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Nikon D3 User's Guide:
Custom Setting Menu: Bracketing/flash

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e1 - e6: Bracketing/flash

How to Get Here

Press MENU, go to the left and select up and down to the pencil icon. You'll then see CUSTOM SETTING MENU on the color LCD. Click down to e BRACKETING/FLASH and click to the right.

What it Does

It sets flash function and completely unrelated bracketing options.

What I Change

I change e4, and leave the rest alone.

e1 Flash Sync Speed        top

This lets you select a lower flash sync speed. You might want to choose a slower speed to let in more ambient light, but I select that with the next option.

This menu lets you select 1/60 through 1/250.

It also is where you must select AUTO FP if you wish to use the trick FP high-speed sync modes.

e2 Flash Shutter Speed       top

This selects the slowest shutter speed with flash in the P and A modes.

1/60 is default. I usually set about 1/30 or 1/15 to let in more ambient light to prevent my backgrounds from blacking-out.

Slower speeds like 1/8 let the backgrounds stay much lighter, but greatly increase the chances of motion blur.

e3 Modeling Flash       top

Turn this off!

Otherwise you'll go blind, because at its default, a design flaw, it fires a zillion flash shots as a modeling light if you tap the Depth-of-field preview button.

e4 Auto BKT Set       top

This controls what changes when you have the D3 bracket.

You can have everything change exposure, or just the flash, or the ambient light, or have the WB bracket.

I never use these. Bracketing is for weak photographers. Use your LCD for crying out loud. This feature is a left-over from film cameras, and real photographers never used bracketing with film either.

e5 Auto bracketing (mode M)       top

This controls what changes when letting the D3 bracket itself in manual exposure mode.

I never use this.

e6 Bracketing order       top

This sets the order in which the various bracketed exposures are made.


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          b Metering/Exposure

          c Timers/AE&AF Lock

          d Shooting/Display

          e Bracketing/Flash

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