I'm curious if many D7000 owners are using the "My Menu" specialty menu in place of the "Recent Settings" menu.
I've just begun to explore the "My Menu" options, based on reading Darrell Young's "Mastering the Nikon D7000" book. It seems to me that the use of the "My Menu" menu somewhat overlaps the use of the U1 and U2 user settings.
I'm interested in seeing how others may be using the "My Menu" option for their cameras.
I agree. I U1 and U2 are very handy for storing starting points for specific needs - e.g. Personal portraits or birds in flight. One needs setting for subject that do not move much or fast, the other's flapping wings need a faster camera set. But then you want to change things for the shot your trying to capture. That's where MyMenu comes in.
I do a lot of long exposure photography at night and have the virtual horizon at the top of the list in my menu, next is the battery info. I am often on rough terrain, ie beaches and rocks and find quick access to the virtual horizon much faster than using the spirit vials on the tripod in the dark. My U1 and U2 setting are set up for quick access to the two styles of night shooting that I do.
U1 & U2 are static modes of shooting. You have already set in place features you prefer here.
My Menu allows you to 'lift the hood' of the Camera. It gives instant access to features you want, but also a direct route to menus buried three or four levels deep in Shooting or Custom, for instance. So, it is dynamic. For things you might need quickly.
Here's the roster in My Menu:
Virtual Horizon - on/off ViewFinder Gridlines - on-off Battery info E3, control for built-in flash (TTl, etc) Multiple Exposure (for bracketing)
Another cute trick (learned this from Steve Simon at the Nikonians D80/D90/D7000 workshop): program the Function button to take you to the top item on My Menu. From there, it's just a left-click on the thumbwheel to display all of the items on My Menu.
I've done this on my D90 -- really quick access to those often-used menu items.