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peterah

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peterah Registered since 29th Oct 2005
Mon 06-Nov-06 07:10 PM

Good day
Well, I finally took up the suggestion by another member of modifyng the D200 spreadsheet so here it is. This spreadsheet allows you to view and select any options available in the Shooting menu and the Custom menu of the Nikon D80.

In the shooting menu I have provided 4 columns for different settings to be used for different shooting subjects and conditions. It helps me to have a printout of these settings handy as an easy reference.

Please feel free to correct any mistakes or modify as needed (reference numbers in manual?).

PS: Version 1.1 now has the options for Black & White selected in the custom settings menu and reference page numbers from the manual have been added.

The latest version of the spreadsheet can be downloaded here:
www.peterhowells.co.za/downloads/D80_Custom_Settings_v1.1.xls

Cheers
Pete
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briantilley

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#1. "RE: Download D80 settings spreadsheet" | In response to Reply # 0

briantilley Gold Member Deep knowledge of bodies and lens; high level photography skills Donor Ribbon awarded for his support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 26th Jan 2003
Mon 06-Nov-06 08:02 PM

Thanks very much, Pete - good work

I've edited your post to anchor the thread at the top of the Forum.

Brian
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djlynch

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djlynch Registered since 18th Oct 2006
Wed 08-Nov-06 12:28 AM

Thanks for your work. Really great.
Are the settings you have in the Shooting menu the settings YOU use for action,portrait, etc?

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peterah

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#3. "RE: Download D80 settings spreadsheet" | In response to Reply # 2

peterah Registered since 29th Oct 2005
Wed 08-Nov-06 03:10 AM

Those are the basic settings I use - I do change them sometimes based on the situation though.
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djlynch

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#4. "RE: Download D80 settings spreadsheet" | In response to Reply # 3

djlynch Registered since 18th Oct 2006
Wed 08-Nov-06 11:40 AM

Thanks Peter,

I'm a newbie...
In shooting indoor basketball in poor lighting (I use an 85mm 1.8) would you use:

Dynamic or Single
Centerweighted or Matrix
AF-Continuous? or AF-Single

Thanks,
Dan

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peterah

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#5. "RE: Download D80 settings spreadsheet" | In response to Reply # 4

peterah Registered since 29th Oct 2005
Wed 08-Nov-06 12:39 PM

Indoors with poor lighting - always a problem area. I would start with Single area and AF-C to try and track my subject. I would then move to Dynamic area to compare the two and ultimately choose the AF area that works the best in that situation.

As for metering, that would all depend on the overall dynamic range. It is was a low contrast scene, I would probably use matrix metering which tends to gives brighter results. If it was a high contrast scene I would probably choose centre-weighted which seems to work better when there are bright and dark subjects in the same scene. YMMV though.

Hope this helps a bit.
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djlynch

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djlynch Registered since 18th Oct 2006
Wed 08-Nov-06 02:32 PM

Yes it does...thanks
Thanks,
Dan

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norbu

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norbu Registered since 08th Nov 2006
Wed 08-Nov-06 04:56 PM

Thanks for the helpful spreadsheet. I can suggest a small correction. The default for the FUNC button displays ISO, it is not FV lock. The display ISO is real helpful when using auto ISO. I see that you don't recommend auto ISO, which I think is a great feature, one that sets this camera apart from it's competitors.

peterah

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#8. "RE: Download D80 settings spreadsheet" | In response to Reply # 7

peterah Registered since 29th Oct 2005
Wed 08-Nov-06 06:47 PM

Thanks for that correction regarding the default setting for the FUNC button. I will bear it in mind when (if) another version is posted. Of course, this spreadsheet belongs to Nikonians so anyone here can modify/improve/correct it and repost it

Regarding Auto ISO: I personally think that it is a great feature and do use it often when shooting action or when hand-holding the camera. However, if for example I am shooting a function or wedding, I have it switched off as I want complete control, I want to shoot at ISO 100 and the camera is usually mounted on a tripod so I don't need the ISO to be increased to keep a certain shutter speed.

Using the FUNC button to view the ISO is useful to check the ISO setting when setting it manually but when Auot ISO is on, being able to check what ISO the camera has selected seems pointless to me - you have no control over it anyway so you might as well let the camera get on with the job of adjusting it automatically. I find the FUNC button much more useful as a Spot meter especially in difficult lighting situations where the DR is high.

Of course YMMV - this works for me though.
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intrepid24

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intrepid24 Registered since 28th Oct 2006
Sat 11-Nov-06 03:12 AM

Fine work, and Thank You Peter.

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MaskedRider

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MaskedRider Registered since 07th Nov 2006
Wed 15-Nov-06 08:34 PM

OK. Call me a NooB, but I don't understand something. This is my first Dslr, and I am going through the menu and settings on the spreadsheet, but can't seem to find how to make the changes recommended on the sheet.
On the "shooting Menu" tab, under "action" and "landscapes", there are a couple of cells highlighted in yellow that differ from the manual settings. However, as I walk through my camera's menus, having the dial set to "action" (the little person running), it won't let me make the changes. "Optimize image" is grayed out, and won't allow changes. Same for "landscape".
I won't necessarily shoot with these settings, but would like to know how to make the change in the event I'd like to. Can anyone tell me what I am doing wrong?
Thanks in advance.

djlynch

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djlynch Registered since 18th Oct 2006
Wed 15-Nov-06 08:36 PM

Yes...you make those setting in either P,S,A, or M, will not let you make chnages in the presets.

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MaskedRider

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MaskedRider Registered since 07th Nov 2006
Thu 16-Nov-06 05:27 AM

Dan:
Thanks for your reply.

OK, so for the purpose of the spreadsheet - are these the "default" settings for action and landscape, and they are listed so we know the difference?

This is so new to me that initially when I was reading the manual, I did not know what aperture or shutter priority were. I'm learning! This spreadsheet has helped a lot with getting to know my way around the camera, and what different settings will do.

