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NEW: Nikon D5000 Users Guide for iPhone and iPod 23 December 2009
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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.
What it Does
The Custom Setting Menu screws with the camera's mechanics and meters and timers and focus and many other little things.
Nikon has subdivided these various menu functions into groups, and color coded them as Autofocus, Exposure, Timers/AE Lock, Shooting/display, Bracketing/flash and Controls. The seemingly unrelated things separated by slashes (/) are Nikon's grouping.
I use Nikon's names as headers for each section, so please excuse me if they make little sense.
What I Change
I change a zillion things, all explained on the next pages where I detail everything.
Complaints and Organization
Nikon is pretty sloppy about naming and organizing the menus, sorry.
This menu is also all about shooting, just like the Shooting Menu. It's tricky to remember if something is in the Shooting Menu or the Custom Setting Menu.
I would rename these. If I did, I'd rename the Custom Setting Menu as the Camera Menu and the Shooting Menu as the Film Menu.
I use the D5000 daily and rarely can remember in what menu Nikon has hidden what. I use the My Menu menu for the items I use often.
[R] Reset custom settings top
This resets everything in the Custom Shooting Menu to their defaults.
The next six pages describe all the settings affected.
Play with everything to your heart's content, since if you screw anything up this reset will fix it.
Once you hit YES it resets. It doesn't ask "are you sure?" first.
I've divided the rest of this menu into several pages because it's so long. I've divided it up, as Nikon did in its own submenus.
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