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October 26, 2017

Any reason going manual focus?

20171026_084915_5.foss_skiff_mklass_110pxh.jpgIs there really any reason for going manual focus when our autofocus (AF) systems are just getting better and better?

Yes, maybe there is. In this weeks newsletter I am shortly looking into one good reason.

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I am writing this from a cottage up in Sweden, far away from the big cities, looking out over the meadows where the light conditions at this time of the year are often less than optimal for us landscape shooters. This is though the season when we are getting that great foliage, the superb, low hanging fog or mist and the rutting dear or elk suddenly appearing in front of our camera.

Light, being of outmost importance to all of us photographers and maybe letting us sleep a bit later right now, might be a very good reason to consider really good glass. Some of it comes in MF-only packaging, such as that produced by Zeiss. We have a short wrap-up on the new Milvus 25mm/f1.4 in our article section.

This is a new, completely redesigned wide-angle lens for all of us who love great optics and don't mind to carry a bit more weight to achieve crisp, excellent edge-to-edge results.

Zita (zkemeny) in our back office just told me that over 5,000 members have downloaded their complimentary eBook "Inspirational Photography #1" in the first three weeks - I hope you have yours.

I am wishing you a great upcoming weekend, with the right kind of light for your photography.
Bo (bgs)

The other items for this week are:


Foss Skiff by Mick Klass

Nikonians Platinum member Mick Klass (mklass) shares his work and background in this latest I Am Nikonians article.

Adobe has released Lightroom Classic CC. This is the former Lightroom running on your desktop with your regular files and folders based workflow whereas the new version is the cloud-only Lightroom CC, focused on a cloud-based workflow.

Comments on this by team member Eric Bowles (login required) and from Adobe

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Now easier to see if a forum discussion contains uploaded images. We are including thumbnails of the first seven images and show these in the topic overview. If you don't want to have thumbnails showing, disable this under your preferences "Show thumbnails in topics overview".

Nikonians Europe trip 2018 being planned. The trip will include shooting Alps locations, medieval towns, castles, wildlife plus a visit to the large, international imaging and photography exhibition Photokina in Cologne, Germany. If you are interested in joining, please do chime in and give us feedback at this early stage.

Your Nikonians gear profile has been extended with equipment such as the Nikon D850 and software packages such as the On1. If you are missing your favorite application, please let us know in the About Nikonians forum.

Our survey: If you've never had the chance to join our survey to help us improve, you might want to read this.

Sharing of images from our galleries now easier; just use the sharing buttons below the image.

Membership certificate: Remember to print it out and frame it. You'll find it under "My Profile" and "Membership" tab. Silver and higher.

Posted by bgs at 10:30 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

April 4, 2017

Two new Nikon DSLR's


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

Those "new" cameras PLUS contest updates, big filters advice and much more.......

1- Two new Nikon DSLR's
Nikon's 100th Anniversary Celebration (coming in July) is already spawning new cameras. They are not new exactly "new" models, but they are unique.
The company has announced Anniversary editions of their flagship FX-Format Nikon D5 and the DX line Nikon D500. Each feature exclusive centennial designs and come with a special set of commemorative accessories.

Both cameras offer:
• Metallic gray finish that expresses the camera's innovation and reliability with massive splendor
• 100th anniversary logo on a side of the camera's pentaprism portion
• Commemorative leather strap embossed with 100th anniversary logo*
• Body cap imprinted with 100th anniversary logo
• Metal case with a plate engraved with 100th anniversary logo and serial number

The Nikon D5 version also adds:
• Bottom of the camera is engraved with "NIKON - CONTRIBUTING TO MANNED SPACE FLIGHT SINCE 1971"
• Anniversary booklet to convey Nikon's contribution to the space projects

The Nikon Anniversary Product Page has details and information on other specials, including some real sweet glass.

Will you be buying one of these cameras or any of the Anniversary goodies? Join the discussion.  

2 - February Contest Congrats

Nikonians Contest Coordinator David Summers (dm1dave) has posted the results of the February contests. Congratulations to our winners! 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.

1. -- Wildlife - "Wildlife youngsters" theme winner Francine Dollinger (Francine) from Colorado, USA with her image titled Love You.
2. -- Landscape -  "Winter's Wonders" theme winner William McEwen (Wolfgang55) from Connecticut, USA with his image titled Diane's Pool.
3. -- Macro - "Spirals and Circles in the Natural World" theme winner Gerald Botkin (bayouboy66) from Louisiana, USA with his image titled Button Bush flower abstract.
4. -- Travel  - "The Waterfront" theme winner Darryl Hodson (skibreeze7) from Oregon, USA with his image titled Raiatea, French Polynesia.
5. -- Digital Artistry -  "Soft" theme winner Godofredo Baylon (GBaylon) from Ontario, Canada with his image titled Our little Ball of Fur.
6. -- Assignment  -  "You Decide" theme winner Geoff Baylis (GBaylis) from England, The United Kingdom with his image titled Braving the Storm.

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 (April) assignment is "Young."
Here is Rob's description:
Last month you all shot images of something "old". Well, it would follow then that this month, the assignment is to shoot something "young". Same types of issues, different subject.
There are no other restrictions except that your image(s) must be taken during the month of April 2017.

Speaking of contests:
The Best of Nikonians 2017 Segment 1 competition has already started and the theme is "Black and White."  Here are the details posted by Contest Coordinator David Summers (dm1dave).

3- Sneak Preview from JRP
The Best of Nikonians 2017 contest is not to be confused with the recent Nikonians Photography Awards 2017 we partnered with LensCulture. That one is done and we have advance scoop.

Nikonians founder J. Ramón Palacios (jrp) advises:
We will publish an article about this special contest, including the images of another 25 photographers from around the world, selected by the jury as finalists.
In the mean time you can have a complete preview here.

The LensCulture contest page tells us:
Our jury of experts had a difficult time settling on the winners and finalists given the outstanding level of submitted work.

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- Big lens = big filter headache
Gold member John A. Meiers (Dakotaboy) from North Dakota, USA is facing a serious sticker-shock solution for capturing broad dynamic range with wide angle lenses. There must be a cheaper way---right?

John asks:
Eventually would like to get a good quality wide angle full frame lens to fit my full frame Nikon DSLR. Some of the really good lenses come without filter rings. How does one take advantage of using graduated neutral density (GND) filters when there is no filter ring?

His first answer sounds great, except for the wallet busting aspects. Here's a small portion:
By the time you get the filter holder ($200), an adapter ring for other lenses (say, 77mm, although these days it might take both 77mm and 82mm), a set of grads, something like a Big Stopper and a CP, you'll be looking at approaching $1000 for the filter system.

Other members suggested the problem can be solved by using multiple exposures along the high dynamic range (HDR) principal married to solid post-production. Do you have less expensive solution? Let us know.

6-Will he dump her?
New member Heinz Augustin (heinzy) from British Columbia, Canada has had it. He's frustrated because she gave him 11 good months and now she's acting up. Does he dump her or seek a remedy for their relationship?
You guessed it, "she" is a camera.

This is a brief excerpt describing his Nikon D750 dilemma:
I was more than happy with her.

Then --bang-- out of the blue, she had a heart attack! Her shutter froze open for ~3-4 seconds at every release at any and all of many setting combinations. No 'ERR' messages.

"Did you try this and that; did you do the settings reset per menu; change lenses; batteries ; did you talk nicely to her and-- and -- and" ....yes I did it all...for hours. Yet...she stubbornly kept her shutter open. Checked the net: yes, a known NIKON D750 problem.

Nikon sent him some advice, and for a brief time he thought his problems were over. But, now he's wondering what "she" will do next.

Does he dump her? Does he keep her? Read the full story (including Nikon's advice) and feel free to counsel Heinz.

7- Illiterate reader stumps moderator
Moderating team member Gary Worrall (glxman) from South Australia not only excels in dispensing advice, he's also professional enough to seek it. See if you can help him with the "mystery of the nonreading reader."

Here's his story:
Got new XQD card and a new reader, will not read the old card shown,
My old Sony card reader reads the old card
I believe the new Sony card reader is "backwards compatible" but I'm not sure about that?
If it is, may be a better option for the future

Have you had a similar experience with "backwards compatible" readers? Share your solution.


8- Internet videos - How are you watching?
Gold member Don Burton (Bug) from Michigan, USA is trying to view streaming video, and his TV is "dumb."
He's been using a laptop to feed a nice large screen, but that option is not always available. What should he do?

Don tells us:
I'm using my laptop to view videos and my wife needs our laptop when she travels.

So, Is there another method for me to watch Internet videos on my dumb TV?

At Best Buy they suggested Apple TV or an Xbox. I would hope the suggestion is something that can use my wireless internet.  Thanks, Don

Suggestions so far include Roku and Chromecast, but one particular (and relatively inexpensive) alternative is gaining Don's interest. Check it out, and if you have a suggestion make sure to 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 10:32 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

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

February 12, 2015

California members, watch your inbox

California_125_SQ.jpgAttention Nikonians in California: Are you interested in increasing your lighting skills?

Be on the lookout for an email from us within the next few days.

jrp_100.jpgThe email will come directly from Nikonians co-founder J. Ram?n Palacios (jrp). He has been working on plans for a unique opportunity exclusive to Nikonians in California.

He has most of the details locked in, and you Golden State folks will be receiving a specially targeted email soon. The emails will be your gateway to a limited number of seats available at a special function designed to gather information about photography lighting products to be held later this month in the San Francisco area.

We're told this will be of interest to both amateur and professional photographers, and (the best part), those who are selected to participate are in line for financial compensation.

Sorry, but that?s all we can tell you for now. Just keep your eyes peeled on your inbox and you will be the first members invited to participate in this unique opportunity.

Posted by flashdeadline at 1:44 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

March 7, 2014

Berger Bros. Camera lands D4S

D4S-THU.jpgBrad Berger tells us the new Nikon D4S is now in stock at Berger Bros. Camera.

D4s_58_1.4_front34l.jpgYou can call to get yours on order, or if you are in the Long Island, New York, come in to the Berger Bros, Camera store for a look at this new Nikon flagship.

Brad cautions the supply is limited so you need to lock yours down with an order before they are all shipped out.

The Nikon D4s DSLR Camera features a full-frame, FX-format 16.2MP CMOS sensor and EXPEED 4 image processor to produce high-resolution still imagery and full HD 1080p movies with notable image detail, quality, and sensitivity.

The combination of these two technologies in Nikon's flagship DSLR affords exceptional image quality, marked by smooth tonal gradations and vivid, yet accurate, color reproduction as well as an expansive dynamic range.

Here is a link to store locations.

Phone contact information:
Berger Bros. Camera

Check the Berger Bros. Website for details.

Posted by flashdeadline at 5:56 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 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

September 19, 2013

Nikon 1 cameras gain underwater brother

Nikon-1-AW1_thu.jpgNikon has announced the Nikon 1 AW1, the world’s first waterproof and shockproof interchangeable lens camera. This version allows for underwater photograph by snorkeling and scuba enthusiasts.

The new camera is being released with two brand new 1 NIKKOR AW lenses for your underwater photography but for everyday use, the full line of regular 1 NIKKOR lenses are compatible.

Here are the highlights:
Nikon 1 AW1
• World’s first waterproof and shockproof interchangeable lens camera
• Waterproof (down to 49 feet), shockproof (up to 6.6 feet) and freezeproof (down to 14° F)
• Outdoor friendly features: built-in GPS, altimeter, depth gauge, compass, and underwater controls
• 14.2 MP CX-format CMOS sensor and EXPEED 3A image processing engine, Full 1080p HD Video
• Extremely fast Advanced Hybrid AF system (73-point array) and world’s fastest continuous shooting frame rate (15 fps with AF)
• Action Control for easy menu/setting navigation even with gloves on
• Several Creative Shooting Modes including: Easy Panorama, Creative Mode, Advanced Movie Mode, Slow Motion Movies, Best Moment Capture Mode, Smart Photo Selector, Slow View
• Wi-Fi connectivity is achievable when attached to the optional WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter
• Compatibility with new 1 NIKKOR AW lenses and expanding lineup of 1 NIKKOR lenses
• Available in October 2013 in black, silver and white.
• One-lens kit (w/ 11-27.5mm lens) will be available for $799.95 USD (SRP) and a Two-lens kit (w/11-27.5mm and 10mm lenses) will be available for $999.95 USD (SRP)

1 NIKKOR AW 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens
• Waterproof (down to 49 feet), shockproof (up to 6.6 feet) and freezeproof (down to 14° F)
• Lightweight durable lens with a 2.5x zoom
• Ideal for everyday use, portraits

1 NIKKOR AW 10mm f/2.8 Lens
• Waterproof (down to 49 feet), shockproof (up to 6.6 feet) and freezeproof (down to 14° F)
• Ultra-compact wide-angle fixed lens with a fast f/2.8 aperture
• Ideal for landscapes, or close-up action

Posted by flashdeadline at 8:02 PM

March 15, 2013

Papal announcement draws tuna

1200-1700_250.jpgThe Zoom-Nikkor 1200-1700mm f/5.6-8P IF-ED lens was put to good use when Roman Catholic cardinals selected their new Pope.

Our members in the Manual Focus Lenses forum are discussing the legendary Zoom-Nikkor 1200-1700mm f/5.6-8P IF-ED lens with links to images of this monster chunk of glass on the scene. At 888mm (just short of 3 feet long) and weighing 16 kilograms (35 pounds) it has earned the nickname "tuna."

If you are interested in the history behind this lens, check the Nikon Recollections page featuring comments by the two men who were responsible for its optical design and its mechanical design.

Posted by flashdeadline at 6:31 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

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

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 22, 2012

Nikon announces three new COOLPIX cameras

NIKON-LOGO_125.jpgEasy on the budget and heavy on features, Nikon’s latest COOLPIX cameras include Wi-Fi connectivity, long-reaching zooms with vibration reduction (VR) and touchscreen operation.
The three new cameras range in price from $179.95 USD to $499.95 USD (suggested retail) and one of them will be an interesting link for social networking enthusiasts familiar with the Android operating system.

According to Nikon's official Press Releases, the three new cameras will be available next month.

Here are the highlights from Nikon USA's Press room:

Nikon’s COOLPIX S800c combines Nikon’s imaging technologies with built in Wi-Fi and the Android Operating System to allow for easy shooting and sharing of photos and HD video through various social networks.

Complete with a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor, 10x NIKKOR zoom lens, Full HD video recording, GPS and easy access to Android Apps, Nikon’s new camera is the perfect camera for “connected” individuals.

Nikon’s new flagship COOLPIX camera, the COOLPIX P7700 offers an unparalleled feature set for its class in a compact body. Featuring a 12.2-megapixel sensor, 7.1x zoom f/2 NIKKOR ED glass lens, manual controls and Full 1080p HD capability.

For the active and stylish photographer who needs a convenient camera for every on-the-go moment, Nikon has introduced the COOLPIX S01, an ultra-mini point-and-shoot. Complete with quick touchscreen operation and several Easy Auto Modes, taking photos has never been so fun and stylish.

COOLPIX S800c Highlights
• Wi-Fi Connectivity
• Runs the Android™ Operating System, access to Android Apps
• Easy shooting, editing and sharing photos through social networks
• 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, EXPEED C2 image-processing
• 10x NIKKOR zoom lens with Vibration Reduction (VR)
• Full HD 1080p video and built in GPS technology
• Available in September 2012 in White and Black for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $349.95

COOLPIX P7700 Highlights
• 12.2-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor
• 7.1x zoom f/2 NIKKOR ED glass lens (28-200mm equivalent zoom range)
• Lens-Shift Vibration Reduction (VR)
• Full Manual Control (PSAM), 19 Scene Modes and Scene Auto Selector, RAW Shooting
• Full HD 1080p video capability
• Auto, Manual, AP, Custom movie modes
• Intelligent Autofocus and optical zoom
• 3-inch vari-angle LCD monitor (921,000-dot)
• Available in September 2012 in Black for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $499.95

COOLPIX S01 Highlights
• Ultra-mini pocket-sized camera (3.1 x 2.1 x 0.7 in., 3.4oz)
• Easy-to-use touchscreen operation system
• Easy Auto Mode, including six scene modes
• 3x wide-angle zoom NIKKOR lens and EXPEED C2 image-processing
• Built-in Xenon flash
• Available in September 2012 in Silver, White, Red and Pink for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $179.95

Posted by flashdeadline at 6:29 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 9, 2012

Nikon J2, 11-27mm CX Lens and WP-N1 Housing Announced

Nikon has announced an update to the popular J1 mirrorless camera - the Nikon J2. The latest arrival update the rear LCD screen to 921k dots resolution and adds a scene mode setting to the dial for making photos appear as panoramas, miniatures, soft color, backlighting and more. The new camera lists at USD549.99 starting cost with a kit lens.

A new CX kit lens was also announced - an 11-27mm f3.5-5.6 (MSRP USD190). Notably, this is without VR. The J2 will continue to be sold with the 10-30 and/or 30-110 kit options, with the latest addition sold separately.

Finally, an underwater housing, WP-N1, rated to 131m/430f, will accomodate either the J1 or J2 and the CX 10-30mm. The case lists for USD750 and is compatible with the Sea & Sea YS-D1 underwater flash.

Posted by covey22 at 3:17 PM

August 8, 2012

Firmware Update 1.2 for Nikon J1 and V1

Updated: Nikon USA links now available.

Nikon has released version 1.2 firmware for both the J1 and V1 mirrorless cameras. Improvements include a fix to the "low shutter speed" threshold in Still Image Mode, Auto White Balance enhancements, exposure fixes when using the optional SB-N5 Speedlight at certain ISO ranges and error messages encountered during interval shooting and power-on using the lens barrel switch.

Nikon Europe Links:
Nikon J1 Firmware 1.2
Nikon V1 Firmware 1.2

Nikon USA Links:
J1 Firmware 1.2
V1 Firmware 1.2

Posted by covey22 at 2:53 PM

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

June 23, 2012

Polarizing filter in digital photography

CPL filter.jpgAs have been said in article about filters in digital photography last week, polarizing filter is a must have accessory for every photographer. Firstly because it has got usage across all fields of photography and secondly because its effect is very difficult, if not impossible, to reproduce in Photoshop. 

So what is polarizing filter and what it does? I don't want to bore you with complicated physics of light and stuff, so simple explained, polarizing filter is a filter which allows only some rays of light from the spectrum through and the rest reflects out. At the same time, it regulate chaotic rays of light spectrum to much cleaner flow.  For example light reflected from shiny surfaces such as water, glass and metal is polarized and by using polarizing filter, this polarized light will not get through the filter. That is why you can get rid of some reflections using this filter. 

Usage of the polarizing filter

Polarizing filter has I think biggest usage across landscape photographers thanks to its ability to darken sky, increase contrast in clouds and eliminate reflection from foliage which gives you richer green color. But be aware, this only works if you shooting in certain position related to sun. Effect is at its best if you shooting in 90 degree angle from sun, any different angle will decrease the effect, but it is still usable, except if you shooting directly towards sun, or with sun behind your back, where the effect is equal to zero. 

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Polarizing filter in landscape photography - sun is coming from left side, position was not 90 degrees, but effect is still enhancing. Left - no filter, right - with filter

Polarizing filter is architectural photographer's best friend as well. Photographer will benefit not only from its ability to darken sky and make stand out clouds, but also from eliminating reflections. Using polarizing filter, photographer can control if he wants to have reflection of the building in water, same with windows on the building. For this it is very important to shoot with the polarizing filter, because unlike with dark sky, you won't be able to do this in Photoshop, unless you are a graphic designer and you will paint there a completely new building.

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Left - no polarizing filter used, building with its shiny surfaces makes reflections, right - those reflections eliminated by polarizing filter. 

Polarizing filter can be used in product, portrait or fashion photography as well. In fashion and portrait especially if you shoot outside, where your background can benefit from "landscape effects" of polarizing filter. If you'd like to shoot products, polarizing filter will help you to get rid of some nasty reflections and make picture cleaner.

bentley with CPL.jpg RR with CPL.jpg
Details of the cars shoot with circular polarizing filter to get rid of distracting reflections.

For Black and white shooters, circular polarizing filter will make good foundation to your later conversion from color RAW to black and white final picture. After conversion to B&W, pictures thank to polarizing filter has more dramatic, little bit infrared look, especially sky. If you like converting your pictures to black and white and you've never tried polarizing filter, it is about the time for you to start, it may takes you to another level.

Broadway tower CPL colour.jpg Broadway tower CPL BW.jpg
Image shot with polarizing filter is quite dramatic in color, but black and white conversion took it even further.

Polarizing filter and Photoshop

Some say you are not able to simulate effect of polarizing filter in Photoshop. I'd say it is not completely truth, because some effects you can simulate to certain extend. With clever plugin it is not even that difficult and time consuming. But it is fair to say it will never be as good as filter shot. See examples bellow.

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Left - image without any filter, center - left image with Photoshop simulated polarizing filter effect, right - image shot with actual polarizing filter. You can see the difference.

Although the effect above can be more or less simulated, you will not get rid of the reflections in Photoshop. At least not in easy and painless way.

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Here are pictures I've used at the top of the article, now I've tried simulate polarizing filter in Photoshop. As you can see, left picture was shot without polarizing filter and Photoshop polarizing filter has no effect at all, if you forget about darker sky. Right picture was shot with polarizing filter, again, no change with Photoshop polarizing effect.

What filter should I buy?

For this question there is a very simple answer, which is as well universal answer to all gear-related questions. Buy the best one your wallet, or wife lets you to buy. You get what you pay for, it is simple as that and there is no point to spent thousands on camera and lens and then ruin it with cheap filter. At the top of the game, there are B+W and Hoya, bit cheaper is Kenko, which is basically made by Hoya, but it comes in different pack. Always look for Multicoated filters, which will do the trick you want, but they won't mess with color balance. Also consider on which lens you will use the filter. If it'll be wide angle lens, you should look for the thin filters to avoid vignetting in the corners of the picture. Thin filters are in general more expensive, but if you have wide angle and tele-zoom with same diameter, you can use one thin filter on both lenses. Also if you'll combine filters, two thin filters are as thick as one thick filter, so consider that as well.

