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Our res­i­dent ex­pert an­swers your ques­tions and solves your is­sues. If no­body else can help, ask Jason!

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From us­ing old kit with new Nikons to whether it’s worth up­grad­ing a spe­cific lens, Jason is on hand to solve your Nikon-re­lated prob­lems. And this is­sue’s Sec­ond­hand Su­per­star is a flashy sort…

I was pho­tograph­ing with my D7000 fit­ted with lens and fil­ters, but some photos have a small white cir­cle above the cen­tre of the frame. Why is this? Dave Smith, via email

Are there any 2x tele­con­vert­ers avail­able that would work with my Nikon D3000 and 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 lens? Sharon Alexan­der, via email

How do I or­der new ac­ces­sories/ bat­ter­ies for older Nikon D-SLRs? Re­bekah Diaz, via Face­book

I have a SB-29 ring flash from my film cam­era days. Could you ad­vise me if I can use it on my Nikon D800 with­out caus­ing any dam­age to the cam­era? Derek Gut­teridge, via email

Get in touch…

If you’d like Jason to come to the res­cue re­gard­ing your Nikon-re­lated ques­tion, email it to mail@npho­ Please note that we re­serve the right to edit any queries for clar­ity or brevity. You can also write to us at N-Photo Mag­a­zine, Quay House, The Am­bury Bath, UK, BA1 1UA

Jason says… Dave, I sug­gest you take off the fil­ter and de­tach the lens. Use clean­ing fluid and a mi­crofi­bre cloth to clean both ends of the lens and both sides of the fil­ter (you can find these at your lo­cal cam­era store, or online cam­era shop) as the mark might be on the lens it­self.

If that doesn’t help, you can get a clean­ing kit for your sen­sor (fol­low this tu­to­rial for help: www.dig­i­tal­cam­er­a­­fectlysafe-guide-to-sen­sor-clean­ing/), or take it to a rep­utable deal­er­ship for ser­vic­ing. Chances are that it’s just dust that’s stuck and the light high­lights its pres­ence.

Jason says… Sharon, the 55-300mm is not com­pat­i­ble with any Nikon tele­con­vert­ers. In fact, Nikon states: “Whilst tele­con­vert­ers may be able to be phys­i­cally at­tached to some DX zoom lenses at cer­tain zoom po­si­tions, the rear el­e­ment of the lens will hit the tele­con­verter lens at some point dur­ing the zoom range. For this rea­son it is not rec­om­mended to at­tach a Nikon Tele­con­verter to any [NIKON] DX lens.” For a full list of Nikon lenses that are com­pat­i­ble with Nikon’s 1.4, 1.7 and 2x tele­con­vert­ers go to:­sets/ Com­mon-As­sets/Im­ages/ Tele­con­verter-Com­pat­i­bil­ity /EN_Com­p_chart.html

Jason says… Re­bekah, it’s un­likely that you’ll find what you’re look­ing for brand new, but as pho­tog­ra­phers do tend to look af­ter their kit, used equip­ment can be a very good op­tion. First I would sug­gest you try your lo­cal pho­tog­ra­phy shop. They of­ten have sec­ond-hand stock and may have the items you’re look­ing for. Oth­er­wise, look at online photo shops that stock sec­ond-hand gear – if you’re in the UK, Lon­don Cam­era Ex­change has quite a cat­a­logue, and so do auc­tion sites like eBay.

Jason says… Derek, Nikon has as­sured us that the SB-29 and D800 are safe to use to­gether, so do feel free to try them. We haven’t ac­tu­ally done any test­ing with these two items, and can’t ad­vise you on how well they will work to­gether, so it will be down to you to experiment to see if they will per­form how you want or need them to. If you don’t have any suc­cess, you may want to try a re­place­ment ring flash from a third party, like the Nissin MF18 re­viewed on page 84.

I have a 3570mm f/2.8 from the 1990s. Would I see any ob­vi­ous im­prove­ment in im­age qual­ity if I re­placed it with the 24-70mm f/2.8? Mike Billing­ton, via Face­book

Jason says… Mike, the 35-70mm f/2.8 is a lovely lens. Ar­guably, there isn’t enough of a dif­fer­ence in im­age qual­ity be­tween the two to war­rant the switch.

I shoot in RAW and use ACDSee Pro 8 to edit my im­ages. Is there any way to con­vert RAW files from my new D7200 so I can use ACDSee Pro 8 to edit them? Kevin Twitch­ett, via email

Jason says… I feel your pain, Kevin. Some­times up­grades and up­dates can leave some of us in the dust with in­com­pat­i­bil­ity be­tween cam­eras and soft­ware. I’d rec­om­mend us­ing Adobe DNG Con­verter (this is free to down­load from­to­shop/dig­i­tal-neg­a­tive.html), and con­vert­ing your im­ages to .DNG. You can then im­port the im­ages to ACDSee Pro 8, which is com­pat­i­ble with DNG files, and edit away.

While you can use cur­rent Nikon lenses on older D-SLRs, find­ing model-spe­cific ac­ces­sories such as bat­ter­ies can be trick­ier

If you’re see­ing un­wanted marks on your photos, check your lens and fil­ters are clean be­fore tack­ling your more del­i­cate sen­sor

Older soft­ware can’t al­ways han­dle RAW files from the latest Nikon cam­eras – but there is a so­lu­tion…

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