When shooting high on a tripod, hit the info button so that you can see the shooting information displayed on the LCD. This avoids having to stand on your tippy toes to look down on the top deck LCD or through the viewfinder. It's also a great tool for teaching, as students can see the instructor's camera settings. Neat.
A Richmond, B.C. Nikonian - FM2n, F100, D300, D800
Even when not on a tripod the info screen is so much easier to read than the little LCD on top. Now I wear glasses full time, but back when I had to put on my readers to see the LCD then take them off again to use the viewfinder -- only a litle over a year ago -- that would have been nice to have.
For those of us who miss the dedicated Bracket button we have on our D200s, the D300 offers two levels of functioning for the Function button. You can set it (custom setting f4) to function like the Bracket button on the D200, using the dials to set the number of shots and the exposure differece while holding the button in (actually that is the default setting). Yet it still has the function you set it for when pressing the button without using the dials.
As I use the function button to go to spot meter this makes some sense as I am most likely to bracket when the spot and matrix meters give me different readings. Usually when shooting handheld or just a monopod I am in aperture priority. So I can press the function button and see if there is a major significant change in the shutter speed from matrix to spot metering and bracket if there is.
I've read those pages. IMO they only describe how to pick what type of auto bracketing is done when auto bracketing is turned on, and not how to turn on auto bracketing or select the intervals.
Turning on bracketing and selecting the steps seems to be the question. The only way I see to turn on auto bracketing is to assign that function to one of the 3 programmable buttons.
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Change your setting such that the camera will not function unless you have a CF card inserted. The default in the D200 was ON, D300 is OFF - which is a serious hole just waiting for you to fall in.
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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Me: D300+D200 (raw/M-mode); support: Gitzo-1325 w/Markins M-10; glass: Nikkor 50mm 1.8, 18-70mm DX, 70-300mm VR, and Sigma 10-20 EX S/O: D70 w/Nikkor 18-200VR (which she just loves) ... I'm now pushing for creation of a new SkyScape forum!
- Don (Henderson, Nevada USA)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Me: D300+D200 (raw/M-mode); support: Gitzo-1325 w/Markins M-10 Nikkor: 50mm f/1.8, 18-70mmDX, 18-200mmVR, 24-70mm f/2.8, 70-300mmVR Sigma: 10-20mm EX, 150-500mm S/O: D300 w/Nikkor 18-200VR (which she just loves) and 70-300VR
Set autofocus on the AF-ON button only, and set exposure lock on the AE-L/AF-L button only. You will have total and separate control on both AF and AE lock. The shutter release button will do only that, release the shutter. Very useful if you want to focus on one area and expose on another area.
The Nikonian's D300 Spreadsheet for custom settings is excellent. It covers many of the details you might miss even reading the manual.
Also, the Preview button is customizable like the Function button. I use it to shift between matrix and spot metering for sports shooting.
Finally, the only "loose" cover on the D300 is the one over the MB-D10 grip contacts. While the grip provides a spot to secure it while in use, without the grip, most quick release camera plates, particularly the L-Plates, overlap this cover and help to secure it.
Finally, the D300 seems to focus faster and more accurately with older style lenses like the 80-400 VR in initial testing. Brings new life to old(er) glass!
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i set the fn button to change to spot metering and then while holding that down i rotate the rear command dial to change through the different # of focal points. useful for changing on the fly for a moving target!
For me, the least used function on the camera is the DOF preview. Therefore I program this button for a quick change to spot metering.
The FUNC button I dedicate totally to bracketing...
(1) Turn on bracketing (and select number of shots) with a button press and wheel turn (2) Fire a bracketing burst whilst holding down the FUNC button and pressing the shutter release.
Remember to turn bracketing OFF (i.e. back to 0 Frames) when finished!!!
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You can set the multi selector middle to zoom in to 100% instead of pushing the + button 6 times. This is convenient if you want to quickly check sharpness. You do seem to lose the big histogram if you do that though.
Just to expand on Scott's post, in the CSM, f1, Playback mode,Zoom on/off, Medium magnification and you'll have a 100% view. This really is very handy. As for loosing the big histogram, it is very biased towards the green channel so it's usefulness is limited. Dan