.- 10.2 effective high-performance megapixel DX Format CCD .- Nikon’s exclusive Image Processing Engine .- 11-area Multi-CAM AF system with new 7 Wide-area AF .- 1005-pixel 3D Color Matrix Metering II .- Fast 5 fps continuous shooting, 0.15 second startup and short 50ms shutter lag .- Built-in i-TTL Speedlight with two group Commander mode .- New Image Enhancement options (Optimize Image) .- Multiple Exposure, Image Overlay and GPS positioning .- 2.5" LCD with ultra-wide viewing angle .- Durable Magnesium Alloy body and chassis .- Electronically timed shutter tested to well over 100,000 cycles .- Shoot up to 1800 images on a single EN-EL3e battery charge .- Exclusive smart battery monitor with informative Fuel Gauge function .- Large full information top-deck LCD panel
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I LOVE, I mean I really LOVE my D100...but I pre-ordered today, along with the 18-200 VR lens...Lord forgive me . This camera seems to have the features of the D2X that I really wanted but wasn't willing to shell out the bucks for. The HS Crop would have been nice. Now I have to sit on pins and needles for the end of December, and hope that it gets here before the New Zealand trip.
Does anybody have the PDF in english I have the dutch version but my dutch is worse than my english. I do like theup to 10 shot multi exposure just like the film days hee ha. well I think that is what is said. One photo at ISO800 was sharp with verry little to no noise its small so cant say 100% but more than just usable. Flash synk 1/250 or SB800 up to 1/8000 glad i only have sb800's now. If anybody has a english fersion could you pls email it to me
>Does anybody have the PDF in english I have the dutch >version but my dutch is worse than my english. I do like >theup to 10 shot multi exposure just like the film days hee >ha. well I think that is what is said. One photo at ISO800 >was sharp with verry little to no noise its small so cant >say 100% but more than just usable. Flash synk 1/250 or >SB800 up to 1/8000 glad i only have sb800's now. >If anybody has a english fersion could you pls email it to >me firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank goodness. The build up to this release was just about more than I could handle...nearly burst on Friday when leaks were posted at dpreview. I was very afraid Nov. 1 would come and go without any official word. But alas, I can now sit back and and relax knowing all is well. This is the camera I've been waiting to have introduced for nearly 2 years and now it has come to fruition and I am very anxious to get my hands on one!
>Thank goodness. The build up to this release was just about >more than I could handle...nearly burst on Friday when leaks >were posted at dpreview. I was very afraid Nov. 1 would come >and go without any official word. But alas, I can now sit >back and and relax knowing all is well. This is the camera >I've been waiting to have introduced for nearly 2 years and >now it has come to fruition and I am very anxious to get my >hands on one!
My feelings exactly! I'm just thrilled beyond words!
Guys I'm very excited too. please correct me if I'm wrong but I couldn't find any reference in this announcements of the "Full Frame" feature that everyone was so anxiously waiting for. Did i miss-read the documents?
Nikon will have to answer Canon, which now has a full frame 'prosumer' model. It's one thing to get on the Digital SLR "Merry Go Round" which, like computers (that's what they are), have you shelling out big bucks every couple of years for a new body, since the one you have is "obsolete." Trouble is, one might quibble between and F-4, and F-5 or an F-6; bottom line is that all are great cameras. In digital though, there are still a few "artifacts" where digital still has a tweak or two to go to "equal" film--though it's close. Technology will cover these last few tweaks, so your digital camera, at three years old, may just NOT be up to snuff (so to speak). A 5-6 year old D-1's images are certainly not even close by today's D-50 standard. And a D-50 costs less than one-fifth of an new D-1.
Canon's AOS-5D (think that's the model), at about 2,500 dollars (less if you look), with full frame capability, will cause some Nikon folks, me included, to think that you either have to buy hordes of new, DX wide glass or...slide over to the other side, where the manufacturer did NOT abandon its loyal people who had tons of glass that they wanted to keep and use between their digicams and their film bodies.
I predict Nikon will make a full frame digital, probably less than 2,000 street price, within a year. I'll wait at least that long with my D-70 (and my old F100) to see if Nikon will make the body I use with all of my glass.
