Since so many of you gave me such great advice as to what to do with my D200 which I had for sale, I thought I would tell you how it finally ended. Based upon the advice I received, I decided I would continue to try to sell my camera body until I reached a price of $500, as that would have netted me about $450 after fees and shipping. Well I continued to lower my price in increments of about $25 until that price was reached. While I had over 650 people look at my offer, and did sell my 12-24 and my D200 lens plate, no one seemed interested in the D200. So today I removed it from sale as I had already decided the camera had more utility to me at a net $450 than any further lowering of the price would bring. So the camera will go back to its place in my camera cabinet and I may start trying to see what situations I might actually be willing to use it instead of the D700 or in conjunction with it. Your advice made the decision much easier and I am at peace with the whole issue.
Too bad you couldn't sell that D200, but I think you made a wise decision. Like I said before, I decided to keep mine because I thought it still had a lot of utility. It sat on my shelf unused for the longest time, but then my wife decided to step up from her D50 and she's still getting a lot of terrific use out of the trusty old D200. I'm sure you will find that one day yours will be pressed back into service too, and enjoyed by someone for a long time to come.
Marty now that I know I am keeping the body, I think I will try harder to find situations to use it in. I agree that the D200 is still a great body. I was very happy with it until I started pushing the envelope of low light hand held shots and therefore jumped to the D700. But for now it is nice to know I have a capable backup waiting if I need it.
When I bought my 700, I gave the 200 and the DX lenses to my lovely wife. I "borrow" the camera and lenses back so often that I am so thankful that I did not sell them. Good for you for keeping the D200! In my opinion it is a perfect second camera, and from my experience, a perfect super reliable primary camera for an advanced amateur.
I have kept my D200 since moving to the D700 almost two years ago. I still occasionally use it with my 70-300 VR at daytime sporting events like rugby and football where the 1.5 crop factor gives me the "reach" that is desirable when shooting those events. For everything else though it's the D700 all the way, especially when shooting low-light sporting events like volleyball and basketball where I routinely operate at ISO 6,400 and sometimes higher.
P.S. Although I never use them any more I also still have my Nikon F and F2A bought 50 and 31 years ago, respectively. I find it hard to part with any photo gear I acquire!
Bob I had tried to sell the D200 after I sold my 12-24 f/4 as it was my only DX lens. Since I bought the D700, I never picked up the D200. But now it is back on the shelf waiting to be called to duty. I often wish that I had not sold my F3HP. It was in great shape, and went for a fairly low price, but I had not used it for awhile and when I bought the D200, figured it would never be used again. I had it for a very long time. I am not an equipment collector, and only have what I use or what is so old, no one wants it. I did sell off a lot of stuff when I went digital. I only kept things that would work with the D200, and that is why I still have a number of MF lenses, which I still use today. But I did open up my creaking coin purse and buy some modern lenses, especially when I went FX. I don't see myself buying too much in the future, maybe a 24-120, as I pretty much have what I want or at least can afford.
I just returned from Patagonia which is a very windy and dusty place. To avoid changing lenses I kept the 70-200 on my D200 and the 24-70 on the D700. About 30% of my pictures were taken with the D200. In many cases, the additional "reach" of the D200 was a definite plus.
Tristan I know I have to try harder to use the D200. I am sure there are many situations where I would be completly happy with the results. I only moved to the D700 because I was pushing the limits of the D200 the way I was shooting, but I have many very acceptable images in my gallery taken with the D200.
Yeah Dennis, it reaches a point where it makes no sense to "give away" a good DSLR at P&S prices. I am not sorry I still have the D200, it served me well for a number of years. I just need to try to use it more.
Your most probably right, Unless you specialize in that area I guess it would be a bold move, I was quite surprised that the camera was not sold actually, The D200 was no slouch in the quality department and would be a bargain to someone starting out Regards, Gary
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Gary it is just pure economics. You can buy 16 MP DX camera bodies for a bit more than my D200 body, although the build quality won't be professional, it would better suit those in this price range. I am only kicking myself for selling the camera plate as the D200 would be more useful if I could mount it on my Gitzo, but now I can't unless I remove the Markins Ballhead which I guess I could do if necessary. I was planning on shooting the Eclipse last night, except that it clouded over and it would have been a good time to use the D200 with my 300 mm and a 2X TC, but I had not considered removing the Markins Ball as my other head is actually for my Monopod and is one of those Bogen Swivel Heads, but that might have worked.
