D200 Passed Away...D800 on order. It's like waiting for Christmas
My revered D200 quietly passed away from shutter failure after 147,312 clicks. I've ordered a D800 from a popular outlet, and I can't wait to add it to my right hand!
It's been eight years since I bought a new DSLR. Any previews of what I might expect good or bad as compared to the D200? I shoot predominately nature (plants and birds and rocks and things), urban street shoots, and YANKEES BASEBALL. All comments appreciated!
#1. "RE: D200 Passed Away...D800 on order. It's like waiting for Christmas" | In response to Reply # 0spiritualized67 Nikonian since 28th Feb 2007Tue 25-Mar-14 03:16 PM | edited Tue 25-Mar-14 03:25 PM by spiritualized67
You're in a for a big treat. The D200 was a fantastic camera, but a lot has changed since then - in DR, AF capability, color accuracy and high-ISO/low-light capability, just to name a few.
Given the rather high 36MP resolution (which tends to draw more attention to things like blur when viewed at 100%), you probably want to be a bit more aggressive in determining your minimum handheld shutter speed. At least double and maybe triple your working focal length is a good place to start. And if you already use a tripod, you're all set.
The only other advice I'd give you is to treat the D800 more like you'd treat a film camera. 36MP NEF files can be huge and take up a bit of HD space if you're not careful. So be discriminating in the volume of images you take (of course, this is good advice regardless of digital model).
Here's a link to an informative thread that outlines how to get the most from your new D800:
Enjoy! RIP D200 - you were a trusty companion I'm sure.
#2. "RE: D200 Passed Away...D800 on order. It's like waiting for Christmas" | In response to Reply # 1Tue 25-Mar-14 04:35 PM | edited Tue 25-Mar-14 04:41 PM by 4yanx
Dan, thank you for the considered response and link. I knew my D200 was on borrowed time any where past 100K, so I sad and not mad when she went...A REAL TROUPER!!
I've always invested in good glass, except that I now need a good mid-range zoom 28-70ish to replace one given to my son. However, the only DX lens I own,thus far is the Nikkor 35mm f/1.8.
My biggest concern is refining my technique even more now to account for less steady hands and increasing arthritis as I age. Tripod and monopod at the ready though, as well.
I'm very much looking to the better low light/higher ISO capabilities...the D200 did get a little grainy sometimes!
Oh, and I'll likely need something longer than my 70-200 f/2.8, but I'll use a 1.4 teleconverter for now!
#3. "RE: D200 Passed Away...D800 on order. It's like waiting for Christmas" | In response to Reply # 0
I am certain you will enjoy the D800. The ergonomics are quite similar to the D200. Hopefully, your computer and monitor are capable of handling the much larger files of the D800 and can do justice to the 36MP captures. You might also want to consider replacing your DX lenses with an FX wa zoom lens.
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#4. "RE: D200 Passed Away...D800 on order. It's like waiting for Christmas" | In response to Reply # 3Tue 25-Mar-14 04:48 PM
Thanks Tristan....I really hate the idea of spending all over for FX lenses, but there are a couple nice ones in mind.
My MacBook has plenty of umpf, and I have two terabyte externals drives which I suspect I'll fill!
I've come to use CaptureNX with ColorEFX filters almost exclusively unless I need to do some draw work when I use PS Elements. Shoot 98$ RAW.