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Nikon D7200 Takes New York: The Do-Everything-for-Everybody Camera

         

To test the new features of Nikon’s D7200 DSLR and show off its abilities, I took two simple strolls from the B&H SuperStore, at 9th Ave and 34th Street, around our West Side neighborhood, finishing one walk atop the Empire State Building, just four bustling blocks from our offices, and the other on the Highline Park as a lovely spring day was coming to a close. What could I find interesting to photograph in just four blocks, you say?  Well, this is New York City, so plenty!

The Nikon D7200 is a great camera—comfortable, durable, easy to navigate, with fast focus and processing speeds and 24 megapixels of impeccable image quality without an optical low pass filter. Compared to its predecessor, the D7100, it offers significant, if not momentous upgrades, including a new processor with a larger buffer and faster performance, improved autofocus in low light and built-in Wi-Fi connectivity with NFC. Additionally, it has an enhanced intervalometer, refined adjustments, Clarity Control, and a Flat option in Picture Control, more frames when bracketing exposures, and its ISO sensitivity expands to 102400—but only for black-and-white shooting. These are the parts, but it’s the sum of these parts that makes for a wonderful and comprehensive shooting experience for hobbyists, travelers, and seasoned photographers.

The D7200 is the best APS-C (DX) format camera from Nikon and maybe the best crop-sensor DSLR currently available. If you are deciding whether to update your D7000 or D7100, that will depend on the state of your current model, your budget, and what it is you tend to photograph. If you often shoot in fast-paced bursts or in dim light or at telephoto lengths, I would recommend it. And, of course, if having a built-in Wi-Fi connection improves your workflow or remote capabilities, then it might be worth the update as well. For the hobbyist, traveler, or family shooter who wants a complete camera that is versatile and easy to use, the D7200 with 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens is an ideal option for advanced photography without venturing into the higher-priced “pro” models.

       

Of course, many pro shooters will use the D7200 with great results, but as a camera to start a “system” it is ideal—you can go big or small with it. The camera can grow with you as your abilities develop and you add lenses and accessories, or you can simply use it with its scene and auto settings and a basic lens to capture stellar photos and videos. If you do decide to advance your gear set, you can be confident with Nikon’s family of DX lenses or explore the unparalleled selection of high-end FX lenses. Remember that the D7200 has a camera-based autofocus motor, enabling AF operation with almost all AF NIKKOR lenses.

Now, let’s get back to our stroll. When B&H opened in its new location in 1997, there was no way for anyone to predict the huge explosion of growth this area would experience 18 years later. With the opening of the Highline Park, and several huge tower complexes under construction, as well as the transformation of the Farley Post Office into the new Penn Station, this corner of town will be a fashionable hub of activity for many years to come. Using the D7200 and the 18-140mm kit lens that is offered with it, I captured shots of the many iconic buildings nearby, as well as a few of the construction sites, demonstrating the versatility of such a compact lens and the low-light focusing and image quality of the D7200.

From our doorstep, it’s just a block to the monumental Farley Post Office Building, the “main” post office, designed by a McKim, Mead and White, the prominent turn-of-the-20th-Century architects, and bearing the famous (though unofficial) Post Office motto, “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds,” on its façade. The building is undergoing a massive renovation to transform it into the expanded Penn Station, to better serve railroads and commuter trains.

Directly across the street is the “world’s most famous arena,” Madison Square Garden. Old, in terms of active arenas, it was built in 1968 but seems as modern as ever. The Garden may itself be moving to a nearby location in years to come but, in the meantime, it’s home to concerts and sporting events year round. Continue eastward one block and you begin to see the real bustle for which Manhattan is noted—thousands of pedestrians hustling across streets where shops, including the famous Macy’s Department store are located.

