A few months ago I posted about a "back-up" to my D700. I received many responses of which the D200 was mentioned. No one suggested the D2X. I know someone who has both and I could probably get one at a good price.
I am now looking for another body not as much as a back-up but to compliment the D700. I would/could take advantage of the 1.5x conversion for my long glass to be longer while keeping a wide or normal to short tele on the D700.
Should I consider one of the above or wait for a D300 successor and grab a D300 at a lower price? Not being familiar with either the D200 or D2X except for the reviews could you guys tell me the advantages/disadvantages of each as it relates to a D700 shooter?
Thanks in advance.
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#1. "RE: Compliment to D700. D200 or D2X?" | In response to Reply # 0robsb Nikonian since 23rd Aug 2006Tue 07-Jul-09 05:36 AM
Glenn remember the 1.5 crop factor does not make your lens longer, it just crops the image to a field of view of a longer lens. What it does do for most cameras is put more pixels on image so you can blow it up more without degradation. I have a D200, but have not used it since I got the d700. You don't say what you really want to do with this camera, but I assume wildlife? While the D200 is a very capable camera and can now be purchased very cheaply, if I were you I would get the D300 as it shares more equipment with the D700 or just save your money and buy longer lenses for your D700.
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#2. "RE: Compliment to D700. D200 or D2X?" | In response to Reply # 0Garrett Hayes Nikonian since 03rd Nov 2004Tue 07-Jul-09 06:40 AM
I would agree with Bob and I would suggest a D300. I have both and I have no intention of selling the D300 as it compliments the D700 so well.
I have a lot of DX lenses as well as "FX" lens and so having both bodies increases the options.
I travelled to India last year and I took the D300 with the 18-200mm lens, which I never took off the body. It was an ideal choice for such a long trip and with a number of short stays at many locations it meant a lot of travelling and restrictions on weight. I was very pleased with the D300 both in terms of handling, weight and most of all with the results.
(The only thing that went wrong was at the Taj Mahal. Here there are lots of locals who want to help you and take your picture, with your camera. One man was insistent and so I gave him the D300. What I did not notice was that he had inadvertantly changed the white balance to tungsten and so when I looked at the pictures, they were heavily blue coloured. Happily, I shoot only in RAW and in NX was able to readjust the white balance to normal!).
While the D700 is exceptional in low light, the D300 is no mean performer and while not as good as the D700 in low light, is really excellent for travel photography.
Like Bob, I agree that there are shared components such as the batteries and the MBD10 grip and although they say that you should not, you can fit the Really Right Stuff L bracket to the D700 and the D300. Of course the L bracket that fits the grip is obviously the same for both.
There may well be a successor to the D300 in time but at present you can probably get a D300 for a good price.
I did have a D200 for about a year but I do think that the D300 is really a step up in many ways.
Finally, in terms of handling, both cameras are so similar that it is very easy to switch from one to the other.
#3. "RE: Compliment to D700. D200 or D2X?" | In response to Reply # 0blw Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004Tue 07-Jul-09 09:25 AM
Between the two, I'd pick the D2x. But I agree with the others and think that a D300 is a better match for the D700. The D2x and D200 are both quite different from the D300, in terms of things like the AF system, options, etc. I have a D2x and a D3, and switching back and forth is not completely transparent due to the AF systems being SO different. It's not impossible, but it does take conscious thought. I'm used to having a D2x and a D2h, where I can't even tell which one I'm looking through without looking at the ISO, the menus, or listening to the frame rate. For a backup, this is no big deal - you would presumably not plan to use a backup unless you have to, and in such a case the switch is not a big deal. For a complementary part of the system, where you may switch back and forth, you really want them to be similar.
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#4. "RE: Compliment to D700. D200 or D2X?" | In response to Reply # 3Nathan Shane Registered since 18th Dec 2007Tue 07-Jul-09 12:02 PM
I agree with some of the others here. I own both the D700 and D300 and they really are a perfect match for one another mostly because the firmware in the camera is practically identical if not identical. In other words, if you know how all the setup menus work on the D700 then you know how they work on the D300. I have both cameras setup for identical menu settings, so I can grab either camera and know exactly what I'm doing without having to fumble around trying to remember how one camera is supposed to work.
Lately I've finally been starting to have to use both cameras at social/wedding events and I'm wishing I had a second D700 because all my fast lenses are full frame and the x1.5 crop factor of the D300 can work against how I want to shoot in some situations. So I've been struggling between getting some fast DX glass or spending the money on another D700. I'm really waiting to see what new products Nikon may (or may not) release in the next couple months but depending upon what shooting events, I may have to pull the trigger on the gear that is currently available.
#5. "RE: Compliment to D700. D200 or D2X?" | In response to Reply # 0
Thanks for the responses. Based on your comments I will wait a few months for the successor to the D300 to be announced. My doctor is the one with the D200 and D2X. I got excited when he told me he had both he was willing to sell. I know he takes care of his things and would not screw me on the price. He currently shoots a D3.
Will the D300 take the D700 settings that I have saved on a CF card and store them to the D300?
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#6. "RE: Compliment to D700. D200 or D2X?" | In response to Reply # 5esantos Nikonian since 10th Nov 2002Tue 07-Jul-09 01:29 PM
Another vote for a D700 D300 combo. I think this is the ultimate 1-2 punch. Great performance on both the wide end and telephoto. I firmly believe that the D300 is much more camera than the D2X and the image quality is a big leap from the D200. So, if you can afford it I say go for the D300. If there is a D300s coming it will probably only add video capability and 1-stop more high ISO/low noise. You can already get that low noise performance with the D700.
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#7. "RE: Compliment to D700. D200 or D2X?" | In response to Reply # 6TiggerGTO Nikonian since 22nd Feb 2006Wed 08-Jul-09 04:33 PM
There's a good reason why many people refer to the D700 + D300 combo as the D1000. The two bodies complement each other extremely well. I once picked up my D300 when I thought I had picked up my D700. At first, I wondered why the settings seemed to be different than the last time I shot. It took until I was almost done for the morning to realize I had actually picked up a different body than I had meant to pick up. I don't think I would make that mistake again, but I was amazed when I realized what was going on. Except for a few minor differences, the controls and menus are almost identical and the bodies share the same accessories and battery packs.
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