Updating Distortion Control Lens Data


Thank you for choosing a Nikon product. This guide describes how to update distortion control lens data. If you are not confident that you can perform the update successfully, the update can be performed by a Nikon-authorized service representative. See the camera manual for information on camera operations.

The camera may be damaged if power is interrupted or camera controls are operated during the update. Do not turn the camera off, remove or disconnect the power source, or operate camera controls during the update. If the update is not completed successfully and the camera becomes inoperable, take the camera to a Nikon-authorized service representative for inspection.

Get ready

  To perform the update, you will need:
The camera
A computer equipped with a card reader or card slot
One of the following camera power sources:
  — An AC adapter
  — A fully-charged rechargeable Li-ion battery of a type supported by the camera
A Nikon-approved memory card that has been formatted in the camera (note that all data on the memory card will be deleted when the card is formatted; before formatting the card, back up any data you wish to keep to a computer or other device)
The camera User’s Manual

Check the current lens data version

  The menus displayed on your camera may differ from those shown here.
1 Turn the camera on.
2 Press MENU to display the menus.
3 Select Firmware version in the setup menu.

Confirm that the distortion control lens data version (L) is one to which this update applies.

“#.###” is the distortion control data version.
5 Exit to the setup menu and turn the camera off.

Download and extract the new lens data

  If you are using Windows 8, select Desktop in the start screen to enter desktop mode.
1 Click the I agree - Begin download link on the download site to download the file to your computer.
2 Double-click the downloaded file to start the installer. If a “User Account Control” dialog is displayed, click Yes or Continue.
3 Select a language and click Next.
If the desired language is not displayed, click Region Selection and choose a different region. The language-selection dialog may not be displayed if you have previously installed other Nikon software.
4 Click Next.
5 After reading the license agreement, select I accept the terms in the license agreement and click Next to begin installation.
6 Follow the on-screen instructions to complete installation. When installation is complete, confirm that a “Nikon” folder has been created on the desktop and check that it contains the following items:
  • NKLD#####.BIN: Distortion control lens data; ##### represents the version number
  • Legal: A folder containing the license agreement.

Copy the lens data to the memory card

  The data can be copied to the camera memory card using a computer equipped with a card reader or card slot.
1 Insert a formatted memory card in the card reader or card slot. If ViewNX 2 or Nikon Transfer is installed, Nikon Transfer 2 or Nikon Transfer may start automatically; exit the application before proceeding.
Windows 8
If Windows displays the message shown in the illustration, click × to close the dialog.
Windows 7/Vista
Under Windows 7/Vista, an AutoPlay dialog may be displayed. Click .
Windows XP
Under Windows XP, a Removable Disk dialog may be displayed. Click Cancel.
2 Copy “NKLD#####.BIN” to the memory card (##### represents the distortion control data version).
Windows 8
To have both the current folder (the folder containing the firmware update) and the memory card folder open at the same time, right-click the memory card icon in Explorer and select Open in new window.
When copying is complete, confirm that the memory card contains the file “NKLD#####.BIN”, where ##### represents the distortion control data version.
Be sure to copy the lens data to the root directory of the memory card. The camera will not recognize the new data if it is placed in a folder under the root directory.
3 If your computer shows the memory card as a removable disk, right-click the removable disk and select Eject from the menu that appears. Remove the memory card from the card reader or card slot.

Update the lens data

  The menus displayed on your camera may differ from those shown here.
During the update, do not:
Remove the memory card
Turn the camera off
Operate any of the camera controls
Attach or remove lenses
Unplug or disconnect the AC adapter
Remove the battery
Subject the camera to powerful electromagnetic noise
Any of the above actions could cause the camera to become inoperable.
1 Insert the memory card containing the lens data into the camera.
Cameras with Two Memory Card Slots
If the camera allows you to select one slot as the primary slot and the other as the secondary slot, insert the card into the slot currently selected as the primary slot. Otherwise insert the card into Slot 1.
2 Turn the camera on.
3 Press MENU to display the menus.
4 Select Firmware version in the setup menu.
5 The current distortion control data version will be displayed. Highlight Update and press the OK.
6 An update dialog will be displayed. Select Yes.
7 The update will begin. Follow the on-screen instruction during the update.
8 Confirm that the update was completed successfully.
8-1. Turn the camera off and remove the memory card.
8-2. Check the distortion control data version as described in Step 2, “Check the current lens data version”.
8-3. If the updated version is displayed, the update was successful.
“#.###” is the distortion control data version.
If the update was not successful, contact a Nikon service representative.
9 Format the memory card in the camera.
This completes the update.