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January 11, 2019

New functionality for Nikon Z cameras

Screenshot_Selection_153.pngDuring the CES-show 2019 in Las Vegas, Nikon has mentioned they will add additional features to their new cameras.

The cameras will get AF tracking, supporting CFexpress cards plus be capable of storing ProRes RAW using Atomos Ninja V. The upcoming filmmakers kit and will bundle the Atomos Ninja V.

Posted by bgs at 3:48 PM

December 4, 2018

Nikon hits 110 million Nikkor lenses

nikkor-z-24-70-f4-110.pngNikon recently announced they've reached a total production volume of 110 million Nikkor F and Z lenses since they started with the F line back in 1959. Congratulations!

Posted by bgs at 11:20 AM

July 11, 2017

Nikon announces newest 70-300mm zoom


Here are some of the topics and news items we're tracking for our community this week. --- Members react to new Nikkor 70-300 - Wide angle choices for DX on a trip - Airline camera carry-on bans easing up--- PLUS more....

1 - Nikon unveils newest 70-300mm zoom

Nikon has announced the newest version of their popular 70-300mm telephoto zoom, this time adding Stepping Motor Technology, making it "Nikon's first full-frame AF-P lens." 

This AF-P technology brings a promise of very quiet and fast autofocus but also takes a step back on the backward compatibility scale.

Our members are already reacting, with some seeking clearer explanations on the compatibility issue:
• The recent trend has been to introduce new lenses that are not fully compatible with recent bodies, e.g. D7100 and many FX bodies.
• This new lens is not compatible with any camera that I currently own. I understand that Nikon needs to innovate, but I hope this is not an indication that all (or most) new lenses will not be usable with my cameras.
• Perhaps the silver lining is that the "old" 70-300 AFS-VR will become a bargain in the near future.

Follow the discussion to see how this lens is doing on the "announcement of release" speculation. We are already getting responses indicating added compatibility for certain cameras once a firmware upgrade is applied.

The AF-P NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR lens will have a suggested retail price (SRP) of $699.95 USD and availability will be announced at a later date.

2 - Step by step to perfection
It took a small horse to help solve a big problem for Candi Foltz (CandisCamera) from Florida, USA. While trying to nail some good images of a pony, she was running into exposure extremes. Our members have responded by giving her some valuable advice that could be of help to many others.

The discussion has touched on Auto ISO, center-weighted metering and exposure compensation.
Here's a sample:
• The  matrix meter will "think" that a subject in shadow is not really the main subject. This has nothing to do with Auto ISO - if you had been using a fixed ISO, you'd have gotten the same results, as long as you were using matrix meter.
• It's not that the camera can't change ISO fast enough. Auto ISO does not correct the exposure. Any of the automated modes - Aperture, Shutter, or Auto ISO - would produce the same result.
• If the horse is in the shade and you expose it properly the background will be overexposed. But I have a feeling you don't want that.
So, if you don't have a strong flash or other lights I guess, it would be best, to just position yourself in such a way, that the horse will be on the light (and not in the shade) when you shoot it.

Take a look at the advice she has received so far, and if you have experience capturing images of fast moving animals under harsh lighting conditions, add your opinions.

3 - Celebrate Nikon's 100th with Berger Bros.
Berger Bros. is now taking orders on all 100th Anniversary Nikon gear and will give Nikonians priority and free shipping (continental USA).

The gear includes:
• Nikon D500 and D5 flagship DSLR camera commemorative editions.
• 100th Anniversary AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR telephoto zoom lens
• Triple lens set of the wide-angle AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED, the normal 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR, and the telephoto 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR.
• Commemorative editions of three Nikon binoculars.

These may be a good investment for future appreciation. To take advantage of this special Nikonians offer, contact Brad Berger 516-816-4921 or

4 - Profiled: Tom Jacob (sevendayimages)
Moderating Team member Marsha Edmunds (meadowlark2) has posted her latest chapter in the Nikonians member profile "I am Nikonians" series of articles.
Her subject in this installment is Moderating Team member Tom Jacob (sevendayimages).

Marsha tells us:
Tom rejoined Nikonians after several years with a busy family and professional commitments.  He remembers receiving his first camera from his parents when he was about 12 years old, a Praktica MTL50 with 50 and 135mm Pentacon lenses, and Tom reports, "I was hooked from that moment on."

Tom lives in Spain five minutes from a big Nature Reserve which gives him plenty of shooting opportunities.

Check out the full article, and make sure you have a look at his gallery. It includes some of the best of his street photography and macro work.

4 -- This CheatSheet makes editing RAW files easy!
You know you should be shooting RAW files. But, you've always thought they were too hard to edit.
Well, this PhotoBert CheatSheet for Adobe Camera RAW (ACR) makes it easy.

Our extremely popular Adobe Camera Raw CheatSheet has been updated for V9+.
It walks you thru each option in ACR and contains everything you need to know to edit your RAW files like a pro.

We also have CheatSheets for Nikon and Canon DSLRs and most Speedlights, along with some great accessories.

Save 20% on our legendary CheatSheets; 10% on Helicon Photo Software and 5% on accessories.
Get the discount with this link.

5 -  Wide angle choices for D500
Gold member James Baker (Jamed600) from Illinois, USA considers himself primarily an FX-format shooter, but he's got a trip coming up and he's planning on using his D500 (DX-format) camera plus a carefully decided selection of lenses. That decision-making process has narrowed down to a choice of some wide-angle glass.

Here's a small portion of his question:
With a D500 now and an upcoming family vacation to Williamsburg ...  I am thinking about a lightweight kit- D500, Wide Angle DX zoom, 16-80 (pleased with this lens; possibly better than 24-120 f4 for FX) and Tamron 150-600 G2 or Nikon 300 PF + TC14 (it would be nice to have a backpack weighing less than 35 pounds).
...I've ruled out the new Nikon 8-15. I am not aware of a Tamron or Sigma DX lens that would be competitive but open to suggestions.

Can you match his needs with a lens you've been happy with under the same circumstances? If so, share your advice.

6 -- Care of Acrylic Filters - Avoid Ammonia
Nikonians Academy Director Eric Bowles has a timely warning for our members who are cleaning their lenses and filters during the summer months. In short: Avoid ammonia.

Here's Eric's tip:
We've had several posts about filter quality recently. In addition to glass filters, there are some companies that provide acrylic filters. In some cases, lenses are made with polycarbonate elements to lower cost and save weight.
If you have plastic or acrylic filters, be sure to stay away from any ammonia based cleaners - Windex or other glass cleaners, household ammonia, etc. Ammonia reacts with some types of acrylic and plastic causing fogging. It can't be reversed. So, avoid using Windex or any ammonia type cleaner on any acrylic surface.
If you are using rectangular filters - such as Cokin, Singh Ray, or Hi-Tech - it's important to use either water or alcohol based cleaners.
I can't speak to the impact of ammonia on coatings, but suspect some coatings may be fogged or develop a white film from ammonia. I'd use care. Also keep in mind that most filters do not have sealed edges - there is a small filter ring holding the element in place, and it might be possible for a liquid to work its way under this ring and into the coating if there is too much liquid used.
The damage from ammonia is not immediate. Normally it shows up after several cleanings - when it's too late.

Have you ruined a lens or filter with the wrong cleaning product? Tell us your story.

7 -- Shameful confession: he bought "that" camera
Gold member Jim Tubman (Tubman) from Alberta, Canada was not alarmed by some of the negative criticisms shared by our members of the Nikon D7500. In fact, he purchased one, and -- so far -- he's happy with his new camera.

Here's the introduction to his review:
 I have a shameful confession to make: I bought the much-maligned new Nikon D7500. (Gasps of horror! Men faint. Women scream.)
Yes, that one. The one with no AI index pin. The one that won't accept a grip. And most appalling of all, the one that does not have two card slots. I will bare my soul before all the world (or at least, the people who read this forum in Nikonians) and plead for your mercy and pity.
With the levity out of the way, I thought it might be of some interest as to why someone might actually find that model to be a good fit to their needs.

Jim goes on to describe (in detail) why this camera may not be popular with some existing D7xxx users, but a good option for many others looking to upgrade. Check it out.

8 -- Airline camera carry-on bans easing up
Moderating Team member Ned S. Levi (Ned_L) has an update on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) ban on electronic devices larger than a cellphone regarding airline flights from certain countries. Bottom-line: the restrictions are easing.

Ned tells us:
By next Wednesday, July 19, the ban will have been lifted at 8 of the 10 airports on which it was imposed. As of July 19, based on announcements made as of today, the ban will only stand at Saudi Arabia's two international airports with direct flights to the US. (Saudi Arabia has seven international airports.)

So far it appears that the UK electronics ban remains in place. From what I can tell it still is affecting direct flights to the UK from: Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.

Read Ned's full post for more details and if you have information that expands, or contradicts his research, let us know.  

That's it for this week. Make sure you grab your favorite camera and capture some images to share with family and friends (especially us at Nikonians). -- Tom Boné (flashdeadline)

Posted by flashdeadline at 11:48 PM

July 4, 2017

Summer release of New Nikon DSLR expected


Here are some of the topics and news items we're tracking for our community this week. ---
Members react to new Nikon D820 rumors- May contest congrats- $25K lens reviews a hoot--- PLUS more....

1 - Summer release of New Nikon DSLR expected

Our members have been discussing recent bargain prices on the Nikon D810, and the logical conclusion seems to point towards the next camera in the D8XX series. Now, the internet is buzzing with rumors of a D820 unveiling later this month. 

This discussion, started last month, starts to unravel the possibilities. 

A few sample comments:

•  I think it's time for an updated "800" series body and that is likely to be significantly better than the D800/D810. It should incorporate some of the improved focus and processing systems in the D5 and D500 and could be close to 50 MPX (if that is of interest).

•   I will be getting a D820 or whatever the next high-resolution camera is around that price point. Skipping a generation tends to work well and produce more significant updates. 

•  But I'm not going to jump to a 40+ mp D820 - I'll wait for the 40+ mp D830!

Have you been holding off for a generation jump in the D8XX series? If so, what features are you holding out for?  

One more thing--that image we're using of a "D820" - it's a Photoshop fake.  

2 - May Contest Congrats

Nikonians Contest Coordinator David Summers (dm1dave) has posted the results of the May contests.

Congratulations to our winners!

Special congratulations go to Kathy Cavallero (Cavy2) for taking first place honors in two categories.

Check our winning images legend below and scroll down for the names of the winners. Each photo title serves as a link, which will lead you to explanations behind some of the photographs and an overall look at the competition. 

Here are the winners of the May Contests:

1. -- Wildlife - "Interaction between animal species" theme winner Isaac Vaisman (ivaisman), from Florida, USA with his image titled Not this time.

2. -- Landscape - "Coastal Views" theme winner Darryl Hodson (skibreeze7) from Oregon, USA with his image titled Ecola Point at Sunset.

3. -- Macro - "Green" theme winner Roberta Davidson (birdied) from Louisiana, USA with her image titled My What Big Eyes You Have.

4. -- Travel - "Room with a View" theme winner Kathy Cavallero (Cavy2) from Pennsylvania, USA with her image titled Chillon Castle-Switzerland.

5. -- Digital Artistry -  "Lines" theme winner Kathy Cavallero (Cavy2) from Pennsylvania, USA with her image titled Heuchera.

6. -- Assignment -  "Street Photography" theme winner Dan Mitchell (danmitch) from England, The United Kingdom with an image from a series, capturing moments of quiet in busy places. .

Interested in submitting your photos?

If you want to participate, please be sure to enter one of the monthly competitions listed in David Summers' contest guide

The Online Photo Assignments category is coordinated by Rob Migliaccio (rmigliaccio) from Rhode Island, USA. You can check his recap of past assignments here

The current (July) assignment is "The Color White." 

Here is Rob's description:

It would follow of course that since last month's assignment was the color black, this month's assignment would be the color white. Like last month, my suggestion is to Google "the color white" to get a sense of this month's assignment. You will come up with a ton of ideas that are associated with this color - what it means, what it evokes, how it affects us, etc. Your job is to convert what the color means to you into a photograph. The assignment is easy, yet it will be hard.

3 - 100 more millimeters - worth it?

Silver member David Powell (DaveP142) from England, The United Kingdom is wondering if he should invest in a lens that hits the 300mm mark.

He already has a lens reaching 200mm and is looking to find out if that extra 100mm is worthwhile. 

Here's the question:

My "long" lens at the moment is the Nikkor 55 - 200mm. I've been feeling that a little more reach could be handy and looking at 70 - 300mm lenses.

It seems there are three contenders. According to online reviews:

The Nikon VR - Well built, popular, but, apparently, tragically soft at 300mm.

The Tamron SP Di VC USD. Cheaper, not quite so well made but a bit better optically - but I have come across reports that this too is less than satisfactory at 300mm

The Nikon AF-P DX. Thom Hogan reckons it's the best match for a 24MP camera although he apparently hasn't given it a full lab session. I wouldn't challenge his evaluation, but I personally think that f/6.3 at 300mm could be a problem for me.

I'm starting to think that just wanting an extra 100mm isn't such a good idea in practice as the whole point of the exercise would be to use the lens at 300mm.

I understand that I might see an improvement in image quality at 200mm and below but I'm not sure how much and by the sound of things I would end up "paying" for any improvement by having to take constant care to avoid using the dodgy focal lengths.

This is all based on stuff I found on line, and much of that was four or five years old. I'd appreciate some more up to date thoughts on the subject. 

Should have said: Intended use would be nature / landscape - no sports!

We've already had some enlightening responses, including positive comments on a 300mm prime option (instead of zoom).  Join the discussion if you have wrestled with the same problem as you added new gear.

4 - $25,999 lens? Why not?

Scrolling through the many news sources regarding our favorite camera gear, we sometimes run into unusual (and sometimes funny) tidbits.

This is one of those tidbits.

It's an expensive lens that has drawn very interesting reviews. In fact, the reviews are getting funnier with time. 

We're currently discussing the lens and those reviews which are gathering on a famous online shopping site. 

Here's a sample: 

•  I decided to try it out at a nature park near me to look at Saturn. I got some pretty good pics (seen in images) but I accidentally set off the built-in mini nuke launcher and destroyed the entire planet of Saturn! 

•  This lens is great as others have already mentioned so I won't get into that detail, but there is one major flaw with this listing. The lens cap is not included! 

•  I got this for the camera in my iPhone, works great. I took it with me to Vegas and was using it in the casino (I know, not supposed to use cameras in the casino, but I was discreet) I was actually able to read guys security code at an ATM in Detroit. 

And that's just a small sample-- wait till you read the one about the guy who uses this lens for a certain medical procedure. The links can be found here.

5 -  Upgrade decisions - ready for new computer?


Silver member Neal Nurmi (Wingman) from British Columbia, Canada is researching his next computer, and his question to our members has resulted in a number of insightful appraisals. If you are also considering a computer upgrade, this is a must read.

Here's a small portion of his question:

I'm planning a new computer to replace my aging machine. I know questions like this one get posted here a lot, but I would like some advice on this. It will be a Windows 7 machine.

I've been emailing with a builder who has a good reputation. He himself is a gamer and gaming is what he knows best, but he has worked with photographers and graphic artists as well and is well spoken of by photographers in his area. When I explained my needs to him (high megapixel cameras, HDR, image stacking and panoramas etc. but no gaming and no interest in video) he came up with this possible build: ----

Neal goes on to give specs, and our members are already weighing in with further advice.

Check it out, and feel free to share your opinion Neal's perfect upgrade.

6 - Bye-bye Lexar?

Our thanks to Silver member Colin H Frydrych (colin1957) from England, The United Kingdom for his heads up on some sad news for Lexar memory card fans.

It seems the entire line of Lexar cards and accessories may be headed for extinction. Our members quickly reacted to the news.

A clarification post by Nikonians Academy Director Eric Bowles sheds more light on the topic:

Micron - the parent - is doing well but Lexar and other consumer products are holding them back. Camera sales are down and most smart devices are shifting to cloud storage rather than SD cards.

Micron's new CEO was a co-founder of SandDisk and left SanDisk in 2016. He was named CEO of Micron in April 2017.

It's pretty obvious that the storage business is a concern. Toshiba announced they were getting rid of memory cards last year but just sold the unit to a group including Bain Capital in June. They - like Micron - reported financial results showing the weak unit was a "discontinued operation" - and that presentation boosts operating results and stock price of the parent. So, the timing is partly for accounting presentation. They will likely sell the brand and it will likely continue in some form. There is a big difference between closing the unit and announcing it is being discontinued with plans for sale.

Do you agree with Eric's assessment? Let us know.

7 - D5 time lapse - Pool table install

Silver member Linwood Ferguson (Ferguson) from Florida, USA shares an interesting time-lapse project condensing the steps involved in the assembly of a pool table.

Linwood shares the final product as well as some tech-specs:

I tried something completely different. We were getting a pool table installed, and I set the D5 up with the Intervalometer running at 10 second intervals, and got 1632 images. Put them together in Resolve to a video, and got about a minute worth of the install. 

Maybe this should go under video, but I didn't use the video feature.

Just for your amusement.

I limited it to HD (1080p) but you get really high resolution when you take stills and then make it into a video.  -- Linwood

If you have a similar project in mind and you want to gather some preparation notes, feel free to ask Linwood.

8 - D7500 memory card performance review

Nikonians Academy Director Eric Bowles (ericbowles) has posted a link to memory card performance specs from, along with his own assessment of the results.

Here's a brief sample of Eric's thoughts on the published performance specs: 

The bottom line is this confirms that the camera has a UHS-I SD card slot and gets no benefit from using newer, faster, and more expensive UHS-II cards. The SanDisk Extreme Pro 95 MB/s UHS-I cards are identified as the best value with write speed of around 80 MB/s. The fast UHS-II cards are no better in terms of write speed, but can be much faster using a USB 3.0 UHS-II card reader for downloads. 

The buffer on the D7500 is quite large, so the camera can shoot 14 bit RAW lossless compressed files at 6.5 fps and zip off the limit of 100 frames before stopping. It takes a while to clear the buffer if it fills - around 12-15 seconds with the fastest cards. 

Check Eric's full post for details and the link to the performance test. 


That's it for this week. Make sure you grab your favorite camera and capture some images to share with family and friends (especially us at Nikonians). -- Tom Boné (flashdeadline)

Posted by flashdeadline at 1:10 PM

June 28, 2017

Countdown to the Solar Eclipse


Here are some of the topics and news items we're tracking for our community this week. ---
USA Solar Eclipse less than two months away - What's your lemon test - Two cards a must? --- PLUS more....

1 -- Solar Eclipse creating gear and lodging shortages

Moderating Team member and Nikonians Academy Director Eric Bowles (ericbowles) has an update on filter availability for the upcoming Solar Eclipse event. In short, with less than two months to go, supply is having a hard time keeping up with demand.

Eric tells us: Thousand Oaks Optical is backordered on some of their solar filters. I just ordered a 77mm threaded filter, an 8-inch filter for use on my 600 f/4, and am backordered 4-6 weeks on a filter for my Tak FS-60. 

Eric's post is one of many eclipse-oriented discussions currently featured in our Astrophotography Forum

You can also check:

Solar filter for 400/2.8

100% solar eclipse

Nikon guide on how to photograph a solar eclipse 

More Solar Eclipse Questions

Lodging for total eclipse viewing...get it fast! 

2 -- What's your lemon test?

When you get your brand new camera, what do you do to quickly test it? Do you have a ritual series of actions that help assure you this particular model is not a lemon?

New member Brian Rose (kbobb) asks us what we prefer to use as our "new gear test" routines. He asks about a specific model, but this topic applies equally to most of our purchases:

Hi All,  Is there any special process you go through to check that all functions work properly on a new camera and images are appropriate both in camera and on the computer? Anything particular to Nikon, specifically the D750? I'd like to run through all functions before the return period expires.

Silver member Neal Nurmi (Wingman) responds with: 

This is actually an interesting question. All my cameras over the years have functioned as advertised, but these things have gotten so capable and so complex that a more systematic approach does make sense. It'll be interesting to see what sorts of replies you get to this.

Do you have a testing routine or do you just start shooting and wait for something weird to happen?

3 -- This CheatSheet makes editing RAW files easy!

You know you should be shooting RAW files. But, you've always thought they were too hard to edit.

Well, this PhotoBert CheatSheet for Adobe Camera RAW (ACR) makes it easy. 

Our extremely popular Adobe Camera Raw CheatSheet has been updated for V9+. 

It walks you thru each option in ACR and contains everything you need to know to edit your RAW files like a pro. We also have CheatSheets for Nikons and Canon DSLRs and most Speedlights, along with some great accessories. Save 20% on our legendary CheatSheets; 10% on Helicon Photo Software and 5% on accessories. 

Get the discount with this link. 

4 -- Can two cards save your day?

Gold member Jim Tubman (Tubman) from Alberta, Canada wonders whether any of our members have ever had a shooting session saved by dual card slots. When the chips are down -- Is two really better than one?

Here's the question:

One of the biggest and most repeated criticisms of the new D7500 is that, unlike the preceding models in that series, it does not have two card slots. So, who among you with a two-card camera has actually had one card fail and the other saved the day?

Hear me well: I am not passively-aggressively asserting that this has never happened. I had a card go wonky in my D5300 after I had shot my daughter's high school graduation (I could not write new pictures, but I could read all the ones I had taken). I just wonder if it is freakishly rare, or uncomfortably common. 

Have you had your day saved by that extra card slot? - Tell us what happened. 

5 -- Great Deals on new NIKKOR's

Berger Bros. is now taking orders for the three new lenses that were announced May 31st. Nikonians will get early allocation preference and free shipping (continental USA).

The lenses are: 

• AF-P DX NIKKOR 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR -- Manufacturer Suggest Retail price (MSRP) of $309.95 USD with availability in late June.

• AF-S Fisheye NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED -- Manufacturer Suggest Retail price (MSRP) of $1249.95 USD. 

• AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.4E ED --  Manufacturer Suggest Retail price (MSRP) of $1999.95 USD with availability in late June.

To take advantage of this special Nikonians offer, contact Brad Berger 516-816-4921 or -

6 -- Fix my sky

Moderating team member Gary Worrall (glxman) from South Australia pointed his camera up at a scenic image, but his result was the dreaded "blown sky."

Gary shows he's always ready to learn something new as he asks our members what they would do to fix the photo.

Here's the question:

Hi Guys, 
For the first time, I tried to get one of those "looking up to the canopy of the forest" shots. Whatever I did in LR with the blown-out sky, just went grey. Then had a play with HDR toning, (no Idea what I'm doing,) But I feel if I tone back the green and somehow squeeze some light blue in the sky, it will look OK?
Any way of fixing the sky? - Gary

If this looks like a problem you have solved in the past, feel free to show us how you made your corrections 

7 -- Gearing up for Alaska

Silver member M. Lange has a great trip coming up and he's asking for gear advice based on the location and his current inventory.

The cool part of this discussion is the number of our members who have posted images from the same destination.

Here's his situation:

I'm heading to Alaska (both cruise and inland tour), and planning to bring two bodies: a D5500 (which I like for its size) and my new D7500. I'll bring my 10-24 for landscape. I'll also want a telephoto for animals. My options are (a) carry both an 18-140 and a 70-300, and switch off as necessary; or (b) carry a 28-300. It would be great to not have to switch lenses, but if the image quality from the 18-140/70-300 combination is markedly better than that from the 28-300, I'm willing to. Would appreciate any thoughts.

Do you have advice (and Alaska pics) to share? Join the discussion.

8 -- The case of the missing images-Solved?

Silver member Jon Etkins (jetkins) from Texas, USA was trying to figure out what happened to some photos missing in his Lightroom.

It didn't take long before our members started leading him to a solid answer.

Jon described the problem: I've been using Lightroom for a couple of years now, and I just noticed that it appears to be hiding some of my images from me!  With All Photographs selected and filters disabled, it's only showing me 56,092 of my 56,178 photos. Any idea why it's decided to withhold 86 pictures, and how I can go about convincing it to cough them up again?

If this has happened to you, check the discussion for more tips on how to find those files.


That's it for this week. Make sure you grab your favorite camera and capture some images to share with family and friends (especially us at Nikonians). -- Tom Boné (flashdeadline)

Posted by flashdeadline at 1:05 AM

June 20, 2017

Fireworks - Tips, Tricks and more


Here are some of the topics and news items we're tracking for our community this week. ---
Time to share your favorite fireworks images, tips, techniques and tricks - Seven deadly photography sins - 32-bit bites dust--- PLUS more...

1 -- Fireworks - One of the Hottest Topics we share

We are fast approaching a significant increase in fireworks oriented photography, and this means we need to re-visit one of the most comprehensive posts on the topic. Our Café now has a link to the original post, along with an open invitation for our members to share their best images from last year, along with your descriptions of equipment used, techniques, tips and tricks that made them one of your favorites.

Here are just a few of the great tips we have already gathered:

• My tip is that when you are taking fireworks photos where the scene includes buildings that are important to the image, the exposure and focus must be coordinated to get the lighting on the buildings as well as the fireworks.

• Fireworks are bright, almost as intense as an afternoon sun, so your aperture should be set as if shooting during the day. The exception will be what you do with your shutter speed.

• Don't forget to photograph the amusing people and things that happen around you. If your children are with you, have them stand still while spinning some light sticks for some great effects.

There's plenty more advice available--Check it Out 

2 -- Think Tank Teams with SKB

Our friends at Think Tank Photo have just announced an exciting new partnership with hard-case manufacturer SKB.  Think Tank's designers have created internal divider sets, organizers, and a backpack designed specifically to fit within 10 SKB hard cases. 

There are times when you simply must use the airline gate-check procedure with your most precious photography equipment.  At moments like these, nothing will do a better job of protection than a hard case.  

But, one of the downsides of hard cases is that they are basically hard shells with not a lot of other features built into them. 

Think Tank's partnership with SKB solves this problem. 

The result is a perfect combination matching the best of a hard case with the best of internal organization.  Don't forget that with our special partnership with Think Tank that you receive free gear and free shipping when you order using our special link.  

3 -- Sounds easier than it looks

Silver member Robert Metheney (bobpilot) from Utah, USA has what seems to be a simple problem. He wants to change the background on an image from a dull white to pure white.

Bob quickly tells us he's not a Photoshop expert, and he's wondering if anyone has an easy to understand step-by-step guide that will help him solve the problem. 

Here's Bob's situation: 

I made a photograph of sunglasses for an acquaintance. He is trying to sell them and he wants a white a white background. Nothing artistic. The photo I made has an off-white background. I made the photo with the glasses on top of translum paper with a light above and below. 

We've already had a few members taking the original and transforming to the desired effect.

Check them out and see if you agree with the procedure. If not, show us your solution. Don't forget to explain how it was done.  

4 -- The Seven Deadly Sins in Photography - Part 1

Nikonians co-founder J. Ramón Palacios (jrp) has over 50 years of photography experience, nevertheless, he makes a review of the typical errors that he has committed and shares with us the solutions to improve our photography. His newest article is therefore a confession, an act of contrition and a fast mix of easy tips.

The author tells us:

There are seven days of the week, seven colors of the rainbow, seven notes on a musical scale, seven seas and seven continents in the world; seven branches for seven candles in the Menorah. On the lighter side, seven were the dwarfs chosen by Walt Disney's for Snow White. And just as there are seven deadly or cardinal sins that may prevent us to get to the seventh heaven, there are seven sins to avoid for good photography. I know because I have committed them all and even today I may occasionally forget to avoid. 

His article comes in multiple parts, and this edition explores the topic of subject centering. Here's a hint: Centering your subject in a frame tends to work against you.  

5 -- 32-Bit bites dust?

Nikonians Moderating team member Jonathan Kandel (JonK) sees a technological progression that spells doom for 32-bit apps.

He looked carefully at the preliminary results of a recent Apple Worldwide Developers Conference and noticed a trend.

Jon tells us:

The next operating system for the Mac, announced at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference ten days ago but given more prominence next consumer play over the past two days is interesting -- and ominous.

The new system, called High Sierra, will be a complete 64-bit system with a new file system (faster and more secure), better graphics and VR, and enhancements to Safari and Mail. The troubling item in that last sentence is the 64-bit system.

Recent operating systems have supported 64-bit apps and 32-bit apps. High Sierra will do the same when released this coming October. But starting in January 2018 it will be no longer support 32-bit apps. Here's what I think that means (so far, more thought and research is required):

• That's the end of Nik.

• Many other plug-in and standalone enhancement apps are 32-bit -- and some are from small companies or solo practitioners who may not have the resources to rewrite code to 64-bit.

• While the major Adobe apps are currently 64-bit, some of the support software -- the desktop app and the loader app -- are not. They will obviously be rewritten to 64-bit, but I wonder if Adobe will take this "opportunity" to have the new loader not handle the standalone CS6 suite and move all Adobe software to the subscription model.

• The Microsoft Office Suite -- Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook -- has not been updated since 2011. Given the Mac's place in the marketplace (7% or so) I wonder if Microsoft will invest the resources necessary to rewrite four major apps (and related support software).

There are a myriad of other apps that many of us use -- i.e., the Pocketwizard loader, Camranger, device drivers, etc. -- for which we need to be mindful. 

Do you agree with Jon's analysis? Join the conversation 

6 -- 17th ANPAT (Fall) bookings gather

Bookings are moving along for our 17th ANPAT in the Fall to Acadia and Coastal Maine.

This area is a photography paradise, with rugged coastlines, iconic lighthouses, and warm tones of the northern light.

The ANPAT is scheduled for October 7, 2017 (arrival) to October 14, 2017 (departure).

October is the best time to be there; exquisite colors abound, not just on the trees, but also on the ground, thanks to the berry plants characteristic of the northern areas. 

Your early booking is highly appreciated as it helps to make early deposits to keep arrangements and negotiated rates.

Practically everything you want to know about lodgings, itineraries, special arrangements and clothing suggestions are contained in our 17th ANPAT in the Fall FAQ's 

7 -- Best choices - Matrix, Spot, Manual?  

Silver member Gary Pack (GaryPk) is wondering what are using us as your favorite metering mode when shooting landscapes. 

He's looking at a specific style of photo:

If I am shooting two of the same landscape with one exposed for the sky and the other for the foreground due to high dynamic range, should I be using Spot Metering Mode? Thanks, Gary 

Here are two suggestions pointing in different directions:

• I'll let the landscape masters give you the best answer, but for me, I would use matrix. If you have a mix of clouds in the sky, your metering will depend on where you put the spot. With matrix, you would get a better "average" of the exposure value (in my thinking). I would also move the meter around the sky to see how much it varies. You can also check your histogram to get an idea of what the meter is telling you. 

• Since you are probably going to be shooting from a tripod with the head locked (to ensure the two images will correctly register) Spot should work well. You could focus on the foreground and use spot metering (which is normally slaved to the focus point) for the first exposure. Then move the focus point to the sky (without re-focusing) and take the second exposure. 

What metering mode would you suggest 

8 -- Your vote matters

Moderating Team member Dan Wiedbrauk (domer2760) is looking to add more votes to the month of May Digital Artistry contest results.

The theme was "Lines."

The instruction for those competing were simple:

Show us your digitally manipulated images of lines and objects in lines. Any photographic subject is acceptable so long as it meets the Nikonians terms of use. We want to see wall-worthy line abstracts, objects/people in lines, clothes lines, blurred movement lines, architectural lines, or any liney thing that tickles your fancy. Let your inner artist lead the way. 

For the longest time, we had a three-way tie, but now one image has picked up steam. It's still a close call, so Dan would appreciate your vote to help make the final decision. 


That's it for this week. Make sure you grab your favorite camera and capture some images to share with family and friends (especially us at Nikonians). -- Tom Boné (flashdeadline)

Posted by flashdeadline at 10:40 PM

June 13, 2017

D7500 Pro and Cons gather as camera ships


Here are some of the topics and news items we're tracking for our community this week. ---

D7500 cameras shipping as members share pros and cons, difficulties in photographing dogs, children and birds in flight, unintentional double exposure with a D810, travel camera decision may exclude Nikon --- PLUS more....

1 -- D7500 Pro and Cons gather as camera ships

Members are reporting the arrival of their brand new Nikon D7500 cameras.

Silver member Scott Ashley (scottashley) from Colorado, USA has been notified that his order is shipping, and our own Nikonians author Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) already received his D7500 from Berger Bros. Meanwhile, our member still "on the fence" are deliberating.

Darrell has started work on his new book on this camera and he has taken the extraordinary step of soliciting member input on the pros and cons.

If you are interested in seeing sample image gathered by Darrell check here.

If you are getting the new camera, keep in mind Darrell Young's Mastering the Nikon D7500 has already gone to the next stage of inviting our members to provide examples of photographs taken with the new camera for inclusion in the book.

This tradition of using Nikonian member images in these NikoniansPress books has been going on for many years. Your benefit is the chance to be published. All members who have a vertical image included in the book will receive a free copy of the book and be listed in a special Credits for Chapter Opening Images section with information on the tech specs (ISO, lens, aperture, shutter speed, shooting conditions, and a paragraph telling about the picture).

Details on the invitation can be found here.


2 -- Dog shooting is harder than ever?

Platinum member Iain Duncan (IainD) from Victoria, Australia has been dealing with two elusive subjects: children and dogs. He's looking for advice on equipment that would make his successful capture of these images easier.

Here's his description of the challenge:


I shoot events at our local dog club. Each event has an indoor session for puppies, often with child handlers. There is not much space and the lighting is poor.

Flash is necessary here. The dogs move fast and it is very difficult to get good shots, but sometimes I get some! I have a Nikon SB900, which tended to overheat and shut down sometimes after just a few shots, so I got a 910. Yesterday, at a fairly slow pace of shooting, about 1/3 of my shots had little or no flash. And that was the 910.

I use Eneloop batteries, and I thought I gave plenty of recycling time.

My question is: Is there a better flash for this type of event?

I have read mixed reviews of the Quantum flashes

They are expensive and some people find them poorly made.

What do you good strobists use for this type of situation? I would be grateful to hear!

Many thanks,


Have you dealt with similar challenges? What would you recommend?


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4 -- Nikon D810 unintentional double exposure

Moderating Team member Brian Wong (blw) has run into what looks like a double exposure recorded by his Nikon D810. Can you get a double exposure without planning for one with a digital camera?

Brian posted his image and give us the background:

I had my D810 doing interval shooting over the weekend, and I found this frame right in the middle of 460 other perfectly normal shots:

There was nothing unusual going on. The frames were a minute apart, and the parameters as seen in the EXIF are hardly anything too unusual.

This file, like all the rest, was recorded on a SanDisk Extreme 32GB CF card. It's not new, having served for several years in my D3x.

Initial thoughts leaned towards card read error, but Brian is not convinced.

Have you ever had this happen to you? Did you figure out a solution? Tell us your story--Better yet--If you still have it--share the image.


5 -- Great Deals on new NIKKOR's

Berger Bros. is now taking orders for the three new lenses that were announced May 31st. Nikonians will get early allocation preference and free shipping (continental USA).

The lenses are:

• AF-P DX NIKKOR 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR -- Manufacturer Suggest Retail price (MSRP) of $309.95 USD with availability in late June.

• AF-S Fisheye NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED -- Manufacturer Suggest Retail price (MSRP) of $1249.95 USD. 

• AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.4E ED --  Manufacturer Suggest Retail price (MSRP) of $1999.95 USD with availability in late June.

To take advantage of this special Nikonians offer, contact Brad Berger 516-816-4921 or -


6 -- Off to Europe with or without Nikon D810?

Silver member Scott Arden (sparden) from New York, USA has a trip to Europe planned and he's wondering if he should entertain the possibility of leaving his Nikon D810 home. He's leaning towards a well-known brand with a ZEISS 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 lens. Good idea?

Here's the question:

Greetings all!

I have a D810, 50mm 1.4, 24-70, 2.8 and 70-200mm 2.8. I am traveling to Europe shortly with my family (London, Paris, Amsterdam) for 10 days. I am beyond excited to take photographs, however lugging my equipment around has me less than. I have no intention of bringing the 70-200mm, but I would bring the two smaller lenses, a flash and a tripod. My shoulder/back hurts just thinking about it.

I also own a Sony RX 100 III which I do not use all that much. I am considering leaving my much beloved (though much bulkier) D810 at home and just bringing the small Sony. It has received very strong reviews but I feel on such a trip I should try to optimize the photos I take (not a professional, though if I get a great one I would consider blowing it up).

Any thoughts/suggestions here? I suppose I am looking for someone to convince me one way or the other.

Thanks all!


7 -- BIF equations - do they work?

Platinum member Richard J. Kish (Dickk) from England, The United Kingdom, has started a complex discussion on a difficult photography subject. He's trying to use sound math to solve difficulties of capturing images of an erratic bird in flight (BIF).

Here's the problem:


What are your opinions about a D5 being able to accurately track an object coming towards the camera at approx. 80ft/sec. With a shutter speed of 1/1600, my calculations show the subject moving 0.6inches during the open shutter. So, assuming the focus is spot-on when the shutter opens, I might expect a bit of blur because of the 0.6inch movement. But can I expect the focus to be spot-on when I hit the shutter release?

My subjects are flying puffins. (Incredibly exciting to attempt to capture in flight...but also incredibly frustrating). They're very erratic fliers, and difficult to keep focused, especially with a heavy wind blowing them/you/the camera around.

Are you a successful puffin BIF shooter? How do you handle it?


8 -- Lumens and lux - Research guide?

Silver member Marlin Collier (MS Photog) from Mississippi, USA is also having technical difficulties. He's looking for members who have experience with the topic of lumens and lux measurements.

Here's his dilemma:

I need help understanding how these items relate to each other. I have done some studio portrait work for years and always used a Honeywell strobe with modeling light I bought in the 1970's. This worked great for me in film days. I had so much trouble trying to use this with my D7000 because of no pc outlet. I bought an LED continuous light specified at 1000 watts equivalent. This works pretty well for portraits but is not quite powerful enough for the way I want to use it. I have been shopping for an improvement but have never done much research into how lumens and lux equate to exposure; therefore, when I get on B & H and Amazon I can't figure out what is what and what I need.

Can anyone recommend a good article on these lighting measurements? I have tried searching Nikonians but maybe I don't know what to write in the search box to find what I need.

We've had excellent suggestion so far, including one piece of hardware called Wein Safe-Sync.  Check the discussion and feel free to add your own suggestion.


That's it for this week. Make sure you grab your favorite camera and capture some images to share with family and friends (especially us at Nikonians). -- Tom Boné (flashdeadline)

Posted by flashdeadline at 11:33 PM

May 23, 2017

New camera, new book, new questions


Here are some of the topics and news items we're tracking for our community this week. ---

New book coming with member input weighed in, lens storage issues, rip stop nylon for portraits--- PLUS more....

1 -- New camera, new book, new questions

Nikonians author Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) has opened a virtual Pandora's Box while researching his next book in the Mastering Series

He knew that before he embarked on this new project.  Our members have not been too kind when reading about a new DSLR with apparently more features missing than actually added

The camera is the new Nikon D7500, and although Darrell does not have his in hand yet, he's looking for our input:


I have preordered the new Nikon D7500 (from and have been examining the camera's features on the Nikon site. There are some exciting things and some negative things that I want to talk with you about before I write our upcoming NikoniansPress book Mastering the Nikon D7500. I value your input on the camera. 

What do you see that is positive and/or negative about the D7500? Is there a particular feature you like or dislike? I am looking for positives about the D7500, although I recognize a few negatives. What are your thoughts?

Editor's note: Darrell's research shows he's ready to tackle what may be the most negatively "pre-reviewed" new model since the Nikon DF. He's asking for input because he's noticed our comments so far seem to be missing some goodies. I talked to him at length before posting this, and I can assure you he's not a "fan-boy" looking to ignore negatives in favor of positives, simply to publish a book.  The new book is already in the pre-order pipeline, so if you want it reserved, orders yours today.

2 -- Right side up? - or down?

Silver member Mark Stephan (Mark37814) from Tennessee, USA wants to know how you are storing your lenses. It's not as much the storage location as deciding "which side up?

Here's the question:

I own a bunch of lenses, both AF Nikkors and many 3rd party lenses. I use a set of shelves in my bedroom closet for storage and easy access. Do I need to keep the front lens element facing up or down? 

Currently all of my lenses including heavy primes and zooms are stored with the front element facing up. With my non AF-S lenses should I keep the lens aperture opened all the way (f/1.4, 1.8, 2.0 etc) or closed to the smallest aperture (f/16, 22 or 32) like my G lenses? 

I know this is a silly question but I want to store my lenses in a way that doesn't hurt functionality later on. 

Do you have a preferred method? Let us know, and don't forget to mention why. 

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4 -- Share your favorite photo storage solution

New member John O'Connell (JBOC) from Virginia, USA needs help deciding on a photo storage sharing site for his club.

Johns asks:
I have been using Dropbox for members to put their monthly theme shots in and if they come up something they like better they can pull back their shot and drop in another.

I would like to have a site where each month's work can be stored for members viewing.

I can't figure out how Flicker can be used by many and any advice would be appreciated.

We've already received comments on sites we've rarely considered. Before you share your advice, don't forget that John's usage is specialized for members of a club, (as opposed to picture sharing with family and friends. 

5 -- Can rip stop nylon improve your portraits?

Have you ever considered using a light panel made of rip stop Nylon?

Portrait photographers have been using light panels made of translucent materials for years.

The versatility factor alone is worth a try.

Silver member Robert Metheney (bobpilot) from Utah, USA has been performing trial runs with the material and he's posted examples.

He has received a few suggestions (mostly about the color of the fabric) and now he's ready for the next step:

Several colors are available. Blue, Black, Charcoal gray, red, hunter green, burnt orange, brown, and a few more that I don't like. My next project, with his mom's approval, is a portrait of a teenager. He wants something modern. He showed me some examples, not of himself, and some had light gray backgrounds, and some had dark backgrounds. We can do both. 

I'm thinking burnt orange then I can light from behind and make it brighter or darker, move it from orange to dark brown.

I am not good at picking background colors. Any help will be appreciated. 

6 -- Don't get p****ed

Silver member Mike McLain (AUMike) from Alabama, USA was first to mention an unusual friend request:

Note to everyone....appears that a scammer has obtained email addresses of members of Nikonians. The body of the email I received from this scumbag references Not good. 

Not good indeed Mike, and you were not alone. When I got mine I briefly pictured Gina Lollobrigida or Sophia Loren but my suspicious nature immediately pointed to a phishing scam.

Silver member Fred Brickenkamp (FredB D3) from Florida, USA went a few steps further and looked into some background. 

He reports: This is both a dating scam and an attempt to get people's money (help me get my father's estate, and I'll share with you). 

Many members have also been targeted, and our founders are planning for enhanced preventive measures. 

7 -- Boundless creativity in digital darkroom

Moderating Team member Dan Wiedbrauk (domer2760) reminds us to check out the current digital artistry competition because it is filling up with some amazing images.

Have a look, and let the current submissions give you inspiration to join the competition. 

The May challenge is-- Lines.

This contest features images that have been significantly manipulated for creative effect. The final output can be realistic, surreal, abstract, or fantastic. 

Show us your digitally manipulated images of lines and objects in lines. Any photographic subject is acceptable so long as it meets the Nikonians terms of use. We want to see wall-worthy line abstracts, objects/people in lines, clothes lines, blurred movement lines, architectural lines, or any liney thing that tickles your fancy. Let your inner artist lead the way. 

This is a digital manipulation contest, so tell us a little something about how you achieved the visual effect. 

Editor's note: the image used to illustrate this item was chosen at random, and does not indicate any favoritism to this entry. I'm not on the judging team. Not much time left to enter this May competition. 

8 -- Pushing for perfection

Silver member Bob Levesque (BOB_LEVESQUE) wants to shoot fast action events under challenging light conditions. He needs a good camera and some good advice. 

He has that camera, but now it's time for some advice.

Here's the question: 

This is my first attempt at shooting boxing (also my first outing with my new D750, Nikon 28-300 3.5/5.6 VR, No flash). 

Settings: AF-C, "Group", Manual 1/1000 sec, f/5.6, ISO Auto, face detection ON, focal length used usually 300, shot from the stands (not ringside). 

Read and followed all the tips in the owner's manual, other publications and local camera expert. 

PROBLEM: Even with Face-detection on, and AF-C/Grp, most of the shots were focused on the Rope around the ring instead of the boxers faces. (see attached shot) 

What did I do wrong?

Help and advice much appreciated as I intend to shoot a lot of low-light, fast action events, (boxing, roller-derby, gymnastics...etc.) which is why I bought the D750 to start with.



That's it for this week. Make sure you grab your favorite camera and capture some images to share with family and friends (especially us at Nikonians). -- Tom Boné (flashdeadline)

Posted by flashdeadline at 10:54 PM

April 25, 2017

Will Sony's a9 draw Nikon fans?

SvN-SQ_110.jpgHere are some of the topics and news items we're tracking for our community this week: 

Members weigh Sony's a9, Fall ANPAT location announced, getting started in wedding photography - PLUS more...

1- Will Sony's a9 draw Nikon fans?
It's a fair question. Sony has unveiled a camera that features a mirrorless system designed to rival results from high end DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) models out of Canon and Nikon, and the price is competitive.

According to Sony, the a9:
...realizes a totally blackout-free viewfinder while conventional systems can only try to reduce blackout time. A high-speed, vibration-free, silent Anti-Distortion shutter vastly extends the range of shooting situations while a mechanical system can only aim for lower vibration and quieter shutter release sound. α9 provides continuous tracking of moving subjects for foolproof AF/AE while traditional SLRs can only challenge such AF/AE performance improvements. Moreover, α9 allows its viewfinder to show not only images of the subject -- available on conventional systems -- but also the final image of a shot.

Our members have been weighing the specs, and some are not about to jump ship.

Here are some comments:
• I'm thinking this is a game changer. Won't the D5 replacement need to be mirrorless to compete?
• Sony writes a good marketing blurb but the a6500 did not fulfil their promises and my a7rii is woefully deficient to the D750 in so many ways. If Sony is shooting for the Tokyo 2020 then we will probably see some refining in an a9ii. They may also have some Sports lenses by then.
• The specs are impressive. But specs don't make a camera. Sony's interface and ergonomics are pretty awful compared to Nikon.

Are you getting ready to purchase a Sony A9? Join the conversation and share your thoughts.


2- Fall ANPAT 17 now booking
Nikonians founder J. Ramón Palacios (jrp) has announced the location for our next Fall season Annual Nikonians Photo Adventure Trip (ANPAT).

The Fall ANPAT-17 will be taking our members to Acadia and Coastal Maine and for a very limited time, we have an early bird discount.  This location is a photography paradise, with rugged coastlines, iconic lighthouses, and warm tones of the northern light.

The dates are: October 7, 2017 (arrival) to October 14, 2017 (departure).

JRP tells us:
October is the best time to be there; exquisite colors abound, not just on the trees, but also on the ground, thanks to the berry plants characteristic of the northern areas. Nikonians Academy Director Eric Bowles (ericbowles) will be our ANPAT Leader.

Check out the 17th ANPAT in the Fall FAQs and the official Nikonians Academy reservations page for more details. Make sure you take note of the early bird discount on that page (deadline approaching in just one week).


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4- Wedding photography - Getting started
Silver member Robert Metheney (bobpilot) has a friend wanting to get into the wedding photography business. His original question concentrated on the gear, but responses from our wedding pro members are quickly adding important precautions.

Here's Bob's question:
A friend asked me what camera I would suggest for him to enable him to photograph weddings. He can't afford a camera with an FX sensor. What DX camera would you suggest?

Replies quickly cautioned against venturing into this line of photography with only one body. We also have great advice on gaining experience.
Here are some examples:

• Having photographed weddings for 37 years I must suggest two (2) D7200 bodies. NEVER take on a paying photo assignment with a single camera body.
• I personally think, the best thing for him to do first, would find a wedding photographer, that would let him go to some weddings with him or her, as their assistant, as there are far more things to being a wedding photographer than people think.
• There is a lot more homework that needs to be done. Choosing the camera body is probably pretty low on the list of decisions for a new wedding photographer.

In all fairness, Bob never mentioned if his friend had already been pulling apprentice duties under an accomplished wedding photographer.  But as the replies start piling up, we invite anyone with hopes of shooting weddings to read the responses. For our wedding photography-experienced members - Do you have additional advice to share? Join the discussion.


5- Profiled--Bird Photography Enthusiast Jack Backs
Moderating Team member Marsha Edmunds (meadowlark2) has posted her latest chapter in the Nikonians member profile "I am Nikonians" series of articles.
Her subject in this installment is Gold member Jack Backs (jfbacks) from Missouri, USA.

Jacks' photography background goes well back into the days of film, and it was the arrival of the Nikon D100 that enhanced his creative skills in capturing two elusive subjects: children playing sports and birds.

Jack tells us:
It always amazes me how one can blaze away with a DSLR and the sound rarely spooks a bird, but make one sudden movement and they are off in a flash.  My last bit of advice on getting close to birds is to find a conservation area or seldom traveled country road and take images from your car window... A lot of birds are accustomed to traffic and will be much more tolerant than if you were on foot.

Check out the full article for a look at Jack's accomplishments in capturing stunning bird images.


6- Where eagles dare
Moderating Team member John David Hutchison (Kipmm) from British Columbia, Canada shares an awesome series of eagle "fly-by" images captured while searching for an entirely different bird.

John describes the circumstances:
Sitting on a beach waiting for the tide to roll out and hopefully the arrival of an Osprey this Bald Eagle came from nowhere. Actually, there were two of them and this one was chasing the other out.
I never did see the other but I did see the shadow.
This series ended quickly as the Eagle flew right over me...
-- kip

The images were captured with his Nikon D500 and AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8 G ED VR II combined with a Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E II.

If you are a "BIF" fan (Birds In Flight) make sure you jump in on the discussion and check out the other three images in this set.


7- The siren call of better glass
Silver member Dale Williams (Tropidale) from Florida, USA wants to add a new lens to her gear bag and she's seeking advice from our members.

Here's a short excerpt from her question:
I currently shoot with a D7000, primarily animals, birds, flowers, scenic, or whatever strikes me wherever we happen to be. I am a raw and manual shooter primarily, and being a bit of a zoom freak, I currently use a Nikon 18-140 and Tamron 70-300 which have been the best coverage I felt I could get for my budget. I have gotten some pretty good shots out of both, but I keep hearing the message of better glass, over and over, and have the urge to improve my results. But I am just not sure if there is an appreciable improvement to support the investment, especially if it turns out, that I am the limiting factor, not my lenses. I clearly have plenty to learn, and I know I should use my tripod a lot more. I certainly know that nobody can guarantee I will get better results with better glass, not really knowing my knowledge and skill level, but I am just trying to get an idea if an upgrade would be a very noticeable improvement or a more subtle one for image quality.

Along with reaching out to the forum, I am also planning to rent a 24-70 or 70-200 2.8 for a little comparison work. I am sure that will answer my questions as well.

Thanks for any words of wisdom. -- Dale

As you can see, Dale is not just looking for advice on specific lenses. She's also wondering if a new lens purchase is necessary in the first place. Read the full post and check out her sample images. Does she really need new glass?


8- Scooter shooter tips anyone?
Gold member Dale Lundy (stlsailor) from Missouri, USA enjoys hopping on small motorcycles (sometimes scooters) and exploring great photo sites. What he doesn't enjoy is trying to lug his gear safely, stopping at a site, setting it up, and then breaking it down. How would you handle this situation?

Dale asks:
A few days ago, I did a short reconnaissance moto shoot at Kep National Park. By moto shoot I mean I rode the moto until I came to a place I wanted to shoot. Then I'd park the moto, take off my backpack, get my camera out of it, set up and take any shots I wanted, put the camera back in the backpack, put the backpack back on, get on the moto and take off for the next shot.

It was OK the first time. After a few stops it began to be a pain. Does anyone have any tips on making this easier? When I do a walking shoot I have my camera ready, of course, and if I bring an extra lens or two, I carry them in ThinkTank pouches for easy access. But I don't want to have my camera out and risk damaging it while riding the moto, and the pouches I don't think would work well when I'm sitting on the moto.    Thoughts? -- Dale

Are you a moto-shooter? How do you pack your gear for easy access? Share your tips.

That's it for this week. Make sure you grab your favorite camera and capture some images to share with family and friends (especially us at Nikonians). -- Tom Boné (flashdeadline)

Posted by flashdeadline at 9:37 PM

April 18, 2017

Six reasons to stick with your DSLR

DSLR-vs-Mirrorless_SQ_110.jpgHere are some of the topics and news items we're tracking for our community this week:
DSLR photography is not a dinosaur, a tour of the Nikon Museum in Tokyo, ghostbusting - PLUS more....

1- Six reasons to stick with your DSLR
Gold member Wayne Lorimer (wjlorimer) from New Zealand ventured into the world of mirrorless system photography for two years. It had many benefits. So, why has he returned to the DSLR realm?

The introduction to his recent article explains:
Mirrorless camera systems are all the rage, while sales of traditional DSLR's are in decline. 

Many refer to DSLR technology as a "dinosaur". If you want to keep up with photography, then you should ditch all your DSLR gear and make the switch to mirrorless - right? 

Hang-on. Not so fast.

Are these new mirrorless cameras all that they're cracked up to be? Or can the DSLR still give them a run for their money? Should you seriously consider a mirrorless camera as your next upgrade? 

Or is it just overblown marketing hype designed to sell more cameras?

Follow Wayne as he explores his own journey from DSLR, to Micro Four Thirds, and back again


2- Do you plan to buy the Nikon D7500?
Last week we covered the unveiling of the new Nikon D7500. This week, with the help of post by Silver member Mark Virgil Stephan (Mark37814) from Tennessee, USA we're following our member's reactions and their intentions

Some sample (and randomly selected) comments:
• I for one plan to buy the D7500, my D7100 will become a backup body. It's at a price point that I can afford and judging by the specs it has a lot of D500 DNA which makes it more attractive. The tiltable rear LCD screen was the feature I've been looking for in a prosumer Nikon dSLR. Is a 20.9 MP camera a deal breaker? No, it isn't. In addition to my Nikon's I shoot with 20.1mp Canon 6D and 70D.
• I was excited, thinking I would upgrade from my D7000, until I saw no vertical grip support. I shoot a lot of high school basketball and a vertical grip is essential. D500 or D750 for me at this time.
• I would consider it as I have the D7000, and it would be an upgrade. I have never bought a vertical grip for my D7000, 2nd card slot is nice but not sure it is a deal breaker. My only concern is I think they priced it a bit high.
• No, I would miss the second SD card slot and definitely miss the vertical grip. Unfortunately, Nikon choose not to include these important features. I was due to upgrade with this model, maybe next model.

Do you plan on buying this new camera in the D7000 series? Join the discussion.


3- Need new gear? Limited budget? Think "trade-in"
Do you want that new Nikon D7500? Berger Bros Camera is offering great trade-ins or outright purchase for your used Nikon or any brand photo gear.

They see many people trading in older heavy DSLR gear toward new Fuji, Sony or Olympus Mirrorless cameras.
They now have in stock new fabulous Olympus EM1 MKII Sony A6500, Sony A7R II cameras as well as Fuji XT2 and coming soon Fuji GFX50S medium format 50mp.

They also have spectacular deals on Nikon D810 and you can put your order in now for the new Nikon D7500.
Great Personal service: Brad Berger 516-816-4921 or or


4- 100 years- and counting
Our thanks to new member Richard Haw (ricoBaby) from Japan, who happens to be in a very enviable geographical location for those of us celebrating Nikon's 100th Anniversary this year.  Richard went to the Nikon Museum in Tokyo and he shares a great series of images and background information.

Richard links us to his blog:
On the first installment on this series, I will be presenting you a report of the current exhibit currently being held at the Nikon Museum. I take it that there will be more that's coming after this so please follow this blog to get updates on those.

The current exhibit showcases the prototype cameras of Nikon from the post-war years up till the late '80s. The exhibit is presented like an engineer's diary/memoir with words accompanying each surviving prototype. I take it that this exhibit was made possible by people with great passion for Nikon because collecting all of these prototypes is not easy because these were usually destroyed according to Nikon's company protocol. It is with much appreciation that I am writing this blog post in honor of the people who worked with these prototypes and to the people who archived them.

Check out his link and make sure you encourage him to give us more... a lot more.  


5- What's your ghostbuster?
Are you plagued by the challenges of shooting through a fence at sporting events?

Moderating Team member Diane L. Simmons (coolmom42) from Tennessee, USA has been looking for a solution to the inevitable "ghost lines" resulting from these "Out of Focus" (OOF) obstructions. 

Diane asks:
Is there any way to get rid of the almost transparent streaks from the OOF fence, in this image? (and others from a ball park.)

It's most conspicuous at the bottom of the image, but shows up as hazy streaks across the backs of the uniforms, as well.
I have LR6 for PP software.
No seats up above the fence at this level of play, unfortunately.

Suggestions lean towards Photoshop cloning, but perhaps a bit of "healing" may be the answer.  

If you have conquered this pesky problem, make sure you share your solution with us.


6- How silent can you get?
Silver member Harry Cowan (DougieCowan) from Texas, USA is trying to get a clear understanding of the motors inside certain Nikkor lenses.  Which is best for video and what's the actual difference?

Harry asks:
I've been happy with the SWM (Silent Wave Motor) motors on AF-S lenses but Nikon has brought out the pulse motor on the AF-P lenses now.
Nikon, of course, states that each is great so I'm wondering what gives?

Nikon's official explanation says:
AF-S NIKKOR lenses feature Nikon's Silent Wave Motor (SWM). This technology converts "traveling waves" into rotational energy to focus the optics. This enables high-speed autofocusing that's extremely accurate and super quiet.

AF-P lenses use a "Pulse" motor or "Stepping" autofocus motor and are even quieter and smoother to autofocus than an AF-S lens, making these lenses ideal when shooting video with a DSLR.

Check our responses to Harry's question and let us know if you have been using an AF-S lens for video with good results.


7-Foreground subject lost in the dark?
Silver member Ralph Magin (Fezant) from Arizona, USA is dealing with poor results when faced with subjects surrounded by bright backlighting. How do you resolve this problem?

Here is the original question:
I am new to photography and would like to take photographs of subjects in the shade with a bright background without a fill-in flash. What can you do so that the subject is not silhouetted? Thanks, Fezant

Of course, a number of responses are suggesting Ralph should reconsider his thoughts on fill-in flash. But,
When that flash is totally not an option, we have some responses point towards metering choices:
• You can use Spot Metering on your subject to determine the correct exposure.
• I select Center Weighted Metering Mode and move in closer to have the subject occupy a larger portion in the frame. When it is very bright and the subject is not too large in the frame I go for Spot metering.:
• If it were me in the field, I'd use the spot meter if assuming no flash.

