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Better than new

I got a great deal with this camera - it was very lighly used, practically a demo.
The owner gave me everything (body only, no flash or lens) - all the books, charger, everything.
I've used lots of Nikon cameras, including the D2X and the current D7200, and like the D2H better than either.
You missed out on a great auction when you let this one go.
For which I thank you.
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Verified purchase: Yes | Condition: pre-owned | Sold by: gpbm

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Complex Camera but awesome capabilities

I bought this camera for the great value and incredible professional capabilities it has. Years ago when I was in college, I used a Nikon F 35mm film camera and learned the fine art of truely taking great pictures (in B&W and color) by manipulating the focus, F-stops and ISO, then with film processing. As time went on, fully automatic cameras became the norm and I forgot most of the finer points that I had learned. The D2H that I bought is bringing all those finer aspects of taking great pictures back into focus for me. I also bought a manual focus lens to go with the camera and love both of them together. Yes, I might miss a quick shot of something, but thats ok, for snapshots and other quick shots, I still have my Nikon Coolpix. But for enjoying the ability to completely manipulate every aspect of a shot, this D2H is a great value. With the prices down below $200, it is hard to beat the value. Also this camera is built like a truck and will probably last for many more years to come. Cant beat these cameras for their value and capabilities. Thanks.Read full review...

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Pro quality in an awesome camera that will meet your needs for years.

Lots of people bash this camera as yesterday's news because it's only 4.1 megapixels. While it's true digital SLRs have come out with many technological advances since the D2H, you can still get awesome photos from this camera. And, a benefit is the files aren't huge! So, unless you're going to print 40 x 60" prints OR have sharp enough lenses and good enough skills to realize the ability to really crop in on your 16, 24 or 36-megapixel images, this camera is all you will ever need. Now for several hundred dollars, you can have a camera that people were waiting in line to drop $4,000 for in 2003! Have fun!Read full review...

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Fast, Reliable, and rich features

Best bang for your bucks given all the features that you could have with this camera. Super fast 9 frames per second and the built-quality is just like a tank could give you lots of use for several more years. Only downside is the screen quality is pretty bad compare with my D90, its hard to tell if you got right exposure by looking at it but not really a big deal for me. Can't wait to text this camera on the field when i got some free time.Read full review...

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This exceptional camera produces BEAUTIFUL HIGH QUALITY images.

For YEARS, I have used a Nikon D70, prior to that an Olympus C-4000. The Olympus produced some great images, and I liked the TIFF format but it did not offer RAW. I bought the D70 for a couple reasons: it was on sale at Circuit City and it had good reviews. Out of the box, I was a bit disappointed with the D70 and it took me a while to figure out its peculiarities. The JPEGS were awful, the Olympus gave better results. But the RAW format allowed me to tinker with the images. It came with a 18-70mm kit lens. Later I discovered the Nikon 50mm 1.8DX lens, a beautiful and inexpensive lens. I started looking at the D2H after an eBay seller sent me a couple images he had taken with his D2H camera. I was impressed with the images, "tones", rain drops on the front fender of a Ford pickup truck of all things. So I find out that the D2H saves images in both TIFF and RAW which is great. And my old Mac computer can handle these "small" file sizes. I was also considering a D200 mostly because I thought I needed more mega-pixels. Avoid the mega-pixel myth as RAW file sizes of 4-6 MP are more than adequate, especially when you take time to compose your image rather than doing a LOT of cropping when editing. The D2H produces the right information within the right file size that suits my setup.
As others have noted, the D2H can mount and meter older non-AF lenses, especially the AIS lenses, more specifically the 55mm 2.8 AIS Micro lens. The viewfinder of the the D2H is a picture window versus the D70 which in comparison is merely a shaded peep hole. Wow, what a view through the finder, like a new lease on life! This means a LOT when trying to compose an image when using a manual focus lens, especially when doing close-up work. The D70 would accept the older lenses but would not meter. So I would have to guess at the camera settings. I am not knocking the D70 as it has been a great camera. But the D2H has a lot more to offer, again the view finder being the most obvious. I have owned this D2H for less than a month, the D70 is now tucked away in my dresser.
Some people might object to the weight and size of the D2H. However, I gave it five stars because it fits my large hands fine and the weight just goes with the stout build of a great camera.
I gave the camera five stars for picture quality as I spend less time in Photoshop trying to adjust colors, tones. I like the TIFF format and opt for the medium TIFF image size on the D2H menu.
Other features include the great battery life, much the same as the D70 when the flash is not used. Of course, there is not a built-in flash on the D2H, some might object to this. But I try to avoid using a flash. Instead, I either use a steady hand or a tri-pod in order to stay at ISO 200 or somewhere South of ISO 400.
The ability of the D2H to take 8 pics per second, I have yet to use as I do not do "action" photography. But this feature is a BIG plus to many photographers.
The D2H offers so many other features, I could write a book.
Bottom line, this camera produces beautiful images without spending a ton of time in PS, surely the most sought after feature in a camera.
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Nikon D2H 4.1 Megapixel

I bought this camera as a second body for my business. The seller provided images and a description that were tack on and had a 100% approval rating. These two things gave me confidence to bid.
>Thought I would add to my previous rating/review of this camera because I see many different statements of the shutter life of this camera. Nikon rated the body for 150,000 clicks, not 200,000 or even 300,000 that I saw in a recent review. While not rated as high as the D3/4 bodies, my oldest D2H (purchased in late 2003) have over a 165,000 clicks (as of 5/5/2012) and is still going strong. I recently shot a four-day jazz festival gathering over 4,300 images without a hiccup on either of my D2H bodies. Many would see the APS-C size sensor as a drawback but it works for me. The only thing about the D3 and later bodies that lure me is the expanded ISO range but with the larger file sizes would also require me to upgrade my computer system to accommodate these files. I'll stick with what I've got.

