July 1 2008 - Photo Jottings

July 1 2008


Nikon launches the new D700 FX camera secretly in the middle of the night here in the US.  The chat room nerds must’ve stayed up all night just to get the first “official” look and specs.  I simply went to bed.  I guess it’s the same as getting a sneak look at their Christmas presents the night before too.  It looks like a pretty cool camera, though it’ll set you back $2999, the D300 is half that.  On store shelves by the end of July, they say.

Also new is the Speedlight SB-900, and two new perspective control lenses, the PC E-micro Nikkor 45mm F/2.8D ED, and PC E-micro Nikkor 85mm F/2.8.  Both have reproduction ratios at 1:2.

  • Nikon D700  FX
  • 12.1mp full frame CMOS sensor.
  • Sensor size 36mm x 23.9mm.
  • 3.0″ LCD with 920,000 pixels.
  • 5fps shooting at full resolution, or 8fps with opt. battery pack.
  • ISO 200-6400, 100, 12800, and 25600 in lo1 or hi1 and hi2 mode.
  • Only one card slot, handles CompactFlash type I, II UDMA and microdrive.
  • Quad-frequency, ultrasonic sensor cleaning gimmick.
  • Two live-view modes, hand-held and tripod.
  • Shutter 30s to 1/8000.
  • Built in flash.
  • Flash sync up to 1/250s.
  • HDMI output.
  • D-lighting, now with fancy new “auto mode.”
  • Battery, (same as D300), 1000 shots per charge (CIPA).
  • Virtual horizon camera indicator, man, I could use this!
  • 995g or 35oz without lens or battery.
  • Self timer goes up to 20s.
  • Body 5.8″ X 4.8 X 3.0 or 147mm X 123mm X 77mm.
  • Priced at $2999 body only.
  • Available (US) late July ’08.
  • Nikon D700 homepage.



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