Looks like the only advertised fix for this new firmware is the correction of banding that occurs when shooting slower than 8 seconds...I've heard that Nikon sometimes doesn't post all fixes...so if anyone knows anything else, post away.
This new firmware update is amazing. There's a lot of hidden gems in it. For example, now my D300 alerts me with an audible voice when my composition is off. "Move back," it will say. It also will speak to me and tell me when to press the shutter at just the right time for moving subjects. Really incredible.
My experience with Firmware updates on the D200 would suggest that you should upgrade. Sometimes there are bug fixes and minor improvements that Nikon does not advertise. In one instance in particular, a D200 firmware update fixed a problem with focusing using AF/On with Sigma lenses. The documentation for the update did not even mention. This eliminated the need to send the lens to Sigma for upgrading.
I don't think you needed to point that out unless you think somehow the D200 and the D300 have nothing in common. Nikon likes to understate what releases fix and that applies to any DSLR firmware update.
I guess I was not clear in my anology with the D200 experience. I was building the case for upgrading based on my experience with the D200. I have downloaded the upgrade and plan to upgrade my D300, but I have not had time to do it yet.
Sorry if the intent of my earlier post was not clear.
I'd be sure to remove the CF card when restarting and checking the validity of the update. I'd also be sure to format the card to wipe out the update file after confirming the version. These are in Nikon's instructions and it makes sense both to confirm what you've done and to not have the camera looking at the same update file when you're accessing the firmware display.
Fri 15-Feb-08 09:26 AM | edited Fri 15-Feb-08 09:38 AM by Glideslope
>I had problem downloading the file on my I-Mac 10.5.2! I >thought, maybe the new firmware is not for Leopard yet. Any >thought please? > >Saffarinia,
Make sure you have the new stuffit expander if your on 10.5.2. I had no trouble with the download, but you can't open the .sit to create the .bin without stuffit. You would think Nikon would download with .zip. Tough to figure them out sometimes.
Shot about 30 images with 1.02 on my D300 yesterday. No changes in IQ or anything I can see. It does not touch your settings.
AF seems just as WOW as before.
I always download direct from Nikon USA after I log in.
BJ, what would we do without you. You are certainly correct about the Nikon instructions; however, being a curious sort, I re-copied the firmware file to the root directory of my cf card, inserted same, and turned on the camera. No smoke. I took a picture, still ok. Then I went to the Firmware version entry, stated that I had 1.02 in camera. Tempting fate further, I invoked Firmware Update, and the camera offered to update from 1.02 to 1.02. At this point I lost my nerved, backed out, formatted the card.
In other words Nikon is trying to protect one from being an idiot, which is ok, but the camera doesn't do anything unexpected. Just need to read before punching buttons.
>>...The camera won't let you >>apply if the battery is below 75% charged. >> > >I can't agree with this. I did mine with 63%. No problem.
FWIW if you are using the grip and have AA batteries in it, you also need to have a battery in the body or it won't let you update complaining that you need to have the "correct" battery or something like that.
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Just a note to anyone who may be in Japan and cannot read Japanese. Nikon USA will not allow you to download this file from that site. You have to download from Nikon Japan and it is in Japanese. No English support is available.
The procedure for Windows is the same as per the US, but it is not a zip file but an executable. After downloading it, click it. You will then get the bin file which goes onto you card. (Simply move it onto the card. Do not put it in any folder on the card.) Camera installation is the same as US, of course.
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Fri 15-Feb-08 09:35 AM | edited Fri 15-Feb-08 09:36 AM by Glideslope
>Just a note to anyone who may be in Japan and cannot read >Japanese. Nikon USA will not allow you to download this file >from that site. You have to download from Nikon Japan and it >is in Japanese. No English support is available. > >The procedure for Windows is the same as per the US, but it is >not a zip file but an executable. After downloading it, click >it. You will then get the bin file which goes onto you card. >(Simply move it onto the card. Do not put it in any folder on >the card.) Camera installation is the same as US, of course. > > >**Never fall in love with anything that can't love you >back.**
For one, I'm fortunate to have noticed an announcement in news on this site about the firmware update being as tonight I was shooting long exposures of 25 and 30 seconds, the majority of which turned out with vertical banding. Was planning to give Nikon a call to find out why.
Nikon claims it's 'rare' to have banding, so if that's the case I should buy a lottery ticket for being one of so few to have noticed this happening. After the update I shot another series of long exposures and the bands were completely gone I'm pleased to say. Anything else they might have addressed would be like icing on cake.
Updating was fast and easy, well worth the effort.
>Looks like the only advertised fix for this new firmware is >the correction of banding that occurs when shooting slower >than 8 seconds...I've heard that Nikon sometimes doesn't post >all fixes...so if anyone knows anything else, post away. > >Here >is a link if you're in the USA. > >Edited to make link shorter
Thanks for the heads up, I downloaded the new firmwarew and it was a breeze to install.
Yes it fixes verticle banding, at least that's what I read on the Nikon download page where I got the firmware file, and it fixed the problem on my camera far as I can tell. So far haven't heard many complain about this here, but certainly was noticeable on mine. To Nikon's credit they fixed this nearly as fast as I could discover it.
Still waiting to hear my camera tell if composition is off and when to click the shutter though.
... I purchased my D300 on the 13th Feb. Got home and read this thread. The thought went through my mind 'bummer, new camera and already requires firmware upgrade...'. I figured I would take a few moments to get my head around the camera, and then upgrade later. Well, with the lunar eclipse tonight, I figured I better install the new firmware.
To my surprise though, my camera already has A version 1.02.
So, those with extra-new D300's may not need to upgrade the firmare yet. It may already be the new one. Check before you download.
Excellent advise... although it says check version in camera on the update site, many will not read though each step or follow them entirely. If you don't need to touch firmware, you are better off not in most cases.