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Old Aug 5, 2006, 7:33 AM   #1
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I am a new user here. I am desperately looking for the D50-SDK. I want to write a program to automate eclipse photography for Nikon DSLR's. I asked Nikon for the SDK, but they don't understand the problem and refused to give me an sdk.

Nikon Capture Control is useless for this task.

Somebody here who can help me ?

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Old Aug 5, 2006, 12:06 PM   #2
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Contact the writer of ToneUp S3 . He uses Nikon SDK to upload custom curves to Nikon cameras. He might have info on how to obtain the SDK from Nikon.


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What is SDK?
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SDK is Software Development Kit. It's what companies provide developers to communicate with their software or hardware.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SDK

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Old Aug 5, 2006, 3:51 PM   #5
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You'll see a link to an application here:

How to get the Nikon Software Developer's Kit

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Old Aug 5, 2006, 7:52 PM   #6
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This doesn't help. I already wrote Nikon Europe. But they refused to give me the SDK. They wrote :

Dear Mr ...,
I regret to inform you that your application for a Nikon SDK has been
refused. Nikons SDK are available at its discretion to bone-fide
developers, corporations, academic organizations and establishments.
If you believe you meet this criteria please provide extra information.


is nobody here who has an sdk already ?
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Old Aug 5, 2006, 8:18 PM   #7
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Yep... I don't doubt that.

That's one of the things I really don't like about Nikon. When they started encrypting metadata in raw files related to White Balance, they came out with PR trying to defend that practice, indicating that a software developers kit was available to "bona-fide developers".

What if some bright young teenager has a revolutionary way to process data from sensors and Nikon doesn't consider them to be a bona-fide developer. Stinks, huh?

Don't get me started... I'd just upset Nikon owners, since I could rant about it for a long time. I am absolutely shocked that Nikon took the "low road" with some of their recent development practices (encrypting metadata related to white balance in raw files from the D2x, D50, D2HS and D200), trying to throw roadblocks in front of software developers.

Good Luck finding an SDK. Unfortunately, anyone that has one has already agreed to Nikon's terms and would not be able to legally give you one.

My suggestion.. support OpenRaw. Perhaps more manufacturers will stop trying to be so proprietary if enough people speak out.

http://www.openraw.org/

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Old Aug 6, 2006, 7:25 AM   #8
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The thing is that I even don't need anything about the RAW stuff. I just want to control the camera remote my way. Nikon Capture Control is useless for this task.

To have an idea what I am talking about, please look at :

http://www.moonglow.net/eclipse/photo_software.htm

which is for CANON only..:sad:

I have 20 years experience in C, 15 years in C++ and JAVA from the beginning. I am chief development leader in midsize german software company. If I am not a "bona-fide developer", who is it ?


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I have never tried to request an SDK from Nikon.

Some years back, I did request an SDK from Canon.

They mailed it to me, and followed up to make sure I got it OK. I was impressed at the level of service at the time. But, that was probably about 6 years ago, likely before their SDK program for Digital Cameras was even an official one.

You'd have to argue with Nikon over what they consider to be a Bona-fide developer.

You may want to try and escalate.

Or, try to reverse engineer the protocol. That way, you wouldn't be locked into the terms and conditions of their SDK program, and you could also develop applications for other platforms (Unix, Linux, etc.), that Nikon doesn't offer an SDK for.

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did you tell nikon your work at a development company and are experienced?
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