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March 30, 2010

Look & Learn: Tamron On Tour

  Tamron_110.jpgOver 50 events across the USA: Tamron hits the road to enhance the picture-taking abilities and unleash the creative potential of photo enthusiasts from beginners to advanced shooters.

The series of two-day Extravaganzas are hosted by local Tamron dealers at 50 plus specified times and locations throughout the U.S. Each event includes Tamron's "Eleven Simple Secrets to Better Pictures" two-hour seminar prepared under the guidance of Tamron’s distinguished group of veteran pros including Andre Costantini, Ken Hubbard, and John VanSteenberg.

Admittance to the seminar is $24, and this includes a welcome package, refreshments, raffle chances and a coupon for $25 off a qualifying Tamron purchase. As well Tamron will be offering special pricing on their lenses to the participants.

To find out if the tour will come to a place near you, please check Tamron's events page for the schedule.

Posted by joef at 11:50 AM

March 25, 2010

Photo Exhibition in Fort Lauderdale

Steichen-img1-kl.jpgThe 'Museum of Art' in Fort Lauderdale has opened the 'Edward Steichen: In High Fashion, the Conde Nast years, 1923-1937' exhibition, showing a collection of Steichen images with models in fashion clothing.


Edward Steichen, one the most important fashion photographers in the industry, was born in Luxembourg and came to the U.S. when he was still a child. He became chief photographer for Conde Nast's two magazines 'Vogue' and 'Vanity Fair', where he worked until 1937.

The official Nikon History pages record Steichen's achievements in photography when he was "presented the Award for Photograph Promoting International Understanding to the winners of the Award for International Understanding through Photography (founded in 1957) which is given by the Photographic Society of America to brilliant photographic artists who worked hard to further international understanding through photographs.
Nikon presented the three-story pagoda of pure silver as a supplementary prize to a total of 11 winners, starting from the first winner Edward Steichen, the second winner Henri Cartier-Bresson, including Walt Disney (5th winner) and D. D. Duncan (6th winner). thru Alfred Eisenstaedt, the 11th winner in 1967."

At age 66, he became director of photography for the Museum of Modern Art in New York, where he put on more than 40 exhibitions. He died in 1973.

The Steichen exhibit runs through April 11, and will then be shown at 'The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art', Kansas City, MO from May 15 - July 25, 2010.

More information on Edward Steichen and the exhibition can be found at the pages of the 'Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography'.


Posted by joef at 3:39 PM

New correction modules from DxO

Logo_DxO-kl.jpgDxO Labs has released 70 new lens & camera combinations for its image enhancing software DxO Optics Pro.

Modules for the Nikon cameras D3000, D300S, D40, D5000, D60, D70, D70s and D90 were added to the library. It now has a total number of over 1,900 modules.

A list of all new combinations and all information about the software can be found at the webpage of DxO Labs.


Posted by joef at 1:03 PM

March 23, 2010

Second beta version of Lightroom 3 released

Logo_Lightroom-kl.jpgAdobe has released a new 'public beta version' of its Lightroom 3. It is available for free.

Based on the tester's feedback from 'public beta version 1' some new features, enhancements and tweaks have been added to Lightroom 3.

The overall speed of the 'Import' and 'Library' module have been increased, a fast 'Tethered Shooting.' An import and management of videos from DSLR cameras module has been added. The 'Slideshow' and 'Print' modules have also been improved.

You find all new features and the software download on the Adobe Lab pages.

Nikonians support Adobe developing Lightroom! Please give your feedback on the latest version in this thread.


Posted by joef at 3:37 PM

March 22, 2010

Topaz Adjust version 4

Topaz_Bundle.pngTopaz 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."

Topaz_Adjust-interface-800.pngOwners of version 3 may update free of charge, the new plugin costs $49.99 (USD). Silver, Gold and Platinum members get a 25% rebate on this software (and on all other products from Topaz). Just get it as usual at your Nikonians Rewards page.

If you want to test the software you can get a 30 day trial version at Topaz' homepage where you can also find all information on the plugin.

Posted by joef at 4:54 PM

Welcome aboard Tamron

Tamron_110.jpgWe are pleased to announce that Tamron has joined the 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 optics

Hendric Schneider, media & communications director said: "We are very proud having Tamron as a premium partner. Tamron is one of the big innovators in photography and our members will benefit in numerous ways from this long-term cooperation."

Tamron's decision to join as a corporate partner brings the knowledge and experience of one of the leading manufacturers of high-quality lenses for DSLR cameras to the community at numerous levels, ranging from forum discussions to contest prizes and advance product previews. Future plans for sharing of information and ideas will be announced soon.

