Nikon issued a Service Advisory last week for the brand new Nikon D810.
The advisory warned that the D810 had a problem where, "noise (bright spots) are sometimes noticeable in long exposures, and in some images captured at an Image area setting of 1.2× (30×20)."Read more of Nikon D810 Service Advisory
Brad Berger tells us the new Nikon D4S is now in stock at Berger Bros. Camera.Read more of Berger Bros. Camera lands D4S
Nikon's newest Digital Single-Lens Reflex is creating quite a buzz in our forums. The newly announced Nikon Df is an FX (full-frame camera) with 16.2 million effective pixels. It uses a standard 36x24 mm CMOS sensor (36.0 x 23.9 mm).
This may not be the camera you absolutely need -- But for many Nikon enthusiasts with warm memories of the good old days -- it is destined to become the camera they absolutely want.Read more of Retro Nikon debuts -- Nikonians react
The new Nikon D610 FX-format camera features a continuous quiet mode, allowing you to shoot sequence shots with a minimum of mirror-slap noise. It should be available in late October with a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $1999.95 USD for the body only.
Our members are discussing the new camera right now.Read more of Nikon announces newest FX-format camera
Nikon has announced the Nikon 1 AW1, the world’s first waterproof and shockproof interchangeable lens camera. This version allows for underwater photograph by snorkeling and scuba enthusiasts.Read more of Nikon 1 cameras gain underwater brother
The Zoom-Nikkor 1200-1700mm f/5.6-8P IF-ED lens was put to good use when Roman Catholic cardinals selected their new Pope.
Our members in the Manual Focus Lenses forum are discussing the legendary Zoom-Nikkor 1200-1700mm f/5.6-8P IF-ED lens with links to images of this monster chunk of glass on the scene. At 888mm (just short of 3 feet long) and weighing 16 kilograms (35 pounds) it has earned the nickname "tuna."
If you are interested in the history behind this lens, check the Nikon Recollections page featuring comments by the two men who were responsible for its optical design and its mechanical design.Read more of Papal announcement draws tuna
Our friends at Think Tank Photo have just announced three new photography accessories for you.Read more of Hot from Think Tank Photo
The Nikon COOLPX line has added seven new models. These cameras cover long zoom requirements, GPS and Wi-Fi enhancements, rugged harsh outdoor environments, and even modest budget needs.
The Nikkor FX-format lens category has also expanded, with a hefty 800mm fixed focal length lens and an 18-35mm wide-angle zoom designed for Nikon's ultra-high-pixel-count D-SLR cameras.
Nikon has announced the newest addition to the Nikon 1 System, the Nikon 1 V2.
The Nikon 1 system will also have a new speedlight in January, designed for connection to the Nikon 1 V2 i-TTL hot shoe.
Nikon also announced the new AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR telephoto zoom lens, featuring five stops of VR image stabilization.
Touch-screen Sekonic light meters debut at Photokina
September 23, 2012   7:06 AM
Sekonic Corporation, manufacturers of professional photographic light meters for over 50 years, unveiled their LITEMASTER PRO L-478 series light meters at Photokina 2012, in Cologne, Germany.
Sekonic describes the new meters as the world's first touch-screen operated light meters with unique features for both still photographers and motion imagers.
Smartphone users will quickly adapt to the color 2.7-inch LCD monitor, which enables simply touching or sliding a finger over the touch screen to make settings.
The units are basically identical with built-in Pocketwizard support added to the L-478DR model. This is a highly useful function for wireless flash triggering and power control over multiple lighting units from a single location.
Nikon's newest FX-format camera has been unveiled.
The Nikon D600 features a full frame 24.3-megapixel CMOS sensor alongside an EXPEED 3 image processing engine that allows for outstanding low-light ability and sharpness.
The new camera will be available on September 18, 2012 for a manufacturer's suggested retail price (SRP) of $2,099.95 (USD) for body only or $2,699.95 kitted with the AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR lens.
Easy on the budget and heavy on features, Nikon’s latest COOLPIX cameras include Wi-Fi connectivity, long-reaching zooms with vibration reduction (VR) and touchscreen operation.
The three new cameras range in price from $179.95 USD to $499.95 USD (suggested retail) and one of them will be an interesting link for social networking enthusiasts familiar with the Android operating system.
Nikon has released Version 1.10 firmware for the 10-30mm and 30-110mm CX lenses. The update allows Nikon J2 cameras to be shut off by collapsing the lenses to their carry position.Read more of New Firmware Version 1.10 for Nikon CX Lenses
Nikon has announced an update to the popular J1 mirrorless camera - the Nikon J2. The latest arrival update the rear LCD screen to 921k dots resolution and adds a scene mode setting to the dial for making photos appear as panoramas, miniatures, soft color, backlighting and more. The new camera lists at USD549.99 starting cost with a kit lens.
A new CX kit lens was also announced - an 11-27mm f3.5-5.6 (MSRP USD190). Notably, this is without VR. The J2 will continue to be sold with the 10-30 and/or 30-110 kit options, with the latest addition sold separately.
Finally, an underwater housing, WP-N1, rated to 131m/430f, will accomodate either the J1 or J2 and the CX 10-30mm. The case lists for USD750 and is compatible with the Sea & Sea YS-D1 underwater flash.Read more of Nikon J2, 11-27mm CX Lens and WP-N1 Housing Announced
Updated: Nikon USA links now available.
Nikon has released version 1.2 firmware for both the J1 and V1 mirrorless cameras. Improvements include a fix to the "low shutter speed" threshold in Still Image Mode, Auto White Balance enhancements, exposure fixes when using the optional SB-N5 Speedlight at certain ISO ranges and error messages encountered during interval shooting and power-on using the lens barrel switch.Read more of Firmware Update 1.2 for Nikon J1 and V1
Polarizing filter in digital photography
June 23, 2012   12:35 PM
As have been said in article about filters in digital photography last week, polarizing filter is a must have accessory for every photographer. Firstly because it has got usage across all fields of photography and secondly because its effect is very difficult, if not impossible, to reproduce in Photoshop.
Filters in digital photography
June 16, 2012   2:24 PM
Do you know what is most underrated and at the same time also overrated accessories? And what do photographers very often search for straight after they purchase a camera and lens? Well, that is probably tripod, but filters are following closely. But choose the right filter and more important, choose the filter you will actually need and use is not that easy.
As featured in our last newsletter, the Nikonians Pro Shop is now carrying the Ilford Galerie Professional Limited Edition 40 Pack. The TIPA-award winning package features ten (10) A4 size pages of fabulous stock including Lustre Duo and Gold Fibre Silk.
Nikonians Team Member Martin Turner takes the flagship D4 for a spin -
"...with an optical rating by DxO labs above almost every Hasselblad ever built, top ISO in excess of 200,000 and essentially noise-free at 25,600, this may well be the last camera you will ever need to buy."
Get the full review after the jump.Read more of Nikon D4 Digital SLR - The Nikonians Review
Tamron announces the world's first full-frame fast-aperture 24-70mm f2.8 zoom lens with integrated image stabilization. The SP 24-70 f2.8 Di VC USD features an entire gamut of the latest optical technology. It is equipped with the silent and fast-focusing Ultrasonic Drive, the extremely effective three-coil Vibration Compensation, moisture-resistant construction and a nine-blade diaphragm for smooth bokeh. The lens will be initially available in Canon mount in late April, with the Nikon mount to follow shortly thereafter. Hit the link for more details.Read more of Tamron 24-70mm f2.8 with Image Stabilization
Nikonians Academy director Mike Hagen recently proved the reliability of the Profoto D1 Studio Kit by taking it straight to an important shoot two hours after he unpacked it for the first time.Read more of Profoto Light kit passes Hagen test with flying colors
Being a Nikon Professional has its advantages, besides shooting with great equipment (Nikon), you sometimes get to see products before they are available on the market.
Today I was at Nikon NL to preview the new Nikon flagships, the D4, D800, and D800E. Together with a presentation listing the highlights of these new cameras and their underlying technique, I was able to actually play with them. Very exiting and quite unique as these previews are only available to a select group of Nikon professionals. What makes the event even more unique is the fact that I was holding the only D4, D800 and D800E cameras in the Netherlands!
The rest of the report can be found on my own blog page.
Feel free to comment/ask questions. And yes, you'll want to start saving to be able to buy one of these cameras, they're really that good :-)Read more of D4, D800 & D800E hands-on report
Apple has released an update to the Lion Operating System that reads the new Nikon Series 1 camera RAW files.Read more of Lion OS-X Update Now Supports Nikon Series 1
Nikon has refreshed the Coolpix digital compact camera line for 2012. Many of imager sensors got a boost to 16MP and Nikon has continued down a safe but predictable route by reiterating the best features of previous models. Notable entries include:
P510 - the updated flagship superzoom features an enormous 24-1000mm zoom (42x), a 5 frames per second burst shooting rate and integrated GPS to keep track of where your photos were taken.
P310 - heavily based upon the previous P300, the new model retains the fast f1.8 (at wide) 24-100mm zoom range, a new 16MP CCD sensor and full 1080 video with stereo support.
S9300 - the upper end travel camera has a 25-450mm zoom range and a collapsible lens design for convenient pocketability.
Other models in the refresh include the S4300, S3300, S30, L810 and the L26. More details can be found at Nikon USA's Coolpix site.Read more of Nikon Refreshes Coolpix Line for 2012
Once again we approach that time of year when the urge to give is the strongest. All of us at the Nikonians Photoproshop wish you — your family and friends a Happy Holiday Season!
We traditionally double check our inventories and look for great deals to make your gift shopping more affordable, and this year we invite you to check our Holidays Specials:
You will enjoy the addition of white cross-out lines on our prices during this special, indicating your savings potential.
Make sure you scroll through the three pages of specials (nearly 50 at last count).
SPECIAL NOTE for our Nikonians members using the Photoproshop in Europe. Most of the items mentioned in this newsletter are also available "across the pond." Simply click on the Nikonians Photoproshop map for your chosen region.
They include the popular hot-shoe mount bubble levels (in both two and three axis models), our top selling Nikonians Pro Strap for your camera and the tiny digital single-lens-reflex camera in the shape of a Nikon which is actually an 8GB USB flash drive in disguise. These flash drives were great stocking stuffers last year.
Check the top of the page and have a look at our brand new Nikonians 2012 Calendar!
Check out our gift vouchers in increments of $25, $50 and $100 USD.
Want to go large with that order?
We're getting enthusiastic response to some of our specialized items such as the Solmeta Geotagger N3 GPS Receiver. This is a 3-axis smart camera GPS unit, with very quick and highly accurate GPS lock.
It is compatible with Nikon D3, Nikon D3X, Nikon D3S, Nikon D700, Nikon D300, Nikon D300s, Nikon D200, Nikon D90, Nikon D2X, Nikon D2Xs, Nikon D2Hs, plus Nikon D3100, Nikon D5000, Nikon D5100 and Nikon D7000.
Another popular item is our line of MAGICA products.
Nikonians co-founder J. Ramón Palacios spent many years researching the ideal tripod and he used the expertise of fellow members of the community to narrow that search down to MAGICA.
You can read his story on the search and results and judge for yourself.
---and Now-- the Hubs---
The Markins TH-200 and TH-300 Hubs replace the platform hub reducing weight and top diameter of Series 2 and Series 3 carbon fiber tripods respectively, whether a Mountaineer or a Systematic model, providing a slim profile while keeping the sturdiness and vibration dampening of the previous TB base plate based MAGICA.
Protect your investment
These lens covers camouflage your 14mm to 800mm lens in a variety of patterns. They are manufactured from 100% closed-cell neoprene and offer protection from bumps, jars and nicks.
