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Google makes Nik Collection available for free

Google announced some exciting news today, making their entire suite of Nik Photo manipulation tools available for free for the first time. The Nik Collection is comprised of seven desktop plug-ins that provide a powerful range of photo editing capabilities -- from filter applications that improve color correction, to retouching and creative effects, to image sharpening that brings out all the hidden details, to the ability to make adjustments to the color and tonality of images. Google previously charged $150 for the whole suite, but the latest Nik Collection is now completely free to download: Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro and Dfine.

Download Nik Collection from Google here

Nikon D750 Fast Start training video

If you're like me, you only skim through manuals like Nikon's 500+ page whopper that comes with their D750 DSLR. But this is a deep camera with a myriad of functions and options; there's just too much stuff to comprehend that you won't learn simply by fiddling around with the controls. In Creative Live's latest video series -- priced at only $29 -- John Greengo dives deep into the D750's controls and operations, making you an expert in only 5 hours of viewing. This is a must for every D750 owner who wants to get to know their camera! Click here to find out more


Experience report: The oil spot issue - sending in a D600 to Nikon Service for shutter replacement

Thanks to a widely reported problem with oil spots repeatedly making their way onto the sensors of many D600 cameras, Nikon finally relented to pressure and has been offering a free replacement of faulty shutter mechanisms to all D600 owners (click here to read the official service advisory).

I've been a D600 user for a couple years now and have been wanting to send my camera in to get serviced, but unfortunately being my only camera body, I couldn't afford to pull it of of service for a week or more in order to get it fixed. I did observe the problem with oil spots as many have, even if they only showed up when I shot at tight apertures above F9. Despite repeated cleanings, the spots always came back and managed to be a continued annoyance (see below).

Nikon D600 sensor oil spots

Sensor oil spots often show up in landscapes, especially in areas of light colored sky

Since I recently added a new D750 to my kit for the holidays, it was finally time to send in the D600 to Nikon and get the problem fixed once and for all. Here's my report:

Nikon offers free shipping for your problem D600 to and from the service center and you can just print out a label at the above advisory link with the correct info and address. Since I live in Los Angeles and there's a Nikon Service center in town, I decided to take the camera there in person rather than dealing with shipping delays.

Nikon service center in Los Angeles

Nikon Service Center near Wilshire and Fairfax in Los Angeles

I dropped the camera off on December 23rd just before Christmas. The Nikon service center in LA is not big but the guy at the desk was super helpful and friendly, taking all the info needed and sending me off with a receipt and a promise to call when it was ready. Note that no warranty card is needed, Nikon is offering the free service regardless of warranty status.

Nikon service center in Los Angeles

Inside the Nikon Service Center

Even though I brought the camera in just before Christmas, it only took 10 days to complete the work

Since it was the Christmas/New Year holidays I didn't expect a rapid turnaround but nonetheless the camera was ready to pickup on January 2rd, only 10 days later.

D600 shutter replacement

Getting the camera back

D600 shutter replacement

The camera was neatly packed in plastic wrap along with a list of work performed:

  • replace shutter assembly
  • checked auto focus operation
  • checked bayonet mount
  • checked mirror box
  • checked shutter release
  • clean image sensor
  • firmware upgrade
  • general check and clean

Note that even though they install a new shutter assembly, they don't reset the number of camera actuations back to zero, so your camera will still list the same number of shutter clicks as before, even though the shutter assembly is completely new and effectively has zero clicks.

Total time to complete repair: 10 days. Total cost $0.0. Thanks Nikon!


Nikon D750 and D810 firmware updates available

December 17, 2014: Nikon Europe has released new firmware updates for the Nikon D810 and Nikon D750 cameras.

Nikon D810 Firmware C 1.02 modifications:

  • When playback zoom was applied to an image displayed in the camera monitor (image display enlarged) while the memory card access lamp was still lit immediately after capture, the image was not correctly displayed. This issue has been resolved.
  • When menus were displayed with the camera connected to a 4K-compatible TV via HDMI, display in both the camera monitor and on the TV was not correct. This issue has been resolved.
  • Noise that could sometimes be heard when Custom Setting d1: Beep was set to any option other than Off has been reduced.

Nikon D750 Firmware C 1.01 modifications:

  • When shooting with an optional Speedlight and auto FP high-speed sync enabled with On selected for ISO sensitivity settings > Auto ISO sensitivity control in the photo shooting menu, images were sometimes over-exposed. This issue has been resolved. (Enabling auto FP high-speed sync: Select 1/200 s (Auto FP) or 1/250 s (Auto FP) for Custom Setting e1: Flash sync speed).
  • When menus were displayed with the camera connected to a 4K-compatible TV via HDMI, display in both the camera monitor and on the TV was not correct. This issue has been resolved.
  • Noise that could sometimes be heard when Custom Setting d1: Beep was set to any option other than Off has been reduced.

Downloads: Nikon D810 Firmware C 1.02 | Nikon D750 Firmware C 1.01


Nikon D750 recommended as best high-end full-frame DSLR

According to, the Nikon D750 emerged as the top recommended choice for highend full-frame cameras. Beating out other cameras including Nikon's own D810 and top contenders from Canon and Sony, the editors at Dpreview went on to say that the D750's sensor is "magic" and may be the best DSLR they have ever used.