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Camera Controls

The top layout of the D2H is quite similar to other Nikon SLR models. On the right side of the camera is the on/off switch (toggle it all the way and it also activates illumination of the LCD panel).

Directly below you will find the Mode button, which is used to set a number of different options on the camera. The exposure capture modes on the D2H include; Manual, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Program and Program shift. To set the desired mode. you simply push the mode button, while using the handy selector dial on the top back of the camera to scroll to the desired exposure setting.

The Exposure Compensation button is conveniently located next to the Menu button. Exposure can be compensated 5.0 EV in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps for precise exposure control.

The metering mode selector can be found on the right side of the viewfinder housing, again similar to previous Nikon SLR's.

The metering options on the D2H include:

  • 3D Color Matrix Metering using the 1,005-pixel CCD with D/G-type Nikkor lenses. Other AF Nikkor lenses with built-in CPUs support Matrix Metering (Non-CPU lenses require manual input of lens data)
  • Center-Weighted Metering (75% of the meter's sensitivity concentrated on the 8mm dia. circle)
  • Spot Metering (3mm dia. circle, approx. 2% of entire frame); metering position can be linked to the focus area when using Nikkor lenses with built-in CPU

The Diopter Adjustment Dial (to correct viewfinder for personal vision) is also found on the right side of the viewfinder housing. The diopter range is -3 to +1m-1

The shooting mode dial is located on the top left side of the D2H. A lock button prevents accidental switching of the dial position. Shooting mode options include:

  • Single frame shooting [S] mode: advances one frame for each shutter release
  • Continuous high shooting [CH] mode: 8 frames per second (fps) [up to 40 (JPEG) / 25 (RAW:NEF) consecutive shots]
  • Continuous low shooting [CL] mode: 1 to 7 fps (selectable from menus)
  • Self-timer mode: time duration can be set
  • Mirror up mode: first press: mirror up, second press: release
  • Playback mode: Menu mode
  • PC mode: data transfer via personal computer
  • Interval timer (Intervalometer) mode provided

On the top of the shooting mode dial, there is a exposure bracketing mode button, and also a flash mode control button. The different flash modes that can be selected include:

  1. Front-Curtain Sync (normal sync)
  2. Red-Eye Reduction
  3. Red-Eye Reduction with Slow Sync
  4. Slow Sync
  5. Rear-Curtain Sync

Most of the controls and function buttons are located on the back of the camera. The playback button is conveniantly located towards the top left side enabling easy operation. The file delete button is placed directly beside the image playback button, again a logical position for fast and convenient editing.

Located beside the LCD monitor are four function buttons; the Menu mode button, the Image Zoom button (also thumbnail view selector), the Image Protect button, and the Enter button. The Enter button is used to confirm a number of commands on the camera.

Separate function buttons for ISO, Image quality and White Balance are located in the center of the camera just below the rear data LCD. Beside the data LCD there is a button to activate voice memo recording.

ISO selections on the D2H

ISO sensitivity can be selected on the D2H from ISO 200 to 1,600 (variable in 1/2, 1/3, or 1EV steps). Sensitivity can be extended by 1 or 2 steps beyond ISO 1,600 (Hi-1, Hi-2)

Next to the main selector dial on the top right of the camera, there are two buttons dedicated to activating AF and setting AE /AF lock respectively.

A new 8-way multi-selector enables diagonal movement and makes scrolling through menus and panning over images easier and faster. The multi-selector is used to set among others, the desired focusing zone, and to toggle through and choose from the various menu functions. The focus mode selector switch is placed directly underneath for easy access as well.

Towards the bottom right of the camera, there is a dedicated Selection dial and an AF On button ergonomically placed for vertical shooting. There is also a dedicated vertical shutter release located on the side of the camera body.

In general, the D2H's new larger controls and oversized buttons make operating the camera easier. (Especially with gloves.)


Custom Settings

Photographers can customize the camera settings to suit their needs. There are a total of 42 combinations of custom settings to choose from. The settings are divided by colors into groups "a" through "f" for easy identification.

a: Autofocus

b: Exposure and metering

c: AE/AF lock and timer

d: Shooting, Recording and Display

e: Flash and Bracketing

f: Controls

The user can also set up personalized custom shooting modes and store them in one of the four shooting menu banks. (Tagged A,B,C or D as shown above)

New Function Button

On the front of the D2H right next to the lens mount there is a new dedicated function button. The function button can be assigned to do the following from the menu:

  • FV Lock: (default setting); used when the SB-800 is attached.
  • FV Lock, lens information manual setting: Setting is possible with the button and the main command dial when a non-CPU lens is attached.
  • Shutter and aperture one-increment selection: Regardless of the step setting during exposure, one step can be set.
  • AE-L/AF-L button: Same function as the one in the upper part of the camera's back.
  • SB flash stop: Pushing it temporarily prevents the SB from firing.
  • BKT automatic continuous shooting: In drive mode S, the set number of bracketing shots are automatically taken in succession. Once they are taken in CH or CL, shooting continues with the next bracketing shots.
  • Multipattern metering: Temporarily activates multipattern metering.
  • Center-weighted metering: Temporarily activates center-weighted metering.
  • Spot metering: Temporarily activates spot metering.

Another new feature on the D2H is the ability to enter data in the shooting menu when using a non-CPU Nikkor lens (as seen above). Inputting information about the attached non-CPU lens (i.e., focal distance and aperture number) enables the following functions with these types of older Nikkor lenses:

  • Functions that are available after inputting the focal distance: Automatic zooming of the speedlight; displaying of the focal distance in the playback screen (focal distance is marked with an asterisk).
  • Functions that are available after inputting the aperture setting: Display of the lens' aperture setting (on the top control panel and in the lower part of the viewfinder); automatic external flash control linked to the aperture setting; aperture setting display in the playback screen (aperture number is marked with an asterisk).
  • Functions that are available after inputting both the focal distance and aperture setting: RGB multipattern metering; 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash.

The lens information can be entered in the "lens information manual setting" of the shooting menu, or by using the function button and main control dial

  • Available focal distance settings: 6, 8, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20, 24, 25, 28, 35, 43, 45, 50, 55, 58, 70, 80, 85, 86, 100, 105, 135, 180, 200, 300, 360, 400, 500, 600, 800, 1,000, 1,200, 1,400, 1,600, 2,000, 2,400, 2,800, 3,200 and 4,000mm.
  • Available aperture settings: f/1.2, 1.4, 1.8, 2, 2.5, 2.8, 3.3, 3.5, 4, 4.5, 5, 5.6, 6.3, 7.1, 8, 9.5, 11, 13, 15, 16, 19 and 22.

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