I'm using View NX (2.1.2) to process NEF files from my D700. I've just bought a new Nikon P7100 which comes with its own copy of of View NX2. I'm a bit reluctant to upload the version that came with the P7100 for fear of knackering the version that works with the D700. I've tried using the present version with the P7100 files, but I can't seem to make adjustments to the RAW files. I've had seemingly unsolveable problems with a trial version Capture NX, which is making me more wary than I probably need to be.
I presume I should just run it and it will work for both sets of files.
Shall I just bite the bullet, or does anyone have advice? Thanks Pip
There is no problem with using the latest version of the Nikon View software. There are probably small enhancements but probably nothing major. Many times software includes minor enhancements and capability of processing images from new cameras. That's probably why you are having problems with the RAW files from your P7100.
Typically the software included with cameras would not be the latest version. You should go to the Nikon website - Nikon Europe - and download the latest version of View NX2 which is 2.2.5.
#3. "RE: Hi There" In response to Reply # 2 Thu 02-Feb-12 03:01 PM by gkaiseril
I usually update my Nikon a couple weeks after the release of the update. The wait is to see if there are any major problems with the new release. Although I do have backup copies of the install software for a couple of generations.
The updates include fixes and the code to process NEF, NRW, or new RAW format for the newer Nikon cameras. They some times also add a major new feature.
I would also check for new firmware updates for your cameras.
George has a good practice in waiting a couple of weeks to update after a software release. In the case of the recent update to 64 Capture NX2, the software was fine but there were some unique situations that could benefit from a specific series of steps in the installation.
In the case of firmware, you certainly should not have a need to take you camera to a dealer or Nikon for an update. The firmware update instructions are pretty good and work for 99.9% of people. The problem lies in the lack of frequency in firmware updates - it is normally only once every year or two so the steps and terminology are unfamiliar. For many cameras there are YouTube videos demonstrating the process. The good news is the process is getting simpler.
You should certainly keep your camera using the latest firmware. It often addresses problems that you may not have experienced but may be lurking.
#6. "RE: Hi There" In response to Reply # 5 Sat 21-Jul-12 10:48 PM by DSW90049
Los Angeles, US
Hope this is a proper thead for this; if not, pls move or tell me where to move it.
Just did the 1.06 firmware lens update (distortion control) on my D7000. Now I'm still learning as a long time amateur photographer - why I come here; best place to learn and 'up' my game, but, with computers, I go back to the hobby kit days, and laptops with no hard drives. I can do nearly everything on a PC or, my long fave, Macs.
Here's the Rant: Why, O why, does Nikon have to make firmware updates so damn seemingly hard?!? The instructions are too long, poorly written, and inconsistent. I mean REALLY. & when you get to the end, if it doesn't take, I mean, work, then they have the ominous 'talk to your Nikon service rep!'. Like I want to do that for what should be such a simple update! I'm surprised those with minimal computer skills don't squawk about this overly cumbersome, horribly written set of instructions. Or picket Nikon repair centers and corporate HQ's with torch & pitchfork!!
And have you ever updated the frimware on your computer?
I am not talking about software updates but the eprom/eeprom or flash memory firmware that performs the boot of your system and may include some basic device interface control.
Some devices like an Android tablet have worked it out so the device patches a copy of the firmware on a virtual system and then updates the kernel system. But that is a different OS and is running in software more than one computer system.
The firmware is the lowest level of code in a smart device and for many devices if this code get corrupted the device will not work.
If you want you can send you camera in for a cleaning and checkup and Nikon will perform the firmware update at no extra cost.