Nikon D300 + 17-55 f/2.8 vs D700 + 24-70 f/2.8

Array ( [blocks] => specificItem [show] => [itemId] => 88 [exactSize] => 720 [itemFrame] => none [albumFrame] => none ) Array ( [blocks] => specificItem [show] => [itemId] => 144 [exactSize] => 720 [itemFrame] => none [albumFrame] => none ) Array ( [blocks] => specificItem [show] => [itemId] => 159 [exactSize] => 720 [itemFrame] => none [albumFrame] => none ) Array ( [blocks] => specificItem [show] => [itemId] => 294 [exactSize] => 720 [itemFrame] => none [albumFrame] => none ) Array ( [blocks] => specificItem [show] => [itemId] => 350 [exactSize] => 720 [itemFrame] => none [albumFrame] => none ) Array ( [blocks] => specificItem [show] => [itemId] => 312 [exactSize] => 720 [itemFrame] => none [albumFrame] => none )

The D700 + 24-70mm f/2.8 combo is truly a magnificent photography tool combination. I’ve been using this combo for a few weeks now, which I believe is enough to compare with my previous gear that I use quite often, the D300 + 17-55mm f/2.8 combo. Which I hope can help someone out there that want to upgrade their D300 to D700.

Based on my experience, both combo offers a very similar of usage, here are the break down of benefit of each combo.

Nikon D300 + Nikkor AF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 G IF-ED DX

  • price; D300 combo is much cheaper than the D700 combo for sure, the price difference between these two can buy you another good lens (for example: AF-D 85mm f/1.4).
  • weight. D700 combo is 2.2kg, and D300 combo is 1.8kg, the difference is not massive, but if you carry this thing for 12 hours, you’ll feel the difference
  • range, 55mm range is 82mm in FX equivalent. cropped sensor cameras are known to be superior in this area, hence why bird shooters tend to get cropped sensor camera (e.g: 70-200 in FX is just 70-200, but in DX camera is 105-300mm)
  • 100% viewfinder coverage; seems like trivial, but I find that composing photo with 100% viewfinder is easier, but you’ll get used to D700 95% heh..
  • Focus Area.. both have the same 51 points AF area but, the focus area in D300 covers almost all space in the viewfinder, where as the D700 focus area is only middle part… you cant really do auto focus in the border area..

  • D300

    D700

Photos taken with this combo:

Error (ERROR_STORAGE_FAILURE)

  • in modules/core/classes/GalleryStorage.class at line 239 (GalleryCoreApi::error)
  • in modules/core/classes/GalleryStorage.class at line 470 (GalleryStorage::_getConnection)
  • in modules/core/classes/Gallery.class at line 209 (GalleryStorage::search)
  • in modules/core/classes/helpers/GalleryUserGroupHelper_simple.class at line 105 (Gallery::search)
  • in modules/core/classes/GalleryCoreApi.class at line 1876 (GalleryUserGroupHelper_simple::fetchGroupsForUser)
  • in modules/core/classes/helpers/GalleryPermissionHelper_simple.class at line 64 (GalleryCoreApi::fetchGroupsForUser)
  • in modules/core/classes/helpers/GalleryPermissionHelper_simple.class at line 39 (GalleryPermissionHelper_simple::_fetchAccessListIds)
  • in modules/core/classes/GalleryCoreApi.class at line 501 (GalleryPermissionHelper_simple::fetchAccessListIds)
  • in modules/core/classes/helpers/GalleryUserHelper_simple.class at line 76 (GalleryCoreApi::fetchAccessListIds)
  • in modules/core/classes/GalleryCoreApi.class at line 566 (GalleryUserHelper_simple::hasItemPermission)
  • in modules/imageblock/classes/ImageBlockHelper.class at line 217 (GalleryCoreApi::hasItemPermission)
  • in modules/imageblock/classes/ImageBlockHelper.class at line 93 (ImageBlockHelper::_getBlockData)
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/wp-content/plugins/wpg2/wpg2embed.inc at line 1352 (ImageBlockHelper::loadImageBlocks)
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/wp-content/plugins/wpg2/wpg2embed.inc at line 865
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/wp-content/plugins/wpg2/wpg2embed.inc(1229) : regexp code at line 1
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/wp-content/plugins/wpg2/wpg2embed.inc at line 1229
  • in ??? at line 0
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/wp-includes/class-wp-hook.php at line 286
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/wp-includes/plugin.php at line 203 (WP_Hook::apply_filters)
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/wp-includes/post-template.php at line 240
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/wp-content/themes/new-horizon/single.php at line 69
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/wp-includes/template-loader.php at line 74
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/wp-blog-header.php at line 19
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/index.php at line 17

