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Top of camera controls (right)

On the top of the camera on the right side you will find the power switch, shutter release button, exposure mode dial and exposure compensation button. At the front and rear edges of this side of the camera, in line with the shutter release button are the two command dials (with a soft rubber coating). On the right edge of the viewfinder chamber is the metering mode selector. Note that CSM f5 allows you to swap the function of the front and rear command dials. The function of controls described below are for a camera with default settings.

Buttons combined with a dial turn are held while the dial is turned, however you can choose to simply have to press the button once and release, this is achieved via CSM f6.

Power dial

OFF Power Off

Powers the camera off immediately, if there are images still buffered to be written the camera will remain on until the write has completed. When off the camera continues to display the remaining frames / frame count and CF status on the top LCD panel.
ON Power On

Switches the camera on, this is as fast as we can time it, instant. There is simply no perceptible delay between turning the the dial and the first shot (you can even hold the shutter release and turn the power dial to test this).
Illuminate backlight

Flick the power switch to this position to illuminate the control panels backlight's (top and rear). The backlight stays on for the 'auto meter-off' time (CSM c3).

Buttons (combined with dial turn)

  Main command dial (rear) Sub command dial (front)
MODE Exposure mode (detail below)

 • Programmed Auto (flexible)
 • Shutter-Priority Auto
 • Aperture-Priority Auto
 • Manual
No function
Exposure compensation

 • +/- 5 EV
 • 0.3, 0.5 or 1 EV steps (CSM b4)
No function

Exposure Modes

P Programmed Auto (flexible)

In this mode the camera automatically selects aperture and shutter speed based on the current metered exposure value, exposure compensation and selected ISO sensitivity. The D2X's flexible program allows you to select one of a range of identical exposures (using different combinations of aperture and shutter speed) by turning the main command dial. Example:

 • 1/125 sec, F9 (turn left one click)
 • 1/160 sec, F8.0 (turn left one click)
 • 1/200 sec, F7.1 (metered)
 • 1/250 sec, F6.3 (turn right one click)
 • 1/320 sec, F5.6 (turn right one click)
S Shutter-Priority Auto

In this mode you select the shutter speed and the camera will calculate the correct aperture depending on metered exposure, exposure compensation and ISO sensitivity. Turn the main command dial to select shutter speed (in 0.3, 0.5 or 1.0 EV exposure steps depending on CSM b3). You can protect the shutter speed from accidental change by holding the L button and rotating the main command dial.

1/8000, 1/6400, 1/5000, 1/4000, 1/3200, 1/2500, 1/2000, 1/1600, 1/1250, 1/1000, 1/800, 1/640, 1/500, 1/400, 1/320, 1/250, 1/200, 1/160, 1/125, 1/100, 1/80, 1/60, 1/50, 1/40, 1/30, 1/25, 1/20, 1/15, 1/13, 1/10, 1/8, 1/6, 1/5, 1/4, 1/3, 1/2.5, 1/2, 1/1.6, 1/1.3, 1, 1.3, 1.6, 2, 2.5, 3.2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 20, 25, 30 sec, x250
A Aperture-Priority Auto

In this mode you select the aperture and the camera will calculate the correct shutter speed depending on metered exposure, exposure compensation and ISO sensitivity. Turn the sub command dial to select aperture (in 0.3, 0.5 or 1.0 EV exposure steps depending on CSM b3). You can protect the shutter speed from accidental change by holding the L button and rotating the main command dial. The exact range of apertures will depend on the lens used.
M

Manual Exposure

In this mode you define the exact exposure by selecting the aperture and the shutter speed manually. As above use the main command dial (rear) for shutter speed, sub command dial (front) for aperture. You can protect either the shutter speed or aperture from accidental change by holding the L button and rotating the relevant command dial. The meter on the viewfinder status bar and top LCD will immediately reflect the exposure level compared to the calculated ideal exposure, if outside of the range of the indicator bar (+/- 2 EV on the viewfinder LCD and +/- 3 EV on the top control panel) an arrow ('<' or '>') will appear at the end.

