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Menus (contd.)

The camera's custom settings are split into six alphabetical color coded categories, this makes it easier to remember a specific option and quicker to enter the custom settings menu at the correct position. You can still scroll through all custom settings options as one big menu if you wish. Note that on this menu an asterisk (*) next to a custom setting means that it has been changed to something other than the camera default. A green superscript one (¹) indicates the default setting.

The D700 is certainly one of the most customizable cameras we've held in our hands so far, even a tad more customizable than the D3. You now have the option to assign the 'Top item in MyMenus' to the FUNC, AE-L or Preview buttons, which effectively means that you can assign virtually any item that appears in the D700's menus to a hard button. This should certainly satisfy even the most exotic customization requirements.

Custom Settings Menu (a: Autofocus)

Option Values / Actions Notes
a1 AF-C priority selection  • Release ¹
 • Release + focus
 • Focus
Defines if camera must have focus lock before shutter release.
a2 AF-S priority selection  • Release
 • Focus ¹
Defines if focus lock is required before shutter release.
a3 Dynamic AF area  • 9 points ¹
 • 21 points
 • 51 points
 • 51 points (3D-tracking)
 
a4 Focus tracking with lock-on  • Long
 • Normal ¹
 • Short
 • Off
Controls how focusing is affected by subject distance changing and how quickly the system should react.
a5 AF activation  • Shutter / AF-ON ¹
 • AF-ON Only
 
a6 AF point illumination

 • Auto ¹
 • On
 • Off

 
a7 Focus point wrap-around  • Wrap
 • No wrap ¹
 
a8 AF point selection  • 51 points ¹
 • 11 points
 
a9 Built-in AF-assist illuminator  • On ¹
 • Off
 
a10 AF-ON for MB-D10  • AF-ON ¹
 • AE/AF-L lock
 • AE lock only
 • AE lock (reset on rel.)
 • AE lock (hold)
 • AF lock only
 • Same as FUNC. button
Customize the function of the AF-ON button on the vertical grip.

Custom Settings Menu (b: Metering / exposure)

Option Values / Actions Notes
b1 ISO sensitivity step value  • 1/3 step ¹
 • 1/2 step
 • 1 step
Set the steps used for selection of ISO sensitivity.
b2 EV steps for exposure ctl.  • 1/3 step ¹
 • 1/2 step
 • 1 step
 
b3 Exp comp/fine tune  • 1/3 step ¹
 • 1/2 step
 • 1 step
 
b4 Easy exposure compens.  • On (Auto reset)
 • On
 • Off ¹
Enables 'Easy Exposure Compensation' which can be accessed by turning a dial.
b5 Center weight area  • 8 mm
 • 12 mm ¹
 • 15 mm
 • 20 mm
 • Average
 
b6 Fine tune optimal exposure  • Yes
Matrix metering
Center-weighted
Spot metering
 • No ¹
Allows you to fine tune metered exposure values in the range of -1.0 EV to +1.0 EV in 1/6 EV steps.

Custom Settings Menu (c: Timers / AE Lock)

Option Values / Actions Notes
c1 Shutter-release butt. AE-L  • On
 • Off ¹
Define lock AE during shutter release half-press.
c2 Auto meter-off delay  • 4 s
 • 6 s ¹
 • 8 s
 • 16 s
 • 30 s
 • 1 min
 • 5 min
 • 10 min
 • 30 min
 • No Limit
 
c3 Self-timer delay  • 2 s
 • 5 s
 • 10 s ¹
 • 20 s
 
c4 Monitor off delay  • Playback
4 s
10 s
20 s ¹
1 m
5 m
10 m
 • Menus
 4 s
10 s
20 s
1 m
5 m ¹
10 m
 • Shooting info display
4 s
10 s ¹
20 s
1 m
5 m
10 m
 • Image review 
4 s ¹
10 s
20 s
1 m
5 m
10 m
 

Custom Settings Menu (d: Shooting / display)

Option Values / Actions Notes
d1 Beep

 • High ¹
 • Low
 • Off

 
d2 Viewfinder grid display  • On
 • Off ¹
 
d3 Screen tips  • On ¹
 • Off
Activates help comments in the quick settings display
d4 CL mode shooting speed

