Bear with me - I'm new to photography! (D200) I find that as I peer through the eyepiece to frame my picture (a necklace is my subject), the resulting picture has more area in it than my eyepiece view. I thought the purpose of a DSLR was so what you see is what you get. What am I doing wrong and how can I see in advance what will actually be the scope of view? I am seeing the complete frame of the eyepiece view. I don't believe my LED display on the D200 can be used as a active view, such as on the D5300. BTW, my practice photos have been great and I'm having fun editing them in Photoshop Elements 12 from .nef format. Oh, and sometimes the D200 refuses to snap. I think it has to do with autofocus, so I switch it to manual when that happens. Thanks for any words of wisdom you may have for me!
Hope you're having fun with photography so far. Cameras vary in the accuracy of their viewfinders, and the accuracy increases with their price. The higher priced cameras often have 100% optical viewfinders, but cameras like your D200 show a bit less - 95% of both the horizontal and vertical dimensions. This means you're seeing about 90% of the total area of the image. This can be a little frustrating at times, but a good guideline is to just assume you'll get a bit more around the edges and either zoom in slightly after framing the shot (if you're using a zoom lens). Alternatively, plan on trimming a bit from the edges in post-processing for really critical shots. BTW, you're correct that the LCD display on the back of your camera can't be used for framing - that came into being in the generation of cameras right after your D200.
Good luck with your D200 - it's a very nice camera.
I know that the mirror in my D200 is a little off. There is always a little more in the photos on the right side than what I see in the viewfinder. I've learned to crop tight on the right in the viewfinder to get a centered photo.
It's been like this since I bought it new. I could have sent it back for warranty repair, but it's not that big a deal to me.
Mon 03-Mar-14 02:34 AM | edited Mon 03-Mar-14 02:34 AM by Nikon James
I have dealt with these issues a bit as well and appreciate this thread to verify my experience with this camera.
As noted, the D200 does not have live view. I wish it did. In time I will update to a newer model mostly due to this issue. For me it is a matter of old eyes! When my eyes were better I didn't care so much, but as my eyesight gets poorer the convenience of the live view becomes more relevant.