Nikon D200 Tips


The Nikon D200 was introduced in November 2005 as the followup to Nikon's successful digital SLR, the D100. With a larger LCD screen, 10 megapixel sensor and revised metering system, the D200 was a successful model. Using a D200 gives the photographer minute amounts of artistic control. It has several image modes ranging from automatic preset to fully manual. The D200 uses the Nikon bayonet-style F-mount lens system, so lenses are interchangeable with almost any other Nikon camera, past and present.

Focus Mode Selections

The Nikon D200 has the ability to offer a combination of both manual and autofocus in the same lens. Located on a switch at the front of the camera, the photographer can choose between autofocus, manual focus and continual autofocusing modes with the flip of a switch. The D200 offers four different focusing modes -- dynamic area with subject priority, which places priority on a single subject closest to the camera; group dynamic, which allows the photographer to select a group of focus; dynamic area, which allows the photographer to select one of 11 focus areas manually with the camera's calculations; and single area, which allows the photographer to set the focus on one area alone. The ability to switch between focus modes quickly gives a level of dynamic control to the photographer, and allows for the mode to be changed at a moment's notice.

Shooting Speeds

Unlike its predecessors, the D200 has the ability to shoot in single-frame mode as well as two continuous modes -- high- and low-speed continuous. The low-speed continuous mode allows the photographer to choose between speeds of one to four frames per second. High speed continuous mode allows the top speed to be reached at 5 frames per second. The continuous shooting modes make use of the camera's built in memory buffer, which is displayed on the LCD as frames are being shot. Other shooting modes include a self-timer and mirror mode, in which one shutter actuation raises the mirror and the next takes the shot, similar to a continual exposure or bulb setting.

Auto Bracketing

The D200 also has an automatic exposure bracketing system. This feature is particularly useful in eliminating guesswork for exposures. Based on the meter reading or settings of the camera, the D200 will take several shots of the same scene, all with different exposure values. This can be set in increments of from 1/2 stop to a full stop of variation. This eliminates the need to guess or reset the camera in tricky lighting situations.

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