1

Error (ERROR_STORAGE_FAILURE)

  • in modules/core/classes/GalleryStorage.class at line 239 (GalleryCoreApi::error)
  • in modules/core/classes/GalleryStorage.class at line 470 (GalleryStorage::_getConnection)
  • in modules/core/classes/Gallery.class at line 209 (GalleryStorage::search)
  • in modules/core/classes/helpers/GalleryUserGroupHelper_simple.class at line 105 (Gallery::search)
  • in modules/core/classes/GalleryCoreApi.class at line 1876 (GalleryUserGroupHelper_simple::fetchGroupsForUser)
  • in modules/core/classes/helpers/GalleryPermissionHelper_simple.class at line 64 (GalleryCoreApi::fetchGroupsForUser)
  • in modules/core/classes/helpers/GalleryPermissionHelper_simple.class at line 39 (GalleryPermissionHelper_simple::_fetchAccessListIds)
  • in modules/core/classes/GalleryCoreApi.class at line 501 (GalleryPermissionHelper_simple::fetchAccessListIds)
  • in modules/core/classes/helpers/GalleryUserHelper_simple.class at line 76 (GalleryCoreApi::fetchAccessListIds)
  • in modules/core/classes/GalleryCoreApi.class at line 566 (GalleryUserHelper_simple::hasItemPermission)
  • in modules/imageblock/classes/ImageBlockHelper.class at line 217 (GalleryCoreApi::hasItemPermission)
  • in modules/imageblock/classes/ImageBlockHelper.class at line 93 (ImageBlockHelper::_getBlockData)
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/wp-content/plugins/wpg2/wpg2embed.inc at line 1352 (ImageBlockHelper::loadImageBlocks)
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/wp-content/plugins/wpg2/wpg2embed.inc at line 865
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/wp-content/plugins/wpg2/wpg2embed.inc(1229) : regexp code at line 1
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/wp-content/plugins/wpg2/wpg2embed.inc at line 1229
  • in ??? at line 0
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/wp-includes/class-wp-hook.php at line 286
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/wp-includes/plugin.php at line 203 (WP_Hook::apply_filters)
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/wp-includes/post-template.php at line 240
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/wp-content/themes/new-horizon/single.php at line 69
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/wp-includes/template-loader.php at line 74
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/wp-blog-header.php at line 19
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/index.php at line 17

1

Error (ERROR_STORAGE_FAILURE)

  • in modules/core/classes/GalleryStorage.class at line 239 (GalleryCoreApi::error)
  • in modules/core/classes/GalleryStorage.class at line 470 (GalleryStorage::_getConnection)
  • in modules/core/classes/Gallery.class at line 209 (GalleryStorage::search)
  • in modules/core/classes/helpers/GalleryUserGroupHelper_simple.class at line 105 (Gallery::search)
  • in modules/core/classes/GalleryCoreApi.class at line 1876 (GalleryUserGroupHelper_simple::fetchGroupsForUser)
  • in modules/core/classes/helpers/GalleryPermissionHelper_simple.class at line 64 (GalleryCoreApi::fetchGroupsForUser)
  • in modules/core/classes/helpers/GalleryPermissionHelper_simple.class at line 39 (GalleryPermissionHelper_simple::_fetchAccessListIds)
  • in modules/core/classes/GalleryCoreApi.class at line 501 (GalleryPermissionHelper_simple::fetchAccessListIds)
  • in modules/core/classes/helpers/GalleryUserHelper_simple.class at line 76 (GalleryCoreApi::fetchAccessListIds)
  • in modules/core/classes/GalleryCoreApi.class at line 566 (GalleryUserHelper_simple::hasItemPermission)
  • in modules/imageblock/classes/ImageBlockHelper.class at line 217 (GalleryCoreApi::hasItemPermission)
  • in modules/imageblock/classes/ImageBlockHelper.class at line 93 (ImageBlockHelper::_getBlockData)
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/wp-content/plugins/wpg2/wpg2embed.inc at line 1352 (ImageBlockHelper::loadImageBlocks)
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/wp-content/plugins/wpg2/wpg2embed.inc at line 865
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/wp-content/plugins/wpg2/wpg2embed.inc(1229) : regexp code at line 1
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/wp-content/plugins/wpg2/wpg2embed.inc at line 1229
  • in ??? at line 0
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/wp-includes/class-wp-hook.php at line 286
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/wp-includes/plugin.php at line 203 (WP_Hook::apply_filters)
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/wp-includes/post-template.php at line 240
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/wp-content/themes/new-horizon/single.php at line 69
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/wp-includes/template-loader.php at line 74
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/wp-blog-header.php at line 19
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/index.php at line 17

