There are a couple of gently-used D200 camera bodies available locally. With a gently-used pre-owned D200 selling for about one-third the price of a new D300s, I am considering the D200 as the test bed for my newly-acquired Nikkor AI-s 50mm 1.2 lens.
I have a Canon 7D, largely equivalent to the D300s, so I do not need a second high-performance APS-C camera. Reviews I have read about the D200 indicate it may suit me. Of course, those reviews were generally written when the D200 was new on the market.
Most lesser Nikon digital cameras will not meter with AI-s lenses. D2 and up, D200 and up, and the D7000 will meter with AI-s lenses.
A Novoflex adapter to allow mounting a Nikkor onto a Canon will cost me almost $300 US, and my original intention was to use such an adapter, with the consideration of eventually adding a full-frame Nikon a few years years in the future. Yet, a pre-owned D200 can be had for about twice that price of the adapter. If the D200 is still a relevant camera body, it seems it may be a better value than purchasing an adapter, without seriously affecting my ability to buy a full-frame in the future.
I will probably mostly use this fast Nikkor for low-light shooting in the urban environment; indeed, the pleasing 18-point stars resulting from the nine-blade diaphragm are part of what drew me to this lens. I am not afraid to bring a tripod; with my bad right knee, a nice, lightweight carbon fiber tripod is actually an aid as I move about.
I understand that higher ISO performance is available with newer cameras, but one reason I bought the fast lens was to reduce the need for high ISO, anyway. A tripod further reduces the need for high ISO.
I would appreciate advice, particularly from those who use, or have used, the D200 in low light shooting with fast lenses. Thanks!
Canon 7D/5D/40D/1D2N; Nikon F6, D700, FM3A, & Coolpix A; Canon 40mm 2.8 STM, 135L, 50L, 35L, pre-II 50mm 1.8, 100mm 2.8L Macro, 10-22mm EF-S, 28-135 EF, 400mm 5.6L; Nikkor 50mm 1.2 AI-S, 50mm 1.4G, 50mm 1.8D, 16mm 2.8D Fisheye, 180mm 2.8D, 100-300mm 5.6 AI-S; Tokina 17mm & 100mm 2.8 Macro