Nikon D200 SLR Review

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Nikon D200 Professional





Menus, Custom Settings



Nikon Professional D200

Playback Menu

Delete - Delete images from CF card
Playback folder - Select the active playback image folder
Slide show - Start an automated slide show of the images in the current image folder
Hide image - Hide or reveal selected images
Print set - Enter DPOF printing information
Display mode - Select the playback display features: Shooting data, Histogram, Highlights, RGB Histogram, Focus area
Image review - Display image immediately after capture
After delete - Display next or previous image after deleting an image
Rotate tall - Automatically rotate portrait oriented images for display



Nikon Professional D200

Shooting Menu

    Shooting menu bank - Select active memory set: A,B,C,D. Banks can be renamed with up to 20 characters
    Menu Reset - Reset entire shooting menu to default
    Folders - Select/create the active image folder
    File Naming - Create a prefix for image file names
    Optimize Image - Optimize color, contrast, sharpness, saturation and hue, or black and white. Choose from presets of:
      Normal
      Softer
      Vivid
      More vivid
      Portrait
      Black-and-white
      or create your own Custom settings.
    Color Space - Select sRGB or Adobe RGB
    Image quality -
      NEF(RAW)+JPEG Fine
      NEF(RAW)+JPEG Normal
      NEF(RAW)+JPEG Basic
      NEF (RAW)
      JPEG Fine
      JPEG Normal
      JPEG Basic




Nikon Professional D200

Shooting Menu (cont.)

    Image size - 3872x2592 Large (10.0-megapixel), 2896x1944 Medium (5.6-megapixel), 1936x1296 Small (2.5-megapixel)
    JPEG compression - Optimize compression for consistent file size or optimal image quality Raw compression - Compressed NEF: On or Off
    White balance - Auto, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Direct Sunlight, Flash, Cloudy, Shade, Choose color temp (2,500-10,000K), Preset
    Long exposure NR - Off, On - reduced image noise in long exposures using dark frame subtraction
    High ISO NR - On (normal), On (high), On (low), Off - reduces image noise of high ISO exposures
    ISO Sensitivity - depends on Custom Setting b2 (ISO Step value 1 EV or 1/2 EV
      1/3 EV step - 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600 plus HI-0.3, HI-0.7 and HI-1
      1/2 EV step - 100, 140, 200, 280, 400, 560, 800, 1100, 1600, HI-0.5, HI-1
      1 EV step - 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, HI-1




Nikon Professional D200

Shooting Menu (cont.)

    Image Overlay - Create a new image by superimposing 2 RAW images
    Multiple exposure - Create a single image from 2 to 10 exposures
    Interval timer shooting - Time-lapse recording options
    Non-CPU lens data - Enter focal length and aperture of non-G/D type lenses




Nikon Professional D200

Custom settings allow the user to fine-tune a great number of camera settings and/or button functions to suit their particular needs. Up to four sets (A,B,C,D) can be created and quickly recalled using the Bank select option.

To make it easy to get to the settings you want, the Custom Menu is organized into six color-coded groups:

    Autofocus
    Metering/Exposure
    Timers/AE&AF Lock
    Shooting/Display
    Bracketing/Flash
    Controls




Nikon Professional D200

Custom Menu - Autofocus

    a1 AF-C Priority Selection - Capture whenever shutter release is pressed (release priority) or only when focus is locked (focus priority)
    a2 AF-S Priority Selection - Capture whenever shutter release is pressed (release priority) or only when focus is locked (focus priority)
    a3 Focus Area Frame - Choose Normal Frame (11 areas) or Wide Frame (7 areas) for wider focus areas when single-area af or dynamic area af is selected for AF-area mode.
    a4 Pattern Selection in Group Dynamic AF - Select focus area pattern (1 or 2) and whether the center area or area with the closest subject should be used for AF
    a5 Focus Tracking with Lock-On - Select a short, long or no delay in AF adjustment to sudden large changes in subject distance. Delay is useful when subject will pass behind an object, or an object may pass between the camera and subject.
    a6 AF Activation - Controls whether the AF is activated by both the shutter release button and AF-ON button, or only by the AF-ON button.
    a7 AF Area Illumination - Controls whether the active focus areas are highlighted in red in the viewfinder
    a8 Focus area select - Select whether the focus area selection can be changed with "wrap around" from top to bottom, right to left, etc.
    a9 Built-in AF-Assist Illuminator - Enables the built-in AF-assist illuminator for poorly lit subjects, or not
    a9 AF-ON Button for MB-D200Battery Pack - Assigns one of several functions to the AF-ON button of the D-200's optional battery pack




Nikon Professional D200

Custom Menu - Metering/Exposure

    b1 ISO auto - If ON the camera will automatically adjust the ISO speed up to the maximum specified to maintain the specified minimum shutter speed.
    b2 ISO Step Value - ISO increments in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps
    b3 EV step - Shutter speed, aperture and bracketing adjustment increment in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps
    b4 Exposure Comp/Fine Tune - Exposure compensation increments in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps
    b5 Easy exposure comp. - Change exposure comp. by holding +/- button down and rotating command dial or just rotating command dial
    b6 Center weight area - Select diameter for the center-weighted metering circle: 6, 8, 10 or 13mm, or Average
    b7 Fine tune exposure - Fine tune the exposure for each metering method +/-1EV in 1/6 EV steps




