Hey guys, I'm in the process of sending my D4 back to the factory to have it recalibrated and cleaned. I was wondering if there is a way I could save the settings on the camera on a card in the event the factory deletes or changes them. I'm hoping there is a way since I'd hate to have to remember all of the settings. Hope to hear from you.
Fri 01-Mar-13 04:20 PM | edited Fri 01-Mar-13 04:22 PM by Arthur Laurent
>...I was wondering if there is a way I could save the settings on the camera on a card in the event the factory deletes or changes them...
"Menu...Setting...Save/Load Settings...Save Settings" will save a long list of personalized settings to a file named "NCSETUP9" (without the quotation marks, of course) on the memory card, or to the memory card in the primary disc card slot if you have more than one card inserted. You'll get an error if the disc is full.
Check out page 356-357 of the D4 manual for a list of what the D4 saves.
You can save them to a card, but if possible use a card you don't take pictures on. If you can find an old card with limited capacity, that would be ideal.
The reason you don't want to take pictures on your settings card is that when you reformat the card, that erases the settings. And you want to reformat your card occasionally if you take pictures on it.
I'd recommend getting a couple of really cheap cards and saving the settings to them both. Then put one in a safe place and one in your bag. Paint it red or mark it somehow so you don't accidentally use it.
An alternative is to make yourself a spreadsheet containing your settings. There's a spreadsheet form at http://small-farm.org/D4-spreadsheet.xls . The spreadsheet is locked to prevent accidental changes, but the password is D4 so you can change it if you want to. The spreadsheet is filled out with the camera default settings. You can change them but when you do the cell turns yellow so you can easily see which settings you have changed. If you find anything missing let me know and I'll try to update it.
Awesome spreadsheet! Thank you so much. I'm going to fill mine out today.
Also, I save my settings to an old compact flash card (which has to be the only card installed to read or write the settings). I also connect the CF card to my Mac and copy the file onto my hard drive. I keep multiple versions on my Mac, each in a folder named with the date, so that I can keep a history of my settings in case my latest version somehow is corrupt or otherwise contains garbage settings. The files are pretty small.
Not too surprising, that post was made in March 2013.
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