My friend John recently texted me to ask if I wanted his Nikon D200 DSLR, more or less as a Christmas gift, and my instant response was, “Hell, yes!” I’m not one to turn down a free Nikon.
I drove up to Prescott to fetch it, excited to have a second camera body for use at the paper. It would be awesome to have my 70-200mm lens dedicated to one camera and, say, my prime 35mm or 50mm dedicated to another. That would make shooting so much easier. The D200 was obviously an older model and required some getting used to (the features were all at right angles to my D3200), and I had to devise a way to get images off the outdated memory card (thus my PC at work), but I’m not bitching.
The camera feels solid and produced some nice test images at our city park. I think it will work well as a back-up/companion to the D3200. I can’t wait to start using it.
But … I might have to. At last night’s Christmas parade, the battery died after a mere 15 minutes of use. Fortunately, I had my D3200 with me and could swap lenses (I preferred using the telephoto) and continue the assignment. But what a letdown, especially since I’d let the battery charge all day. Guess I’ll have to order a new one.
Still, I am excited to add this tool to our kit.