D200 low milege or D300

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19paul67
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D200 low milege or D300
Apr 29, 2012

Hi,

i have the chance of a D200 with 1700 shutters for £330 or a D300 for £580 with 8000 shutters, i have £600 to play with and have a 18-55 and 55-200 from kit. which should i go for?

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In reply to 19paul67, Apr 29, 2012

19paul67 wrote:

Hi,

i have the chance of a D200 with 1700 shutters for £330 or a D300 for £580 with 8000 shutters, i have £600 to play with and have a 18-55 and 55-200 from kit. which should i go for?

Well I just bought a used D300 to replace my D80 and have no complaints. The D300 has just under 20,000 click, but with a shutter rated at 150,000 thats no big deal.

Good luck.

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In reply to 19paul67, Apr 29, 2012

imo the 300 is vastly superior to the 200. Focus speed, fps, IQ, high ISO performance, build, and battery life. The 300 is just about enough camera for anybody forever except that it doesn't do video.
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In reply to 19paul67, Apr 30, 2012

I have a couple of D200s

Use them a lot - like them a lot BUT

I would love the higher ISO ability of the D300

Taking some wedding pics in a couple of weeks and a usable couple of stops more would be very useful

D200 at 100-200ISO I print A3 - no problem - very pleased

Shooting a lot in low light perhaps think ?!

Best of luck

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In reply to 19paul67, Apr 30, 2012

I can't really comment on the D200 since I never had one, but considering the age differences I think I'd go for the D300. 8000 shutter click is also "low mileage" for a camera which is good for 150000, so I would not worry about the 6300 difference.

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I've owned both, the D300 is well worth the extra money. I really wouldn't consider a D200 at any price right now since sensor performance has advanced so far since it's release.
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I would keep shopping for a cheaper used D300.

I bought mine a few months ago for $700 US.

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In reply to 19paul67, May 1, 2012

I have both myself.....

If they are in similarly good condition go for the D300 it is a much better camera in almost every respect. If cost is an issue then the D200 will serve you well for years.

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Get the D300. Had mine for a few years, then sold it, waiting for the D400??? Replaced the D300 with a D7000...Questionable decision!

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Hi,

Thanks everyone, i have gone for the D200, i have started using it. it is a big step up for me. All the extra features i have over the D40x make it worth it in itself. i hope to upgrade again in about 6 Months so this will be a good starter for me. i want to get an all round lens now so i am thinking of a 18-200, the Nikon is so expensive though so it could be the Sigma!!!

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axcentphoto wrote:

Replaced the D300 with a D7000...Questionable decision!

Ain't that the truth. I did the same thing, trying to get to D700 performance in a crop sensor. It just doesn't work because the D300 AF system is much superior, IMO.

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In reply to 19paul67, May 3, 2012

Excellent choice. I've still never seen an image from a D300 as good as those I've seen from a D200. Put another way, the best D200 photos are better than the best D300 photos I've seen.

19paul67 wrote:

Hi,

Thanks everyone, i have gone for the D200, i have started using it. it is a big step up for me.

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I think that you will enjoy the D200. I've had one for four years and I haven't felt compelled to upgrade. Most of my images are taken at ISO 100 and I rarely need to above ISO 400.

Demo some noise reduction software if you don't already have a program. Using noise reduction software it is possible to obtain really nice images up to ISO 1600.

I like Topaz plugins. They tend to be very good and price-wise they are hard to beat. The Topaz bundle can be an excellent deal when it is available at a discount. Sign-up for the Topaz e-mail newsletter and you will hear about deals. Topaz also produces a lot of free webinars too.

I suggest switching auto focus to the AF-ON button, leaving the shutter button for metering and clicking the shutter. Everyone I know that I have recommended this to sticks with it after trying it for a few days.

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19paul67 wrote:

Hi,

Thanks everyone, i have gone for the D200, i have started using it. it is a big step up for me. All the extra features i have over the D40x make it worth it in itself. i hope to upgrade again in about 6 Months so this will be a good starter for me. i want to get an all round lens now so i am thinking of a 18-200, the Nikon is so expensive though so it could be the Sigma!!!

Paul,

Congratulations on the D200, before leaping out and buying another kit type lens with limited depth of field capability and annoying distortions at the wide end. You now have access to the screw driven lenses that can give you near state of the art photos like the AFD 50 1.4 or 50 1.8, then the 80-200 2.8's these lenses will allow you to experiment have fun, and then be sold, often for more than you paid for them. Many of the AF non D lenses work really well and the quality of their optics is immediately apparent, they come from a time when Nikkor meant something and would not even be used on their excellent E series.

Exploring Nikkor optics is a big part of owning a Nikon . John

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D200 isn't that bad and worth its used price
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D200 is certainly worth used price.

I haven't seen the same skin tones coming out of any other camera.

At ISO 100 and good light, the D200 was just magical. Plus despite fewer af points, its AF would instantly attack birds in flight like a magnet and never let go, regardless of single or multi af points in continuous focus. With D300, no matter what I try, it is not as thrilling.

I may get one for 200 if i see that, as I have seen it going down to 300 lately.

Fearless_Photog wrote:

I've owned both, the D300 is well worth the extra money. I really wouldn't consider a D200 at any price right now since sensor performance has advanced so far since it's release.
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No brainer get the D300 you would be ahead of the game
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Hi

I cant see me going over 400 anyway, that was part of the decision for going with the D200 and a lot of people do say that the CCD sensor is better at 100 ISO than a CMOS sensor, i dont know!, but manufacturers do seem to push the high ISO boundries and maybe degrade the lower ISO?

ill look for the Topaz plugins.

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In reply to Cytokine, May 4, 2012

Hi,

i do have some reservations about buying a 18-200 mainly because the aperture range, and i guess using a D200 upto about ISO 400 i need all the speed i can get?

I will check Ebay for the lenses you suggest, it does sound like good advice, i do need a walkabout lens though and i guess a 50mm will be good for this?

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In reply to 19paul67, May 5, 2012

I'd go with a zoom instead of a 50mm because it is such an odd focal length on a DX Nikon. It's hard to beat the price for 1.8 lens but I've never seen the point really and I own a 1.4 50mm.

My fave "walkabout lens" is the Tokina 12-24 f4 zoom. I prefer fixed aperture lenses because I use non-TTL flashes and a hand held flash meter. F4 is as slow as I go when it comes to lenses; all my other lenses are Nikkors including 2.8 zooms and fast primes. The Tokina beats the $1000 12-24 Nikkor as far as I am concerned...

The other lens in my basic street photography/travel kit is the Nikkor 35-70 2.8. I think that it has been discontinued but there are clean used examples out there.

I've gone entire trips using only the Tokina. I like to shoot wide and I like to get up close whenever possible. I can go all day long with the D200/Tokina attached to my R Strap and never even notice that I am carrying the camera.

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In reply to f8BeThereToo, May 5, 2012

I knew i was going to have going to have difficulty choosing a lens or lenses for my camera and reading all the advice i am given is fantastic. i do like the 12-24 but as you say the price of the Nikon lens places it out of my reach. i will look at the Tokina i could then possibly supplement that with a 35mm then a 55-200 i think this is probably simmilar to ken Rockwells "dreamteam"?

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