Thanks again,

peterah

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peterah Registered since 29th Oct 2005
Thu 16-Nov-06 08:39 AM

Good day

To answer your first question - I am not sure if these are the settings for the in camera landscape, action, portrait, etc. picture scenes. I don't know of anybody (besides Nikon) that know what the complete in camera settings are for those scene modes.

The spreadsheet is specifically for the PASM modes. The reason I added 4 columns to the spreadsheet are so that I can adjust the settings for 4 differnet shooting subjects. I then print it out and have a quick and easy reference to keep with me. The camera of course can only be set up for any one of those custom settings.

The settings that are in the columns are not the default settings for the headings ie landscape, portrait, etc. They are my settings - the ones that I use. You can keep to those settings or adjust them according to what you feel more comfortable with.

Hope this helps.
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pixels2

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pixels2 Registered since 16th Nov 2006
Sun 19-Nov-06 09:20 PM

i have found your information extremely helpful.i also am new to dslr.it is a great starting point.the only time it seems to need adjusments for me is shooting indoors with low light situations.thanks a lot. mike

djlynch

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djlynch Registered since 18th Oct 2006
Sun 19-Nov-06 10:32 PM

Indoor with low light is the toughest...on basketball in gyms I learned from another Nikonian to use Manual f2,1/400-500 shutter speed...worked great.

YMMV

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Cookies35

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#16. "RE: Download D80 settings spreadsheet" | In response to Reply # 15

Cookies35 Silver Member Nikonian since 18th Apr 2007
Sun 16-Dec-07 11:45 PM

>Indoor with low light is the toughest...on basketball in
>gyms I learned from another Nikonian to use Manual
>f2,1/400-500 shutter speed...worked great.
color>

I'm a newbie too!!! and have discovered (never actually thought about it before, but now I'm stuck!!!) that most of my shooting is in horribly lit high school gymns, or worse, trying to track teenage meteors (who are sometimes actually also playing basketball). So I REALLY need some help.

But you say f2. Isn't that an aperture you're using? And is that possible, when almost none of my lenses are "faster" than f2.8?

AND, sometimes I try to set the exposure manually, or in aperture priority, and it's really dark, and suddenly the camera says EE, and it simply won't budge, not a bit, until I turn on the lights or make the aperture smallercolor>, which I completely don't understand. I thought if it's dark, and the camera is set on M or A, the camera is supposed to just figure out that it needs to keep the shutter open longer?

???

What is it that I've done wrong, and how can I re-establish productive communication with my camera?


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libo1949

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#17. "RE: Download D80 settings spreadsheet" | In response to Reply # 13

libo1949 Silver Member Nikonian since 12th May 2007
Tue 22-May-07 06:37 AM

dear Peter,

I am new to Nikonians and just bought a D80. Going through the manual now. I find these forums very usefull.
From what I understand you select A(perature) as exposure mode and then use the settings of the spreadsheet for the different shooting scenarios (Point&shoot, action, landscape, portet).
But the camera also has settings for these scenario's (using the selection switch). Did you try these original settings? And why don't you use these settings? You write that you don't know the original Nikon settings. But I assume that the Nikon-guys must have thought about this as well.

thanks,

Libo

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peterah Registered since 29th Oct 2005
Wed 23-May-07 05:38 AM

Hi Libo

When starting out the scene modes are definitely an option to use. However, when the camera is in a scene mode, certain other options are not available. To get full control over all camera options you need to use P, A, S or M modes.

Good luck.
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Areopagus

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Areopagus Registered since 07th Nov 2006
Thu 30-Nov-06 08:41 PM

Peter,

Thanks for this incredibly helpful spreadsheet. Do you mind if I share this with other D80 users, or is this something limited to Nikonians?

Sincerely,

Bill Lollar
Wales, UK

peterah

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peterah Registered since 29th Oct 2005
Fri 01-Dec-06 05:37 AM

Hi Bill
Its a pleasure. You can give it to anyone you like
Cheers
Pete
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Almark

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Almark Registered since 17th Sep 2006
Sat 02-Dec-06 11:03 PM

This is what I use,

Image Quality: Raw
Raw Compression: Off
White Balance: Auto -1
Long Exposure NR: Off
High ISO NR: Off
Image Sharpening: +2 (high)
Tone compensation: Low
Colour Space: Adobe
Colour Mode: II
Hue Adjustment: 0°

When i open in CaptureNX I change sharpening back to none, and at the end of editing I use USM of 50/6/4 for general shots, 35/8/10 for portraits and 55/5/4 for landscapes.

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abhija

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abhija Registered since 28th Sep 2004
Mon 04-Dec-06 02:16 AM

Hi,
Do these settings apply to RAW images also? Or only for JEPGs?
Thanks.

Abhijit

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frblock Registered since 17th Nov 2006
Tue 05-Dec-06 05:38 PM

Hi...

What is the USM settings you refer to? I'm a newbie to the D80 and learning a TON here so far...

Thanks!
Regards - Fred

Kind regards -
Fred

klrbee25

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klrbee25 Registered since 03rd Jun 2006
Wed 06-Dec-06 05:00 AM

Just curious as to why you use AA Ni-MH in your custom settings instead of the default AA alkaline. If I recall from the manual, one should leave it at AA alkaline if you're using the EN-EL3e batteries, and only change it if you're using AAs of a different type in the MB-D80 grip. Are you shooting AAs instead of Nikon EN-EL3es? (I recently picked up a second EN-EL3e for the grip, but I think I like using my high capacity Duracells better!)

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#25. "RE: Download D80 settings spreadsheet" | In response to Reply # 24

peterah Registered since 29th Oct 2005
Wed 06-Dec-06 05:12 AM

The camera uses the custom battery setting only if you are not using EN-EL3e's. I am using 2500 mAh Ni-MH AA's in my battery grip, hence the custom setting. I keep the EN-EL3e in my bag as a backup but haven't had to use it yet as I get more than 1200 shots on the AA's.
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klrbee25 Registered since 03rd Jun 2006
Wed 06-Dec-06 05:19 AM

Ah, that's what I figured. Having tried the pair of EN-EL3es, I too prefer the high capacity AAs since I get many more pics out of them. Charging them in 15min is a nice plus as well.

