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Nikon D90 vs D200

I’m looking to add a second camera body to supplement (or replace as my main body) my Nikon D80. Under consideration, the new D90 and the old D200. My needs are not complicated. I have been very satisfied with what I can get out of the D80. The latest is tempting, but the durability and now very reasonable price of the D200 is equally tempting … any thoughts?

by [a former member] at 2008-08-31 21:06:40 UTC (ed. Sep 3 2008 ) San Francisco, California , United States | Bookmark | | Report spam→

The D200 will be much more robust. But who cares. After 2 years put the D90 in a skip and get a D180 which will be 33mp and shoot 3200 ISO pics at the same quality as today’s 50 ISO.

to confirm that the D90 makes lovely files at higher ISO. Your first sales to TV from an exclusive news event shot on the D90 will easily pay for the camera outright anyway. Or maybe ten minutes doing your day job!

by JR, (John Watts-Robertson). | 01 Sep 2008 15:09 | northants, ETA 5 minutes, United Kingdom | | Report spam→

by [former member] | 01 Sep 2008 16:09 | San Francisco, California, United States | | Report spam→
I was mulling the same choice. But I’ve decided to go with a full on HD video kit. The D90 is great but the audio is terrible.

by Bill Putnam | 01 Sep 2008 20:09 | Washington, D.C., United States | | Report spam→
I was considering the same options as well. I recently started shooting sports and I reckon the D200 would be a sturdier rig. But I can risist the full HD since I have been wanting to dabble on video.

by Erik Lacson | 01 Sep 2008 23:09 | Manila, Philippines | | Report spam→
I’d wait for a camera that can auto focus while shooting, plus RAW file quality output. but I’d wait and get a RED Scarlet and call it a day.

by Patrick O'Neill | 02 Sep 2008 04:09 | Fort Worth , United States | | Report spam→
don’t you think that this is part of nikon’s (and canon’s) plan to fleece consumers for as much cash as possible?? i mean, releasing bodies at such breakneck speeds is great for profit margins.

honestly, i’m looking at the D90 and i’m not impressed. sure, it’s got more pixels and i bet the noise handling is great … but live view and video are not features that DSLR photographers want. the burst rate and raw buffer rate are not that good either.

i have a D200 and i love that camera to death. i’ll keep it for a while yet.

nikon need to focus on what makes them good at cameras, not utter rubbish like video.

they’d have impressed me much more if the gps had been built in, rather than added as a hot shoe accessory.

i’m sticking clear of the temptation to upgrade bodies. it’s just wasted money. good glass holds its value, but the technology in camera bodies is moving so fast that cameras are behind the curve inside 6 months.

if you need a pro camera, sure the D700 or the D3 would kick ass … but if you’re upgrading for more bells and whistles, it’s a grand that will be better off in your pocket.

my $0.02 :)


by David Smeaton | 02 Sep 2008 06:09 | | Report spam→
Online apology for my flippant remark about Dave’s ‘Day job’-he is a public defender lawyer so ten minutes work wouldn’t bring in enough to buy a D3,(possibly not even a disposable film camera). I guess british humour doesn’t translate too well across the pond-sorry!

I’m sure Nikon, Canon, etc. are mainly interested in making as much money as possible in a depressed economic climate. So they try to give added value with as many bells and whistles as they can that will appeal to their core customers-which is amateur photographers. I don’t think it is rubbish to put video in as far as they are concerned. Actually, same goes for us pro newspaper photogs-just not in a plastic camera that wouldn’t last very long.

Cameras are more like computers these days-so buy one, and like David,(Smeaton), says-it will be obsolete within 6 months to a year. But it will still take photos, just not as good as the latest wonder camera. I’ve still got my Nikon D1X-just over 5mp…. obsolete and landfill as far as Nikon are concerned.
It still takes pictures though and I keep it for the backup to my backup. The batteries on it are testament to how far technology has advanced in a few years-they lose their charge really fast compared with the modern stuff.

Off at a slight tangent-I went shopping with my wife yesterday and passing an electrical superstore saw they had 10 mp digi SLR cameras complete with 28 to 80 mm equivalent lens for sale at under £300,(or around $600). No wonder everyone is a photographer now.

Seems David,(Wilton), is going to be using the camera along dusty, bumpy roads. So D200 is the way to go. Now if Nikon could just find a way to stop the rubber grips peeling off ALL their camera models after 2 years…….



by JR, (John Watts-Robertson). | 02 Sep 2008 10:09 | northants, ETA 5 minutes, United Kingdom | | Report spam→

your points are fair. if you’re entering the market, then a D90 would be a great camera. but us D200 owners are in quite a bind … the D300 is not a significant improvement, the D90 is a kind of sideways step (and down a bit). 4.5fps but only a 7 raw buffer … meaning 1.4 seconds of burst in raw :(

the D700 is a serious upgrade but it’s also a lot more money. for me, it’s hard to justify switching bodies. DX lenses on a D700 body are only 5mp, which is half of what i’m getting now … so as well as buying an fx camera, i’d have to trade out DX lenses.

and i want to point out (again) that constantly upgrading bodies is a marketing trap.

on a side note, i think it’s funny how nikon’s bizarre naming system has finally bitten them on the arse. after the D90 would logically come the D100, which is already a 5 year old camera. the numbers are completely illogical to anyone who is not ‘versed’ in nikon folk lore! LOL

i’m traveling next year (extended travels for 2 years) and i’ve been tempted to upgrade before i go. but i’ve realised that it’s madness to travel with a brand new camera, when my D200 is still a fantastic shooter.



by David Smeaton | 03 Sep 2008 06:09 | Seoul, Korea (South) | | Report spam→

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