With the Nikon D5 and D500 preferring the XQD format for storage, is the Compact Flash card format doomed (any time soon)?
My take on this is, yes. Of course the format is doomed over time, but it will be around for quite a few more years, just that manufacturers will not produce much of any new camera models supporting it. One reason being reduced manufacturing costs to support XQD vs. higher costs for supporting CF. The CF format is physically great, being robust. The size of these cards reminds me of video cassettes somehow and it is clear that smaller cards are often more practical, ignoring any speed advantages newer specs provide in addition.
For us CF dinosaurs, we can order the D5 with CF slots, for anyone else, get the one for XQD cards. Maybe we can come up with some DIY projects, things to create out of old CF cards, something to put in the window, or to have the kids playing with.
Join the discussion on the future of the Compact Flash in our forums.
More about the XQD card format (on wikipedia)Read more of Is the Compact Flash format doomed (anytime soon)?
Our friends at Think Tank Photo have released leather versions of their most popular shoulder bag line and added a new size to their mirrorless bag line.
Nikon started this week with announcements of new camera bodies in a variety of price ranges, offering features aimed to lure both beginners and professionals.
The announcement unveiled nine new cameras under the COOLPIX banner, and a specialty FX format DSLR designed for serious astrophotographers. Our members in the Astrophotography forum are already discussing the new Nikon D810A.Read more of Nikon unveils new star-gazer DSLR and nine COOLPIX
Profoto's release of the Air Remote TTL-N, made the Profoto B1 become the world’s first off-camera flash to accomodate TTL with Nikon cameras.
Nikon shooters attach the Air Remote TTL-N to their camera’s hotshoe. If you are using a Canon you can use the Air Remote TTL-C.Read more of Profoto takes cordless to new heights
Nikon has announced their first FX-format D-SLR with a tilting Vari-Angle LCD, along with a new Speedlight and fast wide angle prime lens.
The new Nikon D750 will be available in late September with a suggested retail price of $2299.95 USD (body only). The AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED will carry a suggested retail price of $799.95 and the SB-500 Speedlight comes in at $249.95 (both due on the street by late September).Read more of Nikon releases new FX-format D750
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
Nikon has announced their D810, calling it a multimedia marvel.
The new DSLR camera comes with an FX-format 36.3-megapixel CMOS sensor and will be available in late July for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $3,299.95 (USD) for the body only.
Nikon has announced new additions to both the Nikon 1 System of interchangeable lens cameras and new professional NIKKOR optics.Read more of New Nikon 1 cameras and accessories plus NIKKOR additions announced
Our friends at Think Tank just announced the release of new products aimed at enhancing your workflow and increased mobility.
Nikon's long awaited next generation flagship DSLR has finally come out from behind the secrecy curtain.Read more of New Nikon flagship unveiled- The D4S
Nikon has announced six new COOLPIX compact cameras. The current slate of COOLPIX offerings now includes more models with Wi-Fi connectivity and GPS technology.Read more of Nikon COOLPIX line expands
Congratulations to our friends at Berger Brothers, who have a few milestones in mind as they begin the new year. For starters, the Long Island, New York based camera store will be celebrating their 64th year (established in 1951).Read more of Congrats to Berger Bros.
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
Nikon's DSLR inventory now adds the 24.2 megapixel CMOS sensor D5300 -- Nikon’s first DSLR with built-in Wi-Fi and GPS.
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's worldwide site has announced plans to shift some current Thailand camera production work 800 kilometers (500 miles) northeast to neighboring Laos in the Savannakhet Province
Nikon's press release says the establishment of a new factory in the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Laos) is designed to reinforce its digital SLR camera manufacturing organization and reduce costs.
The factory will have 800 employees and will be 99.9% owned by Nikon (Thailand) Co., Ltd. Operations are scheduled to commence in October 2013.
The new factory in Laos will be preparing components to be used in final production of digital SLR cameras in the Ayutthaya Province of Thailand.
Nikon Corporation President Makoto Kimura said in an interview last year that the Thailand facilities had fully recovered from the October 2011 floods.
Our members are discussing the news in the English CaféRead more of Nikon announces new factory
Our friends at Think Tank Photo have just announced three new photography accessories for you.Read more of Hot from Think Tank Photo
Nikon has announced the new flagship of their DX-format HD-SLR lineup.
The D7100 features a 24.1-megapixel CMOS sensor and fast shooting (up to 7 frames per second in 1.3 crop mode). From the back you'll be able to work with your images on a 3.2 inch (8cm) high resolution LCD monitor.
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 is showcasing its full line of imaging solutions including new products at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas starting today (Jan 8th).
