File number sequence in D300
Please, can you explain in detail the "real" differences between the options "On" and "Reset" of the File Number Sequence (D300)?
I've read the manual but it seems the explanation is not clear enough.
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#1. "RE: File number sequence in D300" | In response to Reply # 0briantilley Nikonian since 26th Jan 2003Fri 02-Jul-10 08:57 AM
I didn't find the manual's description very clear either, Alex, so let's see if an example helps...
You have a newish D300, with which you have taken 345 shots in total. They are all on your CF card; the newest image is numbered "0345". You have Custom Setting d6 set to ON. You format the card and take a new image - it will be numbered "0346".
As for Scenario 2(a), but you have Custom Setting d6 set to RESET. You format the card and take a new image - it will be numbered "0001".
Your D300 is a bit older and you have taken 4567 shots in total. The most recent are on one CF card; the newest image on that card is numbered "4567". You have a second CF card containing some older images from the camera; the newest one on that card is numbered "0345". You have Custom Setting d6 set to ON. You put the older card in the camera and take a new image - it will be numbered "4568".
As for Scenario 2(a), but you have Custom Setting d6 set to RESET. You put the older card in the camera and take a new image - it will be numbered "0346".
I hope that's right...
#2. "RE: File number sequence in D300" | In response to Reply # 1nuffsaid Registered since 05th Mar 2008Fri 02-Jul-10 09:24 AM
Here is my condensed understanding of the scenario:-
On:- The file numbers will keep incrementing by one up until DSC_9999 at which stage counting will revert back to DSC_0001.
Reset:- If the memory card is empty, file counting will revert back to DSC_0001. If you insert a memory card that contains photos, the photo with the largest file number will dictate the beginning of the counting sequence. The camera will add one to that file number and continue counting up from there onwards.
In essence, the difference between ON and RESET is that in the case of ON, the file numbering sequence will only revert back to DSC_0001 when the count has reached DSC_9999; regardless of whether you change or format cards.
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#3. "RE: File number sequence in D300" | In response to Reply # 0
Here is a trick that I use to help maintain a continuing number sequence. I use the program function to replace a dsc character with a number so that first set of numbers are dsc10001. when getting close to 9999 change to dsc2 and you get dsc20001 etc. This helps me keep a unique number that I can always find after renaming in Lightroom to elk-29062 etc. Not magic but I have found it helps.
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#5. "RE: File number sequence in D300" | In response to Reply # 3WorldShooter Registered since 16th Apr 2009Wed 07-Jul-10 04:54 AM
>I use the program function to replace a dsc character with a number so that first set of numbers are dsc10001.
>when getting close to 9999 change to dsc2 and you get dsc20001 etc.
From the English D300 User Manual page 260: "Photographs are saved using file names consisting of “DSC_” or, in the case of images that use the Adobe RGB color space, “_DSC”, followed by a four-digit number and a three-letter extension (e.g., “DSC_0001.JPG”). The
option is used to select three letters to replace the “DSC” portion of the file name."
So that means, if you change any portion of the DSC file naming part, you'll wind up with filenames like (and please note the underscore character):
DS1_xxxx.NEF or DS1_xxxx.JPG for sRGB color space pictures
_DS1xxxx.NEF or _DS1xxxx.JPG for AdobeRGB color space pictures
After manually sequencing the file name (your idea) that'll look like:
DS2_xxxx.NEF or DS2_xxxx.JPG for sRGB color space pictures
_DS2xxxx.NEF or _DS2xxxx.JPG for AdobeRGB color space pictures
I know the D2X worked the same way (I used to own one). Don't know about the other models, but I assume they use this same Nikon naming convention.
#4. "RE: File number sequence in D300" | In response to Reply # 0
All the preceding should make clear that if you want to avoid duplicate file names over time, it is a good idea to use a transfer program, such as Nikon Transfer, to rename all your images into some format that is always unique. Nikon Transfer is free with ViewNX.
Some people embed the date and time in the image name, with a small sequence at the end for high frame rate shots. Some try to use a "forever" incrementing number, as I've done, but that takes a lot of care and attention and can bite you .
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#6. "RE: File number sequence in D300" | In response to Reply # 4jgould2 Nikonian since 13th Oct 2007Wed 07-Jul-10 03:20 PM
Not exactly the op's question but some very good ideas here for handling file numbering.
My own approach is to rename the first three characters in the file name. I replace them with a two character name that reflects the camera being used followed by the letter "A". When I approach 9999, I change the "A" to "B" and the next time to "C". This gives me 260,000 unique file names for each camera.
Unfortunately, my D70s does not allow one to change the file prefix but then again, I don't use it much for obvious reasons.
#7. "RE: File number sequence in D300" | In response to Reply # 4sidewinder Nikonian since 05th Jan 2010Wed 07-Jul-10 04:23 PM
I don't care what the camera names the image files.
I use Photo Mechanic and rename the files using this format:
There is no chance of duplicate file names no matter how fast the motor drive is.
I have discovered that trying to sort or find images based on file name is a losing battle. So I use Photo Mechanic to put keywords in the IPTC data.
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