What's your advice? Join the discussion.


8- Sky / area is light to dark?
Gold member Karl Lalemand (slalemand) from Maine, USA wants to get a better grip on the various lighting situations that crop up while doing panoramas. What do you do when the sky changes while capturing the image?

Karl asks:
Not sure if the title helps much, but what is or are the secrets to doing pano's when the sky / area goes from light to dark?
This seems to cause me the most problems, that and the fact I don't know what I'm doing.

Karl posted examples and he's already getting some solid advice. If you have been struggling with similar lighting challenges, this discussion is a must read.

That's it for this week. Make sure you grab your favorite camera and capture some images to share with family and friends (especially us at Nikonians). -- Tom Boné (flashdeadline)

Posted by flashdeadline at 7:35 PM

April 11, 2017

Nikon announces D7500


Here are some of the topics and news items we're tracking for our community this week. ---

Nikon unveils the new D7500, removing water spots from lens, testing your camera and lens - PLUS more....

1- New D7500 unveiled


We've been tracking rumors of the newest D7000 series camera for over a month. We invite our members to post here with their reactions to the new Nikon D7500.

Our thanks to Yale Fogarty (Bluedogs) from Oregon, USA for getting the discussion started.

The new DX-format camera uses the same sensor as the Nikon D500 (20 Megapixels), 8 frames per second capability and a tilt screen. Its predecessor, the D7200, has a 24.2 Megapixel sensor, 6 frames per second and no tilt screen.

The D7500 supports the same 4K UHD (3840 x 2160)/30p movie recording possible with the D500. The maximum recording time for movies of this resolution is approximately 29 minutes 59 seconds. 

The camera is slimmer and lighter than the D7200 and demonstrates even greater agility with a deep grip that provides a superior hold and portability. It is also compatible with SnapBridge, which enables constant connection of the camera to a smart device.


2- Out damn spots!
Gold member Marc L Rosenblum (alty02) from Idaho, USA is looking for a safe method to remove water spots from a lens:
I just returned from our local waterfalls and it was flowing at a record rate, with lots of fine mist covering just about everything, including the picnic grounds, overlooks & automobiles.

The car windows were covered with fine water spots that will now need something stronger than Windex due to the fact that they dried rather quickly. Soap & water does not remove them.

A dry method of cleaning the lens will not do the job and lens cleaning fluid is not removing the water spots. I used some vinegar on a small section of my car window and it seems to work well.

Will vinegar damage the front element of a lens if used full strength? I would use a cotton swab (Q-tip) with a small amount of vinegar and follow up with a bit of distilled water, also applied with a Q-tip.
Any other recommendations to remove stubborn water spots?  Thanks!

Have you solved a water spot problem? How did you do it? Share your solution.


3- Blog Views now easier
Nikonians founder Bo Stahlbrandt advises the News Blog is now much easier to read on mobile devices, and you now have a choice to view it in both white and black background modes.

Forgot how to switch?
It's easy.
Go to My Profile, look for the Preferences Tab.
On the Preferences Tab go to Preferred Skin and choose Nikonians V2.0
On the upper right corner of the screen, push the Save button.
--voilà-- it's done.

4-Comfort plus Theft-Resistance? 
Can your strap keep your camera safe when traveling?

This strap, available from PhotoBert, is great for travel as it helps thwart camera thieves and is great for everyday use. 
It fits any camera that has a removeable camera strap.

Don't let this strap fool you - it looks (and is) lightweight, but is incredibly strong!

It is 30% lighter than nylon/polyester, 45% lighter than aramid and 15 times stronger than steel.
(Sorry -- PhotoBert can only ship this product to US customers only.)
Nikonians Price: $37.95  
Price is after discount reflected in your cart.


5- Higher and higher
Silver member Paul Naish (DS256) from Ontario Canada wants to go much higher with his camera, yet maintain a stable platform:
There are times when I'd like to raise the camera above the scene for a better perspective. Examples are farm fields with colour and I want to get more of the field from a higher angle.

I've been looking online and the only products I've found are surveyors' tripods modified to accept a camera head. These can be 12 feet in height.

I realize that I'd need a wireless remote and setup could be a pain.

Looking for ideas of what others may have done. - Thanks

So--how do you elevate your camera while keeping it stable enough to avoid jittery shots? From some of our responses we've already seen suggestions regarding camera settings to go along with the higher reach. Check it out.


6- 30-thousand and counting
Moderating Team member Eric Bowles (ericbowles) alerts us to an impressive milestone:
Congratulations to Nikonians moderator Brian Wong (blw) for reaching 30,000 posts. That's an incredible milestone - especially with the information filled posts that Brian typically shares.
Thanks for all of your support of Nikonians and our community.

Here are just a few comments on Brian's contributions to the community.

• I've learned a lot from your posts, Brian. 30,000 posts is quite an achievement and even better a great contribution. Thank you!
• I always look for Brian's posts because I know that I will learn something from them. Thanks, Brian.
• And that's not counting the number of posts he may have lost at The Big Crash in the fall of 2005.
30,000 looks great. Thank you, Brian.

Brian's response was modest and pointed to a fellow member:
Glad to be a productive and valued member of the community. And I'll point out that Marty McDonough (MEMcD) is 10% past me at 33,000+ - and in several years less time!

Want to join the many members congratulating Brian? Join the discussion.


7- Camera and lens test tips
Silver member Robert Metheney (bobpilot) from Utah, USA is trying to figure out whether he may have spotted a focusing problem with a Nikon D500. He used a test method that drew a lot of responses.

Robert asked:
I want to be sure the camera and lens are in sync with focus so I set up the slant ruler test in my backyard. The camera is 60 from the target. The focus point is on the checkerboard adjacent to the number 26 on the ruler. The 600mm in on a tripod with a RRS Gimbal head and a RRS long lens support system.

The responses (and eventual answer to his problem) are a must read for those of us who want to set up a homemade test. Here are just a few examples:

• Did you use a remote release. If you do not have one for the rented body you should use "Mirror UP" and enable the 3 second delay.
• It never hurts to test/confirm at a similar distance to what you expect to use the lens at.
• Your target isn't really very good. It needs a bigger "checkerboard" plus there is low contrast lighting.
• I recommend that you slow the shutter speed to 1/500 or so and shoot at ISO-100 with the same f-stop.

Have you been using a favorite testing method? Share your results. Tell us why that method served your needs.

8- Older lens a best bet?
Bernhard Hein (localheroo) from Germany asked about a specific lens for a specific camera, and the resulting discussion covered the famous "1.5 crop factor" issue in great detail.

Bernhard asked:
As we plan a trip to Canada this year (landscape photography) I'm looking for a tele zoom lense for my D80 (Standard lense 18-70).
Is the AF-S 70-300mm (FX Format) a good choice? I saw the lense is already about ten years on the market. Is it still up to date? Thanks for any advice.

We assume the lens he's considering is the AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED (product Number 2161) which is a 450mm equivalent on DX-format cameras like Bernhard's Nikon D80.

It debuted over ten years ago and is still available through online sellers, with average prices hovering in the $500 USD (470 Euros) range.

You may not be considering this lens for yourself. But, has the "crop factor" issue confused you? If so, you need to read the responses in this discussion.


9- Neutral Density Blender?
Silver member David Powell (DaveP142) from England, The United Kingdom is wondering if any of our members have used a neutral density filter that goes to extremes:
I stumbled across a passing reference to these recently which caught my attention because I had previously noticed that Formatt Hitech currently offer them and I had wondered just what they were intended for.

If you haven't come across them, what they are is a graduated filter with the listed strength at one end fading to clear at the other end rather than the mid-point.
I've been wondering if one might be useful for handheld use on those days when the sky is very bright but uninteresting. (I seem to see a lot of bright overcast when I'm not at work). Obviously, there would be no horizon line to worry about
Has anyone tried one?

Do you have "before and after" shots to share to give David an idea on how these filters can be used. Share them here.

That's it for this week. Make sure you grab your favorite camera and capture some images to share with family and friends (especially us at Nikonians). -- Tom Boné (flashdeadline)


Posted by flashdeadline at 7:06 PM

March 28, 2017

Where is your cloud?

Cloud-Backup_SQ_110.jpgHere are some of the topics and news items we're tracking for our community this week.

Gold member Ian Crook (Pics905) from British Columbia, Canada seeks the best possible "cloud" option for his images, and our members are dishing great advice.
Here is Ian's question:
Do people have any recommendations for cloud backup providers such as Dropbox or Amazon? I have three drives at home, but really would like to have off-site storage as well - all recommendations are welcome!

Responses so far include:
• I have been using Mozy home/personal version for years. It is a paid service that I use for photos and other data. It transmits and stores data in encrypted form. You can either use Mozy's encryption key or create your own strong key. I did the latter, in which case Mozy is unable to decrypt my data on their own. And I better not lose the key!

• I've done a lot of experimenting and offer a couple of observations (ok, more than a couple - get a cup of coffee -- a large cup, before reading...)

Yes-- make sure you get that large cup of coffee, because Silver member Linwood Ferguson (Ferguson) from Florida, USA replied with tons of information.
Have you been wondering which way to pursue your cloud storage solution?
You need to bookmark Linwood's well-researched post.


2- Tons of slides-- how to save?
New member David Rucker (ridinonairs10017) is dealing with a large number of old slides and he's looking for advice on how to preserve them:
I have been left with literally several thousand slides from my father. I want to digitize them as to preserve and share them with the rest of my family. What is the easiest way to do this?

I looked through this subforum briefly and noticed that many were suggesting a slide scanner or a slide copy adapter that attaches to a camera. I am not really interested in sending them all off to be copied by another company ($$$$) and would like to do it myself. Besides, there is something to be said regarding reliving old memories during the process.

David's challenge is the same many of our members have been dealing with and he's already getting some experienced advice.
Check it out, and if you have any new information to share, let us know.


3-Comfort plus Theft-Resistance?
Can your strap keep your camera safe when traveling?

This strap, available from PhotoBert, is great for travel as it helps thwart camera thieves and is great for everyday use.
It fits any camera that has a removeable camera strap.

Don't let this strap fool you - it looks (and is) lightweight, but is incredibly strong!

It is 30% lighter than nylon/polyester, 45% lighter than aramid and 15 times stronger than steel.
(Sorry -- PhotoBert can only ship this product to US customers only.)
Nikonians Price: $37.95 
Price is after discount reflected in your cart.


4-Are these baseball pics garbage?
Tennessee, USA Silver member Andrew King (HonestAK) wants to take the next step in his sports photography. His subject for now is baseball:
I had a hard time capturing action on my first time shooting sports but will get another chance this weekend. There is a double header starting at noon so I will have plenty of light for a lot of innings.
Please do let me know how I can improve.

A quick read on his responses so far shows there are an infinite number of variables to consider.

Here's an example:
• Overall, I would suggest being mindful of framing and crops. For example, in Pitcher Cropped he has a great expression, but cutting off the throwing arm and glove I think takes away from that a bit. In the full version, his feet are cut off slightly which is a little distracting to me as well. Having him higher in the frame, aside from the foot issue, I think would also strengthen the composition.

Are you a baseball fan with a portfolio full of good and bad examples? Share them with us, and tell us what you have learned.


5-Sarah shines
Moderating Team member Marsha Edmunds (meadowlark2) has posted her latest chapter in the Nikonians member profile "I am Nikonians" series of articles.
Her subject in this installment is Gold member Sarah Boser (Sarah9) from Pennsylvania, USA.

Sarah recalls:
I joined Nikonians last year when my husband, Bob, suggested we register for the Fall 2016 ANPAT to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.  He attended the Spring 2015 ANPAT to the southern marshes, swamps and beaches, and really enjoyed the trip.  While it didn't take much to convince me to agree, I was a little apprehensive about whether my skills would be too rudimentary.  That definitely wasn't the case.  The ANPAT really is a trip that welcomes all skill levels.  I learned a great deal from the others on the trip, and also had a great time in a stunning location.

The article includes images by Sarah showing us she's definitely not in the "rudimentary" category. They were captured with her Nikon D5500.


6- Looking to showcase your best images?
Nikonians Photo Contest Director David Summers (dm1dave) tells us the Best of Nikonians 2017 Contest is underway.

David has posted background information to guide you through the many options available:
Each year, Nikonians takes great pride in showcasing the inspirational work of the talented photographers who make up our community.

This year's contest will continue our tradition of recognizing all of the winners of the monthly Challenges in the Master Your Vision Forums and Online Assignments. Additionally, we will offer four themed segments, beginning in April.

In brief:
• The following forums feature monthly contests:
Landscape, Wildlife, Micro, Macro & Close-up, Travel, Digital Artistry Forums and Online Assignments.
• The four themed segments will be posted and pinned in the Annual Best of Nikonians Contest forum.

Beginning in February 2018, a panel of judges from the Nikonians Masters Society will review and score each image. Winners will be announced before the end of February.
The overall winners at the end of the year will be awarded prizes from our Sponsors.
More details are available here.


7-Think Tank Photo releases Signature line
Eleven years and an impressive inventory of photo accessories has inspired a new product line from our friends at Think Tank Photo.  

They call it the Signature shoulder bag series and once again they have extended a special offer to provide our members with free gear and free shipping incentives.

The Signature Series from Think Tank is a modernized version of the classic shoulder bag.

Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo's CEO and lead designer tells us:
The new series features a modern fabric that is soft to the touch and yet is durable. In addition, the zippered flap provides full closure and security to the main compartment, or tucks away when not in use.  It is a next generation design for today's discerning photographer.

Whether one is a young urban professional or corporate photographer, the Signature shoulder bag is as fashionable as it is functional. Hand sewn, advanced fabrics blend weather protection and durability with the classic feel of fine wool. Genuine leather detailing and metal hardware add character and stand up to the rigors of daily use.


8-Bigger than yours?
Ok-- we all get it.
No matter how large our personal collection of cameras and lenses, there will always be somebody out there with an even larger assortment.
We've had just such a thing happen in the English Café, where Moderating Team member Brian Wong (blw) and some friends decided to stack and photograph a pile of gear guaranteed to make us drool.

Brian explains:
Fellow Nikonian Victor Newman (vfnewman) and another one of my friends came over today to shoot a simulation of one of those "Nikon System Portraits" - you know, the sort of thing that goes into Nikon advertising occasionally. Vic and I have both been at this for 35+ years... and you can't get me together with five (actually six) fisheyes and not get a fishy picture out of it!

It's a fun exercise in satisfying what we all like to call NAS (Nikon Acquisition Syndrome), and if you follow the post-- you'll see not all the gear in this discussion comes from Nikon. 


That's it for this week. Make sure you grab your favorite camera and capture some images to share with family and friends (especially us at Nikonians). -- Tom Boné (flashdeadline)

Posted by flashdeadline at 11:45 PM

March 21, 2017

Carry-on restrictions impact Nikonians

Camera-No-SQ_110.jpgHere are some of the topics and news items we're tracking for our community this week.

Moderating Team member Ned S. Levi (Ned L) from Pennsylvania, USA is following a recent security measure that will impact some of our members planning to bring their cameras as carry-on luggage for certain international flights. No cameras, no iPads, and much more.

Ned's listing of gear is extensive. It includes: Laptops, e-readers, tablets, printers, electronic games, portable DVD players, cameras and other electronic device larger than a smartphone.

He goes on to report: The ban applies to nonstop flights to the US from 10 international airports in Cairo, Egypt; Amman, Jordan; Kuwait City, Kuwait; Casablanca, Morocco; Doha, Qatar; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; Istanbul, Turkey; Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Ned is keeping up with developments and posting them here. The ensuing discussion goes into details from members concerned with
other issues. Here is a sample:
How do they plan to deal with the lithium ion batteries in most of these devices (many of which, i.e. those in tablets and laptops, cannot be removed) and which are not allowed in checked baggage?

2- What's your Nikkor Trilogy?
Three Nikkor zoom lenses combining versatility and quality have long been known as "The Three Kings, The Nikkor Trilogy or The Holy Trinity."  Most Nikonians will agree on the concept, but naming those three specific lenses can be difficult. Nikonians founder J. Ramón Palacios (jrp) helps clear some confusion.

He has posted an article titled What Nikon lenses to buy - The Three Big Dragons which explains why this list of lenses has changed over the years:
Each new generation brings in more improvements, more sharpness corner to corner, less distortion, better resistance to flare, improved contrast and color rendition, better definition, higher acutance, less and less chromatic aberration, wider focal range in the wide angle, more precise shutters.

Special Hint: The comments section on this article is a must read if you are preparing your own "trilogy."

3- In search of the perfect zoom?
You have two Nikon DSLR bodies. One has a full frame sensor and the other has an APS-C sensor. It's time to add a new zoom lens that will work with both bodies. How do you choose the right lens?

 Silver member Mark Virgil Stephan (Mark37814) poses the question:
In the next month or two I'll be upgrading from my AF-D 80-400 to something longer with better optics. Camera will be my D700 if I need 8fps or my D7100. Plan to use the new lens for local wildlife.

Currently watching and reading all the reviews trying to decide which lens. Why did you choose the 200-500 over one of the 150-600's or other lenses?

You may have the answer for Mark, so make sure you share it with us.

4- Need new gear? Limited budget? Think "trade-in"
Berger Bros Camera is offering great trade-ins or outright purchase for your used Nikon or any brand photo gear. They see many people trading in older heavy DSLR gear toward new Fuji, Sony or Olympus Mirrorless cameras.

They now have in stock new fabulous Olympus EM1 MKII Sony A6500, Sony A7R II cameras as well as Fuji XT2 and coming soon Fuji GFX50S medium format 50mp.

They also have spectacular deals on Nikon D810 and put your order in now for the new Nikon Full Frame Body to be announced shortly.
Great Personal service: Brad Berger 516-816-4921 or or

5- Sigma anyone?
Platinum member Mick Klass (mklass) from Washington, USA tells us Sigma has a bunch of new lenses that may be of interest to those of us who are not sticklers for "Nikon only" purchasing habits.

Responses so far speak well of the Sigma line:

Sigma has indeed been making amazing lenses. A good friend of mine is doing his photography almost exclusively with the Sigma 35/1.4. This lens is outstanding, even sharper than my Zeiss 35/2, though I prefer the rendering of the latter.

The Sigma 135 seems, for me personally, the most interesting of the Arts - saw some samples today with great looking bokeh.

Lots of great stuff out there right now so I'm giving some thought to refreshing my lens line-up.

Are you a Sigma fan? Join the discussion.

6- Are you new to Nikonians?
Our community is large and can feel a bit overwhelming to new users, so Nikonians founder Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs) has posted a listing of articles, social media sources and forums currently accessible to our Basic members.

Bo explains the purpose behind his article:
Nikonians is a large community with lots of activity in various places. As a first time visitor, we know it can feel a bit overwhelming, so here are some areas that you might want to look at for starters.

None of these require you to sign up with the community (which is free on its "Basic" membership, by the way).

Check out his article, and make sure you scroll down to the very bottom and look for a link to an overview for anyone who wants to freshen up on the skills.

7- Perfect panning 101
Silver member Bill Stewart (LightMeter) from Texas, USA is trying to perfect his panning skills. He shows some examples, along with posting his shutter speed. Can you point to any specific shutters speeds or techniques that will improve his final product?  

Bill asks:
Yesterday I shot a lot of images of the bike ride. I set the camera to shutter priority at 1/80. Out of about 200 images I got 10 or so that are sharp. What can I do to get smoother panning and go slower on the shutter speed? What about a monopod? Anyone pan with a monopod?

Silver member Bob Brand (Bob32) from California, USA replies:
In panning cycling races I started out shooting at 1/60 and 1/80, but didn't have much success until I increased the shutter speed. I had better results at 1/125 and 1/160. At the last cycling races I shot on February 26 (See my March 1 post titled "Downtown cycling races") I used shutter speeds between 1/160 and 1/250. I used a D750 + 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 VR with VR turned on. I never use a monopod.

Do you have some samples and panning advice to share?

8- Firmware updates piling up
Our thanks to Gold member Mike Rheault (mikerofoto) from Ontario, Canada for his comprehensive listing of recent Nikon firmware updates.

His listing covers many cameras and even the WT-7 wireless transmitter.

Mike tells us the recent upgrades include: 
• Nikon WT-7 firmware update version 1.1
• Nikon D7200 firmware update version 1.02
• Nikon D500 firmware update version 1.12
• Nikon D750 firmware update version 1.11
• Nikon D810 firmware update version 1.12

Check his post for brief explanations of the individual upgrades and their enhancements. Scroll down on that post for a link to The Nikon Download Center.

9- Multiple programs for same task -- redundancy or strategy?
Nikonians Academy Director Eric Bowles has started a thought-provoking discussion on image processing. It will be of great interest to those members who are using more than one program to accomplish the same task.

Eric explains:
Many of us use one program for 99-100% of all image processing. Among those that use multiple programs, it is usually part of a standard workflow that converts in one program, processes in a second, and does some specialty tasks in a third.

This post is for those that normally use multiple programs for the SAME task to produce different results. For example, are you using multiple RAW converters depending on the image - ACR and Capture One as an example. Or Photoshop and Capture One or Elements? What kinds of situations cause you to choose a specific product? How does this impact your personal workflow?

Join the discussion and you may find an approach that could improve your workflow.


That's it for this week. Make sure you grab your favorite camera and capture some images to share with family and friends (especially us at Nikonians). -- Tom Boné (flashdeadline)

Posted by flashdeadline at 10:18 PM

March 9, 2017

Your Nikon can co-habitat with your drone

DJI_Phantom_4_SQ_110.jpgSo-- You own a Nikon DSLR and a sophisticated drone, and your next shoot will require extensive travel.
Wouldn't it be nice if someone came up with a high quality transport bag that could carry your drone and your camera gear?

Our friends at Think Tank Photo already have the concept covered.

They call it the Airport Helipak V2.0 backpack for DJI Phantom. This newly updated backpack, renowned for its comfort, accommodates a DJI Phantom 4 quadcopter and similarly sized drones plus a small camera kit, 15" laptop, controller, GoPros, chargers, spare rotors, extra batteries, jacket, tools, and more

Its refined design is carry-on compatible for both U.S. domestic or international airline travel.

Airport-Helipak-V2.0-for-DJI-Phantom-350.jpgDoug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo's CEO and lead designer tells us:
The contoured adjustable harness with lumbar support, articulated air-channel, removable padded waistbelt, and height-adjustable sternum strap enable comfort for travel into remote areas.

Key Features
• YKK RC Fuse zippers, 1680D Ballistic nylon bottom panel, metal hardware, and nylon webbing are the most durable, long-lasting materials on the market
• Side pocket for tripod attachment or water bottle
• Internal see-through mesh pockets for small accessories: rotor blades, screwdriver, cables, and more
• Robust handles ensure rapid and easy retrieval from overhead bins, and car trunks
• Seam-sealed rain cover helps to protect gear and stows away inside backpack when not in use

Want more details?
Use this link to get full information while using your Nikonians free gear and free shipping advantage.

You should also want to check out their special bag for the popular new DJI Mavic Pro drones.

Posted by flashdeadline at 7:27 AM

March 7, 2017

Did we help kill Popular Photography Magazine?

Pop-Photo_SQ_110.jpgHere are some of the topics and news items we're tracking for our community this week.

It's a sad day when traditions and legacies fade away. 

Gold member Yale Fogarty alerted us to the passing of Popular Photography Magazine. Did online communities like ours speed up the eventual demise of this famous photo magazine?

Responses so far point to modern technology and a change in reading habits:

• My late brother-in-law had a subscription for many years, and I used to mooch his back copies all the time. The last one I read was about 10 years ago. A few months ago, I picked up a copy in a supermarket to flip through, and didn't even bother buying it. It was 75% advertising, and the content quality was mediocre. A big downhill slide from what it used to be.

• I am surprised it lasted this long. I think the days of the monthly photography magazine are long over. Magazines are a venue that is obsolete. Portability used to be one of the advantages of magazines. You could fold it up and put it in your back pocket or bag to read while you were out. But now that you can read pretty much anything on a tablet/phone, where is the actual advantage of a magazine these days?

• Sad indeed. They put up a good fight and they were our friends.

If you have a favorite Popular Photography Magazine experience, share it with us.

2- Nikon D760 on the horizon

Is it ready yet?
The Nikon D750, debuting in September 2014, came in at a suggested retail price of $2299.95 USD (body only). Currently, that same camera is showing an MSRP of $1,899.95. Does this mean the D760 is ready to launch?

Our friends at LetsGoDigital think so.
According to an article posted by Ilse Jurriën, the new camera will:
Incorporate the same 24.3-megapixel image sensor. New is the possibility to use slower shutter speeds. The current model has a maximum shutter speed of 1/4000, the D760 goes to 1/8000. 

Editor's Note: We chopped the last sentence in our published quote from Ilse after an alert from a Nikonian reminding us that capturing smooth flow of water and sunsets requires slow shutter speeds (not fast).This article, which has been sitting in our Resources section for over five years, clarifies the subject.  My thanks to our eagle-eyed Nikonian -Tom, March 15, 2017

3- Add rubber to your Nikon

Named as one of the "Best Camera Add-Ons of 2013" by Men's Journal this tiny accessory can improve your camera handling. Best of all, it's inexpensive, easy to attach to your camera and now available at a discount for Nikonians.

Upgrade your shutter. Each package contains 2 shutter upgrades (choose RED or BLACK). Fits all Nikon DSLRs. 

Also, check out the world's best lens cleaning solution used by Leica, Hasselblad, Bausch & Lomb & NASA.

Save 20% on our legendary CheatSheets; 10% on Helicon Software and 5% on accessories. Get your discounts on all items mentioned above with this link

4- Welcome home

If you have a habit of going straight to our forums when logging in, you are skipping our Homepage.

In that case, you are missing some new features like our new Market box, Winner's Gallery enhancement and mouse-hover hints.

Take a look at the upper right corner and you will see a prominent positioning of the portal for our Winners' Gallery.

We are all looking forward to soon see many more, excellent images being showcased here.

Then, scroll down to the lower left side, where a new box highlights our MARKET forums. This is a great resource for buying sale items posted by our members. The current listings include everything from cameras and lenses to gear bags and filters/

Finally, (and you will love this) --- Moving the mouse over any item in any box will give you a hint showing more info from the post, article or image. Give it a try.

5- If you like it -- Say so
Did you like that great post on fixing a camera malfunction or the one about improving your photo composition? Too bad we don't have a "Like" button.-- Wrong! -- We now have a "Like" button.

Nikonians founder Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs) has announced the debut of our own version:
He explains how it works:
When logged in, you can find a small heart icon at the bottom left corner of each message in the forums. Clicking on it will signal the author that you liked what she shared or wrote.
Please do note: This does not replace the communication of writing whole sentences Always write and show your gratitude when you are helped, not only "liking" it.
At the top of the pages, you will find the same heart symbol again. Clicking on it will bring you to your overview of recommendations and likes.
This function has been brought to you by the hard-working back office team, specifically Zita and Dmitry have done a hands-on job.
P.S. if you dislike being recommended, you can opt-out from that in your profile under preferences.

6- What's in a name?
Mary Myers (Pistil) from Washington USA is organizing her image collection in Lightroom and she's wondering if we have any personal preferences for image names.

Here is just a small portion of her many questions:
 As usual, learning one thing about the camera/computer/processing brings up several other issues/problems I did not know about before. Now I am stuck on how to rename my photo files, which does seem necessary so I might as well start now. It appears I can easily do this using Lightroom, and they have a few different ways to batch name files, with sequential numbers for the individual files in a batch. (Anyone have an opinion on which way is best?)

I do like the year-month-day system (20171305 for example), and will probably start with that so the files are in date order. I plan to scan in old photo negatives and slides from my pre-digital life, I thought I can usually at least guess the year, they could be entered as 19890000 or if month is known 19890500. That seems do-able. Old historical photos I inherited from 1920's could be problematic (maybe 00000000?).

Check her entire long post and if you have any suggestions, feel free to add your advice.

7- Sticky situation
Yuck!! You pick up one of your older cameras after many months in storage and it feels like somebody sprayed glue on it. What gives?

Silver member Mark Virgil Stephan (Mark37814) from Tennessee, USA has run into "sticky rubber" and he's asking for advice:

My F100 hasn't been used for the last six months. It sits on a shelf in my bedroom closet. I grabbed it a couple of nights ago to make sure it was still working and discovered the rubber (all of it) has become sticky. I read somewhere that 91% rubbing alcohol was the cure and after rubbing with a damp rag for an hour or two while watching TV I couldn't tell a difference. I took it to my local camera store to see if they've had experience with sticky rubber and they had not.

As an experiment, I put a little bit of Armor All on a rag and gave it a good rub down. The camera looks new with shiny rubber and the rubber is less sticky. I'm still looking for a permanent cure. Do any of you with a F100 have a solution? A few years ago, my F5 developed the sticky rubber and I sent it to Nikon for a full CLA including rubber replacement and I haven't had a problem since (knock on wood).

Have you run into this problem? How did you fix it?

8- That darn Err
Gold member Don Burton (bug) from Michigan, USA has a puzzling dilemma. His Nikon D610 gives him an error message and locks up when using one particular lens. Yet... that same lens works fine with his Nikon D810. Sound familiar?

Here is his description:
I'm getting an error message on my D610 when using my Nikon 24-120 f4 lens. When I close down the aperture starting around f/10 and definitely at f/22, I get the shot but the camera locks up with an error message... then I turn the camera off & on and it's good for a single shot between f/16 to f/22. The camera and lens works great with apertures between f/4 to f/10.

Background info
No aperture problems on other lenses using my D610(all Nikons 14-24, 105mm, 70-200mm)
Yes, I used a micro cloth to rub contacts, both 610 camera and 24-120mm lens.
The pictures taken at f/22 are correct exposures, but need to turn the camera off and back on before the camera is operational.
Yes "C 1.01" & "L 2.015" firmware is current,

Here is the head scratcher......
The same 24-120 lens work great on my D810 at all f-stops.

I'm ready to ship the lens to Nikon, but wanted to check here first.
Can you solve the mystery?

9- Yucks to share

We started with sad news about a favorite magazine, so let's conclude with a lighter note. If you haven't been checking out our recent Joke of the Day postings, you're missing some fun. Platinum member Hektor R. Fuster (Hektor) from California, USA started the most recent edition.

Hektor starts off with one of his favorites:
Bill walks into a post office one day to see a middle-aged man standing at the counter enthusiastically writing addresses on bright pink envelopes covered with hearts.

He then takes out a scent bottle and starts spraying perfume over them. Bill's curiosity gets the better of him and he walks over to the man and asks him what he's doing.

"I'm sending out 1,000 Valentine's Day cards signed, 'Guess who?'" says the man.
"Why on earth are you doing that?" asks Bill.
"Because I'm a divorce lawyer." replies the man.

Looking for some laughs?  Looking to share a good chuckle? Join the fun.

10-Upgrades Galore


The Nikon Download Center is full of upgrades.

Here's a quick list of downloads available as of March 3, 2017:

Nikon SB-5000 TTL Flash Firmware 14.002

D500 Firmware Version 1.12

WT-7 Wireless Transmitter Firmware Version 1.1

D7200 Firmware Version 1.02

D750 Firmware Version 1.11

D810 Firmware Version 1.12

That's it for this week. Don't forget to grab your favorite camera and capture some images to share with family and friends (especially us at Nikonians). -- Tom Boné (flashdeadline)

Posted by flashdeadline at 10:10 PM

January 13, 2017

2017 marks 100th Anniversary for Nikon

Nippon-K-Logo_SQ_110.jpgWe congratulate our favorite camera, lens and accessory manufacturer on reaching the 100th Anniversary milestone.

Nikon Corporation President Kazuo Ushida will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its establishment on July 25th of this year.

Since its establishment (as Nippon Kogaku K.K.) in 1917, Nikon has provided the world with unique value based on opto-electronics and precision technologies.

Our member are currently discussing this anniversary and we encourage you to join the discussion.

Nikon-100th_300.jpgNikon has established a 100th Anniversary website describing 100-year milestones, starting with the official "birth" of the company:

Nikon began as Nippon Kogaku K.K. (Japan Optical Industries Co., Ltd.) on July 25, 1917, at 120 Haramachi, Koishikawa-ku (present-day Hakusan 4-chome, Bunkyo-ku) in Tokyo, starting domestic production of optical instruments such as rangefinders and microscopes.

Nikon-F_300.jpgIt was many years later (late 30's-early 40's before a Nikon camera surfaced from this new company, and for you trivia buffs, have a look at this historical site which tells us that the first rangefinder camera out of Japan was actually a Canon Hansa, bearing a Nikkor lens.

The historic Nikon 1 didn't debut until ten years later (going in production in 1948) and the first Single-Lens Reflex (SLR) camera from Nikon followed another ten years later (the Nikon F in 1959).

Nikon-Movie-Frame_350.jpgNikon's long history in the world of photography is rich with stunning images captured on Earth and the Moon.

The 1968 Nikon Photomic FTN was the framework for Nikon's entry into space photography when the company entered into an agreement with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to support the Apollo Program in the early 70s.

Nikon's 100th Anniversary website includes a short video (less than six minutes) leading off with a nod to their space cameras.

Posted by flashdeadline at 8:39 AM

January 6, 2017

Kodak Ektachrome returns

We have members of our community discussing the return of a favorite film.
That's right.
Specifically, Kodak Ektachrome positive film.
To understand the excitement, we need a quick history lesson.

Kodak-DCS100.jpgHow many of our community members recall the Kodak DCS 100?

It was a Nikon F3 camera with no need for film, thanks to Kodak's entry into digital media.

In 1991 this camera debuted commercially at a price tag of close to $20,000 (USD). Some variations soared past $25,000.

It featured an amazing 1.3 megapixels and is recognized as one of the first true digital single lens reflex (DSLR) cameras.

Many DCS models emerged from that milestone camera, including version by Canon and Hasselblad (to name a few).

The good news was it led to the mainstreaming of digital photography. The sad news was it led to the virtual demise of mainstream film photography.
Kodak, known for nearly a century as the industry leader in film technology, had helped make their bread and butter film business dwindle.

Kodak-Ektachrome-_new_325.jpgOf course we still have many photographers embracing film technology, and new fans of the analog method emerging every year.
Now, we see the results of that new trend.

Kodak Alaris has announced the reintroduction of the iconic KODAK Ektachrome Film for professional and enthusiast photographers later this year.

The new Ektachrome film will support 135-36x camera formats and be available in fourth quarter 2017.

If you are already dusting off your film cameras, join the discussion here.

Posted by flashdeadline at 3:46 PM

January 5, 2017

Nikon takes D5600 global

D5600_logo-SQ_110.jpgNikon has (again) announced the newest addition to their D5000 DSLR series.
This is the second announcement of the Nikon D5600.
At that time (November 2016) the camera was only available in a limited market, and the official suggested retail price had yet to be made public.

The Nikon D5600 features Nikon SnapBridge, which allows users to automatically transfer images directly from their camera to a compatible smart device.

D5600-w-18_55_VR_325.jpgThe Nikon D5600 also features:
• 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor
• Continuous shooting at 5 frames-per-second (fps)
• 39-point autofocus system
• 3.2-inch 1.037k-dot touchscreen Vari-angle LCD
• 100-25,600 ISO range
• full manual controls

The Nikon D5600 should be available this month, in a variety of kit configurations as well as body only. The body only suggested retail price will be $699.95 (USD).

Our members are discussing news of the recent announcement here.

The Nikon Product Page for the D5600 is here.

Posted by flashdeadline at 7:19 AM

May 18, 2016

Think Tank introduces Video Workhorse bags

think-tank-sq_120.jpgOur friends at Think Tank Photo have just released the first three in a new series of bags built specifically for professional video.

The largest of the new Video Workhorse series, the Video Workhorse 25, holds professional camcorders or video camera rigs up to 25" (63.5cm) long and 9.1" (23cm) tall, which could include a camera body, lens, monitor, viewfinder, 4K recorder, audio recorder, medium LED lightpanel, shotgun mic, lavaliere mics, rails, follow-focus, matte-box, shoulder mount, top handle, and cables.

As always, you receive a free gift with your order and free shipping.

Think-Tank-VideoWorkhorse-25_350.jpgDesigned for everyday use, the Workhorse shoulder bags are your on-the-go toolbox for professional video.

Built tough with the quality Think Tank is known for, these bags are the perfect blend of protection and functionality.


► Protection by design -- Striated aluminum and arched twinwall-reinforced top lid and struts create a collapse proof top
►Durable beyond expectation -- Build technology features the highest quality materials in the industry, including ballistic nylon, YKK RC Fuse zippers, welded metal hardware, nylon seatbelt webbing and high density closed-cell PU foam for long-lasting durability
►Designed to fit professional camcorders and video camera rigs so that you can start shooting instantly

Culture-Pop-vid_200.jpgAnd if you are looking for some cool video, scroll down once you have chosen one of the three bags to view in detail. Look for a video by Culture Pop Films.

Posted by flashdeadline at 4:56 PM

May 15, 2016

Underwater with the Nikon D500

Underwater-D500-Housing-SQ_110.jpgUnderwater photography enthusiasts are more than happy to know that the new Nikon D500 already has a promise of a housing.

This comes from Dive Photo Guide:
"After announcing plans to release a housing for the Nikon D500, this week Subal shared a teaser image on Facebook promising to deliver the product within a matter of weeks.

The prototype of New Subal ND500 for Nikon D500 is finished and tested," reads the Facebook post.

The company believes the housing will begin to be delivered on June 10th, 2016.

Posted by flashdeadline at 6:57 PM

May 10, 2016

Nikon earns 3 TIPA awards

NIKON-LOGO_125.jpgTOKYO - Nikon Corporation has announced that three of its products are recipients of the prestigious TIPA Awards 2016 sponsored by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA), a global authority in the photography and imaging industry.

The Nikon D5 digital SLR camera has been selected for the Best DSLR Professional/Action awards, the Nikon D500 for the Best APS-C DSLR Expert award, and the SnapBridge app for the Best Imaging Innovation award.

The best photographic and imaging products released between April 1, 2015 and March 31, 2016 in a number of categories were selected for the TIPA Awards 2016 through voting by editors of prestigious camera and imaging magazines from around the world.

More details here.

Posted by flashdeadline at 8:44 AM

April 27, 2016

Nikon D7200 Firmware update available

NIKON-LOGO-SQ-125.jpg Nikon's Service and Support download center has a firmware update available for the Nikon D7200.

The update covers issues in the setup menu, audio static, handling of RAW processes and proper display of leap years.

Go to the Download Center for details.

Posted by flashdeadline at 6:19 AM

April 21, 2016

Think Tank Photo unveils new gear for spring

think-tank-sq_120.jpgOur friends at Think Tank Photo are celebrating the spring season with the release of their largest photography lighting rolling bag ever and additions to the popular Retrospective shoulder bag series.

The Production Manager 50 is a professional strength, high-capacity rolling case is designed for lighting gear.

It serves as the most efficient way to safely transport a large amount of equipment.
Professionals will appreciate the robust design of this large roller with room for C-stands, multiple flash heads, power packs, monoblocks, softboxes, and light-stands.

Professionals will appreciate the robust design of this large roller with room for C-stands, multiple flash heads, power packs, monoblocks, softboxes, and light-stands.
Key Features Include:
• Custom, shock-absorbing wheels are wide-set to minimize tipping
• Reinforced handles on four sides for easy loading and unloading from your vehicle by two people
• Fully customizable interior includes dividers to protect small and large lighting equipment including C-stands and large modifiers
• Large front zippered pocket for reflectors, umbrellas, extension cords, cables, etc.
• Attachments for light-stands or tripods on both sides (straps included)
• Rigid shell and stiffened dividers ensures protection for your gear
• Lock the main compartment and secure your bag with the included lock and cable
• Replaceable bracket assembly protects axle from impact
• Highest quality materials including YKK RC Fuse zippers, 1680D ballistic nylon, and super-stick velex
• Large interior mesh pockets for organizing your pocket wizards, gels, cords, tape, batteries, and other accessories
• Ergonomic top handle for rolling or carrying by two people
Think-Tank-Production-Manager-B_325.jpg• Velex wrapped dividers for extra durability and longevity
• Adjustable lid straps keep bag open and accessible
• Rear skid rails and custom wheel housings allow you to load and unload from a vehicle with ease
• Business card holder on top panel for easy identification
• User replaceable wheels and hardware
• ID plate can be registered on the Think Tank website to aid in locating your lost or stolen bag
• Seam-sealed rain cover included

Despite the size, the case only weighs 20.7 to 29.8 pounds (9.4-13.5 kg) -- depending on the accessory configuration.

Retrospective 6 Shoulder Bag

Designed with Mirrorless systems in mind, the multipurpose Retrospective 6 also accommodates both standard and gripped DSLRs.
Think-Tank-Retrospective-6-Pinestone-A-350.jpgThis ideal size bag is versatile enough to be used as a lens changer or walk-around bag.

Key Features Include:
• Soft and form fitting with minimalist outer appearance
• Hook-and-loop "Sound Silencers" offer discretion
• Expandable front pocket fits an 8" tablet
• Ideal size for Mirrorless systems, but also accommodates a gripped DSLR
• Included sub-dividers are ideal for the small lenses of Mirrorless systems
• Collapsible interior pockets
• Organizer pocket
• Wide back storage pocket
• Removable carrying handle
• Adjustable shoulder strap with cushioned non-slip pad
• Webbing loops to accommodate modular pouches or carabiner
• Seam-sealed rain cover included

Posted by flashdeadline at 6:46 AM

April 20, 2016

Nikon announces delays

NIKON-LOGO-SQ-125.jpgThe Nikon Corporate Press Room has released two updates posted April 20, 2016.

The news provided:
The new Nikon compact digital cameras, COOLPIX A300 and B500 will be available in May 2016, the COOLPIX A900 and B700 will arrive in July 2016 and the Nikon KeyMission 360 action camera will be available in October 2016 as more time is required for software adjustment.
The new COOLPIX products were originally scheduled for release in April and the KeyMission 360 action camera was announced for a spring 2016 release.

In addition, the premium compact cameras, Nikon DL18-50 f/1.8-2.8, DL24-85 f/1.8-2.8, and DL24-500 f/2.8-5.6, will be delayed due to the serious issues with the integrated circuit for image processing built into the three new premium compact cameras, originally scheduled for a June 2016 release.

The new release date has yet to be determined and we will announce the information as soon as it is decided.

The effects of the 2016 Kumamoto earthquakes

The suppliers of parts for Nikon products such as digital cameras with interchangeable lenses, interchangeable lenses, and compact digital cameras, which include those mentioned above, were affected by the series of earthquakes that started on April 14 in Kumamoto Prefecture in Japan, and this will inevitably impact our production and sales.
We are currently investigating the situation, and we will announce the details as soon as they are confirmed.

We sincerely apologize to our customers, business partners and all those who have expressed interest in these models for the delays.

We are making every effort to bring these models to market at the earliest possible date without compromising on our standards and the total Nikon product experience.

Posted by flashdeadline at 2:45 PM

Android Nikon "SnapBridge" App Now Available

SnapBridge_Nikon_120.jpgHere's the latest update on SnapBridge courtesy of the Nikon USA Press Room:

MELVILLE, NY - April 19, 2016 -- Nikon has released the Android™ version of the SnapBridge app, which enables constant connection of a compatible Nikon digital camera to a smart device using Bluetooth® low energy technology.

SnapBridge Microsite:

SnapBridge is an app that offers users a number of convenient services by utilizing Bluetooth® low energy technology to enable seamless connection of a Nikon digital camera to a smart device, all while consuming very little power.

SnapBridge can be downloaded free of charge from the App Store® and Google Play™. The iOS version of the app is scheduled to be available from the App Store® later this summer.

The new Nikon D500 being discussed here, will feature SnapBridge technology.

Posted by flashdeadline at 2:18 PM

April 19, 2016

Nikon provides aid to 2016 Kumamoto earthquake victims

NIKON-LOGO-SQ-125.jpgThe Nikon Group has announced financial aid following earthquake activity this past weekend.

Announcement from Nikon News:
April 18, 2016 -
The Nikon group would like to express its profound sympathy and condolences to the victims of the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake, which took place after April 14, 2016.

In response to this tragedy and to extend an immediate support to its victims and affected areas, the Nikon group has decided to donate the following assistance: Cash donation 5 million yen (Nikon group total)

The allocation and timing of the donation are now under consideration. The Nikon group sincerely hopes for the earliest possible recovery from this disaster.

On April 21, 2016 Nikon Group increased the scope of their support for earthquake victims:

The Nikon group has decided the increased donation for the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake than the announcement on April 18, to expand further support in consideration of the disaster situation.
Cash donation: 10 million yen (Nikon group total)
Donee: Japanese Red Cross Society

With this change, furthermore we have started a fund-raising activity by directors and employees and donate it as the matching gifts of the Nikon group after the end of this activity. And we continuing every effort to support for recovery of our customer plant affected by the disaster.

The Nikon Group would express our profound sympathy and heartfelt concern to those individuals and families suffering from the disaster and sincerely hope for safety and swift recovery of the people and areas.

Posted by flashdeadline at 2:39 PM

January 14, 2016

Is the Compact Flash format doomed (anytime soon)?

CompactFlash-MemoryCards_BGS1062a-400 copy.jpgWith 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)

The Nikon D5 camera (Nikon Japan)
The Nikon D500 camera (Nikon Japan)

Posted by bgs at 12:29 PM

September 29, 2015

Think Tank Photo adds leather shoulder bags


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.

The new shoulder bag line includes the Retrospective 5 Leather, Retrospective 7 Leather, and Retrospective 30 Leather. These upscale, rugged bags maintain the Retrospective?s casual, form-fitting design.

A new Dual Cross buckle on the front flap provides an extra measure of security.

The leather bags are designed to hold tablets and laptops in dedicated zipper pockets. The Retrospective Leather 5 holds an 8? tablet; the Retrospective Leather 7 holds a 10? tablet or 11? laptop; and, the Retrospective Leather 30 holds a 10? tablet or 11? laptop.


The new Mirrorless Mover 25i fits one medium to large mirrorless body, plus two to four lenses, an 8'' tablet, and additional accessories.             

The Mirrorless Mover collection is made with only premium-quality materials and the outstanding craftsmanship that Think Tank is known for. It also features metal hardware, high quality fabrics, YKK zippers and a magnetic closure.

Check the Think Tank Photo backpacks site using this link for your Nikonians member exclusive special offer. 

Posted by flashdeadline at 10:33 PM

February 11, 2015

Nikon unveils new star-gazer DSLR and nine COOLPIX

NIKON-LOGO-SQ-125.jpgNikon 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.

Capsule descriptions and links courtesy of the Nikon USA Press Room:

S3700_L32_350.jpgThe COOLPIX line adds the budget friendly S3700 and L32.
The 20.1-megapixel COOLPIX S3700 comes with an 8x optical zoom and Nikon Snapbridge, whereby users seamlessly shoot and share stunning photos from the camera to a compatible smartphone or tablet via built-in Wi-Fi?1 and Near Field Communication technology (NFC2).

The 20.1-megapixel COOLPIX L32 allows users to conveniently capture great images without hassle through a highly intuitive and simple interface. Whether shooting in Easy Auto Mode, one of the 15 scene modes or recording video with one-touch recording, the L32 emphasizes ease-of-use for everyone. It also offers 720p HD video, 5x optical zoom, and a bright 3.0-inch LCD display.

2-WP_350.jpgIf your photography leans towards shooting under rugged conditions, you will want to check out Nikon?s new COOLPIX AW130 and COOLPIX S33, two durable compact cameras capable of capturing incredible images and Full HD videos, even under extreme conditions.

Both of these COOLPIX additions are waterproof, shockproof and freeze proof. The AW130 is designed to handle adverse conditions with ease while offering a feature set ideal for those with an active lifestyle including GPS.

Additionally, the 16-megapixel CMOS sensor COOLPIX AW130 offers Nikon Snapbridge. The COOLPIX S33 combines worry-free durability with an easy to use interface that helps every member of the family capture incredible images and HD video.

With budget-friendly and all-weather capabilities covered, Nikon continued the unveiling session with COOLPIX models offering everything from super-zoom to GPS in a variety of colors.


These new models include:

P610_250.jpgCOOLPIX P610
Featuring 60x optical zoom NIKKOR ED glass lens and 120x Dynamic Fine Zoom capable of reaching awe-inspiring distances. It combines a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor and a high performance Autofocus (AF) system to help capture detailed images and sharp Full HD video. The camera features both a built-in electronic viewfinder and a 3-inch Vari-angle LCD, both boasting 921k dot resolution display to help users easily compose the perfect image from any angle.

The COOLPIX P610 also features built-in GPS and Points of Interest (POI), allowing users to geo-tag shots and view where they were taken on a map, making this the ideal companion for the next weekend getaway or family retreat. This super-zoom camera also allows users to quickly and easily send photos to a compatible smartphone or tablet using the P610?s built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity.

Featuring a 38x optical zoom NIKKOR ED glass lens with the ability to reach 76x with Dynamic Fine Zoom. It uses lens-shift VR Technology to help minimize blur caused by camera shake.

The new 16-megapixel COOLPIX S9900 is the ideal long zoom camera for the light-packing jetsetter. Sporting a 30x optical zoom lens (up to 60x Dynamic Fine Zoom) lens shift VR for stills and Hybrid VR Technology and also offers sports automatic and manual exposure mode controls as well as new Time-Lapse video recording for those ready to put their personal touch on every image.

Nikon calls it the world?s lightest design.
It fits in your pocket yet still manages to carry lens-shift VR technology. The camera?s 18 scene modes provide the optimal settings for a variety of common shooting scenarios. Creative videos are a simple touch away while the camera also features a new Time-Lapse video function.

Featuring a 3-inch Vari-angle touch screen, built-in kickstand and front shutter release button, the COOLPIX S6900 is designed to capture fun and flattering self-portraits with ease. Equipped with a 16-megapixel CMOS Sensor, 12x Optical Zoom NIKKOR ED glass lens and 24x Dynamic Fine Zoom, users can take close-up ?selfies,? group shots and portraits with extreme detail and accuracy.

And we saved the most unique addition for last:
D810A_350.jpgCheck out the new 36.3MP FX-format CMOS sensor Nikon D810A, a DSLR optimized for astrophotography and other scientific applications. By modifying the infrared cut filter for the hydrogen alpha wavelength, Nikon has created a camera that gives photographers the ability to capture the diffuse nebulae in the night sky and to create colorful, breathtaking celestial images. The D810A shares its architecture with the powerful and professional high-resolution Nikon D810 DSLR and includes other new features designed uniquely to help capture the cosmos, letting users achieve sharp and vibrant images of the universe.

While not recommended for general photography, the D810A is an excellent option for photographing the universe with either NIKKOR lenses or third-party adaptors for telescopes.

In addition to the optimized IR cut filter, the D810A adds other features that are useful for astrophotography applications. A new Long Exposure Manual Mode is implemented, giving users the ability to set shutter speeds from 4, 5, 8, 10, 15, 20, 30, 60, 120, 180, 240, 300, 600 or 900 seconds (15 minutes), as well as Bulb and Time settings. Building upon the D810?s excellent low-light capabilities, the ISO range has been optimized from 200 to 12,800 (Hi-2 51,200), for maximum sensitivity with the optimal signal to noise ratio.

Posted by flashdeadline at 4:42 AM

September 30, 2014

Profoto takes cordless to new heights

hagen_profoto_sq_THU_110.jpgProfoto'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.

This gives you full TTL control without any cords.

Pr-foto_B1_300.jpgTo celebrate the release, Profoto gave B1 off-camera flashes, an Air Remote TTL-N and some Light Shaping Tools to wedding photographer Brian Marcus and asked him to take them for a spin on the streets of New York City. Check out the video for a look at his results.

Want to know more?
Nikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen also took the new gear out for a spin and his review (plus video) can be found here.

Posted by flashdeadline at 10:41 PM

September 12, 2014

Nikon releases new FX-format D750

D750-blg-SQ_125.jpgNikon 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).

Our members have been discussing the Nikon D750 vs D700 since last month, and if you are looking for good comparison points while shopping, that discussion is an interesting read.

Highlights from Nikon's Press Release
The new Nikon D750 adds tilting LCD functionality and built in Wi-Fi to a full frame model, and Nikon's press release describes it as a camera that will find itself at home in any camera bag:

D750_24_120_300.jpg"The new Nikon D750 provides professional-level features and performance in a durable, lightweight body. Whether the user is an advanced enthusiast or seasoned pro in need of a second body, the D750 easily complements any photographic discipline with a pro-caliber capability."

It features Nikon?s advanced 51-point AF system (the same used on Nikon?s high-end D-SLRs) and Advanced Multi-Cam 3500-FX II AF focus system.
It has a new 24.3 Megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor, and similar to the Nikon D4S, it features the 91,000-pixel 3D Color Matrix Meter III and its blazing fast AF system uses 15 cross-type AF sensors for enhanced accuracy, with 11 cross-type sensors that are fully functional up to f/8.

In addition to normal, wide area, face priority and subject tracking AF modes, the D750 also features the new Group Area AF mode for enhanced accuracy. Challenging light such as a poorly lit wedding reception is also no problem for the D750, as the AF system has been improved with the ability to lock on to subjects in as little as -3 EV illumination, a first for any Nikon D-SLR.

D750_24_120_top_175.jpgThat tilting Vari-Angle LCD is a 3.2-inch, 1,229K dot screen which tilts to accommodate shooting overhead, at waist level and on a tripod. For those serious about using a D-SLR for video, the D750 delivers the same level of functionality found in the Nikon D810, with the maximum amount of manual control that?s essential for production applications.
The Nikon D750 is compatible with more than 80 FX and DX-format NIKKOR lenses, the same optics that have built a lasting legacy of amazing image quality with brilliant sharpness and faithful color reproduction. For those upgrading from a DX-format lens system the D750 can also shoot in DX mode at 10.3-megapixels. The camera is compatible with Nikon?s Creative Lighting System (CLS) using the camera?s built in flash to control remote Speedlights for creative lighting possibilities. The new MB-D16 battery pack will also be released with the camera, to provide users with extended battery life as well as a functional vertical grip.

AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED: Fast Ultra Wide-Angle Lens
AF-S-NIKKOR-20mm-f-1-8G-ED_300.jpgThe AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED is Nikon?s first ultra wide angle lens with an f/1.8 aperture, allowing users to shoot in challenging light and create images with a pleasing separation between subject and background.

With a 94-degree angle of view (FX), the lens is ideal for architecture, interiors, wide-angle landscape and creative group portraits. When paired with the compact D750, this lens is also a great solution for video applications that call for shooting in cramped quarters. This AF-S lens provides whisper quiet and fast autofocus capability, an internal focus design, and features Nikon?s exclusive Nano Crystal Coat to reduce instances of ghost and flare.

SB-500: Versatile and Compact Video Speedlight
SB500_frt-bck_300.jpgThe SB-500 Speedlight is an exciting addition to Nikon?s Speedlight lineup, offering users the unbeatable yet versatile combination of a compact yet powerful Speedlight and LED video light, covering a wide 16mm/24mm (FX/DX). The controls on the SB-500 are simplified, making it easy to explore the possibilities of creative lighting with Speedlights. For full control over illumination, the head of the Speedlight has a 90-degree vertical swivel to bounce light off ceilings, and rotates 180-degrees for soft lighting effects. For remote lighting possibilities, the SB-500 Speedlight can be integrated into a CLS system with two-group/two-channel control. The powerful LED light (100 lux) is a great option for lighting video, and can be operated independently. Additionally, the SB-500 Speedlight is also powered by only two AA batteries, reducing both its weight and size.

Posted by flashdeadline at 7:46 AM

August 26, 2014

Nikon D810 Service Advisory

D810-CU_125.jpgNikon 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)."

The problem is limited to the initial Nikon D810 cameras released worldwide. The problem was discovered and a fix put in place for D810?s released later. Nikon offers a serial number check point to see of your camera is affected by the spot problem.

Some Nikonians members have reported being able to duplicate this white spot problem by shooting at exposures longer than about 20 seconds, where small, white, long-exposure noise spots will appear in the dark areas of their images. Other Nikonians have reported not being able to cause the spots to appear. Below is a sample of the white spot problem in an exposure of 30 seconds and at 100 percent pixel-peeping level:


While this problem does affect photographers who regularly take long exposures, such as for star trails and certain other time exposures, for the majority of photographers this is not a serious problem. Images with normal exposure times from the Nikon D810 usually do not exhibit any sign of this problem.

Darrell-Young_200.jpgAccording to Nikonian author Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell), "Having long exposure noise is a common problem for all digital cameras, which is why Nikon gives us the Long exposure NR (noise reduction) function. In fact, most members report that once Shooting Menu > Long exposure NR is enabled the problem disappears or is greatly reduced."

If you are concerned that your style of photography will be affected by this problem, it may be a good idea to send your camera in to Nikon, at their expense, to have the image processing system recalibrated. Nikon says the turn-around time for the repair is about 10 to 14 days. If you are currently using your camera heavily and do not have time to send it in immediately, you can wait until a more convenient time. A Nikonian member contacted Nikon and was informed that a service advisory lasts at least as long as the warranty of the camera and often longer. Therefore, during the warranty period of the camera, at the very least, fixing this problem will be a cost free process. If you are not seriously affected by the spot problem you may have some flexibility in choosing the best time for your camera to go in for service.

A general firmware update will not fix this problem because the camera must be connected to a computer at Nikon to recalibrate the image processing system during firmware installation. New firmware is installed as part of the recalibration process, with a firmware number of C 1.01.

Your Nikon D810 may not be affected due to being a camera outside the serial numbers Nikon provides at their checkpoint. Also, if your camera has firmware version C 1.01 installed and has a black dot inside the tripod socket, your D810 has already been recalibrated, even if it is within the serial numbers having the spot problem.

Darrell Young is currently working on his newest book, Mastering the Nikon D810, and he has praise for the quick reaction by Nikon:

"They are to be commended for issuing this service advisory very quickly after the problem was discovered and providing cost free relief for affected Nikon D810 owners."

Posted by flashdeadline at 11:36 PM

June 26, 2014

The Nikon D810: Faster, Smoother, Easier to use.

D810-CU_125.jpgNikon 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.

