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Strenght of the D200 mount.....

Discussion in 'Nikon DX DSLR Forum' started by Jeff Lee, Jun 6, 2007.

  1. Jeff Lee

    Jeff Lee

    May 16, 2006
    I always carry my D70 & 80-200 or 300 by the lens. If you are walking around with the D200 and one of those two lenses do you have to worry about the lens mount?

    I seem to remember that Frank Killed the mount on his D70 with a 80-200mm f2.8.
  2. Don't think it's an issue unless you drop it.

    I carry D70 + 80-200/2.8 with only the neck strap (on my shoulder) all the time. No problem.
  3. Jeff Lee

    Jeff Lee

    May 16, 2006
    Thanks John. Hope UF jumps in here, I think I remember something a couple of years ago by him on DPR about this.

    But sounds like you've had no problems with the D70, so the D200 should also be fine.
  4. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    I carry my D200 by the handle or strap with an 80-400 VR and 1.4 tc for a year and a half now.
    Seems fine to me
  5. Cope


    Apr 5, 2007
    Houston, Texas
    I use the Q/R Upstrap, so carrying my D200 and 70-200 Sigma by the strap is not painful, but for safety sake (for the lens) I usually cradle the lens in my left hand.
  6. dsp921


    May 16, 2006
    I trust the 70-200 on my D200, with a magnesium frame it's not an issue. I always support heavy lenses on the D70s.
  7. I had contacted Nikon a while ago questioning whether hanging the 70-200 VR on the lens mount would be ok.
    They said it would if I would take care to avoid bumps to the lens (which of course would stress the lens mount more than just the lens' weight).
  8. fks


    Apr 30, 2005
    sf bay area
    hi jeff-

    i had an old 80-200mm f/2.8 hanging off a D100 for over a year with no problems. i've even mounted the D100 on a tripod with that lens hanging off the end (no 'pod mount on the 80-200mm). my D200 and D2H usually have the 70-200mm VR mounted on them when i use them, and no problems there either.

    as the others have said, as long as you don't drop the kit, or bump it too much (i've had my share of knocks on tables and door frames) you should be ok.

  9. Commodorefirst

    Commodorefirst Admin/Moderator Administrator

    May 1, 2005
    I sent in one of my D200 under warranty for spotty focus, sometimes front focus by a little, sometimes back focus by a little, they replaced major parts of the camera and also the entire bayonet mount,

    Funny thing was this body was always used with the smaller lenses most of the time, the one I use with the 200-400 and the 200VR seems rock steady, and functioning great, and the camera stays mounted to the 200-400 all the time.

    So I guess just keep lifting by the lens, and sometimes things just go weird sometimes, you never know.

  10. Nchesher


    Jul 7, 2006
    I hold my 80-200 AF-S from my D70 and D100 all the time. I try and hold it by the lens as much as possible but I have no problem letting it hang.
  11. There's misconception about construction of camera bodies.

    The frame is one thing, the mirror box is another thing. The mount is fixed on the mirror box. When the mount is under stress, the first thing to break is the mirror box.

    Not sure about D200's mirror box. But D100's (and probably D70's) is plastic. Some time again, there were photos floating around on the net of D100 with broken mirror box.

    That said, I won't worry much even for D70 or D100. Those plastics are pretty strong.
  12. I recommend caution and care for your bodies, no matter how strongly they are built, they will last longer and work better if taken cared of.
    I used to own a D70 and use it with a 70-200 HSM F2.8 Sigma all the time, it wasn't the shooting that affected the body, but the image review part when I would hold both hands on the left and right side of the body and navigate through the shots. Sometimes the body would not be pointing straight down so there's some torsion forces pushing on the lens mount.
    After about 6-8 months of use one day I notice a scary "creaking" noise, upon close examination I realized it came from the assembly line of the D70 body right below the LCD where the back and bottom plates are joined. Basically it seems the 70-200 has flexed the body long enough now that when mounted it will cause the plates to slide across one another and cause the sound.
    I have since almost kept one hand supporting the lens and another on the body for controls.

    Just my experience.
  13. dsp921


    May 16, 2006
    My "misconception" was that when they say the chassis is metal that included the mirror box. I am aware of how camera bodies are constructed.
  14. dsp921


    May 16, 2006
    Thanks for posting this Edward, that's the picture I was think of, I knew I've seen it somewhere, but couldn't find it again.
  15. Jeff Lee

    Jeff Lee

    May 16, 2006
    Sure looks like the D200 can take a bigger lens without the worry.

    So, most of the time, I'll use my 12/24, 24-85, 90 Tamron on the d70 and keep either the 80-200 or 300 on the D200 when I using two cameras.
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