Managing Settings..

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gbbiv
gbbiv Senior Member • Posts: 2,330
Managing Settings..

I'm new to Z and getting ready for a trip and trying to get my new_to_me Z7 setup for some different shooting situations.  I'm a long time Olympus user from the 4/3rds days and shot with a D750 for a while but when using that didn't have much time to devote to learning all the ins and outs.  Hoping to use the new Z a bit more.

Is there a way to Upload/Download settings from  PC or iDevice?  What about actually being able to go through all the menu settings and make selections from the PC?

Is there an exploded view in a spreadsheet where you could mark things up and take notes?

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beatboxa Senior Member • Posts: 6,657
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gbbiv wrote:

I'm new to Z and getting ready for a trip and trying to get my new_to_me Z7 setup for some different shooting situations. I'm a long time Olympus user from the 4/3rds days and shot with a D750 for a while but when using that didn't have much time to devote to learning all the ins and outs. Hoping to use the new Z a bit more.

Is there a way to Upload/Download settings from PC or iDevice? What about actually being able to go through all the menu settings and make selections from the PC?

Is there an exploded view in a spreadsheet where you could mark things up and take notes?

How many shooting situations do you need?

The Z7 has 3 user modes that save all your settings in-camera: U1/U2/U3. These can be accessed via the dial, and the settings can be written to them through the menus.  These are in addition to your last used settings in P,A,S, or M modes.  And remember that you can set your photo & video settings separately.

In addition, you can save your settings to the XQD card.

I am not aware of a way to modify the settings on the computer though. But then again, I've never had the need to do so.

gbbiv
OP gbbiv Senior Member • Posts: 2,330
Re: Managing Settings..

beatboxa wrote:

gbbiv wrote:

I'm new to Z and getting ready for a trip and trying to get my new_to_me Z7 setup for some different shooting situations. I'm a long time Olympus user from the 4/3rds days and shot with a D750 for a while but when using that didn't have much time to devote to learning all the ins and outs. Hoping to use the new Z a bit more.

Is there a way to Upload/Download settings from PC or iDevice? What about actually being able to go through all the menu settings and make selections from the PC?

Is there an exploded view in a spreadsheet where you could mark things up and take notes?

How many shooting situations do you need?

Not looking for more than the 3 sets of settings that the camera offers... just looking for ways to organize and remember and learn about options that isn't poking through menus.

SaltyPeanut
SaltyPeanut Senior Member • Posts: 1,376
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gbbiv wrote:

beatboxa wrote:

gbbiv wrote:

I'm new to Z and getting ready for a trip and trying to get my new_to_me Z7 setup for some different shooting situations. I'm a long time Olympus user from the 4/3rds days and shot with a D750 for a while but when using that didn't have much time to devote to learning all the ins and outs. Hoping to use the new Z a bit more.

Is there a way to Upload/Download settings from PC or iDevice? What about actually being able to go through all the menu settings and make selections from the PC?

Is there an exploded view in a spreadsheet where you could mark things up and take notes?

How many shooting situations do you need?

Not looking for more than the 3 sets of settings that the camera offers... just looking for ways to organize and remember and learn about options that isn't poking through menus.

The ol'pen and paper you can use the manual and then list common options for all, and differences between U1, 2 and 3 on paper, then go into the camera and start to make the selections and save each one...? I think that's how I did it, using Thom's manual...

Also remember that you can actually save 4 groups of settings: U1, 2, 3 and the MASP (collectively). The camera remembers the settings in the MASP group just like one of the U modes.

Note not all settings can be saved to a U mode, and some cannot be changed once saved, i.e. if you set U1 to Aperture mode, you can't change it to Manual after and re-save (within U1 mode), you would need to overwrite by leaving U1 and going into Manual in the MASP area, copy the other settings over then save them all back to U1. Bit of a pain.

