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August 31, 2007

Nikon COOLPIX line adds 8 new models

Nikon has boosted their COOLPIX camera line-up with eight new models ranging in price from $149.95 to $399.95 (U.S. manufacturer suggested retail prices). The new cameras add to the Nikon Style, Life and Performance families of COOLPIX cameras.

Our friends at LetsGoDigital have prepared easy to read previews and technical specifications listing on all of the new entries from Nikon, and of course you can always go straight to Nikon for more information at

The Life series adds the 7 megapixel COOLPIX L14 ($149.95) and 8 megapixel COOLPIX L15 ($179.95). Both should be in stores in September.

In the Style series, Nikon introduces the 12.1 megapixel COOLPIX S700 ($379.95) and 8.1 megapixel COOLPIX S510 ($299.95), also due out in September.

Adding another wireless technology model to the line-up Nikon introduces the new 8.1 megapixel COOLPIX S51c ($329.95) which has a companion model, the COOLPIX S51 ($279.95) which does not include wireless transfer capabilities.

In the Performance series add the 12.1 megapixel COOLPIX P5100 ($399.95) and the 8.1 megapixel COOLPIX P50 ($229.95). The P50 will be available beginning October 2007.

For quick specification comparison charts furnished by LetsGoDigital follow the links below:
Nikon COOLPIX P5100 Specs
Nikon COOLPIX P50 Specs
Nikon COOLPIX S700 Specs
Nikon COOLPIX S510 Specs
Nikon COOLPIX S51 Specs
Nikon COOLPIX S51c Specs
Nikon COOLPIX L14 Specs
Nikon COOLPIX L15 Specs

Posted by flashdeadline at 4:16 PM

Phase One - Capture One 4 Beta Release Now Available

Digital post processing has a new RAW workflow software package available that should be of interest to Nikonians familiar with Phase One.

Nikonians who prefer to shoot RAW (Nikon it calls Nikon Electronic format) NEF have already been discussing Phase One's Capture One software in our Digital postprocessing & workflow forum.

Phase One's Press release follows:

Phase One today announced the beta release of Capture One 4 – the next generation of Capture One 3 LE - RAW workflow software that helps professional photographers to achieve superior image quality.
Capture One 4 is a new application building on cutting-edge technology, a new architecture, and what users found best from previous generations of Capture One.
The first look at the newly architected software is available now at no cost until November 1. All existing customers can benefit from Capture One 4 -- both the beta version and the final version will be available to LE and PRO customers free of charge.
Capture One 4 is available for Windows XP (SP2) and Vista and Mac OS 10.4.8 (or higher) platforms. Please consult the beta release notes for information on known limitations and how to provide beta feedback. For download instructions, beta release notes, list of cameras supported and to learn more about Capture One 4, please visit the company web site at Additional information is available on the Capture One 4 FAQ.

About Phase One

Phase One is the world's leading provider of digital image capture and workflow management technology. Phase One P+ Series digital backs open new possibilities, putting the focus back on the moment of image capture.
Phase One Capture One software helps streamline the capture and postproduction process. Supporting DSLR, medium and large-format photographic equipment, Phase One products are renowned for their superior quality, flexibility and speed -- enabling pro photographers to realize their most subtle and most complex visions without compromise. Phase One is an employee-owned company based Copenhagen with offices in New York, London, Tokyo, Cologne, and Shanghai.

For more information about the products, visit the Phase One web site on

Posted by flashdeadline at 1:29 PM

August 30, 2007

Nikon Brand loyalty gains D-SLR enthusiasts

Nikonian D-SLR owners have obviously been busy spreading their satisfaction levels lately.
J.D. Power and Associates, the global marketing information firm with a reputation for conducting independent and unbiased surveys of customer satisfaction, product quality and buyer behavior, named Nikon's D-SLR owners as highest in D-SLR satisfaction in a recent press release.

Canon,Casio and Fujifilm Finepix products were also singled out for exemplary satisfaction levels.

J.D. Power and Associates spokesman Larry Wu is featured in a video covering the highlights of the press release.