Posted by flashdeadline at 1:05 PM

March 21, 2010

Nikonians News Flash #149


This week Ray passes along the latest photographic news relating to Nikon:
-Nikon's Instant rebates end soon
-Nikon's Learn and Explore-Closeup photography
-New Nikon mount Tamron 70-300
-GigiPan Epic Pro
-Wearable "Airstash"
-eZine 145 ready for download-"Nikonian in Space"
-Nikonians Rewards
-OnOne Plug-in Suite 5
-Nikonians Academy Instructor Michael Mariant
-Nikonians 10th Anniversary photo contest winners announced

Download Nikonians News Flash #149 (NPC-NF-2010-03-21.mp3;
4:54; 4.49MB; MP3 format)

Show notes
-Instant rebates end March 27th
-Nikon's Learn and Explore
-Tamron 70-300 VC
-GigaPan Epic Pro
-Wearable's Airstash
-eZine 45
-Nikonians Rewards
-New Corporate Sponsor
Michael-Mariant_150.jpg-onOne Plug-in Suite 5
-Michael Mariant and Nikonians workshop of a lifetime
-Nikonians 10th Anniversary photo contest winners

onOne $200 Discount

For information on local Nikonians Chapters email here

Contact Nikonians News Flash:

Thank you for joining me.

Your Nikonians podcaster Ray Valdovinos

Posted by rayvaldovinos at 7:49 PM

March 18, 2010

10th Anniversary Photo Contest first round winners announced

Tenth_88.jpgOur 10th Anniversary Photo Contest first round of judging and has been completed and we have a winner and two honorable mentions to congratulate. We have also revised (and expanded) the deadlines for the next two rounds of judging.

The first round winning entries cover the theme "What Nikonians means to me" and include examples of images created thanks to lessons learned from the community.
Tenth-First-Place.jpgFirst Place honors go to "A World of Fun" by member Jeff Meyers (jeffmeyers), from Missouri, USA Nikonian since 2006.
Jeff subtitled his winning entry: "The Nikonians community is a carnival of coolness!" It was taken with his Nikon D300, using an aperture of f/11 for an exposure lasting 1.5 seconds. The ISO was set to 200.

Jeff will be receiving as prizes:
- An AF 18-270mm/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD Aspherical (IF) Macro lens by Tamron
- One Nikonians Gold Membership for one year
- One Nikonians Academy Voucher for $179, applicable to any workshop within the next 12 months
- One Photo Pro Shop USA voucher for 10% discount on any purchase above $50 within the next 12 months.
- One Nikonians Annotate Expert software license

Our Two Honorary Mentions:

Tenth-HM-Crossroads.jpg"Crossroads of the Nikon Universe" by Mark Garbowski (mgarbowski), from New York, USA.

Mark has been a Nikonian since 2009 and the image was made with his Nikon D50 and AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED lens at ISO 400, on a tripod with aperture priority at f/8 and 1/4s shutter speed.

Tenth-HM-Geese.jpg "Geese in the Mist II" by Kelly Morris (Morris in MT), from Montana, USA.
He's been a member of the Nikonians community since 2007 and made the winning image with his Nikon D80; AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5 - 5.6G IF-ED lens at 195mm; F5.3; 1/1600 sec; ISO 800; +1 Exp Comp.

Both Honorary Mention winners will receive:
- One Nikonians Gold Membership for one year
- One Nikonians Academy Voucher for $179, applicable to any workshop within the next 12 months
- One Photo Pro Shop USA voucher for 10% discount on any purchase above $50 within the next 12 months.
- One Nikonians Annotate Expert software license

New expanded deadlines added
The next two rounds of judging include an extension to the original deadlines. As we came close to our first round deadline dates we heard from some members with technical difficulties getting their submissions registered on time. To benefit our members we have expanded the contest deadline dates to make sure everyone has a fair chance at our prizes. When you check on the 10th Anniversary Photo Contest Rules for all submission guidelines, you will now have new extended deadlines available.

The next two rounds:

II. Fellow Nikonians at Work
The winner will be our member who submits a photo that best expresses fellow Nikonians with their gear taking photos in environments or scenarios that have been made possible by their membership. This gallery is now open, and the eligibility dates have been updated to include March through April, 2010.

III. On the Nikonians Road
The winner will be our member who submits a photo that best expresses "Look at the places I have been to, inspired or directed by Nikonians" and "Places and pictures I could not have made without my fellow Nikonians." This gallery will open in May and will last through June, 2010.

You can follow the 10th Anniversary Contest Galleries here, and we will provide winner details in our News Blogs and Newsletter.

Posted by flashdeadline at 3:05 PM

ID#113: The Image Doctors

Jason returns from a week in the Everglades, and then the doctors answer the most frequently asked questions they receive.