They also provide a thermal barrier, protecting your hands from cold lenses in lower temperatures. They are easy to install and remove, sliding on like a sleeve and leaving no residue on the lens. LensCoat™ lens covers are waterproof, providing protection in harsh conditions.
Other features include clear, flexible UV plastic windows over the AF/VR controls and the distance-scale window. The cover has custom holes revealing your alignment for lens changes to be made without removing the cover. They are available for a wide variety of lenses and for teleconverters.
Your purchases help sustain the growth of the Nikonians community. We thank you for your support!
Just in time for the holidays, our corporate sponsor Berger Brothers is offering exclusive pre-orders on the flagship replacement Nikon SB-910 Speedlight. All Nikonians members can take advantage of this special offer, so why wait? Join now and get exclusive access to this deal and other great advantages!
"The Nikonian" eZine app for the iPad has been updated to Version 1.1. You'll get access to our exclusive newsletters, packed full of equipment reviews, great photos from our ANPAT trip, updates of our Academy classes, and of course, exclusive Nikonians offers! Grab the app now!Read more of "The Nikonians" iPad App Updated
PhotoBert, makers of the popular CheatSheets and the amazing Helicon Pro focus-stacking software, is slashing prices by 20% off of CheatSheets and 10% off of everything else (accessories & HeliconFocus). This offer won't last long, so head on over to start your holiday shopping! Your discount code can be found at the Nikonians Rewards page.Read more of PhotoBert Fall Sale - 10% Off All Products!
PocketWizard is offering a USD25 rebate in the US only for their innovative MiniTT1 and Flex TT5 Wireless Flash Triggering Systems for Nikon. The mail-in rebate runs through 30-November-2011. Visit Nikonians Rewards to claim your rebate today!Read more of PocketWizard ControlTL Promotion for Nikon Users
Hoodman announces their new Lens Cleanse series of cleaning cloths - equipped with specially formulated enzymes to break down grime on lenses and other optical equipment without being harmful to the environment.Read more of Hoodman Lens Cleanse: Be Clean and Green! Read more of Nikon mirrorless camera in September 2011
Nikon has introduced six new COOLPIX digital cameras with two standing out from the crowd.Read more of COOLPIX line adds six — including new All-Weather series
Nikon has announced an end-date for offering the buffer upgrade for the D3 DSLR. The buffer upgrade enhances the performance of the camera by increasing the number of photos it can temporarily store before having to stop and write them out to the memory card. The buffer upgrade will only be available until July 20th 2011, so if you've been holding off on this update, get it now while you can!Read more of Nikon Ending D3 Buffer Upgrades
One of Nikon's best-selling camera models, the D90, has been discontinued, replaced by the newer D7000. This model is prized for having set many new standards within the DSLR family, low weight, excellent noise characteristics, superb image quality, all at a very reasonable price. B&H Photo Video still has a few units left, so grab them while you can!Read more of Nikon D90...Going...Going...
Think Tank Photo is revamping three of their popular "Speed" bags into the new Speed Convertible series starting in June. The Speed Convertibles are shoulder bags that can quickly and easily convert to Beltpacks on the fly, all while enjoying professional features such as hinge top flaps that open away from the photographer, multiple compartments for a variety of accessories, a secondary main compartment entry and padded shoulder straps.Read more of Think Tank Speed Convertible Series Arrives June
In a brief statement on Wednesday, Nikon filed a lawsuit against Sigma Corporation, maker of third-party lenses, over infringements regarding "interchangeable lenses with vibration reduction for single-reflex cameras." Per industry reports, the suit is worth approximately USD154 million.
Editorial Comments: This could be the beginning of the end for the various "gentlemen's agreements" that have characterized Japanese manufacturing for decades. Any infighting between makers about infringements and technology sharing are traditionally settled internally and privately. This could also mean the price of Sigma lenses with Optical Stabilization may become more volatile until the lawsuit and terms are settled.Read more of Nikon Launches Patent Lawsuit against Sigma
Our Director of Good Deals for You has arranged for some unbelievable savings on some of the hottest photography hardware and software, and they're exclusive to Nikonians members only!Read more of Unbelievable Savings from Nikonians Sponsors!
Lowepro unveiled its latest pouch for ILC cameras and other smaller-bodied models like the Nikon Coolpix. With capacity for a single camera and minimal extras, or a larger option for an additional pancake lens, the Compact Courier line offers two carry-styles in one pouch. Users can either use the included shoulder strap or remove that and thread the case through a belt for all day comfort.
Roberts Imaging has three hot Nikon VR lenses available now! Due to the crisis affecting the Japanese electronics industry, it could be a while before you see these lenses in plentiful stock; they're the latest versions in the most popular of focal length ranges, so get yours now while you can!
- Nikon AF-S 28-300mm f3.5-5.6 ED VR
- Nikon AF-S 24-120mm f4.0 ED VR
- Nikon AF-S 18-200mm f3.5-5.6 ED VR II
Nikonians Team Member Ernesto Santos (esantos) extensively reviewed the latest 17" wide-carriage Epson Stylus Pro 4900 printer and proclaims it be just about perfect:
"Whether you are looking to upgrade your old and tired 17" pro printer or this is your first venture into the world of wide format printing the Epson Stylus Pro 4900 is an excellent choice to consider."Read more of Epson Stylus Pro 4900 - The Nikonians Review
Lowepro has announced two new camera bags series for outdoor enthusiasts. The Photo Sport AW Series is designed for outdoor adventurers that like to bring photo gear along when skiing, biking, or snowboarding, and the Optics Line meets the unique needs of bird photographers and nature observers venturing into the wilds.Read more of Lowepro: Two New Bags Series for Outdoor Enthusiasts
PhaseOne's CaptureOne suite has been enhanced for compatibility with tethered shooting using Nikon DSLRs. The D7000 and preliminary support for the D100 is now available. And our own Martin Turner has a full review on the CaptureOne Version 6 package.Read more of CaptureOne Enhances Tethered Shooting Options
Russian security research firm Elcomsoft has reputedly hacked Nikon's Image Authentication system. Specific Nikon digital cameras write a special key or code to each photo they take. With a special software and hardware solution from Nikon, users can confirm if the photo has been altered since capture.Read more of Nikon Image Authentication System Hacked
Our own Martin Turner puts the LowePro X200 Roller Case through it's paces.
"For when you need to move the maximum amount of kit around without calling attention to yourself, destroying half the things around you, or looking like you are working for the military, the Lowepro X 200 Pro Roller may well be the ultimate bag."Read more of Lowepro X200 Roller Case: The Nikonians Review
After an April 13th mis-step, Nikon officially announces their refresh of the classic 50mm f1.8, now with Silent Wave motor and an Aspherlcal element. The new lens will be available on June 16th, 2011 at the MSRP of USD219.95.Read more of Nikon 50mm f1.8 AF-S Officially Announced
Our corporate sponsor Roberts Camera continues their sizzling sales by slashing prices on the versatile Tamrac 3536 camera bag. Normally USD45.00, Roberts has it on sale for USD29.97, but stock is limited so get yours today.Read more of Tamrac 3536 On Sale But It Won't Last Long
According to the calendar, it's only Spring, but it might as well be Summer, because the sales are sizzling hot at our corporate sponsor Roberts Imaging. They've got the insanely popular Nikon D7000 (body-only) on sale for USD1299.97.Read more of Nikon D7000 On Sale at Roberts Camera
Nikon has released the 2.2.7 update to Capture NX2.Read more of Nikon Capture NX2 Updated to 2.2.7
Our corporate partner Roberts Camera is now accepting pre-orders for the newly announced Nikon D5100 Digital SLR. The USD 899.97 camera kit comes with the versatile 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 AFS VR. A USD 799.97 body-only kit is also available.Read more of Roberts Now Accepting Pre-Orders for Nikon D5100
Update 1: Looks like it was an accidental publication - both the Japan and USA sites have pulled the page.
With a lack of suprising fanfare, Nikon has announced a new 50mm f1.8 G AF-S lens, which replaces the hard-working AF 50mm f1.8D.Read more of Leaked: Nikon 50mm f1.8 G Silent Wave
Good news - Nikon has announced the restart of production among the impacted Sendai manufacturing plants, although levels will be hampered by the lack of consistent electricity and the unknown factors of component supply.
Last week, Nikon also provided it's expertise to the recovery efforts by donating a thousand compact digital cameras and flash cards (models unspecified) as well as two hundred binoculars. Those optical items will be used to document damage and aid in finding survivors.
Ed. Note: Gambaro, Nihon. (Hang in there Japan)Read more of Nikon Production Restart and Additional Aid
Think Tank Photo has released several useful pouches and holders designed to address specific photographer needs:
- Credential Holder
- AA Battery Holder
- Passport Holder
- Travel Pouch - Large
- Travel Pouch - Small
Nikon has published an additional notice on the state of manufacturing operations in Japan. Unfortunately, they report at least one employee fatality and several missing from the Sendai plants. In addition, one of their manufacturing factories appears to be heavily damaged. The statement did not indicate when a potential return to normal operations could be expected.
Editorial note: Several business news sources have indicated Nikon is exploring moving part of their camera lens manufacturing to Malaysia. A firm called Notion VTEC Berhed currently supplies Nikon with cam barrel parts and is the likely candidate for a facility relocation.Read more of Nikon Issues Updated Notice on Operations in Japan
Nikon has posted an official comment on the state of their operations in Japan. As many Nikonians are aware, the town of Sendai closest to the earthquake is the home of Nikon's professional camera manufacturing factory, outputting models such as the D3 and the D700. For now, operations are shut down, and unfortunately some employees are reported to have been injured. Nikon has also committed 100M Yen (approx. 122MM USD) to the Japanese Red Cross Society in support of relief efforts in the country.Read more of Nikon Notice on Northern Japan Earthquake
Bert Sirkin (PhotoBert) has updated his handy CheatSheets series with the inside scoop on the latest Nikon Speedlight, the SB-700. Nikonians Silver members and above get an additional 20% off this newest product at Nikonians Rewards. Get your copy today!Read more of New SB-700 CheatSheet from PhotoBert Read more of Coolpix P7000 Firmware Update Version 1.1
"The issue of visible hot pixels appearing in videos taken in low light with the D7000 was brought to our attention from a handful of our customers. Although this issue will not cause problems from a practical standpoint, in order to achieve a greater level of customer satisfaction, we have decided to offer a firmware update to reduce such occurrences.
Details will be announced at a later date.
For any enquiries, please contact the Nikon Customer Support Centre.
We look forward to your continued patronage.”Read more of Nikon Acknowledges Hot-Pixels Issue with D7000
Nikonians Members get two exclusive deals for the Fall season; first up - USD30 off any and all services at ScanCafe, so start preserving those films and emulsions! And Berger Brothers is offering a 10% discount for any Manfrotto and Gitzo tripods for the month of November only! Remember, you can only get these vouchers at Nikonians Rewards!Read more of Nikonians Exclusive Discounts - ScanCafe and Berger Brothers
For our members looking to get a head start on operating the latest DSLR arrival, Nikon has now put up the D7000 Digitutor site for your perusal. Enjoy!Read more of Nikon D7000 DigiTutor Site is Up
For most photographers, a telephoto lens is like a specialized tool; you don’t often have need for it, but when you do, you want it to work right the first time. Tamron’s latest telephoto zoom, the SP 70-300 f4-5.6 Di VC USD, is exactly that – a very useful lens that gets you the shot you want when you need it.
