I have a history of using analog Nikon camera equipment, owning a Nikon F601AF and a Nikon FG body plus these lenses:
- AF Nikkor 1,8/50
- AF Nikkor 3.3-4.5/35-70
- AI-S Nikkor 1,8/50
- AI-S Nikkor 105/2.5
- AI-S Nikkor 135/2.8
- MF Soligor 28-200/3.5-5.3 (not on purpose, came with the FG)
I shot the last picture with this equipment about five years ago, gradually replacing the SLRs with digital P&S cameras, first with a Canon Digital Ixus, later replaced with a Ricoh GX100.
I am a casual photographer, mostly doing family pictures and being interested in any sort of "graphical" structures. My eight year old son does Judo, so doing photos in a dim-light no-flash sports hall would be interesting as well.
While the P&S cameras definitelly have their qualities, I am somehow missing working with an SLR. I would love having things I have been used to, like usable depth-of-field, decent metering, better image quality or even feeling build quality in your hand. Especially the 105/2.5 can do really great pictures if used properly.
Now I am thinking of buying a used Nikon DSLR body in order to make use of the lenses again. Due to Nikon bodies lens mount "evolution", I would need at least a semi-professional DSLR body for using the AI-S lenses with metering. Seems that the cheapest alternative would be a used Nikon D200, these come around 400 Euro/$500 on ebay. Newer models (D300, D700, D7000), even used ones, come at a much higher price which I am not really prepared to pay.
On the other hand, the D200 is years old, this is probably ages in the digital world. So I am wondering if the D200's sensor is "good" in todays terms.
What do you think? Does it make sense to invest in this equipment? Is the D200 a sensible choice. Or should I abandon what I have and start over, probably with a different system?