DSLR Settings

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D800E

to come

D810

Body settings:

  1. Focus-Mode Selector: M
  2. Release Mode Dial: S
  3. Mode: M

Menu settings:

  1. Reset all settings by pressing QUAL and +/- Exposure Compensation buttons
  2. Turn camera off and back on
  3. Playback menu: Image review: Off
  4. Shooting menu: Primary slot selection: CF card slot
  5. Shooting menu: Secondary slot function: Overflow
  6. Shooting menu: Image quality: NEF (RAW)
  7. Shooting menu: NEF (RAW recording): Image size: Large
  8. Shooting menu: NEF (RAW recording): NEF (RAW) compression: Lossless compressed
  9. Shooting menu: NEF (RAW recording): NEF (RAW) bit depth: 14-bit
  10. Shooting menu: Image area: Choose image area: FX (36x24) 1.0x
  11. Shooting menu: White balance: Direct sunlight
  12. Shooting menu: Set Picture Control: Standard
  13. Shooting menu: Color space: sRGB
  14. Shooting menu: Active D-Lighting: Off
  15. Shooting menu: Vignette control: Off
  16. Shooting menu: Long exposure NR: Off
  17. Shooting menu: High ISO NR: Off
  18. Shooting menu: ISO sensitivity settings: 3200
  19. Setup menu: Time zone and date: Time zone: UTC 0
  20. Setup menu: Time zone and date: Date and time: UTC date and time to within a second
  21. Setup menu: Time zone and date: Date format: Y/M/D
  22. Setup menu: Auto image rotation: Off
  23. Turn camera off and back on

D850 (for astro use)

  1. Press menu button to bring up the menu
  2. Wrench menu: reset all settings (bottom of wrench menu, OK button has to be used to confirm)
  3. Turn camera off
  4. Turn camera back on
  5. Camera menu: Image quality: NEF (RAW)
  6. Camera menu: ISO sensitivity settings: 3200
  7. Camera menu: White balance: Direct sunlight
  8. Camera menu: High ISO NR: Off
  9. Camera menu: Vignette control: Off
  10. Wrench menu: Time zone and date: UTC
    1. Time zone: UTC 0
    2. Date and time: set date and time to UTC date and time to within a second
    3. Date format: Year/Month/Day
    4. Press left on joypad or menu button to go back to wrench menu
  11. Hold mode button (left hand dial) and scroll with right thumbwheel to M(manual) mode
  12. Scroll right thumbwheel until shutter speed is set to 4"
  13. Flip focus mode switch (left hand side of lens mount, near bottom) to M(manual focus)
  14. Ensure drive mode is set to S (ring around left hand top dial, press small lock button in front of dial to unlock)
  15. Insert XQD card
  16. Format card:
    1. Hold left hand format button (bin button) and right hand format button (ISO button) until LCD flashes "For"
    2. Let go and press buttons simultaneously again to format card
    3. Green write activity LED should illuminate briefly