I currently own a Fuji S3 Pro, Would like to buy a 2nd body that takes nikon lenses. How is the D200? I would like a camera that that is faster, sharper, that produces good jpegs. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
The general consensus among most people is that the S3 is a step above anything else on the market in terms of producing JPEGs straight out of the camera. I've always considered sharpness to be a factor primarily of lenses and have never compared bodies, so I can't comment there.
As far as "faster", however, any of the Nikon bodies will feel notably faster to you than your S3. Even the D50 is noticably faster in writing to disk and continuous shooting buffer. The D200 is an all-around solid body - great design, good build quality and seal, and impressive performance. I imagine you'd be quite happy with it, but you'd have to hold one in your hands and test it to know for sure.
You're asking for a D200 in case you don't already have one. Only possible downside, if you're very critical of sharpness your technique must also be really good with the D200. More on the D200 forum regarding that.
If you don't mind second hand, perhaps you can also have a look at D2H or D2Hs. Both of built of professional F series bodies standard, are fast and also robust.
This is a perfect complement to S3pro because it saves time in thinking which camera body to bring along when you can bring only one. S3pro is good at auto white balance, high ISO but slow. On the contrary, D2H(s) is good at speed but not too much pixels for cropping.
The D200 will likely retire your Fuji to backup status. I shoot with a Fuji toting pro wedding photog and she is grateful I'm present with my D200. Not sure if it's the AF or flash, but the D200 seems to do both better.
Not sure if I would agree with you on the Fuji as the backup.
I will agree that the AF and the Flash metering are done better on the D200... but the jpeg's straight from the S3 Pro, put to shame those shot on the D200 that I had borrowed from the Nikon Rep, for a wedding I was shooting this summer.
I played for a few days on the D200, and set it up to what seemed as the best set up. But curiosity got the best of me, and I shot a few frames side by side...
And the S3 still spanks the D200 in straight from camera jpegs. Sure I can spend a bit of time after the fact, in post production to get them to match...
The point is, that with my S3 I don't have to do any post production work.
With the new S5, being based off the D200, and it has the better AF, and flash metering... and the wireless flash... and the optional WiFi grip that the D200 has.
Personally, I am going to wait for that one.
John R Nikonian to the West Coast of Canada Taking life 2-gigs at a time
I have an S3 I want to sell; I'd sell with Tamron 28-75 lens, second battery tray & batteries, 12' firewire cable to tether camera to computer, and a few other good stuff. I also will sell a real nice LowePro Road Runner Mini AW, a rolling back pack, carry on size, very well padded dividers, heavy duty wheels. All used with care, no scratches or scars. Very nice system! firstname.lastname@example.org>
I'm going to wait for the S5, looks like it's going to be a great camera. The speed of the D200, or close, and the tougher body construction along with the new ccdII sensor and expanded film simulation.WOW!!! I can't wait.
>I currently own a Fuji S3 Pro, Would like to buy a 2nd body >that takes nikon lenses. How is the D200? I would like a >camera that that is faster, sharper, that produces good >jpegs. Any input would be greatly appreciated. I'm waiting For the S5, Can't wait!!
Do you want a 2nd body because you need two cameras or are you looking for something better than the S3? The S5 looks like it will solve all of the S3's speed woes, so I would just wait for that instead of a D200, then sell your S3 and buy a sharp Nikkor.
If you must have two cameras, the difference between a D70 and a D200 really isn't enough to justify the price. In my opinion the D80 and D40 don't make the cut compared to the D70 if you're a professional. Once the D70's are sold out your cheapest option would be a D200, so if you positively must have a 2nd camera pick up a D70s.