Sat 16-May-09 06:14 PM | edited Sat 16-May-09 06:14 PM by markscamera
I hope I'm posting this question on the correct forum since it relates to both Nikon AF lenses and the D700 but has to do more with the D700 or D3 series. What functions do I loose with my older non D AF lenses? I have the 20, 24 and 85 f1.8. I thought I read somewhere that the D700 utilizes the D technology to calculate distance in both flash and non flash situations when using the matrix metering mode. Mark Stephan USN, retired
Brian, you are correct. My non D lenses whether AF or not take exceptional photos if I do my part. I was curious because a similar topic is on the lens forum and I think it belongs here. I suggested it be posted here but I was wondering the same. Mark Stephan USN, retired
Since you are talking D3 and D700 and also D300, what you lose is 3D matrix metering. The distance data from a D lens is used when shooting flash on any Nikon camera today and is also used by the three mentioned above in calculations that the camera uses in its pattern recognition algorithms to improve the exposure calculations.
The cases where the distance information really makes a difference in flash photography are with dark and light subjects. Without the distance information, the flash exposures tends to be a bit light and dark, respectively. The meter tends to render things neutrally toned, even though they aren't, and adding the distance information allows the camera to correct for this.