13 Aug 2012

Nikon Distortion Control Firmware Update

Ok, this firmware update has been out for a while and I have known about it but I simply haven't had the time or inclination to install it onto my camera yet. Until today. It simply updates your camera's firmware to include Distortion Control for a large selection of Nikkor lenses.

Download update here: http://nikonimglib.com/dcdata/index.html.en#os-windows
Installation instructions here: http://nikonimglib.com/dcdata/manual/En/lensprofile_win_en_ABF.html

I have the pleasure of letting you know that it works. If you do the correction in-camera and you are happy to deal with a jpg file from that moment on. It doesn't do it automatically, so you have to physically push buttons and select distortion control to implement it. Oh woe is us, more buttons to press! ;-)

Photo of blinds taken with an AF-S Nikkor 35mm f1.8G DX and unfixed by Nikon's in-camera Distortion Control software:


As you can see it has a fair bit of barrel distortion when you do stupid things like shoot blinds (or brick walls). If you don't do something that stupid, then you probably won't notice it at all. Like here. Best advice: don't do stupid things like this... ;-)

Photo of blinds taken with an
AF-S Nikkor 35mm f1.8G DX and fixed by Nikon's in camera Distortion Control software:


Lines that are supposed to be straight are in fact straight! Like magic. You don't have any more input than a few button clicks and it auto-magically fixes your Nikon lens distortion! Yay! Now if only Nikon's computer RAW conversion software would do the same. I am not 100% sure, but I don't think it can at this point in time.

Here is the complete list (from Nikon's website) of supported lenses that have in-camera Distortion Control via this firmware update:


■Wide-angle zoom lens
AF-S DX NIKKOR 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED
AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 12-24mm f/4G ED IF
AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED
AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR
AI AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D ED IF
AI AF Zoom-Nikkor 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5D ED IF
AI AF Zoom-Nikkor 20-35mm f/2.8D IF
AI AF Zoom-Nikkor 24-50mm f/3.3-4.5D

■Standard zoom lens
AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED IF
AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II
AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED
AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G ED IF
AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR
AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED IF
AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G ED IF VR
AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR
AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR
AF Zoom-Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.3-5.6G
AF Zoom-Nikkor 28-100mm f/3.5-5.6G
AI AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 28-70mm f/2.8D ED IF
AI AF Zoom-Nikkor 35-80mm f/4-5.6D
AI AF Zoom-Nikkor 35-105mm f/3.5-4.5D IF
AI AF Zoom-Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6D
AI AF Zoom-Nikkor 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5D
AI AF Zoom-Nikkor 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5D IF
AI AF Zoom-Nikkor 24-85mm f/2.8-4D ED IF
AI AF Zoom-Nikkor 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6D ED IF

■Telephoto zoom lens
AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR
AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED
AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED IF VR
AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II *1
AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II *1
AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 200-400mm f/4G ED IF VR *1
AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED IF VR *1
AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED IF VR
AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G ED
AI Ai AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED IF *1
AI AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-210mm f/4-5.6D
AI AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED
AI AF Zoom-Nikkor 75-240mm f/4.5-5.6D
AI AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED
AI AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-200mm f/4.5-5.6D
AI AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR

■High-powered zoom lens
AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED IF
AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G ED IF
AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
AF Zoom-Nikkor 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED IF
AI AF Zoom-Nikkor 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6D IF

■Single focus lens
AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G
AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED
AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G
AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G
AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G
AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G
AI AF Nikkor 14mm f/2.8D ED
AI AF Nikkor 18mm f/2.8D
AI AF Nikkor 20mm f/2.8D
AI AF Nikkor 24mm f/2.8D
AI AF Nikkor 28mm f/1.4D
AI AF Nikkor 28mm f/2.8D
AI AF Nikkor 35mm f/2D
AI AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D
AI AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D

■Telephoto lens
AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G
AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G
AF-S Nikkor 200mm f/2G ED IF VR *1
AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II *1
AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/2.8G ED IF VR *1
AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II *1
AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8G ED VR *1
AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR *1
AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR *1
AI AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/2.8D ED IF *1
AI AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/2.8D ED IF II *1
AI AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D ED IF *1
AI AF-S Nikkor 400mm f/2.8D ED IF *1
AI AF-S Nikkor 400mm f/2.8D ED IF II *1
AI AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/4D ED IF *1
AI AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/4D ED IF II *1
AI AF-S Nikkor 600mm f/4D ED IF *1
AI AF-S Nikkor 600mm f/4D ED IF II *1
AI AF-I Nikkor 300mm f/2.8D ED IF *1
AI AF-I Nikkor 400mm f/2.8 ED IF *1
AI AF-I Nikkor 500mm f/4 ED IF *1
AI AF-I Nikkor 600mm f/4 ED IF *1
AI AF Nikkor 180mm f/2.8D ED IF
AI AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D IF
AI AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D
AI AF DC-Nikkor 105mm f/2D
AI AF DC-Nikkor 135mm f/2D

■Macro lens
AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G
AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR
AF-S Micro NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED
AF-S Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G ED IF VR *1
AI AF Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8D
AI AF Micro-Nikkor 200mm f/4D ED IF
AI AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D
AI AF Zoom-Micro Nikkor 70-180mm f/4.5-5.6D ED

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