Download The Image Doctors #113 (MP4 format)

  Show Notes: March 18, 2010
1:04 Everglades birding with Jason
10:36 Ask the Image Doctors: FAQs

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

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Posted by drjay32 at 6:00 AM

March 17, 2010

Nikon Image Authentication Updated to Version 1.1.1

Nikon has updated their Image Authentication software package to version 1.1.1; the most notable change is full compatibility with Windows 7 versions and 64-bit variants of the Vista operating system. Image authentication allows verification and non-repudiation of images captured on certain Nikon DSLRs and absolute determination if they had been edited in any way. The update can be found here. (Nikon USA Support)

Posted by covey22 at 1:05 PM

March 12, 2010

eZine 45 Cover story features Nikonian in Space

eZine45Crop_100.jpg The newest edition of The Nikonian, our official magazine is available for free download and features one of our own members describing the challenges (and benefits) of shooting images in space. Navy Captain Alan G. Poindexter (dex) will be leading Space Shuttle Mission STS-131 as the Mission Commander in April and he took time to share his space photography experience in this issue.

This latest edition of The Nikonian features:
►Nikonians African Safari Preview by Mike Hagen
►Best of Nikonians - 2009 Image Contest Winners
►Tamron AF17-50mm Review by Darrell Young
►Think Tank Hydrophobia 70-200 Review by Victor Newman and Martin Turner
►Nikonian to lead Space Shuttle Mission in April by Tom Boné
►New From Nikon
►Annotate Expert Released
►Good Locations iPhone App newest version available

Posted by flashdeadline at 6:18 PM

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Posted by covey22 at 2:13 PM

March 10, 2010

Jobo files for bankruptcy

Logo_Jobo-kl.jpgJobo AG and Jobo Labortechnik GmbH u. Co. KG filed for bankruptcy at the municipal court in Cologne,Germany last Friday.



The third generation family-run company, founded in 1923, is based in Gummersbach and "will get restarted very soon" according to CEO Johannes Bockemühl-Simon.

Jobo concentrated on the distribution of photo accessories after the strong growth of digital photography.


Posted by joef at 11:56 AM

March 9, 2010

Super performance by Tamron

Logo_Tamron-Thumb.jpgTamron today introduced its latest lens, the SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD (Model A005).

It features a new Tamron developed USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) motor and a Vibration Compensation (VC)  that enables the photographer to shoot at a shutter speed that is an extra four stops slower without having to worry about blurring.

Tamron_SPAF70-300mm_USD_VC.jpgThe lens, produced for the Nikon mount (Canon and Sony to follow) is made from specialized high-grade glass that has lower dispersive properties than standard LD lenses.

Tamron's USD works with the high-frequency ultrasonic vibrations that are produced by a ring. Energy from the vibrations is used to rotate an attached metallic ring. This is used to create a fast and smooth auto-focus drive.

Availability and pricing has not been officially announced yet. We'll will keep you updated on this.

You can find all details in the official press release by Tamron.


Posted by joef at 2:33 PM

March 7, 2010

Nikonians News Flash #148


This week Ray passes along the latest photographic news relating to Nikon:
-Nikon instant rebates being offered
-Still image quality will be number one priority for Nikon
-"I am Nikon" campaign
-New Super Coolpix may be coming soon
-Wacom releases Cintiq 21UX
-Topaz Labs releases version 4
-Sanho announces "Hyperdrive Album"
-Apple releases Aperture 3 update
-Earn Nikonians membership discounts
-Nikonians Rewards
-Photos from Atlanta Area Nikonians

Download Nikonians News Flash #148 (NPC-NF-2010-03-07.mp3;
3:50; 3.51MB; MP3 format)

Nikon Instant Rebates

Still image quality a priority for Nikon

"I am Nikon"

Wacom Cintiq 21UX

Topaz Labs version 4

Sanho Hyperdrive

Aperture update 3.0.1

Nikonians membership bonuses

Nikonians Rewards

Atlanta Area Nikonians meet-up:

For information on local Nikonians Chapters email here

Contact Nikonians News Flash:

Thank you for joining me.

Your Nikonians podcaster Ray Valdovinos

Posted by rayvaldovinos at 2:37 PM

March 4, 2010

New version of CorelDRAW Suite available

Logo_Corel.jpgThe exact name of the new compilation is CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5 and it is supposed to be qicker, more powerful and more flexible than its predecessor. According to Corel the bulk of the improvements were in response to requests from users. CorelDrawGSX5_150.jpg

The suite consists of Corel DRAW X5 (vector illustration and page layout), Corel PHOTO-PAINT X5 (image processing), Corel PowerTRACE X5 (bitmap-to-vector file conversion), Corel CAPTURE X5 (one-click screen capture utility) and Corel CONNECT (full-screen browser).