1

Nikon D700 + Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8 G IF-ED N

  • noise level, the D700 can produce a very clear image even at ISO 1600 (and 3200!), this is probably the real disadvantage that the D300 has compared to the D700.., I often use ISO 1600 and sometime pushing to 3200 with the D300, and always turned off by the noise level. D700 at ISO 3200 is better than D300 at ISO 1600.

  • ISO 3200 f/2.8 1/50 @50mm, straight from camera, dim light

    ISO 3200, 100% crop
  • better image quality, this is and above are related, because less noise = better image quality
  • huge view finder, i like the viewfinder, it’s big :D
  • depth of field, full frame sensor gives you thinner depth of field, which give you better bokeh :) (can be a disadvantage for some)

Two things that looks like improvement, but I still can’t confirm:

  • the 24-70 has Nano Crystal Coating added, but I haven’t really see much difference here. still has flare when my lens is pointing straight toward the sun :)
  • Dynamic range, some people says that D700 gives better dynamic range compared to D300, but I still can’t find the difference.. . One thing I know that lens coating can also affect dynamic range (or maybe contrast :) ) both 17-55mm f/2.8 and 24-70mm f/2.8 have Nikon Super Integrated Coating, and both produce same quality of image.

Photos taken with this combo:

Error (ERROR_STORAGE_FAILURE)

  • in modules/core/classes/GalleryStorage.class at line 239 (GalleryCoreApi::error)
  • in modules/core/classes/GalleryStorage.class at line 470 (GalleryStorage::_getConnection)
  • in modules/core/classes/Gallery.class at line 209 (GalleryStorage::search)
  • in modules/core/classes/helpers/GalleryUserGroupHelper_simple.class at line 105 (Gallery::search)
  • in modules/core/classes/GalleryCoreApi.class at line 1876 (GalleryUserGroupHelper_simple::fetchGroupsForUser)
  • in modules/core/classes/helpers/GalleryPermissionHelper_simple.class at line 64 (GalleryCoreApi::fetchGroupsForUser)
  • in modules/core/classes/helpers/GalleryPermissionHelper_simple.class at line 39 (GalleryPermissionHelper_simple::_fetchAccessListIds)
  • in modules/core/classes/GalleryCoreApi.class at line 501 (GalleryPermissionHelper_simple::fetchAccessListIds)
  • in modules/core/classes/helpers/GalleryUserHelper_simple.class at line 76 (GalleryCoreApi::fetchAccessListIds)
  • in modules/core/classes/GalleryCoreApi.class at line 566 (GalleryUserHelper_simple::hasItemPermission)
  • in modules/imageblock/classes/ImageBlockHelper.class at line 217 (GalleryCoreApi::hasItemPermission)
  • in modules/imageblock/classes/ImageBlockHelper.class at line 93 (ImageBlockHelper::_getBlockData)
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/wp-content/plugins/wpg2/wpg2embed.inc at line 1352 (ImageBlockHelper::loadImageBlocks)
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/wp-content/plugins/wpg2/wpg2embed.inc at line 865
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/wp-content/plugins/wpg2/wpg2embed.inc(1229) : regexp code at line 1
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/wp-content/plugins/wpg2/wpg2embed.inc at line 1229
  • in ??? at line 0
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/wp-includes/class-wp-hook.php at line 286
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/wp-includes/plugin.php at line 203 (WP_Hook::apply_filters)
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/wp-includes/post-template.php at line 240
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/wp-content/themes/new-horizon/single.php at line 69
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/wp-includes/template-loader.php at line 74
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/wp-blog-header.php at line 19
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/index.php at line 17

1

Error (ERROR_STORAGE_FAILURE)