 • 7 fps
 • 6 fps
 • 5 fps
 • 4 fps
 • 3 fps ¹
 • 2 fps
 • 1 fps

Define shooting speed for the Continuous L drive mode.
d5 Max continuous release  • 1 - 100 Maximum shots in a burst.
d6 File Number Sequence  • On ¹
 • Off
 • Reset
 
d7 Shooting info display  • Auto ¹
 • Manual
Dark on light
Light on dark
Defines if shooting info display should automatically change color in dark
d8 LCD illumination  • On
 • Off ¹
When on any button will light the control panel.
d9 Exposure delay mode  • On
 • Off ¹
Shutter release is delayed 1.0 sec to avoid vibration.
d10 MB-D10 battery type  • LR6 (AA alkaline)
 • HR6 (AA Ni-MH)
 • FR6 (AA lithium)
 • ZR6 (AA Ni-Mn)
 
d10 Battery order  • Use MB-D10 batteries first
 • Use camera battery first
 

Custom Settings Menu (e: Bracketing / flash)

Option Values / Actions Notes
e1 Flash sync speed

 • 1/320 (Auto FP)
 • 1/250 (Auto FP)
 • 1/250 ¹
 • 1/200
 • 1/160
 • 1/125
 • 1/100
 • 1/80
 • 1/60

 
e2 Flash shutter speed  • 1/60 s ¹
 • 1/30 s
 • 1/15 s
 • 1/8 s
 • 1/4 s
 • 1/2 s
 • 1 s
 • 2 s
 • 4 s
 • 8 s
 • 15 s
 • 30 s
Slowest flash shutter speed.
e3 Flash cntrl for built-in flash

• TTL
• Manual
Full
1/1.3
1/1.7
1/2
1/2.5
1/3.2
1/4
1/5
1/6.4
1/8
1/10
1/13
1/16
1/20
1/25
1/32
1/40
1/50
1/64
1/80
1/100
1/128
• Repeating flash
Output
Times
Frequency
• Commander Mode
Mode
Comp.
Channel

Set the mode for the built-in flash.

Commander mode lets you choose a flash mode and flash compensation for the internal flash and flash groups A and B.













e4 Modeling flash  • On ¹
 • Off
DOF preview button.
e5 Auto bracketing set  • AE & Flash ¹
 • AE only
 • Flash only
 • WB bracketing
 
e6 Auto bracketing (Mode M)  • Flash / Speed ¹
 • Flash / Speed / Apt.
 • Flash / Aperture
 • Flash Only
 
e7 Bracketing order  • Meter > Under > Over ¹
 • Under > Meter > Over
 

Custom Settings Menu (f: Controls)

Option Values / Actions Notes
f1 LCD light switch  • LCD backlight
 • Both
LCD light switch can either only activate LCD illumination or LCD illumination and shooting information on the rear display.
f2 Multi selector center button

 • Shooting mode
Select cent. focus pt ¹
HL active focus point
Not Used
 • Playback mode
Thumbnail On/Off ¹
View histograms
Zoom On/Off
Choose folder

Multi selector center button function.
f3 Multi selector  • Reset meter-off delay
 • Do nothing ¹
 
f4 Photo info / playback  • Info <>, PB ^v
 • Info ^v, PB <> ¹
Multi selector role in single image playback.
f5 Assign FUNC button

 • FUNC button press
Preview
FV Lock
AE/AF lock
AE lock only
AE lock (reset on rel.)
AE lock (hold)
AF lock only
Flash off
Bracketing burst
Matrix metering
Center-weighted mtr.
Spot metering
Top item in My Menu
Live view
+ NEF (RAW)
None ¹
 • FUNC button + dials
Choose image area
Shutter spd & apt lock
1 step spd / aperture
Choose non-CPU lens
Auto bracketing ¹
Dynamic AF area
None

Define the function of the FUNC button (front of the camera below the DOF preview button), both a single press and a hold with dial turn.
f6 Assign preview button

