Nikon D700 gone wild! Pics, specs, and new lenses

Ah, how I wish I had one of these things. I’ll let the experts explain the gist:

Building on the immense success of the Nikon D3 professional D-SLR camera, the D700 offers pro-level performance and an extensive array of features and innovations in a comfortably nimble platform. In addition to the Nikon-original FX-format CMOS sensor, the D700 incorporates Nikon’s EXPEED Image Processing System, Nikon’s renowned 51-point auto focus system with 3D Focus Tracking and two Live View shooting modes that allow photographers to frame a shot using the camera’s three-inch high-resolution LCD monitor. The D700 also features Nikon’s sophisticated Scene Recognition System and a new active dust reduction system.

12.1 megapixels, 0.4ms shutter lag, ISO up to 25600 (jury’s out on that one), live view, 8fps up to 17 RAW shots (pretty decent) and probably the best autofocus in the business right now. I’d say they’ve got a nice camera on their hands. Being a Canon man myself, I wouldn’t know my way around this beast of a Nikon, but I have to say I’ve got a serious case of gear envy right now. Of course, the thing officially costs $2,999.95. High res pictures and new lens details if you click below.

There are also a couple lenses available, an 85mm and a 45mm, both “perspective control” lenses, used for the tilt-shift photography that’s so cool right now. There’s also a new flash, but not knowing much about flashes I’m just going to say that it looks perfectly good (I’m still learning about flashes). Here’s those high-res pics I promised; click to make ’em big.

God, it resizes them ugly, doesn’t it? The actual pictures are super nice, I promise.