  • in modules/core/classes/GalleryStorage.class at line 239 (GalleryCoreApi::error)
  • in modules/core/classes/GalleryStorage.class at line 470 (GalleryStorage::_getConnection)
  • in modules/core/classes/Gallery.class at line 209 (GalleryStorage::search)
  • in modules/core/classes/helpers/GalleryUserGroupHelper_simple.class at line 105 (Gallery::search)
  • in modules/core/classes/GalleryCoreApi.class at line 1876 (GalleryUserGroupHelper_simple::fetchGroupsForUser)
  • in modules/core/classes/helpers/GalleryPermissionHelper_simple.class at line 64 (GalleryCoreApi::fetchGroupsForUser)
  • in modules/core/classes/helpers/GalleryPermissionHelper_simple.class at line 39 (GalleryPermissionHelper_simple::_fetchAccessListIds)
  • in modules/core/classes/GalleryCoreApi.class at line 501 (GalleryPermissionHelper_simple::fetchAccessListIds)
  • in modules/core/classes/helpers/GalleryUserHelper_simple.class at line 76 (GalleryCoreApi::fetchAccessListIds)
  • in modules/core/classes/GalleryCoreApi.class at line 566 (GalleryUserHelper_simple::hasItemPermission)
  • in modules/imageblock/classes/ImageBlockHelper.class at line 217 (GalleryCoreApi::hasItemPermission)
  • in modules/imageblock/classes/ImageBlockHelper.class at line 93 (ImageBlockHelper::_getBlockData)
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/wp-content/plugins/wpg2/wpg2embed.inc at line 1352 (ImageBlockHelper::loadImageBlocks)
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/wp-content/plugins/wpg2/wpg2embed.inc at line 865
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/wp-content/plugins/wpg2/wpg2embed.inc(1229) : regexp code at line 1
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/wp-content/plugins/wpg2/wpg2embed.inc at line 1229
  • in ??? at line 0
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/wp-includes/class-wp-hook.php at line 286
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/wp-includes/plugin.php at line 203 (WP_Hook::apply_filters)
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/wp-includes/post-template.php at line 240
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/wp-content/themes/new-horizon/single.php at line 69
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/wp-includes/template-loader.php at line 74
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/wp-blog-header.php at line 19
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/index.php at line 17

1

Error (ERROR_STORAGE_FAILURE)

  • in modules/core/classes/GalleryStorage.class at line 239 (GalleryCoreApi::error)
  • in modules/core/classes/GalleryStorage.class at line 470 (GalleryStorage::_getConnection)
  • in modules/core/classes/Gallery.class at line 209 (GalleryStorage::search)
  • in modules/core/classes/helpers/GalleryUserGroupHelper_simple.class at line 105 (Gallery::search)
  • in modules/core/classes/GalleryCoreApi.class at line 1876 (GalleryUserGroupHelper_simple::fetchGroupsForUser)
  • in modules/core/classes/helpers/GalleryPermissionHelper_simple.class at line 64 (GalleryCoreApi::fetchGroupsForUser)
  • in modules/core/classes/helpers/GalleryPermissionHelper_simple.class at line 39 (GalleryPermissionHelper_simple::_fetchAccessListIds)
  • in modules/core/classes/GalleryCoreApi.class at line 501 (GalleryPermissionHelper_simple::fetchAccessListIds)
  • in modules/core/classes/helpers/GalleryUserHelper_simple.class at line 76 (GalleryCoreApi::fetchAccessListIds)
  • in modules/core/classes/GalleryCoreApi.class at line 566 (GalleryUserHelper_simple::hasItemPermission)
  • in modules/imageblock/classes/ImageBlockHelper.class at line 217 (GalleryCoreApi::hasItemPermission)
  • in modules/imageblock/classes/ImageBlockHelper.class at line 93 (ImageBlockHelper::_getBlockData)
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/wp-content/plugins/wpg2/wpg2embed.inc at line 1352 (ImageBlockHelper::loadImageBlocks)
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/wp-content/plugins/wpg2/wpg2embed.inc at line 865
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/wp-content/plugins/wpg2/wpg2embed.inc(1229) : regexp code at line 1
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/wp-content/plugins/wpg2/wpg2embed.inc at line 1229
  • in ??? at line 0
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/wp-includes/class-wp-hook.php at line 286
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/wp-includes/plugin.php at line 203 (WP_Hook::apply_filters)
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/wp-includes/post-template.php at line 240
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/wp-content/themes/new-horizon/single.php at line 69
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/wp-includes/template-loader.php at line 74
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/wp-blog-header.php at line 19
  • in /home/otadesho/public_html/ronvoto.com/index.php at line 17

1

Conclusion

If you don’t need more than ISO 1600, don’t bother upgrading to D700 and 24-70mm; get yourself another good lens :)

1 Comment. Would you like to comment?

Leave a Reply