Here I was able to put the D7200’s EXPEED 4 Image Processor to the test by shooting bursts of images capturing the varied faces of humanity as they made their way to the next appointment or train. The camera worked as specified, capturing six images per second in RAW+JPEG quality. Furthermore, I could rattle off 12 shots before the buffer would pause, but that pause was just a moment before I was back shooting continuously, albeit at a slightly slower rate. In straight RAW, I shot 18 frames before there was a slowdown and, in JPEG Fine, I could keep shooting at 6 fps until I got tired of counting.

The next block finds you at Herald Square with a view directly downtown to the new One World Trade Center, the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere and the principal structure on the site of the original World Trade Center—the “Twin Towers.” Note how the D7200, exposing for the light on the distant building, provides sufficient dynamic range to capture the information in the shadowy foreground.

From Herald Square, it is just one block to the Empire State Building, and having purchased an express ticket to the viewing deck, I was 86 floors (then later 102 floors!) above New York City in just five minutes. The D7200 with 18-140mm captured spectacular views, whether at its widest focal length or “zoomed-in” to capture boats traversing the city’s rivers, the chaos of 34th Street from 1200' up, or the beautiful Flatiron building anchoring Madison Square Park and the newly coined “Flatiron District.” Remember that on a DX format camera, the focal length of an 18-140mm lens is comparably equivalent to a 27-210mm lens in the full-frame 35mm format.

With golden hour passed and the lights of Manhattan changing the cityscape to sparkle mode, I hurried back to B&H, grabbed my briefcase and walked the four blocks to the northern end of the Highline Park to meet my family for an evening constitutional. The Highline is a walking park built on an old elevated railroad track that winds its way through the Greenwich Village and Chelsea neighborhoods and ends just west of the B&H SuperStore, at 34th Street. Opened in 2009, the Highline is an incredibly popular park, filled with tourists and New Yorkers, and has spurred real estate development along its path. My feeling is that as time passes and the surrounding developments become active workplaces and homes, this park will become more of a pedestrian “street” than park, used as a pleasant alternative to the car-choked avenues.

In the meantime, with people from all over the world enjoying it, the Highline is, among other things, a great place to survey the state of the camera business, as almost every single person is taking shots of its unique vistas or taking shots of themselves in front of its unique vistas. Needless to say, smartphones dominated the count, but many people were using compact DSLRs and mirrorless cameras, indicating people’s desire, at least when on vacation, to capture images of a quality that smartphones cannot yet supply. The D7200 is the most robust of this type of camera—not so big or expensive to ward off the average consumer, yet offering the image quality and feature set to create the best of images, whether in auto or scene modes or fully manual. Its durability will keep it shooting for years and its features are such that you can grow with it, continuing to use it when your skills are top notch.

 

As evening purpled into night, I had an opportunity to test the D7200’s high-ISO noise and low-light focusing. The autofocus on the D7200 with 18-140mm lens was fast and accurate and so smooth, that at times I had to double-check its accuracy, because I did not hear the normal sounds that often accompany the AF actuation. Focusing at night proved ideal. And even without bright spots to use, the autofocus, with a detection range of -3 EV, performed superbly, exemplified by shots of people’s faces barely recognizable in the darkness that came out perfectly in focus. Even the shot of my son, below, taken quickly and blindly from waist-level with built-in flash and without the AF-assist illuminator, was captured in focus. One drawback when using the built-in flash is that you can only shoot in S mode, eliminating burst-shooting possibilities. Like its predecessor, the D7200’s built-in flash provides Commander Mode for firing other off-camera flashes wirelessly.  

The ISO range of the D7200 makes a noticeable leap in comparison the D7100. Its maximum native ISO is 25600, compared to 6400 on the D7100, and it expands to 102400—but only for black-and-white JPEG shots. While the increased ISO did allow me to shoot at faster shutter speeds at night, enabling handheld imaging, I still find the noise too much to justify shooting at any sensitivity higher than 6400. Not that it doesn’t create usable images at a high ISO; they are just too noisy for my tastes. However, a very practical update on the D7200 is that it now allows Auto ISO in manual shooting mode.

