Nikon D-200 SLR Review
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Tuesday 1st November 2005
Written by Dennis Hissink
Nikon AF-S DX VR Zoom Nikkor lens Nikon D200 Vibration Reduction II
Nikon D200 digital reflex AF-S DX VR Zoom Nikkor lens
Nikon D200 digital reflex AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor lens Nikon D200 digital reflex Vibration Reduction II
At the same time of introducing the Nikon D200 D-SLR camera Nikon announces a new zoom lens,; the Nikon AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED. Unfortunately the lens was not available for this preview, but we would like to inform you anyway. This new compact and lightweight 11.1x zoom lens is an all-round lens for the everyday shoot. The Nikon AF-S DX VR lens incorporates advanced features such as Nikon ED (Extra Low Dispersion), SWM (Silent Wave Motor) and enhanced VR (Vibration Reduction), as well as featuring optics optimized for use with Nikon digital SLRs.

The Nikon AF-S DX VR zoom lens offers users the remarkable 18-200mm focal length range, which conveniently covers everything from wide landscapes to tight portrait shots. (The picture angle is equivalent to a 27-300mm lens in 35mm format.) Advanced Nikon engineering has given rise to a compact lightweight design that offers excellent handling characteristics. Nikon Corporation will launch the AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED worldwide from mid December 2005.
The new Nikon AF-S 18-200mm lens will benefit from the improved Vibration Reduction (VR II). This innovation makes it possible to take sharper handheld pictures at slower shutter speeds than you would normally be able to do. Combined with the new Nikon D200 it will give you a total freedom to shoot under a broad variety of light conditions. With the new VR II advantage you will able to take pictures at shutter speeds as many as 4 stops slower than without a stabilization system! Nikon's VR technology further enhances picture taking potential with a choice of two modes to match more shooting conditions. VR Normal Mode primarily compensates for camera shake, and includes automatic panning detection, as well as automatic tripod detection. VR Active Mode effectively compensates for vibration in situations when it is more pronounced and more frequent, such as shooting from a moving vehicle. Additional proven Nikon features and technologies offered in the AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED include the compact SWM, which combines fast and precise auto focusing with super-quiet operation, 2 ED glass elements and 3 aspherical lens elements that provide for higher resolution, high-contrast images while minimizing chromatic aberration, astigmatism and other forms of distortion.
Nikon D200 18-200mm Nikkor lens Nikon D200 Wireless Speedlight SU-800
Nikon D200 D-SLR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED lens Features
Nikon D200 D-SLR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED lens Features Nikon D200 D-SLR Wireless Speedlight Commander SU-800
This new interesting Nikkor zoom lens offers a broad focal range of 11.1x zoom for use in a variety of situations (equivalent to a 27-300 mm lens in 35mm format). The VR II system offers the equivalent of using a shutter speed 4 stops faster. Two ED glass and three aspherical lens elements minimize chromatic aberration, astigmatism and other forms of distortion, while ensuring high resolution and contrast. The 18-200mm AF-S DX VR lens incorporates a compact SWM (Silent Wave Motor) for quiet focusing and it delivers high-level optical performance that is specially designed for use with the Nikon digital SLRs. The new zoom lens employs a seven-blade rounded diaphragm opening that achieves a natural blur for out-of-focus elements. The Zoom-Nikkor 18-200mm enables focusing from as close as 50cm from the subject through its entire focal range. The Nikon lens offers M/A mode for rapid switching between auto focus and manual focus operation and the internal Focusing (IF) design enables use of circular polarizing filters. The high-grade Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC) offers superb color reproduction while minimizing ghosting and flare. A flower-shaped Lens Hood Nikon HB-35 (provided) greatly reduces stray light.
Although not only specially made for use with the new D200 the following Nikon product is very interesting, especially for those who love to spend time in the world of close-up photography. During my visit at Nikon I was pleasantly surprised by the new Nikon SU-800 wireless Speedlight commander. This new Speedlight product is a commander to control up to 3 groups of i-TTL compatible wireless flash units. The Wireless Speedlight Commander SU-800 controls the flash output levels of the Nikon SB-800, SB-600 or new SB-R200 remote Speedlight units when mounted on current Nikon digital SLR cameras that are compatible with Nikon Creative Lighting System like the Nikon D200 D-SLR. The Nikon SU-800 is also available as a kit for close-up lighting, the Nikon Close-up Speedlight Commander Kit R1C1. At first it is somewhat hard to imagine the meaning of the product. However as soon as you see the SU-800 attached to a camera like the D200, the optional Attachment Ring SX-1 attached to the front of the lens and the new Nikon SB-R200 Speedlight attached to the ring you see the possibilities of extreme close-up photography. You can play with amazing lighting tricks all controlled by the Wireless Speedlight Commander SU-800. Attach up to eight SB-R200 Speedlights to the ring, control the flash output levels with the Su-800, place some extra Nikon SB-800 or SB-600 Speedlights behind, next or in front of the subject and trigger them all! Talking about getting in control! Nikon launches the Wireless Speedlight SU-800 worldwide from November 2005.
