Well the body maybe the easy choice…
The D200 is new, sealed like the F bodies. Allows use of the apeture ring. of course it’s almost 2x more.
The more problematic choice is the lenses. The new DSLRs don’t have a 35mm size sensor. They have an APS size sensor, dubbed the DX format. This of course changes all the focal length factors by 1.5x. a normal lense for a DX format is about 33mm..
So the lens choices..
G – no apeture ring
DX – only for DX size sensor. Won’t cover the whole 35mm frame
VR – vibration reduction
AF-S – Motor is in the lens
ED-IF – lens is coated and only the glass on the inside of the lense moves when it focuses
I like the apeture ring on older Nikons lenses. only the D200 will let you use the apeture ring. I hate G lenses, tho I might have to buy the 70-200.
I’d like to get non DX lenses. I’d still like to shoot film. or at least the option to. The downside is that i’ll never get truely wide angle photos with out a DX lens.
the 17-55 might be the most useful lens for everyday shooting.
I lust after the 17-35. It’s the one lense that I would buy for a 35mm camera.