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November 27, 2006

Attention UK Nikonians- We need your help

If you plan to attend the Nikon Solutions Expo in London, England, December 5th and 6th at the Olympia Conference Centre and want to join the Team at our booth, please contact us as soon as possible.
The Team is seeking Nikonians volunteers to help out during the two day event. You can reach us by going to our Contact Page and selecting "Other issue" in the first information block. Please provide an alternate email address if you have one.
For full details on the Expo, Click here.

Posted by flashdeadline at 10:41 PM

November 23, 2006

The Image Doctors #28

Happy Thanksgiving (to our US listeners). Today, Jason and Rick compare the Nikkor 17-35, 17-55 DX, and 28-70 f/2.8 pro lenses. Afterwards, hear our suggestions for getting sharper photos by using quality camera support.

Download The Image Doctors #28 (NPC-ID-2006-11-23.mp3; 52:08, 18.3MB, MP3 format).

Show Notes:

Midrange pro zoom comparison of the 17-35mm f/2.8 AFS Nikkor, 17-55mm f/2.8 AFS DX Nikkor, and 28-70 f/2.8 AFS Nikkor

Discussion on camera support:

Handholding Technique

Beanbags such as the Kinesis Safari Sack

Monopod Technique

How to choose a tripod

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Posted by drjay32 at 5:01 AM

November 22, 2006

Nikonians prepare for Nikon Solutions Expo

Nikonians attending the Nikon Solutions Expo in London, England (December 5th and 6th at the Olympia Conference Centre) will have the chance to meet over 3,000 fellow Nikon users. We'll have Nikonians representation at the two day event with our own personnel who will be happy to inform all visitors about our community, including member benefits available through our NikSecure™ insurance and our PhotoProShop.

This will be the second year for this free two-day event, which features the experts behind the newest products in a series of major presentations and interactive seminars from Nikon and its Solutions Expo partners (which includes one of our own corporate partners -- Phase One).
We'll be ready to help those who wish to become contributing members the chance to sign up for a reduced first year membership fee, and also bring along a nice assortment of Nikonians merchandise.

For more information, check the official Nikon UK Press release:

The shortened version is provided below:


Nikon UK is pleased to announce its two day conference-led professional photographic show which is specifically designed to demonstrate all aspects of photography to the professional photographer. Now in its second year, the show will be bustling with a whole host of industry experts who will be showcasing their latest innovative technologies and techniques to help visitors develop their skills.

Various seminars and interactive demonstrations will cover a range of topics over the two day event from shooting the perfect portrait to devising complete workflow solutions. Nikon will have its full professional product range on display including the recently announced D2xs professional camera and the sophisticated Creative Lighting System. Thanks to a live wireless network visitors will be able to send their images directly to the printing station ready to be scrutinised within seconds.

Apple, Adobe, Epson, HP and Mitsubishi are among the top names exhibiting at the event and will be ready to demonstrate the latest high tech equipment. Nikon has also teamed up with a range of media partners including Amateur Photographer, the British Journal of Photography and Digital Photo Pro Magazine all of which will be supporting the event.

The show is divided into three key zones encompassing expert seminars, action zones and exhibitor stands which are all dedicated to delivering essential skills for the professional photographer.

Opening times and tickets:
Opening times are from 10am until 5pm on Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th December 2006. Last admittance will be 45 minutes prior to closing. Attendance is free.
As places are limited visitors must pre-register via the website .

Posted by flashdeadline at 6:34 PM

Vivitar Sold to HDTV Maker

In a little publicized move, high-def TV maker Syntax-Brillian has purchased optics and photographic manufacturer Vivitar. Brillian is known in the US for it's Olevia brand of LCD televisions. The press release states that Brillian intends to use Vivitar's established sales channels overseas to introduce it's television and other product lines to European markets.

Posted by covey22 at 12:23 AM

November 21, 2006

Toshiba Ups the SDHC Ante

Our Nikon D50 and D80 owners can rejoice with an early holiday gift. Toshiba has raised the High-Capacity Secure Digital bar with their release of an 8GB model capable of writing at speeds of 4MB per second, a first-in-class for this memory card format. The specs indicate the spacious card can hold up to 190 minutes of standard definition video and write speeds up to a potential 6MB per second.

Posted by covey22 at 5:29 PM

November 18, 2006

Nikonians News Flash #28


Join in to find out about the newest product announcements from Nikon including the much-rumored Nikon D40, as well as the latest from the Nikonians forums.

