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FedeoJuly 4, 2017

Summer release of New Nikon DSLR expected

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


1 - Summer release of New Nikon DSLR expected

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

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

A few sample comments:

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

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

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

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

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


2 - May Contest Congrats

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

Congratulations to our winners!

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

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


Here are the winners of the May Contests:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Interested in submitting your photos?

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

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

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

Here is Rob's description:

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


3 - 100 more millimeters - worth it?

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

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

Here's the question:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


4 - $25,999 lens? Why not?

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

This is one of those tidbits.

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

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

Here's a sample: 

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

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

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

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


5 -  Upgrade decisions - ready for new computer?

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

Here's a small portion of his question:

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

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

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

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


6 - Bye-bye Lexar?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


7 - D5 time lapse - Pool table install

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

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

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

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

Just for your amusement.

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

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


8 - D7500 memory card performance review

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by flashdeadline at 1:10 PM

FedeoJune 28, 2017

Countdown to the Solar Eclipse

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


1 -- Solar Eclipse creating gear and lodging shortages

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


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

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


You can also check:

Solar filter for 400/2.8

100% solar eclipse

Nikon guide on how to photograph a solar eclipse 

More Solar Eclipse Questions

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


2 -- What's your lemon test?

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

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


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

Silver member Neal Nurmi (Wingman) responds with: 

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

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


3 -- This CheatSheet makes editing RAW files easy!


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

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

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


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

Get the discount with this link. 


4 -- Can two cards save your day?

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


Here's the question:

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


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

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


5 -- Great Deals on new NIKKOR's

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


The lenses are: 

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

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

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

To take advantage of this special Nikonians offer, contact Brad Berger 516-816-4921 or Brad@Berger-Bros.com. - BradBerger@mac.com.


6 -- Fix my sky

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

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


Here's the question:

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


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


7 -- Gearing up for Alaska


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

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


Here's his situation:

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

Posted by flashdeadline at 1:05 AM

FedeoJune 20, 2017

Fireworks - Tips, Tricks and more

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


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


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

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

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

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


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


2 -- Think Tank Teams with SKB

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

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

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

Think Tank's partnership with SKB solves this problem. 

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


3 -- Sounds easier than it looks

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

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

Here's Bob's situation: 

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

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

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


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

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


The author tells us:

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

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


5 -- 32-Bit bites dust?

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

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

Jon tells us:

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

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

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


• That's the end of Nik.

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

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

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


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

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


6 -- 17th ANPAT (Fall) bookings gather

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

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


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

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

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


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


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

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

He's looking at a specific style of photo:

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

Here are two suggestions pointing in different directions:


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

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

What metering mode would you suggest 


8 -- Your vote matters

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


The theme was "Lines."

The instruction for those competing were simple:

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

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

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

Posted by flashdeadline at 10:40 PM

FedeoJune 13, 2017

D7500 Pro and Cons gather as camera ships

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


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

1 -- D7500 Pro and Cons gather as camera ships
Members are reporting the arrival of their brand new Nikon D7500 cameras.
Silver member Scott Ashley (scottashley) from Colorado, USA has been notified that his order is shipping, and our own Nikonians author Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) already received his D7500 from Berger Bros. Meanwhile, our member still "on the fence" are deliberating.

Darrell has started work on his new book on this camera and he has taken the extraordinary step of soliciting member input on the pros and cons.
If you are interested in seeing sample image gathered by Darrell check here.
If you are getting the new camera, keep in mind Darrell Young's Mastering the Nikon D7500 has already gone to the next stage of inviting our members to provide examples of photographs taken with the new camera for inclusion in the book.

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

 

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

Here's his description of the challenge:
Hello,
I shoot events at our local dog club. Each event has an indoor session for puppies, often with child handlers. There is not much space and the lighting is poor.

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

I use Eneloop batteries, and I thought I gave plenty of recycling time.
My question is: Is there a better flash for this type of event?
I have read mixed reviews of the Quantum flashes
They are expensive and some people find them poorly made.

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

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

 

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

Brian posted his image and give us the background:
I had my D810 doing interval shooting over the weekend, and I found this frame right in the middle of 460 other perfectly normal shots:
There was nothing unusual going on. The frames were a minute apart, and the parameters as seen in the EXIF are hardly anything too unusual.

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

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

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

 

5 -- Great Deals on new NIKKOR's
Berger Bros. is now taking orders for the three new lenses that were announced May 31st. Nikonians will get early allocation preference and free shipping (continental USA).

The lenses are:
• AF-P DX NIKKOR 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR -- Manufacturer Suggest Retail price (MSRP) of $309.95 USD with availability in late June.
• AF-S Fisheye NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED -- Manufacturer Suggest Retail price (MSRP) of $1249.95 USD. 
• AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.4E ED --  Manufacturer Suggest Retail price (MSRP) of $1999.95 USD with availability in late June.
To take advantage of this special Nikonians offer, contact Brad Berger 516-816-4921 or Brad@Berger-Bros.com. - BradBerger@mac.com.

 

6 -- Off to Europe with or without Nikon D810?
Silver member Scott Arden (sparden) from New York, USA has a trip to Europe planned and he's wondering if he should entertain the possibility of leaving his Nikon D810 home. He's leaning towards a well-known brand with a ZEISS 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 lens. Good idea?

Here's the question:
Greetings all!
I have a D810, 50mm 1.4, 24-70, 2.8 and 70-200mm 2.8. I am traveling to Europe shortly with my family (London, Paris, Amsterdam) for 10 days. I am beyond excited to take photographs, however lugging my equipment around has me less than. I have no intention of bringing the 70-200mm, but I would bring the two smaller lenses, a flash and a tripod. My shoulder/back hurts just thinking about it.
I also own a Sony RX 100 III which I do not use all that much. I am considering leaving my much beloved (though much bulkier) D810 at home and just bringing the small Sony. It has received very strong reviews but I feel on such a trip I should try to optimize the photos I take (not a professional, though if I get a great one I would consider blowing it up).
Any thoughts/suggestions here? I suppose I am looking for someone to convince me one way or the other.

Thanks all!

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by flashdeadline at 11:33 PM

FedeoMay 30, 2017

Are you a darkroom "cheater?"

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

Members share views on digital darkroom enhancements, Black and White competition winners announced, landscape photography on a budget, rain gear comparisons --- PLUS more....


1 -- Are you a darkroom cheater?

Silver member Dale Williams (Tropidale) from Florida, USA wants to know where our members stand on post processing techniques that may be stretching the "truth" of an image.

