Cameras with manual dials, which cameras?

Started Dec 31, 2016 | Questions thread
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Re: Cameras with manual dials, which cameras?

Brisn5757 wrote:

sirhawkeye64 wrote:

Herman Dijkhuis wrote:

Which cameras do have manual dials for ISO setting, shutter speed, aperture, focus?

Most cameras are menu driven.

I like the go and feel of analog cameras into modern digital cameras.

I do look forward to any replies, thanks in advance.

Happy New Year!

Best regards, Herman

Fuji for sure has this, as does the NIkon Df (but the Df is rather pricey). Fuji has this even on their sub-$1000 cameras (like the XT30; the XT100/200 can be programmed so it works similar to the other Fuji's for the most part).

Also, some Fuji lenses have the aperture dial (although it's electronic, not mechanical) it still gives you the feel of a manual lens.

The advantage of having a aperture dial is you can see what the camera is set to without using the view finder or screen and you know where to put your fingers to change the setting.


Canon's entire EOS system has been aperture-ring-free since it's beginning. Somehow, that hasn't been an issue for the popularity of the system. For one thing, looking down at an aperture ring that sits on the opposite side of the camera from where the photographer is really isn't the best place to put an aperture setting indicator. It isn't so bad if you are using a small, light lens which makes it easy to tilt the camera back to see the aperture ring. But it's not great with larger, heavier lenses, and even worse with big telephoto lenses. Or if you don't tilt the camera back, you have to look over the front of the camera body to see the aperture ring. It's actually a lot easier to look at a top-place LCD or a rear LCD to see your aperture setting (if you don't want to use the viewfinder).

As for your "know where to put your fingers to change the setting" comment, that also applies to apertures that are controlled by thumbwheels or finger wheels on the camera body. You know where to put your finger. And you have to move your hands far less than you would compared to using an aperture ring. For example, if you are using a larger lens, your hand position would likely be farther away from the aperture ring, forcing your hand to travel farther when moving between the aperture ring and the optimal position to hold the lens when shooting.

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