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romillard Registered since 30th Oct 2002Wed 28-Nov-07 05:18 PM
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"D200 Bone Yard"


Cornwall on Hudson, US
          

While I am among the crazies, what is it with all of we D200 owners dumping our D200s' at bargain basement prices. We are our own worst enemies, lowering the prices to ridiculous levels and then having to pay even more for the next one. We are insane!

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Captain Rich Silver Member Nikonian since 25th May 2006Wed 28-Nov-07 05:31 PM
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#1. "RE: D200 Bone Yard"
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Savannah, US
          

May as well add the 18-200 to your diatribe. I don't get it either.

  

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dteaze Registered since 13th Dec 2006Wed 28-Nov-07 05:52 PM
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#2. "RE: D200 Bone Yard"
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Los Angeles, US
          

I am remembering the motto of buy low and sell high, or at least buy low. I was thinking of buying a second D200 for a back-up but I think one 18-200 is plenty. When you gotta have it ya gotta have it, yes?

DTz

  

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romillard Registered since 30th Oct 2002Wed 28-Nov-07 05:59 PM
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#3. "RE: D200 Bone Yard"
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Cornwall on Hudson, US
          

Buy low, sell high? Of course. But sell low, buy high? Nonsense. And that's the question. There's no invisible hand but ours driving the price of D200's down. We're so eager to have the next best thing, that we've all abandoned reason.

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BartY Registered since 03rd Aug 2002Sun 02-Dec-07 01:07 PM
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#32. "RE: D200 Bone Yard"
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Mableton, US
          

>Buy low, sell high? Of course. But sell low, buy high?
>Nonsense. And that's the question. There's no invisible
>hand but ours driving the price of D200's down. We're so
>eager to have the next best thing, that we've all abandoned
>reason.

You're talking about a depreciation asset. Buy low, sell high, only really applies to things that are expected to grow in value over time. Digital cameras aren't one of those things.

  

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Crabby Guy Silver Member Nikonian since 28th Feb 2004Wed 28-Nov-07 06:04 PM
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#4. "RE: D200 Bone Yard"
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Seal Beach, US
          

A barely used D200 costs about the same as a new D80. In addition to 18-200mm lenses, Nikkor 12-24mm are being dumped, I presume on the pure speculation that the D400 will have an FX sensor, not a DX. Are people thinking at the D4 will have a medium-format sensor and the D5 one that is 8X10?

The D300 has some features that are important to some people. However, its sensor's greater resolution probably exceeds that of the majority of lenses. Are Nikonians shooting billboards now? I think this is largely a status game. At these prices--half of what a D300 costs--keep your D200 as a spare body. Does anyone remember that these are great cameras?

This appears to be a great time to buy glass.


Adrian


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romillard Registered since 30th Oct 2002Wed 28-Nov-07 06:10 PM
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#5. "RE: D200 Bone Yard"
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Cornwall on Hudson, US
          

Amen and thank you Crabby Guy. There are yet small corners where light and reason prevail.

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NGC2683 Registered since 23rd Sep 2006Thu 29-Nov-07 12:32 AM
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#11. "RE: D200 Bone Yard"
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I agree. The D200 is a fantastic camera. I will continue using mine, upgrade to the D300 in a year or so and keep the D200. If there are any bugs in the new D300's, they should be fixed by the time I'm ready to get one.

I'm in no hurry.

  

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MMarz Registered since 10th May 2007Tue 04-Dec-07 06:30 PM
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#36. "RE: D200 Bone Yard"
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Long Island, US
          

>I agree. The D200 is a fantastic camera. I will continue
>using mine, upgrade to the D300 in a year or so and keep the
>D200. If there are any bugs in the new D300's, they should
>be fixed by the time I'm ready to get one.
>
>I'm in no hurry.

Second this...

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jasoninak Registered since 24th Jan 2006Wed 28-Nov-07 06:22 PM
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#6. "RE: D200 Bone Yard"
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Dale City, US
          

This is why I upgraded to a D200 instead of a D300. For virtually the same price as a new D300, I bought a gently used, obsolete and useless D200 (insert sarcasm here) with a Mack warranty and a used 17-55. Madness!

