New to 7100 - button assignments or finger choreography?
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?
#1. "RE: New to 7100 - button assignments or finger choreography?" | In response to Reply # 0jbloom Nikonian since 15th Jul 2004Tue 04-Feb-14 06:05 PM
A lot of people use back-button focusing (AF-ON), where a button is assigned to perform focusing and the shutter button does NOT participate in focusing. This eliminates the need to do an AF-lock button. Focus once, then recopmpose/meter/shoot at will. In this mode, you can also set the shutter to perform AE-lock (via CSM c1 setting). Then, holding the shutter halfway will lock exposure.
Thus the process is:
Focus via the AF-ON button.
(Recompose if needed) Meter via half-press of the shutter
(While holding the shutter halfway, recompose if needed)
Push the shutter the rest of the way.
Now, I don't generally do it quite that way because I tend to use manual exposure for landscape so I can easily adjust via the histogram. (Especially if shooting sunrise or sunset since it's really easy to blow out the red channel if you let the camera do the metering.) But that way will work.
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#2. "RE: New to 7100 - button assignments or finger choreography?" | In response to Reply # 1JosephK Nikonian since 17th Apr 2006Tue 04-Feb-14 06:42 PM
Jon's description is how I have my D70S setup (same one-button config as the D7100). I, too, often end up in manual mode for landscapes for the same reasons even when shooting with bodies that have both af-on and ae-l buttons on the back.
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