I bought my D700 in February 2009. It's now 5+ years and 127,000+ shutter actuations later, and I still have not done a firmware update. The D700 is still turning out such great images that I wonder whether updating the firmware will produce any noticeable improvements. I'm curious to know whether any of you who kept up with firmware updates were able to produce better images as a result of the updates.
#1. "RE: D700 firmware updates query" | In response to Reply # 0jcsocalphoto Nikonian since 18th Apr 2013Tue 10-Jun-14 03:38 PM
I'm not sure that firmware updates actually help make better images (although I'm sure that may be possible), but I was always under the impression that the firmware updates help the camera to do its job better. I've always kept up on the updates as a practice. I figure that if the maker of my camera is trying to update something, it's for a reason, and I want to be included in that update to better my camera.
It might not be necessary, but I figure it can't hurt!
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#3. "RE: D700 firmware updates query" | In response to Reply # 1Bob32 Nikonian since 28th Jul 2007Thu 12-Jun-14 06:39 PM
>It might not be necessary, but I figure it can't hurt!
I hope that you're right, but I haven't gotten the impression that Nikon is a world-beater when it comes to software!
#2. "RE: D700 firmware updates query" | In response to Reply # 0
There isn't a general answer to your question. Whether a firmware update provides any useful improvements in image quality depends what the update includes and how the camera is used.
The updates issued for the D700 have been as follows...
A:1.01 / B:1.01 (Jan 2009)
+ When Custom Setting a4 Focus tracking with lock-on was set to Off in Continuous-servo AF, the lens drive moved gradually without achieving focus. This issue has been resolved.
+ When the Speedlight SB-800 was mounted on the camera with flash mode set to Distance-priority manual (GN) mode, and then the exposure meters were reactivated or the camera was turned on, the distance information displayed on the SB-800 changed. This issue has been resolved.
+ When the Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D10 was mounted on the camera and an EN-EL3e battery inserted in the camera but no batteries inserted in the MB-D10, and SB-900 flash mode set to TTL auto flash mode, the flash mode changed to A mode when the exposure meters turned off or were reactivated, or the camera was turned off or on. This issue has been resolved.(This issue has also been resolved with SB-900 firmware Ver. 5.02.)
+ An issue that, in extremely rare cases, resulted in noticeable black dots in images captured with Long exp. NR in the shooting menu set to On has been resolved.
+ Manamah, displayed in the Time zone options for the World time item in the setup menu, has been changed to Manama.
A:1.03 / B:1.02 (May 2012):
+ An issue that, in some very rare cases, caused images to be extremely under-exposed has been resolved.
A:1.04 / B:1.03 (May 2013):
+ Support for the AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR has been added.
#4. "RE: D700 firmware updates query" | In response to Reply # 2Bob32 Nikonian since 28th Jul 2007Thu 12-Jun-14 06:51 PM
Thanks for the detailed info on the reasons for the D700 firmware updates so far. None of the issues cited appear to apply to my situation. However, I'll investigate further to determine how easy a firmware update would be and the potential for accidentally screwing up the camera in the process.
#5. "RE: D700 firmware updates query" | In response to Reply # 4MEMcD Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007Thu 12-Jun-14 08:46 PM | edited Thu 12-Jun-14 08:47 PM by MEMcD
Updating firmware is easy and only takes a few minutes.
Make sure to use a fresh fully charged battery and follow the step by step instructions.
The latest firmware for the D700: A:1.04 / B:1.03 includes all of the previous updates.