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D3maniac Registered since 13th Sep 2007Wed 28-Nov-07 07:13 PM
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#7. "RE: D200 Bone Yard"
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Williamsburg, US
          


Or, ARE you MAD? Methinks there is a METHOD to thy madness, sir!

Cheers, and ENJOY your fantastic new combo, you're gonna love it!

CARL
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ebrigm Registered since 25th Nov 2004Wed 28-Nov-07 07:47 PM
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#8. "RE: D200 Bone Yard"
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Milton, US
          

The introduction of the D300 benefit's everyone. The D200 owners move up to the latest and greatest, and the D80 owners get the obsolete D200's (more sarcasm), at a reasonable price. Everyone is happy. By the way, I fall into the D80 moving up to a D200 club.

  

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romillard Registered since 30th Oct 2002Wed 28-Nov-07 08:44 PM
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#9. "RE: D200 Bone Yard"
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Your post, while factually accurate, misses the point of the original post which is that D200 owners didn't have to sell their D200's a cut rate prices in order to own a D300. If everyone who wanted owned a D200 but who wanted a D300 sold their D200 at a price that was reasonable then everyone would still benefit. But the rush to be the first on the block made everyone crazy. No reason to sell D200's with hardly any use on them for under 1,000 (e.g. 850!!) You would have benefited even if you had to pay 1100 to 1200 for a low use D200. But that's the craziness of an open market.

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dgh3 Registered since 29th Jan 2007Thu 29-Nov-07 12:17 AM
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#10. "RE: D200 Bone Yard"
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Syracuse, US
          

I don't want to say "I told you so." But, I will. I sold my D200 within just a few days of the D300 announcement, well before it was public beyond Nikonians. I got $1200 for one with 46,000 shots on it. Some told me I was overreacting, and that it didn't make sense to do that. Hmmmmm??? Wonder what they are saying now??

BTW,if you think people are irrational in selling so cheap, then just go long in D200's - buy a couple of dozen and then make a huge profit 6-7 months from now by selling them later, when everyone is hating their D300's because they have "banding" or have bad AF, or whatever imaginary ill they think they have, and regret getting rid of their D200 for a song.

Also, immediately on the D3 announcement, I started buying Ai and Ais lenses. They're already doubling in price. But, I'm not going to be buying any D200's - no matter how cheap, too risky for me.

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romillard Registered since 30th Oct 2002Thu 29-Nov-07 01:37 AM
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#12. "RE: D200 Bone Yard"
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Cornwall on Hudson, US
          

Oh had we all been as wise as you. Seriously. The man ahead of the market is the man who wins.

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linc396 Gold Member Nikonian since 25th Apr 2006Thu 29-Nov-07 01:58 AM
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#13. "RE: D200 Bone Yard"
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Clarkston, US
          

>Also, immediately on the D3 announcement, I started buying
>Ai and Ais lenses. They're already doubling in price.

Being new to Nikon lenses, why are the AI and AI-S doubling in price?

Bob

  

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flatlander22 Registered since 10th Jun 2002Thu 29-Nov-07 03:44 AM
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#14. "RE: D200 Bone Yard"
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Austin, US
          

I had to give away a D2h, wireless transmitter and a lens for $900 just the other day. I know of a fellow selling two original D1s for $100 each. this world is crazy. I ended up trading my old D1H for a medium format camera system a few months ago...

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TUKWILAGORILLA2 Silver Member Nikonian since 07th Feb 2007Thu 29-Nov-07 04:46 AM
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#15. "RE: D200 Bone Yard"
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Tukwila (Seattle), US
          

Well, we have to chime in too. We REALLY like our D200's. We remember when we were still shooting our D70's and the D200 was announced. Now THAT was a step up! But we also remember looking back saying what a great camera the D70 was, and it really was. There was absolutely nothing wrong with that little sweetheart and there is absolutely nothing wrong with the D200. For us, we need to learn to be better photographers using the equipment we have. The D300 (or the D200) won't make us better photographers. We're shooting with outstanding cameras as it is; we just need to get better at how we use them.

