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It's my first post to this board so try to be kind!
I had the banding problem with my D200, returned it to my dealer and he will be getting me a replacement, when that is who knows since the D200 is a very popular camera!
It is too bad there were some cameras that had some defects! But with any new high tech item, there are bound to be problems! I can't wait for my replacement D200 to come, it is such a great camera!
Anyway, yes there are banding problems, especially when you shoot iso 200 and above with overexposed (mine did this) areas of the photo. My D70 and Canon cameras don't do this, they just show overblown areas!
And I'm not a good enough photographer to avoid the occasional blown highlight or two, or three, etc. I'm still learning!
But there is hope for those of us who have this problem and don't want to return your cameras to get it fixed or repaired. There have been serious discussions in the Japanese and Korean camera websites on this problem, and a clever Japanese Nikon owner (or group of owners) has made a free Photoshop CS and PhotoShop Elements 3.0 plug in that will allow users to eliminate the banding. I tried it, and made sure it wasn't virus ladened or spyware, and it works pretty well. Has a sliding bar of 0-255 to control the strength of the banding fix. It works on RAW or JPEG, although you have to downconvert the RAW to 8 bit in PhotoShop Elements 3.0 for the filter to be used.
The following is a link to the post I found this plug in at:
Note, there are two versions of this plug in, AntiBanD200.8bf and AnitBanD200f.8bf, the first is the full version, the second is the fast version. I downloaded and tested both and they work. The site is in Japanese, but if you follow tmasumo_2000's bablefish translation instructions, it shouldn't be too much of a problem. Although the translation is bad, it's workable!
With this RAW and JPEG filter fix, it seems to me that Nikon could probably fix this problem with a future firmware fix, since it can be eliminated in software like this.