Nikon D70/D80

Basics

Manuals

Nikon D70 Manual
Nikon D80 Manual
Nikon D80 Quick Start Guide

General Handling

  • Always perform a thorough inspection of the equipment when checking out from the Equipment Cage.
  • If you store the lens cap in your pocket, you will never have to wonder where it is.
  • Wrap the camera strap around your wrist several times. This makes the camera less likely to fall out of your hand and a bit harder for others to steal.

Manual Settings

  • Set the shooting mode to Manual (M)
  • Set the lens to manual focus (M)
  • Set the camera body to manual focus (M)

Resetting

Two-Button Reset
Nikon D80 Manual, p.44:

The camera settings listed below can be restored to default values by holding the [+/-] and [AF] buttons down together for more than two seconds (these buttons are marked by a green dot). The control panel turns off briefly while settings are reset. Custom Settings are not affected.

Reset Custom Settings

  1. Press the MENU button
  2. Choose the CUSTOM SETTING MENU (the pencil icon on the left)
  3. Choose Reset
  4. Select Yes and press the [OK] button

Re-enable Raw shooting mode:
1. If the back LCD is on, press the play button (repeatedly, if necessary) to turn it off.
2. Press and hold the QUAL (ENTER) button
3. Turn the rear command dial to adjust quality to RAW

Basic Exposure Control

By default, the D80 makes adjustments in increments of ⅓ of an F-stop. Therefore when you adjust shutter speed, aperture or ISO using the command dials, 3 clicks will produce a change of 1 full stop.

Shutter Speed

  1. Half-press the shutter release button to take a meter reading and to reactivate the control panel (top LCD display)
  2. Turn the front command dial to adjust shutter speed

Because shutter speeds are typically measured in fractions of a second, if the control panels shows 30, that means 1/30th of a second. However if it shows 30" (note the tick marks), that means 30 seconds.

Bulb means the shutter will stay open for as long as you hold down the shutter release button.

Aperture

  1. Half-press the shutter release button to take a meter reading and to reactivate the control panel (top LCD display)
  2. Turn the rear command dial to adjust aperture

Minimum and maximum aperture are determined by the lens.

ISO

  1. If the back LCD is on, press the play button (repeatedly, if necessary) to turn it off.
  2. Press and hold the ISO (grid) button
  3. Turn the rear command dial to adjust ISO

Minimum and maximum ISO are determined by the camera model. The D70’s minimum ISO is 200, and its maximum is 1600. The D80’s minimum is 100, and its maximum is 3200 (H 1.0).