Unfortunately, Nikon seems to have handicapped the D200 on the flash sync speed.
Rob Galbraith said,
" We did learn that, unlike all current and previous CCD-based Nikon digital SLR cameras back to the D1, the shutter in the D200 is fully-responsible for controlling the exposure time. For photographers who rarely use non-dedicated flash units, this won't mean much. For those who shoot sports with Elinchrom or other studio strobes, as we do, this means it won't be possible to cheat the sync speed well above 1/250th with this camera. High-speed flash synchronization is possible only with a compatible Nikon Speedlight."
he 1/250 second is only the mechanical sync speed. When used with an SB-800 (not 600), you can sync right up to 1/8000 of a second.
I've checked my SB-600 manual and it says it supports FP sync with selected cameras and that it must be activated through the camera. Unless I am missing something this means a D200 and a SB-600 should be capable of FP short sync, no?
But the ISO is only 100 vs. 200 for the D70 and D100. That should help matters in photos where you want a shallow depth of field and fill flash. Won't help where you really want 1/500th shutter though.
Well at first I thought that 1/250 was the max for ALL flash units (as for the D70 1/500 is the max even for SB600/800), including Nikon. That would have been a serious problem for me, as I photograph alot of small birds. At 1/250 it would have been impossible to achieve any sharpness.