That said, it's not like we wouldn't *like* to get 300's, but you're all right, why dump perfectly good D200's at a loss and owe another grand for a camera we don't need (just want)? Maybe when they announce the D300s... IF we can hold out that long.

But for you guys who are taking the plunge, go for it, enjoy the cameras and let the rest of us know how they're working. We'll be anxious to hear.

Stanley & Pam

  

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chadsphoto Registered since 03rd Oct 2007Thu 29-Nov-07 05:18 AM
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#16. "RE: D200 Bone Yard"
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US
          

romillard,

Well I can understand your frustration especially since I own a D80 and a D300. D80's are like D70's now. I knew I should have sold sooner, but I couldn't live without a camera!! But I would disagree with you that a D200 would sell for $1200 and that would be a win win situation. I think people would continue to wait until you or anybody else lowered the price. The guy that sold for $850 was probably afraid the market would be flooded with D200's so he got rid of his quickly.

Maybe if you sold it several months ago like someone else did. At $1200 that would have been unusual so obviously it sold because it seemed like a bargain. Once the D300 hit the shelves everyone knew the D200 prices would drop. I was planning on getting a D200 when this occured but got lucky with a D300, plus I knew I would have regreted skipping the D300. Don't feel too bad. D2X's are dropping rapidly too. People who spent almost $5000 for D2X now see a $1799 camera that is just as good or better so who really feels bad!

Chad

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#17. "RE: D200 Bone Yard"
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Cleveland, US
          

It's all supply and demand. Since the demand is so low I will be changing lenses alot less. I will be keeping the D-200 with a short lens and the D-300 will have the long lenses. I never liked changing them outside anyway.

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#18. "RE: D200 Bone Yard"
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Brooklyn, US
          

">Also, immediately on the D3 announcement, I started buying
>Ai and Ais lenses. They're already doubling in price.

Being new to Nikon lenses, why are the AI and AI-S doubling in price?"


yes, why are AI and AI'S are doubling the price...!??
and what that have to do with the D3..????

people didn't know that since the D1 you can get metering..?
then came the D2H/X and D200, what's so new about the D3 for AI or AIS lenses..!!!?

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#19. "RE: D200 Bone Yard"
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Brooklyn, US
          

ohh.. to be on subject, I agree.


I'm keeping my D2H/X/200 and I'll keep on shooting with the preview off, the huge LCD on the D300 looks funny IMO.. I'm just hating..

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#23. "RE: D200 Bone Yard"
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Paignton, UK
          

>yes, why are AI and AI'S are doubling the price...!??
>and what that have to do with the D3..????

I think it's simply that people are pleased to be able to use classic lenses (apparently with surprisingly good results) on a digital body that gives them the same angle of view they are used to with film. In other words, it's because the D3 is FX format

Brian
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linc396 Gold Member Nikonian since 25th Apr 2006Thu 29-Nov-07 05:33 PM
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#25. "RE: D200 Bone Yard"
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Clarkston, US
          

>>yes, why are AI and AI'S are doubling the price...!??

> In other words, it's because the D3 is FX format

Thank you Brian

Bob

  

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#20. "RE: D200 Bone Yard"
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Frederick, US
          

I too am one of the D200 upgraders to D300. But my take is a little different. I bought the D200 for $1800 new in Dec 05 shot @10,000 images. I am selling it now for $1100.00 (on a differnet site since the prices are holding a little better there). That leaves a loss of $700 over two years which equates to $29.16 a month or about a dollar a day.

Having had the D200; I have had to learn to use much better technique upgrading from a D100 (which I still have), learned how to shoot in manual mode, learned how to shoot high speed auto racing & panning and much more. Lots of the things I learned I could not have done with my D100 quite as well due to buffer limitations, AF speed etc. Could I have learned as much and got better at these things with my D100? Yes, but having the D200 and the higher fps, large buffer, better resolution.... allowed me to get better that much faster. It was worth that dollar a day to me.

