Complete D70 Guide
Errata Page


The following are the known errata for versions 1.06a, 1.06b, 1.07, and 2.00 of the eBook, as of 7/7/07.

Errata for Version 2.00:

p. 157: "and confuses others" should be "and confuse others".

p. 294 and p. 303: "Release lock" should be "Release locked".

p. 221: I mention that trap focus isn't available. Technically, it isn't as a built-in feature. The note is correct as worded. But as with most current Nikon bodies, you can simulate trap focus: (1) set CSM#15 to AF-ON; (2) set CSM#2 to AF-S; (3) set focus to Single Area; (4) if the lens has a focus switch on it, make sure it is on A or M/A; (5) manually focus the lens to your desired distance; (6) press and hold the shutter release; when what's under the selected focus bracket comes into focus, the camera should fire.

p. 446: end of first bullet: "without removing PictureProject first" should be "without removing View first."

Errata for Versions 1.06a and 1.06b:

I accidentally left out Michael Worley from the draft reviewer list in the Acknowledgements.

Nikon has stopped supplying Nikon View with the camera (though you can still download it from their sites). Apparently you can indeed install both PictureProject and Nikon View, but the order in which you do so is important; View can't be installed first. Still, this is a little unsettling, as it means that something in the registry or DLLs can be conflicting between the products.

If you have trouble loading the custom curves supplied, try renaming the file so that it has an extension of .ntc.

Whenever you're editing text in the menus (such as in Image Comments), you can use the Delete key (trashcan) to delete the character at the current position. One reader also suggested that you set your monitor time out function higher if you know you're going to be entering text into the menu system. Another reader has noted a bug in the new firmware (A1.01/B1.02). If you edit the Image Comment and a new line is created, the line that should be moved down is garbled.

p. 16. There's no closing parentheses at the end of the second paragraph.

p.26. Microdrives are also sensitive to altitude, as the read/write head design uses airflow to cushion it and at high altitudes (over ~9000 feet, 3000m), air pressure is lower and the air cushion no longer functions well, which can cause the head to "crash" into the platter and cause errors.

p. 33. There is no item numbered 44 (this is an unintentional duplicate; the bracketing progress indicator is #62, bracketing active indicator is #61). Same problem is in the D70CALLOUTS.PDF file.

p. 60. The clock icon blinks any time there is no date and time set, not just when the internal battery is run down. A better wording might be: "If the clock icon blinks in the top LCD, that means that the internal battery lost charge and that the correct date and time have been lost (unless the date and time have never been set before, as for a new body, or have been erased by resetting the camera)."

p. 60. The color LCD uses over 300x the power, not 30x the power, when active.

p. 70. Of course no sooner do you write something about what the fastest anything is that it is eclipsed. The SanDisk Ultra II and Extreme now appear to be the fastest. But this, too, will change. Use the database on Rob Galbraith's site to keep up with the latest.

p. 74. There's an extra closing parentheses after the word "range."

p. 80. The correct URL for PhotoRescue is http://www.datarescue.com/photorescue.

p. 93. The Tip at the bottom of the page says that the preview image is in TIFF format. It's not, it's in JPEG format on the D70.

p. 99. Due to the screen shot used, one reader suggests a different wording for Step 4: "Use the Direction pad to navigate to either the NEF (Raw) or NEF + JPEG Basic (which also saves a JPEG file in Basic quality for each NEF image) lines and press the > key."

p.124. The mirror can be locked up without the AC adapter for cleaning, though I wouldn't recommend this.

p. 138-139. The two-button reset also sets Optimize image to Normal.

p. 143, 146, 147. The D70's viewfinder screen has an 8mm circle, not the 12mm circle described or shown (the displays in the book are actually D100 displays, at least where it concerns the circle position).

p. 151-152. I use the words aperture-preferred and shutter-preferred. For consistency sake, these should be aperture-priority and shutter-priority, as I have done throughout the rest of the book.

p. 155. The button is silver, not black.