Thanks for your post, though it might cause a "negativity alert", which no-one really wants
>Canon's AOS-5D (think that's the model), at about 2,500 >dollars (less if you look), with full frame capability, will >cause some Nikon folks, me included, to think that you >either have to buy hordes of new, DX wide glass or...slide >over to the other side, where the manufacturer did NOT >abandon its loyal people who had tons of glass that they >wanted to keep and use between their digicams and their film >bodies.
I'm not an expert in company history, but did Canon not do exactly that when they introduced their AF system...? We'll still be able to use one of a huge range of MF Nikkors on the D200. The field of view will change, but is that really too much of a problem?
Well, this is *the one* I've been waiting for since 2003! The only feature of mine that didn't make it onto the D200 is the 1/500 sec. sync. But every single other one seems to have!
Alex_86: If you're around an looking at all this new stuff, I hope you are happy, too. All of our past discussions together here about possible D200 specs. have pretty much been realized. This is *the camera* for me!
Somewhat disappointed. I was hoping to break into the Digital world with this release. It has some of the D2x Af features but was disappointed to see that it has only a Cam1000 AF drive. This is not much quicker than the D70 and still less than the D1( cam1300). At the price of around $1700 US dollars I'll go for a used D2H. Cam2000 AF drive. Since my primary objective was for sports, primarily auto road racing the AF speed was a major decesion over Pixels. I don't plan on printing posters so 4 megapixels will be sufficient. The other sad issue is the Flash Sync speed. I was hoping for the sync speed of 1/500th but it has the same speed as the D2 series. Mechanical shutter unlike full chipset like the D70. Lee
I don't see how anyone can be disappointed over the AF drive yet since we don't really know anything about its actual performance. It _might_ turn out to be a disappointment, but so far there is nothing about this camera to suggest that it will be.
I'm with you N80, just means I've got to alter my profile wish list from D70s to D200 and add on another year or two, alternatively I could make a business case to my wife based on the processing cost of slides, theoretical rental value of the bottom drawer of the freezer etc.
By the way, this is real I suppose, it's not just like yesterday's hoax take over bid for Exon oil company is it?
MB-D200. Same sort of affair as the MB-D100 - two EN battery compartments, or a carriage for AAs, vertical shutter and command dial. Doesn't appear to have a sound annotation feature the way the MB-D100 did.
Has the features I'm looking for it seems, but the price point is still too high. With Nikon Europe usually upping Nikon USA by about 35-50% on their price a €2000 pricetag here on the old continent seems logical. I've sworn to not buy into digital until a new DSLR that can compete with my F100 costs the same as that F100 (which is about €1200).
any size is fullframe for a given definition of frame
"I've sworn to not buy into digital until a new DSLR that can compete with my F100 costs the same as that F100 (which is about €1200)"
but when you buy a digital, you are also paying for the film....
consider that even a dslr like the d2x really isnt that expensive in the long run........the difference between a new d2x and f100 is about 4000usd, which is not even 400 rolls of good slide film with developing.
lets hope this d200 is a winner. I wouldn't hesitate to spend 4-5 times as much on a digital than an equivalent film body (unless the C guys are making them for less and faster, lets hope this thing can best a 20d), you'll burn thousands of shots off in a few months with it, it will be "worth it"
But if you're coming from analogue you might need some extra stuff.
- software : photoshop, paint shop pro or rawshooter. And also some tools for little things (like for example rawmagic for inserting curves into NEF's). - the nef's are huge so you'll need some decent storage capabilities like a 2 Gig extreme III card. Won't break the bank but it all adds up. Maybe an imagetank too. - a decent computer with a decent screen capable of performing the number crunching operations involved in processing raw files.