Highlights at the Nikon Booth (#8643) in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center include the new Nikon D5200 D-SLR, and new Nikon 1 duo of cameras, the Nikon 1 J3 and Nikon 1 S1.
Nikon Tokyo has announced the new DX-format Nikon D5200, featuring 24.1-million pixels, 39-point AF system and a 2,016-pixel RGB sensor.
While rated as an entry level camera, the D5200 features enhancements rivaling some of Nikon's top models.
According to Nikon's Press Release, the image processing engine is equivalent to the EXPEED 3 built into high-end Nikon D4, D800, D800E, and D600 digital SLR cameras for superior resolution, and image quality with very little noise at high sensitivities.
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.
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
New York based, full service camera store helps its customers bring their images to life with new Center dedicated to photographic art and education.Read more of Berger Bros. Camera Opens New Photography Center
Blog recommendation - Profoto Blog
April 20, 2012   9:36 AM
Taking the step from shooting with only ambient light or speedlights to start using monolights or studio strobes might seem a little scary to some. Good thing there are a blogs such as the Profoto Blog out there, where photographers who have already mastered the art share the knowledge.
Nikon's newest entry in the Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) category has been announced, along with a brand new FX-format high speed wide andgle lens.Read more of Nikon unveils new entry-level high level resolution DSLR
The Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) just announced the winners of their annual awards. Each year TIPA chooses the best products of the last twelve months in 40 photography related categories.
This year Canon is the big winner with 6 awards: Best Professional DSLR (Canon EOS-1D X), Best Video SLR (Canon EOS 5D Mark III), Best Professional Videocamera (Canon EOS C300), Best Expert Compact Camera (Powershot G1 X), Best Professional DSLR Lens (Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L USM fish-eye), and Best Multi-functional Photo Printer (Canon Pixma MG8250).
Nikon and Fujifilm both won three Awards. Nikon for Best Expert DSLR (Nikon D800), Best Entry Level DSLR (Nikon D5100), and Best Professional Flash System (Nikon SB-910). Fujifilm won the awards for Best Professional Compact System Camera (Fujifilm X-Pro 1), Best Superzoom Camera (Fujifilm X-S1), and Best Photo Service (Fujifilm Fotoservice Pro).
For a complete list of this years winners, please see the TIPA website.Read more of Nikon wins three TIPA awards
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
Our friends at Rocky Nook publishing have arranged a "back to basics" conference and workshops series coming to California, USA this summer.
The two-day photoact 2012 comes to Santa Barbara August 24-25 and it offers attendees the opportunity to select their areas of interest in the art, craft, and technology of photography.
Nikon's long rumored megapixel abundant full frame DSLR has come out of hiding. Our members are going through the features and specs just released and weighing in with their reactions.Read more of Nikon announces new 36.3 megapixel D800 & D800E
Tamron has announced a new standard zoom lens designed for full frame DSLR's combining high speed in a lighweight bundle (plus vibration reduction).Read more of Tamron unveils new full frame f/2.8 lightweight zoom
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
King is dead, long live the king! Actually it won't be that long, because life cycle of the cameras are shorter and shorter, but still... The D3 came to the market in august 2007 which might seems as a long time ago, but it's gone through the facelift in October 2009, and re-name itself to D3s, so in fact the current version had lived only for 2 years. Than there was D3X announced in December 2008 with double mega pixel count, but slower shutter aimed to the market where resolution is a Holy Bible and speed is forbidden. Brothers had lived happily together, until now...
The newly announced Nikon D4 will make a splashy public debut at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week and behind the scenes, camera retailers will be confirming their pre-orders.Read more of Berger Bros Camera gears up for Nikon D4 rush
Nikon has announced their newest new FX-format camera and a medium format telephoto lens.
The Nikon D4 and AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G lens announcement comes just in time for the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next week.Read more of Nikon unveils new FX format flagship and new lens
Our friends at Roberts are preparing for the Holidays with a 20% off sale on name brand camera bags and two early December Expos in Indianapolis and Carmel Indiana, USA.
For further information check out the Roberts Home Page.
Less than a week remains for your opportunity to take advantage of the Phase One 50% savings offer on Capture One Pro 6.
Capture One Pro 6 brings out the very best in your images with tailor-made Nikon camera profiles. See why many of our members describe Capture One as the choice for Nikon photographers.
For a limited time, you can save 50% and get Capture One Pro 6 for 199 USD / 149 EUR only. The offer expires November 20th. Use the voucher code “CONIK2011” to claim your discount here.
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!
