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Nikon Shooting Menu Bank Setup and Walkthrough

Nikon Shooting Menu Bank Setup and Walkthrough

Nikon Shooting Menu Bank Setup and Walkthrough

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Maximize your Photography experience by using the Shooting Menu Bank System by storing your go-to settings for different shooting assignments.

What is the Nikon Shooting Menu Bank System? The Shooting Menu Bank and Custom Settings Bank are locations to store Photo and or Video Shooting Settings in four different banks A, B, C, D, with Four separate Banks for "Custom" settings. Providing different photography setups you can instantly recall and use as a baseline by selecting one of four shooting banks and one of four customize banks.

Caution: Any Shooting or custom menu settings you change while a Bank is active will be applied to that bank without warning. To avoid this it is recommended to only use Bank A as your "current shooting bank" and copy Bank B, C, or D to Bank A before you start shooting.  This simply means Bank B, C, or D is your "original" settings and should NEVER be active, You copy B, C, OR D settings to bank A which is used as your active shooting bank. You can always make changes to bank A while shooting BUT you will always have your original settings stored in Banks B, C or D. If while shooting you have a better shooting solution you can always copy those back to Bank B, C, or D - wherever they belong or originally came from.

Each of the Four Banks (A, B, C, D) can be renamed to anything you wish with each bank having unique settings. Wildlife, Weddings, People, etc. 

Example:  You can set up a Shooting Menu Bank for weddings and a Customized bank that is for indoor shooting - thus you can copy the Wedding Bank to bank A and copy whatever Customized Bank to the customized Bank A settings. 

Keep in mind there are three different groups of banks The Video Shooting Bank, The Shooting Menu Bank, and the Custom Setting Bank with 4 banks in each group. There is no SAVE to option, whatever bank your camera is set/active to the changes you make will be stored in that bank, with no prompts or overwrite warnings. Hence always use Bank A

Where Do the Shooting Menu Settings Come From? They come from the PHOTO SHOOTING MENU - by pressing the menu button on the back of the camera body and then selecting the Camera Icon in the left menu. Any of those "Photo Shooting Menu" settings can be changed and stored in the CURRENT Shooting Bank. ** Ensure you have selected the proper bank you wish to edit before making changes.

Where Do the Video Shooting Menu Settings Come From? They come from the VIDEO SHOOTING MENU - by pressing the menu button on the back of the camera body and then selecting the video camera Icon located in the left menu. Any of those "Video Shooting Menu" settings can be changed and stored in the CURRENT Shooting Bank. ** Ensure you have selected the proper bank you wish to save to before making changes.

Where Do the Custom Settings Come From? They come from the CUSTOM SETTINGS MENU - by pressing the menu button on the back of the camera body and then selecting the Pencil Icon located in the left menu. Any of those "Custom Settings" can be changed and stored in the CURRENT Custom Settings Bank (A, B, C, D). ** Ensure you have selected the proper bank you wish to store changes to before making changes.

Below is a short walkthrough of how to set up your Shooting Banks and Custom Settings Banks - the exact same procedure is used for Video and thus will not be covered. Obviously, the settings I use are just for example to get you going. You can set up Banks for your specific shooting needs as you wish.

CUSTOM SETTINGS MENU setup The Camera Icon in Menu

Step 1.  Name Your Shooting Banks - (i) Press the Menu Button on the back of your camera then select the camera icon on the left, (ii) Using the DPad highlight Shooting Menu Bank then click right DPad to open the Banks. This will display Four Banks A, B, C, D (mine have already been named) (iii) To rename a bank highlight the bank then move the DPad to the Right then select rename. Do this for each bank you wish to use. My A Bank is the Bank I always use to prevent changes to my original settings in Banks B, C, D  (see caution above) - A Bank will be renamed automatically when you copy another bank to it. For example, you copy Bank B "People" to Bank A the new name for Bank A will show People. So, don't spend time Naming Bank A.

(i) Access Your Photo Shooting Menu (ii) Highlight Shooting Menu Bank (iii) Rename The Bank
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Step 2. (i) Ensure you have Bank B as active, or the Bank you intend to change. (ii) Then simply make any changes you wish while in the "PHOTO SHOOTING MENU" settings, such as Focus Mode, Metering,  AF-area mode, etc. As you make changes they will be stored in the active Bank - in this example B. No prompts or Warnings will be displayed. Make sure you are in the intended Bank.

(i) Select The Bank (ii) Make Your Changes
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Step 3. Wash Rinse Repeat for Banks B, C, and D. Remember as a recommendation you always use Bank A on your Photography Shoots and Copy Settings from Bank B, C, or D as appropriate. Bank A is always your starting point for you to adjust settings as you shoot. This prevents unintended changes to your original settings in Banks B, C, and D.

CUSTOM SETTINGS MENU set up  This is performed exactly like steps 1,2,3 above except you are using the Custom Menu Banks found under the Pencil Icon.

Step 1. Rename your Custom Settings Banks (i) To access your Custom Settings Bank Push the Menu Button on the back of your camera body.  Using the DPad highlight the Pencil Icon. Scroll to the Custom Settings Bank then highlight. (ii) Press the Right DPad to enter the banks, Rename each as you see fit. Step 5. Wash Rinse Repeat for banks B, C, D.

(i) Select Custom Setting Bank (ii) Rename Custom Settings Banks
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Step 2. Make Changes to Each Custom Bank as you see fit. (i) With the Pencil Icon highlighted select the Bank you wish to make changes to Start with Bank B, Many any changes while in the Pencil Menu and they will be stored in the bank you have active. After completing your settings for each bank set Bank A back as the Default/active then copy from Bank B, C, or D to Bank A as appropriate. See Using Your Banks.

(i) Make Changes using the Custom Settings Menu (Pencil Icon)
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USING YOUR BANKS

Step 1. Copy the Bank you wish to use to Bank A. (i) Press the Menu Button on the back of your camera Body then use the DPad to locate the Camera Icon and then Highlight the Shooting Menu Bank. (ii) Using the DPad click right with the Bank A highlighted. (iii) Then Select the Bank you will be copying from then Move the DPad Right to enter the Submenu then Select Copy.  

** The Example Copies my Bank B "Wildlife" Shooting Settings to Bank A, If I wish to shoot people then I would copy Bank C "people" to Bank A.

(i) Highlight the Shooting Menu Bank (ii) Enter The Banks

(iii) Copy From B To A (Example)

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Step 2. Copy the Custom Settings Bank (B, C, D) you wish to use to Custom Setting Bank A - The exact steps are repeated as above except you are in the Pencil Menu "CUSTOM SETTINGS MENU"

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