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Nikon firmware update rant

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Sorry, but I have got to get this off my chest. I've just spent some time updating the firmware on various Nikon DSLRs, and if you've never done this and you won't believe how incredibly stupid it is.

With Canon and Fuji equipment, it's really simple. Copy all the firmware files you've got onto a memory card, put the card into a camera, and the camera will identify the correct file(s). Easy peasy.

You'd think it would be the same for Nikon equipment. After all, the files all have usefully descriptive names - for example D750 firmware version 1.12 is D750_0112.bin - and they surely have metadata in the file headers to identify them. So just copy all the firmware files onto a card, put the card into a camera and away you go.

Only it doesn't work like that. Nikon cameras are incapable of reading the filenames, and incapable of reading the file headers. They require you to have one and exactly one .bin file on the card. Trouble is though, Nikon DSLRs have TWO firmware files - one for the basic camera functionality, and one with lens data. So if you need to update both, you can only do one at a time.

Updating 4 Canon or Fuji cameras:

- Put card into PC. Copy all firmware files onto card.

- Put card into camera #1. Update firmware.

- Put card into camera #2. Update firmware.

- Put card into camera #3. Update firmware.

- Put card into camera #4. Update firmware.

Updating 4 Nikon cameras:

- Put card into PC. Copy firmware file for camera #1 onto card.

- Put card into camera #1. Update firmware.

- Put card into PC. Delete firmware file for camera #1. Copy firmware file for camera #2 onto card.

- Put card into camera #2. Update firmware.

- Put card into PC. Delete firmware file for camera #2. Copy firmware file for camera #3 onto card.

- Put card into camera #3. Update firmware.

- Put card into PC. Delete firmware file for camera #3. Copy firmware file for camera #4 onto card.

- Put card into camera #4. Update firmware.

- Put card into PC. Delete firmware file for camera #4. Copy lens data file onto card.

- Put card into camera #1. Update lens data.

- Put card into camera #2. Update lens data.

- Put card into camera #3. Update lens data.

- Put card into camera #4. Update lens data.

Absolute madness. What were Nikon's engineers thinking?

 


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