I just received my D7100 and can't get it to let me select the focus point. I have it set to aperture priority, AF-S, 51 points, auto-ISO, RAW, and auto WB, with the mode dial on S. On the top LCD, just below and to the left of the icon showing matrix metering, there is a solid icon with 'auto' displayed. I don't know whether that indicates anything, but I wonder if it somehow means that the camera will choose the AF point(s). The manual says that pressing the OK button while the exposure meter is on will go to the central point, but that doesn't work either. When I half-depress the shutter button, several focus points generally illuminate, and I can control any of the point selection myself. I hope the problem is with me and not the camera, but I can't seem to find the answer on my own. Anyone with a D7100 in hand that can help? Thanks. By the way, I am coming from a D90.
Hi, Jim. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I must have read that page a dozen times and didn't manage to translate Nikon's text into anything meaningful. At first glance, this manual strikes me as being less informative than it might be. I think Digital Darrel will sell a lot of Guides to the D7100 when he gets around to writing one.
Sun 24-Mar-13 11:53 PM | edited Mon 25-Mar-13 12:18 AM by martinjp
>Hi, Jim. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I must have read >that page a dozen times and didn't manage to translate Nikon's >text into anything meaningful. At first glance, this manual >strikes me as being less informative than it might be. I think >Digital Darrel will sell a lot of Guides to the D7100 when he >gets around to writing one.
Your welcome Toby. I'm also coming from a D90. Other than this it has been a pretty easy transition. Looking forward to spring. It's been cloudy and nothing is green here so I haven't gotten any pictures that are clearly better than my D90. The real test comes in a couple weeks when head out to Oceanside to see our new twin grandsons.
You're right the manuals leave a lot to be desired. I'll also be looking for a third party guide.
Thanks - I had been struggling with this a couple of hours and even wondered if my camera wasn't working properly. Re-read page 74 of manual (after this tip) and I still think you have to be almost clairvoyant or used to how Nikon does this to understand how to select the focus points. D7100 book writers - this is an area to focus on.
Sun 24-Mar-13 06:01 PM | edited Sun 24-Mar-13 06:03 PM by Snappo
WOW, this makes me wonder how I ever got my D600 to single point, when the D7100 has been throwing me for a loop. Bet I spent over an hour just being frustrated. Must have been attacked by senioritis Thanks, Jim
a retired old duffer with the time to have fun, Jim
Than you...thank you....just picked up my 7100 today after using a D200 for almost 7 years....what a difference in operating procedures.... the question asked was EXACTLY what i was looking for....354 pages of hard to read manual....does not really help...
>...354 pages of hard to read manual....does >not really help... >
I think most of us have read and read and re-read the manual chapter on focus.
The terms used for AF-S, Single Mode sometimes called Single Servo Mode and the term AF-S meaning AF Area mode Single Point sometimes called Single Focus Point Mode (did I get that right?) took me a while to swallow.
Once the penny drops though, isn't the D7100 a delight to use!