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May 28, 2009

ID #92: The Image Doctors

This week: The "Pro vs. Amateur Gear" debate, multiple exposures, Image Doctors Photo Safari announced.

Download The Image Doctors #92 (NPC-ID-2009-05-28.m4a; 1:03:06; 15.5MB; MP4 format)

This episode proudly brought to you by Tamron, makers of fine optics for your Nikon camera

Join the Image Doctors this fall for a photo safari in Rocky Mountain National Park.

 

  Show Notes: May 14, 2009
 

Announcing the Image Doctors Photo Safari 2009: September 27-30 at Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.  Click here for details

3:07

"Pro" vs. "Amateur" Gear

48:40

Using Multiple Exposures

57:46

Photo Prescription: A couple of common equipment errors and how to fix them

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May 26, 2009

Service Advisory: Nikon CL-L2 Lens Case for 200-400 VR

An urgent service advisory has been released by Nikon regarding the CL-L2 lens case, which is standard issue for the super telephoto 200-400mm VR AFS. Certain batches of the case may fail completely, causing the lens to fall out unexpectedly and be damaged. Nikon will replace qualifying cases free of charge.

The relevant passage of the e-mail advisory is as follows:


This issue does not apply to CL-L2 Semi-soft cases with a "T" (in one of 2 variations) imprinted on the bottom of the case. These products meet Nikon quality and durability standards, and replacement is not needed.

To obtain a replacement CL-L2 Semi-soft case:
If you own a CL-L2 Semi-soft case affected by this issue (without a "T" imprinted on the bottom of the case), please follow the return information available from our website at: http://www.nikonusa.com/cl-l2 or contact the Nikon Customer Relations Department toll-free at 800-645-6687. Calls will be received Monday through Friday, between the hours of 6am-4pm, PDT.

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Nikonians News Flash #122

Newsflash_75px.jpg Tune in to your weekly edition of the Nikonians News Flash Podcast for all the very latest news from our friendly Nikonians Community, brought to you this week by Tamron - a leading manufacturer of digital camera lenses for all photographic situations. Experience the award-winning mega zoom Tamron 18-270mm with "VC" Vibration Compensation.

Download Nikonians News Flash #122 (NPC-NF-2009-05-26.mp3; 17:30; 6.8MB; MP3 format)

In the News Flash podcast this week:

Nikonians Academy News

Free Training from Nik Software

TIPA 2009 - Nikon Awards

Roberts Indy Airshow Experience

Do you have some News Flash podcast feedback? It would be great to hear from you - please email me at: newsflash@nikonians.org

Thanks for listening,

James Davies
Nikonians Team Member & News Flash Podcaster

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Airshow Photography With Roberts Imaging

Are you looking to improve your airshow photography? Roberts Imaging can get you to the next level with their popular field events; featuring seminars from leading airshow shooters and one-of-a-kind access to live show events and equipment.

On May 30th, 2009, Roberts Imaging will be hosting a half-day seminar with veteran airshow shooter Bob Burns. In the afternoon, you'll be guided by Indy Airshow Chairman Ted Brindle for up close access to a select group of pilots and planes. Weather permitting, you'll then be treated to a live aerial display to practice your skills.

And on June 7th, 2009, join Roberts Imaging at their popular Indy Airshow Experience. Enjoy exclusive access to Roberts Imaging's chalet, right on the flight-line. While enjoying the great perspective, you can also chat with pro shooters and sample the top-quality equipment available for use during the show. Always wanted to try that 200-400 VR? Now you can, and you can grab some great aviation images while you're at it. Parking, lunch and admission included.

Both events are available for a nominal fee. To register, see the contact details on Roberts Imaging Events page.

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Adobe ACR v.5.4 RC with D5000 Support

Adobe has let a Release Candidate for Camera Raw out the door. The beta version 5.4 is likely due to pressure for supporting a number of popular camera models, including the Nikon D5000, Canon EOS 500D, Olympus E-450/E-620 and the Sigma DP-2 digital rangefinder.

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Nikon Takes Top Camera Awards for TIPA 2009

Congratulations are in order for Nikon - our favorite camera maker won the "Best Professional Digital SLR" award for the high-end, rugged D3x and the "Best Advanced Digital SLR" for the popular D90 model.

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May 20, 2009

Nik Software offers free online training

Nik Software is offering live online-training to all interested Nikonians, and the best part is the price -- free! Add that freebie to your established 20% discount on all Nik Software products available through your Nikonians Rewards benefits and this quickly becomes a "must visit" site.



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These free Web-based seminars (also referred to as webinars) are facilitated by Nik Software’s product specialists, combining and highlighting all Nik Software products as well as special topics.
Attendees are invited to interact and following the presentation there is a live-chat for asking and discussing questions directly with Nik Software’s experts.
“Due to the new compatibility of our plug-ins with Aperture and Lightroom the number of people with access to our software has highly increased. But most photographers just do not have any specialist knowledge regarding Photoshop, and contrary to graphic artists they do not have neither the time nor the patience trying to create the perfect picture for hours”, says Dirk Schoettke, Managing Director Nik Software GmbH.
“And working with our tools, they don’t have to! Our webinars show the participators how to optimize their workflow and their digital images without investing much time or afford. Nik Software makes it possible to create outstanding pictures with just a few clicks.”
Detailed information about Nik Software’s current webinars may be found at
www.niksoftware.com/trainings.
The on-line training sessions are available in English and German and they feature all software products developed by Nik Software, including the award-winning plug-ins Dfine®, Viveza™, Color Efex Pro™, Silver Efex Pro™ and Sharpener Pro™ as well as Nikon’s® Capture NX 2.

