Barack Obama is will be the 44th President Of The United States of America in a few hours and Nikon just updated the firmware on my new best friend, the D3. Camera fans, January 20, 2009 is a good day.

(Before reading further, I advise you to put down any babies you might be holding and swallow that mouthful of cornflakes you’ve been munching.)

D3 firmware version 2.01 improves the “autofocus-response performance in focus mode C (Continuous-servo AF mode) with relatively dark subjects.”

Seeing as the AF performance in servo mode was one of the main reasons I sold my Canon EOS-1D Mark III and switched to Nikon, I’m very happy to see that good things can get even better.

Got a D3? Go get the windows version or the mac version of firmware 2.01 now.

  1. thanks for the link! i just found your site looking for where to download the firmware, and i’m more than excited for the improved af-c in low light. i’m sure you are asked this quite a lot, but are you related to todd owyoung? also, your site doesn’t seem to display your live and promo pages correctly for me. i’m running firefox 3.0.5 on a mac running os x 10.5.6. but your flickr stream is impressive!

  2. kenny

    man i still havent upgraded my firmware from when i bought the camera back in April. I need to get on that!!!

    now do you know if i have to upgrade to the 1st update and then to this one or does this upgrade include the 1st one? any idea?

  3. New blog post: New D3 firmware improves AF:

  4. All of these comments, and no one noticed that your post says December 20, 2009 was a good day.

    Also, the baby I just put down just spit cornflakes all over the floor. Thanks.

  5. Hi Joey,

    Todd Owyoung is my brother!

    Thanks for the heads up about my life/promo portfolios. There seems to be an issue with flash embeddeds in Firefox 3.0.5 on 10.5.6. I can’t figure it out. But it’s definitely specific to that OS/Brower combo.

    I love your gravatar btw.

    Best, Chris

  6. Regarding Flash 9 and Firefox. I know that some ad blocking extensions and plugins are not playing nice with Flash 9. Try turning off some plugins and see if that helps.

  7. got it working! i’ve had other problems with flash since the latest ff upgrade, so a reinstall did the trick.

    and thanks about the gravatar. a web company in london called airside created it for a multimedia project back around 2000 and have given me permission to use it for my own stuff. looks good as part of the logo on my business card!

    i look forward to more of your work. thanks for all the great shots.


  8. Hi Kenny. You should be able to upgrade directly to 2.01 firmware without any problems.

    The one thing you need to be careful of is not to try to load any “saved” settings made from a lower firmware version.

    Basically, if you’ve got settings from firmware v1.0. Don’t try and load them into a camera with v2.01 installed. Nikon made changes to the menus so the values will get all buggered.

  9. Haha. Thanks Arthur.