D200, I just can't quit you!

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Retzius
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D200, I just can't quit you!
Aug 16, 2012

I have been shooting a D200 pretty much daily since 2006. I use this camera for work, play, family, vacations, art, and pretty much anything under the sun. I have tried lesser model Nikons, better model Nikons, and at the end of the day, I find the pro-sumer level Nikons like the D200 to be the perfect balance point of durability, cost, portability, and creative control.

Even after using a D300 for a while, although it was better for sports and action, I still find the D200 to produce my favorite images. It might just be personal bias, but I find they have a certain delicate tonality that just shines in portraits and in black and white.

Nikon, if you are listening, killing the Dx00 line would be a terrible decision. Please, bring out a D400 and expand the DX lens lineup. Do not neglect this line and let it die. I already have these terrible thoughts of jumping ship to a camera maker that seems to respond to customer demand.

Here are some shots that, at least to me, show why I like the D200. Have fun!

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Cytokine
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Re: D200, I just can't quit you!
In reply to Retzius, Aug 16, 2012

Retzius wrote:

It might just be personal bias, but I find they have a certain delicate tonality that just shines in portraits and in black and white.

I have the same personal bias, and still very happy with my D200, but I feel the pain of those who are waiting for any news of the D400; Given the investment that many have put into the Nikon DX system.

What effort would it take to confirm whether or not the DXXX series will be continued or not.

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PS: Lovely portraits.

John

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In reply to Retzius, Aug 17, 2012

I too love my D200, I also have a D90, and a D700, but I shoot more with the D200 than either of the other cameras.

I bought my D200 in Nov. 07' and I have no plans to be rid of it, even when it dies and can't be fixed I'll put it away and move on.

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Gale Bizet
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In reply to rubicon, Aug 17, 2012

D200 is a Nikon classic and nothing will ever replace it. The sensor is different.
Color and ease of use is great.

Love mine also. Can't believe it is 6 going on seven years.. Still low shutter count, due to using the D300 when I had it...So hope it lasts for a long time. I can't really afford another camera.

I did have the D300 as well. It is a good camera. Bit more latitude when needed for higher iso.
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In reply to Gale Bizet, Aug 17, 2012

may I echo what has been said, nice shots as well - must get the 35mm

I've used D300s and D3 for work and I still come home to my D200 and it just has that something extra particularly on portraits. At 100ISO its still amazing, after 5 years, I love it.

I just need to get the time to use it more.

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In reply to Retzius, Aug 17, 2012

Like number 2. Old doesn't necessarily mean obsolete I'm liking my old s3 better then my d300 for people pics in certain situations. You cannot beat the new cameras for speed and high iso but some of the old ones have something special yet left in them.

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In reply to Retzius, Aug 17, 2012

Nice shots. I too have a D200 and 300 and I too prefer the images from the 200. Don't know what it is but somehow the 200's images are smoother and more film like, plus the fact it's base ISO is 100 which is great for using my 10 stop ND filter, when you want to keep the shutter open for as long as possible. The 200 may not come close to the abilities of the latest sensors when it comes to high ISO but it still far exceeds the capabilities of film. I do wonder if a D4 or D800 which I would love to have would really satisfy me more...
Whatever, I'll be using my 200 till it dies and then I'll be bereft.

Absolutely Nikon should continue the high end DX Dx00 line but please concentrate on high DR and ISO rather than high MP.

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In reply to djwuk, Aug 18, 2012

I just had the same conversation with another photographer. My D200 just seems special. The images I get with it and the 80-200 2r are just amazing. It will probably die in my arms.

Actually the D7000 and it are for me a fine pair. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses but together cover all the ground I need for a long time.

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Retzius
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Thanks guys! Nice to see some love for the D200.
In reply to Retzius, Aug 20, 2012

Hi all, thanks for the great replies. Im glad I am not the only one who still loves the old D200. I was looking through some old images and I am still amazed how the CCD in the D200, with practice, can really make some shots that remind me of Velvia.

This one stood out to me:

Have fun!

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Re: Thanks guys! Nice to see some love for the D200.
In reply to Retzius, Aug 20, 2012

Darn it, I posted the wrong image...

The proper image will follow.

I must be getting old. lol

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Re: D200, I just can't quit you! me 2!
In reply to Cytokine, Aug 23, 2012

still love mine but am looking for upgrade. Still will keep using my lovely, loyal workhorse.

Best regards,

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In reply to retrogal60s, Aug 23, 2012

I used a D200 for years...a great camera ...some months ago I got a D7000 ,handling took some getting used to...D200 doubtlessly feels better in the hand but on practically all other points the d7000 is ,imo, superior...havent used the D200 for months...

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In reply to nijkerk, Aug 23, 2012

I echo all the comments here, my D200 is permanently attached to a Tamron 90mm f2.8 and a ringflash, I see no reason to change.

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In reply to Retzius, Aug 23, 2012

Agree don't terminate the Dxxx line - i'm fallen in love with my D300s and will not get rid of mine.... still use it even though I'm expanded upwards..

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