Nikon D200 SLR Review

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Nikon D200 Professional





Camera Controls



Nikon Professional D200

On the front below the lens release button is the focus selector switch for Continuous AF, Single AF or Manual Focus. On the lens itself you'll find another switch for Auto and Manual focus. On Nikon's VR series of lenses you'll also find a switch to turn the Vibration Reduction feature on and off.



Nikon Professional D200

Controls top left: Buttons to change the image quality, white balance and ISO sensitivity. Around the base is the shooting mode dial with positions for Single frame, Continuous Low, Continuous High and Selftimer.

Controls top right: The combination shutter release and power switch. Turning the power switch beyond the "on" position illuminates the top data display. Press and hold the MODE button while turning the command dial to select the desired exposure mode (Program AE w/Shift, Shutter-speed priority, Aperture priority or Manual). Press and hold the +/- button and turn the command dial to set the desired exposure compensation value (+/- 5EV in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps).

Nikon Professional D200

The monochrome data LCD with all possible icons displayed.





Nikon Professional D200

In front of the shutter release is the sub-command dial.





Nikon Professional D200

On the back (L to R) is the BracKeT button to enable exposure bracketing, the DELETE button, the Metering selector knob with the AE/AF lock button in the center, the AF Start button and the Main Command Dial.




Nikon Professional D200

The optical fixed eye-level pentaprism viewfinder can be adjusted with the diopter knob on the right side, it has a range of -2.0 to +1.0 m1. There are optional rubber eyecups, magnifiers, diopter adjustment lenses and right-angle viewing attachments that can be attached to the viewfinder.

The focusing screen can be changed, the D200 is supplied with the Type B BriteView clear matte II screen. The viewfinder shows approx. 95% of the captured frame.


Nikon Professional D200

The D200's viewfinder display - the small brackets denote the 11 different focus areas. The focus area that is active will turn red when the shutter is pressed. The circle in the middle is the 8mm center-weighted metering area. The lower left icons are for B/W exposure mode, Battery level and "No Memory Card" warning.

Nikon Professional D200

Across the bottom is the status line that shows: (8) autofocus status, (9) metering mode, (10) AE lock, (11) shutter speed, (12) aperture setting, (13) exposure mode, (14) flash compensation, (15) EV comp, (16) ISO sensitivity, (17) # of pictures remaining, (18) Flash-ready, (19) Flash value lock, (20) Flashsync, (21) Aperture stop, (22) electronic analog exposure display, (23) Auto sensitivty, (24) "K" appears when memory remains for over 1000 exposures.





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