i-function, how useful??

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samfanboy
samfanboy Junior Member • Posts: 26
i-function, how useful??

Hi, I am new to this forum, I have just bought a NX1000, I have the chance to buy 2 used zooms, an 18-55 and 50-200 for a good price, but they are the older ones without i-function, how useful is this button??

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sixfootzero
sixfootzero Contributing Member • Posts: 588
Re: i-function, how useful??

I only have one i-Fn lens:  The 20-50mm kit zoom.  (I also have the 30mm and the older 50-200mm.)  Maybe because of this, or because the aperture/ISO/shutter speed controls are so readily available on the back/top of the camera, I rarely use it.  When I first got the camera, I used it more.  Once I learned where the other buttons/wheels were, I used it less and less.  The act of having to toggle through the options slowed me down a little.

Still, I think it's really useful if you're intimidated by all the other buttons and want a single place to go for camera controls...

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happyfamily
happyfamily New Member • Posts: 14
Re: i-function, how useful??

That i-fn button is useful in digital zoom.

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zziplexi
zziplexi New Member • Posts: 11
Re: i-function, how useful??

Is there a digital zoom on the nx1000 as i have only just got this camera and haven,t found one yet.

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samfanboy
samfanboy OP Junior Member • Posts: 26
Re: i-function, how useful??

zziplexi wrote:

Is there a digital zoom on the nx1000 as i have only just got this camera and haven,t found one yet.

I have not looked for it myself, only just got the camera. Personally, I would avoid digital zoom, not a good option for quality photos, if you need to zoom in closer than your lens will let you, either get closer, of crop it in photoshop afterwards.

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happyfamily
happyfamily New Member • Posts: 14
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zziplexi wrote:

Is there a digital zoom on the nx1000 as i have only just got this camera and haven,t found one yet.

I use NX1000 too.  The digital zoom can be activate by the i-fn button on your lens.

My 20-50mm, 60mm, 85mm have digital zoom up to 2x in my NX1000.

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hootsmon
hootsmon Contributing Member • Posts: 887
Re: i-function, how useful??

Basically, I haven't found a compelling reason to use i-Function, so far.

But of course, everyone is different so YMMV.

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Shiverio
Shiverio Forum Member • Posts: 76
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samfanboy wrote:

Personally, I would avoid digital zoom, not a good option for quality photos, if you need to zoom in closer than your lens will let you, either get closer, of crop it in photoshop afterwards.

Usually, yes. However, if you walk closer to your subject, the perspective will usually change (unless the line between you and the subject is parallel to the floor). Also, if you're shooting jpg, when you resize in photoshop you will also enlarge the jpg artifacts, whereas if using digital zoom the enlargement is done before the compression.

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Greynerd
Greynerd Senior Member • Posts: 5,376
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hootsmon wrote:

Basically, I haven't found a compelling reason to use i-Function, so far.

But of course, everyone is different so YMMV.

The problem I found was remembering to use it and where the button was. Also if all your lens have not got it like the 30mm it does not become a routine.

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