Dear Mr. McVey.....I'm sure you moaned "OH NO" when the D700 was announced.....BUT.....you've created a MONSTER with your spread sheets, along with a very loyal and enthusiastic fan base. Sooooo....when can we expect the D700 sheets? I'm only on page 178 of the 443 page user manual, and could use all the help I can get.
A photographer makes the picture....the gear only helps!
Well, it is a spreadsheet with all the custom settings of your body (Nikon's not yours ) which contains all the settings possible for the A B C D sets. I discovered it for the D200. It's a very well made spreadsheet and a hard work for the Nikonian who created it. The D200 spreadsheet cannot be used as is for the D700 but has to be customized. It's possible with a good knowledge of MS Excel and a lot of patience !
It would be tremendous help if you can create one for the D700, which isn't very different than the D300.
Now if you're ambitious, it would be great if you can have Excel transfer the settings automatically to my D700 (or read from the D700 into Excel). And while you're at it, replicate what Nikon Camera Control Pro can do.
Camera Control Pro provides for a method of loading a *.ncc file that was saved by any user of the software and it can be loaded into your camera if you have the software. There is a 30 day trial so you can load it without owing it. I posted a message earlier for anyone that is using the software.
I agree with you...much easier than a spreadsheet.
I also finished reading the D700 manual from front to back. Some of it was like the old saying "went in one ear & kept right on going out the other". I fact i even went to sleep in the chair reading one part of it. It gives you the foundation if you can remember it all. Then if something comes up you can ask yourself "geeee, was that covered in the manual"? I did find a Help-Aid though. When i got my D100 & D70 cameras several years ago, i saw a training video on eBay for the particular cameras. So after fumbling thru the manual I again went back to eBay. Low & Behold there was the same guy selling training videos on the D700. So i got one. The set was 2 Disks each 90 minutes long. Called "Nikon D700 Made easy", by Elite Video. I've gone over the set twice & it actually sank in. I learned a whole lot more about the D700. Most all he covered on the Disks were also in the manual - hidden between all those pages. Carl..
Thanks for your effort. In using the file, I have found a number of errors, mostly in the drop down lists, due to programing errors. for example in the size area and FX DX selections. Looking at the hidden rows and the Data Validation equations is helping a bit but my current knowledge of Excel is rusty and it is forcing me to update my knowledge of Excel. I have fixed some of them, but am still working on it. I would say the file is about 95% bug free. You must have spent a lot of time on it.
Hussam I will be traveling over the next few days, but I will try and put together a list of the things I have found so far. I would like to fix the image Size/Image area so that it would show the correct list depending on whether Dx is on or off, but have not put my head around that. Generally what I have found so far is in many of the lists, the total list shown in the hidden rows are not completely selected, so they don't show in the drop down list. I'll try and remember which ones I fixed already. A very nice job by you in any case.
>Thanks. Would you be more specific on the other errors (tab >name, row number, etc). I found the Image Size / Image Area >bug you were referring to. I just never use DX crop, that's >why I missed it. :) > >Thanks, > >--Hussam
Hi, thanks for the Excel. It is an excellent tool but also a bit frustrating to use because of the errors and because of the reason that it is protected.
- Shooting Menu does not allow you to change the bank names because of the protection - Custom Setting Menu/Preview button+dials does not have any selections and you cannot just type in the correct text because of the protection and verification
At least these two I found. There might be others but I left at this point...
Well, if protection is annoying you, feel free to fix it yourself. The password is obviously "D700" (without quotes).
The first point I have already fixed, but have not uploaded the Excel sheet anywhere - feel free to email for an update.
The 2nd item I'm unable to reproduce. Consider this, you must first assign the "Preview" button press before you can select from drop-down for "Preview button+dials". Okay, maybe it sucks, it's just that verification in Excel is very frustrating.
>Hi Matti, > >Well, if protection is annoying you, feel free to fix it >yourself. The password is obviously "D700" (without >quotes). > >The first point I have already fixed, but have not uploaded >the Excel sheet anywhere - feel free to email for an update. > >The 2nd item I'm unable to reproduce. Consider this, you must >first assign the "Preview" button press before you >can select from drop-down for "Preview >button+dials". Okay, maybe it sucks, it's just that >verification in Excel is very frustrating. > >Thanks for the comments. > >Hussam
I'd love to have an updated version of your spreadsheet, but I have been unable to find your email address.
I'm not sure I have followed the context of the entire thread but I know that your excel programming guide can be automatically loaded to any D700 from the Nikon software program 'camera control pro 2'. You can download a trial version (link below)
Hussam sent me the D700 spreadsheet in exchange for my promise to try to get it up on-line and available to all. I've given it a shot. If I've done my html homework correctly, you should be able to download and save it from here.
(I've put it on my eBay About Me page. I hope that's okay. It's the only unlimited access webpage I have!)size>
This is my first try, and I'm still quite a beginner, so there are bound to be mistakes. If you find any (in the webpage or in the spreadsheet itself), in particular broken links, etc., please send me a PM so that I can try to fix it.
I hope it works!!! And in the meantime, many, many thanks to Hussam for doing all the work.
Enjoy getting ready to shoot those fireworks!!!
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