Custom Setting Menu


Mesquite Flat Dunes in Death Valley – Eric Bowles (ericbowles)

Back in the early days of photography, such as pre-1999, cameras were relatively simple affairs. They were either manual or had a few semiautomatic modes.

The professional Nikon cameras had a few tricks up their sleeves with features controlled by what were called the CSM settings. The menu used a system of hard-to-remember CS numbers. CSM stood for Custom Setting Menu and CS stood for Custom Setting. Few people could easily remember what CS 3 or CS 7 meant, so they used the small, thin manuals for initial configuration or simply ignored the settings.

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