Not sure if I did the right thing... from Canon 5D3 to D700?

Started Oct 17, 2012 | Discussions thread
tomnorth
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Re: D700 is terrific, but still trying to figure it out. Need Help!
In reply to Rumi Siddiqui, Oct 24, 2012

Rumi Siddiqui wrote:

I got my D700, and I'm extremely pleased with the results. No regrets whatsoever; however, there are a few annoyances, and OMG, the 70-200mm is huuuuuuuuuuuge. I'm not kidding when I say my puny wrist is sore. I may have to go to the gym, just to use this lens. I WILL be buying another smaller lens. Anyway, on to the annoyances, or rather my lack of knowledge of the Nikon system. I attempted to read through the manual, briefly - but still find myself confused.

1. On the 5D Mark II, it was setup to where I could quickly pick up the camera, turn it on, point it toward my subject, and the camera would automatically choose the autofocus points to where it thinks it should focus, by simply pushing the shutter half way. If it didn't choose the correct point, I could quickly move the joystick with my thumb, and maneuver to the correct point, from the incorrectly selected one. Please tell me there's a way to do this with the D700. So far, it will automatically pick focus point in automode, but it won't let me manually select a point, if it gets it wrong. In the other two autofocus modes, it won't automatically pic a point, it will start off by making me manually select the point to focus on.

I don't know of a way to do this.

2. Is there a way to always keep the LCD on, showing my shutter/ISO/settings? The screen keeps shutting off. I like having the LCD on all the time, where it shows my current camera settings. I keep having to hit the info button. The second I take a pic it disappears, until I hit the info button again.

If there is it would be in the Playback menu. You can select what gets shown in review mode. However, I'm not certain what you want is available. I suspect it is not. You've always got it on the top LCD. You've also got it within the viewfinder.

3. On the 70-200mm lens, what is Active/Normal mode? And there's A/M, M/A, M? What the heck?

Active/Normal has to do with the VR mode. Unless you're shooting from an object that is moving up and down (boat in waves) you should keep it set on Normal. The A/M, M/A and M settings have to do with Manual and Autofocus. Those settings tell the camera how to respond when you move the manual focus ring. On A/M, the priority is given the Autofocus, so if you inadvertently move the manual focus ring, autofocus will still work. On M/A it is the reverse, priority is given to Manual focus. On M you are set to Manual focus only.

Can anyone help me out with this? I'm continue to look it up on line, and further read through the manual, but I'd appreciate any help I can get!

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