Metering Mode

3D Color matrix metering II

3D Color matrix metering uses a 1005 pixel CCD to calculate the best exposure for the frame. 3D color matrix metering is only available with G type or D type lenses where the range information is used in conjunction with metered light. Color matrix metering is available with other CPU lenses or when focal length and aperture are entered manually using the 'Non-CPU lens data' menu item.
Center-weighted metering

The camera uses the entire frame for light measurement but assigns a greater weight to an area in the center of the frame (by default an 8 mm circle indicated on the viewfinder focus screen). The size of the circle used to define the "center" of the frame can be set by CSM b6.
Spot metering

The camera measures light only in a circle 3 mm in diameter. This is tied to the currently selected AF area point unless dynamic AF or a non-CPU lens is used when it defaults to the center of the frame.

Top of camera controls (left)

The top left side of the camera has the mode dial which allows you to select the camera's drive mode, single, two continuous speeds, self-timer or mirror up. This dial is locked from accidental change and can only be turned by holding the lock release pin to the top left of the dial. On the top of this dial are three buttons for bracketing mode, flash mode and command lock.

Mode Dial

S Single frame shooting

One frame is taken with one depression of the shutter release button. You can of course still 'pump' shots as quickly as you can re-press the shutter release.
CL

Continuous low speed shooting

Camera shoots continuously while the shutter release is depressed. In this mode the actual shooting rate can be set between 1 and 7 frames per second (through CSM d1), the default is 3 frames per second. Note that unless you're using high-speed crop mode the maximum frame rate is 4 frames per second. Images are buffered as they are taken and written out to the Compact Flash card in the background. Current buffer space is indicated on the viewfinder LCD status bar as a number prefixed with a lower case 'r' (eg. r11). As soon as you have taken a full burst of shots (or the maximum set in CSM d2) you must re-press the shutter release to begin another 'burst'.

CH

Continuous high speed shooting

Camera shoots continuously while the shutter release is depressed. In this mode the camera shoots at its maximum speed. In normal mode this is 5 frames per second, in high-speed crop mode the camera shoots at 8 frames per second. Images are buffered as they are taken and written out to the Compact Flash card in the background. Current buffer space is indicated on the viewfinder LCD status bar as a number prefixed with a lower case 'r' (eg. r11). As soon as you have taken a full burst of shots (or the maximum set in CSM d2) you must re-press the shutter release to begin another 'burst'.

Self-timer

Camera takes a shot after a predefined delay. This can be set to 2, 5, 10, or 20 seconds via CSM c4.
M-UP Mirror Up

Press the shutter release once to raise the mirror, again to take the shot. Personally I would have liked mirror up to provide the option for an automatic 'self-timer' style delay between the mirror raising and the shot being taken, this removes the possibility of transferring any additional vibration to the camera. It would have been nice to have a way to combine this with a self-timer.

Buttons (combined with a command dial)

The D2X provides four different types of bracketing; exposure and flash bracketing, just exposure bracketing, just flash bracketing and white balance bracketing. WB bracketing mode can be selected through CSM e5, other bracketing settings are set by CSM e6, CSM e7 and CSM e8.

  Main command dial (rear) Sub command dial (front)
BKT Auto Bracketing number shots *

 • +3F (+2x, +x, 0)
 • -3F (-2x, -x, 0)
 • +2F (+x, 0)
 • -2F (-x, 0)
 • 0F (Off)
 • 3F (3 frames +x to -x)
 • 5F (5 frames +2x to +2x)
 • 7F (7 frames +3x to +3x)
 • 9F (9 frames +4x to +4x)

(Where x = bracketing increment)
Auto Bracketing EV increment

 • 0.3 EV
 • 0.7 EV
 • 1.0 EV
Auto Bracketing WB increment

 • 1
 • 2
 • 3
Flash sync mode

 • Front-curtain sync (normal)
 • Slow sync
 • Rear-curtain sync
 • Red-eye reduction
 • Red-eye reduction with slow sync
No function
Shutter speed lock

 • On
 • Off

(Only available in shutter-priority or manual exposure modes)
Aperture lock

 • On
 • Off

(Only available in aperture-priority or manual exposure modes)

* Example: Number of shots set to 5F, increment set to 0.7 EV and an exposure compensation of 0.0 EV the camera would take five frames with the following exposure difference: +1.3 EV, +0.7 EV, 0 EV, -0.7 EV, -1.3 EV.

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rfsIII

Thank you DPR for keeping these older reviews up. It's so amazing to go back and see how far digital cameras have come in the past decade. Just keep doing what you're doing.

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