When it comes to brand loyalty our Nikonians community is obviously biased, so you can probably guess we found this blog article posted yesterday by Stephen Shankland at very interesting.

Posted by flashdeadline at 8:15 PM

HP earns TIPA awards

The European "Oscar" of the Photo & Imaging Industry for 2007 has been awarded to HP with top honors for printers, scanners and photo kiosks.

Recognition for HP from the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) in this year's selections came at this year's ceremonies in Flora, Cologne.

HP has won the prestigius awards of the European professional photo press in several product categories in this 17th year of series.

The HP products earning TIPA awards are:

- Best Large Format Printer: HP Z3100

- Best Flatbed Photo Scanner: HP Scanjet G4050

- Best Photo Kiosk: HP Photosmart Studio

Posted by flashdeadline at 6:19 PM

The Nikonian eZine 34 is published

Our newest edition of The Nikonian is now available for download.
The Nikonian is Nikonians official publication, the electronic magazine, eZine, for Nikon© photographers.


Highlights in this edition include:

• Editorial
• Nikonians Photo Contest update
• Geo-Tagging explained
By Jeff Bower (jdbower)
• Red Hen Blue2CAN Review
By Jeff Bower (jdbower)
• Using Reflectors and Diffusers
By Albert J. Valentino (Valentino)
• Nikonians Academy News
By Academy Director Mike Hagen
• Creating In-Camera Slide Shows
By Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell)
• Nikon Press Launch
• Hands on Review - Nikon D40X DSLR
By Georg N. Nyman, PhD (gnnyman)
• Calendar
• New From Nikon:
D3, D300 and 5 lenses

Posted by flashdeadline at 12:43 PM

ID#48: The Image Doctors

The Nikon D3 and D300 DSLRs have just been announced! Hear Rick and Jason's thoughts on these two new offerings from Nikon.

Download The Image Doctors #48 (NPC-ID-2007-08-30.mp3; 56:11; 19.7MB; MP3 format)

Show Notes: August 30, 2007

0:58 Listener Mailbag

4:30 Two new DSLRs from Nikon: Introducing the D3 and the D300

44:52 Software "Accessories" for photographers

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Posted by drjay32 at 3:49 AM

August 29, 2007

HP announces digital workflow solutions

Controlling your digital photo workflow will soon include the option of using an exclusive print technology from HP coupled with a $300 million global marketing campaign, called "What do you have to say?"

HP's press release on August 28 reveals the campaign is boosted by their alliances with Flickr, Windows Live Spaces and Yahoo!

"Digital workflow" is a common term that answers the most obvious questions for all photographers ranging from amateurs to professionals.

"How do I store all my photos with this new digital camera?"
"How do I share them?"
"How do I choose the best printing options?"

When digital photography blossomed, the Internet was filled with potential "all in one" solutions and now many of them have chosen consolidation efforts. This development could be your choice in the near future, and is worth studying.

Posted by flashdeadline at 6:20 PM

August 27, 2007

Nikon Camera Control Pro 2 Announced

Nikon has announced an update to Camera Control Pro. The newest version will have enhancements that complement the upcoming D3 and D300, such as support of the Live View LCD mode and Picture Control settings.

Posted by covey22 at 7:34 PM

Nikon School Collaborates with Flickr

Lost in the pre-announcement frenzy of the D3 and the D300 was the recent team-up of Nikon School and the increasingly popular Flickr photo-sharing site.

While Nikon had previously collaborated with the Flickr community on the D80 camera campaign to identify work that showcased the new product, this partnership will bring tutorials and interactive learning opportunities to both professional and leisure photographers. Contributors to the site will include the likes of Rosanne Pennella and Reed Hoffman, well-published shooters for National Geographic, Geo and other publications, who will post their own work, provide tips and answer questions from the community.

Posted by covey22 at 5:55 PM

Weekly News from the Nikonians Academy

Flash Workshops rank high in popularity
From the mobile desk of Nikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen:
One of our most popular workshops is the iTTL Wireless Flash workshop. It tends to sell out in most major cities and for good reason; the class is a hoot and you learn a heck of a lot about Nikon's ingenious flashes.

