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Nikon D200 worth it or not?
Old 12-22-2005, 03:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey everyone,

I am christmas shopping for me and am thinking of getting the D200. Is it much better than the D100. I read the specs and it sounds nice but adds are supposed to be. Anyone have the inside track? Also what is up with these DX class lenses? Is there really a noticable difference? Are they worth upgrading to? Any help would be great!

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Re: Nikon D200 worth it or not?
Old 12-22-2005, 03:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hey everyone,

I am christmas shopping for me and am thinking of getting the D200. Is it much better than the D100. I read the specs and it sounds nice but adds are supposed to be. Anyone have the inside track? Also what is up with these DX class lenses? Is there really a noticable difference? Are they worth upgrading to? Any help would be great!


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First off if you don't already have one in your hands or on pre-order, good luck finding one before Christmas. They are quite difficult to find if I'm to believe what I read over on DPReview. I received mine last Friday and am just now getting used to using it. I've been shooting a D70 for over a year and there is a steep learning curve with the many options and menus. It seems to shoot images that are very sharp when used with 'good' glass. I've gotten great results with my 70-200mm f/2.8 VR, but am struggling a little hand holding my 28-70mm f/2.8 beast. Again it could be technique or some camera settings.

I'm also a bit hamstrung since my workflow depends on Adobe Camera RAW which doesn't support the D200 yet. I'm learning Nikon Capture for RAW processing, but it's slow (and slow going) so my results aren't up to what I can do with the D70 and the same glass (as of yet). I do see the silver lining though. As soon as Adobe comes through and I get more accustomed to shooting with the body, my results should be there.

I think it's a bargain at $1700 but that's JMHO.

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Re: Nikon D200 worth it or not?
Old 12-22-2005, 09:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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With respect to the DX lenses. They are designed for the CCD in the D100, D70, D50, D200, D2x etc. You'll find most if not all of them cover off some portion of the wide angle range as that is where most of the issues over sharpeness etc are found, when using lenses designed for the film bodies on the digital SLR's.

The CCD in these Nikon cameras is APS size. When you use a DX lens it becomes a full frame lens on the above cameras. The film designed lens have a 1.5 multiplier effect. ie: the 50 mm becomes a 75 mm.

The multiplier for Nikon SLR digital bodies is 1.5 whereas with Canons it is 1.6 which is found in the Digital Rebel & 20 D. The Canon CMOS in these cameras is slightly smaller in size that the Nikon CCD.

If you want to have the best images using wide angle zooms you'll have to get one of the DX designed lenses. The silent wave versions of zooms are the best zoom lenses. With respect to prime lenses, I've shot several primes from 20 mm, 35 mm & 50 mm with no real sharpness issues with these Nikon cameras. Hope this helps.
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Re: Be careful
Old 12-23-2005, 01:30 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The 1.5 (for Nikon) and the 1.3 & 1.6 (for Canon) are actually Crop factors not Mulipliers in the true sence of the word.

Imagine a standard shot with a Full Frame Camera, using a 50mm Lens, with a person in the center of the Frame.

Now, if you took that same shot with a Nikon Digital camera with the same 50mm Lens, with the person in the same spot, it would be the equivalent of a full frame Camera shot at 75mm.

The person is NOT closer too you, it is NOT a Zooming effect, the outside edges of the shot are "cropped" as if a 75mm Lens was used...

Perhaps you knew this, but many don't and it took me a while to grasp the concept...

On Topic: the new Nikon D200 looks like a very nice Camera and appears to have more/better features than the Canon 20D. It is nice to see Nikon raise the bar, as it seems they have mostly been content with folling Canon...
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Re: Be careful
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Now, if you took that same shot with a Nikon Digital camera with the same 50mm Lens, with the person in the same spot, it would be the equivalent of a full frame Camera shot at 75mm.


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So how does this (or does it at all) affect the effective aperture?
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Re: Be careful
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So how does this (or does it at all) affect the effective aperture?

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It makes no difference to the aperture. Just imagine there is a piece of 35mm film in there but someone has masked off the edges of the frame.

Another thing to consider when moving to digital is that TTL flash metering doesn't work the same and flashes designed for digital need to be used. Of course this doesn't matter in manual or auto modes, just TTL.


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