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I agree with the crop, it makes for a more intense image (I just noticed you own comment saying the opposite thing, however I believe it looks better this way - less visual "noise").
I also think that it needs some kind of lens correction software, because it appears to have distortion towards all edges, which is simply more pronounced in the pole that is closer.
Thanks! I still have the D700 but haven't used it in ages. The X100 is my go-to camera now. Funnily enough, this photo was taken with my old S90 in some early evening lowlight.
I guess it's really true what they say...the best camera is the one you have on you.