I have come from a D200 to the 700 and am familiar with the Menu Bank system.
With the D200, the current bank for both the Shooting and the Custom menus is displayed on the Control Panel.
However, this is not showing up on the D700.
Is this because I need to "switch them on" or is it that they are never shown?
Any way around it or was it judged to be a feature not used by enough users and has been deleted by Mr Nikon?
#1. "RE: Display currnet Menu Bank" | In response to Reply # 0hqasem Registered since 30th Sep 2006Tue 23-Sep-08 10:41 AM
That's correct. The D700 Control panel (aka top LCD) does not show the Shooting Menu and Custom Setting banks like it did for the D200 and D300.
Having used all 3 cameras, it bothered me initially, until I learned to use the "Info" button instead. The Info button is great, because pushing twice allows me to change my Shooting Menu and Custom Settings banks with my right thumb alone.
I also set Custom setting "f1" which makes the Power Mode LCD Illuminator switch turns on the Shooting Information Display.
IMHO, I believe it was removed because of many reasons:
* Many believe the Control panel (top LCD) is a legacy remnant of the film days. DSLR allows you to view Shooting info on the rear LCD instead, so why bother with the top LCD?
* The D700 is significantly narrower than the D300. Not sure if the space was needed for the larger sensor.
* Enough people complained to Nikon that the AF sensor indicator on the D300 top LCD always shows the center sensor or group, regardless of which are actually selected. This is contrary to all Nikon AF cameras up to the D300.
Anyway, they're just guesses. I took me 1 day to get used to it.