I have a D7100 and had sent my D200 to my son. In fiddling with the D7100 I had the impression that neither the Aperture or Shutter setting was working correctly. It was as if they were both functioning in Program mode. For example, if I set the aperture I couldn't change the shutter more than one stop, if that. The same thing happens in Shutter priority with no flexibility to change aperture. I should note I was doing this in dim light. I realize it's supposed to give me the "right" setting but I don't have the flexibility to deliberately under or overexpose, except by using exposure comp. Maybe the D200 had similar controls but it seems to me the D7100 operates quite differently in this respect. As I said, having sent the D200 to my son I can't confirm this. So is my memory going or is my impression correct. At first I was about to send the camera back, thinking it was defective.
If you're in Aperture priority mode the only way the shutter changes is to change the aperture setting. The same thing for shutter priority. The only way to change the aperture is to set the shutter. If you want to change the exposure without using exposure compensation is to use manual mode and use the meter setting to either go + or -. The D200 should work the same way.
Program mode sets both shutter and aperture. To set bot the aperture and shutter, you need to use manual and aperture or shutter to set either aperture or shutter and the camera will set either the shutter or aperture based upon your set aperture or shutter. Charlie
I suppose I hadn't recalled this accurately in the D200. I had thought that camera gave me the option to change the net exposure from that selected. For example, if set on Aperture priority @f8 and the camera giving me 100th/sec I could choose to increase exposure by changing the shutter to 60th/sec.
Sorry for the confusion. I must have conflated Aperture/Shutter priority with Manual.
Thanks all. I certainly like the D7100. I wanted much higher iso flexibility vs. the D200 and I'd guess it's at least by a factor of 3x, with minor noise reduction. At 79, I also wanted lighter weight. Upper body strengthening wouldn't hurt either but a new camera is sexier. Not having the time to wait for the mythical D400 and believing it'd be heavier than the D200 the D7100 was less expensive than the D200 and IMHO a great value.
Aside from the absent AF-on button the only negative is the grip. It's not as deep as the D200 which created, for my hands, a great sense of security. Maybe I'll just trim my fingernails.
Arnold I to have BIG hands but to make you feel a bit more secure when holding camera and this might sound a bit lame but I put my pinky under the base plate of the camera I to am getting older in spots like I now have arthurites in my hands and my grip is not as strong when yunger by putting pinky under camera base plate I don't feel as the camera can slip down I hope this makes sense Enjoy your d7100 I know I already like mine with out the Aa filter Jeff
You're probably looking for setting b3, "Easy exposure compensation." That's the setting where in Aperture priority mode, your front dial controls the aperture, and your rear dial controls exposure compensation (and, by extension, shutter speed, modulo metering). It defaults to Off for some reason, which differs from the stock behavior of the DX00 cameras (I'm coming from a D300 myself). Hit the question mark when you've got it selected for an explanation of the different options.
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