The day is split up between classroom study and hands-on application. For example, we spend a good portion of the day learning how to configure your SB-800, SB-600 and SU-800 strobes. Then, we set up indoor and outdoor shooting situations so you can practice the techniques in real-world scenarios. We want everyone to walk away from the workshop with the ability to create phenomenal flash photos at any time, anywhere. Check out the workshop details at

Quick Tip:

Speaking of wireless flashes, Here's a quick camera tip for those of you who are setting up your SB-800 and SB-600 flashes to be used in a wireless arrangement. We recommend using an ISO between 200 and 400 and an aperture of f/5.6 or larger. This will allow your flashes to cycle quickly as well as give you a bit of flexibility with positioning them farther from the subject. There are lots of times when you just aren't able to get your flashes close to the subject. In those situations, using a low ISO like 100 or small aperture like f/11 will make it very difficult for the flashes to light up the subject with our smaller speedlights. If you need more depth of field, then you can always double up flashes by rubber-banding two of them together in tandem.

Our September workshops still have a few seats remaining and some of them have already sold out. Winston Hall will be teaching in Indianapolis IN 9/7 through 9/9, Raleigh NC 9/13 through 9/16 and Nashville TN 9/20 through 9/23. Don't let the last days of summer slip by without learning how to use your favorite Nikon camera gear and software!

Our African photo safari already has five people on the waiting list and we haven't even posted signup details yet! This is going to be an amazing trip to Tanzania, the Serengeti, Ngorogoro Crater and other private wildlife parks. The whole time, you'll be transported in special stretch Land Cruisers and we'll limit the number of photographers to four per vehicle. This is a trip for photographers, designed by photographers.

We'll be waking up in the early morning hours to take sunrise photos and then staying in the bush for our sunset photos. The goal is perfect light and great photos. During the middle part of the day, we'll take a rest at our lodges and bush tents. Our hope is to have all the details such as pricing and flight arrangements ironed out by next week when I'll have the workshop posted at our website In the mean time, feel free to contact me about the safari if you have questions or would like to be placed on the waiting list:

Posted by flashdeadline at 12:03 PM

August 25, 2007

Nikonians News Flash #60


This week's episode includes the weekly report from the Nikonians Academy, as well as the scoop on the newest cameras about to hit the market! Can you say "D3"?

Download Nikonians News Flash #60 (NPC-NF-2007-08-25.mp3; 7:14; 6.6MB; MP3 format)

August 18, 2007
In The News:

Updates from the Nikonians Academy.

Other Nikonians News:
One last seat for Group 1 of this year's ANPAT!!

All About the Cameras!
Nikon: D3 and D300.

Canon: 40d and 1Ds Mark III

Sony: 12MP sensor

Fujifilm: S5Pro review

Forum of the Week:
Next Podcast is Listener's Choice! Email me your favorite forum!

Jessica's Choice Photo:
Young Buck.

Questions, Comments, Announcements?
Email Jessica at, or drop us a line in the Podcast Feedback forum!

Posted by odle2 at 6:00 PM

August 23, 2007

Nikon Announces D3 and D300

It's official. Nikon's long awaited announcement of significant developments in their DSLR line-up has been confirmed at a press conference in Japan. The new cameras will be the new 12.1 effective megapixel Nikon D3 featuring an FX-format CMOS sensor, measuring 23.9 x 36mm (nearly identical to the size of 35mm film) and the DX-format 12.3 effective megapixel Nikon D300.

Not satisfied with just the release of the two new DSLR's, Nikon also introduced two high-speed lenses: the AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED and the AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED, designed for use with either of Nikon's FX and DX format digital SLR cameras.
They also unveiled three new Super-Telephoto lenses featuring Nikon's VR II Vibration Reduction technology: AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8G ED VR, AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR, and AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR.

