So you think you know how to use your Nikon D200? Like many of us, you may have a DSLR or compact system camera but tend to use only a handful of your its features.
In our ongoing review of some of the more popular current and ‘out of date’ Nikon cameras, we want to help you better harness the creative potential of your camera.
Call them camera tips, or call it a user’s guide to your favourite Nikon camera. The advice below comes from experts who have used the Nikon D200 and know this DSLR inside and out.
If you have your own Nikon D200 tips you’d like to share, post them in the comments below. What we want to build is an ever-growing user’s guide for the Nikon D200 that comes not from a press release or a lab test, but from the photographers who shoot with this DSLR (read more DSLR tips or read about another Nikon DSLR).
We want to inspire you to twist the mode dial and move beyond your favourite settings and functions and get more out of your Nikon D200 starting today!
Nikon D200 tip no. 1
There are two unmarked buttons on the front between handgrip and lens mount. Upper is depth of field preview; the lower one is the FUNC button, which can be set to any one of 10 functions using Custom Setting f4.
Nikon D200 tip no. 2
The built-in flash is pretty poor as the main light for portraits (or anything else) but very useful for fill-in – and the D200’s i-TTL balanced fill-flash means results will generally be very good.
Nikon D200 tip no. 3
Grid lines can be displayed in the viewfinder, using Custom Setting d2: Viewfinder Grid Display. They help you keep horizons level and are particularly useful for architecture and urban landscapes.
Top tip no. 4
The D200 is a very rugged camera, well suited to serious outdoor photography – but it’s not waterproof. Do give it some protection (e.g. an Aquapac SLR case) in extreme conditions.
Nikon D200 tip no. 5
AF-area mode is directly selectable by a switch on the rear. The dynamic-area options are best suited to moving subjects (selected here is group dynamic-AF, suitable when subject remains in one part of the frame).