How are you setting up your menus?
I was one of the lucky ones to have placed an order with my local camera store early and took delivery of my D700 last night. I was wondering how other users were setting up their menu structure? The D700 is slightly different from the menu on the D3 or D300. So far the camera looks and feels great, I cant wait to use it this weekend. Even though it is smaller than the D3, it feels much more like the D3 than the D300 IMHO.
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#1. "RE: How are you setting up your menus?" | In response to Reply # 0dgillilan Nikonian since 14th May 2006Sun 27-Jul-08 09:51 PM | edited Sun 27-Jul-08 09:53 PM by dgillilan
I also like the way that my D700 feels and handles, quite light not heavy, and very comfortable(no bat grip for me).
I have specified some "My Menu" items, and have some of my other menus set up the way I wanted them. I put "Non Cpu lens data" in my menu for easy access, and I put "Clean image sensor" and "Virtual Horizon" in "My menu".
I would like to put Non Cpu lens data for the Function button+dial, but it seems like one can only use *either* the function button alone, or the Function+dial, not both (??). I put Virtual horizon for Function button as I feel I'll find use for levelness with my landscape images.
I set mine up for 14 bit raw NEF + basic jpg. I also set image size to small, as I *think* that this only affects the jpg image.
I am using "optimal quality" for my jpgs.
White balance-auto, and color space-adobe.For dynamic AF area, I set mine to 21 as it said that was good for football, and 51 is better for birds that you can never lock on. AF point selection-51 is what I chose, and I turned the grid on in my viewfinder.
These are some of what I chose - what did you choose please?
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#3. "RE: How are you setting up your menus?" | In response to Reply # 1RWCooper Nikonian since 04th Jul 2004Sun 27-Jul-08 10:34 PM
My initial settings are almost identical to Debra's. I chose non-CPU lens data for the Func
button, as all of my macro and most of my landscape photography is done using non-CPU lenses, which accounts for at least 50% of what I do. I turned file sequence numbers off (I wrote a script to rename my files the way I like), added an image comment, copyright and artist text. I turned beep off.
#2. "RE: How are you setting up your menus?" | In response to Reply # 0
I think there is no "right" answer to this. It is largely a matter of preference. I shoot in raw only. I think shoot a companion jpeg is just a waste of storage space. I use NX2 and process in raw and even print directly from raw. I only convert to jpeg those shots I want to send to someone or upload to a website.
I have the D300 so I started by just using all of the same settings that I had found to work on the D300. By default, I shoot in P mode to eliminate the chance of my own errors. I use A or S when I want to achieve some effect.
I have the focus set to dynamic area/21 points. This has worked well on the D300 and seems to work here as well. I also have the exposure metering set to center focus.
I left the active D lighting to the default Auto mode which seems to be working well. I have the picture control set on Standard and I have modified that to boost the sharpening by one click and the same with the saturation. I also use Adobe color space. That's about it. Everything else, so far, is set on the default settings. You can see some of the photos I have been taking on my pbase gallery and which I have been sharing on another thread.
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