Along with new tools, simpler workflows and a new built-in Content Organizer it also brings more digital content with it: thousands of images, graphics and fonts.

The full version costs $489, the upgrade $189 (USD).

Full details and ordering information can be found here: CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5.


Posted by joef at 12:36 PM

Become your own boss -- Nikonians Rewards Benefit Alert

Logo_Zensario-kl.jpgWe would like to introduce you to an application that enables you to put your images online and to manage and distribute them: Zensario.ImagePool.

Zenzario.jpgThe big difference to the usual stock photography solutions is the fact, that you are your own boss: presentation, image management, image copyrights and prices are fully under your own control.

Zensario also has a unique automatic payment processing (PayPal, credit cards) with no additional cost.

The application price starts at $90 per month. Silver, Gold and Platinum members can test is for free and save $50 when buying it.  Just get the rebate code from your Rewards Page.

See how Zensario.ImagePool works in this demo movie.


Posted by joef at 8:00 AM

ID#112: The Image Doctors

Jason & Rick have received their Nikon 16-35mm f/4 G zoom lenses and give their initial impressions in a FX-format super-wide shootout!  Also in this episode, we introduce "The Back Story," where the doctors give the behind the scenes details of some of their favorite images.

Download The Image Doctors #112 (NPC-ID-2010-03-04.m4a MP4 format)

  Show Notes: March 4, 2010
0:00 Introducing The Image Doctors microsite and blog:
04:18 16-35mm f/4 AFS VR G lens hands-on review

The Back Story


Photo Prescription: Avoiding vignetting with wide-angle lenses

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

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Posted by drjay32 at 6:00 AM

March 3, 2010

Earn membership months by inviting friends to Nikonians

Spread the news about the Nikonians community and earn one additional month on your membership for each friend that signs up. After you have logged in, just click the "My User Menu" link top right corner and select the tab "Invitations". Now invite friends to join Nikonians. Each one of them gets a 5% discount on their membership and you get one additional month for each one of them signing up. Start inviting friends now :-)

Posted by bgs at 6:27 PM

Nikonians Rewards Benefit Update

Rewards-Alert_100.jpgCheck your Nikonians Rewards Page!
Silver, Gold and Platinum members have a new discount source on PHOTORECOVERY® software and extra savings potential from LaserSoft Imaging available through their personal Nikonians Rewards coupons and vouchers section.

Photo-Recovery_250.jpgRecover "once in a lifetime" moments thought to be lost forever!
If you are looking for an easy-to-use application for recovering images, movies and sound files from all types of Digital Media, PHOTORECOVERY® by LC Technology offers a 15% discount on their data recovery software.
This offer is extended to all Silver, Gold and Platinum Members through the special voucher code and coupon available through your Nikonians Rewards Page.
With this software, you simply insert your digital media into the reader and run PHOTORECOVERY® on the media and then save the pictures off to another location.
PHOTORECOVERY® also recovers documents, spreadsheets, text files and many more!
It will allow you to create a backup image of your card and allow recovery from your backup image as well as other card image formats! The software supports both Mac and PC platforms.

LaserSoft_250.jpgLaserSoft Imaging is providing Nikonians Rewards vouchers for discounts of up to 25% on their products.
Check your Nikonians Rewards page for the LaserSoft discount vouchers, and make sure you scroll down if you are a Gold or Platinum member.
The discount vouchers are different for each level. Silver members get a 10% discount, while Gold members receive 15% off and Platinum members top off at 25% in savings.
By scrolling down on the Nikonians Rewards page you will find the correct voucher numbers based on your membership level.
LaserSoft Imaging is the developer of scanning and image processing software SilverFast and the SilverFast Archive Suite. The product range includes software for scanners, digital cameras, printers and HDR image processing.
The SilverFast Archive Suite bundles two programs: SilverFast Ai IT8 Studio and SilverFast HDR Studio.

Bookmark your Nikonians Rewards Page
We are updating the available discounts often, so make sure you check in here regularly as not to miss out on the great deals available.
We have partnered with several vendors to provide our Silver, Gold and Platinum members with significant rebates on high quality products and services.
If you are not a Silver member or higher yet, you can upgrade for as little as $25 USD per year (less than 7 cents per day).

Posted by flashdeadline at 5:41 PM

March 1, 2010

64GB Flash Card from SanDisk

logo_Sandisk.gifSanDisk 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_ultra_sdxc_64gb.jpgThe flash card costs $349.99 and can be bought at the online shop of SanDisk. For more technical information you may want to have a look at the official press release.

Before you buy the card, please make sure your camera can handle the SDXC format!


Posted by joef at 11:10 AM