MB-D200 Ergonomics/review

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by efusco, Jan 8, 2006.

  1. Just a bit of a heads up regarding the MB-D200 that I hadn't seen
    noted here. I got my vertical/battery grip in Friday and was
    immediately impressed. I truely missed the convenience of the
    vertical release and vertically command & subcommand dials.

    The grip fits on nicely enough though not quite as seemlessly as I'd
    expected for a OEM product. The vertical command and subcommand dials
    a slightly "Higher" and not quite as accessible as those on the body,
    but I think it's something I'll get used to pretty quickly.

    The biggest disappointment is that there's just no comfortable way to
    reach the AF zone selector pad with your thumb...it's just too far
    away without sticking you thumb in your nose and changing your grip on
    the vertical release completely. I assume they did the best they
    could and designed the body with the pad in the ideal place for most
    users, but don't expect to be able to quickly change AF areas while
    using the vertical shutter release...it ain't gonna work that way.
  2. I do not think you can reach it anyway on a D2h or D2x by holding your camera vertically.

    Maybe, since the command dial is bigger on canon cameras, you might?
  3. I have typical girl sized hands and I have no problem reaching reaching the AF zone selector pad when holding the camera vertically on my D2X, even with the quick release plate in the way. While I do have to adjust my grip, it hasn't slowed me down once I got used to it.

    It's one of those things that seems awkward at first but after a bit of practice you don't notice it.
  4. On the D100's MB-D100, you don't need to reach the zone selector pad. You can change AF zones by pressing AE-L/AF-L and rotating the command dial (both on the MB-D100). Is this not possible on the MB-D200?
  5. Thank You Chris!!
    Indeed, if you press and hold the AF-ON button the AF zones shift as you turn the subcommand (front) dial!

    It's going to take some practice to get used to switching zones that way but it's much less cumbersome than trying to get to that pad.

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