>I'm really glad I read to the bottom of this post. While I >have used Auto Iso for my D70, then D90, and now D7000, I had >never thought of using it in Manual mode. I love shooting >dance which is usually poor lighting and fast action - I have >done well with this in S, but next I will try M. > >By the way - Love Nikonians! Lost interest in DPR because of >the fairly frequent abuse some of the members would dole out >to those asking simple, naive (some would say >"stupid") questions. > >Thanks for maintaining a forum with a sense of Values. > >Bill Hi Bill, Dance is like hockey, uneven light that constantly changes due to the sometimes constant movement and the nature of the event. Manual lets you set the faster shutter speed you need to get a sharper image and stop the action, and the ability to set the lens aperture allows me to control the depth of field. Easy if you have lots of light. The D7000 has excellent 100 to even 6400 ISO capabilities that allow me to control my settings to what I want and let the cameras CPU control the third factor needed in a correct exposure,ISO. This is very different from using fixed ISO with S or P or a mode. If in S or P mode, the Aperture moves up and down, changing the dept of field according to the light to get the best exposure. In A mode, you set the F stop, but the shutter moves up and down, getting sometimes blurry shots because shutter speed is to low. Auto ISO seems more unpredictable in the S, P, A modes. You are in more control in M mode. Now flash and Auto ISO is for another post. Magazine reviews are just that, meant to sell magazines. Nikonians appears to be a place where the truth is more apt to come out.