For a limited time only, Tamron is offering $75 off their award-winning Tamron 18-270mm 15x All-in-One Zoom lens.Read more of Limited Time Offer: $75 Off the Tamron 18-270mm Di II VC PZD
It’s been more than 60 years since a Nikon Camera first carried the designation “1” and now we have two more. Nikon announced on September 21 the first in a series of cameras featuring the new 1 NIKKOR lens system.Read more of Nikon announces new system beginning with two models
Rumors seems to come true!
September 20, 2011   9:29 AM
At September 8th we already did mention that several rumors about a Nikon mirror-less camera are sneaking around. Since this morning it seems to become even more true. In Germany the Nikonians team did spot a new website showing up a countdown.
This countdown is set to finish on September 21st at 1pm EST (6pm CET). We can´t confirm that this is an official website. So stay tuned for more updates being posted in our blog.
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
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
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.
Nikonians, the international community of Nikon enthusiasts, welcomed B&H as a corporate sponsor this week. The first hint of the new partnership was the weekend appearance of the familiar B&H logo in our home page corporate partner listing.Read more of Nikonians.org welcomes B&H as new corporate partner
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 Read more of Spring Sale: Photomatix HDR now 25% Off!
With tailor-made Nikon camera profiles, Capture One is the RAW converter for Nikon photographers. This week, Phase One released Capture One 6.2, a free upgrade for Capture One 6 owners, which includes new benefits for Nikon shooters.Read more of Increased Nikon support in Capture One 6.2
OnOneSoftware brings the power of Layers to LightRoom with a free Public Preview of Perfect Layers!Read more of Layers for Lightroom with OnOneSoftware
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
Are you an aspiring photographer seeking an opportunity to have your work reviewed by world-reknowned experts and a chance of winning the USD25,000 grand prize? Then look no further - the Photography Book Now 2011 Contest is now accepting submissions for their fourth annual juried competition.Read more of Photography Book Now 2011 Contest
Nikon has released the 2.2.7 update to Capture NX2.Read more of Nikon Capture NX2 Updated to 2.2.7
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
Two years ago we marveled at the new Nikon D5000- - and now the D5100 emerges as a worthy successor. Nikon has announced not only a more versatile version, but also a much needed accessory as we explore the possibility of handling a shooting challenge that allows us to take the still shots, shoot high definition video with autofocus abilities plus add quality sound. And the good news is-- the price is seriously competitive!Read more of Nikon announces Nikon D5100 and ME-1 microphone
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
Who wouldn't like access to free editing tools? Certainly not Nikonians members! ObviousIdea is the new IP-owner of a wide-range of products from VSO; including popular programs such as PhotoOnWeb (secure photo-sharing utility) and Image Resizer. To celebrate the launch of his new company, ObviousIdea CEO and founder Meuwissen Fabrice wants to give you access to the new Light Image Resizer, absolutely free. To get your copy, simply log into FaceBook and "Like" the ObviousIdea Page. That's it!Read more of ObviousIdea - Free Image Resizing Program
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
PhaseOne wants to know about your photography style and how you use their premiere CaptureOne RAW conversion suite. If you're an owner/user, be sure to get your opinion heard.Read more of PhaseOne Conducts CaptureOne Survey
Powerful zooms, HD video and surprisingly competitive prices highlight the features available in Nikon's latest COOLPIX cameras, announced today.Read more of Nikon unveils eight new COOLPIX cameras
Congratulations to Roberts "web guru" Derek and fellow Roberts blogger Rick on their newly designed Web site. The site offers an upgraded Internet portal to over 8,000 products as well as a host of other news and information links.
Our Nikonians members who have been with us for over five years might remember that Roberts came on board as a corporate partner in 2006.
Epson, producer of printer, scanner and projectors is well known in the imaging industry. But did you know about Epson's Discproducer line?
This is your pathway way for using Epson print technology to produce your Discs. Martin Turner from the UK had the chance to get his hands on the PP-100, and you can read about his experience in this review.
The long wait for "in stock" status on Nikon D7000 cameras seems to be easing up just in time for the Holidays. You can now add New York based B & H Foto & Electronics Corp. to the list of vendors offering the Nikon D7000 with AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR kit lens with supplies on hand.Read more of B&H stocks the Nikon D7000 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
onOne Software, makers of award-winning plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom & Apple Aperture have released Perfect Photo Suite 5.5.Read more of Perfect photos made easy with new software suite
Congratulations to Nikonians Silver Member Pamela Stickney (jaw_fish) winner of a brand new Tamron SP70-300mm F4-5.6 Di VC USD (for Nikon) lens for submitting a comment to a review on this lens posted in our Resources section.