Nikon Professional D200

Custom Menu - Timers/AE&AF Lock

    c1 AE Lock - Controls whether the exposure locks when the shutter release is half-pressed, or only when the AE-L/AF-L button is depressed
    c2 AE-L/AF-L button - Controls the action of the AE-L/AF-L button
    c3 Auto meter-off delay - Controls how long the camera continues to meter the exposure when no operations are performed: 4, 6, 8, 16s or No Limit
    c4 Self-timer delay - Length of self-timer delay: 2, 5, 10, 20s
    c5 Monitor off delay - Length of time the color LCD remains on when no operations are performed: 10s, 20s, 1m, 5m, 10m




Nikon Professional D200

Custom Menu - Shooting/Display

    d1 Beep - High, Low or Off volume of sound for self timer and AF-S focus
    d2 Grid Display - Turns on grid lines in viewfinder d3 Viewfinder Warning - Enables viewfinder display of low battery, no memory card, or shooting in black warning
    d4 Shooting Speed - Determines frame rate in Continuous-low speed mode, 4, 3, 2, or 1 frame per second
    d5 Exposure Delay Mode - Delay shutter release by about .4 sec to minimize camera shake caused by mirror slap
    d6 File No. Seq. - Sequential file numbering options
    d7 Illumination - Illuminate data displays only with lamp switch or whenever meter is active.
    d8 MB-D200 Batteries - Specify AA battery type installed in MB-D200 battery pack, LR6, HR6, FR6 or ZR6.




Nikon Professional D200

Custom Menu - Bracketing/Flash

    e1 Flash sync speed - Select the flash sync speed: 1/250 to 1/60s
    e2 Flash shutter speed - Determines slowest shutter speed with flash when in P or A mode: 1/60 to 30s
    e3 Built-in flash mode - Controls built-in flash mode, TTL, Manual, Repeating flash or Commander mode (controls remote flash units)
    e4 Modeling flash - Determines whether the built-in and optional Speedlights emit a modeling flash when DOF button is pressed
    e5 Auto BKT set - Controls what settings are affected by AE Bracketing: AE & flash, AE only, Flash only, WB bracketing
    e6 Manual Mode Bracketing - Controls what settings are affected when AE & flash or AE only is selected for CS e5: Flash/speed, Flash/speed/aperture, Flash/aperture, Flash only
    e7 Auto BKT Order - Controls the order in which bracketing is performed: MTR>Under>Over, Under>MTR>Over
    e8 Auto BKT selection - Controls how bracketing is selected: Manual value select or Preset value select




Nikon Professional D200

Custom Menu - Controls

    f1 Center button - Determines what function is performed when the multi selector is pressed in the center:
      Shooting mode - Center AF area, Illuminate AF area, or not used
      Playback mode - Thumbnail on/off, Histogram on/off, Zoom on/off
    f2 Multi selector - Multi selector can be used to activate the exposure meters or initiate autofocus
    f3 PhotoInfo/Playback - Reverse the multi selector function in playback mode: Info (L-R)/Image (Up-Dn) or Info (Up-Dn)/Image (L-R)
    f4 FUNC. Button - Controls the function performed by the FUNC button: FV lock, FV lock/lens data, 1 stop speed/aperture, same as AE-L/AF-L, Flash off, Bracketing burst, Matrix metering, Center-weighted, Spot metering, Focus Area Frame selection (wide or normal)
    f5 Command dials - Change the rotation direction of command dials, swap the function of main and sub command dials, set aperture with sub-command dial or aperture ring, change functions performed by command dials in playback mode and menu navigation
    f6 Buttons and dials - Changes to settings that involve both a command dial and a button can be made so that the button does not need to be held down
    f7 No CF Card? - Enable shutter release if no CF card is present




Nikon Professional D200

Setup Menu

    Format - Format the CF card (FAT-16 and FAT-32 compatible)
    LCD brightness - Adjust LCD back light +2 to -2
    Mirror lock-up - Lock mirror up for cleaning the low-pass filter (only available when the EN-EL3 battery is fully charged)
    Video mode - Select video output format: NTSC or PAL
    World Time - Set the date, time, time zone, date format
    Language - Select the menu language
    Image comment - Enter a comment that will be embedded in the image information
    Auto image rotation - Auto rotates portrait mode images for proper video display
    Recent Settings - The D200 retains a memory of recent setting changes. The Recent Settings menu can be locked, preventing the addition or deletion of items, or the recent settings can be deleted.
    USB - Select PTP or Mass Storage USB mode
    Dust Off ref photo - Capture a photo to be used with Capture 4's Dust Off feature
    Battery info - Display the battery info screen
    Firmware Version - Display the camera's firmware version information




Nikon Professional D200

The D200 maintains a memory of changes in camera settings. The Recent Settings menu provides access to that memory, conveniently enabling you to undo or modify changes you've made without wading through the menu structure.





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