p. 163. To be completely accurate, the sentence should read "You'll never know if the shot you just took was at the mostly noise-free ISO 400 value or at the very noisy ISO 1600 value, at least not until it's too late." Why the change? Well, because you would know if the ISO value is 200, as the ISO AUTO indicator wouldn't be flashing. But other than that one setting, you wouldn't know what ISO is being used, thus I stand by the thought and the recommendations in that passage.

p. 172. The footnote cross reference doesn't have a page number (though the link works). The page number should be 367.

p. 173. Again, the words aperture-priority should be used instead of aperture-preferred.

p. 180. There's an extra parentheses towards the bottom of the page; it should read: "(whole numbers from -3 to +3 ... temperature lower. What was Nikon thinking?)."

p. 185. Remove the second "If you see NO GD..." just below the screen shot in Step 11; it's a duplicate.

p. 197. The sentence should read "This has consequences for
using the camera in low light." (I.e., remove the second "for").

p. 203. Autofocus Assist does work with the 24-120mm VR lens, though not with the other VR lenses.

p. 204. The cross reference to "Active Focus Sensor Illumination" seems to have been munged. It should reference page 271, not page 288.

p. 214-216. The frame rate will drop from 3 fps to about 2 fps if noise reduction is active. This should be considered when troubleshooting shooting method issues.

p. 215. I refer to C or S appearing on the top LCD. Actually, icons appear: a box with an S or a box with a series of drop boxes (for continuous).

p. 219. The formula is formatted funky due to Word's Equation Editor defaults. Someone finally showed me how to override them. It's not "dis tan ce," but "distance."

p. 227. The "II" after "Adobe RGB" should also be in green.

p. 263, start of last paragraph. The sentence needs a verb. Add "are" before the word "accessible."

p. 273. The third bullet towards the bottom of the page contradicts what's mentioned in the section labeled ON lower on the page. Remove the third bullet point, it is incorrect.

p. 286. Step 4 appears twice (the second one should be labeled Step 5). For those that are interested, this is the result of a Word bug that has appeared in EVERY version of Word, Windows or Mac, for the past decade. While I know to look for it, sometimes Word sneaks in and renumbers something on me at the last minute, like this.

p. 294. End of the first paragraph for Custom Setting #23, it should be "six seconds" not "ten seconds."

p. 298. While the statement about light falloff is accurate, to be perfectly correct: light falls of with the square of the distance, otherwise known as the inverse square law.

p. 317. The line should read: "Again -1 EV for people and -1.7 for objects..." Remove the word "between."

p. 337. Clarification: if the SB-800's flash head is tilted the distance scale doesn't appear. The SB-600 doesn't tilt to -7 degrees below horizontal like the SB-800.

p. 345 (or 359). Step 5 for setting SB-800 Repeating Flash has some wrong fonts showing. "Next to the ;" should be "Next to the Hz" and "Press the o button" should be "Press the SEL button."

p. 382. The D70 has a menu setting to lift the mirror, so you don't need to use Bulb as suggested in the bullet at the top of the page.

p. 412. The live cross reference link to page 470 is inoperative in the PDF file.

p. 493. The MS-D70 is incorrectly referred to as the MB-D70.

Flash section: both the Nikon manual (p. 94) and my eBook say that Balanced Fill-Flash is cancelled by Manual exposure mode, yet the BL symbol stays lit on the SB-800. In some quick tests to see what was going on, I saw some minor differences in flash levels, but not enough to say that the BL symbol is wrong. I'll continue testing to see if I can figure out what's going on. In the meantime, use spot metering or the Mode button on the SB-800 to ensure that you're in Standard TTL if that's what you want.

Software section: I imply that Photoshop Elements doesn't have layering capabilities. It does (see the book Power of Elements, which also has a disc that unlocks some other features). I still find Elements limiting, especially if you shoot NEF files.

Scene exposure mode section: I should have emphasized that autofocus settings can get overridden by the Scene exposure modes. Set the camera to Auto, for example, and you're in Closest Subject Priority regardless of what you set with the Custom Settings.

