Nikon D200: Phil Askey's Full Review

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by deryck lant, Feb 23, 2006.

  1. deryck  lant

    deryck lant Guest

    http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikond200/

    .. . . . you really can't see any significant advantage or disadvantage
    going either way (8 to 10 or 10 to 12). You really wouldn't be able to
    see a difference in print even at very large sizes.

    .. . . it would be a pity to label it as 'semi-pro' because in use you
    soon realize that it's a professional camera. Which brings us to the
    competition, from a build/features point of view it's clearly ahead of
    the Canon EOS 20D/30D and in that respect a step above the EOS 5D, a
    baby D2X.

    That should fan the flames nicely.

    Deryck
     
    deryck lant, Feb 23, 2006
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  2. Why?

    I've read a half dozen reviews, in magazines and on sites, that have come to
    roughly the same conclusion.

    Martin
     
    Martin Francis, Feb 23, 2006
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    John Fryatt Guest

    I guess it probably will, but my question is why???

    The D200 is a good camera. The EOS 5D is a good camera.

    Wouldn't it be nice if people just made their choice and then went out
    and shot some photographs. ;-)

    John
     
    John Fryatt, Feb 23, 2006
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  4. Well. Maybe. But you shouldn't announce you'd like a flame burst; that
    diminishes the probabilty of one occuring by 25.88 %.
     
    John McWilliams, Feb 23, 2006
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  5. deryck  lant

    deryck lant Guest

    The message <dtkmo2$e5t$>
    I should have been more precise and stipulated the anti-Nikon brigade.

    I liked the phrase "It fills the photographer with an air of confidence
    that each time they need it the camera is going to perform."

    That would also refer to the focusing under all conditions.

    Deryck
     
    deryck lant, Feb 23, 2006
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    SimonLW Guest

    Making my own judgments from looking at the comparison images. D200:
    Excellent quality. No color moiré or odd patterns in angled lines or
    repeating patterns. No sharpening halos! One of the smoothest outputs I've
    seen from digital. It is a bit soft at default settings. There is hardly any
    resolution advantage over the 20D although the image is very slightly more
    natural to me.

    Compared to the near 13mp 5D, the 5D does show a resolution advantage. In
    the globe shot, the characters do seem a bit more defined in the 5D.

    Given the price of the D200, any Nikon user or anyone considering Nikon
    should be completely satisfied given the cost vs. image quality delivered.
    It is an excellent camera and as the review stated, Highly recommended.
    -S
     
    SimonLW, Feb 23, 2006
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  7. You called?
    You mean _mis_-focusing under all conditions. Both the Japanese reviews and
    Rob Galbraith have found that the D200's AF misses a lot more then the 20D
    and 5D.

    David J. Littleboy
    Tokyo, Japan
     
    David J. Littleboy, Feb 23, 2006
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  8. "Highly recommended." is for any of Phil's major advertisers. Have
    you ever heard him don't buy this dog.


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    "I have been a witness, and these pictures are
    my testimony. The events I have recorded should
    not be forgotten and must not be repeated."

    -James Nachtwey-
    http://www.jamesnachtwey.com/
     
    John A. Stovall, Feb 23, 2006
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    Bill Funk Guest

    NO, dammit!
    We want to shoot *SOMEONE*, not *something*!
    Oh, wait, I did shoot someone (he survived; can I be VP now? :)).
    Here's someone else I shot:
    http://pippina.com/images/rf06-2618-a.jpg
     
    Bill Funk, Feb 23, 2006
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    Kinon O'cann Guest

    It's a nice unit, but still falls short of the 20D in the most important
    criteria: image quality. According to my eyes, the 20D produces better
    images, despite fewer pixels.

    Specifically, noise is too high above 800, and the 20D seems to capture more
    detail tha the D200.
     
    Kinon O'cann, Feb 23, 2006
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  11. Got any URLs? Galbraith's site looks like a complicated maze.
     
    Philip Homburg, Feb 23, 2006
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  12. deryck  lant

    deryck lant Guest

    The message <>
    Nah. The most dependable flame has fired up so the probability has diminished
    to 25.66 percent.

    Deryck
     
    deryck lant, Feb 23, 2006
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    SimonLW Guest

    He would never say that. If it is just okay, he will say "recommended". If
    it is a dog, he will say "Average". Pretty typical of any rating site or rag
    that gets revenue from advertising clients. They use kind words. Not all
    Canon or Nikon's digital camera get "Highly recommended". The dSLRs usually
    do because they are typically very good.
    -S
     
    SimonLW, Feb 23, 2006
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  14. It was at the end of his discussion of the 30D.

    David J. Littleboy
    Tokyo, Japan
     
    David J. Littleboy, Feb 24, 2006
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    ASAAR Guest

    Oh stop your grousing, that makes you look like a target.

    :)
     
    ASAAR, Feb 24, 2006
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    Bill Funk Guest

    *I* survived!
    He never touched me! I swear!
     
    Bill Funk, Feb 24, 2006
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  17. Derek Fountain, Feb 24, 2006
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  18. Agreed. It's the amount of sharpening I would have used when I still had
    my old CRT display. When viewed on an LCD with a better high-frequency
    MTF the effect is of too much sharpening.

    David
     
    David J Taylor, Feb 24, 2006
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    deryck lant Guest

    The message <>
    Banding:

    http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1021&message=17201167

    Deryck
     
    deryck lant, Feb 24, 2006
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    Bill Funk Guest

    No sharpening at all.
    The only adjustment was histogram adjustment, and downsizing.
     
    Bill Funk, Feb 24, 2006
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