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First Nikon Gripe - D200 70-200 cold

Finalshot


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Finalshot Registered since 28th Feb 2006
Tue 13-Feb-07 07:56 PM

This is only my second post.
I never have complained about Nikon until now. I’m forging new ground.

My d200 and 70-200 afs is almost useless for me. Why? Because I live in Glacier Park where it seems to be below freezing more often than not. I've noticed now, after LOTS of testing, the d200 with the grip, new enel3es and cold temps, wont run the afs in the 200 for very long. It seems to me that anything below freezing for more that about 15 minutes causes the lens to stop functioning. Sure, you can ratchet the focus a bit with your hand and then the camera sometimes picks up but what a joke!

I've been a lifelong nikon user. NEVER, EVER, have I been so disappointed in a nikon product than I have been with the d200 in "cold" weather. none of my other nikon digital bodies has the issues that the d200 does. Had I known that this combination would be so dreadful I never would have purchased a d200. I shoot in the cold for 6-7 months per year, and I just can not rely on the d200 and the 70-200 afs, such a sad, sad story.

Nikon says there are no issues with cold weather and the d200. I'm starting to get the impression that that just is NOT the case. By the way, one of my shooting partners is having the SAME EXACT problems.

I dont know what to do, but this issue alone could cause me to leave nikon. I hate to think that, but I use this combination sooooo much that I cant afford malfunctions.

Anyone have similar issues?

Tony Bynum
Finalshot Photography. . .

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