Banding on the Nikon D200
Now that Nikon acknowledges that banding des exests, does anyone know if all these earlier built cameras been taken off the shelf? Furthermore, problematic cameras already bought by customers which were validated by their service should be replaced and not just adjusted to correct the banding effect. I would hate to think that if I bought a D200 with my hard earned money, I might end up with one that has the banding effect and have someone probing into my brand new camera. Paranoid, maybe, it's just a personal belief that "mechanical and electrical products never work the same after they have been opened or tinkered with"...

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Replaced? Do you have your car replaced each time it is serviced, even for a manufacturer's defect? Sounds like it may only require a firmware update to adjust the "image output level". They may not even have to open it. Maxx..

Comment #1

It amazes me how this whole issue of 'banding' has been blown out of proportion! And now this Phillip George person is worried about the camera being messed up, if they try to fix it? I loved your response, maxx. My Toyota pickup is going in the shop, due to terrible noises in the engine. It is 10 years old, guess it is out of warranty? LOL Happy Shooting.


Comment #2

Maxx, I knew sooner or later someone would make the comparison to getting a car with problems. The only reason why companies won't have to replace, is because they are not forced to and consumers continue to buy. I can bet that the QA in Nikon more than likely caught this problem and the company decided to release it hoping that the problem won't be noticed or that it wasn't going to be a "Big Deal" for users awed by the Nikon name. Don't get me wrong, Nikon do make exceptional cameras and lenses and I do like the look and feel of the D200 which is why I am so disappointed. Would anyone intentionally go out and buy a product knowing that a problem exists?..

Comment #3


Point well taken. Perhaps Nikon may be guilty, but I concur with Ken Rockwell; it's basically a non issue, save for some rare cases. It is amazing, given the complexity of these cams today, that more things dont escpae QC, or that the longevity isnt what it should be. Happy Shooting!.


Comment #4

If you check the firmware on the D200 you can tell if it is the 2nd generation by the firmware installed. It will be A 1.1 B 1.0.

The original first cameras were A 1.0 & B 1.0.

The banding would never have been a problem in the real world anyway because the pictures would not be good enough to use because of over exposure with missing detail. This was only found out by people testing to over perfection using target charts etc.

  Anyway, to answer your question, Yes, Nikon will replace your camera if you have the original firmware installed.

Call them if you have a problem...

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