To date there is no way to determine when your camera was made. You could compare it to serial numbers of cameras that you have a guess as to when they were made but at some point I remember Nikon saying that their serial numbers did not necessarily denote chronological sequence. Don't ask me how they managed that.
I believe Nikon has indicated that serial numbers are not sequential. I have no idea if this is really the case, but my thought was that they are probably using a version of random number generation within larger blocks. If that is the case, the most you could really tell is whether something is earlier or later based upon the general size of the number. That is as opposed to some of the F cameras where you can (more realistically) determine date of manufacture. Just my thoughts though....
random number? nah. The serial numbers are only not sequential in situations such as D200 body only and D200 kits were manufactured. So you cannot claim a higher serial number in a kit means it was manufactured later than a lower serial number body only.
But why bother to find out? Yours is made between, say, Sept 2005 and July 2006. D200 will never become a Leica M to be collectible.
A point of clarification - I am not the source of the original post so telling me that my D200 was made between 12/05 and 7/06 is telling the wrong person. No big deal to me but some people don't read through all of the nested responses. I also agree with you anyway. I would personally not be interested in when mine was made and the only person to whom my D200 will ever be collectible is me. From my perspective, the only serial numbers that I would otherwise want to know are the obviously very early ones, since I don't buy early production runs of anything.
With respect to random numbers, many businesses do use random (or more accurately, partially random) numbers for serial numbers. That was simply a thought on my front since what I have been told is that you can not estimate production date based upon serial number. Actually, if they simply vary by kit vs body only and they come off the same line, I would then think that you could theoretically estimate production date. I still think it is irrelevant, but if it is sequential within a series (kit vs body) someone with a lot of time on their hands could come up with something. I wouldn't recommend it, but a few stats people I met back in grad school tend to be easily amused by that sort of thing. Again just thoughts - none of this is an issue to me....
>random number? nah. The serial numbers are only not >sequential in situations such as D200 body only and D200 >kits were manufactured. So you cannot claim a higher serial >number in a kit means it was manufactured later than a lower >serial number body only. > >But why bother to find out? Yours is made between, say, Sept >2005 and July 2006. D200 will never become a Leica M to be >collectible.
I guess the only reason I was curious was because of the numerous postes regarding issues with "early released" versions...It seems like many issues went away with "newer bodies"
Random numbering seems illogical, but being completely sequential may not be true either. Mine was shipped from B&H on Dec 19 with serial # 30006xx. I feel confident that it was built before number 3039xxx. My 18-200VR shipped on Dec 22. Both have performed flawlessly (the operator on the other hand...).
The irony of it all is that I somehow managed, in the first week of issue, to get my hands on two of the hottest items Nikon has produced. Yet even today there are people trying to find either or both.
>Random numbering seems illogical, but being completely >sequential may not be true either. Mine was shipped from >B&H on Dec 19 with serial # 30006xx. I feel confident that >it was built before number 3039xxx.
Mine also shipped from B&H on the 19th, #3001xxx. Could B&H really have gotten in such a huge amount of D200's? Maybe.
About April. There are different numbers for each "warranty territory" with USA starting 3. The last USA serial number I am aware of with long banding was just below 3,010,000 and was in a USA shop last week in January. Since then D200's have been selling in USA at 10-15000 a month with current numbers close to 3,090,000. This puts your number around April.
Photography is a bit like archery. A technically better camera, lens or arrow may not hit the target as often as it could if the photographer or archer does not practice enough.