Being lonesome in the category that it belongs to causes even a not particularly good product to become inviting. If it happens that it is also designed superbly, packed exceptionally and free of low quality, a myth of invincibility gets created around it, which shows no signs of fading with time, and finally – it passes into legend.
The Nikon D700, a legend that lives on, has become a reference according to many parameters. Some of its characteristics have raised it above the mundane average, some made it unique, yet its strongest point has been reliability, despite the fact it rose to fame thanks to the sensor inherited from the champion D3. This is a camera that is capable of meeting each and every demand of its owner at any moment, no matter if it has to do with a hobby or a serious job – it easily becomes a favorite tool. The D700 brought us an appropriate 35mm digital SLR body, the first one of Nikon’s aroma that a puny mortal could buy, without having to make a financial construction equal to investing in the stock market, and definitely the first body that could be measured against high-end DSLR ‘sportsmen’ in the budget class. Of course, it was not only the sensor that contributed to the D700’s success – there were also subsystems that promoted this model as the most universal DSLR body, so the subsequent success did not surprise many.
A happy story with the sad end… that would be a description of the fate of the D700 aficionados in short. This camera, which laid the foundations of action-reporter photography regarding the FF segment, has never really retired, and even now that it has not been on the production line for quite a while, it keeps its price stable on the market of used models and resists time. Perhaps the legend, as many others, is only a result of mentally reshaping the facts, since, for some, the first encounter with the 35mm digital camera was precisely through the D700. Perhaps this entire story does not fall into hyperbole at all? In any case, we have been waiting for the successor for years, and each new announcement by Nikon was followed by sighs of the D700 aficionados and expectancy that the successor could be here, behind the corner. Unfortunately, that has not come true till today. Together with a number of more or less successful, conceptually markedly different 35mm DSLRs of this manufacturer, a chance has been given to the model whose name unmistakably reminds us of the glorious predecessor, yet with obvious differences that disqualify it from being the direct successor right from the start. As many times so far, this time as well it is not wise to draw hasty conclusions – primarily because Nikon has shown before that it can cope very successfully with challenges of bustle in the hierarchy of products. The Nikon D600 did not become the official successor of the D700, and it even failed to do that unofficially, in practice. The D610, although a tremendous camera as well, also remained on the same track, while the D800 is something completely different. As well as the Df. We won’t even mention the D4s. Along with as many as four different 35mm DSLR bodies, it seemed that there was simply no room for another one. And then, Nikon treated us with a new player! We present to you – the Nikon D750!
We will stick to the statement that the D750 is not the direct successor to the D700, and that this is true you will partly see by having a glance at the table of characteristics, where we compared the new model precisely with the several-year-old legend, driven precisely by the idea that the D750 will be an obvious solution to aging D700s:
Technical characteristics: Nikon D750 in comparison to D700
If we put aside the fact that the labels of both cameras start with 7, they do not have much in common. Starting from the sensor as the basis, over the processor, viewfinder, display and video function, a lot has been changed completely in the past few years, during the time the class of accessible action cameras has been cloaked in vacuum, which is a category that both models belong to. In contrast to many similar cases, both within Nikon and outside of it, here we can see a situation in which it is really not necessary to count features in order to determine the differences. They are easily noticeable, at times almost incomparable, yet, unfortunately, not all the changes are entirely positive. Luckily, even those that we could not label positive cannot be placed in the category of purely negative changes. Let’s move on to the story itself.
If we would exclude the observable label of the model, the package is identical as in the case of most other Nikon DSLRs:
Nikon D750, the content of the body-only package
Since the Nikon D750 is offered only as a body-only option (for now), aside from it and a corresponding body cap BF-1B, the package includes the following: an EN-EL15 Li-Ion battery with an MH-25a charger and a cable for charging; an AN-DC14 wide shoulder strap; a USB cable for connecting with a computer; a DK-5 viewfinder cap; a usual accompanying disk with the ViewNX application for viewing and the basic conversion of RAW images, as well as a manual on a CD.