Next time ND filters.


Posted by pkuzmin at 12:35 PM

June 16, 2012

Filters in digital photography

Do you know what is most underrated and at the same time also overrated accessories? And what do photographers very often search for straight after they purchase a camera and lens? Well, that is probably tripod, but filters are following closely. But choose the right filter and more important, choose the filter you will actually need and use is not that easy.

There are just too many filters on the market now days, all of them do some good to your photography, but thanks to clever guys from Adobe you can simulate most of them in post process. Oh, I can hear that wave of disapproval right now, but don't get me wrong, you just don't really need to spend your cash on something you can fix in 5 seconds in Photoshop. So here's the list of all at least a bit important filters I can think of what you can screw or slide in front of your lens.

- UV filters
UV filters were used to reduce amount of ultraviolet light getting through and wasting your image with nasty haze in film photography. Sensors in digital cameras can deal with this without help from filter, so UV filters are used today as a lens protectors. It is still cheaper to replace filter than lens if something goes wrong, so I keep UV filter screwed on my lens all the time. If you have a good lens, buy the best UV filter you can get.

- Color graduated filters
Filters can be in any color to add impact to the images, mostly in landscape photography. Mostly used are tobacco, violet, olive. Thing is, your camera at Auto White Balance setting will probably cancel the filter out and also, this effect can be very easily done in Photoshop, so I wouldn't waste money on this. If you'd like dramatic sunset straight out of camera, you can play with white balance to achieve some different result.

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- ND (Neutral Density) filters, graduated ND filters
ND filter is simply grey glass and it's used to extend exposure time by not letting enough light to the camera. It has different grades (shades of grey) from light grey to very dark. Graduated ND filters are used in tricky light condition, where sky is very bright in comparison with foreground, so if you'd exposing without graduated ND filter you'd end up with either bleach out sky, or black foreground. ND and graduated ND filters are very useful to have, more about them in next chapters.

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"big stopper" 1000x ND filter

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graduated ND filter

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effect of graduated ND filter

- Polarizing filters
There are linear and circular polarizing filters, but you can forget about linear one, nobody uses it anymore. With help of physics, circular polarizing filter let just some rays of light from the spectrum into the lens and the others reflects out. Result is darker blue sky, nicer and richer clouds and more vibrant green. It also reduce reflection from shiny surfaces such as water, glass and metal. This filter is very difficult to reproduce in Photoshop, so it is must have piece of equipment. We'll find out more about polarizing filter in next chapters.

CPL filter.jpg
circular polarizing filter

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effect of circular polarizing filter

- Warming / cooling filters
It is obvious from the name what those filters do, so there is no point to write a novel about them. I'll just mention you can warm / cool your images until you get mad in your camera with white balance and if that's not enough, Photoshop offers endless sea of options. So it is also obvious you don't need to buy it.

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cooling filter

warming filter.jpg

- Special effect filters
I'd put filters such as soft focus, star creation and kaleidoscope filter into this category. I can't really think about more of them, firstly because their photography enhancing effect is lost to me and secondly because if somebody decides to ruin the picture by this effect, he can easily do it in Photoshop. Bellow is an example of soft focus.

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In next chapters we'll take out only the filters which we actually need to have in our bags to some outdoor fun to see what can be done with circular polarizing filter and ND filters and how our photography can benefit from them.

Posted by pkuzmin at 2:24 PM

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

Ilford Galerie Pro Limited Edition 40 Pack

As featured in our last newsletter, the Nikonians Pro Shop is now carrying the Ilford Galerie Professional Limited Edition 40 Pack. The TIPA-award winning package features ten (10) A4 size pages of fabulous stock including Lustre Duo and Gold Fibre Silk.

Posted by covey22 at 8:32 PM

Nikon D4 Digital SLR - The Nikonians Review

Nikonians Team Member Martin Turner takes the flagship D4 for a spin -

"...with an optical rating by DxO labs above almost every Hasselblad ever built, top ISO in excess of 200,000 and essentially noise-free at 25,600, this may well be the last camera you will ever need to buy."

Get the full review after the jump.

Posted by covey22 at 8:26 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

April 4, 2012

Profoto Light kit passes Hagen test with flying colors

profoto-port_110.jpgNikonians Academy director Mike Hagen recently proved the reliability of the Profoto D1 Studio Kit by taking it straight to an important shoot two hours after he unpacked it for the first time.

Mike’s adventure resulted in a successful series of images and a Profoto D1 Studio Kit Review, now available in our Resources at Nikonians® pages

Profoto_lt_220.jpg The hands-on review shows the flexibility of the Profoto D1 Studio Kit when handled under some challenging conditions.

The background for this particular session, a fundraising event at a museum, consisted of a brushed metal surface, which most photographers might have avoided. Mike used that shiny surface to his advantage, and the Profoto kit delivered.

Mike’s on the spot appraisal:

“The shots from the fundraiser turned out very well. My initial fears were unfounded, which is a true testament to the ease of operation and overall quality of the Profoto equipment.

The equipment performed flawlessly and allowed me to focus on my job – taking photos. There wasn’t a single glitch or failure in hundreds and hundreds of shots. The Profoto gear was reliable, consistent, and excellent.”

Check out the full review for more sample images and details on how Mike arranged his lighting.

Posted by flashdeadline at 7:00 AM

February 23, 2012

D4, D800 & D800E hands-on report

Being a Nikon Professional has its advantages, besides shooting with great equipment (Nikon), you sometimes get to see products before they are available on the market.

Today I was at Nikon NL to preview the new Nikon flagships, the D4, D800, and D800E. Together with a presentation listing the highlights of these new cameras and their underlying technique, I was able to actually play with them. Very exiting and quite unique as these previews are only available to a select group of Nikon professionals. What makes the event even more unique is the fact that I was holding the only D4, D800 and D800E cameras in the Netherlands!

The rest of the report can be found on my own blog page.

Feel free to comment/ask questions. And yes, you'll want to start saving to be able to buy one of these cameras, they're really that good :-)

Posted by hrbaan at 9:48 PM

February 3, 2012

Lion OS-X Update Now Supports Nikon Series 1

Apple has released an update to the Lion Operating System that reads the new Nikon Series 1 camera RAW files.

Posted by covey22 at 2:43 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

December 8, 2011

Holiday specials and Gift Ideas from our Photoproshop

Once again we approach that time of year when the urge to give is the strongest. All of us at the Nikonians Photoproshop wish you -- your family and friends a Happy Holiday Season!

We traditionally double check our inventories and look for great deals to make your gift shopping more affordable, and this year we invite you to check our Holidays Specials:

Lightsphere II flash diffusers, leg wraps, camera holsters and tripod bags, assorted camera plates and more are now featured. Offers are valid until stocks last.

You will enjoy the addition of white cross-out lines on our prices during this special, indicating your savings potential.

Make sure you scroll through the three pages of specials (nearly 50 at last count).

SPECIAL NOTE for our Nikonians members using the Photoproshop in Europe. Most of the items mentioned in this newsletter are also available "across the pond." Simply click on the Nikonians Photoproshop map for your chosen region.

Gift Giving
For fast reference we have also prepared a
Gift Giving Ideas page with items ranging in price from less than $20.00 USD to $100.00.

These are the items guaranteed to put a smile on the face of a fellow Nikon enthusiast or Nikonians member.

They include the popular hot-shoe mount bubble levels (in both two and three axis models), our top selling Nikonians Pro Strap for your camera and the tiny digital single-lens-reflex camera in the shape of a Nikon which is actually an 8GB USB flash drive in disguise. These flash drives were great stocking stuffers last year.

Check the top of the page and have a look at our brand new Nikonians 2012 Calendar!

If you want to leave the purchasing decision up to your gift receipient, we have you covered.

Check out our gift vouchers in increments of $25, $50 and $100 USD.

Want to go large with that order?

We're getting enthusiastic response to some of our specialized items such as the Solmeta Geotagger N3 GPS Receiver. This is a 3-axis smart camera GPS unit, with very quick and highly accurate GPS lock.

It is compatible with Nikon D3, Nikon D3X, Nikon D3S, Nikon D700, Nikon D300, Nikon D300s, Nikon D200, Nikon D90, Nikon D2X, Nikon D2Xs, Nikon D2Hs, plus Nikon D3100, Nikon D5000, Nikon D5100 and Nikon D7000.

Another popular item is our line of MAGICA products.

Nikonians co-founder J. Ramón Palacios spent many years researching the ideal tripod and he used the expertise of fellow members of the community to narrow that search down to MAGICA.

You can read his story on the search and results and judge for yourself.

---and Now-- the Hubs---
The collaboration between Markins and Nikonians on advanced camera support since 2004 has led to many innovations in the industry
and now Markins brings us a new product, reducing the final weight of a MAGICA for added convenience in the field, improving the ability to pack it inside luggage for airplane travel by reducing its top diameter, while maintaining its vibration absorption quality.

The Markins TH-200 and TH-300 Hubs replace the platform hub reducing weight and top diameter of Series 2 and Series 3 carbon fiber tripods respectively, whether a Mountaineer or a Systematic model, providing a slim profile while keeping the sturdiness and vibration dampening of the previous TB base plate based MAGICA.

Protect your investment
We now have an expanded catalog of
LensCoat protection for your lenses and DSLR bodies.

These lens covers camouflage your 14mm to 800mm lens in a variety of patterns. They are manufactured from 100% closed-cell neoprene and offer protection from bumps, jars and nicks.

They also provide a thermal barrier, protecting your hands from cold lenses in lower temperatures. They are easy to install and remove, sliding on like a sleeve and leaving no residue on the lens. LensCoat™ lens covers are waterproof, providing protection in harsh conditions.

Other features include clear, flexible UV plastic windows over the AF/VR controls and the distance-scale window. The cover has custom holes revealing your alignment for lens changes to be made without removing the cover. They are available for a wide variety of lenses and for teleconverters.

Your purchases help sustain the growth of the Nikonians community. We thank you for your support!

Posted by hendric at 11:15 AM

December 6, 2011

Nikon SB-910 Speedlight: Pre-order at Berger Brothers

Just in time for the holidays, our corporate sponsor Berger Brothers is offering exclusive pre-orders on the flagship replacement Nikon SB-910 Speedlight. All Nikonians members can take advantage of this special offer, so why wait? Join now and get exclusive access to this deal and other great advantages!

Posted by covey22 at 9:49 PM

December 5, 2011

"The Nikonians" iPad App Updated

"The Nikonian" eZine app for the iPad has been updated to Version 1.1. You'll get access to our exclusive newsletters, packed full of equipment reviews, great photos from our ANPAT trip, updates of our Academy classes, and of course, exclusive Nikonians offers! Grab the app now!

Posted by covey22 at 3:02 PM

November 10, 2011

PhotoBert Fall Sale - 10% Off All Products!

PhotoBert, makers of the popular CheatSheets and the amazing Helicon Pro focus-stacking software, is slashing prices by 20% off of CheatSheets and 10% off of everything else (accessories & HeliconFocus). This offer won't last long, so head on over to start your holiday shopping! Your discount code can be found at the Nikonians Rewards page.

Posted by covey22 at 9:41 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

September 8, 2011

Nikon mirrorless camera in September 2011

Old and new rumors has it that a Nikon mirror-less camera will be launched in September. Let's wait and see! This is something we discussed back in 2006.

Posted by bgs at 3:40 PM

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

June 15, 2011

Nikon D90...Going...Going...

...Almost Gone!

One of Nikon's best-selling camera models, the D90, has been discontinued, replaced by the newer D7000. This model is prized for having set many new standards within the DSLR family, low weight, excellent noise characteristics, superb image quality, all at a very reasonable price. B&H Photo Video still has a few units left, so grab them while you can!

Posted by covey22 at 3:22 AM

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

Unbelievable Savings from Nikonians Sponsors!

Our Director of Good Deals for You has arranged for some unbelievable savings on some of the hottest photography hardware and software, and they're exclusive to Nikonians members only!

For starters, B&H Photo Video is offering an instant USD100 discount off Adobe Lightroom 3. That makes this popular image and editing suite available at the low price of USD179! This offer ends 04-June-2011.

On the hardware front, Roberts Imaging is knocking down prices on two of the latest Nikon lenses:

Only registered Silver, Gold and Platinum Nikonians members can take advantage of these exclusive deals. Membership has its rewards.

Posted by covey22 at 4:07 AM

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 11, 2011

Roberts Imaging: Three Hot Nikon Lenses in Stock Now!

Roberts Imaging has three hot Nikon VR lenses available now! Due to the crisis affecting the Japanese electronics industry, it could be a while before you see these lenses in plentiful stock; they're the latest versions in the most popular of focal length ranges, so get yours now while you can!

Posted by covey22 at 8:20 PM

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

Lowepro X200 Roller Case: The Nikonians Review

Our own Martin Turner puts the LowePro X200 Roller Case through it's paces.

"For when you need to move the maximum amount of kit around without calling attention to yourself, destroying half the things around you, or looking like you are working for the military, the Lowepro X 200 Pro Roller may well be the ultimate bag."

Posted by covey22 at 9:26 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

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 15, 2011

Roberts Now Accepting Pre-Orders for Nikon D5100

Our corporate partner Roberts Camera is now accepting pre-orders for the newly announced Nikon D5100 Digital SLR. The USD 899.97 camera kit comes with the versatile 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 AFS VR. A USD 799.97 body-only kit is also available.

Posted by covey22 at 3:02 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 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 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

January 5, 2011

New SB-700 CheatSheet from PhotoBert

Bert Sirkin (PhotoBert) has updated his handy CheatSheets series with the inside scoop on the latest Nikon Speedlight, the SB-700. Nikonians Silver members and above get an additional 20% off this newest product at Nikonians Rewards. Get your copy today!

Posted by covey22 at 7:23 PM

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

October 27, 2010

Nikonians Exclusive Discounts - ScanCafe and Berger Brothers

Nikonians Members get two exclusive deals for the Fall season; first up - USD30 off any and all services at ScanCafe, so start preserving those films and emulsions! And Berger Brothers is offering a 10% discount for any Manfrotto and Gitzo tripods for the month of November only! Remember, you can only get these vouchers at Nikonians Rewards!

Posted by covey22 at 2:01 PM

October 13, 2010

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 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

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 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

August 19, 2010

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

Nikonians Membership has Rewards

Being a contributing member of Nikonians is positively Rewarding! Here's a sample of our exclusive arrangements with top-notch photography suppliers:

  • Get USD150 rebate on the Epson Stylus Photo R1900 and free shipping at B&H Photo-Video
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All of this and more is available only to contributing Nikonians Members. Click here to claim your Rewards!

Posted by covey22 at 8:03 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

Berger Brothers Nikonians Discounts on Lighting Kits

Berger Brothers is offering contributing Nikonians exclusive discounts on select Westcott and ProfFotolighting kits - perfect for members looking to upgrade or expand their studio and portable sets. Get your Discount Code and many other valuable savings at the Nikonians Rewards Page!

Posted by covey22 at 5:10 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

August 5, 2010

Nikonians Review: Tamron 60mm f2.0 and Think Tank Hydrophobia

Have you seen the latest Nikonians equipment reviews? This month, Thomas Berg gets up close with the Tamron SP AF60mm f2.0 Macro, and Team Moderators Victor Newman and Martin Turner get under the covers with Think Tank's latest weatherproof shield, the Hydrophobia.

Posted by covey22 at 4:38 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 28, 2010

iPad is disruptive to photography

The Apple iPad, meanwhile over 3 million units sold in a few months, is changing business. I am also convinced it is changing the way photographers will work.

Why? Because the iPad is intuitive to use, has a good battery life (approx 8-10h), a great display, enough connectivity, enough CPU, enough memory and we will see loads of applications and online services that are enhancing our work as photographers and also enabling us to do things we couldn't do before.

Some stuff I believe we will see - Some of it is already available:
  • Wireless preview of my shots, directly from the camera to the iPad
  • Loads of camera controls at my finger tips - Setting up my intelligent flash groups from the iPad, controlling light from it and getting meter readings from my meter or camera. Factually the iPad replaces the camera's built-in controls and gives me much better working space
  • Scouting locations, navigation to locations, ranking and reshuffling my public and private shooting locations, showing alternate locations, sharing locations in groups. Of course augmented reality views are supported as well, where I "look through the iPad" to see the locations
  • Taking notes and annotations directly on the photographs - also while shooting, sharing notes and comments in classes/groups
  • Automatic keywording, tagging images of faces that are automatically recognized based upon my online tag libraries or friends, all while the images are sent from the camera directly to the iPad
  • Uploading selected images during the shoot
  • Sharing images with a group of students while outside shooting - all students can digest the images of the whole group at once

Hurray for change!

Posted by bgs at 10:27 AM

June 16, 2010

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

A Nikon Odessey

The Associated Press brings word of a Nikon lost at sea, and found after an apparent stunning six month journey from Aruba to the coast of Florida. Be sure to check out the accompanying photos and video recovered from the camera.

Posted by covey22 at 3:52 PM

May 27, 2010

Data Safe for photographers

Logo_LaCie-kl.pngSafety is what the developers of LaCie had in mind when they designed their new Rugged Safe all–terrain hard disk. It comes in two versions: 500 Megabyte ($189.99) and one Terabyte ($299.99).

Both disks are safe in three ways:
- shock–proof enclosure
- AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) 128–bit hardware encryption
- biometric authentication (up to ten users)

They can be connected via USB 2.0 or Firewire 800 and are compatible with Windows® XP,
Windows Vista®, Windows 7 and Mac OS X 10.5, 10.6.

Dimensions: 90 x 28 x 145 mm / 3.5 x 1 x 5.7 in.
Weight: 298 g / 10.5 oz.

All information can be found at LaCie's homepage.









Posted by joef at 11:50 AM

May 20, 2010

TTP launches new shoulder bag series

Logo_TTP-Thumb.jpgThinkTankPhoto's new bag series is called "Retrospective."  It honors the great photographers of the past who made history while having their gear slung over their shoulders in beaten canvas bags.

While the outside of the bags look intentionally innocuous, the inside was specifically created to help field photographers carry their gear safely and access it quickly.

The Retrospectives come in two basic models, the shoulder bag and the lens changer. Each comes in different sizes. And, in what is a first for TTP, they also are available in a color other than black (pinestone).

In addition, TTP are donating a percentage of every domestic direct sale to Fifty Crows Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to documentary photography and public dialogue on issues raised through photography.

You can take a closer look at the bags here at Think Tank Photo's homepage. Remember that all Nikonians members receive a special gift for orders over $50 - if you order through the Nikonians page at TTP.










Posted by joef at 12:26 PM

May 6, 2010

New Photo Scanners from Epson

Logo_Epson.gifEpson has launched two new affordable photo scanners with impressive parameters. Both Perfection V33 and Perfection V330 deliver perfect image quality and exclusive scanning tools for $89 and $119 (USD).

They feature 4800 x 9600 dpi optical resolution and include a 180-degree lid for scanning oversized objects.

The V330 adds a built-in transparency unit that enables it to scan slides, negatives and film.

Epson's ReadyScan LED Technology enables fast scan speeds, eliminates warm-up time and decreases power consumption and it is also mercury-free.

And the Easy Photo Fix™ Technology allows users to restore color from old / faded prints, remove dust from scanned film or slides, and reduce grain.

The ArcSoft Scan-n-Stitch Deluxe software comes bundled with the scanners. This program enables users to scan multiple images such as panoramas, oversized artwork, documents, and scrapbook pages, among other things, which it stitches together automati-cally.

Both models include a one-year limited warranty and will be available in mid-June.










Posted by joef at 11:53 AM

April 19, 2010

New Compact Prime Lenses from Zeiss

Logo_Zeiss.jpgThe trend of filming in high definition using a digital SLR camera is unstoppable. Carl Zeiss now introduces the world’s first set of cine lenses designed especially for HD-SLR cameras: the Compact Prime CP.2 lenses.

Zeiss_ CP.2_Lenses.jpgThe Compact Prime CP.2 lenses introduce interchangeable mounts that allow the lenses to be used with a wide range of cameras, from traditional cine to HDSLR systems. Available with three different mounts – PL, EF and F – this new family of Zeiss lenses enables cinematographers to be completely free in their choice of camera systems while ensuring a high consistency of images.

The iris opening consists of 14 high-precision blades, which stay consistently round and symmetrical over the entire T-stop range.

The lenses cover a full-frame 24 x 36 image format without vignetting. They will be based around a common aperture of T2.1 for the standard set.

About T-Stops:   In case you are new to cinematography with your Nikon single-lens reflex, the motion picture industry prefers to use T-stop references for the lens apertures instead of f-stops. The "T" stands for the actual transmission value of the lens at a particular aperture. T-Stops are similar to f-stops, but they are tested and matched to a fine degree, ensuring that a T-stop on one lens is identical in light transmission properties to the same number on any other lens. A good comparison would be to think of an f-stop as a very good wristwatch telling accurate time. The T-stop would be equivalent to a chronograph, which serves the same purpose but to a more precise degree.

According to Zeiss, the new lenses will be available from June 2010, prices have not been announced yet.

Get more at the homepage of Zeiss.


Posted by joef at 12:51 PM

April 16, 2010

New 24mm Nikkor lens in stock

Logo_Borrowlenses-th.jpgWe would like to inform you that BorrowLenses now has the new Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED in stock. It is designed primarily for Nikon's FX format, currently consisting of D3-series and D700 digital SLR cameras.

nikon_24mm_1_4_lg.jpgThis lens retails at over $2,000 and your BorrowLenses connection will let you test it out for a fraction of that cost.

"The new Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G ED is a precision prime lens with a natural wide angle view and is constructed to deliver crisp and distortion-free image captures."

BorrowLenses is one of Nikonians' partners and members with Silver-, Gold- and Platinum level get a 5% discount at the Nikonians Rewards page (we have already reported on that).