I am pretty good at rationalizing things. Now I need to continue my photographic progress with my D300 so when I upgrade in two years to the next generation camera, I can convince myself that the experience and knowledge gained having use of a D300 will have been worth a dollar a day. I don't think I will have any problem....



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#21. "RE: D200 Bone Yard"
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Spring Hill, US
          

D300 in stock at Circuit City

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#22. "RE: D200 Bone Yard"
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I am one of those, though I may lust in my heart, have decided NOT to upgrade to the D200 or D300 at this time. I am still learning so much with my D80 that I feel I need to get better behind the lens before I put a new body before my eye. It is not the camera body that makes the good shot, it is the person operating it. And I want to invest in myself first. That is why my next big purchase will be ANPAT 8. I figure that I will upgrade my knowledge and photographic opportunities at the same time that way.

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#26. "RE: D200 Bone Yard"
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Clarkston, US
          

>next big purchase will be ANPAT 8.

What is ANPAT 8?

Bob

  

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#27. "RE: D200 Bone Yard"
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#31. "RE: D200 Bone Yard"
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Clarkston, US
          

>Annual Nikonians Photo Adventure Trips

Thank you DigitalSpeed.

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#24. "RE: D200 Bone Yard"
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CA
          

Go ahead and dump!! I just sold my D70 body for under 500, talk about a give away. I believe it was $1450 including the lens when i bought it.

  

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jberenyi Basic MemberThu 29-Nov-07 07:27 PM
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#28. "RE: D200 Bone Yard"
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I'm looking forward to when the D300 comes down to $950 in six months like the D200 has. Go ahead and pay those high prices guys, so we can flood the market with used D300's.

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Juanjo Registered since 04th Apr 2007Thu 29-Nov-07 08:52 PM
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#29. "RE: D200 Bone Yard"
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I don't care about the D300 but I'd love to see the D3 in the $2000 like is the D2X going now, maybe then I can afford one..


PS,
on the AI and AIS lenses being more attractive because the FX sensor I slightly disagree, me, as many other I know in the real world and the e-world, like the 1.5 crop of the DX sensor. Now with FX you are force to buy new lenses to achieve wide and super angle (12-24mm and 17-55mm no good for FX)and the big teles now have less reach..
And it wouldnt be smart buy a FX camera to use the DX mode with about 5mp..:/
anyways, that's MHO.


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jbear Registered since 22nd May 2003Thu 29-Nov-07 09:37 PM
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#30. "RE: D200 Bone Yard"
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Marietta, US
          

Question #1 (to all): Is this some kind of surprise to anyone?
Question #2 (to moderator): What the heck is this post doing in this forum rather than the Cafe or D200/300 forum?

  

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proletech Registered since 13th Nov 2007Mon 03-Dec-07 04:10 AM
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#33. "RE: D200 Bone Yard"
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Well, Im on the other side of this whole situation!!!

I have been shooting with a D70s, had passed on the D80 after hearing that the D300 was coming out. I had fallen in love figured that I would hold out till after Xmas when the D200's price dropped.

I was AMAZED to find the same week the D300 shipped I was able to get a LNIB D200 with under 6000 clicks for a measley $900 bucks!!!

So I'm not complaining, I got my dream camera (and some dream lenses - thanks Nikonians!!!)

-tim

  

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Crabby Guy Silver Member Nikonian since 28th Feb 2004Mon 03-Dec-07 07:30 PM
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#34. "RE: D200 Bone Yard"
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Seal Beach, US
          

Ultimately I think it's the question of why most people don't want to keep a spare body around for what seems an attractive price to me, just half of what a new D300 costs at the moment.

The answer to that, I believe, lies in the large number of remarkably low-usage D200s for sale. It makes me wonder why so many people buy what is really an expensive (just my opinion), heavy, and very rugged camera body for what seems to me to be occasional shooting. Also, I note a large impact of cosmetics on resale price. Do most people with this class of Nikon have a spare body?


