Nikon D3 settings
The D3 was and still is a great camera with wonderful high ISO capability. Here are the settings I usually use.
Playback Folder- all
Display Mode- check highlight only
Image Review- off
After Delete- show next
Rotate Tall- off
File Naming- something that identifies you or the camera.
Slot 2- Varies depending on situation. All 3 options can be valid but I usually shoot overflow or backup.
Image Quality- Your choice JPG Fine or Raw preferred.
Image Size- Large
Image Area- Auto DX Crop on
JPEG Compression- Optimal
NEF Recording- 14-bit, lossless compressed.
White Balance- appropriate for your shooting situation.
Set Picture Control- Standard, with Saturation dialed down one increment for shoooting people. Vivid for shooting landscapes.
Color Space- AdobeRGB. sRGB if large amounts of prints from commercial lab are to be made.
Active D-Lighting- Off unless needed.
Vignette Control- off, except with 70-200mm, then on.
Long Exp NR- Off unless needed shooting in contrasty situations. Then low or normal.
High ISO NR- Normal
ISO Sensitivity- As low as practical. Excellent quality achievable up to 4000. Usable up to 6400.
Live view mode- handheld
Multiple exposure- off
Interval timer shooting- off
Video Mode- NTSC
Image Comment-on add your name here
Auto Image Rotation-on
Voice Memo- manual
Voice Memo Overwrite- off
Voice Memo Button- press and hold
Audio Output- via speaker
Copyright information- Input your name and copyright date.
Firmware Version- check nikonusa.com for current firmware.
RETOUCH MENU- use to your heart’s content.
MY MENU- set up the menu items you use the most. These are the items in my, my menu.
Set Picture Control
Shooting Info Display
CUSTOM SETTINGS MENU
AF-C Priority- Release
AF-S Priority- Focus
Dynamic AF Area-51
Focus Tracking with lock-on-normal
AF Activation-off (AF-on only)
Focus point illumination-on/on/ normal
Focus point wrap around-off
AF point selection-AF51
AF-On button- af on
ISO step value- 1/3
EV steps- 1/3
EV comp/fine tune- 1/3
Easy expsoure com.- off
Center-weighted area- 12mm
Fine tune optimal exposure-no
Shutter release AE-L-off
Auto meter off- 8secs
Self-timer delay- 10secs
Monitor off delay- 20 secs
Shooting speed- high 9fps, low 4fps
Max continuous release- 130
File Number Sequence- ON!
Control panel/viewfinder- rear control iso, viewfinder frame count
Shooting info display- Auto
Exposure delay mode- off
Flash sync speed -1/250 auto fp
Flash shutter speed- 1/30
Modeling Flash- off
Auto Bracketin Set- AE
Auto Bracketing Mode M- flash/speed
Bracketing order- under>mtr>over
Multi selector center button- shooting mode:select center focus point. Playback mode- zoom on/off medium magnification.
Multi selector-off do nothing
Photo info/playback- off, info up/down, playback left/right
Assign Function Button- Func button press-spot metering. Func button+dials-choose image area.
Assign Preview Button- Preview button press-virtual horizon. Preview+command-none.
Assign AE-L/AF-L- AE-L/AF-L button-AE/AF lock. AE-L/AF-L+command dials- none.
Customize Command dials- reverse rotaion and change main/sub: off. Aperture setting on: sub-command dial. Menus and playback on.
Release button to use dial- off
No Memory Card-lock
Reverse Indicators- minus on left, plus on right.