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gwholmes

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#27. "RE: Download D80 settings spreadsheet" | In response to Reply # 21

gwholmes Silver Member Nikonian since 23rd Nov 2006
Thu 07-Dec-06 09:58 AM

When you use USM are you doing it on the image itself or in LAB?

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karlhoelscher

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karlhoelscher Registered since 05th Oct 2006
Fri 08-Dec-06 03:48 PM

Question: From what I gather on this spreadsheet, it's a listing of all of the settings. Is there anything out yet that gives recommendations of various combinations of settings for different shooting situations?

peterah

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peterah Registered since 29th Oct 2005
Sat 09-Dec-06 04:03 AM

I haven't seen any official combinations of settings for various shooting subjects other than the ones posted by Nikonian members here. FWIW, the ones that I use are the ones in the downloaded spreadsheet for those 4 situations - I have found that these settings work very well and are a good starting point. Of course, YMMV.

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gokce Registered since 14th Dec 2006
Fri 15-Dec-06 06:21 AM

hi,

Im newbie to digital slr as well and trying to figure out all color spaces and etc..

in your spreadsheet, under color spaces menu for example you use Ia for action and IIIa for landscape in RAW format.

Is this spaces embedded in camera to RAW picture when taken and if so when opening in RAW editor in photoshop what color space should we choose.

I was guessing that in RAW format, camera does not embed any color space to pictures and we chooes the options in RAW editor when opening in photoshop..

tks / Gokce


peterah

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#31. "RE: Download D80 settings spreadsheet" | In response to Reply # 30

peterah Registered since 29th Oct 2005
Sat 16-Dec-06 08:45 AM

When taking a photo the camera includes a colour mode with the photo, either Ia (less vivid for portraits), IIIa (more vivid greens for landscapes), or II (AdobeRGB giving a wider gamut of colours). These colour spaces can be changed during editing if the photo is a raw file.

I normally stick to Ia or IIIa for all my photos - I haven't found the need yet for AdobeRGB as I find it unnecessarily complicates my post-processing. All images printed at a lab or posted to the web should be sRGB (Ia or IIIa). YMMV, however with regard to using AdobeRGB.

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Rooz Registered since 21st Dec 2006
Thu 21-Dec-06 09:43 PM

prob a stupid question but i will ask anyway...
if i make the changes you suggest using the 3 different settings you recommended will they change permananty, so that each change i make will be saved for future use each time i use the camera ?

eg: i want to change..
P = p/s recommendation
A = portrait recomm
S = action recomm
M = landscape recomm

etc

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peterah Registered since 29th Oct 2005
Fri 22-Dec-06 05:09 AM

Good day

The PASM modes in the camera are fixed modes and are totally independant of any custom settings that you set in the camera. P is for program where the camera automatically chooses the aperture and shutter speed combination. A is aperture priority: you choose the aperture and the camera chooses the corresponding shutter speed. S is shutter priority: you choose the shutter speed and the camera selects the corresponding aperture. M is manual, where you choose both the aperture and shutter speed.

The 4 lots of settings listed in the spreadsheet are for your benefit only. Each time you want to change settings you need to change all the settings in the camera corresponding to what you have chosen in the spreadsheet. Unfortunately, you would need to move to the next model up (D200) to be able to store all 4 lots in the camera simultaneously.

Hope this helps.
Pete
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Manuductor

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#34. "RE: Download D80 settings spreadsheet" | In response to Reply # 33

Manuductor Registered since 23rd Jan 2007
Thu 25-Jan-07 04:07 PM

Pete,

I am a Newbie and not up to speed with all the technical language I see in the email exchanges. I used to shoot a Mamiya 7, and love the B & W prints I have in my office. The clarity and detail are stupendous. I just bought a D80. Any suggestions on how to get B & W photos like the ones I got on my Mamiya?

Thanks.

Matt

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#35. "RE: Download D80 settings spreadsheet" | In response to Reply # 34

peterah Registered since 29th Oct 2005
Fri 26-Jan-07 06:00 AM

Hi Matt

I am not familiar with the Mamiya at all but do know that the D80 can shoot in B&W directly. If you change the Optimize Image to B&W you then have the option to shoot in standard mode or to change the B&W filter. Changing the filter gives different results but I am not sure which one could compare to your existing images (hopefully someone else can give some advice here, or maybe post a new query for all to see).

I do not do my B&W conversions in camera. I shoot in colour and then convert using CaptureNX.

Cheers
Pete
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#36. "RE: Download D80 settings spreadsheet" | In response to Reply # 35

Manuductor Registered since 23rd Jan 2007
Fri 26-Jan-07 04:57 PM

Pete,

Thanks. Very helpful. I have used only the software that comes with my Micosoft Office package: Microsoft Office Picture Management. It does a so-so job. Mostly, I take family pix, do some cropping and lightening, and post them on Smugmug.com for family and friends to see.

I have not printed any of my photos, but have heard a lot about Photoshop and may look into that when I have the time, if I plan to have any of my stuff printed. Converting to B&W in Photoshop might be best way to go.

I have looked at some of your pix on your website. Fantastic stuff. I envy your talent.

Best,

Matt

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Manuductor Registered since 23rd Jan 2007
Fri 02-Feb-07 04:16 PM

Pete, Thanks again for the info on B&W. I tried what you suggested and what appears in the manual but it didn't work. I am bringing the camera to a camera store to see whether they can get it to work. No B&W choice appears on the menu. I may have to shoot in color and print in B&W.Matt

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TheRD Registered since 05th Jan 2007
Fri 05-Jan-07 06:27 PM

Thanks so much Peter! The spreadsheet is a tremendous help.

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#39. "RE: Download D80 settings spreadsheet" | In response to Reply # 38

Marieke Registered since 24th Jan 2007
Thu 15-Feb-07 06:17 AM

I must be one of very few people left that doesn't have Excel on their computer. I'd love access to this spreadsheet but can't open it. Is there another way to get this? Can it be converted to Word ?(no idea if that's possible). Please? I'd be ever so grateful.