For a limited time, Nikonians members at all levels are eligible for a 50% discount on PhaseONE's Capture One RAW Converter or 40% off on CaptureOne PRO!Read more of Nikonians Exclusive: CaptureOne Discounts
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
Beta testing of ACD Systems International's ACDSee™ Pro Photo Manager for Mac is heading into its final phase and introduces professional photographers to one of the software's most robust features: non-destructive editing.Read more of ACDSee Pro for Mac Enters Final Beta Testing Before 2011 Release
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
During the 2010 Photokina in Cologne, Germany Epson had plenty to show at their booth and for those of you who missed it, we're providing the following brief re-cap (and links) .Read more of Epson launches new printers and premium media at Photokina 2010
Your publishing partners, NikoniansPress and Rocky Nook have arranged for a special Nikonians Rewards discount on a wide variety of imaging-related books. We're already looking forward to the release of "Mastering the Nikon D300/D300S" by Nikonian Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) and this special discount adds to your savings.Read more of Nikonians Rewards Bonus Alert -- Save BIG on photo books
Nikon has released the first firmware update for the Coolpix P90 compact camera.Read more of Nikon P90 Firmware Updated to 1.1
Our Nikonians Team at Photokina 2010 has been taking a few minutes every now and then to go have a look at the massive collection of exhibitors….Read more of Photokina attendance strong, Nikonians Team on the prowl
ACDsee has announced the release of ACDSee Pro Photo Manager 3 in the Mac version at Photokina 2010.Read more of ACDSee Pro 3 for Mac is coming
All set for the biggest show in the photo imaging world, our team has set up their booth and they are ready to meet and greet with fellow Nikonians.Read more of Photokina Nikonians Team is on the scene
Just in time for the Photokina (starting next week in Cologne, Germany) Nikon has two new lenses, a Speedlight and a brand new DSLR to whet the appetites of Nikon enthusiasts.Read more of Nikon unveils new DSLR, two lenses and a Speedlight
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! Read more of Nikonians welcome new partner ACDSee
Nikon has released an update to Capture NX2 bringing it to Version 2.2.5.Read more of Nikon Updates Capture to Version 2.2.5
One full month ahead of the world's largest imaging exhibition (Photokina 2010) Nikon has announced a brand new Digital SLR and four new lenses.Read more of Nikon announces new D-SLR and four new NIKKOR lenses
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
Nikon has released ViewNX 2, an upgrade of their free browsing and editing utility. The program offers enhancements to select editing functions, a revised UI and closer integration to the my Picturetown photo service.Read more of Nikon ViewNX 2 Released
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
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
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
Photography Book Now is an international juried self-published book competition, and a celebration of the most creative, most innovative, and finest photography books – and the people behind them. With a grand prize of USD 25,000.00, this is one contest you don't want to miss out on! Other prizes include a photographic camera kit worth up to USD 4,400.00 and photo trips/workshops worth up to USD 2,400.00
The deadline for this competition is rapidly approaching. All entries must be received by 15-July-2010. Enter today for an opportunity to get your photographic talent recognized and rewarded!Read more of Deadline Approaching: Photography Book Now Competition
Tamron USA is hosting a feature-packed series of full day seminars with renknowned nature and fine-arts photographer Sandra Nykerk.Read more of Tamron Full Day Seminars with Sandra Nykerk
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
Adobe has released a second iteration of their Lens Profile Creator utility for use with Photoshop CS5, Lightroom 3 and Camera RAW 6.1. The utility corrects for three typical optical aberrations; geometric distortion, lateral CA and vignetting. A specific profile for your lenses can be created; discussion boards are available to share common profiles with the user community. Get your copy today at Adobe Labs.Read more of Adobe Lens Profile Creator Prerelease 2
Sports and wildlife photographers looking for the latest Nikon Glass to stuff in their kits will soon have a new addition from Nikon to weigh.
"Weigh" is used with more than one meaning in this case. The new AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II lens weighs in at 7.4 lbs (3.4 kg), and it will retail for $6999.95 (USD), or at the current exchange rate, 5254.82 Euros.
For the sixth consecutive year, Epson has been recognised for creating outstanding and innovative products for the photographic industry.
Epson products recognised by Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) were the Epson EH-TW5500 as ‘Best Pro-Photo Projector’; the Epson Stylus Pro 3880 as ‘Best Expert Photo Printer’; and finally the Epson Perfection V600 Photo, as ‘Best Photo Scanner’.
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
Topaz Adjust version 4
March 22, 2010   4:54 PM
Topaz has reworked its Photoshop plugin, version 4. The new version features a redesigned interface and a better performance.
