Photo Tricks for Nikon. Part 16

This is a very small but very useful photo trick for Nikon professional camera owners.

Photo Tricks for Nikon. Part 16

Photo Tricks for Nikon. Part 16

Nikon professional cameras have the ability to create presets for each specific photo task or scene. These templates are called shot banks. Usually the camera has 4 banks, the default banks are named 'A, B, C, D'. The name of the bank can be set whatever you want, I don't bother and leave the name unchanged.

Nikon cameras have two types of cansat:

  1. Shooting menu bank. This bank sets shooting menu options.
  2. Bank of user settings (Custom). This bank sets user parameters

In different cameras, the implementation of banks includes different settings and different management of the banks themselves, but the essence remains the same.

This is how the control of this function looks

This is how the control of this function looks

To make it clear why banks are used, I will give an example on my Nikon D700.

В shooting menu banks You can store various basic settings, such as ISO control mode, white balance, image quality and many others. For example, in bank 'A' I store the settings for normal everyday photography: 14 bit RAW quality, Auto WB, Auto ISO, NL mode, etc. Bank 'B' stores settings for macro shooting - JPEG quality, PRE WB, ISO 640, etc. I do not need to switch all parameters separately for a long time and tediously; for this, in the INFO menu, I simply select the shooting bank I need. Actually in the banks of the shooting menu all settings are rememberedwhich can be found in the menu section 'Shooting Mode Menu' (Besides  multiple exposures and interval shooting).

And in user settings banks all settings that can be found in the 'User Menu' Settings'. In different banks A, B, C, D, I save different combinations of programming additional function keys, different fine-tuning of the camera. For example, in bank 'A' I have command mode flash control, and in bank 'B' - TTL mode. There are a lot of useful combinations you can think of, and the camera setup becomes pretty damn simple and quick.

Quick access to banks using the Nikon D800 as an example

Quick access to banks using the Nikon D800 as an example

Attention: the camera automatically records and remembers settings changes for each of the banks. Settings are saved even after turning off the camera.

Here is the exact camera list (for 2014) the year that support the management of settings banks: Nikon D100, D200, D300, D300s, D700, D800, D800E, D810, D1, D1h, D1x, D2h, D2hs, D2x, D2xs, D3, D3s, D3x, D4. By the way, the ability to manage shooting banks clearly distinguishes the amateur segment of Nikon cameras from the professional. In the cameras Nikon D600, D610, D750, D7000, D7100 something similar is implemented in the form of user settings U1, U2.


If your Nikon camera has the ability to manage banks of shooting - I advise you to understand this function, it can greatly simplify and speed up camera setup for different scenes.

Help to the project. Thanks for attention. Arkady Shapoval.

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Comments: 26, on the topic: Photo Tricks for Nikon. Part 16

  • Lynx

    And in D90, no. abysmally .. just the ability to create “picture control modes”.
    But there was an opportunity to take 300-tku then. ((
    I’ll go in sorrow and make tea.

    • Vladimir

      don’t worry, D90 is already an excellent camera

  • Roma

    Everything is fine, but it would not be bad to describe step by step how to save these banks.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      The article describes it “the camera automatically records and remembers the settings changes for each of the banks”. That is, just as the camera parameters were set when the bank is on, the ban remembers them. In fact, you don't need to configure them.

    • Maksim

      I think everything is described in detail in the instructions for your camera


    Arkadii bolshoe spasibo za vse vashi stat'i

  • Jigurday

    thank you very much, accidentally came across this site and he lured me for a few hours

  • Sergey Krutko

    in d7000 there is such, yes, at first I liked it until I accidentally messed up. the profiles also preserve the quality of the images, if in the process of work you get a good exposure for this type of shooting, then save it to a preset for the future .... alas, once without noticing, he saved the settings with JPEG quality, and then raised them without looking .... as a result, I screwed up almost the entire report, because I always shoot in RAW ... what I want to say is - you have to be very careful when using presets ... as a result, I decided for myself to always control the situation and refused presets - so my head thinks more when every time you manually you set the parameters and creativity turns on - the constant inclusion of presets obviously kills thinking, makes you lazy :) IMHO

  • Lev

    I agree with Sergey. I recently had exactly the same situation with a screwed up shot - shot in jpeg instead of raw.