Here's a quick look at the key features (courtesy of Geoff Coulter, at Nikon USA Press):

• A multimedia HD-SLR for photographers and cinematographers
• New FX-format 36.3-megapixel CMOS sensor with no optical low pass filter (OLPF)
• Extremely high-resolution, broad dynamic range and stellar sharpness
• Bolstered by EXPEED 4 Image Processor that offers enhanced image quality and a 30% overall boost in performance
NikonD810_350.jpg• Overall performance enhancements (white balance, reduced false color/moiré)
• Wider ISO range (64-12,800) for improved low-light performance (expandable to ISO 32 and 51,200)
• Advanced Scene Recognition System, Picture Control Profiles, Highlight weighted metering options all contribute to enhancing image quality and resolution for all types of photographers
• Powerful video features for cinematographers
• Full HD 1920 x 1080 video at 60/30/24p and versatile FX and DX crop modes
• Uncompressed digital video HDMI output to an external device while recording to SD or CF
• Zebra stripes for over exposed areas, full manual controls and full time AF
NikonD810_Back_350.jpg• Enhanced 51 point Multi-Cam 3500 FX Autofocus system
• New RAW Size Small format (12 bit) provides increased flexibility in workflow
• Engineered for versatility and performance with bright viewfinder and 3.2-inch LCD screen
• “i” button added for quick access to commonly used settings
• Available in late July for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $3,299.95 (Body Only) and in multiple kit configurations

D810/D800/D800E comparison sheet

Nikon USA Product Page

Nikon Tokyo Press Release (further details on new features)


Posted by flashdeadline at 6:01 AM

May 14, 2014

New Nikon 1 cameras and accessories plus NIKKOR additions announced

NIKON-LOGO-SQ-125.jpgNikon has announced new additions to both the Nikon 1 System of interchangeable lens cameras and new professional NIKKOR optics.

First, Nikon has introduced the compact, versatile and blazing fast Nikon 1 J4 for the USA market and the Nikon 1 S2, the next evolution in the Nikon 1 line for those ready to step their photography up to the next level.

For users ready to take Nikon 1 underwater, also announced were the new WP-N3 Waterproof Case and SB-N10 Waterproof Speedlight.

Nikon also introduced the new professional-grade AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR telephoto lens and AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E III, providing a lightweight yet optically excellent option for sports, action and wildlife shooters.

Here are the highlights (courtesy of Geoffrey Coalter from the Nikon USA Press Room).

Nikon 1 J4
J4-BLK_300.jpg• World’s fastest continuous shooting frame rate at 20 fps at full resolution
• 171 contrast detect focus areas and 105 phase-detect AF points for incredible AF accuracy
• Features an 18.4 MP CX-format CMOS sensor and EXPEED 4A image processing engine
• Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity for easy sharing of precious moments
• 1080/60p HD video capability and Auto Image Capture that allows user to capture still images during video recording
• Slow View Mode allows user to slow down the frame and capture the ideal moment
• Capable of recording slow motion movies in 1280 x 720 resolution at up to 120 fps.
• Sports a new touchscreen interface with touch shutter functionality
• New creative modes for both stills and video including Easy Panorama Mode and Creative Pallet
• Available in May 2014 in Black, White, Silver and Orange in three kit options:
• With 1 NIKKOR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom lens: $649.95 SRP
• With 1 NIKKOR 10-100mm f/4.0-5.6 VR lens: $849.95 SRP
• With the 1 NIKKOR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom lens and 1 NIKKOR VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 lens: $1,049.95 SRP

Nikon 1 S2
S2_300.jpg• Features a 14.2 MP CX-format CMOS sensor and EXPEED 4A image processing engine
• World’s fastest continuous shooting frame rate at 20 fps at full resolution
• Wi-Fi connectivity is possible alongside optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter
• 1080/60p HD video capability and Auto Image Capture that allows user to capture still images during video recording
• New creative modes for both stills and video including Selective Color and Creative Pallet
• Available in June 2014 in Black, White, Red and Yellow in two kit options:
• With 1 NIKKOR 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 lens: $449.95 SRP
• With 1 NIKKOR 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 lens and 1 NIKKOR VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 lens: $699.95

SBN10_WPN3_250.jpg• New Waterproof case for use with the Nikon 1 J4 and Nikon 1 S2, for deeper diving without a D-SLR, with an operating depth of 45m
• Available in May 2014; Pricing TBD

SB-N10 / Fiber Optic Cable Adapter
• Waterproof Speedlight for Nikon 1 underwater shooters (Waterproof up to 100m)
• Compatible with WP-N1, WP-N2 and WP-N3 waterproof cases
• Also compatible with the Nikon 1 AW1 using Fiber Optic Cable Adapter
• Available in May 2014; Pricing TBD

AFS_400E_FL_ED_VR_250.jpgAF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR
• New professional grade telephoto option for professional and passionate photographers
• Nearly two pounds lighter, yet more durable than its predecessor; ideal for shooting sports, action and wildlife
• Improved AF, exposure accuracy and speed.
• Vibration Reduction (VR) technology with up to four stops of image stabilization
• Contains two fluorite elements, two Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) glass elements and Nano Crystal Coat
• Features an electronic diaphragm, allowing for stable exposure even during high speed shooting
• Available in August 2014 for $11,999.95 SRP

AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E III
AFS_Telecon_TC14E3_a_250.jpg• Effectively multiplies focal length of many NIKKOR lenses by 1.4x, while losing only one stop of exposure
• Features fluorine coating for enhanced resistance to dirt and water.
• Available in August 2014 for $499.95 SRP.

Posted by flashdeadline at 6:30 AM

March 11, 2014

Think Tank Modular Component Line expands

TT-SQ-THU.jpgOur friends at Think Tank just announced the release of new products aimed at enhancing your workflow and increased mobility.

Think-Tank-Logo_125.jpgThink Tank Photo’s new Modular Pixel Pocket Rocket (PPR) is belt-mountable, which enables you to easily whip out CF and SD cards and to keep them securely and conveniently at hand when shooting. The Modular PPR is easily secured by a sturdy hook-and-loop panel to any Think Tank Photo modular belt or to any belt. It holds six CF cards and three SD cards, as well as other small accessories, such as a smart phone or lens cloth.

The App House 8 and the App House 10 are two hybrid bags for quick access to a small or standard-size Apple tablets and can be used either as shoulder bags or mounted on belts. Streamlined and secure, their small size, removable shoulder strap, and double-lock belt-mount make it practically effortless for you to carry and access your tablet and stay connected around town or when traveling.

Key features include: Dedicated pockets for carrying a smart phone, device accessories, plus other small items; a dedicated, easily accessible smart phone pocket with soft liner; and an internal organizer with elastic and zippered pockets for connection cables, card readers, power cables, portable charger, pens, or other personal items


Nikonians Special:
Your order through the links above will include your choice of an extra free gift.

Posted by flashdeadline at 7:43 AM

February 25, 2014

New Nikon flagship unveiled- The D4S

D4S-THU.jpgNikon's long awaited next generation flagship DSLR has finally come out from behind the secrecy curtain.

The Nikon D4S should be on the streets in early March at a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $6499.95 USD. It features improvements in performance as well as ergonomics over the Nikon D4.

Here are the highlights:
D4s_58_1.4_front34l.jpg• Incredible Speed and Performance through the entire workflow
• Shoots 11 fps at full resolution with AE and AF functionality
• New Group Area AF uses 5 AF sensors as a single focus point
• New RAW SIZE S format increases workflow speed
• Transfer files 10x faster with 1000 Base-T wired LAN
• 30% faster image processing and energy savings
• Stunning Nikon Image Quality
• Newly Developed 16.2 MP FX-format CMOS sensor and EXPEED 4 processing
• Enhances upon the proven 51-point AF system and 3D Color Matrix Metering
• Astounding Low-Light Performance; ISO range from 100 to 25,600, expandable to 409,600
• Professional Video and Audio Capabilities
• Capture stunning 1080/60p video
• 2.7x Crop Mode can extend the reach of NIKKOR lenses
• Improved ergonomics, comfort and durability
• Available in early March 2014 for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $6,499.95 (USD)

Additionally, Nikon has announced a beta version of Capture NX-D, new software for processing and adjusting RAW images captured with Nikon digital cameras. RAW images (NEF or NRW file extension) captured with Nikon D-SLR cameras, Nikon 1 advanced cameras with interchangeable lenses, and Nikon COOLPIX compact digital cameras can be loaded into the application for processing and adjustment of images.

Berger-Bros.jpgSpecial Note: Our friends at Berger Bros. Camera are set to help you obtain the new Nikon D4S by taking pre-orders. Continental USA customers can call Brad Berger @ 1-800-542-8811.

Check here for a Nikon D4 / D4S comparison:

Once you have checked the comparison chart, we invite you to our Nikon D4S unveiled discussion thread in the English Café, where we will be sampling Nikonians reaction for use in our General Newsletter for this week. Tell us what you think of this new flagship.

Here is the full press release:

MELVILLE, NY – Announced today, the new Nikon D4S establishes itself as the premier HD-SLR available to professionals; unrivaled with its combination of incredible speed, accuracy, low-light performance and exceptional image fidelity. Designed for the most demanding photographers and multimedia professionals in the world, the Nikon D4S improves upon the revered D4 to give users enhanced image and video quality, improved autofocus (AF), faster performance during and after capture in addition to an astonishing ISO range.

D4s_back.jpgNikon’s D series of flagship cameras continues to push the boundaries of professional image quality, speed and features. The newly developed 16.2-megapixel FX-format sensor works in conjunction with the new EXPEED 4 image processing engine to deliver new levels of still and HD video quality and performance. A new Group AF function and overall improvements build upon Nikon’s proven 51-point AF system, while the camera breaks convention with an ISO range that goes to an incredible 409,600 ISO (Hi-4) for maximum versatility in nearly any lighting condition. Overall speed and response is also enhanced, capturing full resolution at an astounding 11 frames-per-second (fps) with auto focus and auto exposure (AE), while benefiting from an overall 30% increase in processing power.

“By announcing the development of the new Nikon D4S earlier this year, Nikon has been able to work openly with professional photographers in the field to hone the cameras’ core capabilities into an unparalleled tool that makes otherwise impossible images a reality,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “The challenges of today’s professional multimedia photographer go beyond simply capturing amazing content. After the shutter clicks, the workflow enhancements that the D4S provides will give Nikon users an obvious edge in the stands, the studio, on the sidelines or in the field.”

Extreme Speed and Accuracy Give the Edge in the Field
D4s_58_1.4_top.jpgWhether shooting extreme action sports or elusive wildlife, the Nikon D4S has been engineered to be the ultimate combination of speed and accuracy, giving photographers the power to capture even the fastest moving, unpredictable subjects with confidence and control. The proven Multi-CAM 3500 FX AF sensor module’s thoroughly recalibrated AF algorithms quickly zero in on its intended target— no matter how near, far, or abruptly a subject appears in the frame. Additionally, the D4S includes a new innovative Group AF mode. When selected, this mode utilizes five AF points to provide increased stability while tracking subjects, and enhanced accuracy by reducing instances of background focus. In situations where the background is bright with strong contrasting colors, photographers can now feel more confident, knowing that small, distant and fast-moving objects can be rendered sharper, faster and more frequently. Nikon’s AF Lock-on technology is also upgraded, shortening time in reverting from focus interruptions, such as a referee running into the frame.

Hundredths of a second can make the difference when capturing the decisive shot that graces the front page, the double-truck spread, or the client’s mantel. With this in mind, the Nikon D4S also improves tracking on high-speed continuous shooting at a blazing fast 11 fps, with continuous AF/AE. Because missing the shot is just not an option, Nikon’s EXPEED 4 plays an integral role in the D4S’ seemingly instantaneous response and swift performance, while enhancing energy efficiency. The camera now features a processing time that is a full 30% faster, in addition to a 200-shot buffer (JPEG) at full resolution at the maximum continuous mode.

As a proven flagship for the world’s most demanding photographers, the D4S retains the features that made its predecessor the professional’s choice in the first place. The Nikon D4S HD-SLR aligns 15 cross-type sensors in the center to detect contrast data in both vertical and horizontal planes. In addition to detecting each AF-NIKKOR lens with an aperture of f/5.6 or lower, the camera also utilizes nine cross-type sensors that are fully functional when using compatible NIKKOR lenses and a teleconverter with a combined aperture value up to f/8, a great advantage to those photographing sports and wildlife from extreme distances.

The Advantage of Superior Image Quality
D4s_58_1.4_back34r.jpgAt the core of the Nikon D4S is a newly developed 16.2-megapixel FX-format CMOS Sensor (36 x 23.9mm), engineered to deliver an immersive dynamic range, with exceptionally low noise. This newly developed image sensor works in tandem with the latest generation of Nikon’s powerful image processing engine, dubbed EXPEED 4, to bolster image quality, color and sharpness in both stills and video. The benefits of EXPEED 4 go well beyond high-speed image processing to provide evolved real time noise reduction, along with depth and clarity gradation rendering. The resulting images exhibit a wide tonal range, with true and faithful colors.

Thanks in part to the new EXPEED 4 processing engine, the Nikon D4S now shatters the perception of what’s possible with available light photography, giving users a native ISO range from 100-25,600 expandable from 50 ISO (Lo-1) to a staggering 409,600 ISO (Hi-4). This amazing ISO range rewrites the rulebook for available-light shooting, and is especially useful for professional sports shooters, photojournalists, as well as military and law enforcement agencies. The powerful EXPEED 4 image-processing engine incorporates an entirely new algorithm for even higher ISO noise reduction and color fidelity, resulting in an enhanced overall sharpness and clarity without sacrificing subtle textures and luminous details. The enhanced ISO is also a major advantage for other professionals including wedding and portrait photographers, who can now confidently capture the darkest reception, a candlelit ceremony, or create crisp studio portraits with flawless fidelity.

Other advanced Nikon technologies also contribute to the superior image quality of the Nikon D4S, including a new enhanced standard Picture Control tone curve that gives greater depth and clearer color rendition, especially on skin tones. For additional versatility, users have the ability to toggle Face Detect AF on or off while shooting through the viewfinder, and white balance calculation has been further refined for accuracy, while spot white balance is employed for easier presetting with more options.

Nikon’s exclusive 91,000-pixel RGB 3D Color Matrix Metering III system returns on the D4S to help capture true-to-life colors while solving the most challenging exposures, from sun-lit snow to stadium lighting. The system works by meticulously analyzing the variables within each scene and recognizing factors such as color and brightness values with unprecedented exactness. This data is then interpreted and compared against the camera’s on-board database to implement various settings, resulting in vibrant images with faithful color reproduction and balanced exposure.

Faster Workflow During and After Capture
While shooting speed and response matter in the moment, workflow speed has become increasingly important in a more competitive landscape. The D4S delivers upon the need for that speed with features that are engineered for today’s professional:

New RAW SIZE S files: In addition to shooting JPEG, full size RAW (NEF) and TIFF files, the Nikon D4S also has a new file setting to enhance workflow, RAW SIZE S. This setting allows for shooting 12-bit uncompressed Nikon NEF files that are approximately half the size (2464 x 1640) of standard uncompressed RAW files and are more easily manageable—speeding up the entire workflow process.

Faster transfer rate: When connected via LAN, users can now transmit files using Gigabit Ethernet (1000 Base-T LAN). This significant decrease in transfer times means more time to shoot, and less time transmitting files.

Improved battery life: Despite its processing power, the D4S is remarkably power-efficient. With the addition of a new EN-EL18a Lithium-Ion battery, the D4S can easily outlast the action with up 3,020 (CIPA rating) shots in single mode and 5,960 shots (Nikon testing) in continuous mode.

Dual card slots: The D4S uses both CF cards as well as the super-fast XQD card format to achieve the fastest possible transfer and write times.

Video Features Fit for the Modern Production Environment
D4S_ME-1.jpgWith an increase in potent processing power, the D4S ups the ante when it comes to multimedia workflow and content capture. A versatile tool on location or on set, the D4S offers enhanced video quality and video-friendly features, in a compact and lightweight HD-SLR form factor. In addition to the innovative video attributes from the D4, the D4S offers the following new features:

Full HD video in variable frame rates: Users have the choice of various resolutions and frame rates, including a new 1080/60p option for increased flexibility in post. Users can also shoot at 1080 30p or a cinematic 24p, as well as various other NTSC and PAL frame rates and resolutions. By utilizing the B-Frame data compression method, users can record H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC format video with unmatched integrity for up to 29:59 minutes per clip.

Selectable image area: Users now have the ability to select an image area in Live View mode to match the glass or shooting style. To best suit the scene, FX, DX (1.5x) and 2.7x cropping is available.

Expanded ISO range for video and auto ISO control: D4S’ FX-format image sensor and EXPEED 4 work hand-in-hand to render a natural transition between bright and dark scenes, all while delivering rich tones, sharp edges and minimized noise, even at high ISOs. The D-Movie mode has a wide standard ISO range — from 200 to 25,600 to shoot in nearly any lighting. Furthermore, the ISO can be pushed up to an ISO 409,600 (Hi-4) equivalent. Additionally, D4S lets you maintain manual exposure for controlled shutter speeds and aperture settings while the camera automatically dictates the ISO maximum sensitivity from 400 to Hi-4. For assignments with dramatic shifts in lighting, this can be a remarkably useful tool.

Uncompressed 1080 60p: For the purest video quality, the D4S allows direct output of uncompressed files via HDMI. Output can be recorded to an optional outboard digital video recorder, making for an efficient editing workflow.

Manual control: Like the D4 HD-SLR, D4S offers full manual control when shooting video for maximum creative versatility.

Simultaneous recording: When recording to an external digital recorder via HDMI, the D4S can now simultaneously write to the CF or XQD card. This function is ideal for creating backups and recording while live-streaming content.

Improved sound: The range of audio frequency is now selectable, with options such as Wide Range and Voice Range. Wind noise reduction and audio levels can be changed during recording.

Smoother exposure transition during time-lapse and interval-time shooting: Creating breathtaking time-lapse movies is even easier with the D4S. The camera renders exposure transitions with unprecedented smoothness. Such scenes have been difficult to capture in manual or auto exposure mode, but now users can apply an auto exposure to achieve professional-grade time-lapse and interval-time shooting.

NIKKOR lens compatibility: The highest caliber optics are vital to creating HD images and Nikon is the world leader in optics manufacturing with a legacy spanning more than 80 years. Nikon has a vast NIKKOR lens system, with more than 80 lenses including 65 FX-format lenses with a variety of focal lengths and features, including VR vibration reduction.

Pro Grade Construction and Controls
D4S-2.jpgAs a flagship camera for professionals, the D4S is engineered to excel in the world’s toughest environments, while giving pros the features needed to get the shot. The shutter has been tested to 400,000 cycles, and the camera chassis is constructed of lightweight and durable magnesium alloy. Additionally, the camera is sealed and gasketed from moisture, dust and electromagnetic interference to resist the elements.

While shooting, users will appreciate a slightly modified control layout and ergonomics for faster and more comfortable shooting. Subtle changes increase grip and comfort, making the camera easier to hold for a wider range of hand sizes and more comfortable during prolonged use. Photographers will also benefit from composing through a bright viewfinder with 100% coverage. The D4S also features a newly designed mirror-moving mechanism, which uniformly and effectively absorbs mirror slap to minimize viewfinder blackout time. Even at 11 fps, this innovation makes it easier to track a fast subject through the optical viewfinder.

The wide and bright high-resolution 921k dot, 3.2-inch LCD screen of the Nikon D4S lets users easily change menu settings, compose and review images. Photographers have the ability to customize the color of the LCD monitor to better match studio monitors or personal preference. Additionally, the LCD monitor retains its auto-brightness function that automatically adjusts the brightness of the monitor to increase visibility and conserve battery life.

Price and Availability
The Nikon D4S HD-SLR will be available March 6, 2014 for a suggested retail price* (SRP) of $6499.95 USD.

Posted by flashdeadline at 5:47 AM

February 11, 2014

Nikon COOLPIX line expands

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. 


The new models push the super zoom category with the longest zoom in a COOLPIX camera (60x) and feature a new threshold in wide apertures (f/1.8), plus additions to the rugged all-weather line. Budget conscious COOLPIX fans will also have a prime candidate in the new COOLPIX S32, which hits the streets at below $130 (USD) retail while adding waterproof and shockproof functionality.

Here are the highlights, courtesy of the Nikon USA Press Room:



• Longest zoom in a COOLPIX camera, 60x optical zoom (wide-angle 24mm to 1440mm)

• Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity for easy sharing with family and friends

• 921k dot, high-resolution 3-inch Vari-angle LCD display

• 16.1-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor ensures sharp images even in low-light settings

• Full HD 1080/60i video, full manual controls and an electronic viewfinder

• New Moon and Bird Watching Scene Modes

• Available in February 2014 in Black and Red for a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $499.95 (USD).



• Astounding 42x optical zoom (24-1000mm range)

• 16.1-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor ensures sharp images

• Full HD 1080/60i video

• Full manual controls (P,S,A,M) and built-in electronic viewfinder

• 3-inch LCD display to help frame every shot and video

• Optional Wi-Fi connectivity with WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter

• Available in February 2014 in Black for a suggested retail price of $449.95 (USD).



• Impressive 30x optical zoom packed into an extremely compact, yet stylish body

• Capability of reaching 60x using Dynamic Fine Zoom

• Lens-Shift VR to help reduce the effects of camera shake

• Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity for easy sharing with family and friends

• Built-in GPS technology helps track users’ travels and pinpoint the exact coordinates where an image was captured

• 16.1-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor produces top quality images and Full HD 1080/60i videos

• High-resolution (921k-dot), 3-inch bright OLED monitor helps frame every shot

• Available in February 2014 in Black and Red for a suggested retail price of $349.95 (USD).



• Powerful performance and advanced optics in an ultra-compact body

• Versatile 5x wide-angle to telephoto zoom range and wide f/1.8 max aperture lens

• 1/1.7-inch, 12.2-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor for superior image quality

• Full manual controls (P,S,A,M) and RAW (NRW) image capture

• High-resolution, 921k-dot, 3-inch LCD monitor on a sleek portable design

• Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity for easy sharing with family and friends

• Available in March 2014 in Black for a suggested retail price of $379.95 (USD).



• Waterproof, Shockproof and Freezeproof compact camera ready for any adventure

• Equipped with GPS technology, mapping and an Electronic Compass

• Helps track a user’s journey and navigate their expedition

• Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity for easy sharing of images and HD video

• 16-megapixel CMOS sensor capable of capturing Full HD 1080/60i video

• 5x optical zoom (10x with Dynamic Fine Zoom) with Hybrid VR

• Fast f/2.8 maximum aperture and about 6.9 fps continuous shooting

• Nikon’s Action Control function allows seamless operation, even with gloves on

• Bright 3-inch high-resolution OLED monitor

• Can also be mounted to a chest harness for a unique, in-action point-of-view

• Available in March 2014 in Orange, Blue, Black and Camouflage for a suggested retail price of $349.95 (USD).



• Family-friendly and durable compact camera for any member of the household

• Waterproof (up to 33 feet) and shockproof (up to 5 feet)

• 2.7-inch LCD display and easy-to-use graphic user interface

• 13.2-megapixel CMOS sensor and 3x optical zoom

• Friendly feature set including Motion Detection, Smart Portrait System, Scene Modes and Effects

• Available in March 2014 in White and Blue for a suggested retail price of $129.95 (USD).

Posted by flashdeadline at 10:38 PM

February 3, 2014

Congrats to Berger Bros.

Berger-Magic_SQ_125.jpgCongratulations 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).

Berger-Bros.jpgIt all started with a store specializing in musical instruments and sporting equipment, but soon the Berger family developed (literally) an interest in photography. They shifted to featuring cameras, lenses and photography related accessories. This shift in store inventory came precisely at the time when the domain of photography was rapidly expanding to serious amateurs and average households.

Berger Brothers helped boost that expansion by offering the latest in the new cameras coming from all corners of the globe. While helping with the growth of the home and amateur photography arena, they maintained a firm foothold in sales and service to the professionals of the day.

Berger-150.jpgBuilding on their reputation of customer service, Berger Brothers advanced to today's digital age under the stewardship of Brad Berger, who is now entering his 41st year at the helm.

His philosophy through those years can be found on the Berger Brothers Web Site history page:
"Brad has expanded our inventory, but has never forgotten what the family drilled into him from an early age - customer service comes first. The Berger Brothers dream has never been to be the largest camera store in New York. Just the best."

In addition, one more milestone:
This year marks the fifth anniversary of the partnership with our Nikonians community, which is now best known as our popular Ask Berger Bros Camera Forum!
Through the past five years, Brad and his team have supported our community with purchasing specials, photography articles and informative links to training videos.

Now serving their third generation of customers in two locations (plus a Photography School) as well as the wide world of Internet sales and service, Berger Brothers is handily keeping up with modern technological improvements, and defiantly refusing to give up on old-fashioned standards:

To quote Brad: "We still believe in offering a good value, in standing behind the sale, and that courtesy and customer service comes first - that if you're happy with your purchase you'll come back."

Posted by flashdeadline at 4:23 PM

November 5, 2013

Retro Nikon debuts -- Nikonians react

BLG-THU.jpgNikon'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.

Nikonians author Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) tells us this camera comes with equal doses of nostalgic features and modern-day technology:
"Remember when you were young and skinny, raising kids, and had all that energy? Well, you were probably carrying a camera that looked a lot like the new Nikon Df. Let this camera take you back in time as you carry it with you everywhere.

Basically, the Df is made for travel, and for what Nikon calls “a versatile full-frame option for passionate photographers.” The camera delivers the same high quality as the Nikon D4, the flagship DSLR in Nikon’s lineup, for about half the cost of a D4. Not having a bulky camera body, yet having sufficient speed (up to 5.5 frames per second), makes the Df a very flexible camera, ready for different styles of photography.

The brand new Nikon Df forum shows a wide variety of global reactions:
"UK launch price with the special edition 50mm f1.8 lens is £2740 ($US4110)...Wow, that's not cheap!
-- Richard Walliker (richardd300), United Kingdom/Wales

"I was eagerly and patiently waiting from the release of D4 to get a replacement for my faithful D700. I skipped the D800 (too many pixels, you get them laying all around), the D600 and D610 (too consumer body), feeling that Nikon will release something to fulfill my wishes. And it came -- Nikon Df. It is exactly what I was waiting for -- "low" pixel count (just right for me), extremely high sensor sensitivity, no video (I use a video camera for my videos), pro-built and compact high quality body. Now I am a bit disappointed. The price is simply too high, even for such a nice piece of high tech camera."
-- Nikolaj Simic (niksi), Slovenia

BLG-Fig03.jpg"A very nice toy. Not that I really need it. The pixel count is disappointing - it should have been at least 36 MP. Better 54 (FF with D3200 density).
What would really make me happy - all the same, but for film."

-- Vladimir Stepanov (SVA ), Switzerland

"I felt Nikon got the pricing right with the high specs of the D800. I also felt a retro camera could be nice for those who felt this whole dslr madness has gotten out of control (ie feature creep, adding things that people may not need/want and complicating the interface, etc). But I figured a simplified camera would come with a 'simplified' price. I realize it has the d4 sensor at half the price, but frankly the d4 is overpriced and other than the sensor, the spec of the Df is more mid-range. I thought the purpose was to compete against the new breed of ILC which have price tags at 1/3 of the Df."
-- Eric Carlino (ecarlino), USA/Illinois

"I don't think the purpose of this camera was to compete with anything. I think it was a dream of one of Nikon's executives, maybe even the CEO, to produce a product that would reflect on their past history and heritage. I see that thinking in the release of the new AFS 58mm f1.4 lens and now the Df. I think you need to understand the pride the Japanese have in their heritage to see that. The last retro camera that Nikon produced was the S3 rangefinder kit from 2000. As far as I know only Leica and Nikon and maybe Zeiss through Cosina do these things. Since making a retro film camera now makes no sense at all they did the next best thing with the Df. You are getting a FE digital body with near D4 performance at a bargain price. I don't expect they will sell many based on the comments I see here."
-- Leonard Taupier (Leonard62), USA/Pennsylvania

"The naming strikes me as telling. While it is possible Nikon could someday come out with a "Df2" (or "Dg"?), the lack of a number in the model name makes me wonder if Nikon sees this as a one-off model rather than the start of a progression of traditional-style cameras. Who knows, perhaps this is Nikon's parting homage to the past before they come out with something radically new and different that abandons the single-lens reflex design. In any case, it's clear that this appeals to some people. I sincerely wish them joy of using it, and I'll be interested to read about their experiences and see their images."
-- Jonathan Bloom (jbloom),USA/Connecticut

"Just when I thought I was out, Nikon brings me back in! I really like the design and look of the camera."
-- Armando Camara (adcam), USA/Oregon

Here are the highlights, courtesy of Geoffrey Coalter at the Nikon USA Press Room:

Nikon Df:
BLG-Fig02.jpg• Classic Nikon design cues, with solid build and mechanical controls
• Sophisticated physical/mechanical controls for settings and adjustments
• Imaging and low-light performance inherited from Nikon’s flagship D4 D-SLR
• Large 36 x 23.9mm, 16.2 MP FX-Format CMOS sensor
• EXPEED 3 image processing engine propels image quality to the next level
• Exceptionally wide ISO range from 100-12,800, expandable to 204,800 for superb low-light performance
BLG-04.jpg• Nikon’s thinnest and lightest FX-format D-SLR
• 39-point AF system with nine cross-type sensors and continuous burst shooting up to 5.5 fps ensures precision and clarity when capturing moving subjects
• 2016-Pixel Matrix Metering and Scene Recognition System ensure proper camera settings for every shooting scenario
• Easy to create with a 3.2-inch LCD display and glass optical viewfinder
• Wi-Fi connectivity available with use of optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter, allowing for instant download and sharing to smart devices or remote firing of the camera
• Reaching back into the NIKKOR lens legacy, the Df is compatible with current AF, AF-S, DX and AF-D lenses, but also works with classic Ai and non-Ai NIKKOR glass
• Full compatibility with Nikon’s Creative Lighting System and WR remote systems
• Available in late November 2013, in classic silver and black color schemes at a suggested retail price (SRP) of $2,749.95 (body only). A kit will also be available with the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8 Special Edition Lens for $2,999.95 (SRP)

AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8 Special Edition Lens
• Classically styled to honor original NIKKOR Ai lenses
• Sports aluminum mounting ring for manual focusing
• Classic 50mm prime focal length ideal for everyday shooting
• Features modern NIKKOR technologies
• Nano Crystal Coat, seven-blade diaphragm
• Available in November 2013 for a suggested retail price (MSRP) of $279.95, or alongside the Nikon Df for $2,999.95 (MSRP)

Following the official announcement from Nikon, Darrell Young has already received the green light for his next NikoniansPress/Rocky Nook book.

BLG-05.jpgAs a disclaimer-- You may think the fact that Darrell is writing a book on this camera could be a factor in his praise. We put that question to him via Skype following his post about the new book project. Was he pushing a camera for the sake of book sales?

His answer was immediate. For starters, he's buying this camera (and it isn't cheap) out of his own pocket (not getting a freebie)--
" I have been wishing for a digital Nikon FM for some time now. I miss the external controls. This camera brings back simplicity, when I want it, and complexity (functionality) when I need it. It is the best of both worlds, a fusion of old and new. I can't wait to get mine. I'll carry it everywhere I go!

He concludes with a final note on the price: "....the camera is a mini-D4 for half the price.

Part of photography is the distinct pleasure of owning high-quality camera equipment. On cold winter days when it is too nasty outside to shoot, you can open your camera bag and enjoy the feel of your fine Nikon cameras. This new Df is destined to become the one you hold up to your eye and derive tacticle pleasure from most frequently.

The rest of his Skype reply was a bit of butt-chewing to our editorial staff for doubting his integrity.

Posted by flashdeadline at 5:11 PM

October 17, 2013

Nikon unveils D5300 and new low-light lens

D5300-THU.jpgNikon's DSLR inventory now adds the 24.2 megapixel CMOS sensor D5300 -- Nikon’s first DSLR with built-in Wi-Fi and GPS.

The D5300 is being discussed in our Café. Feel free to share your impressions, once you have read the full specs and product page.

The announcement also included the new AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G – a prime lens with a hefty price tag and roots leading back to the lendary Noct NIKKOR 58mm f/1.2 lens. That "noct" is just what you think it is—it means shooting at night (as in nocturnal).

Here are the highlights:

Nikon D5300:
D5300_300.jpg• This is Nikon’s first DSLR with built-in Wi-Fi and GPS which provides instant photo sharing to smartphones or tablets. It also offers the option of geotagging image captures.
• Cutting-edge 24.2 MP DX-format CMOS sensor produces crisp and lifelike images
• Extremely compact and lightweight with an ergonomically designed body.
• Sports a 3.2-inch swiveling Vari-angle LCD display to help frame fun and creative shooting perspectives
• 39-point AF system with 9 cross-type sensors is able to capture moving subjects with ease
• Fast continuous shooting at 5 frames-per-second (fps)
• Full 1080p HD Video with built-in stereo microphone for fleeting moments
• Intuitive Scene Recognition System selects precise and accurate settings for every shot
• Features a variety of Image Effects and In-camera editing tools
• Available in October 2013 in Black, Red and Gray for $1,399.95 MSRP (alongside the AF-S NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens) or $799.95 USD MSRP (body only)

AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G
• Versatile, professional level prime lens for FX and DX format shooters in a classic focal length
• Optimized for elite performance in low-light shooting scenarios
• Unique 58mm focal length ideal for portraits, landscapes and street photography
• Integrated core NIKKOR technologies
• Pays homage to the original Noct NIKKOR 58mm f/1.2 lens
• Available in late October 2013 for $1,699.95 USD MSRP

Posted by flashdeadline at 6:52 PM

October 8, 2013

Nikon announces newest FX-format camera

D610_THU_110.jpgThe 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.

Kit configurations for this 24.3-megapixel FX-format (35.9 x 24mm) CMOS sensor camera include:

■ With AF-S NIKKOR 24-85MM F/3.5-4.5G ED VR Lens - $2599.95 USD (MSRP)

■ With AF-S NIKKOR 28-300MM F/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens + 32GB Class 10 memory card + Large Laptop Bag - $3049.95 USD (MSRP)

■ With AF-S NIKKOR 24-85MM F/3.5-4.5G ED VR Lens + AF-S VR ZOOM-NIKKOR 70-300MM F/4.5-5.6G IF-ED Lens + WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter + D-SLR Tablet Bag + 32GB Class 10 memory card - $3249.95 USD (MSRP)

You can get full specs and links to sample images at the USA Nikon D610 Product Page.

In their press release, Nikon pointed to the sharpness factor, saying:
"With image quality rivaled only by the 36.3 megapixel Nikon D800, the D610 is an attractive option for those willing to step up to FX-format."

“For many of us, photography is an unexplainable passion; a relentless pursuit of sharpness and fidelity in every image captured, as we endlessly seek a way to express ourselves,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc.

“The Nikon D610 is a tool to help us capture and share our creative vision with all the benefits of a full frame sensor, including expanded depth-of-field control, wide dynamic range, high image quality, low noise, fine color, and low-light capability.”

The new Quiet Continuous Shutter Mode is ideal for weddings and other sensitive events. When selected via the main command dial, users can shoot discreetly at up to 3 fps.

Posted by flashdeadline at 11:02 AM

March 26, 2013

Nikon announces new factory

NIKON-LOGO_125.jpgNikon'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 Café

Posted by flashdeadline at 9:21 PM

March 2, 2013

Hot from Think Tank Photo

TT-LRStrap_thu.jpgOur friends at Think Tank Photo have just announced three new photography accessories for you.

Low-Rider-Strap_250.jpgThe Low Rider Strap allows photographers to slip the split pad design over the handle of their rolling luggage and to haul two bags with a far lower and stable center of gravity.

This ingenious strap will make your life much easier when carrying multiple bags and heavy loads. Simply slip the shoulder pad (with the unique split pad design) over the handle of your rolling luggage and tighten the side straps. You are now hauling two bags with a well balanced low center of gravity; far easier than stacking one bag on top of another. This counterbalanced, low set load keeps the bag balanced and prevents sloshing and sliding. Use this shoulder strap on any shoulder bag with D-rings or shoulder strap attachment points.

Limited-Edition-PPR_250.jpgThe Limited Edition Pixel Pocket Rocket holds 10 CF cards while keeping them safe and organized.

This memory card holder features clear pockets to make identification easy and folds flat when not in use for easy storage.

They are made in very small production runs, so only a select few will have the chance to own these collectible card wallets.

This is your chance to own a collectible piece of Think Tank history.

Pro-Battery-Holder_250.jpgThe Pro DSLR Battery Holder is a soft, compact case for photographers carrying two pro-size camera batteries for either Nikon or Canon bodies.

Allow for plenty of back-up power with this holder. Its unique folding design keeps your large, pro-size batteries organized and safe from shorting while eliminating the need to hunt for them in the bottom of your bag.

Posted by flashdeadline at 8:29 PM

February 21, 2013

Nikon adds D7100 to top of DX line

NIKON-LOGO_125.jpg 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.

D7100_300.jpgIt will be available starting in March 2013 with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $1599.95 USD with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens or $1199.95 for the body only configuration.

Here are the highlights (courtesy of the Nikon USA Press Room):
• New 24.1-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor and EXPEED 3 image processing engine to deliver the ultimate in image quality
• 51-point AF system, and Nikon’s 3D Color Matrix Metering II 2,016 pixel RGB sensor and Scene Recognition System
• Wide ISO range of 100-6400 (expandable to Hi-2 of 25,600) for low-light shooting
• Ability to shoot in a 1.3x DX crop mode for both stills and HD video allows for shooting at up to seven fps at slightly reduced resolution, and enhancing AF system frame coverage
• Fast performance: Shoot at up to 6 fps at full resolution, 7 fps with 1.3x mode.
• 3.2-inch High Resolution 122k dot LCD, Enhanced Interface
• 100% frame coverage through the optical viewfinder with new OLED display
• New Spot White Balance feature allows for quick and precise white balance adjustment while shooting in live view
• HD video can be recorded at 1080/30p, or at 60i/50i (in 1.3x Crop Mode)
• Compatible with the optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter, enabling the user to share images to a supported smartphone or tablet, shoot remotely from their device, and transfer photos from up to 49 feet away.

For more details check Nikon's new D7100 page.

Posted by flashdeadline at 5:04 AM

January 29, 2013

Nikon announces COOLPIX expansion and 2 new FX-format lenses

NIKON-LOGO_125.jpgThe 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.

The manufacturer's suggested retail price range on these new additions covers the gamut from a low of $120 (USD) for one of the COOLPIX offerings to a nose-bleed high of more than $17,800 (USD) for that 800mm lens.

Here are the highlights (courtesy of the Nikon USA Press Room):

P520_250.jpg• 18.1-megapixel backside illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor
• 42x optical zoom-NIKKOR glass lens from a wide 24mm to 1000mm
• Full manual controls give users the power to realize their creative potential when shooting images and full HD (1080p) video
• Built-in GPS capabilities allow photographers to log their journey with an easy-to-use display
• Compatible with the WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter to transfer content to compatible smart devices and tablets for easy sharing and viewing with others
• Available for a suggested retail price of $449.95 in Black, Red, and Dark Grey in February 2013

AW110_250.jpg• Increased ruggedness: Waterproof (up to 59 feet), shockproof (up to 6.7 feet) and freezeproof (down to 14° F) with GPS technology
• Features built-in Wi-Fi® connectivity, allowing the image data transfer to compatible smart devices through the Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility application
• 16-megapixel (BSI) CMOS sensor that helps create sharp, beautiful images and Full HD (1080p) video even in challenging lighting conditions
• NIKKOR 5x optical zoom lens with Lens-Shift Vibration Reduction (VR)
• Available in Orange, Black, Camouflage and Blue in February 2013 for a suggested retail price of $349.95

S9500_250.jpg• Slim, compact body sports a 22x optical zoom (25-550mm) and features an 18.1-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor
• Offers various shooting effects to enhance memories, including an upgraded Glamour Retouch function, Skin Softening and Quick Effects.
• Offers a built-in GPS function and built-in Wi-Fi® connectivity so images and videos can be shared while on the go by transferring them to a compatible smart device equipped with the Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility application
• Available for a suggested retail price of $349.95 in Black, Silver, and Red in February 2013

L820_250.jpg• High-power 30x zoom, 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, and Vibration Reduction (VR) technology
• 3-inch monitor, ergonomic design, and use of convenient AA-size batteries make it easy and fun for users to shoot comfortably
• Features a simple and intuitive interface, with features including Easy Auto Mode, Smart Portrait System, and Glamour Retouch
• Available for a suggested retail price of $279.95 in Black and Red in February 2013

S31_250.jpg• A durable 10.1-megapixel compact, camera that allows every family member young and old to capture photos, worry free
• Waterproof (up to 16.5 feet), shockproof (up to 3.6 feet) and dustproof
• 3x optical zoom (29-87mm equivalent) NIKKOR lens, and a dedicated video record button creates an effortless transition from stills to video
• 2.7-inch LCD display supports an enhanced easy and intuitive graphic user interface (GUI) that allows for simple navigation
• Available in White, Blue, Pink, Brown and Yellow, also in February 2013, for a suggested retail price of $119.95

S5200_250.jpg• A 16.0-megapixel backside-illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor that helps captures high-quality images and video, even in low-light conditions
• Features a wide-angle 6x (26mm to 156mm) optical zoom-NIKKOR glass lens and 3-inch TFT LCD monitor
• Built in Wi-Fi allows images and videos to be uploaded and shared instantly with compatible smart devices via the Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility application
• Available in February 2013 for a suggested retail price of $179.95 in Plum, Red, Blue and Black

L28_250.jpg• 20.1-megapixel compact camera that features easy-to-use shooting functions and streamlined operation
• 5x optical zoom (26mm to 130mm) and simple shooting functions such as Easy Auto Mode
• 3-inch LCD screen and an easy-to-hold grip and button layout that fits in a user’s hand comfortably
• Uses widely available AA-size alkaline batteries, so users can keep their camera powered
• Available in February 2013 for a suggested retail price of $119.95 in Red, Black and Silver

AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR
D4_800mm_450.jpg• Features an outstanding 800mm fixed focal length, the longest of any AF-S NIKKOR lens
• Designed for the needs of sports, wildlife and news photographers and features a maximum aperture of f/5.6
• Includes the AF-S Teleconverter TC800-1.25E ED (developed exclusively for the 800mm f/5.6 lens)
• Available in April 2013 for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $17,899.95

AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED
AFS_18_35_ED_1_250.jpg• Features a useful wide-angle focal length of 18-35mm (1.9x zoom equivalent)
• FX-format lens is optimized for ultra-high-pixel-count D-SLR cameras including the Nikon D800 and D600, while providing close focus up to .92 feet (approx. 11 inches)
• Available in March 2013 for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $749.95

Posted by flashdeadline at 6:40 PM

January 8, 2013

Nikon unveils new gear at CES

CES-2013_Logo_V2.jpgNikon 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-LOGO_125.jpgThe Nikon booth will also feature dedicated sections to demonstrate the shooting, connectivity and sharing capabilities of Nikon’s HD-SLR cameras, the Nikon 1 System, NIKKOR lenses and COOLPIX cameras.

Interactive displays will be available, as well as opportunities for the connected user to experience the sharing capabilities of Nikon’s latest products.

Highlights from Nikon's CES Press Release:

The New Nikon D5200 Inspires Users to Capture Creatively
D5200_BK_LCD_6_300.jpgThe 24.1-megapixel Nikon D5200 features a user-friendly interface, in-camera Special Effects and creative shooting modes to inspire innovative photography, making it effortless to create amazing images and HD video.

The D5200 also allows users to share photos with friends and family in an instant when attached to the optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter1. Users can also apply creative filters and effects to HD video for truly unique memories.

Additionally, the D5200 features a vari-angle LCD that lets users swivel the screen for above-the-head photos, or down low for creative self-portraits. The Nikon D5200 with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens will be available in late January 2013 for a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $899.95 USD.

New Nikon 1 Cameras and Lenses Provide New Ways to be Creative, Expressive, and Connected
J3_10_30_WH_S_300.jpgNikon has expanded the Nikon 1 system with the new Nikon 1 J3 and Nikon 1 S1 cameras, offering superfast speed and performance, high image quality and easy-to-use creative shooting modes.

S1_10_30_RD_SL_300.jpgThe new Nikon 1 cameras are intended for users looking for a camera that offers the compact size and portability of point-and-shoot cameras along with advanced controls and features found in more advanced digital cameras.

The new J3 and S1 feature unique shooting modes like Auto Mode, Creative Mode, Advanced Movie, Motion Snapshot and Best Moment Capture, and are compatible with the optional WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter2 so that users can share and transfer images and HD videos to smart devices.

The Nikon 1 J3 with the 10-30mm lens will be available in February 2013 for a SRP of $599.95 in White, Black, Silver Burgundy and Beige. The Nikon 1 S1 with the 11-27mm lens will be available for an MSRP of $499.95 USD in White, Black, Red, Pink and Khaki.

Two new lenses for the 1 NIKKOR lens lineup
The VR 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 is an ultra-wide-angle zoom lens featuring Vibration Reduction (VR) and a wide 100-degree angle of view that makes it perfect for capturing photos and HD video of landscapes, cityscapes, interiors and architecture. It will be available in February with an MSRP of $499.95 USD.

The VR 10-100mm f/4-5.6, a compact and lightweight telephoto zoom lens, is convenient enough to take everywhere and provides a long focal range ideal for various types of photography including group shots and action sports. It will be available in February with an MSRP of $549.95 USD.

Underwater Photography
WP_N2_300.jpgNikon has also introduced the WP-N2 underwater case, which can house the new Nikon 1 cameras with the 1 NIKKOR 10-30mm lens.

Fully submersible to a depth of 130 feet deep (40 meters), the WP-N2 waterproof housing transforms your Nikon 1 J3 or Nikon 1 S1 into a powerful waterproof, underwater camera that's perfect for diving, snorkeling, boating, kayaking, swimming, fishing, surfing or just having fun at the pool.

It will be available in February with an MSRP of $749.95 USD.

Posted by flashdeadline at 5:47 PM

November 6, 2012

Nikon announces new DX-format camera: Nikon D5200

NIKON-LOGO_125.jpgNikon 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.


The new camera serves as a successor to the Nikon D5100 (released April 2011). It boosts the sensor resolution from 16.2 million pixels to 24.1, the burst shooting rate jumps from four frames per second to five, and the D5100 Multi-CAM 1000 11 point autofocus system is replaced with the 39-point Multi-CAM 4800DX.

Further enhancements include a stereo microphone input, metering improvements and support for Nikon's Wireless Mobile Adapter WU-1a and the new Wireless Remote Controller WR-R10/WR-T10 (both available separately).

You can read the full Nikon Press Release here.

Pricing and availability is not mentioned in the press release.

Posted by flashdeadline at 8:17 PM

October 24, 2012

Nikon unveils Nikon 1 V2, New Gen 70-200mm VR lens and new Speedlight

NIKON-LOGO_125.jpgNikon 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.

Our members have been invited to discuss the new gear in the English Café

Nikon 1 V2 Highlights
-- 14.2-megapixel CX-format CMOS Sensor alongside EXPEED 3A image processing engine
-- Enhanced design featuring a traditional grip and new Command Dial
-- New Direct Setting Control enables quick access to manual controls
V2_10_30_BK_300.jpg-- Advanced Hybrid Autofocus (AF) system
-- 73-point AF array
-- High-speed continuous shooting with continuous AF approx. 15 fps up to 45 frames
-- Features a new built-in pop up flash and wide ISO range (160-6400) for difficult lighting conditions
-- Full HD 1080p video capability
-- High-resolution 921,000-dot, 3.0-inch LCD display
-- Full Auto/Manual controls alongside image effects and in-camera creative functions
-- New Shooting Modes include:
-- Enhanced Motion Snapshot Mode: Users can simultaneously capture a slow-motion movie sequence alongside a single image
-- Best Moment Capture Mode: Allows individuals to use Slow View to slow down the image they are capturing
-- Advance Movie Mode: Simultaneously shoot 1080p Full HD video and high-resolution stills of the same subject
-- Compatible with all 1 NIKKOR lenses and WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter for easy upload via Wi-Fi to social networks and/or remote operation
-- Also compatible with new SB-N7 speedlight, FT-1 Mount Adapter
-- Available in November 2012 for a suggested retail price of (SRP) of $899.95 USD(includes 10-30mm kit lens)

AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR Highlights
AFS_70_200_250.jpg-- First NIKKOR lens to feature third generation of Nikon’s Vibration Reduction (VR) technology
-- First to offer five stops of image stabilization
-- Popular 70-200mm focal length with constant f/4 aperture
-- Nano Crystal Coat to reduce ghost and flare
-- Silent Wave Motor for quiet and responsive operation
-- Available in late November 2012 for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $1399.95 USD

SB-N7 Speedlight Highlights
SB_N7_BK.150.jpg-- Designed for connection to Nikon 1 V2 i-TTL hot shoe
-- Flash head tilts up to 120 degrees and provides guide number of 18 meters/59 feet at ISO 100
-- Runs on AAA batteries
-- Available in January 2013 for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $159.95 USD

Highlights on the new releases are courtesy of the Nikon USA Press Room.

More information: Nikon 1. V2 product page

AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR product page

SB-N7 Speedlight product page

Posted by flashdeadline at 9:07 AM

September 23, 2012

Touch-screen Sekonic light meters debut at Photokina

Sekonic_175.jpgSekonic 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.

Highlights are detailed in Sekonics Press Release:
Ideal for digital still photographers working with remote flash set ups, the new L-478DR model incorporates PocketWizard® wireless radio technology for in-meter power control of select studio flashes connected to PocketWizard ControlTL® receivers as well as standard triggering with the entire PocketWizard wireless family of products. Both the L-478DR and L-478D are fully firmware upgradeable and use Sekonics breakthrough Data Transfer Software (DTS) system that automates meter calibration to the camera in use. In addition, an array of unique cine features put these meters in a class of their own.

Sekonic_250.jpgWhether telling the story with stills or in motion, Sekonic offers the perfect meter for a photographer or film makers imaging needs, said Phil Bradon, Sekonics USA Product Marketing Manager. The new compact LITEMASTER PRO models provide a familiar interface for users and display ambient, flash, cine and other information in a clear and understandable way.

Flash Power Control with L-478DR
PocketWizard radio technology enables reliable, fingertip control of remote flashes connected to PocketWizard ST4, MC2 and FlexTT5 ControlTL receivers and Nikon and Canon Speedlights connected to a PocketWizard FlexTT5 transceiver. Offered in both FCC (USA) and CE (Europe) frequencies, the LITEMASTER PRO L-478DR will support all ControlTL Channels and Zones (A, B, C). Power levels are easily controlled by touching or moving a finger over the L-478DR screen. Touching ControlTL Zone buttons marked A, B, or C allows the user to switch remote flashes on and off at the meter to make separate exposure measurements for easy adjustment of desired lighting ratios. Standard Channel and Quad Zone capability allow triggering all standard PocketWizard radios and flash units incorporating PocketWizard radio receivers. To learn more about PocketWizard, please visit

Exposure Profiling

Sekonics pioneering DTS (Data Transfer Software) Version 3.0, introduced earlier this year, enables quick dynamic range mapping of both digital still and motion cameras for the most precise control of light and exposure. The automated process requires using the L-478s 5-degree viewfinder and recording images of one of Sekonics Exposure Profile Targets or one of X-Rites ColorChecker® series targets, all available as a separate purchase. Measured data from industry-standard targets can also be manually entered in the software or meter. Up to ten camera profiles can be stored in the meter. Any number of profiles can be stored with the software. Once loaded, the Sekonic L-478DR/D series can make incident and reflected light readings that are precisely tuned to the dynamic range of the profiled camera. A wide range of in-meter adjustment as well as complete exposure data input is also possible using the graphic interface of the L-478 meters.

Unique HD Cine / Cine / Light Measuring Features
Todays Digital Video cameras offer boundless versatility. The L-478D meter has two motion-capture modes to fit the shooting needs of every cinematographer. Touching the screen easily sets shutter speeds for HD SLR cameras or for Cine shooting, a touch of the screen controls frame rates and shutter angles. This new meter also allows users to create unique frame rates and shutter angles for special effects.

Sekonic designers also added a unique filter compensation mode that enables getting exact light levels with the filtered light sources used in motion picture production. By simply touching the new L-478D screen a user can instantly call up light source or camera filtration expressed in industry standard CTO/CTB/ND terms. Users can also create filter factors with names for quick call-up and use. Up to four filters can be used together in a pack. After the compensation is selected, they simply measure the light and drop the filters in place for precise control illumination and exposure. Extended ISO to 409,600 and brightness measurement in Lux/FC and Cd/m2/FL ensures that the L-478 is destined to become a major player on movie sets around the world. Cd/m2/FL measurements can be made with the optional L-478VF, 5-degree viewfinder.

Power and Accessories
The L-478-series meters are powered by two convenient AAA-size batteries. Both meters come standard with two AAA batteries, case, strap, user-applied anti-glare film CD with DTS software and instruction manual, and Quick Guide. A five-degree viewfinder is available as a separate purchase for reflected light readings and calibration and measurement using camera profiles made with the Sekonic DTS system.

Sekonic products are marketed exclusively by MAC Group ( in the USA, and sold by distributors around the world.

Posted by flashdeadline at 7:06 AM

September 13, 2012

Nikon announces D600 FX-format DSLR

D600_Nikon_110.jpgNikon'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's full Press Release includes the following highlights:

The D600 also features Full HD 1080p video recording capabilities combined with the ability to wirelessly share and capture images using the optional new WU-1b Wireless Adapter.

Precisely designed for enthusiasts looking to make the jump into FX-format photography, the new D600 also features a versatile 39-point AF system ready for a variety of unpredictable subjects, fast shooting speeds and 100% frame coverage through its optical viewfinder.

A new addition to the 1 NIKKOR line of lenses was also announced, as Nikon introduced the compact 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 lens. This fixed-focal length prime lens immediately becomes one of the fastest lenses in the 1 NIKKOR lineup and offers even more creative freedom for Nikon 1 system users.

Nikon D600 Highlights
• 24.3-megapixel FX-Format CMOS sensor (35.9 x 24mm) and EXPEED 3 image processing engine.
• Wide ISO range from 100-6400 (expandable from 50-25,600) for low-light shooting.
• Nikon Scene Recognition System and 2,016 pixel RGB sensor.
• 39 point AF system with new MultiCAM 4800FX AF Module.
• Ready to shooting in 0.13 seconds with a 0.052 second shutter release.
• Capable of shooting at 5.5 fps at full resolution with full AF.
• 100% frame coverage through the optical viewfinder.
• Scene modes, Picture Control functions, High Dynamic (HDR) mode and time lapse shooting.
• Full HD 1080p video, 3.2-inch (8.128 centimeters) 921K dot LCD screen.
• Video control features include full manual exposure, ability to switch between FX and DX (1.5X) formats in Full HD, manual focus, full-time AF, external microphone input.
• Ability to transfer uncompressed video via HDMI and monitoring/streaming capability. D600_LCD_menu_300.jpg
• Intuitive ergonomics and button placement for maximum shooting efficiency.
• Body sealed and gasketed against dirt and moisture for unpredictable shooting conditions
• Compatible with NIKKOR lenses, Nikon’s Creative Lighting System (CLS) and WU-1b Wireless Adapter.
• Available on September 18, 2012 for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $2,099.95 for body only or $2,699.95 (SRP) kitted with the AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR lens.

WU-1b Wireless Adapter Highlights
Allows users to connect wirelessly to the Nikon D600 for easy sharing and remote operation.
• Connect to Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility application for Android™ based mobile devices
• Easily share images through social networks
• Remotely operate the D600’s shutter from up to 50 feet away (15.24 meters).
• Available on September 18, 2012 for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $59.95.

NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 Lens Highlights
• 18.5mm fixed focal length prime lens addition to the 1 NIKKOR lens line.
• Popular and versatile approx. 50mm (35mm equivalent) focal length.
• Large f/1.8 aperture for great portraits and everyday shooting.
• Lightweight body -- (2.5 ounces / 70.8738 grams), fast and affordable.
• Compatible with the Nikon 1 J1, J2 and V1, available in early November 2012 in Black, White and Silver for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $189.95.

Lastly, Nikon introduced the UT-1 adapter, yet another tool to help photographers organize and share content. This device enables easy image transfer of large high-resolution files to a computer or FTP server, as well as remote camera operation when connected via Ethernet cable or wirelessly (when using a WT-5a wireless transmitter) from select Nikon D-SLR cameras including the Nikon D4, D800, D800E and D7000.

Is the Nikon D600 your next camera?
Tell us what you think of the camera in our Nikon D600 forum.

Posted by flashdeadline at 6:11 AM

August 21, 2012

New Firmware Version 1.10 for Nikon CX Lenses

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.

The technical note reads:

When this lens is used with Nikon 1 cameras released in, or after, August 2012, the camera can be turned off by locking the lens barrel (retractable lens barrel button), even if the monitor has turned off and the camera has entered standby mode.

Editor's note - the only Nikon 1 camera released in August 2012 was the J2. So by definition (and anecdotally confirmed by owners in the field), the J1 and V1 do not enjoy this new feature.

Find the firmware links here (US links TBD - this will be updated as they become available)

Nikon Europe CX 10-30mm Firmware V1.10
Nikon Europe CX 30-110mm Firmware V1.10

Posted by covey22 at 3:47 PM

August 2, 2012

Berger Bros. Camera Opens New Photography Center

BergerLogo_150.jpgNew York based, full service camera store helps its customers bring their images to life with new Center dedicated to photographic art and education.

Berger Bros. Camera has just announced the opening of the Berger Bros. Camera Center for Photographic Art this July 2012 at 22 Clinton Avenue in the Village of Huntington, NY. The school is conveniently located just one block north of Main Street, opposite the Huntington Post Office and adjacent to two of the largest municipal parking lots in town.

Yvonne-B_75.jpg Yvonne Berger will serve as Director of the Center.

Yvonne is a professional photographer specializing in product, food, corporate and interiors as well as photo restoration.

She is an expert in post production tools such as Photoshop and Lightroom, color management and printing and has many years of teaching experience as head instructor of photography at Berger Bros. Camera and the Art League of Long Island.