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May 19, 2009

Nikonians News Flash #121

Newsflash_75px.jpg Tune in to your weekly edition of the Nikonians News Flash Podcast for all the very latest news from our friendly Nikonians Community, brought to you this week by Tamron - a leading manufacturer of digital camera lenses for all photographic situations. Experience the award-winning mega zoom Tamron 18-270mm with "VC" Vibration Compensation.

Download Nikonians News Flash #121 (NPC-NF-2009-05-18.mp3; 12:34; 5.3MB; MP3 format)

In the News Flash podcast this week:

Image Doctors 91 - Out Now

"Mastering The Nikon D700" from Nikonians Press - Available for Pre-Order

2009 Images Contest - April's Winner Announced

Do you have some News Flash podcast feedback or perhaps some ideas for content? It would be great to hear from you - please email me at: newsflash@nikonians.org

Thanks for listening,

James Davies
Nikonians Team Member & News Flash Podcaster

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May 14, 2009

ID#91: The Image Doctors

This week: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Interview with Tony Sweet, Rick tries a D3x

Download The Image Doctors #91 (NPC-ID-2009-05-14.m4a; 1:02:53; 24.3MB; MP4 format)

This episode proudly brought to you by Tamron, makers of fine optics for your Nikon camera

 

  Show Notes: May 14, 2009
1:54

Shooting in the Smokies, Part I:  Things don't always go according to plan...

14:03

Interview with Tony Sweet

29:46

Shooting in the Smokies, Part II

59:44

Photo Prescription: Filter wrenches can get you out of a "tight" spot!

For the MP3 version of this podcast (audio only) click here (21.7MB).

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May 11, 2009

Nikonians News Flash #120

Newsflash_75px.jpg Tune in to your weekly edition of the Nikonians News Flash Podcast for all the very latest news from our friendly Nikonians Community, brought to you this week by Tamron - a leading manufacturer of digital camera lenses for all photographic situations. Experience the award-winning mega zoom Tamron 18-270mm with "VC" Vibration Compensation.

Download Nikonians News Flash #120 (NPC-NF-2009-05-11.mp3; 19:30; 6.6MB; MP3 format)

In the News Flash podcast this week:

Scheduled Nikonians.org Website Downtime

Sigma Extended Warranty

Nikonians Academy News

New Nikonians Rewards - www.lensrentals.com

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Maintenance Upgrade Notice

Maintenance_75.jpgThere will be several short scheduled downtimes for the Nikonians.org site this coming week. The site will be offline on the 13th of May around 10 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. East Coast time (7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. West Coast time) each time between five and 10 minutes for a maintenance upgrade. This is 14th of May between 04:00 and 05:30 server time (in Europe).

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May 4, 2009

Nikonians News Flash #119

Newsflash_75px.jpg Tune in to your weekly edition of the Nikonians News Flash Podcast for all the very latest news from our friendly Nikonians Community, brought to you this week by Tamron - a leading manufacturer of digital camera lenses for all photographic situations. Experience the award-winning mega zoom Tamron 18-270mm with "VC" Vibration Compensation.

Download Nikonians News Flash #119 (NPC-NF-2009-05-04.mp3; 20:30; 5.1MB; MP3 format)

In the News Flash podcast this week:

Nikon Camera Control Software Update

Nikon Battery Meter Patent

Episode 90 of The Image Doctors

Winner - Welcoming Photo Contest II 2009

Feedback - Thanks Mixxo!

Do you have some News Flash podcast feedback or perhaps some ideas for content? It would be great to hear from you - please email me at: newsflash@nikonians.org

Thanks for listening,

James Davies
Nikonians Team Member & News Flash Podcaster

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Sigma USA Extends Warranties on Non-EX Lenses

Good news for Nikonians who enjoy third-party lenses - Sigma Corporation USA announced today that it is extending it's standard one-year International Warranty on all non-EX lenses for two more years, as long as the optics was sold through an US authorized dealer. Previously, only the higher-end EX lenses enjoyed a three-year extended warranty from time of purchase.

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Volcano sunset photo earns New Member Prize

Congratulations to Jerrold Matthews (jwmatthews) from Alaska, USA for his winning image of a volcanic eruption in the fourth week of our Welcoming Photo Contest II 2009.

Sunset-MtRedoubt_300.jpg Jerrold took his photo in early April of this year, shooting from a unique vantage point across the Cook Inlet in Alaska.
The 10,200-foot volcano spewed ash up to 60,000 feet when it started erupting in March. It is located approximately 100 miles southwest of Anchorage, Alaska.
Jerrold was shooting almost two weeks later from Kasilof, Alaska (on the east side of the Cook Inlet on the Kenai Peninsula). He was shooting towards the west, across the inlet, as the smoldering volcano was backlit by the setting sun, and he came up with this image which he calls "Mt. Redoubt Sunset."
He had his Nikon D80 tripod mounted, and he used his AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED lens at the full 135mm to pull in the volcano which is over 60 miles from his shooting location. The lens used an aperture of f/10 and his camera shutter speed was 1/250 second. His ISO was set to 160 and his White Balance was set to Auto.

Jerrold will receive a personal license code for Silver Efex Pro software by Nik Software (valued at $199.95 USD).

Week Five of the contest has begun.
This is the final week. If you register between now and May 5, no matter on which level (from Basic to Platinum), you can participate in this contest. Complete details and a guide on how to prepare your entries for our Welcoming Photo Contest II are available here.


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