Posted by flashdeadline at 6:21 AM

August 22, 2007

Last call for the last seat at ANPAT

The 7th Annual Photo Adventure (ANPAT)at the Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, Wyoming has been sold out for some time now, yet we have found one last seat available in Group I - Single Room Occupancy (September 21 to September 28).

This ANPAT is the Nikonians Field Event of the Year. It is our chance to get out of the office to shoot, talk gear, talk shop, exchange tips and tricks and be inspired by fellow Nikonians and amazing scenics.
To take advantage of this opportunity, visit our special PhotoProShop order page for details.

Posted by flashdeadline at 8:25 PM

Houston---We have some Nikons

Astronauts aboard National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Space Shuttle missions will be taking pictures with recently ordered Nikon gear. The NASA order includes 76 Nikon D2XS digital single lens reflex cameras, 39 Nikkor lenses and 64 Speedlights.

If you are interested in space photography you may enjoy checking the official NASA Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth online collection of astronaut photographs of the Earth.
The site includes a listing of cameras used on previous missions.

Posted by flashdeadline at 8:25 AM

August 21, 2007

No Surprise - One Time Digital Cameras Are Awful

The Washington Post recently ran a comparison of one-time use digital cameras sold at CVS, RiteAid and Ritz Camera and found the devices to be awful, both in use and in the prints that resulted. Ritz appeared to have the best prints but had inconsistencies with providing a CD that would work across multiple computers.

Posted by covey22 at 5:46 PM

August 20, 2007

Finally: The Thom Hogan Fujiflm S5Pro Review

For our members who have been on the fence for a while, Thom finally publishes his much-awaited perspective on the Fujifilm S5Pro.

Posted by covey22 at 10:58 PM

The Curtain Rises Slowly: Sony's New 12MP APS-C Sensor

The curtain is beginning to rise slowly on potential Nikon announcements which have been stirring the pot on all the digital forums. Sony's announcement of a new 12MP APS-C sensor, capable of 10 FPS, matches one of the more reliable intelligence reports that the upcoming D300 will have a imager in that size.

Posted by covey22 at 7:44 PM

Tamron wins EISA top honors with consumer lens

The Tamron AF18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) (Model A18), has been selected as winner of the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) Photo Award - European Consumer Lens of the Year 2007-2008.

Tamron18-250.jpg Tamron's AF18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) has been of interest to our Nikonians community in our 3rd Party Lenses forum for some time now.

A few months ago, Nikonian Michael Songer (songermj) delivered a quick mini-review.

The lens has now entered the Tamron record books for helping earn this award for the 9th time.

More information on the award and links to lens specifications are available at the European Tamron News site.

Posted by flashdeadline at 4:32 PM

Canon's Broadside - the new 40D and 1Ds Mk. III

Canon fired a serious broadside this week in the digital SLR wars. The Canon 40D 10MP is equipped with the dust-reduction system introduced on the Rebel XTi and a boosted 6.5 per second frame rate. But the heavy-hitting shell comes in the form of the updated 1Ds Mark III with a stunning 21MP full-frame sensor at 5fps equipped with dual DIGIC III processors to keep performance at peak. Canon states that they will sell the camera at the same prices as the Mark II model it replaces.

In addition, Canon introduced a new 14mm f2.8 prime with USM and two consumer EF-S lenses - an 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 and a 55-200mm f3.5-5.6, both equipped with a simplified version of Image Stabilization.

For previews on both cameras, please visit our colleagues at Imaging-Resource and LetsGoDigital.

Posted by covey22 at 3:10 PM

Weekly News from the Nikonians Academy

Toronto concludes, Africa beckons
From the mobile desk of Nikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen:
It's always nice to hear from our Nikonians who have had great results from attending our workshops, and the recent Toronto had their share. Now, with a full slate of North American cities on our calendar--- we're looking a full year ahead to an African photo safari adventure.

Winston Hall's workshops in Toronto last week were received with great reviews! I like to think that all of our instructors are top notch and are the best of the best, but our customers say it better than I ever could. Let me share a couple of emails we received yesterday:

Oliver writes - Hi Winston! That was a great weekend! The only other weekend that I will never forget is the one I spent with Nikon School of Photography ---a - way back in 1979! Your patience and willingness to share your knowledge is a great example of a true Nikonian! Thank you! - Oliver Kilayko.