Topaz Adjust enables you to improve your images with "creative exposure, powerful detail enhancement and unique color manipulation tools."Read more of Topaz Adjust version 4
We are pleased to announce that Tamron has joined the nikonians.org community as a corporate partner. This announcement comes on the eve of our 10th Anniversary as an Internet community and Tamron's 60th Anniversary as an image industry leader in quality opticsRead more of Welcome aboard Tamron
Jobo files for bankruptcy
March 10, 2010   11:56 AM
Jobo AG and Jobo Labortechnik GmbH u. Co. KG filed for bankruptcy at the municipal court in Cologne,Germany last Friday.
Read more of Jobo files for bankruptcy
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
Phase One has released an update on its Capture One 5 (Pro and Basic version).
It supports additional cameras (amongst others the Nikon D3s) and has some new functionalities. Those are shown intuitively on the Phase One homepage.
The update is free for all owners of Capture One 5.x.
Read more of Phase One updates Capture One 5
First update for Aperture 3 available
February 25, 2010   12:23 PM
Apple has released an update for its new Aperture 3 software. according to Apple: it "improves overall stability and addresses a number of issues", especially with importing images from older versions of Aperture, iPhone and cameras.
The new Face Recognition functionality was also improved.
A complete list of the eliminated issues and a link for the free update are available at the Apple webpageRead more of First update for Aperture 3 available
Nikonians Media Communications representative Hendric Schneider has been visiting with some of our Nikonians corporate partners at PMA 2010 in Los Angeles and he tells us Think Tank Photo's president and lead designer Douch Murdoch has been highlighting two new additions to the Think Tank Photo products line.Read more of Think Tank Photo unveils two new products at PMA
Monday marks the 6th Birthday of the popular Lensbaby line of lens products.
To celebrate, our friends at Lensbaby are throwing a big social media birthday bash.
Check out the Lensbaby Turns 6 - Birthday Giveaway announcement to join in on the fun.
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.
Lightbox Photo latest partner of Nikonians
January 28, 2010   12:35 PM
More and more companies of the photo and imaging industry grant Nikonians members who support their community generous rebates!
Lightbox Photo Gallery is one of the most used and powerful gallery applications available.Read more of Lightbox Photo latest partner of Nikonians
Think Tank Photo has released two new water-resistant, seam-sealed rain covers for cameras mounted with 70-200 and smaller lenses.
The new rain covers offer protection for the camera and lens combo, along with a built-in flash protector version for only an extra $6.00 USD.
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 released a round of updates in January, some long anticipated.
- Capture NX 2.2.4 brings compatibility to Mac OS X 10.6.2 and some additional bug fixes.
- Camera Control Pro 2.7.1 addresses some settings issues when connected to D3 and D700 bodies.
- Scan 4.0.3 brings compatibility to computers using Windows Vista.
Learn portrait and fine art nude photography with Nikonians Master Society Member Pascal Baetens.
Pascal teaches his techniques in a series of workshops starting January 30th and 31st, in Belgium (outside Brussels).
Announced for a long time, version 5 of Bibble's popular RAW converter is now finally released.
It has a revised user interface, higher speed and additional tools for the selective editing of RAW files, and runs on both Win and Mac systems.
The "Pro" version costs $199.95, the price for a "Lite" version (available in the "early part of 2010") and a breakdown of the (reduced) functionalities in the "Lite" version have yet to be spelled out.
More information and links for downloading a free trial version or buying Bibble 5 Pro, can be found at the Bibble webpages.
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
DxO Labs announces today the publication of detailed RAW-based image quality data and DxOMark Sensor rankings on its popular www.dxomark.com website for a range of Canon, Nikon, Pentax and Sony digital cameras, including some of the latest models in the advanced compact and DSLR categories.Read more of New Popular Camera Model Data at DxO Labs
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
Congratulations to the Team at Think Tank Photo for earning Professional Photographer's 2010 HOT ONE AWARD with the Airport TakeOff® rolling backpack.Read more of Think Tank Photo recognized with Industry Awards
As a holiday gift, Nikon has delivered Windows 7 compatibility for Capture NX2 and Capture Control Pro 2 users. Mac users were not left in the cold, as Capture NX 2.2.3 also supports Mac OS 10.5.8 and Control Pro 2.7.0 works with OS 10.5.8 and 10.6.1 (links to Nikon USA downloads).Read more of Nikon Delivers Windows 7 Compatibility for Capture NX
Ten years ago, Swarovski redefined elegance and ease of use in hand held optics with the world's first wrap-around grip binoculars. Today, the EL42 Optik range is setting new standards yet again, with the the revolutionary SWAROVISION technology.Read more of Optical Quality Re-Invented - The Swarovski Optik EL42
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
Now who wouldn't want to get paid big bucks for 140 seconds of work? The Nikon Film Festival celebrates outstanding media created using the latest hybrid cameras like the D300s, D90, D5000 and the D3s flagship. The winning video will garner USD100K (the audience favorite gets a consolation USD25K), but you've only got until 15-December, so get your best clips together and mind the time limit!Read more of Nikon Film Festival - 100K for 140 seconds!