 

For those familiar with Nikon DSLRs, there is not much new to the form factor and handling of the D7200. It is an extremely well-built camera with a magnesium-alloy chassis, weather sealing, and textured rubber grips. It feels solid in the hand and it can withstand a good battering. The top-side LCD is plenty big to show pertinent info, even though some setting info is no longer displayed on the top LCD, reserved only for the rear LCD.

A major improvement on the D7200 is its battery life, perhaps due to the new processor. The Nikon specs indicate that it can shoot 1,110 shots on a typical charge and I found that number accurate. More so, I used my camera over the course of 5 days without recharging, taking a total of 900 shots, regularly viewing them on the LCD and, when I checked battery info in the menu, I still had 35% power, plenty to make it to the manufacturer’s specification. 

I put two other features briefly through their paces and found that they both worked satisfactorily and should be a benefit to D7200 users. First was the built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, which I used with an iOS device. While NFC capability should make it even easier to link your camera to an Android phone or tablet, setting it up on my iPhone was hassle-free. Once connected, I was able to use the Nikon Wireless Mobile Utility app to fire the camera remotely from my smartphone. This process was simple but I had limited control over camera settings. With this connection, it is also simple to transfer images wirelessly from your camera’s memory to any email address or social media site. I found this Wi-Fi functionality easy to use, but limited in its practical applications. However, if you can integrate it into your workflow for backup or image transfer, it is a serious convenience and the remote control will certainly serve a purpose if you need to shoot without touching or being near the camera. 

Interval shooting and time-lapse functions on the D7200 have been improved a great deal and can easily create beautiful time-lapse images. Compared to the D7100, the number of intervals in time lapse has been increased from 999 to 9,999 for longer or more detailed sequences, and a time lapse exposure-smoothing algorithm enables subtle adjustments in exposure to correspond with the changes in light during a long capture. Exposure smoothing is supported in both interval shooting mode and time-lapse video mode and shows its mettle in even this short clip of day turning into night over Chelsea.

Finally, video capture mode has added a 1080/60p frame rate for smoother capture. However, this is available only in the 1.3x crop mode. Otherwise, the video specs remain the same as in the D7100, but a dedicated video menu is now supported. If video is your thing, the DX format may not be the ideal, but the D7200 does provide HDMI out, as well as both a microphone and headphone jack. It is certainly more than sufficient for recording quality videos and for pro still photographers, serious amateurs, and especially for those looking to have the best of tools to capture the life around them: the D7200 is the perfect camera.  

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I have a question. I am thinkinh of upgrading to the D7200 from my 3200. But I was thinking of the D750. However I read in your wedding essential photography you need a full frame. But I see so many great photographers use the D7200. What are your thoughts on using the 7200 for weddings? I really would like your input 

The D7200 is very much the same as the D750 with the only major difference being their sensor sizes.  There are as you mentioned, plenty of people using the D7200 and other APS-C format DSLR's for wedding and other professional applications.

Ultimately its up to you the photographer to determine what format is best for you.  As long as the end result suits your need and your vision, and is acceptable to your client, then which format you got there with becomes less of a concern.  I would personally regard the D7200 as a good option to work with, especially if trying to work within a budget.  I would also recommend considering renting both models for a weekend and taking them for a test drive, and see if one feels more suitable based on how you work.

Jermaine: Many considerations would go into the decision to buy a full frame camera or an APS-C format, specifically the lens collection that you may already have and whether you plan to go forward as a full time wedding photographer. The D7200 will not let you down in terms of image quality, that is for sure. It also offers fast autofocus and solid low light performance. You do not need a full frame camera to shoot weddings, however the D750, the D810 and other full frame cameras will certainly give you performance options that the D7200 cannot. My feeling is that if you are planning to go into wedding photography as a full time profession, you would be better served with a full frame camera (or two) and perhaps the D7200 or new D500 as a second (or third) APS-C backup.  Thanks for the comment. 

Just came across this article - I am going to New York with my brand new D7200 so really looking forward to testing it out there.

