I just ordered my D200 from Berger Bros. after seeing all these posts. I talked to Lisa, she said I am about number 35, which is also the cost of the shipping, but of course you get a free battery!! woohoo. She said they ordered 200 of them. I asked her about the D200 grip and she said they should arrive possibly at the same time. I'm going to wait to see what people say about it after receiving the grip, then I'll order one. I wish the MB-D100 grip would fit on the new D200. She said the older D100 batteries will work in the D200. John Z
I need to get about 35 of you guys to cancel your pre-orders. I finally got approval from my wife to buy this camera, and this morning called my pre-order in to Berger Bros. I was told I was somewhere in the 40s.
So unless Berger Bros gets a massive first shipment, I think I'm probably going to have to wait. She said they had in fact ordered like 200 cameras, but of course won't get that many in their first shipment.
I will still probably keep the order with them though, rather than try to get in somewhere else. The lady (Debbie) seemed very nice and grateful for the business, and while I'll be disappointed not to get it sooner I won't be devastated or anything.
I ordered the camera and the grip, plus the free battery. I'd like to learn more about the electronic remotes that are available. Debbie told me they were expecting a new one called the MC-36 or something like that. Anyone know what's up with that?
Yeah yeah yeah. I really wanted to pre-order it the very second it was available but you know how it is. SWMBO would have been offended and demanded a sacrifice to appease her wrath if I'd just gone and done it. As it is I had to agree to sell my N80 and cancel a plan to order a flat-screen HDTV that we'd wanted to buy. Well worth it IMHO.
I didn't have the money for the D70 when I first bought my N80, though in hindsight I've spent so much on film and processing I could have paid for the D70 already. Too bad. But as time went on I knew that by the time I could afford a D70 they'd be replacing the D100. Of course we all thought this would be about a year ago, ROFL. Then it was too late, and I just knew that I had to hold out for the D200 however long it finally took. I'm sure glad I did. I think this is going to be a revolution on the Nikonians board. How many of us will go from using whatever other camera to the D200 all at the same time? I'm betting tons and tons. I can hardly wait. I had a brother and two friends go with the Canon 20D in the time since I had my N80, and it's been tough. My one friend especially has made great use of his 20D and has probably taken 30k or 40k pictures with it by now. The learning and improvement in his photography has been immense. I can hardly wait to be in a position to do that too.
I just ordered mine as well and mentioned nikonians and the free battery and got it at no charge. Woooohooooo! Thanks Nikonnut! Lisa, the lady I spoke with very friendly and said I'm likely still in the first batch though don't know what exact number. Can't wait until early December!
I just ordered my D200 from Berger Brothers. I spoke to Brad, he was very helpful! I received the same deal with a battery at no charge. I also bought the grip for $179.99. He told me the shipping charge would be about $35.
Don't know if Stephen will respond so I'll answer for him. If you look at their website they offer free shipping if you order online however it does state that free shipping does not include phone orders which is what were doing to get the free battery. My guess is it's either a free battery or free shipping. A battery is more expensive so I choose that.
While I'd like to get more information on performance, I placed an order yesterday for a D200 with free battery in order to get a good delivery position. I also ordered the battery pack/vertical grip (MB-200). I am heading to South Africa in December and Brad Berger said they'd try to get this to me in time for my trip. I plan also to purchase a Nikon 80-400 for shooting wildlife in Africa, but want to get some information on how well the D200 works with it. I understand the D70 is rather slow with this lens.
I've had two discussions with Berger Brothers so far... these people are friendly and helpful -- they seem focused on customer service.
I sent Brad an email asking about the free shipping. Here is the email and his reply
I just ordered the new Nikon D200 from you earlier tonight. I also posted how pleasant my ordering experience was with Berger Brothers (you in particular) on the Nikonian web site. I just read another post on the same thread stating there is no cost for shipping if the camera is ordered off of your web site. Is this true?
That is true however the website does not get priority on allocation like I will do for you. So you can do it either way. I would stick to the way we did it. Thanks Brad
I just ordered mine (& the grip)from Berger Bros. I thought there might be a problem sending it to Bermuda, but Lisa assured me it was not. I usually buy from B&H but they're not taking orders yet. If all goes well with Berger Bros., I'll be giving them some more of my business. Very friendly & courteous people.
>Hi, > >You all must be very happy with the US price. >In the Netherlands the D200 is priced (now) for EUR 2000,00, >that is around 2,413.04 USD. > >Have fun. > >Cheers, Marcel
I usually fly back home once a year to visit with family and friends and while I'm there I stock up on gear and the money I save over pays for the flights and dining out while I'm there. I'm booked for march next year. Cheers
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I went the their Amityville store today and pre-ordered the D200. I got the spare battery for free as well. Funny thing is....I saw a D2H "refurb" sitting on the shelf. If it wasn't for the D200 announcment two days ago, then I probably would have bought the D2. For now, I'll be using my D100.
Thats because there isnt one for Berger-Bros. I have 2 bodies on reserve. One for me and one for my sister. What I was talking about in the other posting was one from Adorama. I reserved mine immediately (the first day) when they were announced. My sister found out about it and I reserved one for her as well. Only, I took a chance when Adorama had their low price up on their website for a while. If I get it at that price, my sister will be very happy. She probably won't get it as soon as I get mine since I'm in the top 10 at Berger but oh well
And if they do give it to me at that price, I'm damn tempted to keep both bodies and tell my sister to get her own
And following all the +ve feedback about them on this thread, I've ordered one as well
Lisa was very helpful and we swapped a few e-mails about details. $82 for shipping as I'm in the UK, and she says the ordinary EN-EL batteries (as per D70) will work in the D200 (though I don't think they'll support the %age charge function of the display).
