Nikon D700 Tips

First published on: Friday, 23 January 2009

Last update (Apr 21, 2009): Todd’s gear guide for shooting concerts.

This page is a collection of Nikon D700 tips and tricks, techniques, recommended camera settings and hacks, and is based on various discussions in forums and related sites.

Full attribution is given by linking to the source and where available, the author’s homepage or photo gallery.

Todd’s gear guide for concert photography

Todd has some amazing rock concert photos at

His main cameras are the D700 and Nikon D3.

Read his gear guide page to get a good idea of the equipment and lenses he uses to shoot gigs with.

Mark Jaquith’s tips

Mark’s upgraded to the D700 from the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT / 350D, and has written up an excellent post on some camera settings you should alter on the D700, plus some other tips.

Do read about his opinions on the camera too.

Read Ken Rockwell’s Nikon D700 Guide

Ken’s D700 Guide is an easy-to-understand, collection of tips and techniques for D700 owners. It’s hosted at his website, and you’ll get gems such as how to activate the center button on the multi-selector to immediately give you a 100% view of the image during playback.

Shoot at 8 fps without a battery grip

You can trick your D700 into firing at 8 fps (frames per second) without having to use the MB-D10 battery grip, instead of the maximum default of 5 fps if you follow this tip by Chuck Steenburgh, which was originally written for the Nikon D300, but according to a Jason Odell, works on the D700 too.

There are a couple of settings you’ll need to change. You must then put the D700 into bracketing mode, and hold down the FN (function) button while firing off the shots. The shooting mode can be left in Single.


You might have heard about high-ISO D700 images having a banding problem.

Stany’s post illustrates that this is a non-issue, as it crops up only when you shoot photos with two stops of underexposure over ISO 3200 with strong highlights in the image, and you recover that photo in the post-processing stage.

On the other hand, if you suspect that your camera is exhibiting the problem under normal conditions, consider having Nikon check your camera.

Miscellaneous Tips

Want to implement GPS geo-tagging functionality on your D700?
This collection of GPS-related tips is for the D300, but is equally applicable to the D700.

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