This is part of why I married a photographer

By Mir
April 28, 2009

When I married my husband I gained 24/7 access to my best friend, a nice guy, and a good cook. I also gained access to more photography equipment than I’d seen in my entire previous life, and it allowed me to move up in my photography dabbling a bit without having to spend any money. As we all know, free is my favorite price.

Nowadays, I still use my little point-and-shoot Canon to tuck in my purse, but when I’m hanging around the house and want to get some shots out in the garden or whatever, I grab my husband’s Nikon D200. It’s a very nice camera. I sort of love it.

This is not the sort of camera you’d buy on a whim; this is a professional body for someone who wants to do serious photography. But if you’re already thinking about it, you might be interested to know that right now, Best Buy is offering $200 off the Nikon D200 10.2MP Digital SLR Camera Body—it’s marked down to $599. It’s actually $850 over at Amazon right now, so this is a tremendous deal if you’ve been in the market for one.

And then if you get one, I’d be happy to wax poetic about my deep love for the Lensbaby, too. (Handy tip: Always marry a man who has better toys than you do!) (You’re welcome!)


  1. How incredibly timely. I was just searching and searching Nikon vs Canon and my brain is quite fried. Two questions…does it have Live View and does it matter if it does? How much would a standard lens (acquiring my toys slowly over time) cost so that I can get the most use immediately? I cannot afford a full set of lenses at this point.

  2. I’m pretty sure the D200 doesn’t have Live View–that was new on the D300. When I bought my D70 I thought I would miss it, but I didn’t. And now that I have the D300, I never use it.

    You should be able to pick up one of the kit lenses (18-70mm or 18-55mm) for a reasonable price, especially if you look on eBay. And you can’t beat the “nifty fifty” 50mm f/1.8 for around a hundred bucks new.

  3. This IS so timely! I just started a small photography business last fall and two weeks ago, ALL of my equipment that I worked my booty off to get was stolen out of my car. I had the D200 and I was in love with that camera. But my insurance is paying for the upgrade since the D200 isn’t manufactured anymore. Now I’m in a delima…D200 which I’ve come to know and love or D300 (live view, more mega pixels, etc.)which I know I’ll learn how to use. Decision, Decisions!

  4. Ok ok,… so what do you love about the Lensbaby? Inquiring minds have to know.

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