Nikon Remote Speedlight SB-R200 Nikon SB-R200 Features
Nikon D200 SLR Remote Speedlight SB-R200 Nikon D200 SLR Speedlight SB-R200 Features
The SU-800 is able to control the flash output levels of the existing SB-800 and SB-600 Speedlights, but is also controlling the new Wireless Remote Speedlight SB-R200. The Nikon SB-R200 is a portable wireless remote flash unit for Nikon Advanced Wireless Lighting system. This Speedlight equipment was developed to provide a variety of wireless multiple flash and close-up flash operations. The Wireless Remote Speedlight SB-R200 offers a guide number of 14/46 (ISO 200, m/ft.), and can be attached to the front of the lens via the Attachment Ring SX-1, held in the photographer's hand, or freely positioned by using the Speedlight Stand AS-20, which is supplied with the SB-R200. The SB-R200 is also available as a kit for close-up lighting, the Nikon Close-up Speedlight Commander Kit R1C1. This kit contains a Wireless Speedlight Commander SU-800, two Wireless Remote Speedlight SB-R200s, and an Attachment Ring SX-1. Included with the kit are a variety of accessories to help users enjoy close-up flash shooting, such as the Extreme Close-Up Positioning Adapter SW-11, Color Filter Set SJ-R200, Diffuser SW-12, and Flexible Arm Clip SW-C1. For those who want to use an SB-800 or a built-in Speedlight of D200/D70s/D70 cameras as a commander, there is also the Nikon Close-up Speedlight Remote Kit R1, which comes without the SU-800. Nikon launches the Remote Speedlight SB-R200 worldwide from November 2005.
The new Nikon Wireless Remote Speedlight SB-R200 is very compact and in fact very simple. It supports the Nikon Creative Lighting System and functions only as a remote Speedlight unit. The Nikon SB-R-200 cannot be attached to the camera's accessory shoe. The SB-R200 supports i-TTL (for automatic balanced Fill-Flash), D-TTL, TTL and Manual. Accurate i-TTL flash control is achieved through flash exposure monitoring control. The remote Speedlight unit has a guide Number of 10/33 (ISO100, m/ft), 14/46 (ISO200, m/ft). Advanced Wireless Lighting is available. Furthermore the Nikon SB-R200 features Auto FP High-Speed Sync; use with fast shutter speeds achieves effective blurring of out-of-focus background elements, FV lock holds flash value, enabling composition prior to shooting, Speedlight stand AS-20 (supplied), Soft Case SS-R200 (supplied), Color Filter Set SJ-R200 (supplied) and a Color Filter Holder SZ-1 (supplied).
Nikon D200 SU-800 Features Nikon D200 Close-up Speedlight Kit
Nikon D200 digital SLR Speedlight SU-800 Features Nikon D200 digital SLR Close-up Speedlight Kit
The new Nikon Wireless Speedlight Commander SU-800 looks the same as a Nikon SB-800 but without a flash head. When using i-TTL compatible Nikon digital SLR cameras, like the Nikon D200 D-SLR, and Speedlight, user can divide the Speedlight units into three groups and control the flash output independently for each group. The SU-800 features a Commander function that can trigger wireless remote flash (Nikon SB-800, SB-600, or SB-R200) units without a master flash unit. The Wireless Speedlight Commander is very easy to handle, it offers one-touch switching between close-up and Commander modes and easy-to-use close-up flash operations. With the Nikon SU-800 there are two types of operations: Dual-light close-up flash and Triple-light close-up flash. The back of the Wireless Speedlight Commander SU-800 shows an easy-to-view LCD panel. The Speedlight Commander is very compact and lightweight. A soft Case SS-SU800 is supplied. When using the Nikon SU-800 with cameras not compatible with i-TTL flash control, only close-up flash operation (using cords) is possible in use with the optional TTL Cord SC-30.
Together with the introduction of the D200 D-SLR Nikon introduces the Nikon Close-up Speedlight Kit. There are two types of kits available: Nikon Close-up Speedlight Commander Kit R1C1 and Nikon Close-up Speedlight Remote Kit R1 (SU-800 is not included). Wireless Speedlight Commander SU-800 set (one set; not included in the R1 kit): This set includes the SU-800 and Soft Case SS-SU800. Wireless Remote Speedlight SB-R200 set (two sets): Each set includes the SB-R200, Speedlight stand AS-20, Soft Case SS-R200, Filter Set SJ-R200, and Color Filter Holder SZ-1. The Attachment Ring SX-1 enables SB-R200(s) to be attached to the lens front to create close-up lighting. It also accepts up to eight SB-R200s and can be attached to a tripod for remote lighting. IR Panel for Built-in Flash SG-3IR: Enables Commander function by built-in flash of the Nikon D200/D70s/D70 cameras. The Adapter Ring Set enables SX-1 to be attached to lenses with various filter attachment size (5 kinds: 52mm, 62mm, 67mm, 72mm, and 77mm). Extreme Close-Up Positioning Adapter SW-11 (x2) curves the SB-R200's flash light toward the optical axis to create lighting effects when taking extreme close-up shots. The diffuser SW-12 creates soft lighting,; the Flexible Arm Clip SW-C1 is used to fix Diffuser SW-12 to the Attachment Ring SX-1 and can be used to fix other photographic equipment. And last but not least the Close-up Speedlight Kit Case SS-MS1: Holds all the accessories plus an extra SB-U200.
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