I've received my IST Ds, and boy am I happy :) Coupled with my Sigma 18-200 it's just a fine do it all, and with my F 1.7, it seems more than capable at doing nice portraits.
Obviously I have tons of things to discover, but right now I'm just wondering about one simple thing : On my bridge, mid pressing the shooter button started the autofocus. Then you could keep it mid pressed till you shooted. yes same. BUT, when you had pressed, if you came back to mid pressing without fully releasing, it would keep your set focus. very useful for portraits when you wanted to shoot fast without using a (too) rapid shooting mode. And without going manual (I'd rather not for the time being. And with that solution, if the subject moves, I can just autofocus again pretty fast).
Any clue about how to do that ? Possible at all ?
Apart from that I noticed that it seems to underexpose quite a lot, so I set it at +1. And that indoor photos need a custom white balance, otherwise they just turn out very yellow. And the autofocus is fine, even at low light.
Well, that's all for now, I need to dive into the manual.
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Re: beginners question : Autofocus
You can always do it the other way around, then - program the "OK" button to do your focusing. Then you take repeated shots on the same focus without hitting "OK" again. Of course, then you have to remember to actually use it when appropriate. But I could imagine developing that habit doing studio work.
FWIW, though, switching to manual in these cases it quite easy - the button is quite easy to find. Take one picture auto, then switch to manual to take the others. Also, even if you leave autofocus enables and don't do *anything* special, I think you'll find that re-focusing on a subject that is already in focus is close to instantaneous.
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Assuming the lens has a Nikon mount, then it will fit and work on the D60. Sigma makes lenses for a variety of cameras; a lens with a Canon mount, for example, will not fit onto a Nikon camera. However, the 70-210 is a rather old lens. Unless it specifies "HSM" it will not autofocus on the D60. The D60 does not have an autofocus motor, relying on the lens to have one. Nikon calls such lenses "AF-S" while Sigma designates theirs "HSM".
The Nikon D40 does not have an autofocus motor, relying on the lens having one. This Sigma lens does not have such a motor, relying on the camera having one. Nikon designates lenses with an autofocus motor AF-S, Sigma calls theirs HSM.
Being an SLR camera, you should try another lens. It may be a servo fault in the lens. If the lens is okay, then it can be anything in the lens sensing, lens control drive circuits, and or lens to camera interface area. This would have to be properly diagnosed and serviced.
I've used Sandisk Ultra II 512M cards, a PQI 1G and a Transcend 1G card (all high speed rated) in the *istDS. I've done about 1500 exposures now, many RAW, and have done several rounds of upload to my computer. No problems at all. These same cards work flawlessly in a Panasonic FZ10 as well.
Either you have had a bit of bad luck, two defective SD cards in a row, or have a *istDS with a stuck or bad memory card controller. Try using the Reset command in the Set Up Menu, see if that helps.
BTW, always format SD cards with the camera once before you start using them.
Looks like its true... Another major disadvantage. Removing TTL means removing one more hardware piece - TTL sensor. Pentax removed almost every nice feature, which needs some aditional or more expensive hardware: no TTL flash, less AF points, pentamirror... Seems like I bought Ds right in time.