Our resident expert answers your questions and solves your issues. If nobody else can help, ask Jason!
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
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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.digitalcameraworld.com/2012/05/25/dont-bide-the-dust-a-perfectlysafe-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: http://www.nikonusa.com/en_INC/IMG/Assets/ 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 from https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/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…