Nikon Mirrorless: Button & Control Setup

In my last video, I asked if anyone was interested in my button and control setup for the Z cameras. I wasn’t 100% sure if that was something anyone would really care about…

Wow, was I wrong! Tons of requests flew in!

So, here it is. In this video, I’ll share my control and button setup for the Z cameras. We’ll look at both function buttons, the joystick (Z6/7), the movie record button, the AF-On button (or AE/AF-L button on the Z50), lens function buttons, lens control rings, and the OK button. Oh, and of course I’ll tell you why I have it set the way I do every step of the way.

Enjoy!

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Hi Steve. thx a lot for another great video with useful hints. What setup would you use if you don’t have lens with Lfn button? Where would you put the tracking function?

Herve
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Herve

Very interesting one, although I still don’t have a Z camera and can’t wait to try this ring for compensation adjustment (still using the little button+dial)

em mundrick
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em mundrick

All your mirrorless videos have been very helpful. Any chance on a lens review when the new ones finally come out? With my arthritic hands, I’m interested in replacing my 28-300 with the 24-200 “walk about”.

Pierre de Rumine
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Exactly the information I desired. Thanks a lot

A Gagnon
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A Gagnon

Hi Steve, Really useful video as I get to grips with my Z50. I particularly like the one about setting the OK button to zoom for focusing. I bought the Z50 to replace my D7200 as, primarily, a lightweight travel camera. However, I find it is surprisingly capable as a wildlife camera, especially when paired with the lightweight but sharp Sigma 100-400 using the FTZ adapter. The Nikkor Z 50-250 lens is also quite handy for wildlife and focuses reasonably close. The one thing I do find though is that I still prefer the optical viewfinder and autofocus on my… Read more »

Mike Aniol
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Mike Aniol

With iris control set on the aperture ring of my 24-70 S, the exposure compensation adjustment adjusts the auto ISO. But what if I want to maintain the ISO and adjust only my exposure using the aperture ring on the lens? Yes I know I can adjust by using exposure control on camera but I want best of both while in M mode. Great pointers in all your talks.

David Pine
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Wow! A great lesson on the Z’s. I have your books and I love them. This specific video is especially important to Z owners. I have the 6, 7, and 50 and I am surprised at How much I like the 50. It is a great little camera. Thanks for your continuing education on the Nikon cameras.

James Lamb
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James Lamb

I set my U1-3 settings to similar controls. I use the front/sub-dial for exposure compensation, though. I placed a gum label on the back go the flip-out LCD with all three U settings and what they are for and the seven controls. Kind of a pop-up spreadsheet.

Allen Brenneman
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Allen Brenneman

Very helpful for my z6 setup. This video clarified very well on what the options are for the FN buttons. Thank you very much.

Steve Moore
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Steve Moore

Thanks Steve! As always really enjoyed it. Lots of good advice for outdoor photographers using Z cameras.

Jason Savelsberg
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One thing I love to do is change what the buttons do in the U1, U2 and U3 modes. I use U1 for slow moving or stationary wildlife. So I set U1 to slow the shutter, switch to single point AF and change the front buttons to Spot Metering (thank you for that idea) and Image Area (for quickly switching to DX). Whereas, I set U2 for birds in flight. So U2 increases the shutter speed, switches to wide area AF, and changes one of the front buttons to auto-tracking. With this set up, if I think the animal is… Read more »

Jason Savelsberg
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Note – For U2 above, I meant auto area AF not wide area AF.

Karen Botvin
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Karen Botvin

Great tips! I especially like the tip for Exposure Compensation on the focus ring.

David Pine
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I liked this, too!

Ashok Kandimalla
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Ashok Kandimalla

Assigning Movie button to AF and AF area modes is a great idea. Thanks for the tip. However you can assign them to Fn1 or Fn2 also. I used to do that before I switched to the Movie button. In fact Fn2 controls the AF modes as default. In the Manual V3 version, see page 152 and page 274 last entry. I could have sent the manual page screen captures but don’t know how to send you JPEGs. Thanks.