Nikon D700 SLR Review

Menus, Custom Settings

Nikon D700

Here you can see the Live View function.

Nikon D700

Shooting Menu

    Shooting menu bank - Select active memory set: A,B,C,D. Banks can be renamed with up to 20 characters
    Reset shooting menu - Reset entire shooting menu to default
    Active folder - Select/create the active image folder
    File Naming - Create a prefix for image file names
    Image quality - NEF(RAW)+JPEG (Fine/Normal/Basic, JPEG (Fine/Normal/Basic), TIFF
    Image size - 4256x2832 Large, 3148x2120 Medium, 2128x1416 Small
    Image Area - Choose image area (FX, DX) and auto crop DX (on, off)
    JPEG compression - Optimize compression for consistent file size or optimal image quality
    NEF (Raw) recording - Choose Type (Lossless compressed, Compressed, Uncompressed) and Bit depth (12-bit or 14-bit)
    White balance - Auto, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Direct Sunlight, Flash, Cloudy, Shade, Choose color temp (2,500-10,000K), Preset manually
    Set picture control - Select from Picture Controls to instantly adjust image processing settings
    Manage picture control - Save and modify Picture Control combinations, or copy settings to and from the CF card
    Color Space - Select sRGB or Adobe RGB
    Active D-lighting - Auto, High, Normal, Low, Off (default)
    Vignette Control - High, Normal, Low, Off
    Long exp. NR - Off (default) or On (enabled when shutter speeds are 8 seconds or slower)
    High ISO NR - High, Normal (default), Low, Off
    ISO sensitivity settings - 200 - 6400 in 1/3 EV steps with LO (1, .7, .3) and HI (.3, .7, 1, 2)
    Live view - Choose the Live View mode, Hand-held or Tripod
    Multiple exposure - Create a single image from 2 to 10 exposures
    Interval timer shooting - Time-lapse recording options

Nikon D700

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:

    Timers/AE Lock

Nikon D700

Custom Menu - Autofocus

    a1 AF-C Priority Selection - Capture whenever shutter release is pressed (release priority) , only when focus is locked (focus priority) or when the camera in Not focused (release+focus priority)
    a2 AF-S Priority Selection - Capture whenever shutter release is pressed (release priority) or only when focus is locked (focus priority)
    a3 Dynamic AF Area - Choose 9-pints (default), 21 points, 51 points or 51 points 3D-trakcing
    a4 Focus Tracking with Lock-On - Select a long, normal, 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.
    a5 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.
    a6 AF Point Illumination - Controls whether the active focus areas are highlighted in red in the viewfinder
    a7 Focus Point Wrap-Around - Select whether the focus-point selection 'wrap around' from top to bottom, right to left, etc.
    a8 AF point selection - Choose 51 (default) or 11 points
    a9 Built-in AF-assist illuminator - Enables the built-in AF-assist illuminator for poorly lit subjects, or not
    a10 AF-ON Button for MB-D10 - Assigns one of several functions to the AF-ON button of the D700's optional MB-D10 battery pack

Custom Menu - Metering/Exposure
    b2 ISO Step Value - ISO increments in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps
    b3 EV steps for Exposure Cntrl - 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. - Controls weather the +/- button is needed to set exposure comp. (Reset On/Auto reset, On or Off)
    b6 Center weight area - Select diameter for the center-weighted metering circle: 8, 12, 15 or 20mm, or Average
    b7 Fine Tune Optimal Exposure - Fine tune the exposure for each metering method +/-1EV in 1/6 EV steps

Custom Menu - Timers/AE&AF Lock
    c1 Shutter-Release Button AE-L - Controls whether the exposure locks when the shutter release is half-pressed, or only when the AE-L/AF-L button is depressed
    c2 Auto meter-off delay - Controls how long the camera continues to meter the exposure when no operations are performed: 4 seconds - 30 minutes or No Limit
    c3 Self-timer delay - Length of self-timer delay: 2, 5, 10, 20s
    c4 Monitor off delay - Length of time the color LCD remains on when no operations are performed: 10s, 20s, 1m, 5m, 10m

