Nikon D200 and 17-55mm f/2.8 AF-S for sale!

March 30, 2009



The time has finally come — I’m selling my trusty Nikon D200 and 17-55mm f/2.8 AF-S DX lens in order to upgrade…

I still love this combo, and it has served me well over the past few years. I’m only upgrading because the Nikon D700 exists, and it’s what I’m currently looking for in a camera. To say it plainly, if it wasn’t for the D700, I would honestly hold on to the D200 for at least another couple years.

If you’re just looking for price info, you can jump to the end of this post. If you’d like some background on the equipment, and the “why” behind my upgrade, please read on… There are a few reasons why an upgrade to the D700 is “right” for me at this point in time:

  1. The FX full-frame sensor is hot, and has amazing low-light (aka high ISO) performance.
  2. The D700 is a much cheaper, and IMHO better, version of the D3
  3. The AF system is top-notch (same as D3)
  4. It has some great advanced features, like Auto ADR (Adaptive D-Lighting), that will come in handy

Normally, I would just upgrade my camera body and keep my lens. This time around, though, the full-frame FX sensor of the D700 comes with one major drawback: it requires an FX lens to make full use of the sensor’s size. Thus, my 17-55mm f/2.8 AF-S DX just won’t cut it anymore. Honestly, I’m sad to let it go, but I can’t justify keeping a lens that won’t take full advantage of the new D700 body. Of course, the flip side is that I’ll get to enjoy a brand new 24-70mm f/2.8 lens instead, which I’ve been lusting over for a while.

Now to what you’re really looking for: price and condition.

I’m selling the D200 for $500, and the 17-55mm f/2.8 AF-S for $1000.

The camera includes the original box/documentation and the various accessories (body cap, cables, battery, charger, & LCD screen cover). The lens includes the original box/documentation, caps, the monster lens hood, and the soft lens case.

Both are in excellent condition, and have no visible or functional defects. I have kept the body and the lens in tip top shape since I bought them both new in 2006. Most of the photographs posted on this website made after April 2006 are shot with this combo, since I rarely take the 17-55mm off of the D200, so you can check out the outstanding image quality. And, yes, both of them are Nikon USA versions — no gray market for me.

A final note: I’m posting this info here, on my blog, to give you all a sneak peak. If I don’t get any bites in the next few weeks, I’ll probably post on Craigslist and call it a done deal.

Please let me know if you have any questions, or if there is any additional information that I can provide. Of course, feel free to pass along this post’s URL to anyone that you think might be interested.

Thanks much!