The modern digital darkroom allows for endless variations on an original photo, but Dale is thinking there may be a bit of "misrepresentation" involved.  


Here's a very short excerpt from his opening remarks:

Today I researched tutorials on how to get those magnificent milky way shots I have been drooling over for years. Imagine my disappointment to find that the "before" shots appear to be nothing like the edited version, just a fairly starry sky with a slightly lighter area. I was certainly expecting some adjustment, and I am sure that the video didn't do the actual original justice, but the extreme enhancements seemed a lot like 'bait and switch".


I get that photography is art, and you have a right to create whatever you like based on your skill, imagination, and tools. But it kind of bothers me when we, as photographers, misrepresent reality to such a degree that those who choose to visit a place or shoot the same subject based on what they think are representative images, end up feeling cheated when they arrive and see that they do not represent reality for viewing or photographing.


Check his full post for more points before you join this discussion. Plenty of great responses have already been added. 


2 -- Best B&W contest winners

Nikonians Photo Contest Director Dave Summer (dm1dave) has announced the winner of the Best of Nikonians Segment 1 with the theme "Black and White."


Taking top honors in this round is a powerful image by Gold member Isaac Vaisman (ivaisman) from Florida, USA. His shot of a boxer, captured with his Nikon D4, is titled "Boxer's Corner."


Isaac used a Nikkor 24-70 f/2.8 lens maxed at 70mm with a 1/500 second exposure and f/4 aperture taking advantage of his ISO setting of 2000 (with +1 Exposure Compensation).

The B&W conversion was handled with Silver Effex 2.


In addition to our overall winner, we have four members earning an honorable mention. All images will advance to the final rounds of the Best of Nikonians 2017 at the end of the year.


Honorable mentions go to:

San Juan River New Mexico #2 by Adam Perez (Adamgp) from New Mexico, USA

Ghosts in the Ice by Russell Whittemore (rosewood_ltd) from Ohio, USA

Morning Exercise on Exmoor by Geoff Baylis (GBaylis) from England, The United Kingdom

Stairway to Darkness by Jeff Atchley (Graceland) from Tennessee, USA


All five images have been automatically uploaded to the Best of Nikonians 2017 Gallery.

This contest, along with the monthly forum contests, are the preliminary rounds for the Annual Best of Nikonians Photo Contest where you have the opportunity to win prizes and have your images highlighted in the Winners Galleries and published in the eZine.


3 -- Upgrade your Shutter!

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4 -- Landscape Photography on a budget

Gold member Wayne Lorimer (wjlorimer) from New Zealand has posted an inspirational article for those of us who do not have a massive assortment of specialized gear designed to help capture landscapes.

His premise is simple: Make use of what you already own.


In his article, Wayne contends:

Before you go off and buy that $5000 camera body, or $2000 wide angle lens, let's think about this. What I'm about to say may shock you, it may upset you (sorry about that), or it may even delight you. But it's the truth. And the truth is, a $2000 lens will NOT make you a better landscape photographer. And a $5000 camera will NOT make you a better photographer - period.


The photographers you admire may very well use the latest full frame bodies, and the most expensive ultra-wide lenses that money can buy. But that's not what makes them great photographers either. Trust me, you can take wonderful, amazing, stunning, incredible landscape pictures with an entry level or mid-range camera body and the humble kit lens. Seriously. When it comes to beautiful landscape images, it is most definitely not about the gear.


Can he prove his point? - by the looks of his sample images, it sure seems so. Check it out. 


5 -- Canon kudos anyone?

Silver member Alex Rosen (klrbee25) from Florida, USA is contemplating Canon as a source for his printing needs. Now is the time for all our Canon Printer users to chime in and let him know if he is on the right track.


Here's his wish-list:

I've been shooting for many years and have amassed a collection of digital photos. However, I drifted away from printing my work, mostly due to cost concerns at the time. I'm now drawn to the high-end Canon wide-format printers to renew my enjoyment of past and future work. I've also found that I'm quite reluctant to use print-shops for my work due to the inconvenience of uploading work, waiting for the prints, and then having to repeat the cycle if I want to adjust the results and receive more prints.


I've been considering the Canon Prograf Pro-1000 to print up to 17"x24" and get excellent quality. The missing roll paper support is bummer. I'm drawn to the improvement in print-head technology to minimize clogs which were a real downer when I was using Epson products many years ago.


My thought is I could use the Canon for all my smaller print needs and to make proofs for larger prints that are beyond the printer's capabilities. Considering really large prints need some special mounting for proper presentation, I expect to use a quality print shop for those works regardless. But I'm hoping the Canon will get me back into high quality printing, fill my small print needs and serve as a stepping stone to proofing which prints go for the big presentation with professional production.


Does this make any sense? I'm not making a living with photography and the prints are for me, my family and for display in our home.


If you have experience with Canon printers like the one Alex is asking about--we encourage you to join the discussion. 


6 -- Last chance for Nikon D500, D750 & D810 plus free Nikon Battery Pack Grips

Our friends at Berger Bros. Camera tell us they have never seen Nikon offer bigger Instant Savings.

If you're on the fence, these low prices should push you off! This offer expires on June 3rd.


• D5500
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• D500
Body Only - Save $200BB-sp_250.jpgw/ kit lens - Save $670
Plus Free MB-D17 Battery Pack

• D750
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w/ kit lens - Save $1100
Plus Free MB-D16 Battery Pack

• D810 Body Only - Save $500
D810 w/ kit lens - Save $1100
Plus Free MB-D12 Battery Pack


You can now pre-order the new D7500 Body at $1,249.99 or the D7500 w/kit lens at $1,749.99. Great Personal service: Brad Berger 516-816-4921 or Brad@Berger-Bros.com. or mailto:BradBerger@mac.com.


7 -- Rain Gear anyone?


We have a very detailed discussion on rain gear going on in our Camera Carry & Apparel forum. The depth of responses shows many of our more experienced members take water damage seriously. Specific brand names are discussed in-depth.


This is a must read if you have a trip to wet climates and regions in mind. Here are a few examples:

•  It really depends on how much rain and how long. For many photographers, pouring rain is beyond the scope of decent photos so it's really light rain or showers for 15-30 minutes that is the problem. If you must get the shot and are a sports photographer, you need something more. If rather than a shower, you just have nuisance water such as heavy mist, there is still a different solution.


• I would also take a lightweight poncho. A poncho will cover you and your bag and provide temporary shelter for your camera and lens. I have a large size one that becomes a portable shelter and I have it over the tripod and shoot through the hood.


