i´m not impressed by the D200. 10.2MP - 40% more then a D70 - don´t blow off my socks and the rest sounds like minor improvements. Months ago i decided not to go with the next body, spend my money in the best lenses i can get and wait till either the D2X comes down in price considerably or another body arrives with better specs. The D200 looks to me like a provisional step of Nikon whilst the D2X is "the real thing" but extremly pricy at this point in time.
I've come to the conclusion that some people are never going to be happy whatever Nikon offer. Where would the commercial sense be in offering a body that would eat into D2X sales?
Why is the D200 provisonal? It perfectly fills the gap between the D70 and D2X. With it's magnesium shell and improved sealing it's effectively a digital F100 which certainly wouldn't be considered provisional.
Personally the D200 specs/price point would seem to be offering everything I need to finally go digital. Thank you Nikon I will however be waiting to see what the image quality is like before putting my hand in my pocket
>I've come to the conclusion that some people are >never going to be happy whatever Nikon offer. Where >would the commercial sense be in offering a body that would >eat into D2X sales? > >Why is the D200 provisonal? It perfectly fills the gap >between the D70 and D2X. With it's magnesium shell and >improved sealing it's effectively a digital F100 which >certainly wouldn't be considered provisional. > >Personally the D200 specs/price point would seem to be >offering everything I need to finally go digital. Thank you >Nikon I will however be waiting to see what the image >quality is like before putting my hand in my pocket
True but at 10.odd it's still closer in size to the D2x than the D70.
Given all of the features the D200 appears to have and the leaked price recommendation I would have thought the advantages of the D200 are fairly obvious.
Overall if I didn't already own a D2x I would probably be pitching a tent outside Grays of Westminster right now. However with both a D2x and a D70 already I won't be buying a D200 any time sooon. But if the D70 does takes dirt nap then I would have no hesitation in replacing it with a D200.
29% linear is nothing to sneeze at. I think it allows for a major jump in flexibility with printed media (can go over 16 x 20 on elargements better than with the D70s, for example). No, its not as much as it could be, but for under $2,000, its awfully good value.
I'm just really pissed about cam1000... I guess if it had cam1300 or cam2000 it would have the last thing it needed to be a baby d2x, and effectively kill sales of the d2x. Oh well :-\ I still need a fast focusing camera with blah blah blah >.<
I hereby volunteer to test the d200 in any capacity nikon can think of, as long as I can keep it
I like the 10 mp range. File size is still workable without the assistance of a NASA computer. People always get hung up on numbers. Lets see how it works in low light and noise? Speed is pretty good too. Viewfinder?
I am in the position of looking at this a bit differently. I am not replacing or upgrading but rather buying a second body. I currently have a D100 (which goes down to Nikon Service Center today for some work)...and have long wanted a second body (for times such as now). I am usually a great one for sitting down and looking at my bank account and the continuum of products...and finding myself gravitating to the high end. But oddly enough, when I have my D100 out shooting, I find that I am not even pushing the boundaries of this camera. As much as a D2X sounds like a neat thing to own, I have to say that improvements in my own technique will probably do far more for me that the advanced features of the high end camera. So...the end of this long, drawn-out narrative is that what I am seeing as a description of the D200 is a great deal for me. It adds some features to the D100...at less than what I paid for mine. So...once the dust settles, it looks like this will be my new body.
While I can certainly respect your opinion (after all, we are all entitled to one), the D200 is shaping up to be an amazing camera for the price. There has been a virtual shopping cart of pro features that have been added to the camera, with lots of add on options.
As for the D2x, well, it's a PRO camera!!! It's a few thousand less than a comparable Canon, and was designed to have all the bells and whistles that high end pro photographers need. It was designed for people who are making a good living creating photographs; not designed for people who are experienced amatures or full time photographers that do not / can not command top dollar for their work (I'm not suggesting that this is your situation, by the way.... just pointing out who the camera was designed for). It's not for the hobbiest either. It is for pro shooters who are making bank as photographers and can afford all the top features in a digital camera.
For the rest of us, we get the D70 and now the extremely respectable and significantly updated D200 as our choices; both of which blow their Canon counterparts out of the water!
PS: Once you take another look at the specs, I am certain that you will realize that there are a LOT of pro features that have made their way into this camera... and if you are saying 'so what' to many of the features, then maybe you really don't need a pro camera... D2x included.