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#1 guyroch

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Posted 26 January 2014 - 04:40 PM

I'm starting this thread because I've been getting a gazillion questions about the future release of BackyardNIKON. Okay, not a gazillion but enough that it deserves its own thread.

Please note that it is called BackyardNIKON and not BackyardNIK. This is because NIK means the F* word is a foreign language... so I will respectfully name it BackyardNIKON.

So, ask me anything.

Thank you

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#2 Jason D

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Posted 26 January 2014 - 04:53 PM

This is because NIK means the F* word is a foreign language

Sorry, I could not stop laughing. I know which language you are referring to. To be fair, the word is not "Nik" but rather "Neek" in that language.

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Posted 26 January 2014 - 04:54 PM

Alright! :D

Here goes: Which Nikon DSLR's will be supported and to what degree? I'm especially curious about the D5100 and D3200, since I own both.

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Posted 26 January 2014 - 05:24 PM

The D5100 will be supported, I actually have 2 for testing.

The D3200 will not be supported. Sadly Nikon did not release an Software Development Kit (SDK) for the D3### line up.

I have a D90, D5100, D7000 for testing currently.

I do plan to purchase a D5200 and/or a D800 also but I need to purchase model wisely. It's becoming expensive to own all models and I don't really need to own all of them. But I need at least one model that does support BULB over USB and the D90, D5100, D7000 (which I currently own) do not.

Thank you

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Posted 26 January 2014 - 05:27 PM

This is because NIK means the F* word is a foreign language

Sorry, I could not stop laughing. I know which language you are referring to. To be fair, the word is not "Nik" but rather "Neek" in that language.


Yep, but I need/want to respect everyone still... even if it's only pronunciation :)

I do want BackyardNIKON to become a household name and sometimes kids are around at star parties :)

Regards,

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Posted 26 January 2014 - 06:16 PM

Great that there will be support for the D5100! Any idea on a release date?

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Posted 26 January 2014 - 06:22 PM

I'm starting this thread because I've been getting a gazillion questions about the future release of BackyardNIKON. Okay, not a gazillion but enough that it deserves its own thread.

Please note that it is called BackyardNIKON and not BackyardNIK. This is because NIK means the F* word is a foreign language... so I will respectfully name it BackyardNIKON.

So, ask me anything.

Thank you

Guylain


I'm not familiar with the Nikon line and I apologize for my question.
Is it possible to support any of the interchangeable lens mirrorless Nikons ?

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Posted 26 January 2014 - 06:31 PM

Great that there will be support for the D5100! Any idea on a release date?


I'm guessing about 2 months of work still. This is a weekend/weeknight gig for both myself and Chris. We both have demanding full time jobs :)

Late March is my target date now for initial BETA testing..

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Posted 26 January 2014 - 06:40 PM

I'm not familiar with the Nikon line and I apologize for my question.
Is it possible to support any of the interchangeable lens mirrorless Nikons ?


BackyardNIKON is meant to work with the Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) line up; they are the D##, D###, and D#### camera where Nikon has and SDK for. It will start with the D90 camera (maybe some earlier models but I'm not sure yet) up to the latest models except the D3### series as no SDK is available.

The mirrorless models are a different beast and not part of the same SDK modules. They will not be supported sadly, just as the Canon mirrorless lineup is not supported in BackyardEOS.

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Posted 26 January 2014 - 09:03 PM

Thanks for the update on your progress Guylain. Looking forward to seeing what you can implement on the Nikons.

Good luck...Paul

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Posted 26 January 2014 - 09:47 PM

Looking forward to using this on my D7100, It's not the best for AP but has done great on short exposures so far.

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 02:06 PM

The D5100 will be supported, I actually have 2 for testing.

The D3200 will not be supported. Sadly Nikon did not release an Software Development Kit (SDK) for the D3### line up.

I have a D90, D5100, D7000 for testing currently.

I do plan to purchase a D5200 and/or a D800 also but I need to purchase model wisely. It's becoming expensive to own all models and I don't really need to own all of them. But I need at least one model that does support BULB over USB and the D90, D5100, D7000 (which I currently own) do not.

Thank you

Guylain


Any chance for the D600?

