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thinking of buying a back up camera so its between the D90 of D200
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Backup to what?
back up to NikonD3
For build quality and affordability, i'd have to say the D200. Unless you need/want something a little smaller and lighter that has the video capabilities of course
I have a D90 and love it. The D90 out performs the D200 in many ways apart from the weather sealed body and a few other little things! The video isnt much to scream about to be honest.
look here for more info on the differences
Wouldn't you prefer a full frame back up? A D700 perhaps, if you're in that ballpark?
The D200 has the weather sealing and durability that you'd expect of a 2nd division Nikon and it'll work happily with AIS lenses.
I bought one for walkabout because it's a lot smaller than the D3 series that I use for work, about half the weight and is now seriously cheap. Image quality is good but high ISO performance is lamentable.
The D90 feels like a toy!
I've had both. D200 is well built but D90 takes better pictures. For me the image capturing abilty out weighs the build quality especially as it's to be a back up camera.
The D90 - technically - is the FAR superior camera.
I have owned a D200 and now have the D300. The D90 shares the same sensor as the D300 - and the sensor differences between the D200 and the D300 are planets apart.
Quote: The D90 feels like a toy!
Nonsense! The D90 is an exceptionally well put together camera. Coupled with the battery grip it fits comfortably in the hand and is a joy to use.
I still have both a D90 & D200, I use the D90 as a walkabout camera and would say that, as mike says, technically it is a far better piece of kit. The sensor is superior and the lager LCD screen is also a useful addition. I rarely use the D200 for anything other than Passport photographs in the studio (you don't really need 24 million pixel passports).
No doubt the D200 is more robust but unless you are planning on giving your kit a battering then the D90 is the one I would choose (get a battery grip though, it improves the feel and functionality of the camera no end.
Don't want to rain on your parade - but technological advances in the past year have been so great that you really need to ask why you want to buy an "old tech" model when, for much the same money, you could get something like the D3200. It may be a consumer, "entry level" machine but, in the respects that really matter, it is miles ahead of the models you mention.
Unfortunately, it may not work with all the OPs lenses. They don't work with AFD or earlier as there is no mechanical linkage.
If you want a DX body, for the difference in price, I'd suggest a D300 rather than a D200, but both are good. Or a secondhand D7000, but then you are getting closer to a D700 price....and so it goes on.
It really comes down to what the OP wants to do with the camera.
I'm used to working with cameras that are more or less bullet-proof. Although I'm careful, things do get dropped or used in the rain from time to time. The D3200 actually gives slightly better image quality than a D3X when it's brand new and straight out of the box. All that entry-level Nikons lack is durability and flexibility of use with legacy lenses.
Unfortunately I want to use my collection of manual-focus primes so my walkabout is a D200 rather than a D3200. But I'm strange!
I've owned both, the D200 was a great camera. Built well, and gave decent image quality. But push it above ISO 400 and you're into noise-central. I exchanged mine for the D90, which is now a back up to my D800. It's more than capable.
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