Which to buy, D200, D2h or D2x(s)?
I have just sold a few shots, so I think I can justify updating my D50
Origionally I was going to go for a D80, but then saw that the d200 was not much more expensive for a good nic second hand one, and it has a load of featires I would appreciate.
Now however, I'm really torn between getting either a d200, or a d2h, both of which are around £600 on a certain well known auction site, or waiting for a few months to see what happens to the price of the d2x..
I really like the vertical battery grip / shutter release, and I have been told that the optional grip for the d200 is a bit pap, which pushes me toward the d2h, as does the speed, however I do soemtimes find the built in flash useful, mainly to bring out foreground details, and especially if I am shooting a climber against sky.
Out of the d200 / d2h which would people reccomend?
I shoot mainly climbing shots, and also some rock and roll (I work at a large gig venue, and when I'm not mixing sound, I often get let inside the pit barrier to get some shots). I do sell some, but I am crrently a student, so photography is much more of a hobby than a bread winner.
Also how low is the price of the d2x / d2xs likely go get by the end of this year / early next year?.
Basically, if it was you £600, what would you do with it?
Cheers for any advice!
#1. "RE: Which to buy, D200, D2h or D2x(s)?" | In response to Reply # 0Jess Sturgeon Registered since 28th Oct 2005Tue 18-Sep-07 10:15 AM
I don't have a crystal ball, but I am hesitant to guess the cost of a used D2X(s) in the coming months. Even if I get a D3, I'm not selling my D2X, so I won't be contributing to any change in the current supply/demand ratio. I can't imagine that anyone who has paid $4000+ for the D2X(s) would sell it (for the massive loss suggested by some others) instead of use it as a backup.
Many may argue with me, but I don't honestly see how the new AF can be 'significantly' better than the CAM 2000 -- mine already focuses in the dark and perfectly tracks my rabid daughter (Lhasa Apso) as she runs around the beach. IMHO, there is absolutely nothing that would cause me to even remotely consider trading my D2X for a D300.
There has been a rumor that the D200 will be discontinued, so they may be hard to find in near future -- personally I would expect to see a rebate before they are gone, but who knows. If I were in your shoes, I would wait until November and see how the market has changed. At the absolute worst case (and what a horrible situation it would be ), the D2X stays at a high price, the D200's are gone, and you'll have to get a D2H (which would probably be my choice anyway) or eat the extra cost to get a D300.
#3. "RE: Which to buy, D200, D2h or D2x(s)?" | In response to Reply # 1jbloom Nikonian since 15th Jul 2004Wed 19-Sep-07 11:40 AM
>I don't have a crystal ball, but I am hesitant to guess the
>cost of a used D2X(s) in the coming months. Even if I get a
>D3, I'm not selling my D2X, so I won't be contributing to
>any change in the current supply/demand ratio. I can't
>imagine that anyone who has paid $4000+ for the D2X(s) would
>sell it (for the massive loss suggested by some others)
>instead of use it as a backup.
Many won't, but some will. I'll be using a D2X as a backup for a while, but I'm already doing that -- I have two of them -- so one of them will be appearing in the "Want to sell" forum after ANPAT.
Others are already on record as intending to upgrade to a D3 and a D300 as backup, selling their D2X(s) and, in some cases, D200.
How big will this effect be? That's the big unknown, but I'm confident there will be some effect. I expect to sell the D2X for much less than I bought it for, but then, I was expecting that result even when I was buying it.
I rather doubt £600 will be enough, though. I don't think D2X(s) prices will drop that much for quite a while. Here in the US, a D1X body is still going for almost $1000 (~ £500). I can't see D2X prices dropping to that level in the near term. For people who want to stick with the DX format, the D2X will still be an awfully nice option, and that ought to hold up the price (he said, whistling past the graveyard ).
>Many may argue with me, but I don't honestly see how the new
>AF can be 'significantly' better than the CAM 2000 -- mine
>already focuses in the dark and perfectly tracks my rabid
>daughter (Lhasa Apso) as she runs around the beach. IMHO,
>there is absolutely nothing that would cause me to even
>remotely consider trading my D2X for a D300.
We shall see. I find CAM 2000 pretty darn good, but on a dark high-school football field during a night game, it does struggle a bit. I'm hoping CAM 3500 will be even better!
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#4. "RE: Which to buy, D200, D2h or D2x(s)?" | In response to Reply # 3Wed 19-Sep-07 12:38 PM
Over here d1x bodys are going for around £300, and the d2h is around £550
I figure best bet either way is to wait for the d3 and d300 to come out, and see what happens to prices
#2. "RE: Which to buy, D200, D2h or D2x(s)?" | In response to Reply # 0
I recommend either the D200 or D2x. I like the D200 fill flash for climbing photos. It opens the shadows a bit when I'm close and wide with back light. In commander mode it can be very cool. The D200 is not as heavy as the D2h or D2x.
The D2x is a second option. No fill flash but the vertical grip is sooooo nice. It is easier to grab from a rack too (two grips vs one). I clip mine to my harness off the camera strap quick-detach loop while stationary. It stays in a pack while climbing or jugging.
The D2h is a great camera. The lower resolution means more lenses, slower lenses with more zoom range, or a lot of weight. I took the D2h over my D100. With a D200 or D2x as options I'd skip over a D2h. The ability to crop can make up for not being able to get to the perfect shooting location.
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#5. "RE: Which to buy, D200, D2h or D2x(s)?" | In response to Reply # 0
I am not a climber but I would think you would want something light weight such as your D80 or even perhaps a D40x instead of a D2 body. What would be your expectations of going to a D200 or a D2 series camera that you aren't already getting with your D80? Do you really need the faster autofocus and frame rate or a D2 series camera? For your event shooting, I would think that you would want to shoot at high ISO. By all reports, the D80 is just as good if not better then the cameras you have listed.
Since you do not have your profile completed, it cannot be determined if perhaps putting your money towards lenses may be a better option.
Just my thoughts...
#6. "RE: Which to buy, D200, D2h or D2x(s)?" | In response to Reply # 5Wed 19-Sep-07 12:54 PM
I currently have a d50, the d80 was my first instinct to upgrade to.
The weight isn't a major issue, as I very rarely climb with a camera, most of my shots are from the top, or taken on abseil.
I would quite like the high fps of the d2h, if nothing else to capture the magic moment of peeling off, and the fast auto focus would be a bonus, as in climbing shots, I often find that the interesting bits happen very quickly