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Nicholas Registered since 26th May 2002
Wed 21-Dec-05 07:07 PM

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..