Bruce writes - I could really kick myself for not signing up for Capture NX. However, I've taken some really bad photography courses--not from Nikonians--and I didn't want to commit to two courses with you without trying one out; boy, did I blow that. Thanks again and see you next year. - Bruce.

My instructors and I pride ourselves on taking the time to answer all questions and help you fully understand your gear. Winston, Carmine, Darryll and myself love what we do and can't wait to do more of it. Come by one of our workshops and see for yourself. You won't be disappointed.

Our upcoming workshops are scheduled for:
Indianapolis, IN September 6-9.
Raleigh, NC Sep 13-16.
Nashville, TN Sep 20-23.

At each of these, we'll be teaching D200, D80/D70, Capture NX and Nikon i-TTL Flash, CLS.

Finally, we are preparing an African photo safari adventure for November 11-23, 2008. We'll be photographing the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and at the private Arumeru River Lodge. All with private Land Rovers, professional wildlife guides, catered meals and great accommodations. Yes, it is a long ways off, but start planning now for the trip of a lifetime! We are limiting the size to 12 people. We'll have signup information and a detailed itinerary posted to our Academy home pages very soon. In the mean time, feel free to contact me about the safari if you have questions or would like to be placed on the waiting list:

From the Weekly Quick Tips Department:
If it's white- Push it

In just about every workshop I lead, someone invariably speaks up at the end of the day and says with exasperation, "Ugh. How do you remember all these settings!?" The answer is easy. All you have to do is create a camera checklist that depends on you pushing all the white buttons on your Nikon DSLR in a familiar pattern, moving from one side of the camera to the other. With time and practice you'll be doing it as fast as stepping into your car, putting on the seat belt, checking the mirror and turning on the ignition.

The quick way to remember each item on the checklist is to simply press each and every white-labeled button on the exterior of the camera. Pushing all the white buttons will quickly show you most of the important settings on your camera. I start with the lower left on the back of the camera and work my way around the top and front of the camera. Along the way, I can quickly see that (for instance) my ISO for that indoor shoot from last night won't work for the outdoor photos I plan on taking today. The same goes for White Balance settings, Shooting Modes, metering Modes, etc. etc. etc.

I share that checklist with Nikonians attending my workshops.

Posted by flashdeadline at 8:00 AM

August 18, 2007

Nikonians News Flash #59


This week's episode includes the weekly report from the Nikonians Academy, as well as information on ThinkTankPhoto's latest camera bag, and news from LetsGoDigital and Imaging Resource.

Download Nikonians News Flash #59 (NPC-NF-2007-08-18.mp3; 7:39; 7.0MB; MP3 format)

August 18, 2007
In The News:

Updates from the Nikonians Academy.

African Photography Safari...for more info, email Mike at

Nikonians and Rocky Nook launch.

LetsGo Digital's factory tours.

Imaging Resoruce's "How To Choose Your Second Lens".

The latest from ThinkTank!

From The Forums:
Ken is looking for work in Kentucky.

Forum of the Week:
Next Week is Listener's Choice! Email me your favorite forum!

Jessica's Choice Photo:
Sunrise over the Potomac.

Questions, Comments, Announcements?
Email Jessica at, or drop us a line in the Podcast Feedback forum!

Posted by odle2 at 6:32 PM

August 16, 2007

ID#47: The Image Doctors

Jason and Rick answer listener mail to give their thoughts on filters. Learn what types of filters are best for film and digital SLRs, when to use them, and why. Then the "doctors" try to answer the age-old question of whether or not you should post-process your images in the digital darkroom.

Download The Image Doctors #47 (NPC-ID-2007-08-16.mp3; 49:53; 17.5MB; MP3 format)

Show Notes: August 16, 2007

1:04 All about filters

24:35 Should you post-process your images?

