Stupid question: The charts always tell you the nearest and farthest distances. In the good old past, I could set the distances on my AIS lenses. How do you manage with the current AFS lenses where distances don't show up anywhere (on the lense or camera)?
That painful, ha... I wonder why they don't have a distance display in camera when they already have that info. Going a step further, why don't they have a "hyp" button which automatically changes focal length to hyperfocal? The distance markings on AFS lenses are pretty crude and too close together to make any accurate setting meaningful.
>The distance markings on AFS lenses are pretty crude and too >close together to make any accurate setting meaningful.
That's a generalisation which is not really borne out in practice. I would agree that many older MF Nikkors have a distance scale that is easier to use for these purposes, but AF-S Nikkors are just as usable as some AF Nikkors.
Just one example (which isn't perfect but the best I can do with my current lenses)...
AF 85mm f/1.4D
Markings at: Infinity, 30ft, 15ft, 10ft, 7ft, 5ft, 4ft, 3ft Focuses fro Infinity to 3ft with a turn of about 140 degrees
AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G
Markings at Infinity, 40ft, 20ft, 15ft, 12ft, 10ft, 8ft, 7ft, 6ft, 5ft Focuses from Infinity to minimum with a turn of about 165 degrees