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Photography - Settings - Nikon D70 Chart

BEGINNER SETTINGS

After wadding through the Nikon's D70 User Manual and Thom Hogan's Complete Guide to the Nikon D70, I have concluded that the following settings are the only changes that I must make to the default settings when using a Nikkor 12 - 24 lens and Ikelite DS 125 strobes.

Camera Body Settings

Set each of the following settings to the value shown. That way you will be sure the camera is set up properly. And, as a bonus you will become more familiar with your camera.

Note 1: Before setting the camera to these settings, reset all camera settings to their default values per pages 111 and 136 of the users manual. By so doing you can avoid being ambushed by an errant setting.

Note 2: A number of the following camera body settings can also be set in the rear LCD menus listed under Intermediate User Settings. But for now, to keep things simple and to avoid accidentally changing other rear LCD menu settings, use the camera body setting approach.

  • Mode Dial - Manual (pg. 3) NOTE
  • Main (rear) Command Dial - Speed 1/100 Sec. (pg. 5) NOTE
  • Sub (front)  Command Dial - F Stop 8.0 to F 11.00 (pg. 4) NOTE
  • ISO - 400 (pg. 47 NOTE
  • Image Quality - RAW (pg. 42) NOTE
  • Motor Drive - Single Frame (pg. 63)  NOTE
  • Flash Sync Mode - Front Curtain Sync (pg. 98NOTE
  • Exposure Metering Mode - Center Weighted (pg. 75)  NOTE
  • Focus Area - Central Sensor (pg. 66)  NOTE
  • Viewfinder Diopter Adjustment Lever - Personal (pg. 27NOTE
  • Focus Mode Selector Switch - AF (pg. 4)  NOTE
  • Speedlight Lock Release Button - Tape Flash (pg. 4) NOTE

Lens Body Settings

  • Nikkor 12 - 24 - M/A

Ikelite Strobe Settings

  • No iTTL Controller With Sync Cord Attached - Set Strobe to 1/2 Power NOTE
  • With iTTL Controller for TTL or Manual Control - Set Strobe to TTL NOTE

INTERMEDIATE USER SETTINGS

If you are a beginner, you can safely ignore these settings if you followed all of the recommendations listed above in the section titled Beginner Settings.

The following is a list of the rear LCD menu settings available from the LCD including recommendations for optional settings to better suit the camera for underwater use.

Legend

  • Bold Black = Default
  • Bold Red = Recommended

 

Camera Setup Menu

  • Folders - Manage (Optional)
    • Select Folder
    • New
    • Rename
    • Delete
  • File # Sequence
    • Off (Duplicate File #s)
    • On
  • Reset
  • Format Card - (Optional)
  • CSM Menu
    • Simple (Need Details)
    • Detailed
  • Date & Time - Set
  • LCD Brightness
    • -1 (All That's Needed)
  • Mirror Lock-up
    • Yes
    • No
  • Video Mode
    • NTSC
    • PAL
  • Language - Set
  • Image Comment - Set (Optional)
  • USB
    • M Mass Storage
    • P PTP
  • Dust Ref. Photo
    • Yes
    • No
  • Firmware Version Display
    • A 1.01
    • B 1.02
    • Done
  • Image Rotation
    • Automatic
    • Off NOTE

Camera Shooting Menu

  •  Optimize Image
    • Normal NOTE
    • .
    • .
    • Custom
  • Long Exposure NR
    • Off
    • On
  • Image Quality
    • RAW NOTE
    • JPEG - Fine
    • JPEG - Normal
    • JPEG - Basic
    • RAW + Basic JPEG
  • Image Size
    • N/A with RAW
  • White Balance NOTE
    • Auto
    • .
    • .
    • Flash
  • ISO
    • 200
    • 400 NOTE
    • .
    • 1600

Camera Custom Settings Menu

   Simple Menu Items 0 - 9

  • 0. Menu Reset
    • No
    • Reset (Just Custom Settings)
  • 1. Beep
    • On (Annoying)
    • Off
  • 2. Autofocus
    • AF-Single Servo (Focus Priority) NOTE
    • AF-Continuous Servo (Release Priority)
  • 3. AF-Area Mode
    • Single Area
    • Dynamic Area
    • Closest Subject
  • 4. AF-Assist Light
    • On (Doesn't Help)
    • Off
  • 5. ISO Auto
    • Off
    • On
  • 6. No CF Card?
    • Release Lock
    • Enable Release
  • 7. Image Review
    • On
    • Off
  • 8. Grid Display
    • Off
    • On
  • 9. EV Step
    • 1/3 Step
    • 1/2 Step

   Detailed Menu Items 10 - 25

  • 10. Exposure Compensation
    • Off
    • On
  • 11. Center Weighted Metering
    • 6 mm
    • 8 mm
    • .
    • .
    • 12 mm
  • 12. Auto Bracketing Settings
    • AE & Flash
    • AE Only
    • Flash Only
    • WB Bracketing
  • 13. Auto Bracketing Order
    • MTR>Under>Over
    • Under>MTR>Over
  • 14. Command Dial
    • No
    • Yes
  • 15. AE & AF Locks
    • AE/AF Lock
    • AE Lock Only
    • AF Lock Only
    • AE Lock & Hold
    • AF-On
    • FV Lock
  • 16. AE Lock
    • AE-L Button
    • +Release Button
  • 17. Focus Area
    • No Wrap (Confusing)
    • Wrap
  • 18. AF Area Illumination
    • Auto
    • Off
    • On
  • 19. Flash Mode - Internal
    • TTL
    • Manual
    • Comander Mode
  • 20 Flash Needed Signal
    • On - Annoying
    • Off
  • 21. Shutter Speed
    • 1/60
    • 1/30
    • 1/15
    • 1/8
    • 1/4
  • 22. Monitor Off
    • 10 Sec. (Battery Life)
    • 20 Sec.
    • 1 Min.
    • 5 Min.
    • 10 Min.
  • 23. Exposure Meter Off
    • 4 sec.
    • 6 sec.
    • 8 Sec.
    • 16 Sec.
    • 30 minutes
  • 24. Self Timer
    • N/A
  • 25. Remote
    • N/A

Camera Playback Menu

  • Delete
    • Selected
    • All
  • Playback Folder
    • Current
    • All
  • Rotate Tall
  • Slide Show
    • Start
    • Frame Interval
  • Hide Image
  • Print
    • Select/Set
    • Deselect All?

 

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