 • Preview button press
Preview ¹
FV Lock
AE/AF lock
AE lock only
AE lock (reset on rel.)
AE lock (hold)
AF lock only
Flash off
Bracketing burst
Matrix metering
Center-weighted mtr.
Spot metering
Top item in My Menu
Live view
+ NEF (RAW)
None ¹

 • FUNC button + dials
Choose image area
Shutter spd & apt lock
1 step spd / aperture
Choose non-CPU lens
Auto bracketing ¹
Dynamic AF area
None

Define the function of the preview button (front of the camera above the FUNC button), both a single press and a hold with dial turn.
f7 Assign AE-L/AF-L button  • AE-L/AF-L button press
Preview
FV Lock
AE/AF lock ¹
AE lock only
AE lock (reset on rel.)
AE lock (hold)
AF lock only
AF-ON
Flash off
Bracketing burst
Matrix metering
Center-weighted mtr.
Spot metering
Virtual horizon
None
 • AE-L/AF-L button + dials
Choose image area
Choose non-CPU lens
None ¹
 
f8 Shutter spd & aperture lock Shutter speed lock
On
Off ¹
Aperture lock
On
Off ¹
 
f9 Customize command dials  • Reverse rotation
Yes
No ¹
 • Change main/sub
On
Off ¹
 • Aperture setting
Sub-command dial ¹
Aperture ring
 • Menus and playback
On
Off ¹
 
f10 Release button to use dial  • Yes
 • No ¹
 
f11 No memory card?  • Release locked
 • Enable release ¹
 
f12 Reverse indicators  • + ---- 0 ---- - ¹
 • - ---- 0 ---- +
 

 

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Total comments: 10
CDNPHOTO12

I Just Got A D700 For A Replacement For My D200, £854 With 3,000 Actuations. From WEX Photographic.

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driftnomore

@ zakk9:

what is it with telephoto long lenses,btw.

@chrisippus:

i guess that would be a good buy,with only under 1700 shutter count,lens and the battery grip. had it been here in my place,i'm gonna get it.

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zakk9

No problem with long telephoto lenses, and I expressed myself a bit clumsily. What I meant was that a crop sensor, like the one in the D300 (which I also have) gives more reach at the same pixel count. The D300/700 combination is very convenient, since the two cameras share more or less the same body and use the same CF cards, batteries and vertical grip.

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driftnomore

does anyone here know the shutter actuation of the d700? i'm considering buying a used one with 39,000 shutter count for 900 euros.is it a good buy for a 39k count?

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MusaOmar

I think they are rated for 150,000.. So 39k is not that bad. Just bought one with 38K for $1300

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Jamesbond6668

I've used this camera for many photo shoots for over 2 years and still have it as my backup camera. (My main one is the D4). If you don't care about video, this is the camera for you! Much better than the D600 and probably very similar to the D800 (though the D800 has way too large image files for most shooters.). The images from the D700 with the right Nikkor lenses will keep you very happy for many years! (I only switched to the D4 for it's low light ability and faster shooting speed.)

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Chrysippus

I have been looking for a replacement camera for my D40 and in my research discovered the D700. I can now get a used one in perfect condition with less than 1700 shots taken plus grip and lens (waiting to hear which lens) for 890 Euros. Would you say this is a better option than a Fuji X-E1 or Olympus OM-D E-M5 in terms of usability and image quality? I am looking for a camera to take stock photos with.

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zakk9

The D700 is an excellent camera if you don't need video or long telephoto lenses. It's particularly ideal if you want to use wide aperture primes and play with shallow depth of field. When it comes to image quality, it's a 5 year old camera, and many of the smaller sensors approach the once unique qualities of the D700 (I use a Panasonic GH3 in addition to the D700 myself). There are no obvious choices, and it mostly boils down to the user experience. Do you prefer an OVF or an EVF? Are you ok with a camera that is twice as heavy? The rational choices nowadays are probably a mirrorless camera, but the D700 is a classic. They are all good :)

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Lyndzihardy

I have just brought a D700, please can someone help with the mind field of lenses!! do I need FX lenses?
Thanks in advance

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Son Of Waldo

Excellent review!

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