Like so many others, my D200 arrived yesterday, then to have the battery charged. However, I was working until past sunset, and arrived home to little opportunity for outdoor activities. Worse yet, I'd not programmed the D200 for any features at all, excepting the clock and a comment. What to do ? Well, why not try shooting with all camera defaults and in Program mode ? After all, Nikon's invested a lot of effort in setting all the defaults, "auto" settings, etc. for this camera. Why not see what it could do ? Why not, indeed. I pointed the camera across the corner of my property, generally angling towards deeply shadowed hills and houses with their lights, and mountains beyond. There was a faint cloud structure visible over the mountains with some little glow from the now dully reddened western horizon as the sun was fully set. The arroyos and hills were almost black to the eye. I quickly cranked through ISO settings, not in "auto" mode on the camera, and got shots at various ISO levels. I won't try and run through the full litany of settings, but show just a few. These are, respectively, ISO400, 1000, 1600, and the initially rather cryptic setting of "1 step over 1600". The results were actually rather startling given that my eyes didn't pick up what the camera did... D200, 28-70mm AFS, processed in NC4.4, post-proc in PS-CS for copyright, resize, and sharpened a bit for the internet. Bad light at close to night, handheld shooting, high ISO, almost everything "as is" from Nikon without the least thinking for the shooting. "Brain-dead photography," some might claim. It's not a systematic set of controlled tests on a tripod of a set scene with static light, it's not set up for specific areas of light and dark, and I'm not "pixel-peeping" with three hundred and twelve crops at a zillion percent. The highest ISO setting has obvious digital noise, and it shouldn't matter that it was dark at the time and I didn't run NR reduction or digitally squeeze it like a tube of toothpaste smashed under a bootsole. But what the hey, if I can apply just a touch of thought to its use, I think this is going to be a fun camera for me ! Always shoot, especially with a new camera. John P. P.S. Larger versions of shots 1 and 3 down further in the thread.