Nikon has posted a Distortion Control Data Firmware Update. Distortion control data are used to correct barrel and pincushion distortion during shooting and editing. They can be loaded into cameras that support distortion control. The D7000 is one of the DSLRs which support DC.
Your D7000 has "Automatic Distortion Control" which you can choose to turn on or off. If turned on, it will reduce barrel distortion when shooting with wide-angle lenses and reduce pin-cushion distortion when shooting with long lenses (note that the edges of the area visible in the viewfinder may be cropped out of the final photograph, and that the time needed to process photographs before recording begins may increase). This option does not apply to movies and is available only with type G and D lenses (PC, fisheye, and certain other lenses excluded); results are not guaranteed with other lenses. The choice of using the feature is up to your style and depends on your lenses and how you use them.
With wide angle lenses in particular, I have noticed barrel distortion, with some lenses producing more distortion than others.
Yes you can fix this in post processing, but some like to do it, if only on occasion, or all the time via their camera. This update puts the latest information, needed to run this control, into your camera.
Each photographer has to decide on their own the importance of updates, for cameras, for software, etc. Personally, I put in the latest firmware updates into my cameras.
Be sure to recharge or have a fully charged battery before you do the update. It will not even allow the update to be performed unless you do - it's a safety feature. My battery was 3/4-charged and it still wouldn't allow the update without a recharge.
Is the correction only applied to jpg output or also to the raw files? If it is applied to raw files, is it directly on the data or is it stored seperately in a way that only nikon converters can read?
I had this issue with the active dlighting information which made the pictures seem too dark when opened using adobe's converters because as I later found out they cannot read the proprietary ADL information.
I guess I will update the firmware anyways to give me the option on jpgs but wanted to know nevertheless.
Will then have to make a decision between turning this on and not touching distortion in LR or leaving it off and fixing it in LR which I will have to do on my wide lens anyway(since its a Tokina 11-16)
I understand your question, but there is no way to answer it at this point, which I can find, as the prior firmware information page at Nikon has been overwritten by this new one, so there is no old list with which to compare.
You just need to look at the list to check your lenses against it. Personally, I just upgraded for the few times I do shoot in JPG, and called it a day. Putting in the upgrade can only help, as far as I'm concerned.
I don't think Capture NX2 is using a database for distortion control. It is a separate edit adjustment. When you open the Distortion Control edit step it defaults to a setting of 10 which corrects barrel distortion. It applies that same default setting of 10 for barrel distortion to any lens - a 24-70 at 24mm, a 70-200 at 70mm, and a 600mm f/4 lens. You move a slider to adjust the control as desired.
There may be a separate lens correction adjustment elsewhere, but it is not the Distortion Control adjustment under the Adjust/Correct setting.
There's also an Auto Distortion setting in the Camera & Lens Corrections section. The choices are only Off or Automatic. I suspect that this is the same as the in camera corrections made by the L firmware.
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Most profiles that adobe has for ditortion correction are for full frame cameras and ive always wondered if they adjust for the fact that my photos are from a crop sensor before applying the correction. The distortion should be different for the crop sensor edge vs the full frame edge. If the distortion is being modelled as a function it should be possible to make that correction but was just unsure if it was being corrected for or not
>Most profiles that adobe has for ditortion correction are for >full frame cameras and ive always wondered if they adjust for >the fact that my photos are from a crop sensor before applying >the correction.
Very interesting point. Lightroom seems to do a great job of auto distortion correction so I assume it uses compensated corrections for DX versus FX bodies when shooting with an FX lens.
Bob, yes it's in the exif data and CNX2 can read it, but non-Nikon converters can't read it, and since it's not "baked-in" the RAW image (The camera doesn't rewrite the image according to the DCI when it saves the RAW file.) for converters such as Adobe Raw, it's as if it's not there.
Thanks, I would not have know this update was available without your notification on Nikonions. It is a little frustrating that there is all the whizbang about which version your using and what the upgrade is to. I assume (hope) version 1.006 is what we're all doing from .002. Why couldn't they have said that vice all the # signs. Anyway, the upgrade took less than a second and all the thrash about battery power seems to have been irrelevant.
You bring up good points. In his recent article, "Software Isn't Our Day Job" Thom Hogan discusses just these points. He talks about a well known secret that many of us who have been using Nikon for many years have known, Nikon doesn't understand the software business.
Nikon users buy Nikon cameras, lenses and accessories because Nikon does a heck of a job with their design and manufacture. We don't buy Nikon products because they write great software, because they don't write great software. Even their firmware updates aren't accomplished well.