Editor's Note: The Samples Gallery is now available.Read more of Tamron SP70-300 Di VC USD: The Nikonians Review
Nikon has released the first firmware update for the Coolpix P90 compact camera.Read more of Nikon P90 Firmware Updated to 1.1
Just in time for the Fall Season, Nikon has announced several new Coolpixes; the flagship P7000 with a 28-200mm zoom reach, the enhanced S8100 with back-lit CMOS sensor and the slim-line OLED S80 compact.Read more of Fall Harvest of Nikon Coolpixes: P7000, S80 and S8100
Tamron celebrates it's 60th Anniversary by giving away sixty copies of it's newest telephoto zoom lens; the award-winning SP 70-300mm Di VC USD, plus other great prizes during the months of September and October!Read more of Tamron's Sixty Days of Giveaways!
Nikon has announced a trio of lenses that update old classics and bring new capabilities to full-frame (FX) cameras: the AF-S 85mm f1.4 G, the AF-S 24-120mm f4 G ED VR and the AF-S 28-300mm f3.5-5.6 G ED VR.Read more of Nikon Lens Trifecta: AF-S 85mm f1.4 G, AF-S 24-120mm f4 VR, AF-S 28-300mm ED VR Read more of Nikon Announces D3100 DSLR and AF-S 55-300mm ED VR
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Nikon has announced two new Coolpix models - the 12MP S5100 equipped with a 28-140mm lens and featuring EXPEED C2 processing engine which promises excellent image quality at higher ISOs, lens-shift VR and optimization for handheld-night time and natural fill-flash shooting. The 14MP S1100PJ expands on the unique merging of a digital compact camera and a powerful projector. The new model features 40% brighter projection power, a 3-inch LCD touch panel and can double as a personal computer projector when not being used as a still camera.Read more of New Coolpix S5100 and S1100PJ Cameras
Berger Brothers is offering contributing Nikonians exclusive discounts on select Westcott and ProfFotolighting kits - perfect for members looking to upgrade or expand their studio and portable sets. Get your Discount Code and many other valuable savings at the Nikonians Rewards Page!Read more of Berger Brothers Nikonians Discounts on Lighting Kits
Tamron has released their new 70-300mm f4-5.6 telephoto zoom. This new version is equipped with Vibration Compensation, featuring a four-stop advantage in hand-holding. Premiering as well is Tamron's coreless motor implementation, called Ultrasonic Silent Drive, which delivers fast and quiet focusing. LD and XLD elements in the optical formula prevent chromatic aberration and provide greater contrast and sharpness. The lens is available now in NIkon mount with a street price of USD449, making it very competitive to Nikon's own 70-300 VR. We'll have a review of this lens up soon.Read more of Tamron Releases 70-300mm f4-5.6 Di VC USD Telephoto Zoom
Have you seen the latest Nikonians equipment reviews? This month, Thomas Berg gets up close with the Tamron SP AF60mm f2.0 Macro, and Team Moderators Victor Newman and Martin Turner get under the covers with Think Tank's latest weatherproof shield, the Hydrophobia.Read more of Nikonians Review: Tamron 60mm f2.0 and Think Tank Hydrophobia
Nikon USA confirmed today through a notice that a potential light-leak issue could occur with their flagship mid-zoom 24-70mm f2.8 AFS G.Read more of Nikon Posts Possible Light Leak Notice on 24-70mm f2.8 AFS
The Apple iPad, meanwhile over 3 million units sold in a few months, is changing business. I am also convinced it is changing the way photographers will work.Read more of iPad is disruptive to photography
Sigma Photo has posted a firmware update affecting the latest batches of popular telephoto zoom lenses. Lenses affected include the new 120-400mm f4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM, the 150-500mm f5-6.3 DG OS HSM and the 50-500mm f4.5-6.3 DG OS HSMRead more of Sigma Posts Firmware Update for Telephoto Zooms
The Associated Press brings word of a Nikon lost at sea, and found after an apparent stunning six month journey from Aruba to the coast of Florida. Be sure to check out the accompanying photos and video recovered from the camera.Read more of A Nikon Odessey
Data Safe for photographers
May 27, 2010   11:50 AM
Safety is what the developers of LaCie had in mind when they designed their new Rugged Safe all–terrain hard disk. It comes in two versions: 500 Megabyte ($189.99) and one Terabyte ($299.99).
Read more of Data Safe for photographers
TTP launches new shoulder bag series
May 20, 2010   12:26 PM
ThinkTankPhoto's new bag series is called "Retrospective." It honors the great photographers of the past who made history while having their gear slung over their shoulders in beaten canvas bags.
While the outside of the bags look intentionally innocuous, the inside was specifically created to help field photographers carry their gear safely and access it quickly.Read more of TTP launches new shoulder bag series
New Photo Scanners from Epson
May 6, 2010   11:53 AM
Epson has launched two new affordable photo scanners with impressive parameters. Both Perfection V33 and Perfection V330 deliver perfect image quality and exclusive scanning tools for $89 and $119 (USD).
They feature 4800 x 9600 dpi optical resolution and include a 180-degree lid for scanning oversized objects.Read more of New Photo Scanners from Epson
New Compact Prime Lenses from Zeiss
April 19, 2010   12:51 PM
The trend of filming in high definition using a digital SLR camera is unstoppable. Carl Zeiss now introduces the world’s first set of cine lenses designed especially for HD-SLR cameras: the Compact Prime CP.2 lenses.
Read more of New Compact Prime Lenses from Zeiss
New 24mm Nikkor lens in stock
April 16, 2010   3:48 PM
We would like to inform you that BorrowLenses now has the new Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED in stock. It is designed primarily for Nikon's FX format, currently consisting of D3-series and D700 digital SLR cameras.Read more of New 24mm Nikkor lens in stock
Rent hardware and save 5%
April 9, 2010   3:34 PM
Borrowlenses, online rental service for camera gear and partner of Nikonians, is offerings a 5% discount to all Gold, Silver and Platinum members.
Cameras, accessories, lighting, water housing and more can be rented for interesting prices. A Nikon D3s for three days costs $251 (regular price).Read more of Rent hardware and save 5%
New Cinema Kit Pro by Hoodman
April 8, 2010   3:29 PM
Hoodman adds a hot shoe mount for using the HoodLoupe 3.0 during DSLR video capture. The new mount is called HoodCrane.Read more of New Cinema Kit Pro by Hoodman
Hot Deals at Berger Bros.
April 6, 2010   1:52 PM
During April, Berger Bros. offers Nikonians Silver-, Gold and Platinum members Hot Deals for their Bogen and Manfrotto tripods (10%) and for several filters (25%)!Read more of Hot Deals at Berger Bros.
Design Awards for Nikon cameras
April 1, 2010   2:01 PM
Nikon has announced that they have received reddot design awards for their COOLPIX S1000pj and the D5000 cameras.Read more of Design Awards for Nikon cameras
Tamron today introduced its latest lens, the SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD (Model A005).
It features a new Tamron developed USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) motor and a Vibration Compensation (VC) that enables the photographer to shoot at a shutter speed that is an extra four stops slower without having to worry about blurring.Read more of Super performance by Tamron
64GB Flash Card from SanDisk
March 1, 2010   11:10 AM
SanDisk last week announced that it has begun to ship its latest flash card SanDisk Ultra® SDXC™. The Class 4 card has a read speed of 15 MB/s and a capacity of 64 Gigabyte. It uses the new SDXC format which can easily deal with High Definition videos.
SanDisk last week announced that it has begun to ship its latest flash card SanDisk Ultra® SDXC™.
The Class 4 card has a read speed of 15 MB/s and a capacity of 64 Gigabyte. It uses the new SDXC format which can easily deal with High Definition videos.Read more of 64GB Flash Card from SanDisk
Nikon has released firmware update 1.01 for the D3S digital SLR. Notable fixes include inadvertent movie playback stalls and memory card "CHA" errors.Read more of Nikon D3S firmware update 1.01
Two highly anticipated FX-format lenses were officially confirmed by Nikon today; bringing VR to a popular zoom range and updating a wide-angle classic.Read more of New Wide Nikkor Lenses: 16-35mm f/4 VR and 24mm f/1.4
Nikon has updated the Coolpix product line with seven new models spanning the Performance, Life and Style classes, including a superzoom with a new CMOS backlit sensor and the slimmest in-class 10x pocket camera.
Nikon has posted an official response to customer inquiries about a "rough textured" internal element visible from the front of the lens.
The AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II lens features a component in the lens design which may appear to have surface irregularities or a rough texture when viewed through the front lens element. This rough surface appears in a very small confined area within the lens barrel and is caused by air holes remaining in the metal portion of the lens during component construction. Due to the magnifying effect of the front element this rough surface will appear greatly enlarged when viewed through the front of the lens.Read more of Nikon Responds to "Rough" 70-200mm f2.8 VRII Internals
This component’s function is to reduce and remove internal reflections and this textured surface will have no effect on the lenses performance or operation. Nikon would like to assure customers that the lenses optical performance remains unchanged and that this component will not release any dust or particles into the lens itself.
Nikon has made available a new firmware version for the D3 Digital SLR. Version 2.02 (Windows & Mac) include improvements to Auto White Balance and closer integration of camera functions when using an off-board GPS system. Cautions are noted for users of Nikon Camera Control Pro 2.7.0 - some features of the program will be unavailable when used with D3 cameras using the new firmware. Nikon promises to address this in Control Pro 2.7.1 to be released at a later date. (links are to Nikon UK)Read more of Nikon D3 Firmware 2.02 Released
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced today that the Nikon D3S digital SLR and the Nikkor 14-24mm f2.8 optics will be used to photographically document missions and activities aboard the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station (ISS).Read more of Nikon D3S in Orbit
The Nikonians Rewards for the holidays keep getting better and better with great discounts on the hottest software tools and outstanding used camera gear!Read more of Holiday Savings: Hot Nik Plug-Ins and Great Used Gear
Nikon has made available two very useful tools for shooters looking for guidance on their next lens acquisition - a graphical chart of all the current lens lineups and a simulator tool showing the effective field-of-view of a particular lens or focal length.Read more of Two Useful Lens Tools from Nikon
Carl Zeiss has announced a line of lenses for "the semi-professional" market. Labelled ZF.2, this family of manual-focus lenses will mount and meter with Nikon F-Mount 35mm camera bodies.Read more of Carl Zeiss Announces Semi-Pro Lens Line for Nikon
Nikon has signed a licensing agreement with WiLAN Inc., thereby gaining access to an extensive portfolio of wireless technology. WiLAN boasts an impressive collection of patented inventions and counts Cisco, Panasonic, Samsung and RIM among it's current licensees. The terms of the agreement are confidential, but it's no secret that the deal will result in some form of improved and embedded wireless functions making their way into the camera maker's next generation of digital imaging devices.Read more of Nikon Inks Deal with WiLAN
Nikon has made additional full-size sample photos from the new D3S flagship DSLR available for scrutiny. See the samples here.Read more of Nikon D3S Sample Photos Now Available
Adobe has posted a version of PhotoShop usable on the iPhone. The new program is sure to be a hit with the rapidly growing base of Apple device users. Using the popular finger gesture interface, users can crop, rotate, apply effects, adjust color and more. As a plus, users can also load their images up to their Photoshop.com account for web publication or to ensure backup. Get the free mobile app here.Read more of PhotoShop on the Go: New iPhone Mobile App
Tamron took the wraps off their latest iteration of the popular 17-50mm f2.8 XR Di lens - now featuring Vibration Compensation (VC). VC is Tamron's implementation of Nikon's Vibration Reduction, and makes this fast and light lens even more versatile for hand-held shots.Read more of Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 - Now Image Stabilized
Roberts Imaging now has the new Nikon D300s (body only) in stock, available for delivery. Customers get free shipping for orders over USD300.Read more of Nikon D300s Now Available At Roberts Imaging
Adobe has provided interim support for the Nikon D300s and the Nikon 3000 in the form of release candidate plug-ins for Camera Raw 5.5 and DNG Converter 5.5. Download the RCs here.