Posted by joef at 3:48 PM

April 9, 2010

Rent hardware and save 5%

Logo_Borrowlenses-th.jpgBorrowlenses, online rental service for camera gear and partner of Nikonians, is offerings a 5% discount to all Gold, Silver and Platinum members.

Cameras, accessories, lighting, water housing and more can be rented for interesting prices. A Nikon D3s for three days costs $251 (regular price).

For an additional fee, all items can be rented with a carefree insurance added.

If you want to have a closer look, please go to the homepage of The discount code can be retrieved at your Rewards Page.


Posted by joef at 3:34 PM

April 8, 2010

New Cinema Kit Pro by Hoodman

Logo_Hoodman-kl.jpgHoodman adds a hot shoe mount for using the HoodLoupe 3.0 during DSLR video capture. The new mount is called HoodCrane.

HoodCrane.jpgThe HoodCrane is available with the Cinema Kit Pro which includes the HoodLoupe 3.0, the HoodMAG (a new magnifying video eyecup for your Hood-Loupe 3.0) and the HoodCrane.

If you already have the HoodLoupe 3.0 you can pick up the HoodCrane and HoodMAG separately. HoodCrane and the Cinema Kit Pro will begin shipping in early May 2010.

Find details and ordering information items at the Homepage of Hoodman.

Posted by joef at 3:29 PM

April 6, 2010

Hot Deals at Berger Bros.

Logo_Berger Bros._Hot_Deal.jpgDuring April, Berger Bros. offers Nikonians Silver-, Gold and Platinum members Hot Deals for their Bogen and Manfrotto tripods (10%) and for several filters (25%)!

Just retrieve the codes at your Rewards Page, where you also can find more information about the filters that are on the deal.

Don't forget to check out the Berger Bros. Camera Forum for updates on this hot deal and many more.

Posted by joef at 1:52 PM

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 9, 2010

Super performance by Tamron

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

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

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

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

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

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


Posted by joef at 2:33 PM

March 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 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 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

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

Holiday Savings: Hot Nik Plug-Ins and Great Used Gear

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Nik Software is offering 20% off on all products and upgrades like the outstanding RAW editor Capture 2 NX or the awe-inspiring filters of Color Efex 3.0.

And what better way to test your new software than with pictures taken with some great used gear? Savvy shutterbugs know that gently used equipment can take fabulous images just as well as brand new. And with an additional 5% discount for Nikonians, your holiday money will go a long way.

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Posted by covey22 at 2:51 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

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

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 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

October 14, 2009

PhotoShop on the Go: New iPhone Mobile App

Adobe has posted a version of PhotoShop usable on the iPhone. The new program is sure to be a hit with the rapidly growing base of Apple device users. Using the popular finger gesture interface, users can crop, rotate, apply effects, adjust color and more. As a plus, users can also load their images up to their account for web publication or to ensure backup. Get the free mobile app here.

Posted by covey22 at 9:52 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 30, 2009

Nikon D300s Now Available At Roberts Imaging

Roberts Imaging now has the new Nikon D300s (body only) in stock, available for delivery. Customers get free shipping for orders over USD300.

Posted by covey22 at 3:16 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

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

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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

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 3, 2009

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

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 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 28, 2009

Nikon D700 Hacked To Shoot Video

A photography enthusiast has supposedly managed to get a Nikon D700 to emulate it's D90 sibling's ability to shoot video clips through use of the Nikon official Software Development Kit. The not so good news - it's less than 480p in resolution and will require the camera remain tethered to a PC.

Posted by covey22 at 3:10 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

Save 10% on a ColorSpyder

Nikonians from Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxemburg and Netherlands can save 10% on their purchase of a Datacolor product from our partner Globell. You find the voucher codes for this time limited offer in your User Menu (limited to Silver members and higher).

Posted by bgs at 2:05 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

New Year, New Surprises - Thom Hogan's D3X Review

Thom weighs in on the flagship Nikon D3X and his bottom-line may surprise some:

Should You Get a D3x? Well, Nikon's not going to like my answer this time around. My answer is "no, most of you shouldn't."

Discuss this article in our Nikon D3 and D3X forum.

Posted by covey22 at 4:32 PM

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 5, 2009

Lexar Card Capacity Graphical Tool

Lexar has a useful graphical tool for showing the capacities of their memory cards, based upon whether you're storing photos, music files or video. Be sure to click on the details link to the left of the tool display, to show the basis by which the the storage is being calculated. If your device or files are much larger than the baseline being used, you can expect less capacity than displayed.

Posted by covey22 at 5:51 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 1, 2008

Nikon D3x preview

Our Nikon D3x preview is now available. You find this and other of our Nikon reviews and previews at

Posted by bgs at 12:29 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 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

November 18, 2008

Nikon D90, can it really make a movie?

Numerous happy D90 users report of its great performance, even above that of the D300. Knowing a little about the Nikon Engineering philosophy, this is not surprising.
So what else can we ask from this camera? Well... can the D90 really make a movie?
See for yourself

Posted by jrp at 7:30 AM

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

October 8, 2008

Nikon Breaks Into Interactive Media with the UP Headset

Nikon has entered the Interactive Media market with their Media UP headset. A combination A/V media player that fits on your head - it can play videos and music, display images and connect wirelessly through the Internet. Nikonians seeking this latest breakthrough in personal entertainment will have to make the trek to Japan though. The unit will be sold exclusively through NIkon's dedicated store.

Posted by covey22 at 12:27 AM

October 2, 2008

Nikon D700: The Thom Hogan Review

Thom renders judgment on Nikon's newest FX sensor camera and finds his closest match to his film days.

I've now had the chance to shoot with the D300, D700, and D3 on extended trips. Which would I pick? Well, it's looking like the D700, as that's the way my Ready Kit is packed. For the first time in a long time I'm close to where I was when I was shooting film.

Posted by covey22 at 3:57 AM

October 1, 2008

Pentax: No Longer Made In Japan

Hoya has ceased production of all Pentax brand cameras and lenses in Japan. The manufacturing operations will move to existing factories in the Philippines and Vietnam. This completes the off-shoring of all camera equipment, as DSLR, lenses and compact camera manufacturing was previously sent to the aforementioned countries and Taiwan. (JPEA International via PMA Newsline)

Posted by covey22 at 10:52 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

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

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

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 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 D3: The Thom Hogan Review

Thom reviews Nikon's current flagship DSLR - the D3 and finds it to be pretty much everything it's touted to be; a high-performance camera that will deliver in the right hands. And he hints that the D700 is NOT the last word in Nikon's lineup change this year.

Posted by covey22 at 4:04 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 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

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 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 18, 2008

Nikon Confirms new D3 Firmware V1.10 Corrupted

Nikon USA confirms that the recent D3 Firmware v1.10 release is corrupting photos.

The details of the corruption circumstances are as follows (direct from Nikon's Digital Knowledgebase):

On April 15, 2008, an announcement was made on the Nikon website that the Ver. 1.10 firmware update for the D3 digital-SLR camera was available for download. However, it has been confirmed that when the following settings are applied with the updated firmware, image data may, in some rare cases, be corrupted. Therefore, we have terminated the firmware update download. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this issue may have caused.

* Release mode: Continuous high speed (CH), or Continuous low speed (CL) with Custom Setting d2 set to 9 fps
* Image area: FX format (36x24) or 5:4 (30x24)
* Image quality: NEF (RAW) or NEF (RAW) + JPEG fine/normal/basic
* NEF (RAW) recording>NEF (RAW) bit depth: 14-bit

*The issue related to NEF (RAW) recording>NEF (RAW) bit depth may occur regardless of the option selected for NEF (RAW) recording>Type (Lossless compressed, Compressed, or Uncompressed).

If you have downloaded the D3 Ver. 1.10 firmware update but have not yet updated the camera’s firmware, please do NOT perform the update. If you have already updated the D3 firmware, please do not shoot with the combination of settings indicated above. This issue does not occur with other combinations of camera settings (for example, when NEF (RAW) bit depth is set to 12-bit, or when shooting in continuous low speed (CL) release mode with Custom Setting d2 set to 8 fps or lower.)

The download version of the revised firmware update is expected to be available in late April. For more information regarding this matter, please contact Nikon Customer Support.

Again, we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this issue may have caused. We hope that you will continue to choose Nikon for your photography needs.

Posted by covey22 at 6:31 PM

April 17, 2008

Your Portrait From Space

Richard Garriott, famous maker of the computer game Ultima, is shedding his online identity as Lord British and becomes a portrait shooter from space with the help of a Nikon D3 digital SLR.

Garriott is training for an October 2008 space launch as a guest astronaut on-board the International Space Station. Boosted up to the station on a Russian Soyuz launch, he will take approximately 200 photographs of the Earth as ordered and customized through the Earth Portraits program as run by the Association of Space Explorers. Garriott will be assisted by a tool called Windows on Earth that will simulate what the targeted Earth section will look like and the most optimal conditions under which to take the photo.

Posted by covey22 at 6:32 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

April 14, 2008

Eye-Fi and CompactFlash Adapters

With the success of the Eye-Fi combo wifi adapter and media card, many owners of cameras with CompactFlash slots have been feeling left out. The manufacturer offers a small section of advice if you're planning to use the card with CF adapters.

Posted by covey22 at 5:05 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

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 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 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

Sigma Takes The High Ground: 50mm f1.4 HSM

Sigma has seized the high ground that many Nikonians have been eyeing for a while: the release of a coreless focusing, high-speed 50mm full-frame lens suitable for use with the D40 and D60 series cameras.

We'll keep an eye out on any updates regarding image quality, but for now, Sigma has two key points that remain unfulfilled by Nikon - this new lens and the 30mm f1.4 DC HSM.

Posted by covey22 at 3:06 PM

March 17, 2008

Nikkor 16-85mm DX VR: The Photozone Review

Much to everyone's surprise, Photozone put up a comprehensive review over the weekend on the new Nikkor 16-85mm DX VR lens that has generated a lot of buzz.

Posted by covey22 at 2:28 PM

March 11, 2008

Nikon D300: The Thom Hogan Review

The review that everyone's been waiting for has been posted. Thom Hogan weighs in on the new prosumer DSLR and the results are surprising.

Posted by covey22 at 11:16 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 4, 2008

Nikon P50: The Popular Photography Review

Pop Photo reviews the new Coolpix P50, one of the first compact cameras in Nikon's line-up to have the same EXPEED image processor as found in the higher-end D3 and D300 digital SLRs.

The conclusion is glowing in it's praise: "In all, the P50 is an excellent performer for the money and in comparison to other economical compact cameras, is a really excellent deal."

Posted by covey22 at 7:04 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 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

Head To Head: S700 versus SD870 IS

We recently caught a head-to-head comparison of two stylish compact cameras; the Nikon S700 and the Canon SD870 IS.

Posted by covey22 at 4:58 PM

February 14, 2008

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

Nikon D300 Firmware Updated

Nikon has updated the D300 digital SLR's firmware to Version 1.02.

An issue that, in rare cases, caused vertical bands (lines) to appear in images captured at shutter speeds slower than 8s has been resolved.

Posted by covey22 at 10:56 PM

January 31, 2008

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

Unofficial Samples from Nikkor 16-85mm DX VR

The virtual ink has barely dried on yesterday's Nikon announcements at PMA and a site has already posted unofficial samples of the Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED AF-S DX VR lens.

Posted by covey22 at 2:35 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

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

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Sunex is not the first name that comes to mind with third-party lens makers, but their new DSLR SuperFisheye lens and accompanying software for stitching and perspective correction are intriguing. The lens is listed at USD799 MSRP and they'll be on display at PMA 2008.

Posted by covey22 at 2:53 PM

January 27, 2008

Nikon D80 Firmware 1.10 Released

Nikon Europe has released D80 firmware updating the camera to version 1.10.

The following improvements have been made in version 1.10.
- The D80 is "Certified for Windows Vista"
- Support for the new USB Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) has been added. The PTP option in the setup menu's USB item will be modified to MTP/PTP. The icon will also be modified.
- The effects of noise reduction processing performed at shutter speeds of 1 - 8 s with shutter speed set to "bulb", when On is selected for Long exp. NR in the shooting menu, have been improved.

The update is available in Windows and Mac versions.

Posted by covey22 at 5:31 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

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 14, 2007

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

PhotoBiz Blog: D3 and 1Ds Mark III Shootout

We stumbled across an interesting Nikon D3 versus Canon 1Ds Mark III shootout. While the methodology isn't as detailed as some of the usual hardware review sites, the results speak for themselves.

Posted by covey22 at 3:05 PM

December 12, 2007

14-24mm f2.8 G ED AFS: A Canon Must Have

Even Canon users cannot resist using Nikkor optics, and this is certainly true of the new Nikon 14-24mm f2.8G ED AFS, which promises to deliver stunning images on full-frame cameras like the 5D and 1D series. Canon EF to Nikon AF mount converters have been available for a while, and this initial report at shows the amazing results.

Posted by covey22 at 3:32 PM

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 5, 2007

Nikon D3 Unboxed and Sample Shots

With word of the Nikon D3 arriving in store shelves over the past few days, we'd like to whet your appetite for the new FX camera by seeing what it looks like unboxed and a gander at some of the sample shots (including ISO 25600) by our colleagues at Imaging Resource.

Posted by covey22 at 4:24 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

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 29, 2007

A Useful Third Hand - Quik Pod for DSLRs

Want a self-portrait but don't have a tripod or someone to take the photo for you? Quik Pod for DSLRs is your answer.

This second generation of the original Quik Pod is new and improved, and can stretch up to 4.4 feet (1.3 meters) and comes with comfortable accessories such as a gel pad to brace it against your body. It also works well for the over-the-crowd shots when you want a unique perspective.

When collapsed, the pod is very compact and takes up a very reasonable 18 inches (135 cm) and weighs only 9 ounces (250 g). Although it's rated for up to a 2 lbs (1000 g) load, a YouTube video shows it holding an amazing 28 lbs (12.7 kg) steel block!

Posted by covey22 at 4:19 PM

November 27, 2007

Nikon D3 and D300 Digitutors

Photographers seeking more information on the hot new cameras of the season should check out the Digitutor sessions on the Nikon D3 and the Nikon D300.

Posted by covey22 at 5:37 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

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

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

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 13, 2007

Nikon 24-70mm f2.8 AFS: The Photozone Review

The new mid-range fast zoom from Nikon has hit the streets and PhotoZone has a review up. Nikonians eager to add the lens to their line-up will be pleased to hear the verdict:

The Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED exceeds the already very good performance of its predecessor. The center quality is nothing short of outstanding matching or beating the resolution of a 10mp APS-C sensor.

Posted by covey22 at 2:39 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

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

October 22, 2007

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

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

Sigma 18-200 OS Now With HSM

Third-party lens maker Sigma has updated their popular digital-only 18-200mm lens with both Optical Stabilization and HyperSonic Motor. Nikonians now have a closer choice between the Sigma and the Nikon 18-200 DX VR.

Posted by covey22 at 9:28 PM

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

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

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

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

Carl Zeiss Introduces Distagon T* 28mm f2

Carl Zeiss introduces the Distagon T* 28mm f2 lens for both Nikon ZF and Pentax K mounts. The latest addition to the lens family closes the gap between the wide-angle 25mm f2.8 and the 35mm f2.

Posted by covey22 at 3:54 PM

September 17, 2007

Kenko Enters Nikon Mount SLR Market


In an little advertised development, Kenko has announced that they will be selling a Nikon F-mount fully manual film SLR.

At first glance, the Kenko KF-2N could be mistaken for a smaller sibling of the now-discontinued Nikon FM10 film SLR. The KF-2N has many familiar features such as shutter speeds of Bulb and 1/4000th of a second, Center-Weighted Metering, F-mount (AI, AIS, AF and AF-D only) compatibility, sync speed of 1/125 and powered by two LR/SR-44 batteries. It slightly edges the FM-10 only in viewfinder relief, maximum shutter speed and a PC sync socket.

Posted by covey22 at 4:38 AM

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 6, 2007

Sony Responds: The A700 Digital SLR

It was only a matter of time before Sony put out their own DSLR using the 12MP CMOS sensor that was announced for the Nikon D300. The A700 is the latest pro-sumer offering that significantly marks the departure of the design from Minolta and brings more Sony-ness into the product family. New features include an 11-area AF sensor with two central cross-hairs, a large 3.0" LCD, improved Dynamic Range Optimizer logic, glass pentaprism and 5 fps advance rate. See the preview at our colleague site Imaging-Resource.

Posted by covey22 at 3:02 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 21, 2007

No Surprise - One Time Digital Cameras Are Awful

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

Posted by covey22 at 5:46 PM

August 20, 2007

Finally: The Thom Hogan Fujiflm S5Pro Review

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

Posted by covey22 at 10:58 PM

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

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

Posted by covey22 at 7:44 PM

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

"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 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

Nikon's RGB Sensor Patent

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

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

Posted by covey22 at 4:27 PM

August 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

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

July 20, 2007

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

July 18, 2007

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

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 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

LetsGoDigital: Nikon S500 at Arches N.P.

Our colleagues at LetsGoDigital have been putting the Nikon Coolpix S500 through it's paces in a recent visit to picturesque Arches National Park in the United States.

Posted by covey22 at 3:31 PM

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 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

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 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 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

Fujifilm S5 Pro: The Review has published their much anticipated Fujifilm S5 Pro review.

The Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro is not a product for the masses, but will undoubtedly be loved by photographers that want to get the most out of their daily digital workplace.

Posted by covey22 at 4:57 PM

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 20, 2007

Free Capture NX with D200 Purchase

Our members in the UK will be pleased to hear that Nikon is offering full versions of Capture NX free with every D200 purchased between 18-May and 13-July of 2007.

Posted by covey22 at 9:12 PM

May 17, 2007

Geotagging for Nikon and Fuji Digital SLRs

Good news for photographers who want to "geotag" their photos - the di-GPS add-on product allows easy recording of physical location and time/date of each frame.

The latitude, longitude, elevation and UTM is embedded directly into the metadata of each photo at capture time, so there's no need to manage the information separately. The manufacturer currently supports Nikon new generation bodies such as the D200, the D2 series and the Fujifilm S5 Pro only, so Nikonians can boast (for now) having this capability exclusively.

Posted by covey22 at 9:41 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

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 8, 2007

Fantasea D40/D40X and Coolpix L10/11 Housings

Fantasea has announced their latest DSLR housing, this time for the D40/D40X - rated to 200 feet (60 meters) and is customized to fit the camera with the Nikkor 18-55 DX. Also new to their line-up are cases for the Coolpix L10 and L11, with complete access to all controls.

Posted by covey22 at 9:35 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

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

May 1, 2007

Fujifilm Firmware Version 1.06 for the S5 DSLR

Fujifilm has posted another firmware revision for the S5 Pro Digital SLR.

Changes to this latest firmware include:

1. Better white balance when setting FLASH-mode for the WHITE BLANCE.
2. Better white balance when setting AUTO-mode for the WHITE BLANCE and using Nikon non-CPU lenses. *It requires to set the maximum aperture according to the FinePix S5 Pro Owener's Manual(p.121- p.124).
3. Upgrade of Barcode-reading function
4. Upgrade of [FUNCTION LOCK] function

Posted by covey22 at 5:25 AM

Sigma Posts Nikon D40 Compatible Lens List

Sigma has released a compatibility list of lenses that will autofocus with the Nikon D40.

The list should apply as well to the D40X since everything but the CCD sensor is identical between the models. Curiously enough, the Sigma 80-400mm f4.5-5.6 OS is also listed, yet this lens lacks the HyperSonic Motor (HSM), equivalent to Nikon's Silent Wave coreless drive. A hint that a much desired HSM version is on it's way or a typo?

Update 1: Sigma USA has indicated that this is not a typo. In addition, one of our members has confirmed that there is no shaft drive connection on the 80-400 OS, leading us to speculate that the AF motor on the lens is likely a pencil or micro-drive version of HSM, similar to the downgraded Silent Wave motors in the Nikkor 18-55 DX and 55-200 DX.

Posted by covey22 at 2:18 AM

April 27, 2007

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 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 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

March 29, 2007

Ansmann D40/D40X and D80 Vertical Grips

Battery and lighting product-maker Ansmann has announced two new vertical grips for popular Nikon Digital SLRs.

The battery grip N-80 Pro promises up to 5000 shots on a single charge using a 3600 mAh battery source. The grip is comparable to the Nikon MB-D80, with both command dials, a vertical shutter button and as a bonus, the grip can power the camera on the go using an included DC 12V plug.

For D40 owners, the N-40 Pro will deliver up to 2000 shots with a 2200 mAh battery. No vertical shutter is provided and the DC cable option is not available with this model.

Both models also feature an AC supply that can power the camera via the grip, so this is good news for travelers looking to cut down on the number of rechargers to take on the road.

Posted by covey22 at 7:06 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

March 27, 2007

LetsGoDigital D40X Test Images

Our colleagues at LetsGoDigital took the new D40X and the 55-200mm VR lens for a spin at the Artis Zoo in Amsterdam. Be sure to check out the images here.

Posted by covey22 at 8:08 PM

March 26, 2007

Pixinfo Dust Removal Shootout

Nikonians who feel a bit of tech-envy at digital cameras with built-in sensor cleaning should wander over to the Hungarian website Pixinfo and read their shootout results.

Posted by covey22 at 11:02 PM

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

Fujifilm Updates S5 Pro DSLR Firmware to v1.04

Fujifilm has released an updated firmware for the new S5 Pro Digital SLR.

Notable changes of v1.04 include:

1. Better white balance when setting FLASH-mode for the WHITE BLANCE.

2. Better white balance when setting AUTO-mode for the WHITE BLANCE and using Nikon non-CPU lenses.
*It requires to set the maximum aperture according to the FinePix S5 Pro Owener's Manual(p.121-p.124).

