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Gerald - I don't want to say that you don't have a "problem camera", but you've acknowledged that you have a buggy NC4.4 installation. Don't you want to rule out software problems (ie - flaky RAW conversion) before sending the body back?
Do you see the "corduroy" on the LCD screen at super-duper magnification? How about JPEGs opened directly in Photoshop? The sample you posted was significantly underexposed - how does a well-exposed shot look?
Before sending the body back to B&H, I'd verify that the problem still exists when you take NC4.4 completely out of the flow.
Mike, thanks for your concern, but if your re-read my post, it was just a human error on my part. I generally DO NOT have any problems with NC, (nor with PS) for that matter, I just never make jpg's, and had used too high a compression. I do not have software problems - I have in the last few days processed and printed more than a dozen large images (12x18in) with outstanding results from my D100. I NEVER get a corduroy effect on my D100 in my images, never vertical bands of any kind. There is no way that this would be acceptable. If I sharpened for printing the effect would be even more pronounced. The images are unusable. The camera is in the box and going back to B&H, and I'll repurchase once this shakes out. By the way, Nikon has still not e-mailed me. Believe me, I have processed plenty of images to know what a good (or even just acceptable) file is. These files are worse than anything I've ever seen out of the D100 I've been using for 2 years, and the D70 my wife has had for the last year and a half.
I DO also agree that I feel good about Nikon as a company, and also feel good that they WILL, in the END make good. I think at this point, that the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing, as with many large companies. This is also an indication that this is NOT likely to be a hugely pervasive issue, IMHO. We would have seen more posts like mine, otherwise.