She won't promise a delivery time but at least I'm in the queue!
(UK suppliers don't even have prices yet, let alone stock)
If anyone is worried about ordering from Berger Bros., I can vouch for them based on purchasing the 4th D2X that they had gotten. Brad kept in touch with me and I got my camera a bit sooner than I was told to expect. One of my friends (Merlin50 on Nikonians) had an equally positive experience with his D2X purchase.
When I ordered mine from Berger, I was told they ordered 300, but he said they couldn't be sure how many they would actually get in the 1st shipment. If every store orders a large amount, and all of those orders adds up to more than what Nikon can produce for the 1st shipment, they will most likely partially fill the orders. I'm in the 40s, let's hope Berger gets at least 1/3 of their order and we who have already ordered will be in the clear. I've been fighting myself trying to figure out whether to order the new zoom. I have the 18-70, and the 18-200 VR would cover that range. I really like the 18-70 as it is small and light and takes great images. I wonder how heavy the 18-200 VR is in comparison. The only long glass I have is the Sigma 105 macro (not very long) and the 70-300 G Nikor. (not terribly sharp or fast) I find I am not using the 70-300 much for that reason. It hunts a lot, and forget hand-holding at 300, especially with the TC. Also, I have a 2X Tamron-F AF TC, and I guess with what I'm reading, it won't work with the D200? It does work with the D70.
I got my D2x from Berger Brothers in April. Brad is a really good guy; he's called me late at night (his time) to make sure I was satisfied with my camera.
As for the "specials", I spoke to Brad yesterday to clarify.
All you need to do is supply your username (screen name) from Nikonians. General Members will get a free spare battery. Silver, Gold, and Platinum members will also receive a free DK-21M magnifying eyepiece with their order.
I just called Berger Bros and spoke with Deborah, and I will now get the new DK-21M eye piece. Thanks for alerting us about specifying our silver & up memberships to get this. I have an email enquiry in to Larry, the manager who took my original order, on the Nikon VR 18-200 lens. I've been wrestling with myself over ordering it, because it covers the range of my 18-70 DX lens. The 70-200 VR makes more sense, (plus more low-light capability) but it is over double the price and I can't afford it. It costs almost as much as the D200. Plus I would imagine that it is way heavier than the 18-200, right? What do you all think? BTW, I was told I am the ONLY female who has ordered from them so far, and Deborah was tickled to speak with me.
I'll be calling Brad today time permitting. I'm going to order the D200 to replace my D70s as backup to my D2X. Personally, I wouldn't think of ordering anywhere else after having done business with Brad.
Just got off the phone with Deborah. I'm around no. 75 on the list. Betty, you are now not the only female to oreder! Ordered the battery grip, got the free battery (it's a Nikon), and the free eyepiece. Can get a 3 year warranty for $129.99. I'll probably add that before it's shipped. Now, to figgure out what lens I want .... decision, decision, decisions!
Cfuller1, congrats and glad you joined me. As far as the lens, I am coveting the 18-200 but want to see the reviews. I just asked Larry at Berger Bros., and he said you can't use a tele with the 18-200 or you'll sacrifice AF and VR, and some quality. You can use a TC with the 70-200 but it weighs 3 lbs and the 18-200 weighs 19.8 oz. That's a big difference. Also the 70-200 is twice as expensive as the other. hmmmmm.
The 70-200 is an excellent performer. No one knows yet if the 18-200 will be in this class, but I'd bed a dollar that it is no where near. TC performance on the 70-200 is good with the 1.4 and 1.7 TC's.
If you want great optics in the fewest lenses in the 18-200 range, go for the 17-55dx and the 70-200. If you want what will likely be a decent performer and want to spend 1/3 of the price of the other, go for the 18-200. The 70-200 and the 18-200 lenses are not really in competition to each other and it is really not fair to compare them.
Well, Mike, until I see some reviews on the 18-200, I won't know if it is fair to compare them or not. As I said, weight is an issue. I'm female and if the 70-200 is really heavy, I don't know whether I'd feel comfortable leaving it on my camera. Boils down to different strokes for different folks, I guess. One thing I don't like about the 18-200 is that according to the manager I spoke to, I wouldn't be able to use a TC on it unless I give up VR and AF. Bummer. Although with my shooting style I don't do many "long-lens" images. I would like to be able to do some birds, though, and that qualifies for long-lens clarity, which I'm sure the 70-200 with TC would give me, although I realize it wouldn't be super long. I just can't see any way I could afford the 70-200, otherwise I'd probably order it or at least go try it out in the store and see if I could handle the weight.
I put the warranty on my order. With electronic devices, lcd screens, complicated sensors, etc. I've learned my lesson. It's money well spent.
I had a little 2 mp Minolta Dimage X pocket camera whose LCD screen shattered one day when something else in my pocket (a coin perhaps) pressed up against it. It woulda cost as much to get that fixed as to just buy another camera.
Just a thought, but I have always doubled my warranty with my credit card, American express, but most others do also and offer some limited damage protection. It will only cost about $15.00 to add the 200 to my camera insurance which covers all breakage and loss. I have never come out on top buying a warranty. If it is going go bad it will usually do so with in the warranty period. Tom