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Old 05-01-2012, 12:26   #1 (permalink)
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High guys just when i thought i got all my settings right in the D70 i changed to D90, anyone got any good information/tips on what to do that could help as there's a lot of stuff in this 1
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Old 05-01-2012, 14:21   #2 (permalink)
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Have you got a save settings on the D70? Save to the card and move to the D90 via the computer if necessary.

I didn't have the experience of having a DSLR before buying the D300s, so I sat down and copied every menu item into a spreadsheet - very laborious, but worth it to get an overview of what's in the camera. I then made some decisions based on my usage and the capabilities of the camera, and the limitations of the flexibility of the menus - the menus are comprehensive but sometimes not flexible enough to enable quick access. (My problem was moving from (film) cameras where I did everything 'manual' and learning how much the camera will and will not do for me).

I then came up with the following classification based on the simple idea of being forced to keep the Nikon lettering A-D for each of the menu suites (which would almost apply to the D90):

in the Shooting Menu: (essentially a menu system for lighting)
A - Average /auto modes
I use this mode for speed, and expecting the camera to get me out of trouble. ISO is auto within the limits I want, and I leave WB=auto, Qual = RAW 12bit (Max 8 frames / second)

B - Best IQ avg /auto
I use this mode for better quality expecting the camera to get me out of trouble. ISO is auto within the limits I want, and I leave WB=auto, Qual = RAW 14bit (Max 2.5 frames / sec)

C - Best IQ manual
This gives me quality=16bit with manual control.

D - Default (manual)
This gives me 12bit with manual control


I keep a copy of my settings on the computer and can restore to my default if anything gets messed up. I try not to touch the automatic menu items (A & B) as I rely on them when necessary. C & D are for me to make adjustments and can get out of default.

I set the Custom Menu to:
A - Action
B - Buildings & Landscapes
C - Macro / Portrait / Flash
D - Default (no preset)

These are too varied to explain but essentially give me different access to different ways of using the camera. If you want I can send you a copy of my spreadsheet to save you typing one in from fresh. I think it is close enough to the D90, with the exception of a couple of button placements, and the scene presets . You can then manipulate it for you own needs, and then decide on a strategy for your menus.

I agree it's a daunting task when you are first faced with all the options.
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Cheers GS thanx for taking the time to do this, don't know about copying from D70 will have to check that outwould be great if you could send me the spread sheet if you don't mind,would sure be very handy for me as am not the brightest bulb in the house when it comes to all this tech stuff PM me i then i could get it there, goodman
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Re: D90 in camera settings

I switch my auto ISO off but have it as a shortcut in the 'My Menu' thingy.
I also have the commander mode for external flashes in this menu too as it is buried in the settings.
I alway set the colour gamut to adobe RGB from the standard sRGB and leave it there.
Depending on your photography I also have the bit depth on the shortcut menu too. The 14bit setting slows the fps on my d700 but obviously worth having set to on if this is not a problem.
I set the function button to bracketing.

Don't think I have much else on shortcut.
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Thanx very much to GS for supplying the spread sheet on this to help me out.
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