Pro Features: Breakthrough Nikon
Nikon's new D200 represents the manufacturer's breakthrough product to provide pros and serious amateurs with big resolution at an affordable price. But world-class photography isn't just about megapixels. Nikon appears to have endowed this new camera with a number of outstanding features destined to make the camera hugely competitive in the D-SLR category. Immediately on looking through it, you see one of the largest and brightest viewfinder views in the industry. The camera's CCD sensor incorporates an optical low-pass filter that helps reduce any incidence of moiré, color fringing and shifting. Its magnesium-alloy body has sealed joints to keep out moisture and dust, and a large, 2.5-inch LCD with bigger menus allows you to navigate, view and edit your images easily. The D200 has a 3D Color Matrix Metering II system with a built-in flash that's compatible with the SB-800 and SB-600 wireless flashes. A fast startup time of 0.15 seconds and the ability to shoot continuously at up to 5 fps ensure you won't miss that all-important picture. Estimated Street Price: $1,699. Contact: Nikon, (800) NIKON-US, www.nikonusa.com.
Get extremely wide angles of view up to 180 degrees in a unique 22mm circle format with the Sigma 8mm ƒ/4 EX DG Circular Fisheye lens. A new, improved multilayer coating reduces flare and ghosting while promising accurate color and high image quality, whether you're shooting with a film or digital camera. At 2.8x2.4 inches and 11.2 ounces, the lens is a compact, lightweight companion. List Price: $900. Contact: Sigma, (800) 896-6858, www.sigma-photo.com.
Carry your 35mm SLR, multiple lenses and handy tools in the Delsey GoPix 77 bag. The GoPix 77 features several zippered compartments for all your gear-exterior side pockets, an internal mesh pouch and a back pocket. The zippers are designed with a reverse closure system that creates a water-resistant cover. The bag also has a padded hand grip and a shoulder strap for extra comfort. List Price: $40. Contact: Bogen Imaging, (201) 818-9500, www.bogenimaging.us.
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