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#40. "RE: Download D80 settings spreadsheet" | In response to Reply # 39

peterah Registered since 29th Oct 2005
Thu 15-Feb-07 09:24 AM

Hi Marieke

Converting the spreadsheet to another program is not possible as it is an interactive spreadsheet that requires input from the user.

There are some free Office type programs that may be able to read the spreadsheet correctly - OpenOffice is one that I have used. It is a large file but can be downloaded from www.openoffice.org

Alternately, Microsoft have got a free Excel viewer which can be downloaded from their website.

Of course the best solution would be to install a version of Excel on your computer. Try to find someone who has bought the new version and is selling an older version of Office (Office 2000 maybe?).

Cheers
Pete
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Marieke Registered since 24th Jan 2007
Thu 15-Feb-07 07:36 PM

Thank you very much Pete. Much appreciate your reply and pointing me into the right direction. I like your suggestion of buying an older version. I'll certainly look into that.

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louieescobar Registered since 28th Jul 2006
Thu 01-Feb-07 11:23 PM

Thanks Pete....It's really a big help for me....Thanks for sharing!!!

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sigaud Registered since 02nd Feb 2007
Fri 02-Feb-07 05:10 PM

one more thank you from a brand new Nikonian.
Fred

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Randy_S Registered since 01st Feb 2007
Sun 04-Feb-07 04:17 AM

Thanks Pete. Very helpful.

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xrayman Registered since 21st Feb 2007
Wed 21-Feb-07 10:23 PM

>Good day
>Well, I finally took up the suggestion by another member of
>modifyng the D200 spreadsheet so here it is. This
>spreadsheet allows you to view and select any options
>available in the Shooting menu and the Custom menu of the
>Nikon D80.
>
>In the shooting menu I have provided 4 columns for different
>settings to be used for different shooting subjects and
>conditions. It helps me to have a printout of these settings
>handy as an easy reference.
>
>Please feel free to correct any mistakes or modify as needed
>(reference numbers in manual?).
>
>PS: Version 1.1 now has the options for Black & White
>selected in the custom settings menu and reference page
>numbers from the manual have been added.
>
>The latest version of the spreadsheet can be downloaded
>here:
>www.peterhowells.co.za/downloads/D80_Custom_Settings_v1.1.xls
>
>Cheers
>Pete
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>South Africa
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peter,

I was wondering if you had this in a pdf file also as i don't have excel on my computer. i would appreciate this 110%. thank-you.

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#46. "RE: Download D80 settings spreadsheet" | In response to Reply # 45

peterah Registered since 29th Oct 2005
Fri 23-Feb-07 04:59 AM

Tim

Converting this spreadsheet (although possible) would render it useless as it is a dynamic sheet with list boxes allowing you to choose settings for different situations.

Downloading and installing the free Excel viewer from Microsoft might be the best option.

Regards
Pete
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xrayman Registered since 21st Feb 2007
Fri 23-Feb-07 12:51 PM

peter,

i have downloaded the excel and thank-you for your reply. i have a question about it though. if i am shooting indoor action like the one below, what would my settings be like?

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c25/kanaikid/rc%20album/lhslimgravy.jpg

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#48. "RE: Download D80 settings spreadsheet" | In response to Reply # 47

peterah Registered since 29th Oct 2005
Mon 26-Feb-07 06:55 AM

Hi Tim

For indoor shots it all depends on how much ambient light you have available.

A good starting point would be to look at the Exif info for that image:
Camera Make: Canon
Camera Model: Canon EOS 30D
Image Date: 2007:01:21 11:58:56
Flash Used: No
Focal Length: 200.0mm
CCD Width: 4.00mm
Exposure Time: 0.0040 s (1/250)
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO equiv: 1600
White Balance: Manual
Metering Mode: Matrix
Exposure: Manual
Exposure Mode: Manual

As you can see the lens that he was using was a fast lens (f/2.8) and he was shooting at ISO 1600 to give him a reasonably fast shutter speed of 1/250s.

On the D80 I would shoot in continuous mode (3fps) and the focus mode would be dynamic, AF-C mode.

For the other settings I would have to play around and check the histogram after every few shots to see what works.

Hope this helps.
Cheers
Pete
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#49. "RE: Download D80 settings spreadsheet" | In response to Reply # 0

BillF64 Silver Member Nikonian since 28th Dec 2003
Mon 12-Mar-07 03:59 PM

Peter,

I was looking at your spreadsheet settings and all seem quite well thought out with the exception of "action" photos. Isn't the point of most of those kinds of photos to stop action or at least get good images of moving subjects. I would think that Shutter Priority mode would be better suited for that, as well as a high(er) ISO. With Aperture Priority, and especially at the relatively low ISO that you suggest, you would always have to be aware of and make sure that your shutter speed is not too slow, which would result in blurred photos. Using Shutter Priority set to an action-stopping speed and an ISO of 400 or higher (ISO 800 is optimized for low noise in the D80 and would be a good setting to use for action shots - it would provide the necessary depth-of-field as well) would probably work much better.

Bill

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#50. "RE: Download D80 settings spreadsheet" | In response to Reply # 49

peterah Registered since 29th Oct 2005
Tue 13-Mar-07 05:27 AM

Hi Bill

My settings for action photography are a starting point. Although switching to shutter priority may be better for your use, I always shoot in aperture priority with my lens wide open which produces the fastest shutter speed possible under available light conditions. For action, I also have AutoISO set to on with a maximum ISO of 800 and a minimum shutter speed set to 1/125s. This allows the shutter speed to be dictated by the set aperture but if there is not enough available light then the ISO is raised to keep the shutter speed at a min of 1/125s.

