I have a friend who always called the Nikon D100 the “dee hundred.” By extension, the Nikon D200 must be the “dee tundred,” or something like that.
Thanks to the upgrade culture and eBay, I now have two D200s in my possession, which I got mostly for magazine work. Both are equipped with the MB-D200 multi-power battery grip, both are in excellent condition, and as my readers have come to expect, I paid less than a sixth of their original retail price for them.
The D200 has strengths and weaknesses, but as with other older digital cameras, in the right hands they are excellent tools. So here is the good, the bad, and the ugly about the D200.
- Enough pixels for anything, including magazine full-bleed double-truck and 20×24 inch posters
- Excellent, accurate color
- Nice handling with the battery grip
- Handleable noise with raw files, even at ISO 3200
- Autofocus is not aggressive enough for sports
- Battery grip feels a little flimsy in the hand, and the batteries are held in place with plastic clips that will probably break (Michael already had to replace some)
- Raw files tend to be on the large size, even with raw compression turned on, making upload times long even with my fast card reader
- Doesn’t make video (which no DSLR of that era did)
- Very hungry for battery power combined with smallish batteries
There’s really nothing ugly about the D200.
I’m glad I have these cameras in my bag for when I need a little better resolution, and more importantly, when I need better color, than my D2Hs give me. If you come across one of these gems on eBay, I recommend it.