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D200: Use & Set up of Shooting Banks, and Custom Settings Banks

Stephen Fassman , Nov 01, 2006; 12:29 a.m.

Hi, How should the Shooting Banks, and Custom Settings Banks be set up and used? Having stepped up from using the Point & Shoot Curve exclusively as the default setting in my D70 (as you could only load /use 1 curve), to the D200 with 4 presets available, 1. How should the 4 Shooting banks be set?? (for example) ... A: Normal for NEF's & jpgs, B: Portrait for faces and bright contrasty scenes,, C: Vivid for those dull overcast days, D: ?? (some other custom settings available in the camera, or some custom tone curve that surpasses Nikons settings? 2. How are the Custom Settings Banks set up: (for example) ... A: SnapShot setting-P mode, Single Frame, Center Focus,+ whatever "other usual settings" are used most of the time?, B: A SPORTS SETTING to capture a team in action- S mode, Continuous Low Speed, Focus Tracking, group dynamic focus, auto iso (to maintain pre set shutter speed?), etc., C: ??, D:?? I presume that the Custom Setting Bank A should relate to Shooting Bank A, but the different custom setting banks can be used with any of the Shooting banks, though this would not work well? 3. Has anyone recc a Custom Curve to load as a Shooting Bank that is tweaked beyond what a user can set, or that can save the hours of experimenting necessary to find the optimum settings to correct some contrast/color/ dynamic range problem? 4. Do these D200 Banks replace the Specific Scene Settings that you can dial in on the D70? It's just that now the D200 user must set them? Thanks so much, Steve


Lilly W , Nov 01, 2006; 03:34 a.m.

A critical distinction must first be drawn as to which settings can or cannot be saved. Only those settings in the <Custom Setting Menu> (found under 'pencil' icon) can be saved.

ISO, RAW, JPEG, White Balance, etc. are all found under <Shooting Menu> ('camera' icon), the settings of which cannot be saved to a particular Bank and, therefore, remain a 'constant' as you move from one Bank to another.

<1. How should the 4 Shooting banks be set?> Taking into consideration the above, imagine your more common, yet different shooting scenarios and THEN consider which combination of <Custom Setting Menu> options serve each of those scenarios.

<2. How are the Custom Settings Banks set up...> The D200 arrives with default settings common to all four banks. The specific settings for each Bank are set-up (and should be labeled) by the user for the various scenarios you cited: A: SnapShot, B: Sports, etc.

There's much to learn about this helpful feature of Banks. To fully utilize and acquaint yourself with the finer points I refer you to the owner's manual.

Steven Abramson , Nov 01, 2006; 08:18 a.m.

I have a spreadsheet which does what you want, but I don't know how to get it posted.

Steve Abramson

BW Combs , Nov 01, 2006; 09:08 a.m.

It also depends upon what type of shooting you do to determine what presets you want.

The manual is a bit tough to wade through, but can be done. I recommend Thom Hogan's CD guide. www.bythom.com

He has a few templates you can use to duplicate settings that have worked well for me.

Joseph Smith , Nov 01, 2006; 04:38 p.m.

Only you can decide how to use them. It depends on what you shoot. I keep one set on camera defaults. I keep a second one set for my normal shooting settings. I keep the third for bird flight shooting and the fourth for flash shooting. Joe Smith

Avril Searle , Nov 02, 2006; 01:01 p.m.

Hi Try this url and hope it works.Transformed my shots. http://www.nikonians.org/dcforum/DCForumID202/17023.html#5

Avril Searle , Nov 02, 2006; 01:04 p.m.

I think this is the reference from Steve Abramson to which is referring.You can download spreadsheet from here.Brilliant.I have 4 banks all set up differently now.Good luck

Lilly W , Nov 03, 2006; 04:35 p.m.

I'd like to amend my initial response in paragraph 2.

Changes to ISO, RAW, JPEG, White Balance, etc. can be saved in <Custom Shooting Menu>. Therefore those settings do not remain a 'constant' from on Bank to another. There are essentially 8 different shooting banks; 4 in <Custom Setting Menu> and 4 in <Custom Shooting Menu>. Thus there are 16 different combinations of Banks.

The owner?s manual comes-up far short of offering a thorough explanation as to the proper use of saved and changed settings in the two different Banks and the 'Lock Menu' option.

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