Hope this helps.
Cheers
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#51. "RE: Download D80 settings spreadsheet" | In response to Reply # 50

BillF64 Silver Member Nikonian since 28th Dec 2003
Wed 14-Mar-07 12:48 AM

Peter,

Thanks for the quick reply. I have become a fan of Auto ISO myself and use the same setings as you do, i.e. ISO 800 as a Max setting. In my line of work, doing "live" (well almost live, just a few minutes after the fact) digital slide shows on plasma screens at wedding receptions, Bar/Bat Mitzvah parties and other affairs of that nature, it has worked very well for me. Rather than stopping action, it allows my flash to have a greater range of coverage. Occasinally I will have to go to a higher ISO if needed, but not often.

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55tr5 Registered since 14th Jan 2007
Sat 17-Mar-07 07:44 PM

Hi! Regarding the spreadsheet,I am really new at this was wondering how you can be in P mode and still use aperture as stated in the pre-shooting setup.

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#53. "RE: Download D80 settings spreadsheet" | In response to Reply # 52

peterah Registered since 29th Oct 2005
Mon 19-Mar-07 05:20 AM

Hi Robert

My headings at the top may be a bit confusing - I should have written it out in full. The P & S heading doesn't stand for Program and Shutter, it stands for point and shoot, a general mode useful in photographic situations when you don't really want to think about camera settings. (I have changed the heading to reflect this )

As for Program mode, I never use it myself as I prefer to be more in control over the aperture I am using.

Cheers
Pete
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#54. "RE: Download D80 settings spreadsheet" | In response to Reply # 53

55tr5 Registered since 14th Jan 2007
Fri 23-Mar-07 03:06 AM

Hi! Pete Thanks I was confused this explains it.
Bob

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#55. "RE: Download D80 settings spreadsheet" | In response to Reply # 0

SilverS8 Registered since 12th Oct 2006
Wed 21-Mar-07 06:31 AM

Hi Peter,

I have been reading all the positive responses to your spreadsheet. I'm trying to download it from your site but can't seem to access it. Is it maybe unreachable?

Can you or anyone possibly mail me the sheet? It would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Frank

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Nel Registered since 13th Mar 2007
Sat 24-Mar-07 08:59 PM

Hello Peter,

I went to your website and viewed the wedding pictures you took. They are awesome and terrific pictures! Did you use your D80?

I have been covering mostly wedding pictures both in black & white and color back in the Philippines and in the 70's. I used all Nikon cameras for the wedding coverage. I processed my own film and prints. I came to America in the 80's and at present working as a building superintendent in one of the prestigeous hi-rise apts. in Cherry Hill NJ. I sold all my cameras except one which I brought a Nikon F2 with me for sentimental reason. I have been shooting pictures here for families and vacation.

I'm new to digital and started with a Canon A80 point & shoot which gave me good pictures and I still have it. But I still missed the SLR quality. Well, last year I bought the Nikon D50 and was happy with it until the D80 came along.

Now I own both the D50 w/18-55 and D80 w/18-135. I was happy to print out your spreadsheet on the D80. I've been practicing with your settings and so far so good. I'm still trying to master these two cameras. One day I hope to enroll in photography course and would like to go back covering weddings.

Thank You,
Lionel

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#57. "RE: Download D80 settings spreadsheet" | In response to Reply # 56

peterah Registered since 29th Oct 2005
Mon 26-Mar-07 04:36 AM

Hi Lionel

All the wedding photos on my website were taken with a D70. Although I've had a D80 since it was released, I haven't had the courage to use it at a wedding yet as the metering is very different to my other cameras. Now that I know the camera and its capabilities I will be using it in its first wedding in 2 weeks time.
Good luck with the photography.
Cheers
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vragec Registered since 26th Mar 2007
Sun 01-Apr-07 06:25 PM

tnx a lot . it's helpful

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garysc Registered since 05th Oct 2006
Mon 09-Apr-07 11:27 PM

Peter, I can't seem to access your web site either on the link at the top of this post nor on http://www.peterhowells.co.za/. I would love a copy of the D80 spreadsheet. Please let us know when and how it might be available again. Sounds like you have made a wonderful contribution to the D80 world.

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gerryjuson Registered since 06th Apr 2007
Mon 09-Apr-07 11:53 PM

Hi Peter,

I also tried to download the spreadsheet but your site is still unavailable. I'd be grateful if you can maybe attach a copy of the file here.

Hi all,

If anyone has a copy of Peter's spreadsheet, do share the file with us and I'll be very thankful.

Best regards.

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peterah Registered since 29th Oct 2005
Sat 14-Apr-07 05:16 AM

Hi all
Sorry I haven't replied - have been away. I have just checked my site log and it was only down for 1 day. It is definitely up and running now and has been for the last week. Sorry for any inconvenience caused however.
If anyone is having a problem and would like the spreadsheet, just send me a personal mail and I will respond with the file attached.
Cheers
Pete
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Merasl Registered since 09th May 2007
Fri 11-May-07 06:44 AM

Hello
Thank you for sharing your D80 spreadsheet. I am a newbie here and have only had my D80 for 2 days and haven't taken a single shot yet (waiting for weekend and SD card). I thought that entering your custom settings would be an excellent way to help me familiarise myself with the camera and menus before I take the camera out for use.

I've never come across such a large number of menu options in a camera before and creating your settings has helped me understand what's there and what they do, even though it took me an hour our more to figure out that I could not move the spot meter position unless the camera was acively metering! There remains one setting that has me defeated despite employing all your user settings: multiple exposure. This shows off and when I try to alter to adjust number of shots I just get a message saying not available with current settings.

Not that I will want to use this feature for a while, if at all, but it frustrates me that I have obviously done something wrong somewhere and can not use it if I should want to. Please can you help?

Apologies if this has been covered elsewhere.

Many thanks
Steve

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#63. "RE: Download D80 settings spreadsheet" | In response to Reply # 62

peterah Registered since 29th Oct 2005
Mon 14-May-07 04:30 AM

Hi Steve

You are correct about the multitude of options available - cameras are certainly not basic anymore.

Regarding your problem, the only thing I can think of that may prevent you from getting into the multiple exposure option is that the camera mode selector is not on either P, A, S or M. Selecting one of the built in scene modes will not allow you access to multiple exposures.

Hope this helps and happy shooting.

