Nikon D-SLR

camera settings: Nikon D700

December 31, 2008

The Nikon D700 has the same remarkable image quality that the Nikon D3 has, but in a smaller more affordable camera.  This makes sit an excellent alternative to the top-rated Nikon D3.  And of course the multitude of camera settings and custom settings make the D700 a camera which can be configured in a highly personal way, depending on your shooting style and needs.

Here is an overview of my preferences for the D700, and the settings that I changed immediately upon getting the camera out of the box.

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Nikon D700 : preview

July 25, 2008

hands-on preview: Nikon D700

Nikon D700 ..-. 1/125th @ f3.5 @ 32oo ISO.
[ click on the image to see a 100% crop ]

The Nikon D700 camera (B&H) and Nikon SB-900 speedlight (B&H), were released today, to my great anticipation. I expected to see D3 quality images in a body about the size of the D300, and accessibly priced for what it delivers.

This evening I drove in to Manhattan so I could roam around Times Square to test the low-light capabilities of this camera. This after all is what the D3 is renowned for, and the D700 promises to deliver the same image quality.  Outside Toys’R’Us, there was a line of Star Wars fans waiting for a pre-release party of the new Star Wars movie to start, and a few of them graciously posed for me – most impressively of all, a Darth Maul look-alike.  (I composed the photograph so that the ferris-wheel inside the shop radiates outward behind him to make for an even more striking portrait.)

The image you see there was taken with only the available light in Times Square.  And fair enough, the place is flooded at night with light from the numerous billboards – but I was able to get this image at 1/125th @ f3.5 .. which are ‘easy’ settings to use, but this was at an incredible 3200 ISO.  Click on the image to see a 100% crop of the area around his eyes to see the high-ISO noise performance.  This is from the straight-out-of-camera JPG.  I am impressed!

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The Nikon D300 (which superseded the highly-regarded D200), offers great image quality and offering many of the same features of the Nikon D3, but at a more affordable price - all of which will make the D300 a camera that many professional photographers will chose as their main camera.

Many of the custom settings of the D300 are the same as for the D200, but there are a few differences.  (eg, Auto ISO is now set in the Shooting Menu.)

Here are my preferences for the Custom Settings .. and why.

(And here’s the link if you’d like to order the D300 from B&H.)

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Nikon D80 custom settings

January 23, 2007

The D80 has 32 custom settings which allows this little camera to be set to your own preferences and needs – and this makes it a very flexible little beast.

This page details my preferences .. and why.

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The Nikon D200 has been described as the ‘D2x Lite’, because it has most of the best features of the awesome D2x and added a few new features into the mix. Therefore this page is similar to the page on the D2x custom settings.

Here are my preferences for the Custom Settings .. and why.

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If the Nikon D2H was an awesome camera, then the bigger brother, the Nikon D2x is simply stunning, offering amazing picture quality. The controls and functions between the two cameras are virtually the same, and the D2x offers the same myriad of options that the photographer can set according to their own style and needs.
Here are my preferences for the D2x Custom Settings .. and why.

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The following is a review that a fellow wedding photographer, John Michael Cooper, posted on the Digital Wedding Forum in March ’05. I’m re-posting it here with his kind permission, since I wanted his offbeat view and sense of humor to have a wider audience. He is definitely someone to watch, always delivering work that surprises and impresses. Anyway, here’s John Michael Cooper’s review of the D2x .. or as he would have it, his new BigBlackCamera …

Neil van Niekerk

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Nikon D70 custom settings

December 23, 2004

The 25 custom settings on the Nikon D70 enable this great little camera to be adapted to the photographer’s specific needs – which may change from situation to situation.

This page details my preferences .. and why.

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The D2H is an immediately impressive camera – extremely flexible, and offering a myriad of options that the photographer can set according to their own style and needs.

Here are my preferences for the Custom Settings .. and why.

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Nikon D100 custom settings

January 23, 2003

The various settings and custom settings on the Nikon D100 make it a very flexible and versatile little machine, with many photographers changing the Custom Settings to suit their own style and needs.

Here are my preferences .. and why.

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