I am the owner of a D70 that has given me problems for almost the whole time I have owned it. I am afraid it is now broken beyond economical repair. I am trying to decide between a D70s and a D200. I have been reading on the list for some time and have sorted out all of my issues but one. Would you say that the “bugs” have been worked out of the D70s? Is the D200 proving to be as problem prone as the early D70 or is it too early to tell? Or, since it is a pro level camera, did they work the bugs out better before they released it? I have read a lot about the D200 being built better than the D70, but I have also read a lot about people having to send their D200 in for repair soon after they got it.
#1. "RE: Most reliable? D200 vs D70s" | In response to Reply # 0Trekman Registered since 27th Sep 2004Mon 24-Apr-06 11:23 PM
I don't know what all the problems are with either the D70 or the D200. I have owned (3) D70's and (1) D200 without any problems whatsover.
I think that problems get greatly magnified and mountains are made out of molehills. Yes there are issues with some camera's, but the vast majority are just fine.
In my entire life I have owned over 25 camera's and have NEVER had a faulty one that required the camera to be sent back or sent in for service. Maybe I am just lucky, good for me I guess. But that is a good track record and shows that the manufacturers make a pretty good product, if not great in most cases.
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#3. "RE: Most reliable? D200 vs D70s" | In response to Reply # 0
I dunno man, the D200 is a tank and I've had no problems with it so far, and I am pretty tough on my gear. I dunno about any bugs, because I havent seen any so far. Its a lot more solid that the D70, and will take more of a beating, plus give you better/bigger images, plus it has faster auto focus and fps, so I dunno what the comparison is here? Yeah a good photographer could get great images with a coolpix. Just buy what you can afford, or go buy a used D100 and some good glass.
I really don't know how anyone can complain about the D200.
#5. "RE: Most reliable? D200 vs D70s" | In response to Reply # 3Tue 25-Apr-06 12:55 AM
I guess one of the main reasons I am leaning towards the D200 is the build quality which I expect will make it more reliable. Having bought a lemon with my D70, I am a little worried about getting a D200 so early in the production run. I just can’t help but wonder if they have all of the bugs out of it.
#6. "RE: Most reliable? D200 vs D70s" | In response to Reply # 5ade Registered since 03rd Apr 2006Tue 25-Apr-06 01:11 AM
The D200 is not a "pro level" camera... it's at an "in between" level (prosumer), but certainly has a much higher build quality than the pure consumer oriented models.
The "pro level" bodies (such as D2X and the pro film ones) are designed to yet a higher standard, but obviously at a correspondingly high dollar value. In fact coming from an F4, the D200 build quality was a touch disappointing.
However I have no doubt as to my D200's reliability, excepting maybe its questionably designed battery door.
#7. "RE: Most reliable? D200 vs D70s" | In response to Reply # 5ivan73 Registered since 13th Nov 2004Tue 25-Apr-06 01:54 AM
I didn't have a D70 but I bought a D200 (I think one of the first runs here in Asia). When I came home, first I took some pictures and they were awesome (well my first DSLR so I can compare with anything except film but I liked them a lot) then the usual banding test ... well it had it. Nothing dramatic, Bjorn's (I’m sorry for the wrong spelling, no Norwegian font on my keyboard) Type I, Nikon’s short banding. I was however a bit disappointed, but honestly if I didn't know what to shoot or even where to look (thanks Nikonians) I would never have found it. Just for fun I send it to Nikon, the images, and they were ready to repair it. Came to me a week later (5 working days although their prediction was from 7-11 working days), same test, same problem. Well I said that is life but again just for fun (I was ready to live with this, for me, non-defect) let's ask Nikon to exchange the camera and ... to my great surprise they said ok but we don't have them on stock. Two days later they contact me and now I have a monster like before only without banding.
Ok, to summarize I'll repeat what somebody wrote on Nikonians several months ago in one of these banding problems, you buy the camera you use it, if it has a problem Nikon WILL repair or exchange it so just take good time with your camera. That is what I would do in your place, stop worrying and start love the atomic bomb.
#8. "RE: Most reliable? D200 vs D70s" | In response to Reply # 7Tue 25-Apr-06 02:04 AM
Thanks for the reply. Banding seems to be the only bug that I have seen mentioned on Nikonians. As far as I can tell it has been resolved and new cameras shouldn’t have it. I guess this is like the D70's early backfocus problem. We can only hope the D200 doesn’t develop something like the blinking green light of death that early D70's are getting now.
#9. "RE: Most reliable? D200 vs D70s" | In response to Reply # 0
I'm very happy with my gear, even I had some bad experiences:
My 775's (coolpix, 2001) lens was stuck about after a year.
It seemed to be a common problem. Nikon Switzerland was not willing to exchange and the repair-cost would have been very high.
Even there were several reports documeted in the web, I struggled to get it "on guarantee". After 3 letters they replaced it with the follower.
I had an issue on my D70 - the little stick for the shutter (AF-lenses) was broken quite soon after having the cam. Nikon said it's not guarantee-since this must be made by the user (me). Couldn't believe it - but I had to pay the repair. I couldn't imagine, but I came over it (about 100 USD).
My D200 works perfect. There's just a line of pixels in the screen which are a bit darker than the others (only to be viewed when seeking for that). It was no reason to sent it back yet, since I use the camera very often.
So to speak, I had issues but I didn't link them to new models. I was not really happy yet on how Nikon (Switzerland) treats their clients, but still: I love Nikon's gear and I wouldn't change. The issues mentioned here are not beeing first-series-issues. And I personally believe, issues in early models are just a buzz.