• There's a point at which you have to distinguish rain gear aimed at protecting the camera while shooting, and just protecting the camera (a big garbage bag can do the latter).


How do you protect your valuable investment in great gear? Let us know.  


8 -- Think Tank Photo announces upgraded favorites

Our friends at Think Tank Photo have released a new version of their popular TurnStyle sling bags with an emphasis on stability.

The TurnStyle 5 fits a mirrorless body plus two to four lenses, and an eight-inch tablet.  The TurnStyle 10 fits a standard size DSLR plus one to two lenses, and an eight-inch tablet. 


The TurnStyle 20 fits a standard size DSLR plus one to three lenses, and a 10" tablet.  These new version releases come in the traditional Charcoal and in a new color, Indigo Blue.


Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo's CEO and lead designer tells us:

This new version of our popular TurnStyle sling bags reinforces their reputation as the ideal "grab and go" camera bag. One thing we've learned from serving professional photographers for so long is that they always need one, pre-conformed gear kit that gives them access to their core gear.  The TurnStyle is that bag.


If a combination backpack/roller is you favorite Think Tank product, they have you covered with their new version of the StreetWalker® series--  one of the most sought-after products in the photographic world.  


The new StreetWalker Rolling Backpack V2.0, featuring the ability to switch from a backpack to a roller. Also released are upgraded versions of all three classic StreetWalker backpacks.


Photographers get the same comfort and quality as the original series but with new features such as increased depth for modern DSLR systems, and dedicated pockets for both tablets and smartphones.


Editor's note: if you are interested in these bags, make sure you use our links (above)-- our friends at Think Tank have arranged for the links to lead our members to free gear and free shipping with their orders. 


9 -- Real Estate photographers share tips

New member Maris Lubbock (Enidan) from Ontario, Canada took a picture of a home. A realtor liked her work and now she's on the verge of entering the world of real estate photography. It's not as easy as one might think, and she's asking for advice. What would you suggest?


Here's her story:

On a whim, I send some photos of a house - interior & exterior to a real estate agent who is an acquaintance. He loved them. In a note with the photos, I asked if he could would be interested in having me photo a couple of listings. Since I am very new to all this I said I would do it for free for one or two places. They loved my photos &' I'm meeting agents tomorrow afternoon at a large older home. The agent also insists he will pay me. He & some other agents loved my photos.

If things work out, I'm not worried about the business side. I have advice from our insurance agent & accountant. What I need advice on is lighting & everything else. The photos I sent were taken with my crop sensor & my Sigma 10-20. The late afternoon was sunny and the house was beautifully lit with natural light. I know nothing about supplementary lighting, so hoping at this point I don't have to use it. I will be there in the afternoon tomorrow. Hoping it's sunny.

I would love to be able to make some money to support my expensive hobby. I'm retired and have discovered my love for photography late in life when I can least afford it. Any advice would be appreciated.  - Maris


Have you been shooting real estate images? Do you have tips to share?


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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 11:20 PM

FedeoMay 23, 2017

New camera, new book, new questions

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

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


1 -- New camera, new book, new questions

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

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

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


Friends, 

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

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

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


2 -- Right side up? - or down?

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

Here's the question:

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

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

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

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


3 -- Ever lose any equipment?  Gear lost forever? - Maybe not!

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Just $9.95, including shipping in USA. (International: $4.95 flat rate shipping per order.)  20% off orders of 3.  30% off orders of 10 sets or more.  Typical turnaround--order to delivery--is one week or less.


4 -- Share your favorite photo storage solution

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


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

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

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


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


5 -- Can rip stop nylon improve your portraits?

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

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

The versatility factor alone is worth a try.

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


7 -- Boundless creativity in digital darkroom

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

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

The May challenge is-- Lines.

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

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

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

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


8 -- Pushing for perfection

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

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

Here's the question: 

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

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

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

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

What did I do wrong?

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


Thanks!

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

Posted by flashdeadline at 10:54 PM

FedeoMay 16, 2017

What do you do with your photographs?

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

Members share what they are doing with their photos, two photography specialties worth trying, sensor dust remedies--- PLUS more....


1 -- What do you do with your photographs?
Gold member Steve Castle (AusPhotoMan) from New South Wales, Australia has tons of images collected over the years, and now he's looking to make good use of his efforts. What have you been doing with your "keepers" when you are not sure whether to hit the delete option?

Here is Steve's question:
Hi all,
I have been shooting for many years including some time as a working pro.
These days I struggle to figure out what to do with images I take. I have limited display space at home, but some are on display. I don't have young children or grandchildren to shoot ATM, but do shoot extensively when I travel and make those images into photobooks, but that is generally once every two years.
I enjoy shooting but can't see the point if I am not doing something useful with the images. Decent competitions are expensive to enter multiple images, the main reason I see to enter comps is the prestige of getting an award but I am not one who gets off on receiving awards.
Thoughts please?  -- Regards,  Steve

Responses so far include printing for fun, printing for profit, posting online forums, donating prints and arranging for stock photo reprint options.

If you have a huge stack of great images, you need to follow (and perhaps contribute to) this discussion.

 

2 -- Drops of water equal art?
Silver member Robert Metheney (bobpilot) from Utah, USA is looking into expanding his photo skills by tackling images of water drops. Yes, drops of water. If you have never seen the unique results from this style, you really need to check out the examples posted in response.

Here's the original question:
Now that I have abandoned sports photography, I want to find a new interest. My studio is ready for use.
Today I did some research on water-drop photography. This seems like something I might like.
Because I have no experience with this type of photography, I don't know if this kit is the way to go, or if there is something better.

Bob specified a certain kit, and from the looks of it--responses so far include many options and techniques. This is not a challenge for those of us with limited patience or resources, but the results are truly amazing. This discussion has turned into a great "how-to" primer for all of us willing to take on the challenges.

Have a look, and if you are a water-drop shooter - make sure you add your best shots.

 

3 -- Lowest prices ever on Nikon D500, D750 & D810 plus free Nikon Battery Pack Grips
Berger Bros. Camera tells us they have never seen Nikon offer bigger Instant Savings.

• D5500
Two lens kit - save $550
• D500
Body Only - Save $200
w/ kit lens - Save $670 
Plus Free MB-D17 Battery Pack
• D750
Body Only - Save $500
w/ kit lens - Save $1100
Plus Free MB-D16 Battery Pack
• D810 Body Only - Save $500
D810 w/ kit lens - Save $1100
Plus Free MB-D12 Battery Pack

You can now pre-order the new D7500 Body at $1,249.99 or the D7500 w/kit lens at $1,749.99. Great Personal service: Brad Berger 516-816-4921 or Brad@Berger-Bros.com. or mailto:BradBerger@mac.com.