“It has been a long time dream of ours to have a location that we can dedicate to the art and education of photography,” said Yvonne Berger. The new location will allow Berger Brothers to schedule more classes, workshops and private instruction that their local and out of state customers can take advantage of to improve their photography skills. The new location will be equipped with studio lighting, space and the atmosphere needed to learn and create outstanding photography. “We envision a hub where people can learn, connect and express themselves through the art of photography,” Berger said.

Among the many classes the Center for Photographic Art will provide are hands on photography workshops in lighting, wedding, portrait, Photoshop, Lightroom, color management, printing, food and product photography, landscape and street photography classes. One on one instruction and basic and advanced classes on specific cameras and a myriad of general photography topics will also be offered. In addition the Center will provide studio rental space; serve as a location for meet-up groups and function as a photo gallery exhibiting professional level, customer and student photographs. It’s no wonder that their logo is “The Camera Store That Educates.”

Contact the new school at 631-421-2200. For Internet sales of cameras and equipment, class schedules and to register for a class go to or for the personal touch when buying equipment or needing advice call 800-542-8811 or email Brad at

Don't forget, you can always chat with the Berger Bros. Team in our Nikonians - Berger Bros. Camera Forum

Posted by flashdeadline at 7:05 AM

July 13, 2012

New 800mm super telephoto lens

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Yesterday must have been birthday, Christmas, Independence Day and Diamond Jubilee all together for every sport, wildlife and press photographer as well as for wealthy voyeurs and stalkers, because Nikon announced they are developing brand new Nikkor 800 mm f5.6 super telephoto lens.

And I guess it wasn't such a good day for celebrities, because paparazzi will have new gun in the "best-half-naked-by-the-pool-lying-celebrity-shot-contest" battle and they could probably spot Victoria Beckham's nipple in Beverly Hills standing at the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco. Time to call lawyers for new charging order.

Anyway, what is all the fuzz about? Well, it'll be the longest telephoto lens on the market. At least with the Nikkor badge, it'll be. Lens is assigned for FX format Nikons, with its price tag probably for D4 and D800 range users, will have f5.6 max aperture, auto focus and it'll be weather and dust sealed. We can just predict the performance, details and over all picture quality will be stunning.

First lucky users will get their hands on this beauty at The Open Championship, golf tournament held between July 19 and 22 in Lancaster, UK, where this lens will be on display and some sport photographers will have privilege to test it. If you'd like to ask why at the golf tournament, Nikon is the official sponsor there. For the rest of us, we can meet this lens at Photokina 2012, one of the world's largest photo and imagining exhibitions, to be held in Cologne, Germany from September 18 - 23, 2012.

Posted by pkuzmin at 11:55 AM

April 24, 2012

Monster Nikkor extreme fish eye lens for sale

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Are you looking around for some new gear you can splash your cash on? Do you like to shoot wide? I mean really, really wide? Than this lens is made for you. Let me introduce you to the mother of all wide angle lenses, the Nikkor 6mm f/2.8 fish eye lens.

Although this lens has been first shown to the public in 1970 at Photokina trade show in Cologne in Germany, it is still the widest lens ever made for 35mm format cameras. Production started in March 1972. It has got incredible shooting angle of 220 degrees, so you can really see what's behind the corner. There is a small drawback to all this, you need to own quite big camera bag, because with its dimensions it won't fit anywhere. Lens is 171 mm long, has a diameter of 236 mm and weights whopping 5.2 kg. Good news is, it comes with its own rugged metal case...

There is another small drawback to this, the lens is quite rare. It's only been made to special order, so there are not many of them out there. Grey Levett, the co-founder of Grey's of Westminster and Tony Hurst spend "six months on the trail of this lens and finally located it overseas". Luckily, lens is in mint condition. "We were fortunate in securing it and now it's on sale for £100.000"

If this is a must have piece of kit for you, run fast to the Grey's of Westminster in London to be first Nikonian there!

fisheye-6mm2.jpgpicture credit Tony Hurst

picture credit Tony Hurst

Posted by pkuzmin at 7:42 AM

April 20, 2012

Blog recommendation - Profoto Blog

D1x3.jpgTaking 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.

The Profoto Blog covers everything from wedding and portrait photography to product photography and high-end fashion. The blog has been going strong for a couple years now, so the list of featured photographers is pretty impressive by now – Mary Ellen Mark, George Holz, Kareem Black, Jeremy Cowart, DC Chavez, Tim Flach, Michael Muller and Blair Bunting to name just a few. 

So if you want to learn about light shaping from some of the best in the business, you should definitely check it out.

Posted by hendric at 9:36 AM

April 19, 2012

Nikon unveils new entry-level high level resolution DSLR

NIKON-LOGO_125.jpgNikon'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.

Details on the new Nikon D3200 are available at the Nikon USA pressroom in their news release.
Here are the highlights, courtesy of Nikon USA spokesman Matthew Kopacz:

Highlights of the Nikon D3200:
• 24.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor
• Full HD (1080p) video recording with fulltime AF, manual exposure control and stereo sound via a microphone input jack
D3200_300.jpg• Optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter lets users remotely control the Nikon D3200 and transfer photos for sharing from Android platform smartphones and tablets
• Intuitive Guide Mode to walk users through key camera functions and settings
• 4 fps high-speed continuous shooting at full resolution
• Standard ISO range of 100-6400, expandable to ISO 12,800
• EXPEED 3 Image Processing and an 11-point AF system that works with Nikon’s Scene Recognition System
• The Nikon D3200 outfit with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens will be available in late April for $699.95 (USD) SRP
• The optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter will be available in late May for $59.95 (USD) SRP

Highlights of the AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G:• Fast f/1.8 prime lens designed for shooting stills or recording HD video in low-light situations
• Engineered for Nikon FX-format D-SLRs (42mm focal length equivalent when mounted on DX-format D-SLRs)
• The AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G lens will be available in late May for $699.95 (USD) SRP

Posted by flashdeadline at 9:03 AM

April 16, 2012

Nikon wins three TIPA awards

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.

Posted by Nikonians Academy Europe Head Instructor Hayo Baan. More photography news, reviews & tips, can be found at Hayo Baan's Photography Blog.

Posted by hrbaan at 4:39 PM

April 11, 2012

Tamron 24-70mm f2.8 with Image Stabilization

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.

Posted by covey22 at 2:38 PM

February 12, 2012

Nikonians invited to photoact 2012 workshops and conference

PhotoAct2012_thu.jpgOur 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.

Rocky Nook publisher Gerhard Rossbach is the chairman of the event and his invitation to friends and photographers describes the concept:

"After a decade of major advances in technology, I believe there is a need to shift the focus back to the artistic aspects of image creation, to the essence of seeing and personal expression, and to the fundamental precepts of photography as a craft."

The photoact 2012 conference and workshop format is designed to offer your choice of three tracks (Art-Craft-Technology) featuring some of the world's leading photographers and educators.

You choose your areas of interest and time schedule to meet your creative and budget friendly goals. While you are checking out your reservation options, don't forget to compare savings offered in the early bird options (before June 1, 2012).

Photoact 2012 is hosted by Rocky Nook, c’t Digital Photography, and

Posted by flashdeadline at 6:55 PM

February 7, 2012

Nikon announces new 36.3 megapixel D800 & D800E

logo_nikon.gifNikon'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.

Here is the short list of features courtesy of Nikon USA's Press room:

-- 36.3-megapixel FX-format CMOS Sensor
-- 91,000 pixel 3D Matrix Metering system with Advanced Scene Recognition System


-- 1080p HD video with manual control
-- Headphone jack, and uncompressed HDMI out
-- Enhanced 51 pt AF system
-- 4 fps full resolution, 6 fps DX-mode with MBD-12 battery pack
-- ISO range of 100-6400, expandable to 50 (Lo-1)-25,600 (Hi-2)
-- Magnesium alloy for maximum durability
-- Dual card slots / CF and SD
-- Nikon D800 will be available in late March for $2999.95, and the Nikon D800E will be available in mid-April for $3299.95

What do you think?Join the conversation on the new Nikon D800 and D800 E in our English Café

Our friends at the Ask Berger Bros. Camera forum are taking preorders.

Posted by flashdeadline at 6:23 AM

February 6, 2012

Tamron unveils new full frame f/2.8 lightweight zoom

Logo_Tamron-Thumb.jpgTamron has announced a new standard zoom lens designed for full frame DSLR's combining high speed in a lighweight bundle (plus vibration reduction).

Tamron's Press Release did not include a price or details on when it will be available but it did include some interesting specs:

February 6th, 2012, Saitama, Japan - Tamron Co., Ltd., a leading manufacturer of optical equipment, announced the development of the SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A007), a full-size high-speed standard zoom lens equipped with VC ( Vibration Compensation) image stabilization and USD ( Ultrasonic Silent Drive), with resolution at the top of its class.

The price and availability of the SP 24-70mm will be announced at a later date.

Product Features
1. A full-size, high-speed standard zoom with built-in VC ( Vibration Compensation). Even when shooting in low-light conditions with a slow shutter speed to render sharpness, Tamron’s acclaimed VC allows for stable handheld camera work, to more fully enjoy the benefits of this high-speed zoom lens.

2. Uses special high-grade glass in the three LD elements, three glass molded aspherical lenses, one hybrid aspherical lens and two XR (Extra Refractive Index) glasses, delivering top-of-the-class quality images suited to this high-grade lens. Using a rounded diaphragm, the lens achieves gorgeous blur effects. This rounded diaphragm retains a nearly circular shape even when taken two stops down from its fully open state.

3. Features Tamron proprietary USD ( Ultrasonic Silent Drive) to power a speedy AF drive together with a continuous manual mechanism.

4. This high-speed standard zoom lens has a wide-end focal length of 24mm that expands the photographic area.

5. The lens adopts the new technology including the latest optical design, VC ( Vibration Compensation) image stabilization and USD ( Ultrasonic Silent Drive), all in a lighter and more compact package.

6. Moisture-resistant construction helps prevent water from penetrating the lens.

• Model: A007
• Focal length: 24-70mm
• Maximum aperture: F/2.8
• Angle of view (diagonal): 84°04’ -34°21’ (for full frame 35mm format cameras)
• 60°20’ -22°33’ (for APS-C format cameras)
• Lens construction: 17 elements in 12 groups
• Minimum focus distance: 0.38m (15.0 in)
• Maximum magnification ratio: 1:5 (at f=70mm: MFD 0.38m)
• Filter size: φ82mm
• Length: 108.5mm*
• Entire Length: 116.9mm*
• Diameter: φ88.2mm
• Weight: 825g*
• No. of diaphragm blades: 9 (rounded diaphragm)
• Minimum aperture: F/22
• Standard accessories: Flower-shaped lens hood
• Compatible mounts: Canon, Nikon, Sony

* Length, entire length and weight values given are for the Nikon mount.
* Entire length is the distance between the tip of the lens and the tip of the protrusion.
* The Sony mount does not include VC, because the body of Sony digital SLR cameras includes image stabilization functionality. The product name for Sony cameras is “SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di USD” without the VC designation.

VC ( Vibration Compensation)
VC ( Vibration Compensation) is Tamron’s proprietary image stabilization system. Tamron’s VC is a three-coil system, whereby three driving coils activate the shake-compensating VC lens group electromagnetically via three steel balls. The VC lens elements are held in place only by contact with the steel balls, achieving smooth movement with little friction. This provides a stable viewfinder image with excellent tracking performance. And as the VC lens may be moved in parallel using only the motorized control, the mechanical structure has been simplified, enabling the creation of a more compact lens.

New VC system (moving coil method)
Tamron’s original VC image stabilization mechanism utilized a moving magnet system whereby a heavy magnet was positioned near the moving VC lens element. In the new VC unit the positions of the magnet and the coil are reversed, because of this the VC optical lens element is attached to the coil. The new VC mechanism employs a moving coil mechanism with a lightweight coil, and the lighter coil reduces the load on the drive system. Thus, the lighter, more compact new VC unit contributes to the lens’s overall light weight and compact size.

Because the 24-70 mm F/2.8 Di VC USD is a high-speed zoom lens with maximum aperture of F/2.8, its VC system must drive a lens that is larger and heavier than other zooms. Therefore, the shape, size and layout of the drive coils are all designed to obtain sufficient thrust. The result is a full-size, high-speed zoom that provides the same high level of compensation effect.

About the ultrasonic motor
In the ultrasonic motor, a piezoelectric element arranged in a ring formation generates ultrasonic vibrations in a metallic ring stator, and the vibration energy is used to rotate a metallic ring rotor that is attached to the stator. The rotation energy is in turn transferred from the metallic ring rotor to operate the focus lens.

Posted by flashdeadline at 3:16 PM

February 1, 2012

Nikon Refreshes Coolpix Line for 2012

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.

Posted by covey22 at 2:36 PM

January 25, 2012

CES 2012 - International Technology Exhibition

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1.681.000, 153.000, 34.000, 20.000, 3.100. Those are the numbers of what has been declared as the largest annual show in U.S. history. CES International Technology Exhibition 2012 was the largest event in it's 44 year history with 1.681.000 sq feet (or if you like 173.000 sq meters) of exhibit space, where 153.000 visitors, from which 34.000 came from abroad saw 20.000 new products launched by the 3.400 exhibitors. Oh, and it all happened in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, 10. - 13. January. Just in case you are wondering what "CES" stands for, it's Consumer Electronics Show. Simple as that. Together with less important brands such as Ford, Google, eBay, Wall-Mart and Facebook there were also camera manufacturers. So let's have a look what CES 2012 has brought to us, photographers.


Surprise, surprise, the biggest new release from Nikon was the new Nikon D4. I have already mentioned technical details and also compared it with D3s here, so I am not going to repeat it. I'll just mention, the camera will go on sale in February 2012 for RRP $5.999.95, or if you like £4.799, so tell your piggy banks its time to say good bye. 

And if you have a new camera, why not have a new lens as well? The new AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G will be a great mate to your new D4. With mid-telephoto focal length 85mm and big aperture 1.8 it's  great portrait lens in every light condition. It'll work on your DX format Nikon too, just the focal length will be 127.5mm. 


The 1 series, J1 to be precise, Nikon's mirrorless interchangeable lens competitor for  Olympus Pen and Sony NEX came to the CES 2012 in more colours than rainbow has got. I'm not a big fan of this fashion thingy, but at least your girlfriend can match the colour with her handbag.

Nikon had the biggest exhibition of all camera manufacturers at CES with complete line up from Coolpix compacts up to the D4 with all imaginable lenses and accessories. Nikon is clearly aiming to become a leader at the market. But they are not alone.


It's similar story with the other Japanese manufacturer and Nikon's biggest competitor at the DSLR market (sorry SONY, not quite there yet). Yes, Canon also brought it's brand new flagship called EOS 1DX, replacing ASP-H format EOS 1D mark IV as well as full frame EOS 1Ds mark III. With its 18.1 MP, same ISO range, 61 AF points (21 of them f/5.6 cross-type) and whopping 12 fps in RAW format with full auto focus it looks a bit stronger on the paper than D4. The truth will be revealed when they'll go head to head at the test later.

Same as Nikon, Canon announced its top range DSLR well ahead the show, so biggest announcement form Canon was big sensor compact called PowerShot G1 X. You might wonder why it's such a big thing, but Canon has put 14MP 1.5 inch CMOS sensor, which is almost the ASP-C size, into point and shoot compact camera without interchangeable lens. The sensor is more than twice the size of Nikon's 1 series sensor. So that's why. It has got swivelling 3.0" LCD screen, ISO range 100 - 12.800 and extensive manual control. 

Sony, Panasonic, Olympus

This trio didn't announced anything big at the CES 2012, but all of them brought their complete range of cameras. Sony and Panasonic showed their cards last year, so they didn't really need to show anything new.Olympus is the king of mirrorless world at the moment with its PEN cameras, so developers are probably testing sand quality in Caribbean. 


Mirrorless cameras are in at the moment, so Fuji announced retro-designed interchangeable lens camera Fujifilm X-Pro 1 aimed to semi-pro and pro market. It has got 16MP ASP-C  CMOS sensor, 3 inch LCD, no flash and it'll cost you £1.240.

Posted by pkuzmin at 8:55 PM

January 19, 2012

New Nikon D4 vs. D3s - what's new?


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...

Now, there is a new kid on the block, top of the food chain, Japanese crown jewel, the best what camera world can offer. Well, at least 35 mm world to be precise, because it could upset some medium format system owners. Anyway, the all new Nikon D4 is here and there are two questions to be answered. Firstly, how already insane ISO 102400 can be raised up to 204800 and still be useful and secondly, where Nikon get that idea to replace two top models with only one flagship, because it sounds a bit let's say familiar to me.

Unfortunately, as I have no idea about one of them (ISO) and have only small suspicion about the other one and it actually might not be true, I am probably not the right person to waste your time with the answers to that. Well, here is the third question then and that is how different (read better) is D4 in comparison to D3s. Of course, as every new release in every industry it'll be faster, smarter and everything, but let's have a closer look to the main features.

Basics numbers:

New D4 is taking 16,2 MP to the megapixel race with the competition against 12,1 MP in D3s. Sensor is exactly the same size in both cameras (36 x 23,9 mm), what is logically making one pixel smaller in D4 (7,3 micro metre) than in D3s (8,45 micro metre). Pixel size can look like a WTH??? information, but in fact is quite important, because the bigger the pixel, the more light sensitive it is, which means it can memorize more light data and at the end it is creating better images and that is all what matters. And that is a pub argument tip why your mate's 15 MP compact is not even in the same sport than full frame DSLR. 

Maximum picture resolution is 4928 x 3280 in D4 and 4256 x 2832 in D3s. More is still better. And nothing is better than more fps, in fact D4 can make 10 fps in full frame format and you can even talk it to the 11, but you must lock your AF on your first frame, where D3s was capable of 9 in FX mode, or 11 in DX (cropped) mode. They both have 51 AF points. 

ISO range in old D3s was normally 200 - 12800, boosted form 100 to mentioned 102400, where D4 can do bottom 100 as a standard to 12800, which can be boosted to 50 at the bottom and 204800 at the top. It will probably create some desperate looking pictures, but desperate times call for desperate measures and if you'll ever need it, the possibility is there. 

Dimension-wise, the  D4 with 1180 grams is 60 grams I was going to say lighter, but I'll say less heavy than D3s with 1240 grams, even though it's a bit bigger - 160 x 157 x 91 mm for D4 against 160 x 157 x 88 mm for D3s. So let's sum it up.

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Key changes:

Let's start with the probably biggest change against D3s and that is D4's video ability. D4 is capable to do a 1080p full HD video at 24 fps now, where D3s could do only 720p also at 24 fps, which was quite a handicap against competition. 

Changes from still shooting point of view are not that dramatic, but picture quality was quite impressive in D3s anyway. Of course, there are tweaks to make it even better, such as new 91.000 pixel metering sensor instead of 1.005 pixels sensor in D3s. This sensor is not there just for metering, but it will do the subject tracking, white balance and it also allow you to do "face detection" shooting through the viewfinder. It also has got improved AF system called "Nikon Advanced Multi-CAM 3500FX" with 51 AF points. Now if you'd like to ask where the difference is, because same thing was in D3s, I'll give you a hint. There is no "Advanced" in D3s system. And if something is not advanced, it won't focus every one from 10 pictures you'll take per second with D4. 

To make sure everything captured at the speed will be also precessed at the speed, there is new EXPEED 3 image processor, which will send data do the completely new high speed memory card technology called XQD. No, you don't have to trash you CF cards, D4 will take those as well. Thanks to that D4 will do 100 RAWs or 200 JPEGs at one burst, where D3s is far behind with "only" 40 RAWs, or 130 JPEGs.

And that's about it. Nikon with D4 improved what was already a standard in its class and by adding an HD video, Nikon has erased the gap against its rivals.

Posted by pkuzmin at 8:43 PM

January 9, 2012

Berger Bros Camera gears up for Nikon D4 rush

Berger-Spec-thu_88.jpgThe 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.

Berger-Sppt_250.jpgThe Berger Bros. Camera team has already announced their pre-order arrival date as February 16. They assure their customers that credit cards will not be charged until the item ships.

Nikonians members have a direct line to the the team by checking our Ask Berger Bros Camera forum.

As mentioned in a recent entry in the forum shipments will be done on a first come first serve basis.

Posted by flashdeadline at 3:13 PM

January 6, 2012

Nikon unveils new FX format flagship and new lens

logo_nikon.gifNikon 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.

Nikon-D4.jpgNikon's official D4 brochure is available for download.

Sample images are also available.

The Tokyo Press Release (in English) is available through the Nikon global site.

Nikon USA's official press release is also available

Moderating Team member Ned S. Levi (Ned_L) has started a discussion thread in the English Café to help gather up the reactions of our members.

Highlights of the Nikon D4 DSLR
• 16.1 megapixel FX format CMOS sensor
• ISO range from 100-12,800, expandable from 50-204,800
• 10 fps with full AF/ AE or 11 fps with AF locked
• Magnesium alloy body sealed to resist the elements
• Accepts CF and new XQD memory card format
• 91,000 pixel 3D Matrix Metering system
• 15 cross type points, with nine points that work with lens speeds of f/8 and below
• Advanced video features
• Uncompressed HDMI out
• Mic and audio jacks
• Full 1080p in FX, DX and 2.7X crop modes
• Full manual control of Exposure
• Available February for $5999.95

Nikon USA's Press Release on the new lens follows:

MELVILLE, N.Y. (January 5, 2012) – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the addition of the new AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G FX-format lens to its legendary line of NIKKOR lenses. The new 85mm is a fast, fixed focal-length lens with medium telephoto capabilities and a large maximum aperture of f/1.8 that is capable of performing a wide variety of imaging tasks with amazing sharpness and clarity.

AFS_85_1_8G.jpg“Whether a professional photographer who needs extreme sharpness or a photo enthusiast looking for an affordable, lightweight lens with amazing clarity, Nikon photographers appreciate and rely on the vast selection and dependability of NIKKOR lenses for their imaging needs,” said Lisa Osorio, general manager of marketing at Nikon Inc. “The new 85mm f/1.8 is fully optimized for capturing amazing photos and videos, while providing the ability to utilize background blur to compliment the subject of their photo.”

A welcome addition to Nikon’s growing line of versatile prime lenses, the new AF- NIKKOR 85mm is ideal for travel, general photography, low-light, landscape, portraiture and capturing movies with extreme depth of field. The 85mm is designed to capture photos utilizing beautiful image blur achieved due to its large maximum aperture. Furthermore, the lens is lightweight, easy to carry, and provides an equivalent focal length of 127mm when attached to a Nikon DX-format D-SLR camera body.

The construction of the 85mm f/1.8 consists of nine optical elements, with a seven-blade diaphragm which contributes to a substantially more circular bokeh for a natural appearance to out-of-focus background elements. Additionally, instances of lens flare and chromatic aberration are suppressed using Nikon’s exclusive Super Integrated Coatings, which also help ensure vividly accurate color balance.

The new lens also comes equipped with a carefully engineered optical system optimized to deliver superior image quality. The integration of an ultra-compact Silent Wave Motor (SWM) ensures fast, whisper-quiet AF operation, which is essential when recording movies. The 85mm also features two focus modes, M/A (manual-priority autofocus) and M (manual) to further enhance versatility and adapt to a shooters needs. Additionally, Internal Focus (IF) design prevents the front element from rotating, allowing for the use of filters and attachments.

Price and Availability
The lightweight AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G will be available in March 2012 for a SRP* of $499.95. For more information, please visit

To see the new AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G lens and other new Nikon products, visit Nikon at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) at booth # 11039 from January 10-13th, 2012 in Las Vegas, NV.

Posted by flashdeadline at 5:44 AM

November 30, 2011

Hoosier Savings Alert

Logo_Roberts-kl.jpgOur 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.

bundled_300.jpgWhile you are checking out the Roberts site, make sure you click on the Nikon Bundled Savings Promo button.
You will find savings on the Nikon L19 Camera with Case, 2 year Warranty and 2GB SD Card (less than $50.00 USD) and a nice assortment of Nikon 1 plus lens kits.

Posted by flashdeadline at 4:54 PM

November 16, 2011

Limited time only: Save 50% on the Ultimate RAW Converter

CaptureOne_logo_99.jpgLess 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.

Posted by flashdeadline at 3:27 PM

November 4, 2011

PocketWizard ControlTL Promotion for Nikon Users

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!

Posted by covey22 at 3:35 PM

October 11, 2011

Hoodman Lens Cleanse: Be Clean and Green!

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.

Enzymes are naturally occurring substances whose sole purpose is to break down organic matter. Organic plant enzymes make up the powerful cleaning agent in Hoodman’s Lens Cleanse natural lens cleaning kits. The delicate optical coatings of your lenses and filters are never compromised because Lens Cleanse enzymes do not hurt optical coatings. Even the cleaning kit towelletes we use are special. Lens Cleanse towelletes are made up of super soft natural wood fibers that will not scratch lenses or filters. Hoodman Lens Cleanse natural lens cleaning kits are good for your lenses, filters and the environment too!

Lens Cleanse natual lens cleaning kits can be purchased at your Camera Dealer in singles as well as convenient 12 packs. 12 pack suggested retail is $9.99.

To find a Hoodman dealer near you or for more details go to or call 800.818.3946.

Posted by covey22 at 3:01 PM

Limited Time Offer: $75 Off the Tamron 18-270mm Di II VC PZD

For a limited time only, Tamron is offering $75 off their award-winning Tamron 18-270mm 15x All-in-One Zoom lens.

The 15x power Tamron 18-270mm Di II VC PZD is a great addition to any photographer's bag. Featuring a convenient and wide focal range, fast-focusing and silent Piezo Electric Drive and Vibration Compensation that lets you take photos handheld even when light levels start to drop, it's the perfect travel companion.

Tamron is offering a $75 off Mail-In Rebate from now until October 17th, so don't delay - get yours today!

Posted by covey22 at 2:00 PM

September 21, 2011

Nikon announces new system beginning with two models

J-1_95.jpgIt’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.

According to the Nikon USA Press release: “The Nikon J1 and V1 will be available throughout the United States beginning October 20th. The Nikon J1 camera with 10-30mm lens kit will be available at a suggested retail price of $649.95 (USD). The Nikon V1 camera with 10-30mm lens kit will be available for a suggested retail price of $899.95.”

Want to know More?
Vi-Ji_lns_325.jpgA profusely illustrated Nikon 1 brochure is available for free download.

Sample images from the Nikon V1 and Nikon J1 are also available
The accessories lineup includes a GPS unit, Speedlight and Nikon F-mount adapter specifically designed for the Nikon 1 system.

For preorder opportunities please check our Berger Bros Camera Forum. Brad and Lisa will be posting all information for preorders on newly announced Nikon cameras, lenses and accessories as soon as possible.

For a detailed look at the two new Nikon 1 system cameras and their accessories, take a look at Darrell Young's (DigitalDarrell) Café discussion. Once you have read his take on the news, tell us what you think in the open discussion thread.

Is this the long anticipated "big release" that has been marked by the big yellow and black countdown pointing to an early afternoon Eastern Standard USA time?
We have some members who are suspecting that announcement may be related to a new DSLR. Only time will tell.

Posted by flashdeadline at 7:37 AM

September 20, 2011

Rumors seems to come true!

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.

imcoming.jpg 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.

Posted by hendric at 9:29 AM

August 24, 2011

COOLPIX line adds six - including new All-Weather series

logo_nikon.gifNikon has introduced six new COOLPIX digital cameras with two standing out from the crowd.

Details on all of the newly released cameras are provided in three press releases from Nikon USA, and sample images from the cameras are available through the Global Nikon site (look on the right hand side of the page for all the releases dated Aug. 24).

If you wish to skim over the basic press release material with the help of Nikonians author Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) his blog features a handy guide.

video_300.jpgIf you're looking for some video action, check out the promotional video produced by Nikon, featuring the new "extreme" COOLPIX AW100 tackling the elements.

Posted by flashdeadline at 7:30 AM

June 20, 2011

Nikon Ending D3 Buffer Upgrades

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!

Posted by covey22 at 4:51 PM

May 28, 2011

Think Tank Speed Convertible Series Arrives June

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.

Speed Convertible Series Bags

The three bags forming the series are:

  • Speed Demon V.2.0 (fits standard DSLR and 2-3 zooms or primes)
  • Speed Freak V2.0 (fits standard DSLR and 2-3 lenses or accessories; will take a 70-200mm f2.8 unmounted)
  • Speed Racer V2.0 (fits pro-size DSLR and 2-3 lenses or accessories; will take a 70-200mm f2.8 unmounted)

Please note that Nikonians member receive a gift with every oder by using this link.

Posted by covey22 at 7:49 PM

May 26, 2011

Nikon Launches Patent Lawsuit against Sigma

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.

Posted by covey22 at 2:03 PM

May 19, 2011

Lowepro Compact Courier Series for ILCs

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.

Snug-fitting, lightweight, yet truly protective, these shoulder bags provide an inventive and flexible way to keep your camera within easy reach. Protective and convenient features on both models include: padded interiors; brushed tricot lining; built-in memory card pocket on inside flap; built-in microfiber cleaning cloth for lens and LCD screen; extra-wide and zippered opening; hook/loop fasteners on inside flap; detachable and adjustable shoulder strap; built-in belt loop; sturdy hardware; and water-resistant materials.




Posted by covey22 at 3:21 AM

May 10, 2011 welcomes B&H as new corporate partner

B-H-Logo_110.jpgNikonians, 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.

B-H-NYC_250.jpgOn Monday, the second phase was rolled out, with the launching of the Ask B&H Photo! forum.

B&H's Henry Posner & Chuck Capriola will be visiting the forum daily to answer your business and technical questions. We will also be getting advance word on pre-order opprtunities, such as the Zeiss Distagon T 35mm F/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F Mount (just posted).

Chuck tells us: "We will also post news about new products and announce specials and rebates as they become available."

B&H has been in business for over 35 years and their 70,000+ sq. ft. SuperStore in Manhattan, is a favorite stop for professionals visiting New York City.

Posted by flashdeadline at 7:15 AM

May 6, 2011

Epson Stylus Pro 4900 - The Nikonians Review

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."

Posted by covey22 at 6:41 PM

May 4, 2011

Lowepro: Two New Bags Series for Outdoor Enthusiasts

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.

Lowepro’s Photo Sport 200 AW backpack and Photo Sport Sling 100 AW are both dual-compartment packs featuring supreme protection for adventure sports enthusiasts that like to go fast, travel light and often find themselves in some of the world’s most breathtaking locations. To ensure quick access to camera equipment, the lower compartment of each pack includes Lowepro’s Ultra-Cinch Camera Chamber that snugs gear in a secured compartment to prevent bouncing while in motion. Additional features specifically designed for outdoor adventurers include: reflective piping, triple-ripstop nylon exterior, Lowepro’s patented All Weather AW Cover, multiple attachment points for trekking/ski pole loops, extra webbing to expand capacity and in the 200 Aw a dedicated space for hydration pouch. The Photo Sport 200 AW and Photo Sport Sling 100 AW are available in Black/Light Grey and Lowepro Orange/Light Grey for $199.99 and $129.99 respectively.


Designed to enhance the experience of birders, wildlife watchers and outdoor photographers while in the field, the new Optics Series from Lowepro was designed to provide long-wearing comfort and hands-free support for those who venture into the field with binoculars, optical scopes, digital cameras and other associated gear for the well-provisioned outdoor enthusiast. The bags are constructed from water-resistant materials that resist abrasion and moisture, and feature Lowepro’s patented All Weather covers for extreme weather situations.


The Field Station beltpack ($99.99) offers hands-free support for binoculars and other essential gear, and is tailored to the beginner birders needs to spot and easily identify species; its pop-up Quick Shelf ensures a field guide, notebook or tablet-style computer are always right at the birder’s fingertips.


The triple-compartment daypack-style Scope Travel 200 AW backpack ($179.99) can be completely customized to fit a variety of equipment needs including a compact spotting scope, binoculars and or a DSLR.


The Scope Photo Travel 350 AW ($249.99) is a larger-scale backpack constructed to fit a spotting scope, tripod, binoculars, professional size DSLR, personal items and a laptop; with five removable and adjustable padded compartments the pack can accommodate a larger kit for field use or travel.


And finally, the Scope Porter 200 AW ($199.99) backpack offers a hands-free solution to carry and protect a large-sized spotting scope and tripod that, when attached, can easily be secured to either shoulder strap via a tripod collar and clip attachment system for quick movement or relocation to catch the action.

Posted by covey22 at 5:24 PM

CaptureOne Enhances Tethered Shooting Options

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.

CaptureOne tethering also supports additional camera controls including:

  • Change of Format (RAW, RAW+JPEG, etc)
  • ISO Sensitivity
  • Exposure Mode
  • Shutter Speed
  • Aperture
  • Exposure Compensation
  • EV Step
  • Aspect ratio/Image Area

Posted by covey22 at 4:30 PM

April 28, 2011

Nikon Image Authentication System Hacked

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.

This validation process is valuable to law enforcement, military and other agencies that rely upon authenticated digital photos in order to document evidence and circumstances that will stand up to judicial scrutiny.

In 2010 Elcomsoft reputedly also hacked Canon's equivalent system called OSK-E3. As of the time of this publication, the research firm had not received responses from either manufacturer regarding their discoveries.

Posted by covey22 at 3:19 PM

April 27, 2011

Spring Sale: Photomatix HDR now 25% Off!

Back by popular demand, Photomatix is again offering Nikonians Silver, Gold and Platinum members an exclusive 25% discount on the award-winning HDRSoft high dynamic range processing program!

This offer is for a limited time only and ends in June 2011. All Photomatix program owners are also eligible for free upgrades for at least one year, so your software investment grows as more improvements and innovations are added. Grab your copy today, and remember, Nikonians Membership has it's rewards.

Posted by covey22 at 9:47 PM

Increased Nikon support in Capture One 6.2

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.

The release features tethered support for Nikon D-7000 and adds additional Nikon camera controls. Download the free trial of Capture One 6.2 here

Posted by covey22 at 8:47 PM

Layers for Lightroom with OnOneSoftware

OnOneSoftware brings the power of Layers to LightRoom with a free Public Preview of Perfect Layers!

In addition to adding Layered File Functionality to Lightroom, Perfect Layers also provides Masking Brushes, a multiude of Blending Modes, and the MaskingBug applet from PhotoTools 2.6 to create smooth gradient masks. The program can also be used in conjunction with Adobe Bridge and Apple Aperture.

The Public Preview is available for free at OneOneSoftware and expires on June 30th, 2011. The production version is expected to be delivered mid-2011, as a standalone product for USD159.95 and as part of the Perfect Photo Suite 5.5.

Posted by covey22 at 8:14 PM

Nikon 50mm f1.8 AF-S Officially Announced

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.

Posted by covey22 at 2:16 PM

April 21, 2011

Tamrac 3536 On Sale But It Won't Last Long

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.

The Tamrac 3536 can fit an SLR body with a 5.5" lens mounted, an additional lens, small flash and accessories. The shoulder bag features a Speed Pocket for quick access to small items and protective foam padding that adjusts to custom fit your equipment. The bag is available in stylish Black.

Posted by covey22 at 4:19 PM

Nikon D7000 On Sale at Roberts Camera

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.

Equipped with NIkon's latest 16MP imager CMOS, a high ISO up to 25,600, 1080P video and the new 39-point autofocus system, the D7000 is the cutting edge in digital SLR technology. But supplies are limited, and this sale won't last forever, so get yours at Roberts Camera today!

Posted by covey22 at 4:04 PM

Photography Book Now 2011 Contest

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.

Photography Book Now (PBN) is a celebration of the most creative, most innovative, and finest photography books – and the people behind them. Last year Blurb received more than 2,300 submissions from over 40 countries, and this year they’re hoping for even more submissions from Blurbarians and other self-published bookmakers worldwide.

Some of the new book categories for 2011 include:

  • Fine Art
  • Documentary
  • Travel
  • Student

This is the first time Blurb has opened up the PBN competition to non-professional student work, and the organizers are excited to reward and celebrate up-and-coming talent.

Also new to the competition are "best-of" category awards, including:

  • $5,000 cash prizes to the winners in each of the four categories
  • $1,500 cash prizes to each of the category winners of the People’s Choice competition

The submission deadline is July 14 – so head on over to PBN and put your book in the running for some excellent prizes and international recognition. Best of luck!

Posted by covey22 at 3:52 PM

April 19, 2011

Nikon Capture NX2 Updated to 2.2.7

Nikon has released the 2.2.7 update to Capture NX2.

Changes to this update include:
  • Support for RAW images captured with the D5100 has been added.
The following issues have been resolved.
  • In some rare cases, when the Highlight Protection function under Quick Fix in the Develop section of the Edit List was applied to RAW images, edges around highlights were darkened.
  • When the Image Dust Off function under Camera & Lens Corrections in the Develop section of the Edit List was applied to reduce reflection of dust on the image sensor in images, the results of this dust reduction were sometimes noticeable.
  • When RAW images captured with the camera’s auto distortion control function enabled were opened, or the Auto Distortion function under Camera & Lens Corrections in the Develop section of the Edit List was set to Automatic for a RAW image, Capture NX 2 sometimes quit unexpectedly.
  • RAW images sometimes could not be opened, or, when attempting to open a RAW image, Capture NX 2 sometimes quit unexpectedly.
Additional modifications to the Macintosh version
  • When an image was saved with Capture NX 2, time of the Date Created information recorded to Exif data was sometimes not correct. This issue has been resolved.

Posted by covey22 at 4:50 PM

April 13, 2011

Leaked: Nikon 50mm f1.8 G Silent Wave

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.

Posted by covey22 at 5:53 PM

April 5, 2011

Nikon announces Nikon D5100 and ME-1 microphone

logo_nikon.gifTwo 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!

d5100_300.jpgNikon USA representative Geoff Coalter tells us:
"The Nikon D5100 is designed with features for the user who is looking for an advanced camera that can keep pace creatively with features like a new vari- angle 3” LCD and the new 'effects mode' to let the user create fun effects that are both applied to photos and videos."

Nikon D5100 D-SLR
• Large 3.0-inch, high resolution 921,000-dot swivel type vari-angle LCD monitor with 1000:1 contrast ratio
• Effects Mode incorporates an array of special effects for use when taking still pictures or recording D-Movies
• Night vision
• Color sketch
• Miniature effect
• Selective color
• 16.2 megapixel CMOS sensor
• D-Movie with Full HD (1080p, 24/30p) with Full-Time AF and stereo sound
• 11-point AF system
• Built-in HDR
• ISO sensitivity 100-6400 , Hi setting of 25,600
• 4 frames per second (fps) burst
• Available in mid-April for $799.95 for body only and $899.95 for outfit (inc. 18-55mm VR lens)

ME-1 Stereo Microphone:
• Engineered specifically for a D-SLR, and powered directly through the camera
• Attaches to the hot shoe and has noise dampening components designed to minimize noise resulting from AF operation
• Incorporates a low-cut filter to reduce wind and other noise not already blocked by the wind screen
• Utilizing a standard 3.5mm stereo jack, the ME-1 is ideal for the D5100 and other Nikon HD movie capable D-SLR’s such as the D3s, D300s, D7000, as well as the COOLPIX P7000
• Available in April for $179.95

For details-- Check out the complete Press Release and Nikon's specs.

Posted by flashdeadline at 6:28 AM

April 1, 2011

Nikon Production Restart and Additional Aid

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)

Posted by covey22 at 3:45 PM

March 24, 2011

Useful Pouches and Holders from Think Tank Photo

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

Posted by covey22 at 12:54 PM

March 22, 2011

Nikon Issues Updated Notice on Operations in Japan

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.

Posted by covey22 at 5:45 PM

March 21, 2011

ObviousIdea - Free Image Resizing Program

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!

Posted by covey22 at 8:48 PM

March 14, 2011

Nikon Notice on Northern Japan Earthquake

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.

Posted by covey22 at 1:16 PM

February 9, 2011

PhaseOne Conducts CaptureOne Survey

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.

Posted by covey22 at 2:27 PM

Nikon unveils eight new COOLPIX cameras

logo_nikon.gifPowerful zooms, HD video and surprisingly competitive prices highlight the features available in Nikon's latest COOLPIX cameras, announced today.

Our thanks to Nikon USA representative Geoff Coalter for providing these bullet points on the new COOLPIX models:

COOLPIX_P500.jpgNikon COOLPIX P500:
▪ 36x Optical Zoom-NIKKOR ED Glass Lens (22.5mm wide-angle to 810mm super-telephoto)
▪ 12.1-Megapixels
▪ EXPEED C2 dual image processors and Backside Illumination (BSI) CMOS sensor enable high-speed continuous shooting, exceptional low-light quality and advanced performance
▪ Full HD (1080P) recording
▪ Available in March 2011 for $399.95 in Black and Red

Nikon COOLPIX P300:
▪ 4.2x Wide-Angle, f/1.8 maximum aperture NIKKOR glass lens (24-100mm)
▪ 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor
▪ Backside Illumination (BSI) CMOS sensor, High ISO Sensitivity, and fast wide-angle f/1.8 lens result in superior image quality in low-light conditions
▪ Aperture Priority (A), Shutter Priority (S) and Full Manual (M) Controls easily accessed by the camera’s convenient Mode Dial
▪ Available in March 2011 for $329.95 in Black

Nikon COOLPIX S9100:
▪ 18x Optical Zoom-NIKKOR ED Glass Lens (25mm wide-angle to 450mm telephoto)
▪ 12.1-Megapixels in a deceptively thin body
▪ Full HD (1080p) movie recording with one-touch operation, optical zoom, stereo sound and the ability to capture still images during recording
▪ Huge, Bright 3.0-inch high-resolution VGA (921,000-dot) Clear Color Display
▪ Available in March 2011 for $329.95 in Black, Red, and Silver

Nikon COOLPIX S6100:
▪ 16.0-Megapixels and a 7x Optical Zoom-NIKKOR ED Glass Lens (28mm wide-angle to 196mm telephoto)
▪ Touch Panel operation on huge, bright 3.0-inch high-resolution LCD
▪ HD Movies (720p) with HDMI connectivity
▪ Available in March 2011 for $199.95 in Silver, Red, Black and Violet

Nikon COOLPIX S4100:
▪ 14.0-Megapixels and a 5x Optical Zoom-NIKKOR Glass Lens (26mm wide-angle to 130mm telephoto)
▪ Ultra slim (0.8-inches) camera body, with One-Touch recording and moviemaking of HD Movies (720p) with sound
▪ Intuitive Touch Panel operation on bright 3.0-inch high-resolution LCD
▪ Available in February 2011 for $179.95 in Champagne Plum, Silver, Black, and Red

Nikon COOLPIX S3100:
▪ 14.0-Megapixels and a 5x Optical Zoom-NIKKOR Glass Lens (26mm wide-angle to 130mm telephoto)
▪ Sleek camera design (0.8 inches, 4.2 ounces), 2.7-inch LCD and ISO Capability up to 3200
▪ Features 19 Scene Modes, including Portrait, Party, Landscape and Sunset – all of which automatically adjust camera settings to specific scenes
▪ Available in February 2011 for $139.95 in Silver, Red, Black, Yellow, Purple, Blue and Pink

Nikon COOLPIX L120:
▪ 14.1 Megapixels and a 21x Optical Zoom-NIKKOR Glass Lens (28mm wide-angle to 420mm super-telephoto)
▪ Advanced One-Touch HD (720p) Movie recording capabilities with Stereo Sound and Sports Continuous Shooting
▪ Features a 3.0-inch high-resolution HVGA (921,000-dot) LCD Color Display, Five-way VR
▪ Image Stabilization, Motion Detection and 17 Scene Modes
▪ AA-battery power
▪ Available in February 2011 for $279.95 in Black, Bronze and Red

Nikon COOLPIX L24:
▪ 14.0 Megapixels and a 3.6x Optical Zoom-NIKKOR Glass Lens (37mm wide-angle to 134mm telephoto)
▪ Incredible 3.0-inch LCD and ISO 1600 Capability
▪ Easy Auto Mode automatically selects the best settings for a photograph and a Scene Mode system that allows the user to choose from 16 scenes to find the best one for the situation
▪ AA-battery power
▪ Available in February 2011 for $119.95 in Red, Black and Silver

Coinciding with the COOLPIX announcement, check out the latest installment in Nikon's podcast series featuring host Mark Ellwood and guest Steve Heiner discussing the new cameras.

Posted by flashdeadline at 1:13 PM

January 2, 2011

New Year includes New Look for Nikonians Corporate Partner Roberts

Roberts_88.jpgCongratulations 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.

Posted by flashdeadline at 10:26 PM

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 23, 2010

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 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

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

October 13, 2010

Nikonians Exclusive: CaptureOne Discounts

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!

Discounts this deep are not available anywhere else but, but you'll have to hurry - this offer is good only until October 17th, 2010. Redeem this discount and other valuable offers at the Nikonians Rewards Site now!

Posted by covey22 at 5:09 PM

Nikon D7000 DigiTutor Site is Up

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!

Posted by covey22 at 4:23 PM

October 10, 2010

ACDSee Pro for Mac Enters Final Beta Testing Before 2011 Release

acd-_115.jpgBeta 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.

Beta 1.4 downloads of ACDSee Pro for Mac, which gives photographers a faster all-in-one photography workflow system, are now available at To date, more than 10,000 Mac users have participated in the beta program and have offered feedback in 153 forum topics to ACD Systems developers.
The final version is anticipated for release in early 2011.


"This final beta phase is an opportunity for photographers to test the features that will make ACDSee Pro for Mac a powerful workflow tool, particularly the non-destructive editing capability," said Tarjin Rahman, product manager for ACD Systems. "Testers will be able to edit images without needing to save new files, which is a huge time-saver."

Other notable additions to the beta 1.4 version include:
• An improved graphical user interface for Process mode.
• The ability to easily copy and paste processing settings from one image to another.
• Metadata is compliant with the Metadata Working Group (MWG) and supports IPTC Core, Extended and IIM.
• Support for XMP sidecar files
• A Custom Metadata pane allows for presenting a specific set of data that is most important to the user.

Between the beta 1.4 test period and the final release date in early 2011, Simon Tipler, project manager for ACD Systems, said the company's developers will be implementing user feedback, adjusting features and performance to streamline the workflow process, and performing quality checks.

"We know photographers who use Mac systems are eagerly anticipating Pro for Mac because they have been integral to its development," said Rahman. "They will be very pleased when they see the final product."

Pricing and availability
ACDSee Pro for Mac is in beta testing at The full release of the product is anticipated in early 2011. At that time, ACDSee Pro for Mac will be available for a free 30-day trial and for purchase at $169.99 (USD) by visiting

Posted by flashdeadline at 8:14 PM

October 4, 2010

Tamron SP70-300 Di VC USD: The Nikonians Review

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.

Tamron is no newcomer to the market. As a third-party manufacturer of still camera and video lenses, the company has been making optical products since 1950. The new 70-300 VC USD reflects their long history and experience in its’ build, handling and performance.

Some of you are probably thinking; “What, another mid-range telephoto zoom?” This isn't just another "me-too" product, it's got some really compelling features, and performance that will surprise you. Let’s quickly walk through the basics:

Ultrasonic Drive (USD) - this is Tamron’s first lens to use a coreless drive motor. Much like Nikon’s Silent Wave motor, the lens is not dependent upon the camera’s internal shaft drive to move the optical elements. Instead, Ultrasonic Drive pulls battery power from the camera and uses a ring motor to silently and swiftly arrive at the desired focus. It’s perfect for fast moving action but discreet enough in events requiring a low noise profile.

Vibration Compensation (VC) – this is Tamron’s fourth lens to feature a form of image stabilization. This is an extremely useful feature when you’re talking about a telephoto lens. Longer focal lengths require sufficiently higher shutter speeds to avoid hand shake effects. Vibration Compensation is rated to give up to four stops of hand-holding, allowing us to shoot in progressively lower light and/or lower ISO at lower shutter speeds, or forgo traditional supports like tripods and still be able to get blur-free photos.*

*If your subject is moving at a pace faster than the shutter speed can freeze the action, it will still be blurred.

Optical Formula – the new lens features an LD (Low Dispersion) and an XLD (Extra Low Dispersion) optical element that helps prevent chromatic aberration (the so-called “purple fringing” effect). The optical formula of 12 groups in 17 elements is considerably more complex compared to Tamron’s previous implementations – the AF 70-300 Macro and the AF 75-300 Macro LD both had 9 groups in 12 elements, and only a single LD element each.

Di Type – Tamron applies a multi-coating to optimize the lens’ use with more reflective Digital SLR sensors, although it is fully compatible with film cameras as well.

The build is quite modern and reassuring. Although it is mostly composed of light-weight materials and a metal mount, the lens is hefty at 1.7 lbs/0.7 kg and feels solid. There is no creak or give whatsoever, and when extended to its full length at 300mm, the lens barrel does not flop or bend. Tamron also includes a deep bayonet-mounted flower-petal hood that is reversible for easy storage. The hood’s length is great as it increases the efficiency of glare reduction. A proprietary rear cap and a pinch front cap round out the package. The pinch cap is very convenient, and is easily mounted and removed even with the hood in place. The filter size is a common and relatively inexpensive 062mm, which is great for photographers on a tight budget. The lens has the normal seals against dust and dirt, but is not waterproof.

As previously noted, this is not a constant aperture zoom, so the maximum aperture at each focal length is as follows:

  • 70mm - f4.0
  • 100mm - f4.2
  • 135mm - f4.5
  • 200mm - f5.3
  • 300mm – f5.6

The lens has no dedicated aperture ring. Like its modern peers, the mechanical linkage of aperture is now electronically controlled through the lens mount interface, allowing the photographer to set the opening via control dials on the camera body.

There are two ring controls – a very large zoom ring dominates the front two-thirds of the barrel length, while a narrower but easily handed focus ring is placed closer to the mount. The focus ring adequately allows clearance even for larger hands, so you won’t feel cramped while trying to manually focus. A display window on the top closest to the lens mount end shows focus distance in feet and meters. The rings are mechanically sound – both turned with a crisp reassurance, but were tight enough that with some practice, you could move the zoom ring by “feel” to a given focal length and know it would stay there. It takes about a quarter turn to cycle through the whole zoom range. Because of the full-time AF manual override, the focus ring turns freely in either direction and does not hit a stop or detent. Those of us who have struggled with “switchology errors” on lenses will be pleased to see the simplified setup Tamron has created – there’s just two switches, both on the left side; one turns VC ON or OFF and the other switches AF ON or OFF. That’s it. For folks who like to delve into the technical details, it sounds suspiciously like Tamron’s implementation is too simplified, but be reassured, it’s not. We’ll get into that later in this review.

In the field, the lens handles as well as it looks. On lighter bodies such as the D40 or the D3000, the feeling is a little nose-heavy, but using enthusiast and pro cameras like the D200 and the D2 series, the result is a nicely balanced combination. The hood’s length provides a reassuring protection from foreign objects (and kids’ sticky fingers!) as well as glare reduction. I was even able to reach in and manipulate a circular polarizer, but if you have smaller hands, results may vary.

The Ultrasonic Drive was noiseless, and I could not distinguish any difference between its operation and Nikon’s Silent Wave. Autofocus operations were very responsive. The lens locked on to the subjects accurately and with no hesitation. If you’ve never used coreless drive lenses before, you might be slightly surprised the first few times; when looking through the viewfinder, it feels like the image “jumps” into focus because you don’t get the aural feedback from the shaft-drive motor. Full-Time manual focus is available by simply grabbing the focus ring and overriding the AF system.

Many of you have been waiting for this section. So let’s get right into it; the Vibration Compensation works and works well. End of statement. That’s the short story. In typical optical stabilization models, most manufacturers have two modes, one to accommodate normal use – removing up-down and left-right, and another to remove all movement entirely. These modes are defined by a hardware switch on the lens. Most lenses are also equipped with only two axis sensors inside the lens to detect and compensate for those movements. Tamron upped the game by providing a three-axis (i.e., three-coil) system. That means Tamron’s implementation of image stabilization compensates not only for up-down (oscillation) and left-right (lateral) movements, but also compensates for yawing (up-left, down-right), all in a single mode. Think of a “+”sign superimposed over an “x” sign. For those of you who like to pan, there’s nothing to worry about; the three-coil system detects the movement for panning accordingly and only compensates for the up-down and yaw movement.

End-result - you don’t have to think about which mode the lens is in, and can concentrate on other aspects of the photo-taking. As I mentioned earlier, some of us who like to get down into the technical details would be suspicious of a single setting for such a complex operation, but Tamron’s design is simple, efficient and elegant.

Some handling steps that everyone should be aware of when using VC. First, there is no tripod detection mode, so VC should be turned OFF when mounted on a stable support. Secondly, the use of AF-ON button will not activate VC, only the half-press of the shutter button will. VC is more useful when it has more information about the motion it needs to compensate for, so begin the tracking process with the half-press as soon as you possibly can.

And VC really works. The first time you enable it, the image locks down. At low shutter speeds where handshake would be noticeable through the viewfinder, the image stops moving, period. Absolutely stunning and puts VC very much a leg up on Nikon’s Vibration Reduction – in VR, you will still see the image “drifting” even at shutter and ISO combinations where VR is effective – that’s the most noticeable difference in a two-coil versus three-coil implementation.

VC effectiveness lives up to the four-stop specification. My worst cases were a harvest moon at ISO 100, handheld, varying the apertures to get a properly exposed shot. At 1/30th of a second, I was getting very usable photos of the moonscape. In normal use during daylight and low-light scenarios, both the VC and USD functioned perfectly in conjunction with each other. In situations where I would have boosted the ISO just to get a higher shutter speed, I simply flicked the VC switch to ON and kept shooting.

The image quality of the lens is equally impressive. The test cameras were a D200 and D2H, using NEF format. The default color mode selected was Mode I, which savvy post-processors know tend to be low contrast and low saturation in order to maximize for skin tones. But even straight out of the camera, you could already see the rich color fidelity in many signage and street shots. Sharpness was set to Low, but the NEF files already showed depth and detail even without any optimization, such as the architectural details close-ups during a stroll in historic downtown Newport. The LD and XLD elements were doing their job, enhancing contrast and color even on rainy and overcast conditions during a Hurricane Earl photo-trek. I wasn’t able to invoke Chromatic Aberration at all during high-contrast shooting. The nine-blade aperture produced very acceptable bokeh, nicely rendered with no sharp points.

The bottom-line: It was very tough returning the lens once the review ended. The Tamron SP 70-300 f4.-5.6 Di VC USD is an extremely impressive optic and at a going street rate of under USD500, brings a great set of capabilities and image quality, all in a light and well-built package. Nikonians contemplating a telephoto purchase would be well-served to add this lens to the top of their wish-list. After all, the holidays are coming…

Posted by covey22 at 2:16 PM

October 3, 2010

Epson launches new printers and premium media at Photokina 2010

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) .

New Epson 17-inch printer offers professional photographers a super-wide colour gamut
Epson® launches the Stylus Pro 4900 – a compact, 17-inch production printer setting new standards in colour precision for the photography market. Delivering the best print quality for commercial photographs and fine art reproduction, the printer boasts outstanding colour consistency and accurate colour matching, and can reproduce 98% of PANTONE®1 colours.

Epson-7890_200.jpgEpson® also launched two large format printers offering an ideal combination of accurate colour reproduction with unbeatable productivity. The 24-inch Epson Stylus Pro 7890 and the 44-inch Epson Stylus Pro 9890 have been designed to help professional photographers and the fine art

Signature Worthy Media
Building on the success of its quality-assured Digigraphie print solution, and responding to its customers’ requirements for a dedicated, high-quality fine art and photography media range, Epson has launched its Signature Worthy brand; a way for users to clearly identify the products in its premium media line-up.

Posted by flashdeadline at 8:49 PM

Nikonians Rewards Bonus Alert -- Save BIG on photo books

Rewards-Alert_100.jpgYour 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.

The new NikoniansPress/Rocky Nook book goes beyond detailing the additional features of the D300S and simply adding to Darrell's previously published "Mastering the Nikon D300."

It has been completely re-written and re-edited to further improve and expand upon the pertaining information for the D300.

All books in the NikoniansPress/Rocky Nook series include a special Nikonians 50%-off voucher discount for a one year Gold Membership in the Nikonians community. This will save $37.50 on Gold Membership.

The book is expected to be available by the end of this month.

BONUS: Your Nikonians Rewards Savings Special
By special agreement with our partner Rocky Nook, this and many more Rocky Nook books, including titles from the NikoniansPress series, will have a 40% discount over list price for all Silver, Gold or Platinum members from October 1st to December 31st, 2010.

Please check your Loyal Membership Rewards page to obtain your discount code.

The link provided will take you to the ordering pages for all the Rocky Nook books available at this 40% discount.

Posted by flashdeadline at 6:58 PM

September 29, 2010

Nikon P90 Firmware Updated to 1.1

Nikon has released the first firmware update for the Coolpix P90 compact camera.

The technical notes state the firmware addresses an issue that " some rare cases, prevented accurate recording of images captured without interruption in single shooting mode with manual focus and Distortion control enabled has been resolved."

Posted by covey22 at 4:36 PM

September 25, 2010

Photokina attendance strong, Nikonians Team on the prowl

Model_88.jpgOur 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….

----and of course a "must visit" is the Nikon Booth (shown here during a rare quite moment before the crowd hits).


We hear there's a bit of disappointment from some booth visitors who were truly expecting to see the unveiling of a brand new top-of the-line FX format Nikon DSLR. Most visitors to the booth were occupied taking in some of the lectures and (of course) handling the gear, which included Nikon's newly unveiled Nikon D7000, two new lenses geared for the pro-market and the SB-700 Speedlight.

Nikonians Team volunteer Thomas Berg (twberg) borrowed a Nikon D3 from Albert Esschendal (alberte) and an AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8G ED VR II lens to focus on a pair of models posing for photographers at the show. Thomas has good taste -- that lens is retailing in the ball-park of $9,000 USD.

The Photokina 2010 Press Room is estimating 50,000 visitors in the first few days arriving at a rate of seven percent higher than the figure recorded at the equivalent point in 2008.

The trade fair is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The Nikonians booth is in Hall 5.1 -- which carries the theme "Meet the Communities at photokina."

Social networks, photography festivals, associations, and publishing houses are offering photokina visitors a unique platform with diverse highlights on and beside the big stage.

Posted by flashdeadline at 2:21 PM

September 21, 2010

ACDSee Pro 3 for Mac is coming

acd-_115.jpgACDsee has announced the release of ACDSee Pro Photo Manager 3 in the Mac version at Photokina 2010.

