Corrections

No book with as much detail in it as Nikon Field Guide makes it to market without a few errors, despite my best efforts to the contrary. Fortunately, the Web gives me a way to let you know where the problems lie. So break out your red pencils, grab your book, and manually add the following to your copy. If you've got the Second Edition, click here.

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Nikon Field Guide First Edition Corrections, Clarifications, and Additions

Page 27, Shooting the moon. I identify three moon phases and the exposure for each. Here's all five major phases:

Page 27, Shooting the moon. The table notes that exposures longer than 30 seconds result in an oblong moon with washed out details. More precisely:

Page 38: Nikon Filter naming

Nikon seems to have two (maybe more) conventions for naming their filters. This is very confusing.

For filters intended for black and white film, the convention seems to be that the number in a Nikon filter designation indicates the wavelength (nanometers x 10) below which it passes less than 50% of the incoming light. So, the L37 passes less than 50% of the light below 370 nm, the Y52 less than 50% below 520 nm, the O56 less than 50% below 560 nm, and the R60 less than 50% below 600 nm.

For filters intended for color film, the naming convention is related to filter factor. The "12" in an A12 (Amber) filter refers to the full stop loss in filter factor, as does the "12" in a B12 (Blue) filter. This convention breaks down with the neutral density filters, which use a different value to indicate a full-stop loss ("2s").

Finally, the Green filters don't relate to either convention (X0 and X1), for reasons no one seems to know.

I'm considering using a graph to show the filtering properties of each filter in the next edition of the Nikon Field Guide.

Page 82, Magnification can be calculated as follows:

You can calculate the new focus distance by the following formula:

Page 85, Diopters and magnification. I provide a formula that is more complicated than necessary. Here's a better one:

Page 85, Diopters and magnification. The focus distance when a lens is set at infinity with a diopter on it will always be (1 meter / diopter value). From this formula you can calculate other focus distances than the table shows if you happen to have an oddball diopter.

Page 88, Camera-lens compatibility. The Nikon F5 can be modified to accept pre-AI lenses in A or M exposure mode and centerweighted metering by a Nikon authorized repair center.

Page 92, AF Nikkor Lenses (Zoom). Nikon has introduced four new lenses since the table was published: 28-200, 75-300, 28-70 AF-S, and 80-200 AF-S [Actually, they've introduced several more since I wrote this correction; the Nikkor lens table on this site is kept up to date, however.]. I'll update this page as soon as I get all the details on these lenses (still waiting for lens hood specifications).

Page 91, Nikon Autofocus Lenses (Fixed Focal Length). Note: AF-I and AF-S lenses only autofocus on N70/F70, N90/F90, N90s/F90X, F4 and F5 cameras. On all other cameras, these lenses do not autofocus and appear to the camera as an AI-P lens.

Page 95, Nikon Teleconverters. The TC-16A is a 1.6x converter than can only be used on N8008/F-801, N8008s-F-801s, N90/F90, N90s/F90X, F4, and F5 cameras.

Page 98, Hyperfocal Distances. Doh! These tables are incorrect. Here's an accurate table (using .025 circle of confusion, the Zeiss standard):

aperture
16mm
20mm
24mm
28mm
35mm
50mm
100mm
200mm
300mm
f/1.4
24'
38'
54'
74'
115'
235'
938'
3750'
8437'
f/2
19'
29'
42'
57'
89'
182'
729'
2917'
6563'
f/2.8
12'
19'
27'
37'
58'
117'
469'
1875'
4219'
f/4
8'6"
13'
19'
26'
40'
82'
328'
1313'
2954'
f/5.6
6'
9'5"
14'
18'
29'
59'
235'
938'
2110'
f/8
4'3"
6'8"
9'6"
13'
20'
41'
164'
657'
1477'
f/11
3'2"
4'10"
7'
9'6"
15'
30'
120'
478'
1075'
f/16
2'2"
3'4"
4'10"
6'6"
10'
21'
82'
329'
739'
f/22
1'6"
2'6"
3'6"
4'9"
7'5"
15'
60'
239'
538'
f/32
1'1"
1'9"
2'5"
3'4"
5'2"
10'
41'
165'
370'

aperture
16mm
20mm
24mm
28mm
35mm
50mm
100mm
200mm
300mm
f/1.4
7.3m
11.4m
16.5m
22.4m
35m
71m
286m
1143m
2571m
f/2
5.7m
8.9m
12.8m
17.4m
27.2m
56m
222m
889m
2000m
f/2.8
3.66m
5.7m
8.2m
11.2m
17.5m
36m
143m
571m
1286m
f/4
2.56m
4m
5.8m
7.8m
12.3m
25m
100m
400m
900m
f/5.6
1.83m
2.86m
4.11m
5.6m
8.8m
17.9m
71m
286m
643m
f/8
1.28m
2m
2.88m
3.92m
6.1m
12.5m
50m
200m
450m
f/11
0.93m
1.46m
2.10m
2.85m
4.46m
9.1m
36m
145m
328m
f/16
0.64m
1m
1.44m
1.96m
3.06m
6.3m
25m
100m
228m
f/22
0.47m
0.73m
1.05m
1.43m
2.23m
4.55m
18.2m
73m
164m
f/32
0.32m
0.5m
0.72m
0.98m
1.53m
3.13m
12.5m
50m
113m

Flash section. I should have noted somewhere that with an SB-26 on an F4, the F4 must be in AF single servo or manual focus mode for the focus assist function of the SB-26 to work.

Page 199, N90s instructions on Self Timer (also as appropriate for other cameras). Note: The N90s calculates exposure at the start of the self-timer countdown (i.e., when you press the shutter release), so make sure that you are not standing in front of the lens or otherwise blocking the lens when you press the shutter release!

Page 204, N70/F70 instructions. It has been pointed out that the N70/F70 can be tricked into doing multiple exposures by using the following method:

Page 216, N70/F70 instructions. Someone has challenged the note regarding flash versus regular exposure compensation. Unfortunately, I don't have an N70 handy to test this (it was tested by myself and another photographer prior to releasing the book, as were all instructions, but that doesn't mean we were right ;-). Next time I get an N70 with enough time to test, I'll post my results.

Page 247, Nikon contact info. The Nikon headquarters for Israel is not located in Torino, Italy, as written. The contact information has changed. If you'd like to know the official distributor for a country, click here.

Nikon Field Guide Second Edition Corrections, Clarifications, and Additions

Page 92, AF Nikkor Lenses (Zoom). The 28-70mmD uses an HB-19 hood. The 80-200mmD AF-S uses an HB-17 hood.

Page 132, Setting Repeating Flash. You need to select a manual power level (1/8, 1/16, 1/32, or 1/64). I'd add this as step between Step 2 and 3.

Page 133, Setting High-Speed Sync Flash. Step 4 is slightly misleading. "choose the 1 or 2 setting" doesn't tell you how. You choose the FP1 or FP2 setting by pressing the M button an additional time (e.g., FP1 is the power that appears after 1/64, FP2 is the power that appears after FP1).


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