Editor's note: Release Candidate status means these plug-ins are interim and are not yet fully production supported.Read more of Adobe Plug-Ins Support D300s and D3000
The Nikon D3X has taken the top award as the 2009-2010 Professional Camera of the Year according to the prestigious European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA). Following the camera's previous win at TIPA for best D-SLR in the Professional Category, this latest honor reinforces the ground-breaking innovation and features of Nikon's flagship model. Congratulations to Nikon!Read more of Nikon D3X Takes Top Awards at EISA 2009
In a potential double-whammy, many Nikon D5000 cameras are subject again to "additional and enhanced procedures," despite having just completed the first round of repairs as noted in the July advisory.Read more of D5000 Advisory Redux: Twice is not Nice; Affected Camera Pool Grows
Have you ever looked at your prints and your monitor and wonder why the colors might sometimes not match? Or even viewing your online photos on two different computers, they seem to be off? Just walk into any technology store and look at the rows of monitors for sale - they all have different color renditions, hues and saturations.
Many of our enthusiast and professional members know the answer - color management. In order to successfully manage your color - you need a colorimeter, such as DataColor's Spyder3.Read more of Nikonians Exclusive Savings on Datacolor's Spyder3Elite
In the latest issue of Nikon World, renknowned photo-journalist Ami Vitale explores the power and flexibility of the new Nikon D300S' video capabilities.
When Nikon asked her to check out the new camera and see how video would fit with the way she works, she was enthusiastic. "I think multi-media is the direction we're all moving," Ami says. "It's another way to tell stories, and for me it's absolutely essential."
See the compelling video, stunning still images and accompanying text on the Nikon World website.Read more of Nikon D300s Video In Action with Ami Vitale
In a Nikonians exclusive tip, we have learned that Epson will update their popular P6000 and P7000 viewers to allow tethered shooting from select Nikon and Canon digital SLR cameras.
Think Tank Photo fully unveils it's new line of Multimedia Wired Up bags specifically designed for both digital and video cameras, as well as the new hybrid Digital SLRs that have extensive video capability.Read more of Still and Video? Think Tank Can Handle Both!
Nikon has issued a service advisory for the D5000 digital SLR camera. Some components related to the power controls have been identified as faulty and may prevent proper operation.
UPDATED - Nikon has provided an applet page where you can enter your camera's Serial Number to see if it is affected.Read more of Nikon D5000 Service Advisory
In a clever move designed to capture the photographer market seeking the ultimate carry-around camera, Cosina (makers of the Voightlander rangefinder) announced a Voightlander lens adapter that will let manual focus Pentax K and Nikon F lenses mount on MicroFour-Thirds cameras.Read more of Cosina Announces micro4/3rds Adapter for F Mount Lenses
Nikon announced today that it will collaborate with Fujitsu Broad Solution and Consulting Inc. to form Nikon Imaging Systems Inc. The new venture is solely intended to create firmware for Nikon digital cameras.Read more of Nikon Teams Up with Fujitsu for Camera Firmware
Responding to "consumer demand," Nikon has updated the firmware for the popular Coolpix L100 camera to support rechargeable lithium batteries.Read more of Nikon Rechargeable Batteries for Coolpix L100
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.
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.Read more of Adobe ACR v.5.4 RC with D5000 Support
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.Read more of Nikon Takes Top Camera Awards for TIPA 2009
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.Read more of Sigma USA Extends Warranties on Non-EX Lenses
Nikon has filed for a battery meter patent that changes the game in terms of estimating battery life and efficiency - instead of just measuring shots taken over the life of the charge, the camera will actually report back what different functions were being conducted. The patent reads "different operating modes," presumably meaning actions as zooming in and out (in a compact digital), Menu and LCD use, card formatting, etc. It then presumably applies values to those actions and applies it against the expected battery life to give a more accurate estimation of remaining power.Read more of Nikon: Building a Better Battery Meter
Nikon has updated their remote camera control suite to Version 2.5. Changes include:
- Support for the new D5000 digital SLR
- No backwards compatibility for OSX 10.3.9
- Fixes to AutoDX Crop settings and File Transfer behavior
As noted on several major retailer sites, the newly announced Nikon D5000 will be available for purchase starting Monday, April 27th.Read more of Nikon D5000 Available Starting April 27th
Nikon updates the firmware for the popular D40 and D40X digital SLRs to improve compatibility with the EN-EL9a battery, thereby increasing the theoretical number of shots per battery charge. (link to Nikon USA firmware page).Read more of Nikon D40 and D40X Firmware Updates
As a follow-up to our earlier story on Ritz Camera's restructuring, the photo retailer chain has announced today that they will close 300 stores with a liquidation sale starting 4-April and continuing until all inventory is sold. A detailed list of stores affected is available here (Adobe Acrobat Reader required).Read more of Ritz Camera to Close 300 Stores
Nikonians Corporate Partner Phase One has released their latest iteration of the Capture One 4.7 photo-processing workflow.Read more of Capture One 4.7 Now with Nikon D3X Support Read more of Capture NX2 Version 2.2 Now Available
Nikon will be offering Capture 2.2 as a free upgrade to current 2.x users in April. The new version's features and system specifications are available for perusal. Most notably, Coolpix P6000 NRW support is included, likely in response to earlier feedback from owner communities.Read more of Capture 2.2 Coming in April, Supports NRW
Our colleagues at LetsGoDigital have completed their review of the current flagship Coolpix camera, the P6000, and the results are mixed. Overall, the camera has some significant advantages over over models, but the lack of RAW workflow really impacts the shot-to-shot performance times.Read more of Nikon Coolpix 6000: The LetsGoDigital Review
Images of a very sleek and futuristic concept Coolpix camera are floating around on the Internet, made by designer Camillo Vanacore. No specifications are currently available and it's unclear if the concept is even endorsed by Nikon, but the curvy and cutting-edge design is certainly compelling. (via Behance Network).Read more of Nikon eXtreme Concept Coolpix Read more of Nikon Coolpix P6000 Firmware 1.2
Olympus is withdrawing from the Megapixel wars, declaring 12 MP to be enough. In a recent interview, SLR planning honcho Akira Watanabe wants to focus instead on improving higher ISO performance, dynamic range and color reproduction. While knowledgeable photographers are applauding this development, it remains to be seen how this will impact Olympus' sales, and if that message can reach a large consumer audience indoctrinated to believe "more pixels is better." (via CNet)Read more of Olympus Declares "No Mas!"; Saying 12 MP is Enough
Sigma unveils it's latest optics in time for PMA 2009 in Las Vegas. Leading the trio of new lenses is a 18-50mm f2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM that will appeal to DX shooters looking for a mid-range zoom, an improved 10-20mm DC HSM super wide-angle but at a constant f3.5 and a light consumer telezoom 50-200mm f4-5.6 DC OS HSM.Read more of Sigma Releases New Trio of DC HSM Lenses
In another sign of tough economic times, Ritz Camera, one of the largest photographic specialty retailers in the U.S., has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. While citing requirements by lenders to boost reserve cash as the pirmary motivation, the store chain also suffered from losses through it's 100+ chain marine supply store Boater's World. Not surprisingly, listed among the largest unsecured creditors of Ritz are Nikon with USD26 million in claims, with Canon a close second at USD13 million. (via Reuters)Read more of Ritz Camera file for Chapter 11
Nikon has announced the Fabre Photo EX portable microscope designed for field or industrial inspection use; it has viewing elements but can also mount the NAS-L1 mounting ring to take photos using a DX or FX sensor camera body. An additional FSB-U1 kit will allow similar attachment of certain Coolpix models. The microscope and both attachments will be released on February 20th, 2009. (via TechOn Japan)Read more of Nikon NAS-L1 Microscope Attachment for DSLR Read more of New Wave of Coolpix Cameras Arrives
A photography enthusiast has supposedly managed to get a Nikon D700 to emulate it's D90 sibling's ability to shoot video clips through use of the Nikon official Software Development Kit. The not so good news - it's less than 480p in resolution and will require the camera remain tethered to a PC.Read more of Nikon D700 Hacked To Shoot Video
The first firmware fixes of the new year have arrived: the flagship Nikon D3 gets updated to 2.01, notably with fixes for compatibility with the GP-1 geotagging unit and image quality concerns when using Long Exposure Noise Reduction. The D700 gets it's first update to 1.01 with changes to Focus Tracking behavior and fixes to the MB-D10 battery pack.Read more of New Firmware Updates for Nikon D3 and Nikon D700
Nikonians from Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxemburg and Netherlands can save 10% on their purchase of a Datacolor product from our partner Globell. You find the voucher codes for this time limited offer in your User Menu (limited to Silver members and higher).Read more of Save 10% on a ColorSpyder
DxO Labs has completed a review of the Nikon D3X and declared it leader of the pack for image quality according to their comprehensive DxOMark rating system.Read more of Nikon D3X Leads DxOMark Rankings
Thom weighs in on the flagship Nikon D3X and his bottom-line may surprise some:
Should You Get a D3x? Well, Nikon's not going to like my answer this time around. My answer is "no, most of you shouldn't."
Discuss this article in our Nikon D3 and D3X forum.Read more of New Year, New Surprises - Thom Hogan's D3X Review
UK Nikonians enjoyed an all too-brief period of time where equipment was cheaper to buy locally than abroad thanks mostly to the weaker dollar, but the good times have come to an end. Nikon UK, citing currency volatilities, has released their price hike sheet. Notable among them is a nearly ten percent jump on the flagship D3X. (Adobe Acrobat Reader required)Read more of Nikon UK Price Hike Sheet
The integration of digital still cameras and the Web took another step forward today, with the announcement of the WiFi-enabled Sony Cyber-shot DSC-G3 at the 2009 Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show (CES).Read more of Sony Cyber-shot G3 Integrates WiFi and Web Browser
Lexar has a useful graphical tool for showing the capacities of their memory cards, based upon whether you're storing photos, music files or video. Be sure to click on the details link to the left of the tool display, to show the basis by which the the storage is being calculated. If your device or files are much larger than the baseline being used, you can expect less capacity than displayed.Read more of Lexar Card Capacity Graphical Tool
For Nikonians with visions of D3X cameras dancing in their heads, our colleagues at Imaging Resource have more content for you: initial test shots with the latest high-megapixel full-frame DSLR. See their samples page to view the Multi-target, Still Life and Viewfinder accuracy frames.Read more of Imaging Resource: D3X Test Shots Read more of Nikon D3x preview
Our friends at LetsGoDigital.org have made available a comprehensive underwater housing review which should be of interest to our Nikon D300 owners with scuba diving interests.Read more of LetsGoDigital Nikon D300 underwater housing review posted
The veil finally slipped this week as several UK subscribers to this month's Nikon Pro magazine found an article about the long-speculated replacement to Nikon's FX full-frame camera and alerted us about it.Read more of The Veil Slips: Nikon D3X 24MP Outed in Nikon Pro Mag
Nikon has released update 5.02 for the SB-900 Flagship Speedlight. The fixes include:
- Improved continuous shooting performance that previously resulted in overexposure
- Fixed mode persistence problems with TTL-A use on CLS/iTTL equipped bodies
Nikon D3 and D300 owners need to make note of the caveats that they should have the latest firmware loaded on their camera bodies before using an SB-900 equipped with this version update. The Speedlight firmware is available for Mac and Windows (NikonUSA Support Site).Read more of Nikon SB-900 Speedlight Firmware Update
Recent purchasers of Canon equipment may be waiting a while for their rebates. In posts made at popular camera forums, it appears the camera maker's supplier that processes the rebates has filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. In contrast, NikonUSA supposedly processes their own rebates in-house but has received mixed reviews regarding turnaround times. See the official Canon statement here.Read more of Canon Rebate Blues
Numerous happy D90 users report of its great performance, even above that of the D300. Knowing a little about the Nikon Engineering philosophy, this is not surprising.
