With a family graduation quickly approaching (tomorrow!) and immense pressure from the family to purchase a DSLR, I went ahead and ordered the D200 earlier this week. The D200 arrived today, leaving me a little time to figure out the camera. I did pick up an extra battery yesterday, so I will have two fully charged batteries for the graduation. One less thing to have to worry about. I am almost grateful that I had to purchase a camera this week, otherwise I would have prolonged the agony indefinitely. I determined that even if I made the wrong decision, I could always sell the camera and/or lenses and move onto something else. The positives so far include a very intuitive button and menu system. Coming from a Canon EOS-A2 film SLR and having used the Canons from the D60 to the 30D, this is a definite plus for me. The autofocus on the D200, in daylight and low light, is plenty fast for me, and even when it hunts a bit (mostly on one particular lens), it is still accurate. Part of this may have to do with the lenses I selected a year in advance of this camera (more on that in a bit). Again, coming from Canon, I was use to their USM lenses, which were very quiet. But that alone didn't prevent me from having the EOS-A2's AF hunt quite often, and even the 30D hunted more that I liked in my demos. BTW, do D200 owners leave the AF assist light set to "Auto" or do you turn it off? Maybe some use the banks to set this feature to Auto, On, or Off? I have only produced a handful of JPEGS (set to optimal quality), but the images I am producing at ISO 400 are sharper, have better contrast, and are more vibrant than what I created shooting 400 speed film with the EOS-A2. My quick demos of the various cameras, including the D200, didn't seem this good, so I need to figure out what I am doing wrong! The only thing that could be taken as a negative has to do with the lenses I picked up. Each one is a screw-drive lens, and they can be a bit noisy, particularly the 75-300 f/4.5-5.6. This older zoom doesn't do well if you are not near the focus distance with the D200. I know about the Limit button on this lens, but that didn't help out much. This zoom may be a candidate to be replaced, although I didn't shoot past 210mm on film. I would love to have a compact 70-200 f/4 like Canon has (two of them), but the only Nikon lens close to that is also a screw-drive lens and long since discontinued. I think that Nikon's 80-200 f/2.8 may be more bulk than I want to handle, and once again, it's another screw-drive lens. 12 years of using Canon's USM lenses makes everything else seem noisy. Well, I need to put in some more time with the D200 before tomorrow's graduation. I should have a better feel after tomorrow about the responsiveness of the D200. Hopefully I'll be able to produce some images worthy of posting online (need to find a posting service).