Originally Posted by BillKen
cybertec - would you mind sharing your manual settings with the D200? I have a D50 with the 18-200vr Nikkor (nowhere near as crisp as a 17-55 I know) - but I can't seem to get decent results. Did you use a SB-800 on or off camera and if so - did you bounce it?
Fabulous pics btw - I've always lusted after the 17-55.
no bounce flash used, no flash at all, your lens and camera are just fine and will do the same job my camera and lens did for taking pictures of a PDP.
First you MUST use a tripod and put the camera on it's timer, no finger pressing the shutter button, also you MUST use manual mode at 5.6 or 6.3 any higher and it starts losing detail do to lack of light, not A P or S, place camera where you think you will be taking the pictures from, look through the viewfinder, make sure you are in M mode, when you look through the finder you will see the compensation light bar at the bottom, either the lines will be to the left going towards the + sighn or towards the - sighn to the right side, when you first press the shutter button so the camera locks on the subject look at the lines, if they are towards the left side means you must adjust compensation with the thumb bar, I am sure you know how to use your camera by now, when I take the picture I make sure there is one bar going towards the + sighn, which gives you a bit more exposure, once you have all that set press the shutter button and take your hands OFF the camera "as to avoid camera shake", once picture is taken you will see it on the LCD screen, if two dark or to bright adjust accordingly.