The First Digital SLR I Have Considered
Good day to all, I have to say that I was about a day behind on finding out about the announcement of the D200. When I finally got up to speed and read the specs, I must say that this is the very first digital SLR that I have ever seriously considered buying. I am impressed by it. The biggest reason why I would get one is the fact that I meter with MF lenses. With this world going in a digital direction, it is good to see that the older MF lenses have life and a place for the future again. Another aspect is that it is relitively affordable. I would love to get a D2x, however, at the price they are asking for one new, I can't afford it. The D200 seems to offer "Pro" features on a compact camera with price tag I can fit into a budget and afford. Once again, kudos to Nikon for helping out those photographers who have a big MF lens collection.
#1. "Digital F100" | In response to Reply # 0jimtan Basic MemberThu 03-Nov-05 04:25 AM
The D200 is the camera that many have been waiting for. It is incredible value when you can shoot 100k frames for just $1.6k. Note that the flash sync is limited to 1/250 when strobes are used.
I have used a 105 2.5 on a D2H. Setting up the manual lens was extremely fast and easy. No sweat at all.
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#3. "RE: Digital F100" | In response to Reply # 2Thu 03-Nov-05 12:48 PM
I think this camera has bridged a huge gap in Nikon's DSLR line-up that many people felt would require two cameras. This camera has clearly filled that gap perfectly all by itself. I think sales will be huge. People with D100s, D70s, D1s and even D2Xs will buy this camera.
However, I think a large part of sales will come from exacting, diehard film users waiting for a pro featured body, high image quality and affordability to merge in a single DSLR. That describes me anyway and I'm now fully committed to going digital due to this body.
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#4. "RE: Digital F100" | In response to Reply # 3seabee1999 Registered since 16th Jul 2004Thu 03-Nov-05 01:27 PM
I think that you hit it right on the head. This camera has bridged a huge gap between film and digital. Personally, this camera will not make me go full digital. I don't like computers and the process of learning a new set of programs every 6 months. I like the touch, feel, and smell of film too much.
Until the day comes where I understand more about computers and software, film will be the way to go for me. Digital will, in some ways, be more as an after thought and/or as a backup. I can wait a little while to go "full" digital. However, the D200 would be a great place to start learning.
#5. "RE: Digital F100" | In response to Reply # 4Thu 03-Nov-05 02:13 PM
I have no intention of going fully digital. My N80 will now always have a roll of Tmax or Pan F plus in it and I'd be willing to bet that now that it is freed up for dedicated B&W that I will be shooting more B&W film than I have in years. Stocking up on chemicals to process my current stockpile of B&W film will be concurrent with buying CF cards and updating image editing software!
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#7. "RE: Digital F100" | In response to Reply # 3simato73 Registered since 06th Jan 2005Thu 03-Nov-05 04:29 PM
A few replies to a few people:
you spoke for me! I also own an N80 so I fall into the second category you describe (well I also have an F65 and an FM2n). I have alreeady preordered my D200, how about you?
I have also thought about whether to go full digital or not. I love my FM2n and the N80. Not so much the F65, it was my first camera, a present from my dad for my PhD. But now that I have better cameras I almost don't use it anymore, so it will have to go. I am reluctant to get rid of the other two, but I am afraid that once I'll have that marvel in my hands, the old film bodies will just collect dust. Time will tell...
Also, as you said I am so happy that the D200 will work with AI and AI-s lenses. This is what has stopped me from buying a D70 or a D100. Now my patience has been rewarded, the D200 is better than them in every aspect, except flash sync (only worse than the D70) which is not a big issue for me anyway. Besides, the 250 sync of the D200 is already a huge improvement over the flash sync of the N80.
I don't have a good scanner as yours (mine is a Minolta Dual IV) but scanning is just as painful. Skipping that phase will be a blessing and that is why I doubt I will go back using my dear film bodies.
I also share your hope in the focusing system, although it has still to be seen how good is the CAM1000. Anyway I am confident it will be better than the CAM900.
As Albert Valentino wrote, I just hope the motor of the D200 is strong enough to give the 80-400 VR some extra focusing speed...
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#6. "RE: The First Digital SLR I Have Considered" | In response to Reply # 0
I shoot a N90s and scan at 4000dpi on my Coolscan V ED. I love editing on the computer and making the image exactly the way I want it. I've been waiting for THIS camera so that I can hop over the film processing and scanning process and get the digital image direct to editing. Besides that I will be enjoying a very advanced focusing system and many other features my old SLR doesn't have.
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#8. "RE: The First Digital SLR I Have Considered" | In response to Reply # 0
Same for me. I have been very happy with my two FE-2 camera's for over 20 years. I decided four years ago I would make the switch to digital when Nikon introduced an affordable 10MP SLR in the "Prosumer" category. The D200 has hit all the buttons and then some for me.
This will be quite a leap for me since I am also entering the "autofocus" age as well. I will also need to adjust to this much larger and heavier camera. I hardly ever used my MD-12 motor drive because I prefered light weight over the convenience of auto-film advance.
I preordered mine on Wednesday. Very exciting.
#10. "RE: The First Digital SLR I Have Considered" | In response to Reply # 8James23p Nikonian since 25th Apr 2004Fri 04-Nov-05 02:28 AM
This camera is pulling alot of people in. Gosh it hurts me to think how much film is going to suffer just from this camera.
I bought my daughter a D50 kit for Christmas I took it out and tried it and for the entry level camera this thing was nice. Felt alot like my old N80 same size good feel and excellent photo's right out of the camera. Plus the AF was a little faster than my N80 even though it shares the same Cam900 AF mod. If the entry level camera feels this good and has great High and low ASA oops ISO performance the D200 should be well great. Now I have to figure how to pay for it since I spent some change $ on the D50 kit for Felicia and a Laptop/printer to go with it. Maybe with my tax returns in Jan.
I feel like I am betraying an old friend(film) I love the format. Am I the only one who is kinda torn. I will as George run alot of B&W through my FM3a and occasionaly Kodachrome but it still makes me sad but this D200 reminds me of my F100 just the right tool. Nikon kicked or shot(hockey or soccer) an overtime game winning goal(everyone was using the Homerun so I decided to use something else)!
Sad but excited Jim.
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#9. "RE: The First Digital SLR I Have Considered" | In response to Reply # 0
A digital F100 is what I wanted and it is here with the bonus of a built in flash for close family shots! I am definitely on the want list now for my first DSLR! I will hate to shelf the F100 and F5, but who says film can't still have a place in my photography when I finally go digital?
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#11. "RE: The First Digital SLR I Have Considered" | In response to Reply # 9Arizona_Steve Registered since 31st Dec 2004Fri 04-Nov-05 02:43 PM
I'm pretty sure that once you get used to the convenience of digital your film cameras will stay in the closet, gathering dust.
That's what happened to me.
#12. "RE: The First Digital SLR I Have Considered" | In response to Reply # 11Fri 04-Nov-05 03:25 PM
I think this will be true for me in terms of color film, but not B&W. I have heard that the dynamic range of the newer. high end DSLRs is approaching that of B&W film (hard for me to beleive but I'll have to take their word for it), but even so, I don't see digital replacing the look of B&W film. However, I am planning on putting it to the test. If I can get the same shadow detail as Pan F Plus from the D200, I can handle the rest in PS and maybe my stockpile of B&W film will remain dormant.
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