I decided to do some off-camera flash shooting this past Halloween. That meant holding my D2X in one hand and the SB-800 in the other. Pretty soon a complaining arm forced me to revert to on-camera flash and placed the SC-29 back in the bag, having to be content with images like this one below:
The D2H/D2Hs/D2X bodies weight 2.4lb (1.1kg). That makes them 32.5% heavier than the D200 body at 29.3 oz (830g), despite also having a magnesium alloy chassis, ensuring body durability.
That's very good news for those avert to the weight of pro digital bodies, even if dream machines. Or for the average non-Popeye-the-sailor-man photographer. One more reason to look at the D200 with much attention.
I was making a feeble stab at humor. I said, "witch filter did you use" (instead of "which filter"). Anyone can see that if you had used a witch filter, the creature on the left would have been affected. I will stick to shooting my camera and not my mouth.
Thats what the EXIF data says and the only lens I had at the scene. But, sorry for distracting all with that image of my niece and sister in law. the purpose was to bring light into the weight advantage of the D200 over the D2 series.
I havent ordered the grip yet either. I'm not sure (this going to be my first DSLR) if I'd like it or not. Afterall, a purported 1800 shots per charge on one battery is significant. I'm going to wait and see how I like it without first. I'll probably end up trying one on at a local shop before buying one.
I've never been a big fan of the grips. Shooting vertically seems more natural to me without one anyway, just because I'm used to it. I don't like all the extra weight. Even my N80 feels fine to me in terms of size. I never bought a grip for it. The D70 feels great too. So, I suspect with its added heft, this camera will feel perfect to me.
I have used the MD-15 on my FA, but that's a whole other story since it adds motor drive and a finger grip. But even that gets to be a pain in terms of weight.
My biggest reason for the grip is so that I can shoot in portrait mode and not have to rotate the images ever (assuming that the d200 with grip will support this). But I'm not ordering it yet either until I see what the WT-3 will do, if it will work with the grip or not and if it has its own vertical shutter release. As a #2 camera and in order to shoot wireless with it, it will have to be able to let me shoot vertical and send the +jpg as such to my laptop/slide show. W/O this capability, even the camera itself is of much less value to me. But somehow I suspect that Nikon will have a way for me to shoot vertical and send images this way via the WT-3. I just do not know if it is going to be with the grip or not.
I don't understand what you mean about rotation. The camera has an orientation sensor that works without a grip (a mercury switch detects the orientation if you enable the feature). The only thing the grip gives you different is controls on a vertical grip. The photos of the MB-D200 show two command dials and a shutter release. The grip allows the use of two lithium ion batteries or AA cells.
From the description the WT-3 mounts into the battery compartment and would have to offer battery capacity that mount to the base of the camera. But even if this adapter doesn't have vertical grip controls the camera's orientation sensor handles the image rotation job.
Very nice composition and exposure. Especially since its easy to blow out childrens faces up close with flash, just curious was the SB 800 in straight TTL or TTL BL? and did you use any flash compensation? TomP My Gallery
Straight TTL. Since it was at night, no ambient light of any consequence. No flash compensation. I find it easier to tilt the flash when too close (and use the diffuser) than to fumble with compensation.
It's probably like the other Nikon DSLRs. If you have the camera in Auto and have no external flash mounted to the hot shoe, it pops up when the camera deems flash necessary. If you use any other mode you have to pop the flash open manually. If you have a flash mounted to the hot shoe the internal flash can't pop up at all.
the shot's not a bad one, if it was on-camera flash. As to the D-200, I was all set, sitting at my computer to order one on-line when I thought (I know...dangerous):
Well, Canon started the game, brought out a sub-1000 dollar digital SLR, Nikon answers with the D-70(s) and a D-50 well under the one grand mark. Canon breaks the 6 MP prosumer mark with a $1,500 'affordable' to the 'pixel-challenged' crowd.
I bought a D-70 last spring (my F-100 sort of retired while I play with my digital). Good thing. Now I have a 100-450 (when what I bought was a 70-300). That's kool. And my 28-105 macro-'lite' D-nikkor is a 150mm 'close 'nuff for gummint work' macro. Way kool. But I liked playing with my 20mm Nikkor, loved playing with 'perspective' and learning new vision with my 'ultrawide.' Now that 'ultrawide' is a "ho-hum" 30 mm 2.8, not even a decent wide, much less an ultrawide. And so.....
Do I spring for the $500 (street price) Tokina f/4 12-24 or twice that for a 12-24 Nikkor? They're both DX lenses, so won't be able to use them with my "retired" F-100. Or should I at least get the 18-70 mm "kit" Nikkor lens, so that I (at least) can have something that passes for a true wide angle?--but that's DX only too. Or should I try to trade in the 20mm f/2.8 Nikkor and get the 17-35 f/3.5-4.5, that'll give me "28mm" wide for the D-70 and I'll actually have a ultrawide zoom for my film Nikon. Problems, problems, problems. Then I thought....
Maybe is should (as we used to say in the south Bronx) "chill." Nikon has just gotta answer Canon's latest volley (EOS 5D?) by putting out the first full frame digital nikon. Are you listening Nikon? The 16 MP full frame Canonites and the 12 MP DX2 Nikonites can sip their latte and crossant; we folks down here in the photo trenches need a sub-2000 dollar, full frame digital Nikon.
You know I'm talking photonirvana here. You can have you 6 MP, quite capable "tele-booster" DX Nikon SLR body and still get those spectacular wide shots with your full frame digi-nikon slr, using your old nikor D-glass.