 

4 -- Irritated by sensor dust?
Silver member Fay Jordan (TripleSeven) from England, The United Kingdom has been trying to resolve sensor dust issues with her Nikon D750. This is one of the most talked about topics in our forums for all DSLR's and her particular problem is drawing good suggestions.

The original question (and image):
Hi all, I have a D750 I bought at the start of last year and it's riddled with spots. It has been cleaned but, within a day or two of the cleaning the spots were back, and in force. The attached just-for-example photo shows how bad the spots are down the right-hand side of the sensor - no processing has been done, apart from resizing the photo so I could upload it, and equalizing it in Photoshop to highlight the spots (which is why the colours look a bit groovy).

What could be causing all these spots? The lens was only changed once in the time since it was cleaned, in a reasonably clean hotel room and I hadn't been in any dusty environments. My D810, by contrast, is immaculate.

Sensor dust is a fact of life, I get that, but this does seem excessive and more so as the sensor was cleaned immediately prior to the trip I was on. My previous D750 that I sold was the same, more dust than the Sahara. That said, is this dust or could it be oil spots? And, although it's a month out of warranty, would it be worth sending to Nikon UK for servicing and cleaning? Thanks in advance for your responses.

Do you have additional suggestions for her problem? Share them with us.

 

5 -- What the heck is a "sportrait?"
Silver member Brian Barbash (brianbarbash) from New Jersey, USA has posted a few images of an athlete (his son) while describing it in a relatively new term. His technique has drawn praise.

Brian tells us:
For about a year or so, I've been playing around with "sportraits" and compositing, creating images of my kids and their teammates. Usually I drop them into a stadium or some other kind of setting that mimics big time sports. The kids go bonkers when they see themselves like this and it's a lot of fun.

The shot (attached) is my youngest son Tyler, 8, wearing his NJ State team gymnastics uniform. He qualified to represent New Jersey in a 5-team state meet held at the West Point Military Academy in April. The team took 2nd place. While this shot isn't a composite, I did use compositing techniques to change the background to near black - the original was a dirty white muslin backdrop that just didn't work that well, but was all I had.

Any feedback or suggestions for improvement are greatly appreciated.

Responding members complimented Brian on his technique with a limited number of suggestions.

Moderating Team member Martin Turner told Brian:
Masterful use of rim lighting which is the mark of the modern sportrait. This is superb, and you haven't gone too far (which is easy to do).

Brian added an additional image showing more creativity. If you have been shooting "sportraits" please feel free to add to this discussion. And, make sure you tell us how you did it.

 

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

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

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

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

 

7 -- Mark your tripod. Best method?
Gold member John A. Meiers (Dakotaboy) from North Dakota, USA is asking for suggestions on speeding up his tripod settings. Do you mark pre-sets, and if so, how so you mark the gear?

Here's the original question:
About a year ago I purchased a used Gitzo tripod. When fully extended and a D3 attached to ballhead it is about 2 inches too high. Does anybody have any DIY tricks to marking the tripod legs for quick easy setup according to my height? It would be nice to see a tripod with tape measure type markings on the bottom legs.

We have two responses:
• The simplest solution is to adjust the length of the bottom set of legs to your eye level and then mark one or more of the legs with a sharpie so you know how far to extend them the next time you set up the tripod. You could also just remember to not fully extend the bottom section and guess the height. If you do it often enough you will get very close to eye level without having to put a mark on the leg.  

• I don't recommend marring your tripod legs with tick marks, but Marty has a good suggestion. I usually extend the bottom sections of my tripod less than halfway out. For one that keeps dust and mud out of the telescoping joints, and two I can more easily adjust the top sections to set the height I need. BTW, the middle section(s) get extended out all the way.

How would you mark your favorite tripod settings?

 

8 -- Camera ban on air travel: updates
It has been nearly two months since Moderating Team member Ned S. Levi started tracking and reporting on recent air travel security measures that could impact our members flying with their gear.  The restrictions apply to electronic devices, but believe it or not -- your Nikon gear may be included.

In a recent update, Ned shows a pessimistic viewpoint:
As to this ban that isn't really a ban, the only people who are adversely affected are law abiding passengers, many of whom who have decided that the government has gone too far and are not traveling. (Emirates Airlines has reported a $1.5 billion drop in profits since the ban that isn't really a ban when into effect. Other affected airlines are reportedly hurting similarly.)
There is no upside.
The ban has no capability to make air travelers more secure. That's not opinion. That's fact. The ban likely makes us less secure according to experts.

The result of these security measures is starting to point towards our air-traveling members investing in costly "check-in" traveling luggage from sources such as Pelican.
How are you dealing with the newest air travel security arrangements?

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

Posted by flashdeadline at 9:50 PM

FedeoMay 9, 2017

D5 and D500 becoming extinct?

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

Members speculate on the future of Nikon, 35mm lens suggestions, blending skin tones PLUS more....



1 -- D5 and D500 becoming extinct?
In an ironic twist, while we are celebrating the 100th Anniversary of our favorite camera company, Silver member Thomas Lawrence (tomlawone) from Idaho, USA is speculating on the inevitable demise of popular Nikon cameras like the D5 and D500. Responding members are countering with a measure of confidence and a glimpse of future generations.

Tom's initial post was a bit on the gloomy side:
Nikon as a camera company is dying. Sony and Fuji and Olympus and Panasonic have mirrorless, the future. The SLR generation was the 50's to 90's. That generation is now old and retired. Today big, fat, full-frame cameras go to professionals and enthusiasts who are young and will carry the weight. DX is the compromise. Does anyone see a day 5 years from now when mirrorless has not done everything the D5 or D500 can do now?

Responses so far include:
• Automotive industry is dying because only Tesla has electric cars.
That said the Sony a9 seems to be a great but also expensive camera. Nikon is not sleeping and it is expected that the D6 will be a new camera as the a9 is today. That will happen within the next 3 or 4 years.

• Truth is that mechanical devices are expensive and unreliable. The camera of the future will have no moving parts and the SLR will become the photographic equivalent of steam locomotives.
• To paraphrase Mark Twain, "The reports of Nikon's death are greatly exaggerated".
I have been hearing these stories for years each time a competitor one ups Nikon. Sure, Nikon is not as big as Canon or Sony, but cameras are also not its only business. That being the case, it is still considered one of the top makers of professional cameras.

