Nikon D2X SLR Review

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Menus, Custom Settings



Nikon Professional D2X

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, 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 D2X

Shooting Menu

    Shooting menu bank - Select active memory set: A,B,C,D
    Reset shooting menu - Reset entire shooting menu to default
    Active folder - Select the active image folder
    File naming - Create a prefix for image file names
    Image quality -
      NEF(Raw)+JPEG Fine
      NEF(Raw)+JPEG Normal
      NEF(Raw)+JPEG Basic
      NEF (Raw)
      TIFF (RGB)
      JPEG Fine
      JPEG Normal
      JPEG Basic
    Image size - 2288x2848 Large (12.2-megapixel), 3216x2136 Medium (6.8-megapixel), 2144x1424 Small (3.0-megapixel)
    High speed crop - Capture only cropped area of viewfinder at up to 8fps
    JPEG compression - Optimize compression for consistent file size or image quality




Nikon Professional D2X

Shooting Menu (cont.)

    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), Off - reduces image noise of high ISO exposures
    ISO - 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, 560, 800, plus HI-1 and HI-2
      1/2 EV step - 100, 140, 200, , 280, 400, 800, HI-1, HI-2
      1 EV step - 100, 200, 400, 800, HI-1, HI-2
    Image sharpening - Auto, Normal, Low, Medium low, Medium high, High, None
    Tone compensation - Auto, Normal, Less contrast, More contrast, Custom
    Color space - sRGB or Adobe RGB




Nikon Professional D2X

Shooting Menu (cont.)

    Color mode - I (sRGB) Portrait, II (Adobe RGB), III (sRGB) Nature/Landscape
    Hue adjustment - Adjust color hue -9° to +9° in 3° increments
    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 D2X

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 D2X

Custom Menu - Autofocus

    a1 AF-C mode priority - Capture whenever shutter release is pressed or only when focus is locked
    a2 AF-S Mode priority - Capture whenever shutter release is pressed or only when focus is locked
    a3 Group dynamic AF - Select how focus areas are grouped in Group Dynamic AF mode. Select grouping desired with multi-selector
    a4 Lock-On - Select immediate or delayed focus adjustment when distance changes abruptly
    a5 AF activation - Controls whether both the shutter release and the AF-ON buttons initiate autofocus or only when AF-ON is pressed
    a6 Focus area illumination - Controls whether the focus areas are illuminated in the viewfinder when active, and for how long
    a7 Focus area select - Select whether the focus area selection can be changed with "wrap around" from top to bottom, right to left, etc.
    a7 Vertical AF-ON - Determines what functions are assigned to the AF-ON button for vertical shooting




Nikon Professional D2X

Custom Menu - Metering/Exposure

    b1 ISO auto - If ON the camera will automatically adjust the ISO speed if the limits of the exposure system is exceeded in P, S or A mode.
    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. EV - 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
    b7 Fine tune exposure - Fine tune the exposure for each metering method +/-1EV in 1/6 EV steps




Nikon Professional D2X

Custom Menu - Timers/AE&AF Lock

    c1 AE Lock - Controls whether the exposure locks when the shutter release is half-pressed
    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 Off
    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 D2X

Custom Menu - Shooting/Display

    d1 Shooting speed - Determines the frame rate of Continuous Low-Speed shooting: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 fps
    d2 Maximum shots - The maximum number of shots that can be taken in a single burst in Continuous mode. It varies depending on the image quality selected and the use of High-speed crop:
      High-speed crop Off: JPEG 1-22, TIFF 1-16, Uncompressed NEF 1-17, Compressed NEF 1-17, Uncompressed NEF+JPEG 1-16, Compressed NEF+JPEG 1-16
      High-speed crop On: JPEG 1-35, TIFF 1-28, Uncompressed NEF 1-29, Compressed NEF 1-29, Uncompressed NEF+JPEG 1-28, Compressed NEF+JPEG 1-28
    d3 Exposure delay mode - Shutter release can be delayed until approx. 0.4s after the shutter release is pressed to help eliminate camera shake
    d4 File No. Seq. - Sequential file numbering options
    d5 Control panel/finder - Controls the information displayed in the viewfinder and rear data displays
    d6 Illumination - Illuminate data displays only with lamp switch or whenever any button is pressed.




Nikon Professional D2X

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, A or S mode: 1/60 to 30s
    e3 AA flash mode - Controls whether flash level is automatically adjusted for aperture when an external exposure meter is used with an SB-80DX or SB-28DX Speedlight (Note: With the SB-800, flash mode is chosen by the speedlight)
    e4 Modeling flash - Determines whether the SB-800 and SB-60 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 D2X

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, High-speed Crop
    f5 Command dials - Change the rotation direction of command dials, swap the function of main and sub command dials, change functions performed by command dials in playback mode
    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 D2X

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 EH-6 AC adaptor is connected)
    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
    Voice memo - Options for the voice memo recording feature
    Voice memo overwrite - Enables re-recording of a voice memo
    Voice memo button - Controls operation of the Microphone button
    Audio output - Output audio via internal speaker or via A-V cable
    USB - Select PTP or Mass Storage USB mode
    Dust Off ref photo - Capture a photo to be used with Capture 4.0's Dust Off feature
    Battery info - Display the battery info screen
    Wireless LAN - Setup the wireless options when using the WT-1 or WT-2 transmitter
    Firmware Version - Display the camera's firmware version information




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