Attached is the Custom Settings Spreadsheet for the D300. Hopefully it will help you in learning your new Nikon and keeping track of the hundreds of menu choices available for customization. It is modeled after the D200 spreadsheet, but the D300 is significantly more complex and so I've pretty much touched every cell.
Enjoy! And ping me if you find something grossly wrong.
Curtis I am new to the forum and don't know how to e-mail you directly. I am running OS X Leopard and have Stuffit Expander installed. The file downloads but when I try to open it I get a message that it is not a compressed or encoded file. I don't know if it against forum rules but my e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.
Curtis-Would you mind emailing me the opened zip file of the D300 spread sheet? I have gotten the first page but can't seem to open the rest. If you can, this would be greatly appreciated...and if you'd rather not...that's OK too.
>It would be great if you could download to the camera, but >you can't.
Well, you sorta can can't you? What if you also added a copy of your camera settings file to the ZIP'ed up archive? That way people can use the spreadsheet as a reference guide and can download the settings directly to the camera.
The spreadsheet works fine on my 1 GHz G4 17" Powerbook, a PowerPC model running OS-X 10.4.10. I do have MS-Office for Mac installed. I don't remember whether I had to go get Stuffit Expander, or whether it was bundled with the system.
I appreciate your efforts on this - I found your D200 version to be quite useful.
The .zip file seems to contain an Excel .xlsm file, which gives my Excel viewer fits. (I don't have MS Office on my computer so I use the free MS Viewers to see various MS Office files.) Could you resave this as an older type of Excel file?
>Don, >Superb timing and a great job!! THANK YOU!! > >Is there anyway to upload this as just an excel file instead >of a zip? >I opened mine on my PC and sent it to my dot.MAC address as >an excel file. > >Maybe some of the Mac users that don't have a PC could >benefit from just the excel upload? >Just a thought. > > >Rebelranger >Bay Area, CA
I do not understand why a Mac with a Excel cannot open the file? My first attempt opened ( on Intel Core Duo iMac ) in horror.... APPLEWORKS! ( I did have MacLink Plus installed from old days!) Just love how the Mac like Nikons use old lenses.. oops, software! Took me back to the nineties! ( if only my seven Canon FD lenses would work on a newer body ) I clicked on the file ( in Download folder, I too am on Leopard ), selected 'get info' changed 'open with' setting to Excel and voila! Just to experiment, did same with NeoOffice and there we go. A Speadsheet. Now if only we in Great White North ( well grey here today) could receive our D300's. Sigh!
I'd be happy to upload a direct Excel version of the file, but the forums seem to restrict file types for upload, and require a zip file for this. Maybe one of the administrators can let me know of an alternative method.
Wow, very cool. I can imagine how much time you put into this. Thanks for doing it!
"In 1914... I climbed to the top of Lassen Peak six times... taking pictures... I realized that if the mountain should blow off while I was looking into... the crater, I would not be here to tell the tale. But for all that I never experienced the feeling of fear. For I was there to take pictures, and the pictures were the principal object of my thoughts", B. F. Loomis
First of all, thanx so much for your hard work. In the D200 spreadsheet, Bank A was "Point&Shoot", Bank B was "Portrait", Bank C was "Landscape/Macro", Bank D was "Sports & Action". I did not notice any similiar labels for the D300 spreadsheet. Could you provide that for us?
I'll tack a "me too" onto this. I was trying to figure out how you broke down the different shooting banks in this spreadsheet. The D200 sheet appeared to be broken down by shooting situation, but I'm not sure on this one. Still, thanks for the hard work!
Don-Many thanks for a great contribution. Now, can anyone guide me in opening the zip file on my Mac OS 10.5? MY camera is due here tomorrow and I would appreciate going over this spread sheet tonight!!!
I've downloaded your D300 spreadsheet and loaded the settings into the camera. Since the D300 is an upgrade from a D70, I was working through the manual trying to get a feel for the huge number of differences between the 2 cameras. Thank you helping me out at a time of real need.
I think you can select either print the current work sheet or the entire workbook. You can also select the tabs individually (on the Mac use the Apple key and on the PC use either the Shift or Alt tab) and then print the selection. You can verify this by selecting print preview and it should give you a chance to scroll through the pages you've selected.
No matter what I select, only one page (Shooting Menu) prints out. I am using "Open Office" for the spreadsheet. Maybe that is the problem, unless others can't print out the entire 9 sheets. I really would like a hard copy to refer to. Mort
Your D300 Spreadsheet is a major help and is greatly valued. Thanks for all the work...and thanks also to Doug & Gene who kindly sent it to me in email..thereby preventing a possible fit of hysteria as I failed to open the zip file. Many thanks for a great effort.
I too would love to receive the unzipped excel file if someone wouldn't mind sending it. Thank you so much for all your hard work this is all so new to me. I just got my d300 last night, upgraded from my d70. Not sure how to load onto to camera....but will get to that I'm new at this site and have learned so much here!! email@example.com please take note of how xplornet is spelled such an easy mistake. Thank you Jacquie in Canada
>I was going to say the same thing - i'm trying to rename the >shooting and custom menu banks. A bunch of cells inside the >body is also locked. > >Thanks for putting this together, by the way. The D200 >spreadsheet was invaluable.
The first page of the spreadsheet tells you it's password protected
"I've protected the sheets in this version for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the number of hours and the effort I've put into it and the trouble it causes having multiple versions floating around. It will also keep you from inadvertently messing it up. If you find something really wrong, let me know and I'll do my best to fix it."
I presumed that to mean that the formulae were protected but that we'd still be able to enter our own values.
> >The first page of the spreadsheet tells you it's password >protected > >"I've protected the sheets in this version for a number of >reasons, not the least of which is the number of hours and >the effort I've put into it and the trouble it causes having >multiple versions floating around. It will also keep you >from inadvertently messing it up. If you find something >really wrong, let me know and I'll do my best to fix it." > > >Rex
Let me add my THANKS to the long list of folks before me!! Great job and represents a lot of careful and thoughtful work.
By the way, I have had no problem opening and printing the sheets on my MacBookPro running Leopard.
(I think that this has been mentioned before but there is a obvious duplication on "Preshoot Setup" sheet where "Release Mode" is noted twice. Not a problem at all, but something that you might want to correct if you update this sheet)
First of all, DWM, THANK YOU very much. It makes things easier to digest and understand!
Those who have a hard time opening the file might want to try OpenOffice ( www.openoffice.org ) - it is free and does pretty much what MS Office does. It will run on a MAC, Windows and I had no problem opening this file (I use Linux).
Thanks so much for taking the time to put this together. I cannot open the file even with OpenOffice. I get a message that the file is corrupt. Would be most grateful if someone could email the file to me! firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks, Kathy