D200 and slow shutter speeds.

Discussion in 'Nikon DX DSLR' started by Bob the Spiderman, Dec 22, 2005.

  1. Am I wrong in thinking that this is a problem?

    I seem to be getting an impression from NC and Dpreview that people are finding some type of problem in using the D200 at below a shutter speed of 1/250-500th sec. Perhaps it is just me getting things wrong in my head, but if this is the case then why is it happening? Lots of my bird photography with the D2H and 80-400mmVR is performed at speeds of 1/60th sec even at ISO 800/1000. This is the best I can manage in the dull days of an English winter. To have to use speeds as high as the above would certainly rule this camera out of any future purchase intention.

    BW. Bob F.
     
  2. nfoto

    nfoto Guest

    Have no fear. D200 works at any speed, far below 1/60 sec. I've achieved tack-sharp images at very slow speeds, even with long lenses.
     
  3. PJohnP

    PJohnP

    Feb 5, 2005
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  4. Oh that is very good news. I must have been mistaken in my assumption. I am glad that you are finding it a nice camera and look forward to reading any more observations that you may have.

    Thanks and best wishes. Bob F
     
  5. MontyDog

    MontyDog

    Jan 30, 2005
    #1064 - You have an error in your SQL syntax;
     
  6. Take a look at Philipps bird shot in my D200-ISO 1600 thread. 1/80 sec at 800mm. I'd call that darned good in anybodies book, i'm amazed that the little birdy held still.
     
  7. It was not boring. It is information that I need to evaluate a possible future purchase. If it is down to technique, or the lack of it then I have very little to worry about!

    Bob F
     
  8. zigzag

    zigzag

    307
    Oct 16, 2005
    Boston
    I'm confused. Viewed at "100%" means looking at the actual pixels, right?

    So if you take identical shots with a D70 and D2x, when you're zoomed in to 100% on the D70, it's still less zoomed than a D2x image.

    Put another way, if you zoom out from 100% on the D2x image to the same level you were looking at the D70 image, is it still worse? Doesn't seem like this is an apples-apples comparison, if I read right.
     
  9. Looked at Philipps thread. Excellent. There is nothing wrong here.

    Does anybody know if Bjorn is doing a review of the D200. His is one review I would certainly like to read?

    Bob F
     
  10. PJohnP

    PJohnP

    Feb 5, 2005
    Bob :

    He is apparently deeply engaged in this. Have a look elsewhere on the Cafe for some initial findings (including graphs for the engineers or technotypes among us !) on the battery function.


    John P.
     
  11. MontyDog

    MontyDog

    Jan 30, 2005
    #1064 - You have an error in your SQL syntax;
     
  12. MontyDog

    MontyDog

    Jan 30, 2005
    #1064 - You have an error in your SQL syntax;
     
  13. Ken-L

    Ken-L Guest

    I found it much more difficult to get a handheld shot at low speed 1/30", 1/60",and even at 1/125" with my Nikkor 50/1.4, then I put on the 24-120VR (sorry Paul) and found it's VR gave me the results I wanted down to 1/15".

    With practice, and when I finally get feeling back in my hands and feet, I'll probably do much better handheld; until then my VR lenses will do the trick.

    76419955_152ec6efea_o.
     
  14. zigzag

    zigzag

    307
    Oct 16, 2005
    Boston

    :confused:

    I posted this before, but it got lost in the shuffle. I think there's a good question in here somewhere. Anyone care to take a shot at whether I'm right or wrong on this?

    Thx,
    Z
     
  15. F15Todd

    F15Todd

    Feb 1, 2005
    Tennessee
    This was taking with the default factory setting, right out of the shipping box. The picture was resized in Nikon View "Copy and resize as JPG" to 1024x768 Good Quality.

    original.

    Full EXIF Info
    Date/Time 29-Dec-2005 14:40:12
    Make Nikon
    Model NIKON D200
    Flash Used No
    Focal Length 60 mm
    Exposure Time 1/50 sec
    Aperture f/3.5
    ISO Equivalent 100
    Exposure Bias
    White Balance (-1)
    Metering Mode matrix (5)
    JPEG Quality (6)
    Exposure Program program (2)
    Focus Distance

    Just got done shoveling snow, so I have some more time now to play with the camera.
     
  16. PJohnP

    PJohnP

    Feb 5, 2005
    I shot this image at 1/60s with my D200 a couple of days back. Didn't get terribly much shake, and I was sitting on a plank bridge with my legs dangling over the water, people walking on the bridge as I took the photo. No VR here, either !

    [​IMG]

    I think reasonable technique allows one to capture passable shots with the D200...

    And I'm getting something like 400-500 shots per battery charge with a modest amount of chimping, a bit less with a VR lens in heavy use.

    I think that I like this camera...


    John P.

    P.S. More shots at 1/100 and 1/125 at https://www.nikoncafe.com/vforums/showthread.php?t=59119 .
     
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  17. F15Todd

    F15Todd

    Feb 1, 2005
    Tennessee
    Walk through the house

    After first reading this post I did a walk through the house, since it raining and cold outisde. There are all handheld with shutter speeds from 1/10 to 1/20 of a second.

    White balance, sharpening and tone all set to AUTO. No post work done, just resaved in Nikon View "Copy and Resize as .jpg" 1024x768 Good Quality

    1/20 of a second
    54159623.

    1/10 of a second
    54159624.

    1/15 of a second
    54159625.

    1/13 of a second
    54159628.
     
  18. nfoto

    nfoto Guest

    Can't understand why anyone believes that using D200 is confined to fast speeds? Today I shot at speeds ranging from 2 minutes to 1/800 sec, of course no problems whatsoever at any speed. A good tripod or proper handholding technique is all you need.
     
  19. PJohnP

    PJohnP

    Feb 5, 2005
    Bjørn :

    There's been a lot of FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt) cast around about the D200, especially in a couple of other fora. The sheer volume of posts made about this subject seems to have created its own mythology. < shrug > It's the nature of the world today, a zeitgeist of unhappiness, I suppose.

    My comments have been in reply to Bob's questions on this. I'm an engineer and a scientist, so the tests I perform are what I judge performance by (assuming that I can perform, but that's another matter entirely ! :cool: ).


    John P.
     
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