Download Nikonians News Flash #28 (NPC-NF-2006-11-18.mp3; 7:19; 6.8MB; MP3 format)

Nikonians News Flash #28: November 18, 2006

In The News:

The new 70-300mm VR lens from Nikon has been tested by a fellow Nikonian. Check out what he has to say about the much-anticipated lens right here!

The Nikonians Academy has finally been created!

The rumor about the Nikon D40 is officially true! Learn more about the new camera from the Nikonians perspective!

From The Forums:
The Nikonians Cafe' denizens want to know why you chose Nikon!

The F100 Users would love to hear about your favorite lens!

Help out a new Nikonian in the Tampa Bay area, and check out this thread if you're up for a So.Cal outing.

A Picture I Took:

Take a look at Rocky!

Email Jessica!

Posted by odle2 at 12:29 PM

November 17, 2006

Think Tank Photo unveils unique rotating beltback-backpack combo

Nikonians at the PhotoPlus Expo in New York City had the priviledge of a first-hand look at the new Rotation360 backpack and we were very impressed.
Our Nikonians community members have instant access to Think Tank specials and this new product will be very interesting to our members who carry lots of gear in challenging situations.

News-Flash.pngWe captured this shot of Think Tank Photo president and lead designer Doug Murdoch, on the left, showing Penn Camera product and service director Chris Butcher the new pack.
We also saw him give a quick re-cap of the video showing the features of the pack.
Doug promised that the Rotation360 would be available by November 15, and we have learned he and the Think Tank team have delivered on that promise.


The Think Tank Press Release follows:


Think Tank Photo Releases a Revolutionary New Concept in Gear Accessibility

SANTA ROSA, CALIF -- Think Tank Photo announced today a revolutionary new concept in gear accessibility for photographers, the Rotation360 backpack. This concept "breaks the barrier" about which photographers in the field constantly complain: that they have to remove their backpack in order to access the contents inside. With the rotation360, in seconds a beltpack can be rotated from inside of the backpack to the front of the body, allowing photographers to access their gear stored inside without having to take off or swivel the entire backpack.
With a tug of the handy locking mechanism located on the padded belt, a beltpack -- comprising the lower half of the backpack -- rotates through a hole in the bottom of the backpack and around to the front. This exponentially increases photographers' ability to access their gear and to change lenses as quickly as possible and with the least amount of effort. The Rotation360 gives them the comfort of a backpack with the convenience and accessibility of a beltpack. Then, without breaking stride, they can rotate the beltpack back into the backpack and out of the way, easily locking it in place.

Seeing Is Believing
To aid photographers in visualizing this new concept, Think Tank Photo has posted videos of the backpack in action and detailed product specifications at
Among the features demonstrated there are the Rotation360's breakthrough method for mounting one or two SLRs on the front of the shoulder straps, which takes all of the stress normally associated with cameras and camera straps and transfers the weight directly to the backpack's padded shoulder straps. A special camera strap is included with the bag which prevents stress to the neck or shoulders and prevents it from falling off.
With this revolutionary product photographers' hands are completely free to rotate the beltpack to the front of the body, change lenses and accessories at a moment's notice, and then rotate it back again into the backpack.
"I've been in the camera bag design business for 16 years and know its history well," said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo's founder and lead designer.
"Not since Lowepro released the Orion AW in 1992 has there been a significant new development in modular backpacks with an upper daypack and a lower beltpack. The problem with these previous products is that although the belt pack could be released from the daypack, it was impossible to reconnect them to the daypack.
"It is amazing how fast the beltpack of the Rotation360 can be rotated to the front of the body to access gear and then back into the backpack. Being able to switch lenses and accessories on the fly is essential in capturing the moment. Our patent-pending innovation gives photographers the best of a backpack and the best of a beltpack, freeing them up to focus on getting the shot."
# # #

About Think Tank Photo

Headquartered in Santa Rosa, California, Think Tank Photo ( is a group of designers and professional photographers focused on studying how photographers work and developing inventive new carrying solutions that meet their needs. They are dedicated to using only the highest quality materials and design principles, and employing materials that are environmentally benign.

Posted by flashdeadline at 5:15 PM

November 16, 2006

Nikonians react to Nikon D40

It's official -- Nikonians have been discussing the Nikon D40 in the D40/D50 Users Group for months, and now they have the official announcement from Nikon as well as a full review and sample images from our LetsGoDigital partners and a Nikonians perspective by our own Chief Editor.