Nikon's newest cameras may be state of the art, but their software isn't. Personally that doesn't bother me much, although I wish they did a better job delivering their firmware updates.
As to going to 1.006 from 1.002, it really doesn't matter. For one thing this lens table update was for a variety of cameras, from Nikon's flagship product, the D4, all the way to the now quite old D90. Nikon has now chosen to update many cameras with one update.
As to the battery power warning, it's standard in firmware updates for Nikon. They don't take into account the time the firmware takes to update.
As to notifications, if you register online at Nikon USA, and in "My Nikon" enter your Nikon products, you will normally get notifications about firmware updates. You could install Nikon Message Center and you will definitely get notifications of updates. I don't recommend Message Center as it's a pain in the neck and often will keep notifying you about an update even after you've updated.
As to how I knew about the update, as a member of the press, I get all Nikon's press releases emailed to me whenever released. In addition, since I need to keep up with what's going on, as a travel writer, and a travel photography writer, I'm always reading and questioning about the issues which are important in those areas. Research is part of the stock and trade of journalists.
Ah. So for many cameras...that explains much. I'm not sure why I'm not getting the notifications. I'm registered with Nikon and I have the message center thingy on at least one machine. On the other hand it hasn't been the nuisance you describe. Probably need to go check some settings.
Anyway, with Nikonians I get the reliable notifications and a charming follow-up from the knowledgeable source. Seems like a much better deal to me.
>the upgrade took less than a second >and all the thrash about battery >power seems to have been irrelevant. > >...or maybe I don't understand the problem.
If you are referring to my suggestion in post #8 you've made a very harsh statement - especially when your last sentence is taken into account.
It doesn't matter if it takes 1 second or 1 minute. It is a safety feature that is used and well documented by Nikon. Not all firmware updates are completed as quickly as this one - it depends on what is being updated. If you were to do a firmware update with a battery that failed during the process it can cause corrupted firmware/software and the only way to correct it would be a trip to Nikon or a authorized service center.
Yes I'm a little thin skinned when sarcasm is used against someone who is trying to help fellow Nikonians by someone who doesn't fully understand the problem/situation.
My apologies. My comment was certainly not directed at you or your post. I assumed that was a strictly a Nikon warning and, as was explained, it is standard with all the updates. My experience has been that the updates are momentary events, requiring little time or battery. Cameras other than the DSLRs may take more time? It just seemed an unnecessary limitation by Nikon. I appreciated the comments that warned the battery level check was for real, and I made sure that mine was up to snuff before starting. It's the sort of thing I would ignore to my frustration were it not for the good advice I get from all the Nikonians.
That's Nikon's update safety philosophy in action. They don't take into account how long the update will take. To err on the safety side of not totally fouling up one's Nikon camera by having the update fail in the middle, due to a lack of power, which will prevent the camera from working, requiring you to send it to Nikon for repair, regardless of the time the update should take, the update requires users to have virtually a full battery charge, before it will start.
Sometimes it seems silly when you have an update like the DCD one which takes a few seconds, but it's tough to argue with the Nikon decision to follow their update/power requirement philosophy.
Neither would my D7000, and that was the battery on the grip: in the body was a fully loaded one that the camera "forgot" to check. So I just removed the grip, updated with the internal battery, and that was it
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I've been trying to download the firmware for distortion control. But I am a bit puzzled. when it comes to transferring the appropriate .bin file to my SD card (I have new I-Mac so I've put it in the SD card slot on the computer) it tells me to make sure that it goes into the root directory. Which is the root directory? Is it the DCIM folder or is it separate from this--the blank area beside the DCIM folder? Thanks for any help you can give.
The "root directory" or "root folder" is a term from the Unix Operating System, which has made its way into the general lexicon of computing for all operating systems.
The "root directory" or "root folder" is the top most directory or folder on a computer drive; hard drive, usb drive, external drive, memory card, dvd, cd, etc.
It turns out that the way Nikon formats their DSLR memory cards, the "DCIM" folder sits in the "root directory." Therefore that's where all Nikon firmware updates should be copied, in the same area in which the DCIM folder sits. After copying the update file, it should be located in the same file/folder list as the DCIM folder.
Yes, the "blank area beside the DCIM folder". It will be in the same window as the DCIM folder but not inside the DCIM folder. The DCIM folder is at the root level. Place the .bin file at the same level.
Thanks for the help. I probably am repeating a time-honoured cliche but I'll do it anyway: Joining Nikonians was one of my best investments not the least because the ready help you and others have offered.