Kent Vinyard wrote:-- hide signature --
Kent in Ok
Any one out there still shooting this camera in the days of smaller lighter high iso camera. Also what are you shooting with it.
I still have my D2h (I think.....).
I'm not sure that I'd describe the D3 or D4 as significantly " smaller, lighter" though...
The D2Hs was better at higher ISO than the D2h, but neither were high ISO champs, at least compared to current DSLR's
With the D2h, I could start seeing noise that I didn't like at ISO 320, and by ISO 640, it was very noticeable. However, my noise reducing technique became more refined during my use of the D2h!
Unprocessed JPG out of camera:
RAW image Post Processed (with obvious heavy White Balance adjustment and noise reduction):
With the D4, I wouldn't have to do anywhere near this degree of post processing, and probably would have shot it at around ISO 3200
At the time, I really didi like the D2h. It was amzing what a 4MP camera could produce:
Almost needed a wide angle lens on that last one
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I have only recently got my D2Hs secondhand. Having originally brought a D40 three years ago, I quickly found I wanted something with more manual control and moved on the a D200. I found this much better and loved the jpegs SOOC however found I didn't like shooting with it in portrait with the battery grip and the battery life was shocking. I have found the D2Hs much better in this regard it just feels better in my hands and find now using the D200 I miss the faster shutter blackout and bigger viewfinder.
I therefore will probably let the D200 go to finance a Nikkor 12-24 f4 despite it being a great camera and will keep the D40 if I need something light and as my wife finds it easy to use.
I largely only use my 35mm f1.8 on mine as I take a lot of photos of my kids indoors.
Despite 'only' having 4MPixels it produces lovely pictures and since getting it have started to shoot raw and find the files easy to process thru Darktable compared to the files from the D200.
I understand this camera has been a bit of a 'marmite' camera to many over the years, but for me, I love the handling so much with the built in vertical grip I find it odd using a camera without one. I don't have the money for a D3 etc so the D2Hs has met my needs perfectly. I'm sure there are newer cameras that are considerably better image quality wise and my D200 really is a lovely camera, however I cannot see myself parting with my D2Hs until it dies.