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User currently offlineMartin54 From Netherlands, joined Aug 2007, 35 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 12 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2688 times:

Anyone here using the Nikkor 70-200 f/2,8G-IF-ED-VR lens for aviation photography and is it worth the price? I am heavily contemplating a purchase but I would like to hear user opinions first before I shell out 1900 Euro's.

Secondly, I want to replace my D80 for a D200 because the D80's (often erratic) metering system can be a pain and takes a lot of extra post processing time. Do you, D200 owners have issues with metering and what is your general opinion on this camera?

Thanks.

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User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9633 posts, RR: 68
Reply 1, posted (6 years 12 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2687 times:
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The meter on the D200 kicks ass, spot on all the time!

User currently offlineSluger020889 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 456 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (6 years 12 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2678 times:

Quoting Clickhappy (Reply 1):
The meter on the D200 kicks ass, spot on all the time!

I second that. Everything is pretty much spot on with the D200.

As for the 70-200, I don't own it, but I have used it. There's no doubting this is one of the better Nikkor Lenses. The only thing I didn't like was the range; but thats a personal call and depends on how close you are to the action.

Joey



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User currently offline777MechSys From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 350 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (6 years 12 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2677 times:
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Quoting Clickhappy (Reply 1):
The meter on the D200 kicks ass, spot on all the time!

ABSOLUTELY!

Quoting Martin54 (Thread starter):
Nikkor 70-200 f/2,8G-IF-ED-VR lens for aviation photography

I use an older Nikkor 80-200 f/2.8 ED that is supper sharp. Especially on the D200. Probably the sharpest lens in my bag


User currently offlineMartin54 From Netherlands, joined Aug 2007, 35 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 12 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2674 times:

Quoting Clickhappy (Reply 1):
The meter on the D200 kicks ass, spot on all the time!

Thanks, that was what I hoped to hear.

Now, how do I convince my wife... Wink


User currently offlineDiezel From Netherlands, joined Oct 2002, 646 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (6 years 12 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2673 times:

Quoting Martin54 (Reply 4):
Now, how do I convince my wife...

Carte blanche in the shoe shop. Works every time  Wink

Roel.



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User currently offlineKereru From New Zealand, joined Jun 2003, 873 posts, RR: 45
Reply 6, posted (6 years 12 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2671 times:

Quoting Martin54 (Thread starter):
Anyone here using the Nikkor 70-200 f/2,8G-IF-ED-VR lens

Yes well worth the money! A very good lens and low light capable.


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It also works well with the SB800 flash at indoor events to capture that far away portrait.

Quoting Martin54 (Thread starter):
Do you, D200 owners have issues with metering

I have recently upgraded from a D70 to the D200 and it is brilliant with the ability to tweak exposures to your requirements.

Colin  old 



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User currently offlineMartin54 From Netherlands, joined Aug 2007, 35 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 12 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2668 times:

Quoting Diezel (Reply 5):

Carte blanche in the shoe shop. Works every time Wink

Unless she's going to shop for Prada's or Gucci's I could get away with a bargain, but the idea is brilliant! Big grin


User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9633 posts, RR: 68
Reply 8, posted (6 years 12 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2657 times:
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If anyone is in the market for a used 10.5 f/2.8 fisheye I have one for cheap  Big grin

User currently offlineNIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (6 years 12 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2653 times:

Quoting Clickhappy (Reply 1):
The meter on the D200 kicks ass, spot on all the time!

 checkmark  I am loving mine. Quite a piece of equipment.

Quoting 777MechSys (Reply 3):
I use an older Nikkor 80-200 f/2.8 ED that is supper sharp. Especially on the D200. Probably the sharpest lens in my bag

I own the same lens and it's awesome. Fast and razor sharp.


User currently offlineCalgaryBill From Canada, joined May 2006, 686 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (6 years 12 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2626 times:

Quoting Martin54 (Thread starter):
Anyone here using the Nikkor 70-200 f/2,8G-IF-ED-VR lens for aviation photography and is it worth the price?

As so many others have said, yup. It's a fantastic lens, especially in low light.

Quoting Clickhappy (Reply 1):
The meter on the D200 kicks ass, spot on all the time!

The meter kicks butt alright, I swear it's even better than the meter on my D2x. But the autofocus leaves something to be desired. Putting good quality glass with a wide maximum aperature, such as the 70-200 AFS VR, on the camera will give the autofocus a better chance of nailing the shot.

If you're not in a rush you might want to wait until Nov or Dec and get a new D300 for a couple hundred dollars more. It will have the same autofocus system as the D3 pro body so I have high hopes it'll be an improvement on the D200.

B


User currently offlineMartin54 From Netherlands, joined Aug 2007, 35 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 years 12 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2596 times:

Quoting CalgaryBill (Reply 11):

If you're not in a rush you might want to wait until Nov or Dec and get a new D300 for a couple hundred dollars more. It will have the same autofocus system as the D3 pro body so I have high hopes it'll be an improvement on the D200.


I thought about that but here in Holland the D300 is going to retail for 1949 Euro's. (if not in backorder!) Next year June I have planned a trip to the US where the D300 retails for 1799 Dollar and with the current exchange rate I would save myself more than 600 Euro's if I would buy the camera in the US, but I am afraid that I don't have that much patience.

Another point is that if you buy a D200, you buy a proved and reliable camera while with the D300 you never know how many bugs you will run into. It is not uncommon for new released cameras to have issues.
Since the news of the coming D300, the prices of the D200 already plummet.

Everybody thanks for their replies.


User currently offlineDiezel From Netherlands, joined Oct 2002, 646 posts, RR: 11
Reply 12, posted (6 years 12 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2587 times:

Quoting CalgaryBill (Reply 11):
But the autofocus leaves something to be desired.

That is true. I experience the same. Especially when a lens starts hunting, it's hard to get the focus system working properly again without manual intervention. And that can be hard if you are there with a (very) heavy lens.

BTW, if you are smart, buy the battery grip with at least one spare battery (throw away the AAA battery holder which comes with the grip so you won't rely on it, as the D200 lasts exactly 10 shots on 6 penlights).

But other than that I'm extremely happy with my D200. It's good value for money. Better than shoes I would say.

Roel.



Never be afraid of what you like. (Miles Davis)
User currently offlineScbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 12566 posts, RR: 46
Reply 13, posted (6 years 12 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2586 times:
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Just to add my  twocents 

The combination of a D200 and the 70-200 f/2,8G-IF-ED-VR lens is simply brilliant. You can have mine after you pry it out of my cold, dead hands. wink 

As was pointed out above, 200mm can be a bit short for aviation, it just depends how close to the action you can get.

Quoting Clickhappy (Reply 8):
If anyone is in the market for a used 10.5 f/2.8 fisheye I have one for cheap

I'm not, but I really like mine. Don't you like it, or just don't use it?



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User currently offline777MechSys From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 350 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (6 years 12 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2575 times:
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Quoting Scbriml (Reply 14):
I really like mine. Don't you like it, or just don't use it?

I loved mine. Well, the short time I had it.

Some people just wouldn't know a good lens even if it bit them on their ass. Big grin


User currently offlineCodeshare From Poland, joined Sep 2002, 1854 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (6 years 12 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2525 times:

70-200 is the s.... Big grin Go and buy it.

KS/codeshare



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