In this video, I grab my new Nikon D780 and take you step by step through how I set up the menus. I show you all the settings I change (and recommend) as well as discussing why I don’t change others. Plus, I’ll also talk about WHY I set things the way I do and how these menu settings can impact your photography in the field. Also, please note that I am primarily a wildlife photographer so this setup will reflect that fact.
Also, even if you don’t have a Nikon D780, you can probably still get quite a bit out of this video. There’s a ton of crossover between the D780 and Nikon’s other mid-range to pro cameras, so most of the menu setup advice in this video will apply to those other cameras as well.
Table Of Contents:
This is a long one, so I’ve decided to put in a TOC to make coming back and jumping to a topic easier.
00.01 – Intro and time / date setup
02.25 – Playback Menu Setup
10.32 – Photo Shooting Menu Setup
20.03 – Custom Setting Menu – Autofocus
29.00 – Custom Setting Menu – Metering / Exposure + Timers / AE Lock
30.20 – Custom Setting Menu – Shooting / Display
34.40 – Custom Setting Menu – Bracketing / Flash
35.35 – Custom Setting Menu – Controls
43.26 – Setup Menu
45.38 – My Menu
Hey everyone – just a followup. I’ve had a lot of people ask why I purchased a D780 when I have a D5, D850, and Sony a9ii. The reason is simple – I need the camera to update my Nikon AF book and Nikon Exposure book (plus I may need it for future books). It’s mostly going to be a reference camera for me and will likely not see a ton of field use. Still, I thought it might be helpful to post a menu setup 🙂
That said, please don’t get me wrong. The D780 is actually a surprisingly nice camera and maybe the best all-around Nikon DSLR (especially with price factored in). It’s just that the D850, D5, and a9ii work better for what I do.
PS – If you enjoyed this post, I think you’ll REALLY like my e-books, Secrets To Exposure And Metering For Nikon, Secrets To Stunning Wildlife Photography, and Secrets To The Nikon Autofocus System. I’m sure you’ll also love my new Lightroom Library Module video workshop and of course my Noise Reduction video workshop. They’re filled with hundreds of tips, techniques and information just like this. Check ’em out – click here (hey, it’s free to look).