Sun 28-Dec-08 01:05 PM | edited Sun 28-Dec-08 01:12 PM by drjh68
Greetings to all! I have been a silent but very satisfied Nikonian for many film-camera years. A month ago I moved over to the D700 and, like so many, am totally delighted with it and cannot imagine needing any further meaningful upgrade (famous last words).
I am working through the Nikon Handbook and the equally good one by Thom Hogan. One problem I have not solved yet is use of the Function button. At the moment I only have two functions on it – non-CPU lens data, and Virtual Horizon. The difficulty is that Virtual Horizon has to be assigned to the Function-Button Press list, and the non-CPU data to Function Button+Dials list (if I have correctly understood it).
This seems to mean that you can only get one or the other by pressing the Func Button, as it only displays for the option chosen in the f.5 menu. So, if the menu is set to Virtual Horizon when you are using non-CPU lenses, pressing the button will only give you the non-CPU data, and vice versa. To get the virtual Horizon you have to go back and change the setting in the menu.
Perhaps this is intended and unavoidable, but it is a bit fiddly. Can someone using these two facilities advise please? Have I missed a trick somewhere?
Having said all that, I can’t help feeling like a spoilt child for mentioning it. In all other respects the D700 is the answer to so many prayers, including some I had never even thought of making. The facility which gives me the greatest satisfaction is the Pre-set Manual White Balance, enabling you to get near perfect balance in mixed lighting by measuring a white card with the camera.
Sun 28-Dec-08 10:06 PM | edited Sun 28-Dec-08 10:13 PM by PaulBennett
No. There are some combinations which allow both a press and a press+dial function. It's in the manual but not clear. Page 320 has little tiny tiny tiny asterisks which indicate items which cannot be doubled. Many but not all.
Suggestion 1...setup your Function and Preview Buttons differently in different Custom Setting banks. Include non-cpu lens function in one of the banks.
Suggestion 2...Quick access to changing both Function and Preview Buttons is by using the Info LCD screen rather than the menu. Press Info Twice (make certain you have previously set d3 'screen tips-ON') Use the cursor to the left bottom where they show the Preview above the Function. Press the middle button within the cursors. You can then again by cursoring, change the setting. This beats going to the menu to find the controls.
Suggestion 3...I get to my non-cpu lenses by double clicking the info then cursing to the custom setting bank on the bottom left and changing to another bank which I know holds the function non-cpu, make the lens change, then go back to the previous bank. Fewer strokes than Suggestion 2.
James - Paul's suggestion (No1) to re-assign the Preview button is probably the best bet. Re-assigning both the FN button and the Preview button may give you everything you want (assuming you don't think you'll use Depth of Field preview too often).
I still think Nikon could double up on both buttons by tweaking the firmware though. Who know, it might even be possible for a major firmware tweak to provide six different options, i.e.:
* FN only * FN + Main Dial * FN + Sub Dial * Preview only * Preview + Main Dial * Preview + Sub Dial