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Nikon D200

Review Date: Sep 12, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Price, Build, Functions Lay-out, Picture contrast, Dynamic Range
Not a D2x, but not the price of one either :-)

I bought this as a back up camera to my D2x, but it is getting a lot more use than that. Almost equal to the D2x, and if dynamic range is a key for the shot than I choose it over the D2x.

The optional Vertical Grip is not at the same build quality as the body, but the additional battery gives methe longevity to do a full day's shooting and then some.

I just returned from a month touring Italy, where I was getting 400 - 500 shots a day on the D200 with most of the battery charge remaining. All shots were RAW uncompressed, only and I was chimping every shot, always used AF, using VR, and internal flash for fill light. I have not experienced the battery life concern I have been reading about in the forums. I did buy the grip and an second battery at the same time as the camera though, and it has never been off the camera, which reminds me, I need to remember where I put the battery door :-)

I am glad the D2x came out first, because I would have most likely never bought it after owning the D200. Why am I glad then, because the D2x still has the lead with color balance, tonal quality, and over all picture quality, but this is a review on the D200.

Bottom line this is well worth the price even doubled, IMHO. It has become an equal in use with my D2x.