Finally had a chance to do a test run with the D200, and all I can say once again is that I am so glad I waited for this incredible machine.
I charged up the battery and left it sit in the charger for about 2 additional hours; I'll keep you posted in the next day or two. My understanding is that the LI batteries will perform better by letting it discharge completely a number of times.
The things that jumped right out at me after coming from a D1X were:
• Unbelievable shutter speed
• Awesome viewfinder
• Sharp, sharp, sharp, and some more sharp with 28-70AF-S. Tomorrow it will be the 70-200 (can't wait)
• I read some initial reviews and press reports about how great it renders highlights and shadows, especially compared to the D1-series. I took about 50 shots around the house, we're surrounded by a sheet of ice/snow and today there's not a cloud in the sky. Opened in Capture 4.4 and my jaw dropped to the floor. There were literally no blown highlights and I could not believe the detail in the shadows. These areas would have been black with my D1X. Shooting with the right settings will almost make the histogram unnecessary.
• If you're coming from any other Nikon except the D2X, you are going to need a power-packed computer to handle these huge raw files. If you've got a slow machine, you'll probably spend more time at the computer than you will shooting.
• The interface is a piece-of- cake. And the LCD is perfect!
• I had to pull out an old tripod. Acratech is going to need some time to configure a QR-plate for the D200, and I'm sure this applies to other ballheads.
I am terribly busy at work right now, but I plan on laying some samples up on my website this evening or tomorrow.
Nikon is going to sell a quadruple-gazillion D200's, literally as fast as they can make them. And the 30D better be ultra-awesome for Canon to even come close to this beauty.
*BergerBros. has 2 MB-D200 Battery Packs, but I don't know what they're charging for them..
#1. "RE: WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!" | In response to Reply # 0briantilley Nikonian since 26th Jan 2003Wed 21-Dec-05 06:34 PM
>I charged up the battery and left it sit in the charger for
>about 2 additional hours; I'll keep you posted in the next
>day or two.
I'll be looking forward to seeing your impressions; we have an anchored thread ready and waiting
#3. "RE: WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!" | In response to Reply # 2Nicholas Registered since 25th May 2002Wed 21-Dec-05 09:04 PM
Thank you so much Jeriann. I love everything about digital photography, and I hope it shows in my work.
All I can tell you is that it's going to be worth the wait for you and everyone else. The Nikon-Gods smiled on me Sunday; I placed the order at B&H and got a confirmation of the purchase. About 2 hours later, I got an e-mail from them saying that they made a mistake and couldn't fill the order. Monday morning I called them to make sure of the aborted transaction and the fellow said the D200 was on it's way to my very house. Shizzam!!!!
I made another post where I said that I was very happy when I heard they were going to use a SONY CCD in this model. The CCD in my D1X was terrific in the color department, but this D200 is just indescribable. It's head and shoulders above anything I've ever used.
Nikon takes its good ole time bringing out new models, and to have so many people willing to kill to get this unit before Christmas for their own use or as a present really does stink.
IMHO, the D200 is going to bury the competition!!
***UPDATE - I got out the old Dewalt drill and reamed out the hole in the Acratech QR-plate, then used a file and fine sandpaper to smooth the edges. That baby has taken its rightful place on my tripod (genius, I tell ya).
#4. "RE: WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!" | In response to Reply # 3