Nikon D700 SLR Review
By Mike Flacy
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.
Controls top left: Buttons to change the image quality, white balance and ISO sensitivity. Around the base is the shooting mode dial with positions for Single frame, Continuous Low, Continuous High, Live View, Self-timer and Mirror Up.
Controls top right: The combination shutter release and power switch. Turning the power switch beyond the 'on' position illuminates the top data display. Press and hold the MODE button while turning the command dial to select the desired exposure mode (Program AE w/Flexible Program, 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).
It has icons that indicate: (1) Shutter Speed, (2) Shutter Speed Lock Icon , (3) Flexible Program, (4) Exposure Mode, (5) Image Size, (6) Image Quality, (7) White Balance Fine Tuning, (8) White Balance, (9) Number of Exposures, (10) 'K' appears when memory remains for over 1000, (11) Flash Mode, (12) Multiple Exposure, (13) Aperture, (14) Aperture Stop Indicator, (15) Flash Compensation, (16) Exposure Compensation, (17) Flash Sync, (18) ISO Sensitivity, (19) 'Clock Not Set', (20) MB-D10 Battery Indicator, (21) Battery Indicator, (22) Interval Timer, (23) Electronic Analog Exposure Display, (24) 'Beep' Indicator, (25) GPS Connection, (26) Exposure and flash bracketing, (27) Aperture Lock Icon, (28) Color Temperature.
In front of the shutter release is the sub-command dial.
On the back (L to R) is the Playback button to review stored images, the DELETE button, the Metering selector knob with the AE/AF lock button in the center, the AF On button and the Main Command Dial.
The optical fixed eye-level pentaprism viewfinder can be adjusted with the diopter knob on the right side, it has a range of -2.0 to +1.0 m1. There are optional rubber eyecups, magnifiers, diopter adjustment lenses and right-angle viewing attachments that can be attached to the viewfinder.
The focusing screen can be changed, the D700 is supplied with the Type B BriteView clear matte II screen. The viewfinder shows approx. 100% of the captured frame.
The D300's viewfinder display - the small brackets denote the 51 different focus areas. (1) Framing grids, (2) AF area brackets ,(3) 12-mm reference circle, (4) Focus Points, (5) Focus indicator, (6) Metering, (7) AE Lock, (8) Shutter speed lock icon, (9) Shutter Speed, (10)Aperture Lock Icon, (11)Aperture value, (12) Exposure mode, (13) Flash compensation, (14) Exposure compensation, (15) ISO, (16) Number of exposures remaining (Number of shots before buffer fills, white balance recording indicator, etc.), (17) Flash-ready indicator, (18) FV lock, (19) Flash sync indicator, (20) Aperture stop indicator, (21) Electronic analog exposure display, (22) Battery indicator, (23) Auto ISO sensitivity, (24)'K'.
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