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Very soft focus on D200

Hi Amanda, welcome to FixYa.

Try this to fix your focusing issue. It's a custom AF setting.
Press the Menu and select the pencil icon. Then you'll see Custom Setting Menu on the LCD display. Click down to Autofocus and then click to the right.
There are 3 choices here: FPS Rate, FPS Rate + AF, and Focus.
Set it to Focus.
FPS Rate is the default setting, the camera will take 5 frames per second whether it's in focus or not.
FPS Rate+ AF forces it to slow down hoping to get more frames in focus.
Focus sets the camera to fire only when in perfect focus. It slows you down some, but it will save you from deleting all the blurry ones.

Try this and let me know if it works for you with a comment.

Ken Rockwell has alot of tips and tricks (including the one I just gave you) in a pdf telling all about your camera. You can read it here. http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/d200/users-guide/d200-users-guide.pdf

Enjoy your camera and feel free to rate my solution.

3/2/2009 12:37:47 PM • Nikon D200... • Answered on Mar 02, 2009

Not functioning d200


Nikon D200 High Speed Performance
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I bought mine from Ritz here. I bought another D200 from Adorama here. Also try Amazon here. Adorama usually has D200/18-70 kits in stock here. It helps me keep adding to this site when you click these links to get yours.
My D200 is fast, smooth and quiet. Unlike my D1H, my D200 makes less noise and vibration. It doesn't feel as macho, and allows me to shoot in more places more discreetly. At five frames per second it just hums along sweetly, compared to my bigger cameras which always felt like something was going to come flying off of them from all the clattering.
Buffers versus Memory Card Memory
The D200 uses two very different kinds of memory for storing images.
We're all familiar with the CF cards used to store hundreds of images. These aren't that fast and card makers rate them for write speed. The D200 uses these for recording your images.
The D200, like all professional digital cameras, has a second very high speed internal cache memory called a buffer. You never touch this. This buffer memory stores 25 frames of JPGs, 21 frames of raw or 19 frames of raw + JPG.
The buffer memory is fast enough to store all these frames at the full 5FPS rate, or faster.
The D200 is never slowed by memory speed card. The D200, like other professional cameras, has a second independent set of processors which handle writing the contents of the fast buffer memory to the slower CF card. Because this writing is done with a second set of processors you never know it's working except for the green CF light on the back. The D200 can be busy for over a minute writing to the CF card and you still have the complete ability to shoot at 5 FPS and play back.
The buffer is so deep that even under the heaviest shooting it's unlikely that you'll ever fill it. Even if you fill the buffer you can still make photos and playback, just that the maximum shooting rate will lower a bit until the buffer write and frees up at least one frame.
It takes it a 100 seconds to write 400 MB of data from 19 uncompressed RAW + Large FINE JPG files to my 40x 1GB Lexar card. As a photographer you don't care how long it takes to write. So long as the buffer isn't full the camera works as fast as ever. Even if it is full you can shoot the next shot as soon as the buffer clears enough room. You don't have to wait for everything to write to make a next shot. Even with my slow 40x lexar 1GB card, a constipated buffer and huge compressed raw + JPG Large Fine files I can make a new shot every 3.2 seconds. With uncompressed raw + JPG Fine Large I can get off a new shot with a full buffer every 3.7 seconds. If you ever get to these limits you're doing something stupid. Just shoot JPG and you'll never be able to fill up the buffer faster than you can shoot. With Large FINE Optimal Quality JPGs the buffer clears at the rate of 1 FPS. With Large Basic Optimal Quality JPGs I can run at 2 FPS even with a full buffer. Use the smaller image sizes or the Size Priority JPG setting and you can shoot as fast with the buffer full as empty!
I've had to do seriously stupid tests to fill it up.
Shot Buffer Readout
A shot buffer is fast memory inside the camera which stores the shots you've just made. Your memory card is written from this buffer. Even with the slowest card on earth you can shoot as fast as you want, since it all sits in the buffer until written. Your card is recorded in the background while you shoot. The green CF light tells you this is happening.
The size of this buffer is how many shots it can hold while allowing you to shoot at 5 FPS. If it gets full the camera slows to only as fast as your card will accept data, which is about one frame per second . These buffers are why you don't need to worry about card speed.
I've never filled up more than 9 shots in a buffer. I don't shoot that fast. With a 25 frame buffer the D200 has far more than I'll ever use.
This is the number you see while the shutter button is pressed halfway. It usually looks like [r25], which means it's empty and can hold 25 more shots. Normally you'll see a big number like [527] or [ 1.3]k, which is how many shots are left on your card. As you shoot fast sequences you can see this number drop. When it drops to [r00] your buffer is full and the camera slows down its shooting until the buffer is recorded to the card. It's fun to look at when you get your camera, but since I never fill it up I don't worry about it. You'd have to be shooting many long high speed sequences continuously with a slow card ever to use much of this.
2/11/2009 9:02:11 AM • Nikon D200... • Answered on Feb 11, 2009

Registering my new D200 nikon camera

Go to NikonUSA;.com, click on "Service & Support"; select "Product Registration".
11/25/2008 11:40:06 PM • Nikon D200... • Answered on Nov 25, 2008

Partially dead D200

lick my arse
9/23/2008 3:15:30 AM • Nikon D200... • Answered on Sep 23, 2008

Blank LCD screen

Check your manual, page 141: Image Review. Should be set to ON (default is OFF).
9/11/2008 1:56:05 AM • Nikon D200... • Answered on Sep 11, 2008

Blank LCD screen taking pics

Try to reset the camera.

