I'm curious how people manage their default settings, other than on paper (i.e. excel).
What I've always wanted since my first camera with shooting banks is a way to save in the bank settings, and then recall them when needed. E.g.
- Call up my "sports" setting - Shoot, change settings, etc. - (Time passes, maybe I do other things) - Call up my "Sports" setting and get the same original settings
The problem is that the camera does not use these as a place to save settings so much as a working area. When you are "in" bank A, any changes are saved in bank A becoming the new normal. So if after my sports shoot I go inside, change some settings but forget I am on "sports" bank, I just polluted my "sports" bank.
If I save to CF card they just disappear every time I change cards or format.
I tried using a separate CF card just for savings, but that lasted through one use -- too much hassle.
To me what would be preferable was a "load from bank" and "save to bank" option, and the camera was always "working". Then I could "load from bank Sport" and do whatever I wanted, and know what I last saved in "Sport" is still there.
Then I could take this spreadsheet and carefully configure it, save it in a bank, and I'm ready to go.
How to real photographers use banks, and avoid polluting them with changes? Or maybe more on topic, people using these spreadsheets -- do they just carry paper along as a checklist? (eventually perhaps committed to memory)?
Ps. With the D800 and two cards, I may now have a bit more luck with "load from" and "save to" cards as an alternative, if I can remember not to format the other card. Comments welcomed on pictures: Http://captivephotons.com