Played with a D200 last night

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by Dave E, Nov 7, 2005.

  1. Dave E

    Dave E Guest

    Hi folks,

    well, I had a momentary interaction with the new D200 last night. The first
    thing you notice (comparing with the D100) is the similar feel of the body,
    well weighted and familiar buttons/dials. The LCD is much bigger and seems
    brighter (though we were indoors) and the menu is great for those with less
    than 100% eyesight - much bigger lettering than the D100.

    Not much more to say on the camera other than the 1/250 flash sync is a step
    in the right direction (1/500 would be *much* better IMHO) and there is
    likely to be a decent wait for them.

    Didn't get to review any shots but if that happens I'll pass on my findings.
    From all accounts it's a big step forward on image quality, tonality etc.

    Cheers,
    Dave E (Sydney)
     
    Dave E, Nov 7, 2005
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    Dave E Guest

    Just reading the above - it really says bugger all doesn't it?

    I should have slept in an extra 5 mins.

    Oh well. :)

    Cheers,
    Dave E (Sydney)
     
    Dave E, Nov 7, 2005
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    peteZ Guest

    how you managed to pull this feat off ?

    I thought they were'nt hitting our shores until mid Dec.

    lucky you too !

    - peteZ
     
    peteZ, Nov 8, 2005
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    Rob Guest

    Where?
     
    Rob, Nov 8, 2005
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  5. Dave E

    Dave E Guest

    Hehe - I could tell you but I'd have to kill you then. :)

    Actually, I caught up with John Swainston last night and he had one with
    him - must have been a beta version. John was CEO (or MD??) of Maxwells
    until quite recently. I'm never quite sure what he's up to - a very busy
    guy. He's very excited about the camera and I may have a little rethink
    about the D2X...

    Cheers,
    Dave E (now I'll have to kill you all!)
    ....only kidding of course. I'd better unlock my doors so the anti-terror
    guys don't have to knock them down at 3am!
     
    Dave E, Nov 8, 2005
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    alx Guest

    LOL, saved me having to type "that said bugger all Dave".

    darn! I typed



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    alx, Nov 8, 2005
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    Rob Guest

    Wonder if John will step up and relinquish his D70s which he is in full
    praise.

    Also did you put the bite on and order one directly from him?
    r
     
    Rob, Nov 8, 2005
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  8. Dave E

    Dave E Guest

    Methinks the D70 still has life, despite the new stuff coming out. Not sure
    what they'll be doing here.
    I'm using a D100 - yes, by today's standards it has its limits but it
    satisfies my digital requirements at this point. To move up the megapixel
    scale to me just puts a great burden on storage and manipulation and for
    little gain realistically.

    I didn't tell him about my testing out a new X-Pan though... :)

    Cheers,
    Dave E
     
    Dave E, Nov 8, 2005
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    Rob Guest

    Not sure about the xpan seen images from it and not convinced that is
    the solution.

    rm
     
    Rob, Nov 8, 2005
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    Douglas... Guest


    I can tell you up front... The Xpan is a dud. There is a world of
    difference between a Fuji GW617 and the little Xpan which is also a
    Fuji. If you absolutely must go to a Panorama camera and don't want the
    inconvenience of a bellows camera or the problems of a revolving lens
    outfit, the Fuji GWS 617 with a (horribly expensive) centre weighted
    neutral density filter is the only alternative.

    Since selling my GWS cameras a couple of years ago, I've used a 4x5
    Toyofield camera with a roll film back for Pano work. If you can't find
    a roll film back, you can use double darks and compose for just the
    centre portion, getting a 12 cm. image. Somehow the $14,000 for a GWS
    just doesn't seem logical when a used Toyofield with nice lens goes for
    under $2k.
     
    Douglas..., Nov 9, 2005
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  11. Dave E

    Dave E Guest

    Hi Douglas,

    I like your sig. My thoughts exactly. However, while everyone is chortling
    excitedly about terrapixels and this CF card is 0.0443 ns faster than that
    crappy one etc... we're just getting on with it and capturing the world! I
    wonder where it will all end up eh? Hopefully, photography will not go in
    the direction it appears pop music has - largely computer generated and
    largely performed by music-wastelanders.

    Is it wrong to be talking like this at age 38?? :)

    I haven't yet pointed the Xpan at anything in anger yet. A friend
    graciously lent it to me a few days ago and so I will keep it in cotton wool
    until I find something worthy of the effort. Perhaps it will disappoint and
    maybe it will fill me with boundless joy. I will let you know!

    Cheers,
    Dave E
     
    Dave E, Nov 9, 2005
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  12. "only alternative" ??? Linhof not worthy?

    And of course, 617 format isn't everyone's cup of tea - many other
    formats that may suit... 612, 67, etc.
     
    Andrew Hennell, Nov 9, 2005
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    Rob Guest

    Hey Dave come down and pick up my Technorama 617 and put that up against
    the Xpan.

    rm
     
    Rob, Nov 9, 2005
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  14. Dave E

    Douglas... Guest

    What no 6x9? these formats you offer as alternatives may not suit
    everyone. My preference is GWS69 cameras but not having one since mine
    took a swan dive off Sydney heads, I have to use what is available.

    The Linhof might be "worthy" in your eyes but having owned a "Linhoff" I
    can testify to their agricultural birth. You might be better off with a
    wooden camera.
     
    Douglas..., Nov 9, 2005
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  15. forgive me for not listing *every* format.

    I might be better off with a pinhole camera, or a holga... now they're
    great fun... but I'll stick to what I'm comfortable with, and you likewise.
     
    Andrew Hennell, Nov 9, 2005
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    Mick Brown Guest

    ..au:
    Can I ask Dave, how was the viewfinder compared to the D70 (if you have
    played with one?)

    Also can you say G'day to John Swainston for me next time you see him from
    Michael Brown in Melbourne. If he can't remember who I am remind him of
    the 70-200 VR with the wierd Bokeh issue.

    Cheers
    Mick Brown
    www.photo.net/photos/mlbrown
     
    Mick Brown, Nov 20, 2005
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