Would you buy a D200 today?
Just checked prices at B&H and new D200's are going for $999. I'm thinking about upgrading from my D80 to the D200 and keeping the D80 as a backup. Is the D300 so far ahead of the D200 that I'd be better off spending the extra $700 for a D300. My impression is that the two are pretty close in performance with the edge to the D300 in iso and 8fps plus a self cleaning sensor and live view. I think the only feature I'd miss would be live view for scenics.
#1. "RE: Would you buy a D200 today?" | In response to Reply # 0Jon Porter Registered since 12th Apr 2008Sun 13-Jul-08 05:08 PM
A new D200 is a great buy, but it doesn't seem like much of an upgrade, especially since you're not planning to sell your D80 to offset the cost of the D200. The D300 is a generation newer and offers more features. And if you kept it a couple of years the added cost wouldn't be that significant.
#2. "RE: Would you buy a D200 today?" | In response to Reply # 0BR Registered since 17th Nov 2006Sun 13-Jul-08 11:42 PM
I am seriously considering this also, as an upgrade to my D70, mainly as a bridge to whatever FX camera comes out after the D700 (which is too expensive for me). I wouldn't want to spend the money for a D300 in those circumstances, but would be willing to pay even more for an FX camera (although not the $3K US that the D700 costs).
What did you decide to do?
#3. "RE: Would you buy a D200 today?" | In response to Reply # 2tamrokin Registered since 09th Feb 2006Mon 14-Jul-08 02:57 AM | edited Mon 14-Jul-08 03:03 AM by tamrokin
My journey has been D70>D200>D300 and each step has been a worthwhile improvement over the preceding. Good as the D200 is - for me the D300 is way ahead - AF, ISO, pixel count .... & worth the extra for the increased performance.
The D200 is not a bargain any more at $1k, as it only delivers in proportion to its price. Having said that - no need to invest in a D300 if you don't need the extra performance. The D200 is still very capable of great results.
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#4. "RE: Would you buy a D200 today?" | In response to Reply # 0
I just had a second D200 delivered to Australia from B&H today. Just couldn't resist the temptation. Now I have 2 D200's. Never really been all that tempted by D300 for some reason, although I can see how it has noticeable evolutionary improvements to D200, particularly for low light action shooting.
#5. "RE: Would you buy a D200 today?" | In response to Reply # 4jwrupley Registered since 25th Apr 2008Mon 14-Jul-08 09:41 AM | edited Mon 14-Jul-08 09:43 AM by jwrupley
I went through the same thought process that you are going through right after the D300 came out. I had a D100 and was really looking for a Mirror lockup feature because I shoot a lot of macro. I ended up buying the D200 because I did not think that the added features for me were worth the price differential. I just came back from two weeks in Italy in May and the camera did everything I ask of it. As a previous post said, if you are not going to use the added features, its probably not worth it. The other thing that caused me to go with the D200 was the fact that Nikon does not have a good history the first year of introduction of Digital SLR cameras. The D100 and D200 both had significant problems upon introduction and it took them about a year to work the kinks out. There are a lot of little problems that show up in these threads from time to time about the D300 that makes me think that Nikon still has aways to go on new product launches. I will probably wait until the D400 comes out and see what the enhancements are and then decide to jump at a 300 or wait awhile for the 400 to get the kinks out. Just my thoughts and may not have anything to do with your thought process. One thing that I have tried to do is to buy lenses that can be used on either DX or FX cameras. Two out of my six lenses are DX and they were both below $1,000, so I won't feel to bad if I decide to jump to FX at some point. However, I really like the added reach that DX gives, so I might just stick with it. I doubt that it will go away anytime soon.
Good Luck on your decision.
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#6. "RE: Would you buy a D200 today?" | In response to Reply # 5markscamera Registered since 05th Aug 2006Mon 14-Jul-08 07:37 PM
I think the D200 is the perfect upgrade to the D80 because of the simularity. I wanted a D200 at the time I bought the D80 but settled for the D80 based on lower cost. I traded in a D50 which I hated for the D80 while no one wanted the D50 on trade for a D200. I currently own 15 Nikon bodies and have always waited before buying something new just to make sure the kinks get worked out and the price reached rock bottom. Although looking back at some pictures I wished I could of had a higher iso and live view is very tempting because I love landscape photography! Tempting and I stll haven't made up my mind.
#7. "RE: Would you buy a D200 today?" | In response to Reply # 0
The D200 does indeed look tempting at $999. Not for me though, as I already have a D300.
I upgraded from a D50, which I still have. I shoot a lot of indoor basketball, and the D300's low-light performance and faster continuous frame rate have both helped me get better basketball photos. I didn't buy a D200 because it doesn't have any low-light advantage over my D50. As one poster said, as far as the quality of the photos, the D80 will get you pretty much the same quality as the D200. A possible disadvantage with the D200 (caveat: I've never actually used one) is its shorter battery life. I've never completely drained a battery on either my D300 or my D50, and I've shot more than 700 shots a charge with both on occasion. Sometimes I've brought a spare battery with me, but I've never actually used it. I don't think you can get that many shots on a charge from a D200, but again I've never used one. And, battery life may not be that important to you.