Epson has announced four new fine art papers. The new papers are described as photo and museum grade and will be available in cut sheets this month and rolls in early 2010.Read more of Epson adds new range of fine art papers
DxO Labs has added to their automatic digital imaging enhancement software line-up with the introduction of DxO Optics Pro 6.Read more of DxO Labs unveils New DxO Optics Pro 6
Think Tank Photo has just released a major addition to their Urban Disguise line. The Urban Disguise® 70 Pro is a huge shoulder bag that can carry up to a 70-200 f2.8 lens attached to any camera body.Read more of Think Tank Photo boosts Urban Disguise capacity
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 Read more of onOne Software Launches Plug-In Suite 5
This week Ray passes along the latest photographic news pertaining to Nikon:
—It's here! Nikon's Steve Heiner tells us about the new Nikon D3s
—Nikon's new DX-format 85mm VR micro lens coming in December
—Cliff Mautner tests the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II
—New products from Adobe and onOne Software add wireless phone features
Silver, Gold and Platinum members have a new discount available through their personal Nikonians Rewards coupons and vouchers section. Memador Photo Albums can be purchased through a special Nikonians Silver, Gold and Platinum discount (some up to 40%).Read more of Nikonians Rewards benefit alert
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
Nikon's photo unit appears to be going against the tide of the global economic downturn. Despite being labelled as an "underperforming" share following the pessimistic August forecast, Nikon's latest sales figures out are reportedly "better than our estimate for the first half and the second half [of 2009]," according to a recent interview with Imaging Unit president Makoto Kimura. (via Bloomberg News)Read more of Nikon Photo Unit Beats Estimates for First Half of 2009
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
Datacolor, recognized worldwide for their color management products, has introduced a new feature-packed bundle of hardware and software.Read more of Datacolor announces new Spyder3Studio SR calibration system
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
Nikonians Platinum Member Thomas Berg (twberg) has just finished a detailed review of the Epson Stylus Photo R2880 Ink Jet Printer. Thomas began his research by spending a day at the Epson Europe subsidiary in Meerbusch, Germany....
Nikon has updated the View NX utility to support the newly announced D300s, D3000 and the latest Coolpix models including the camera/projector S1000PJ.Read more of View NX 1.40 Updated with Nikon D300s, D3000 Support
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
Photography.Book.Now's People's Choice Award submission period has closed, and now it's time to vote for your favorite image! The winner will receive a complete Maine Workshop Scholarship Package and bragging rights as the People's Choice.Read more of Vote for the People's Choice Award
Topaz Labs, makers of popular Photoshop Plug-Ins such as Adjust, Vivacity and DeJPEG are offering a very generous 25% discount for all contributing Nikonians at the Silver, Gold and Platinum levels.Read more of Topaz Labs Discount for Nikonians
The line of PhotoBert Cheatsheets that has been helping Nikonians carry quick guides to their favorite Nikons will now include the equivalent of a "Swiss Army Knife” of cheatsheets.
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 Inc. has just announced the official launch of the Nikon D-Movie Screening Room, an online collection of creative and inspiring videos captured with Nikon’s D90 and D5000 D-SLR cameras.Read more of Nikon opens D-Movie Screening room
Berger Brothers Camera, the New York, USA based camera video and digital retailer known for servicing the photo imaging industry for more than 57 years has teamed up with nikonians.org to provide a unique competence forum.Read more of Nikonians welcome Berger Bros. Camera Forum
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
Hamburg, June 17, 2009 — Nik Software today announced that its popular Complete Collection, which bundles all of the company’s award-winning digital imaging software tools, is now also available as a Lightroom Edition at a special price of 299.95 Euros (incl. VAT).