I have been an enthusiast and happy D100 user for more than 2 years. I have also been waiting for the news today. Having read the US downloadable 2 pager pdf I am somewhat disappointed. There are only a couple of features that I am missing with my D100. I understand the story behind MB D200 since I found MB D100 a good extra, but it sounds weird to read about EH-6 adapter. It was already hard to swallow the EH-5 adapter and then I guess with D70 this crazy thing was stopped by Nikon. If I understand things correctly, now all the D200 buyers must again buy extras like an adapter to be able to clean the CCD at home. It is a small thing but I find it very disappointing. Some of the options I do not really need and would never buy. All in all, I guess a D300 topic should be opened and I will definitely wait a couple of years to see if Nikon can make a more positive surprise for me. In the meantime I will be reading the D200 forum, too. You guys registered with Nikonians may change my mind later since the posts are most of the time excellent here.
I too will be sticking with my D100, but this new model is still very satisfying. Shame no TIFF mode, now the sole preserve of pros only, and a double shame no higher flash syne, 1/180 to 1/250 after a 4 years wait. Along with muti ISO, high speed matrix flash was one of the pearls of the digital system. Still there is one overriding consideration for us D100 users, it's a lot better than going to the D70 option. The D200 is in the same class set as the D100.
I doubt many will see it that way. Superior build. Higher resolution and in all probability higher image quality. Faster frame rate. Superior AF module. Better viewfinder. MLU. Ability for higher flash sync with SB-600 and 800. The list goes on. I'd say it is far closer to the D2X than it is the D100. Easily.
RAW mode offers more quality and flexibility with smaller files. TIFF freezes the settings and camera processing limitations into a huge file. Jpeg also freezes the image, but jpeg fine has imperceptible compression artifacts and takes up minimal space.
Nikon just left out a feature that folks should avoid anyway.
If thats the true price at the stores I think thats a winner alone. Would be interesting to go back to posted wish lists and compare. I think it hits the target of most lists. Can't think off hand on anything they missed the boat so far. Of coarse the thing has to take great pictures.
Its almost as if Nikon listened to the complaints and did something about it. Faith back in Nikon.
The D200 has really shaped up to be a "pro" camera, and Nikon has made it clear that you just can't leave some specs in the dust in order to afford a few stellar specs. Now IF ONLY they'll give a firmware upgrade to turn that custom function 0.4 sec. timer into a one or two second timer, I wouldn't have to buy a remote! (although when I put it that way, I see no reason for Nikon to oblige lol...)
My D100 will be listed for sale very soon, I can't wait to get my hands on the new D200. It's about time, I am one of those who almost jumped ship and went to Canon, I even bought a 10D and a couple of Canon lenses to get the feel of it. I will be selling them as well. I will keep my D70 though.
Great News,,,,,,, Great thread,,,,,,, and the camera sounds pretty great too!!
On the negative side,,perhaps the flash sync and the autofocus speed and on the positive side the D2X type features like the 11 point auto focus and picture quality inovations,,.
I think the specs are mostly all there for me,,,Ive had one of the first D100's availble and Im quite happy that Nikon hasnt released two or three versions of this camera over the past few years,,as Canon has,,. This is not a D2X however its got 90% features for 30% of the D2X price in a much more prosumer style package and it all looks pretty exciting,,.
Im not real clear on the file saving abilities,,. Does this D200 have the ability to record Jpegs and Nefs at the same time,,. I havent actually seen that in the specs as Ive read them so far,,. Please inlighten me,,?
I'd say they're about equal with battery life, actually the EN-EL3A claims a 2500 shot/charge life, compared to the 1800-2000ish of the EN-EL3E, but with the same voltage and MAH...I suppose its the larger, higher rez LCD and more complex systems drawing more power. Of course the D70 can't beat 3600-4000 shots from the D200+MB-D200 The batteries EN-EL3 and EN-EL3A are NOT INTERCHANGEABLE between the D70/70S/50 and the D200- the D200's enel3E has a special notch or something. This is done for two reasons: one is for the computer connections, monitoring battery life more accurately (5 segment, 1% increments on percentage display) and monitoring when replacement is required. The other is to avoid the problem of the D70 with exploding third party batteries.
Canon was about to mop the floor with Nikon, with the release of an affordable full frame digicam and a new high megapixel dx affordable on top of that. kodak used to employ about 45,000 people in rochester, ny; now its down to about 16,500 or so. in the world of business (and photography is a business) you "keep your game tight" or you get run over...like fuji did to the "great yellow father."