Posted by covey22 at 2:29 PM

March 18, 2007

Tokina Announces 35mm f2 Macro ATX Pro DX


More of our eagle-eyed Nikonians have spotted a product announcement by Tokina for 35mm f2 ATX Pro Macro specifically for APS-C Digital SLRs. The new lens will be displayed at Tokyo's PIE2007 Imaging Show later this month.

Posted by covey22 at 5:41 AM

PMA 2007 Interview with Nikon

Thanks to Nikonians Jeff Zhang, we are able to read a translation of a DCWatch interview with Nikon held at PMA 2007. The camera maker executive comments on the new D40, Anti-Dust, in-body VR and the future of the Coolpix line.

Posted by covey22 at 5:32 AM

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

Doctor Jay Meets Sigzilla

The buzz around Sigma's monstrous lens unveiled at PMA 2007 is growing daily. Jason Odell, co-host of the popular Image Doctors 'podcasts, gets up close and personal with the "Sigzilla" and gets the scoop on some details which many have been curious about.

"Weight is currently 28 lbs for the lens, 7lbs for the hood. I suggested they use a Carbon Fiber hood..."

Posted by covey22 at 4:59 PM

PMA Booth Reports

Unable to attend PMA this year? No problem - see what the floor looked like thanks to Imaging Resource's Booth Reports. Ogle at the hardware and behold the glitz and glamour at Nikon, Fujifilm, SanDisk and of course, Sigma with their monstrous 200-500 f2.8!

Posted by covey22 at 5:53 AM

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

SanDisk Rolls Out 8 GB SDHC Media Card

SanDisk introduced an 8GB SDHC media card at PMA. The Ultra II rated memory card can hold an approximate 4,000 images or 15 hours of MPEG-4 video, while reading and writing at approximately 9Mbps. Bundled with the package is a matching USB2.0 card reader.

Posted by covey22 at 4:09 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 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

New Nikon Site on Vibration Reduction

Thanks to some of our eagle-eyed members, Nikon has posted a new website showing the benefits of their Vibration Reduction capability.

Posted by covey22 at 3:53 PM

February 20, 2007

Coolpix: Ten Years and Eight New Models

Nikon celebrates the Tenth anniversary year of the Coolpix digital camera line by releasing eight new models that will appeal to everyone - from the casual snapshooter to the enthusiast-pro.

The Coolpix Life family receives three new members, the L10, L11 and L12. Designed for the entry-level photographer, all three models share similar builds, a 3x optical Nikkor lens and very large viewing screens. The L10 and L11 are 5MP and 6MP cameras with ISO 800 capability, while the 7MP L12 adds a stunning ISO 1600 ability coupled with a new image processing engine and optical Vibration Reduction. Our colleagues at LetsGoDigital have a detailed preview on the L12 that is a must-read.

Nikon's fashionable and technically savvy line of Style cameras receives two updates and two new camera models. First up; the 7MP S50 and S50c models update the popular S9 line - with 3x Nikkor zoom lenses, enormous 3.0 inch rear LCDs, optical Vibration-Reduction and ISO 1600 performance - these cameras will continue to be a hit with shutterbugs who want to look good but get the shot when it's needed. The S50c will also be linked to the improved COOLPIX CONNECT 2 network and can upload up to 2GB of images to a dedicated Nikon server wherever a wireless Internet connection exists.

The Style family's newest members, the S200 and S500, continue to raise the performance bar for digital compacts while breaking new ground in build and performance. Similar to the S50 series, both cameras have 7MP sensors, 3x Nikkor zooms and sturdy metal bodies. The S200 is made of brushed aluminum, ISO 1000 upper limit and features a new electronic-based Vibration-Reduction (eVR) capability. The S500 has a sleek stainless steel exterior, Optical Vibration-Reduction, an amazing ISO 2000 upper limit and what could be the fastest shutter lag in the entire series - 0.005 seconds in release-priority mode.

And last, but certainly not least, enthusiasts will cheer at the return of a professional-grade Coolpix camera. The Nikon P5000 is squarely aimed at shutterbugs who have moved on to a digital SLR, but long for the days of being able to carry a backup that could meet more demanding requirements in a more compact form.

The base specifications read like a who's-who of recent Nikon DSLR features - a full gamut of traditional shooting modes (PSAM), a 10MP sensor, optical viewfinder, 2.5 inch rear LCD and an upper ISO limit of 3200 coupled with a new on-board imaging engine to reduce noise and improve photo quality. A 3.5x Nikkor zoom is steadied by optical Vibration-Reduction, and by using optional WC-E67 and TC-E3ED teleconverters, can go as wide as 24mm or a far-reaching 378mm. As icing on the cake, the P5000 is also the first Coolpix to be iTTL compatible; owners can now take full advantage of system integration with existing SB-400, SB-600 and SB-800 for reliable flash photography.

And for our members in England and Ireland, Nikon UK has launched a contest to win one of these new models for your very own.

Posted by covey22 at 5:41 PM

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 9, 2007

Pogue Praises the 18-200 VR

The New York Times Technology writer sings effusive praises of Nikon's popular superzoom in his latest "Circuits" e-mail column.

Posted by covey22 at 4:42 AM

Thom Hogan D40 Review is Up

Thom Hogan has posted his much-anticipated review of the D40. Does he like it? Bottom-line: it seems likely to be able to hold it's own against the rest of the 8 and 10MP pack. Read the review for details.

Posted by covey22 at 3:56 AM

Nikon Launches LCD Substrate Unit

Nikon has entered yet another market - this time, glass substrates, a component heavily used in LCD televisions. The camera maker has spent a little under USD20 million to build a new facility near Tokyo. The outlook for glass substrates is seen to be very profitable given the popularity of flat-screen TV sets.

Posted by covey22 at 3:50 AM

February 8, 2007

Zink "Inkless" Printer

Our colleagues at Imaging Resource report on the invention of an inkless printer. The product is called Zink and is the creation of a startup that heavily leveraged Polaroid technology - the ink is actually embedded in the paper rather than stored in the printing device, and is activated by heat.

Posted by covey22 at 1:35 PM

February 1, 2007

Coolpix CCD Failures Part Deux

Nikon's troubles with CCD failures rears it's ugly ahead again in 2007.

Nikon confirms reports compiled over 2006 that Coolpix 3500, 4500, 5000 and 5400 models may suffer from CCD "solder degradation." The previous year's hot summer had brought the manufacturing defects to light as user complaints were compiled and analyzed, leading the manufacturer to identify the component failure. The good news is that Nikon will replace the components for free, irregardless of warranty status.

Posted by covey22 at 3:21 PM

January 30, 2007

New Firmware for Nikon D80, D40

Nikon has published firmware updates for both the D80 and the D40.

Changes to the D80 include:

*The electronic analog exposure display will be displayed in the viewfinder when the brightness of the subject exceeds the range that can be controlled by the camera, whether too bright or too dark, in the following shooting modes:
*Shutter-priority auto (S) or Aperture-priority auto (A) exposure modes with the built-in flash up
*Programmed auto (P) exposure mode
*Effects of processing performed when the Long exp. NR item in the shooting menu is enabled have been improved.
*When attempting to edit images, which had already been edited using a computer, with options in the D80's retouch menu, the camera sometimes froze. Therefore, images that have been edited using a computer can no longer be edited using the camera.
*Errors in English, Polish, Swedish, and Traditional Chinese menus have been corrected.

Changes to the D40 include:

*The product will be "Certified for Windows Vista".
*Support for the new USB Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) has been added.
*The PTP option in the setup menu's USB item will be modified to MTP/PTP. The icon will also be modified
*The range of possible settings for the Date option in the setup menu's World time item will be changed to 2000-2099.
*An issue that caused the ISO auto feature to be disabled, when a two-button reset operation was performed with ISO sensitivity set to any option other than ISO 200, has been resolved.
*When attempting to edit images, which had already been edited using a computer, with options in the D40's retouch menu, the camera sometimes froze. Therefore, images that have been edited using a computer can no longer be edited using the camera.
*An issue that prevented accurate recording of flash output value when manual flash photography was applied with use of the Nikon Speedlight SB-400 has been resolved so that flash output value is accurately recorded.
*Errors in English, Polish, Swedish, and Traditional Chinese menus have been corrected.
*When white balance is fine-tuned, "+" or "?" will be displayed with the following icons:
*White balance mode icon in the shooting information display
*White balance mode icon in the shooting menu
*When the mode dial is set to a Digital Vari-Program and the AF-area mode setting is changed, the AF-area mode setting will no longer revert to the default setting with the following operations:
*The camera is turned off
*Monitor and exposure meters turn off automatically (auto meter off)
*The electronic analog exposure displays will flash in the viewfinder and the shooting information display when:*The brightness of the subject exceeds the range that can be controlled by the camera, whether too bright or too dark
*While in P (Programmed Auto) exposure mode with the built-in flash raised.

Posted by covey22 at 4:41 PM

LetsGoDigital Previews the Fujifilm S5 Pro

As the anticipation grows, more and more details of the Fujifilm S5 Pro are being revealed. Our colleagues at LetsGoDigital have a very detailed preview of this latest D200 variant.

Posted by covey22 at 3:20 PM

January 25, 2007

The Veil Lifts A Little Higher on Fuji S5

Our eagle-eyed members have spotted a Fuji S5 "preview" online comparing high ISO performance to the D2X.

Posted by covey22 at 4:15 AM

January 17, 2007

Nikon Interchangable Size Fisheye

Noted photographer, software developer and pundit Jarle Aasland posts on his vintage DSLR site about his latest discovery: Nikon filed for a patent two years ago for a fisheye lens that would work on both full-frame and APS sized sensor cameras.

Posted by covey22 at 12:21 AM

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

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 5, 2006

Crumpler Bags for the Discriminating Nikonian

Well-attired Nikonians (are there any other type?) can now add yet another brand item to their equipment closet. Popular bag manufacturer Crumpler has teamed up with everyone's favorite camera maker to create the humorously named "This" and "That" camera bags, suitable for housing your digital SLR, two lenses, a Speedlight and sundry accessories.

Posted by covey22 at 7:23 PM

November 22, 2006

Vivitar Sold to HDTV Maker

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

Posted by covey22 at 12:23 AM

November 21, 2006

Toshiba Ups the SDHC Ante

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

Posted by covey22 at 5:29 PM

November 14, 2006

D70 Armor Skin

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

Posted by covey22 at 12:48 AM

November 13, 2006

Nikon 70-300 VR: More Details

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

Posted by covey22 at 1:08 AM

November 7, 2006

Trimble Rolls Out Nikon Compatible Mapping System

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

Posted by covey22 at 4:16 PM

November 4, 2006

Phoenix Releases iTTL Compatible Flash

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

Posted by covey22 at 5:22 AM

November 2, 2006

Fantasea Updates D50 and D70 Housings

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

Posted by covey22 at 1:39 PM

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

Nikon 70-300mm VR Release Moved To December

Nikon has pushed back the release of the much-anticipated 70-300mm/4.5-5.6 VR AFS to December 7th. A rough translation cited "orders exceeding expectation" as the cause.

Posted by covey22 at 2:28 AM

October 16, 2006

Coolpix S Owners Score Free Zac Posen Cases


For the discriminating Coolpix owner, Nikon has teamed up with popular designer Zac Posen to offer free cases for owners of S7c and S9 models.

The bags are stylish cases of soft Italian leather based upon the designer's Fall 2006 line of handbags, and are completely free with registration of the owner's model and serial number. (Click on Coolpix at the bottom of the screen).


We contacted Nikon USA's press folks today (October 17) and they assure us the limited quantity has not been depleted yet. (But, it's getting close).

Here's the transcript of Nikon's Press Release:

MELVILLE, NY (October 13, 2006) – Nikon is at the intersection of high fashion and high-technology this fall with a new partnership to provide a stunning look for style conscious and tech savvy digital camera users. Nikon and Zac Posen, House of Z, LLC, announce the creation of an Exclusive Limited Edition Zac Posen COOLPIX Camera Accessory. Nikon COOLPIX users can now carry their digital camera in a fashionable yet functional camera accessory.
"As a style-focused brand, we are constantly looking for new ways to accommodate the image-savvy consumer. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Zac Posen, a celebrated and talented designer," said Lisa Baxt, senior communications manager, for Nikon, Inc. "This partnership is based on our admiration of his creative talent, his love for Nikon and how his fashion line plays well with the stylish design of the COOLPIX Style Series cameras."
Posen's inspiration came from his current Fall 2006 clothing and hand bag collection with the look and feel of vintage camera cases. The COOLPIX Camera Accessory is made with luxurious Italian leathers which provide stylish durability and complement Posen's current collection. Posen's signature Z rivets complete the piece as a beautiful accent.
"I've partnered with Nikon because I believe two brands have synergy and both appeal to customers with high expectations for quality and design," said Posen. "Working closely with Nikon has given me the opportunity to create a spectacular accessory for an equally stunning digital camera."
The Zac Posen COOLPIX Camera Accessory will be available beginning October 13th on The limited time, exclusive product will be available to Nikon COOLPIX users only. The accessory was designed for the new line-up of Nikon's COOLPIX Style series digital cameras, including the new COOLPIX S7c and S9. These cameras are stylish, edgy and combine high-quality imaging performance with impressive photo sharing technology, like the S7c's ability to email images from the camera.
For more information about the Nikon and Zac Posen partnership and to secure one of these great looking accessories, visit

]About Nikon
Nikon, At the Heart of the Image (tm) . Nikon Inc. is the world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology and is globally recognized for setting new standards in product design and performance for its award-winning consumer and professional photographic equipment. Nikon Inc. distributes the Nikon Total Imaging System of consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, Nikkor optics, Speedlights and System Accessories; Nikon COOLPIX compact digital cameras; Coolscan digital film scanners; 35mm film SLR cameras; Nikon software products and Nikon sports and recreational optics. At the heart of every Nikon camera is Nikon's Exclusive Feature System, making it easy for anyone to take amazing digital pictures. Through the Nikon Spirit Initiative, the company, plays an active role in supporting aspiring and advanced photographers through a variety of philanthropic organizations, educational programs, events and workshops. For more information, dial (800) NIKON-US or visit, which links all levels of photographers to the web's most comprehensive photo learning and sharing communities.

Posted by covey22 at 12:35 AM

October 13, 2006

Fantasea Housings for Nikon Coolpix S5 and S8

Fantasea will be releasing a new housing on October 20th for the Nikon Coolpix S5 and S8. The FS-5 casing is rated to 130ft/40m and features full access to all camera controls, plus a built-in Flash Diffuser and Anti-Glare screen for the LCD. MSRP is USD200.

Posted by covey22 at 1:37 AM

October 3, 2006

Firmware Updates for Nikon D200, D2X and D2Hs

Nikon has released awaited firmware updates to the top-end Digital SLRs: the D200, D2X (not Xs) and D2Hs.

The D200 receives an update to use the WT-3 wireless transmitter, and Image Authentication capability.

The D2X and the D2Hs have a lot of improvements, including:

H 0.3 (ISO 1000 equivalent), H 0.5 (ISO 1100 equivalent), and H 0.7 (ISO 1250 equivalent) options will be added between the ISO 800 and HI-1 sensitivity settings (D2X only).

Autofocus subject acquisition and tracking capability will be improved.

A "Black-and-white (sRGB)" option will be added to the "Color mode" settings in the shooting menu (D2X only).

An "Image authentication" item will be added to the setup menu. However, the optional Image Authentication Software is required to verify image authenticity.

A "Trim" item will be added to the shooting menu (D2X only).

The "Custom" option in the shooting menu's "Tone compensation" item will be modified so that up to 3 user-defined curves can be downloaded to the camera.

An upgrade of Nikon Capture 4 Camera Control is scheduled to support download of 3 curves to the camera. The optional Camera Control Pro software can also be used to download curves to the camera.

A "Save/load settings" item will be added to the setup menu.

The "Mirror lock-up" item in the setup menu will be modified so that the mirror can be locked in the up position under battery power as well as AC adapter power.

The number of options available for the "Lock-on" item in the Custom Settings menu will be increased to 4: "Long", "Normal", "Short", and "Off".

"Max. sensitivity" and "Min. shutter speed" options will be added to the "ISO auto" item in the Custom Settings menu.

The "Maximum shots (Max No. of shots taken in continuous shooting)" item in the Custom Settings menu will be modified to allow a maximum setting of 60 shots.

The "FUNC. button" in the Custom Settings menu will be divided into two items: "FUNC. button press" and "FUNC. button + command dials" (D2X only).

A "Recent settings" item will be added to the setup menu.

Posted by covey22 at 9:28 PM

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

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

More Zeiss Goodness for Nikon

Zeiss has released four more ZF mount prime lenses compatible with the Nikon F mount: a 25mm/f2.8 that close focuses to an amazing 2.4"/6cm, a 35mm/f2.0, a 50mm/f2.0 normal optic and a very fast 100mm/f2.0 macro featuring a 1:2 magnification ratio. The latter is also the very first ARRI/ZEISS Master Prime brand optic - a set of lenses well-known for gracing some of the finest movie-making cameras in Hollywood.

Posted by covey22 at 4:04 AM

September 19, 2006

Wither Olympus and Fujifilm?

Missing from the latest round of DSLR/major camera announcements are Olympus (not counting the E-400) and Fujifilm. True to the rumor mill, Olympus claims they will be showing a prototype of the E-1 successor at Photokina. The Fujifilm S5 (apparently the S4 title is a victim of superstition) has been rumored as well, with a potential pairing of a Nikon D200 body with the latest chipset that improves on the S3's performance.

Posted by covey22 at 7:57 PM

September 15, 2006

Leica's One-Two Punch: M8 Digital and Digilux 3

Leica's latest announcements deliver a one-two punch that lands very solidly, just in time for the last week of pre-show disclosure frenzy leading to the opening of Photokina 2006. The previews are courtesy of our colleagues at Imaging-Resource.

Leading with a jab is the Leica Digilux 3, a copy of Panasonic's Lumix L-1 which features the Four-Thirds mount system and a Live-View MOS secondary CCD that enables live previewing through the rear LCD like most compact digital cameras.

But the real devastation is wreaked from the right - yes, Leica Rangefinder lovers, your ship has finally come in. The Leica M8 digital rangefinder features a 10.3MP CCD, 2.5" LCD and in absolute keeping with the product line's leadership in ambient-light shooting, an astounding ISO2500 rating (unboosted). The focal length conversion is a much more generous 1.33, so wide-angle traditionalists will not be impacted too much. Also in keeping with the Leica line is the price, a very steep USD4800. Nonetheless, this may be the camera that converts the many Leica film holdouts to digital.

Posted by covey22 at 4:32 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

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

September 11, 2006

Zigview Detachable DSLR Viewfinder

The Zigview-R revolutionized DSLR use by creating a high-fidelity remote-angle viewfinder using a 1.9" TFT LCD display that could be positioned to the photographer's convenience. Now, Seculine has upped the ante with the Zigview S2 Digital Angle Finder - featuring a 2.5" LCD that can be separated from the camera up to 33 feet (10m) via optional cables. The Zigview S2 retains the same remote and intervalometer firing capabilities of the -R, as well as adding remote monitor relay feed via TV output. Availability is expected in October 2006.

Posted by covey22 at 4:47 PM

September 8, 2006

Accidental Exposure? ZF 35mm/f2 Revealed

A case of accidental exposure or yet more subliminal advertising? A recent blog posting by well-known industry pundit Herbert Keppler at Popular Photography's website shows a previously unannounced 35mm f2 for ZF Nikon mount shown side-by-side with a ZM equivalent lens for Zeiss' latest Ikon. Perhaps more word will be heard at Photokina 2006...

Posted by covey22 at 7:52 PM

August 30, 2006

Coolpix Connect: Send Your Photos Wirelessly

Nikon and T-Mobile have partnered to provide a new service called Coolpix Connect; aimed at Nikon Coolpix S7c owners that allow photos taken to be sent wirelessly using T-Mobile's HotSpot nation-wide network.

By activating the camera's wireless mode when located near a T-Mobile HotSpot, owners will automatically be signed up and receive a year's complimentary subscription. The subscription includes 50MB of photo storage for up to two weeks at a time; and e-mail recipients of the photos will receive a thumbnail and link to a customized web page where they can view the full-size image.

Posted by covey22 at 8:55 PM

The SD14 Teaser Ad

Apparently the demise of Foveon is premature; witness the latest marketing teaser ad for the Sigma SD-14 Digital SLR. While the style of the site appears to be similar to the Nikon D80 multi-week campaign, no specifications were mentioned. You can expect to to see the camera at Photokina in September.

Posted by covey22 at 8:41 PM

August 26, 2006

Coolpix S10 - The LetsGoDigital Preview

Following the slew of newly announced Coolpix cameras, our colleagues at Letsgodigital have a preview of one of the arrivals, the Nikon Coolpix S10, whose appearance harkens back to the days of the swivel 950 and 995.

"In practice, the Nikon Coolpix S10 is a handy digital camera to work with. I liked it and although the Nikon S10 is not the smallest Megazoom camera on the block, the format and features are such that the camera adds up to a very interesting combination. I have pleasant memories of the useful innovations with which Nikon scored top points in the past and it reminds me of a time when creativity gained more importance in digital photography."

Posted by covey22 at 9:30 PM

August 23, 2006

The Mill Starts Up Again: Canon DSLR with Anti-Dust?

Photokina is still over a month away, but the products rumor mill is already starting to grind. Our colleagues at LetsGoDigital are reporting the existence of a 10MP Canon EOS 400D with a dust-removal system. This, of course, begs the question - WWND - What Will Nikon Do? Nikonians will keep you posted on the latest developments...

Posted by covey22 at 4:17 PM

August 15, 2006

Sigma 50-150mm f2.8 EX DC HSM

Sigma continues building it's lineup of DC (Digital SLR only) lenses with the new 50-150 f2.8 EX DC HSM. Providing a 75-225mm field of view with an APS-C sensor, the latest lens is half the weight of the Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 EX DG HSM full-frame lens and takes smaller 67mm filters.

