If you follow the first link at the bottom of webpage, http://nikond200.dcbase.com/index.php/17/do-i-think-the-nikon-d200-looks-sexy/ then click any of the three photos, http://forum.dpnet.com.cn/newbbs/dispbbs.asp?id=54374&f_type=1 it will take you to the Chinese introduction of the D200 and related accessories. Lots of interesting close-ups of the D200, including the difference in the batteries. Compare the notch size and shape to understand why the old battery may not fit the D200. Also, just below the last photo are more links to more photos... After rattling around the Nikonians D200 forum for weeks (some of you much longer) waiting for the camera to be announced, to be present at one of the offical introductions, would have been very COOL!
I noticed on the close-up shot of the 18-200 lens - bottom view a very reassuring "MADE IN JAPAN" stamping. Good to know!
I'm anxious to see actual test results from this lens; will it be your basic run-of-the-mill widerange zoom with traditional optical limitations (like the 28-300 lenses from independant lensmakers) or will it be a outstanding performer?
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FWIW, full exif (below) of the duck picture. Sharpening = hard. Lens not shown in exif, but focal length = 600 (35mm equiv = 900).
Exif: FILE: 52010092.Duck_DSC0302iso800sRGB.jpg
Camera Make : NIKON CORPORATION Model : NIKON D200 Orientation (start point): Upper Left X Resolution : 300 Y Resolution : 300 Resolution Unit : Inch Firmware Version : Adobe Photoshop CS Windows Date/Time Modified : 2005:11:09 12:18:52
Image Exposure Time (sec) : 1/125 F-Number : 4.0 Exposure Program : Manual ISO Speed : 800 EXIF Version : 0221 Date/Time Taken : 2005:10:26 18:04:39 Date/Time Digitised : 2005:10:26 18:04:39 Components Configuration : 01020300 Average Compression Ratio: 4.00 Exposure Bias (EV) : 0.33 Max Aperture : 4.0 Metering Mode : Multi-Segment Light Source : Auto Flash : Strobe return not detected Focal Length (mm) : 600.00 User Comment : Subsec Time : 74 Subsec Time Original : 74 Subsec Time Digitised : 74 FlashPix Version : 0100 Colour Space : sRGB Image Width : 3872 Image Height : 2592 Sensing Method : One chip colour area sensor File Source : Digital Still Camera Scene Type : Directly Photographed Image CFA Pattern : 0002000201000201 Custom Render : Normal Process Exposure Mode : Manual Exposure White Balance : Auto Digital Zoom Ratio : 1.00 Focal Length (35mm equiv): 900 Scene Capture Mode : Standard Gain Control : Low Gain Up Contrast : Normal Saturation : Normal Sharpness : Hard Subject Distance Range : Unknown Unknown Field 0xa500 : 2.20
Thumbnail Thumb Compression : JPEG Compression Thumb X Resolution : 72 Thumb Y Resolution : 72 Thumb Resolution Unit : Inch Thumb Jpeg IF Offset : 942 Thumb Jpeg IF Byte Count : 6864
IPTC 2: Editorial Dataset 2 Record Version : 2
Photoshop Mark as Copyrighted : No
Craig. ------------------------ Nikonian in Atlanta, GA. Technolust/NAS junkie
The duck image is problematic. It's shot at 900mm equivalent at wide aperture and slow (for that long a shot) shutter speed. The focus point isn't on the duck's head. It's hard to tell where motion blur, shallow depth of field and noise reduction affect each part of the image. I don't see anything here to "wow" about but I wouldn't expect to considering the adverse settings, not to mention unknown shooter's skills and type of support used. 600mm isn't the focal length to choose for resolution testing.
I'm still looking for some intelligent test images, especially images that compare a fixed scene at a series of ISO settings. That might have to wait for the good test sites to provide.