Just took delivery of my D800E. I changed the start of the image file name to DVH, but I also want the four digit number to start at 5000 to avoid having the same numbers as my D7000 files. Is this possible? -
John Wheeler from NAPP's forum had an innovative solution.
"There's a pretty easy way to do that. Let's say your pics are named with the format IMGxxxx.nef. And you want your first picture to be IMG1234.nef. Take one picture, get the SD in your computer and rename it to IMG1233.nef. Next in your camera go in custom setting d7 "File number sequence", choose reset, then put the setting back to on. Put the SD card back in your camera, and the camera will start the sequence from the highest picture it finds, so the next picture you'll take will be IMG1234.nef."
If this doesn't work, the post processing ideas you provided will work. Thanks for the responses/ideas. - Dennis
I currently work with two D700 bodies and a new D800 body. To keep images easily separated, I renamed the files in my oldest D700 A01_XXXX; my other D700 has files named B01_XXXX. This morning I will set my new D800 up as C01XXXX. Of course, the four "Xs" are the file numbers your camera creates. As I approach 9999, I simply update the first three characters. I have shot about 37,000 images on my oldest D700 -- thus its latest file is named A04_7000. When it approaches A04_9999, I'll change the prefix again -- to A05. I doubt if the camera bodies or I, will outlive this system! My Nex camera body will produce files labeled D01_XXXX, and so on. Make sense?
Dennis -- Your reply reminded me of one other reason I name files this way. I went from a D1X, to a single D100, to a single D200, then a single D700. I frankly didn't think I would have two or more bodies until after I retired from government work and started shooting more professional stuff. One day as I was in the middle of the Mississippi River shooting a tow boat for several hours for a barge company, while $15 million dollars of cargo lay waiting tied up to the shore, it suddenly dawned on me that this would be my first and LAST job for them if my relatively new D700 crapped out. So the next day I ordered a second D700 body. I didn't need to differentiate between images shot with more than one body until then, but this allows me to quickly identify where a problem lies if one crops up and prevents identical file numbers from cropping up accidentally. You just never know when you are going to decide you need to add a 2nd or 3rd body. This ensures you are ready. You can put your initials, your name or your copyright in the comments area.