Cheers
Pete
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#64. "RE: Download D80 settings spreadsheet" | In response to Reply # 63

Gailanne Gold Member Nikonian since 05th Nov 2006
Fri 18-May-07 07:51 AM

Peter
As the new owner of a D80, this is a great tool. Thanks so much for sharing.
Gailanne
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#65. "RE: Download D80 settings spreadsheet" | In response to Reply # 64

seanmacman Registered since 06th Dec 2006
Sun 20-May-07 08:37 AM

OK, I just downloaded this spreadsheet, but frankly I have no idea how it is used.
So, could anyone please explain how one would go about and use this sheet?
Thank you very much.

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briantilley Gold Member Deep knowledge of bodies and lens; high level photography skills Donor Ribbon awarded for his support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 26th Jan 2003
Sun 20-May-07 10:45 AM


>So, could anyone please explain how one would go about and
>use this sheet?

The spreadsheet needs to be opened in Microsoft Excel, but I'm sure you knew that...

Using the spreadsheet is not an automated process. It simply lists the default values for each of the items in the D80 Shooting Menu and Custom Setting Menu, along with a "suggested" starter arrangement. The idea is that you (manually) set the values in your D80 to those in the spreadsheet, then if you wish, adjust them as you get used to the camera and record any changes you make (manually, again) back into the spreadsheet.

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#67. "RE: Download D80 settings spreadsheet" | In response to Reply # 66

seniorjudge Registered since 18th Jun 2007
Mon 18-Jun-07 02:54 PM

I apologize if this question has been asked and answered in this thread; I did not read the last two years' worth of replies.

On the shooting menu spreadsheet, under "point and shoot" is states that the optimize image can be "Vivid".

But on my camera, when I try to change the optimize image on auto, it says that the option is not available.

My question is: Am I doing something wrong and, if so, how do I cure it?

Thanks.

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briantilley Gold Member Deep knowledge of bodies and lens; high level photography skills Donor Ribbon awarded for his support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 26th Jan 2003
Mon 18-Jun-07 03:20 PM

It probably has been answered before, but there's no harm in repeating good advice

The optimise image settings are only available in P, S, A and M modes, not in AUTO or any of the scene modes.

Brian
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#69. "RE: Download D80 settings spreadsheet" | In response to Reply # 68

seniorjudge Registered since 18th Jun 2007
Mon 18-Jun-07 03:43 PM

...
>The optimise image settings are only available in P, S, A
>and M modes, not in AUTO or any of the scene modes.
....

So then the column in the spreadsheet which is now entitled Point and Shoot should read what?...Manual?

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#70. "RE: Download D80 settings spreadsheet" | In response to Reply # 69

peterah Registered since 29th Oct 2005
Tue 19-Jun-07 05:20 AM

Hi Bill

The columns in the spreadsheet are 4 shooting styles that I use frequently - you can change them to whatever heading you want to. These styles are meant to be used when the camera is in either the P, S, A or M modes and not in the easy modes on the mode dial. If you have the camera in one of the 'point and shoot' modes then you have very little control over the custom settings in the camera.

So, to answer your question, the column entitled Point and Shoot should read Point and Shoot. It lists the settings that I use (in Aperture priority mode) for general picture taking.

Of course, the beauty about having a D80 is that you can experiment and change these settings until you find ones that work for you.

BTW, the only time I put the camera onto one of the fixed modes is when I am giving the camera to a non-photographer to take some pics of me and I know then that I will get a semi-decent image.

Regards
Peter
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#71. "RE: Download D80 settings spreadsheet" | In response to Reply # 70

seniorjudge Registered since 18th Jun 2007
Tue 19-Jun-07 01:08 PM

Peter....

Gotcha!

I really appreciate the spreadsheet and the time you took in answering me.

I stepped up from my faithful FM this week and finally went digital.

I really miss the depth of fields on the shutters; I have never been able to see a depth of field preview. Maybe my eyeballs just weren't made for that!

This is a great forum!


...Bill

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Sun 22-Jul-07 07:00 AM

Thanks

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McCoy Registered since 21st Jun 2007
Thu 26-Jul-07 10:14 AM

thanks for sharing!

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tonybuae Registered since 17th Sep 2007
Wed 19-Sep-07 02:35 AM

Hi Pete,

Useful info... thanks for sharing!

Cheers, Tony

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Thu 18-Oct-07 01:19 PM

Thanks Pete, you are real philanthropist to share so generously.

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jennaba Registered since 04th Jun 2007
Wed 24-Oct-07 02:27 AM

Thanks Pete! I'm going to have a great time with this!

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pelima Registered since 05th Oct 2006
Sun 04-Nov-07 10:02 PM

Thanks Peter I have been looking for this overview, this will help me fore sure.

/Peter

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Happy Flasher Registered since 11th Oct 2007
Sat 24-Nov-07 09:07 PM

Thanks for the spreadsheet. Can you tell which program to use to open it? Thanks again ~ this time in advance........Steve.

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#79. "RE: Download D80 settings spreadsheet" | In response to Reply # 78

peterah Registered since 29th Oct 2005
Sun 25-Nov-07 04:18 PM

Hi Steve.
The spreadhseet was created with Microsoft Excel, one of the apps which is part of Microsoft Office. It can be opened with Excel in Micorsoft Office 2000 or greater. Double-clicking it in Explorer should automatically open it.
Hope you find it useful.
Cheers

Peter
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Happy Flasher Registered since 11th Oct 2007
Sun 25-Nov-07 06:33 PM

Hi Steve.
The spreadhseet was created with Microsoft Excel, one of the apps which is part of Microsoft Office. It can be opened with Excel in Micorsoft Office 2000 or greater. Double-clicking it in Explorer should automatically open it.
Hope you find it useful.
Cheers
Peter

Thanks Peter. The info was useful I've just got to get a copy of excel now That'll be why it didn't open automatically. I got a dialogue box that said that windows couldn't open it because it didn't know what program created it. It shouldn't be a problem now I know what I need. Thanks again....Steve.




