First some backstory.
About 10 months ago, I created a video called The 7 Best Nikon Tricks Ever. This video has become my most popular upload with nearly 1 million views already.
Well, as it turns out, when I did that last video I had a lot more than just 7 tricks up my sleeve, but I didn’t want to make a video that went on so long it became tedious. So, I kept it down to just those first seven. However, since everyone seemed to enjoy the first group, I thought I’d knock out the rest of my list with the video below.
The new video is directly one below, but I’ve also added the original video under it incase you missed it. Doesn’t really matter which order you watch them in, just make sure you watch ’em 🙂
Spoiler Alert – Saving Settings
OK, one more thing. The first tip in the video is about saving your settings. However, it’s already generated a couple of questions. So, let’s take a look at those now – and note that these answers will make far more sense if you watch the video first.
Does formatting the memory card delete the saved settings?
That one’s easy. Yes, anytime you format the card, you lose any information on the card -including any saved settings.
Is it possible to save the settings file to my computer?
Yes. You can copy the BIN file found in the root directory of the card to your computer. If you ever need it, you can copy it back to a memory card (to the root directory, not in a folder) and load the settings you’ve previously backed up.
Note that each camera series has its own unique name for BIN files. I mention this in case you’re tempted to change the default (and rather cryptic) file name to something more recognizable – like “D7200” for instance. If you rename the file, the camera will not recognize it, and you won’t be able to load the saved settings (well, unless you rename it back to what the camera named it in the first place).
Of course, you can always just create a list to help you differentiate between the names Nikon uses for your various camera bodies.
Finally, I’ve also found you can keep saved settings from different series of camera bodies on the same card. For instance, I can save my D850, D750, and D7200 settings on the same memory card. (Obviously, don’t format it each time you save settings from a new camera).
So if you have an old SD card, you can pop it into all of your bodies and use it as a master backup card. When you pop it back in to restore, the camera will know which backup file to use.
The first “The 7 Best Nikon Tricks Ever” video:
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