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Nikon Playtime

25 Mar 2020 10:46PM   Views : 517 Unique : 321

I've been given a Nikon D200 with battery grip, which is a nicely made camera, but of course only 10MP. Now that's OK for many things, especially the web, so perfectly usable. maybe a bit slower than cameras are now, but not agonisingly so, and maybe the screen is a bit small as well. No Live View of course and no weather sealing and not such good high ISO performance. In fact, quite a few things that have left it behind, which in one sense is a great shame because it's a lovely bit of kit. But no takers for it. Still, at a price of Zero not at all to be refused and certainly not as there was a Sigma 105mm f/2.8D DG Macro lens attached to it.

So I have had a bit of a play with it and can share a couple of images. The only thing I would say really is that it's great in many ways, holds its head up high, but why would we use it when we have newer, faster, better handling DSLRs that we could use instead? WEll, it's now in my loan stock that I use when any of the younger family members or friends need a camera for school or college or whatever other purpose, sometimes just to come along on trips to places like Martin Mere and have a go. So not totally defunct, but it does seem a shame that there must be just masses of obsolete kit out there that is really good stuff, just limited by its ageing performance.




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UKMike2013 10 22 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2020 4:09PM
I still use my D200 from time to time and as most people are still viewing their images on computer screens, smartphones,TVs or possibly printed up to A4 size at home, 10Mp is plenty. I have a lot of Digi-vintage stuff that stills performs admirably and there are fantastic savings to be made by staying just "behind the curve". I have proved to myself that a new camera might fire up my enthusiasm for photography, it doesn't necessarily improve my technique. Much as I may lust after the very latest and best, the older cameras give as good a result as they always did - I'm happy.
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pablophotographer 12 2.2k 450
28 Mar 2020 3:36AM
The colleauge who introduced me to EPZ was a member of the photography group I and another colleague had created. He was an avid landscape photographer, and he was was using the Nikon D50 at the time we started the group. But as his requirements from the camera increased he bought the D200. If you think D50 is a family car D200 is a tank. The size, the build quality, not to mention the jump from 6MP to 10MP seemed miles away... He may read this comment and laugh. Wherever you are now amigo... I still have the Seagull 6x6 camera which it took pictures you admired. I hope your Nikon D200 still works too!

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