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dgberg Silver Member Dan is an accomplished photographer and fine art printer. With his fine art printing business and workshop experience he eagerly shares a unique perspective with all Nikonians - how to produce salable professional prints to discerning customers and teaching those skills. Nikonian since 25th Aug 2007Tue 04-Dec-07 01:06 AM
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#35. "RE: D200 Bone Yard"
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Mohnton,Pa., US
          

Hey Crabby Guy.
I didn't dump any of my 4 bodies at least not yet. And yes I would say a very large majority have at least 2 bodies. I have 2 D200's and gave 1 to Mrs. Berg with her 18-200vr attached,and she loves it. I kept the other D200 to carry around in my truck so I always have one to grab for that unexpected moment. Will use it more to photograph clients homes where we are building custom cabinetry. I am keeping the D2Xs for all my long telephoto lens's with its 2X crop. And a new D300 for the everyday camera for the rest of my good glass.
So yes they all depreciated the day I bought them but I do not really lose big time until they get sold. It is oh so nice to grab a body with a dedicated favorite lens attached.

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avincent52 Registered since 04th Dec 2007Wed 05-Dec-07 12:35 PM
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#37. "RE: D200 Bone Yard"
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Given the fact that the D300 seems to be readily available, it's a buyer's market for used D200s.
I bought a superclean, 3,400 click D200 for under $900 (once you subtract the card and cardreader, the shipping, and the paypal fees.)
A recent D300 buyer suggested that a D300 would hold its value better than a used D200.
Do the math. My D200 dropped about $600 in 18 months, I imagine that the D300 will experience a similar drop when the Next Big Thing is released. That means that my D200 would have to drop to below $300.
While it will happen eventually, I expect that it'll take more than a couple of years.
Me, I'm a happy camper, upgrading from a point and shoot to something that will take my old AI glass digital. Now if we can just have a similar run of obsolete, hardly-worth-recycling D3s...

Allen St. John

  

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dgh3 Registered since 29th Jan 2007Wed 05-Dec-07 02:21 PM
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#38. "RE: D200 Bone Yard"
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Syracuse, US
          

No way does a new item hold better value than a used one, at least it would be very uncommon for that to be true. This is because so much depreciation occurs when the item goes from new to used, right after it is bought. There's a tremendous hit there. Also, with camera bodies, the used item has already taken its knocks - that is many people desperate to sell are the ones who always want the latest and the greatest- not necessarily just something that works very, very well. In contrast, those in the used market seek value, they want what works and not necessarily the latest/greatest. Thus, so long as the used items continues to perform well, they have little need to sell it. I sold my D200 in anticipation of two things: getting a new camera within the next year, and the upcoming price blood bath that I wanted to jump ahead of.

What I see is that there is growing market to sell used D200 accessories, lenses, etc. to the now growing group of savvy used D200 buyers.

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dgh3 Registered since 29th Jan 2007Thu 06-Dec-07 03:34 AM
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#39. "RE: D200 Bone Yard"
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Syracuse, US
          

There is one substantial contributing factor to why D200's are rapidly entering the "trash dump of history" (per KR). It is that cheaper Nikon dslrs take better pictures. After I sold my D200, I first bought a D40X to use with my 18-200 and play with until I got a D3. It's pictures were so much better than the D200's that it was unreal. 8X10's were clearly much better.

But, because I decided to wait for the upcoming (soon, I hope) 20+ MegaPixel version of the D3, I needed a better long-term camera; I wanted i-TTL and screw drive lenses so I sent the D40X back to Roberts (a FANTASTIC SELLER) who gave me back a D80. And, it's pictures are similar to the D40X's (which is to say, outstanding...) and are so much better than the D200's that it makes me mad to go back and look at the best of my 46,000 shots taken with it. The D80 is just that much better, I can actually take very nice ISO 1600 pictures - just over expose 1-2 EV and the shadow noise disappears without overexposing too much. So, why would used D200's go for more than used D40X's and D80's, after allowing for, of course, screwdrive, better weather sealing, faster fps, and better backward compatibility with Ai and Ai-s lenses, etc?

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