• The dead thing is the point and shoot camera, not DSLR cameras. I wouldn't dream of buying a point and shoot; my phone is just as good. But my phone can't touch the quality of a DSLR image, except under the best of circumstances---good light, an appropriate subject for wide angle, and plenty of time to focus.

Where do you stand? Share your opinion.

 

2 - Which 35mm lens are you using?
Silver member Mark Virgil Stephan (Mark37814) from Tennessee, USA is wondering if he should service a good 35mm lens or perhaps start looking at a replacement

Here's the original question:
My current lens is an old AF NIKKOR 35mm f/2D and the aperture blades are sluggish although I don't see oil on the blades. Before getting it repaired I'd like to find out which 35mm lens you're using? Is it sharp and reliable? I like to use my old 35mm on my D700 or D800.

Both of his listed cameras have full frame sensors, and our members are giving him a number of interesting suggestions:

 • Have been using the Zeiss zf 35/2 for many years on D700 and D800. Very sharp wide open, beautiful colors, good contrast. This is my most used lens.
• One lens everyone raves about is the Sigma 35/1.4 Art.
• There is now a good variety of options available, the AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G ED FX version is excellent and good value, the 1.4 and earlier f2 lenses have nice character but are not my preferred options.

Do you have a favorite 35mm lens that you would recommend? Let Mark know.

 

3 -- Ever lose any equipment?  Gear lost forever? - Maybe not!
Label ALL your gear... BEFORE you go out to shoot!
Each IDmyStuff® label set includes 29 labels, in 3 sizes.  Big enough for a 400mm lens -- small enough for a filter ring.

Three lines of text per label, plus a gift or coding message for each set.  Up to 30 characters per line.  Super weatherproof outdoor vinyl with sign grade adhesive, UV resistant colorfast thermal resin printing, laminated with tough polyester. 7 different colors -- code gear by types, storage locations, or application purposes.

Just $9.95, including shipping in USA. (International: $4.95 flat rate shipping per order.)  20% off orders of 3.  30% off orders of 10 sets or more.  Typical turnaround (order to delivery) is one week or less.

 

4 -- Blending skin tones primer
Silver member Peter Conis (PC60) from Iowa, USA asked for advice on fine-tuning a portrait. He provided an original, and our members have made edits to solve some blending issues. Do you think you have a new approach?

Here's the original question:
Here's a photo from a session I conducted involving our nursing instructors.

My concern is the neckline--I can't manage to blend the tan line and reduce the color distinction between the obviously sun exposed portion of her neck and the remainder of her neck visible in this photo.

I tried dodging, cloning, and painting and I was not happy with the results.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Any additional comments would also be welcomed.

Responding members used a variety of methods, and as we all know, there a many ways to solve post processing challenges.

Take a look at Pete's original - and if you can improve on it, share your version and make sure you tell us how it was accomplished.

 

5 -- Moderately priced gear for panoramas
Gold member Steve Castle (AusPhotoMan) from New South Wales, Australia is interested in expanding his panorama shooting techniques and apparatus. He's already done some stitching and he's ready for the next step. Take a look at his progress so far and let him know if he's on the right track.

Here's the original post:
Hi all,
I am looking to play around with panoramas. I have been successful with hand held and single row horizontal stitches with a standard tripod pan/tilt head, but sometimes those don't blend correctly in PS. I have a Manfrotto tripod with built in level that to me is very inaccurate when check against a builder's level. The inbuilt level case also moves when the center column is set horizontally, so it can't be accurate.

I have carefully set the tripod level to be apparently level, then set the pan/tilt head which also has a level to be level, then rotated the pan/tilt head in azimuth and the level position on the pan/tilt head changed, to me a further indication the tripod level is inaccurate.

Am I doing something wrong here in setting up?

I am planning on using a macro focus rail to set the camera to the pupil entrance point, along with one of the rotating mechanisms you can buy economically from China via Ebay. Also, adding an Arca Swiss style l plate and bracket for vertical operation. I figure I can do this for about $AUD150-$AUD200. Are there any flaws in my approach, if so are there other ways to approach the problem? I simply cannot afford a Nodal Ninja or Novofelx style setup.

Attached is a 3 shot vertical stitch, shot on a tripod, not very carefully levelled and lens not at pupil entrance point, but with no foreground to cause issues. Actually, stitched with MSICE.  Regards, Steve


6 -- Big lens - Big price - Big decision

Silver member Gig Marshall (Giguchan) from New York, USA is contemplating a step up to the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR Lens. He already has the predecessor. Should he reach for his wallet?

Gig asks: 
Have many of you traded up to the latest version of this lens? I have the previous version and was just wondering if any of you have made the swap to the latest version.
In other words, is the latest that much more sharp?
I was also curious to see if the change of the focus and zoom was that big of a learning curve.
I know that every other lens in the world is "normally" the other way around.
Thanks.

Many members have already answered that they would not be upgrading their 70-200's, but one who has already made her purchase says she's very satisfied:
I had the VRII, and now own the new FL. I preordered and had mine two days after BH had it in stock. The older lens is a great lens, but the latest version is really nice. It's sharper across the whole frame, sharp at 135mm (most zooms are weakest in their mid range), has even faster AF (great for sports), and is a little lighter than it's predecessor. It also doesn't have the focus breathing issue.

Is this lens appealing to your NAS (Nikon Acquisition Syndrome)?

 

7 -- D5500 Fixes arrive
Nikon has released a firmware upgrade for the D5500.

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This week's 1.02 version improves over the previous (1.01) by addressing issues with shutter response under certain conditions and display preferences. Nikon lists the following fixes:
• The camera would stop responding if the multi selector was pressed right with Add items > CUSTOM SETTING MENU > c Timers/AE lock selected in MY MENU.
• The shutter would sometimes not be released in response to live view touch shutter controls if autofocus was used with an SB-800 flash unit attached.
• Optimal exposure would sometimes not be achieved in photographs taken during live view with lenses that support both autofocus and electronic aperture control (type E lenses).
• If image review was enabled during viewfinder photography, the camera would sometimes display shooting information in place of the most recent picture when the user removed their eye from the viewfinder after shooting.
• The camera would sometimes fail to store the option selected for a Autofocus > a3 Built-in AF-assist illuminator in the CUSTOM SETTING MENU after the mode dial was rotated to another setting.

 

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

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

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

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

Check out the 17th ANPAT in the Fall FAQs and the official Nikonians Academy reservations page for more details.

