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Nikon D200 - any tips?
Old 03-28-2006, 07:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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A friend of mine bought a Nikon D200 for himself for Xmas. Hasn't shot the 1st image with it yet. When I mentioned I'd like to look it over sometime, he dropped it off at my work today with a 80-200 2.8 AF-D and the 105 2.8 AF-D Macro. Says "Check 'er out thoroughly, I'll get in touch in a coupla weeks to see how it's working. Give me some tips when you're through!".
So here I am, an Oly evolt shooter (what's with this "crop factor"? ), thrown one helluva bone. Any D200 users have any tips before I crank this sucker up with Gayle this weekend (for Gayle, see www.gayle-e.com)?
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Old 03-28-2006, 09:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Question 1. Shooting RAW or jpeg?
Question 2. Those are pretty long lenses for anything less than bust or headshots unless you back way up. Got enough room in your shooting area?
Tip 1. Don't use any of the fancy AF modes. Stick to single shot single area AF mode and use the AF sensor allowing the least amount of focus lock and recompose.
Tip 2. Watch the hand holding technique. At 10.2MP, you need good steady hands at shutter speeds below 1/125 even with flash (in my experience).
Tip 3. Have FUN. She's hot.

Plenty of D200 shots on my web page --\/
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Re: Nikon D200 - any tips?
Old 03-28-2006, 10:27 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Answer to Q1: Some of both. I'm a jpeg man generally speaking, but to truly test it for him, I really need to shoot both.

Answer to Q2: To do any wierd angle/fetish work with her (in addition to the fashiony stuff she mentioned), I'm def gonna need a wider angle. He mentioned some wider lenses, I'll see what he can spare.

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Old 03-28-2006, 10:36 PM   #4 (permalink)
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David, let me know how it goes, since I have a D100 and looking at the D200, but i do have some issues with the D100. Good luck.

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Re: Nikon D200 - any tips?
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Answer to Q1: Some of both. I'm a jpeg man generally speaking, but to truly test it for him, I really need to shoot both.
Answer to Q2: To do any wierd angle/fetish work with her (in addition to the fashiony stuff she mentioned), I'm def gonna need a wider angle. He mentioned some wider lenses, I'll see what he can spare.
Thanks!
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If you shoot jpeg, make sure to set your white balance. I don't like the auto balance for portraits/fashion work. Personally I shoot only raw and balance in post. I've gotten my ACR parameters down so I can produce what I want in skin tones. Also check the sharpening and saturation settings. I like to use +1 on sharpening and 0 on saturation. The auto settings aren't sharp enough and provide too much saturation IMHO.
The nifty fifty is a great lens in f/1.8 but my workhorse is the 28-70mm f/2.8 AF-S. It's a beast, but really shines between 35 & 70mm. It's no slouch below there, but I don't like the WA distortion.
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Re: Nikon D200 - any tips?
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I've only had mine a little over a month. Best advice...shoot, shoot, shoot. You will love this camera in no time.
Since I upgraded to Photoshop CS2, everything is done in NEF. I don't bother with NEF+JPG. I leave the white bal & sharpening at the default values. You cannot beat the Adobe Bridge for processing.
I use the 24-120 for general outdoor work & a f2.8 for indoors.
For focus, I generally use Group Dynamic & have not been happy with Dynamic area AF w/closest subject.
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I had issues with my D100 to, so I got a D200, Shoot nef, shoot in full manual and shoot,shoot shoot!
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