martin54
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Nikon Gear Questions.

Fri Sep 21, 2007 7:07 am

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?

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RE: Nikon Gear Questions.

Fri Sep 21, 2007 7:08 am

The meter on the D200 kicks ass, spot on all the time!
 
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Fri Sep 21, 2007 7:16 am

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.

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RE: Nikon Gear Questions.

Fri Sep 21, 2007 7:19 am

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
 
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Fri Sep 21, 2007 7:24 am

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
 
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Fri Sep 21, 2007 7:26 am

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

Carte blanche in the shoe shop. Works every time  Wink

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RE: Nikon Gear Questions.

Fri Sep 21, 2007 7:28 am

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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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.

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Fri Sep 21, 2007 7:34 am

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
 
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Fri Sep 21, 2007 8:26 am

If anyone is in the market for a used 10.5 f/2.8 fisheye I have one for cheap  Big grin
 
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Fri Sep 21, 2007 9:13 am

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.
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Fri Sep 21, 2007 1:10 pm

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.

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Fri Sep 21, 2007 8:18 pm

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.
 
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Fri Sep 21, 2007 9:08 pm

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.

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RE: Nikon Gear Questions.

Fri Sep 21, 2007 9:10 pm

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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RE: Nikon Gear Questions.

Fri Sep 21, 2007 10:14 pm

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
 
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Sat Sep 22, 2007 4:13 am

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

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