Afsheen...that's wonderful, I'm sure you'll get great shots.  Let us know how it goes

Hi John great artical love the way the camera compesates the shadow on the b uildings What I am interested in is the Traking sustem did you tryit and what are all the poitives or negitives with this I take quite a lot of bird shots and would use this as in the bush as well living in South Africa lots of wild game parks to visit I hope to buy the D 7200 in the near future thanks again for your artical PS could you email your reply as well

Regards

Vic Visser 

Thank you Vic....in my time with the D7200, I was very pleased with focus tracking. I think for photographing birds and other wildlife, it is an ideal DX format camera.

John, great article. I am interested in upgrading to the 7200 from my 7000. Can you help clarify something for me. I have read that a conversion of some sort has to be performed before photos can be imported into Lightroom. Is this accurate? How does one do the conversion? Or do I have this confused with something else. Thank you!

Thanks for the comment Bill. When the D7200 first came out, its RAW files were not supported by the available Lightroom versions. But with the release of Lightroom 6 and the Camera RAW 9.0 plug-in, they are now supported. Prior to the release of LR6, there were various work-arounds and conversions offered on chat rooms and such, but those are no longer needed. I hope that answers your question. Also, just fyi, Nikon’s RAW files (NEF) are converted when imported into Lightroom to the more universal DNG file. You do not need to manually convert them before import.

Hi John,

Very interesting article, thanks very much. I'm currently in NYC (I'm a Canadian living in Toronto, but my partner is from here, so we are visiting her family for a few days); I appreciate some of the ideas for where to shoot - was thinking of heading to the Highline Trail today or tomorrow.

I've got a question for you - I shoot with a Nikon D300 - usually with a DX 18-200 mm lens, as well as a 35 and 50 mm dx fixed lens. My camera is getting long in the tooth - it's been around the world a few times, and seen quite a few countries and taken a lot of pics I'm quite proud of.  However, I'm looking to upgrade.  Since it seems Nikon will never give us a D400, do you think the d7200 is a worthwhile upgrade to the d300 (not the 's' version)?

While part of me want to go full frame and consider the D750, or even d800 series, I think it is just greed and ego. This is hobby for me, a serious one, but a hobby nonetheless. If I was making money off of it, maybe I could justify the significant price jump. I would love the more expensive full frame formats, but feel like this camera could still produce some mighty fine photos with a bit of attention.

Anyway, sorry to ramble, but back to my main question - do you think this is a practical upgrade for a D300? Will I lose some of the robustness of the D300 build quality? Is there anything I would be 'losing' from moving from the D300, or is this a no-brainer of an upgrade?

Thanks very much for your time.

DJ

Thanks for your comment DJ.  Its always tricky to give a decisive answer to the "should I upgrade question" but I would say that the D7200 is a very good replacement for the D300. Your points about full frame are well taken and based on your description of your shooting style and lenses, I wouldn't see a need to do FX. Despite being lighter than the D300, the build quality was fine on the D7200. (It felt like my D6600.) Perhaps the only drawback is that it offers features you may not need (Wi-Fi, video, larger LCD) and finding another used, but in good shape, D300 would serve you.  Also, remember the D7200 lacks the optical low pass filter and should therefore give you more detailed jpegs but with a risk of moire. (In my test I never noted a moire problem.)  I suppose the short answer is that it is a worthy upgrade, but don't blame me if Nikon releases a D400 in 6 months.frown  I hope this helps.  

I want to add to my previous post that San Francisco is only 49 square miles and one of the world's most walkable and beautiful cities.  I walk a minimum of 4 miles a day and have walked 12 miles in a day, always with camera in hand.  I have owned the Nikon D70, D200, D300, and now the D7100.  When I shot film and it was not medium or large format I always shot with Nikon cameras and lenses.  

Thanks,

M. 

Thank you Marshall for reading and for your comments.  Your list of Nikons sounds very familiar as I also owned 2 of the 4 cameras you mentioned. I think if you are ready for an upgrade you will be very pleased with the D7200...and enjoy walking the "streets of San Francisco", it is a beautiful city, wish I could join you.

