>Anyone still use the aperture ring on the lens through a >custom function? Any advantages or pitfalls to doing so? >Is the mechanical ring "dead" or outdated/obsolete? It's >all I use!
When I first moved over to Nikon from Minolta, I used the aperture ring all the time. I felt it was nice to get back to lenses with "real" controls... At that time, I had no G-type Nikkors. Now that I have a mix of G-type and traditional Nikkors, I have converted completely to use the camera control for aperture control. Really, I'd still prefer to use the lens ring, but for me the convenience of using the same method when switching rapidly between different lenses is more significant.
>Do the auto flash modes (AA, D-TTL, and iTTL) still work >with the custom function set to use the lens ring rather >than the command dial? I'm mostly interested in AA mode.
I've not tried it with a D2 series, but as far as I know the answer is "yes".
I never missed the aperture ring until I started doing macro. I find that the way the command dial interacts with the DOF preview is maddening! You set the aperture, then press the DOF preview. If you don't like what you see, let go of the DOF, roll the dial, press it again. It's a blinky-blinky affair with a lot of button pressing.
With the aperture ring lenses (and, in my cases, Nikon extension tubes), I press the DOF preview. If I don't like what I see, I turn the ring until I do see what I want. Much simpler.
The "new way" does work. They could MAKE it work the way I work, too. They just haven't. Apparently the D2x has more options here than my D2h?
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I no longer use the aperture rings on my older lenses. I have become very used to using my fingers on the dials to adjust the aperture, not to mention it is really hard to make 1/3 stop adjustments with the aperture ring on the lens.