Make sure you actually need to update the firmware. The current version for the D700 is 1.01 and can be found on Nikon's Current Firmware Downloads page.
If you follow the update directions exactly, there shouldn't be any problems. When people do have problems, it tends to be one of two things. Either they are copying both part A and part B to the card at the same time, or they are not putting the update files in the root folder of the CF card. In the first case, they can only update one of the two parts (part A, I think). In the second case, the camera can't find the update file.
I looked again and see that there appears to be only one single file to download from the Nikon site for the D700 firmware update - at least this currently available update.
You point regarding whether or not this is needed for me is an excellent point. As far as I recall, every firmware update I've encountered before allows for a "skipped" version, i.e. if going from 1.0 to 1.1, and we do NOT update to 1.1, yet, when 1.2 comes out, we are allowed to go directly from 1.0 to 1.2.
So, net/net, the answer is that there appears to be only one file for both A and B parts of the firmware update this time, but, as you well said, if it is not necessary for me, maybe it's smartest to not do it this time and wait for the next update.
Does Nikon typically allow "skipping" an update in between and go directly from, say, 1.0 to 1.2 (skipping 1.1)?
Fri 03-Apr-09 06:54 AM | edited Fri 03-Apr-09 06:54 AM by mort
Unlike other Nikon DSLRs the D700 has one firmware file. Installing it is straight forward as per the instructions on the Nikon website. Each version of the firmware is a complete copy and you can install any later version without having to install intermetiate versions.
I have found some improvements with the focus performance with the latest firmware.
There is one 'bin' or binary file to upload. If you look at the images the D700 still has an "A" and "B" version parts like any other Nikon dSLR, but Nikon has programmed the D700 updater routine to take only one input file and apply the 2 parts as needed. This should cut down on the error of not performing the "A" and "B" updates seperatly and having to go back and apply the "A" part out of order.
Now if you attach an SB-900 and turn it on, when you check the version there will be a third firmware labeled "S" for SpeedLight. This is the firmware version of the SB-900. And this SpeedLight's firmware can also be updated by the D700.
>Unlike other Nikon DSLRs the D700 has one firmware file. >Installing it is straight forward as per the instructions on >the Nikon website. Each version of the firmware is a complete >copy and you can install any later version without having to >install intermetiate versions. > >I have found some improvements with the focus performance with >the latest firmware.
Mort: thx for your post/reply.
i wonder how improvements with the focus performance can be had with this particular firmware update? according to the Nikon site/page, this update has very few and rather specific purposes.
if you've noticed improvements in the focus of your D700, may i ask what aspects please? that way, i can "focus" on those aspects and see if i notice those specific parameters before and after my firmware update.
Carefully read the instructions and then re-read them.
Make sure you have a fully freashly charged battery in the cameara even if you are powering your camera with an AC adopter. And do not turn the camera off until the upgrade is finished. If it should stop during the upgrade your camera will not work and it is a trip to Nikon Support.
There is a bug between the d700 and the SB900. When camera goes into standby, it will place the SB in standy as well, this is normal. If the SB was in TTL mode when it went into standby, it will return from standby in aperture mode. If you upgrade the firmware of both the camera and flash, it will correct this issuie.