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hansenlars Registered since 17th May 2007
Tue 04-Dec-07 03:55 PM

Great Pete,

Appreciate you posting.

Lars

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Hi Peter,

Thank you.



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igwt642 Registered since 06th Jan 2008
Mon 14-Jan-08 01:42 AM

Pete,
Thanks, I have had my camera for a few months and I have not had much luck outdoors in sunny situations with it I hope this will help me. I am new to the digital world and am having a tough time converting. Appreciate your posting very much.
Thanks,
igwt642 (Debbie)

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Not4wood Registered since 27th Nov 2007
Sun 20-Jan-08 08:08 PM | edited Sun 20-Jan-08 08:43 PM by Not4wood

Thanks for the spreadsheet. Its a great starting point to play with.

Debbie,

Why don't you post a shot that you think is not correct and I'm sure a lot of the very experienced people will help you. You are not saying why you think your shots are not correct.

First, have you read any of the manual? I know, its in another language LOL. I purchased the Nikon D80 Digital Field Guide by David D. Busch and its helped me tremendously. It does (D80) have a very big learning curve but it just takes a lot of patience and practice.

If you want you can also email me. I think the link is on the top right. I would be glad to help as I'm sure a lot of others as well.

Mark G
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Not4wood Registered since 27th Nov 2007
Sun 20-Jan-08 08:43 PM

>OK. Call me a NooB, but I don't understand something. This
>is my first Dslr, and I am going through the menu and settings
>on the spreadsheet, but can't seem to find how to make the
>changes recommended on the sheet.
>On the "shooting Menu" tab, under "action"
>and "landscapes", there are a couple of cells
>highlighted in yellow that differ from the manual settings.
>However, as I walk through my camera's menus, having the dial
>set to "action" (the little person running), it
>won't let me make the changes. "Optimize image" is
>grayed out, and won't allow changes. Same for
>"landscape".
>I won't necessarily shoot with these settings, but would like
>to know how to make the change in the event I'd like to. Can
>anyone tell me what I am doing wrong?
>Thanks in advance.
>

Masked Rider;
Or anybody that has been having problems with the camera over riding your settings changes that you have made.

For the changes to take effect, you have to use one of the Manual Settings on the Dial on the Top Left of the D80.

If lets say for example your changes will be made for the Sports Actions. If you keep this Dial on the Sports Settings you will Over Ride any changes you have made for the Default Sports Settings. On the Spreadsheet it says for Sports to set this Dial to the (A) Aperture Priority Setting. Or you could also use any of the Manual Settings like (M)Manual or even (S)Shutter Priority.

Mark G
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#86. "RE: Download D80 settings spreadsheet" | In response to Reply # 0

2furyus Registered since 17th Dec 2006
Mon 21-Jan-08 10:19 PM

Thank you for the valuable info.

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#87. "RE: Download D80 settings spreadsheet" | In response to Reply # 86

Ariana Registered since 21st Jan 2008
Mon 21-Jan-08 11:51 PM

I havn't read all the replies. Has anyone mentioned where a similar spreadsheat or so is available that I can open with a different program? I don't have excel.

Not4wood

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#88. "RE: Download D80 settings spreadsheet" | In response to Reply # 87

Not4wood Registered since 27th Nov 2007
Tue 22-Jan-08 02:39 AM

I don't have Excel, I opened it with Quatro Pro. I usually don't use Microsoft Products if I can help it. I have a WordPerfect Pack that came with my HP Pavilion.

You can use any Spreadsheet Program. Download the Spreadsheet and remember where you put it. Once saved, then open your Spreadsheet Program and then hit Open. Once you hit open, you can then point the Program to this Spreadsheet and also then you can print it as well.

Mark G
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#89. "Optimize Image - RAW Mode" | In response to Reply # 0

JVE Registered since 04th Feb 2008
Tue 12-Feb-08 05:12 PM

I was just wondering if the Custom Only settings (Sharping, Tone Comp, Color Mode, Saturation, and Hue Adjustments) apply when the Image Quality is set to RAW? I would think this would apply to only JPEG. Also, is there a reason why JPEG is picked over RAW? I just assume RAW would normally give you a 'better' picture.

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#90. "RE: Optimize Image - RAW Mode" | In response to Reply # 89

peterah Registered since 29th Oct 2005
Fri 15-Feb-08 04:47 AM

You are right in that the custom settings only get applied to the jpg image when converted. However, when opening a NEF file in Nikon software (ViewNX, CaptureNX) these settings are applied to the raw file which therefore gets me closer to the end result, thereby shortening my processing time.

There is no real reason for using jpg over raw except that processing maybe quicker if you have a slow computer. For the record I never shoot anything anymore on jpg only.

Cheers

Peter
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D80, D200, Nikkor 50mm f1.8, 18-70mm, 18-200mm VR, 70-200mm VR, 80-400mm VR, Sigma 105mm f2.8, 100-300mm f4, 1.4x TC, SB800.

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#91. "RE: Download D80 settings spreadsheet" | In response to Reply # 87

Vandyu Registered since 02nd Apr 2006
Sun 24-Feb-08 05:00 AM

I downloaded a free version of Excel Viewer and everything worked fine. You cannot edit with it. Only read the D80 settings sheet and print it out. But, that's a great help. You also might consider downloading a trial copy of Excel for 60 days. I just hate to have trial ware on my computer. Here is more information:

http://us1.trymicrosoftoffice.com/product.aspx?re_ms=oo&family=officepro&culture=en-US


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=1cd6acf9-ce06-4e1c-8dcf-f33f669dbc3a&displaylang=en

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#92. "RE: Optimize Image - RAW Mode" | In response to Reply # 89

dbguy4eva Registered since 08th Jun 2007
Sat 08-Mar-08 05:14 AM

Sweet!! Thank you!

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#93. "RE: Download D80 settings spreadsheet" | In response to Reply # 10

NFG Registered since 05th Jul 2007
Tue 18-Mar-08 12:27 PM

If the menus are greyed out thats because youve selected one of the pre-programmed auto modes which wont allow adjustment.