Posted by flashdeadline at 10:49 AM

The Nikonians Academy Opens Its Doors

With a proven six year record of concentrating on making a friendly community where photographers share and learn, and interacting in a creative and inspiring environment -'s primary goal has always been photography education.

That goal is now further formalized with the creation of The Nikonians Academy. The Nikonians Academy will seek to expand in both content and territory, offering more and more workshops nearer you.

The Academy's first phase in North America has been inaugurated with the appointment of Mike Hagen as Managing Director.

Close to 1,000 Nikonians have passed through Mike's workshops over the last two years and and the feedback has been astounding.

The first set of workshops for the 2007 season in North America, led by Mike himself, are already available for booking at

Posted by covey22 at 12:08 AM

November 14, 2006

D70 Armor Skin

Thanks to some of our eagle-eyed members, you can now purchase an armor "skin" for your digital SLR camera.

Posted by covey22 at 12:48 AM

November 13, 2006

Nikon 70-300 VR: More Details

One of our Belgian members had the recent pleasure of checking out the highly anticipated 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 VR AF-S at a Dutch photo show.

Posted by covey22 at 1:08 AM

November 11, 2006

Nikonians News Flash #27


This week Jessica brings you news about The Photographer's Guide to Capture NX, new technology from Trimble, and the latest from the Nikonians forums!

Download Nikonians News Flash #15 (NPC-NF-2006-11-11.mp3; 9:56; 9.2MB; MP3 format)

Nikonians News Flash #27: November 11, 2006

In The News:
Jason Odell's "The Photographer's Guide to Capture NX" is now avaliable in CD-ROM format! Read the press release to find out more!

The mysterious Nikon D40 is still a rumor!

Trimble announces their new TrimPix technology! Get GIS info stored with your pictures!

Registration is now open for ANPAT 7.

note: in between the recording and posting of this podcast...ANPAT 7 SOLD OUT! You can get on the waiting list!

Listen to the latest from The Image Doctors for holiday gift ideas!

From The Forums:
Podcasts Feedback Forum

Christmas List Suggestions to expand on the Image Doctors ideas!

Problems with our podcasts and your iPod? Check here for troubleshooting tips.

Need new glass? Don't buy without checking out the Nikkor Lenses forum!

From A Picture I Took:

African Lillies.

Send comments and feedback to Jessica.

Posted by odle2 at 1:57 PM

November 10, 2006

Nikon Bullish on First Half of 2006

Nikon was in the black the first half of 2006 with digital cameras leading the charge, assisted by scientific instrument and lithography sales. Net profit surged to just under USD200 million, just double the amount recorded from the previous year.

Posted by covey22 at 2:16 PM

November 9, 2006

The Image Doctors #27

Rick gives his report on the 6th Annual Nikonians Photo Adventure Trip (ANPAT), and then tune in for our annual "stocking stuffers" episode as we come up with a bunch of ideas for how to treat the photographer in your family this holiday season.

Download The Image Doctors #27 (NPC-ID-2006-11-09.mp3; 45:36, 16MB, MP3 format)

Show Notes

1:27 Rick reports on the 6th ANPAT held at Great Smoky Mountains National Park

18:34 Stocking Stuffer Ideas

40:00 Weekly Photo Tip: Setting Black Point for digital photos
Send us your Photo Tip suggestion to:

This year's Stocking Stuffers include:

Expodisc and Expocap, available at
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AF D
Hoodloupe by Hoodman USA
"Spudz" microfiber cloths from the Nikonians Pro Shop
Nikon Magnifying eyepieces (DK-17M and DK21M)
Flash Memory Cards
Sensor Cleaning Kits from Copper Hill Images
Photo Mechanic software from Camera Bits
The Photographer's Guide to Capture NX, an eBook by "Image Doctor" Jason Odell
Photography Books:
Real World Sharpening by Bruce Fraser
Galen Rowell Retrospective

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Posted by drjay32 at 4:57 AM

November 8, 2006

Nikonians 7th ANPAT Registration Now Open

The 7th Annual Nikonians Photography Adventure Trip (ANPAT) is now open for registration. 2007 is a very exciting time for participants as the tour returns to Yellowstone and Grand Tetons in Wyoming, USA. Enjoy the great outdoors, diverse wildlife and breathtaking vistas in one of America's treasured national parks. Availability is going FAST, so reserve your spot today!