: Find the * QUAL and +/- * buttons on the top of the camera. Hold them both down for a few seconds. The top LCD blinks and everything is back to normal.
9/1/2008 4:23:18 PM • Nikon D200... • Answered on Sep 01, 2008

First shot with D200 is dark

its most likely to be the battery.
8/9/2008 7:00:01 PM • Nikon D200... • Answered on Aug 09, 2008

Flashing Low Battery

Let me know if you have a solution...Mine just started doing the same thing
6/27/2008 8:38:16 PM • Nikon D200... • Answered on Jun 27, 2008

Prob with exposure analog...

i could tell you how to fix it but it would probably cost more than a new camera. just buy a new one.
6/25/2008 7:58:41 AM • Nikon D200... • Answered on Jun 25, 2008


lick my arse. lots. and lots and lots.
6/25/2008 7:55:13 AM • Nikon D200... • Answered on Jun 25, 2008


clean the lense.then lick my arse
6/25/2008 7:53:53 AM • Nikon D200... • Answered on Jun 25, 2008

D-200 not recognizing flash card

try to plug the card to a card reader, connect to a computer and check if it can still detect the card. If it does, check if your pix are still there, if none, reformat the card using the computer
6/17/2008 12:47:31 PM • Nikon D200... • Answered on Jun 17, 2008

Nikon18-200mm lens

Are you referring to a lens that has the Vibration Reduction? These are the settings:
  • Normal - The image stabilization is on, but is for when you just hold the camera "still" by hand or are using a uni-pod.
  • Active - The image stabilization is REALLY on, it's for when you have a shaky hand, like in a car or boat, or no uni-pod and you need extra sensitivity to control shake.
I have the 70-200mm VS f2.8. Boy, it's great.

Hope this helps, if it does, please set to FixYa!
6/16/2008 3:03:56 AM • Nikon D200... • Answered on Jun 16, 2008

Trouble auto focusing

If it's any consolation, I have the same setup and the same problem. I'm now at the point where I'm probably going to have to return the lens as faulty, but there are a few things it could be on yours which you might want to check.

Have you got the D200 set to auto-focus? The selector (on the front of the camera, on the lower left) should be in the S position (as opposed to C or M).

Have you got the lens set to auto-focus? It should be in the M/A position, rather than M.

Have you tried cleaning the contacts? Pop the lens off and give the contacts a clean with the appropriate equipment. Dust on the contacts could be causing a problem.

Failing that, have you tried turning the camera on and off a few times?

I've obviously tried all the above on mine, and now suspect I've got a faulty lens that needs fixing ... which really sucks! Good luck with it, let me know if you get it working.

5/4/2008 1:01:26 AM • Nikon D200... • Answered on May 04, 2008

Faded pictures

I had a problem with pictures not so clear, because I was in "portrait" under the custom settings menu, and it caused the resolution to be low/medium
4/9/2008 3:59:43 AM • Nikon D200... • Answered on Apr 09, 2008

Nikon D200 problem with SIGMA 28-200 lens - works on one D200 and not my other

Sigma lenses sometimes need re-chipping for full compatability with certain Nikon camera. They are usually quite good about doing this gratis.
Try the Sigma on another body at the camera shop or at home (preferably and older AF film camera). If it works then its likely just a chip compatibility issue.
2/6/2008 9:36:11 PM • Nikon D200... • Answered on Feb 06, 2008

Camera automatically resets some settings.

Sure sounds like it could be a firmware bug - I suggest you upgrade to firmware version v 2.0.0 (it looks complex but is really quite simple - just need to do upgrade twice - once for A and once for B.

If this does not fix it I would suggest repair - the CMOS (which stores the values when the camera is shut off) may be defective - it must be fixed by Nikon Service.
2/5/2008 3:28:57 AM • Nikon D200... • Answered on Feb 05, 2008

Green lines on control screen of D200

A little more detail would be helpful in diagnosing your problem. Are the lines vertical or horizontal? Do they run the length or width of the screen or just a portion?
If by "control screen" you refer to the LCD monitor on the back, then it sounds as if it may be failing and needs replacement. Alternatively you can just live with it unless it gets worse (or you're under warranty).
2/4/2008 8:35:54 PM • Nikon D200... • Answered on Feb 04, 2008

Nikon D200 and microdrive

I assume by "microdrive" you mean the compact flash card - right? Not all compact flash cards will word with the D200 - what is the brand of each of the flash cards you have (and are they all the same-purchased at the same time)?
1/9/2008 9:30:52 AM • Nikon D200... • Answered on Jan 09, 2008

Nikon D200

My first question would be what lens are you using - some lenses have auto stability features - please post lens make, type, model number and when you purchased it.
1/8/2008 7:52:01 PM • Nikon D200... • Answered on Jan 08, 2008
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