Set the dial to M A S or P to make menu adjustments, but suggest perhaps you become more familiar with the basics before doing so (see stickies in D80 user group home) & consult some of the on-line guides:

http://www.nikondigitutor.com/eng/d80/index.shtml seems quite intuitive if completely new &

http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/d80/users-guide/menus-setup.htm shows how to achieve his desired set up, which may work for you

Along with the manual which is available in PDF format if you search for it.

Above all, dont tweak until you know what you want to change and why & record what you have changed in case it has the wrong effect!

Regards

Noel


Automatic? thats far too clever for me...

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#94. "RE: Download D80 settings spreadsheet" | In response to Reply # 21

sandybank Registered since 06th May 2008
Fri 16-May-08 02:48 PM

I see the terms colour space and Colour mode in your posting. How do I check these? I can find them on the D80 menu.

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#95. "RE: Optimize Image - RAW Mode" | In response to Reply # 90

aldewitt Registered since 16th May 2008
Fri 16-May-08 04:37 PM

It is said that a single conversation with a wise man is worth a year's study. Just reviewing this thread has been tremendously helpful to me.

Thank you for sharing your insights and knowledge. If you're ever in this part of the world, let me treat you to a Kansas City steak.

Regards

A. L. DeWitt
Jefferson City, MO

Cameras allow us to share the beauty in God's creation with others.

Visit my Nikonians gallery.

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#96. "RE: Optimize Image - RAW Mode" | In response to Reply # 95

peterah Registered since 29th Oct 2005
Mon 19-May-08 05:37 AM

Thanks for the kind words Anthony. However I feel that the trip from Africa to Kansas City may be a bit long for someone who is used to the African outdoors
All the best.

Peter
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D80, D200, Nikkor 50mm f1.8, 18-70mm, 18-200mm VR, 70-200mm VR, 80-400mm VR, Sigma 105mm f2.8, 100-300mm f4, 1.4x TC, SB800.

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#97. "RE: Download D80 settings spreadsheet" | In response to Reply # 94

peterah Registered since 29th Oct 2005
Mon 19-May-08 05:40 AM

Hi Sandy

You may need to enable your full menu system in the custom menu options. By default the camera is set up to only display a portion of the most used menu items.
Hope this helps.

Peter
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D80, D200, Nikkor 50mm f1.8, 18-70mm, 18-200mm VR, 70-200mm VR, 80-400mm VR, Sigma 105mm f2.8, 100-300mm f4, 1.4x TC, SB800.

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#98. "RE: Download D80 settings spreadsheet" | In response to Reply # 94

sandybank Registered since 06th May 2008
Mon 19-May-08 12:34 PM

Thank you. I have the full menu enabled. I have also searched in the D80 manual and cannot find either term. I'll keep searching!

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#99. "RE: Download D80 settings spreadsheet" | In response to Reply # 0

dagon1 Registered since 22nd Apr 2008
Tue 20-May-08 12:54 AM

Thanks for your endeavours.
The fonts in the Shooting Menu columns (from Point and Shoot to Landscapes are not visible on black and white printing and I am unable to change them from my Excel (I use the program to open the file but don't use it day to day). Could you kindly change to some other colour which is B&W printer fiendly? Cheers.

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#100. "RE: Download D80 settings spreadsheet" | In response to Reply # 99

peterah Registered since 29th Oct 2005
Tue 20-May-08 06:20 AM

Hi Reggie
You seem to have a problem with the setup of either your printer or your version of Excel. I have tested the spreadsheet on both my monochrome and colour printers and both print fine. Also, the spreadsheet is not protected in any way so you should be able to change the fonts to whatever you need.
Cheers

Peter
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D80, D200, Nikkor 50mm f1.8, 18-70mm, 18-200mm VR, 70-200mm VR, 80-400mm VR, Sigma 105mm f2.8, 100-300mm f4, 1.4x TC, SB800.

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#101. "RE: Download D80 settings spreadsheet" | In response to Reply # 0

silverjam Registered since 19th Aug 2008
Tue 19-Aug-08 11:52 AM

Thanks Pete

D80, MB-D80, AF-S NIKKOR 18-135mm, TAMRON AF 28-200mm , SIGMA APO 170-500mm, SB-400

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#102. "RE: Download D80 settings spreadsheet" | In response to Reply # 0

guyd78 Registered since 25th Aug 2008
Thu 04-Sep-08 06:52 PM

This spreadsheet is awesome. It would save the beginner a ton of time with the initial settings.

One question. Is there something similar to this for the D50? I will probably be purchasing a D50 instead of the D80 for my first SLR. A sheet similar to this would be great.

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#103. "RE: Download D80 settings spreadsheet" | In response to Reply # 102

peterah Registered since 29th Oct 2005
Fri 05-Sep-08 05:42 AM

I don't know of any spreadsheet that has been written for the D50. It is a much simpler camera to set up though with fewer options so you shouldn't have too much bother with it. If you do get stuck, help can be found in the D50 forum.

Peter
http://www.peterhowells.co.za

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#104. "RE: Download D80 settings spreadsheet" | In response to Reply # 0

RockyIII Gold Member Nikonian since 27th May 2006
Mon 15-Sep-08 01:11 PM

Peter,

Thanks for sharing your D80 setting spreadsheet. Do you plan to make one for the D90?

Rocky

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#105. "RE: Download D80 settings spreadsheet" | In response to Reply # 104

peterah Registered since 29th Oct 2005
Tue 16-Sep-08 05:29 AM

>Do you plan to make one for the D90?

No. I think I've done my bit. I don't plan on buying a D90 - I don't feel it is enough of an upgrade on the D80 for what I shoot and I also have the D300. Writing the spreadsheet is a bit difficult if you don't have the camera in your hands.

Peter
http://www.peterhowells.co.za

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#106. "RE: Download D80 settings spreadsheet" | In response to Reply # 0

Chris35rt Registered since 28th Jun 2008
Thu 18-Sep-08 01:30 AM

Peter well done and thanks for taking the time to put this information together and sharing it with others.

Chris

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