I am looking to upgrade from my D60 to D7k. I have a Rokinon 85 f/1.4, the lens does not meter on D60 but I don't have problem using manual mode to adjust exposure. My main issue is the focus indicator on D60 is not very accurate, it is a green dot that flashes when focus is achieved but it is difficult to tell when it has actually focused. Does the D7k have the same type of manual focus indicator or is it different - a bar indicator would be ideal. One reason to upgrade is also to be able to use the Nikon 85 1.8 which also won't focus on D60 but will on D7k.
Mon 17-Jan-11 11:54 AM | edited Mon 17-Jan-11 12:12 PM by Leonard62
I find the focus confirmation dot is a little sloppy on all Nikon bodies when manual focusing. That includes the D3X, D700, D60 or whichever. I test all my lenses with the USAF test charts and find the dot is not precise enough for accurate results. On your D60 or any body the conformation dot should not flicker but stay steady provided there is enough light and the subject is of normal contrast. I have three different Nikon 85mm f1.8 lenses and find all three light up the dot just fine on the D60 and give acceptable focus confirmation in normal (not test chart) picture situations.
To clarify post, as Dawn indicates the D7000 has the green dot plus arrows on either side, whereas the D60 has just the dot. I would hope this would at least tell you when you are close either side of focus and not just wait for the blinking dot to go solid.
>To clarify post, as Dawn indicates the D7000 has the green >dot plus arrows on either side, whereas the D60 has just the >dot. I would hope this would at least tell you when you are >close either side of focus and not just wait for the blinking >dot to go solid.
Probably not that different from the D60 Matt.
When you are out of focus, the arrow tells you which way to turn the focus ring. When you are really close to focus, you might see the arrow and the dot flicker back and forth, and when focus is achieved the dot is steady.
So I can report that I just got my D7000 (walked into local shop and they had a body-only) and the manual focus is an improvement over the D60. The focus arrows make a big difference because can immediately tell which way to turn focus ring and if over focus the arrow in the other direction immediately lets you know to back up. It was too easy with just the dot in the D60 to go past the dot before it had time to lock on and then kept hunting to figure out which way to focus. I'm sure if I wore my contacts when shooting it might be easier and it is not perfect so a focus-screen would be even better, but I can say with my quick test shots it is definitely a better system. Also, can set the non-CPU lens data so the Rokinon now meters and can shoot in Aperture-priority mode not just Manual (Shutter-priority and Program mode do not work). I am psyched!