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

Posted by flashdeadline at 9:54 PM

FedeoApril 25, 2017

Will Sony's a9 draw Nikon fans?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

3- Ever lose any equipment?  Gear lost forever? - Maybe not!
Label ALL your gear... BEFORE you go out to shoot!
Each IDmyStuff® label set includes 29 labels, in 3 sizes.  Big enough for a 400mm lens -- small enough for a filter ring.

Three lines of text per label, plus a gift or coding message for each set.  Up to 30 characters per line.  Super weatherproof outdoor vinyl with sign grade adhesive, UV resistant colorfast thermal resin printing, laminated with tough polyester. 7 different colors -- code gear by types, storage locations, or application purposes.

Just $9.95, including shipping in USA. (International: $4.95 flat rate shipping per order.)  20% off orders of 3.  30% off orders of 10 sets or more.  Typical turnaround (order to delivery) is one week or less.

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Thanks for any words of wisdom. -- Dale

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by flashdeadline at 9:37 PM

FedeoApril 18, 2017

Six reasons to stick with your DSLR

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


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

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

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

Hang-on. Not so fast.

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

What's your advice? Join the discussion.

 

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

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

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

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

Posted by flashdeadline at 7:35 PM

FedeoApril 15, 2017

Add months to your Silver, Gold or Platinum membership

This is something that many members miss, so let me wrap it up here:

If you invite another person to join Nikonians, they will get 10% off on their new membership and you will get an additional month on your current membership (Silver, Gold or Platinum) added as a small "thank you" for helping spreading the word.

How does it work?
It is simple, really.

  1. Go to "My Profile" and click on the tab "Invitations".
  2. Type in the person's email to be invited
  3. Hit the "Generate voucher" button
  4. Now you can either hit the link "Send" to send out the voucher as an email to the person, or you can print it out to personally hand it over.


There is no limit on the number of invitations you can make and you can keep track on them easily in the list shown on the "Invitations" page.

Thanks for spreading the word about the community!

Posted by bgs at 4:22 PM

FedeoApril 11, 2017

Nikon announces D7500

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

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


1- New D7500 unveiled

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

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

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

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

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


 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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


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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

Posted by flashdeadline at 7:06 PM

FedeoApril 4, 2017

Two new Nikon DSLR's

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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.
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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 Brad@Berger-Bros.com. or BradBerger@mac.com.


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
.........Gary

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 Lynda.com 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.  

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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

FedeoMarch 28, 2017

Where is your cloud?

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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


Posted by flashdeadline at 11:45 PM

FedeoMarch 21, 2017

Carry-on restrictions impact Nikonians

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

Responses so far speak well of the Sigma line:

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

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

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

Are you a Sigma fan? Join the discussion.


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Do you have some samples and panning advice to share?


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Posted by flashdeadline at 10:18 PM

FedeoMarch 7, 2017

Did we help kill Popular Photography Magazine?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


2- Nikon D760 on the horizon

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

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

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


3- Add rubber to your Nikon

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

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

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

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


4- Welcome home

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


9- Yucks to share

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

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

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

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

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


10-Upgrades Galore

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The Nikon Download Center is full of upgrades.

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

Nikon SB-5000 TTL Flash Firmware 14.002

D500 Firmware Version 1.12

WT-7 Wireless Transmitter Firmware Version 1.1

D7200 Firmware Version 1.02

D750 Firmware Version 1.11

D810 Firmware Version 1.12


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

Posted by flashdeadline at 10:10 PM

FedeoFebruary 28, 2017

Members react to Nikon's gloomy financials

NIKON-LOGO-SQ-125.jpgHere are some of the topics and news items we're tracking for our community this week.

Nikon, currently celebrating 100 years as a corporation, is facing financial difficulties. Gold member Gerry Mulligan (Gerry M) from Arizona, USA has started an in-depth discussion on the recent financial news regarding Nikon Corporation:

Nikon-100th_450.jpgHis summary:
Imaging business net sales for 1st to 3rd Q (3/2017) down 29% when compared to 1st to 3rd Q (3/2016). Operating net income for same time period down 18.4%. They issued a notice of an "extraordinary loss" (their terms) for the company.

Our members added thoughtful analysis of the current news, along with predictions and wishes for the future of Nikon's imaging team. Here are a few examples:

• Nikon reminds me of Leica in the 1950's when they stuck with the rangefinders because the SLR's were a "passing fad." The company primarily responsible for bringing the venerable Leica to its knees was none other than Nikon! I would have guessed that Nikon learned from Leica's experience - apparently not.

• It is not just Nikon, it's is the whole industry. Mobile phones are hitting it harder and harder.

• My advice to Nikon's photography segment? Focus on two types of FX pro cameras; merge the DXs into two series, reduce the number of P&S cameras, and provide better service, as Canon seems to be trending to. That's my 2 cents from 55+ years of photography, almost all with Nikon gear.

Care to share your thoughts? Join the discussion.

2- Limited edition Nikon Gear

Nikon-Gun-Metal_325.jpgHardcore Nikon enthusiasts will probably be drooling over a new anniversary edition set of cameras and lenses. Richard Haw (ricoBaby) attended the Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) annual international camera and photo imaging show in Yokohama, Japan last week and he shares images of the limited edition sets in his blog.

He tells us the show (called CP+ 2017) is:
Japan's version of Photokina wherein new products are showed to the public and international brands come to Japan to sell theirs here. There are plenty of newcomers but it usually consists of the usual big boys in the Japanese camera industry.

Thanks Richard for sharing your images of the new gun-metal finish gear (and your overall review of the show).

3- Exclusives for Nikonians

PhotoBert-March-2107.jpgThe world's best lens cleaning solution is used by Leica, Hasselblad, Bausch & Lomb & NASA and PhotoBert has it for you at a special rate.

Observe measurable differences in brightness and clarity with glass or plastic lenses! 2 sizes: 1 & 2 ounce. Now on sale. (US customers only)

Upgrade your Shutter! The most inexpensive upgrade for your camera.

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

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

4- Password change

Cloudflare_250.jpgNikonians founder Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs) is asking us to change our Nikonians passwords as a precaution following news that a third party system has had a security breach.
There is no known impact on any of our members, but an ounce of safety is worth a pound of cure.

Bo assures us:
We are not using Cloudflare for payment pages. Payment related data thus not affected

Login pages are running through Cloudflare and thus are at potential risk. This issue has also been of concern to such sites as uber and yelp.

