I had a rather enjoyable session in the studio this week with three great volunteers who responded to my calls for models to photograph. The only problem was my technology let me down. If you have booked the studio, the models, the assistant and have lugged 10kg of gear from south to east London ready for a day long shoot, the very last thing you want to do when you get there is discover that your camera doesn’t have a sync terminal (something that all cameras who put themselves in the pro bracket should definately have).
On the Nikon D100 that I have had from new since 2002, this is the case. The sync terminal comes as an optional extra! Damn blast it, I checked everything else but didn’t check that little nugget. I did complete the shoot using the on-body speedlight, to trigger the studio strobes, but this did intefer with the lighting effects I wanted, especially the low-key shots I had planned to do.
Added to the pain, was the death of my card reader which decided to give up the ghost after the third set of hi-res images had been transferred. It was perhaps, a blessing that one of the models didn’t turn up as I would have run out of space completely unable to transfer any more images from the compact flash cards, to the laptop that I was using.
As a result of the session, I decided that the D100 had to go. It had served me well up til now (due to the fact that I used it for outdoor, location and available light photography so had no need to use it in a studio setting, however with the new services being offered to Actors and Models, I need a camera that can handle itself in a studio situation. Enter Ebay and the D200.
Released late 2005, this camera is said by some to have no resemblence to the D100, however one thing it does have in common is comparable features and buttons that mean there is very little learning curve if you just want to get going. As I shoot in Manual mode I don’t have to read every part of the manual to get going. As long as I can set the ISO, Aperture and the size/resolution of the images I am capturing, I am good to go!
I managed to get my D200 on Ebay for £770, bought Friday, delivered today! I’m in the studio with the new boy on Tuesday, so will be able to report back on how the Nikon D200 handles itself. Sadly, but with hope that the D100 finds itself a new home, it’s up for sale to pay for the purchase of it’s younger sibling.