Greetings,

Thanks for a very informative, well written review of the D7200.  My faithful D7100 is nearing the end of its useful life and your easy to read, yet informative review encourages me to purchase a D7200 now, and keep my D7100 as a back-up.  Your sharp images are indicative of what one would expect from Nikon.  I grew up with medium format and black and white film, always doing my own film developing and printing.

I live in San Francisco and also have much to photograph. I only shoot with my D7100 and Nikkor 18-200.  

I have made small purchases from B & H Photo and have been pleased with their prices and service and also receive their newsletter.    

M

Great article, John, as always.  It's of particular interest to me as the D7200 may hit right in the sweet spot of my needs.  I've been a Pentax DSLR user, from the K1 to the K5 to the K3, and am somewhat disenchanted with my current tools in challenging situations.  The Pentax offerings to upgrade to are either not a convincing move (K3II) or not available until year's end (a new full frame model, for which I'd have no lenses).  Regardless of what people love or don't love about Pentax, a big problem is the huge gaps in their lines.  So the D7200 has me paying attention a bit  :  )

How would you rate its responsiveness and accuracy (and results) under less than optimal conditions, as in poor available light and need to work extremely quickly?

Thanks  :  )

Hey David...thanks for the comment. As to the D7200, I found that low light performance and continuous shooting speed were two of its stronger points. As far as the new Pentax DSLR, you may want to check out my colleague's recent hands-on review.

Thanks, John, I will.  This new (to me) section of the B&H site is great.  Looking forward to your next article.

Nice pictures of the High Line Park!  Especially love the child jumping.  The High Line park is so unique and certainly full of photo opportunities.

Thank you Beth. You're right, the High Line is loaded with photo opportunities, especially considering the iintimacy it has with Chelsea apartment buildings, the odd angles it offers for cityscapes and its blend of urban, natural (and river) motifs.  I think its only drawback for a photographer is that you are rarely the only one shooting such sights, but then again, its also a great place to photograph people.

I'm a little confused.  Why do you need to do a crop factor on a 'G' dx lens?  I thought they are made for the dx sensor size and the focal length is the size indicated on the lens?  I thought you do a crop factor on a fx full frame lens on a dx sensor?

Art: It is a bit confusing, but let me see if I can offer an explanation. A lens’ focal length is a measurement, in millimeters, from the optical center of a lens to the focal plane, when focused to infinity. It’s a physical measurement and is not affected by the size of the camera’s sensor. The equivalence factor only comes into play when the lens is attached to a camera with a “cropped” sensor. FX lenses will work on DX cameras and DX lenses can work on FX cameras in their crop mode, therefore, if a lens is designed specifically for DX cameras, the focal length is still given as the physical measurement and not the full-frame format equivalent. I hope that clarifies a bit. Thanks for the comment.

Wow great review of the D7200.  I have been looking to upgrade my D90.  How much does the D7200 weigh

Thanks Gwen. The D7200 body weighs in at 1.5 lb (675 g).

I was pleased to read of the number of D90 owners still extant!! I thought I was an orphan.

Was thinking of upping to D5500 but glad I waited. D7200 seems to fit the bill nicely; I'm especially pleased with the improved ISO capability, even in BaW.

Great review.

Thanks,

John

Thanks for reading John and I think you will be very happy with the D7200....(that coming from a former D90 shooter myself!)

I made the leap from my D80 to the D7200 and am thrilled! Yes, the Nikon wireless app could use a lot of work on feature sets, but there are others that fill this void. I've been doing primarily pano photography for 3D lighting and scenery. I'm shooting 25 directions 9 shots each across a 17EV range. One day a couple of weeks ago, I was able to shoot 11 of these panodome sets in around 5 hours. That's around 2500 shots and 100GB. I had exactly 0 failures, other than some blunders by me and have some fantastic HDRi domes ready for production use. I suppose the only single issue I have at the moment is I'm filling up hard drives really fast. :) Thanks for your review. My experience with the camera is quite the same thus far.