5- Advice on shooting dogs
We have a member entering the field of agility dog photography contemplating camera choices.
Gold member Beth Russell (goldogs) from Virginia, USA wants to upgrade:

DogJock_325.jpgI'm less than a year into working as a pro. Its weekend business that I dearly love. Also helps pay a few bills. I photograph what you see--field dogs in motion. I shoot at field trials and hunt tests. A unique specialty but remarkable dogs. I have a D750 and a 70-200 F2.8 as my primary lens. I rent an 80-400 when I need it.

The problem:
I realized after a few big shoots in the summer that I was missing key moments. These retrievers move like lightening. I need a camera with a higher FPS rate. I have sold lots of photos and a few gallery wraps. Nice. However, I see I'm my workflow that I am missing key fractions of a second. For this work, going faster makes sense to me. How to --is the question?

Do I go the financial distance and purchase a D5 or buy a D500? I'd consider buying a used D4S but only from someone I know. I crop a great deal on most shots --focusing in on the dog. I do know about noise with the D500. How substantially do you think it would impact the type of shots I've attached?

I really appreciate any advice  -- Thanks

Responses to her question include some great action shots and the context could easily apply to many forms of fast-action sports photography.

6- Cowboy action
We've already mentioned action dog photography. Now, let's combine fast horses, angry bulls and determined cowboys.

Rodeo_400.jpgSilver member Robert Metheney (bobpilot) from Utah, USA is working on his rodeo action photography and he's looking for critiques:
This morning I looked at some photos in the Sports forum and then looked at the images I planned to post. Mine are not as good. I see the difference. So, what can I do to produce sharp images?
I hope it's all right to post four. I am not asking for a critique on each photo, the same problem exists in each one, although at different levels.
I rented a D500 and used the ruler method to check focus with my 200-400mm lens. The focus point was where it should be, no front focus, no back focus. I checked again the next day. Perhaps I didn't do it right.
Possibilities:
1. I need to pan to keep up with the forward movement of the steer and cowboy, this might explain for some of the issues.
2. I use the shutter release button, I don't believe this will produce a soft image at 1/2500

Check out his images and read the responses so far. Perhaps you have another good piece of advice to add to the discussion. Once again, the advice from this sport will be of help for many others.

7- Getting started: Custom Settings
You get a new Nikon DSLR and as you browse through you owner's manual you see hundreds of settings choices. You may be wondering what settings some of your fellow Nikonians have chosen.

D300-Setting_300.jpgP. F. Infante (pfinfante) from New Jersey, USA recently asked:
I just received my D300, had the D100 many years ago. Does anyone have any suggestions for the Custom Settings, like best choice for configuring the AE-l/AF-L button, Qual setting, use of AF-ON button, etc.? Somewhat overwhelmed with all the options. Seems like more than the D100, but then again, I was 10 years younger!

Responses so far show a common theme:
• There is no best practice. You have to choose the settings that work best for you. Based on the subjects you shoot, the ambient conditions you shoot in, your preferences, and your particular shooting style.

• There's no "best practice" per se, since as Marty points out, they are settable for a reason: photographers and their situations are highly variable.

While we have agreement that perfection is elusive based on many factors,  we already have a few "basic" settings being shared in this discussion and we invite you to add yours.  

8- Masking Tips
Your portrait shot will need some masking during post-process but you soon find out this is easier said than done. It gets even harder with strands of hair.

Masking_450.jpgSilver member Allen R. Stewart (cutupguy) from Oregon, USA has posted two sample images and the discussion has led to others sharing their techniques (with their own samples).

Allen asks:
I am trying to swap out the background on these 2 images, but the hair is driving me crazy. I'm beginning to think there just isn't enough contrast or color difference for the selection tools to pick up.
I have used PS(CC) Refine edge brush and painting overlay blend mode on the mask, but no joy.
I have tried Fluid Mask 3, which has some amazing color selection tools but had no success.
I have tried On1 Photo RAW Perfect brush and refine edge brush, same problem.
I have tried mangling the image in black and white with contrast, structure, etc., but still can't get a good mask.
I have tried inverting the colors and then trying the above again, same problem.
If anyone could share a technique that works, I would be eternally indebted.

Look like a challenge? Allen posted images large enough for you to show him your technique. Dive in and give it a shot. And don't forget to describe your work-flow.

9-Laptop Darkroom?

Predator-Laptop_400.jpgCan you work on your image collection with a laptop? Many of our members are doing it right now, and we have a question on best choices for photography work.

Silver member Raymond Lach (Ray701) from Illinois, USA asks:
Hello fellow Nikonians! I've been a member for short time and finally felt it was time to get involved. I just recently got back into photography after a long hiatus.

Not too long ago I purchased my first DSLR, a slightly used D7100. While I am getting familiar with its features and functionality, I am in desperate need of a new computer. I am very partial to laptops and I would like to get some suggestions.

My budget is roughly $1000 to $1200. I would really like to be able to attach to a monitor (does not need to be very large) that could easily be color calibrated if needed in the future. I am strictly an amateur that has never used any photo editing software. My use will be only personal with no intentions of selling any of my photos. Sorry for the long post, and - Thank You for reading.

Any suggestions? - Post your thoughts here.

 

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


Posted by flashdeadline at 7:36 PM

FedeoFebruary 21, 2017

NiMH puzzle, D200 dead?, Triptych tips and more.....

Pocket-watches_SQ_110.jpgHere are some of the topics and news items we're tracking for our community this week.

1- NiMH batteries puzzle

2700-batteries.jpgSilver member Jerry Klumpp (jwk1940) from Texas, USA is having difficulty understanding why his MB-D17 battery grip with the D500 is not working well with his choice of nickel metal hydride batteries.

Jerry asks:
I was wondering if anyone has encountered a problem trying to use nickel metal hydride batteries in the MB-D17 battery grip with the D500? 

When I tried using my 2700mAh, fully charged batteries, the camera would show a full charge, then after one picture, it shows low charge and will not work. If I remove the batteries and re-insert them, the camera once again shows full charge, take one picture, then shows low charge and won't work. I called Nikon tech help and all they could tell me was I'm using the wrong brand of battery, I should use Energizer or Duracell. I don't think the camera cares what brand I use as long as they supply the necessary voltage. 

I know Ni-MH batteries don't have as high voltage as alkaline or lithium, so I thought that's the reason for the three battery type options listed under MB-D17 battery type, so it would accept the lower voltage, 9.6 vs 12. Anyone have any input on this issue?

Replies to this particular question may be useful to any of our members with battery issues.


2- Nikonians Uploader for Mac v1.32 now available

Screen_Shot-uploader_325.jpgOur image gallery uploader for Mac has been updated. You can download it here

This new version takes care of some issues found in V1.30, such as a stall that could happen during upload.

