Focusing Screens or ViewFinder issue
I recently purchased a D100 and ave had a CP5000 since Feb, replacing an older Nikon FE with static focal length glass.
My shooting methods allow me sufficient time to change lenses and adjust the exposure variables to compose the shot I desire.
My question regards how to best adapt the D100 to my desires or to change my shooting style to best compose the shot.
1) Focusing. The D100, built around the N80, is obviously designed around numerous SW/firmware, and corporate knowledge of these systems now simply labeled as 'AF'. I prefer to always double check or confirm the focus of my shot so that if I which to zoo up on the image later, I might still retain information I previously hadn't considered. With a Nikon FE, I had a nice viewfinder/focusing screen which is now adapted in my composition style.
Can I change the D100/N80 focusing system after the TTL mirrored image enters the viewfinder to ensure my shots are focused as I desite them, manually?
#1. "RE: Focusing Screens or ViewFinder issue" | In response to Reply # 0BJNicholls Charter MemberSun 11-Aug-02 04:03 AM
I don't know how you would verify focus with the CP5000 short of opening the full size image on a reasonable size monitor.
On the D100 you can focus manually if you want to. There is no center rangefinder or prism focusing aid, but there is an electronic rangefinder. It's a dot on the viefinder LCD readout that is visible when the lens is in focus at the selected focus area. You will have to confirm that the focus is accurate by the image on the matte focusing screen.
For what it's worth, I have tried under many conditions to see if I can focus better than the AF system. I have found that if the AF will work - there is enough light and contrast for it - I have never been able to improve on the camera's focusing. And under low light conditions, you'll find your ability to focus to be as challenged as the camera's.
The AF technology that the D100 inherits from the latest generation Nikon film SLRs is very accurate. Test the camera's focusing abilities and I believe you'll find that you can AF with confidence most of the time.