  • Yuliy

    What is the difference between:
    Bank menu shooting (Shoot). This bank sets shooting menu options.
    Bank of user settings (Custom). This bank sets user parameters.
    It is clear about “A”, “B”, “C”, “D”, it is clear that there you can customize ... .. according to need ... .. everyday photography, ..., ... ..etc.
    But it is not clear in what type of bank (shooting or custom) to configure?
    And if it's a custom one (as if by logic), then why else are A, B, C, D banks of “shooting”? Who sets up what?
    And four of those, four of these (shooting / custom), why the drain, what is the difference, switching, etc. ???

    • Arkady Shapoval

      banks of user settings remembers all the settings that can be found in the section 'User Menu. Settings', in the banks of the menu the main settings are remembered. An article about this is written. It enhances usability.

  • Yuliy

    It is clear that all menus are in the Shoot menu bank (by default), and if you need something for yourself, the bank of custom settings is used.
    How to switch between them .... in Nikon cameras?
    Still, the settings for U1 and U2 are much better.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      To switch, of course, using the menu, in the photo you can see the icons in the InFO mode, which are responsible for the banks. Convenience is all subjective.

  • Tim

    Here is a link to presets, maybe someone should.
    there is also for other models, like ...

  • Igor

    Tell me please,
    - menu (Shoot) and menu (Custom) do not overlap (do not duplicate each other)?
    - Each bank has:
    and menu (Shoot)
    and menu (Custom)?
    -And lastly, Any changes in the (Shoot) / (Custom) menu of one bank (eg “B”) affect / (remain) only in that bank “B”?
    - Switching between banks only from the menu? Isn't it very long?
    Thank you.

  • Nazim Dervish

    It is a pity that the NIKON D5100 does not have such a function

  • Serge

    There is an opinion that Nikon's bank of settings is much inferior in functionality and convenience to “Canon”. Who had the opportunity to compare, what do you say? Considering the example of 810 and 3 mark.

  • Maksim

    U1 and U2 are essentially the same. very convenient features.
    for my d7000, U1 contains the settings most suitable for shooting with an external flash, and U2 for shooting with manual lenses.
    It is very important that the individual settings of the hot buttons are also saved!

  • Casper

    Hello everybody !! Interested in this question! Yesterday I was shooting a wedding and accidentally, instead of the iso button, I pressed qual and “on the machine” changed Raw to regular jpeg! when I saw it, it was too late (((((((how to make it impossible to change the quality)) well, that is, transfer this setting or replace it with another _) thanks

    • Arkady Shapoval

      in no way

  • Phil

    I cannot understand at 800k - is it possible to somehow fix the hard settings of shutter speed, aperture and ISO in the bank options. On the 7000 it was decided very conveniently - I chose U1 or U2 - the hard-set parameters turned on. If you change them during operation, then switch U1 / U2 again - and again all the same parameters are hard-wired. And on 800ke, if you change, then the replaced parameters remain. I want to return to the originally saved ones, but I cannot understand whether this is possible or not in principle.

    • Michael

      No. Exposure settings are not saved in banks and cannot be played back on this camera.

  • anonym

    A very necessary function. Thank you, I didn’t.

  • Igor

    I got confused with these Banks.
    Can you elaborate, please.
    1. Shooting menu bank, is it one?
    2. Are the general (coarse) settings in the shooting menu bank?
    3. Shooting menu bank and Custom settings bank - do they overlap? (In the sense that some parameters can be configured both there and there).
    4. In the User's Bank - is it like a fine-tuning?
    5. Four User Banks is, as it were, EVERYTHING, that is, we have one of the Four User Banks involved in any case?
    6. And if in ANY of the Banks the user has not configured anything, then we shoot according to the parameters: Bank of the shooting menu?
    7. How quickly can I call up the Custom Settings Bank?
    8 Somewhere in the camera (D850), for example, will I be able to see which Custom Settings Bank I am currently using?

    • B. R. P.

      Shaw is too many banks.

      • Igor

        Yes, like only FIVE as I understand it.
        - Shooting menu bank
        - Bank of user settings ( A, B, C, D) 4 pcs.

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