Wed 22-Dec-10 01:54 AM | edited Wed 22-Dec-10 02:41 AM by jpFoto
I wasn't going to say it again, but I think that you have hit the nail on the head. I didn't have a D200, but I did have a Fuji S3 pro that I paid $2,300 for, and I sold it for $450.00 just after I bought my D700, and I have no regrets. I swore that I would never buy a DX body again, but a couple of minutes with the D3100, weighing less than a pound and ISO capabilities at one stop less than the D700, and I was hooked on this point and shoot alternative. I had to buy it with the 18-55 DX lens that I didn't want, but I could always sell the lens for $100 and have a $550 body. I travel with it and a 16-35, and it's a super combination.
You're right, it's not a pro-build body, but the results in low light rival those of my D700. For my purposes, you couldn't get me to trade "even" for a D300, let alone a D200 or an S3. But, that's just my take on the situation.
In short, I think that you should sell it for whatever the market will bare, or give it to someone who can make use of it now. It's not going to get any more valuable, and I doubt that you will ever run another "roll of film" through it unless your D700 gets sick and you need to take an emergency shot while it's in the hospital. With the money that you get for it now, you can probably buy a far superior camera within a year or two. I did.
JP thanks for your comments. The whole thing has to do with economic theory of Utility, which is why I originally titled my first post as a question of Utility. The theory is that people value things differently based upon the utility to them, so where one person might spend a lot of money on a super car they might not want to spend a few hundred on a camera. For me I already own the camera and it already took its major hit when the D300 came out. It then dropped more in value, when I decided to keep it as a back up, and then it rose in value again recently. Just before I posted mine, one sold for almost $600 with more clicks than mine. So as I look at what the utility is for me, I own a camera that I would have to sell for less than $500, that would cost me $670 right now at B&H. I would then have to pay Pay Pal fees, and shipping, netting less than $450. That won't buy me a D3100. So even though it might depreciate more in the future,most likely not as fast as before, it still is a vary capable camera that is close in the way the dials are laid out and their function is to my D700. So only time will tell if I should have just taken $400 or do as I am doing and keep it.
Wed 22-Dec-10 03:30 AM | edited Wed 22-Dec-10 04:06 AM by jpFoto
Bob, of course you are right from an economic point of view. But, unlike cars, we're talking about a hundred or two, not a few thousand. The fact is that you have decided that you are never going to shoot another frame with that camera, and you haven't done so in two years. If I still owned my S3, I would probably feel the same. I don't think that you can look at B&H or KEH and say, "look at what they're charging for this camera that I no longer want nor would I buy." You mention B&H's price of $670 for a used D200. If you had $670 to spend on a camera today, what would you buy? I know that your answer is "not a D200."
The D200 is a very capable camera, but you aren't going to use it ever again according to your posts. And, I understand, I wouldn't either.
Your supposition is correct, I would not buy a D200 now for $670 myself. Our minds play funny tricks on us. When I thought I might get as much as $550, I was willing to sell it, but when it did not sell at $500, I was looking at diminishing returns and knew I was in point and shoot range, so my brain, rational or not, said keep it as it is cheap insurance.
Jonathan I have sold many items on eBay and had an excellent rating and very happy customers, but I never paid the shipping, but as you said I got hit by both eBay and Pay Pal fees. I also was always wary of someone pulling a fast one, though all my sales were great. So I started selling on Nikonians, and I notes that all the D200's for sale included shipping so I set my sale the same. I would have sold my D200 for $500 if I had a buyer, and many sold a few weeks before me for much more. It was just a flurry of D200's that showed up right after I listed mine (there were none available before that) that had asking prices near $400, way too low in my opinion since a D200 in the same condition as mine on B&H was selling for $670. So my timing was awful. I had only intended to sell my 12-24 lens and included the D200 as an afterthought. The lens sold in one week, and could have sold in one day, but I held off closing the deal to see if I could sell the whole package at once. I may have to look at D200 sales on eBay again, but my heart is not in it, as it is such a hassle.
I had a similar question about my two D70 bodies until LifePixel converted one of them to IR photography. Now both D70's are back in use (one for IR and the other for carry-along) right along side the D700's.