Summary – 3rd-party lens, batteries & battery grips have compatibility problems with the latest Nikon cameras.
Recent Nikon camera firmware updates for
D3100, D3200, D5100, and D5200 cameras
Disrupts compatibility with some 3rd party accessories
For example, for some Sigma lenses
Auto focus & image stabilization may not work properly
Also, some batteries no longer function and
You can forget about your 3rd-party battery grip
Apparently the same applies to
The new Nikon Df camera straight from the factory, as well
I’d expect this to be the case for all new Nikon cameras
Nikon’s motivations aside
Keep all of the above in mind with future purchases
I’m not saying “Don’t buy Nikon gear”
Just be sure you know that what you’re buying works
It’s the holiday season; many are looking for gifts
Be sure those 3rd-party items are returnable
A “cynic” computed that this is a 20% Nikon tax on buyers 😦
I have no idea whether the same “firmware update trick”
Could be applied to older Nikon cameras, however
I will think twice before applying updates to my D800E or D300
Once updated, it’s difficult (impossible?) to undo
Sigma is issuing a firmware update for their lenses
Not all of their lenses can be fixed
Firmware isn’t ready yet for all that can
Requires a Sigma USB Dock ($59)
Batteries – the only option is to toss them
(Obey appropriate disposal regulations, please)
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