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Nikon D90 User's Guide:
Custom Setting Menu: Timers/AE lock

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c1 - c5: Timers/AE lock

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 c TIMERS/AE&AF LOCK and click to the right.

What it Does

AE lock is important to getting perfect files straight from the D90 without editing.

Timers optimize battery life vs. convenience.

What I Change

I leave these alone.

c1 Shutter-release button AE-L       top

This lets you lock the exposure with the shutter button, like a point-and-shoot camera. You don't want that, so leave this one alone.

The D90 has a dedicated AE Lock button. You don't want the shutter button to lock exposure.

c2 Auto meter-off delay        top

This sets how long the meter stays awake.

Shorter times will save the battery.

Set it longer if you have to keep hitting the shutter to wake the meter in the middle of composing shots.

c3 Self-timer delay        top

This sets the self-timer delay.

10 seconds is for taking Christmas card photos of yourself.

2 seconds is for replacing mirror lock-up when using a tripod with long exposures.

New on the D90 is the option to select how many exposures are made. The default is one, and you may choose up to 9.

c4 Monitor-off delay       top

This sets how long the rear LCD stays lit.

The D90 only offers the ability to select the times for Playback, Menus, the INFO display and Image Review separately. This is new with the D90 and D700.

c5 Remote-on delay       top

This selects for how long the D90 stays on and waits for a signal when set to receive a signal from the optional $17 ML-L3 infra-red remote release.


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          a Autofocus

          b Metering/Exposure

          c Timers/AE&AF Lock

          d Shooting/Display < < NEXT

          e Bracketing/Flash

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