45:28 Weekly Photo Prescription: Showing your photos

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Posted by drjay32 at 3:01 PM

August 15, 2007

NIkonians Partners With Rocky Nook for Nikonians Press Launch

In a joint statement, and Rocky Nook announced today they have joined forces to launch a new program of books for photographers geared toward both professionals and advanced amateurs.

The project, under the Nikonians Press banner, will mostly cover Nikon equipment and books in the series will go well beyond the scope of technical manuals. Written by experienced photographers, they will help photographers become better at producing high quality images more efficiently, and to achieve consistent results.

Posted by covey22 at 10:10 PM

"Change Up" Combination Bag from Think Tank

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Think Tank Photo has come up with yet another unique design for working pro shooters - the Change Up combination Beltpack and Shoulderbag.

Using a unique harness system, the bag serves as a beltpack that can hang to the front, rear or side. A unique chest harness system keeps the bag firmly in place and also allows vertical adjustments in non-standing positions. A quick change of the configuration turns it into a functional shoulderbag. Cameras as large as the Nikon D200 and Canon 5D (without optional grips) and one large-aperture telephoto and wide-angle lens each will fit nicely into the main compartment.

Posted by covey22 at 9:35 PM

August 14, 2007

Nikon UK Shutters Classifieds Section

Nikon UK has announced that they will be closing down their Classified Want/Sell section in order to standardize with the Global Nikon network. The section's last day of availability is Friday 17-August.

Posted by covey22 at 5:51 PM

August 13, 2007

Imaging-Resource: How To Choose Your Second Lens

The crew at Imaging-Resource have rolled out a very relevant article in light of the increasing number of new DSLR owners, entitled "How To Choose Your Second Lens."

Posted by covey22 at 5:41 AM

Toshiba Expands Laptop Battery Recall List

For our members using Toshiba laptops, yet another recall is underway; this time affecting Satellite A100, Satellite A105 and Tecra A7 units. Toshiba issued a warning earlier in June and a full-blown recall in July.

Posted by covey22 at 5:33 AM

LetsGoDigital: The Bogen, Manfrotto and Gitzo Factory Tours

Our colleagues at LetsGoDigital have a visual-rich report on their recent tour of some of the world's most popular camera support makers.

Posted by covey22 at 5:15 AM

August 12, 2007

Weekly News from the Nikonians Academy

Nikonian spreads the good word
From the mobile desk of Nikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen:
Our thanks to Nikonian John Enman (emcam) from British Columbia, Canada. John has been photographing weddings and special events for more than 35 years and he owns and operates Enman's Camera in Kamloops, BC. He's also been advising readers of the North Thompson Star-Journal on photographic topics, and he recently submitted an article describing lessons learned at a recent Nikonians Academy North America Workshop.

John once described the Nikon SB-800 Speedlight as a "dream come true" in our forums, and when he had the opportunity to attend Winston Hall's Master Nikon i-TTL Flash, CLS workshop in BC he went the extra step of sharing his experience with his readers. Thanks John.

Winston-Hall-150.jpg Check out Winston's Capture NX workshops

You may recall we promised you some Quick Tips from the instructor staff in last week's update. Thanks to John (emcam) we have a bunch of them faithfully recorded in his article.

Winston Hall's training expertise includes his popular Master Nikon Capture NX workshops, which are a fantastic way to get to know Nikon's premier image editing package. If you've ever wanted to fully understand how to incorporate NX into your digital workflow then this is the class to attend. We cover advanced topics such as color control points, gradients, masks, adding meta data as well as all the foundational topics like creating new steps, doing curves adjustments, saturation and hue. We spend the first part of the day getting oriented with the software package through hands-on tutorials and then spend the second part of the day digging in and really working on improving your photo editing technique. The last section of the day is reserved for you to work on your own photographs as the instructor helps you with specific image enhancement issues.

Our workshops in Toronto, Ontario classes in Canada are wrapping up this weekend and we've had a great turnout. Next up, we have available seats in our Indianapolis, Indiana workshops September 6th - 9th.