Wow John. Sounds like some very interesting work.  And its good to hear that the D7200 is performing so well in such a demanding application. I'm afraid that no matter what camera we buy, our futures will be filled with more and more saturated hard drives....

Thanks John for great article and photos.  I had the opportunity to spend time in the City attending the B&H sponsored OPTIC Conference.  I walked my feet off taking pictures with my D5200.  Spent time in the B&H Super Store testing the D7200.  As soon as just the body is available it will be in my bag!

Alright Pete!  Best way to see NYC is to walk, walk, walk  (and to bike some too!)  Enjoy the D7200 and thanks for the comment.

Great Review.

I understand that for once the actual dimensions of the new body and positions of buttons have not changed on a new Nikon camera body and are identical to the D7100. This means that for underwater photographers who have a costly housing for the D7100 they are not faced with the great expenditure of buying a new housing (my last housing cost $3,200 without ports) when purchasing the new D7200 body. Thanks Nikon. I love the D7100 for underwater use and can now buy a D7200 and slot it into my present housing which gives me the option of shooting continous bursts at high speed underwater on raw (eg. for sharks, dolphins, rays and whales) and also without the housing for nature photography on land using ambient light. The limited buffer on raw is the major disadvantage of the D7100 for me and spoils an otherwise wonderful camera. The extended battery life of the D7200 will mean I do not have to take the housing apart quite as much which is a pain.  I often set a range of ISO for a particluar minimum shutter speed at f8 to cope with changing light for land nature photography and currently keep the ISO down to 1600 to because of noise at higher ISO's on the D7100. ISO 6400 on the D7200 without any noise sounds wonderful. Also I can now use this for ambient light photography underwater and keep the shutter speed farily high.

See my work at www.ronlucasphoto.smugmug.com most of which was taken on Nikon D70s, D90 and D7100 bodies.

Thanks Ron for adding the underwater aspect to the consideration. I look forward to seeing your work with the D7200.

Muchas gracias por compartir la experiencia, si Dios quiere sera mi próxima cámara ya que el presupuesto no me dá para mas, el cambio no me favorece en este momento en mi país. 

Roberto....muchas gracias por leer.

Dear John:

Thanks for the very nice photos of NYC, and excellent article.  I have a question for you.  I have a Nikon D7000 (two lenses), and very happy with the pictures.  Is it a good idea to upgrade to a D7200? i.e., are the features much more improved to justify the upgrade?

Thanks in advance,

TKB

T: Upgrading is always a tricky question and a decision based on factors I dont know--budget, camera condition, your typical uses--but one thing for sure is that a new camera won’t make you a better photographer and if you are happy with the pictures you shoot, maybe there is no need for a change. That said, the D7200 has 5 years worth of tech improvements over the D7000 and in the digital era that is a long time. For me, autofocus accuracy and speed, continuous shooting and battery life are important and the D7200 shows a noted improvement in those aspects. Of course, it does also offer 24MP compared to 16MP on the D7000 and includes a higher ISO range, improved low light AF and built-in Wi-Fi. These factors may not be as important to some but worth considering. It is also a bit lighter and its LCD is improved. These are the features of the present, what is to come may or may not be significantly different, but based on the evolution of the D7xx series I would imagine you will see incremental improvements on what is already (and has been) a very good camera. If I had to jump off of the fence, I would say that it is a worthy upgrade. Thanks for reading.  

Nice to see the Big Apple from a bird's eye view, great shots. I had pre ordered the 7200, but with just a little hesitation. I wasn't sure if it would live up to the hype, and surprisingly enough it did do so. A couple of reasons I upgraded from my D7100 was: the expeed 4, the new Sony focusing enging, the 7100 had a Toshiba, and lastley the fact that you have the option of shooting 3, 5, 7, or 9 bracketing exposures where as the 7100 only had 5. I love HDR and having that extra exposure for me is a very big plus. Plus all the other changes. The images have much more punch  and are very sharp with the 7200. I used one of my old Nikkor lenses, the 105 1.8, I was impressed at what I saw, the sharpness and the contrast were just right, hardly any room for Lightroom's editing. I was debating also about just going for the full frame, but.. maybe nextime. The 7200 will keep my imagination burning for some time.