Posted by covey22 at 3:42 PM

August 11, 2006

Criminals Beware: Fuji Introduces S3 Pro UVIR

Evildoers and miscreants be warned: law-enforcement could be watching you through the new Fujifilm S3 Pro UVIR, a dedicated Digital SLR capable of taking photos in the Ultra-violet and Infrared spectrums without special filtration equipment.

Posted by covey22 at 6:22 AM

August 9, 2006

Letsgodigital and Nikonians: The D80 Preview


LetsGoDigital - the premier online magazine for digital photography has released an extensive preview of the new Nikon D80 and they have asked us to provide our Nikonians perspective.

After reading the preview, be sure to check out the buzz in our D80 Users Group forum, and Nikonian Armando J. Heradia's article "Matching the Wish List" in our Resources at Nikonians.

Posted by covey22 at 8:45 AM

August 7, 2006

Good News for D200 Owners: FCC Approves WT-3

We have some great news for D200 owners: the much-awaited WT-3 wireless controller/transmitter accessory just received FCC approval. This may be the final hurdle that Nikon was waiting to complete before sending this add-on out to store shelves.

Posted by covey22 at 7:09 PM

August 6, 2006

Next Virus Threat: Your Coolpix?

The online publishing firm has a fascinating but technically-laden article on how Wi-Fi enabled Coolpixes can be used as a potential entry-way for viruses and other malicious programs to enter your computer.

Editorial Note: It would appear that the greatest vulnerabilities are at the point of establishing the picture transfer. The camera shares the benign nature of it's non-Wi-Fi equipped peers in picture-taking mode. But the article does show the greatest issue with gadgets today: interoperability between appliances sometimes requires more security and safety oversight.

Posted by covey22 at 1:01 AM

July 31, 2006

SanDisk Buys M-Systems for $1.5 Billion

SanDisk has acquired M-Systems, makers of several popular flash and storage products, as part of an all-stock transaction worth USD 1.5 billion. A conference call is scheduled for 0500 AM PDT on Monday 31-July to discuss the merger.

Posted by covey22 at 6:04 AM

July 27, 2006

Letsgodigital Article on Nikon DSLR Night Vision Adapter

LetsGoDigital has details on the AstroScope 9350NIKS-3PRO, a adapter that sits in-between your Nikon Digital SLR and any of your lenses; automatically making them night-vision capable. Very neat!

Posted by covey22 at 8:53 PM

July 20, 2006

Are You Ready? New Nikon DSLR in 20 Days

A pleasant mid-summer surprise for Nikonians: Nikon Japan has started a marketing teaser for a new 10.2MP DSLR, with a countdown timer of 20 days. English readers can see an equivalent ad at Nikon Europe. Intel on the newest addition is scarce; so get the latest buzz on the camera at our forums.

Posted by covey22 at 3:04 PM

SanDisk Ups The Ante with Extreme IV CF Card Line

On the heels of Lexar's 8GB 133x announcement, SanDisk ups the ante with the release of an entirely new line of Extreme IV CompactFlash cards. The line tops out at 8GB with 40 MB/sec read/write speed. A new FireWire card reader that matches the media's performance was also announced.

Posted by covey22 at 12:13 AM

July 18, 2006

8GB Speed Boost: Lexar Jumps to 133x


Large Capacity and High-Speed Data Transfer Rate Benefits Professionals and Advanced Amateurs Shooting in RAW Format

Fremont, Ca., July 18, 2006 Lexar Media, Inc., a leader in advanced digital media and accessories, today announced that it has increased the performance of its popular Professional 8GB CompactFlash memory card to 133X. This performance improves the digital imaging workflow for both professional and advanced amateur photographers working with and managing large files. Lexar's new card is capable of a minimum sustained data write speed of 20MB per second and is currently available in CompactFlash Type I flash memory card format, the most popular format for today's digital SLR cameras.

"Lexar has encouraged photographers to 'keep shooting' while consistently introducing products that improve digital imaging workflow once images are stored on their flash memory cards," said John Omvik, director of professional product marketing, Lexar. "Those who shoot in RAW format require a vast amount of storage capacity, but also need reliable high-speed performance at all steps in the digital imaging process. Our new 133X 8GB cards directly address and satisfy both needs and, as a result, are ideal for photographers shooting in all situations," he added.

Well-known professional photographer Howard Schatz has incorporated Lexar's high-capacity CompactFlash cards into his digital imaging workflow, which often begins when he shoots with his Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II in an underwater housing. Howard chose Lexar cards because of their reliability and vast storage capacity, which can hold a large number of images on each card. As a result, the cards are ideal for this and other shooting situations where the photographer has less time to change cards or where changing cards is inconvenient.

"Shooting below the water's surface requires the most reliable, high-capacity flash card that can store an enormous number of images," said professional photographer Howard Schatz. "I'm underwater and it's inconvenient to have to stop shooting to open the housing and change memory cards. The high-capacity card means that I have to stop less frequently. The reliability of Lexar's cards is key in my work and the high-speed performance allows me to work relatively uninterrupted," he added.

Like all Lexar Professional flash memory cards, the new 8GB CompactFlash includes the full version of Lexar Image Rescue 2.0, the company's award-winning image recovery software, and Paint Shop Pro 9, the image editing and management software program from Corel.

Lexar's new 133X 8GB CompactFlash will be available in August for the suggested price of $424.99.

Additional information regarding Lexar's new 133X 8GB CompactFlash cards can be found on Information on Howard Schatz and the many ways he uses Lexar's Professional flash memory cards during his photo shoots can be found on the company's digital photography website, located at Lexar's digital photography website includes valuable information and tutorials to help photographers fully utilize the unique features Lexar products offer and achieve a more rewarding experience shooting and working with digital images. Additionally, this popular site provides detailed information about new photography techniques, products and services, as well as interesting feature stories, a pro blog and background information about the many professionals who count on Lexar’s flash memory cards and accessories to help them succeed.

About Lexar Media, Inc.
Lexar, a subsidiary of Micron Technology, Inc., is a leading marketer and manufacturer of NAND flash memory products including memory cards, USB flash drives, card readers and ATA controller technology for the digital photography, consumer electronics, industrial and communications markets. Lexar also sells memory cards under the Kodak brand.

About Micron Technology, Inc.
Micron Technology, Inc., is one of the world's leading providers of advanced semiconductor solutions. Through its worldwide operations, Micron manufactures and markets DRAM, Flash memory, CMOS image sensors, other semiconductor components and memory modules for use in leading-edge computing, consumer, networking and mobile products. Micron's common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the MU symbol. To learn more about Micron Technology, Inc., visit its Web site at

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Lexar, Image Rescue and the Lexar logo are trademarks of Lexar Media, Inc. Micron is a trademark of Micron Technology, Inc. Corel and Paint Shop are trademarks or registered trademarks of Corel Corporation and/or its subsidiaries. All other brand or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

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Posted by covey22 at 3:39 PM

July 17, 2006

SanDisk's Large Capacity SD Card

SanDisk has launched a new Secure Digital card with 4 Gigabytes capacity, with the potential to store up to 2,000 photos, 1,000 audio files or eight hours of MPEG-4 video. The card is the first in the new SDHC (High Capacity) standard that was formalized earlier this year. While not currently usable with any popular Nikon digital still camera, we're likely to see newer devices coming out with SDHC compatibility in the near future.

Posted by covey22 at 7:04 PM

June 21, 2006

Panasonic/Matsushita L1 Arrival Announced

Panasonic/Matsushita's entry into the DSLR fray now has a date; the much-anticipated L1 will be released in Japan on July 22nd and in the US in September. The camera is based on Olympus' E330, but is paired with a new Leica Autofocus 14-50mm/f2.8-3.5 short zoom equipped with optical image stabilization. The arrival will heat up the competition in the desirable entry-level DSLR market currently dominated by Canon and Nikon.

Posted by covey22 at 7:06 PM

June 12, 2006

GPS and the D2X

Thanks to a recent thread in our D200 forum, we were led to a Microsoft Pro Photo article from late 2005 showcasing the usefulness of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) in photography.

Posted by covey22 at 11:13 PM

June 8, 2006

Metz Flash Rebates from Bogen Imaging

Bogen Imaging US is offering rebates until the end of July 2006 on three of it's most popular Metz flashes for both digital and film cameras. Save USD76 on the Metz 76 MZ-5, USD50 on the Metz CL-4 Digital and USD40 on the Metz 54 MZ-4.

Posted by covey22 at 6:22 PM

June 7, 2006

Bob Atkins Reviews the Tamron SP AF17-50mm f2.8 XR Di

Bob Atkins has tested the much awaited Tamron SP AF17-50mm f2.8 XR Di-II and appears to have found a keeper.

If you're after high optical quality, a fast lens which can blur backgrounds and stop action but you don't want to spend more than about $500, the Tamron SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di-II LD Aspherical [IF] is a lens you could be very happy with.

Posted by covey22 at 4:52 AM

June 5, 2006

Sigma 8mm f3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye

Sigma launches their 8mm f3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye this summer, with coating and lens power improvements to better support Digital SLR cameras. The lens will be available in Nikon, Canon, Sigma, Pentax and Sony Alpha mounts.

Posted by covey22 at 4:52 PM

June 1, 2006

Letsgodigital and Nikonians: The D2Xs Preview

LetsGoDigital-the premier online magazine for digital photography and Nikonians-worldwide home for Nikon owners, have published a first joint preview on the new Nikon D2Xs.

Posted by covey22 at 8:00 AM

May 29, 2006

D2Xs Upgrade Announcement In The Wind?

May 29th was named by many sources as the day Nikon would unveil the D2Xs upgrade. has a release indicating Nikon Norway has shown the camera to members of the press, with only the hints to specifications that "improve workflow." According to other sources there is an information embargo in place until Thursday 1 June when Nikon Global will roll out all specifications. So the wait continues...

Posted by covey22 at 4:01 PM

May 25, 2006

Reid Reviews: Zeiss ZF 50/1.4 T Planar lens

Imaging Resource has an excerpt from Reid Reviews on the new Zeiss 50mm/1.4 Planar T for Nikon.

Posted by covey22 at 11:02 PM

Markins Review on the Q3 Emille Ball Head

Nikonians has published a new review on the latest ball head from Markins, the Markins Q3 Emille.

Posted by bgs at 7:00 PM

May 23, 2006

Pentax K100D and K110D Hit the Street

Pentax has announced the latest additions to their digital SLR camera line-up: the K100D and K110D. At first glance, the 6.1 MP seem at first to be a rehash of existing models in a rapidly saturated market catering to point-and-shoot owners, but Pentax has chosen this line to introduce their version of image-stabilization called Shake Reduction.

Similar to Konica-Minolta's (now Sony) Anti-Shake, the capability is in-camera which automatically gives VR-like ability to all compatible Pentax lenses. The K100D has SR, and the K110D is simply a K100D without SR.

This development will heat up the entry-level DSLR market where growth is anticipated to be the strongest. We are now seeing USD500 and USD600 SLRs with high MP counts (although 6MP is now long in the tooth) but with other "killer" features such as wireless multiple flash and image stabilization that is making it a very competitive segment. Members should expect to see more opening salvos for this year from other manufacturers as the term-life of DSLRs shortens.

Posted by covey22 at 5:56 PM

May 22, 2006

Gepe Card Safe Extreme: The Nikonians Review

Nikonians Team Member Chris Gray (wpgf100) takes the Gepe Card Safe Extreme on a field tour and discovers just how robust this memory card container really is.

"Suddenly I started to slip and slide on some rocks in the 12" deep water. I managed to get the tripod to stand up by its own in what was a safe position. But my 280 pound frame was not. My feet came out from under me. I landed on top of a large submerged rock, right on my Gepe."

Posted by covey22 at 10:15 PM

May 19, 2006

Microtek ArtixScanDI 2020 Duplex Scanner

Carson, CA (May 16, 2006) Microtek, a world-leading manufacturer of digital imaging products, has announced that it is shipping the ArtixScanDI 2020 flatbed scanner in the U.S. through its North American subsidiary, Microtek Lab, Inc. The new ArtixScanDI 2020 is designed to dramatically increase office efficiency by significantly reducing the amount of time and effort involved in high-volume scanning.

"The ArtixScanDI 2020 is not only the most affordable 25ppm/40ipm scanner on the market, it's also a time-saving powerhouse," said Tommy Shih, product manager at Microtek. "This double-sided scanner features an automatic document feeder that can scan up to 100 pages at a time completely unattended. And with scanning speeds of up to 25 pages per minute, it can quickly digitize mountains of documents and convert them directly into PDF documents for easy viewing and sharing."

The ArtixScanDI 2020 flatbed scanner features two image sensors for 40ipm double-sided scanning, eliminating the need to re-feed double-sided documents. This versatile workhorse effortlessly scans 25ppm grayscale and 10ppm color, while its 48-bit color depth and 600 dpi optical resolution captures all of the full, rich detail of original documents. For extra timesaving, the Autocrop feature automatically detects the original document size, crops the scan to fit the image and then removes unwanted black borders for clean, consistent scans. And the Deskew function eliminates the need to make post-scan adjustments automatically detecting document edges and correctly rotating skewed scans for proper alignment. The scanner also features three programmable function buttons for added customization and efficiency.

The ArtixScanDI 2020 comes with a full software suite to enhance productivity. The intuitive ScanSoft PaperPort Deluxe software package makes it easy for users to scan, store, organize, retrieve and manage documents on their computer. PaperPort's SimpleSearch feature locates and retrieves files by title, content, keyword or annotations. FormType automates the process of filling out forms by letting users scan a form and then fill it in by using their tab key and typing, saving tedious retyping time when filling in multiple forms. And the integrated ABBYY FineReader OCR (Optical Character Recognition) software scans, recognizes and imports text for editing in Microsoft Word, Excel and html with 99% accuracy.

The ArtixScanDI 2020 is TWAIN compliant. TWAIN is the industry standard for image acquisition most commonly used for desktop publishing. TWAIN compliance ensures that digital images conform to established industry standards for acquisition, writing, reading and storage.

The ArtixScanDI 2020 will be available at Microtek's online store ( and priced at $499.99.

About Microtek
Founded in 1980, Microtek International, Inc. is headquartered in Science-based Industry Park, Hsinchu, Taiwan. The company has a strong global presence, with major operations and distribution channels in 53 countries around the world. Microtek Lab, Inc., the North American subsidiary of Microtek International, Inc., is located at 16941 Keegan Avenue, Carson, CA 90746. Information about Microtek can be found at

(c) 2006 Microtek Lab, Inc. All corporate names and trademarks are the property of their respective companies.


Press Contact:
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Technology Contact:
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Microtek USA
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Posted by covey22 at 3:30 PM

May 17, 2006

Apple Rolls Out MacBook

CUPERTINO, California May 16, 2006 Apple today unveiled the newly designed MacBook, the world's most advanced consumer notebook featuring the Intel Core Duo processor and a gorgeous new 13 inch glossy widescreen display, all in a sleek design that is up to five times faster than the iBook and up to four times faster than the 12 inch PowerBook. Together with the 15 and 17 inch MacBook Pros, the new MacBook completes Apple's Intel-based portables lineup and replaces both the iBook and the 12 inch PowerBook.

Posted by covey22 at 3:30 PM

May 11, 2006

PrintFIX PRO Color Management Suite gains TIPA honors

Professional photographers have been watching the results of the recent Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) awards, which have already recognized Nikon's D50, D200 and the new 105mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor We can now add the ColorVision PrintFIX PRO Suite to our list of those to be congratulated.

The TIPA awards, coming from an independent association of 31 of the leading photo magazines in Europe, are often referred to as the "Oscars" of the photo industry.
The cameras and lenses (much like the actors and actresses in a film) get the most attention, and it takes time to give proper credit to the technical winners, which in this case includes ColorVision, Datacolor's Digital Imaging Unit, who received the TIPA award for "Best Color Management System in Europe" with their PrintFIX PRO Suite.
The Suite is used by industry professionals to "combine industrial color technology with user-friendly software in order to ensure optimal color safety in the digital darkroom" says a ColorVision press release.
"Datacolor 1005, a high-precision LED Spectro Colorimeter, is used to identify the exact color values of a print in the L*a*b color space, which gets converted to an XML file for further processing. The PrintFIX PRO software then generates the profile in RGB mode, taking into account a number of factors, such as printer settings, paper type, and ink."
Professional Nikonians will want to check Datacolor's Web-Site at to see how this solution could fit into their workflow.

Posted by flashdeadline at 4:34 PM

May 10, 2006

Muzzle That Shutter

Rob Galbraith reports on a relatively inexpensive sound-suppressing housing for SLRs called Camera Muzzle. While not considered a replacement for silent housings like SoundBlimp which is used in studio settings, "for practically any other situation we can think of, the Camera Muzzle will do a superb job of taming camera noise without overly reducing camera usability."

Posted by covey22 at 4:33 PM

May 5, 2006

Markins Q3 "Emille" pre-orders are ready

The new Markins Q3 Emille is a high performance professional ball head ideal for monopods and lighter tripods, retaining the highest load-to-weight ratio in its class.

Q3 Emille comes with the new Markins QS-48 quick release with integrated bubble level, and is compatible with Arca Swiss, RRS, Kirk and similar systems. The Q3 retail price is $269.99 USD - (260.99 EUR)

We are taking pre-orders for the Q3 Emille right now and expect to ship the first batch in the coming week. As with all Markins products, it comes with a three year warranty.

For more information see our Q3 Page in the Pro Shop.

Posted by flashdeadline at 11:58 PM

April 24, 2006

Fujifilm USA Halts S3 Pro Buffer Upgrade

Thanks to member Harry Amloian, Nikonians has confirmed that Fujifilm USA has halted the S3 Pro Buffer Upgrade that we had originally reported in March.

Based on discussions with the Edison, NJ depot, Fujifilm Japan has allegedly issued the stop order, but it is unclear at this time whether it is permanent or not. A parts shortage is suspected, but there may be other factors influencing the decision. S3 owners should call the facility towards the end of next week to get more information on the final disposition.

Posted by covey22 at 10:43 PM

April 21, 2006

Sigma Launches DG Filter System

Sigma has launched a new line of multi-coated filters optimized for use on digital SLR cameras.

The product line consists of UV (clear) filters for reducing ultraviolet light as well as general protection, and circular polarizers in wide/thin and normal configurations. The wide/thin CPL line covers all standard Sigma lenses from 52-82mm front threads, with normal CPLs covering 86, 95 and 105mm front threads which match the larger telephoto lenses like the famed 50-500 and 120-300. UV filters are available in all the aforementioned threads.

Posted by covey22 at 8:05 PM

April 5, 2006

Letsgodigital SanDisk Memory Chart

Letsgodigital has updated their memory chart with all available SanDisk flash cards, including individual capacity information based upon compressed and uncompressed images.

Posted by covey22 at 9:37 PM

April 3, 2006

ZF Mount Lenses Now Available Online

The Zeiss Online Store is now open for business and the much-awaited ZF-mount lenses are available for purchase.

Posted by covey22 at 8:52 PM

April 2, 2006

New Tokina Lens Mockups

At the recent Photographic Imaging Expo in Tokyo, Tokina showed off the latest mockups of their lens lineup for this year, including the new 50-135/2.8 DX and the 16-50/2.8 DX. Those images are now available on their news page.

Posted by covey22 at 8:00 AM

March 27, 2006

Free Lenshoods!

Free lenshoods? Well, yes, but it's definitely DIY (do it yourself). It seems a bit too early for an April 1st joke - nonetheless, it doesn't seem to be too challenging even for folks who consider themselves less than mechanically inclined...

Posted by covey22 at 8:06 PM

March 17, 2006

Sony ups Compact Vault Line to 8GB

Sony has released an update to their 5GB Compact Vault drive.

The new version sports 8GB, and like it's predecessor, is a Compact Flash Type II hard-drive card suitable for use in many popular digital still and video cameras. Equipped with Sony's "CyberCapture" optimization firmware and capable of 96/MB maximum throughput, it has the capacity to hold up to 2500 3MB JPEG files or 4 hours of MPEG-4 footage. Initial availability is scheduled for June 2006 with an MSRP of USD259.99.

Posted by covey22 at 4:54 PM

Sigma UK Offering Lens Hire Program Discounts

For our members across the Atlantic, Sigma UK is offering a "try before you buy" option through the Cameraworld retail chain.

Posted by covey22 at 4:45 PM

Carl Zeiss Takes On Sales & Distribution


Carl Zeiss has announced that starting April 2006, the Camera Lens Division will take full responsibility for global distribution of it's product line, including ZM Leica mount and the recently announced ZF Nikon mount optics.

Leveraging previously existing retailers and locations, Zeiss will focus on key areas in Europe, North America and Asia. The company will also open an online retail presence at starting April 3rd.

Posted by covey22 at 4:27 PM

March 15, 2006

Sigma EM-140 iTTL Update

For our members using Sigma's EM-140 Flashgun, a new firmware update has been announced that will ensure compatibility with D2X, D2H, D2Hs and D200 models.

Posted by covey22 at 4:26 PM

Olympus Film Camera Recall

The US Olympus subsidiary is issuing a recall on 1.2 million cameras because of a potential for overheating flash circuits.

The recall affects cameras made between 1989 and 1995, and includes models such as the Infinity Twin, AF-1 Twin, Infinity Zoom 200 series, AZ 200 series, and Quantary Infinity Zoom 222 Olympus-brand.

Posted by covey22 at 4:20 PM

March 14, 2006

Letsgodigital - The Nikon D200 Review

Letsgodigital has put up their Nikon D200 review, and they're very impressed.

Summing up all of the above, we can conclude that Nikon has caused an earthquake in the current d-SLR market with the arrival of the Nikon D200. A camera of this excellence with such a staggering amount of functions and outstanding image quality, in combination with its price-tag, is truly unheard of.