The beta release is scheduled for Fall 2010. The final release will come out early 2011.
They have also debuted the newest version, ACDSee Pro Photo Manager 4.

The new version 4 includes Map sorting (Geodata will be stored in the picture and you can also simply click on the map and all pictures taken in this location will be displayed).

It will also improve processing for all files types including: RWA, DNG, JPEG, TIFF.
New tools include vignette and achromatic correction.
More features can be found at the ACDSee webpage.

Posted by flashdeadline at 9:51 PM

Photokina Nikonians Team is on the scene

Photokina_88.jpgAll 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.

This year's Photokina team includes (from left to right) Albert Esschendal (alberte), Hendric Schneider (Nikonians Marketing and Communications), Jurgen Plessing (Nikonians Photo Pro Shop), and Thomas Berg (twberg).

They will busy helping Nikonians co-founder Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs) with daily booth activities and they will also be digging for news of the latest releases and announcements from the more than 1,500 companies on the scene in Cologne, Germany.

One booth they are sure to check out fairly quick is our friends from Think Tank Photo (hall 02.1 and stand A037).

The Think Tank Photo Team will be displaying Version 2.0’s of their popular Urban Disguise and Digital Holster product lines:
Press Release:
SANTA ROSA, CALIF – For photographers operating in urban or dangerous environments, carrying thousands of dollars worth of photo equipment can be an invitation to have their gear stolen. Now, with Think Tank Photo’s completely upgraded and larger Urban Disguise® shoulder bags available in October, photographers can travel in style while still protecting their valuable equipment from prying eyes.

The Urban Disguise V2.0 Series is specifically designed for professional digital SLR equipment, with some models including special laptop compartments. Each model features multiple pockets, YKK lockable zipper sliders, a comfortable, padded shoulder strap, and a seam-sealed rain cover. Specifically:

- Urban Disguise 35 V2.0 – Carries a 13.3” laptop with a regular size DSLR or a 10” netbook with a pro size DSLR. Also carries a 70-200 f2.8 attached to a DSLR with two to three additional lenses.

- Urban Disguise 40 V2.0 – Carries regular or pro size DSLR with a standard zoom lens attached and two to four additional lenses.

- Urban Disguise 50 V2.0 – Carries up to a 15.4” laptop, a regular or pro size DSLR with a standard zoom attached, and two to four additional lenses.

- Urban Disguise 60 V.20 – Carries up to a 17” laptop, a regular or pro size DSLR with a standard zoom attached, and three to five additional lenses.

- Urban Disguise 70 V2.0 – Carries up to two pro size DSLRs with lenses attached in main compartment. Can fit a 70-200 f2.8 attached to a pro size DSLR.

“This design concept is the culmination of years of observation of photojournalists and other photographers who have jury-rigged their bags to decrease their public exposure,” said Think Tank Photo founder and lead designer Doug Murdoch. “Whether you are a professional who wishes to maintain a lower profile in dangerous situations or a serious amateur who wishes to lessen the risk of having your gear ripped off, the Urban Disguise’s low profile allows you to carry the right gear with less fear.”

Press Release
SANTA ROSA, CALIF – Sometimes all photographers need in the field is one digital SLR body and one lens attached. Other times, just additional lens or accessories need to be added to the kit. To meet this need, Think Tank Photo has completely redesigned its line-up of Digital Holsters™. Available in early October in five sizes, their expandable “Pop Down” section allows them to hold lenses of two different vertical heights with the hood in position or with it reversed. A feature new to V2.0 is the built-in side attachment system compatible with most Modular, Skin, or Multimedia components.
The Digital Holsters also feature a side pocket for holding memory cards, a soft flap to cover the camera’s LCD, a shoulder strap, and an externally accessible seam-sealed rain cover in every model. They fit most tripod plates while attached to the camera.

They come in five sizes:
- Digital Holster 10 V2.0 – Form fitting to a small, regular size DSLR with a zoom lens attached.

- Digital Holster 20 V2.0 - Form fitting to a regular size DSLR and a 24-70 f2.8 with lens hood in position or reversed. When the “Pop Down” feature is extended it will also hold a 70-200 f2.8 with the hood reversed.

- Digital Holster 30 V.20 –This is the only top loading bag for a DSLR that can hold a 70-200 2.8 with its lens hood attached, while connected to a regular DSLR.

- Digital Holster 40 V2.0 – Designed for a pro size DSLR and a 24-70 f2.8 lens with hood in position or reversed. When the “Pop Down” feature is extended it will also hold a 70-200 f2.8 with the lens hood reversed.

- Digital Holster 50 V2.0 – Designed for a pro size DSLR and a 70-200 f2.8 with the lens hood reversed or in position, ready to shoot.

Posted by flashdeadline at 4:29 PM

September 15, 2010

Nikon unveils new DSLR, two lenses and a Speedlight

D7000_110.jpgJust 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.

According to Nikon's Press Release:
The new camera will be available beginning mid-October 2010 at a manufacturers's suggested retail price of $1199.95 (US Dollars) for the body only and $1499.95 for the body and lens outfit which includes the AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens.D7000_400.jpg

Nikon's two new lenses are geared for the pro-market:
The NIKKOR AF-S 35mm f/1.4G and AF-S 200mm f/2G ED VR II lenses raise the tally of new glass introduced in 2010 to nine.

Rounding out the new gear announcements is the SB-700 Speedlight, which should be a comfortable (and affordable) strobe unit for the D7000.

Posted by flashdeadline at 2:29 PM

September 8, 2010

Fall Harvest of Nikon Coolpixes: P7000, S80 and S8100

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.

The much anticipated flagship P7000 updates the professional Coolpix compact line. Nikon has reduced the megapixel count in order to improve low-light image quality, the maker's first (albeit unstated) acknowledgement that pure MP count is not the first standard by which to judge cameras.

Other features include:

  • Enhanced NRW (RAW) file format now editable by Capture NX2!
  • 28-200mm 7.1x Zoom Nikkor ED lens
  • Built-in Neutral Density Filter
  • 720p HD Video with Stereo Sound
  • EXPEED C2 Imaging Processsing Engine
  • PSAM Shooting Modes
  • Dedicated dial controls for ISO, White Balance, Exposure Comp and more
  • 5-Way Vibration Reduction
  • Optical Viewfinder
  • Artificial Horizon to ensure level shots
  • High ISO up to 6400 at full resolution
  • Built-in Intervalometer for timed interval shooting
  • Optional Wide-Angle using the WC-E75A for 21mm focal length

The S8100 updates the top-tier "Style" Coolpix line by coupling a 12.1MP Backlit CMOS sensor with a 10x 30-300mm Zoom Nikkor ED lens and a 3-inch 921K rear LCD Clear Color Display.

Other features include:

  • 4-Way VR Image Stabilization
  • Expeed C2 Image Processing Engine
  • High ISO up to 3200
  • Full 1080p HD capture with Stereo and HDMI output
  • Shoot stills while in Video Mode

The ultra-slim S80 (0.7 inches thin) brings unique and creative edit functions via a large 3.5 inch Ultra-High Resolution (819K) Organic LED rear display that not only gives access to the camera's key functions, but allows the photographer to write or draw on the image using touch controls.

Other features include:

  • 14.1 MP CCD sensor
  • 5x Wide-Angle to Tele 35-175mm Zoom Nikkor ED lens
  • 5-way Vibration Reduction System
  • High ISO up to 3200 in full resolution
  • Expeed C2 Image Processing engine
  • Built-in Slide Show with Music
  • 720p HD Movie capture with Stereo and HDMI Output
  • Sliding lens cover design that serves as Power On/Off

Posted by covey22 at 5:25 PM

September 6, 2010

Tamron's Sixty Days of Giveaways!

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!

Best of all, it's easy to participate; simply sign up to receive Tamron eNews and you're automatically entered to win. The giveaways include:

  • SP 70-300mm Di VC USD telephoto zoom lens (2010 EISA Winner)
  • AF 18-250mm Di II LD ASPH All-In-One Zoom lens (Nikon or Canon mount)
  • Limited Edition 60th Anniversary T-Shirt (L, XL and XXL sizes only)
  • USD60 off any Tamron lens purchased through authorized Tamron Dealer
  • 1-Year Subscription to a Photography Magazine of Your Choice

Sign-Up today to enter and win!

Posted by covey22 at 12:22 AM

September 1, 2010

Nikonians welcome new partner ACDSee

acd-_115.jpg is pleased to welcome one of the world’s leading developers and marketers of digital imaging software.

acdsee-pro3-box_175.jpgACD Systems International Inc., headquartered in British Columbia since 1993, are the developers of the popular ACDSee Photo Manager, ACDSee Pro Photo Manager 3 image management tools and Canvas, an advanced technical illustration and graphics program (among others).

ACD Systems has millions of consumer and business users and more than 33,000 corporate customers, including many Fortune 500 companies. For further details, please visit

Nikonians communications director Hendric Schnieder tells us he was very happy to see this partnership come together:

"Even before ACDSee came on board, I had the personal experience to appreciate their approach to workflow management. When I started shooting digital images with Nikon Schneider-150.jpgDSLR's, the first problem I ran into was trying to keep track of my image files.
I did not have any clue of what software to use. I tried several file management solutions and at the end of my search ACDSee became my choice for workflow software.
There are many great workflow software programs but I was quickly hooked on the user friendly approach available in ACDSee Pro.
Key wording and tagging adjustments are smooth, easy and fast."

Posted by flashdeadline at 3:41 PM

August 24, 2010

Nikon Updates Capture to Version 2.2.5

Nikon has released an update to Capture NX2 bringing it to Version 2.2.5.

Changes include:

  • Support for Mac OS X 10.6.4
  • Support for Nikon D3100 RAW Images
  • Multiple enhancements to the Picture Controls Utility
  • Addressed graduations display issue with certain RAW images
  • Addressed noise effects within Image Dust Off function

The update is available for both PC and Macintosh platforms (Nikon USA links).

Posted by covey22 at 7:52 PM

August 19, 2010

Nikon announces new D-SLR and four new NIKKOR lenses

D3100-Front.jpgOne full month ahead of the world's largest imaging exhibition (Photokina 2010) Nikon has announced a brand new Digital SLR and four new lenses.

The new Nikon D3100 assumes a numerical position in between the D3000 and D5000 but close examination of the specs shows it has all the potential of rivaling the D5000 in pure "wow" factor.

D3100_-Back.jpgAs you can clearly see by the side-by-side comparison of the D3100 and D5000 above, the newer model is smaller and lighter.
Both sport the AF-S NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR image stabilization lens.

From the back, you immediately spot the 3-inch LCD screen which is larger than the D5000's 2.7 inch version (lacking the variable angle feature). That screen will come in handy for entry-level consumers (Nikon's target market with this camera) as they follow the enhanced Guide Mode introduced in the Nikon D3000.

Here's the bullet point view:
▪Nikon’s first D-SLR with 1080p HD video capture
▪Enhanced Guide Mode teaches users how to control advanced photo techniques
▪First SLR with full-time AF in Live View and during movie capture
▪14.2 megapixel CMOS Sensor and 11 point AF
▪Available in September for $699.95 USD (with the AF-S NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens).

We checked with our fellow Nikonian Darrell Young (Digital Darrell ), who has published the Rocky Nook/NikoniansPress joint venture books Mastering the Nikon D5000 and Mastering the Nikon D3000 for his "quick-take" comparisons — based purely on the specs:

Darrell-Young-bio-mug.jpgAs I read over the specs of the new Nikon D3100, I'm impressed with the list of features added to this camera. Comparing it to the previous D3000 is not entirely useful since it has a feature set that makes it more like the Nikon D5000. In fact, some of its features exceed what the D5000, and even the D90 are capable of, such as full-time autofocus in Live View and D-Movie modes. The fact that it has an extended ISO range (100–3200 expandable to 12800) and a 14.2 megapixel imaging sensor means that it can be even more useful in low-light and large image situations.

There are several things I'm interested in discovering whenever I can get my hands on one of these new D3100s. The questions I have are: How much will the new EXPEED 2 microprocessor improve things like autofocus speed, camera responsivness, and noise control. Will it adjust automatically for chromatic aberration? Will the new full-time autofocus in Live View/D-Movie modes be accurate and manually overridable? How will the image quality compare to a camera like the D5000, D90, or D300S? Is this the perfect small carry-everywhere camera?

The Nikon D5000 certainly has a direct competitor in the new D3100. At the current time, they have similar pricing. However, the feature set on the D3100 seems to show better capability, for the money, than the D5000. When I saw the announcement concerning the "entry-level" nature of the D3100, I was a bit disappointed. Then I read over the features and they raised my eyebrows. If Nikon can create a camera in this price range, with this amazing set of features, and still offer reasonable speed and high quality, I think the new D3100 will be an immediate and world-wide hit. When Nikon finally comes out with technology, it's often superior to the competition, sometimes even setting new standards. Will the new D3100 be the next standard-setting Nikon? With a price and features like this, they've got my interest!

And Now-- let's check out those new lenses:

The four new lenses from Nikon (and USA $ MSRP) include:
▪AF-S NIKKOR DX 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR - $399.95
▪AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4 G ED VR - $1049.95
▪The AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR -$1299.95
▪AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G - $1699.95

Here's the full Press Release from Nikon USA.

Posted by flashdeadline at 6:45 PM

Nikon Lens Trifecta: AF-S 85mm f1.4 G, AF-S 24-120mm f4 VR, AF-S 28-300mm ED VR

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.

The AF-S 85mm f1.4 G fulfills a long-sought wish by Nikonians to bring a a classic portrait lens to current standards:

  • A new optical design that includes Crystal-Nano Coating
  • Faster and more discreet focusing using Silent-Wave motor
  • Full-Time Manual focus with a new manual focus drive mechanism
  • Retention of Internal Focusing with no change in lens length

The AF-S 24-120mm f4 G ED VR enhances a popular zoom length for FX-format owners:

  • A revised optical formula including Crystal-Nano Coating, two ED and three ASPH elements
  • An Internal Focusing mechanism with no change in lens length
  • Silent-Wave motor with Full-Time Manual Focus
  • Equipped with Vibration Reduction Generation II (VR2) with up to four stops of compensation

And a new superzoom, the AF-S 28-300mm f3.5-5.6 G ED VR:

  • A magnification of 10.7x in a 4.5 inch, 1.7 pound compact lens
  • Silent-Wave Motor with Full-Time Manual Focus
  • Optical formual includes two ED and three ASPH elements
  • An Internal Focusing mechanism with no change in lens length
  • Equipped with Vibration Reduction Generation II (VR2) with up to four stops of compensation
  • Zoom lock to prevent inadvertent lens extension

Posted by covey22 at 4:20 PM

Nikon Announces D3100 DSLR and AF-S 55-300mm ED VR

Nikon has announced the latest update to their DSLR line, the D3100 and a matching 5x telephoto zoom, the AF-S DX 55-300mm f4.5-5.6 ED VR.

The D3100 packs a number of new features and definitely ups the ante for entry level bodies:

  • A new 14.2MP CMOS sensor combined with the new EXPEED2 imaging processor
  • High ISO performance - up to 3200 normally, with HI-2 setting up to 12,800
  • Built-in Assist Guide showing how camera settings will affect the current image
  • D-Movie video recording in High-Definition resolution
  • Full-Time (AF-F) focus mode during video recording
  • Face detection for up to 35 faces in the same frame

The camera will come bundled with the new ViewNX2 editing utility.

In an accompanying announcement, Nikon also provided details on the new AF-S DX 55-300mm f4.5-5.6 ED VR telephoto zoom:

  • The first lens to feature a new High Refractive Index (HRI) element that does the job of multiple glass elements while compensating for spherical aberration and focal plane curvature
  • The optical formula also features two ED elements for superior chromatic aberration control
  • Equipped with Vibration Reduction Generation II (VR2) with up to four stops of compensation

Posted by covey22 at 3:27 PM

August 17, 2010

Nikon ViewNX 2 Released

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.

ViewNX 2's improvements include:

  • Three new workspaces - Browers, GeoTag and Edit - giving the program a more familiar look-and-feel
  • New editing functions such as Crop, Auto Red-Eye, Straighten and Auto Lateral CA Correction
  • Trim movies and Save Movie Frame as Still Photo
  • Enhanced Printing, including date/time shot, background color, selecting prints from Metadata and Header/Footers
  • Collaboration with my Picturetown including viewing stored photos without a web browser and Simple Upload

The View NX 2 utility is available for download here.

Posted by covey22 at 5:36 PM

New Coolpix S5100 and S1100PJ Cameras

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.

Posted by covey22 at 5:22 PM

August 14, 2010

Tamron Releases 70-300mm f4-5.6 Di VC USD Telephoto Zoom

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.

Posted by covey22 at 10:50 PM

July 21, 2010

Nikon Posts Possible Light Leak Notice on 24-70mm f2.8 AFS

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.

The first indications of this issue were noted on various photographic discussion boards with a post from Nikon Korea.

The Nikon USA post clarifies that there is a possibility of a light leak occuring through the distance panel (the window on the front of the lens showing the focus distance currently in use).

Nikon USA statement on possible AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED distance panel light leak

We have received indications that when extremely bright light strikes the lens while shooting at high sensitivities, light other than that passing through the front of the lens may be reflected. This is not a problem with normal shooting and occurs very rarely under very specific conditions.

We value our customer feedback, and if a user is inconvenienced by this issue, they may request an inspection of their lens. If deemed necessary Nikon will take the appropriate steps to address the issue

If you suspect that your lens is encountering this issue, start by contacting Nikon supprt in your region as the notice states. And feel free to join in with the discussions at Nikonians Forums.

Posted by covey22 at 2:55 PM

June 30, 2010

Deadline Approaching: Photography Book Now Competition

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!

Posted by covey22 at 8:29 PM

June 16, 2010

Tamron Full Day Seminars with Sandra Nykerk

Tamron USA is hosting a feature-packed series of full day seminars with renknowned nature and fine-arts photographer Sandra Nykerk.

The seminar "Stepping Stones for the Photographic Trail: A Guide to the Creative Image" draws upon Ms. Nykerk's extensive experience with the back-country areas such as Yellowstone National Park and the ancient petroglyphs and balanced rock formations of the American SouthWest. Highlights of the full-day seminar include:

  • A Creative Look at Your World
  • Using Lenses to Enhance Your Creative Vision
  • Basic Editing Skills & Sandras Favorite "Stones"
  • Understanding the Histogram
  • The Two Pieces of Equipment You Can't Leave Home Without

The seminar tour kicks off July 13th in Seattle WA and makes it's way across the US to New York in August. Don't miss your chance to attend this exclusive educational seminar. Refreshments and snacks will be provided and there will be exclusive Tamron Offers and Door Prizes as well. All for the low cost of just USD59. For more information and to reserve your seat, click on Tamron Events.

Posted by covey22 at 3:27 PM

Sigma Posts Firmware Update for Telephoto Zooms

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 HSM

A free firmware update is required to address the issue. No further details were provided by the notice. The affected unit serial numbers and a link to locating the nearest Sigma Photo repair facility are provided after the jump.

Posted by covey22 at 2:43 PM

June 14, 2010

Adobe Lens Profile Creator Prerelease 2

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.

Posted by covey22 at 2:08 PM

April 27, 2010

Nikon announces new Nikkor 200-400 VR Zoom lens

AF-S_NIKKOR_200-400mm_f4G_ED_VR_II_100.jpgSports 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.

Here are the main features as described in Nikon's Press Release:

MELVILLE, N.Y. (April 27, 2010) - Today, the evolution of the super telephoto lens continues as Nikon Inc. announced the new AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II lens which delivers optical excellence and stunning image quality for professional photographers. Ideal for bringing to life exquisite detail for sports, nature and travel photography, this new lens affords a constant maximum aperture of f/4 and rugged construction for maximum versatility. Continued refinements and new technologies such as Vibration Reduction (VR) II, Nano Crystal Coat, and optimized autofocus (AF) modes enhance functionality and improve performance for discerning FX and DX-format photographers.


"The AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm lens builds upon a proven design for professional level optics by incorporating the latest Nikon lens technologies to give photographers the edge in the field, and the ability to capture the most intricate of details with extraordinary fidelity," said Lisa Osorio, general manager of Marketing at Nikon Inc. "As both camera capabilities and the roles of photographers expand, NIKKOR enhancements will continue to meet demands and exceed expectations to remain the pinnacle of optical excellence for all types of photographers."

Whether photographing the decisive play at home plate or predators of the Serengeti, the 200-400mm f/4 lens is an essential tool for photographers who require long focal lengths and maximum versatility without sacrificing image quality. The 200-400mm lens benefits from the addition of Nikon's proprietary Nano Crystal Coat to reduce instances of ghosting and flaring. The result is unparalleled clarity and sharpness in challenging lighting environments typical to sports venues or harsh sunlight.

Additionally, this new NIKKOR lens features Nikon VR II image stabilization, which is specifically engineered for each lens for maximum performance. VR II is a valuable asset to those shooting photos or HD video, as image blur introduced by camera shake and telephoto magnification is significantly reduced. Users are able to shoot up to four stops* slower than otherwise possible, overcoming many of the challenges of handheld shooting with such extreme focal lengths. VR functionality is further augmented with Automatic Panning Detection and an Active VR Mode to help compensate for movement from an unstable position such as a moving vehicle. Additionally, VR is always engaged when shooting in the D-Movie mode on select Nikon D-SLRs, helping to stabilize HD video capture.

The new 200-400mm f/4 lens features a host of professional focusing features to further enhance functionality. Photographers can now select from three focus modes to match shooting conditions, including manual mode (M) and autofocus with manual override (M/A) mode, and new A/M mode which is used to avoid cancelling the AF setting by unintentionally moving the focus ring while shooting. The M/A and A/M focus modes enhance AF control with fast, secure switching from automatic and manual focus to adapt to personal shooting preference and techniques. Additionally, photographers can activate the AF Recall Mode at the press of a button that allows for instant return to a predetermined point of focus to confidently capture anticipated shots.

This professional lens is constructed of die-cast magnesium for maximum durability and is sealed to resist dust and moisture, with protective Meniscus glass to safeguard the lens' front element. The optical formula features four Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass elements for superior sharpness, color and image quality, while minimizing chromatic aberration. The lens also features Nikon's exclusive Silent Wave Motor (SWM) technology, which enables high-speed autofocus performance with exceptional accuracy and powerful, super-quiet operation. Nikon's Super Integrated Coating further suppresses flare and offers superior color consistency throughout the frame

Posted by flashdeadline at 7:49 AM

April 10, 2010

Epson is awarded three prestigious TIPA Awards

Epson-P3880_150.jpgFor 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'.

Posted by flashdeadline at 8:04 AM

April 1, 2010

Design Awards for Nikon cameras

Logo_reddot.jpgNikon has announced that they have received reddot design awards for their COOLPIX S1000pj and the D5000 cameras.

The "red dot award" is a world-class award presented to products that exhibit superiority of design in terms of a total of nine aspects, including innovation, functionality, ergonomics, ecology and durability. It is awarded by Germany's "Design Zentrum Nordrhein-Westfalen".

The awards will be presented July 5, 2010. More on the reddot award can be found at its homepage.


From Nikon's Press Release:


The COOLPIX S1000pj (released in October 2009) offers 12.1-million pixels, a 5× optical zoom NIKKOR lens, and is the world's first* compact digital camera to offer a built-in, ultra-compact projector. It offers superior basic performance with support for high sensitivities and built-in camera shake compensation functions.




reddot_D5000.jpgThe D5000 (released in May 2009) is a Nikon DX-format digital-SLR camera with a CMOS image sensor offering a pixel count of 12.3-million pixels. It is the first Nikon digital-SLR camera to be equipped with a vari-angle monitor that enables live view shooting from a variety of angles with great flexibility.


Posted by joef at 2:01 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 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 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

February 25, 2010

Phase One updates Capture One 5

logo_phaseone.jpgPhase 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.


Posted by joef at 12:31 PM

First update for Aperture 3 available

Logo_Apple-kl.gifApple 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 webpage



Posted by joef at 12:23 PM

February 23, 2010

Think Tank Photo unveils two new products at PMA

Think-Tank-Photo_110.jpgNikonians 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.

The Think Tank Photo Logistics Manager is their first rolling equipment case for lighting and photographic gear. The rolling case’s endless interior layout options adapt to numerous equipment combinations and help manage all of the logistics of transporting and using a lot of gear while on location. It will be availabe March at a list price of $599 USD.

The Logistics Manager Press Release tell us:
The rolling case’s endless interior layout options adapt to numerous equipment combinations and help manage all of the logistics of transporting and using a lot of gear while on location.

Its roomy internal dimensions of 13.75”W x 27.5”H x 8.25-10”D (35 x 70 x 21-25.5 cm) allow it to hold multiple combinations of cameras and lenses, lighting gear such as strobes and reflectors, and accessories of all kinds. As there are many instances when photographers shooting on location must leave behind some or all of their gear, Logistics Manager offers a three-tier security system:

• A TSA combination lock to secure the main zipper.
• A rear security cable and combination lock allow the roller to be locked to immovable objects.
• A Security ID Plate with online plate registration allows lost gear to be identified and returned to the owner.
Its additional key features include:
• Extendable handle for easy transport and maneuverability and replaceable wheels within protective housings for greater longevity.
•.Attachment points on both sides for tripods or light stands
• A stretchable lower pocket in front that expands for cords, reflectors, and other grip items.
• Upper front pocket with built-in organizer and key loop.
• An organizer side pocket for secondary storage.
• Clear interior pockets for accessories.
• "No Rhetoric" lifetime warranty

“The Logistics Manager provides the answer to a question often asked by working photographers, which is, how can I transport all of my gear into the field, have quick access to it, and secure it from loss or theft,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo president and lead designer. “We took the design and engineering principles we pioneered in our line-up of award-winning rolling camera bags and applied them to this very roomy pro photographer logistics solution.”

Internal Dimensions: 13.75”W x 27.5”H x 8.25-10”D (35 x 70 x 21-25.5 cm)
External Dimensions: 15.75”W x 30”H x 11.5”D (40 x 76x 29 cm)
Weight: 16 - 24.5 lbs (7.3 – 11.1 kg) depending on accessories used
List Price: $599.00

Also unveiled at the PMA (press release):
Think Tank Photo’s New Retrospective Soft-sided Camera and Lens Shoulder Bags

SANTA ROSA, CALIF – Created as an homage to classic photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Frank, Think Tank Photo has created five soft-sided shoulder bags in its new Retrospective™ series. Designed for the professional photographer that wants to remain inconspicuous in any situation, the three shoulder bags’ and two lens changer bags’ retro look mixes "Old-School" with "New-School" that is a throwback to the days when bags where visually simple but highly functional.
The Retrospective series is made up of two styles: three Retrospective Soft-sided Camera Shoulder Bags and two Retrospective Soft-sided Lens Changer Shoulder Bags. Their soft and supple fabrics conform to the body and feature two color options: Pinestone Cotton Canvas and Black Poly Spun Canvas. And, as with all Think Tank Photo gear, they are filled with innovations for today’s professional photographer.
There are three models of Retrospective camera shoulder bags—the Retrospective 10, Retrospective 20, Retrospective 30. Their features include:
• Carries a pro size DSLR with zoom lens attached
• Accommodates up to a 70-200 f2.8 lens (hood reversed)
• Front pockets hold pro size camera bodies (without lenses attached)
• Organizer pocket built into main compartment for pens, note pad, batteries, etc.
• Seam sealed rain cover included for protection against the elements
• Soft, adjustable shoulder strap with cushioned non-slip pad
• Hook and Loop “Sound Silencers” on the front flap eliminate noise while opening the bag
• Side pockets and side webbing loops carrying for additional accessories
• Clear business card holder and removable carrying handle
There are two models Retrospective lens changer shoulder bags—the Retrospective Lens Changer 2 and the Retrospective Lens Changer 3. Their features include:
• Lenses carried in separated compartments for rapid access while changing
• Carries two or three lenses plus small accessories
• Accommodates up to a 70-200 f2.8 lens (hood reversed)
• Organizer built into rear pocket for pens, note pad, batteries, etc.
• Seam sealed rain cover included for protection against the elements
• Soft, adjustable shoulder strap with cushioned non-slip pad
• Hook and Loop “Sound Silencers” on the front flap eliminate noise while opening the bag
• Clear business card holder under front flap
• Convenient carrying handle

“As camera bag designers and frontline photojournalists, we honor the role of reportage and its influence on photojournalism,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo’s president and lead designer. “We understand that photography is more than an assignment or a paycheck, but a way of life and an art form. To quote Cartier-Bresson: ‘To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.’”


Retrospective 10
Colors: Pinestone & Black
•ID: 12” W x 9.5”H x 6.0”D (30.5 x 24 x 15.2 cm)
•OD: 13” W x 10.5” H x 7” D (33 x 26.7 x 17.8 cm)
•WEIGHT: 3.0 lbs (1.4 kg)
PRICE: $149.00 (US)

Retrospective 20
Colors: Pinestone & Black
•ID: 12” W x 11.75” H x 6.5” D (30.5 x 29.8 x 15.2 cm)
•OD: 13” W x 12.5” H x 7” D (33 x 30.5 x 17.8 cm)
•WEIGHT: 3.2 lbs (1.5 kg)
PRICE: $159.00 (US)

Retrospective 30
Colors: Pinestone & Black
•ID: 15” W x 9.5” H x 6.0” D (40.6 x 24 x 15.2cm)
•OD: 16” W x 10.5” H x 7” D (43.2 x 26.7 x 17.8 cm)
•WEIGHT: 3.2 lbs (1.5 kg)
PRICE: $179.00 (US)

Retrospective Lens Changer 2
Colors: Pinestone & Black
•ID (each lens section): 4.75” Diameter x 10” H (11.5 x 25.5 cm)
•OD: 10.25”W x 11.25” H x 5”D (26 x 28.5 x 12.5 cm)
•WEIGHT: 1.6 lbs (0.7 kg)
PRICE: $99.00 (US)

Retrospective Lens Changer 3
Colors: Pinestone & Black
•ID (each lens section): 4.75” Diameter x 10” H (11.5 x 25.5 cm)
•OD: 15” W x 11.75” H x 5” D (38 x 30 x 12.5 cm)
•WEIGHT: 2.2 lbs (1.0 kg)
PRICE: $119.00 (US)

Posted by flashdeadline at 4:04 PM

February 22, 2010

Happy Birthday Lensbaby!

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.

Posted by flashdeadline at 1:33 AM

February 9, 2010

Nikon D3S firmware update 1.01

Nikon has released firmware update 1.01 for the D3S digital SLR. Notable fixes include inadvertent movie playback stalls and memory card "CHA" errors.

Posted by covey22 at 2:40 PM

New Wide Nikkor Lenses: 16-35mm f/4 VR and 24mm f/1.4

new-lensthmb_88.jpgTwo highly anticipated FX-format lenses were officially confirmed by Nikon today; bringing VR to a popular zoom range and updating a wide-angle classic.

two-lens-compare_2-9-2010.jpgThe AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4 G ED updates the venerable AF 28mm f/1.4 D, providing a silent, faster focusing, two ED and ASPH elements, plus Nano coating.

The AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR brings much welcomed image stabilization to a familiar and useful zoom range. Weighing in at a hefty 24 oz., the lens also features two ED and three ASPH elements, Nano Crystal Coat and VR II which delivers a specified four stops handholding.

Based on press materials, Nikon is marketing the new optics' suitability for HD video as well as still photography using the approriately equipped DSLR bodies. The 16-35mm VR has an MSRP of $1259.95 USD and will be available in late February 2010. The 24mm f/1.4 G has an MSRP of $2199.95 USD and will available in late March 2010.

Posted by covey22 at 2:11 PM

February 3, 2010

Nikon Updates Coolpix Line with Seven New Models

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.

Seven-New_500.jpgP100 - a 10MP 26x superzoom (26-678mm) and first Nikon compact to offer high-speed shooting and improved low-light performance by using a new back-lit CMOS sensor. It also is the first camera in the product family with full 1080p HD video.

L110 - a 12MP 15x zoom (28-420mm) general purpose camera featuring 720p HD video that is coupled with the autofocus system - making action movies easier to capture. The camera also features Hybrid VR and can utilize 4 Energizer Ultimate Lithium AA batteries rated for seven hours of video or more than 800 still photos.

L22 - an 12MP 3.6x zoom (37-134mm) camera designed to make photography easy and affordable, with auto scene selection and AA battery power sources. It will be available in a variety of colors, including black, red, blue and champagne silver.

S8000 - the slimmest in-class (as of 15-Jan-2010) 14MP 10x (30-300mm) camera that easily fits into a shirt pocket or small purse, with a new Creative Slider control that simplifies adjustment of brightness, color and tone using the Rotary Multi-Selector. The camera also has a new Advanced Flash Control for more natural looking balanced-fill photos.

S6000 - another slim-factor camera, this one boasts a 7x (28-196mm) and shares the same 14MP sensor from the S8000. The higher performance specifications allow an amazing 0.75 second start-up time and 0.3 second shutter release latency, so you'll never miss a shot.

S4000 - another 14MP zoom, this one has a smaller range (27-108mm) but features a sensitive Touch Panel control system; you can even trigger the autofocus and shutter release with the tap of a finger.

S3000 - basically the entry level model; sharing the same 14MP sensor of it's siblings and the zoom lens of the S4000. No Touch Panel, fast start-up or Advanced Flash Control but it has all the other video and new in-camera features -it's perfect for the casual shutterbug.This model has a very wide color selection: plum, champagne silver, black, orange, green and blue.

All new Life (L) and Style (S) models feature the latest Smart Portrait functions such as Enhanced Face Priority AF, Smile Mode, Blink Warning and In-Camera Red Eye Fix. In addition, full 720p video capture is supported.

Posted by covey22 at 2:05 PM

January 28, 2010

Lightbox Photo latest partner of Nikonians

LBP_Std.jpgMore 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.

Ready for stock photography it can handle XHTML, new media formats, all established online
payment services and is search engine optimized. It runs on PC, Mac and Linux and is available in Standard, Professional and Enterprise versions.

All Silver, Gold and Platinum members get a rebate of 10% on all available versions of the software. Simply enter the code you can find on your Rewards Page when ordering.

Details and ordering information for Lightbox Photo can be found on their homepage.  


Posted by joef at 12:35 PM

January 26, 2010

Bring the Rain - Think Tank has your protection ready

Hydro-TT_100.jpgThink 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.

Hydro-Video.jpgThe Think Tank Photo Hydrophobia® 70-200 and the Hydrophobia® Flash 70-200 (with built-in flash protector) rain covers include side arm holes for focusing and accessing switches and they allow DSLRs to be turned vertically.

The rain covers also allow photographers to change memory cards and batteries without taking off the rain covers and risking exposure to the elements.

Think Tank has posted a video to help photographers visualize the products in use.

Think Tank Photo's CEO and lead designer Doug Murdoch explains in a recent press release how the addition of an external camera strap in both models has added protection:

A key feature is that the camera can be carried two ways. It can be carried by the strap attached to the camera as it does not have to be removed. And, there is a camera strap attached to the Hydrophobia 70-200 that, combined with a strap that buckles under the lens, allows the camera to be carried by the rain cover.

"The problem with other covers is that holes have to be cut into the top of the cover, and then using a special camera strap, the user has to unclip the camera strap from the camera, feeding it through the top of the cover," said Murdoch.

"With the Hydrophobia 70-200, we eliminated this problem by creating a system that automatically transfers the weight to the rain cover itself, while still keeping it water resistant."

TTHydro-Flash_200.jpgThe fabric used on the Hydrophobia is ten times as water resistant as normal fabric. Instead of a “spray” coating, a “film” is applied to the underside of the fabric, as well as a tricot mesh to protect it, making it a far more impenetrable three-layer fabric. In addition a waterproof tape is applied to all seams, providing an even more water resistant barrier.

The rain covers include the following key features:

• A clear window for viewing LCD and controls
• A fabric cover for the end of the lens.
• An eyepiece storage pocket (eyepieces sold separately)
• A breathable mesh bag for transportation and storage

For professionals and amateur SLR shooters with smaller lenses who can’t afford to lose a shot or to have their gear damaged, the Hydrophobia™ 70-200 and the Hydrophobia™ Flash 70-200 are powerful new tools for getting the shot in even the harshest conditions.

The sells for $139.00 USD. ($145.00 for the flash cover version).

Don't forget that using your access to our Members Rewards Page: Think Tank provides a special offer: When you order $50 or more of Think Tank gear online, at checkout you will be able to select a bag to receive for free.

Posted by flashdeadline at 5:04 PM

January 21, 2010

Nikon Responds to "Rough" 70-200mm f2.8 VRII Internals

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.

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.

Posted by covey22 at 8:24 PM

Nikon Software Update RoundUp

Nikon released a round of updates in January, some long anticipated.

Posted by covey22 at 3:11 AM

January 11, 2010

Nikonians Fine Arts Master preps 2010 Workshop Schedule

Pascal_100.jpgLearn 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).

baetens-250.jpgThe January 30-31 workshop concentrates on Introduction to Portrait Photography.

The next two workshops will be: February 27-28: Introduction Fashion & Lingerie Photography; March 13-14: Introduction to Artistic Nude Photography.

For more information on his workshops scheduled throughout the year, contact Pascal through his Website at

Pascal was the subject of a profile article in our official publication: The Nikonian eZine #37, available for free download.

Posted by flashdeadline at 4:06 PM

January 7, 2010

Bibble 5 now available

bibble_5-pro.png 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.

Posted by flashdeadline at 3:29 PM

January 6, 2010

Nikon D3 Firmware 2.02 Released

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)

Posted by covey22 at 3:05 PM

December 21, 2009

Nikon D3S in Orbit

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).

Eleven of Nikon's flagship cameras and seven of the high-end wide-angle lenses have been ordered, and no special modifications have been made to the equipment. The latest additions will join existing D2X DSLRs, lenses and Speedlight flashes onboard the ISS. Since 1971, Nikon has been a critical part of NASA's equipment inventory, starting with the venerable Photomic FTN. To date, more than 700,000 images in NASA archives have been taken with Nikon equipment. Congratulations Nikon! (via Nikon Press Release)

Posted by covey22 at 8:56 PM

December 12, 2009

New Popular Camera Model Data at DxO Labs

DxO Labs announces today the publication of detailed RAW-based image quality data and DxOMark Sensor rankings on its popular 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.

Many of the new models featured in the DxOmark database fall into the "advanced compacts" category, such as the new Olympus EP-1 and the Canon G11. DxOLabs found the data to be compelling, particularly when comparing it against entry level digital SLRs such as the Nikon D3000 and the Sony A230; both categories are comparable in terms of price and feature set. Current findings show both categories to be very close in image quality at the JPEG level, with a 1 to 2 stop advantage to the reflex cameras; an advantage that may be closed by using the compact's RAW capabilities.

In addition to the compact comparisons, dxomark also has the latest intelligence on the performance of popular enthusiast and advanced amateur models like the Nikon D300S, the Sony A500/A550, the Canon 7D and the Pentax K7.

Posted by covey22 at 2:20 AM

December 10, 2009

Two Useful Lens Tools from Nikon

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.

The graphical lens chart looks extremely busy (hint: turn thumbnails OFF), but once you get the hang of it, it's quite a powerful sorting tool. You can break out lenses not only as DX or FX, and primes or zooms, but individual buttons allow you to filter for specific features, such as Silent-Wave Motors or the rare Defocus Control.

But the Lens Simulator is the most valuable of the new features, especially to budding photographers who want to make the most of their future purchases. While other manufacturers such as Tamron started this interactive tool trend, Nikon takes it to the next level by allowing you to select a combination of lenses and bodies - say DX lenses on an FX body, and you can use any existing current lens in the line up and even save that combination for comparison against other combinations.

Posted by covey22 at 5:12 PM

December 9, 2009

Think Tank Photo recognized with Industry Awards

Think-Tank-Logo_125.jpgCongratulations to the Team at Think Tank Photo for earning Professional Photographer's 2010 HOT ONE AWARD with the Airport TakeOff® rolling backpack.

Hot-ONE_200.jpgThe Professional Photographer Hot One Awards competition recognizes products that possess exceptional quality, innovation, design and performance as judged by a distinguished panel of industry experts. Think Tank's winning backpack will be featured in the March edition of the Magazine

Designed to comply with international airline carry-on requirements, the Airport TakeOff accommodates pro-sized photography gear, including two pro or regular size DSLR bodies with or without lenses attached. It is designed as a transportation solution that combines the portability of a backpack with the ease of a rolling suitcase. Converting it to and from a rolling camera bag to a comfortable backpack is so easy because the straps can be simply tucked away to start rolling immediately, or, they can be completely zipped inside the rear panel.

Shape_Shifter_300.jpgThink Tank Photo's Shape Shifter backpack has also been recognized by an industry leading publication. Here's the scoop, directly from a recent Think Tank Photo newsletter:
Popular Photography named our Shape Shifter® backpack one of the 30 best products of 2009. In their own words: "We tried them, we loved, them, and now we laud them. Here's a round of applause for the photo products that wowed our editors the most this year."

They added: "The Shape Shifter is one of the only camera bags we've used that gets better after you've taken your camera out of it. A zipper around the sides of this backpack lets your shrink its depth, so it won't stick out very far while you shoot: Loaded with gear, it's 7 inches deep, but zipped tight, it's only 3 inches--no more smacking people with your pack when you turn to grab your shot."

Nikonians Rewards Reminder:
As a special offer, when you order $50 or more of Think Tank gear online using this special Nikonians link at checkout you will be able to select a bag to receive for free.

Posted by flashdeadline at 3:54 PM

November 29, 2009

Nikon Delivers Windows 7 Compatibility for Capture NX

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).

Posted by covey22 at 7:31 PM

Optical Quality Re-Invented - The Swarovski Optik EL42

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.

Equipped with high-end features such as field-flattening lenses to minimize distortion, flouride elements to enhance color and reduce fringing and large eye relief to allow 100% vision even with spectacle users, SWAROVISION brings the hand-held binocular to an entirely new level of standards.

The ergonomics of the Swarovski Optik EL42 series has also been enhanced. Two turns of the focusing wheel brings you from Infinity to the close-up distance of five feet (1.5m) and the legendary wrap-around grip allows ease of handling, even with thick winter gloves. At a feather-light 28 ounces (795 gr), the EL42 series does not compromise weight for it's amazing optical performance.

Click here to learn more about the Swarovski Optik EL42 and other outstanding optical products. The Optik EL42 will be available January 2010.

Posted by covey22 at 6:52 PM

November 16, 2009

Carl Zeiss Announces Semi-Pro Lens Line for Nikon

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.

While no samples were available at press time, the optics line-up covers popular focal ranges from 18mm to 100mm. The CPU now reports EXIF information to the mounted body such as exposure based on selected aperture; which eases the photographer's workload in managing settings. Overall, the price and maximum aperture reflects the targeted enthusiast market. Zeiss quotes an MSRP of approximately USD800 to USD2100 depending upon the model making the threshold somewhat more accessible to the prosumer.

Posted by covey22 at 9:06 PM

November 14, 2009

Nikon Film Festival - 100K for 140 seconds!

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!

Posted by covey22 at 6:05 PM

November 4, 2009

Epson adds new range of fine art papers

Epson-Logo_78.jpgEpson 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.

They are all acid free, 100% cotton rag media, with extremely-high color gamut and black density in your choice of four fine art finishes:
Hot_press-cold_press_proof_300.jpg►Cold Press Natural — Natural textured.
►Cold Press Bright — Bright textured.
►Hot Press Natural — Natural smooth.
►Hot Press Bright — Bright smooth.

The Epson announcement includes sizes and prices in British Pounds (£).
U.S. Dollar ($) prices are also available (click the "Fine Art" Tab near the top and the new papers will be the first ones listed) .

Posted by flashdeadline at 8:26 AM

November 3, 2009

DxO Labs unveils New DxO Optics Pro 6

DXO_78.jpgDxO Labs has added to their automatic digital imaging enhancement software line-up with the introduction of DxO Optics Pro 6.

The DxO software, designed for enthusiastic amateur and professional photographers shooting in JPEG or RAW format, is recognized for its unique automated optical corrections (distortion, vignetting, chromatic aberrations, lens softness) and its state-of-the-art RAW conversion.
The new version announcement includes links for downloading free trials of the software, which can tackle such issues as noise removal, exposure optimization, keystoning correction, color control and dust removal.

The software includes support for a long list of Nikon Cameras.

According to the DxO Press Release (Nov 3):
New features in DxO Optics Pro 6 include, among others:
► Workspace customization for easier access to the photographer’s preferred tools;
►Detachable and multi-line “Project” window for multi-monitor display and full-screen image preview;
►Correction comparison between several candidates (for selecting preferred photo rendering);
►Streamlined access to DxO Presets for increased productivity;
►Automatic detection and download of missing DxO Optics Modules;
►More ergonomic user interface for better accessibility.

Availability and exceptional introductory price For Windows:
DxO Optics Pro 6 for Windows Standard and Elite editions are scheduled for release in early November 2009 from both DxO Labs’ e-store and selected resellers, and will be available at an exceptional 33 % discount until December 31, 2009:

►Standard edition: $ 109 instead of $ 169 (or a savings of $ 60)
►Elite edition: $ 199 instead of $ 299 (or a savings of $ 100)
All customers who purchased DxO Optics Pro 5 after June 1st, 2009 are entitled to a free upgrade to version 6. All other users benefit from the following 40% discounts until December 31, 2009.
►DxO Optics Pro Standard (any version) to DxO Optics Pro 6 Standard: $ 44 instead of $79.
►DxO Optics Pro Elite (any version) to DxO Optics Pro 6 Elite: $ 69 instead of $119.
Prices exclude sales taxes and VAT.

For Mac:

DxO Optics Pro 6 for Macintosh is scheduled for release in early 2010. A Macintosh intermediate release,
DxO Optics Pro 5.3.6, fully compatible with Snow Leopard, is scheduled for end of November. It will also include support for additional camera bodies.

Posted by flashdeadline at 3:36 PM

November 2, 2009

Think Tank Photo boosts Urban Disguise capacity

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.

UD-70-Pro_300.jpgThink Tank's Press Release describes the new bag: For the photographer carrying two regular or pro size DSLRs with lenses attached to each camera body – or even a 70-200 f2.8 lens attached to any camera body – Think Tank Photo announces the release of the cavernous Urban Disguise ® 70 Pro. This is a briefcase style gear bag for traveling in style and protecting camera equipment without attracting attention as an obvious camera bag. The interior accommodates a host of camera configurations that enable photographers to keep all their gear secure in one bag.

It features:
● Secret pocket -- On the inside of the front pocket is a “secret” zipped pocket. It is designed to hold airline tickets, passports, and other irreplaceable items.
● Attaches to Rolling Bags -- The Urban Disguise 70 features a slot that allows it to be secured to a roller. A tab on the bottom prevents it from accidentally unzipping.
● Stretch pockets -- The pockets on either side of the bag stretch to hold items like cell phones, strobes, and even smaller water bottles.
● Business card slot -- The back of the bag has a slot big enough to hold many business cards so you can give them away to clients and friends.
● Rear zippered pocket – Ready access to magazines, notebooks, plane tickets, and other essential items.
● Shoulder Harness -- With Think Tank’s Shoulder Harness (sold separately) the shoulder bag converts into a backpack.


“This design concept is the culmination of years of observation of photojournalists and other photographers who have jury-rigged their bags to decrease their public exposure,” said Think Tank Photo founder and lead designer Doug Murdoch. “Whether it is a professional who wishes to maintain a subtle presence in potentially dangerous situations or a serious amateur who wishes to lessen the risk of having their gear ripped off, the Urban Disguise’s design allows the right gear to be carried with less fear.”

Nikonians Special Reminder
Don't forget that if you use our special order form for Nikonian members Think Tank Photo will send you a free gift with your order.

Posted by flashdeadline at 5:34 PM

October 29, 2009

Nikon Inks Deal with WiLAN

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.

Posted by covey22 at 7:18 PM

October 27, 2009

onOne Software Launches Plug-In Suite 5

onOne Software launches Plug-In Suite 5, encompassing some of the most popular and latest add-on photo editing programs at very aggressive pricing.

The collection of plug-ins includes Genuine Fractals 6, Photo Tools 2.5 Pro, Photo Frame 4.5 Pro, Mask Pro 4.1, Photo Tune 3 and Focal Point 2. The Suite also features compatibility with Photoshop CS2 to CS4 and will run on Mac Snow Leopard and Windows Operating Systems, the latter with 64-bit Support. Four of the plug-ins are will fully integrate with Aperture 2 and Lightroom 2.

If purchased separately, this package would nominally cost USD1299. onOne is also offering an immediate USD200 discount, bringing the Suite down to an aggressive pricing of USD399. The Suite is expected to hit shelves in early November. Pre-order your copy today at OnOne Software.

Posted by covey22 at 1:01 PM

October 19, 2009

Nikonians News Flash #132


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

Download Nikonians News Flash #132 (NPC-NF-2009-10-18.mp3; 5:56; 5.43MB; MP3 format)

Show Notes:

Nikon D3s links for sample images, movies and more

The new AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR

Nikon Photographer Cliff Mautner tests the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II

Adobe® Mobile

onOne Software DSLR Camera Remote

Silver member Lori McEathron (McEathron), — winner of our fourth week in the Nikonians Welcoming Photo Contest - Phase IV with "Venice of the East."

Give yourself one month free membership (details)

Contact Nikonians News Flash:

Thank you for joining me.

Your Nikonians podcaster Ray Valdovinos

Posted by flashdeadline at 6:33 AM

October 18, 2009

Nikonians Rewards benefit alert

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%).

Memador_350.jpgMemador, formerly ProAlbum est. 2004, winner of the DIMA (Digital Imaging Marketing Association) Photo Book Showcase PMA 2008 convention, specializes in the design and creation of classic, prestige albums utilizing the latest technology.

Memador albums are created "on demand" which means that there are no minimum orders to place. Each album is treated as a special customer order.
The albums feature:

• Digital color correction and enhancement prior to printing
• Double side printing using the highest output quality
• Patented LAY FLAT page construction
• Two-sided full page lamination
• Lifetime warranty against damage due to moisture, humidity, fingerprint smudges, scratching, discoloration and color fading

Memador has several printing facilities, distribution centers and industry partners such as General Products, TAP and others around the world.

User_Menu.jpgFor details on the Nikonians discount, check your User Menu and proceed to the Membership Tab to find the Vouchers and Coupons section.

Or just make sure you are logged in and click this link to go directly to your Nikonians Rewards Page.

Posted by flashdeadline at 10:13 PM

October 15, 2009

Nikon D3S Sample Photos Now Available

Nikon has made additional full-size sample photos from the new D3S flagship DSLR available for scrutiny. See the samples here.

Posted by covey22 at 2:24 PM

September 28, 2009

Nikon Photo Unit Beats Estimates for First Half of 2009

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)

Posted by covey22 at 4:37 PM

September 1, 2009

Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 - Now Image Stabilized

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.

The improved optic now sports several key attributes that makes it very appealing to shutterbugs; the fast aperture, a Built-In-Motor (BIM - similar to Nikon's Silent Wave coreless drives), the Di rating making this an attractive 25-75mm equivalent for less than full-frame sensor cameras, and now the image-stabilization. Upgraders should note; the lens grew a little bit as one would expect with the addition of the VC elements - the front filter is now 72mm versus the previous 67mm; and gained a little bit of weight and bulk.

Tamron indicates the new lens will go on sale in Japan on 15-Sept-2009. Nikonians should look for it to appear shortly after that in their respective sales regions across the globe.At time of publication, no MSRP was quoted by the manufacturer.

Posted by covey22 at 8:51 PM

August 26, 2009

Datacolor announces new Spyder3Studio SR calibration system

datacolor-SR-_95.jpgDatacolor, recognized worldwide for their color management products, has introduced a new feature-packed bundle of hardware and software.

S3SSR100_Packaging_350.jpgThe package includes the SpyderCube™ RAW calibration device (which eliminates any need for traditional 18% gray cards); the Spyder3Elite™ monitor calibration tool and the new Spyder3Print SR™ (Strip Reader).

According to today's Press Release, the Spyder3Studio SR calibration system "is built on the solid foundation of Datacolor's extremely popular, and highly revered Spyder3Studio Kit." (full text of the Press Release is provided further down in this blog).

If you are not familiar with these products yet, check the Datacolor videos on the SpyderCube™ to see how it is used on location and back in the studio.

They also provide a video of the Spyder3Elite™ in use.

Nikonians Rewards Reminder:
spyder3elite.jpgThroughout the month of August, Datacolor is offering significant savings exclusive to Nikonians members on their Spyder3Elite system. Complete with software and target color patches, your monitor can be calibrated in minutes; and you can be confident that what you see on the screen is what everyone else will see - in print or online. Check your Nikonians Rewards Page, and click on the Datacolor voucher for details.

Full Text of the Datacolor Press Release:
Lawrenceville, NJ, August 26, 2009 - Datacolor, a global leader in color management solutions, continues its long heritage for providing photographers, photo enthusiasts, and other creative artists, with precision color management solutions with the introduction of its new Spyder3Studio SR™ calibration system. The new system is built on the solid foundation of Datacolor's extremely popular, and highly revered Spyder3Studio Kit. The Spyder3Studio SR now offers photographers a complete solutions package and represents a true breakthrough in performance and price.

Color management is essential for today’s complex digital imaging technologies. To ensure outstanding results, proper color management should occur at three primary points during the photographic process: image capture, digital desktop image manipulation, and print output. Designed with a strong understanding of the needs of creatives and photographers, Datacolor's Spyder3Studio SR offers an uncompromised calibration solution for each stage of the process to help create, view, and share photographs as they were envisioned.


The Spyder3Studio SR workflow solution includes the new, and highly decorated, SpyderCube™ RAW calibration device that eliminates any need for traditional 18% gray cards; the Spyder3Elite™ monitor calibration tool which has become an industry standard and trusted by millions of photographers and enthusiasts; and the new Spyder3Print SR™ (Strip Reader) which offers significant advances in creating ICC printer profiles. Together, these components are far superior to anything on the market because each is designed to do a specific job, and do it extremely well.

"Datacolor's Spyder3Studio SR is the most comprehensive color management system photographers and photo enthusiasts can have to ensure perfect calibration throughout the imaging process," says Christoph Gamper, Vice President, Consumer Business Unit, Datacolor. "It is an extremely attractive package, both in design and pricepoint, and was created by photographers for photographers to address their specific needs with specific solutions."

Spyder3Print SR (Strip Reader) is a new spectrocolorimeter that incorporates significant advancements in ICC printer profile technology and a new software algorithm ensures fast, easy and accurate measurements for outstanding color and black-and-white prints. Users at all levels of expertise will now be able to easily and quickly create ICC profiles in minutes by using Datacolor's Strip-Reading Spectrocolorimeter and SpyderGuide. The Spyder3Print SR provides outstanding results with any combination of inks, paper, and printer. While users will immediately notice the benefits of the Spyder3Print SR in their color prints, custom ICC profiles for outstanding fine-art quality black-and-white prints is really where the product excels in performance. Like every other component of the Spyder3Studio SR, the Spyder3Print SR is designed to do one specific job, and do it well.

Datacolor's new Spyder3Studio SR is currently available at retail outlets and photo specialty dealers nationwide with a suggested list price of $599.00

Datacolor will exhibit its new Spyder3Studio SR for the first time at Photoshop West in Las Vegas (October 1-3) and at PhotoPlus Expo in New York (October 22-24).

Posted by flashdeadline at 8:12 PM

August 23, 2009

Adobe Plug-Ins Support D300s and D3000

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.

Posted by covey22 at 5:19 PM

August 17, 2009

Nikon D3X Takes Top Awards at EISA 2009

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!

Posted by covey22 at 4:03 PM

August 14, 2009

D5000 Advisory Redux: Twice is not Nice; Affected Camera Pool Grows

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.

Having just received their cameras back from the USA field repair depot in CT, several Nikonians members indicate Nikon has now sent them a second notification (including shipping boxes), urging them to send the unit in again for procedures that "further elevates the D5000's resistance to the power issue identified in the original Advisory." So it appears a stealthy Round Two is underway, but no public notification has been made, other than directly to the affected owners.

Additionally, Nikon has updated the official advisory page, indicating there is now an expansion to the affected serial numbers (as of 12-August). We'll update this story as more details become available.

Posted by covey22 at 4:03 PM

Epson R2880 Inkjet Review digs deep and has surprise ending

Epson-R2880_95.jpgNikonians 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....

Sunset_A3plus_300.jpgHis review of the Epson Stylus Photo R2880 includes his account of the process involved in printing some very impressive images, which our Nikonians community members are invited to download for personal evaluation.

We mentioned a suprise ending?
Yes we did.
Take your time going through his lengthy review and as you follow along you will see he is seriously impressed with the performance of the R2880. The surpise will come when he weighs his personal shooting style and printing requirements in relation to the capabilities of this Epson printer.

We don't want to spoil the surprise, so check it out for yourself.

Posted by flashdeadline at 1:12 PM

August 6, 2009

View NX 1.40 Updated with Nikon D300s, D3000 Support

Nikon has updated the View NX utility to support the newly announced D300s, D3000 and the latest Coolpix models including the camera/projector S1000PJ.

Posted by covey22 at 5:05 PM

August 4, 2009

Nikonians Exclusive Savings on Datacolor's Spyder3Elite

spyder3elite.jpgHave 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.

And for the month of August, DataColor is offering significant savings exclusive to Nikonians members on their Spyder3Elite system. Complete with software and target color patches, your monitor can be calibrated in minutes; and you can be confident that what you see on the screen is what everyone else will see - in print or online.

Posted by covey22 at 3:57 PM

Nikon D300s Video In Action with Ami Vitale

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.

Posted by covey22 at 3:19 PM

Vote for the People's Choice Award

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.

In the meantime, be sure to follow Photography.Book.Now on Twiiter and rub elbows with the best in the photography publishing business by RSVPing to Blurb's Meet-Ups in places like New York,, London and San Francisco.

Posted by covey22 at 2:56 PM

Topaz Labs Discount for Nikonians

TopazLaps.jpgTopaz 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.

Many of our members have discovered how easy and more powerful their image editing has become using these plug-ins. See the results for yourself by tuning into Topaz Labs online tutorials and keep up with the latest developments on their company blog.

Posted by covey22 at 2:32 PM

August 3, 2009

PhotoBert releases new "all-in-one" Cheatsheet

PhotoBert_90.jpgThe 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.

