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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2007 9:20 pm 
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As most of you know I plan on buying a D200 soon. Although I have the D40, 55-200mm VR, and SB-600 I find myself straying toward a 30D. I am really only into the Canon semi-pro/ pro cameras becasue of their design. I love the look and feel of the 20D/30/5D and I am having urges to switch over to the Canon line. This would mean selling my other gear to buy Canon glass and speedlight, but I already know people who want to buy when I upgrade.

I havn't held the D200 yet so I can't make my decision just yet, I really want to stay with Nikon but the Canon cameras feel just right when I am holding them(not the budget ones like XT or XTi). The other problem is that the only to places that sell DSLR's close to were I live don't carry the D200 so I won't be able to hold on to see how it feels.

I need some advice.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2007 9:56 pm 
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Hi Nathan,

That's a tough one! It's a big investment and you obviously need to get it right. If you aren't totally out in the sticks is it worth checking to see if there is a local camera club nearby? They might be able to put you in touch with a D200 shooter. An even longer shot might be to check your local yellow pages for a professional photographer who uses one. Not good odds, I know, but for the price of a few phone calls...

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See the thing is the closest D200 is like 30 min. away, I have no contact with the guy, have only seen him once, and I can't drive.I am like one of the 2-3 people other than neswpapers who even knows or has a DSLR. The papers use like D2H's and I think someone uses a Canon Rebel XTi.

I am even considering getting the 20D for cheaper than the 30D and get some glass or a speedlight with the extra that I would have spent on the 30D.

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Nathan wrote:
I am even considering getting the 20D for cheaper than the 30D and get some glass or a speedlight with the extra that I would have spent on the 30D.

From what I have read the 30D wasn't a huge upgrade from the 20D so it sounds like you have a good plan. If you can't track down a local D200 and you already know that you love the look and feel of the 20D/30D then you need to ask yourself how much better would the D200 be?

You are the only one who can say if you need the features available with a D200. Do those features outweigh the potential savings of going the 20D route and using that cash to buy some extras? Good luck.

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I could get a Canon EOS 30D with 28-135mm for $1600 which is the same price for the Nikon D200 body. So I would have to buy the Canon kit with a memory card or I could just spend the $1600 on the D200 body and already have a SB-600 and 18-55mm/55-200mm VR.

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I just called Ritz and they have a Canon EOS 30D with 28-135mm kit for $1600. I asked and they said they can order a D200 but I think they would want to know that I am actually gonna buy before they order the camera.

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My opinion, Nathan? Go for the D200 and enjoy the gear you already have! I would even go for the D80 and save some money or wait for the D80x-update.
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Well I am looking for a strong body so I wouldn't want a D80(or wait for D80X) the D200 is strong. I know that the 20D/30D isn't as strong as the D200 but I just can't help that I really like the way they feel and operate. I would love to use my current gear but I need to actually feel the D200 and see if I like it, I am leaning towards sticking it out for the D200 but who knows I might go Canon.

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Hi Nathan,

Another long shot: I have noticed that forum member "Banana Jack" shoots with the D200. There may be others. If they have elected to receive Private Messages they might be able to shed some light on how the D200 feels in hand compared to your D40, assuming they have held both. Not quite as good as holding one yourself but it might help. Let us know how you get on.

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thanks, but I am not sure if that will help. I have done so much research on it they only thing I need now is to hold it myself.

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Hi Nathan, $1600 USD sounds a bit pricey to me for the 30D plus 28-135mm. You should be able to get a 40D with the same lens for that money now, or for about $1499 when stocks are more widely available.

So if you're thinking Canon and have about $1500 USD to spend, I'd wait and get a 40D when all the shops have stock - see our Pricegrabber page.

And while I love the D200, I think the 40D is a stronger product considering it costs the same. So long as you're happy switching to Canon of course...

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Well if I can get the 30D for cheaper that is even better. I don't think I would wait longer to upgrade and pay more for 1.5fps more continous shooting, live view, a little higher res., and re-designed menus. So I might check out some prices online for a 30D with some good glass. I still think I will stick with Nikon though.

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Take this for what it's worth mate.

You take bloody good pictures! I've been browsing your Flickr pics and there is genuine photographic & artistic talent there. I certainly don't see any evidence of your current gear holding you back, that's for sure.

Get out and take more pictures. If you really have to blow some money then take a vacation, with your camera. Alternatively, give it to me.

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haha, the last thing I would do is give my money away.haha.

thanks for the compliments, I don't have the money now so it isn't like I won't have more time to take pictures. I am just going ahead and searching. I think I am just gonna stick with Nikon though.

I unfortunetly am to young to travel by myself, but would be glad too. I never pass up a trip.

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so many options?!?

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