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Nikon D800 and D800E User’s Guide

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Nikon D800 and D800E

Nikon D800 and 50mm f/1.4 Chiliad.

July 2012

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Setting the D800 and D800E’s Autofocus System


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21 December 2012

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This will make you to an expert and teach you every possible nuance of using the Nikon D800 and D800E. Information technology includes lots of tips, tricks, secrets and the settings I prefer to apply, merely this alone won’t get great pictures.

The D800 and D800E are the aforementioned camera, differing merely in having a slightly different filter in forepart of their sensors. Therefore, everything virtually how they piece of work is the same. I just mention 1 or the other throughout this guide for the sake of non having to type them both all the time.

My apologies for yous needing this guide at all. If Nikon had washed a proficient job in designing the camera, nosotros wouldn’t need guides. Your iPhone, iPod and iPad accept cameras and do a zillion times more any camera, only do you need a guide, much less an instruction book to use your iPhone? Of course not; Apple designs its products properly, while Nikon and most engineering companies are more concerned with cranking out products fast, and don’t accept the time to make them usable. My apologies; if there’due south anything yous don’t empathise about your D800 or D800E, know that it’due south not your fault: it’s Nikons.

To get peachy photos you still need to get yourself to the correct place at the right time and point the photographic camera in the right direction, which is a lot harder than mastering the D800 and D800E. Correct out of the box at default settings the D800 and D800E does a great job.

If you lot simply desire to prepare your D800E
as I have mine set, simply download and copy this NCSETUP8.BIN file to your figurer, re-create it to a retention carte du jour, popular the card in your D800E, so MENU > SETUP > Save/load settings > Load > Yeah to supplant your settings with mine. Feel free to load them into your D800E, but know that my D800E is programmed to add my proper noun, address, phone number and email to the EXIF data of every photograph I snap, and this will be an incentive to update your copyright and contact information. Sorry, I didn’t save my D800 settings files, and I don’t know that this D800E file will load into D800s. You will need to update my personal information in
places: Menu > SETUP > Epitome Comment and Bill of fare > SETUP > Copyright information for both Creative person and Copyright.

Making a great photo involves knowing what makes a great photo, knowing how to get great exposure, knowing when to use the D800 and D800E’southward adjustments, knowing how to become great color, locations, timing, patience and a whole lot more. I cover general photography bug here.

Getting groovy photos out of the D800 and D800E, or any other camera, really only takes about ii settings and a good eye:

1.) Take a film. Await at the rear LCD. OK? You’re done. If not:

2.) Too light or dark? Change the Exposure Compensation and shoot once more. OK? You’re done. If not:

three.) Colors not right? Suit White Residual and effort once again. OK? You’re done. If not:

4.) Contrast, saturation or other fine points not right? Adjust the Picture Controls. OK? GREAT! If non, you’re either non at the correct identify, not at the right time, or looking in the wrong management. It’s never your camera’southward mistake.

For more examples of why you’d desire to change what settings and why, also see my the “teaching” galleries on my Gallery page.

Looking for a specific control? Use my Search page. Be sure to mention the D800 or D800E in your search.

Want free live phone support? In the USA, phone call (800) NIKON-UX, 24 hours a twenty-four hour period, 365 days a year.

Below are the nuts. Explicit details follow in afterward pages linked at the bottom.

Some of my favorite secrets, which I cover in detail throughout these pages, are:

Setting wild colors
Getting Wild Colors

Setting the Autofocus System

Automatic Baloney Correction

Letting the D800 option the perfect ISO automatically

Digital Zoom while shooting

Setting the BKT button to select HDR way

Instant loftier magnification zooming with the center thumb button

Inserting your © and contact info automatically into every file

Using the dials to select amongst images

Getting useful histograms

How to Use Manual Focus AI-s Lenses

How never to shoot without a memory card

I-Handed Shooting with the INFO screen

One-Handed Bill of fare Operation

Shooting Movies

Camera Settings


I leave most settings at their defaults. Hither’s what I do each time I pick up my D800 and D800E.


Ever format your bill of fare after you lot put it in whatsoever camera, or if you lot’ve connected your photographic camera to a calculator.

Formatting your card(south) ensures whatever folder or file corruption caused anywhere goes away.

Y’all tin can shoot without doing this, however constant formatting is practiced do and should eliminate ever having any bill of fare errors.

Exist certain y’all’ve downloaded and backed up all the files in two unlike physical locations before formatting.


I used to reset everything every fourth dimension I picked up my older cameras, but not with my D800 or D800E. With these newest cameras, there would be too much to accept to reset abroad from Nikon’s defaults each time.

