Tuesday, 20 March 2012

It's official - back to Nikon again!

The last couple of weeks have seen me pouring over internet reviews, blogs and brochures, trying to figure out what system I will go for if my Canon 5D has bitten the dust (and officially, as of today, it has).

My last post saw me leaning very strongly towards a Nikon D2x, and I have been following one on Trademe (NZ's version of eBay) for the last few weeks. It hasn't sold yet, but unfortunately I just don't have the cash to put down on it, and probably won't for a while.

So then there's plan B. I want to take this opportunity, with my Canon 5D gone, to make a change. Canon make great gear - don't get me wrong. I've used Canon for over 25 years. But maybe that's the problem? Canon cameras just don't really inspire me anymore. And when they do make a change - I don't really like the result (a-la 60D). The Nikon D300 I sold when the 5D got fixed was, in many ways, the better camera - for me. I really like the Nikon way of putting almost everything on a dial, button or knob on the outside of the camera - very much like the Sony (Minolta) 700 etc...

Which is why, after much thought and deliberation, I've hit upon the Nikon D200.

No - don't try to talk me out of it. And anyway, it's too late. I've already bought one, and it's arriving tomorrow. As well as the vertical grip (a must have for any kit as far as I'm concerned). And viola - a 'D2x' for half the price :-)

Unfortunately it's not coming with the Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8VR shown above - I'll have to save up for that. I'm looking for a used 18-70mm 3.5/4.5 instead - a great lens in the Nikon line up that was the D70 kit lens (would you believe) but that performs way better than any kit lens has the right to.

10MP - magnesium alloy body - 11 focus points - 5fps - 2.5" LCD screen. Not bad for $500NZ.

The grand plan is to use it as my main camera for a couple of wedding seasons, and then buy a new (D400?) body and keep the D200 as a backup. Good plan I reckon.


  1. Wayne, I don't think I could talk you out of the D-200, how could you possibly go wrong! Good choice.
    I think I may be slowly growing out of my Sony A-200, I expect a lot from it now but I find the image processor slow, ISO really kinda sucks. Because of my lens collection I think I'll slowly save up for the NEX-7.
    Have a good week!

  2. I was searching around and found your blog. I just switched from the D200 to the Canon 5D.

    While I did enjoy the D200 and Nikon system, I've been wanting to go to a full frame camera since buying the D200 but couldn't justify the $2000+ US dollars for the D700. So I bought a used Canon 5D.

    There are give and takes with photography and the larger sensor made sense to me, but you'll enjoy the D200. It is built really well, however is noisy at the higher ISO ranger compared to the 5D.


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