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 make presets for each specific photo task or storyline. Such patterns are called survey banks. Usually the camera has 4 banks, banks by default are called 'A, B, C, D'. The name of the bank can be set as you like, I do not 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 have settings for ordinary everyday photography: RAW 14 bit quality, Auto WB, Auto ISO, NL mode, etc. And the bank 'B' stores the settings for macro shooting - JPEG quality, PRE WB, ISO 640, etc. I don’t need to switch all the parameters individually for a long and tedious, for this, in the INFO menu, I just select the shooting bank I need. Actually in the shooting menu banks 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 section are stored. Settings'. In different banks A, B, C, D, I save different combinations of programming additional function keys, different subtle camera settings. For example, in bank 'A' I have command mode flash control, and in bank 'B' - TTL mode. You can come up with a lot of useful combinations, while the camera setup becomes 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 the Nikon camera has the ability to manage shooting banks - I advise you to deal with 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: 23, on the topic: Photo Tricks for Nikon. Part 16

  • Lynx

    But in the D90 there. Abydno .. only the ability to create “image management 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

      This article describes “the camera automatically records and remembers settings changes for each of the banks”. That is, how the camera settings were configured with the bank turned on, so the banh remembers them. In fact, they do not need to be configured.

    • 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 a yes, at first I liked it until I accidentally messed up. the quality of images is also saved in the profiles, if during the work you get a good exposure for this type of shooting, then you save it in the preset for the future .... Alas, once without noticing I saved the settings with JPEG quality, and then without looking raised them .... as a result, almost the entire report was ruined, because I always shoot in RAW ... I want to say what - you have to be very careful using presets ... as a result, I decided to always control the situation for myself and abandoned the 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 grunt shooting - 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’s clear about “A”, “B”, “C”, ”D”, it’s clear that you can customize it ... .. according to your needs ... .. daily shooting, ... .. sport, ... .. etc.
    But it is not clear in what type of bank (shooting or custom) to configure?
    And if it’s a user one (it’s kind of like a logical one), then why are the A, B, C, D banks of “shooting”? Who, what sets up there?
    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 in the Bank the shooting menu (Shoot) has all the menus (by default), and if you need something for yourself - the bank of user settings is used.
    How to switch between them .... in Nikon cameras?
    Still, the settings for U1 and U2 are much better.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Switching, of course, using the menu, the pictograms in the InFO mode, which are responsible for banks, are visible in the photo. As for convenience - it's all subjective.

  • Tim

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

  • Igor

    Tell me please,
    - the menu (Shoot) and the menu (Custom) do not overlap (do not duplicate each other)?
    - Each bank has:
    and menu (Shoot)
    and menu (Custom)?
    -And the last, Any changes in the (Shoot) / (Custom) menu of one bank (for example, “B”) concern / (remain) only in that bank “B”?
    - Switching between banks only from the menu? This is a very long time?
    Thank you.

  • Nazim Dervish

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

  • Serge

    It is believed that the Nikon settings bank is much inferior in functionality and convenience to “Canon”. Who could compare what you say? Considering the example of 810 and 3 mark.

  • Maksim

    U1 and U2 are essentially the same. very convenient features.
    for my d7000, the settings most suitable for shooting with an external flash are recorded in U1, 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 such a question! Yesterday I shot a wedding and accidentally instead of the iso button, clicked qual and “on the machine” changed Raw to a regular jpeg! when I saw - it turned out too late ((((((((how to make it impossible to change the quality)) well, that is, transfer this setting or replace another _) thanks

    • Arkady Shapoval

      in no way

  • Phil

    I can’t understand at 800ke whether it is possible to somehow fix in the bank options the rigid settings for shutter speed, aperture and ISO. At 7000, this was decided very conveniently - I chose U1 or U2 - the parameters set rigidly turned on. If during operation I changed them, then again switch U1 / U2 - and again all the same parameters are switched on firmly. And at 800ke if you change, then the parameters that are already replaced remain. I want to return to the original saved, but I can not understand - is it 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.

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