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 02:09 PM

[quote name="SteveRosenow"][quote]The D5100 will be supported, I actually have 2 for testing.

The D3200 will not be supported. Sadly Nikon did not release an Software Development Kit (SDK) for the D3### line up.

I have a D90, D5100, D7000 for testing currently.

I do plan to purchase a D5200 and/or a D800 also but I need to purchase model wisely. It's becoming expensive to own all models and I don't really need to own all of them. But I need at least one model that does support BULB over USB and the D90, D5100, D7000 (which I currently own) do not.

Thank you

Guylain [/quote]

Any chance for the D600? [/quote]

The D600 is fine and should work, but I will need -you- (hint hint) to run a few tests for me once BETA is released :bow:

Thank you.

Guylain

Any chance for the D600? [/quote]

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 02:20 PM

You mentioned you "might" purchase a D800...

I very much would like to see D800 support, mainly because that's what I have. Of course, if you have a lot of Nikons already, I don't know if you can justify paying what a new D800 runs.

It is a great camera, BTW. However, part of me missed the D700 I had prior to it. Despite the D700 not having time lapse/video capabilities.

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 04:20 PM

A friend of mine has got a D600 as well, so if I can help out, please tell me.

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 04:30 PM

[quote name="guyroch"][quote][quote]The D5100 will be supported, I actually have 2 for testing.

The D3200 will not be supported. Sadly Nikon did not release an Software Development Kit (SDK) for the D3### line up.

I have a D90, D5100, D7000 for testing currently.

I do plan to purchase a D5200 and/or a D800 also but I need to purchase model wisely. It's becoming expensive to own all models and I don't really need to own all of them. But I need at least one model that does support BULB over USB and the D90, D5100, D7000 (which I currently own) do not.

Thank you

Guylain [/quote]

Any chance for the D600? [/quote]

The D600 is fine and should work, but I will need -you- (hint hint) to run a few tests for me once BETA is released :bow:

Thank you.

Guylain

Any chance for the D600? [/quote] [/quote]

I personally don't have the D600 nor the financial capital to purchase one.

However, I believe a friend of mine has one.

I will let him know.

-Steve

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 05:15 PM

Thanks Steven! I have a D600 and willing to run the beta test!

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 05:39 PM

Thanks guys, I will definitely call upon you guys to test/support the cameras I don't have for sure.

I own 7 Canon model yet I support almost 30 models in BackyardEOS :)

Looks like I'll be able to do the same with BackyardNIKON with all those volunteers :)

Thank you so much, your Nikonian friends will appreciate your help for sure.

Regards,

Guylain

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 06:12 PM

I also have a D7000. And not afraid to use either one them and push them to their limits.

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 07:27 PM

Will BackyardNikon remove the median blur with your software? thanks
[quote name="guyroch"]

Please note that it is called BackyardNIKON and not BackyardNIK. This is because NIK means the F* word is a foreign language... :lol: :roflmao:
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Posted 27 January 2014 - 08:09 PM

I own a D5100 and will gladly beta test.

What cords are needed?

I may need a 50-foot run of whatever is needed, as my telescope is outdoors. >_<

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 09:35 PM

I own a D5100 and will gladly beta test.

What cords are needed?

I may need a 50-foot run of whatever is needed, as my telescope is outdoors. >_<


The D5100 does not support BULB over USB so you will need both a USB cable for camera control and a serial cable for BULB.

Thank you

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 11:52 PM

Q1:How will you support long (>30second) exposures for Nikon's that don't support bulb over USB? How about mirror up mode?

Q2:Any chance that your current BYEOS customers will get a discount on BYNikon pricing?

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Posted 28 January 2014 - 08:41 AM

Q1:How will you support long (>30second) exposures for Nikon's that don't support bulb over USB? How about mirror up mode?

Q2:Any chance that your current BYEOS customers will get a discount on BYNikon pricing?


A1: With a serial cable, there is no other way. This is the same for older Canon cameras. The jury is still out on mirror lock for BackyardNIKON. I have not toyed with it just yet.

A2: Yes, most likely, but I don't know how much of a discount yet. Probably between 15% to 30% off... but I won't commit just yet.

Regards,

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Posted 28 January 2014 - 09:31 AM

Would the D300 be supported?






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