Winston Hall will be teaching D200, D80/D70, Capture NX and Nikon i-TTL Flash, CLS. After that, Winston will be in Raleigh, NC from 9/13-9/16. Sign up now at

Finally, I want to remind you about our newest location, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 25th - 28th. Carmine Picarello will be teaching four workshops there and will run a fantastic outdoor photography workshop on Friday. Using your Nikon D200 or D80/D70 SLR, he'll show you how to put all the book learning into real world use!

Posted by flashdeadline at 11:51 PM

August 11, 2007

Nikonians News Flash #58


Tune in for the weekly update from the Nikonians Community, including Nikonians Academy news, all the latest from Nikon, and news about new photography contests from Sigma and Wanderlust.

Download Nikonians News Flash #58 (NPC-NF-2007-08-11.mp3; 7:28; 6.9MB; MP3 format)

August 11, 2007

In The News:
Updates from the Nikonians Academy.

From Nikon:
Nikon D200 wins DIWA Platinum Award.

NASA wants Nikon!

Nikon UK and Wanderlust magazine's 12th Annual Travel Photography Contest.

Info about a new Nikon RGB imaging sensor.

In Other News:
Hoya succeeds in Pentax acquisition bid.

Sigma's Third Annual Photo Contest.

Forum of the Week:
Printers, Scanners & Color Management.

Jessica's Choice Photo:
Daughter's First Post.

Questions, Comments, Announcements?
Email Jessica at, or drop us a line in the Podcast Feedback forum!

Posted by odle2 at 6:00 PM

August 10, 2007

Quench Your Wanderlust with Nikon

Nikon UK and Wanderlust magazine have teamed up once again for the magazine's 12th running of their annual Travel Photography Contest. The stakes are very high - four finalists in the Amateur category will be jetted off to Australia on photographic commissions while the Professional category winner takes home GBP5000!

Posted by covey22 at 4:38 PM

Nikon's RGB Sensor Patent

Our colleagues at Imaging-Resource bring to light details of a Nikon RGB imaging sensor very similar to the Foveon X3.

The chip, initially patented in 2004, places the red-green-blue sensors side-by-side inside a microlens as opposed to stacking them vertically. As the article notes, none of this technology has made it into Nikon's current digital imaging systems, but it may be a glimpse of the future.

Posted by covey22 at 4:27 PM

August 9, 2007

Fulfill Your "Summer Dreams" with Sigma's Photo Contest

Sigma wants to make your "Summer Dreams" come true with their Third Annual Photo Contest. Winning entries depicting the best of summer themes stand to win one of the new 50-150mm f2.8 DC telephoto lenses and other prizes.

Posted by covey22 at 6:43 PM

Hoya Succeeds on Pentax Merger

Well-known optical products maker Hoya has finally succeeded in their bid to acquire Pentax. The cost was steep - Hoya will foot almost USD800 million and obtain 90% controlling interest. Hoya will seek to obtain the remaining stock in order to convert the long-time camera manufacturer into a wholly-owned subsidiary.

Posted by covey22 at 6:36 PM

August 8, 2007

Edit Your Way To Perfect Photos

If this group of researchers can perfect it, the days of layering, cloning and erasing imperfections such as unwanted subjects in your image may be numbered.

Posted by covey22 at 4:45 PM

August 7, 2007

Capture NX 1.2 Full Updater Released

A long-awaited point update for Capture NX has been released for Macintosh and Windows. The upgrade details include speed improvements and a variety of fixes to the interface.

Update 1: See the insightful comments by Jason O'Dell regarding the changes in this release.

Posted by covey22 at 5:30 PM

August 6, 2007

Weekly News from the Nikonians Academy

It's as Easy as 1-2-3.
Nikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen is often asked "How do I find a workshop coming to a a city near me?"
The answer is as easy as "1-2-3." All it takes is a quick visit to the Nikonians Academy home page, where you can not only find that nearby location, but also a listing by topics and scheduled dates.

NA-Screen.jpg Your answers are just a few clicks away

Once you've arrived at the Nikonians Academy home page you have a world of options.

