>We have been complaining about the lack of exposure mode >setting with U1/U2 for two years, since the D7K came out. It >is the one piece of the puzzle that forces you to adapt to the >camera, and therefore it took me at least 6 months to adapt to >the D7000. And yes absolutely if I could reutilize P, S, and >Scene modes I would end up with U3 - U5 which would be >fantastic.
It's all so close - if we could reuse the scene button as U3 and also be able to switch exposure modes within the U1 etc settings it would be terrific.
>On the plus side, U1/U2 allows one to memorize a default >exposure compensation and many other settings so I ended up >preferring U1/U2 to Custom/Settings banks.
Yes - at least you know they are as they were set up. The D300 banks often got corrupted (by me) during use
>One final thing, I found it helpful thinking of PASM as a >single U3 mode as they share all the remaining settings on the >camera.
I use PASM as my general day to day mode.
I have set up U1 for portraits and U2 for sports and action. In both these I am using manual exposure as this can also provide a form of aperture 0r even shutter priority if you use auto ISO. It's thus the most versatile mode... and I never use programme anyhow, and especially not for sports or portraits.
There is also U4 and U5 - the green button with and without flash. I won't use these much myself but they are quite good if someone else is using the camera... I often missed that on the D300... and heck they may even use the scene modes from time to time...