I just updated my firmware distortion control to Version 2 for my D7000. Glancing at the list of cameras for which this update is available on Nikon's site, I was surprised to see that the D700 is not on the list, while even the lowly D90 is.
Mon 01-Sep-14 11:26 AM | edited Mon 01-Sep-14 11:27 AM by ajdooley
It may be a blessing NOT to have distortion correction in a camera. At least then, we can blame bad photos on the camera! Actually, I like the distortion that makes me look better. Maybe they'll come up with one that will give me hair!
In the end, I'm just griping about forward compatibility and what looks like planned obsolescence in general. I shoot RAW, distortion control on "OFF", since I use DxO to convert.
But I doubt some kind of technological revolution occured inside Nikon between the July release of the D700 and the August release of the D90. Whatever "upgrade" occured in the D90 could conceivably have been included in the D700, even if it meant delaying the release by one month.
Distortion control is used for in camera JPGs and previews; it does not affect the raw image data. It is also used for the initial rendering of RAW files with Nikon software. Other vendor's software use their own distortion correction data instead of Nikon's.
Since you use DxO for raw conversion, it doesn't really matter if the D700 uses distortion control data or not.
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