- and a top of the line camera body, too. But I'm not rich -- so I make do with my D40X. Sigh.


Anonymous said...

I'm going wild staring at all those cameras!!! :P

Ken said...

That is awesome, to get the chance to shoot with a D700 before anyone can buy it. Very cool.

SandyCarlson said...

You make it all so exciting!

Juliana RW said...

amazing....makes me want to buy this new Nikon :D

Mine in here and here Thanks

Picturing of Life said...

great shots... I will save money to buy this thing...LOL

My WW in here

:[KK OnG] said...

Hows the high ISO performance? :)

CK-II said...

WW Participants> Thanks very much for dropping by. :)

KK Ong> I didn't try the high ISO shots, but according to the specification, it should be as good as a D3.

fadzli said...

ohhh how i regret reading this posting. now im poisoned.. LOL

** luckily my moolah not enough.

thanks for sharing dude. :)

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