I still use my D50 a lot, and in most circumstances it takes photos just as good as the D300. The D50 also has the advantage of being lighter, so when I travel the airlines, I take my D50 with me and leave my D300 at home. My point is, in most cases you won't see any difference in your photos whether they were taken with a D80 or a D200. So, even though the D200 is a true bargain at $999, the way you ought to think about it is to consider what features of the D200 you'd like to have that you don't have with the D80.
I'd ask the same thing about upgrading from a D70. You do get double the mp here, but how much of an advantage is that? I've printed very good-looking 20"x30" photos from my D50 (uncropped). If you're cropping a lot, or want that option, 12mp is an advantage, and I will say in a few cases I've cropped shots from my D50 so that I could see the image deterioration from the crop, even in an 8"x10". 12mp would have been nice in some cases.
Anyway, in almost every case you'll get the same quality photo from a D80 as a D200, so I'd think hard about this upgrade. That's also mostly true upgrading from a D70 to a D200. So I'd go for the upgrade if there was some specific feature of the D200 I wanted but didn't have. In my case, I bought the D300 because I wanted the high-ISO performance (and also the active D-lighting; but I confess I almost never actually use it, and I've never used live view, except just to try it and see how it works).
I seriously considered upgrading my D50 to a D80 or a D200, but couldn't see how my photography would be improved if I did. When the D300 was announced, I could see how it would allow me to take photos I couldn't with my old camera. So, I'd ask, "If I got a D200, what would it allow me to do that I can't do now?" If you have a good answer, then buy one!
#8. "RE: Would you buy a D200 today?" | In response to Reply # 0
depends on what you shoot
I went d70s-d200-d300
the d300 af and iq is what impresses me over the d200
but make no mistake the d200 can pull off the same shots in the right hands
iso is a 2stop improvement imo...
but a few d80 owners I talked to when I had a d200 said we had the same camera minus the weatherproofing...never knew if that was true and didnt care
I would be more tempted with a slightly used d200 if I were to buy 1 at the $650 point
Thanks for sharing,
#9. "RE: Would you buy a D200 today?" | In response to Reply # 0
Would I buy a D200 today? Yes, I ordered one this afternoon after long consideration.
The D200 will provide several advantages over the D70 I am currently using, including: better viewfinder and display, mirror lock-up that's not just for cleaning the sensor, RGB histograms, metering with manual lenses and control of two groups of flashes in CLS. Plus from reading the D200 manual, it seems that you can zoom in during playback and then use the main dial to go to the next image with the same zoom level. That may not sound important to some people, but it is tedious on the D70 to have to zoom out of each image, go to the next one and zoom in again.
I don't mind being somewhat of a bottom feeder with new technology. I bought the D70 at the end of its product cycle (with a good rebate) and the D200 is offered new at this time for a significant discount over its introduction price. The D300's high ISO, 51 AF targets and other features are not really that important to my kind of shooting and I tend to favor less complicated cameras. I just couldn't justify spending another 650 $US for the D300 (although if I ever saw its high resolution LCD display in person I might have some regrets) and anyhow, as I said above, the main object of my lust is a slightly more affordable FX camera.
There are some downsides to the D200 that I uncovered in my research: apparently you get a lower number of shots per battery charge compared to the D70, there is no wireless remote control and the flash sync is 1/250 sec. compared to the 1/500 sec. on the D70. But I'll be keeping the D70 as backup and I purchased an extra battery for the D200, which should be more than enough for the amount of shooting I do.
#10. "RE: Would you buy a D200 today?" | In response to Reply # 9Floridian Nikonian since 11th Feb 2007Mon 14-Jul-08 10:32 PM
That strikes me as a very sensible analysis, Barry, and exactly the way one should analyze an upgrade. There are lots of advantages to a D200, and you really wouldn't benefit much from the additional advantages the D300 offers. The D200 is really a good value at $999. I'm sure you're going to enjoy your new camera.
#11. "RE: Would you buy a D200 today?" | In response to Reply # 10golfer1 Registered since 26th Sep 2007Mon 14-Jul-08 11:01 PM
>That strikes me as a very sensible analysis, Barry, and
>exactly the way one should analyze an upgrade. There are lots
>of advantages to a D200, and you really wouldn't benefit much
>from the additional advantages the D300 offers. The D200 is
>really a good value at $999. I'm sure you're going to enjoy
>your new camera.
Hi my first post to this forum, tend to haunt the DP Review one a bit. I recently acquired a D200 and have a D80 as well. I have my D200 and 18-135 mm lens and the D80 with my 70-300VR. The combination works very well for me.
There is no doubt the D300 looks very impressive, but the D200/D80 combination is a very good working option.