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    How to use lenses with aperture ring on D600

    Hi,

    I have bought the Nikkor 105mm DC, I'd like to experiment with the manual aperture ring. Do you know the settings to enter in the menu to enable this? Is something safe to use?

    I have heard that the Nikon D600 has a limitation, it is not possible to change the aperture while shooting the film. Using the setup above I should be able to override the problem, right?

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    Re: How to use lenses with aperture ring on D600

    Nico - I own the Nikkor 105DC and shoot it on my D800. The way all the D series lenses work is that you set them to the largest aperture number (i.e. stop it all the way down). The lens has a lock that slides into position to keep it there.

    The aperture can then be controlled using the on-camera command dial, just like when you shoot a G series lens.

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    Re: How to use lenses with aperture ring on D600

    Thanks, how to use these lenses should be a piece of cake.
    The point is that when I unlocked the aperture ring and tried to turn it I noticed a EE error code in the camera viewfinder. I know there are special settings to be enabled in the menu, but dunno which.

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    Re: How to use lenses with aperture ring on D600

    The EE error code simply means the lens has not been stopped down all the way.

    Use the aperture ring and stop down to f/16. With the lens installed on the camera, and the camera in normal shooting position, you should see a small slider on the right side (near where it says 105mm on the lens barrel). It has a small white dot on it. Slide this toward the camera body (there is a small orange line there). This will lock the focus ring movement.

    The EE error code will go away.

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    Re: How to use lenses with aperture ring on D600

    Here is the stupid missing setting I was looking for...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqtVQfSZR9Y

    Cheers.

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    Re: How to use lenses with aperture ring on D600

    Thanks for the link. I don't think I will bother with the aperture ring though.

    That being said; I still don't understand why you would want to change the aperture while shooting video; it does not give you good footage. One changes aperture between shots, not during shots.

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    Re: How to use lenses with aperture ring on D600

    Quote Originally Posted by GrumpyDiver View Post
    That being said; I still don't understand why you would want to change the aperture while shooting video; it does not give you good footage. One changes aperture between shots, not during shots.
    Panning from one light level to another?

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    Re: How to use lenses with aperture ring on D600

    Quote Originally Posted by jcuknz View Post
    Panning from one light level to another?
    That is a fairly advanced technique that is very tough (actually closer to impossible) to do on an unmodified DSLR given the click stops on the standard still lens. Give me a proper video rig with a proper cine lens (stepless aperture) and a reduction gear, some practice and yes, it can be done.

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