The Pv Button
To stop the lens down to the selected aperture and preview depth of field during shooting, press and hold the Pv button.
Optional flash units compatible with the Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) will emit a modeling flash. The modeling flash can be disabled by selecting  for Custom Setting e5 [ ].
You can choose the role assigned to the Pv button. Use Custom Settings f3  and g2 [ ] in the Custom Settings menu to choose the roles played by the button during photography and movie recording, respectively.
The Pv button may be disabled in some shooting modes or when certain conditions apply.