"Can I use the aperture ring on D lenses in LV and DMovie?"
I'm torn between the 600 and 800. One of the features the 800 has that the 600 doesn't is to control the aperture during DMove and micro shooting. I have a bunch of AF-D and a couple of AF lenses. Can I control the the aperture with the AF-D lenses or do I have to use a manual focus lens to control aperture? For me, it's more important to control the aperture when using LV.
#1. "RE: Can I use the aperture ring on D lenses in LV and DMovie?" In response to Reply # 0 Mon 11-Mar-13 06:14 PM by Robman3
West of Santa Monica, US
The aperture can be controlled during filming/video yes on the D800 either set to AF or Manual on the front switch.
I recall an early review as well that indicated it could be adjusted to "step" through stops electronically through some assignment of the Fn button, however I cannot find that in a quick look-see in the manual. Should anyone know about that please let me know.
If, you are controlling while in record mode, note it is possible to have a light touch while adjusting the lens with the rotating wheel on the front but, in video even slight touches can jiggle footage, so anticipate an effect or freeze frame treatment, image slide, cut in etc. if running linear uninterrupted takes.
Using a manual lens means setting up/assigning lens 1 through 9 in the Non-CPU lens menu.
With the manual lenses I have, it requires setting the aperture ring to the highest number say f/16 otherwise the camera will flash an EE message.
Not certain as to every manual lens but I learned this from Brian Tilly and my sales guy when I took a used 85mm f/1.8 (not marked D) back to the shop because of the EE message.
All Nikkor lenses are D lenses after 1990, according to a quick search.
If you considering using a Cine lens, Zeiss etc. with a large, full rotation focus ring and non clicked aperture ring that's great however, it is possible for a decent repair shop to "de-click" a manual Nikkor lens in order to provide smooth adjustment of the ring, with friction adjusted at that time to your needs.
Those who have done this (in reading) likely are using Nikkor glass on an adapter with a Canon or other type of device, or are serious DP's and need control of the entire spectrum during a shoot.
The rub of course is whether or not the lens has to be stopped down all the way which renders using the iris ring mechanically moot.
If any of this is incorrect, I'm sure someone will chime in.