Custom Menu - Shooting/Display
    d1 Beep - High, Low or Off volume of sound for self timer and AF-S focus
    d2 Viewfinder Grid Display - Turns on grid lines in viewfinder
    d3 Screen Tips - Enables viewfinder display quick settings display when selected
    d4 CL Mode Shooting Speed - Determines frame rate in Continuous-low speed mode, choose from values between 1 and 7fps (max 6fps without MB-D10 battery pack)
    d5 Max. Continuous Release - Maximum number of shots that can be taken in a single burst using continuous mode (1 - 100)
    d6 File No. Seq. - Sequential file numbering options (On, Off or Reset)
    d7 Shooting Info Display - Choose the color settings for the Shooting info display (Auto, manual)
    d8 LCD Illumination - Illuminate data displays only with lamp switch or whenever meter is active.
    d9 Exposure Delay Mode - Delay shutter release by about 1 sec to minimize camera shake caused by mirror slap
    d10 MB-D10 Battery Type - Specify AA battery type installed (LR6, HR6, FR6 or ZR6)
    d11 Battery Order - Use MB-D10 batteries first or the camera's battery first

Custom Menu - Bracketing/Flash
    e1 Flash sync speed - Select the flash sync speed: 1/320 to 1/60s (1/250 default)
    e2 Flash shutter speed - Determines slowest shutter speed with flash when in P or A mode: 1/60 to 30s
    e3 Flash Cntrl for Built-in Flash - 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 Bracketing set - Controls what settings are affected by AE Bracketing: AE & flash, AE only, Flash only, WB bracketing
    e6 Auto Bracketing (Mode M) - Controls what settings are affected when AE & flash or AE only is selected for CS e5 in manual mode: Flash/speed, Flash/speed/aperture, Flash/aperture, Flash only
    e7 Bracketing Order - Controls the order in which bracketing is performed: MTR>Under>Over, Under>MTR>Over

Custom Menu - Controls

    f1 LCD Backlight - Choose between turning on the Backlight or turning on the shooting information display
    f2 Multi Selector 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
    f3 Multi selector - Multi selector can be used to activate the exposure meters or initiate autofocus
    f4 PhotoInfo/Playback - Reverse the multi selector function in playback mode: Info (L-R)/Image (Up-Dn) or Info (Up-Dn)/Image (L-R)
    f5 Assign FUNC. Button - Controls the function performed by the FUNC button: Preview, FV lock, AE/AF Lock, AE lock only, AE Lock (reset), AE Lock (Hold), AF lock only, Flash off, Bracketing burst, Matrix metering, Center-weighted, Spot metering, None
    f6 Assign Preview Button - Choose the role of the depth-of-field preview button, either by itself of when used in combination with the command dials
    f7 Assign AE-L/AF-L Button - Choose the role of the AE-L/AF-L button, either by itself of when used in combination with the command dials
    f8 Shutter spd & aperture lock - Prevents accidental changing of settings
    f9 Customized command dials - Choose whether to reverse the rotation direction of the main and sub-command dials
    f10 Release Buttons to Use Dial - 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
    f11 No Memory Card? - Enable shutter release if no CF card is present
    f12 Reverse Indicators - Change the exposure indicators in the control panel, viewfinder shooting, and shooting information display From positive - negative (+0-) to negative - positive (-0+)

Nikon D700

Setup Menu

    Format memory card - Format the CF card
    LCD brightness - Adjust LCD back light +3 to -3
    Clean Image Sensor - Cleans the Low Pass Filter to remove dust and dirt particles
    Lock Mirror up for cleaning - Lock mirror up for cleaning the low-pass filter manually
    Video mode - Select video output format: NTSC or PAL
    HDMI - Select the HDMI format: Auto (camera selects appropriate format), 480p, 576p, 720p, 1080i)
    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
    Dust Off ref photo - Capture a photo to be used with Capture 4's Dust Off feature
    Battery info - Display the battery info screen
    Wireless transmitter - Adjust settings for connection to a wireless network when using the WT-4 transmitter
    Image authentication - On or Off
    Copyright Information - Enters the names of the artist and copyright holder
    Save/load settings - Save personal settings to the memory card
    GPS - Adjust settings for connection to a GPS unit
    Virtual Horizon - Shows when the camera is sitting level
    Non-CPU lens data - Specify lens data for non-CPU lenses to gain access to a variety of CPU functions
    AF fine tune - Fine-tune the focus for up to 12 lenses
    Firmware Version - Display the camera's current firmware version information

Nikon D700

The D700's My Menu can be used to create and edit a customized list of options for the playback, shooting, Custom Settings, setup, and retouch menus for quick access.

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