Nikon D200 – Review @ Digitalcamerainfo

Patrick Singleton & Alex Burack have recently posted their review on Nikon D200, a 10.2 megapixel DSLR with a 5 frames-per-second burst speed and a brand-new autofocus module, at DigitalCameraInfo. In conclusion they write:

Nikon D200

“The Nikon D200 delivers excellent 10 megapixel images, and it’s easy for the experienced photographer to operate. It’s an excellent step-up camera for photographers buying a second Nikon DSLR, or for experienced film users who are finally jumping to digital (do such people still exist?).

The D200 combines advances and refinements that Nikon fans had every reason to expect: higher resolution, lower noise, faster autofocus, and a more polished interface. If there is anything shocking about the D200, it’s the fact that nothing is shocking about it. With the D200, Nikon delivers a solid performer. Canon, in contrast, keeps on delivering surprising cameras – the 5D has a full-frame sensor for less money than people expected. The 1D Mark II n cranks out 8.5 frames per second (and does it at 8 megapixels for a faster burst rate at twice the file size of the Nikon D2Hs), and the 1Ds Mark II brought photographers 16.7 megapixels at under $8,000.

In short, Nikon has delivered an excellent camera, but has still left the headlines to Canon.”

Nikon D200 Vs Canon EOS 20D

Norm, a Pbase gallery member, has posted some comparison shots of Nikon D200 and Canon EOS 20D in his gallery. Both cameras shot in the sRGB color space. nikon capture v4.4.0 used for the NEFs and canon’s basic EOS viewer utility for the CR2 conversions, both with all settable parameters to zero or neutral (see notes in each gallery for specifics). converted to best-quality JPEGs but compressed after uploading using pbase’s compression utility.

Nikon D200 VS Canon 20D
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Nikon D200 Samples @ Camera Labs

Cameralabs did some tests on the new Nikon D200 along with Nikon D2x, Canon EOS 5D and Canon EOS 1Ds MK II. They wrote:

“Noise levels on the D200 are very usable up to 800 ISO and slightly better than the D2X, presumably due to the D200′s larger pixel pitch. The results of the Canon 5D and 1Ds Mark II though clearly illustrate the benefit of a larger sensor with a greater pixel pitch. Noise levels are much lower throughout, although especially so at 800 ISO and above. “

Nikon D200 Test Images
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Kodak EasyShare C663 – Review Roundup & Sample Photos

Kodak EasyShare C663 is a 6.1 megapixel point-and-shoot digital camera (released on 03.01.06) featuring 3x optical zoom and a 2.5″ LCD screen. The camera will be available in March 2006 with Retail Price of US$299.95.

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Apple Aperture Version 1.0.1 Update

Apple has just updated their imaging software which addresses a number of issues related to reliability and performance. It also delivers improved image export quality and metadata handling. Some improvements are including white balance adjustment accuracy and performance, image export quality, book and print ordering reliability, auto-stacking performance, and custom paper size handling

Apple Aperture 1.0.1

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More Samples from Nikon D200 V Canon EOS 5D

This time potatobear.com has done some tests comparing images from Nikon D200 and Canon EOS 5D

Canon EOS 5D Vs. Nikon D200

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Sigma HSM Issue with D200

Press Release: Notice to end users of Sigma’s HSM equipped lenses with the Nikon D200 Camera

To our valued customers,

Sigma HSM equipped lenses do not operate when the “AF operation button” on the back of the body of Nikon “D200″ digital SLR camera (recently introduced to the market by Nikon) is used. We have determined that this problem is caused by a firmware “bug” in our HSM equipped lenses.

We deeply regret any inconvenience this may cause our customers who own D200 cameras and we are committed to correcting this situation. We will start updating the firmware of these lenses free of charge in the near future.

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Nikon D200 & Nikon D70s ISO Comparison

Matt just uploaded a series of comparison shots of Nikon D70s and D200 ISO. He did the test by shooting in compressed RAW, with Nikkor 50mm 1.4 at f8 on both cameras, in A mode. Both set to Normal sharpening and tone. Converted in Nikon Capture. White balance set off the white area of the Whibal card in the picture.

Here’s 100% crop samples of ISO 1600 from both Nikon D200 and D70:

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More sample shots of Nikon D200 & Nikon D70s ISO Comparison are available at Matt’s gallery.

UV and Polarizer Filter Test

Ken did a little (but, very good) test comparing both UV filter and Polarizer filter from Hoya S-HMC and Tiffen. The purpose of this test is to answer questions such as “UV filter to protect lens?”, “Should I get a multicoated filter?”, and “Which polarizer should I buy?”.

Canon 70-200mm F/4 without UV filter and with Tiffen UV filter:

Filter Test

In conclusion he wrote:

“Uncoated filters are really bad and drastically reduce contrast. Multicoated filters are *very* close to no filter at all. And yes, you really do need multicoated polarizers.”

Go to UV and Polarizer Filter Test @ Ken & Christine’s Gallery

Canon EF 200mm F/1.8L USM

Judhi Prasetyo, fotografer.net forum member, has posted some sample photos of the legendary Canon EF 200mm F/1.8L USM, which was marketed at November 1988 for 456,000 yen. The lens was the world’s fastest 200mm telephoto lens at the time. Three UD-glass elements eliminate secondary spectrum for sharp images at all apertures. The optics have been designed to give excellent background blur. Try it with the maximum aperture’s shallow depth of field.

Sample shots of Canon EF 200mm F/1.8L USM taken with Canon EOS 20D:

Canon 200mm F/1.8 samples

Canon 200mm F/1.8 samples

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