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My Nikon Custom Settings

I thought that I’d share some of my Nikon custom settings in case they might be of interest to others. I’m not going to go through every item in every menu, just the things that I’ve found to be useful. Other settings are geared more to how you shoot and are best tweaked to suit the individual.

My D300 and D700 do not have all of these functions, or some functions work in a slightly different way. These settings will work on the D810 and probably also the D800.

The menu numbers are correct on the D810 and I think on the D800 too, and the D300 and D700 where that function is available.

I use the custom functions to make it easier and quicker to access functions usually found in the menu system rather than to move existing functions from their native positions, but you might well differ. So be aware of what functions you currently have on the camera without needing to delve into the menus or you might duplicate an existing function without realising.

All of these are in the Custom Settings Menu.

A9 Store By orientation:
Set to focus point. This setting will remember where you like your focus point to be in the frame and will set it in that position automatically when you hold the camera in landscape or portrait orientation. I have the landscape set to central and the portrait set towards the top of the frame for my studio shooting. This function works with single or group focus point settings, but I don't think with the auto or other settings such as 11,21 or 51 point.

F2 Multi Selector Centre button:
I set this to playback mode and zoom. There are three options – 50%, 100% and 200%. I use the 100% setting. So pressing the centre button in playback will zoom to 100% in one go.

F4 Assign Fn button to:
Set to press then My Menu. When I’m looking at the LCD I can press the Fn button with my right ring finger very easily and go directly into my menu.

F5 Assign preview button to: Set to press then spot metering. Thanks for this one go to Grease Spot.

F9 Customise Command Dials: Set to Menus and Playback then Use control wheels in image review. I find it quite easy to stray onto a different view - copyright info or histograms - when using the multi selector to review images. This setting will allow you to flick through the images you have captured one by one using the rear control wheel, or in tens with the front control wheel. So much easier. I think that on the D7000, the front wheel scrolls through the various options – histograms, copyright etc, and the rear wheel reviews your pictures one by one.

F10 Release button to use dial:
Set to on. If you find that trying to hold a button down while simultaneously turning a control wheel is or can be tricky or fiddly, this setting will make your life easier. Press a button, change the setting and press the button again. Or half press the shutter release.

Rotate tall: There are two settings for this function in different places. I have one turned on and the other off. In the set up (spanner) menu setting the rotate tall on will ensure that when you download your images the portrait orientation ones will be imported correctly and you will not have to rotate them. This is the one that I have turned on. The other place you will find this feature is in the playback menu. Here I have it set to off as I can easily turn the camera to view a portrait orientation picture and the image is bigger on the LCD. This has no effect on the setting in the set up menu.
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Re: My Nikon Custom Settings

Good thinking Graham - here is how I make use of these short cuts :-

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A9 Store By orientation: Set to focus point. This setting will remember where you like your focus point to be in the frame and will set it in that position automatically when you hold the camera in landscape or portrait orientation. I have the landscape set to central and the portrait set towards the top of the frame for my studio shooting. This function works with single or group focus point settings, but I don't think with the auto or other settings such as 11,21 or 51 point.
D800 stops at A8

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F2 Multi Selector Centre button: I set this to playback mode and zoom. There are three options – 50%, 100% and 200%. I use the 100% setting. So pressing the centre button in playback will zoom to 100% in one go.
- at the selected focus point.

Well worth doing on high density sensors, if only to check your focus which even if a smidgen out can be disappointing on larger displays or prints .

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F4 Assign Fn button to: Set to press then My Menu. When I’m looking at the LCD I can press the Fn button with my right ring finger very easily and go directly into my menu.
I used to have this setting but decided I can use the button better for more immediate reasons, and try to remember to leave the menu button at the 'My Menu' point when I switch off. This is purely a matter of personal choice but I found I was wasting a button by leaving one at My Menu. I have proposed elsewhere that Nikon could set the Menu button the same as that used on the 910 flash unit so that you can choose whether the button selects the main menu or my menu first. Most times the menu banks remain static and only a few need to be put in My Menu, so I'm convinced that this option should be available from Nikon They would lose nothing by it for those that want to keep the current behaviour, but add a function that could be quite useful.

My settings for the Fn button are (in combination with the 4 Custom Menu Banks - My Bank Names):
A) Action: Fn = bracket burst when pressed with the release gives the whole bracket set in one go (this might not work for small hands trying to hold the 2 buttons together, even more so when using the battery grip in portrait mode).
B) Buildings and landscapes: Fn = activate artificial horizon in viewfinder
c) Closeup Flash Studio: Fn = FV (flash value) lock
d) Default: same as a)


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F5 Assign preview button to: Set to press then spot metering. Thanks for this one go to Grease Spot.
As above using the banks this gets another purpose in c) above where the DOF preview button is used to fire the modelling flash. Pity that Nikon decided that the DOF button should only be active at the aperture that you are using. If you want to change aperture to see the different effects of DOF then you have to release the button, change the aperture and re-depress it . By the time I've done this I've forgotten what the previous view looked like in order to compare it. Lenses with aperture rings are unaffected so that you do in fact get to see the difference.

The rest of the settings are as I have them for much the same reasons.

It's also worth noting that the Fn settings are readily at hand with the info button if you need to make an adjustment, not forgetting to use the [- / zoom out] button to view the alternative settings for the various buttons (with and without command/sub-command dial).

g4 Assign shutter button : At first this seems of no use, but necessary when using a remote control to trigger video. If this is not set then nothing will happen as it seems that remote operation does not trigger video operation through the video release but only through the normal stills release button.
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