If there is something you shoot using more than one mode, say sometimes in Aperture mode sometimes in Manual mode, I would save those settings to the MASP group, so you can change modes as needed, OR you can save those settings twice, using up two U modes, one for them in Manual, and one for them in Aperture, so a quick swap between U1 and U2 would do the same as between M and A. Some save the same settings with and without something like flash or bracketing turned on, to save time swapping between the two. Get creative.

You can also save different i menu options and control button assignments between MASP and the U modes, but items in the my menu remain the same for all.

Know that when you are saving something to a U mode under Aperture mode, the camera also remembers the aperture of the lens at the moment you save it, so save whichever aperture you want to have as a starting point (if you always shoot wide open, don't save while in f8 - you'll go nuts). I believe this also applies to shutter speed and possibly iso if saving a Manual mode, or shutter in S mode, don't recall.

Other settings, like single vs burst mode, cannot be saved at all and will reset on shutdown I believe (someone correct me if wrong).

Aside from the couple of nuances described above, there is a lot of flexibility and convenience between MASP and the 3 U modes, once you learn what can and cannot be saved, and plan accordingly.

Remember that in the custom settings menus, the camera adds an asterisks next to each line item that has been changed from default, so if you forget whether or not you changed something, look for that asterisks.

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gbbiv
OP gbbiv Senior Member • Posts: 2,330
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Very helpful info!!!!  Thanks, really appreciate it.

jch2103B Contributing Member • Posts: 556
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SaltyPeanut wrote:

The ol'pen and paper you can use the manual and then list common options for all, and differences between U1, 2 and 3 on paper, then go into the camera and start to make the selections and save each one...? I think that's how I did it, using Thom's manual...

A number of us have also done this. Thom's book is an excellent resource that nicely lays out the options (w/ recommendations). It's a very good place to start.

It would be nice to be able to review/change settings on a computer. Maybe Nikon will consider this some time...

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jthomas39 Regular Member • Posts: 253
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Quick access to selected settings via My Menu

There's some menu selections that I have trouble finding. I'm looking for them in the wrong section. (If I use it enough I finally remember where they are.)

I added these to my "My Menu" selections, along with some others that I occasionally change while out shooting. Then I set the red video recording button to be My Menu. (Set control buttons in Custom Setting --> f Controls.)

It's convenient to have this list of around a dozen settings that I change in certain situations.   I've got low light settings, battery status, wifi/airplane mode, etc, in here.

gbbiv
OP gbbiv Senior Member • Posts: 2,330
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Nice!  I like that quick jump to My Menu, that’s another thing to work out... what buttons to re-purpose.

SaltyPeanut
SaltyPeanut Senior Member • Posts: 1,376
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jthomas39 wrote:

Quick access to selected settings via My Menu

There's some menu selections that I have trouble finding. I'm looking for them in the wrong section. (If I use it enough I finally remember where they are.)

I added these to my "My Menu" selections, along with some others that I occasionally change while out shooting. Then I set the red video recording button to be My Menu. (Set control buttons in Custom Setting --> f Controls.)

It's convenient to have this list of around a dozen settings that I change in certain situations. I've got low light settings, battery status, wifi/airplane mode, etc, in here.

I also like having quick access to my menu but did not want to lose a button assigned for it.

Easy solution - the camera remembers the top level menu that you were in last and goes there the next time you hit the menu button, so what I do before a session is I simply go into my menu and voila, any time I hit the menu button it goes into my menu. If I need to menu dive during a session I always finish by going into my menu in order to have it accessible via the menu button, I don't even think about it anymore, I just do it instinctively. Not the best solution but works well for me because I have the camera set up so I hardly need to menu dive during a shoot, and thus don't lose some other button for it, I just use the menu button itself.

I usually like to set the movie rec button for metering or bracketing.

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SaltyPeanut
SaltyPeanut Senior Member • Posts: 1,376
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gbbiv wrote:

Nice! I like that quick jump to My Menu, that’s another thing to work out... what buttons to re-purpose.

Ps: on the pen and paper...I cheated and just printed out the tables for i menu and button assignments in both Thom's and the Nikon menu, then sort of circled / highlighted my selections per U / MASP mode...

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