Even though we ARE Nikon lovers,we are NOT affiliated with Nikon Corp. in any way.

English German French

Sign up Login
Home Forums Articles Galleries Recent Photos Contest Help Search News Workshops Shop Upgrade Membership Recommended
members
All members Wiki Contests Vouchers Apps Newsletter THE NIKONIAN™ Magazines Podcasts Fundraising

D3100, D3200, D5000, D5100 Distortion Control Data Firm...

Ned_L

Philadelphia, US
8049 posts

Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author

"RE: D3100, D3200, D5000, D5100 Distortion Control Data Firmware Update"

Ned_L Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, especially Travel Photography Charter Member
Sun 01-Jul-12 01:10 PM

Welcome to Nikonians John!

Does your D3200 need this update? That's a matter of philosophy.

To start, each of your three lenses is included in the new firmware. I believe each of your lenses has been included in the Distortion Control Data Firmware releases since late 2009, as the newest lens you have from a design standpoint is the Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G which was introduced in March, 2009.

Nikon updates the DCD firmware for two reasons. It's primarily updated to include new lenses, but sometimes it can be updated to correct the data if Nikon finds the need to do so. Of course, in typical Nikon style, we really don't know if any corrections are contained in this update.

Moreover, DCD primarily affects JPG photos, by correcting them if you have Distortion Control turned on in your camera. If it's turned off, then it doesn't matter whether or not you've updated this firmware. Also, if you shoot in RAW and use 3rd party software, such as Adobe, and the Adobe Raw Converter, DCD whether on or off has no effect, as it's not used.

All that said, let me get back to my original statement, that it's a matter of philosophy. I know the old adage, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." The trouble is in today's electronic society I'm not so sure it applies very well anymore.

With electronics, there have been times, with computers, for example, that updating firmware has caused serious problems. I remember installing a firmware upgrade for a video card which turned everything yellow.

In addition to being a photographer, I am a long time tech consultant. When I look into firmware update problems, I find that most every time a firmware update caused problems the update was of a specific component of a larger system, in a system which contained components designed and manufactured by a variety of companies, without a single company setting the precise standards and qualities for all the components.

I have also found today's electronics are amazingly complex, and whether or not a particular firmware update will actually affect something we do is hard to say, as the use of equipment such as DSLR cameras depend on a significant number of components and settings which combine together in a myriad of ways to produce an end result.

I am unlikely to update the firmware on Windows computer components such as video cards, controllers, etc. unless I'm either having a problem, or there is an issue which I'm better off eliminating, such as a security issue. I am likely to update the firmware on self-contained external hardware, whether or not they have been functioning to my satisfaction, due to the complexity issue, such as for routers, switches and printers.

Our Nikon cameras have components manufactured by Nikon and a few other companies, however, all components are manufactured to Nikon standards and specifications. Therefore, in my opinion, it's highly unlikely Nikon firmware updates will cause problems, and likely the update will fix problems or prevent problems, whether or not we've run into them to that point.

My personal philosophy with Nikon firmware is to keep my Nikon equipment updated.

I know that's a long answer to a seemingly simple question, but I think the long answer was necessary.

Ned
A Nikonians Team Member

-----------------------------
Visit my Travel Photography Blog and my Galleries.

A topic tagged as news D3100, D3200, D5000, D5100 Distortion Control Data Firm... [View all] , Ned_L Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, especially Travel Photography , Thu 28-Jun-12 11:59 PM
Subject
ID
Reply message RE: D3100, D3200, D5000, D5100 Distortion Control Data ...
1
Reply message RE: D3100, D3200, D5000, D5100 Distortion Control Data ...
2
Reply message RE: D3100, D3200, D5000, D5100 Distortion Control Data ...
3
Reply message RE: D3100, D3200, D5000, D5100 Distortion Control Data ...
4
     Reply message RE: D3100, D3200, D5000, D5100 Distortion Control Data ...
5
Reply message RE: D3100, D3200, D5000, D5100 Distortion Control Data ...
14
Reply message RE: D3100, D3200, D5000, D5100 Distortion Control Data ...
6
Reply message RE: D3100, D3200, D5000, D5100 Distortion Control Data ...
7
     Reply message RE: D3100, D3200, D5000, D5100 Distortion Control Data ...
8
          Reply message RE: D3100, D3200, D5000, D5100 Distortion Control Data ...
9
               Reply message RE: D3100, D3200, D5000, D5100 Distortion Control Data ...
10
                    Reply message RE: D3100, D3200, D5000, D5100 Distortion Control Data ...
11
                         Reply message RE: D3100, D3200, D5000, D5100 Distortion Control Data ...
12
                              Reply message RE: D3100, D3200, D5000, D5100 Distortion Control Data ...
13
                                   Reply message RE: D3100, D3200, D5000, D5100 Distortion Control Data ...
15
Reply message RE: D3100, D3200, D5000, D5100 Distortion Control Data ...
16
Reply message RE: D3100, D3200, D5000, D5100 Distortion Control Data ...
17
Reply message RE: D3100, D3200, D5000, D5100 Distortion Control Data ...
18
Reply message RE: D3100, D3200, D5000, D5100 Distortion Control Data ...
19