Posted by covey22 at 3:52 PM

March 8, 2006

Get them while they're cool

Nikonians in the Color Slide and Print Film forum have been discussing Fujifilm's shift from the internationally hailed favorite Fujichrome Velvia 50 to the new 100 ISO versions. While some have made favorable comparisons, today's announcement by Fujifilm UK should serve as a final notice for those who want to stock up on the last batch. By the way, Fujufilm was not too happy with reports that they were dropping out of the film business.

Posted by flashdeadline at 7:02 PM

March 4, 2006

Interview with Sigma COO Kazuto Yamaki

Letsgodigital has an interview conducted at PMA 2006 with Sigma Chief Operating Officer Kazuto Yamaki. Yamaki comments on the latest developments with the newest 70-200 Macro, the future of Four-Thirds and continuing use of Optical Stabilization (OS).

Posted by covey22 at 11:42 PM

March 1, 2006

FujiFilm Lowers S3 Pro Price

Fujifilm USA has lowered the price of the S3 Pro to USD1699. This price includes the AC adaptor and the HS-V2 Hyper Utility RAW converter. Both items were previously optional. While this may be a sign of an impending S4, it may also be repositioning by FujiFilm to make the product more competitive.

Posted by covey22 at 9:27 PM

PMA 2006: Epson Perfection 6400dpi Scanners

Epson introduced today two new 6400 dpi scanners: the V700 Photo and V750M Pro. The scanners feature Dual Lens System that enables the new scanning resolution.

The scanners can accomodate 35mm, 2 1/4, and 4x5 formats and can effortlessly switch to the standard 4800 dpi as needed. The Pro version also features a fluid mount to allow wet scans of media, which is especially useful for B&w film. Both scanners will come bundled with Lasersoft Imaging Silverfast Ai 6, Adobe Photoshop Elements, ABBYY FineReader Sprint Plus OCR, Epson Scan and Epson Copy. In addition, the Pro version will come exclusively with MonacoEZColor. The Photo version will be available in March for an estimated street price of USD549, and the Pro version will have a street price of USD799 with an availability of May.

Posted by covey22 at 9:00 PM

February 27, 2006

PMA Day 1: Digital SLR Roundup

Day 1 is nearly over at PMA; and there have been a flurry of unveilings on the hot category - Digital SLRs. It seems an appropriate time for a quick summary.

Canon EOS 30D - no surprise here, the successor to the 20D was announced before the conference began. While it's still drawing crowds, Canon owners are salivating over the accompanying announcements of a 17-55mm f2.8 EFS lens with Image Stabilization and the 2nd generation of the superfast 85mm f1.2 L prime.

Olympus E330 - again, not a surprise, with the curtain rising on the E300's successor a few weeks before the show. However, this is the first DSLR to offer full-time color Live Preview thanks to it's dual CCD design that allows a second sensor to provide a picture without being blocked by the mirror and shutter.

Pentax *istDL2 - Pentax continues it's successful line of entry level bodies with the latest DL model. Featuring slight improvements on Picture Modes and the AF system, this camera is only available in Asia and Canada. It's also a dead-ringer for the Samsung GX-1S.

Pentax Unnamed 10MP DSLR - we reported on this during Sunday's coverage, but it's worth noting here again. Also, a 21mm f3.2 AL digital only prime was also announced, as well as the much-awaited 645 format DSLR with a new Kodak 18MP sensor.

Samsung G1X-1S and GX-1L - the first fruits of the Samsung/Pentax alliance, the cameras appear to be rebadged Pentax *ist series cameras, but are marketed with Schneider-brand lenses. Of course, they have complete compatibility with KAF mounts. Expect to see more from this brand as the two companies begin to work on a new DSLR from the ground-up.

Panasonic Lumix LC-1 - here we see another tie-up between major makers, this time with Olympus providing a lot of the camera know-how. The buzz around the LC-1 is three-fold; first, it's an Olympus Four-Thirds based system that will enjoy compatibility with an increasing number of lens manufacturers; secondly the body is an E330 derivative, but with different ergonomics and third; it's able to take advantage of Panasonic's Mega OIS image stabilization system. The companion announcement of a Leica Vario-Elmarit 14-50mm/2.8-3.5 with OIS built-in is the icing on the cake. Given Panasonic's background with the previous Leica digital compact cameras, it's entirely possible we could be looking at the basic chassis for the rumored Leica digital rangefinder.

Other sundry announcements: Sigma has finally come onboard with the Four-Thirds lens system by updating five of it's current inventory to the new standard: Olympus E owners can now take advantage of the 105mm/2.8 DG Macro, the 150mm/2.8 DG Macro, the 50-500/4-6.3 DG EX HSM super telephoto, and the 30mm/1.4 DC HSM and 18-50/2.8 DC EX HSM.

Posted by covey22 at 6:53 PM

Lexar's New 90x 8GB CompactFlash

PMA 2006 - Lexar has boosted their 8GB Type I CF card to 90x speed - a sizzling 13.5MB/sec rate. The card comes bundled with Image Rescue 2.0, PSP 9.0 and a trial version of Photo Mechanic. Availability is set for April of this year.

Posted by covey22 at 6:16 PM

February 26, 2006

DIMA 2006 Printer Shootout Winners

At PMA 2006 in Orlando, DIMA announced the winners of this year's Printer Shootout. Notably, Epson ran away with three awards in the 8.5 to 17 inch inkjet space, HiTi in the heavily contested 4x6 dye-sub category and Ilford for 8.5x11 media.

Posted by covey22 at 10:37 PM

Pentax Announces 10MP SLR and 645 Digital

While not a complete surprise, Pentax has announced their yet-unnamed 10MP SLR. Specifications are currently unavailable, but the camera prototype was seen under glass. It is currently set for an Fall 2006 release. Also announced was a 21mm f3.2 DA AL wide-angle lens for digital Pentax SLRs only

Of course, the big wow factor is the prototype 645 Format camera first announced in early 2005. Equipped with an 18MP Kodak KAF18000CE sensor, the body will enjoy all the advantages of it's predecessor, the 645N. Pricing is yet to be determined.

Posted by covey22 at 10:24 PM

New Sandisk 8GB CF and 2GB SD Plus Cards

Continuing our coverage from PMA, Sandisk has announced the latest addition to their memory card lineup: an 8GB Extreme III CompactFlash rated at 20MB/sec and a new 2GB Secure Digital Card in the Ultra II range that writes at 9MB/sec and features a built-in USB2.0 connector that eliminates the need for a card reader.

Posted by covey22 at 7:26 PM

Sigma's New 70-200 DG HSM Macro

Sigma announced at PMA a new 70-200 DG HSM with Macro capability. Photos of the new lens were not available at press time, but the lens appears to be close in dimension and weight to the current non-Macro DG lens. The only difference is the addition of new style tripod mount/grip similar to the one found on the Sigma 50-500 DG HSM. The new lens has a minumum focusing distance of 39.4 inches and a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:3.5. Availability is yet to be announced.

Posted by covey22 at 7:00 AM

February 17, 2006

Hamrick Will Continue to Support KM Scanners

Good news for our members using Konica-Minolta scanners: Ed Hamrick, author of the famous and very practical Vuescan scanning software, has declared support for KM scanners after March 31st, 2006. That is the date that KM will cease support for their scanning programs.

Posted by covey22 at 4:34 PM

February 16, 2006

ZF Mount Lens Prices Revealed

The list prices for Zeiss' latest ZF mount lenses for Nikon were revealed today in an article on the PEN News Weekly, as reported by Newsline International. Per sources at Cosina, The ZF 50mm/1.4 Planar T* will list at USD490 and the ZF 85mm/1.4 Planar T* clocks in at USD970.

Posted by covey22 at 9:07 PM

February 15, 2006

Tamron Lens Flurry

Tamron's been busy in the kitchen cooking up new lenses. The company has rolled out a brand-new 17-50/f2.8 just in time for PMA 2006 at the end of the month. This is a DSLR-only lens for APS-C sized sensors. They've also announced Di updates to the 28-200/f3.8-5.6 XR Macro superzoom and the long-running 70-300/f4-5.6 LD Macro.

Posted by covey22 at 4:29 PM

February 3, 2006

IR Digital Camera Conversion

Luminous Landscape has a new article for those interested in purchasing an IR-enabled digital camera or having one converted.

Posted by covey22 at 2:50 PM

February 1, 2006

Rob Galbraith Q&A Session with Zeiss

Rob Galbraith has a Q&A session with Zeiss regarding the new ZF mount lenses. The conversation confirms they are not "chipped" and the two remaining "mystery" lenses (currently thought to be a wide-angle Distagon and a Makro-Planar) will be revealed at Photokina 2006 in September.

Posted by covey22 at 3:43 PM

January 18, 2006

It's Official - Zeiss Lenses for F-Mount

Following several weeks of "teaser ads," Zeiss has finally made it official - they will be producing high-quality full-frame lenses for the F-Mount. First up is a Planar T* 50mm/f1.4 ZF, followed by a Planar T* 85mm/f1.4 ZF. Although not a surprise to shutterbugs who follow the news closely (the teaser ads were downplayed by unintended releases of information in the form of lens images), everyone is still wondering what these highly-touted lenses might cost. The Zeiss press release simply states "competitive with similar items in the Nikon F-system." The new lenses will be sold through a separate sales organization.

Posted by covey22 at 2:12 PM

January 17, 2006

Lexar's New 133x Professional Line

Lexar has raised the bar yet again on high-performance flash cards with their new 133x Professional line. Featuring a 20MB/sec minimum sustained write speed and available in CompactFlash (CF) and Secure Digital (SD) formats, the cards will come bundled with Image Resuce Pro 2.0, a trial of Photo Mechanic 4.0 and Corel Paint Shop Pro 9. In addition, the 2GB SD card versions will come with a USB 2.0 Hi-Speed reader to proactively address any compatibility issues with the larger capacity. These cards are currently available now at all major retailers.

Posted by covey22 at 4:47 PM

Sigma announces 17-70/2.8-4.5 DC MACRO

Sigma Japan announces the newest lens to the DC lineup - a 17-70mm/2.8-4.5 Macro exclusively for use with APS-C sized Digital SLRs.

Posted by covey22 at 4:43 PM

S3Pro Upgrade Now Available in USA

Fujifilm has announced the availability of the memory upgrade for S3Pro users in the USA. The upgrade will cost USD379.95 plus applicable taxes, and the website mentions a possible discount if certain conditions are met. In addition to previously announced features, the upgrade now includes a "wake-up" feature for the camera's vertical shutter.

Posted by covey22 at 3:39 PM

January 12, 2006

The End of the Tale? Sigma Flash Woes with D200

Sigma has posted yet another incompatibility service notice with the D200, this time with their flashgun products.

To our valued customers,

Responding to enquiries received recently regarding the Nikon NA-iTTL version of the Sigma EF500 DG Super, Sigma EF500 DG ST and the EM140 DG when used with the Nikon D200 DSLR. We would direct you to the compatibility chart on our website which states that these flashguns do not support either the D2X, D2H or D200 i-TTL system.

To overcome this, we will be supplying a free-upgrade service to our customers. This free upgrade aims to respond to the demand of our customers by providing greater compatibility with Nikon fit flashguns (EF-500 DG SUPER NA-iTTL, EF-500 DG ST NA-iTTL, EM-140 DG NA-iTTL).

This firmware update service will allow the above mentioned flashguns to be compatible with the i-TTL systems of the D2Hs, D100, D1X, D1H, D1 and D200.

We will post further information regarding service procedure and time-scales in due course.

Posted by covey22 at 4:19 PM

January 6, 2006

SDHC Specs Nearly Complete

The SD Card Association announced at the CES convention that it is hoping to finalize the specifications by February 2006. This will allow increases beyond the current 2GB storage limit as well as improvements in speed and security.

Posted by covey22 at 4:18 PM

January 4, 2006

Kodak and Lexar Team Up on Hi-Performance Cards

On the heels of recent announcements, Lexar has also teamed up with Kodak to produce a line of high performance memory cards suitable for digital still and video camera use. Initially available in SD format, the cards will come in 512MB and 1GB capacities with more formats and sizes anticipated later on in 2006.

Posted by covey22 at 5:43 PM

January 3, 2006

Lexar Updates Platinum Line; Bundles Corel

In separate announcements, Lexar will be showcasing the Platinum II line of professional memory cards at CES 2006 and will also bundle select Corel products - Paint Shop Pro 9 and Photo Album - across various memory card lines.

Posted by covey22 at 5:04 PM

Holiday Product Updates

A collection of updates have crossed our news desk over the holiday season - the Epson P-4000 has a new firmware upgrade to 4.51 which includes support for 2GB SD cards among other improvements, Apple's Aperture goes to 1.01 including fixes for WB accuracy, and Bibble Labs has updated Bibble Pro to version 4.5 to include support for the Nikon D200.

Posted by covey22 at 4:45 PM

December 31, 2005

Fujifilm Europe: 256 MB Upgrade for S3 Now Available

Fujifilm announces the availability of the 256MB Buffer Upgrade for the S3 Pro to the European market. Previously available only in Japan, the upgrade will cost 390 Euros and will commence in January 2006. For details see the press release in English and German.

Posted by covey22 at 10:00 PM

December 23, 2005

AnandTech 1GB CompactFlash Roundup

AnandTech posts a roundup on 1GB CompactFlash cards. Interestingly enough, the roundup does not involve read/write operations on a digital or video camera. Rather, the test is strictly focused on read-write operations on a PC. They also rate the "Endurance" factor of the cards.

Posted by covey22 at 3:12 PM

ATP Announces ProMax Line of CF Cards

ATP Electronics has announced their ProMax line of CF cards. In addition to it's 150x speed rating, the cards are water and shock resistant. Available in 256MB, 512MB, 1GB and 2GB versions. A 4GB capacity card will be made available in 1Q 2006. ATP will display these cards at CES 2006 in Las Vegas from January 5-8.

Posted by covey22 at 3:03 PM

December 21, 2005

Seagate Buys Maxtor for 1.9B USD

In one of the last big merger moves of 2005, hard drive manufacturer Seagate has purchased it's closest rival, Maxtor, to the tune of USD 1.9B. The merger is expected to close in the 2nd half of 2006 and the new company will continue to operate under the Seagate brand and management. Digital photographers contemplating additional storage options (and who isn't - given the prolific nature of digital), may want to take this development into consideration when making their purchase decisions.

Posted by covey22 at 9:08 PM

December 19, 2005

Transcend Releases 120x 8GB CompactFlash Card

Transcend USA has announced the release of their latest 120x 8GB CompactFlash card, capable of storing up to 500 pictures in RAW mode or 4,000 7MP JPEGs.

Posted by covey22 at 2:32 PM

December 9, 2005

Creative Reveals The ZEN VISION:M

SINGAPORE - December 8, 2005 - Creative Technology Ltd. (NASDAQ: CREAF), a worldwide leader in digital entertainment products and the number one manufacturer of MP3 players with music subscription support, today introduced the Zen Vision:M, Creative's premier 30GB video player, photo viewer and MP3 player. Designed with a stunning, 2.5-inch, high-resolution 262,144 color LCD screen, the Zen Vision:M displays rich, vibrant digital video, and photos, full-color menus and album art. The Zen Vision:M will be available in gorgeous high-gloss black, white, blue, green or pink this month for US$329.99 at

The full press release for the Zen Vision:M can be found here.

Posted by covey22 at 3:54 PM

December 8, 2005

Breakthrough Chip Delivers Better Digital Pictures For Less Power

The next advance in cameras is becoming a reality at the University of Rochester. Imaging chips revolutionized the photography industry, and now the chips themselves are being revolutionized. A pair of newly patented technologies may soon enable power-hungry imaging chips to use just a fraction of the energy used today and capture better images to boot—all while enabling cameras to shrink to the size of a shirt button and run for years on a single battery. Placed in a home, they could wirelessly provide images to a security company when an alarm is tripped, or even allow mapping software like Google's to zoom in to real-time images at street level. The enormous reduction in power consumption and increase in computing power can also bring cell-phone video calls closer to fruition.

The team of Mark Bocko, professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Zeljko Ignjatovic, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, has designed a prototype chip that can digitize an image right at each pixel, and they are working now to incorporate a second technology that will compress the image with far fewer computations than the best current compression techniques.

"These two technologies may work together or separately to greatly reduce the energy cost of capturing a digital image," says Bocko. "One is evolutionary in that it pushes current technology further. The second may prove to be revolutionary because it's an entirely new way of thinking about capturing an image in the first place."

The first technology being developed integrates an oversampling "sigma-delta" analog-to-digital converter at each pixel location in a CMOS sensor. "CMOS" is a common semiconductor fabrication process used in most chips manufactured today. Previous attempts to do this on-pixel conversion have required far too many transistors, leaving too little area to collect light. The new designs use as few as three transistors per pixel, reserving nearly half of the pixel area for light collection. First tests on the chip show that at video rates of 30 frames per second it uses just 0.88 nanowatts per pixel—50 times less than the industry's previous best. It also trounces conventional chips in dynamic range, which is the difference between the dimmest and brightest light it can record. Existing CMOS sensors can record light 1,000 times brighter than their dimmest detectable light, a dynamic range of 1:1,000, while the Rochester technology already demonstrates a dynamic range of 1:100,000.

Traditional image sensors use an array of light-sensitive diodes to detect incoming light, and transistors located at each photodiode to amplify and transmit the signal to an analog-to-digital converter located outside of the photodiode array. Other designs can convert the signal to digital at the pixel site, but require high precision transistors, which take up considerable chip space at each pixel and reduce the amount of surface area on the chip devoted to receiving light. The new design not only uses smaller transistors at each pixel, and thus can allow more light to be detected, but the transistors can be scaled down in size without diminishing the sensor performance as advances in semiconductor fabrication technologies allow the size of transistors to shrink. This means that much denser, higher-resolution chips can be developed without the prohibitive problems of the existing sensor designs. When transistors are reduced in size, they also become faster, allowing incoming light to be sampled more frequently and accurately.

What makes Bocko and Ignjatovic's method work so elegantly is its feedback design. Traditional CMOS image detectors apply a voltage to charge up a photodiode, and incoming light triggers a release of some of that charge. An amplifying transistor then checks the remaining voltage on the diode, and the diode is recharged again. Bocko and Ignjatovic's design also begins with a charged photodiode that discharges when light reaches it, but the discharge is then measured against a one/zero threshold and the resulting bit is delivered off the chip. If the result of a measurement is a one, then a packet of charge is fed back to the diode, effectively recharging it. The design also uses significantly less power than existing sensor designs, which is especially important in smaller devices like cell phones and digital cameras where battery size is restricted.

The second advance has taken many researchers by surprise. Called "Focal Plane Image Compression," Bocko and Ignjatovic have figured out a way to arrange photodiodes on an imaging chip so that compressing the resulting image demands as little as 1 percent of the computing power usually needed.

Normally, the light-detecting diodes on a chip are arranged in a regular grid—say 1,000 pixels by 1,000 pixels. A picture is snapped and each diode records the light hitting it. A computer in the camera then runs complex computations to compress the image so that instead of taking up 10 hefty megabytes, it might only take up 100 kilobytes. The common picture type "JPEG," used on the Web and on many cameras and phones, is an example of this. This compression, unfortunately, takes a tremendous amount of computing power, and hence battery power.

Ignjatovic and Bocko of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, came up with a way to make the physical layout of the light-sensitive diodes simplify the computation. The normal way to perform compression includes a computation called the discrete cosine transform, which checks how much a segment of an image resembles a series of cosine waves. Both the image and the cosine waves are sampled at regular intervals and the transform requires that the image and cosine wave samples be multiplied together and added. Since the cosine wave samples can have a value anywhere between -1 and +1, the computation requires multiplication by non-integers, which demands the bulk of the computing power.

But Ignjatovic and Bocko have laid out the pixels to lie at the peaks of cosine waves resulting in a non-uniformly distributed array, instead of an evenly spaced one. By using this trick, the amount of computation required to compress the image is slashed by nearly five-fold. Since each pixel is positioned exactly where each cosine wave has a peak where the cosine value is "one," multiplying by one is unnecessary. With no multiplication and only a little addition, the processor uses less power.

The team members are now looking to build a prototype chip that incorporates both technologies into a single unit to see how much real-world processing power the designs will save. They plan to integrate the technology into wireless security cameras at first.

"Wireless security cameras offer the perfect proving ground for these technologies," says Bocko. "These cameras need to capture, compress, and transmit high quality images as quickly as they can without consuming precious battery power. As we develop the chips further, we'll look more into consumer cameras and cell phones to see how much battery and processing power we can save them as well."

About the University of Rochester
The University of Rochester ( is one of the nation's leading private universities. Located in Rochester, N.Y., the University's environment gives students exceptional opportunities for interdisciplinary study and close collaboration with faculty. Its College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering is complemented by the Eastman School of Music, Simon School of Business, Warner School of Education, Laboratory for Laser Energetics, and Schools of Medicine and Nursing.

MEDIA CONTACT: Jonathan Sherwood
(585) 273-4726

Posted by covey22 at 3:51 PM

December 7, 2005

PHASE ONE P 30 - 31.6 MP Digital Back Shipping

Phase One A/S, Copenhagen, Denmark (December 6, 2005):
Phase One(R), the world leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce the shipment of their newest addition to the P-series - the P 30 digital back with an amazing and unmatched 31.6 Million Pixels.

Only a few months ago, many people would not have believed this possible! But yet again, Phase One has broken another barrier in the world of digital photography by developing, producing, and now shipping a 31.6 MP digital camera back-the revolutionary P 30 back!

Fashion photography without limits
The P 30 is aimed at the world's leading fashion, portrait, and social photographers. They will experience a so far unseen and amazing image quality and capture speed. This will help the top photographer to increase his/her level of creativity and innovation. "In fashion photography, speed is equally important to image quality so our main priority has been to combine the two - an unparalleled image quality and a fast capture rate. We have succeeded in obtaining a sustained capture rate of 45 frames/min., which is faster than working with film. On top of this, the image quality is superb. With a 31.6 MP CCD which produces files of app. 93 MB, we can introduce a better quality than ever before. We are proud of the benefits we now can offer to the world's top shooters," CEO of Phase One, Henrik Hakonsson, explains.

