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Nikon D5000 User's Guide:
Recent Settings/My Menu Menu

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How to Get Here

Press MENU, scrolling to the left and selecting the bottom option which has an icon resembling another menu, maybe with with a check. You'll see RECENT SETTINGS or possibly MY MENU on the color LCD.


What it Does

RECENT SETTINGS collects all the menu settings you've used recently, while My Menu lets you put all the menu items you actually use in one place manually.

You get RECENT SETTINGS by default. It's exactly like you're phone's recent numbers memory; it collects what you used most recently.

The bottom option in the RECENT SETTINGS menu is CHOOSE TAB. If you do, you can choose the MY MENU option instead, which lets you select exactly what shows in this menu, regardless of what you've used recently.


What I Do with It

This feature helps immensely, since Nikon hides so many important menu items in weird locations.

My Menu and Recent Settings oddly don't allow you to use every possible menu option. Don't complain to me; complain to Nikon.


I have my My Menu menu programmed to:    top


ISO sensitivity auto control

I turn ISO AUTO on and off here as I go between auto and manual exposure. I'll be able to remove this whenever Nikon patches the firmware defect that leaves AUTO ISO active in manual exposure mode.


ISO sensitivity settings

Here I set the lowest shutter speed depending on what I'm shooting, and with what lens I'm shooting it.

I set 1/100 if shooting people, 1/250 if shooting a long tele, and 1/8 if shooting wide landscapes.


Active folder

I use this to create new folders for each subject I shoot.


Image review

Sometimes I want to see each shot when shooting slowly, some times when shooting bursts I don't want the monitor popping in by itself. Here is where I set this.

Ideally Nikon needs a firmware improvement whereby we can switch between these by holding the Play button for several seconds, but Nikon hasn't gotten there yet.



There's no right or wrong here.

Put whatever you use often here, and move them around as you see what you really do and do not use how often.



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