So what else can we ask from this camera? Well... can the D90 really make a movie?
See for yourself
Thom weighs in on the long-awaited enthusiast replacement DSLR, the Nikon D90. While the still camera functions are a clear improvement over the few flaws of the D80, the HD video function is a long way from displacing current camcorder offerings.Read more of NIkon D90: The Thom Hogan Review
Nikon has entered the Interactive Media market with their Media UP headset. A combination A/V media player that fits on your head - it can play videos and music, display images and connect wirelessly through the Internet. Nikonians seeking this latest breakthrough in personal entertainment will have to make the trek to Japan though. The unit will be sold exclusively through NIkon's dedicated store.Read more of Nikon Breaks Into Interactive Media with the UP Headset
Thom renders judgment on Nikon's newest FX sensor camera and finds his closest match to his film days.
I've now had the chance to shoot with the D300, D700, and D3 on extended trips. Which would I pick? Well, it's looking like the D700, as that's the way my Ready Kit is packed. For the first time in a long time I'm close to where I was when I was shooting film.Read more of Nikon D700: The Thom Hogan Review
Hoya has ceased production of all Pentax brand cameras and lenses in Japan. The manufacturing operations will move to existing factories in the Philippines and Vietnam. This completes the off-shoring of all camera equipment, as DSLR, lenses and compact camera manufacturing was previously sent to the aforementioned countries and Taiwan. (JPEA International via PMA Newsline)Read more of Pentax: No Longer Made In Japan
Nikon and Hewlett-Packard have joined forces to create a fine-art reproduction system featuring the full-frame sensor D3 digital SLR, StudioPrint RIP software and the DesignJet Z3200 photo printer. The venture aims to put a capture-to-print system for that is superior in workflow and efficiency to large-format DFA offerings. (via WebWire)Read more of Nikon and HP Create Fine-Art Repro System
On the eve of Photokina, Nikon revealed one more gift to the faithful - the long-awaited 50mm f1.4 G lens with Silent Wave motor. This prime will beautifully match up to the new FX sensor D3 and D700, giving the classic "normal" perspective of 35mm SLRs, while providing a fast, short "tele" for DX body owners. Nikon has tweaked the optical formula and applied the Super Integrated Coatings on the elements. Not so hot: the price. This is one of the lenses D40 and D60 shooters have been clamoring for, but the USD440 MSRP may give a lot of owners pause if they're looking for bang-for-the-buck.Read more of Long Overdue - the Nikon 50mm f1.4 Silent Wave Lens
Canon finally reveals the much anticipated EOS 5D Mark II, and this time it's got HD Video with Stereo sound. The new model also trumps the D90 with a maximum movie time of 29 minutes. The tiering positions the EOS 5D Mark II to be a direct competitor to the D700, but the feature set of the video functions are definitely beginning to encroach upon entry-level movie cameras.Read more of Canon Returns The Volley: EOS 5D Mark II with HD Video
Sony has hit the Photokina announcement circuit hard with the premiere of the A900 - a 24MP full-frame DSLR. As befitting a flagship product, the camera delivers high-end features such an all-glass 100% viewfinder, image stabilization, dust removal, 5fps rate and a relatively light-weight mag-alloy body.Read more of Sony's Response - A900 24MP Full-Frame DSLR
As part of the continuing wave of Pre-Photokina product announcements, Tamron has unveiled two lenses - one is a refresh of the AF 90mm f2.8 1:1 Macro lens with a built-in motor that will appeal to D40 and D60 owners, and a new AF 10-24mm f3.5-4.5 wide-angle zoom designed exclusively for digital SLRs.Read more of Tamron's Nikon Goodness
Canon has fired it's first shot of Photokina with the announcement of the 50D. The direct successor to the 40D and presumed competitor to the Nikon D300 sports a 15 MP CMOS sensor, a top ISO range of 12,800 and 6.3 fps.Read more of The D300 Competition: Canon 50D Unveiled
Good news for our members in the Russian Federation - Nikon has established a sales unit in Moscow aimed at strengthening digital imaging sales. Nikon (Russia) LLC was capitalized at just under USD2M and has a staff of thirty employees. (via Japan Corporate News)Read more of Nikon Sets Up Shop in Moscow
Tamron has put out a development notice regarding a new long zoom that finally gives the Nikon 18-200mm DX some competition. The 18-270mm Di VC LD features Tamron's proprietary Vibration Control image-stabilization technology and will be available in Canon and Nikon mounts. No release date was named at this time.Read more of Tamron Previews 18-270mm Di VC LD Long Zoom
Nikon Coolpix P80: The LetsGoDigital Review
July 20, 2008   4:10 AM
The Nikon Coolpix P80 has stirred up some mixed feelings inside of me. It is a camera that seems to have everything going for it and seems remarkably interesting. Besides that, it is the new Megazoom camera of the Nikon brand continuing the successful Coolpix 8xxx series. However, it just doesn't hit the spot.Read more of Nikon Coolpix P80: The LetsGoDigital Review
New Wireless Transfer Technology Consortium
July 18, 2008   3:19 PM
A group of top-tier imaging companies, including Nikon, have launched a consortium to bring about the next generation of wireless transfer technology.Read more of New Wireless Transfer Technology Consortium
Nikon D3: The Thom Hogan Review
July 17, 2008   4:04 PM
Thom reviews Nikon's current flagship DSLR - the D3 and finds it to be pretty much everything it's touted to be; a high-performance camera that will deliver in the right hands. And he hints that the D700 is NOT the last word in Nikon's lineup change this year.Read more of Nikon D3: The Thom Hogan Review
Vivitar in Limbo
July 9, 2008   8:26 PM
In a sign of both a tough economy and a rapidly shrinking photography market, the parent of Olevia LCD tv maker and the Vivitar camera company has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.Read more of Vivitar in Limbo
D700 Extreme Weather Photos
July 9, 2008   4:19 AM
Extreme weather photographer Jim Reed field-tested the Nikon D700 in the months prior to launch, and came back with an amazing collection of images from the 2008 storm season in the Mid-West United States.Read more of D700 Extreme Weather Photos
Nikon Updates D3 and D300 Firmware
July 2, 2008   2:44 PM
Hot on the heels of the D700 announcement, Nikon pays homage to it's installed userbase of DSLR owners by releasing new firmware updates for the popular D3 and D300.Read more of Nikon Updates D3 and D300 Firmware
Inside Nikon's Scene Recognition System
May 27, 2008   7:29 PM
Nikonians wishing to know more about the ground-breaking Scene Recognition System (SRS), first introduced in the Nikon D3 and D300 Digital SLRs, will want to read this interview with designer Hiroshi Takeuchi.
"Until now, we have been improving AE, AF, and AWB technologies independently, but when these technologies matured, there was no technology capable of linking them. The Scene Recognition System is thus a core technology that links the superior aspects of these three technologies.Read more of Inside Nikon's Scene Recognition System
New Lowepro Inverse AW beltpack and Nova AW bags
May 22, 2008   2:50 PM
Lowepro has released two new bags in their all-weather (AW) line - the Inverse AW beltpack, which features a 360-degree swivel harness and the more traditional Nova AW shoulder bag, which comes in six sizes to accommodate photographers of all skills and interests.Read more of New Lowepro Inverse AW beltpack and Nova AW bags
Nikon D3 Lands 2008 Grand Prix Award
May 21, 2008   9:02 PM
More kudos for the Nikon D3; hot on the heels of the TIPA awards, Japan Press Club has named the full-frame Digital SLR their choice as Camera of the the Year in the 2008 Camera Grand Prix. Nikon beat out over 170 competitors to land the distinguished rating.Read more of Nikon D3 Lands 2008 Grand Prix Award
Release Dates for Latest Tamron Lenses
May 19, 2008   5:37 PM
Tamron has published release dates for some of their highly anticipated lenses. The 70-200mm f2.8 Di, the 28-300mm XR Di with Vibration-Compensation (VC) and a new version of the 28-75mm f2.8 XR Di now sport built-in AF motors for compatibility with Nikon cameras like the D40 and D60; all three are scheduled to be available on store shelves in Japan on 30-May 2008. Global distribution is expected to follow shortly thereafter.Read more of Release Dates for Latest Tamron Lenses
Picture-In-Picture Viewfinder for Nikon?
May 15, 2008   3:21 PM
Nikon has filed for a patent that allows a "picture-in-picture" viewfinder - in the diagrams with the filing, the viewfinder would be able to show a digital wide-angle view using a CCD or CMOS with the center section showing the actual view based on the current focal length in use. Like many patents, this may or may not ever come to fruition, but it's certainly an appealing concept to sports and action shooters. (Via Gizmodo)Read more of Picture-In-Picture Viewfinder for Nikon?
A New Holster Option For Nikon DSLRs
May 6, 2008   5:44 PM
SkyTop Trading has a very unique and stylish option for Nikonians who like to "quick-draw" their digital SLRs. Caution: these carry bags will definitely get attention, including that of law-enforcement - at least at the first glance. (Thanks to member Scott Chapin for this find).Read more of A New Holster Option For Nikon DSLRs
Revised Nikon D3 Version 1.11 Firmware
May 1, 2008   3:42 PM
Tokina Distributor in Canada Now Open
April 29, 2008   3:25 PM
For Canadian members seeking Tokina products, you no longer have to order across the border. Daymen Photo Marketing in Ontario officially began selling the popular third-party optics as of 15-April as the exclusive national distributor.Read more of Tokina Distributor in Canada Now Open
Nikon Tops 2008 TIPA Awards
April 25, 2008   6:33 PM
Congratulations are in order for Nikon in topping two of the most coveted slots in the Technical Image Press Association's (TIPA) 2008 Awards.Read more of Nikon Tops 2008 TIPA Awards
Nikon Confirms new D3 Firmware V1.10 Corrupted
April 18, 2008   6:31 PM
Nikon USA confirms that the recent D3 Firmware v1.10 release is corrupting photos.Read more of Nikon Confirms new D3 Firmware V1.10 Corrupted
Your Portrait From Space
April 17, 2008   6:32 PM
Richard Garriott, famous maker of the computer game Ultima, is shedding his online identity as Lord British and becomes a portrait shooter from space with the help of a Nikon D3 digital SLR.Read more of Your Portrait From Space
Nikon D3 Firmware Update Version 1.10
April 15, 2008   6:48 PM
Nikon has released their first firmware update for the flagship D3 digital SLR.Read more of Nikon D3 Firmware Update Version 1.10
Eye-Fi and CompactFlash Adapters
April 14, 2008   5:05 PM
With the success of the Eye-Fi combo wifi adapter and media card, many owners of cameras with CompactFlash slots have been feeling left out. The manufacturer offers a small section of advice if you're planning to use the card with CF adapters.Read more of Eye-Fi and CompactFlash Adapters
New Flagship Coolpix P80
April 10, 2008   2:41 PM
Nikon's latest addition to the Coolpix line packs a 10MP punch with an 18x optical reach. The Coolpix P80 harkens back to the days of the CP5700 with it's styling, but there's nothing retro at all about this camera.Read more of New Flagship Coolpix P80
Nikon D40 Firmware Update Version 1.1.1
April 9, 2008   5:23 PM
Nikon has released a firmware update for the D40 digital SLR. The updates are currently available for European users in Windows and Mac platforms (US technical support gateway will be updated shortly).Read more of Nikon D40 Firmware Update Version 1.1.1
Ray Flash: The Ring Flash Adapter Now in U.S.
