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December 30, 2010

Put Epson to work preparing your discs

Logo_Epson.gifEpson, 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.

Posted by flashdeadline at 4:45 PM

December 26, 2010

Nikonians News Flash #166


This week is part one of a two-part interview with Darrell Young. "Digital Darrell" discusses the
-Darrell's thoughts on the new Nikkor lenses-aren't the old lenses good enough?
-FX vs DX

Download Nikonians News Flash #166 (NPC-NF-2010-12-26.mp3;
14:20; 13.1MB; MP3 format)

Darrell-Young-outdoors.jpgShow Notes for 12/26/2010

Part one of a two-part interview with author, photographer and photo equipment analyst Darrell Young

Darrell relates his own experiences and thoughts on the newest Nikkon DSLR the D7000

Darrell gives us his thoughts on the newest Nikkor lens releases

Next week Darrell talks about his book Mastering the Nikon D300/D300s and his current project Mastering the D7000. We also discuss Nikkor lenses vs less costly third party lenses and what makes one Nikkor better than another. Prime lenses vs zooms is also discussed.

Contact Darrell:
Facebook & Twitter: DigitalDarrell

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 3:33 PM

December 23, 2010

The Image Doctors #132

Jason shot the lunar eclipse, Rick did HDR in California, and we have special guest Tony Sweet with a special announcement!


Download The Image Doctors #132 (MP4 format)

Show Notes: December 23, 2010
News and announcements: Nikon Coolpix P7000 firmware update.
Jason's Lunar Eclipse Photos (click to view photos)
Interview with Tony Sweet (New eBook from Tony and Jason!)
Photo Prescription: View your HDR at 100% before you save it!

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

Learn more about the Image Doctors photography podcast at
Get your Image Doctors gear at our online shop.

[iTunes] Subscribe to the Image Doctors directly in iTunes.
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Posted by drjay32 at 6:00 AM

B&H stocks the Nikon D7000

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.


Continental USA customers will appreciate the free shipping bonus.

Many members have already found sources for the D7000, including Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) who is currently preparing the latest NikoniansPress/Rocky Nook book in the "Mastering" series:
Mastering the Nikon D7000

His first impressions review on the camera, making comparisons to the Nikon D300S, is featured in the current edition of The Nikonian eZine, available for free download (starts on page 25).

Posted by flashdeadline at 5:11 AM

December 14, 2010

Coolpix P7000 Firmware Update Version 1.1

Nikon has released Firmware Version 1.1 update for the flagship Coolpix P7000 camera. (Nikon UK Europe for now - Windows and Macintosh)

The technical notes on the update include:

  • Total image recording times for NRW (RAW) files have been reduced. This includes image recording times for NRW+JPEG file recording options
  • Lens control has been optimised to reduce the frequency with which the “Initializing lens. Cannot focus.” message is displayed.
  • An issue that, in some rare cases, prevented zoom operation has been resolved.
  • An issue that caused the monitor display to exhibit a loss of detail in highlights (blown highlights) when the shutter-release button was pressed halfway with Active D-Lighting enabled has been resolved.

Posted by covey22 at 4:11 PM

December 13, 2010

Give a membership as a gift

You can give another Nikonian a membership as a gift. Make sure you know the members' username and then select "Give membership as a gift" in your user menu.

You can select between a Silver, Gold or Platinum membership and the receiving Nikonian will directly be upgraded to the level you selected - or will have his/her membership extended if you selected the same level as the member already has.

If you want to make the gift anonymously, you just go through the payment procedure without sending a message to the person afterwards. If you want to make sure the person knows who sent the gift, then you will have the chance to send a private message to the member after you paid.

Posted by bgs at 8:44 AM

December 11, 2010

Nikonians News Flash #165


This week Ray passes along the latest photographic news relating to Nikon and Nikonians:
-Hot spots reported in D7000 videos
-CNET chooses D7000 Editor's Choice
-Tamron's new 18-270 "Do it all lens"
-Nikonian Pamela Stickney wins new Tamron lens from Nikonians
-Extra Extra read all about it!! Nikonians eZine The Nikonian ready for download
-Phase One's Capture One version six
-Apple Aperture 3.1.1
-Shop Nikonians Photo Pro Shop and Rewards center for your Christmas and Holiday gifts

Download Nikonians News Flash #165 (NPC-NF-2010-12-12.mp3;
3:40; 3.45MB; MP3 format)

Show Notes for 12/12/2010
D7000 Hot Spots
CNET picks D7000 Editor's Choice- see video
Tamron's new Travel lens
Pamela Stickney wins new Tamron 70-300
New eZine ready to download
PhaseOne Capture One version six
onOne Photo Suite 5.5
Apple Aperture 3.3.1
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 2:43 PM

December 10, 2010

New issue of THE NIKONIAN now available

CU-Lens_110.jpgThe newest edition of The Nikonian, our official magazine is available for free download featuring our 10th ANPAT Showcase and a hands-on comparison review of the Nikon D7000 and D300S.

