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New to 7100 - button assignments or finger choreography?


Everett, US
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bggary Registered since 29th Dec 2013
Tue 04-Feb-14 06:45 PM

I'm returning to SLR after a long layoff, and new to the D7100. And hunting for "tips".

High on the list of things I love to shoot are sunsets. I'm doing a lot in full-manual right now, because I want to learn the camera, and... on occasion, I find myself with not enough fingers to do what i think I want to do.

For example... I might meter on a good cloud, and then I want to press and hold the AE-lock; then I want to focus a third of the way into the scene and press and hold the AF-lock (assuming I've assigned it to a different button). Then I want to recompose and... by the time I get things the way I want, I have no fingers left for pressing the shutter release.

What are the cool-kid ways to handle things like this? I know that I could, for example, set the AE-lock to hold until canceled; I can turn off AF and focus manually, and/or I could use a timer or remote for release off a tripod, but....

..I guess what I'm asking is, how do people have their buttons set up and/or choreograph their fingers so that they can set up the shot the way they want?