April 7, 2008   2:40 PM
As we reported in early 2007, an innovative ring flash adapter that uses a normal hot-shoe flash to generate illumination was first made available in Europe. Now re-named Ray Flash - the adapter is now available in the U.S. via ExpoImaging, the distributor of the ExpoDisc.Read more of Ray Flash: The Ring Flash Adapter Now in U.S.
FotoNation on The Wall Street Journal
March 28, 2008   7:54 PM
The little company that made smile and other face attribute-detection in cameras a reality has hit the big-time. Today's electronic edition of the Wall Street Journal focuses on FotoNation and it's founder Eran Steinberg.Read more of FotoNation on The Wall Street Journal
Sony Ups the Ante - 25 MP Full-Frame Sensor
March 24, 2008   10:44 PM
At PIE 2008 in Japan, Sony let the veil covering their upcoming flagship DSLR slip a bit more. The massive A900 appears to be a direct response to the Nikon D3 and the Canon 1D Mark III series, but with a twist: a whopping 25MP Full-Frame sensor. Will will see this on a future D3X? (Courtesy of masterchong.com).Read more of Sony Ups the Ante - 25 MP Full-Frame Sensor
USPS Sees Green: Electronics Recycling Pilot
March 19, 2008   3:44 PM
Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, the United States Postal Service has launched a pilot recycling program that will allow owners to safely dispose used, broken or obsolete electronic items through the mail.Read more of USPS Sees Green: Electronics Recycling Pilot
Sigma Takes The High Ground: 50mm f1.4 HSM
March 19, 2008   3:06 PM
Sigma has seized the high ground that many Nikonians have been eyeing for a while: the release of a coreless focusing, high-speed 50mm full-frame lens suitable for use with the D40 and D60 series cameras.Read more of Sigma Takes The High Ground: 50mm f1.4 HSM
Nikkor 16-85mm DX VR: The Photozone Review
March 17, 2008   2:28 PM
Nikon D300: The Thom Hogan Review
March 11, 2008   11:16 PM
The review that everyone's been waiting for has been posted. Thom Hogan weighs in on the new prosumer DSLR and the results are surprising.
Quantum and Metz: Better Together
March 10, 2008   3:10 PM
Nikonians using Metz flashguns can now enjoy the high-refresh cycles of belt-pack batteries.Read more of Quantum and Metz: Better Together
Spring Releases: Think Tank's Latest Additions
March 10, 2008   2:44 PM
Nikon P50: The Popular Photography Review
March 4, 2008   7:04 PM
Pop Photo reviews the new Coolpix P50, one of the first compact cameras in Nikon's line-up to have the same EXPEED image processor as found in the higher-end D3 and D300 digital SLRs.Read more of Nikon P50: The Popular Photography Review
Fantasea Housings for the D60 and new Coolpixes
February 29, 2008   8:39 PM
Fantasea has released new underwater housings; one for the latest Coolpix L-series (15,16 and 18), the S210 and the D60 digital SLR. The D60 housing will also be price-bundled with a special housing to take an SB-800DX flash unit as well. All units are waterproofed to 200 feet (60m) and come with one year flooding insurance in case of failure.Read more of Fantasea Housings for the D60 and new Coolpixes
Spring is in the Air with Nikon UK Cashback
February 26, 2008   4:22 PM
For our UK members, Nikon has launched their Spring Cashback offer, focusing on the D40 and D80 plus lens combos for savings up to 100 Euros.Read more of Spring is in the Air with Nikon UK Cashback
Nikon 14-24mm f2.8 AFS: The PopPhoto Review
February 26, 2008   4:09 PM
Though expensive, this lens will prove well worth its price to any Nikonian who needs maximum wide-angle views with a minimum of optical distortion.Read more of Nikon 14-24mm f2.8 AFS: The PopPhoto Review
CompactFlash Rebooted: CFast Is Coming
February 26, 2008   3:34 PM
The ubiquitous CompactFlash format is scheduled for a technology makeover in 2009; and the good news is that CFast will be incredibly speedier, larger in capacity and less likely prone to damage from the notorious pin interface. The bad news? It won't work in older CF 1.0 cameras. (From CNet.com)Read more of CompactFlash Rebooted: CFast Is Coming
Nikon D300: A Rare Dave's 5-Star Pick
February 15, 2008   5:08 PM
Our colleagues at Imaging Resource have completed their Nikon D300 review and the popular camera has garnered a rare Dave's 5-Star Pick status.
I could go on and on, but the bottom line is this: If you need a great digital SLR camera and the price is no issue, the Nikon D300 will exceed your needs.Read more of Nikon D300: A Rare Dave's 5-Star Pick
Head To Head: S700 versus SD870 IS
February 15, 2008   4:58 PM
We recently caught a head-to-head comparison of two stylish compact cameras; the Nikon S700 and the Canon SD870 IS.Read more of Head To Head: S700 versus SD870 IS
Cocoon Creations Releases SOFTalk 2000 Code
February 14, 2008   3:15 PM
Our film-loving members have a great Valentine's Day gift from Cocoon Creations.Read more of Cocoon Creations Releases SOFTalk 2000 Code
Nikon D300 Firmware Updated
February 13, 2008   10:56 PM
Nikon has updated the D300 digital SLR's firmware to Version 1.02.
An issue that, in rare cases, caused vertical bands (lines) to appear in images captured at shutter speeds slower than 8s has been resolved.Read more of Nikon D300 Firmware Updated
Sigma Fills The Gap With Multiple Lenses
January 31, 2008   5:44 PM
Sigma unloaded a few jabs aimed at Nikon's existing lens gaps with some long-awaited announcements. First up is the revisions to some classic lenses - namely the new 120-400mm f4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM and the new 150-500mm f5-6.3 DG OS HSM supertelephoto zooms.Read more of Sigma Fills The Gap With Multiple Lenses
Middleweight Bout: Nikon D300 vs Canon 40D
January 31, 2008   5:34 PM
Popular Photography conducts a hands-on comparison of the reigning middleweight kings; the Nikon D300 and the Canon EOS 40D.
...we found them to be more evenly matched than we expected.Read more of Middleweight Bout: Nikon D300 vs Canon 40D
PMA 2008 Updates for 30-January
January 30, 2008   7:30 PM
Sony has announced a 24MP full-frame (24x36) CMOS Sensor with an analog-to-digital converter allowing it to capture up to 6.3 frames per second. Given the history of Nikon-Sony collaboration, it is only a matter of time before this chip makes its appearance in a new Nikon Digital SLR. The question still remains - will it be the heart of a D3X as many Nikonian faithful are clamoring for?Read more of PMA 2008 Updates for 30-January
Unofficial Samples from Nikkor 16-85mm DX VR
January 30, 2008   2:35 PM
The virtual ink has barely dried on yesterday's Nikon announcements at PMA and a site has already posted unofficial samples of the Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED AF-S DX VR lens.Read more of Unofficial Samples from Nikkor 16-85mm DX VR
Tamron Updates 17-50mm f2.8 with Internal Motor
January 28, 2008   8:10 PM
On the heels of their refresh to the 70-300mm tele macro, Tamron turns their focus to one of their most popular stablemates, the 17-50mm f2.8 Di. The new model A16N II will now have a built-in lens motor allowing full auto-focus compatibility with cameras such as the Nikon D40 and D40X.Read more of Tamron Updates 17-50mm f2.8 with Internal Motor
Nikkor 14-24mm f2.8: The Photozone.de Review
January 28, 2008   3:18 PM
Klaus Schroiff's much anticipated review of the new ultra-wide Nikkor 14-24mm f2.8 is online.Read more of Nikkor 14-24mm f2.8: The Photozone.de Review
Sunex SuperFisheye Lenses for DSLR Cameras
January 28, 2008   2:53 PM
Sunex is not the first name that comes to mind with third-party lens makers, but their new DSLR SuperFisheye lens and accompanying software for stitching and perspective correction are intriguing. The lens is listed at USD799 MSRP and they'll be on display at PMA 2008.Read more of Sunex SuperFisheye Lenses for DSLR Cameras
Nikon D80 Firmware 1.10 Released
January 27, 2008   5:31 PM
Nikon Europe has released D80 firmware updating the camera to version 1.10.Read more of Nikon D80 Firmware 1.10 Released
PMA 2008: The Heat is Turning Up
January 24, 2008   3:23 PM
With only seven days to go before PMA 2008's opening in Las Vegas, manufacturers are turning up the heat with their pre-show product announcements. Read on to get the scoop about the latest salvos in the camera wars!Read more of PMA 2008: The Heat is Turning Up
Sigma Issues Fix for Nikon D3 Auto DX Crop
January 23, 2008   3:04 PM
Sigma has issued a fix for certain lenses that don't automatically support the Nikon D3's Auto DX Crop function. The upgrade is free but likely requires return of the lenses for maintenance. Popular models affected include the Sigma 10-20mm DC HSM, the 30mm f1.4 DC HSM and the APO 120-300mm f2.8 EX DG HSM among others.Read more of Sigma Issues Fix for Nikon D3 Auto DX Crop
Tamron Updates Tele Macro for Nikon D40
January 22, 2008   4:39 PM
Tamron has announced an update to their popular 70-300mm f4-5.6 LD Di Macro lens. The refreshed A17N2 tele macro will now have a built-in lens motor specifically for compatibility with Nikon cameras such as the D40 and D40X digital SLRs. The lens is expected to be released in Japan in February.Read more of Tamron Updates Tele Macro for Nikon D40
MacBook Air - The Thinnest Notebook Yet
January 17, 2008   5:00 PM
Nikonians who can't get enough of Macintosh equipment are undoubtably entranced by Steven Jobs' latest creation: the ultra-thin, ultra-light MacBook Air laptop.Read more of MacBook Air - The Thinnest Notebook Yet
Pricing for Sigma 4.5mm f2.8 DC Fisheye
January 11, 2008   4:03 PM
Sigma USA has announced MSRP pricing for their innovative ultra-wide lens. The Sigma 4.5mm f2.8 DC fisheye will debut at USD1400, with actual street-pricing expected to be at a lower amount.Read more of Pricing for Sigma 4.5mm f2.8 DC Fisheye
Reichmann's Take on the D3 and D300
January 9, 2008   9:38 PM
As we reported earlier, noted industry pundit and stated Canon user Michael Reichmann partly returned to the fold with the purchase of a Nikon D3. He now turns his attention to the details of the feature-rich camera and it's high-ISO performance.