Here's a look at the eZine #48 Contents Page:

● 10th Anniversary Editorial
● Membership Benefits
● 10th Annual Nikonians Photo Adventure Trip Showcase
● Nikon D7000 DSLR Review by Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell)
● NIKKOR 24-120mm f4G ED VR AF-S Review by Jerry Burnell (Jerry Burnell)
● Nikonians Academy Europe lessons learned and a peek at 2011
● Holiday shopping at the Photo Pro Shops
● Calendar

Our cover shot was taken by Gold member John Furlan (jlf), of California, USA. He calls it “Lake Crescent and Pier.” He used his Nikon D700 with PC-E NIKKOR 24mm f/3.5D ED lens at an f/9 aperture and 30 second shutter speed. The ISO was 200. A 3-stop hard graduated neutral density filter was placed along the lake’s edge with a 6-stop B+W ND filter to smooth the lake and clouds with the 30 second exposure time. Congratulations go to John, who also earned an Epson Stylus Photo R2880 Ink Jet Printer for making our cover.

Download your free issue today!

Posted by flashdeadline at 10:22 AM

December 9, 2010

The Image Doctors #131

Jason and Rick celebrate the 5th anniversary of The Image Doctors!


Download The Image Doctors #131 (MP4 format)

Show Notes: December 9, 2010
Shooting at the Colorado Mining Museum
Portraits for Homes for Our Troops
Using Vertical Grips
Photo Assignment: Manual Exposure Mode.

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

Learn more about the Image Doctors photography podcast at
Get your Image Doctors gear at our online shop.

[iTunes] Subscribe to the Image Doctors directly in iTunes.
[RSS] Add the Image Doctors feed to your RSS aggregator and have the show delivered automatically to you.
[Vote] Vote for us on Podcast Alley!

Posted by drjay32 at 6:00 AM

December 3, 2010

Nikon Acknowledges Hot-Pixels Issue with D7000

Nikon has acknowledged the existence of the hot-pixels issue on the D7000 and promises a fix shortly. (Translation via TruPhotos)

"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.”

Posted by covey22 at 3:55 PM

December 2, 2010

Perfect photos made easy with new software suite

onOne_90.jpgonOne Software, makers of award-winning plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom & Apple Aperture have released Perfect Photo Suite 5.5.

New in Perfect Photo Suite 5.5 is the next generation of Genuine Fractals now called Perfect Resize, with improved resizing controls and gallery wrap feature, new resizing algorithm, and more.

Perfect Photo Suite 5.5 also features the all new Perfect Layers for adding a layered workflow for Lightroom and Aperture, and exciting new effects and frames in PhotoTools and PhotoFrame.

Check out the video guided tour for demonstrations of these tools in use:

All of the products in the Perfect Photo Suite 5.5 will work as plug-ins for Photoshop, Lightroom, and Aperture. But now, for the first time, five of the seven products in the Perfect Photo Suite will work as standalone applications, giving you the ultimate work-flow flexibility.

Only PhotoTools and Mask Pro will require Photoshop.

The new Perfect Photo Suite 5.5 is available immediately to owners of Plug-In Suite 5 as a free upgrade.
New users may purchase Perfect Photo Suite 5.5 for $499.95 (USD). Purchased separately the products would normally cost $1,460.
Existing owners of Plug-In Suite version 1, 2, 3 or 4 can upgrade to the Perfect Photo Suite 5.5 for $199.95. Customers who own one or more of the products in Perfect Photo Suite 5.5 can now upgrade as well by visiting

Posted by flashdeadline at 2:58 PM

Nikonians Academy Europe announces new workshops and new schedule for 2011

As part of an ongoing program of development and expansion to meet the needs of the Nikonians community, Nikonians Academy Europe has introduced two exciting new workshop titles. They are also responding to growing demand for existing workshops by scheduling a whole series of dates in early 2011.

Launched in August, Nikonians Academy Europe has already established itself as one of the foremost providers of Nikon training workshops in the UK and Benelux countries.