The Complete Collection for Photoshop has been updated to include Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 support as well and also includes installers for Adobe Photoshop and Apple Aperture. Current registered owners of the Photoshop versions of Nik Software products can download and install the Lightroom compatible versions free of charge at www.niksoftware.com/lightroom.Read more of Nik Software - The Complete Collection Ultimate Edition
Ready to launch a new camera bag system designed for those shooting still, audio, and video in the field, Think Tank Photo has released a video "sneak peek."Read more of Think Tank Photo provides new product video sneak peek
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
Nik Software is offering live online-training to all interested Nikonians, and the best part is the price -- free! Add that freebie to your established 20% discount on all Nik Software products available through your Nikonians Rewards benefits and this quickly becomes a "must visit" site.Read more of Nik Software offers free online training
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
Nikonians who expected to see the new Nikon D5000 unveiled at the recent PMA in Las Vegas can now relax. The D5000, featuring a swiveling LCD monitor and taking its place as the second Nikon with High Definition movie modes has been announced.Read more of Nikon unveils new D5000 DSLR and new DX-wide angle lens
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
Wholesale distributor Unique Photo Inc. in New Jersey has the distinction of receiving the very last shipment of Polaroid Film ever. The retailer's warehouse unit received several palettes of Polaroid 600 packages on Monday 30-March. Polaroid went out of business in late 2008. (via Newsline International)Read more of Unique Photo Gets Last Shipment of Polaroid Film
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
Photography.Book.Now is a celebration of the most creative, most innovative, and finest photography books – and the people behind them. Now in its second year, this international juried book competition is an opportunity for photographers of all stripes to showcase their work to a world-renowned panel of judges, and take a shot at a $25K grand prize.Read more of Photo Book Now International Competition
NIKONIANS REWARDS PROGRAM Alert: Imagenomic has announced the commercial release of Portraiture 2 for Apple's Aperture imaging application and our Nikonians Rewards program discount is available to Silver, Gold and Platinum members.Read more of Apple Aperture Portraiture 2 plugin now available
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
If you've ever had to work an outdoor shoot in a blazing hot sun and faced the dilemma of firing up your laptop, Think Tank Photo's new Pixel Sunscreen 2.0 will be your best friend.Read more of Think Tank puts you and your laptop in the dark
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
The recently announced Traveler series addition to the EL line of Swarovski Optik binoculars will soon be available.Read more of New EL 32 Traveler Swarovski Optik Binoculars will soon be shipping 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
Nikonians in Europe have an an opportunity to take advantage of a new discount campaign from our Corporate Partner Epson.Read more of European Nikonians first on the list for Epson Discount campaign
Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, a new cube-shaped device from Datacolor will quickly help you defeat color balancing challenges in the field or studio.Read more of Clever cube adds powerful calibration tool to your photo gear
Nikonians who enjoy pushing the boundaries of creativity with their Lensbaby lenses now have a wider dimension to play with.Read more of Lensbaby Super Wide added to Optic Swap System
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
Apple posted their latest update to Digital Camera Raw today, which brings compatibility to files created by the Nikon D3X and the Epson RD-1X rangefinder.Read more of Apple Digital Camera Raw 2.5 Now Available
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
Does the idea of a fast Nikkor lens designed for your DX-format Nikon DSLR spark your interest?Read more of Nikon unveils their fastest DX Format lens
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
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
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
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
Two organizations with interests in high quality optics and Internet community information exchange have joined forces.
Swarovski Optik, one of the leading suppliers of high-quality optical devices and Nikonians, the worldwide largest Internet Community for photographers using Nikon gear, have decided to start an extensive collaboration of their resources.Read more of Swarovski Optik and Nikonians Join Forces
Digital imaging innovator PhaseOne has updated their flagship software suite, CaptureOne, to Version 4.6. New features of interest to Nikonians include tethered shooting support for a variety of DSLRs, from the D3 to the D40 (Pro Version) as well as new driver support for the top-of-the-line D3X and Phase One's own P 65+ digital back.Read more of CaptureOne Version 4.6 with D3X Support
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
Nikonians sponsor M-Rock has an online "pre-visualization" feature to help you choose the perfect camera transport and protection gear for your personal Nikon inventory.Read more of Customize your backpack with user-friendly previews and an instant discount
Nikonians Corporate Partner Roberts Imaging has a special deal on the table for our Nikonians members who are placing pre-orders on the new Nikon D3x.Read more of Roberts Imaging sweetens the deal while you wait for the D3x
Nikonians facing challenges in carrying their gear in urban environments now have a new series of Think Tank Photo backpacks to choose from.Read more of Think Tank Photo launches new series of photo backpacks
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
Our Nikon D1/D2/D3 Users Group forums are buzzing with excitement over the prospect of a 24 Megapixel D3X. If you are in the market for this new flagship Nikon DSLR you need to stay tuned to our on-going conversations.Read more of The D3X -- We are following the rumors and have predicted it
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
Nikonians shooting RAW who want to test their workflow procedures and performance have a new - and free - online reference source available.Read more of Share your RAW data experience with fellow Nikonians
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
Phase One has arranged for a special 40% off for all visitors of Nikonians.org & Nikonians.de on purchases of Capture One 4 RAW workflow software.
