Possibly a dumb newbie question....
My D100 is just over 24 hours old so, needless to say, I still have an awful lot to learn about it!!
I got a 50mm 1.8 lens with it. I'm a little confused about something. If I unlock the Aperture ring and turn it manually I get an error message FEE. The meter won't work and the shutter button won't depress. Now, having done some reading, I understand that the meter won't work but I thought you could set the aperture using the ring manually if the camera was in 'Manual' mode. Am I missing something? If this is the case, why bother getting a lens with a manual aperture ring?
As I said, I'm brand new at this camera (and digital SLRs) so my apologies if this is just a stupid question that has been asked many times.
Also, I ordered Thom Hogan's D100 book and after the order went through the next screen said that it would take 3 weeks to come! Has anyone received it in a shorter time frame than that? Do you receive an email that it has shipped at least?
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#1. "RE: Possibly a dumb newbie question...." | In response to Reply # 0darrellyoung Registered since 21st Apr 2006Fri 25-Oct-02 11:15 PM
You don't say whether your 50mm f/1.8 lens is an AutoFocus lens, or not, but since it is on a new D100, I am assuming it is an AF.
The D100 is like most of Nikon's newest cameras, including ones like the N80, F100, F5,etc. Instead of having to use the manual aperture ring, you simply use the two command dials on the front and back of the camera. The front command dial (just below the shutter release button) controls the aperture, and the rear command dial (just above your thumb) controls the shutter speed.
If you have come from the manual focus world, this may come as a surprise, but it actually is quite easy to use, once you are used to it. You never have to take your eye off the viewfinder.
Aperture rings are not really necessary for cameras like the D100, and probably will be done away with in the future. But, until most of us old timers are gone, Nikon had better leave our aperture rings on the lenses. Who knows when I might get a hankering to use my latest Nikkor AF lens on an old F4 or something.
If the aperture ring bothers you, just buy the "G" series lenses which do not have them. Probably the most popular one of those for the D100 is the AF-S 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED-IF, which sells for about $350.00 USD. Here is a link to Nikon's site: