Nikon D5500: My Manual Setup

Nikon D5500 with AF-S Nikkor 35mm 1.8G lens.


PENCIL (Custom Setting Menu)

  • Set  Number of Focus Points (AF39)
  • Rangefinder (ON)
  • Viewfinder  grid display (ON)

CAMERA (Shooting Menu)

  • Image Quality: set to NEF (RAW) + JPEG fine
  • Image Size: set to Large 6000 x 4000; 24.0 M
  • NEF (RAW) Recording: set to 14-bit 14-bit
  • White balance: Set to Auto

Manual Operation

Set mode dial to M for manual.

Press INFO to view settings on screen.

Shutter Speed: Turn drive dial to set. For low-light, usually 1/60 or 1/125.

Aperture: Press exposure compensation button (next to shutter release) and turn drive dial. Notice aperture icon on the right. For low-light, usually wide open at f/1.8.

ISO: Press Function (Fn) button and turn drive dial. For low-light, usually ISO priority, so I need to know, by feel, where this button is.

For low-light conditions, the D5500 with an AF-S Nikkor 35mm 1.8G lens is excellent. I use the rangefinder scale in the viewfinder or screen to adjust for lighting. I usually lock shutter speed at 1/60 or 1/125 sec and leave aperture wide open at F/1.8. I then adjust ISO levels until the rangefinder scale is sitting at zero.

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