This Weekend I Bought a D700 Part 1 – Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art

That’s right, friends! I finally made the jump to full frame. I found a near mint D700 at Henrys with a grand total of 1100 actuations on it. I really had no choice, did I? To be honest it was a bit of a toss-up between the D700 and a new D600. Each have their advantages and disadvantages but in the end I went with the body with a more pro build, better AF system, reliable QC and an interface that I really like. In fact the interface is nearly identical to my D300s and after an hour setting the D700 up I can pick up either body and it will act identically. Plus the grip and batteries work on either.

Needless to say, all of my lenses have a new character to them. In the next few posts I’ll show some examples I took over the past 5 days with each of my FX lenses, plus some extras.  Let’s start with the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art. This focal length combined on full is the main reason for making this whole decision… after getting a taste for a true 35mm on my N80 film body. The FOV is totally natural to me.

Here is a series of shots from f/1.4 to f/5.6 with a close subject. I challenge anybody to find a problem with the bokeh here. I find it glorious.

f/1.4

f/1.4

f/2

f/2

f/2.8

f/2.8

f/4

f/4

f/5.6

f/5.6

More examples:D700 with Sigma 35mm f/1.4 D700 with Sigma 35mm f/1.4 D700 with Sigma 35mm f/1.4 D700 with Sigma 35mm f/1.4 D700 with Sigma 35mm f/1.4 D700 with Sigma 35mm f/1.4 D700 with Sigma 35mm f/1.4 D700 with Sigma 35mm f/1.4 D700 with Sigma 35mm f/1.4 D700 with Sigma 35mm f/1.4 D700 with Sigma 35mm f/1.4 D700 with Sigma 35mm f/1.4 D700 with Sigma 35mm f/1.4

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One thought on “This Weekend I Bought a D700 Part 1 – Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art

  1. Great choice 🙂 I was debating the D700 and D600, took a chance on a D700 on Kijiji and so far so good! Coming from DX and an old F90, the only compatible lenses I have are the Nikon 50mm f1.4D and two MF lenses: the Samyang 85mm f1.4 , and an old Nikon 180mm f2.8 AI-S. Thanks for posting samples of the Sigma 35mm, I’ve been thinking of going that route for something wider and I like what I see!

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