By bringing the P 30 back to the market, Phase One has managed to overcome another recurring and very well-known obstacle in the fashion and portrait market - the presence of color Moire in especially hair and fabrics. Due to the small 6.8 um pixel size, the P 30 back produces virtually Moire free images - a feature which has been on most professional photographers' wish list for many years now.

New P 30 Features and technologies:
* 31.600.000 CCD with dual output construction
* 40 Mega pixels/sec.
* New IIQ-DUAL processor based on cutting edge 90nm silicon technology
* Image buffer with blazing fast DDR2-RAM
* Improved display
* Higher battery capacity: 2500mah
* Advanced power management
* Improved interface between back and host computer
* Full speed sustained burst when shooting tethered by using enhanced image buffer
* ISO settings can now be set on the P 30, even when shooting tethered
* EXIF Image information is now transferred to host when shooting tethered
* Battery can be set as power source when shooting tethered
* ISO 800 in full resolution
For more details and information on the new P 30 digital back, please call either of the contact persons or visit Phase One's website at

Note: Phase One is a registered trademark of Phase One A/S. All other brand or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

For Details, contact:

Kevin Raber
Phase One
200 Broadhollow Road, suite 312
Melville, NY 11747 - 0983
Tel (631) 547-8900
Fax (631) 547-9898

Espen Beck
Phase One
Roskildevej 39
DK-2000 Frederiksberg
Tel +45 3646 0111
Fax +45 3646 0222

Posted by covey22 at 11:57 PM

December 6, 2005

Panasonic to Pilot 50GB Blu-Ray DVDs

Torrance, CA (December 5, 2005) Panasonic has modified its existing pilot production line for single-layer Blu-ray Discs, called BD-ROM, so that it is able to replicate dual-layer BD-ROM discs with 50 gigabytes (GB) of storage capacity. The new pilot replication line is housed within the Panasonic Disc Manufacturing Corporation of America, which is located here in Torrance, Calif. Single-layer Blu-ray Discs have 25 GB of storage capacity for holding video and other data, while current DVD discs have 8.5 GB of storage at most.

The doubling of BD-ROM disc storage capacity is enabled by spin coating technologies developed by Panasonic that create two recorded layers on a single side of a Blu-ray Disc. In the process, readily available inexpensive UV curable resins are used in the creation of the space layer, cover layer and hard-coat, resulting in a reduction in disc replication costs. Video and other data is then embedded in the layers for playback later using a blue laser-equipped Blu-ray Disc player, recorder or BD-ROM drive-equipped PC.

The Torrance pilot production line is able to produce dual-layer BD-ROM discs with the attachment of a dual-layer replication line module to the existing single-layer line. Single-layer BD-ROM discs are currently being produced on the pilot line with more than 80% yield rates. Panasonic expects to provide sample dual-layer BD-ROM discs to the industry for testing by the end of this month.

"Working closely with the movie studios and our replication partners, Panasonic was able to foresee the need for greater disc capacity to give consumers a much richer user experience," said Eisuke Tsuyuzaki, director of Strategy & Alliances, Panasonic Hollywood Lab.

Panasonic expects to highlight the new replication process for dual-layer BD-ROM discs at the Blu-ray Disc Association's booth (#9444, Main Hall, Las Vegas Convention Center) during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, January 5-8, 2006.

The additional capacity will allow movies and other High Definition video titles to be stored, along with value-added features, on a single Blu-ray Disc. The BD-ROM format is expected to succeed DVDs as the preferred medium for High Definition movies and other packaged entertainment content for the home as the nation moves from analog TV to digital and High Definition Television.

About Panasonic

Best known by its Panasonic brand name, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. is a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of electronic products for a wide range of consumer, business, and industrial needs. Based in Osaka, Japan, the company recorded consolidated net sales of $81.44 billion for the year ended March 31, 2005. The company's shares are listed on the Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, New York (NYSE:MC), Euronext Amsterdam and Frankfurt stock exchanges. For more information on the company and the Panasonic brand, visit the company's website at


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Posted by covey22 at 4:20 PM

Trade In Your GretagMacbeth EyeOne

For photographers in the UK, ColorConfidence is running a customer loyalty upgrade program for existing GretagMacbeth owners. Trade-in discounts will be on a sliding scale based upon the age of the original system.

Posted by covey22 at 4:13 PM

December 2, 2005

Quantum Introduces Turbo AC



Quantum's new Turbo AC (TAC) supplies photographers with reliable power for all-day studio and location shooting wherever AC power is available. Small and lightweight, take the Turbo AC anywhere in the world, it can be adapted to AC mains power from 100 to 240 VAC.

Mounting is fast and easy; the Turbo AC has a self-contained thread that screws into the socket on the bottom of a camera, and it accepts tripod threads for mounting to a tripod. An included Quantum clamp allows for mounting to a tripod or light stand leg.

Use the Turbo AC in the studio to power your Qflash, shoe or handle mount flash and digital camera simultaneously, with one power source. For location work, leave your studio lights home and pack light with Qflash and Turbo AC units. Use the Turbo AC for the Qflash room lights and your Turbo, Turbo 2x2 and Turbo Compact Batteries for the portable Qflash, shoe or handle mount flashes.


Posted by covey22 at 4:43 PM

December 1, 2005

Jobo Introduces the GIGA Vu Pro Evolution

Gummersbach - JOBO AG Germany introduces with GIGA Vu PRO Evolution the next generation of mobile storage devices with exciting photo features for every consumer and prosumer. The resolution of digital cameras increases day by day. As technology advances, camera manufacturers offer higher and higher resolution at lower and lower prices. However, along with this advance in resolution and quality comes the need for more digital storage capacity. Fast, large memory cards work for today but soon even their storage capacity is too small.

To allow you to store your images comfortably, safely and economically, JOBO offers an alternative: the GIGA Vu PRO Evolution.

Advanced Professional Features
At last there is a portable storage device developed specifically to meet the needs of the professional photographer. The JOBO GIGA Vu PRO evolution is the ultimate multi-media, photo copier and image viewing system. This high-quality digital album with hard drive storage and a built-in memory card slot for CompactFlash and MicroDrive (all other memory card types via adapter), was designed for digital camera users that want the most advanced digital storage and display features. The JOBO GIGA Vu PRO Evolution offers optimized professional photo functions including real RAW file decoding, super Hi-Speed downloading of files to and from your computer, and razor sharp image viewing capability. With vast storage options up to 120 GB, this unique, compact, one-of-a kind digital accessory is a must have for serious minded photographers. Instantly free up precious space on your memory card. When you’re on location or traveling, this digital camera companion is ideal as a permanent secure storage system for your professional pictures. It is also an easy-to-use portable media player that you can take anywhere, enjoying your favorite photos, videos and music anytime. The JOBO GIGA Vu PRO Evolution is the choice of professionals than want the very best.

Brilliant Colors with Enhanced Detail
The JOBO GIGA Vu PRO evolution features a big 4" Color TFT display allowing you to instantly view your digital pictures with power zoom and in many formats, including RAW. Enjoy your photos in bright brilliant color and vivid detail. In addition, this unique digital player offers TV-out for showing and controlling pictures directly on a television (including plasma or HDTV) or projector. When used as a media player, even MPEG 1, MPEG 2, MPEG 4, DVIX and MP3 music files can be played on the JOBO GIGA Vu PRO evolution with video and sound. It is also WAV compatible. Copy, store, view, print and present your photos easily and without a PC. You can even use the OTG feature to connect the JOBO GIGA Vu PRO evolution to other stand-alone USB devices such as digital cameras, printers, MP3 players, card readers, etc. Get the JOBO GIGA Vu PRO evolution today because your professional photos deserve to be captured with the absolute highest quality photo storage system.

Special Photo Features

The JOBO GIGA Vu PRO Evolution is the only portable storage device that offers real RAW File Decoding indicating not only the JPEGs of a digital photo, but actually displaying the real and true RAW data. And with its power zoom feature, a photo pixel can be indicated perfectly as a screen pixel. When sharing your photos with family and friends, adding background music or creating a stunningly vivid slideshow is quick and easy. Your pictures will look better than traditional prints, even in bright sunlight. In addition, the JOBO GIGA Vu PRO Evolution conveniently displays histograms and channel views as well as highlight detection. No doubt, this is the ultimate tool for professionals!
The prizes will be around 499 EUR for 40 GB and 699 EUR for 80 GB. The product will be available in January 2006.

Company Profile:
JOBO is a family owned company now in its third generation of family leadership. Having been founded in 1923, it has built up a reputation for quality, professionalism, and commitment. These core values remain our keys for continuous success in times of vast technological changes, growing markets, and globalisation.

Through innovation and ingenuity JOBO has created standards within the imaging industry. For example, JOBO created the product class of small-volume, high-quality photo processors.

Johannes Bockemuhl, photography pioneer and founder of the company, first presented JOBO equipment at the trade show "Leipziger Messe".

Interaction with our customers and end users has been an important key for making JOBO a market leader in the world of photography. JOBO is present at all major international and national trade shows – never losing touch with the customers. Effective dialogue enables us to build our success on our customer’s success and satisfaction.

NASA pictures of the first flight to the moon (Apollo 11) were processed using JOBO equipment.

A modern, lean corporate structure, the change from a family-owned business to a Corporation and offices in Germany and Ann Arbor, MI, USA are all evidence of our dynamic approach to the global markets in which we compete.

Posted by covey22 at 11:01 PM

November 25, 2005

Lacie Introduces The Brick - Stackable Hard Drives


LaCie introduces a playful new set of stackable hard drives in vibrant white, red and blue colors: the LaCie Brick Desktop Edition (3.5" from 160-500GB) and Mobile Edition (2.5" from 40-120GB). For this unique range, LaCie teamed up with renowned designer Ora-Ito to create colorful building block-shaped hard drives, making everyday storage and backup not only functional, but fun.

LaCie Bricks are hard drives even children can appreciate. Designer Ora-Ito took one of his favorite childhood objects and created a hybrid hard drive that doubles as desk art. He chose primary white, red and blue colors to add vibrancy to everyday desktops. LaCie Bricks offer nearly effortless setup, and are ready to use seconds after removing from the box. They're built to fit large amounts of music, photo, video and office files. Ora-Ito says, "Why should data storage be boring? Add color to your desktop with LaCie Bricks!"

LaCie Bricks can be used on a PC or Mac and come with free backup software. LaCie Brick Desktop Editions are equipped with a Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interface and come all necessary power adapters. LaCie Brick Mobile Editions are bus-powered and are available with either a Hi-Speed USB 2.0-only interface, or dual FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 interfaces. LaCie Brick Desktop Edition 300GB and 500GB include an automatic thermo-regulated smart fan that changes airflow based on need. Lower capacity models are fanless for near-silent operation.

"LaCie has always pushed the boundaries of timeless hard drive design and performance. This new unique Brick range shows our playful side," says Olivier Mirloup, LaCie Senior Product Manager. "Now storage is as fun as a child's game with bright, primary hues that add color to your digital life."

* Spacious storage capacities of 160-500GB (Desktop) or 40-120GB (Mobile)
* Ultra quiet operation for use in the office or living room
* No setup needed, just plug-and-play
* Compatible with Windows and Mac
* Backup software included for PC and Mac

LaCie Brick hard drives are available for pre-order today at the LaCie Store online ( and will be widely available through LaCie's specialized dealer network end of December 2005 at the suggested retail prices below. LaCie Bricks ship with LaCie One Click Backup Software for PC/Mac, and LaCie Silverlining and SilverKeeper drive management and advanced backup utilities for Macs. Detailed product information can be found at

Desktop Editions
LaCie Brick Desktop Edition (USB) 160GB White $119.99
LaCie Brick Desktop Edition (USB) 250GB Red $149.99
LaCie Brick Desktop Edition (USB) 300GB Blue $199.99
LaCie Brick Desktop Edition (USB) 500GB Red $399.99

Mobile Editions
LaCie Brick Mobile Edition (USB) 40GB White $99.99
LaCie Brick Mobile Edition (USB) 80GB Blue $149.99
LaCie Brick Mobile Edition (USB) 120GB Red $299.99
LaCie Brick Mobile Edition (USB/FW) 40GB Blue $119.99
LaCie Brick Mobile Edition (USB/FW) 80GB Red $169.99
LaCie Brick Mobile Edition (USB/FW) 120GB Blue $329.99

About Ora-Ito
Though his name implies a Japanese background, designer Ora-Ito is French. A do-it-all designer, he was barely 20 years old when he created the very first virtual brand in 1998. Propelled to the front of the international scene, he then started prestigious collaborations with L'Oreal, Vogue Magazine, Heineken, Adidas, Kenzo, electronic musicians AIR, Honda, Guerlain, Swatch and Nike.

Posted by covey22 at 6:54 PM

November 23, 2005

Out-of-the-Box: Plenoptic Cameras

Imagine a camera where you could shoot wide open and yet could specify any focus point after you took the photograph. It's called a Plenoptic camera. If this technology becomes mainstream, it will change the way you take photos...

Posted by covey22 at 8:38 PM

Fantasea FD-50 Housing for Nikon D50

Fantasea Line Releases the FD-50 Housing for Nikon D-50 Digital Camera

Fantasea Press Release Fantasea Line, distributor of the world's most popular and affordable underwater photographic products, announces the release of the FD-50 waterproof camera housing for the Digital SLR Nikon D-50. The Fantasea FD-50 is a compact, lightweight, injection molded polycarbonate housing with ergonomically designed handles, making it easy to hold and use. The FD-50's interchangeable port system accommodates a wide variety of SLR lenses, allowing photographers to capture the widest variety of superior underwater images.

The Fantasea FD-50 is more than just an underwater camera housing since it provides protection for the D-50 against damage from rain, snow, dust, sand and dirt. It is a valuable tool for many commercial, industrial, and medical applications, because it is resistant to most liquids and sprays.

The FD-50 housing features a unique o-ring and gasket seal and is rated to a depth of 200 feet (60m). The D-50 "slides" into the FD-50 housing on a specially designed tray. Once inside the housing the latching buckles on the back door are snapped shut sealing the system with a sound watertight seal.

Overall Size: 210 x 270 x 200 mm (LxWxH)
Total Weight Approx 2.45 Kg (Housing only)
Buoyancy (with camera) Slightly positive
Among the key features and controls for the FD-50 housing:

* On/Off
* Mode Select
* Menu
* Exposure compensation
* WB
* Image Quality controls
* Playback and Trash
* Multi Selector control
* Main Dial command
* Sync socket for 5 pin sync connector
* Monitor zoom
* Magnified Optical Viewfinder
* Light control for LCD screen
* Exchangeable Ports System (including wide angle and macro ports)
* Bulkhead and hotshoe connector for strobe
* Visible main O-ring for final pre-dive check
* Double O-ring design on all controls
* Standard five-pin Nikonos type TTL connector flash sync
* Stainless steel latches

The suggested retail price of the FD-50: USD 999
That includes standard port (18-70 mm zoom lens) and pre-paid flood insurance policy from D.E.P.P. for one year.

Posted by covey22 at 8:23 PM

November 21, 2005

Lexar LockTight Security for the Nikon D200

FREMONT, Ca., November 21, 2005 Lexar Media, Inc. (Nasdaq: LEXR), a world leader in advanced digital media technologies today announced that its LockTight(TM) technology will be supported in the Nikon D200 creating an ideal solution for photographers who want to fully utilize the advanced feature set in this new camera, including security functionality and burst mode shooting. Lexar Professional LockTight CompactFlash is a unique security technology that allows photographers and organizations to control access to information stored on the user’s memory cards. Following full support in the Nikon D2X and D2Hs digital SLR cameras, the new Nikon D200 is the most affordable digital camera that includes built-in LockTight functionality.

"Security and controlling access to digital images continues to be a critical feature for vertical markets such as law enforcement, insurance, medicine or government. With LockTight, Lexar is offering a unique secure digital imaging solution for these markets," said John Omvik, director of professional product marketing, Lexar.
"With the introduction of the D200, photographers and organizations in these markets now have three different Nikon cameras to choose from with varying feature sets and price points," he added.

Beyond security, the Lexar Professional CompactFlash with LockTight delivers a minimum sustained write speed capability of 80X, enough to take advantage of the D200’s burst mode of 5 frames per second, without delays in writing the data to the memory card (Lexar defines "X" within its speed-rating system as equivalent to a minimum write speed capability of 150 kilobytes per second). Any Lexar Professional CompactFlash card used with a Nikon D200 digital SLR camera is the ideal combination for shooting at weddings, sporting events or any venue where missing the perfect image is not an option.
"The comprehensive feature set of the D200–including the unique LockTight compatibility and functionality–will appeal to many professionals around the world," said Kazuyuki Kazami, General Manager of Marketing, Nikon Corporation. "Among the D200's target customer base are organizations that have a real need to protect their content, demonstrate a chain of evidence and restrict access to confidential or sensitive image data. Lexar’s LockTight system offers us a unique way to address these requirements from our vertical market customers," he added.

How LockTight Works
The combination of Lexar Professional CompactFlash with LockTight and Lexar’s custom LockTight software creates a security solution ideal for photographers in fields such as forensic photography, scientific research, military and law enforcement. When used in conjunction with a camera that supports the LockTight system, access to the digital content stored on a LockTight card is restricted to authorized users and authorized cameras through card level, 160 bit authentication. Once the card has been registered to users and cameras, it will only work in those specific cameras and can only be accessed on a PC or MAC by those users with the login information established by the system administrator. A Lexar Professional CompactFlash Reader completes the security solution, as only the user’s registered cameras and Professional CompactFlash Readers can recognize a secured LockTight card. LockTight cards that are not secured operate as normal cards.

When used in conjunction with a camera that supports the LockTight system, LockTight CompactFlash employs a unique strategy to protect data, and, as a result, LockTight cards are always "locked." A computer or camera cannot read or write data to/from a LockTight card until a critical authorization process takes place between the LockTight card and the host computer or host camera. This authorization process is where the 160-bit HMAC SHA-1 hash algorithm is employed.

Lexar Professional LockTight CompactFlash cards are currently available at photo-specialty stores and through key market value added resellers in capacities of 512MB and 2GB. More information on Lexar’s professional products can be found at

About Lexar Media, Inc.

Lexar is a leading marketer and manufacturer of NAND flash memory products including memory cards, USB flash drives, card readers and ATA controller technology for the digital photography, consumer electronics, industrial and communications markets. The company holds over 90 issued or allowed controller and system patents, and licenses its technology to companies including Olympus Corporation, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., SanDisk Corporation and Sony Corporation. Lexar sells its memory cards worldwide and through an exclusive agreement, also sells memory cards under the Kodak brand. Headquartered in Fremont, California, Lexar has operations in countries around the world. More information is available at

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This release contains forward-looking statements, which are subject to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include statements related to the digital photography market, the benefits and availability of, and consumer demand for, Lexar's products, including LockTight Compactflash, and the growth opportunities available to Lexar. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by these forward-looking statements. These risks include that the growth and success of our business depends on our ability to achieve and maintain technology leadership, and develop, sell and market products that are commercially accepted. Readers should also refer to the risk factors described in our filings with the SEC, including our most recently filed Form 10-K and Form 10-Q. We assume no obligation to update the information in this release.

Posted by covey22 at 4:08 PM

November 18, 2005

Kingston Announces 15-In-1 High Speed Media Reader

Fountain Valley, CA *November 17, 2005* Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the release of its new Kingston 15-in-1 Hi-Speed Reader.

Designed to support 15 popular types of Digital Memory cards using four media ports, this USB 2.0 Hi-Speed reader delivers up to 480 Mbps data transfer rates for high-resolution images, data and more. Kingston’s 15-in-1 Reader installs quickly and easily with its plug-and-play design and is backward compatible with USB 1.1 specification standards. It is the essential reader to suit faster speed cards currently offered in the market, including Kingston's SD Ultimate memory card with 133x write speed.

More information can be found in the press release.

Posted by covey22 at 4:30 PM

Quantum's New Wireless TTL System


QUANTUM PRESS RELEASE: Introducing Quantum's new wireless TTL system, Qflash 5d, and FreeXWires FW7Q, FW8R, FW9T:

Quantum's new "QTTL(TM)" system links Qflash 5d series flashes to digital and film cameras wirelessly. Get wireless TTL for Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Hasselblad, Mamiya, and Contax cameras. Quantum's QTTL(TM) Adapters with a FreeXWire FW9T Transmitter will send commands to one or more remote FreeXWire receivers connected to Qflashes.

Qflash 5d features

Full dedication - Connect a Qflash 5d to a camera using a Dw series QTTL Adapter and make Qflash a powerful, fully dedicated flash that mimics the features of camera manufacturers' flashes.

Wireless TTL with Fill-flash - When teamed with a FreeXWire system, Qflash receives your camera's TTL exposure commands wirelessly. Wireless fill-flash offsets are set on the D and Dw series QTTL adapters, or on the camera.

Wireless Linked Auto with Qflash Ratios - Set up an on-camera Qflash and one or two remote Qflashes with FreeXWires. Control the ratios of the remote Qflashes wirelessly from the panel of the on-camera Qflash. All Qflashes track the f-stop of the camera as you change it.

The following D and Dw adapters transfer camera TTL exposure for wireless transmission by FW9T, FW7Q, FW8R and updated FW10w Transceivers: D10w- Olympus; D12w- Nikon, Fuji, Kodak; D13w- Canon; D19w- Hasselblad; D24- Contax; D25- Mamiya.

NEW! Digital FreeXWires FW7Q, 8R and 9T features

Receiver FW7Q *totally cordless* Team up a FW7Q Receiver with a FW9T Digital Transmitter. FW7Q mounts flush to Qflash 4d or 5d. Mount an FW9T Transmitter and FW12 Hot Shoe Adapter to the camera hot shoe to be totally wireless. Or, add a D or Dw series QTTL adapter to the camera and transmit your camera's f/stop, ISO, and TTL exposure information to the remote Qflash 5d.

