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Old Jan 22, 2004, 9:06 AM   #11
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No, the camera does not lock the exposure if you release the shutter button from the halfway point.
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Old Jan 23, 2004, 7:12 AM   #12
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Now we've been round the houses, and putting the manual to one side for a mo.:

What's the point of the AE-L button then, if I can half press the shutter and everything is locked anyway? Have I missed something?

Unless there's a good answer from anybody, my feeling is the AE-L button may have been intended to toggle to fixed exposure lock, but it didn't turn out like that. What happens on their 5000/7000 series I wonder? VOX
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Old Jan 23, 2004, 9:51 PM   #13
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I think that AE-L button is still very beneficial. It allows to lock the exposition and the half-pressed shutter locks only the focus (independent from the exposition). There are many situations when you may use it. The AE-L button location is very convenient. You can pressed it and still without much difficulties lock the focus.
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