Apple's latest update to their Digital Camera Raw decoders now supports the latest Nikon models, including the D90 digital SLR and the Coolpix 6000 flagship compact. DCR 2.3 is available for Aperture 2 and iPhoto 2008.Read more of Apple Camera Raw 2.3 Now Supports Latest Nikons
Nikonians Platinum member Jim Nichols (JungleJim) has had a very busy month of October. He has been on the road, starting the month at the 8th Annual Nikonians Photo Adventure Trip (ANPAT) in Yosemite Valley, and concluding with the PDN Magazine PhotoPlus Conference + Expo at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City last week. Jim was taking notes during his PhotoPlus Expo trip....Read more of JungleJim shares PhotoPlus impressions
For Digital SLR shooters who are on the cutting edge of configuration settings to maximize their image quality, ToneUp is a familiar name. Todd Gibbs' software tool gained popularity early on by overcoming Nikon Capture limitations such as the ability to swap built-in curves between Nikon DSLR models. Nikonians is pleased to announce that Todd is offering a significant fifty (50) percent discount on all products to our Silver, Gold and Platinum members, including his latest iteration of the custom curve program - ToneUp Studio 3 and his newest addition - the TetherPro tethered shooting utility.Read more of Oxford Eye's ToneUp Studio 3 and TetherPro
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
The Canadian city of Toronto is using Nikons to combat crime, but not in the way one would usually expect. Instead of preventing crime by active photography, the metropolitan police department is offering Nikons as trade-ins for it's upcoming gun amnesty campaign. Unwanted or obsolete weapons will be picked up by the authorities and those turning in the guns will get a Nikon Coolpix camera plus photo lessons for free. The trade-in packages are being sponsored by Henry's Camera, a prominent national store chain. (via Toronto Globe & Mail)Read more of Nikons Figure In Toronto Crime Reduction
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
Nikon has updated both Capture Control Pro and Capture NX2 with support for the D90's RAW images. Also receiving a refresh is Nikon Transfer, with both D90 and P6000 support. All versions can be downloaded in full and updater binaries. (Nikon USA site)Read more of Nikon Updates Software Suites for D90, Coolpix P6000
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
With the Olympics well underway, we're all enjoying the fruits of some really fabulous photography, thanks in no small part of advances in technology. However, it is still the preparatory and artistic work that's doing the heavy lifting, and the Newsweek Visions of China blog captures those moments behind the scenes before the shutter ever gets fired.Read more of Newsweek's Olympics Photo Blog
Nikonians with professional photography interests seeking the full-featured performance of a desktop workstation in a mobile notebook can now consider Lenovo's ThinkPad W700.Read more of Lenovo Thinkpad W700 redefines "bigger-better-faster"
Carl Zeiss has recently announced their newest super wide angle lens. Our Nikonian community members with an appreciation for custom manufactured glass will appreciate their 18mm super wide angle lens for SLR cameras, the Distagon T* 3,5/18.Read more of Carl Zeiss matches optical perfection with Nikon bodies
Nikon has apparently withdrawn sponsor support for Microsoft's Iconic Britain photo contest due to the software manufacturer's lack of diligence in supporting copyrights of the submitted images.Read more of Nikon and Microsoft in Contest Brouhaha
The 2008 Digital Camera Usage and Satisfaction Study by the prestigious consumer rating firm J.D. Power and Associates finds Nikon and Canon in a tie for the highest rankings in customer satisfaction for the digital SLR camera category. Specifically, the Nikon D series was noted for performing "particularly well in ease of operation, performance, and appearance and styling." Congratulations to Nikon!Read more of J.D. Power and Associates: Nikon, Canon DSLRs Rank Highest
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 Updates Codec for D700
July 28, 2008   2:34 PM
Nikon has updated the Windows codec (coder/decoder) to include D700 generated files. Codecs allow native viewing of NEF files without having to use any programs such as ViewNX or CaptureNX.Read more of Nikon Updates Codec for D700
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 Optional Picture Control Sets Updated
July 17, 2008   4:25 PM
For our members who were not previously aware - Nikon has made Picture Control sets available for free download since the inception of the new feature in View NX. The latest update is a set of Landscape controls.Read more of Nikon Optional Picture Control Sets Updated
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
Canon Plans New Plant in Nagasaki
July 7, 2008   9:32 PM
In a continuing escalation of the digital photography race, Canon has announced plans to build a new manufacturing plant in the Nagasaki prefecture dedicated to the production of digital SLR and compact cameras.Read more of Canon Plans New Plant in Nagasaki
Nikon D700 Preview
July 3, 2008   12:38 PM
The latest Nikon DSLR camera, the Nikon D700 has now been shortly reviewed by the Nikonians. The Nikon D700 digital SLR is a full frame (FX Sensor) camera and is expected to be sold in July. Also, do not miss out our Nikon D700 User Group where discussions around this new Digital SLR camera takes place. Read the Nikon D700 reviewRead more of Nikon D700 Preview