Nikon D2X SLR Review

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Nikon Professional D2X

On the front below the lens release button is the focus selector switch for Continuous AF, Single AF or Manual Focus. On the lens itself you'll find another switch for Auto and Manual focus. On Nikon's VR series of lenses you'll also find a switch to turn the Vibration Reduction feature on and off.



Nikon Professional D2X

On the grip side you'll find the combination shutter release and power switch. Turning the power switch beyond the "on" position illuminates the top and back data displays. Press and hold the MODE button while turning the command dial to select the desired exposure mode (Program AE w/Shift, Shutter-speed priority, Aperture priority or Manual). Press and hold the +/- button and turn the command dial to set the desired exposure compensation value (+/- 5EV in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps).

Nikon Professional D2X

The top data LCD with all possible icons displayed.





Nikon Professional D2X

On the front of the grip is the sub command dial which is easily operated with your index finger. Off to the right you can see the depth of field preview button.



Nikon Professional D2X

On the back (top-right corner) is the command dial. Off to the left is the AE/AF Lock button and the AF start button.



Nikon Professional D2X

On the top left side you'll find buttons to change the flash mode, enable AE bracketing and lock command buttons. Around the base is the shooting mode dial with positions for Single frame, Continuous Low, Continuous High and Selftimer.




Nikon Professional D2X

The eyelevel viewfinder comes standard with the DK-17 eyepiece. The lever on the left closes the dark slide to block the viewfinder during long exposures. There are optional rubber eyecups, magnifiers, diopter adjustment lenses and right-angle viewing attachments that can be attached to the viewfinder.

You can change the focusing screen, there are several available (Type V clear matte III standard, Type B BriteView III is also supplied with camera and the Type E clear-matte III is optional.) The viewfinder shows approx. 100% of the captured frame - this is as good as it gets!




Nikon Professional D2X

On the side of the pentaprism you'll find the diopter adjustment (-3 m1 to +1 m1) for the eyelevel finder and the metering control switch. Nikon 3D Color Matrix (with type G or D Nikkor lenses only), Center-Weighted (8mm circular area in center of frame by default) or Spot (4mm area).




Nikon Professional D2X

The D2X's viewfinder display - the small brackets denote the 11 different focus areas. The focus area that is active will turn red when the shutter is pressed. The circle in the middle is the center-weighted metering area. The large rectangle indicates the framing and capture area when using the High Speed Crop mode.

Across the bottom is the status line that shows the autofocus status, metering mode, shutter speed, aperture setting, exposure mode (P, A, S, M), flash status, EV comp, # of pictures taken and a digital representation of an analog exposure scale when in Manual mode or setting EV comp. On the right side are indicators for voice recording, white balance, image size and quality, and ISO sensitivity.



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