Posted by covey22 at 6:31 PM

November 7, 2006

Trimble Rolls Out Nikon Compatible Mapping System

Trimble, popular makers of handheld GPS and other Geographical Information System (GIS) applicances, has rolled out Trimpix technology - making it easier to map high-resolution images to GIS features using selected Nikon cameras wirelessly, including the newer Coolpixes.

Posted by covey22 at 4:16 PM

November 6, 2006

Nikon D40 Images Leaked

We at Nikonians prefer to await official announcements of new products; but the recent onslaught has just become too big to ignore. Gizmodo, Engadget and many other channels have been posting the leaked images of the supposed Nikon D40. With a rumored 6MP imager and compatibility with Silent-Wave (AFS) lenses only, this model is shaping up to be the digital SLR for the masses. Nikon has remained silent on the revelation; so time will tell how accurate this information is.

Posted by covey22 at 11:24 PM

The Photographer's Guide to Capture NX

Our very own Jason ODell has published his first eBook, The Photographer's Guide to Capture NX. The tutorial system is workflow-based, which takes a very practical approach from setting up your camera to the final print. Easy to read and packed with intimate knowledge of Nikon's RAW editor, the eBook is a must-get for any Nikonian!

Posted by covey22 at 11:17 PM

November 4, 2006

Nikonians News Flash #26


Tune in to learn where you can see photographs from a fellow Nikonian in a gallery exhibition, the latest from Adobe and Fantasea, as well as a preliminary ANPAT 6 report!

Download Nikonians News Flash #15 (NPC-NF-2006-11-04.mp3; 8:38; 8.0MB; MP3 format)

Nikonians News Flash #26: November 04, 2006

In The News:
Kudos to Nikonian Darryl Schiff, whos work is featured in The Collectible Moment: Photographs in the Norton Simon Museum. The exhibit runs through February 26, 2006.

Adobe gives Camera Raw 3.6 production status!

Fantasea has updated their underwater housings for the D50 and D70!

Nikon Solutions Expo is set for December 5-6 at the Olympia Conference Center in London, UK.

ANPAT 6 report! Check out the latest in the forums.

From The Forums:
Image Sharing & Post Pictures Forum:
November's online photo assignmens is Wide Open-Single Subject.

Travel & Getting Together Forums:
Check this thread if you're in the Hartford, CT area!

The D50 Users group is now the D40/D50 Users Group.

Don't forget about our search engine, NikoScope.

Ladies! We have our very own forum!

email me at

Posted by odle2 at 9:00 AM

Phoenix Releases iTTL Compatible Flash

Third-party maker Phoenix has released the rather awkwardly-named DZBIS-112iTTL, with a guide number of 112 and compatibility with iTTL equipped Nikon bodies such as the D200 and the D80. Availability is expected later this month.

Posted by covey22 at 5:22 AM

Aperture Updated to 1.5.1

Our colleagues at Imaging Resource have the low-down on Apple's latest iteration of Aperture, with over 100 documented changes.

Posted by covey22 at 5:07 AM

November 2, 2006

Nikonians At Photo Expo Plus NY 2006

Fresh from our visit to Photokina, Nikonians shifts focus to New York City and the ever-popular Photo Expo Plus conference at Javits Center starting today, November 2nd through the 4th. Be sure to join us at Booth 1352!

Posted by covey22 at 1:55 PM

Nikon Solutions Expo in December

Our European members will have an opportunity to attend a two-day photographic conference hosted by Nikon, all for free. The Nikon Solutions Expo will be held at Olympia Center from December 5th through the 6th, and features not only all of the current Nikon hardware, but additional exhibits from the likes of Adobe and HP among others. Professional "zones" involving educational seminars, hands-on demonstrations and product displays encompass the conference floor.

Posted by covey22 at 1:46 PM

DxO Optics V4 Adds Nikon D80 Support

Our colleagues at Imaging-Resource report that DxO Labs has added support to the Version 4 program for the Nikon D80, with a Macintosh binary due to arrive in late November.

Posted by covey22 at 1:43 PM

Fantasea Updates D50 and D70 Housings

Underwater case maker Fantasea has updated two more of their popular SLR housings, this time for the D50 and the D70. Both feature full integrity seals good to 200 feet (60m) as well as access to all controls.

Posted by covey22 at 1:39 PM

Adobe Camera Raw 3.6 Out of Beta

Adobe has officially blessed Camera Raw 3.6 with production status, and contains support for the Nikon D80 as well as other recent camera model releases.

Posted by covey22 at 1:35 PM