Originally Posted by sol33
Sure that's great. When you focus while you look through the viewfinder, this should be even better than a SLR!
But sometimes it is nice to set up the camera without raising it to your eye to avoid raising attention. (Think Cartier-Bresson) The X100 should be ideal for this, because you can set aperture and exposure time without looking at the viewfinder or LCD. The problem is that you cannot scale focus the camera without raising it to your eye. The philosophy of the X100 seems to be that all essential Adjustments should be directly accessible without the need to stare at the LCD or the finder. That's why I wonder why they didn't care about manual focusing.
I could live without a DOF scale, but distance markers would be quite helpful. Maybe it will be possible to plug something on the focus ring?
There has been numerous images from multiple sources showing the FD+DoF scale in the LCD. So do it the discrete way...naturally in MF mode. Then set AE-C and shoot, use AEL if necessary.
Marking the focus ring has also been discussed at length. No one knows just yet what is the default ring position upon switching to MF.
One poster believe the ring will be "as is, where is"; if so, aim camera at infinity before switching will do that trick.
I believe the camera might reset itself to the last setting used, just like in start-up...if so, ring marking will work.
A third poster believes there might be click stops in the ring...
No one yet knows for sure.