The new PhotoBert CheatSheet is called:
Your Digital Camera Revealed
The laminated and waterproof full color sheet folds to 8 ¾ inches by 11¼ inches. It unfolds to give you a five page no-nonsense guide to learning the basics of your digital camera, regardless of the make or model.

From the designer:
"This CheatSheet was developed by a well-known digital camera “guru” with over 25 years of hands-on and teaching experience. This full-color, laminated CheatSheet describes over 20 key digital camera features in easy to understand language. It’s applicable to ANY digital camera and will help get you up to speed on your camera’s features."

Don't forget your Nikonians Rewards discount:
Nikonians on Silver level or higher get a 20% discount on all CheatSheets from PhotoBert CheatSheets. Make sure you check your Nikonians Rewards Page for the discount voucher.

Posted by flashdeadline at 6:26 PM

July 31, 2009

Nikonians Exclusive: Epson PhotoViewers Allow Tethered Shooting

P-7000_90.jpgIn 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.

This was confirmed in the latest firmware link (version 2.05) on the Epson support site.

Currently, the latest Photoviewers support direct photo downloads only, via memory card or through a USB cable linked to the camera. Using the latter connection, this latest firmware will allow photographers to remotely fire the camera's shutter, then immediately preview the photo on the viewer's larger screen.

The photo itself is automatically written to both the camera's card and the Viewer's Hard Drive simultaneously. It appears the latest camera models are supported, including the Nikon D3 series, D700, D300 and D90. On the Canon side, the 1D and 1Ds (Mark III only), 5D Mark II and the 50D and 40D.

Tethered shooting appears to be limited to approximately 23 feet/7 meters, which is fairly generous for most situations. This latest firmware should be a great boon to photographers looking to reduce the load they carry out into the field. Nikonians is in the process of reviewing the firmware and will have a more detailed report in the immediate future.

Posted by covey22 at 4:43 PM

Still and Video? Think Tank Can Handle Both!

MM_Group_Product_Shot_320.jpgThink 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.

As seen earlier in our sneak preview, Think Tank Photo breaks new ground by designing a bag system that not only accomodates multiple types of capture devices, but the connections between them as well.

The bags feature wiring and cable management, dedicated ports to allow connectivity between items such as extended batteries, audio recorders or portable archive units. Small touches such the Mic Hands where dedicated microphones can be placed facing forward, facilitating a hands-free solution, and specially designed hooks, for quick access to peripherals such as headphones or monopods and boom mikes.

Posted by covey22 at 3:42 PM

July 16, 2009

Nikon D5000 Service Advisory

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.

Indications of this issue include:

  • The camera cannot be operated when the power switch is on, even with a fully-charged battery.
  • The camera cannot be operated with the EH-5a AC Adapter connected through the EP-5 Power Connector and the power switch on.

Nikon is preparing a maintenance process to identify, service, repair and return the affected cameras free of charge to owners. D5000 owners should check the service advisory page again on 23-July to see if their camera serial numbers are identified as being faulty and to obtain instructions on how to ship their cameras for repair by the manufacturer.

Posted by covey22 at 4:07 PM

July 14, 2009

Cosina Announces micro4/3rds Adapter for F Mount Lenses

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.

The compatibility notes only officially name Voightlander AIS and Carl Zeiss ZF lenses, but given the mechanics of the F mount, it is not inconcievable that the majority of Nikkor AIS lenses would also work with this adapter.

This adapter is obviously aimed at photographers seeking a better compact camera solution with larger sensors; such as Panasonic's G1 and GH1 and Olympus' reborn EP-1 Pen digital.

The full list and details are currently available on the Cosina site, but only in Japanese at time of publication. The list price is JPY19800 or just a shade over USD212 at market rates.

Posted by covey22 at 5:24 PM

July 6, 2009

Nikon opens D-Movie Screening room

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.

A-B-C.jpg If you're looking for some great examples of the Nikon D90 and D5000 movie capabilities, You might want to check this out.
This is only the first installment of what Nikon describes as a continuing series, so you may want to bookmark the site.
This opening "debut" features motion images captured by Award-winning director of photography Harris Savides. He is known for his work on Gus Van Sant’s "Milk" and Ridley Scott’s "American Gangster."
His first impressions are: “I found that this camera creates a special film-like texture unlike a regular movie camera. The image has a finish that has a still photo quality, which for me felt right for this short film – a series of moving stills.”

Posted by flashdeadline at 10:00 PM

July 5, 2009

Nikonians welcome Berger Bros. Camera Forum

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 to provide a unique competence forum.

BergerLogo_235.jpgBerger-150.jpg Known worldwide as Berger Bros. Camera (using the traditional abbreviation for "Brothers") the company has made significant inroads in the online marketplace, and Company President Brad Berger has confirmed that starting in July 2009 he will lead members of his staff as they join in discussions, critiques, advice and all matters pertaining to imaging industry products.

“We’re excited about the concept,” said Berger, as plans were unveiled for the new Berger Bros. Camera Forum. “Answering questions from our customers for over 50 years has developed a huge amount of corporate knowledge about Nikon gear and photography in general. With this forum we’re making that knowledge available to even more photographers. A lot of our happiest customers are Nikonians members so it’s a perfect match-up.”

Palacios-150.jpgStahlbrandt-150.jpgThe forum is a new concept originated by co-founders J. Ramón Palacios and Bo Stahlbrandt.

They founded with a simple mission: to provide a friendly, creative and inspiring atmosphere for ambitious photographers of all skill levels and demanding imaging professionals where there is room for each photographer to learn and grow.

They call this new style of online information exchange the Competence Forum, meaning a collection of individuals with varying degrees of skill and knowledge surrounding the imaging industry, ready to share their experiences and advice for the mutual benefit of all members.

Berger Bros. Camera has already established significant inroads with an online presence, hosting their own blogs and newsletters.

Schneider-150.jpgThis new avenue of sharing advice and tips through the established portal of the Bros. Camera Forum mixes well with a mutual common goal says Hendric Schneider, Director of Communications for

"Since our founding over nine years ago we have always been known as the place to go for a friendly discussion and professional atmosphere when it comes to photography related questions and answers," he says. "Berger Bros. Camera has been a strong supporter and corporate sponsor along the way, and we are extremely pleased to see they are now taking the next logical step."

The new forum will be officially unveiled this week, and will be found in the Discussions Fourms Lobby under General Forums. It will become a mix of free technical advice for the Nikonians members as well as a sounding board for the Berger Bros. Camera staff, helping them gauge consumer interests and demands. A short list of the topics to be covered includes Photoshop, Lightroom, color management, printing, lighting and underwater photography.

Berger Bros. Camera has a track record of running instructional curriculums for their customers by establishing the Berger Bros. Camera School for Photography and Imaging and this new forum will draw on their teaching expertise.

Nikonians members will also benefit from special discounts and promotions being designed by Berger Bros. Camera to support the new forum.

Posted by flashdeadline at 10:30 PM

July 2, 2009

Nikon Teams Up with Fujitsu for Camera Firmware

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.

Editor's note: At first glance, this appears to be a good collaboration. Nikon's long-held expertise in camera technology wedded to Fujitsu's disciplined approach to software development is a proof that Nikon is interested in raising the bar again with it's products. In much the same way that Nik Software lent a lot of it's expertise in revamping the Capture product line, we can expect to see improvement if not innovation in future camera model firmware.

Posted by covey22 at 3:28 PM

June 20, 2009

Nik Software - The Complete Collection Ultimate Edition


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

“The availability of the Lightroom versions of our entire product line completes a journey that we began approximately 3 months ago to rapidly update all of our software products for Lightroom compatibility,” said Michael J. Slater president and CEO of Nik Software. “Our goal at Nik Software is to deliver the tools that photographers need on the platforms they prefer in their everyday workflow.”

With the Complete Collection Lightroom Edition, each individual software product is installed as a plug-in for Lightroom 2. Once installed in Lightroom, Dfine 2.0, Viveza, Color Efex Pro 3.0, Silver Efex Pro and Sharpener Pro 3.0 are accessible via the Photo>Edit In… menu. Edits made using the plug-ins within Lightroom are non-destructive in nature, with edits applied automatically to a newly generated TIFF file and not the original. Each product also takes advantage of Lightroom and its efficiencies for every day tasks, like the ability to edit multiple images in one session, saving time for photographers.

All Nik Software products included in the Complete Collection feature Nik’s patented U Point technology which revolutionizes the way photographers edit. U Point powered Control Points give photographers precise selective editing functions without the need to create complicated selections and layer masks. This innovative technology is easy to use and works directly on the image, empowering photographers to make selective enhancements in a fraction of the time needed by using other methods.

Pricing and Availability

The Complete Collection Lightroom Edition as well as the Complete Collection Aperture Edition (MSRP: 299.95 Euros incl. 19% German VAT) are available in electronic form directly from Nik Software ( or in boxed versions from Nik Software and through specialty camera retailers. This applies analogously to Nik Software’s Complete Collection for Photoshop, Lightroom, Aperture and Elements (MSRP: 599.95 Euros incl. 19% German VAT). A complete list of resellers may be found at

Customers who currently own Photoshop versions of Nik Software products may use their product keys to install the Lightroom versions.

And remember, contributing Silver, Gold and Platinum Nikonians Members receive an additional 20% off all Nik Software products. Go to Nikonians Rewards to claim your discount now!

Posted by covey22 at 12:01 AM

June 17, 2009

Think Tank Photo provides new product video sneak peek

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."

TT-Video.jpg Think Tank Photo co-founder Deanne Fitzmaurice collaborated with Emmy Award winning multimedia producer Dai Sugano on the video.

Shot mostly in San Francisco's Chinatown, the video gives us a glimpse of the new "Multimedia Wired Up Collection" — which clearly shows the system handling the needs of a still photographer as well as supporting audio and video gear.

Deanne and Dai are on the cutting edge of photojournalists utilizing Multimedia DSLRs such as the Canon 5D Mark II and the Nikon D90 to produce visual journalistic stories of immense depth.

The video is available for viewing at
The Multimedia Wired Up Collection will be available next month.

Posted by flashdeadline at 7:09 AM

June 9, 2009

Nikon Rechargeable Batteries for Coolpix L100

Responding to "consumer demand," Nikon has updated the firmware for the popular Coolpix L100 camera to support rechargeable lithium batteries.

In addition, Nikon plans to release sets of OEM NiMH rechargeable AA batteries (EN-MH2-B4) and a matching charger (MH-73). Both items will be available as a set (EN-MH2-B4 Set). The availability is projected for this summer, with pricing TBA.

Editor's notes: It is unclear at this time whether the firmware will allow use of third-party NiMH rechargeables. The firmware is not currently available on any of the Nikon Knowledgebase Support portals.

Posted by covey22 at 3:23 PM

May 26, 2009

Service Advisory: Nikon CL-L2 Lens Case for 200-400 VR

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: 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.

Posted by covey22 at 9:31 PM

Adobe ACR v.5.4 RC with D5000 Support

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.

Posted by covey22 at 12:41 AM

Nikon Takes Top Camera Awards for TIPA 2009

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.

Posted by covey22 at 12:32 AM

May 20, 2009

Nik Software offers free online training

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.

These free Web-based seminars (also referred to as webinars) are facilitated by Nik Software’s product specialists, combining and highlighting all Nik Software products as well as special topics.
Attendees are invited to interact and following the presentation there is a live-chat for asking and discussing questions directly with Nik Software’s experts.
“Due to the new compatibility of our plug-ins with Aperture and Lightroom the number of people with access to our software has highly increased. But most photographers just do not have any specialist knowledge regarding Photoshop, and contrary to graphic artists they do not have neither the time nor the patience trying to create the perfect picture for hours”, says Dirk Schoettke, Managing Director Nik Software GmbH.
“And working with our tools, they don’t have to! Our webinars show the participators how to optimize their workflow and their digital images without investing much time or afford. Nik Software makes it possible to create outstanding pictures with just a few clicks.”
Detailed information about Nik Software’s current webinars may be found at
The on-line training sessions are available in English and German and they feature all software products developed by Nik Software, including the award-winning plug-ins Dfine®, Viveza™, Color Efex Pro™, Silver Efex Pro™ and Sharpener Pro™ as well as Nikon’s® Capture NX 2.

Posted by flashdeadline at 5:44 PM

May 4, 2009

Sigma USA Extends Warranties on Non-EX Lenses

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.

Posted by covey22 at 8:51 PM

April 30, 2009

Nikon: Building a Better Battery Meter

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.

Posted by covey22 at 2:12 AM

April 29, 2009

Nikon Camera Control Pro 2.5 Now Available

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

The update is available on Nikon's Knowledgebase Portal for Windows and Macintosh.

Posted by covey22 at 6:25 PM

April 25, 2009

Nikon D5000 Available Starting April 27th

As noted on several major retailer sites, the newly announced Nikon D5000 will be available for purchase starting Monday, April 27th.

Posted by covey22 at 1:31 AM

April 17, 2009

Nikon D40 and D40X Firmware Updates

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).

Posted by covey22 at 1:47 AM

April 14, 2009

Nikon unveils new D5000 DSLR and new DX-wide angle lens

D5000_75.jpgNikonians 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.

D5000_LCD_250.jpgThe most immediately noticable outward physical appearance of the new camera is what Nikon calls a Vari-angle monitor. Old-time Coolpix users may fondly remember that functionality in the Coolpix 5000, but that model's swiveling screen was only 1.8 inches (compared to the D5000's 2.7 inches).

The new D5000 is a DX-Format model featuring an image sensor with 12.3 effective megapixels and the proven Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus sensor module found in the Nikon D90. The D90 now has a Nikon junior partner in the "D-SLR with movie function category" and the price difference between the two is an appealing $200 to $250 USD (body only) depending on where you are shopping.

Those who predicted the D5000 to be a mid-range choice between the Nikon D60 and the D90 pretty much nailed it. In this comparison shot below we used the only fixed variable (the contacts spread between the flash hot-shoe) to illustrate the size differences looking from the front.D60-D90-D5000_Comparison.jpg

UPDATE: We have a new Nikonians D5000 Users Group Forum prepared for our members who will be interested in this camera.

You can check out the features on the new D5000 with a downloadable pdf brochure.

For a look at the official Press Release, check out the Nikon USA Press Center D5000 announcement.

While you are there, make sure you check out the new AF-S DX-NIKKOR 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED lens. This new lens gives you the FX-format equivalent of 15-36mm making it ideal for a variety of applications including restrictive interiors, architecture and sweeping landscapes.

The D5000 should be on the shelves later this month at an estimated Manufacturer's List Price (MSRP) of $729.95 USD.

The AF-S DX-NIKKOR 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED lens should be available in May at an MSRP of $899.95 USD.

Posted by flashdeadline at 7:11 AM

April 3, 2009

Ritz Camera to Close 300 Stores

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).

Posted by covey22 at 4:41 PM

Capture One 4.7 Now with Nikon D3X Support

Nikonians Corporate Partner Phase One has released their latest iteration of the Capture One 4.7 photo-processing workflow.

Capture One 4.7 new features include:

  • Newly designed EIP file format that packages Phase One RAW files and settings together but leaves the original file untouched.
  • JPEG and TIFF Files are now accepted as input and can be manipulated using the tools within Capture One, with the exception of the Lens Correction module.
  • Added Tethered Capture support for the Nikon D3X and the Canon 5D Mark II.

A Free 30-Day Trial is available.


Capture One 5 PRO is now available:

Posted by covey22 at 4:21 PM

April 1, 2009

Capture NX2 Version 2.2 Now Available

As reported earlier here, Capture NX 2 Version 2.2 with Coolpix P6000 NRW support is now available for download (Nikon USA links).

Posted by covey22 at 3:43 PM

March 31, 2009

Unique Photo Gets Last Shipment of Polaroid Film

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)

Posted by covey22 at 7:22 PM

March 28, 2009

Capture 2.2 Coming in April, Supports NRW

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.

Posted by covey22 at 12:43 PM

March 27, 2009

Photo Book Now International Competition

PBN_logo_209x64.png 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.

Photography books have become a natural extension to the photographic process, and are shaping the future of photography as we know it. Long gone are the days where only professional and internationally renowned photographers could publish their work. With print on demand technologies, all photographers can create bound collections of their work, while retaining full control of the creative process – forever changing the face of publishing.

Photography.Book.Now salutes the innovators of this newly accessible medium, and the great work created as a result.


Fine Art:
The field of contemporary art is the arena to which many photographers now aspire. Whether your working methods are conceptual or stylistic, your aesthetic deadpan or modernist, or your artistic practice rooted in the world or performance, this is your chance to showcase your best photography in book form.

Photography can create compelling narratives, especially in book form. Whether it's a long-term project, a photo-documentary, or a series of editorial spreads, this category celebrates the photography book as an experience that is more than just the sum of its parts.

Superb commercial photography—which can include fashion, corporate, and advertising work—goes beyond just a great product shot. The commercial photographer understands the importance of distinctive visual aesthetics and arresting branding. From fashion to advertising photography, we invite you to showcase your most compelling commercial work in book form.

Important Dates

March 2 – Competition launch, website live, begin accepting entries
July 16 – Competition ends, 12pm PDT
July – August – Judging takes place
September – Winners announced
September – October – Meet-ups take place

Posted by covey22 at 6:59 PM

March 26, 2009

Apple Aperture Portraiture 2 plugin now available

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.

Imagenomic has announced the commercial release of Portraiture 2 for Apple's Aperture imaging application. This new product edition extends all of the popular features and benefits of the latest Portraiture plugin to the Aperture user community.
Portraiture 2 for Aperture is a newly-engineered version that fits seamlessly into Aperture digital image management, editing and output.
The release of Portraiture 2 for Aperture follows an extensive public beta test period involving over 1,000 registered Aperture users.
This new edition has been put to use as a professional retouching tool in some of the most demanding client environments involving large production assignments requiring accurate skin retouching adjustments – often in batch processing mode – to meet tight deadlines.
For a complete break-down of all features in this new release and demonstrations of before and after images, check the Imagenomic Portraiture 2 Features page.

Your Nikonians advantage
To use your Nikonians Rewards eligibility (a 20% discount on Imagenomic products), go to your "My User Menu" (see top right corner of the forums for link) and click on your "Voucher and Coupons" section. Scroll to Imagenomic Discounts and follow the link at the end of that section.

Posted by flashdeadline at 9:18 AM

March 23, 2009

Nikon Coolpix 6000: The LetsGoDigital Review

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.

Posted by covey22 at 12:19 PM

March 20, 2009

Think Tank puts you and your laptop in the dark

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.

Pixel_Sun_studio_300.jpgThis is not your old "throw a poncho over the head and shoulders approach" by a long shot.

The Pixel Sunscreen 2.0 serves as a portable laptop workstation that will not only shade your laptop screen from the sun and the elements, but also serve as a mini-digital-darkroom, complete with openings for cords and cables in the side and back, inside pockets to hold pens, pencils, and other accessories, and movable clip for hanging printed information.

Sunscreen-Diameter-275.jpgThe Sunscreen handles laptops from 12 to 17 inches when in use, but when the job is done, you can quickly collapse it to an easy to store one inch thick circular carrying bag no larger than an average small pizza (14" diameter). When you arrive on location and need the Sunscreen, you will be able to use its spring-loaded design to pop it to full working dimensions within seconds.

Pixel-Sunscreen-2.0-Field-Shot_288.jpgThis is an upgrade to a previous model from Think Tank, which according to their press release carries a 95% re-design based on input from professional photographers with experience using the product in the field. Think Tank's founder and CEO Doug Murdoch said the previous model did not draw complaints, but after collecting the responses he did find room to optimize the Sunscreen for field conditions based on user experience. The result is the Pixel Sunscreen 2.0.

The Sunscreen 2.0 packs all this functionality into a $69 USD purchase.

Nikonians Special Reminder
Don't forget that if you use our special order form for Nikonian members Think Tank Photo will send you a free gift with your order.

Posted by flashdeadline at 1:47 PM

March 12, 2009

Nikon eXtreme Concept Coolpix

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).

Posted by covey22 at 6:41 PM

New EL 32 Traveler Swarovski Optik Binoculars will soon be shipping

The recently announced Traveler series addition to the EL line of Swarovski Optik binoculars will soon be available.

EL-32-Swarovski_300.jpgDetails are available on the official Swarovski Optik EL 32 Traveler information site.

The EL 32 Traveler series is a rugged magnesium housed binocular designed to serve as a lightweight, airtight, dustproof and watertight fine optic. It is designed to serve as a perfect travel companion in any weather condition, and will be available in 8x32 and 10x32 magnification models. The EL 32 is rated to provide watertight protection up to 13 feet (4 meters).

Eyeglass wearers will appreciate the 100% field of view provided by the Traveler’s large eye relief of the exit pupil. This enables eyeglass-wearers to survey the entire wide-angle field of view and enjoy the EL’s unique edge sharpness. The removable twist-in eyecups are individually adjustable.

Each EL 32 Traveler comes with a Swarovski Snap Shot Adapter, lightweight, rugged and water repellent carrying case and a lift carrying strap. Also supplied are the objective lens cover and a hinged eyepiece cover (adjustable to any width of eyepiece).

The Swarovski Snap Shot Adapter allows you to attach certain digital cameras to the binocular (based on their design). For a complete explanation check Swarovski Optik’s Snap Shot Adapter guide or download their highly informative .pdf brochure.

Posted by flashdeadline at 6:56 AM

March 9, 2009

Nikon Coolpix P6000 Firmware 1.2

Nikon has updated the firmware for the popular P6000 Coolpix digital compact camera. Version 1.2 (Windows and Mac) addresses JPEG corruption and enhances power consumption among other fixes.

Posted by covey22 at 2:21 PM

March 6, 2009

Olympus Declares "No Mas!"; Saying 12 MP is Enough

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)

Posted by covey22 at 9:02 PM

March 5, 2009

European Nikonians first on the list for Epson Discount campaign

Nikonians in Europe have an an opportunity to take advantage of a new discount campaign from our Corporate Partner Epson.

Epson-Logo--150.jpgThe discount applies to purchases of the Epson Stylus Photo R1900 printer made by Nikonians members in Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Hungary. Epson-R1900_150.jpg
Later this month the discount offer will be expanding to include our members in the United Kingdom, Spain, France and Italy.

Complete details on the discount offer are posted in our Printers, Scanners & Color Management forum.

Posted by flashdeadline at 7:39 AM

March 4, 2009

Clever cube adds powerful calibration tool to your photo gear

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.

SpyderCubeSilo_175.jpgDatacolor's new SpyderCube will be available this month at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $59 (US).

According to Datacolor's specifications:
"The SpyderCube is made of ABS Cycoloy, a hybrid resin that is fade proof, extremely durable, and flame / shock resistant. In addition, colors are through-pigmented for durability, and are scientifically formulated to provide optimal color values, including an 18% gray which defines a new standard for spectral neutrality to provide accurate color balance under any light source."

The cube ships with a protective pouch and a Quick Start Guide (available in 10 languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Russian, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Korean, Japanese) and it carries a 1-year hardware warranty.

The March 2nd Press Release from Datacolor describes the cube as a significant advancement to the familiar "gray card" approach. Instead of just providing the usual 18% gray, the cube takes advantage of it's multiple sides to provide a broad range of color balancing target reference points.

The press release describes some of those points: "For example, the White face of SpyderCube helps define highlights in relation to the catch-light; the Gray face measures color temperature and mid-tone response; the Black face defines shadows in relations to the Black Trap; and the Black Trap defines absolute black."

Want to Know More?
You can check out the Press Release and SpyderCube product information from

Posted by flashdeadline at 7:51 AM

March 3, 2009

Lensbaby Super Wide added to Optic Swap System

Nikonians who enjoy pushing the boundaries of creativity with their Lensbaby lenses now have a wider dimension to play with.

LB-SWA_200.jpgThe new 0.42x Super Wide screws onto the 37mm threads on the front of your Lensbaby lens, resulting in a conversion of the lens from 50mm to 21mm.
The 0.42x also has a macro capability, allowing you to focus as close as 2.75" (7 cm) away from the front of your lens.

Wonder how it works?
Nikonians podcaster Martin Joergensen recently reviewed the Lensbaby in his blog and The Nikonians On Location #45 episode entitled - Yeah Baby!
Don't forget to check his Episode #45 Video Supplement.

Posted by flashdeadline at 4:57 PM

Sigma Releases New Trio of DC HSM Lenses

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.

Posted by covey22 at 4:15 AM

Apple Digital Camera Raw 2.5 Now Available

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.

Posted by covey22 at 12:36 AM

February 24, 2009

Ritz Camera file for Chapter 11

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)

Posted by covey22 at 2:26 PM

February 9, 2009

Nikon unveils their fastest DX Format lens

Does the idea of a fast Nikkor lens designed for your DX-format Nikon DSLR spark your interest?

Our new generation of Nikonians who may rarely have been thinking of slipping a prime lens in their camera bag in favor of their multi-purpose zooms now have a tempting new lens from Nikon to consider.

Weighing in at a mere 200 g (7 oz) the AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G is an 8 element lens offering a fast maximum f/1.8 aperture, and the suggested retail is below $200 USD.

Nikon USA's Press Release describes it as Nikon's "first fixed focal length, fast-aperture DX-format lens that affords photographers superb image quality along with the creative possibilities and versatility of the classic 50mm focal length (FX-format equivalent of 52mm)."

Specs (and a sample image you can download ) on the lens are available at the Nikon Global site.

The new lens should start shipping in March.

Posted by flashdeadline at 5:54 AM

February 5, 2009

Nikon NAS-L1 Microscope Attachment for DSLR

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)

Posted by covey22 at 5:04 AM

February 3, 2009

New Wave of Coolpix Cameras Arrives

The pre-show annoucement rounds of PMA 2009 have begun, and Nikon has rolled out their latest refresh wave of eight Coolpix Cameras.

Standouts in the crowd include:

Coolpix P90 - a 12 MP superzoom (26-624mm!), optical VR and tiltable LCD. ISO6400 albeit at a reduced 3MP and a 15 frames per second rate. Standard Definition (SD) video is a bit of a let-down.

Coolpix L100 - The form factor is closer to the Performance series. Boasts a 10MP sensor with a 15x zoom (28-420mm) and a sports mode that buffers 30 pictures at 15 frames per second.

Coolpix S230 - an improved version of the popular S60. It has a 3.0" LCD and a stylus for annotating photos in-camera.

Posted by covey22 at 3:33 PM

January 20, 2009

New Firmware Updates for Nikon D3 and Nikon D700

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.

Posted by covey22 at 5:48 PM

January 15, 2009

Nikon D3X Leads DxOMark Rankings

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.

Posted by covey22 at 8:24 PM

January 13, 2009

Nikon UK Price Hike Sheet

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)

Posted by covey22 at 3:55 PM

January 9, 2009

Sony Cyber-shot G3 Integrates WiFi and Web Browser

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).

Hardcore 'net users can't rejoice just yet - the web functionality is very limited - so you can't surf in-between taking snapshots. The browser allows only photo and video uploads to a fixed number of site such as Shutterfly, Picasa, Dailymotion and Youtube. Sony plans to announce future collaborations with other sites. The camera's suggested retail cost is USD500 and is available in stylish black.

Posted by covey22 at 3:49 PM

January 7, 2009

Swarovski Optik and Nikonians Join Forces

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.

Swarovski Optik, a family owned Austrian producer of binoculars, telescopes, rifle scopes, range finders and night vision and optronic devices, is collaborating with the community to help merge the field requirements of good spotting optics used to locate nature subjects before camera lenses are ever pointed in their direction. Nature and wildlife photographers prefer a good lightweight binocular for reconnaissance before setting up their equipment, and once they have captured their image they are highly receptive to sharing them for discussion and critique. The Swarovski Wildlife Forum at will be the common meeting ground for this information exchange.

"We are glad to unveil this new Forum for our nature and wildlife shooting Nikonians members, said Hendric Schneider, Media and Communications Director for, Nikonians EMEA Ltd. "At first glance most of our members will notice only that the current Wildlife Forum now has a dedicated sole-sponsor, much like a sports stadium named after a sponsoring company. Our collaboration with Swarovski Optik will soon begin producing exciting new topics and vital information exchange in that forum."

Posted by covey22 at 7:14 PM

CaptureOne Version 4.6 with D3X Support

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.

For complete details, see Phase One's latest newsletter and download a free 30-Day Trial.

Posted by covey22 at 4:34 PM

December 21, 2008

Imaging Resource: D3X Test Shots

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.

Posted by covey22 at 3:40 AM

December 17, 2008

Customize your backpack with user-friendly previews and an instant discount

MRLogo.jpgNikonians 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.

526BigBladder.jpgAs soon as you visit the M-Rock home page you will find their products are now available with an instant 20% discount available, but that alone is not going to help you decide.
M-Rock has taken the next step for online shopping convenience by building a comprehensive database of camera, lenses and accessories sizes (based on all major manufacturers) and helping you make your choice with an advance look at the possible combinations. All you have to do is go to their "Bag Search" link and select "Nikon" to find a listing of compatible bags and backpacks.
Once you find your specific camera suggestions, the site takes an extra step, by providing a variety of "pre-visualization" views of the inner layout options and outside appearance of the pack (like this image of the 526 – McKinley showing the optional 550 Hydration Bladder).
You will see this pack, selling for $290 USD drop to $232 USD instantly as you begin to place your order.
This is just a sampling of the user-friendly shopping options available at M-Rock. If online shopping for camera packs has been a frustrating experience for you, try checking the M-Rock site for more information than you ever needed (plus that 20% discount).

Posted by flashdeadline at 4:05 PM

December 11, 2008

Roberts Imaging sweetens the deal while you wait for the D3x

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.

Your pre-order with Roberts will get you free 4G CF card, a card wallet and a $37.50 rebate on a Nikonians Gold Membership, just by mentioning your Nikonians Username when you place your order.

We checked with Derek Martin from Roberts Imaging for more pre-ordering details:

Nikonians members can call 1-800-726-5544 and ask for Mail Order, or they can email Roberts: with the subject line reading: D3x Nikonians

This contact will get you on the waiting list for the D3x and by mentioning your Nikonians membership and username you will be automatically in line for the special deal. If you are a member of NPS you should mention that also.

Your contact will place you on the Roberts wait list in the order they have received it, and you will not be asked for credit card information. There is no commitment for the purchase at this point.

Once Roberts receives their D3x shipments they will start contacting those who have placed their pre-orders, in the order they were received. Some will be reserved specifically for NPS members, and some open stock. For the open stock they will go down their list and contact each person. You will have a time-frame, usually a day or two, to get back with Roberts and confirm you still want to purchase the camera.

Derek says from that point on it's just a matter of paperwork and shipping times:
"If they confirm their order with us, we'll take their credit card information. First time customers have to ship to the billing address of an American credit card. International customers can ask us about establishing a wire transfer and we'll work with them. All orders ship signature required, no exception."

Nikonians who have identified themselves early in the pre-order with their usernames will then have the special offer automatically applied, said Derek -- "Before we ship their order, we'll add in a free Extreme III 4 GB CF card and a coupon for half off a Nikonian's gold membership." That half off is a $37.50 USD rebate on your Nikonians Gold Membership.

Pricing on the D3x is still currently showing only the MSRP ($7,999 USD) but Derek tells us your mention of the Nikonians username and this special offer will get you the best price Roberts Imaging can provide.

Posted by flashdeadline at 8:13 PM

December 8, 2008

Think Tank Photo launches new series of photo backpacks

Nikonians facing challenges in carrying their gear in urban environments now have a new series of Think Tank Photo backpacks to choose from.

Street Walker HardDrive_external.jpgThe StreetWalkers series consists of three new backpacks with slim and vertical profiles -- and they are priced between $140 and $180 USD.

Any of the three would be an interesting and relatively affordable purchase for Nikonians seeking high quality photo backpacks but the design concept "behind the scenes" will be of particular interest to our female Nikonians and anyone else with smaller body frames and the need for navigating crowded places and public transportation while still being able to access their gear.
Think Tank Photo's press release explains: "A common complaint of female photographers is that photo backpack shoulder harnesses are designed for average-sized men. The shoulder straps on the StreetWalker have been specifically engineered to fit a wider range of sizes for both genders. Women in particular will appreciate the StreetWalker’s very narrow and vertical profile, especially when combined with the shoulder harness design.

Street Walker HardDrive_Internal.jpg
The three new StreetWalker backpacks are described by Think Tank Photo as :
StreetWalker -- A slim, lightweight backpack which will hold a Pro Size DSLR with 70-200 2.8 attached and hood in position. It includes a monopod/tripod mounting system, a contoured harness and air channel for increased comfort, and lots of pockets and organizers for customization.
StreetWalker Pro -- Designed for a Pro Size DSLR with up to a 400 f/2.8 attached, or a 70-200 f/2.8 attached and hood in position. It also includes the monopod/tripod mounting system, the contoured harness and air channel, and lots of pockets and organizers.
StreetWalker HardDrive -- Which hold most 15” laptops and a Pro Size DSLR with 70-200 2.8 attached and hood in position (the image above shows the internal layout). It also includes the monopod/tripod mounting system, the contoured harness and air channel, and lots of pockets and organizers.
The StreetWalker backpacks were designed by veteran camera bag designer Lily Fisher.
“First and foremost these lightweight backpacks give photographers quick access to their gear while allowing them to maneuver easily through crowds,” said Fisher. “Additional benefits are the slim profile and adjustable sternum straps. These backpacks also offer a unique benefit to women photographers, which is that the shoulder harness has been designed to fit our unique body types.”

Nikonians-- Don't forget -- if you decide to make your purchase using our Think Tank Photo Order Form -- Think Tank Photo will will send you a free gift with your order.

Posted by flashdeadline at 8:31 PM

November 30, 2008

LetsGoDigital Nikon D300 underwater housing review posted

Our friends at have made available a comprehensive underwater housing review which should be of interest to our Nikon D300 owners with scuba diving interests.

Subal_LGD.jpg The review of the Subal ND30 is packed with product images supporting a friendly and informative write-up delivered by Karin Brussaard.

Even if you don't plan on taking your precious D300 underwater, this review is interesting reading because the massive supply of supporting images serve as an insight into the world of underwater photography.

The Subal ND30 is an underwater housing for the Nikon D300 primarily composed of aluminum. It is rated to run your D300 down to 70 meters (210 feet).


Karin's experience with the ND30 was obviously positive, based on one of her summary paragraphs:

"The combination of the Nikon D300 digital SLR camera and the Subal ND30 underwater housing is a dream pair. The Nikon D300 camera is super fast, has many setting possibilities and the 3D auto focus is superb. The Subal underwater housing is of extremely high quality, neatly finished with a good hand-fit."

But, don't just rely on a snippet of her comments-- check out the entire review.

Posted by flashdeadline at 8:19 PM

The Veil Slips: Nikon D3X 24MP Outed in Nikon Pro Mag

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.

Seb Rogers, cycling sport photographer, gives details on his blog page and includes scans of the article in question.

So the question remains, what will the market response be to the newest arrival? Surprisingly, some of the vital stats remain quite conservative; the difference between the ground-breaking D3 really appears to be the boosted MP count. Of course, with the gorgeous image quality and the higher ISO, most shooters will welcome the larger reproduction potential. Action shooters may be let down by the relatively humble 5fps (FX) and 7fps (DX) shooting rates. And similar offerings from Canon and Sony have been on the market for a while now. Nonetheless, it's looking to be a very pleasant holiday season for NIkon shooters who have been holding out for this evolutionary model.

Posted by covey22 at 3:20 AM

November 23, 2008

The D3X -- We are following the rumors and have predicted it

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.

More than 1,800 forum messages have been flagged by our NikoScope search engine in relation to the query: D3X.
The first clues that something is in the works is the average selling price currently offered by the major online retailers. Many are dropping to an average $4,100 from the previous mark that was close to the Nikon MSRP of $4,999 (USD).
We also take a bit of pride in knowing that our co-founders predicted this development over a year ago during a Bo & JRP chat News blog segment.

Posted by flashdeadline at 10:54 PM

November 19, 2008

Nikon SB-900 Speedlight Firmware Update

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).

Posted by covey22 at 6:32 PM

Canon Rebate Blues

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.

Posted by covey22 at 6:18 PM

Share your RAW data experience with fellow Nikonians

dxo-mark.jpg Nikonians shooting RAW who want to test their workflow procedures and performance have a new - and free - online reference source available.

The website, currently in the beta phase, makes it possible for you to assess the quality of your camera before the impact of any RAW conversion.
By participating in the information exchange, you will be helping to form a reference database to share with fellow Nikonians.

Check the Image Quality database for a look at how your participation will help this site become the "reference" benchmark for RAW information exchange.

Posted by flashdeadline at 2:19 PM

November 16, 2008

NIkon D90: The Thom Hogan Review

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.

Posted by covey22 at 2:55 AM

November 11, 2008

Sweet Deal Alert: Nikonians on tap for 40% off on Capture One 4

Phase One has arranged for a special 40% off for all visitors of & on purchases of Capture One 4 RAW workflow software.


The Capture One 4 release less than a year ago created a stir in the imaging business, and Phase One has recently announced the release of Capture One 4 Pro (with a tremendous increase in features), but if you've been looking to expand your RAW workflow capabilities at a bargain price, this is a great introduction to the Capture One 4 experience.

Capture One 4 brought us more consistent use of shortcuts, tools and naming. It is compatible with many other popular applications; for example, users can have a seamless workflow with Capture One to process RAW files and other post-production applications to post process images.

New user interface offers maximum space for the images. Images, not sliders and controls, are the focus. A darker background permits easier image viewing and enhancements. As with previous generations of Capture One, a guided workflow is available to assist the photographer in the image enhancement process;
--View and work with up to 12 images simultaneously at full resolution;
--Multiple Variants of a single RAW image can be made with virtually no disk and performance overhead;
--Manage and transfer license codes, so Capture One 4 can be used on one computer one day and on another computer the next.
--Recover details in highlights and shadows with high dynamic range control;
Import and export images in DNG format, for more options to share and archive;
--Powerful new shortcut architecture allows faster image import, adjustment and processing;

To take advantantage of the special Nikonians offer, all you have to do is enter the ordering site here.

You will see your purchasing options in both USD and Euros, along with specific OS platform options.

Once you make your choice you will hit a screen asking for your email address and password. IF you are a Phase One newsletter subscriber, that's what you enter. If you are not, -- go ahead and register for the newsletter, -- you're going to want it anyways to keep up with the newest Phase One news.

Once you have your newsletter subscription entry made, you will get to the screen asking for your payment data . Look for this entry blank:
In that blank fill in the word: Nikonians

Your 40% discount will automatically be applied.

Posted by flashdeadline at 4:37 PM

November 5, 2008

Apple Camera Raw 2.3 Now Supports Latest Nikons

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.

Posted by covey22 at 3:22 PM

October 28, 2008

JungleJim shares PhotoPlus impressions

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....

.....and he's graciously agreed to share them with us:

The show opened to the public on a glorious fall Thursday. I had the better part of the day to check out the show floor.
Nikon-booth_350.jpgUpon entering the Javits Center, Nikon Corp. had a very large area to the left of the doors and competed for my visual attention with the Canon booth. Guess all is as it should be within the photo industry. Also looking big were Casio, Sony, HP, Epson, as well as many of the accessory companies. All in all, I agree with the show publicity that there was much to see for all.

Although most of the major vendors had chosen Photokina to launch major product announcements, I did find a few to whet your appetite for NAS (Nikon Acquisition Syndrome or GAS (General Acquisition Syndrome). My major impression from the show was that video and still photography are on a road to a merger. Nikon with the D90, Canon with the EOS 5D MKII large pixel format model, as well as even Casio are showing their camera's video capabilities. I think all future cameras will be including these specs. It was not enough to know all the current digital terms, but now we will add many more videographer terms. I'm hoping Nikon soon shows us more full frame pixel models like the D3/D700 platforms or they might soon be seen as playing follow the leaders to Canon, Leica, Sony.

Notables from the show include:
LOWEPRO - (but not on their website yet)
A couple of new hardware products I found are the Lowepro "Classified AW" Series of 4 new bags designed by and for photojournalists. They looked to be a good, waterproof design with a unique design of folding top not seen another bags. Also introduced is the Lens Trekker 600AW which holds a 600mm with body or 800mm lens sans body. Nice if you have one of those.

A new release for Boda Bags was a unique side holster model in both large and junior sizes. Check out their nice web flash product show.

VideoPerch_350.jpgThis is a light and easy universal mounting arm. Retailing at $79, it allows a camera to be clamped to many surfaces with a flat clamp. Great for windows, edges, and other structures. Designed by a couple of golfers to hold a video camera, it is something I had not seen before. After my input and them seeing my Arca Swiss style plate on my D300, they agreed to add a non quick release option and will look into this new to them style of quick release.

Here is what I found to be the best in class of the book self publishers.
The quality was incredible. A Softcover 8x10 book of 20 to 40 pages was $19.95! Also unique is that books are kept on line so orders can be placed directly at the website. The author does nothing but receive the income check. A real class act and a very busy booth.

Dave-from-Spyder-Datacolor-_250.jpgI was pleased to run into the Datacolor Spyder support rep, Dave who had presented to the ANPAT 8 group at Yosemite.
He was displaying photos achieved with the help of their monitor and printer color calibration tools.
His booth included the new Spyder3Elite, which Datacolor is describing as the next generation in calibration accuracy, precision and speed.
Hint: There are rebates currently available from Datacolor for the Spyder products. Make sure you check the Nikonians Photo Pro Shop for this product.

This vendor is a leader in the Promote, Protect, and Preserve market. They showed a wide array of options to choose from.

Here is a great way to move your film slides and video to DVD or CD. Send them all your old boxed up stuff and they convert it for you. (Although I did not see them at the show, is another option).

IMAGESPAN - and its affiliate LICENSESTREAM -
Here is a new company hitting the ball out of the park for integrated ways to "Register, Protect, Assign Rights, and License" your photos. A major issue for all of us is the ability to protect our rights after we take a photo.
This company has packaged it all together with their database. They also have an amazing application called IMAGE TRACKER which searches the web for copies of your images and alerts you to their use. Then you are presented with options to protect your rights for that image by email or letter contact to negotiate terms of use. This is a huge benefit for signing up for their service.

To wrap up, the show had everything for the professional on down to take, produce, print, publish and distribute images. There was a wide variety of web based services from starting/building/hosting websites. It appears there is much more to offer all of us in that area. A few that caught my eye are, ANIMOTO to turn pics into video presentations, MOODBOARD to offer stock photo sales, SITEDESIGNWORKS and LIVEBOOKS for site creation. I failed to mention that EPSON, CANON and HP all had big displays for printer technology that was truly brilliant and dazzling. Along with remote print companies like MPIX, and the book self-publishers, there is no excuse for not producing stunning hardcopy for yourself or for sale.
So -- grab your camera gear and get out there and shoot. Remember, the pixels won't do it by themselves.

Posted by flashdeadline at 3:27 PM

October 15, 2008

Oxford Eye's ToneUp Studio 3 and TetherPro

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.

Posted by covey22 at 3:03 PM

September 25, 2008

Nikon and HP Create Fine-Art Repro System

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)

Posted by covey22 at 7:53 PM

Nikons Figure In Toronto Crime Reduction

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)

Posted by covey22 at 7:37 PM

September 22, 2008

Long Overdue - the Nikon 50mm f1.4 Silent Wave Lens

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.

Posted by covey22 at 3:32 PM

September 17, 2008

Nikon Updates Software Suites for D90, Coolpix P6000

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)

Posted by covey22 at 8:39 PM

Canon Returns The Volley: EOS 5D Mark II with HD Video

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.

Posted by covey22 at 3:13 PM

September 9, 2008

Sony's Response - A900 24MP Full-Frame DSLR

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.

As expected, the high pixel density is accompanied by some compromises. The A900 has an ISO upper limit of 3200 and has an on-board noise reduction system. It also sports a very capable live-view sensor that allows true previewing of a shot including fine-tuning white-balance, checking histograms, adjusting dynamic range options and applying exposure compensation. All of those operations are done without occupying more space on the storage card. Expected price is about USD3000 and the units should be on shelves by November.

Posted by covey22 at 9:43 PM

September 2, 2008

Tamron's Nikon Goodness

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.

Posted by covey22 at 10:53 PM

August 26, 2008

The D300 Competition: Canon 50D Unveiled

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.

The additional specification list reads like the playbook of all recent innovations - self-cleaning sensor, Live View, a 3.0" LCD that can be viewed at wider angles - read more about the new camera at LetsGoDigital.

Posted by covey22 at 2:26 PM

August 17, 2008

Newsweek's Olympics Photo Blog

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.

Be sure to check out Vincent Laforet's August 6th entry, showing the sheer amount of logistical preparation necessary to move six cameras, over thirty lenses and associated support equipment 8,000 miles to Beijing. Or the agony of lost work as a photographer setting up his equipment knocks over two dozen painstakingly positioned remote-fire cameras.

Posted by covey22 at 5:37 PM

August 13, 2008

Lenovo Thinkpad W700 redefines "bigger-better-faster"

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.

W700-350.jpgThis is the first Lenovo Thinkpad featuring a 17-inch display and that monster screen is just the tip of the iceberg.

Once you've tapped into the impressive base Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T9400 (2.53GHz 1066MHz 6MBL2) using the Windows Vista Business OS with a comfortable 2 GB PC3-8500 DDR3 SDRAM 1067MHz SODIMM Memory (2 DIMM) to handle your most intensive graphic needs, you've still got a host of desktop options to add to this dream-mobile.

Imagine adding an Ultranav + FPR + Pantone Color Sensor + WACOM Digitizer to a notebook-- and then going to the limits with a ThinkPad Blu-ray Recordable Ultrabay Enhanced (Serial ATA).

Lenovo's announcement of the W700 on August 12 tells us they have introduced the "industry's first built-in digitizer and color calibrator to a mobile workstation and combines these innovations with first-in-market technologies such as new NVIDIA Quadro FX mobile graphics and supporting the upcoming Intel mobile quad core processor. Other features such as optional dual hard drives with RAID configurations, up to 8 GB of high speed DDR3 memory, a range of wireless connectivity options and excellent multimedia capabilities including an optional Blu-ray DVD burner/player make the ThinkPad W700 mobile workstation the standard-bearer for power and performance in a mobile workstation."

Lenovo says "The calibrator automatically adjusts the display's color in up to half the time of many external calibrators and with higher accuracy, resulting in the most accurate, true-to-life images in an integrated package. Together with the upcoming Intel mobile quad core processor, multimedia designers and animators now have outstanding quad-core processor performance and true color replication that is critical for realistic digital creations and workflow efficiencies."

The ThinkPad W700 mobile workstation will be available beginning in September with models starting at $2,978. It is available through Lenovo Business Partners and

Posted by flashdeadline at 3:28 PM

August 6, 2008

Carl Zeiss matches optical perfection with Nikon bodies

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.


In terms of quality: You get what you pay for. The suggested list price is $1,450 with the standard lens shade, but the incredible optical results available from lenses manufactured by highly skilled manual work and high-precision measuring technology backed by the Carl Zeiss reputation for quality are a major plus.

Carl Zeiss describes it as: People are the key to Zeiss quality - people with a lot of experience and know-how mount and align the mechanical and optical components piece by piece to create a valuable lens.

Our Nikonians co-founders, J. Ramón Palacios (jrp) and Bo Stahlbrandt were so impressed with the Carl Zeiss F-mount lenses that they co-authored a review, available in a recent edition of our Nikonians eZine (starting on page 35).

The Distagon T* 3.5/18 ZF for Nikon F-mount cameras is a lens that may not perfectly meet the needs of Nikon enthusiasts who expect instant total integration with the autoexposure abilities provided by their cameras. It's a manual lens designed for use by professionals with an understanding of the compatibilities of their film and DSLR Nikons.

With an impressive field of view of 99°, this new, rectilinear lens provides dramatic perspectives for architectural, landscape and close-range photography for photographers utilizing full-frame DSLRs or film-based cameras.

For more information about this new lens, please visit:

Posted by flashdeadline at 3:58 PM

August 1, 2008

Nikon and Microsoft in Contest Brouhaha

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.

Led by the website Pro-Imaging, a notice was sent to Microsoft to change the terms and conditions of the submissions sent into the contest. Originally, the images would be drawn from the archives of Microsoft's Live Search - participants could pick any images from that collection, regardless of whether they were under third-party copyrights or not. According to Pro-Imaging, "...implication is that Microsoft have not excercised any care over the Live Search feature with regard to whether the images are under third party copyright or not. By allowing entrants to select such images and post them on the Microsoft website they are enabling the entrants to infringe the copyright of the image creators." (spelling errors are accurate - this was taken verbatim from the web-site being quoted).

The lack of immediate response from the Seattle software maker and the resulting negative feedback compelled Nikon to withdraw from the contest while continuing to honor provision of the prizes being offered.Microsoft eventually relented and agreed to take steps necessary to securing proper rights for each and every image submitted. (via Pro-Imaging)

Posted by covey22 at 8:49 PM

J.D. Power and Associates: Nikon, Canon DSLRs Rank Highest

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!

Posted by covey22 at 7:54 PM

July 31, 2008

Nikon Sets Up Shop in Moscow

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)

Posted by covey22 at 3:53 PM

July 30, 2008

Tamron Previews 18-270mm Di VC LD Long Zoom

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.

Posted by covey22 at 8:22 PM

July 28, 2008

Nikon Updates Codec for D700

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.

Posted by covey22 at 2:34 PM

July 20, 2008

Nikon Coolpix P80: The LetsGoDigital Review

Our colleagues at LetsGoDigital take the newest Nikon compact megazoom for a spin around Barcelona.

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.

Posted by covey22 at 4:10 AM

July 18, 2008

New Wireless Transfer Technology Consortium

A group of top-tier imaging companies, including Nikon, have launched a consortium to bring about the next generation of wireless transfer technology.

The premise behind the new technology is to embed wireless transfer capability directly into cameras and other applicances such as large-screen TV, instead of using separate dedicated access points. This would allow seamless integration and sharing of photos, music and video, but at amazing speeds - up to 500 Mbps. Sony leads the alliance of vendors, including traditional photographic equipment makers Kodak, Olympus and Canon among others, and recently showed prototypes at the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show.

Posted by covey22 at 3:19 PM

July 17, 2008

Nikon Optional Picture Control Sets Updated

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.

Posted by covey22 at 4:25 PM

July 9, 2008

Vivitar in Limbo

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.

While the Olevia LCD company remains a viable entity and is in the process of reorganization with one of Syntax-Brillian's manufacturing partners, Vivitar gets the short end of the stick. The camera division will be sold off, but as of this article's press time, no buyers had been named.

Posted by covey22 at 8:26 PM

D700 Extreme Weather Photos

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.

Posted by covey22 at 4:19 AM

July 7, 2008

Canon Plans New Plant in Nagasaki

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.

Canon's press release indicates the factory could push out as many as four million camera units per year. The urgency of the manufacturer's ramp-up in production is underscored by the construction schedule - the plant is expected to be online by the holidays with ground-breaking in January of 2009.

Canon and Nikon are currently the top two tier vendors in the more profitable digital Single Lens Reflex (SLR) market segment, which is complemented by auxiliary sales of lenses and accessories. With a difference of only several hundred thousand units based on reported sales figures, any increase in production capability could tip the balance in favor of the manufacturer who can generate a varied product family in large volumes.

Posted by covey22 at 9:32 PM

July 3, 2008

Nikon D700 Preview

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 review

Posted by bgs at 12:38 PM

July 2, 2008

Nikon Updates D3 and D300 Firmware

Hot on the heels of the D700 announcement, Nikon pays homage to it's installed userbase of DSLR owners by releasing new firmware updates for the popular D3 and D300.

For the D300, the changes appear to be modest:

An issue that, in some rare circumstances, caused the battery indicator to blink, regardless of actual battery charge, has been resolved.

For the D3, the list spans an impressive nineteen (19) changes - and includes improvements to auto focus and auto White Balance.

Posted by covey22 at 2:44 PM

June 20, 2008

Capture NX2 Now Available for Sale

Capture NX2, the latest iteration of Nikon's premier RAW editing software, is now available for sale in boxed copy and download (registration key) versions. Previously, only trial versions were available via Nikon's Digital Knowledge Base portal.

Shutterbugs can choose from full NX2 versions and upgrades from Capture NX1.x. Currently, the Nikon Mall (USA) shows both boxed versions out of stock while download key models are available. Authorized retailers will likely show availability very soon.

Posted by covey22 at 5:59 PM

June 19, 2008

Geotagging On the Cheap

Want to geotag your photos but your camera doesn't have the ability? A new software comparison system may be able to help.

The IM2GPS software program takes your photos and compares them to a database of images from known locations, namely the popular photo-sharing site Flickr. By looking at the characteristics of the photo, it has a "30 times better than chance" of determining where your photo was taken. Shutterbugs should not expect pinpoint accuracy - the variance could be as far out as a couple of hundred miles, but it is another step down the road of more sophisticated image analysis.

Posted by covey22 at 10:10 PM

June 12, 2008

Budget Tip - Look for dealer discount/manufacturer rebate combos

When you're shopping online for name brand photo accessories make sure you look for those special deals combining an already generous manufacturer rebate with a dealer discount.

Lexar-300x.jpgA good example is the latest technology Ultra Direct Memory Access (UDMA) memory card recommended for use in the Nikon D300 and D3 D-SLR's.
You can easily find a Lexar 8GB Professional UDMA 300x CompactFlash© card online at $199.99.
But, if you check with the discount shop you'll find they are adding their own instant discount to a Lexar rebate with a special offer, which means you now have that card available to you for only $89.99.

Additional budget tip -- Keep an eye on our News Blogs and discussion forums, we love to share the news on great deals.

Posted by flashdeadline at 10:02 AM

June 3, 2008

Let Think Tank Photo pay for your Photokina trip

Our friends at Think Tank Photo are preparing to give away round-trip airfare, hotel expenses and spending money for Photokina 2008 in Cologne, Germany.

The Come Party with Think Tank Photo at Photokina! offer is open to all photographers, worldwide. A randomly selected photographer will be chosen from entries provided online. All you have to do is meet simple eligibility guidelines and register before midnight, July 30. No purchase is necessary.

It also provides exhibition passes --- (you get to hang around Cologne with the gang from Think Tank Photo) --- to the world's largest photo and imaging trade fair, held once every two years and featuring over 160,000 visitors from 156 countries meeting with over 1,600 exhibitors.

Your eligibility guidelines for the "Come Party with Think Tank Photo at Photokina!" free trip include:
Being over 21 years old, having appropriate passport/visa clearances and being able to travel from September 22 to September 27, 2008.

You can register online here.

Don't forget to come visit us at the Nikonians Booth.

If a member wins the free trip offered by Think Tank Photo we want to share the good news with our community and we'll have a special prize waiting for you.

Posted by flashdeadline at 5:14 PM

May 27, 2008

Inside Nikon's Scene Recognition System

Nikonians wishing to know more about the ground-breaking Scene Recognition System (SRS), first introduced in the Nikon D3 and D300 Digital SLRs, will want to read this interview with designer Hiroshi Takeuchi.

"Until now, we have been improving AE, AF, and AWB technologies independently, but when these technologies matured, there was no technology capable of linking them. The Scene Recognition System is thus a core technology that links the superior aspects of these three technologies.

Posted by covey22 at 7:29 PM

May 26, 2008

Nikon Engineering at its finest

Nikon Engineering has long traditions of producing the best technology there is. Check out this Nikon Imaging article featuring team lead Mr. Hiroshi Takeuchi, responsible for the development of the Scene Recognition System incorporated in the Nikon D3 and D300 to learn more about the technology.

Posted by bgs at 2:58 PM

May 22, 2008

New Lowepro Inverse AW beltpack and Nova AW bags

Lowepro has released two new bags in their all-weather (AW) line - the Inverse AW beltpack, which features a 360-degree swivel harness and the more traditional Nova AW shoulder bag, which comes in six sizes to accommodate photographers of all skills and interests.

Posted by covey22 at 2:50 PM

May 21, 2008

Nikon D3 Lands 2008 Grand Prix Award

More kudos for the Nikon D3; hot on the heels of the TIPA awards, Japan Press Club has named the full-frame Digital SLR their choice as Camera of the the Year in the 2008 Camera Grand Prix. Nikon beat out over 170 competitors to land the distinguished rating.

Posted by covey22 at 9:02 PM

May 19, 2008

Release Dates for Latest Tamron Lenses

Tamron has published release dates for some of their highly anticipated lenses. The 70-200mm f2.8 Di, the 28-300mm XR Di with Vibration-Compensation (VC) and a new version of the 28-75mm f2.8 XR Di now sport built-in AF motors for compatibility with Nikon cameras like the D40 and D60; all three are scheduled to be available on store shelves in Japan on 30-May 2008. Global distribution is expected to follow shortly thereafter.

Posted by covey22 at 5:37 PM

May 15, 2008

Picture-In-Picture Viewfinder for Nikon?

Nikon has filed for a patent that allows a "picture-in-picture" viewfinder - in the diagrams with the filing, the viewfinder would be able to show a digital wide-angle view using a CCD or CMOS with the center section showing the actual view based on the current focal length in use. Like many patents, this may or may not ever come to fruition, but it's certainly an appealing concept to sports and action shooters. (Via Gizmodo)

Posted by covey22 at 3:21 PM

May 6, 2008

A New Holster Option For Nikon DSLRs

SkyTop Trading has a very unique and stylish option for Nikonians who like to "quick-draw" their digital SLRs. Caution: these carry bags will definitely get attention, including that of law-enforcement - at least at the first glance. (Thanks to member Scott Chapin for this find).

Posted by covey22 at 5:44 PM

May 1, 2008

Revised Nikon D3 Version 1.11 Firmware

Nikon has released the revised D3 firmware that addresses corruption generated by Version 1.10. The version 1.11 release is available for Windows and Macintosh platforms (Nikon USA links).

Posted by covey22 at 3:42 PM

April 29, 2008

Tokina Distributor in Canada Now Open

For Canadian members seeking Tokina products, you no longer have to order across the border. Daymen Photo Marketing in Ontario officially began selling the popular third-party optics as of 15-April as the exclusive national distributor.

Posted by covey22 at 3:25 PM

April 25, 2008

Nikon Tops 2008 TIPA Awards

Congratulations are in order for Nikon in topping two of the most coveted slots in the Technical Image Press Association's (TIPA) 2008 Awards.

Nikon won the Professional and Expert categories with the cutting-edge D3 and the high-performance D300 digital SLR cameras. The ultra-wide AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f2.8 zoom lens also won the Professional lens category. Congratulations all around to Nikon!

