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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Nikon D800/D800E configuration


A while back, Out There Images posted a sample configuration for the custom menu banks on a Nikon D800 (among other cameras). I used that as a starting point to create my own presets. I posted my settings along with a link to download the config here: http://photokaz.com/2013/02/nikon-d800-and-d800e-setup-and-configuration/

If anyone has a Nikon D800 or D800E, especially someone who recently picked one up, this may be useful for you.

If you have any comments or suggestions, please let me know.



Feb 09, 2013 at 09:20 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Nikon D800/D800E configuration


Added some info on how to quickly switch between the banks as apparently that wasn't clear.


Feb 11, 2013 at 04:18 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Nikon D800/D800E configuration


IME the recommendation for "3D" in AF mode for ACTION is a very poor choice as well as those a3 and a7 settings!
Nice of you to post, however...for those out there that may need some basic help starting to configure their D8's



Feb 13, 2013 at 11:58 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Nikon D800/D800E configuration


How do you set-up an instant 100% crop display function?


Feb 13, 2013 at 03:17 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Nikon D800/D800E configuration


Danner wrote:
How do you set-up an instant 100% crop display function?

f2
Playback Mode >
Zoom on/off >
Medium magnification
Ok



Feb 13, 2013 at 03:26 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Nikon D800/D800E configuration


Off topic, but has anyone had trouble with Sony SD cards? I have a new D800E and had a new Sony 64GB SD card that I threw in. Twice now I've gotten error messages saying the card is damaged. Reformat and works, but not feeling to confident with this card.


Feb 13, 2013 at 03:35 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Nikon D800/D800E configuration


trenchmonkey wrote:
f2
Playback Mode >
Zoom on/off >
Medium magnification
Ok



Big thank you!!!



Feb 13, 2013 at 03:38 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Nikon D800/D800E configuration


My pleasure, Bart....glad somebody appreciated me posting the solution.


Feb 13, 2013 at 05:13 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Nikon D800/D800E configuration


trenchmonkey wrote:
IME the recommendation for "3D" in AF mode for ACTION is a very poor choice as well as those a3 and a7 settings!
Nice of you to post, however...for those out there that may need some basic help starting to configure their D8's


Thanks for the feedback. I have found that 3D AF mode works relatively well for dogs running around in a fenced area. It's not the best setting for other types of action shooting, especially things that move faster (eg: BIF). AF settings are something I change often depending on the situation, but 3D does work well in connection with the focus tracking set to "long" (a3).

For a7, number of focus points set to 51 is not really a disadvantage over choosing 11. When using a dynamic area like 3D I find that I usually start with just the center point anyway, often locking it on that so it doesn't move except when it starts tracking. For my shooting style, this setting is actually irrelevant.



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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Nikon D800/D800E configuration


trenchmonkey wrote:
IME the recommendation for "3D" in AF mode for ACTION is a very poor choice


By the way, what would you use for action? For faster moving items, like birds I often choose AF-C, d9 or d21.



Feb 13, 2013 at 07:36 PM
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Yeah, AF-C 9 is gonna let the camera work faster....very small erratic birds, I may bump it to 21.
Proper settings are particularly critical when dealing with the paltry 4 fps in FX (5 in 1.2 and 6 in DX)
I shoot/instruct same: rodeo (team roping/barrel racing/roughstock) drags & BIF for a living. Keeper rates
are in direct proportion to the AF's speed/accuracy in good light. Under the lights you HAVE to use optimal
tweaks to make a living...can't stress this enough.



Feb 13, 2013 at 07:50 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Nikon D800/D800E configuration


trenchmonkey wrote:
f2
Playback Mode >
Zoom on/off >
Medium magnification
Ok


Thank you :-)



Feb 13, 2013 at 07:53 PM
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Dustoff06 wrote:
Off topic, but has anyone had trouble with Sony SD cards? I have a new D800E and had a new Sony 64GB SD card that I threw in. Twice now I've gotten error messages saying the card is damaged. Reformat and works, but not feeling to confident with this card.


I use Lexar in my D800 so no direct experience but that certainly doesn't sound good.



Feb 13, 2013 at 08:02 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Nikon D800/D800E configuration


trenchmonkey wrote:
My pleasure, Bart....glad somebody appreciated me posting the solution.


Unfortunately, it did not work for me. Default preview still displays graph and info.



Feb 14, 2013 at 01:38 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Nikon D800/D800E configuration


push down ONCE on the multiselector or 2x for blinkies too.
Both screens will allow for center button 100% view...try it!

Novel idea here: I usually read the manual (online) twice, before I EVER get the camera.



Feb 14, 2013 at 02:58 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Nikon D800/D800E configuration


Will thanks for the input, you use the camera alot and it is a real help to us who put in less hours. The old 4*5 and swings and tilts I had down but the new cameras have so many options that there is lots to figure out. Now I need to dust off the 300 f4 and 1.7 and go a birding. If you were closer Will I would buy you a beer. If you get to Oregon we can have a cold one waiting. I read the manual twice but seem to forget it three times


Feb 14, 2013 at 03:58 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Nikon D800/D800E configuration


trenchmonkey wrote:
Novel idea here: I usually read the manual (online) twice, before I EVER get the camera.


Same here, there was a wait for the D800 and I read the manual completely before it even arrived. I also bought Thom's book which is helpful because it gives recommendations not just a description of what each setting does.



Feb 14, 2013 at 06:06 PM





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