Coming Soon:
Master your Nikon DSLR Essentials

If you have had your Nikon DSLR for some time or even if you are new to digital; whether your camera is bang up-to-date or is one of the previous generation models, this workshop covers the fundamentals that you should know to get the most out of your equipment. This is a useful steppingstone to the more advanced camera-specific workshops.
Workshop dates:
12 February 2011, Slough, Berks UK
06 March 2011, Utrecht, NL

Master Nikon Capture NX2
Nikon_Capture_NX_2-kl.jpgLearn how to use Nikonʼs premier photo processing software to get the very most out of your images on this one-day workshop. We'll use Capture and learn how to utilize it to its full capacity. We'll also learn how it should be integrated with Photoshop and where Capture NX2 fits in your digital workflow.
Workshop dates:
23 January 2011, Utrecht, NL
05 February 2011, Antwerp, BE
26 February 2011, Elstree, Herts UK
06 March 2011, Manchester, UK
13 March 2011, London Kensington, UK

2011 Schedule

Academy-square-logo_75.jpgThe “Master your Nikon D300/D300s In Depth”, “Master your Nikon i-TTL Wireless Flash,CLS” and “Master your Nikon D700 & D3/D3s/D3x In Depth” workshops have been very well received by the Nikonians community over the last few months. To satisfy the ongoing demand, we have scheduled dates in the first quarter of 2011 at the most popular venues. For a complete listing of all the new dates go to the Nikonians Academy Europe website and click on the workshop that interests you most.

We have had some very good feedback from members who have taken part in our workshops so far:

“I wanted to achieve the confidence that I am getting the most from my camera. You managed to exceed my expectations.” — Mr. C. Allcorn

“Very well laid out course, clearly taught, Instructor very helpful with tips and comments.” — Mr. F. Badini

“I found the day to be a valuable experience and I learned a lot. I am much more confident now about setting up my flash system. I thoroughly enjoyed the day.” — Ms. C. Boulton

About Nikonians Academy Workshops
▪ Exclusive to Nikonians Members
▪ Practical, hands-on training
▪ Interactive - free to ask questions
▪ Comprehensive and in-depth learning experience
▪ Small group sizes; maximum of 15 members
▪ Instructors workshop presentation material provided F.O.C.
▪ High quality Instructors - friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and inspiring
▪ All workshops cost EUR 150 - Incredible value for money!
Workshops Topics Include
Master your Nikon D300/D300s In Depth
Master your Nikon D700 & D3/D3s/D3x In Depth
Master your Nikon i-TTL Wireless Flash, CLS
Master your Nikon DSLR Essentials
Master Nikon Capture NX2
Further workshop titles to be announced over the next few months.

How do I book a place on one of the Nikonians Academy Workshops?
To take part in one of our workshops could not be easier. Go to our website; and just click on the workshop topic name to see the details and to confirm that it is the right workshop for you. At the bottom of that page you will see a list of all of the City Areas and the dates where and when the workshops will be held. Just click on the “Buy Now” button next to the workshop that suits you best and you will be taken, step-by-step, through the booking process. That’s it! As simple as that!

Posted by flashdeadline at 8:15 AM

December 1, 2010

Texas Nikonian comments on lens review-- and gets it for free

Tamron_110.jpgCongratulations 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.

Pamela_120.jpgPamela, of Texas USA, commented on the review with a short note mentioning "Selecting the correct lens for a camera is getting harder and harder to accomplish for those of us who are not professionals."

The review by Nikonians News Editor Armando Heredia (Covey22) drew over 100 comments and the Nikonians Editorial department randomly selected one of the submitting members to receive the lens absolutely free.

This particular Lens Giveaway was sponsored by Tamron USA, and could only be offered to our USA members.

For our many Nikonians members in Europe and other countries you are not forgotten or ignored. Your turn for a similar offer will be coming soon.

Posted by flashdeadline at 5:48 PM

Easier to link images from galleries

Now an improved syntax to include images from the Nikonians galleries in any forum post is available. Just enter "[imglink:n]" while posting, where "n" is the ID of the image you want to include, e.g. [imglink:275173] to include the fancy group-shot of the ANPAT 10 group. The included images are clickable and shows the large-scale detail view of the image.

If you are unsure about a certain image's ID, just open the image in the galleries so you see the detail view of it, e.g. for the "ANPAT 10 wild bunch" it would be this page. Below the image a new field "For forum post" is shown. Just copy & paste that info into your post and you're done.

We will roll-out further forum enhancements in the coming weeks, among others an improved "editor" for posting and replying in the forums.

Posted by bgs at 11:35 AM