We now have a bit of a sea change happening. Nikon has flexed its considerable muscle and with the D3 produced a camera that sends a clear challenge to Canon's nearly decade-long dominance of the digital arena. The D300, though in many ways simply a logical progression from the D200, is a much better camera than its predecessor, and along with its superior sensor offers the pro and advanced amateur a set of features and functionality that is unmatched at the moment in Canon's line up.Read more of Reichmann's Take on the D3 and D300
CNET's Best of CES Show Nominees
January 9, 2008   9:08 PM
CNET has generated their list of nominees for best in category drawn from the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Notable in the digital photography section is Sony's priced-to-move A200 Digital SLR.Read more of CNET's Best of CES Show Nominees
Lexar Boosts SDHC Capacity to 8GB
January 8, 2008   4:04 PM
The High-Capacity Secure Digital (SDHC) card format just got a bigger boost thanks to Lexar. This card family now boasts an immense 8GB size and will span the brand's Professional (133x), Platinum II (60x) and Standard product lines. Availability is expected in late January.Read more of Lexar Boosts SDHC Capacity to 8GB
Nikon D3: The Bjorn Rorslett Review
January 8, 2008   3:54 PM
Bjorn Rorslett recently posted his initial review of the Nikon D3 over the holiday break. True to form, he has focused on the practical uses of the camera and renders judgement on it's suitability for some of his speciality applications, such as IR and UV photography.
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"For me the arrival of the D3 is the final nail in the coffin for "35mm" silver-halide reflex cameras. Of that I'm certain."
CNN Money Rates Picture Scanning Services
January 7, 2008   4:40 PM
CNN's Money Magazine rated six of the more popular print and negative scanning services available and put ScanCafe on the top of the list. This is a great quick reference guide for shutterbugs who have been putting off the digital conversion of their albums and scrapbooks.Read more of CNN Money Rates Picture Scanning Services
LetsGoDigital and the Nikon D80 Go Shark Diving
December 14, 2007   4:48 PM
Our adventurous colleagues at LetsGoDigital took the Sea & Sea DX-D80 underwater housing (designed for the Nikon D80 digital SLR) for a dive in shark-populated Carribean waters. Be sure to check out the amazing shots in the article, including one about a tiger shark who wanted his own camera for the holidays!Read more of LetsGoDigital and the Nikon D80 Go Shark Diving
Profoto AcuteB Free Flash Head Offer
December 14, 2007   4:30 PM
Profoto is running a great holiday offer - buy a Profoto AcuteB 600 or 600R battery pack and receive a matching flash head free (USD699 value).Read more of Profoto AcuteB Free Flash Head Offer
PhotoBiz Blog: D3 and 1Ds Mark III Shootout
December 13, 2007   3:05 PM
We stumbled across an interesting Nikon D3 versus Canon 1Ds Mark III shootout. While the methodology isn't as detailed as some of the usual hardware review sites, the results speak for themselves.Read more of PhotoBiz Blog: D3 and 1Ds Mark III Shootout
14-24mm f2.8 G ED AFS: A Canon Must Have
December 12, 2007   3:32 PM
Even Canon users cannot resist using Nikkor optics, and this is certainly true of the new Nikon 14-24mm f2.8G ED AFS, which promises to deliver stunning images on full-frame cameras like the 5D and 1D series. Canon EF to Nikon AF mount converters have been available for a while, and this initial report at 16-9.net shows the amazing results.Read more of 14-24mm f2.8 G ED AFS: A Canon Must Have
Update: Tamron AF28-300 XR VC with Built-In Motor
December 12, 2007   3:05 PM
As we reported in October, the Tamron AF28-300 XR with Vibration Compensation has successfully re-launched according to the manufacturer. The Nikon version is still forthcoming, but the additional details on the specifications page now indicate that Tamron will continue the trend to include built-in motors that started with the 2nd generation AF18-250 announcement. These lenses are clearly aimed at appealing to the large community of Nikon D40/D40X owners.Read more of Update: Tamron AF28-300 XR VC with Built-In Motor
Qflash Academy Available Online and on DVD
December 11, 2007   8:47 PM
Popular lighting manufacturer Quantum has established the Qflash Academy; a series of short video lessons on how to use Qflash, Turbo Batteries, the wireless FreeXwire system and Qnexus. The lessons are available online or a free DVD will be sent on request.Read more of Qflash Academy Available Online and on DVD
Snippets from Newsline International 10-Dec-2007
December 10, 2007   8:40 PM
Some interesting snippets from today's Newsline International:
CompUSA, a national chain of technology stores across the US, will shutter an undisclosed number of stores after the holidays. The downsizing follows the recent sale of the conglomerate to the Gordon Brothers group.
Fujifilm aficionados will be pleased to hear about the revival of Velvia 50 in 35mm format, at least in Japan. Availability is expected after 16-December.Read more of Snippets from Newsline International 10-Dec-2007
Fantasea Coolpix L14 Housing
December 10, 2007   4:34 PM
Fantasea updates it's family of underwater housings, this time for the Coolpix L14. It features a 46mm front thread port, removable flash diffuser and is rated to 200 feet or 60 meters (January 2008 availability).Read more of Fantasea Coolpix L14 Housing
Nikon D3 Unboxed and Sample Shots
December 5, 2007   4:24 PM
With word of the Nikon D3 arriving in store shelves over the past few days, we'd like to whet your appetite for the new FX camera by seeing what it looks like unboxed and a gander at some of the sample shots (including ISO 25600) by our colleagues at Imaging Resource.Read more of Nikon D3 Unboxed and Sample Shots
Tamron Debuts 18-250mm Di with Built-In Motor
December 4, 2007   9:04 PM
Tamron has joined the ranks of manufacturers building coreless drive lenses (i.e., Silent Wave, Hypersonic Motor) with the announcement of a 2nd-generation 18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II.Read more of Tamron Debuts 18-250mm Di with Built-In Motor
Nikon D3/D300 Online Manuals
December 4, 2007   6:29 PM
Sigma Updates 50-150 f2.8 DC and 70-200 f2.8 EX
December 4, 2007   3:32 PM
Sigma has slightly updated the 50-150mm f2.8 EX DC HSM and the 70-200mm f2.8 EX DG Macro HSM (both new lenses distinguished with a Generation "II" label). The digital-only lens receives an additional SLD element in the Macro receives an improved close focusing ability.Read more of Sigma Updates 50-150 f2.8 DC and 70-200 f2.8 EX
A Useful Third Hand - Quik Pod for DSLRs
November 29, 2007   4:19 PM
Want a self-portrait but don't have a tripod or someone to take the photo for you? Quik Pod for DSLRs is your answer.Read more of A Useful Third Hand - Quik Pod for DSLRs
Nikon D3 and D300 Digitutors
November 27, 2007   5:37 PM
Weak US Dollar Lowers Nikon Canada Prices
November 26, 2007   8:21 PM
Nikonians north of the US border are seeing benefits thanks to the weak US Dollar - lower prices on many digital cameras and accessories. And to add icing to the cake, Canadian members are reporting the D300 is now available on the shelves.Read more of Weak US Dollar Lowers Nikon Canada Prices
Wall Street Journal Reviews the Eye-Fi
November 26, 2007   7:09 PM
As a follow-up to our October report on the Eye-Fi card, the Wall Street Journal's Mossberg Solution column recently ran the card through it's paces and was suitably impressed. Bottom-line: this is a must-have for the shutterbugs on your holiday shopping list.Read more of Wall Street Journal Reviews the Eye-Fi
Nikon D300 and Capture NX 1.3 Hit Store Shelves
November 23, 2007   4:23 PM
Nikonians have been reporting the arrival of the much anticipated D300 in both pre-orders and store shelves. Capture NX 1.3 has also been released, so it should be a very festive time for all. And if you have D300 questions, be sure to join our forum to get answers!Read more of Nikon D300 and Capture NX 1.3 Hit Store Shelves
Need a Nikon D3 in Canada? Prove It!
November 19, 2007   9:24 PM
Nikonians have been following an interesting pre-sale development as the release dates for the D3 and the D300 approach. Nikon Canada has taken the unique step of requiring a certification letter to prove that a pro photographer will take possession of the camera and the intent is not to resell.Read more of Need a Nikon D3 in Canada? Prove It!
Rob Galbraith: Nikon D3 ISO Samples
November 16, 2007   5:08 PM
Rob Galbraith has posted a very nice summary article featuring Nikon D3 samples ranging from base ISO200 all the way to the stunning ISO25600. While many of the photos have been seen piecemeal across the Internet, Rob puts it all together in a very readable format along with full details about how the photos were taken and what in-camera options and post-processing were used.Read more of Rob Galbraith: Nikon D3 ISO Samples
Tokina Posts New Fast Wide and Macro Lenses
November 16, 2007   4:10 PM
Tokina has announced a new 11-16mm f2.8 DX and a 35mm f2.8 DX macro lens. Both are designed specifically for Digital SLRs with less than full-frame sensors (APS-C). Pricing outside of Japan was yet to be announced, but initial availability was expected at the end of December 2007.Read more of Tokina Posts New Fast Wide and Macro Lenses
Sigma Announces Digital Only Fisheye Lenses
November 14, 2007   3:57 PM
Sigma has announced two new fisheye lenses specifically designed for digital SLR cameras. The 4.5mm f2.8 EX DC Circular Fisheye HSM provides an enormous 180 degree FOV down to 5 inches close focusing. Complementing the Fisheye is the 10mm F2.8 EX DC FISHEYE HSM which projects a fisheye perspective into a rectilinear format, and close focuses to 5.3 inches. Both lenses feature Super Multilayer Coating minimizing flare and ghosting, as well as Super-Low Dispersion elements and full-time manual focusing thanks to the HyperSonic Motor. Prices and release dates were not available at press time.Read more of Sigma Announces Digital Only Fisheye Lenses
Nikon 24-70mm f2.8 AFS: The Photozone Review
November 13, 2007   2:39 PM
The new mid-range fast zoom from Nikon has hit the streets and PhotoZone has a review up. Nikonians eager to add the lens to their line-up will be pleased to hear the verdict:
The Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED exceeds the already very good performance of its predecessor. The center quality is nothing short of outstanding matching or beating the resolution of a 10mp APS-C sensor.Read more of Nikon 24-70mm f2.8 AFS: The Photozone Review
Voightlander's Newest Lenses for Nikon
November 6, 2007   10:16 PM
The popular third-party manufacturer Cosina has created two new manual focus 35mm format lenses for Nikon AIS and Pentax KA mounts.Read more of Voightlander's Newest Lenses for Nikon
DSLR WiFi for the Rest of Us: The Eye-Fi SD Card
October 30, 2007   9:16 PM
For our members who look on enviously at the professional Nikon Digital SLRs equipped with WiFi; the Eye-Fi levels the playing field. It's a combination 2GB SD card equipped with an 802.11g transmitter capable of uploading images to a local PC or to select online photo services such as Flickr, Photobucket or Shutterfly. The card will be available via Amazon as early as Tuesday this week.Read more of DSLR WiFi for the Rest of Us: The Eye-Fi SD Card
Tamron 28-300mm XR Di VC Re-Launch
October 22, 2007   4:01 PM
Tamron sees a November re-launch for it's first Vibration Compensation (VC) lens, the 28-300mm XR DI. Canon users will get first crack, with the Nikon mount available in Spring 2008.Read more of Tamron 28-300mm XR Di VC Re-Launch
Fujifilm S5 Price Drop and Free MB-D200
October 19, 2007   8:59 PM
Nikonians thinking about buying the Fujifilm S5 Pro now have two more reasons to pull out their wallets: a USD200 price drop and a FREE MB-D200 grip plus a FREE Huey Pantone Color Calibration device. (Adobe Acrobat Reader required to view the promotional flyer)Read more of Fujifilm S5 Price Drop and Free MB-D200
Olympus Debuts E-3 Digital SLR
October 17, 2007   10:22 PM
