Of course I look at the Info Display on the back. My eyes are getting old and the Display shows enlarged versions of the data cramped into the Viewfinder.
But I never paid much attention to the small icons at the bottom of the Info Display. You know, ISO Noise/Active D Light etc that all become highlighted when you hit the Info button a second time.
Playing with this feature yesterday I came across 3 icons that escaped notice before. And these three unlock some scarce & valuable real estate. I'm talking about the instant ability to configure 3 buttons on the camera — AE/AF Lock, Preview, Fn.
Before this discovery, I'd spent much time setting up special configurations of the three buttons in U1/U2 & Save Settings. Which in every instance required a 2 or 3 or 4-step routine of going to My Menu, or Custom Menu>Shooting Menu to set button options to deal with varying shooting conditions. With the icons in INFO, it's a quick.
My gosh. The D7000 just keeps on hurling pleasant surprises at me. Has anyone else had an awakening to INFO Display?
>It is fun discovering new and useful features. > >I'm not quite following what was discovered here. The info >display or the programmability of physical buttons on the >camera body? I have programmed those buttons using the usual >menu picks. > >Peter >My gallery (a work in progress): >http://peterstokes.net/Exhibit
I read it as the programming of the buttons through the info display ans opposed to the usual menu clicks. As an alternate, and some would say quicker and more convenient way to change them.
Before discovering that you could modify these directly from the info display I kept all of those menu shortcuts in MyMenu. Accessing them from the info display is great and let me shorten up MyMenu as well. I'm mostly using this to assign the AE/AF button quickly. I use it as an AF-ON button but my wife prefers focusing with the shutter button.
Agreed, you save time assigning buttons by using MyMenu. But not as much time as with the INFO display.
MyMenu will take you to CUSTOM>CONTROLS>ASSIGN AE/AF-L, but stop there. The INFO icons will go one step further and program in the choice you make in ASSIGN AE/AF-L. This choice could be AF-ON, and then you are completely done.
It is an Icon-driven selection that completely bypasses 4 levels of menus. I call that fast.