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Nikon D200 Field Report

Ernesto Santos (esantos)

Keywords: nikon, d200, camera, bodies

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Nikon D200 at Fauna and Flora

It was time to move on to other subjects to test some of the other capabilities of the Nikon D200. Over the next three days there were ample opportunities to shoot wildlife and the emerging wildflowers at Jackson Hole. This would be the first time to test the auto focus of the Nikon D200 using a Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom lens and a Nikon TC-17EII 1.7x teleconverter.

Nikon D200 DSLR Camera

Bison at Antelope Flats



One morning a group of bison were spotted in the Antelope Flats area.

In a marsh at Oxbow Bend, in the shadows of Mt. Moran a cow moose played peek-a-boo in the vegetation of the river banks.

Later, on a scenic float trip down the Snake River white pelicans were seen all along the sand bars.

The Oxbow Bend area was abundantly carpeted with arrowleaf sunflowers along the shady hillsides that skirt the bend of the Snake River.


Shooting wildlife can be quite a bit different from landscape photography. It is essential to maintain absolute sharpness on the eye of the animal when taking its portrait. Using an exposure setting that will blur much of the foreground and background is essential as it helps to visually isolate the subject. This means shooting with the lens close to its widest aperture.

The sharp focus requirements can prove difficult to achieve unless the auto focus feature on your camera is of top quality. The D200 with the Multi Cam 1000 AF system takes on the focusing workload easily. Even with the teleconverter attached the auto focus module performed flawlessly.

And not to leave vibration reduction (VR) technology out of the testing there were many situations where there was no time to set up a tripod. Shooting handheld was possible due to the VR capabilities of the 70-200mm. Again, this combination of camera, lens, and teleconverter captured the shot.


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Originally written on July 21, 2006

Last updated on October 28, 2016