Bottom line folks. Are any or all of you going to send your D100s in for the upgrade? Just curious and would like to see how people are feeling about the issue. I see on some other sites that people are really upset. Maybe a web poll?
I am not sure yet if i will send in my camera, only had it a couple of weeks and hate to part with it. I am upset at how it is set up - you pay to send it in and you are without your camera for god knows how long!
This may sound stupid, but I kind'a agree with Thomas' idea. I bought my camera in mid summer, so it has the firmware ver1.00 and I've never sent it in for firmware upgrade. I just don't feel like parting with my camera, because that will leave me with no digital camera (although I still have my F100 and F80 to play with). I think I will wait until the upgrade is significant enough. Nikon is quite silly for not providing the firmware upgrade on the web.
George Oei Madison, WI "Dude, you're getting a Nikkor !!!"
...as I don't see parting with the camera for 2 weeks. Quite frankly, I don't know why either (1) Nikon doesn't allow users to flash their own cameras using a downloadable executable that can be read from a CF card, or (2) allow local dealers to do the same for customers on a while-you-wait basis. The argument that "it's too technical" for D100 users to do this is difficult to comprehend. Computer users do similar upgrades to computers every day without massive mishaps. And even if you foul up you can still send your camera back to the Nikon mothership for service.
C'mon, Nikon...give us D100 users a little credit for common sense and the ability to follow directions!
I also sent for the box for the 1.01 upgrade, and haven't had time to send it in. I'll go for the 2.0 upgrade in the near future, but I'm going to do Nikon a big favor and give them their box back. It is, after all, prepaid shipping. It gives me just the slightest feeling of revenge to send them their box back at their expense.
In the box I'm also going to include a letter to the President of Nikon USA telling him what I think of their policy.
Personally I can't see the point: the update doesn't include anything that I actually need, and I don't like the thought of having to ship the camera back to Nikon.
The thing I find annoying is that the Coolpix series have had user-upgradable firmware for some time; why wasn't the D100 designed the same way? Or, if it is, why won't Nikon let the end-user perform the upgrade?
I will wait for a more substantial update. From what I have read the changes will do little or nothing for my D100 (I've had mine for about six weeks). What interests me is if they are going to provide a memory upgrade as they have for the D1X, I'd be willing to part with my camera for that, and pay for it!
As soon as I found out about the 2.0 firmware upgrade this past Monday, I immediately packed it up and sent it via 2nd day air to Kentucky. Granted, I'm not happy with the fact that we just couldn't download the upgrade, transfer it to a CF, and then do an insert upgrade ourselves.
I figure we can take two roads: 1) send in the camera and bite the bullet, or; 2)bitch and moan and not do anything - still leaving us in square one.
I do wish that there is someway for a large scale organized effort to be launched that informs Nikon of our displeasure with all of this. I've seen some polls, petitions, etc., but nothing on a grand scale that I can see that Nikon would absorb and act upon.
Well my D100 is on a truck to Kentucky (UPS) second day ground and insured for $2200.00... Cost me $18.00 bucks. I have to look at the positive side and it will give me a chance to fire up the video camera. ... Hopefully this will be more than Nikon is letting on and some other changes to the camera will be made. Thanks for your thoughts.
I hate to gloat but I called my local (Hong Kong) Nikon service center & they will do the upgrade while I wait. This update is important to me since it means I can connect the D100 up the Mac using Capture (eg, to update the tone curve etc).
Still, the fact that Nikon has decided we are the only digital camera users who cannot update the firmware is sinister on their part. Nikon are playing games with us: - firmware can't be updated on DSLR - we have to use DTTL (cannot use cordless TTL) on DSLR - they are feeding us "G" lenses - no good on many film bodies...
Oh well, I still think the D100 is great, so enough complaining.