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Nikon F5 - Instruction Manual Part IX

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Custom Settings Using the Custom Setting feature, you can create a combination of functions that are different from the initial factory settings. The functions listed below can be selected with the F5. When the F5 is connected to a personal computer via the optional Personal Computer Connecting Cord MC-33 or MC-34 and optional Photo Secretary for F5, even more Custom Setting choices are available in addition to the following. For more about Photo Secretary for Nikon F5, CLICK HERE By using Two-Button Reset, selected Custom Setting menu can be reset to its default setting.

The entire series of 24 settings can sometimes be quite confusion in their arrangement where it can be quite difficult if not impossible to remember them. Thus, I have included a Custom Settings Menu for you to download for reference - either you are operating the camera in remote places or simply for safekeeping. To operate the Custom Function, open the protective cover locate at the mid-bottom rear section of the camera and follow the sequence to find the Setting Number you require. IF you have set wrongly or got lost in the act, DON'T WORRY, just press the Two button reset (simultaneously pressing the green Auto Bracketing (BKT) and Custom Setting Menu (CSM) buttons for over 2 sec., will revert to its factory default settings).

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0 Selecting Custom Setting: To store a combination of your Custom Settings, select or and make settings #1 to #24. Then, you can easily switch between one combination of your settings (A) and another (B) by selecting or . To change settings in (A) or (B), select or first and change settings #1 to #24. Note: When Two-Button Reset is performed, all the settings in selected Custom Setting menu or are reset to their default setting. If you wish to keep any of the settings in or do not perform Two-Button Reset.

1 Continuous Servo AF: The F5's default setting with Continuous Servo AF is Release-Prionty. To set it to Focus Priority instead, simply choose .

2 Single Servo AF: The F5's default setting with Single Servo AF is Focus-Priority. To set it to Release-Priority instead, simply choose .

3 Bracketing order: At the default setting in bracketing, shots are taken in progressive order from compensation to negative compensation to positive compensation. To change the order and take the first shot with negative compensation, select .

4 Autofocus activated when shutter release button is lightly pressed: At the default setting, autofocus is activated and lens starts focusing when the shutter release button is lightly pressed. To deactivate autofocus when the shutter release button is lightly pressed, select . Use the AF start button to start autofocus in this case.

5 AE Lock: At the default setting, exposure is locked based on the conditions detected when the AE-L/AF-L button is pressed. In this case, shutter speed/aperture combination can be shifted in Programmed Auto exposure mode, shutter speed in Shutter-Priority Auto exposure mode and aperture in Aperture-Priority Auto exposure mode. To lock the shutter speed and aperture, select .

6 Direction of Command Dial rotation: At the default setting, turning the Command Dials counterclockwise increases selected value or selects a certain function To change the direction to clockwise, select

7 AE Lock when shutter release button is lightly pressed: At the default setting, exposure does not lock when the shutter release button is lightly pressed. To lock exposure when the shutter release button is lightly pressed, select in Custom Setting.

8 Auto film loading when camera back is closed: At the default setting, loaded film is advanced to frame #1 when the camera back is closed and the shutter release button is fully depressed once. By selecting in Custom Setting, film automatically advances to frame #1 when the camera back Is closed after film loading,

9. Film advance speed in CH: To change the film advance speed to 6 fps from 7.4 fps with AA-type alkaline or lithium batteries or 8 fps with Ni-MH Battery Unit in (CH) Continuous High-Speed film advance mode, select .

10. Film advance speed in CL: To charge the film advance speed to 5 fps or 4 fps from 3 fps in (CL) Continuous Low Speed film advance mode, select I or .

11 Alert LED in exposure: To enable alert LED to blink during exposure, select .
12 Auto film stop: At the default setting, film advances until the end of the film roll is reached, To stop film advance at frame number 35 or 36, select or .

13 Multiple exposure: Multiple exposure mode is automatically canceled when the second shot is taken. To continue multiple exposure after the second shot, select .

14 Center-Weighted Metering: 75% of the meter's sensitivity is concentrated in the 12mm-dia. circle within the viewfinder and 25% outside this circle in Center-Weighted Metering. To change the size of the circle to 8mm, 15mm, 20mm, average on entire viewfinder or create a custom-size (by Computer Link) diameter, select .

15 Time delay for auto meter-switch-off: Camera's meter remains on approximately 8 seconds after the shutter release button is pressed. To change the delay time to 4 sec., 16 sec. or 32 sec., select .

16 Self-timer duration: At the default setting, shutter is released 10 sec. after the shutter release button is fully depressed. To change the delay time to 2 to 60 sec. in one sec. steps, select .

17 Bracketing in manual exposure mode: At the default setting in Manual Exposure mode, shutter speed shifts with each shot taken when bracketing is performed. To change the shifting factor to a shutter speed/aperture combination, shutter speed, aperture, flash output level, select .

18 Focusing screen compensation: To charge the EV level of the focusing screens C, F, G1 -G4 or U to -2.0 to +2.0 in 0.5 EV steps, select See the instruction manual of the focusing screen for the required compensation value.

19 Prolonged shutter speed: Long Time Exposures of 40 sec. to 30 minutes can be selected by rotating the MainCommand Dial when the Custom Setting is set to . Selectable shutter speeds are: 40 sec., 50 sec., 1 min., 1.5 min., 2 min., 3 min., 4 min., 5 min., 6 min., 8 min., 10 min., 13 min., 15 min., 20 min., 25 min. and 30 min. Shutter speed is not varied when bracketing is performed and electronic analog display does not appear.

20 TTL flash sync speed: To set the top TTL flash sync speed at 1/300, 1/250, 1/200, 1/160, 1/125, 1/100, 1/80 or 1/60, select . 1/300 sec. can be selected only in Shutter-Priority Auto or Manual exposure mode. (To select 1/300, set 3oo after selecting flash sync speed of by rotating the Main-Command Dial. Shutter speed is controlled to 1/250 in Programmed Auto or Aperture-Priority Auto exposure mode.) Note: When 1/300 TTL High-Speed Sync is selected, determine the correct flash shooting distance range in order to achieve better results.

21 AE-L/AF-L button: At the default setting, pressing the AE-L/AF-L button locks both focus and exposure. To change this to lock exposure or focus only, select .

22 Aperture setting via Sub-Command Dial: At the default setting, aperture can be changed by rotating the Sub-Command Dial. To disable this function, select . Set aperture by rotating the lens' aperture ring in this case.

23 focus indicators: To stop display of (focused at rear or in front of the subject) in viewfinder in Autofocus mode, select .

24 Auto Exposure/Flash Exposure Bracketing: At the default setting when bracketing is activated, both Auto Exposure and Flash Exposure Bracketing are performed. To change this to perform only Auto Exposure Bracketing or Flash Exposure Bracketing, select or .

To Make a Custom Setting 1. Select Custom Setting mode by rotating Main-Command Dial while pressing (Custom Setting Menu) button. 2. Keeping button pressed, rotate Main-Command Dial further to select your desired function number, then rotate Sub-Command Dial to set your desired option. appears in the rear LCD panel.

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To cancel all Custom Settings, press buttons simultaneously. Custom Settings except for #0 are canceled to Initial factory settings. To cancel each Custom Setting, select the setting you want to cancel, then select "" (default setting). Note: Refer to the following tables for available functions and options, and to the Custom Setting's corresponding LCD panel displays of numbers and symbols. Note that those numbers with 0 at the end represent the F5's default settings.



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