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The D200 is not a D2 Series camera...

rutherfordphoto

Vancouver, CA
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rutherfordphoto Awarded for his article contributions to the Resources Registered since 27th Aug 2002
Sun 05-Feb-06 04:36 AM

For those of you looking for reasons to keep your D2 series cameras, here are a few of my thoughts.

I just recently came back from an assignment where I used the D200 as my only camera. After using the camera for 6 weeks, (10 days and 1200 shots on assignmnet) and in some tough conditions, I think it is a good camera, but no D2 series.

1) The viewfinder is still not as big, or as bright, nor is it 100%. The 100% thing can be crucial if vital composition is required. The eyepoint is much lower, especially for those of us required to wear glasses 24/7.

2) The AF with non-AF-S lenses is much slower, in terms of driving the lens. With AF-S lenses, no discernable difference.

3) The battery life on the D2HS, and D2X, far exceed that of the D200. I found myself charging the battery 4 times over 1200 shots (on assignment). I had a spare, but found I was much more battery level conscious than I ever was with the D2H or D2X. I know battery life improves, but 2-300 shots is still unacceptable.

4) The MSC AF switch on the front of the camera kept slipping to M, a problem I have never had with any previous Nikon camera. F100, F6, any of my D1-D2X cameras. It became a real pain, a few missed shots, and another thing of which I should not have to been aware.

5) The ability to lock shutter speeds and aperture is something to which I have become very accustomed. I miss that feature on the D200.

Notes to ponder: I never discovered any banding, high ISO including 1600 are very clean, although not better than D2HS. Low light AF with AF-S lenses is very good, even with AF Assist turned off. The size and weight is great, although not worth the above mentioned problems. I am not knocking the camera, but for those with demanding needs, I hope you find this worth a look.

I will be selling mine in the near future, and sticking with the D2HS, and D2X.

~Cheers, Allan~
www.allanschroeder.com

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