This is an excellent camera for an aspiring photojournalist as it is rugged, fast autofocus, 8 frames per second top speed, and, with a little software help (I use Nik Dfine) can produce ISO1600 images that are usable.Read full review...

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Not new, but still an amazingly well built, high performance camera.

99% of my photography is for the web. Using a 4mp camera for that isn't a handicap. That said, the d2H also makes perfectly good 8x10 prints.

Rather than boring you with details that you probably already know if you're looking at the camera, I'll just say that the Nikon D2H is an amazing piece of equipment, and remains so today.

There is a fair bit of noise at high-ISO, but it's still a lot better than back when I was shooting 1600 ISO film pushed a stop or two.

Lens compatibility is a major plus for the upper end Nikons. If you want to get serious about your photography, invest in good glass. With the D2H, that can mean most of the nikkor lenses (and several other brands) made since 1977. there were a few lemons, but really not many! And please do yourself a favor and get the 50mm F1.8 AF-D lens. It's cheap, and is a ridiculously sharp lens at a very useful focal length.

There are certainly higher megapixel cameras available, and certainly cameras that deal better with low-light, but as far as versatility and rugged construction, the D2H is a hard camera to beat. If you can work within the limitations of the resolution, you can have a truly world class camera for very little money.
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Nice camera !!

I bought this camera so I could have good compatibility with manual focus lenses. I do some macro and close-in work, so the ability to mount Ai-S and Ai macro lenses is important. Most macro work is manually focused anyway, so AF is not important there. The rest of time I have AF for quick shots - the best of both worlds.

This camera will mount 90% of the lenses ever produced for the Nikon F mount system from Ai up the present. There are a few wide angle lenses that will interfere with the mirror box, and should not be mounted. Pre-Ai lenses can be used if modified to Ai specs. I suggest using ICT Camera in Mountain View Calif. Fred Mueller will accurately machine any F mount lens to Ai spec.

This camera has a very convenient mirror lock up feature, so long lenses will work with minimum vibration. There is enough mass in the camera body to absorb some mirror vibration, but it's so easy to eliminate it, the operator might as well. Add a late model ED VR lens and lock the mirror and you will get razor sharp images, even with a bit of breeze buffeting the tipod.

The camera is a bit heavy and bulky if you are thinking about it as a walk around(?), I'd get a D200 for MF lens compatibility on foot. Since I do most of my work on back country roads or trails (erosion control engineering), I can usually get there with something to help me pack the camera and lens kit plus a HD tripod. I'll have other surveying gear along anyway.

As long as the enlargements will be reasonable like 8x10 or something - 4 Megs is enough. Sharpness is more about the lens, stopping down and controlling vibration than megapixels. This camera will handle late "write accelerated" CF cards and it has a large buffer, so if you are into bird/wildlife photography you can track a bird or a flock and grab a series of shots quickly. With VR, you can stop down one more stop and track the action which should equal great results. If you want more pixels in the same body, get a D2x.

The camera does not have a built-in flash. You will need to get an external flash. It does have a hot shoe and a PC cord port. The little SB400 will work with the iTTL flash metering system and is the likely best choice with modern lenses, unless you want to control slave flashes(?), then it would be the SB800. I have an inexpensive Pro-Master with Nikon module that works OK. It will interface in straight TTL mode and that's good enough for most of my shots. Manual focus lenses don't let the camera calculate fill-flash anyway, so the iTTL feature is not needed there.

All around this is a big camera with a lot of very nice features. It meets most of my working needs very well. For those times when I have to hike in, I use a Nikon CoolPix 5400 to keep weight down. Otherwise, this is as good as it gets in Nikon's line for modest pixel cameras. Outside the Nikon line, I'd be thinking about Sony (in camera VR for all lenses) or Pentax for M42 screw mount lenses including older Leica's and other fine European lenses.
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An excellent camera, albeit older tech

This is an amazing camera body that is well-suited to sports photography. Huge frame buffer (40 RAW) and a fast continuous fire (8fps) are only offset by a relatively low megapixel count (4.1mp). A few more bucks will get you a D2x, which has a higher mp but at the cost of that enormous buffer and frame-rate. It all depends on what you want the camera for... as a sports body, it excels. For studio work it will *definitely* do the job, and do it well - but you won't be able to go past the 8x12" print, which is a bit limiting.

Well built, sturdy, weatherproof, and feature-packed. Quality of the images is amazing, imho surpasses many of the latest pro offerings from Canon.
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An excellent oportunuty

i have bought this second hand Nikon camera The D2H...initially it was the only one i could see in excellent conditions because most of them by now, this particular model are all with sign of use and wear, so i went for this one.
And i must say it is in superb conditions from where i look at it....i think the only thing i can mention is on the LCD display it has a mark of stain or fungus very little from the inside of the display but it's very minimal, and the sensor had a bit of dust witch i had to clean so it wouldn't show on pictures, It's a pro camera that it had a very very costly price and now second hand you can still buy it for less than a quarter of it's original...I'm very happy found this particular model and camera at this price and conditions....the only thing i can say i dislike would be that it has 4 mega pixels only and a CCD sensor, and a bit more noise then today's currant models anyway i have to say that 4mp shooting raw files let's you work quit fine and it does not slow your PC at all.
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