The ISO Change worksheet in the Flash workbook has all cells protected. Select Tools/Protection/Unprotect Sheet and enter the password printed in the eBook. Select Tools/Protection/Protect Sheet and make sure that the Select Unlocked Cells box is checked, enter the password again and verify it, then save the file. (This problem should be fixed on all discs shipped after 6/2/04.)

The Lens Test.PSD file was left off the first round of duplicated discs. Unfortunately, due to its large size, I currently have no plans for (or way of) making it available.

Errata for Version 1.07:

Yep, I did it again. Version 1.07 doesn't have the Lens Test.PSD file on it. I'm starting to think that I have something in for that file...

In the section on Automatic ISO (Custom Setting #5), there's a bullet that starts "If the flash is active the camera, unlike the D100..." Remove this bullet point, it is incorrect and contradicts what is mentioned elsewhere.

p. 22 : 6 to 8mp is a 33% increase, not 25%. 3008 to 3456 pixels is a 15% increase, not 12%.

p. 59: "with the money spend" should be "with the money you spend."

p. 95: B = Y + Cr should read B = Y + Cb.

p. 183-184: Clarification: The table of actual lighting sources (intentionally) includes values that you can't set on a D70, such as Candlelight and Standard photolamp. These are there to give you an idea of how the settings you can make fit into some commonly encountered light sources.

p. 199: "every so slightly" should be "ever so slightly."

p. 315: Addition: Another reason to set flash exposure compensation on the body is that it is added to the EXIF data. When you set flash exposure compensation on the flash it won't appear in EXIF data.

p. 365: Step 1 should refer to Custom Setting #15, not 17.

Photoshop Elements does now support layers (and the 3.0 version just introduced also supports more 16-bit controls and some of the Adobe Raw Converter).

General comment about the flashing 0 in the viewfinder: If you set CSM #10 to On, the viewfinder always flashes the 0 in order to remind you of this setting.

Errata for Version 2.00:

p. 3: "for D2x owners" should be "for D70 and D70s owners..."

p. 26: "front the front" should be "from the front..."

p. 50: Footnote 18 is missing (an interesting Word bug, actually; Word will place a blank footnote reference into the text of a document, but not put a corresponding blank footnote into the bottom of the page). The footnote should read: "On a D70, this “black mask” consists of 70 pixels in the long axis (with most of that on one side), 6 pixels in the short axis. That’s one reason why you sometimes see the chip described as 3110 x 2030 (6.31 megapixels)."

p. 78: footnote should probably reference 32x.

p. 108: "multiple by 2" should be "multiply by 2..."

p. 148: The file sequence number isn't always reset to 0001.

p. 208: "function fine tune" should be "function to fine tune..."

p. 211: "Not the second patch..." should be "Note that the second patch..."

p. 213: "the user forget" should be "some users forget..."

p. 248: "is now labeled..." should be "is now labeling..."

p. 352: "in that you the..." should be "in that the..."

p. 389/390: Several errors crept in here. The SB-800 shows RPT instead of M with flash symbols (step 2). In steps 4b, 5, and 6, I refer to flashing or blinking. This should instead be "highlighted." And the number of flashes in Step 6 isn't on the left side of the LCD, it's on the upper right in a section that'll look like 1x10Hz. The first number (before the "x" is the the "number of flashes").

p. 422: In the note remove the reference to TIFF. The D70 series can't shoot TIFFs.

Not an errata: one Windows users responded to my renaming section on page 124 with a method to rename photos in Windows Explorer:

1. Select the files you want to rename in Windows Explorer.

2. Right-click on the first file you want to rename (or press F2).

3. Rename the file to what you want, with the incremental number in parentheses. E.g. "PhillyZoo_April06_(0).NEF".

4. Press the Enter key to start the renaming process.

See http://www.microsoft.com/athome/morefun/renamephotos.mspx for details.


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