Played briefly with a D200 today

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Robert R Kircher, Jr., Dec 17, 2005.

  1. A friend of mine just go his D200 today and I went over to take a look. It's
    very nice. As previously indicated, it's well built and feels good in your
    hands. Its very similar in size, shape, and weight to my 20D.

    It has more rubber padding on it compared to the 20D which contributes to
    its quality feel. The controls and buttons are larger and of course the
    screen is much larger than the 20D as well as the control panel LCD on top
    of the camera. The view finder seemed a bit larger and brighter but with the
    limited time I had with the camera I can't really say for sure.

    I'd say the shutter slap is something between the 300D and the 20D but more
    a kin to the 20D. It's certainly not quiet but not as loud as the 20D.

    I only had in my hands for about 30 min so I couldn't give it a full test
    run but there wasn't much I didn't like about it. Hopefully I'll have a few
    images to look at soon.

    Would I sell off all my canon gear for a d200? Well no but if I were buying
    for the first time I'd be hard pressed not to buy the D200.
     
    Robert R Kircher, Jr., Dec 17, 2005
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    bmoag Guest

    I think most of us are waiting for the D70ized version.
     
    bmoag, Dec 17, 2005
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    Proconsul Guest

    What do you perceive the D70ized version to be?

    PC
     
    Proconsul, Dec 17, 2005
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    Toby Guest

    Just FYI I got to play with the D200 and the D2x and the D20 from Canon side
    by side at the camera store. I was disappointed by the viewfinder of the
    D200. Although the image is larger than that of the D20 it is quite a bit
    darker. Neither holds a candle to the viewfinder of the D2x, which is
    brilliant and big (as is that of the D5). Apart from that I am quite
    impressed, especially with the LCD screen. If I had my druthers it would
    definitely be the D2x (considering all the Nikkor lenses and accessories I
    have the Canon is out of the question), but at 1/3 the price of the D2x the
    D200 is pretty amazing.

    Toby
     
    Toby, Dec 19, 2005
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    Mike Warren Guest

    Toby,

    Did the D200 have a battery in it?

    Did the lens on the D200 have the same maximum aperture
    as the one on the D2X and 20D?

    -Mike
     
    Mike Warren, Dec 19, 2005
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    Tom Guest

    Mike:

    Have just owned a D200 for a couple of days but weather has been poor
    so not too much chance to test it on nature photography as I don't want
    it rained on.

    The D200 comes with a totally new type of battery and charger. The
    battery in mine was still half charged on arrival. The charger seems
    much faster than the D70/D70S charger. You can't use a D200 battery in
    a D70/D70S.

    The D200 download from the camera seems MUCH faster on the USB 2 port.

    Best of all, the autofocus feature seems vastly improved. The autofocus
    on the older D70/D70S was poor, at best, in many circumstances.

    I didn't buy my D200 with a lens, as I already have the four lenses I
    need:

    12-24mm
    28-200mm
    200mm f4 [macro]
    80-400mm VR

    all lenses Nikon.

    The D200 operates totally differently than a D70/D70S. Took a while for
    me to optimize some settings. On a 1GB chip [using combined RAW + jpeg
    (fine)] you get 44 pictures. Ouch.

    The RAW picture is about 15 MB and the fine jpeg is over 3 MB.

    At the moment I'm stuck using the god awful Nikon Capture software
    until Adobe comes out with a mod so you can read the new RAW
    [proprietary] format. I haven't checked Adobe since I got it but hope
    it won't be long. You need Nikon Capture [version 4.4] to read the D200
    RAW format. I use Photoshop CS2.

    My dealer was promised forty D200s. He got three. I'm glad I paid full
    up front as I was number one on a list much larger than 40! Don't
    expect to get one soon from NYC!! I bought locally and ended that
    problem. This $1699 camera has reputedly sold for $2600 on eBay because
    it is RARE!

    Tom
     
    Tom, Dec 19, 2005
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  7. I believe this is incorrect. The batteries are backward compatible. What
    you can't do however is use your D70/70s battery in the D200.
     
    Ed Ruf (REPLY to E-MAIL IN SIG!), Dec 19, 2005
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  8. Agreed. My EN-EL3 for my D70 has just been replaced by Nikon with an
    EN-EL3e (D200 standard battery). Works fine. There's a page on Nikon's
    support site about EN-EL3 battery compatibility.

    Ronnie
     
    Ronnie Sellar, Dec 19, 2005
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    Proconsul Guest

    You are correct - from now on, Nikon will sell only the EL-3e battery
    which will power up the D200 and the D70/D70s. Makes sense, why
    continue making three batteries when the latest mod works in all the
    cameras.....

    PC
     
    Proconsul, Dec 19, 2005
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    Mike Warren Guest

    Tom,

    My message was actually directed at Toby but since you have a D200
    there: Does the viewfinder go dim when the battery is removed like other
    recent Nikon DSLRs?
    Ed is right. You can't use the older batteries in the D200 as they will
    damage the third contact but you can use D200 batteries in D70/D70s/D50.

    -Mike
     
    Mike Warren, Dec 19, 2005
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    Tom Guest

    Ed:

    Thanks - you are correct!

    Tom
     
    Tom, Dec 19, 2005
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  12. Robert R Kircher, Jr.

    Tom Guest

    Ed:

    Thanks - you are correct!

    Tom
     
    Tom, Dec 19, 2005
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    k-man Guest

    I don't understand. What does that mean? The D70 is the D70-ized
    version. Many people I know, including me, bought the D70 because the
    D200 wasn't yet announced.

    Kevin
     
    k-man, Dec 20, 2005
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