After a long hiatus, Olympus has re-entered the professional level Digital SLR market with the 10MP E-3.Read more of Olympus Debuts E-3 Digital SLR
GeoPic II: Low-Power Dedicated Geotagger
October 15, 2007   8:16 PM
Geo-tagging, or the practice of overlaying your photos onto a geographical map to show where it was taken, has been quite popular for some time now. GeoPic II is one of the first commercial releases to claim both a dedicated role as a geo-tagging device and features low power consumption. With a small physical format and easy integration with Nikon DSLRs such as the D200, D300, D2, D3 and Fuji Finepix Pro series, the GeoPic II works with both JPEG and RAW formats and easily communicates with Picasa, Google Earth and Adobe Lightroom.Read more of GeoPic II: Low-Power Dedicated Geotagger
Sigma 18-200 OS Now With HSM
October 8, 2007   9:28 PM
Third-party lens maker Sigma has updated their popular digital-only 18-200mm lens with both Optical Stabilization and HyperSonic Motor. Nikonians now have a closer choice between the Sigma and the Nikon 18-200 DX VR.Read more of Sigma 18-200 OS Now With HSM
Nikon Sendai Plant Photos
October 8, 2007   7:13 PM
Nikon D3 High ISO Samples Released
September 29, 2007   9:29 PM
Epson Storage Viewer Travel Pack
September 27, 2007   12:15 AM
For our members who own Epson portable storage viewer devices, the new Travel Pack will be of interest.Read more of Epson Storage Viewer Travel Pack
"America At Home" - The Nikon S51C Campaign
September 21, 2007   2:59 PM
Nikon is arming 100 preeminent photojournalists with Nikon S51C Coolpix cameras and sending them out to capture a week in the life of American households across the nation. "America at Home" is the latest mass-photojournalism project from the producers of "America 24/7" and "One Digital Day." Thousands of amateur photographers will be participating as well and the entire workflow is digital - only digital still cameras and cameraphone images are allowed.Read more of "America At Home" - The Nikon S51C Campaign
Nikon Digital Live 2007 Campaign in Japan
September 19, 2007   4:16 PM
Carl Zeiss Introduces Distagon T* 28mm f2
September 19, 2007   3:54 PM
Kenko Enters Nikon Mount SLR Market
September 17, 2007   4:38 AM
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Nikon D300 Digital SLR Samples Available
September 13, 2007   10:35 PM
Samples for the highly anticipated Nikon D300 digital SLR are now available. While Nikonians are eager to see how the camera's high ISO performance will compare to the recent stunning images from it's big brother Nikon D3, none of the photos were taken at above the base rating of 200.Read more of Nikon D300 Digital SLR Samples Available
Nikon D3 Digital SLR Samples Available
September 12, 2007   6:01 PM
Nikon has released official samples showing the Nikon D3's image capabilities, including a stunning ISO6400 ambient light photo of a trumpet player. The quality shown reinforces how much Nikon is determined to counter industry comments about lack of high-ISO performance.Read more of Nikon D3 Digital SLR Samples Available
Sony Responds: The A700 Digital SLR
September 6, 2007   3:02 PM
It was only a matter of time before Sony put out their own DSLR using the 12MP CMOS sensor that was announced for the Nikon D300. The A700 is the latest pro-sumer offering that significantly marks the departure of the design from Minolta and brings more Sony-ness into the product family. New features include an 11-area AF sensor with two central cross-hairs, a large 3.0" LCD, improved Dynamic Range Optimizer logic, glass pentaprism and 5 fps advance rate. See the preview at our colleague site Imaging-Resource.Read more of Sony Responds: The A700 Digital SLR
Nikon D300 Overview
September 1, 2007   8:29 PM
For our members hungry for more information following last week's announcement, Nikon has published a flash presentation on the new features of the D300 digital SLR.Read more of Nikon D300 Overview
No Surprise - One Time Digital Cameras Are Awful
August 21, 2007   5:46 PM
The Washington Post recently ran a comparison of one-time use digital cameras sold at CVS, RiteAid and Ritz Camera and found the devices to be awful, both in use and in the prints that resulted. Ritz appeared to have the best prints but had inconsistencies with providing a CD that would work across multiple computers.Read more of No Surprise - One Time Digital Cameras Are Awful
Finally: The Thom Hogan Fujiflm S5Pro Review
August 20, 2007   10:58 PM
For our members who have been on the fence for a while, Thom finally publishes his much-awaited perspective on the Fujifilm S5Pro.Read more of Finally: The Thom Hogan Fujiflm S5Pro Review
The Curtain Rises Slowly: Sony's New 12MP APS-C Sensor
August 20, 2007   7:44 PM
The curtain is beginning to rise slowly on potential Nikon announcements which have been stirring the pot on all the digital forums. Sony's announcement of a new 12MP APS-C sensor, capable of 10 FPS, matches one of the more reliable intelligence reports that the upcoming D300 will have a imager in that size.Read more of The Curtain Rises Slowly: Sony's New 12MP APS-C Sensor
Canon's Broadside - the new 40D and 1Ds Mk. III
August 20, 2007   3:10 PM
Canon fired a serious broadside this week in the digital SLR wars. The Canon 40D 10MP is equipped with the dust-reduction system introduced on the Rebel XTi and a boosted 6.5 per second frame rate. But the heavy-hitting shell comes in the form of the updated 1Ds Mark III with a stunning 21MP full-frame sensor at 5fps equipped with dual DIGIC III processors to keep performance at peak. Canon states that they will sell the camera at the same prices as the Mark II model it replaces.Read more of Canon's Broadside - the new 40D and 1Ds Mk. III
"Change Up" Combination Bag from Think Tank
August 15, 2007   9:35 PM
Think Tank Photo has come up with yet another unique design for working pro shooters - the Change Up combination Beltpack and Shoulderbag.Read more of "Change Up" Combination Bag from Think Tank
Imaging-Resource: How To Choose Your Second Lens
August 13, 2007   5:41 AM
The crew at Imaging-Resource have rolled out a very relevant article in light of the increasing number of new DSLR owners, entitled "How To Choose Your Second Lens."Read more of Imaging-Resource: How To Choose Your Second Lens
Toshiba Expands Laptop Battery Recall List
August 13, 2007   5:33 AM
For our members using Toshiba laptops, yet another recall is underway; this time affecting Satellite A100, Satellite A105 and Tecra A7 units. Toshiba issued a warning earlier in June and a full-blown recall in July.Read more of Toshiba Expands Laptop Battery Recall List
LetsGoDigital: The Bogen, Manfrotto and Gitzo Factory Tours
August 13, 2007   5:15 AM
Our colleagues at LetsGoDigital have a visual-rich report on their recent tour of some of the world's most popular camera support makers.Read more of LetsGoDigital: The Bogen, Manfrotto and Gitzo Factory Tours
Nikon's RGB Sensor Patent
August 10, 2007   4:27 PM
Our colleagues at Imaging-Resource bring to light details of a Nikon RGB imaging sensor very similar to the Foveon X3.Read more of Nikon's RGB Sensor Patent
NASA Eyes Multiple D2Xs, Lens Purchase
August 5, 2007   8:43 PM
Nikon continues to be one of the premier suppliers of digital equipment to the U.S. Space Program. A recent solicitation detailed by Spaceref.com outlines the lot purchase of 28 Nikon D2XS bodies, 27 12-24mm DX lenses, 12 10.5mm DX fisheyes and 31 SB-800 Speedlights among other items.Read more of NASA Eyes Multiple D2Xs, Lens Purchase
Nikon D200 Wins 2006 DIWA Platinum Award
August 5, 2007   8:25 PM
Congratulations to Nikon - the D200 was recently selected as the 2006 DIWA Best Digital System Camera winner.
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The DIWA citation noted: "The Nikon D200 outperforms most of its rivals, even those at a much higher price. The Nikon D200 is not only an extraordinary camera on paper. It also performs like a pro. Even our demanding DIWA test procedure was an easy match for the Nikon D200. The international group of DIWA experts found it to be one of the finest cameras ever made."
New Sigma HSM 18-50mm and 17-70mm Lenses
July 26, 2007   6:50 PM
Sigma continues expanding their Hypersonic-Motor (HSM) equipped line of lenses with revised models of the popular 18-50mm f2.8 DC Macro and the 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC Macro specifically for the Nikon mount.Read more of New Sigma HSM 18-50mm and 17-70mm Lenses
Coolpix P1, P2 and S6 Upgrades: Caution
July 20, 2007   3:47 PM
Nikon has pushed out firmware updates for the P1/P2 and S6 Coolpix models. Members should exercise caution though; the P1 and P2 updates enable Wireless Utility support for Windows Vista at the expense of XP and Mac OS. Similarly, the update for the S6 enables wireless utility support for Windows Vista and Intel Mac, but not for other Windows versions or Macs that are PowerPC enabled. Bizarre? You bet.Read more of Coolpix P1, P2 and S6 Upgrades: Caution
EU May See Higher Digital Camera Prices
July 18, 2007   3:16 PM
A recent Reuters article indicates the EU is preparing to reclassify certain digital cameras into high tariff categories normally reserved for video cameras. Most digital stills cameras (DSCs) will likely be exempt. The intended target is very high-end - the camera must be able to sustain 800x600 at 23fps for 30 minutes, a performance which most consumer DSCs are unlikely to match.Read more of EU May See Higher Digital Camera Prices
Nikon UK Extends Digital Warranty to Two Years
July 13, 2007   10:30 PM
Great news for our members in the UK - the Nikon subsidiary there has extended the warranty for digital camera products from the global one-year period to an amazing two years.Read more of Nikon UK Extends Digital Warranty to Two Years
Nikon Coolpix S500: The LetsGoDigital Review
July 12, 2007   3:41 PM
Our colleagues at LetsGoDigital have posted their review of the Nikon Coolpix S500.
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Whoever is looking for an excellent performing compact camera and who has no ambitions to use the camera for extensive digital photographing, will find an ultimately decent camera in the Nikon S500.
Flaghead: Ring-flash on a Budget
July 11, 2007   3:50 PM
Macro and close-up shooters hankering for a ring-flash but have a limited budget may want to consider this adapter from Flaghead. The unique design reflects the light from a standard hot-shoe external flash, routing it down a series of mirrors and prisms and exiting in a ring-light centered around the lens. Not so good news, it's only available in the UK. Perhaps we'll see it being offered overseas soon.Read more of Flaghead: Ring-flash on a Budget
Metz Mecablitz 58 AF-1 For Nikon DSLRs
July 11, 2007   3:33 PM
Popular third-party flash maker Metz has introduced a new model designed specifically for Nikon and Canon digital SLRs.Read more of Metz Mecablitz 58 AF-1 For Nikon DSLRs
Nikon Plans Expansion to Meet Digital Camera Demand
July 6, 2007   2:49 PM
A brief entry in the 05-July edition of the Bangkok Post reveals that Nikon is planning to expand manufacturing capacity to meet the world-wide growing demand for digital cameras.Read more of Nikon Plans Expansion to Meet Digital Camera Demand
LetsGoDigital: Nikon S500 at Arches N.P.
July 5, 2007   3:31 PM
Our colleagues at LetsGoDigital have been putting the Nikon Coolpix S500 through it's paces in a recent visit to picturesque Arches National Park in the United States.Read more of LetsGoDigital: Nikon S500 at Arches N.P.
Lenses on the Lam: Sigma UK Burglary
July 5, 2007   2:41 AM
Sigma UK recently revealed that their offices had been broken into and a significant number of lenses, flashes and tele-converters had been stolen. The serial numbers are available and the list is extremely extensive - seven pages long. The company requests that the public be on the lookout for Sigma inventory that might be priced unusually low and to contact them at 01707 329 999 for any suspicious transactions.Read more of Lenses on the Lam: Sigma UK Burglary
Sigma Launches Two New HSM Lenses Suitable for D40/D40X