I have used a lot of cameras over the past twelve years: Nikon F90X, F100, F4s, F5, F6, D2X and a Hasselblad X-pan. Today the core of my equipment is the Nikon D700, a FX camera that can be described with two words: compact and powerful.
The Nikon D700 gave me back my confidence, since film! I somehow lost my creativity with the Nikon D2X, I simple did not like the way of seeing with the DX format being used to film cameras.
I was surprised how much I like my FX lenses again, in FX format wide angels is now more challenging to use as it is really wide now and DOF seems shallower than the DX format. The Nikon D700 has superior Dynamic Range and super clean shadows at low ISO compared to the D2X and I think the D700 has better detail and sharpness despite having the same pixel count. The D700 can shoot at full speed at 14-bit with no shutter lag. The strength of the D700 is its high ISO and I use it with great joy shooting at night or when I need faster shutter speeds - ISO 800 is my favourite setting for low light shooting, but I like the quality all the way up to ISO 3200.
I'm disappointed at the focus point coverage - It sure would have been nice had they been spread out like the D300. Nice to have 51 points, but I find myself really missing a point where I like to have an eye in portrait mode. How many focus points are too many? If a D700 replacement came out with the same point density, and just added points to cover the same area as the D300, I'd guess that would be too many and it would make it a bit slower to select the focus-point I want. (My suggestion - More cross-type focus points please)
I also don't like the 90/95% viewfinder coverage, I've always used Nikon pro cameras with 100% coverage, so it was much of a surprise when I found out that I can´t compose with super precision with the D700 without using the Live-view function, a function that I can´t live without today! - Other than that, it's just about the perfect camera!
I've had the 700 for 2 years now and this is my wishlist:
* I wish there were cross-type focus points on the sides of the area, not just the center.
* I wish the viewfinder was better. I want a D3 viewfinder in a small body and I'd give up a pop up flash for that!.
* I wish it could use the wireless ML-L3 instead of the expensive MC-30 (Why isn't this on every Nikon? ridiculous!)
* Dual CF card slot wouldn't hurt either...
* Above all, I wish the AA filter was weaker - this sensor can produce more detail!!!
A few examples of what the D700 is cable of, with the right lenses of course:
The Nikon D700 is the right tool for my kind of photography; it gets the job done and it sets my creative spirit free and lets me concentrate on what is important: "making eye-catching images".