I like what nikon has done with the d200, and at 1,600 dollars or so, they've slapped canon in the face in mid range prosumer digicams. i was going to order today, but i just bought my d70 last april and i was planning to almost break the bank and get a d2x. know what? i might wait another year. this knockdown, drag out that canon and nikon are about to have will probably have a "damn near" d2x out closer to a 2,500 street price...or the 200 will be flyin off the shelves, with the rebate, making it about a grand.
oh, by the way, no disparagement meant...but some of you guys need to get a grip...the emotion here...Geez...i thought gas had dropped to 39.9 or something. now take a deep breath and...
Not all of us are as blase as you are about the D200. "Damn-near D2X" describes the D200 as far as my needs are concerned. It may well exceed the D2X for high ISO performance and it's a smaller, lighter option that for my needs is superior to big D2 bodies. Folks would be lining up to buy it at $2500, I think the camera and the price merit some real excitement.
$1000 bucks for a D200 in a year? Not likely, but you're welcome to dream. If the D70 is serving your needs well enough that you can wait a year anticpating a huge price drop from an already amazing price, you're not really in the target market for the D200. You can't really tell folks to "get a grip" without being disparaging.
kdsmithjr, quite frankly, I don't think it is anyone's job to rain on our parade. If we want to get excited and emotional about a camera, well, that's our perogative. And if we are going to lose our grip, this is the place to do it and the camera to do it over.
And while you are free to have your opinion, please keep it to yourself if it is going to belittle someone else.
George, There is no attempt to belittle anyone; sorry that my comments made you (or anyone else) feel that way. My point is that the D-200 is no great feat and, frankly, Nikon would still be sitting on its smug 'buns' if Canon wasn't whipping their a***** out here in the market place.
Look at it. Canon is definitely pro material. They've bridged the consumer/pro gulf quite well with their EOS.' If I were talking to someone wanting to 'get into' photgraphy today (well before last week anyway), I would have told them that Canon is probably a better investment. The equipment is as good as Nikon and....Canon values their customers by always putting something out there that the market is salivating about. They had their 8,000 pro, 16 MP cam out there...and they knew that, at 2,500 dollars, they'd have a land office business putting out a full frame digital camera. Hell, with a full frame digital camera, with the techological state of the art today, you pretty much have to put your film cam down. No new glass costs, no film costs, great output....only 39.9 cent gas would turn more heads.
That being said, Nikon--as mad as I get with them sometime--does bide their time and meet their competitors. That's why I might be waiting for the full frame digital nikon---that they say will "never" be produced.
i've seen "grey" D-70's down in the 700 dollar range. the 1699 price is the 'usa' price from Nikon. i imagine a 'grey' d-200 will be in the 1200-1300 dollar range from the 'git-go.' I suppose by next summer or fall, very close to 1,000 dollar grey d-200's will be available. Of course, Nikon could answer canon and bring out a D-300, a full-frame D-200--with another bell or whistle or two--just to answer the full frame Canon ('round 2500 dollars i think) EOS 5D.
How would you like to order an ocassional 11x14" or 16x20" print? Shooting more than 5 frames per second? Have 95% of a D2x for $1,700 instead of $5,000 for the 100%? Put some of the difference in price in better glass? Not miss the built-in flash of your D70?
I think the great "worth" of the D200 is that it is a $1,700 D2x...(and not a D2x "lite" either).
My first question is what will happen to the price of the D2x now that the D200 is out? Is there going to be some heavyweight Nikon rebate, like get a free D2H when you by a D2x body? or buy a D2x and get three 4 Gig Lexar Compact Flash chips free?
I remember the debate about the F5 being so much more than the F100 because it had a mirror lock up. I think there are a lot of F100 owners out there that either don't know why they would even need MLU or (probably), they have figured out a way around it--probably worth it for the $800-1,000 price difference between the bodies.
I am glad for the D200. It does fill a huge gap that Nikon created. With all this 'developement' though, waiting until my 9 month old D70 is two years old, might mean a veritable feast of new, cheaper Nikon bodies. And, besides, when was the last time you considered a one year old body "old"?