Sec­ond­hand Su­per­star

A Nikon D3400 and kit lens costs about £400, but I al­ready have an ex­ten­sive col­lec­tion of Nikon lenses for my 35mm film cam­eras. Could I buy a sec­ond­hand full-frame body for about the same money? Kelvin Scott, via email

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Jason says... If you know your way around 35mm SLRs, the Nikon Df, with its retro styling and hands-on con­trols, is an ob­vi­ous can­di­date, but a sec­ond­hand Df is likely to cost twice as much as a new D3400 kit, so we’d go for the more af­ford­able D700.

Nikon D700

Fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of the VENE RABLE D3, the D700 was Nikon’s sec­ond ever full-frame D-SL R

Re­leased: (year): 2008 Pr ice new: £2,100/$2,600 Pr ice used: From £500/$500

The D700 boasts pro-grade build qual­ity and er­gonomics, plus a full-frame im­age sen­sor. It doesn’t have the D3’s ver­ti­cal grip, but it still fea­tures a tough, weather-sealed mag­ne­sium al­loy cas­ing and di­rect-ac­cess but­tons for mak­ing ad­vanced shoot­ing ad­just­ments. Like all FX-for­mat Nikons and more ad­vanced DX cam­eras, the D700 has a built-in aut­o­fo­cus mo­tor, which is es­sen­tial for en­abling aut­o­fo­cus in any older AF (rather than AF-S or AF-P) lenses you may have.

By cur­rent stan­dards, it has a rel­a­tively mea­gre megapixel count of 12.1Mp. Even so, it’s a CMOS rather than CCD sen­sor, with an Ex­peed pro­ces­sor that boasts an ad­vanced au­to­matic scene recog­ni­tion sys­tem. Other up­mar­ket at­trac­tions in­clude a 51-point aut­o­fo­cus mod­ule and a high-res­o­lu­tion, 920k dot/3-inch rear LCD screen, Live View and Ac­tive D-Light­ing. As with the Df, how­ever, it can’t shoot movies.

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