U1 and U2

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Dennis12345 Regular Member • Posts: 259
U1 and U2

I am curious about how those of us who own the 600/610 choose to set up our U1 and U2 modes. Is it  mostly  based on potential subjects, i.e. landscape vs. portrait, action vs. still, etc. Sometimes I wonder if I am getting the best of this feature and an informal poll would help.

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Rich Rosen Senior Member • Posts: 1,972
Re: U1 and U2

Dennis12345 wrote:

I am curious about how those of us who own the 600/610 choose to set up our U1 and U2 modes. Is it mostly based on potential subjects, i.e. landscape vs. portrait, action vs. still, etc. Sometimes I wonder if I am getting the best of this feature and an informal poll would help.

I've set U1 for aperture priority with AF set to S. I've set U2 to shutter priority with AF set to C. Still vs action.

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ata3001 Contributing Member • Posts: 605
Re: U1 and U2

U1 aperture priority with rear focus. U2 manual mode with rear focus.

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Clivegriff Senior Member • Posts: 1,643
Re: U1 and U2

I use U1 for sports settings and U2 for "Everyday" preferences.

Fred Mueller Senior Member • Posts: 2,476
Re: U1 and U2

U1 = "casual/family/low pressure" = JPG, Normal, Neutral (contrast lower, sharpening higher), AF-on, AF assigned to AF/AE lock button, AEL saagined to top function button, AF-C, release priority, 9pt, continuous hi, NR = High, ADL=High, auto ISO; 100 min, H.7 maz, vignetting control on, card assign = spillover

U2 - "with Flash for event work" = Raw (14 bit lossless)+JPG basic,FC = -1.7 ev rear sync, EV = -.7, "e4" set to decouple EV and FC comp, ISO = 400, no NR, no ADL, focus mechanix as above, card assign = mirror

everything else I just "mosh" in A priority most of the time ...

only wish there were a U3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10. !!! Then you'd have enough "pockets" to remember "where you were at" during specific instances

Alan Brown
Alan Brown Veteran Member • Posts: 4,729
Re: U1 and U2

Good post!

I set U1 to include a PC of my own to help cope with Very High contrast scenes

U2 is another of my own PCs (a modified version of Standard with a few tweaks for good contrasty vibrant jpgs (as Canons do) alonmg with P mode, so I can give the camera to mostly anyone and forget it.

I find them exceptionally useful. I didn't like the Banks version I set up in the previous Dxxx I had. but that's just me.

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wasserball Veteran Member • Posts: 3,457
I don't use it.

I like to determine the settings on locations, which depend on creativity rather than generalized subjects like portraits, sports, or landscape. Therefore, I don't use the U1 and U2.

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Alan Brown Veteran Member • Posts: 4,729
I suddenly feel 'un-creative and all my subjects are generalised'..

wasserball wrote:

I like to determine the settings on locations, which depend on creativity rather than generalized subjects like portraits, sports, or landscape. Therefore, I don't use the U1 and U2.

for using U1 and U2  

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JWReagan Regular Member • Posts: 183
Re: I suddenly feel 'un-creative and all my subjects are generalised'..

As well you should! You should be more creative and set your focus modes based on the location... we all know that creative aspect of photography is in the camera settings not composition and lighting.

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JWReagan Regular Member • Posts: 183
Re: U1 and U2

I use U1 and U2 for specific things, U1 low light action, U2 not low light action.

For everyday shooting I just choose a mode and change any settings I need to.

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mrjpack Contributing Member • Posts: 735
Re: U1 and U2

JWReagan wrote:

I use U1 and U2 for specific things, U1 low light action, U2 not low light action.

For everyday shooting I just choose a mode and change any settings I need to.

U1 is my sports set up focus on the back U2 is 14 bit aperture priority... Its quick & you can make changes form there if needed but a great place to start....

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JasonED Contributing Member • Posts: 942
Re: U1 and U2

I mostly use them when shooting wildlife.   U2 for things on the move / flying, U1 for stationary subjects.    This allows me to be carefully shooting something on the ground and then immediately switch to action mode.

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Alan Brown Veteran Member • Posts: 4,729
now I#m heading for

JWReagan wrote:

As well you should! You should be more creative and set your focus modes based on the location... we all know that creative aspect of photography is in the camera settings not composition and lighting.

the bottle!

.. well said ..composition/light beats resolution/sharpness/DR into fits every time.

you only have to look at some 2x2 print in a magazine or some 350x750 pixel image on a forum where you instantly go WOW, fabulous image to prove that.

and no, I'm not anti res/sharpness/dr.. they all help.

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ultimitsu Veteran Member • Posts: 6,623
Re: U1 and U2

Fred Mueller wrote:

only wish there were a U3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10. !!! Then you'd have enough "pockets" to remember "where you were at" during specific instances

I wish Nikon would release a firmware that allows you to customize P, Auto, Scene, and No-Flash modes to U modes. I never use any of these modes, might as well turn them into U modes.

EYeye Regular Member • Posts: 250
Re: U1 and U2

I use U1 as my "people who do not know cameras" setting. Most settings are same as my "normal" selection, but shutter both 1/2 press to focus/select exposure & shoot (usually I have set the AE-AL button for focus) and I use the full 39 focus points (usually I use single or D-9). Auto Flash is enabled and Auto ISO (limited to 100-3200). Camera selects aperture and shutter speed.

U2 is my "sunset" setting. My WB is skewed to emphasize red, orange, yellow. Auto ISO limited to 100-2000 to make sure noise is not present in the blues and greens. AF-C, release, S. Aperture f5.6 (I usually shoot on a tripod). Remote shutter release, mirror up/ timed to 2 seconds (for additional insurance against camera shake). Don't have camera with me at present, but I have some other settings aimed for this type of shot.

I am pleased to have these "banks". I have not done so, but I read that there is a way to "save" these to an SD card, and in effect have more than just 2 banks, but you'd have to "re-save" each time you want to use a particular bank.

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