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Before you send or take a camera for repair

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Sat 30-Aug-14 07:11 PM | edited Mon 01-Sep-14 02:55 AM by jrp
From time to time I make a general recommendation to all Nikonians sending or taking a camera in for repairs. This is important if you make changes from the factory default settings, perhaps incorporating recommendations of book authors of settings spread sheets here on Nikonians.

Most shops will reset your camera to factory default settings before returning your camera. So all the work you did to select your specific choices of how your camera works, are erased.

You can, however, preserve them by copying your settings to a memory card before sending your camera off without its battery, etc. Then put it in your camera bag or somewhere else safe.

Different models vary in specific details, but all are easy to perform this useful time-saving step for. Then when your camera comes back -- with its settings back to "zero," the way it came out of its box from Nikon, all you have to do is put the saved memory card into the camera and reinstall the saved settings.

I failed to do this once -- and since I didn't have a record of my settings, I had to basically rethink and redevelop them all. Even if you have meticulously followed Darrel Young or Dave Busch's recommended settings, copying them back off a card is a ton faster than resetting each point from the menu -- one at a time!

Alan
Waterloo, IL, USA
www.proimagingmidamerica.com


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