If y’all desire to apply this feature to reset about things nearly D800 is set, observe the ii light-green dots on the QUAL

and +/-

buttons on the top of the photographic camera. Hold them both down for a few seconds. The LCD blinks and almost everything is back to Nikon’due south defaults.

I no longer do this. I wish Nikon gave us a way to preset these defaults to our ain preferences, only no.


Nikon offers a zillion different selections for what sort of files you get for your pictures because dissimilar people desire different things.

I usually use JPG Small-scale BASIC, which makes 9 megapixel images in typically 800 kB files, is enough resolution for anything, especially prints several feet wide.

No 1 really needs xx MP (MEDIUM) or Large (36 MP) unless you’re press at least six feet (two meters) wide. Today, these crazy resolutions are just put in cameras as sales features, and make no visible departure in images unless you’re really printing
anxiety broad — and take exceptional lenses and technique to be able to brand good use of all those pixels.

Even though at that place’southward no visible departure between SMALL Bones and Big FINE files, LARGE FINE makes files well-nigh twelve times every bit big (ten MB versus 830 kB), which wastes lots of time waiting for files to transfer, reduces the number of pictures you can fit on a card past a gene of twelve, clogs difficult discs fast, and slows down even my six-processor iii.33 GHz Mac Pro trying to sort through LARGE files.

If I’m testing lenses, I’ll shoot Big BASIC. If you prefer LARGE or RAW, go right ahead, but for everything else for me, information technology’southward SMALL BASIC. Effort it, and you’ll salve yourself a lot of headaches, time, cards, and hard drives. I’ve got great xx x xxx” prints from 6MP cameras, and at ix MP SMALL, the D800 is far better.

To change the image size, hold the QUAL button and move the front dial.

To change the epitome type and quality, concur the QUAL button and move the rear punch. Y’all’ll see the changes on the top LCD and the rear INFO screen.


(pronounced Eye-Ess-Oh, not “eyeso.”)

I use the default of 100.

I set AUTO ISO to chose ISOs for me automatically. AUTO ISO selects ISOs exactly the same way I would as the light or my lenses change, except that now I don’t accept to.

Car ISO increases the ISO automatically every bit it gets darker. Gear up this way, it shoots at ISO 100 in good light, and starts ramping it up in lower calorie-free to a maximum of ISO that I ascertain, typically ISO 12,800. Only if it gets however darker will it allow the shutter speed go below a certain preset speed.

Even better, we can set the slowest speed below which AUTO ISO starts increasing the ISO to vary with focal length and if nosotros prefer!

I offer more details in the Shooting Card, and once prepare, we can activate or deactivate Car ISO simply by holding the ISO button and turning the front dial.

White Balance (WB)

White balance is how you set the colour balance, and color is critical to every prototype.

I use AUTO1 WB and fix a slight colour shift to make all my images slightly warmer (more orange), and remove the D800’s slight green bias.

I set A (bister) 3 and M (magenta) 1 in the Shooting Menu.

If you don’t need to set magenta/dark-green shift, you lot can set up amber/blueish shift simply by holding the WB push button and spinning the front punch to gustation. A6 is a lot of amber, 0 is neutral, and if you want cooler, B6 is much bluer. You tin can read this on the top LCD or INFO screen equally you adjust it. It disappears when you release the WB button.

Any looks right
correct; this is an art, not science.

See examples of different settings hither and broad details on my White Balance page.

See my Shooting Menu section for more details about all the settings.

Picture show Controls

This is how you get your choice of wild colors or creamy pare tones. I have a whole page about this at Nikon Movie Controls. They work the aforementioned manner for most of Nikon’s DSLRs; 1 setting on one camera volition give yous the same expect on another, give thanks goodness.

Flick Controls are how you lot set your D800 and D800E to give you the pictures you want right out of your camera equally prepare-to-employ JPGs.

Larn these, and you’ll never have to waste your mean solar day screwing around with raw files.


I have an entire page on How to Set up the Nikon D800 and D800E’south Autofocus Controls.


I’ve used Matrix for everything since I got my start Nikon FA back in 1992.

You set this on the rotary switch on the dorsum. Matrix is the middle position that looks similar a rectangle with a dot in the middle. I discuss the other modes at Back Console Controls.

I utilize the Exposure Bounty control if I demand to lighten or darken my pictures. Run into my Exposure folio for details on getting perfect exposures.

These were the basics. Keep reading for explicit details.

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          c Timers/AE&AF Lock

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