Posted by covey22 at 6:33 PM

April 15, 2008

Nikon D3 Firmware Update Version 1.10

Nikon has released their first firmware update for the flagship D3 digital SLR.

Changes in Version 1.10 include:

Modifications Enabled with upgrade of A and B firmware from ver. 1.00 to ver.1.10

*A "Vignette Control" item has been added to the "Shooting Menu".

*A focus point brightness item has been added to the "a6: Focus point illumination" setting in the "Autofocus" category in the "Custom Settings".

*The "Highlights" playback display option has been moved from "Display mode > Basic photo info > Highlights" in the playback menu to "Display Mode > Detailed photo info > Highlights".

*When shutter speed and/or aperture are locked when shooting in LiveView mode, using the "L" (command lock) button, an "L" icon is now displayed in the camera monitor.

*The size and color of "Demo" displayed in the monitor with playback, when "No memory card?" in the "Custom Settings" is set to "Enable Release", have been modified.

*The range of settings available for "ISO sensitivity settings > ISO sensitivity auto control > Minimum shutter speed" in the Shooting Menu has been increased from 1/250th - 1s to 1/4000s - 1s.
*When a compatible Speedlight or Wireless Speedlight Commander is used, the AF assist illuminator now lights regardless of focal length.

*When shooting in hand-held LiveView mode and the frame is magnified prior to autofocusing, operation has been modified so that display returns to the magnified display rather than full-frame display.

*In some rare cases, white balance was not accurately calculated for images captured at a shutter speed of around 1/4s in P and A exposure modes. This issue has been resolved.

*When attempting to crop images at an aspect ratio of 4:3 using the "Trim" option in the "Retouch" menu, the cropped image did not have an accurate 4:3 aspect ratio. This issue has been resolved.

Posted by covey22 at 6:48 PM

RAW 4.4.1 Updated for Adobe Products

Adobe updates their RAW converter for the latest round of Digital SLRs including the Nikon D60. Matching updates to the Lightroom suite and the DNG converter have also been posted.

Posted by covey22 at 5:21 PM

April 14, 2008

Nikon Jazzes Up My Picturetown Service

Nikon has announced a series of enhancements to My Picturetown, the proprietary photo-sharing site that accompanied the D40 marketing campaign.

Use of the service is free with a 2GB storage limit; more space can be purchased by upgrading to a subscription account. The enhancements include the ability to upload NEF files that can be viewed online as JPEGS - an industry first. Additional search engine options such as calendar based or date-based inquiries, expanded music backgrounds for slideshows, links to the Flickr online system and Eye-Fi compatibility round out the list. These new features are due in May of this year.

Posted by covey22 at 3:27 PM

April 10, 2008

New Flagship Coolpix P80

Nikon's latest addition to the Coolpix line packs a 10MP punch with an 18x optical reach. The Coolpix P80 harkens back to the days of the CP5700 with it's styling, but there's nothing retro at all about this camera.


The P80 pushes the zoom range limit with it's 27-486mm lens and optical Vibration Reduction (VR) support, which enhances it's performance at telephoto settings. Equipped with a new EXPEED processor, a generous 2.7" LCD and all the in-camera bells & whistles we've come to expect with the series, and you've got a great pocketable camera that will meet the challenge of all your general photography needs.

Posted by covey22 at 2:41 PM

April 9, 2008

Nikon D40 Firmware Update Version 1.1.1

Nikon has released a firmware update for the D40 digital SLR. The updates are currently available for European users in Windows and Mac platforms (US technical support gateway will be updated shortly).

The update notes indicate the following fixes:

The following issue has been resolved in version 1.11.
Shooting times were not always accurately recorded within the image data for images captured in bursts of continuous shooting.

Posted by covey22 at 5:23 PM

April 7, 2008

Ray Flash: The Ring Flash Adapter Now in U.S.


As we reported in early 2007, an innovative ring flash adapter that uses a normal hot-shoe flash to generate illumination was first made available in Europe. Now re-named Ray Flash - the adapter is now available in the U.S. via ExpoImaging, the distributor of the ExpoDisc.

For Nikonians, the adapter is fitted to work with the SB-800DX Speedlight, and will only invoke a 1-stop loss of light and allows TTL metering. This is a great accessory not only for macro shooters, but also for wedding and portrait photographers seeking the unique "look." The Ray Flash will retail at USD299.95 for Nikon and Canon mounts.

Posted by covey22 at 2:40 PM

April 1, 2008

75 Years of Nikkors: A New Nikon Website

Nikon celebrates it's 75th Anniversary of Nikkors with a new global website. will showcase the best work from Nikon professionals across the globe; covering everything from weddings, to travel, sports and more. Each photographer profile gives testament to Nikon use and highlights some of their most compelling images.

Posted by covey22 at 11:27 PM

March 28, 2008

FotoNation on The Wall Street Journal

The little company that made smile and other face attribute-detection in cameras a reality has hit the big-time. Today's electronic edition of the Wall Street Journal focuses on FotoNation and it's founder Eran Steinberg.

Posted by covey22 at 7:54 PM

March 27, 2008

Photoshop on Your Web Browser

Ubiquitous computing hit another milestone today with Adobe's move to make Photoshop available via your web browser. And best of all, it's free.

The web-ified version called Photoshop Express has a much simplifed set of features and controls compared to it's boxed siblings. And Adobe is tossing in a 2GB online gallery for you to show off your stunning shots.

Editor's note: Early adopters should be aware that this is currently a "beta" status application. Additionally, review the terms of use regarding Adobe's reuse rights of any photos you upload to the system.

Posted by covey22 at 7:51 PM

March 24, 2008

Sony Ups the Ante - 25 MP Full-Frame Sensor

At PIE 2008 in Japan, Sony let the veil covering their upcoming flagship DSLR slip a bit more. The massive A900 appears to be a direct response to the Nikon D3 and the Canon 1D Mark III series, but with a twist: a whopping 25MP Full-Frame sensor. Will will see this on a future D3X? (Courtesy of

Posted by covey22 at 10:44 PM

March 20, 2008

Phase One and Mamiya Digital Imaging unveil joint venture camera

Professionals gathered at the Photo Imaging Expo 2008 in Tokyo are getting a first-hand look at what is being described as the world's most flexible open medium format digital camera platform.

645AF.jpgPhase One A/S and Mamiya Digital Imaging Co., Ltd. yesterday announced their co-developed platform, known as the Phase One 645 Camera or the Mamiya 645AFDIII.

The camera will be sold by Phase One and Mamiya exclusively.

More from their Press Release: ----

The Phase One 645 Camera System achieves a virtually seamless marriage of lens, body, P+ backs and Capture One software. Perfect harmony keeps your focus on the subject, not the equipment. Incredible images are created through a perfect blend of man and machine, where the imagination is the only limit. See the website here.

The camera platform answers the calls of professional photographers for a modular system that offers unprecedented feature combinations, and most significantly the freedom to choose individual components from an open platform to best serve their working needs.

Designed to accept all quality digital camera backs, the camera platform is also open for traditional film operation. It offers the widest choice of high-end lenses, including the complete Mamiya 645 lens range, the new 28mm aspherical and D series lenses, as well as Hasselblad V-lenses and Pentacon Six lenses. It is designed to achieve shutter speeds from 1/4000 sec. to 60 min.

The camera features an ergonomic molded grip and provides direct control of critical camera settings using manual dials -- both of which are essential elements for the professional photographer engaged in day long hand-held shooting sessions.

"Phase One and Mamiya have taken the first step in delivering a unique approach to designing camera systems," said Henrik Håkonsson, CEO of Phase One. "We believe that equipment interoperability and personal choice are integral values in realizing the highest quality imaging results. Furthermore we have invested heavily in optimizing all elements of the camera systems reliability to maximize the photographers' time for shooting extraordinary images."

"Mamiya and Phase One are consolidating our expertise and fulfilling our ambitions to provide the products desired by our customers," said Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, CEO of Mamiya Digital Imaging. "We will continue to cooperate and work hard to ensure that future camera systems are limited only by the imagination and desires of the artists that use them."

Pricing and Availability ---------

The first pre-production units will be demonstrated this week at the Photo Imaging Expo. Full technical details, including system component options will be provided at the start of volume production shipments, expected in QY2. For more information about ordering the camera platforms, please contact sales at and

Capture One 4.1 also debuts

Phase One's Capture One 4.1 is also being previewed at Photo Imaging Expo this week at the launch of the companies' new open medium format digital camera platform.
The next update to Phase One's raw workflow software will include support for the high quality 22 mega pixels Mamiya ZD camera and digital back. This support is a commitment to the strategic alliance between Phase One and Mamiya Digital Imaging.

Capture One 4.1 will also include two new technologies initially available for Phase One digital backs, built on Phase One's expertise in digital backs and thorough testing with a selection of Mamiya lenses.

Lens+ technology is designed to provide photographers with a superior out-of-the-box solution for removing lens artifacts in images. Not only will lens artifacts like chromatic aberration and fringing be heavily reduced, but at the same time image texture and color fidelity are expected to achieve a previously unseen level – resulting in amazing sharp and vibrant images.

A new standard of image sharpness will be introduced through use of Focus+ technology engineered to enhance performance of the full Mamiya 645AFD lens range, enabling a new level of sharpness and resolution. Perfect pixel definition will optimize the basis for high quality image rendering and extreme scaling. These technologies will be expanded to cover a broader range of lenses in the near future.

Top fashion photographers who demand high resolution, high capture rates and instant high quality previews for evaluation of image composition, exposure, and focus will enjoy the fastest ever tethered shooting functionality in Capture One 4.1. Image transfer and preview generation will be virtually instantaneous with Phase One backs, even with resolutions up to 39 mega pixels.

Pricing and Availability
Capture One 4.1, a free update to all Capture One customers, will be available for download beginning with volume production shipments of the new Phase One 645 Camera platform, expected in the Second Quarter of 2008.

Posted by flashdeadline at 10:40 AM

March 19, 2008

USPS Sees Green: Electronics Recycling Pilot

Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, the United States Postal Service has launched a pilot recycling program that will allow owners to safely dispose used, broken or obsolete electronic items through the mail.

The list includes "inkjet cartridges, PDAs, Blackberries, digital cameras, iPods and MP3 players" and can be shipped by using postage paid envelopes found in post office locations. The service will be available in several major cities but could expand nationwide depending upon it's success.

Nikonians interested in this program should ensure that their personal data is removed before recycling any devices. A good resource to start with is this page at MIT, as well as the device maker's support channels.

Posted by covey22 at 3:44 PM

March 17, 2008

Nikon Prizes in UN Contest Not Just Potatos

2008 is the International Year of the Tuber, and the United Nation's Food and Agricultural Organization is hosting a photo contest designed to bring attention to this prolific global food source.

The UN agency is looking for the best shots that "illustrate potato biodiversity, cultivation, processing, trade, marketing, consumption and utilization." Noted National Geographic shooter Steve McCurry will be one of the judges, and Nikon is sponsoring many of the main prizes, including a Nikon D60 bundle for the Amateur and a D300 bundle for Professional categories.

Posted by covey22 at 6:00 PM

March 14, 2008

Hoodman releases Nikon D3 LCD screen cap

Nikonians who may have been surprised when they found no plastic cover for their LCD monitors now have an affordable protective option.

H-CAPD3.jpgHoodmans new Patent Pending D-3 HoodCap snaps into place using the mounting points already built into your Nikon D3.

Hoodman spokesman Lou Schmidt tells us the D3's screen provides ample scratch resistance but his company is well aware that many Nikon owners prefer the extra level of protection.

The D-3 HoodCap is optically clear and comes with a scratch resistant coating.

Ordering information for the Model H-CAPD3 can be found at

The retail price is $24.99 USD.

Posted by flashdeadline at 7:34 PM

March 10, 2008

Quantum and Metz: Better Together

Nikonians using Metz flashguns can now enjoy the high-refresh cycles of belt-pack batteries.

Quantum's new CM, MKZ and XKZ cables allow use of the Metz 54MZ and 58AF flashes with Quantum, Turbo and Bantam series of battery packs. Details are available at, at professional photo dealers, by FAX 631 656 7400, or by calling 631 656 7400.

Posted by covey22 at 3:10 PM

Spring Releases: Think Tank's Latest Additions

Think Tank Photo has released a slew of fifteen new items in time for Spring; additions to the Airport roller line of bags, the Skin modular set collection and more.

Posted by covey22 at 2:44 PM

March 5, 2008

Arcadia Software simplifies photo editing

Nikonians searching for user-friendly photo editing software at an affordable price (less than $60 USD) have a new option to explore.
If you are looking for professional results with a minimum of technical expertise and a tight budget, you may be interested in Arcadia Software's PhotoPerfect.


Arcadia's PhotoPerfect 2.90, a Windows-based photo-editing program, is currently being offered with free trial downloads and online tutorial support.

The program features one-click optimization for reducing color-shifts from ambient light or bad camera white balance and also corrects contrast, brightness and color. It can also apply global and selective color corrections, enhance blue skies and help you make foliage and skin-tones look more natural.

The features list also includes:

-- A new brightness gradient function to help create dramatically more vivid, unique lighting effects in your pictures.
-- Lab curve support,
-- Band filters for removal of symmetrical distortion,
-- 16-bit support for RAW and TIFF files,
-- batch processing,
-- support for PhotoShop plugins

Check the examples of results on their Web site for more information on the functionality of this software.

Posted by flashdeadline at 2:43 PM

March 3, 2008

DxO Optics with Support for 10 Nikkor AF Lenses

DxO Labs has released ten new modules for optimizing lenses with the Nikon D3 and D300 digital SLRs. This version of DxO Optics is currently only available in Windows.

Nikon D3 - AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G IF-ED
Nikon D3 - AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D IF-ED
Nikon D3 - AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Nikon D300 - AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED
Nikon D300 - AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
Nikon D300 - AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED
Nikon D300 - AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED
Nikon D300 - AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED
Nikon D300 - Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM
Nikon D300 - AF DX Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G ED

Posted by covey22 at 4:04 PM

February 29, 2008

Fantasea Housings for the D60 and new Coolpixes

Fantasea has released new underwater housings; one for the latest Coolpix L-series (15,16 and 18), the S210 and the D60 digital SLR. The D60 housing will also be price-bundled with a special housing to take an SB-800DX flash unit as well. All units are waterproofed to 200 feet (60m) and come with one year flooding insurance in case of failure.

Posted by covey22 at 8:39 PM

February 26, 2008

Spring is in the Air with Nikon UK Cashback

For our UK members, Nikon has launched their Spring Cashback offer, focusing on the D40 and D80 plus lens combos for savings up to 100 Euros.

Posted by covey22 at 4:22 PM

Nikon 14-24mm f2.8 AFS: The PopPhoto Review

Popular Photography reviews the Nikon 14-24mm f2.8 G AFS, the wide-angle golden child that even Canon shooters crave.

Though expensive, this lens will prove well worth its price to any Nikonian who needs maximum wide-angle views with a minimum of optical distortion.

Posted by covey22 at 4:09 PM

CompactFlash Rebooted: CFast Is Coming

The ubiquitous CompactFlash format is scheduled for a technology makeover in 2009; and the good news is that CFast will be incredibly speedier, larger in capacity and less likely prone to damage from the notorious pin interface. The bad news? It won't work in older CF 1.0 cameras. (From

Posted by covey22 at 3:34 PM

February 21, 2008

Photoshop Port To Linux Funded by Google

The most requested application port to Linux is, not surprisingly, Adobe Photoshop and Google is happily funding the effort.

Posted by covey22 at 5:38 PM

February 15, 2008

Nikon D300: A Rare Dave's 5-Star Pick

Our colleagues at Imaging Resource have completed their Nikon D300 review and the popular camera has garnered a rare Dave's 5-Star Pick status.

I could go on and on, but the bottom line is this: If you need a great digital SLR camera and the price is no issue, the Nikon D300 will exceed your needs.

Posted by covey22 at 5:08 PM

MacWorld Weighs In on Aperture 2.0

With the recent release of Aperture 2.0 this week, MacWorld's Editorial weighs in on the implications of this long-overdue update from Apple.

Posted by covey22 at 4:49 PM

February 14, 2008

Polaroid Calls It Quits for Instant Film

Many of us have had the quirky pleasure of using a Polaroid Land or Instamatic system, but those days are now very numbered. Manufacture of the self-developing emulsion will cease this year. In the meantime, Polaroid is searching for a licensing deal with a company willing keep the format alive.

Posted by covey22 at 6:37 PM

Cocoon Creations Releases SOFTalk 2000 Code

Our film-loving members have a great Valentine's Day gift from Cocoon Creations.

The makers of the HARTALK cable and other accessories allowing Nikon film cameras to communicate with computers and triggering devices are giving away their popular SOFTalk 2000 software for free to the public.

Posted by covey22 at 3:15 PM

February 13, 2008

DxO Labs Releases Support for Nikon D3, D300

DxO Labs has released an update that supports the Nikon D3 and D300 digital SLRs, as well as modules for the AF Nikkor 50mm/f1.4 and the new AFS 24-70mm/f2.8 and the AFS 14-24mm/f2.8.

Posted by covey22 at 10:41 PM

February 12, 2008

Mac OS X 10.5.2 Adds D3 and D300 Support

Apple has released the 10.5.2 update to their Mac Operating System. RAW support for images from the Nikon D3 and D300 are now supported.

Posted by covey22 at 4:17 PM

Communities for Product Development

Nothing new to us at Nikonians, but in a recent chat amongst various media companies, several of the experts on the panel talked about how valuable independent user driven communities may be for product development.

At a recent expert panel hosted by ZenithOptimedia, the panelists raised comments about how communities can help driving product development.

Jon Bains (Lateral) said: "...most brands don't even talk to the ones that are already talking about them. They're terrified, because half of the time the community is complaining about the brand. Brands should be reorganising themselves to listen to consumers. It's just not about customer support; it's about connecting to people who are making the product with the people who are talking about it. There are already a lot of companies that are re-plumbing their business because they can save a fortune in new product development"

Anne Kirah (Microsoft) joined in and said: "...We have to involve the people who are using the product. Talk to them, because they want to be marketed to as long as it's within their context."

Right on.

Posted by bgs at 9:36 AM

January 31, 2008

Nikon View and Other Programs To Be Retired

For members who are using older versions of software such as Nikon View and PictureProject, this technical note indicates full-version downloads of those programs will be unavailable after 28-February of this year.

Unspecified licensing constraints within the are apparently the cause of the withdrawal. While packages such as the exotic Coolpix Remote Control received little wide-spread adoption, many owners of older digital cameras preferred to use the lighter-weight Nikon View 6.x to the cumbersome PictureProject bundle for their photo download and sorting needs.

Nikon is not restricting the continued use of these programs and mentions that updates would be provided, although the frequency would be unspecified. Members wishing to continue use should back up their copies or obtain the latest full-versions now for archive to storage media.

Posted by covey22 at 7:50 PM

Sigma Fills The Gap With Multiple Lenses

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Sigma unloaded a few jabs aimed at Nikon's existing lens gaps with some long-awaited announcements. First up is the revisions to some classic lenses - namely the new 120-400mm f4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM and the new 150-500mm f5-6.3 DG OS HSM supertelephoto zooms.

Both lenses address the lack of combined Optical Stabilization and HyperSonic Motor AF performance in the venerable 80-400mm DG OS and the 50-500mm DG HSM. This combination was first pioneered in the latest iteration of the 18-200mm DC OS HSM all-in-one zoom released in mid-2007. The new tele lenses are also a response to the calling of Nikkor fans to update the aging screw-drive AF 80-400mm VR with a Silent Wave motor. Many Nikonians were disappointed to find that refresh was not one of the announcements made at PMA 2008.

As icing on the cake, Sigma also refreshed the 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG MACRO and 18-125mm F3.8-5.6 DC OS with HSM to ensure compatibility with the D40 and D60 series cameras.

Posted by covey22 at 5:44 PM

Middleweight Bout: Nikon D300 vs Canon 40D

Popular Photography conducts a hands-on comparison of the reigning middleweight kings; the Nikon D300 and the Canon EOS 40D.

...we found them to be more evenly matched than we expected.

Posted by covey22 at 5:34 PM

January 30, 2008

PMA 2008 Updates for 30-January

Sony has announced a 24MP full-frame (24x36) CMOS Sensor with an analog-to-digital converter allowing it to capture up to 6.3 frames per second. Given the history of Nikon-Sony collaboration, it is only a matter of time before this chip makes its appearance in a new Nikon Digital SLR. The question still remains - will it be the heart of a D3X as many Nikonian faithful are clamoring for?

Tamron also got into the announcement game with another DX-type ultra-wide lens, the SP 10-24mm f3.5-4.5 Di (Model AB001). The lens does not share in the recent round of refreshes that plan to have internal motors, so planned owners of the D60 be forewarned; no auto-focus. The manufacturer also updated their release schedule for some long-overdue lenses; the bad news is the 70-200 f2.8 Di for Nikon mount is still hazy.

Finally, the Eye-Fi wireless SD card will integrate very nicely into the upcoming D60. In addition to custom power management functions, users will be able to upload their photos directly into Nikon's PictureTown.

Posted by covey22 at 7:30 PM

January 29, 2008

Think Tank fights Mother Nature - and wins

Think Tank Photo has just made it easier for Nikonians shooting in rainy conditions to protect their Nikon cameras and lenses.

ThinkTankVideo.jpgThey have just announced the release of the Hydrophobia 300-600, which adds quick deployment features while helping soggy photographers protect their gear during shooting, switching memory cards and replacing batteries.

The Think Tank Hydrophobia 300-600 has been in development for the past 18 months, and you can see the results in a series of videos. Make sure you check out their blooper segment.

According to our Think Tank experts: The fabric used on the Hydrophobia is ten times as waterproof as normal fabric. Instead of a "spray" coating, a "film" is applied to the underside of the fabric, as well as a tricot mesh to protect it, making it a far more impenetrable three-layer fabric. In addition a waterproof tape is applied to all seams, providing an even more waterproof barrier.

If this new rain-fighter has caught your eye-- Don't forget: Nikonians enjoy the extra advantage of a free gift when placing their orders from Think Tank Photo.

Posted by flashdeadline at 5:50 PM

January 28, 2008

Tamron Updates 17-50mm f2.8 with Internal Motor

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On the heels of their refresh to the 70-300mm tele macro, Tamron turns their focus to one of their most popular stablemates, the 17-50mm f2.8 Di. The new model A16N II will now have a built-in lens motor allowing full auto-focus compatibility with cameras such as the Nikon D40 and D40X.

Posted by covey22 at 8:10 PM

Underwater Nikonians may be interested in this

The folks from Fantasea have just announced a new waterproof light which won't help you take pictures, but may certainly be useful in helping your dive buddies keep track of you.
It's a small unit with 5 super bright LED bulbs, powered by 4 AAA batteries which last up to 60 hours at maximum output.
Check the Press Release for more information on the Nano Spotter LED Light.

Posted by flashdeadline at 6:42 PM

Nikkor 14-24mm f2.8: The Review

Klaus Schroiff's much anticipated review of the new ultra-wide Nikkor 14-24mm f2.8 is online.

Posted by covey22 at 3:18 PM

Distributor Icon Passes Away

Henry Froelich, well-known for establishing the Konica Camera and Mamiya distribution chains in the US among other accomplishments, passed away on 24 January. He was 85.

Posted by covey22 at 2:44 PM

January 24, 2008

PMA 2008: The Heat is Turning Up


With only seven days to go before PMA 2008's opening in Las Vegas, manufacturers are turning up the heat with their pre-show product announcements. Read on to get the scoop about the latest salvos in the camera wars!

First up - Pentax strikes back with a vengeance. Their heavy-hitting multi-page spreads in major magazines not withstanding, Pentax is determined to get some of the market share dominated by Nikon and Canon, with updates to their Digital SLR line. The K20D ups the resolution wars to the magic 14MP number, with an improved buffer, a 2.7" Live View LCD and a Dust Alert system that helps pinpoint troublesome spot locations. The 10MP K200D refreshes the well-received K100D with many of the K20's features, such as the LCD and expanded shooting modes that complement a variety of skill levels. The latest arrivals will be accompanied by a bevy of new lenses, including a 200mm f2.8 SDM, a 300mm f4 SDM and a 55-300mm f4-5.8 among others.

Speaking of Nikon and Canon, no major announcements were anticipated - after all the D3 and the 1DS Mk III were keeping everybody busy, right? The folks at Lake Success snuck in a couple of quick jabs and announced the replacement of the popular Digital Rebel XTi with the new Rebel XSi. The new stable mate is not just another 12MP upgrade; it encompasses the best features from its higher-tier siblings; Anti-Dust, 3" Live View LCD, Image Processing and new for the line - a narrow 4% Spotmeter. Canon also brought back a classic lens in the form of the EF 200mm f2L USM (a direct descendant of the super-fast EF 200mm f1.8L) and a monstrous EF 800mm f5.6L USM, both equipped with Image Stabilizers.

Every year we think the compact digital wars have to be over, and we're proven wrong again. Hot on the heels of their pro-body E-3 announcement, Olympus rolls out a series of new FE shooters (known as the µ/Mju series globally) sporting 8MP sensors, Face Detection technology, image stabilization and Perfect Shot Preview. Fujifilm continues it's onslaught with a volley covering all the possible ranges; from fashionable party cameras all the way to ZLRs with 18x zooms. Finally, Canon continues to raise the bar with updates to the rugged PowerShot A and the ultra-slim PowerShot SD lines.

Posted by covey22 at 3:23 PM

January 23, 2008

Sigma Issues Fix for Nikon D3 Auto DX Crop

Sigma has issued a fix for certain lenses that don't automatically support the Nikon D3's Auto DX Crop function. The upgrade is free but likely requires return of the lenses for maintenance. Popular models affected include the Sigma 10-20mm DC HSM, the 30mm f1.4 DC HSM and the APO 120-300mm f2.8 EX DG HSM among others.

Posted by covey22 at 3:04 PM

January 22, 2008

Tamron Updates Tele Macro for Nikon D40


Tamron has announced an update to their popular 70-300mm f4-5.6 LD Di Macro lens. The refreshed A17N2 tele macro will now have a built-in lens motor specifically for compatibility with Nikon cameras such as the D40 and D40X digital SLRs. The lens is expected to be released in Japan in February.

Posted by covey22 at 4:39 PM

January 17, 2008

MacBook Air - The Thinnest Notebook Yet

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Nikonians who can't get enough of Macintosh equipment are undoubtably entranced by Steven Jobs' latest creation: the ultra-thin, ultra-light MacBook Air laptop.

True to his showman form, Jobs unveiled the latest addition to the Mac computing family by taking a large manila envelope onto the stage at MacWorld 2008 and pulling out the computer in front of thousands of fans.

At an unbelievable 3lbs and a svelte 0.16 inches at its narrowest, it's sure to to appeal to road warriors tiered of lugging thick, heavy laptops and power adapter "bricks." The unique design has it downsides though; no optical drives and only an 80GB hard drive. Apple will be offering one of the first SSD drives on a higher-end version. Initial pricing is set at USD1799 and availability is projected to be somewhere in February of this year.

Posted by covey22 at 5:00 PM

January 11, 2008

Pricing for Sigma 4.5mm f2.8 DC Fisheye


Sigma USA has announced MSRP pricing for their innovative ultra-wide lens. The Sigma 4.5mm f2.8 DC fisheye will debut at USD1400, with actual street-pricing expected to be at a lower amount.

Posted by covey22 at 4:03 PM

January 9, 2008

Reichmann's Take on the D3 and D300

As we reported earlier, noted industry pundit and stated Canon user Michael Reichmann partly returned to the fold with the purchase of a Nikon D3. He now turns his attention to the details of the feature-rich camera and it's high-ISO performance.

We now have a bit of a sea change happening. Nikon has flexed its considerable muscle and with the D3 produced a camera that sends a clear challenge to Canon's nearly decade-long dominance of the digital arena. The D300, though in many ways simply a logical progression from the D200, is a much better camera than its predecessor, and along with its superior sensor offers the pro and advanced amateur a set of features and functionality that is unmatched at the moment in Canon's line up.

Posted by covey22 at 9:38 PM

CNET's Best of CES Show Nominees

CNET has generated their list of nominees for best in category drawn from the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Notable in the digital photography section is Sony's priced-to-move A200 Digital SLR.

Posted by covey22 at 9:08 PM

January 8, 2008

Lexar Boosts SDHC Capacity to 8GB

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The High-Capacity Secure Digital (SDHC) card format just got a bigger boost thanks to Lexar. This card family now boasts an immense 8GB size and will span the brand's Professional (133x), Platinum II (60x) and Standard product lines. Availability is expected in late January.

Posted by covey22 at 4:04 PM

Nikon D3: The Bjorn Rorslett Review

Bjorn Rorslett recently posted his initial review of the Nikon D3 over the holiday break. True to form, he has focused on the practical uses of the camera and renders judgement on it's suitability for some of his speciality applications, such as IR and UV photography.

"For me the arrival of the D3 is the final nail in the coffin for "35mm" silver-halide reflex cameras. Of that I'm certain."

Posted by covey22 at 3:54 PM

January 7, 2008

RIP: Herbert "Burt" Keppler - 1925 to 2008

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Image courtesy of Popular Photography

A sad milestone in the photo industry has come to pass: Herbert "Burt" Keppler, a beloved figure in the photo industry and most recently the voice of the SLR Column in Popular Photography, passed away this weekend of heart failure. He was 82.

Keppler's career spanned an impressive 57 year era and covered two of the main magazines devoted to consumer shutterbugs - Modern Photography and Popular Photography. Keppler was also one of a handful of Americans to receive Japan's highest award for foreigners, "The Order of the Sacred Treasure - Gold Rays with Rosette" for his contributions to moving that nation's photographic industry forward. Burt will be greatly missed.

Posted by covey22 at 10:03 PM

Outlook Reminds You To Bring Your Camera

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For photographers who depend on Outlook for event management and calendaring, Microsoft has built a very useful plug-in that allows you to specify what equipment you need to bring when creating an appointment.

The Pro Photo Shoot plug-in allows you to create an equipment pool that predefines what you have in your inventory. This is great for on-the-fly event management; while you're on the phone with a client arranging a photo shoot, you can start to check off what you need to bring - camera, lights, background etc. The pool also lets you plug in information such as serial numbers and purchase dates - great for creating insurance coverage lists.

Posted by covey22 at 4:55 PM

CNN Money Rates Picture Scanning Services

CNN's Money Magazine rated six of the more popular print and negative scanning services available and put ScanCafe on the top of the list. This is a great quick reference guide for shutterbugs who have been putting off the digital conversion of their albums and scrapbooks.

Posted by covey22 at 4:40 PM

December 21, 2007

Phase One rolls out Capture One 4

The successor to Phase One's entry-level Capture One LE RAW workflow software is now available.

According to Phase One's Press Release, Capture One 4 features a new user interface that puts the emphasis on images instead of sliders and controls.

Existing Capture One customers can upgrade to Capture One 4 at no extra cost.

It is designed for Windows XP (SP2)/Vista and Mac OS X 10.4.11 and 10.5, Capture One 4 is available now via download at for $129 USD and 99 EUR through Phase One's e-Shop.

Posted by flashdeadline at 8:03 PM

December 17, 2007

Holiday Shipping: The Critical Dates

For many online shoppers, the calendar days are shrinking rapidly and some are anxiously looking for when their packages will arrive. Today's Newsline International edition (17-Dec) lists the peak days of some of the more popular delivery and retail store channels, as well as the cutoff day for packages to arrive by 25-December.

The important planning consideration in all cases is to make sure your online source has plans to run their shipping operations as close to Christmas as possible. As an example: Lou Schmidt of Hoodman Corporation advises Hoodman is ready to ship photographer stocking stuffer gifts all the way up to Friday. They plan to ship on the same day as ordered up to December 21st.

Posted by covey22 at 9:36 PM

December 14, 2007

Nikon ViewNX Updated to Version 1.03

Nikon has released another update to the ViewNX utility (Windows/Mac); the changes include bug fixes to Coolpix Movie and still photo integration, IPTC compatibilities with other editing programs and light-falloff corrections with the Nikon D3 and 70-200VR and 80-200 AF-S telephoto zooms.

Posted by covey22 at 5:17 PM

LetsGoDigital and the Nikon D80 Go Shark Diving

Our adventurous colleagues at LetsGoDigital took the Sea & Sea DX-D80 underwater housing (designed for the Nikon D80 digital SLR) for a dive in shark-populated Carribean waters. Be sure to check out the amazing shots in the article, including one about a tiger shark who wanted his own camera for the holidays!

Posted by covey22 at 4:48 PM

Profoto AcuteB Free Flash Head Offer

Profoto is running a great holiday offer - buy a Profoto AcuteB 600 or 600R battery pack and receive a matching flash head free (USD699 value).

Posted by covey22 at 4:30 PM

December 13, 2007

Your Best Tool: The Camera's User Manual

Noted photographer Lindsay Silverman shares his thoughts on how to best wring out the maximum potential of your camera's manual in this Nikon World Online article.

Posted by covey22 at 2:58 PM

December 12, 2007

Update: Tamron AF28-300 XR VC with Built-In Motor

As we reported in October, the Tamron AF28-300 XR with Vibration Compensation has successfully re-launched according to the manufacturer. The Nikon version is still forthcoming, but the additional details on the specifications page now indicate that Tamron will continue the trend to include built-in motors that started with the 2nd generation AF18-250 announcement. These lenses are clearly aimed at appealing to the large community of Nikon D40/D40X owners.

Posted by covey22 at 3:05 PM

December 11, 2007

Qflash Academy Available Online and on DVD

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Popular lighting manufacturer Quantum has established the Qflash Academy; a series of short video lessons on how to use Qflash, Turbo Batteries, the wireless FreeXwire system and Qnexus. The lessons are available online or a free DVD will be sent on request.

Posted by covey22 at 8:47 PM

December 10, 2007

Snippets from Newsline International 10-Dec-2007

Some interesting snippets from today's Newsline International:

CompUSA, a national chain of technology stores across the US, will shutter an undisclosed number of stores after the holidays. The downsizing follows the recent sale of the conglomerate to the Gordon Brothers group.

Fujifilm aficionados will be pleased to hear about the revival of Velvia 50 in 35mm format, at least in Japan. Availability is expected after 16-December.

Posted by covey22 at 8:40 PM

Fantasea Coolpix L14 Housing

Fantasea updates it's family of underwater housings, this time for the Coolpix L14. It features a 46mm front thread port, removable flash diffuser and is rated to 200 feet or 60 meters (January 2008 availability).

Posted by covey22 at 4:34 PM

December 6, 2007

Clear some space on your hard drive for D3 samples

Our good friends at LetsGoDigital have just posted a monster selection of Nikon D3 sample photos sure to be of interest to the Nikonians community.


Dennis Hissink's hands-on review of the Nikon D3 includes stunning images from a short visit to Florence, Italy where he used the camera to photograph historical sites, inside museums and old buildings. Downloading the original NEF's will put your system to the test. Each are in the 12 MB range.

Posted by flashdeadline at 10:13 PM

Adobe Camera RAW 4.3.1 Is Released

The latest Adobe Camera Raw release fixes a problem where compressed .NEF files from the D100 would not properly open. (Windows and Mac)

Posted by covey22 at 5:36 PM

December 4, 2007

Tamron Debuts 18-250mm Di with Built-In Motor

Tamron has joined the ranks of manufacturers building coreless drive lenses (i.e., Silent Wave, Hypersonic Motor) with the announcement of a 2nd-generation 18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II.

Details were not available in the press release, but the lens is clearly aimed at attracting D40 and D40X owners that desire to maintain autofocus capability with their optics collection.

Posted by covey22 at 9:04 PM

Nikon D3/D300 Online Manuals

The online manuals for the Nikon D3 and Nikon D300 are now available, as are approved Compactflash card lists (D3,D300).

Posted by covey22 at 6:29 PM

Thom Hogan's Guide to Fujifilm S5 Pro

Thom Hogan's Guide to the Fujifilm S5 Pro digital SLR is now available for orders.

Posted by covey22 at 4:09 PM

Sigma Updates 50-150 f2.8 DC and 70-200 f2.8 EX

Sigma has slightly updated the 50-150mm f2.8 EX DC HSM and the 70-200mm f2.8 EX DG Macro HSM (both new lenses distinguished with a Generation "II" label). The digital-only lens receives an additional SLD element in the Macro receives an improved close focusing ability.

Posted by covey22 at 3:32 PM

November 30, 2007

Nik Software Color Efex 3.0 Now Available

Nik Software has made their Color Efex 3.0 post-processing suite available in trial download and upgrade versions. The highly-anticipated set of filters and processing plug-ins was first seen at PDN Expo in New York City earlier this year.

Posted by covey22 at 5:34 PM

A Prodigal Son Returns

Prominent Canon and medium-format shooter Michael Reichmann has returned to the Nikon fold, according to a CNET article. Reichmann, a noted author, instructor and editor of The Luminous Landscape photography website, felt that the D3 and D300 digital cameras marked Nikon's return to the "big-time."

Posted by covey22 at 4:15 PM

November 28, 2007

D2X Mode Picture Controls for Nikon D3/D300

For owners of the D300 and the anticipated D3 cameras, Nikon has released emulation mode software using the new Picture Control function first revealed in the View NX software. This program will allow the D3 (Windows or Mac) and the D300 (Windows or Mac) to emulate current D2X Color Reproduction in all three hardware color spaces. This will be useful for former D2X photographers who have priority shooting needs and cannot immediately recalibrate their color workflow from their legacy cameras.

Editor's note - this program does not replace the need to recalibrate your color workflow; it should be seen as an expedient tool for professionals and other photographers whose shooting requirements cannot allow them to immediately recalibrate.

Posted by covey22 at 6:08 PM

Nikon Updates Vista Codecs for D3/D300

Nikon has released RAW Codec 1.1.0 which gives the Vista operating system the ability to read D300 and D3 RAW images.

Posted by covey22 at 3:23 PM

November 26, 2007

Weak US Dollar Lowers Nikon Canada Prices

Nikonians north of the US border are seeing benefits thanks to the weak US Dollar - lower prices on many digital cameras and accessories. And to add icing to the cake, Canadian members are reporting the D300 is now available on the shelves.

Posted by covey22 at 8:21 PM

New Sport Photographer Accreditation Program

The Sports Photographers Association of America (SPAA) is offering a new accreditation program to set yourself apart from the competition and allow potential clients easy access to your status and background.

Posted by covey22 at 7:19 PM

Wall Street Journal Reviews the Eye-Fi

As a follow-up to our October report on the Eye-Fi card, the Wall Street Journal's Mossberg Solution column recently ran the card through it's paces and was suitably impressed. Bottom-line: this is a must-have for the shutterbugs on your holiday shopping list.

Posted by covey22 at 7:09 PM

November 23, 2007

Nikon D300 and Capture NX 1.3 Hit Store Shelves

Nikonians have been reporting the arrival of the much anticipated D300 in both pre-orders and store shelves. Capture NX 1.3 has also been released, so it should be a very festive time for all. And if you have D300 questions, be sure to join our forum to get answers!

Posted by covey22 at 4:23 PM

Highly valued piece of Photographic History

A black "pocket" Leica camera of the 1923 limited series 0 edition was sold for 336,000 Euros (US$492,300) at the WestLicht Photographica Auction in Vienna Austria, the highest price ever paid to date for an item of this type. The buyer is a private collector who acquired the camera with serial number 107, making it the most expensive Leica camera ever.

This camera is part of a set of 21 prototypes created by Leica to confirm market viability for "pocket" cameras. What further makes this camera unique, is that it was the first exported Leica camera, when sent to New York to the US Patent and Trademark Office for application.

At a previous WestLicht auction in May, a Daguerreotype by Susse Freres of France, built in 1839, fetched 588,613 Euros (US$862,400), which WestLicht said made it the world's most expensive camera.

Posted by jrp at 4:01 PM

November 19, 2007

Need a Nikon D3 in Canada? Prove It!

Nikonians have been following an interesting pre-sale development as the release dates for the D3 and the D300 approach. Nikon Canada has taken the unique step of requiring a certification letter to prove that a pro photographer will take possession of the camera and the intent is not to resell.

Posted by covey22 at 9:24 PM

November 16, 2007

Rob Galbraith: Nikon D3 ISO Samples

Rob Galbraith has posted a very nice summary article featuring Nikon D3 samples ranging from base ISO200 all the way to the stunning ISO25600. While many of the photos have been seen piecemeal across the Internet, Rob puts it all together in a very readable format along with full details about how the photos were taken and what in-camera options and post-processing were used.

The photos,taken on a pre-production D3, were gathered from the works of noted photojournalists and authors, including Peter K. Burian of Shutterbug fame. Conversion from RAW was made possible through beta copies of Capture NX and PhaseOne's Capture One.

Posted by covey22 at 5:08 PM

Lightroom 1.3 and Camera Raw 4.3 with D3/D300 Support

Adobe has posted Camera Raw 4.3 and Lightroom 1.3 updates.

These upgrades will be of interest to Nikonians since they contain official support for the D3 and D300 digital SLRs due to be released at month's end. For developers, the Lightroom update also includes an SDK to allow communication of photo exports to third-party tools.

Posted by covey22 at 4:30 PM

Tokina Posts New Fast Wide and Macro Lenses

Tokina has announced a new 11-16mm f2.8 DX and a 35mm f2.8 DX macro lens. Both are designed specifically for Digital SLRs with less than full-frame sensors (APS-C). Pricing outside of Japan was yet to be announced, but initial availability was expected at the end of December 2007.

It will be interesting to see market responses to these lenses - the 11-16 (17-25mm equivalent FOV) finally fills a fast lens gap at the extreme wide-end and complements Tokina's existing 16-50mm f2.8 DX and 50-135mm f2.8 DX zooms. Previously, the slot was held by the manufacturer's 12-24mm f4 DX, which continues to be a popular alternative to Nikon and Canon offerings. The 35mm (50mm equivalent FOV macro will have to work hard to distinguish itself in a fairly crowded market.

Posted by covey22 at 4:10 PM

November 14, 2007

Sigma Announces Digital Only Fisheye Lenses

Sigma has announced two new fisheye lenses specifically designed for digital SLR cameras. The 4.5mm f2.8 EX DC Circular Fisheye HSM provides an enormous 180 degree FOV down to 5 inches close focusing. Complementing the Fisheye is the 10mm F2.8 EX DC FISHEYE HSM which projects a fisheye perspective into a rectilinear format, and close focuses to 5.3 inches. Both lenses feature Super Multilayer Coating minimizing flare and ghosting, as well as Super-Low Dispersion elements and full-time manual focusing thanks to the HyperSonic Motor. Prices and release dates were not available at press time.

Posted by covey22 at 3:57 PM

November 6, 2007

Voightlander's Newest Lenses for Nikon

The popular third-party manufacturer Cosina has created two new manual focus 35mm format lenses for Nikon AIS and Pentax KA mounts.

The Ultron 40mm f2 SLII is a pancake lens much like the Nikkor 45mmP, with a dual-aspheric element and a compact footprint. The Nokton 58mm f1.4 SLII will invoke fond memories for users of the Topcon SLR who used similar lenses for a "normal" perspective. Both lenses are marketed under the Voightlander brand. No US sales information is currently available, but the new items should be available in Japan by December with an estimated price of under USD500 each.

Posted by covey22 at 10:16 PM

November 2, 2007

DxO announces Optics Pro v5 releases dates, upgrade plans

DxO's new Optics Pro version 5 will be ready for mid-November purchase, and the upgrade availability for owners of previous versions includes free upgrades for many recent v4.5 purchasers as well as discounts for previous version owners.

The mid-November release will be for the Windows version with the Macintosh platform following by the end of the month.

Here's the good news for those who have purchased DxO Optics Pro v4.5 on or after August 1st, 2007: you are entitled to a free upgrade to version 5.

Upgrade pricing from any version of DxO Optics Pro "STANDARD" or "ELITE" to v5 will be:

--> DxO Optics Pro Standard (any version) to DXO Optics Pro v5 Standard: $95 USD, 59 British Pound Sterling, or 69 Euros
--> DxO Optics Pro Elite (any version) to DXO Optics Pro v5 Elite : $125 USD, 75 British Pound Sterling, or 89 Euros

(Make sure you factor in your local sales and value added taxes).

The new Optics Pro version 5 features a new user interface. It makes radical advances in RAW development with a new demosaicing engine and includes a new dust removal tool with technology for RAW images.

It also extends the existing library of camera and lens correction modules with support for the latest Nikon Digital SLR camera bodies.

Posted by flashdeadline at 1:53 PM

October 30, 2007

DSLR WiFi for the Rest of Us: The Eye-Fi SD Card

For our members who look on enviously at the professional Nikon Digital SLRs equipped with WiFi; the Eye-Fi levels the playing field. It's a combination 2GB SD card equipped with an 802.11g transmitter capable of uploading images to a local PC or to select online photo services such as Flickr, Photobucket or Shutterfly. The card will be available via Amazon as early as Tuesday this week.

Posted by covey22 at 9:16 PM

Capture NX 1.3 With Each D3/D300 Purchase

Entries by Nikon USA personnel on a popular mailing list indicate that a limited time offer for a full version of Capture NX will accompany each D3 and D300 Digital SLR. In essence, each body will be bundled with an activation code for the proprietary RAW processing software. This has been one of the major complaints about Nikon in the past, as competitors (including Canon) have bundled their converters at no extra cost.

Posted by covey22 at 2:04 PM

October 23, 2007

Adobe Camera Raw Still Tops for Shutterbugs

Our colleagues at Imaging-Resource report on a recent InfoTrends survey showing Adobe Camera Raw is the most preferred way to digitally post-process. By contrast, Nikon Capture NX came in a distant fourth and fifth on Windows and Macintosh systems respectively.

Posted by covey22 at 4:26 PM

October 22, 2007

JD Power & Associates: Nikon DSLRs Are No. 1

Nikon's Digital SLR cameras are rated #1 by JD Power & Associates in a recent 2007 Customer Satisfaction Survey. The brand tallied 822 out of a possible 1,000 points. Congratulations Nikon!

Posted by covey22 at 4:28 PM

Nik Software Announces Color Efex Pro 3.0

At Photo Plus Expo in NYC this past weekend, Nik Software announced the 3.0 upgrade of Color Efex Pro; their award-winning collection of photographic filters. The main draw is the appearance of the proven U-Point technology pioneered in DFine and Nikon's Capture NX. The add-on will be available for both Photoshop and Photoshop Elements and will continue to be sold in tiered Complete, Select and Standard Editions.

Posted by covey22 at 4:16 PM

Tamron 28-300mm XR Di VC Re-Launch

Tamron sees a November re-launch for it's first Vibration Compensation (VC) lens, the 28-300mm XR DI. Canon users will get first crack, with the Nikon mount available in Spring 2008.

Posted by covey22 at 4:01 PM

October 19, 2007

Fujifilm S5 Price Drop and Free MB-D200

Nikonians thinking about buying the Fujifilm S5 Pro now have two more reasons to pull out their wallets: a USD200 price drop and a FREE MB-D200 grip plus a FREE Huey Pantone Color Calibration device. (Adobe Acrobat Reader required to view the promotional flyer)

Posted by covey22 at 8:59 PM

October 17, 2007

Olympus Debuts E-3 Digital SLR

After a long hiatus, Olympus has re-entered the professional level Digital SLR market with the 10MP E-3.

The new camera's features read like a list of must-haves given the competition; dust reduction, sensor-based image stabilization, 5 frames per second, top shutter speed of 1/8000th of a second, 100% coverage viewfinder, TruePic III image processing and a dust/water-proofed mag-alloy body. To address the shortcomings of the previous 3-point AF system in the E-1, the E-3 features a new eleven-cross point module. Unique to the pro tier is a 2.5" rear swivelling LCD which - coupled with the patented Live View system - will allow unique composition opportunities.

Also debuting with the new camera are three new pro-tier Zuiko lenses equipped with Olympus' coreless lens motor - the Supersonic Wave Drive (SWD). The ED 12-60mm f2.8-4 SWD, the ED 55-200 f2.8-3.5 SWD and the ED 14-35mm f2.0 SWD will enhance the small but impressive list of E-system lenses currently available. Finally, Olympus addresses the wireless flash system with two new flashguns - the FL-50R and the FL-36R.

Posted by covey22 at 10:22 PM

Film Processing Continues to Decline

Another era ended quietly in the US Northeast as Stop & Shop, a ubiquitous grocery supermarket chain, discontinued accepting 35mm film for off-site processing.

Posted by covey22 at 10:08 PM

October 16, 2007

Sleek new Spyder package unveiled

Nikonians who have enjoyed the color calibration hardware and software capabilities of the Spyder2 Colorimeter will soon have a chance to try out the new Spyder3 from Datacolor.

Spyder-3-1.jpgThe new calibration unit is smaller and faster than its Spyder2 predecessor and is supplied with a desktop cradle that doubles as a tripod attachment for use when calibrating a display. The new model should be available next month.

The Datacolor press release is provided below:

Zürich, 16th October 2007-- Datacolor, a global leader in digital colour management technology, today announces several products incorporating Spyder3, its next generation of monitor calibration device aimed at photographers and digital imaging professionals needing the most accurate colour for digital editing.

Offering an affordable solution, Spyder3Elite incorporates a new suite of features for increased accuracy and performance and enables users to calibrate multiple studio displays to a single target.

Spyder3 - new design and features

With its sleek design, the Spyder3 measurement device is 37 per cent smaller than its Spyder2 predecessor and is supplied with a desktop cradle that doubles as a tripod attachment for use when calibrating a display. Suction cup and counterweight mounting options are also provided for complete flexibility. Calibration time is cut by 29 per cent to five minutes, with re-calibration at only two and a half minutes, which is 64 per cent faster than the previous model.

Spyder-3-2.jpgThe new Spyder3 colorimeter offers the only seven-detector colour engine on the market, with its 27mm aperture, the largest in its class, giving a greater screen sampling area and a 400 per cent increase in light sensitivity. In conjunction with the embedded ambient light sensor, which automatically measures surrounding ambient light levels even when stored in its cradle, Spyder3 enables users to achieve the most precise results when calibrating a display, or multiple displays matched to a single target.

Spyder3's optical design and colour engine enable calibration of the latest in wide gamut, LED backlight and AdobeRGB displays.

Spyder3 also introduces SpyderProof, a proofing function that lets users evaluate calibration results in before and after modes. Four quadrants of thematic images are displayed, targeting saturated colours, skin tones, gradients and black and white. Users can zoom in on any picture to assess highlights, shadow, colour or tonal response in greater detail, and softproof the images using custom profiles.

Spyder3Elite - studio calibration

Spyder3Elite's dual-mode software offers the choice of a walkthrough wizard guide or expert console to give advanced users full control of all settings. It is also the only device in its category able to calibrate front projectors.

Users can calibrate multiple studio displays to a single target with Spyder3Elite, which incorporates StudioMatch Assistant for step-by-step guidance through the process. The assistant takes into account each display's white and black luminance as well as studio light conditions, guaranteeing consistent and accurate colour and brightness on each display in a studio. Spyder3Elite's Curves Import function gives users total control over colour and black and white tinting curves in the image editor, enabling adjustments to be applied to a profile rather than individual images, while a new PreciseLight function adjusts profiles to optimise images for printing, depending on the environment in which they will be displayed.

Unlimited, user-defined calibration targets for white point, gamma, white luminance and black luminance allow users to get the most from their digital workflow. Creatives using L-Star workflows can use Spyder3Elite's patented L-Star compatible technologies as an alternative to typical gamma settings, enabling individual tonal response curves to be generated for open shadows and detailed highlights.

Once calibrated, the new SpyderCertification option ensures that calibration standards are deployed consistently across all subscribed displays, issuing a warning if a display's calibration becomes out of date or incorrect.


Datacolor brand

With the launch of Spyder3, Datacolor announces that its consumer business unit will now be known exclusively as Datacolor. Previously, the business unit had incorporated branding of both Datacolor and ColorVision, a division of Datacolor since 2000.

For more information and to purchase Spyder3 products, please visit

About Datacolor

Datacolor is a global leader in colour management solutions and colour communication technology. The world's leading brands, manufacturers, creative professionals and consumers choose Datacolor's innovative technology solutions to achieve the right colour consistently. A Swiss-held company, Datacolor's global presence encompasses a sales, services and support network serving customers in more than 65 countries throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia, along with 13 worldwide operation and production facilities.

Industries served include photography, apparel and textile, digital imaging, architectural painting, graphic design, automotive, home theatre, furnishing, plastics, printing, coating, paper and others. For more information about Datacolor and its products or services, visit
Spyder3, SpyderProof, SpyderCertification, StudioMatch and PreciseLight are trademarks of Datacolor.

Posted by flashdeadline at 5:22 AM

October 15, 2007

GeoPic II: Low-Power Dedicated Geotagger

Geo-tagging, or the practice of overlaying your photos onto a geographical map to show where it was taken, has been quite popular for some time now. GeoPic II is one of the first commercial releases to claim both a dedicated role as a geo-tagging device and features low power consumption. With a small physical format and easy integration with Nikon DSLRs such as the D200, D300, D2, D3 and Fuji Finepix Pro series, the GeoPic II works with both JPEG and RAW formats and easily communicates with Picasa, Google Earth and Adobe Lightroom.

Posted by covey22 at 8:16 PM

October 8, 2007

Nikon Sendai Plant Photos

Nikon has provided some press photos showing the assembly line at the Sendai plant, where the top-end digital SLRs such as the Nikon D3 are being produced.

Posted by covey22 at 7:13 PM

October 5, 2007

A Cautionary Tale for Photographers

The ease of which one can publish their photographs in the digital age has resulted in many cautionary tales regarding property rights and usage. The recent flap over Virgin Mobile's inappropriate use of a Flickr photo highlights the need for photographers to really understand their rights and exercise due diligence when choosing a venue for which to showcase their work.

Posted by covey22 at 4:39 PM

September 29, 2007

Nikon D3 High ISO Samples Released

High-ISO samples for the Nikon D3 Digital SLR have been released. Included among the JPEG examples are action photos at 3200 and 6400 by noted photographer Dave Black.

Posted by covey22 at 9:29 PM

September 27, 2007

Color Efex 2.0 for Capture NX Upgrade Released

Nik Software has released the long-awaited FREE Upgrader for Color Efex 2.0 for Nikon Capture NX.

Please note - this is the Upgrade ONLY - you must own a previous version of Color Efex 2.0 for Capture 4.x in order to use this program. This is NOT a trial version. The full version of Color Efex 2.0 for Capture NX is expected to be made available very soon.

Posted by covey22 at 6:44 PM

Epson Storage Viewer Travel Pack

For our members who own Epson portable storage viewer devices, the new Travel Pack will be of interest.

Available through the Epson store, the pack is compatible with the P-2000, P-3000, P-4000 and P-5000 portable viewers and features a custom carry unit that will fit on your belt or camera case, a foldable viewer stand, microfiber polish cloth, protective LCD screen films and a car/wall adapter that can power the camera and recharge two batteries simultaneously.

Posted by covey22 at 12:15 AM

Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 Released

Adobe has upgraded their popular consumer editing software package yet again. Photoshop Elements 6 has some very appealing new tools such as PhotoMerge, which simplifies combining several pictures to get the best features located in each frame onto a single photo, and a much improved Quick Selection tool that promises to ease the click burden of selecting a complex area in a frame.

Posted by covey22 at 12:07 AM

September 26, 2007

New CEO for Nikon USA

A new CEO for Nikon USA has been named. Yasuyuki Okamoto has been tapped for the head position for the imaging giant's American operations. Okamoto's previous successful tours includehead of Marketing at the Tokyo headquarters and five years at the helm of Nikon France SA.

Posted by covey22 at 11:43 PM

September 21, 2007

"America At Home" - The Nikon S51C Campaign

Nikon is arming 100 preeminent photojournalists with Nikon S51C Coolpix cameras and sending them out to capture a week in the life of American households across the nation. "America at Home" is the latest mass-photojournalism project from the producers of "America 24/7" and "One Digital Day." Thousands of amateur photographers will be participating as well and the entire workflow is digital - only digital still cameras and cameraphone images are allowed.

Posted by covey22 at 2:59 PM

September 19, 2007

Nikon Digital Live 2007 Campaign in Japan

Noted in Newline International's 18-September edition: Nikon will be hosting a seven-city tour in Japan for the next two months, showcasing the new Nikon D3 and D300 digital SLR cameras.

Posted by covey22 at 4:16 PM

September 14, 2007

Adobe Lightroom 1.2 Update

Adobe has updated their Lightroom workflow software to Version 1.2 Changes include improvements to cataloging functionality and error fixes to the interface and program behavior. The update is available for Windows and Macintosh.

Posted by covey22 at 3:09 PM

September 13, 2007

Nikon D300 Digital SLR Samples Available

Samples for the highly anticipated Nikon D300 digital SLR are now available. While Nikonians are eager to see how the camera's high ISO performance will compare to the recent stunning images from it's big brother Nikon D3, none of the photos were taken at above the base rating of 200.

Posted by covey22 at 10:35 PM

September 12, 2007

Nikon D3 Digital SLR Samples Available

Nikon has released official samples showing the Nikon D3's image capabilities, including a stunning ISO6400 ambient light photo of a trumpet player. The quality shown reinforces how much Nikon is determined to counter industry comments about lack of high-ISO performance.

Posted by covey22 at 6:01 PM

September 1, 2007

Nikon D300 Overview

For our members hungry for more information following last week's announcement, Nikon has published a flash presentation on the new features of the D300 digital SLR.

Posted by covey22 at 8:29 PM

August 31, 2007

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

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

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

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

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 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

August 9, 2007

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 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 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

July 31, 2007

40 Million Lenses And Still Going

In a fitting tribute to the 90th Anniversary, Nikon surpassed the production milestone of over 40 Million Nikkor lenses this month.

Although Nikon was producing lenses as early as 1932, it wasn't until 27 years later that the F-mount was introduced alongside the legendary namesake camera model. In a testament to the popularity and stability of the engineering, lenses from that time will still mount and function (within limits) on all Nikon cameras, including the latest digital variants. We look forward to the next 40 Million and eagerly anticipate the latest developments as Nikon creates the next generation of optics.

Posted by covey22 at 10:30 PM

Nikon Scholarship Program

Nikon has established a Scholarship Program in Thailand, rewarding 170 students from all levels of high school and university level classes by helping defray their educational costs.

