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Nikon D200

NikonD200
Review Date: May 9, 2006 Recommend? | Price paid: $1,699.99

Pros: Sealed body, Great Colors, Fast Auto Focus, and Big LCD
Cons:
Plastic cap for the remote trigger and Battery Life

Build like a tank and having a sealed body is a great deal for $1700.00 USD. Fast auto focus, great colors, and lots of features for the buck. I bought the grip with it, and it is a well fit grip unlike the Canon 20D which was my previous camera. I love the grids in the viewfinder which helps keep everything level to the horizon. The big bright LCD is a big bonus. Overall the camera is a great buy, and I switch from the Canon 20D to the Nikon D200 for a couple of reason. One reason is GLASS. I think Nikon still has better glass than Canon. Second reason is itís sealed body for all weather conditions you may face. I take a lot of pictures outside, so I want something that will hold up.

The plastic cap for the remote trigger gets lost easily. Nikon says you get 1800 shots on a set of batteries, but I donít know where they got that figure from. You must have to shut- off the feedback from the LCD and illumination on the top screen. 10.2mp creates a big dust vacuum collector on the CCD, but not as much as the CMOS senors.


 
Nikon D200

NikonD200
Review Date: May 9, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,699.99 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Build like a tank and having a sealed body is a great deal for $1700.00 USD. Fast auto focus, great colors, and lots of features for the buck. I bought the grip with it, and it is a well fit grip unlike the Canon 20D which was my previous camera. I love the grids in the viewfinder which helps keep everything level to the horizon. The big bright LCD is a big bonus. Overall the camera is a great buy, and I switch from the Canon 20D to the Nikon D200 for a couple of reason. One reason is GLASS. I think Nikon still has better glass than Canon. Second reason is itís sealed body for all weather conditions you may face. I take a lot of pictures outside, so I want something that will hold up.
Cons:
The plastic cap for the remote trigger gets lost easily. Nikon says you get 1800 shots on a set of batteries, but I donít know where they got that figure from. You must have to shut- off the feedback from the LCD and illumination on the top screen. 10.2mp creates a big dust vacuum collector on the CCD, but not as much as the CMOS senors.



 
Canon EOS 20D

20d
Review Date: Oct 6, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,599.99 | Rating: 8 

Pros: 8.2 MP, Instant On Power, Autofocus, 800/1600 ISO that you can actual use, Build Quality, and 5fps
Cons:
Lock-up, Waiting on Firmware to fix the lock-up problem. Spot Meter, There is no reason why they couldn't put spot meter on this camera.

This is a great camera for me. I love the fast auto focus and low noise in high ISO settings. I've had the camera for about a week now, and it lock-up four times. It seems to happen only when I change a piece of glass. Even though I think this camera is awesome there are some things I don't like. For example, the battery grip is ugly on this camera. Also I don't like how it feels in my hands either. It could be that I'm use to the 10D so much that it will take a while to get use to. I don't understand why Canon doesn't put spot metering in this camera. You can get a Nikon D70 with spot metering, but not a pro-consumer camera from Canon. Last comment when is Canon coming out with some L-Glass that support the new EF-S, but I'm not sure why they would either.

 
Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM

ef300mmf_4_1_
Review Date: May 16, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,279.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Size, IS, Lens Hood, and 77mm Filters
Cons:
AF Hunting

I love the weight of this lens and the size. Iíve used it for birdshots and kid shots recently. This lens is very sharp, and I like the integrated hood on the lens. Auto Focus is my only issue for this lens. Sometimes it seems to be in a hunting mode. Looking for something to focus on, or it focus on something that I donít want. I would recommend this to anyone starting in telephoto photography. Lens feel great on the Canon 10D with BG-ED battery pack.