Take a look to the left of your screen and you will see the "View Workshops" option, giving you the choice of finding all the information you need, arranged for your convenience.

As soon as you click the View Workshops section you will instantly see a listing on all topics available. Each of the topics listed provide instant links to dates, city areas and enrollment information.

You may recall from last week's Academy update that Mike promised advance information on the workshops in Philadelphia this October.

If you follow the "By city area" link you will not only find a complete listing of all cities on the schedule at the top of your page (each as a link) but also have the option of scrolling down in alphabetical order to Philadelphia.

There you will find that we have workshops scheduled from October 25 through October 28 in Master Your Nikon D200, Master Field Photography: Nikon D200 and D80, Master Capture NX and Master Nikon i-TTL Flash, CLS.

Stay tuned next week, when we will share a "Quick Hint" from one of our Nikonians Academy staff instructors.

Posted by flashdeadline at 1:09 PM

August 5, 2007

NASA Eyes Multiple D2Xs, Lens Purchase

Nikon continues to be one of the premier suppliers of digital equipment to the U.S. Space Program. A recent solicitation detailed by outlines the lot purchase of 28 Nikon D2XS bodies, 27 12-24mm DX lenses, 12 10.5mm DX fisheyes and 31 SB-800 Speedlights among other items.

Posted by covey22 at 8:43 PM

Nikon D200 Wins 2006 DIWA Platinum Award

Congratulations to Nikon - the D200 was recently selected as the 2006 DIWA Best Digital System Camera winner.

The DIWA citation noted: "The Nikon D200 outperforms most of its rivals, even those at a much higher price. The Nikon D200 is not only an extraordinary camera on paper. It also performs like a pro. Even our demanding DIWA test procedure was an easy match for the Nikon D200. The international group of DIWA experts found it to be one of the finest cameras ever made."

Posted by covey22 at 8:25 PM

August 4, 2007

Nikonians News Flash #57


Tune in for the weekly update from the Nikonians Community, including Nikonians Academy news, specials in the PhotoProShop, and the latest online photo assignments!

Download Nikonians News Flash #57 (NPC-NF-2007-08-04.mp3; 7:26; 6.9MB; MP3 format)

August 4, 2007:

In The News:
Updates from the Nikonians Academy.

From Nikon:
Lens production milestone.

Thailand scholarship program.

Check out the specials in the PhotoProShop!

From The Forums:
August's Online Photo Assignment is Norman Rockwell.

Calls for Nikonians and photo clubs in NY/NJ, Vermont, and SE Wisconsin.

Forum of the Week:
Filters & Lens Accessories.

Jessica's Choice Photo:
Whatcha looking at?

Questions, Comments, Announcements?
Email Jessica at, or drop us a line in the Podcast Feedback forum!

Posted by odle2 at 4:42 PM

August 3, 2007

Sony Recalling digital cameras

TOKYO. Sony is recalling 350,000 Cyber-Shot digital cameras because the casing bottom may peel and or warp, creating an edge that can scratch or cut the user's hands.

Posted by jrp at 7:38 AM

August 2, 2007

ID#46: The Image Doctors

This week, it's all about high-ISO shooting at the Image Doctors studios. Learn about the best way to get maximum image quality when pushing your Nikon DSLR to its upper sensitivities.

Download The Image Doctors #46 (NPC-ID-2007-08-02.mp3; 48:48; 17.1MB; MP3 format);/a>

Show Notes: August 2, 2007

1:15 High-ISO Shooting Techniques

44:36 Weekly Photo Prescription: High-Pass Sharpening

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Posted by drjay32 at 2:25 PM

August 1, 2007

100,000 Nikonians Celebration is near

Soon there will be 100,000 members in the Nikonians community. This milestone will be celebrated in a number of rewarding ways (soon to be announced) and the goal will be to recognize the backbone of our community. It is not just member One and Two (Bo and JRP) nor the new member who becomes the 100,000th to join. It will be everyone between them. We have started the celebration in advance with specials and an additional item with every single order that comes from a Nikonian at the PhotoProShop.

Posted by flashdeadline at 6:13 PM