Thanks Gary and yes, I think the various improvements, while maybe not "game changers" do make it a worthy upgrade. Also, I was debating adding a sidebar this piece regarding full frame cameras because I shot the D7200 side-by-side with the similarly sized D610 and found the performance of the D7200--AF points, fast, quiet and smooth operation, continuous shooting, ISO range, LCD resolution, not to mention built-in Wi-Fi-- all outpaced the D610. FX vs. DX is a much bigger conversation and budget is always an issue, but unless you are looking toward the flagships FX models, maybe "next time" is the right time in this case. 

Your article is very timely as I am, as we speak, trying to decide which Nikon camera/system I wanted to upgrade to.  Your discussion led me into areas that I hadn't considered or would not have know about if I hadn't read your comments.  I am fairly certian that a D7200 will be in my camera bag farily soon.

Thank you again, Great Job! 

John Stanley 

Thank You John

It does not do everything for everyone. It won't give me an 8x10 negative for contact printing. It won't stay open for a long time exposure image of star trails. It is nice but is not what you claim.

I thought putting it in Bulb mode would give your the functionality of shooting star trails.

Yes, using a remote shutter release, preferably with a locking mode, and a tripod or other camera support, it will. Thanks Gazza.

.... it won't butter my toast either!smiley And you're right Zelph, it may not be for everyone but it sure is a nice camera.  Also, it does have bulb mode, so with the right remote timer, you can do long exposures.

Great article and demo. Now I want to vist NYC in addition to upgrading my D90 to a D7200!

Thank you jebnotbush!  The D7200 would be a great upgrade and speaking for all of us, NYC looks forward to your visit.

Does this camera work with old Nikon lenses, at least those that are AI or AI converted? 

Yes. AI (AI converted) and AI-S for manual focus. AF-D for screw-driven auto focus.

Hi John,

Great information.  As a bird photographer, I am wondering how well it can track and hold a bird in flight.  While the lens comes into play, the camera surely has a role.

Any comments/experiences you could share?

Gerry

I live in Colorado next to a Nature Preserve  and in the weeks I've had the D7200 with the 18-140 lens I've found that it tracks flying birds quite well, distinguishing between the bird and the background almost every time. Also, the Vibration Reduction is great. I recently shot a Eurasian Collared Dove (now common in Colorado) mating display followed by the pair racing around together and every shot was in focus.

Thank you for your comment, Don.  

I have an 80-400mm lens on my D800E, but I like to get a little closer.  A teleconverter would lose light, and thus detail.  So a DX camera might be a better option.

Thank Gerry....while my testing of the camera was based mostly on its use with the 18-140mm lens, not necessarily the best lens for such an application, I did take the time to track and shoot some of Manhattan's most common flying creatures--Columba livia domestica. I found its focus tracking performance to be surprisingly good and I say surprisingly because it was very good. Nikon’s Scene Recognition System and 3-D tracking recognizes the colors and patterns of your subject enabling you to maintain focus on a moving subject. As Nikon says, “For subject tracking, the sensor recognizes the color of a subject within a user-selected focus point, then follows the subject’s movement by detecting the identical color segment. The 3D-tracking mode shifts the focus point automatically to respond to the subject’s movements. The AF and SRS are in constant communication with each other, improving tracking performance even for subjects quickly approaching the camera.” The 3-D tracking on the D7200 uses all 51 AF points and in my very limited testing with flying subjects, I found the camera’s autofocus tracking quite impressive and noticeably better than that on my older model FX format cameras. I hope that helps.

Thank you for the additional info, John.

My wife's D5200 also has a 3-D mode. I will check that out.  Have you any comparison with a D5200 vs. D7200?

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