D4 setting limitation re AE-L and others
I may be missing something important, but I cannot find a way to get all the setting conveniences I'd like to be available, given all the controls available. This is not new to the D4, but I had hoped....
So, wouldn't it be nice to set preview to preview, Fn to spot meter, AF-On as is, AE-L (hold) or similar, and the leveling meter all available quickly? I thought I found it by using Fn-dials set to AE-AL but that is not so useful, at least in A-priority mode. Hmmmmm--frustrating--so close but so far.
thanks for any wisdom on this.
#1. "RE: D4 setting limitation re AE-L and others" | In response to Reply # 0KnightPhoto Nikonian since 18th Dec 2006Wed 18-Apr-12 01:05 AM
How about f6 'Assign Sub-selector Centre' whose default function is "The default options for Press and Press + command dials are AE/AF lock and None, respectively" but you can also set it to AE lock (Hold) (or just AE lock if you prefer) plus also some other values when moving command dials while holding the Sub-selector.
Now one choice I don't get at all is f5 "Choose whether the sub-selector 1, 3, 4, and 2 controls are used for focus point selection (Focus point selection; p 103) or perform the same role as the matching controls on the multi selector (Same as multi selector)."
What I don't get about that one is that for Multi-Selector the operation is "focus point selection"!! So for f5 I can choose 'Focus Point Selection" or "same as Multi-selector" which you guessed it IS "Focus Point Selection"
Having just tried both settings for f5 BTW, it seems to be that unless you set "Same as Multi-selector", IN PLAYBACK MODE the Sub-selector does not function at all, whereas with "Same as Multi-selector" IN PLAYBACK MODE the Sub-selector then functions just like the Multi-selector.
Best regards, SteveK
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#2. "RE: D4 setting limitation re AE-L and others" | In response to Reply # 0JazzDoc Nikonian since 11th Mar 2006Wed 18-Apr-12 01:36 AM
Thanks for the input, Steve. I played around with the various control settings further. As you note, the sub-selector settings are odd. It seems that when it is set to "focus point" that allows the center function to apply to both of the sub-selectors, which is useful for consistency. I set that function for AE-L (hold), so that solves most of my troubles. The final hurdle is finding a convenient way to use the horizon function with a button, as opposed to menu. I did that by setting this function into the vertical Fn button, which is new to the D4. It is a tad awkward to use, but since a single press holds the horizon function until pressed again or some other action is taken, it is not a bad solution. Now I have all the desired functions at finger-tip control. Nice, if not a bit opaque in getting there.