If you want to try Canon, go for the 5D. Don't bother with 30D or anything below. It's not that they are no good, but your D200 will probably as well or better.
I would suggest, get a used 20D (many popping up at CS buy sell section), can be had for as little as 1.1k now. Excellent body and close to the 1.5x crop factor of your D200. Then spend majority of your cash in lens. Perhaps a 50mm f1.4 or 85mm f1.8 (great lens and much cheaper than f1.2 version). And if you have enough change to spare, a 70-200mm f2.8 (IS or non IS up to you) and 580EX flash to complete the portraiture lineup.
Actually, if I were in your shoes and contemplating a good body for portraiture, I would wait for the S5Pro.
There are excellent tutorials in the "Digital Darkroom" on adjusting skintones. Honestly, if you really want to try a Canon, try borrowing/renting one first. Canon's color tones tend to be more "neutral", which you can get on your Nikon by putting the saturation to -1.
As for capturing the skin tone, Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax all perform about the same, with the Nikon and Sony capturing a slightly warmer skin tone unless you change the saturation (which is good, imho).
The only thing absolute is when you use a colorimeter and colour standards to measure the colour output. However, most of us photographers are not concern with that but how the photograph appear to us. I would say some will prefer the colour rendition of the Canon and some Nikon. Some will tweak the settings (contrast, saturation, etc) and others upload custom curves into the camera. It's all down to how the photographer wants the photo to appear.
Usually, I adjust the colour based on feeling. However, if I were to produce a series of photos, I will try to make sure the the skin tones is consitent across the photos. Sometimes, I don't even want a neutral skin tone.
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Last edited by ExplorerZ; 25th January 2007 at 09:44 AM.
If you don't mind to use a second hand camera then look for 2nd 30D/20D. I could find many good cam at the BnS thread. Er..I think if you post a thread that "Canon will rule over all" then for sure many people here would borrow you a 70-200 f2.8 IS. Sorry I don't have but if I had had it, I would have lended to you..The damage only about 1.5k only..Er..don't waste your money bah..
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Get a Canon DSLR + Nikon-Canon Mount converter + existing nikon lens
just rent one first... Save $$$