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Nikon D7000 Can't use aperture ring on lens.

Francis T , Nov 23, 2011; 10:43 p.m.

Just received the D7000. Right know just getting familiar with the camera and just experimenting with random useless shots.
The lenses I am using are older AF lenses (circa late 80s early 90s). I tried using the camera with a 28-85 lens. When I select the aperture priority mode I get an Fee error message if I try to select an aperture on the lens. It seems I have to lock the aperture ring and use the dials on the camera instead So am I right to assume the lens aperture ring on the lenses (at least my generation of lenses) is useless with this camera.


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Rene' Villela , Nov 23, 2011; 10:50 p.m.

When you shoot on A mode you have to use the dial in the camera to change the aperture.
If you wanna use the Aperture ring on the lens you have to shoot on M mode.

Shun Cheung , Nov 23, 2011; 10:58 p.m.

Francis, you need to set Custom Setting f6 on the D7000. Choose to use the aperture ring instead of the sub-command dial to control the aperture. Once you select that option, you can use the aperture ring under the Aperture Priority (A) mode.

The controls on the higher-end Nikon DSLRs with the aperture follower tab since the D2H/D2X are kind of complex. If you have never used a D2, D200, D3, D300, and D700, I would spend some time reading the owner's manual. In particular, I would get familiar with all the Custom Settings. There are quite a few of them that provide a lot of flexability.

Bruce Rubenstein , Nov 23, 2011; 11:02 p.m.

If you wanna use the Aperture ring on the lens you have to shoot on M mode.

Don't think so. My D7000, that I just tried this on, throws an error and won't the shutter doesn't release in manual mode. The D200 can be configured to use the aperture ring.

Ariel S , Nov 24, 2011; 12:35 a.m.

Francis, as mentioned, you have two options:
1. Every lens with an aperture ring needs to be set at the smallest aperture, and then you control the aperture with the appropriate dial, using your right hand. This is the default, and it is actually a very efficient way to do it. This is the way that I control my lenses, the way that it's been done for a long time. That is why, on your 28-85, you'll notice that f/32 on the ring is orange.
2. As mentioned, you can adjust the custom setting to allow you to adjust aperture using the ring. While this is a completely valid way to shoot, I suggest you at least give the default mode a shot, to see how you like it.

C.P.M. van het Kaar , Nov 24, 2011; 03:55 a.m.

It seems I have to lock the aperture ring and use the dials on the camera instead

Like Shun and Ariel explainned above , you have a choice wether you want to use the aperture ring or dial(s)

So am I right to assume the lens aperture ring on the lenses (at least my generation of lenses) is useless with this camera.

No, luckely not entirely, this way you can also still use older lenses (AI and AI-S) by setting the F6 function to enable the use of the aperture ring like Shun explained...
On my Camera's ( D300(s) ) i have this setting always on, this way if i set minimum aperture through the aperture ring on "newer.. " lenses, i can use the dial , and for older lenses it instantly alows the use of the aperture ring ( i also dial in my older AI and AIai-s lensesin the lens spec. sub-menu, so the camera knows their specs for metering.....)l

Peter Hamm , Nov 24, 2011; 07:27 a.m.

You should really try to use the dials on the camera, though. You might find it way easier. I know I do.

Gerry B. , Nov 24, 2011; 07:48 a.m.

I have been planning on upgrading from a D200 to a D7000. I use AI/AIS lenses quite a bit, and the D200 is set up so that I can go from AF lenses to the manual focus lenses without making any menu changes other than specifying which MF lens I am using, with aperture. Given this discussion, I would like to confirm that I will be able to use a mix of old MF and AF lenses on the D7000 without making any menu changes other than setting MF focal length and maximum aperture -- or will I have to go into the menus to choose either aperture ring controls, or command dial controls as well every time I switch lens types?

Shun Cheung , Nov 24, 2011; 11:08 a.m.

Gerry, both the D200 and the D7000 have the mechanical aperture follower tab to detect the aperture ring aperture selection. Therefore, they work the same way with older manual-focus AI/AI-S type lenses as well as AF/AF-D and AF-S/AF-I types of lense. So you have nothing to worry about. On the D200, Custom Setting f5 controls that same option as f6 on the D7000.
As I pointed out earlier, the D200, D300/D300S, D7000, D700, D2H/D2X/D2HS/D2XS, and D3/D3X/D3S all work the same way in this context.

Nikon D7000 Custom Setting f6

Mark O'Brien , Nov 24, 2011; 11:26 a.m.

Francis -- even the film AF cameras from the N50-N90 series and onwards use electronic aperture control via a wheel or dial to adjust the aperture. The lens, no matter what AF version, is set at the minimum aperture (and there is a "lock" on the AF-D lenses) so that you control the aperture electronically. That's been Standard Operating Procedure on AF cameras since the 1990s.

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