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"RE: OMG! This is sharp."

RRRoger Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his long history of demonstrated excellence and helping other members with equipment, technique and DSLR video in the true Nikonians spirit. Charter Member
Thu 31-Jan-13 05:25 PM | edited Fri 01-Feb-13 05:11 PM by RRRoger

>Exactly which settings did you have to dial in to make you
>happy with the D800?

First off "Disclaimer" these will not work best for everyone
and I do adjust these for special circumstances.

1. I will start with the shutter button =
take photos in picture mode
start movies in movie mode
2. Mode button = Aperture priority
3. EV = 0 most of the time
4. Release mode dial = CL
5. Focus mode selector = AF
6. AF mode button = AF-C & d9
Shooting menu
7. File naming changed to my initials
8. Primary Slot = (SD 64GB 95s card) for stills
9. Secondary slot, Video and overflow (CF 32GB 1000x)
10. Image Quality = Fine
11. Image area = DX crop off and FX
12. JPEG compression = Optimal quality
13. I only shoot NEF as a backup at Weddings
14. White balance = Auto 1 Normal
15. Picture Control = SD Standard with sharpening increased to near 0.
16. Color space = sRGB
17. Active D lighting = Auto
18. HDR, Vignette control, Auto distortion control, long exposure NR,
High ISO NR, Multiple exposure, internal timer, time lapse = off
19. ISO sensitivity settings = 100, ON, Max 6400, Min shutter 1/640
20. Movie settings = 1080P @ 30fps, High quality, Auto mic.

Custom settings menu
a1 AF-C Priority = Release
a2 AF-S priority = Focus
a3 Focus tracking with lock on = 1 short
a4 AF activation = off (AF-ON only)
a5 AF point illumination = on
a6 Focus point wrap = off
a7 Number of focus points = 11
a8 AF assist = off
b1 Sensitivity step value = 1/3
b2 Exposure control 1/3
b3 Exposure/flash compensation = 1/3
b4 Easy exposure = off
b5 Center weight = 8
b6 Fine tune exposure = none
c1 Shutter release AE-L = off
c2 Auto meter off = 6s
c3 Self timer = 10s
c4 Monitor off = 10s
d1 Beep = off
d2 CL mode shooting speed = 5fps
d3 Max continuous release = 100
d4 Exposure delay = off
d5 File number sequence = on
d6 Viewfinder grid disp0lay = off
d7 ISO display = on
d8 screen tips = off
d9 Information display = B manual dark on light
d19 LCD illumination = on
e1 Flash sync = 1/250
e2 Flash shutter speed = 1/60
e3 Flash control = TTL
e4 Model flash = on
f1 switch = on
f2 Multi selector button
Shooting = highlight active focus point
Playback = magnify medium
Live view = zoom medium
f3 Multi selector = do nothing
f4 Assign Fn button = access top item my menu
f5 Assign preview button = virtual horizon
f6 Assign AE-L/AF-L button = AE/AF lock
f7 Shutter spd & aperture lock = off
f8 Assign BKT button = BKT
f9 Customize command dials = Aperture setting on the rest off
f10 Release button to use dial = off
f11 Slot empty release lock = enable release
f12 Revers indicators = + on right
f13 Assign MB-D12 = AF-ON

Movie mode
g1 Assign function button = view shooting info
g2 Assign preview button = view shooting info
g3 Assign AE-L/AF-L button = AE/AF lock
g4 Assign Shutter button = take photos
Setup menu
Monitor brightness = auto
HDMI output = auto
Flicker reduction = 60 Hz
Auto image rotation = on
Image comment = off
Copyright = on

I am interested in other settings that D800 owners are using for different serenades.
For instance, I shoot Video in manual but still use AF-ON when I refocus.

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A general, generic topic OMG! This is sharp. [View all] , SonjaM Silver Member , Tue 29-Jan-13 09:44 PM
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