RX1: stupid question about aperture ring
There is an historical reason: The aperture is part of the lens. The coupling used to be purely mechanical. Early lenses would simply screw into place, with no coupling mechanical or electronic to the camera.
Now it is done mostly for the sake of nostalgia, unless a lens is made for a system that has no other way to manually set the aperture value.
It also isn't a bad system, with one dial controlled by the left the left hand, the shutter speed dial controlled by the right, and your left hand needs to be cradling the lens anyway, for balance or focus or both.
Thanks for your response. My problems are these:
- While I normally cradle the lens in my left hand with my DSLRs, this lens is pretty short, so cradling is mostly of the camera itself with a few fingers on the barrel.
- The way I hold the camera, my left index finger curls under the barrel and thumb is on the left. It's not easy to turn the aperture ring in this position as your whole left hand has to swivel and your finger tips are on the smooth rather than ridged part of the aperture ring.
I really wish aperture adjustment could also be assigned to the rear wheel ... it's basically sitting there doing nothing in aperture priority