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c1 - c4: 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 sets which buttons lock auto exposure.
Timers optimize battery life vs. convenience.
What I Change
I only change c4. Set them to your preferences.
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 at its default of OFF.
The D800 and D800E have dedicated AE Lock buttons. You don't want the shutter button to lock exposure, too.
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.
I use the default of 6 seconds.
c3 Self-timer delay top
This sets the duration of the self-timer.
10 seconds delay is for taking Christmas card photos of yourself.
2 seconds delay is for replacing a $100 cable release when using a tripod with long exposures.
"Number of shots" is how many snaps are taken after the delay. Historically, self-timers made one snap, but for most uses for people pictures, setting another number like three shots makes it more likely you'll get a good one.
"Interval Between Shots" is the interval between the multiple shots you just programmed. If you only set one shot (the default), this setting doesn't matter.
c4 Monitor-off delay top
This sets how long the rear LCD stays lit.
Unlike older cameras, which offered only one setting for all modes, the D800 and D800E offer separate settings for different modes.
Set all these to your own preferences, making them longer if screens turn off on you by themselves.
KNOBS and BUTTONS
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