The corporate giving is seen as a way of giving back to the hard-working community that produces nearly three-quarters of it's hot-selling Digital Imaging products, mostly built in the Ayutthaya province plant, which was established in 1990.

Posted by covey22 at 8:30 PM

July 26, 2007

New Sigma HSM 18-50mm and 17-70mm Lenses

Sigma continues expanding their Hypersonic-Motor (HSM) equipped line of lenses with revised models of the popular 18-50mm f2.8 DC Macro and the 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC Macro specifically for the Nikon mount.

Posted by covey22 at 6:50 PM

Happy 90th Anniversary Nikon!

The community sends a hearty and jolly Happy Birthday to Nikon! Our favorite camera brand is 90 years old - here's to many more anniversaries!

Posted by covey22 at 1:31 AM

2007 Nikon Photo Contest International Winners

The winner of the 2007 Nikon Photo Contest International is Tung Khan Le from Vietnam for his stunning black-and-white study of two fishermen struggling against an angry sea while affecting a rescue. See Khan Le's dramatic shot and all of the other winners online.

Posted by covey22 at 1:17 AM

July 20, 2007

BBC Cancels Photographer of The Year Contest

In a sign of continuing pressure for ethics revamp amongst the media industry, the BBC has cancelled all phone-in, interactive and online competitions following a series of "editorial breaches." This includes the prestigious BBC Photographer of the Year contest. Members of the BBC organization were found to have faked contributions, including making calls to phone-ins under false identities and editing footage that changed the true context of events.

Posted by covey22 at 4:30 PM

Coolpix P1, P2 and S6 Upgrades: Caution

Nikon has pushed out firmware updates for the P1/P2 and S6 Coolpix models. Members should exercise caution though; the P1 and P2 updates enable Wireless Utility support for Windows Vista at the expense of XP and Mac OS. Similarly, the update for the S6 enables wireless utility support for Windows Vista and Intel Mac, but not for other Windows versions or Macs that are PowerPC enabled. Bizarre? You bet.

Posted by covey22 at 3:47 PM

New NFL Rules: Wear a Canon Vest

Recently enacted rules by the U.S. National Football League (NFL) regulating media practices have industry members up in arms. One of the pernicious points: authorized photographers on the sidelines of games must wear a bright-red NFL identification vest that has a large logos of Canon and Reebok.

Posted by covey22 at 3:33 PM

July 19, 2007

Fine Art Video Site Launches

A new site for fine art photography just opened its doors today. is a new online magazine and internet TV station dedicated to the world of fine art images. The site will provide weekly updates on modern, artistic trends with articles, portfolios and videos. One of the team members and initiators of the site is Nikonian Pascal Baetens. Congrats Pascal, way to go!

Posted by bgs at 1:36 PM

July 18, 2007

New Nikon School DVDs for DSLR Owners

The Nikon School has published two DVD offerings aimed at educating newly-minted Digital SLR owners in maximizing the use of their cameras. Preview trailers can be viewed online.

Both DVDs feature award-winning travel photgrapher Bob Krist, as he leads viewers in simple and easy-to-understand steps on how to get the most out of their equipment and make better photos. The first DVD, "Fast, Fun & Easy: Great Digital Pictures," is aimed at new Nikon D40 and D40X owners and will get them up and running with their cameras in 35 minutes. The second DVD, "Understanding Digital Photography," is aimed at providing guidance for any digital SLR owner interested in moving beyond automatic settings. Nikon D40, D40X, D80 and D200 owners will particulary benefit, since those models are used throughout the film.

Posted by covey22 at 6:44 PM

EU May See Higher Digital Camera Prices

A recent Reuters article indicates the EU is preparing to reclassify certain digital cameras into high tariff categories normally reserved for video cameras. Most digital stills cameras (DSCs) will likely be exempt. The intended target is very high-end - the camera must be able to sustain 800x600 at 23fps for 30 minutes, a performance which most consumer DSCs are unlikely to match.

Posted by covey22 at 3:16 PM

July 13, 2007

Nikon UK Extends Digital Warranty to Two Years

Great news for our members in the UK - the Nikon subsidiary there has extended the warranty for digital camera products from the global one-year period to an amazing two years.

The warranty offer will start on 01-September-2007 and will apply to the whole spectrum of digital camera models, from Coolpix compacts to the latest Digital SLRs. The offer will also be extended retroactively to purchases of qualifying products made on or after 01-July-2007. No information was available as to whether the offer will be extended further back than July. Let's hope this wave of confidence in build quality makes it to other sales regions soon.

Posted by covey22 at 10:30 PM

July 12, 2007

Nikon Coolpix S500: The LetsGoDigital Review

Our colleagues at LetsGoDigital have posted their review of the Nikon Coolpix S500.

Whoever is looking for an excellent performing compact camera and who has no ambitions to use the camera for extensive digital photographing, will find an ultimately decent camera in the Nikon S500.

Posted by covey22 at 3:41 PM

July 11, 2007

DxO Labs Optics Pro 4.5

DxO Labs has released version 4.5 upgrade to their popular Optics Pro correction and enhancement program. New features include:

* support for Nikon D40X and Canon 1D Mark III
* support for newer lenses such as the Tokina 10-17 DX fisheye
* Integration with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
* The long-awaited Flickr Export plug-in
* Auto-crop automatic tool
* Free Presets by pro and expert photographers
* Optimization based on available RAM and utilization of video cards equipped with GPUs

As always, it's a free upgrade for all DxO Optics Pro v4.x users.

Posted by covey22 at 4:26 PM

Flaghead: Ring-flash on a Budget

Macro and close-up shooters hankering for a ring-flash but have a limited budget may want to consider this adapter from Flaghead. The unique design reflects the light from a standard hot-shoe external flash, routing it down a series of mirrors and prisms and exiting in a ring-light centered around the lens. Not so good news, it's only available in the UK. Perhaps we'll see it being offered overseas soon.

Posted by covey22 at 3:50 PM

Metz Mecablitz 58 AF-1 For Nikon DSLRs

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Popular third-party flash maker Metz has introduced a new model designed specifically for Nikon and Canon digital SLRs.

The Mecablitz 58 AF-1 digital distinguishes itself from the crowd with a unique USB interface to allow easy firmware upgrades and a unique secondary reflector to enhance fill effects even during bounce operation. The flash is very comparable to OEM offerings, with features such as a built-in bounce card, a very powerful GN of 58 (ISO 100), coverage from 18mm to 105mm and full compatibility with with i-TTL and D-TTL camera models.

Posted by covey22 at 3:33 PM

July 10, 2007

Nikon Boards Kaboose

Nikon has partnered with the largest family-focused media company online to launch Kaboose Photo. The photo site, expected to go live July of this year, will feature Nikon as the preferred source for digital photography products and will reach a wide family-centric audience.

Posted by covey22 at 2:56 AM

July 6, 2007

Nikon Plans Expansion to Meet Digital Camera Demand

A brief entry in the 05-July edition of the Bangkok Post reveals that Nikon is planning to expand manufacturing capacity to meet the world-wide growing demand for digital cameras.

An official with Thailand's Board of Investment confirms that the Japanese camera maker will invest 519MM Baht (about USD15MM) to expand the factory in Rojana Industrial Park. Formerly a source of film cameras, the location now produces popular digital SLR models and lenses. The move will include hiring up to 5000 workers to ramp up production.

Posted by covey22 at 2:49 PM

July 5, 2007

Lenses on the Lam: Sigma UK Burglary

Sigma UK recently revealed that their offices had been broken into and a significant number of lenses, flashes and tele-converters had been stolen. The serial numbers are available and the list is extremely extensive - seven pages long. The company requests that the public be on the lookout for Sigma inventory that might be priced unusually low and to contact them at 01707 329 999 for any suspicious transactions.

Posted by covey22 at 2:41 AM

June 28, 2007

Sigma Launches Two New HSM Lenses Suitable for D40/D40X

Sigma introduces two new lenses suitable for all Nikon digital SLRs, including the D40 and D40X

Both the new 18-50mm F3.5-5.6 DC and 55-200mm F4-5.6 DC feature HSM or Hypersonic Motors; similar to Nikon's Silent Wave coreless lens drive. Previous iterations of these lenses had been mechanical screwdrive, which meant they would mount, meter but not autofocus on the latest entry-level Nikon bodies like the D40 and the D40X.

Posted by covey22 at 3:24 AM

June 27, 2007

Adobe Lightroom 1.1 Now Available

Adobe's Lightroom workflow version has been updated to 1.1; a free upgrade for current 1.0 owners. The latest version has added functionality, support for 13 digital camera models including Nikon, Canon, Olympus and Phase One, improved noise reduction and support for Windows Vista.

Posted by covey22 at 5:11 AM

June 22, 2007

Sigma Releases Details on 18-200 OS

Sigma USA has released details on the much-anticipated 18-200 F3.5-6.3 DC OS (Optical Stabilizer), a direct competitor to the Nikon 18-200 DX VR.

As expected, many of the specifications come close to the Nikkor:

Diameter x Length - 3.1" by 3.9" (79x100 mm)
Weight - 21.5 oz (610 g)
Minimum focusing distance - 17.7" (45 cm)
Lens construction - 15 elements/3 groups (release description indicates 1 SLD/3ASPH elements)
Diagphragm blades - 7
Maximum magnification ratio - 1:3.9
Minimum aperture - F22
Filter attachment size: 72mm

With the exception of the effective maximum aperture at 200mm, and no Silent-Wave engine equivalent, this optic is shaping up to be a good alternative for members looking for a all-convenience lens. The MRSP is USD820, a bit steep, but the street price will likely be lower. Unfortunately, the release indicates the Nikon and Sigma mounts are coming soon, with only the Canon mount available now.

Posted by covey22 at 7:11 PM

June 18, 2007

PMA: Majority of U.S. DSLR Users Are Women

The Photo Marketing Association's 2007 U.S. Digital Imaging Survey has revealed women are now the majority of digital SLR users in the nation by a slight margin - fifty-one (51) percent. Half of those households have annual incomes of at least USD75000 and likely have two children or more under the age of six. The numbers are even more disparate in the total digital camera market - sixty-two (62) percent. Men's trends were not reported, but were widely scattered across income and demographic tiers.

Posted by covey22 at 8:30 PM

Fantasea FP5000 Housing

As a perfect complement to the Nikon Coolpix P5000, Fantasea has created a new and affordable underwater housing, complete with a 46mm filter ring, anti-glare LCD hood and double O-ring seals to ensure watertight integrity.

Posted by covey22 at 7:18 PM

June 14, 2007

Kodak Unveils Low-Light Sensor Technology

Kodak has announced a breakthrough in sensor technology that could potentially increase low-light sensitivity dramatically in digital cameras.

The "Panchromatic" cells are intended to replace the traditional Bayer-Red Green-Blue mask currently found on most digital camera sensor designs. Instead of designating specific cells to collect only a single color, Kodak's new technology will supplement the RGB units with additional cells sensitive to all light wavelengths. In doing so, the ability of the sensor's light is increased to a greater degree, theoretically increasing the shutter speed margin to allow hand-holding in lower light levels. The increased light sensitivity also holds great potential to reduce ambient "noise" in photos.

Kodak's technology will first become available in 2008, in their own cameras, with licensing deals to other companies to follow. Industry pundits see the cells potentially making their debut in camera-phones, where strides in both light sensitivity and noise reduction would dramatically increase performance and image quality.

Posted by covey22 at 7:18 PM

June 12, 2007

Nikon Seeks Entry in India

Our members in India may soon have reason to rejoice - Nikon is seeking an agency to directly sell and support their products through a Corporate Office in Gurgaon, Haryana.

Posted by covey22 at 5:21 AM

June 8, 2007

Tokina 16-50mm f2.8 AT-X Pro DX: The Review has a review of the much-awaited Tokina AF 16-50mm f2.8 AT-X Pro DX.

The Tokina AF 16-50mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX is a long awaited lens but does it really live up to the high expectations ? Well, partially.

Posted by covey22 at 12:38 AM

June 5, 2007

Nikon and Canon: Neighbors at Last

Is imitation the sincerest form of flattery? If so, Nikon must be succeeding, because Canon has just announced it's moving Corporate HQ from Lake Success down the road to Melville where Nikon is in residence.

Posted by covey22 at 5:09 PM

June 1, 2007

Nikon UK Cashback Offer on D40/D40X

Good news for our members in the UK; in celebration of Nikon's 90th Anniversary, buyers of select D40 and D40X digital SLR kits will get up to 90 GBP back in cash for purchases made between now and 31-August-2007.

UK customers will get 60 GBP and Ireland buyers will get 90 GBP on the following kit types:

*D40x Kit (with AF-S DX 18-55mm II)
*D40x Twin Kit (with AF-S DX 18-55mm II and AF-S DX 55-200mm)
*D40 Kit (with AF-S DX 18-55mm II)
*D40 Twin Kit (with AF-S DX 18-55mm II and AF-S DX 55-200mm)

Posted by covey22 at 11:16 PM

May 30, 2007

SilverFast 6.5.0r6 With Auto IT8 Calibration

For our members using SilverFast scanning software, version 6.5.0r6 now features Auto IT8 calibration without having to prescan or even accurately align the paper target.

Posted by covey22 at 5:02 PM

Camera RAW 4.1 Delayed

Adobe has delayed releasing Camera RAW 4.1 until Friday 01-June-2007. The update will feature additional support for newer DSLRs such as the Fujifilm S5 Pro, the Nikon D40X as well as improvements to sharpening and noise reduction tools.

Posted by covey22 at 12:20 AM

Coolpix Concept Provides 360 View

An entry in the Photography Press site shows off a very neat Coolpix conceptual camera that allows you to rotate the body to take full 360-degree photographs rather than rotating the camera on a specialized tripod head.

Posted by covey22 at 12:14 AM

May 17, 2007

Ilford on the Future of Film

Ilford's Director of Marketing, Howard Hopwood, is bullish on the future of emulsions in photography.

Posted by covey22 at 10:26 PM

May 16, 2007

Phase One and Microsoft combine workflow skills

Phase One has joined forces with Microsoft, offering Capture One PRO and iView MediaPro 3 together for only $499 (US), as a powerful digital image capture and workflow combination. If you haven't heard the news yet, Microsoft acquired iView Multimedia in June 2006 and is developing the cross-platform cataloging tool into a next-generation product named Microsoft Expression Media.

Digital imaging workflow techniques have always been a matter of personal preference mixed with each individual photographer's needs and budget.
Software experts in the field recognize the obvious: "You can't please everybody all the time, but you can sure try."
This move by Phase One and Microsoft reflects an understanding of the personal preference factor.
Rather than boast that each, individually, is the "one-package" that fits all needs, the two have combined forces to provide an attractive package worthy of serious consideration.
Our friends at Phase One have provided an informative podcast explaining the workflow solution.
They also provide valuable additional information, including the insights of British fashion photographer Drew Gardner, who has experience with this combination.

Posted by flashdeadline at 4:07 PM

May 15, 2007

Hoya and Pentax Continue Negotiations

Hoya has decided to continue talks with Pentax through the end of May in an attempt to salvage the earlier merger offer announced in 1Q07.

Should the talks fall through once more, Hoya is preparing to carry out a takeover bid in June. Through a clause negotiated previously, Pentax is also beholdened to honor a three month "healing period" through 31-August and must reject any competing bids offered by other companies during that time. Hoya will receive a USD25MM penalty fee for any violation of the agreement.

The negotiations have been complicated by the proposal of the majority shareholder in Pentax, HSBC Sparx, to restore two former company officers who were ousted after the inital merger talks with Hoya fell through. Pentax indicated the inital Hoya talks were conducted arbitrarily without board approval and re-appointment of the officers would add to further confusion as attempts to keep the merger on the table continued.

Posted by covey22 at 6:16 PM

Amazon Focuses on DPReview

Amazon has acquired Digital Photography Review (, the well-known review and forum site run by Phil Askey since 1998. The site will "continue to function as a stand-alone operation based in London."

The move marks a continuing trend in content consolidation as Amazon seeks to build or acquire sites that complement it's sales channels, especially in consumer electronics.

Posted by covey22 at 5:29 PM

May 14, 2007

Olympus Retail Location Opens in India

Japan's Olympus Imaging Company has opened it's first official retail store in New Delhi today, marking a departure from the use of reseller channels.

India has long been seen as a potentially lucrative market for digital camera sales; nearly 700,000 cameras were sold to date in the nation last year and with a booming economy, the growth potential is enormous.

The market has traditionally been dominated by Nikon, but Sony and Canon have made inroads recently. Olympus intends to open

Posted by covey22 at 5:09 PM

Upcoming Photo Contest Deadlines

Photo District News Online has a summary page with the deadline dates for many major photography contests and events, such as the Eddie Adams Workshop, The Eugene Smith Foundation Grant, PDN/Nikon Self-Promotion and more.

Posted by covey22 at 4:58 PM

Nikon Reports Record Profit at Quarter End

Nikon announced last week that it had nearly doubled their profits at the end of this year's quarter and well ahead of projected earnings, thanks to robust sales in digital SLRs and lenses.

Posted by covey22 at 3:58 PM

Sigma 2nd Annual Photo Contest

Sigma Photo of America announces the launch of the 2nd Annual Photo Contest. This year's theme is called "Perfect World."

Entries must be submitted by 30-June-2007 and must be taken by a film or digital camera using a Sigma lens. Prizes include a variety of Sigma hardware.

Posted by covey22 at 3:43 PM

May 9, 2007

One Hour Digital Camera Repair in Japan

Newsline International reports that two of Japan's popular photographic retailers are opening competing one-hour repair services of digital cameras.

BIC Camera is offering repairs in 60 minutes at one of their central Tokyo locations on any in-store designated brands, namely Nikon, Canon and Olympus. Free troubleshooting is also provided. Competing chain Yodobashi is also offering the service covering the same brands. Certain Fujifilm and Casio brand cameras may also be repaired, but at a four-day minimum.

Posted by covey22 at 4:53 PM

May 4, 2007

Lexar ExpressCard SSD

Lexar has rolled out a new expansion card based on the recently-announced Solid State Drive (SSD) memory technology. The Expresscard SSD will be a boon to mobile electronics users; it can be used as both a large scale memory cache and a portable storage device.

The ExpressCard's SSD-based "drive" is faster than most commercial storage devices to date, allowing read and write operations (like large photos) to be quickly retrieved, edited or saved at a much faster pace than using a traditional platter hard drive. An automatic backup program is included, to simplify using the product as a redundant storage unit. In addition, personal computers running Windows Vista can use the ExpressCard as additional RAM memory with the operating system's ReadyBoost feature. The card will be available in 4GB, 8GB and 16GB sizes.

Posted by covey22 at 4:06 PM

HP Files Suit Against Pelikan

Hewlett-Packard Corporation has filed a lawsuit against Swiss-based Pelikan Hardcopy, claiming patent infringement on print cartridge and ink formulation.

The legal action centers around Pelikan's creation and distribution of new print cartridges called H06 and H08. Details of the infringement lawsuit were filed in a court in Dusseldorf, Germany. HP has requested, among other things, a cease-and-desist order be placed against Pelikan.

Posted by covey22 at 3:57 PM

May 2, 2007

Samsung's 16GB NAND Flash

The capacity and performance bars were raised once more today by Samsung; with their announcement of mass-producing a sixteen (16) Gigabyte NAND flash chip. The icing on the cake? The chip's MLC (multi-level cell) design has doubled the read and write speeds over current technology. Expect to see this in the form of camera media cards soon.

Posted by covey22 at 4:17 PM

April 27, 2007

ILFOCHROME and ILFOCOLOR Receive NorthAm Distribution

Good news for our members who prefer Ilford Film - the popular ILFOCHROME and ILFOCOLOR emulsions are still in production. Ilford Imaging Switzerland GMBH is dispelling rumors that ILFOCHROME is now unavailable. They are also ensuring US and Canadian distribution through the recently minted agreement with WYNIT Inc. of North Syracuse, NY.

Posted by covey22 at 5:21 PM

SPAA Sports Photography Seminar Tour Kicks Off

For our members seeking to explore the exciting world of commercial sports photography or even learn new trade techniques; the Sports Photographers Association of America is kicking off their 2007 tour 25-Jun-2007 in Portland, Oregon USA.

The one day seminar will feature topics such as posed action shots, learning the basics of the business, logistics, distribution, sales strategies and more. Admission is USD95 and includes lunch. The tour will make the rounds at various Western and Mid-Western US locations.

Posted by covey22 at 5:09 PM

D40X is TIPA's Entry-Level DSLR of the Year

Congratulations are in order to Nikon on winning the TIPA award for best entry-level Digital SLR with the D40X.

Other notable winners include the Coolpix P5000 for Best Digital Compact camera, the Nikkor 55-200 DX VR for Best Entry-level Lens, and Apple's Aperture workflow program for Best Photo Software. Congratulations to all the winners!

Posted by covey22 at 1:15 AM

April 24, 2007

X-Rite's Picture Perfect Color Seminar Tour

Get your colors spot on with X-Rite's Picture Perfect Color Seminar Tour.

The full day instruction will walk you through integrating color management techniques into your post-processing workflow. The tour is supported by Adobe, Epson, Fujifilm and many other industry names. The 40-city tour starts 15-May in Boston, MA. Registration is USD299 and discounts are available.

Posted by covey22 at 6:44 PM

Digital Photo Workshops - At Your Drugstore?

Digital photo workshops everywhere - but at your local drugstore? CVS Pharmacy, a nationwide chain of convenience drugstores headquartered in tiny Rhode Island, is sponsoring Digital Sundays - a summer series of workshops running every Sunday through August of 2007, and designed to teach consumers everything from camera settings to printing options.

Posted by covey22 at 1:07 AM

Adobe Photoshop CS3 Ships

Eagerly awaited by many Intel Mac owners, the latest edition of Photoshop has finally shipped and is available for order. For our members still on the fence, check out the Macworld Review that gives it a thumbs-up with some minor nits about the interface.

Posted by covey22 at 12:59 AM

April 18, 2007

Sony Enters CompactFlash Market

Sony makes a late entrance to the CompactFlash market with two tiers of memory cards; a 66x set with 1GB to 4GB capacities and a professional set of 133x 2GB and 4GB cards backed by Sony's Image Recovery Service.

Posted by covey22 at 7:01 PM

April 17, 2007

Still Photography RIP?

In what could be one of the most provocative articles for this year, well-known photojournalist and industry pundit Dirck Halstead writes about the coming death of dedicated still photography at the hands of HD video cameras.

"First, most of the major camera manufacturers that are now associated with still photography will probably be out of business by 2016. Of the majors now selling cameras, I would put my money on only Canon to survive."

Posted by covey22 at 7:37 PM

PhotoWorld Dubai 2007

For our members near or in the Gulf States, PhotoWorld Dubai opens it's doors starting today through Thursday 19-April, with over 75 top vendors from 16 countries showcasing the latest in imaging technology.

Posted by covey22 at 7:17 PM

April 15, 2007

Flash Memory Vending Machines

They're everywhere - lines of automated machines selling sodas, chips, candy and sometimes even small meals, but flash memory? Memory maker Kingston Technology has partnered with UK retailer MyMemory Ltd to provision the first-ever Flash Memory vending machine at Gatwick Airport in London.

Posted by covey22 at 9:33 PM

April 13, 2007

Real Estate Digital Camera

Our colleagues at LetsGoDigital report on a dedicated real-estate digital camera; with a 22mm f2.0 lens and 90 degree FOV, internal memory of up to 400 shots and 640x480 resolution, it promises to be a "simple to use and download" solution for on the go realtors.

Posted by covey22 at 5:00 AM

April 11, 2007

Pentax and Hoya Call It Quits

Pentax and Hoya have stepped away from the table for now over the proposed merger, but a tendered offer may allow the deal to continue later on.

Posted by covey22 at 4:31 AM

March 29, 2007

R.I.P. Life Magazine

A title synonymous with the words "photo magazine" finally ends. Time-Life Publishing announced the end of Life Magazine, with the last print edition being available 20-April. Despite three other "near deaths" starting in 1972, this retirement appears to be permanent as another printed publication succumbs to the onslaught and popularity of online journals and news sources. The accumulated ten million images over the history of Life's print run will be made available, ironically, online.

Posted by covey22 at 6:34 PM

March 28, 2007

Think Tank Photo rotation360 Wins DIMA Award

Congratulations go out to our Corporate Partner, Think Tank Photo, for winning a 2007 DIMA Award for Innovative Digital Products with their rotation360 Backpack! This innovative rucksack with it's rotating beltpack has become very popular among photographers. Be sure to check out Nikonians member Steven Kennard's review of this fabulous product.

Posted by covey22 at 5:30 AM

Think Tank Photo Releases 23 New Bags

Our corporate partner Think Tank Photo has announced no less than 23 new bags in several series to meet the ever-changing needs of today's photographers.

Of particular note is the new Urban Disguise series that allows photographers to conceal their valuable equipment in bags that don't scream "Steal Me!" The new Digital Holsters actually expand downwards to accomodate lenses with hoods mounted forward - perfect for the quick-draw shooter. The Change Up belt bag system is a great addition for any photojournalists working in the field, and the new Airport International meets all major travel requirements including security features. There's even more innovative and stylish products, so be sure to check out the entire product line.

Posted by covey22 at 4:50 AM

Lowepro Announces New Bag Product Lines

Lowepro has been busy cooking up a variety of new camera bag product lines, including the Vertex series of professional backpacks, the Napoli family of pouches for compact digital cameras, and to celebrate their 40th Anniversary, an innovative Primus All-Weather backpack that claims to be composed of 51% recycled materials.

Posted by covey22 at 4:33 AM

Kodak Takes a Double-Whammy

Things have been headed downhill for the former Imaging giant. First Kodak gets de-listed from the well known S&P 100 Stock Index in favor of Kraft Foods, then the company voluntary removes itself from the National Council of the Better Business Bureau rather than run the indignity of being expelled. Details in the 29-March-2007 Newsline International page.

Posted by covey22 at 4:09 AM

March 21, 2007

Nikon Boosts Labor in Thailand Factory

A recent CNET blog cites a Merrill Lynch analyst stating Nikon has added 6,000 more workers at a factory in Thailand that produces Digital SLRs and lenses. Of significant interest were the type and quantity of photographic equipment that the plant generates in a month: 100,000 D80, 80,000 D40, 90,000 D40X and 230,000 lenses!

Posted by covey22 at 3:02 AM

March 20, 2007

UNDER THE BLUE Photography Competition announces their newest photography and videography contest, UNDER THE BLUE, with over USD20000 in prizes, travel and equipment.

The sponsors of last year's popular DEEP Indonesia and Our World Underwater competitions have teamed up with the 2007 SCUBA Show in San Diego. Winners of UNDER THE BLUE will be displayed online and during the show June 2nd to the 3rd in Long Beach, California. Categories include:

1. Majesty of the Oceans
2. The Macro World
3. Man & the Sea
4. California Underwater
5. Video

The deadline for image submission is 12-May-2007.

Posted by covey22 at 2:34 PM

March 14, 2007

CompactFlash Tech in Hard Drives

SanDisk is bringing the reliability of solid-state technology used in digital media cards to laptop hard drives.

Solid-state memory has been widely used in Compactflash, Secure Digital and other memory cards, and has proven it's reliability under a variety of environmental conditions. Unlike hard drive platters, Solid State Devices (SSD) have less moving parts promising six times more reliability than current drive technology. The new drive will be available in 2.5" format, and will be displayed at the CEBIT show in Hanover this month.

Posted by covey22 at 11:41 PM

March 12, 2007

D40X Goes Under with Fantasea Housing

Our colleagues from LetsGoDigital got a sneak peek at the new D40X underwater case from Fantasea. Product details were not available at press time, but it's sure to be just as popular as the camera it's intended to house.

Posted by covey22 at 5:27 AM

March 9, 2007

Adobe Offers Dual Versions of CS3

Adobe has widened the role of CS3, offering an Expanded Version suitable for digital imaging, but integrates 3D and motion graphics, as well as image measurement and analysis. Both CS3 versions are expected to be released on 27-March, during the program's formal launch.

Posted by covey22 at 4:04 AM

March 8, 2007

Tamron Joins The Image-Stabilization Club


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Tamron has joined Canon, Nikon and Sigma in the image-stabilization club with the release of the 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR DI VC Aspherical zoom lens.

The new full-frame superzoom incorporates VC, or Vibration Compensation mechanism, enabling the photographer to handhold at lower shutter speeds without the benefit of tripods or monopods. The macro function allows a close-focusing 19.3 inches with a 1:3 reproduction ratio; all housed within a very compact 4 inch, 19 ounce package.

Also announced was a new SP AF70-200mm F/2.8 Di LD Macro zoom made of engineering plastics materials which makes the zoom very light at under 40 ounces. With a removable tripod ring mount, a one-touch AF/MF button (for Nikon and Canon only) and three LD elements, this new telephoto is sure to be a popular addition to the Tamron lens family.

Posted by covey22 at 5:43 PM

Sigma Unveils a Monstrous Lens


Sigma unveils at PMA one of the largest zooms in recent history - a gigantic 200-500mm f2.8 that easily displaces the so-called "Bigma" or the 50-500mm f4-6.3 for the bulkiest lens in their line-up.

Posted by covey22 at 4:45 PM

March 6, 2007

Nikon View Pro Cancelled

In a simple press release, Nikon announced the death of the the View Pro software; the successor to the free Nikon View/Editor that came bundled with many Coolpix and Digital SLR cameras.

The promised software never had the chance to come to fruition. First announced on 16-February of 2006, Nikon View Pro drew mixed reactions, many shutterbugs were unconvinced of the quality of a pay-for-play image browser, especially given the manufacturer's rocky track record with Capture 4.x at the time. As taken directly from the release:

We decided to suspend the release based on our judgment that the new software's performance would not be optimal for the new environment. We are currently developing a new generation of image management and browsing software for download from our website, and plan to begin offering this before the end of 2007.

Join the discussion on this issue at Nikonians.

Posted by covey22 at 6:53 PM

Nikon D40X and Nikkor 55-200 DX AFS VR

Nikon surprised the community by rolling out an update to the popular D40 entry-level digital SLR at PMA 2007. Updated with a 10MP sensor and a few other features, the D40X appears to be a refresh move to bring the hot-selling camera into parity with it's larger resolution competitors. Accompanying the new camera was yet another hardware refresh - the much anticipated 55-200mm DX AFS lens with Vibration Reduction.

While D3 fans may be disappointed by the development, the move by Nikon to update the easy-to-use D40 to an X model makes a lot of marketing and engineering sense. The original D40, while immensely popular, was seen by many consumers on the fence as a bit outdated due to it's 6MP CCD sensor. While the D40's performance was a showcase of how to maximize image quality, it was clearly not enough to overcome consumer perceptions. Enter the D40X, sharing the same 10MP CCD that is found in the D200 and the D80. Other improvements include a higher frame rate and a longer life battery.

The 55-200 VR was not as much of a suprise. Eagle-eyed Nikonians were quick to pick up on the existence of the lens when it was accidentally revealed in Nikon's own marketing videos touting the features of the original D40. The new lens is not signficantly different in size or heft from the original telephoto zoom. But with VR Generation II, shutterbugs will appreciate the potential four-stop difference in performance.

Be sure to get more details from our colleagues at LetsGoDigital and the insider perspective from Nikonians Chief Editor Tom Bone.

Posted by covey22 at 5:15 AM

PMA Pre-Show Announcements: 05-March-2007

The pre-show announcements continue to roll in - we're seeing Olympus refreshing their DSLR line including a much long-awaited successor to the E-1, and Vituri rolls out a wide variety of colorfully designed camera bags for the fashion-conscious shutterbug.

Posted by covey22 at 1:10 AM

March 1, 2007

PMA Pre-Show Announcements: 01-March-2007

PMA updates are starting to pour in; the pre-show frenzy is underway. For today's roundup - Corel and Lexar continue their bundling of PSP 10 Pro and Snapfire, Quantum announces a very portable softbox and XRite's latest i1 calibration device features an ambient light sensor.

Corel and Lexar are extending their offer of bundling a full version Paint Shop Pro 10 with select Professional media cards, and select Professional II cards will come with a full version of Snapfire Plus Standard Edition.


Looking for a very portable Softbox for your Quantum flash? The QF69 will fit your Quantum Q4d, 5d and 5d-R flashguns and thanks to it's near 180-degree coverage, it's a perfect diffuser match for wide-angle lenses.


X-Rite announces a new line of calibration devices called i1Display. The i1Display LT features a removable ambient light sensor and the i1Display2 has all the features of the LT plus the ability to color-match across groups of monitors.

Posted by covey22 at 7:52 PM

February 20, 2007

Lexar Launches 300x UDMA CompactFlash Line

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Lexar has launched two significant product releases today; a new line of 300x UDMA Compactflash cards and two new professional grade card readers that accept UDMA cards as well as SDHC media.

The new Ultra Direct Memory Access compactflash line promises a stunning 300x or 45MB per second capability, outshining the current 133x line by approximately 125 percent, when used with a UDMA-capable camera or device. The cards will be available in 2GB, 4GB and 8GB capacities.

Complementing the cards will be a new Firewire 800 UDMA stackable CF reader and a new USB2.0 dual-slot reader that can accept both UDMA compactflash and Secure Digital High Capacity cards; the latter can read both cards simulataneously. Both readers are backwards-compatible with previously released Lexar cards.

Posted by covey22 at 5:17 PM

February 8, 2007

Fantasea unveils new underwater housing for Coolpix S-9

FS9.jpg Nikon Coolpix S9 owners with an urge to take their camera diving or snorkeling will want to check out the new Fantasea Line FS-9.

According to the Fantasea Press Release (available here):

The FS-9 housing is included in Fantasea's new generation of fully functional Coolpix housings which enables the underwater photographer to access all essential control functions.

This housing is ideal for outdoor and underwater photographers who enjoy the camera's automatic exposure features for capturing fast action pictures easily and creatively. The Fantasea FS-9 housing provides the most compact design for easy handling and accurate access to camera functions through the critical placement of push-button controls.

Underwater photographers can dive or snorkel and capture all the excitement of this fascinating world, while outdoor photographers also have the option of capturing the action of such activities as white water and paddle sports, sailing and boating, surfing, fishing, hunting, backpacking and camping. The Fantasea FS-9 housing protects the Coolpix camera from water, sand, dust, and other damaging elements.

The FS-9 housing provides a built in Flash Diffuser and an anti-glare hood over the LCD screen.

Posted by flashdeadline at 9:28 AM

January 29, 2007

Adobe Lightroom Beta tests are done

Our friends at the Imaging Resource have full details on the mid-February launch of of Adobe Lightroom. Imaging Resource Newsletter editor Mike Pasini provides beta testing background information and answers to the most frequently asked questions with his article: Adobe Lightroom 1.0 to Make Its Debut

With all the buzz and movement behind Adobe's latest product, Photoshop users shouldn't feel left out in the cold. Camera Raw 3.7 for Photoshop CS2 is scheduled to be released simulataneously with Lightroom, which will allow cross-file editing and sharing of images between the two programs.

Posted by flashdeadline at 2:26 PM

January 19, 2007

Nikonians Corporate Partner earns Hot One Award

Congratulations to Nikonians Corporate Partner Think Tank Photo and their rotation360° rotating camera backpack for earning the Professional Photographer magazine 2007 Hot One Award as the industry's best new camera bag for professional application.

Here's the scoop via Think Tank's Press Release:

SANTA ROSA, CALIF -- Think Tank Photo's breakthrough rotating camera backpack, the rotation360°, was today awarded Professional Photographer's "Hot One Award" as the industry's best new camera bag for professional application.

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 it off or swivel the entire backpack.

For the 2007 Hot One Awards, a team of 15 judges -- all of whom are practicing professional photographers -- were asked to vote only on categories that fit within their areas of expertise. By conducting the judging in this manner, Professional Photographer was able to provide a premium level of expertise for the judging of each category.

"The 2007 Hot One Award winners represent an interesting combination of advanced technology and superior usability," said Jeff Kent, Hot One Editor, Professional Photographer magazine.

"Looking over the winning products, we noticed a concerted effort by manufacturers to create high-tech, high-quality items that have the working habits of contemporary professional photographers in mind. Our team of judges chose this year's crop of winners based on quality, usability, innovation and, in many cases, value for price. These judges are all working professional photographers, and their endorsement of these products indicates that the items work not only on the conceptual level, but on the practical level as well. The 2007 Hot One Award winners can be proud to call themselves the best the business has to offer."

"We're honored that Professional Photographer magazine chose to name the rotation360° the best new product in the camera bag category," said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo founder and lead designer.

"Our business is based on listening to the needs of professional and serious photographers and creating innovative gear that serve their needs. The rotation360° 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."

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.

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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 3:49 PM

January 15, 2007

Letsgomobile is Launched


Imaging Network launches the multilingual, informative and interactive mobile phone Web site; LetsGoMobile ( After several successful years with the multilingual digital photography Web site LetsGoDigital, Imaging Network has decided to broaden its expertise by launching LetsGoMobile. The new mobile imaging Web site is available in four different languages; English, German, Dutch and Turkish.

Targeting the mobile consumer, LetsGoMobile aims to be a user friendly and easy to browse web magazine with numerous customized and interactive possibilities enabling visitors to globally share consumer product experiences. Visitors are able to customize the frontpage and compare their favourite cellphones. Users are also able to rate products and news articles, and are allowed placing comments on several sections of the Web site.

"Cell phones produced nowadays often feature a built-in camera. These mobile imaging developments narrowed the difference between a digital camera and a cellular. This is how we hit upon an idea of developing the mobile imaging Web site LetsGoMobile, a sister of our digital photography Web site LetsGoDigital. In many countries around the globe cell phones are daily business. We will provide our visitors with the latest industry developments, in order to help them making the right purchase decisions," stated Mark Peters, director of LetsGoMobile.

During the upcoming weeks the LetsGoMobile team will further enhance the Web site with extra interactive features and new functionalities such as an advanced cellphone adviser and image gallery. In the mean time our editorial staff will keep you updated with the latest news and reviews.

"With a dedicated team we have been working night and day developing and forming LetsGoMobile. By bounding the expertise of everyone we believe to have produced a Web site that can be helpful to every mobile consumer. Our goal is to make LetsGoMobile a community where every user can share his thoughts and photos," added Ilse Jurrien, coordinator of LetsGoMobile.


LetsGoMobile has become reality with the help of several sponsors and partners. Sponsors of LetsGoMobile include TRUE, hosting and colocation service provider, and OneStat, statistic provider. Partnerships with price comparison Web sites as Pricerunner and make it possible to provide LetsGoMobile visitors with the latest price information of handsets and flash memory.

For further information about LetsGoMobile please visit:

Posted by covey22 at 4:42 PM

January 10, 2007

NAPP Launches Darkroom Magazine

The National Association of Photoshop Professionals has launched Darkroom Magazine, a periodical dedicated to advancing the use of Adobe's Lightroom workflow software. The magazine will be distributed alongside the veteran Photoshop User publication, which is free to NAPP paid subscribtion members.

Posted by covey22 at 12:02 AM

January 8, 2007

PMA Gets Boost in Conflict with Smartmoney

In a recent press release, the Photo Marketing Association acknowledged an article by the Daily Business Review as supporting the industry group's stance against Smartmoney magazine regarding the copying of school photographs.

The conflict began in mid-November of 2006, with Smartmoney associate editor Stacie Bradford suggesting, as a money-saving tip, that parents purchase the cheapest school portrait package for their children and scan copies to distribute to friends and family. The Daily Business Review, a South Florida information and communication source for lawyers and business professionals, stood behind PMA's initial reading that Smartmoney's advice clearly violates US Copyright Law. PMA requested that the popular money-management magazine publish a clarification to it's readers. Smartmoney has refused to provide any corrections or clarifications.

Posted by covey22 at 10:59 PM

December 21, 2006

Hoya and Pentax Merger Announced

Hoya has announced the merger of Pentax into a new corporation to be called Hoya Pentax HD Corporation. Good news for shutterbugs - Pentax's imaging division will live on to contine providing high quality cameras and lenses. The announcement details can be found here. (Adobe Acrobat Reader required).

Posted by covey22 at 4:26 PM

December 19, 2006

RIP Bruce Fraser

Noted photography and post-process author Bruce Fraser lost his battle with lung cancer over the weekend. Bruce was known for his books on Photoshop use, Camera RAW optimization and color management techniques among many other accomplishments.

Posted by covey22 at 12:52 AM

December 15, 2006

Sneak Peek: Fantasea ready to unveil D80 underwater housing


The Fantasea Line underwater photography camera housing inventory will soon include the FD-80 for the Nikon D80.

Our thanks to Howard at Fantasea, who provided a shot taken recently during testing of the housing in the Red Sea.
You'll notice that the diver is also equipped with the Fantasea FSB 800 external flash housing custom designed for for the Nikon SB-800 Speedlight.
Howard tells us that complete specifications and details on the FD-80 will be released when the housing becomes available sometime in January next year. The projected price should be $1099 with Lens Port included and one year Flood Insurance which will replace the camera if the housing is flooded.
If you check the Fantasea site, look in the lower left corner of the home page for a video of the FD-80 in use.
Fantasea Line is a subsidiary of H.R. Fantasea Photo & Marketing Ltd, an international company whose principles have been involved in the diving and water sports industry for over 30 years.
They also produce a full range of DSLR housings and Nikon Coolpix housings.

Posted by flashdeadline at 8:50 AM

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."
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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

October 27, 2006

Quantum Introduces QNexus Flash System



PhotoPlus Expo 2006 Quantum Instruments Inc., of Hauppauge, New York, is introducing three major new products, as well as numerous new accessories and upgrades. This marks the largest one-time line expansion in the company's history and reinforces its role as an essential supplier of professional photographic instruments:

NEW QNexus When mounted to Quantum's new-generation Qflash 5d-R flash units, this ingenious receiver/decoder "reads" wireless TTL signals directly from Canon and Nikon shoe mount master flashes. It integrates multiple high-power Qflash 5d-R's into Canon or Nikon wireless TTL systems where they act as dedicated, full-function remotes controlled totally from the camera's flash menu. Qnexus supports all Canon and Nikon wireless flash functions including Manual, Automatic, TTL and TTL-Ratio.

A Qnexus equipped Qflash 5d-R produces 150 to 400 watt-seconds of beautiful studio-quality lighting (models QFT5d-R and QFX5d-R respectively). Qnexus greatly expands creative options for portrait and event photography. For example, photographers can make a great portable portrait set-up by using a Qflash in a softbox or with an umbrella, as the main light source, and use their Canon or Nikon flash for fill. Or, for those tricky, large group photos, they can use any combination of Qflashes with camera manufacturer's flashes as remotes, all controlled by a Nikon or Canon wireless controller. Qnexus/Qflash adds both power and versatility to the system.

Qnexus features a multi-function LED that indicates it is programmed for either Nikon or Canon wireless flash commands. Qnexus also indicates when the unit receives a command from the on-camera master flash or controller. A channel dial corresponds to the channel settings for Nikon or Canon systems. In addition, "Group" settings can be utilized to control multiple Qflashes with TTL ratios, or combine them in one group for extraordinary wireless flash power.

NEW Qflash 5d-R Qflash 5d-R ("d" for digital and "R" for Ratio)- is the latest evolution in Quantum's proven Qflash portable flash line. The new 5d-R series used with Quantum's FreeXwire digital radio system, now support wireless control of all dedicated camera-flash functions Manual, TTL, Auto, Auto-fill and TTL Ratio up to 500 ft. away!

Qflash 5d-R units blend seamlessly with Canon, Nikon and other popular, professional, digital camera systems using Quantum's proprietary QTTL adapters. In some situations, Qflash even provides capabilities a camera system may not support- such as wireless remote Fill-Flash. Exposure ratios for local and remote Qflashes can also be set from an on-camera Qflash 5d-R, even if the camera system does not support TTL-Ratio.

Combined, the Qflash 5d-R and FreeXwire systems open up an exciting new world of wireless- creative freedom, where even the most complex lighting set-ups can be accomplished quickly, easily and reliably.

The new 5d-R series includes two models: the Qflash T5d-R powered by Quantum Turbo-series batteries, and the Qflash X5d-R powered by Quantum's Qpaq-X battery system. The T5d-R provides up to 150 watt-seconds of beautiful, studio quality lighting (vs. 50 watt-seconds for shoe mount flashes) while the X5d-R units deliver up to 400 watt-seconds each.

NEW Turbo Compact Slim A new, ultra-lightweight, ultra-slim, ultra-compact addition to Quantum's popular Turbo battery line. The new Turbo SC ("S" for Slim and "C" for Compact) provides typical all-day flash shooting capacity like the standard Turbo, yet weighs less than a pound and fits easily in a shirt pocket! "It's so small, light and easy-to-carry"...said one photographer who tried it..."that I completely forgot it was there!"

State-of-the-art NiMH batteries power the Turbo SC for lightning-fast recycling times and high capacity. Despite its mini proportions, it provides up to 225 full-power flashes with Quantum's Qflash units, or 400 shoe mount flashes, on a single 1.5-hour charge. And, like all Quantum batteries, the new Turbo SC features a computerized "fuel gauge" that clearly displays the amount of power remaining and monitors charging progress.

The Turbo SC is compatible with all Quantum "C" and "CC-Series" flash cables. It includes a removable belt clip and a 100 to 200 volt charger. When the unit is registered, Quantum will send the customer a free leather shoulder strap.

Quantum Instruments, Inc. is dedicated to providing photographers with the finest quality products, proudly designed and manufactured in the USA. For more information visit or call 631-656-7400.

Posted by covey22 at 1:23 AM

October 17, 2006

Nikon Establishes Australian Subsidiary

Our members Down Under will now have access to a direct subsidiary of Nikon locally. Nikon has announced the establishment of NIKON AUSTRALIA PTY LTD as an official sales and service channel provider with offices in Lidcombe, a suburb of Sydney. It's unclear at this time what the status of the relationship is with Maxwell Optical Industries Pty Ltd, the longtime presence of Nikon on the continent since 1959.

Posted by covey22 at 5:59 PM

October 13, 2006

NGS Wins Latest Round in Copyright Battle

PDN Online reports that NGS has won the latest round in the copyright battle that started in the late 1990s when the magazine published previously used images on a CD-ROM without paying re-use fees to the photographers. The latest ruling centered around the photographers' contracts which could have contained language that covered such use, but the judge in the proceedings found the content "ambiguous."

Posted by covey22 at 1:25 AM

October 11, 2006

Sony A100 vs. D80

Have you wondered how the Sony A100 would match up against the Nikon D80?
The Hardwarezone has recently posted their comparison.

Posted by flashdeadline at 6:25 PM

October 7, 2006

What Happens When Nikon Hands Out D80s?

When the recipients are prolific and talented photographers who happen to be on Flickr, one of the largest social-networking photo sites, well, you get a collection of really outstanding examples of what can be done with a fertile, creative vision and a Nikon camera. Kudos to Nikon for a bit of very innovative guerrilla marketing!

Posted by covey22 at 1:05 AM

Claus Brandt FotoCampus Goes Live

Our very own award-winning Claus Brandt inaugurated his FotoCampus website at Photokina 2006. Featuring instructional courses for all levels as well as his breath-taking photo tours in Europe and Africa, you'll find a great wealth of knowledge to be had. And don't forget to participate in the Mascot Naming Contest - winners receive a coupon worth 150 Euros good towards any of FotoCampus' services.

Posted by covey22 at 12:51 AM

September 26, 2006

Photokina Day One Updates

As we noted earlier, updates have been coming in fast and furious from the show floor. It would seem some vendors have been waiting for Day One to reveal some of their best stuff. While not a comprehensive report, here's what's been seen to date, courtesy of our colleagues at LetsGoDigital and Imaging-Resource.

Sigma has been saving up a lot of buzz energy for today - the SD14 Digital SLR specs were finally revealed and the good news is the camera is no longer a RAW only device - there's three JPEG recording modes. The 14MP Foveon X3 sensor should put the company back in the playing field. The new sensor also makes an appearance in the Sigma DP1 digital compact camera, featuring a 16.6mm/f4 fixed lens which gives a 28mm field-of-view. On the lens front, Sigma updated several lenses to the Four-Thirds family mount - the 18-50mm f2.8 DC lens with macro, the 24mm/f1.8 EX DG wide angle also with macro (7.1" at 1:2.7), the APO 135-400mm/f4.5-5.6 telephoto zoom and the supertele APO 300-800mm/f5.6 EX DG HSM lens. But the kicker came last - Sigma's second Optical Stabilization (OS) lens: The 18-200mm/f3.5-6.3 DC OS appears to be a direct competitor to the Nikkor 18-200 VR!

On the storage front, SanDisk updates their Extreme III family to a whopping 16GB CompactFlash card, and Pretec responds with their 80x version. SanDisk also made inroads in the Secure Digital segment with their new 4GB SDHC (High Capacity) card rated at Ultra II speeds. Epson updates their image tank/viewer line with the 40GB P3000 and the 80GB P5000, both have an enormous 4.0" LCD and fast USB 2.0 connectivity.

Finally, if you can't make the show, then enjoy some of the sights of the event from ground level with Imaging-Resource's roving reporter Mike Pasini.

Posted by covey22 at 3:12 PM

September 25, 2006

Photokina 2006 Updates T Minus 1

With one day to go before the official opening of Photokina 2006, a last burst of announcements has hit the streets.

First off - the big news that many of our members have been waiting for - the Fujifilm S5 Pro Digital SLR has been announced. While not a complete product offering, the fact that it's in the queue has relieved much anxiety over the S3 Pro's successor.

Olympus took the covers off their E-1P prototype DSLR as well, but fans here will have to wait as this too was a product development announcement.

Canon has jumped on the "me-too" image tank bandwagon with the M30/80 series portable photo storage. Featuring a 3.7" TFT wide-angle viewing screen, CF/SD slots and kudos to the manufacturer - the ability to share BP-511 batteries with the Digital Rebel and EOSD series cameras.

In software news, Bibble 4.9 is released, with the much requested cloning/healing tool and Nikon D80 RAW support. Light Crafts Inc. updates LightZone to version 2.0 in beta format. Our friends at Nik Software have bundled all three of their popular programs; Color Efex 2.0 (Complete Edition), Sharpener Pro 2.0 and Dfine 1.0 into the Nik Professional Suite. And just hot off the presses, DxO Labs announced the immediate availability of DxO Optics Version 4 for the PC.

On the business front, it appears Leica is making moves into the medium and large format segment with it's majority share purchase into Jenoptik's Sinar division - known for it's manufacture of digital backs. No immediate plans were announced other than "This is a first step on the strategic path towards growing the business of Leica Camera AG," said the firm.

And the strange-but-true: Olympus reveals a digital camera body made entirely of cypress wood to showcase it's advances in molding technology. While stylish and unique, one would have to wonder how sturdy such an item would be. The good news - it would float on water...

Posted by covey22 at 4:29 PM

Adobe Posts PhotoShop Lightroom Beta 4

Adobe has posted the latest updates to their workflow program and given it what appears to be the official moniker - Photoshop Lightroom. The download requires registration and there's a fair amount of release note information.

Posted by covey22 at 3:16 PM

September 22, 2006

Seitz Produces 300MB Scan Back for Panoramas

Seitz Phototechnik AG will be showing three new products at Photokina 2006: a 300MB D3 Scan Back that claims to be 100x faster than the competition, and two cameras; a 6x17 Digital and the Roundshot D3 Panoramic. The makers claim the D3 will revolutionize digital panoramic captures, with speeds of one second for a 160-million pixel 6x17 and two seconds for a 470-million pixel 360 pan.

Posted by covey22 at 4:10 PM

September 21, 2006

Lensbabies adds Macro and Wide accessories

Lensbabies announced today the launch of two new Lensbaby branded accessory lenses.
The two additions are a Lensbaby Wide Angle/Macro Conversion Lens and a Lensbaby Wide Angle/Telephoto Lens kit.

Details on the new lenses are provided in the following press release:

Most notable about the new wide angle accessory lens is that it is optimized for use with the Lensbaby - no other wide angle accessory on the market preserves the size of the sweet spot of focus the way the Lensbaby wide angle lens does. When a photographer uses an industry standard wide angle conversion lens with a Lensbaby it shrinks the size of the Sweet Spot. The shrinking Sweet Spot makes it harder to shoot wide open at f/2.0 or f/2.8, because the Sweet Spot reduces to quite a small percentage of the photo. Our new Lensbaby wide angle conversion lenses solve the problem of the shrinking Sweet Spot.

Full product description:

The Lensbaby 0.6X Wide Angle/Macro Conversion Lens]

The Lensbaby 0.6X Wide Angle/Macro Conversion Lens includes a 0.6X attachment that converts the 50mm focal length of the Lensbaby lens to a wider angle 30mm, while keeping the Sweet Spot the same size as a Lensbaby photo taken without a wide angle conversion lens. This lens also has the bonus feature of allowing photographers to unscrew the rear lens element for use as a macro lens that focuses as close as 2" to 3" from their subjects. The rear element of the Lensbaby 0.6X. The Wide Angle/Macro Conversion Lens is comparable to using a Lensbaby with the +4 and the +10 lenses from the Lensbaby Macro Kit stacked together.

The 0.6X wide angle conversion lens weighs 2.1 ounces and measures 1.25" x 1.8" – with macro attached. The macro element weighs .6 ounces and measures 1.5" x .75". Both are 37mm threaded for ease of use.

The Lensbaby Wide Angle/Telephoto Kit

The new Lensbaby Wide Angle/Telephoto Accessory Lens kit includes the Lensbaby 0.6X Wide Angle Conversion Lens and the Lensbaby 1.6X Telephoto Conversion Lens. The Lensbaby 0.6X Wide Angle Conversion Lens changes the effective focal length to 30mm while keeping the Sweet Spot the same size as a Lensbaby photo taken without a wide angle conversion lens. The Lensbaby 1.6X Conversion Lens converts the Lensbaby to 80mm and slightly increases the size of the sweet spot of focus. Both conversion lenses simply screw onto the 37mm threads on the front of the user's Lensbaby lens.

The Lensbaby 0.6X Wide Angle Conversion Lens weighs 2.1 ounces and measures 1.25" x 1.8". The Lensbaby 1.6X Telephoto Conversion Lens weighs 1.9 ounces and measures 1.2" x 1.8".

Our friends at LetsGoDigital have photos posted in their Photokina Report

Lensbabies will be exhibiting in Hall 05.2, booth D028, at the 2006 Photokina in Cologne, Germany.

Our Nikonians Team will be nearby, in Hall 2.1, booth A 015.

Posted by flashdeadline at 4:18 PM

September 19, 2006

ASMP Seminars at Apple Stores

The American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) will host 18 well-known photographers' seminars at a variety of Apple Stores across the nation. An upcoming session in NYC's location will feature Jay Maisel.

At each session, the presenter will show slides and talk about portfolio marketing, assessing the needs of photo editors, and ways of succeeding in this challenging field. Admission is free and open to the public; space is on a first-come first-served basis.

Posted by covey22 at 7:45 PM

September 14, 2006

LetsGoDigital's Olympus E400 Preview

Continuing their pre-Photokina coverage, our colleagues at LetsGoDigital have had an opportunity to preview the latest arrival to the 10MP DSLR scene; the Olympus E400.

To get down to business: the Olympus E-400 is small, super small even, and combined with its weight of merely 380 grams for the housing, this ensures the new Olympus E-400 is the smallest and most light-weight digital SLR camera in the world.

The preview is also available in German, Dutch and Turkish.

Posted by covey22 at 3:08 PM

Nikon World Customer Info Exposed

Nikon has become the latest victim in the rash of customer exposure incidents plaguing the online world. Members in our forums first reported the incident when they received a notification letter from the company indicating that as a Nikon World magazine subscriber, "personal information...has been made available to unauthorized persons." An Associated Press article states that a link in a status e-mail to potential subscribers of the magazine led to pages of customer information, including addresses, telephone numbers, credit card numbers and expiration dates of current subscribers. The site was subsequently shut down and Nikon would only indicate a "small number of subscribers were affected." No details were provided on how the breach occurred. Customers who received a notification letter from Nikon should take steps to ensure their credit has not been accessed inappropriately by contacting the three major credit reporting bureaus as soon as possible.

Posted by covey22 at 2:41 PM

September 12, 2006

Olympus Expands Product Recall of Film Cameras

Olympus is adding two more models to it's previous recall notice for the same overheating and burn danger due to a faulty circuit affecting the built-in flash. In March of this year, Olympus announced a voluntary recall of the following models: the Infinity Twin, AF-1 Twin, Infinity Zoom 200 series, AZ 200 series, and Quantary Infinity Zoom 222 Olympus-brand 35mm film cameras. Added to this list are the Infinity Zoom 76 and the Promaster Infinity Twin models. The model names can be found on the face of the camera and were sold through major department, electronic/camera stores as well as mail-order retailers between January 1989 and December 1995. Affected consumers should contact Olympus at (800) 480-1247 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or go to for information on receiving a free repair or, if necessary, replacement.

Posted by covey22 at 5:41 PM

Fuji Photo Enters The Beauty Care Market

At first blush, the concept of a photo-industry giant entering the highly competitive beauty care market seems a bit outlandish. But Fuji Photo is claiming that during research for improving film quality, they discovered chemical technologies that could also be used in health care. Company president Shigetaka Komori cited "precision chemistry and precision process control" from years of creating high-quality emulsions that make the transition more relevant in terms of competitive advantage. Fuji Photo appears serious about the cross-over, having bought a 22 percent stake in a Tokyo pharmaceutics startup earlier this year. As for the company's new products, Fuji Photo will start selling skin care items under the brand name f-squared-i (f2i) and dietary supplements called f-cubed-i (f3i) via Internet and mail order at the end of September.

Posted by covey22 at 4:02 PM

September 9, 2006

International Internet Photo Community Incubates New IT Solutions Services Company


Putting people first - Internet-based online photography site takes lessons learned from in-house technology success to form custom software development outsourcing company.

The global business need for efficient, customized software development and supporting IT-services has found a home in the heart of Europe.

A new IT-outsourcing specialist called enprovia Software Engineering s.r.o. has emerged from the in-house needs of Nikonians - Worldwide Home for Nikon photographers.

The Nikonians site was faced with the challenge of responding to over a million daily hits from a base of more than 50,000 members in over 140 countries. New members wanted a reliable search engine that could provide quick access to frequently asked questions.

"We began with existing software," said Nikonians co-founder Bo Stahlbrandt, who founded Nikonians with his partner J. Ramon Palacios six years ago. "But the specialized nature of our community soon had us developi