Have it your way, produces great imags on Auto, and allows you to be creative when need be.
Finally upgraded my trusty Nikon D-200, was going to go to the D-810 full frame, but after reading reviews on the D7200 I decided to stay with the DX format as it provided sufficient pixels for my use. Since I already had a 18-300 VR 3.5 - 5.6 lens on the D200 it made both sense, and cents to stay DX format. Camera is a bit smaller, easy to use, controls comfortable, and the image quality outstanding using both the 18-140 that came with the camera, and the 18-300 from my D200. Since both the 18-140, and the 18-300 are heavy lens, overall does not seem much lighter. Images taken by both cameras on Program mode show the advances made on the inside, especially in low light conditions, much better results, really impressed with image quality. Camera really feels solid when the shutter is released, just a really nice feel, plus fast focus with both the 18-140, and 18-300.
Only current concern is the SDHC cards used by the camera, am so used to the large sturdy Compact Flash cards that these seem flimsy, concerned about how they will hold up over the long haul, still have one of the two Lexar Compact Flash cards purchased in 2007, other just failed withing the last two months. My use of the camera will be the same as the D200, I am an artist, both traditional and graphic and use it to capture images for subject matter, average about 4,000 or more clicks a year, majority of my images are taken outside, and at the 18 - 35 mm range, camera performs extremely well with both lens. Just want to add this, my 18-300 VR lens just came back from authorized Nikon Repair after 34K clicks, auto focus issues, seems to perform better than new, no more zoom slip when camera is carried, plus repair was fast, and at reasonable cost.
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