Receiver FW8R - Use this receiver with any shoe, handle mount flash or Qflash as a wireless flash sync. When connected to a Qflash (with an FW31 accessory cable) camera TTL information is relayed wirelessly. Slide the Shutter MD Delay switch to the MD position, connect a Shutter Release (Motor Drive) Cord from the Receiver FW8R to the camera shutter release connection activate a camera shutter up to 1000ft. away.

Let Quantum update your existing FreeXWire FW10 to FW10w to perform the same functions as the new FW8R. (Contact Customer Service for details)

Transmitter FW9T *Simple Operation* Match up the FW9T with a FW7Q, FW8R or an upgraded FW10w Transceiver. You can set up sets of FreeXWire units to work together on the same channel, or separate groups of FreeXWires to work in independent channels. Each channel has an additional four "Zones" that can be activated in 15 possible combinations.

Common Features

8 independent, non-interfering channels
4 remote zones can be turned on or off in any combination
Status LED confirms units are on, battery condition, and system working properly.
Range for FW7Q: 300-600'
Range for FW8R: 500-1000'

Other specifications are similar to the ones indicated for Qflash 4d and FreeXWire FW10 in the full Quantum product brochure, or at

Posted by covey22 at 3:50 PM

November 14, 2005

Sigma Updates 135-400/4.5-5.6 Telephoto

Sigma has updated their venerable 135-400mm/4.5-5.6 telephoto zoom lens to DG standards. According to the manufacturer, "The new multi layer lens coating and lens design reduce flare and ghost, and also creates an optimum color balance and better picture quality through the entire zoom range."

Posted by covey22 at 3:23 PM

November 10, 2005

Intemos Launches DigiCamClean

8th November 2005 - Intemos, the same company that make DSLRClean, the revolutionary Digital SLR Sensor cleaning kit, have launched DigiCamClean - the only cleaning system specifically designed to clean small lenses such as those found in mobile phone cameras and digicams.

DigiCamClean can be used to clean small lenses, viewfinders and any other small or hard to access optical surface.

"It started with a discussion with mobile phone camera users," said Intemos managing director Andrew Stagg.

"Users were finding that the lenses get dirty in pockets and bags and I even know people who have changed their mobile just to get a clean lens. It is a problem that I am also familiar with from my experience with compact cameras. Now, with DigiCamClean there is an effective way to clean even the tiniest lens."

Developed utilising the same successful technology used in DSLRClean, the new DigiCamClean sticks use micropores to gently lift the dust off the surface of the lens. Simply sweep the tip across the surface and you instantly have a clean lens.

DigiCamClean sticks are available in packs of 5 (price GBP6.95 USD11.95) or 10 (price GBP8.95 USD15.95) from

Posted by covey22 at 4:31 PM

Zigview-R Introduced

Seculine's ZIGVIEW-R - the world's first TTL Motion Sensor shutter release, Interval & Exposure Timer, based on the original Zigview Digital Angle Finder.

Building on the success of Seculine's Zigview Digital Angle Finder, the Zigview R incorporates a host of new features including a motion sensor trigger, a sophisticated interval timer and a Bulb exposure controller making it the ideal accessory for wildlife, nature and macro photography or any situation where a covert or accurately timed approach is required.

Simply attach the Zigview-R digital angle finder to the viewfinder of your camera, frame the subject area as required on the TFT colour display and input the required shutter trigger settings using the on screen menu's.

The motion sensor fires the shutter when movement is detected based on brightness levels in 9 areas of the viewfinder image. This innovative design allows the sensor area to be over any distance and with any area of view including the most extreme telephoto and wideangle lenses, with the sensitivity of each trigger being variable to allow movement in parts of the field of view.

Zigview-R's interval timing facility can be set to fire the shutter over a period of up to 999 days with exposure intervals of between 1/2 second to 99 days allowing huge variations of possibilities. This can be combined, if required, with its timed "BULB" feature which can be accurately set over a wide range enabling photographers to repeatedly control long exposures.

Both the Motion Sensing and Interval facilities can be started at the push of a button, on a countdown timer or at a specific time and date with almost limitless shutter applications.

The Zigview-R can also be used as a Digital Angle Finder to display the image captured by its CMOS sensor through the viewfinder on the 2 inch TFT colour display. This is particularly useful when composing images in high & low angle situations where it is awkward or impossible to see through the viewfinder.

ZIGVIEW-R will work with most digital and film SLR cameras which have an electronic shutter release socket. It is supplied with an eyepiece adapter for common Nikon and Canon cameras and a 2.5mm shutter release connector. Other eyepeice and camera connectors are available as accessories.

The Seculine ZIGVIEW-R will be available from Photographic retailers from the end of November with a suggested retail price of GBP199.99 inc Vat.

For further details please visit and visit the Zigview pages, or call Intro2020 on 01628 674411.

Posted by covey22 at 4:23 PM

Digital Surveillance: One More Step To Big Brother?

CNet has a great column on the both the practical and societal implications of shrinking imaging technology.

Posted by covey22 at 3:47 PM

November 9, 2005

Cypress Announces 9 MP APS-C Sensor

Cypress Semiconductor announced on Monday the availability of commercial samples of it's new 9MP CMOS APS-C sized sensor. Cypress previously created the 14MP APS-C CCD that is found in Kodak Digital SLRs. The chip, along with other offerings, will be showcased at Vision 2005 in Stuttgart, Germany from November 8th through the 10th.

Posted by covey22 at 5:44 PM

November 8, 2005

Firmware Upgrade for D2X, D2Hs Cameras


Nikon appears to be rolling out the first firmware upgrade for its D2X and D2Hs digital SLR cameras. Nikon Asia's website now offers a Mac and Windows updater for firmware version 1.01 for both of these professional cameras. The A and B camera firmware are both updated, and installing both modules is required for proper camera functionality. According to Nikon's Asian website, the firmware upgrade addresses the following:

-Autofocus performance has been increased.
(Note: some of our readers are reporting vastly improved AF ability with their recently upgraded D2X cameras)

-An issue that prevented the AF-assist illuminator from firing when the Speedlights listed below were used has been corrected.
SB-29S, SB-29, SB-23, SB-22S, SB-22, SB-20.

-In images captured at a shutter speed of 1/250 s with a Speedlight SB-800, set to Distance-priority manual flash (GN), or Manual flash (M) with flash output set to full (M1/1) mounted on the camera, the top portion was often dark. This issue has been addressed. However, under the circumstances described above only, the guide number is reduced from that of full flash output level by approximately 0.6 EV.

-Images captured at white-balance settings of Incandescent, Direct sunlight, Cloudy, Shade, and Choose color temp. tended to have a reddish tint. This issue has been addressed.

-Errors in Dutch menus have been corrected.

The firmware updates can be downloaded from Nikon Asia's website. Currently, neither Nikon Europe nor Nikon USA list these upgrades as available.
In order to perform the upgrade, you will need a USB cable or memory card reader, a Compact Flash card (Microdrives are NOT supported), the AC adapter for your camera (or a fully-charged EN-EL4 battery), and the camera Guide to Digital Photography.

Links to downloads:
D2X firmware update 1.01: (Macintosh) (Windows)
D2Hs firmware update 1.01: (Macintosh) (Windows)

Update: As of 10:30am EST today, the updates are available from Nikon USA's site.

Posted by drjay32 at 4:16 PM

November 4, 2005

Ilford Brings Back B&W Disposable Camera

In response to great demand, Ilford Photo, Paramus, N.J., USA, has reintroduced the Ilford Black-and-White Single-Use Camera. The easy-to-use Ilford Single-Use Camera offers the opportunity to take black-and-white images. It has a built-in flash effective up to 10 feet, an f/9·5 30mm lens and a shutter speed of 1/100sec. It is focus free and gives sharp pictures starting from from 3 feet. A frame counter shows the number of pictures remaining, while safety interlocks prevent double exposures or blank frames.

The camera is loaded with 27 exposures of Ilford HP5 Plus film, which is ideal for action shots, available light and all general-purpose photography, to ensure the best possible results. This fast (ISO 400/27 din) film captures every detail, and produces prints to treasure, as much for their artistic value as for the subject matter.

When all 27 frames have been exposed, the complete camera can be taken to any traditional photo retailer or processing outlet for processing. For those able to process their own films, HP5 Plus is compatible with all major processing systems, including those which give the standard short fixing and washing times.

Posted by covey22 at 3:47 PM

Allsop Introduces Photo CD Maintenance Line

Allsop Inc. - Bellingham, Wash., USA, a provider of CD/DVD cleaning and maintenance accessories, introduces a new Photo CD Maintenance line, specifically targeting the growing number of consumers now storing their memories as digital images.

Clear View ensures lenses, LCD screens and other sensitive surfaces are kept clean. Designed like a pen, it features a retractable dust brush on one end and a micro fiber tip for cleaning LCD screens on the other. Clear View is also for cleaning cell phones, video cameras and other sensitive electronics. The unit, which comes with 10 replacement micro fiber tips, is available for a suggested retail price of $11.99. Clear View is available for immediate shipment.

The Photo CD Scratch Repair Kit is for spot repair of scratches. Just a dollop of solution and a bit of rubbing will fix most blemishes. The Photo CD Scratch Repair Kit retails for a suggested price of $12.99, and will be available for shipment March 2006.

Lint-free textured Photo CD Fast Wipes grab dirt, sweat and fingerprints and lift them off the CD. Photo CD Fast Wipes are available for a suggested retail price of $4.99 and will be available for shipment March 2006.

The Digital Camera Cloth is a densely woven synthetic chamois, with a lint-free micro fiber textured surface. Washable for re-use, the Digital Camera Cloth retails for a suggested price of $4.99. It is available for immediate shipment.

Allsop's Photo Disc Sleeves, made of acid-free, archival quality paper, help keep discs in order and protect them from scratches while storing. They are available for a suggested retail price of $9.99 for a package of 50 and are available for immediate shipment.

Posted by covey22 at 3:40 PM

November 3, 2005

Sharp Unveils Smallest 10MP CCD

Sharp Electronics has revealed their latest creation: the world's most compact 10MP CCD. With a form factor of 1/1.7" and 2.05 mu thickness, the chipset also features a sustained 25fps frame rate for video purposes. While this chip will most likely not find it's way into Coolpixes (due to the current alliance with Sony), it will be interesting to see how well it handles noise and what ISOs it will be rated for given it's pixel density. Sharp expects to begin shipping the sensor en masse in January 2006.

Posted by covey22 at 5:02 PM

November 1, 2005

Microtek Shipping ScanMaker i800

Microtek USA, a world-leading manufacturer of digital imaging products, is shipping the ScanMaker i800, a high-resolution scanner that combines professional features, versatility, power and convenience at a great price.

"Our customers have told us that they want technology that lets them tackle whatever scanning tasks come along," says Michael Ford, product manager at Microtek. "The ScanMaker i800 brings together all of the professional scanning features that users have come to expect--with an affordable price tag of $399.99."

The unit can handle multiple film sizes including 24 frames of 35mm filmstrips , 12 mounted 35mm slides, two 4" x 5" transparencies, and medium format up to 6 x 17 cm panoramic. The scanner, which features 4800 x 9600 dpi optical resolution, allows users to create poster-size images from photos and film. The ScanMaker i800 also features a large 8.5" x 14" reflective scanning area to accommodate legal-size documents and batch scanning of photos or film.

EZ-Lock Film Holders and TMA with Moving Light Source
The ScanMaker i800 includes Microtek's exclusive EZ-Lock Film Holders with spring-
actuated tension grips (patent pending) for 4" x 5" and medium-format film to keep film
perfectly flat for clear, superbly focused scans from edge to edge. Also, all of the holders lock
into place on the scan bed to ensure perfect alignment and quality scans, while the EZ-Lock film
holder hardware and software system automatically detects film quantity and format--and
even automatically crops the frames to further simplify scanning.

The newest member of Microtek's family of leading-edge scanners features an integrated TMA with its own moving light source for even, consistent color scans in true 48-bit color. The device captures trillions of colors in one pass, creating true-to-life color reproduction
and providing more subtle detail in the shadows and highlights than lower-priced scanners can

Complete Photo Reconstruction and Color Restoration
The ScanMaker i800 also comes equipped with Microtek's exclusive PictuRescue system
with Kodak DIGITAL ICE Technology and ColorRescue. With the touch of one button, the
software removes creases, dust and scratches from faded photographs and film. Microtek's ColorRescue automatically restores faded color. Only Microtek offers users a choice of either automatic or manual photo print reconstruction of damaged photographs. The manual mode, available exclusively on Microtek's scanners, allows users to choose different levels of Digital ICE adjustments to repair damage in isolated areas of a picture.

The ScanMaker i800 includes seven easily customizable Smart-Touch buttons plus a
power button. Users can use Smart Touch to readily access favorite capabilities with the press of
a button. For example, users can choose to repair damaged photos, scan images and send them
directly to a chosen application, print high-quality color copies quickly and easily, perform
OCR text-scanning accurately or create a PDF, and e-mail images.

Your Choice of Scanning Software
In addition to the high-quality hardware, the ScanMaker i800 features two scanning software
packages--for the family, or for the professional power user. For the power user, the ScanMaker i800
bundles a new enhanced version of ScanWizard Pro for direct scanning to RGB, CMYK, LAB and
indexed color. It features NegaMatch for negative film optimization and lets you select individual film brands, types and ISO settings to accurately reproduce color for dozens of the most popular negative film profiles. ScanWizard Pro also allows the user to create custom negative film profiles.
For the family, scapbooker or small office, the ScanMaker i800 includes its award-winning
ScanWizard 5 scanning software. It features a friendly, simple control panel for straightforward scanning and offers settings that automatically determine the size of a photo or document, adjust color, brightness and contrast for optimum results. With ScanWizard 5, the ScanMaker i800's Smart Touch buttons make scanning easy and convenient.

ScanWizard 5 is a powerful, versatile scan management tool that turns this high-resolution
scanner into a multi-function powerhouse. In addition, ScanWizard 5 offers an Advanced Mode. While
the automatic mode is appropriate for most applications, the Advanced Mode allows the user to access more sophisticated features and filters.

More Features
This sleekly designed scanner comes with a comprehensive software suite that includes
Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0, ABBYY FineReader Sprint OCR, Microtek LAN Wizard
Network Software, Adobe Photoshop Album, Ulead Photo Explorer, and Kodak DS color
management software. Microtek Scan, Copy, E-mail, OCR and scan-to-PDF utilities are also
included. The ScanMaker i800 comes with a USB 2.0 cable, FireWire cable, power adapter and
power cord and has a one-year limited warranty.

The ScanMaker i800 is priced at $399.99 SRP and is compatible with Windows or
Macintosh. The ScanMaker i800 is available through Ingram Micro, Tech Data, Wynit, B&H
Photo, Calumet, Samy's Camera, VARs, mail order and online resellers. It is also available
directly through Microtek at For more information about Microtek or any
of its products, visit the company's Web site at

About Microtek
Founded in 1980, Microtek International, Inc. is headquartered in Science-based Industry Park, Hsinchu, Taiwan. The company has a strong global presence, with major operations and distribution channels in 53 countries around the world. Microtek Lab, Inc., the North American subsidiary of Microtek International, Inc., is located at 16941 Keegan Avenue, Carson, CA 90746. Information about Microtek can be found at

Posted by drjay32 at 2:15 AM

Microtek Launches ScanMaker 1000XL Pro Large-Format Scanner

12" x 17" scanner features 3200 x 6400 resolution, reflective and film scanning, and
Digital ICE Photo Print Technology

CARSON, CA, Microtek announced the availability of the 3,200-dpi ScanMaker 1000XL Pro, the highest-resolution tabloid-size flatbed scanner for photo and film scanning on the market today.
Designed for professional applications, the ScanMaker 1000XL is ideal for production environments in corporations, advertising agencies, photographic studios and labs, publishing houses, medical laboratories for X-ray imaging, and service bureaus. This large-format scanner is now available in two models-- the ScanMaker 1000XL Pro with Transparent Media Adapter (TMA 1000XL) for dual reflective and transparency scanning, and the ScanMaker 1000XL for reflective media scanning only. Both models feature Kodak DIGITAL ICE Photo Print Technology for automatically restoring damaged photos.

Productivity Features At an Affordable Price
“Both models of the ScanMaker 1000XL offer a host of high-end features and quality at a price point that is unmatched for scanners in its class,” said Sam Samimi, vice-president of sales and marketing. The ScanMaker 1000 XL Pro with the TMA 1000XL, scans film and transparencies up to 12" x 16”. Various film templates are included with the TMA package to accommodate batch scanning of 35mm slides, 35mm filmstrips, 4” x 5” film, and medium format 120 film (6x4.5 cm, 6x6 cm, 6x7 cm, and 6x9 cm). Microtek pioneered a TMA design with a separate moving light source, and the TMA 1000XL continues this quality tradition,” said Mary Ann Whitlock, executive director of marketing. A separate moving light source in the TMA provides uniform exposure for accurate color reproduction and shadow detail. The ScanMaker 1000XL Pro and the ScanMaker 1000XL allow scanning of reflective material such as photos and prints up to 12" x 17”.
High-End Features of the ScanMaker 1000XL include:
• 4.0 maximum optical density and full 48-bit color for richer, smoother tonal values
• Multiple sampling, in user-selectable frequencies of 2, 4, 8, and 16 steps. Multiple sampling reduces random image noise and minimizes signal fluctuation, yielding purer image output that greatly enhances the optical density range.
• 41,300-element CCD, providing an optical resolution of 3200 x 6400 dpi, allowing for greater enhancement of scanned images
• Kodak DIGITAL ICE Photo Print Technology, built into the scanner hardware to automatically reconstruct damaged photos by eliminating surface defects such as rips, tears, and wrinkles
• ColoRescue™, Microtek’s color recovery system for both photos and film, restoring faded color and bringing them back to life
• Kodak® Q-60R2 reflective and Q-60E1 transparent calibration targets to ensure consistent color for both reflective and transparency scanning
• FireWire and Hi-Speed USB interfaces

ScanWizard Pro with NegaMatchâ„¢
In addition to the high-quality hardware, the ScanMaker 1000XL features a robust software package for professional-level scanning. For quality images, the ScanMaker 1000XL bundles a newly- enhanced version of ScanWizardâ„¢ Pro for direct scanning to RGB, CMYK, LAB and indexed color. It features NegaMatch for negative film optimization. With NegaMatch you can select individual film brands, types and ISO settings to accurately reproduce color for dozens of the most popular negative
film profiles.
The ScanMaker 1000XL Pro also includes SilverFast® Ai 6. Additional software for the ScanMaker 1000XL include Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 3.0; ABBYY® FineReader® Sprint OCR; and Kodak® Digital Science color management system. LANShare™, a Microtek utility embedded in ScanWizard™ Pro for scanner-sharing on a network, is also included for PCs. And for accurate color, the Microtek Scanner ICC Profiler is part of the software package.
The ScanMaker 1000XL is compatible with iMac or Power Mac G3/G4/G5 systems running Mac OS 9.x through OS X 10.2~10.4. For PC-compatible systems, the ScanMaker 1000XL supports Pentium III PC systems running Windows 98SE, Me, 2000, and XP. A FireWire cable, USB cable, and power cord are included in the scanner package.

Price and Availability
The ScanMaker 1000XL is priced at $2,299.99 SRP and the Pro version with the Transparent Media Adapter is $2,799.99 SRP. When purchased as an option, the TMA 1000XL is $599.99. The ScanMaker 1000XL and the ScanMaker 1000XL Pro are available through Microtek’s distributor network including Ingram Micro and Tech Data, as well as B&H Photo, Calumet, Samy’s Camera, VARs, integrators, mail order catalogs and online through Microtek at

About Microtek
Microtek International is a global leader in designing and manufacturing innovative, affordable desktop digital imaging products. Known for its first-to-market scanning technology, Microtek continues to provide a wide range of desktop imaging solutions to users ranging from the mass market, to high-end professional desktop publishers, printers and pre-press service providers. Founded in 1980 and headquartered in Carson, California, Microtek Lab, Inc. is a U.S. subsidiary of Microtek International, Inc. based in Hsinchu, Taiwan. The company has a strong global presence with major operations and distribution channels in 53 countries around the world. Microtek can be found on the Web at

Posted by drjay32 at 1:54 AM

October 31, 2005

Sony Announces CompactVault 5GB

New CompactFlash(TM) Type II hard disk drive with unique Cybercapture (TM) technology delivers increased storage capacity for all photo enthusiasts and professionals

Sony Europe's Recording Media & Energy (RME) division today announced the launch of its first 5GB CompactFlash(TM) Type II media, under the new COMPACTVAULT(TM) brand. The new COMPACTVAULT provides the latest addition to Sony's removable media range, enabling storage of up to 1600 images or four hours of MPEG 4 recording. The one-inch hard disk drive boasts a native transfer rate of up to 96.7Mbps, which is further maximized when the COMPACTVAULT is used in conjunction with future Cybercapture enabled products, providing even faster recording of images and higher quality of videos, in what is termed AV mode.

The new COMPACTVAULT media is compatible with all products with a CF Type II slot. Once the images have been recorded onto the COMPACTVAULT media, they can easily be transferred onto computers running Windows ME, Windows 2000 and Windows XP, either directly through a PC's CompactFlash Type II slot or in the case of many laptops via a PCMCIA adapter.

"The COMPACTVAULT is the next step in the development of our removable media family", said Celine Haffner, Product Manager, Sony RME. "It offers high storage capacity for state-of-the-art digital cameras, such as the new Sony Cybershot R1. In addition, we expect to see devices becoming available in the future that take full advantage of our Cybercapture technology. By moving the file system from the hardware device onto the hard disk drive itself, the Cybercapture technology will allow an even higher recording rate of still pictures in multi-shot mode as well as higher quality recording of moving pictures, on a COMPACTVAULT running in AV mode."

The 5GB COMPACTVAULT will be available from November 2005. (link not active as of 0930H EST 10-31-05).

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