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This Is Why I Kept My Nikon D700

September 27, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

The Nikon D700 shoots at a rate of eight frames per second when using the battery pack and AA batteries. That eight frames per second can make the difference between getting a shot like above and not getting the shot. In the Nikon DSLR lineup you have to go up to the top of the line D3/4/4s cameras to get one that shoots faster than the D700. For as little sports as I shoot that doesn't make any sense for me. There will come a day in the next several years when I'm not shooting our daughter's sporting events anymore, but until then, I'm going to hold on to my D700. If you're in the market for a reasonably priced sports camera, used D700s can be picked up on eBay for between $1,000 and $1,400 depending upon the shutter count. Make sure you get the battery pack. It's what gives you that fast shooting rate.

As an aside, I find volleyball to be one of the toughest sports to shoot. The action is so quick and often random, so you really need to be on your game as a photographer. It took me awhile, but eventually I started picking up the flow of the game and could anticipate better where the ball was going to be. It's still tough though. I find shooting lacrosse to be way easier, because there is a flow to the action and much more continuity than with volleyball. Regardless, I'm happy with the shots I came away with today.


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