Nikon D700 Review

 
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Nikon D700 Modes and Menus

Nikon D700 Exposure Modes

Like the D300 and D200 before it, the Nikon D700 doesn't have a mode dial, but instead has a mode button. The current exposure mode is displayed on the LCD and viewfinder and can be changed by pressing this button and rotating the main (rear) command dial. Available exposure modes are: P (Programmed Auto), S (Shutter Priority), A (Aperture Priority) or M (Manual). Like all pro and semi-pro Nikons, the D700 doesn't offer any scene modes.

Programmed Auto: Lets the camera control the shutter speed and aperture settings, although you can vary its choices by turning the Command dial (that is, you can increase or decrease the aperture the camera has chosen, and the camera will vary the shutter speed to maintain the same overall exposure value. Once you've chosen an offset in the aperture/shutter combination, the camera will continue to control the exposure automatically, while maintaining the aperture/shutter bias you've selected.) This ability to select a persistent bias for the exposure system is very useful, in many cases more so than conventional Aperture or Shutter Priority metering (see below). This is because the "tweaked" Program AE will track even radical changes in subject lighting, not being constrained to a single aperture or shutter speed.

Aperture Priority: Allows you to set the aperture value while the camera automatically selects the appropriate shutter speed. Available apertures will vary with the lens in use.

Shutter Speed Priority: Allows you to set the shutter speed value while the camera automatically selects the appropriate aperture. Shutter speeds range from 1/8,000 to 30 seconds in this mode.

Manual: Lets you select both the aperture value and shutter speed, and increases the shutter speed range to include a Bulb setting for exposures longer than 30 seconds.

 

Nikon D700 Menus

The menu system on the Nikon D700 follows that of the D300. Pressing the Menu button provides access to the camera's full menu system.

In the section below, rather than list and verbally describe each option, we'll present the top-level menu screens in the main text without comment, and provide links to pages showing most of D700 menu structure, page by page.

 

Nikon D700 Playback Menu

Nikon D700 full Playback menu layout
(note, large download for dialup users)



Nikon D700 Shooting Menu

Nikon D700 full Shooting menu layout
(note, large download for dialup users)



Nikon D700 Custom Settings Menu

Nikon D700 full Custom Settings menu layout
(note, large download for dialup users)



Nikon D700 Setup Menu

Nikon D700 full Setup menu layout
(note, large download for dialup users)



Nikon D700 "Retouch" Menu

Nikon D700 full "Retouch" menu layout
(note, large download for dialup users)



Nikon D700 "My Menu" Menu

Nikon D700 "My Menu" menu layout

 

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