The Nikonians Uploader is an application allowing you to easily upload images to the Nikonians galleries directly from your Mac by simple drag & drop functionality.

The latest version of the Nikonians Uploader works on Mac OS X Lion (Mac OS X 10.7) up to and including El Capitan (10.11).

It is available for free to Nikonians on a Silver membership or higher.


3- Pocket Watches anyone?

Pocket-watches_325.jpgWe've known for many years that our members have a wide span of interests and hobbies (other than our Nikon gear) and recently a new topic has surfaced. Pocket watches - along with some very interesting macro shots of these relics from the past.

It all started with a simple question about a certain purchase-- and soon our members with collections started listing their favorites. 

The neat part is our members used well-done macro shooting to illustrate their replies.

Here's a sample:
I own five, all family heirlooms. The ones at 12:00 and 2:00 belonged to my father, a violinist who felt a wristwatch interfered with his ability to play. The newer Hamilton was presented to him by the Women's Committee of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in 1959. Continuing clockwise around the circle, my paternal grandfather's watch, my maternal grandfather's watch (a college graduation gift perhaps, engraved with his name in 1905), and finally, a watch belonging to a great uncle.

All are in working order. I have no idea what their dollar value is, and I don't care.

For the record, my dad was also a Nikon man. He bought his Nikon Photomic T and a variety of lenses at the Sony Galleria in Tokyo on a CSO world tour sponsored by the U.S. State Department in 1966. He brought one back for me, too.

Join the discussion if you want to show us your favorite pocket watch.


4- D200 Disaster

NikonD200_325.jpgBenedikt Balian (bnbphoto) from Belgium has a Nikon D200 that has turned into an expensive paperweight. Is it really dead?

Here is the original question:
Hello everybody,
I am desperate, I bought today a nice D200 second hand. I decided to upgrade the firmware.

I downloaded the file from Nikon's website, formatted a CF card (Sandisk Ultra 4GB) in camera, copied the A file to the card with a card reader in my PC and started the update.

Once he was done and told me to switch off the camera I had a PG UP warning on the top LCD.

I took out the CF card copied the B file to it and put it back in. When I tried to switch the camera back on it stayed with the PG UP warning and nothing happened. I took out the battery to restart the camera.
However now the camera is completely dead. It doesn't switch on. There is nothing on the top LCD. It just doesn't do anything.
If anyone has any idea, please let me know. Thanks a lot.


5- Jig-saw selfie

Geoff-Puzzle_250.jpgGold member Geoff Baylis (GBaylis) from England, The United Kingdom has been working on a digital artistry project that includes using JavaScript to create puzzle pieces.

During discussion on the project he told us:
I think that the most useful feature of PS that I discovered answered one of my biggest frustrations: how to easily identify and select a particular layer within a multi-layer document...simply right click on the point in the image that you want to manipulate and a window pops up showing the stack of layers (and masks) that exists under your cursor: just click the one you want and it's selected without having to visit the layers panel.

How is it that all the tutorials I've followed didn't mention that?

If you are looking for more on how to pull off a similar digital artistry project - ask Geoff. He has been a productive member since 2012 and has many outstanding images in his User Gallery


6- Triptych tips

Triptych-300.jpgGold member Dale Maas (marnigirl) from Arizona, USA has posted a triptych for critique and if you have never tried this three-image format before, the replies can serve as a starter guide.

Here is a sample of some comments:

• Terrific action shots, but I'd love to see more of the horses.

• I agree with Candy, more horse. Is there a chance you could change to Landscape mode, widen each panel?

• Lovely and exceptional works. My eyes visualize the scene better with the vertical presentation,it seems to flow better.

• Great attempt - and so much to work with. My two thoughts echo the other's thoughts.
The top attempt;
The middle photo is a nice composition but it took study to figure out what was going on. Also if you study the triptychs in the history of painting, you may notice there is a composition of each and a composition of all three. The composition of all three in the top group is very poor in my opinion.
The second group;
This is so much better. It is clear what is going on and the composition is more pleasing. If the center image was slightly more to the left and the top to the right, you would have the classic triangle composition.

This entire discussion shows the benefit of posting in our critique forum with an open mind, accepting the comments and then followed by a few attempts to attack the project with an alternative view.


7- February Assignment no shows

Assign-Dec_300.jpgCrickets are chirping in the February 2017 Photo Assignments section.  Zero entries at press time. 

Assignments coordinator Rob Migliaccio (rmigliaccio) has made this one easy, letting you decide the topic.

Rob tells us:
February is a short month. Rather than burden you with a specific assignment that you may or may not be able to perform during this short month, I am instead letting you decide what your subject will be. 

The assignment is wide open.  - You decide! Shoot anything you want. Have fun with the assignment, but make sure the image is wall worthy.

There are no other restrictions except that your image(s) must be taken during the month of February, 2017. Using images taken prior to February, 2017, is not permitted and will be deleted. Please honor the rules of the assignment.

We encourage you to grab your camera and enter your image in the February assignment today.


8- Markins Ball Heads explained

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Nikonians co-founder J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) has posted an article explaining Markins ball head models and new modules. 


He describes a truly integrated camera support system, not just for landscape, wildlife, and portrait, but now for birding, video and for panorama photography, by including ingenious compact tools.

The brief article includes the introduction of new modules -- the BV-12 which can be used on the Q10i and Q10i-Q and the BV-22 for the Q20i and Q20i-Q.

His description:
These modules mount on the ball head clamp (dropped on the open channel) and serve to constrain all camera-lens movements except for up and down tilt, allowing for use of the ball head pan capability. This makes Birds in Flight (BIF) photography and Video (hence the denomination BV) an efficient delight. In fact, the BV module replaces the need for an obtrusive Gimbal head or a Sidekick for BIF and for another head for video.


Posted by flashdeadline at 10:45 PM

FedeoFebruary 7, 2017

December congrats -- Melissa is angry -- Hasselblad news -- Solar Safety

HNL-SQ-02-08-2017_110.jpgere are some of the topics and news items we're tracking for our community this week.



Nikonians Contest Coordinator David Summers (dm1dave) has posted the results of the December contests. Congratulations to our winners!
Specials congratulations go to Scott Ashley (Scottashley) who took top honors in two categories for the month of December.

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.

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1. -- Wildlife - "Winter & Wildlife" theme winner Scott Ashley (Scottashley), from Colorado, USA with his image titled Red fox peering over snow.
2. -- Landscape -  "Best of 2016" theme winner Scott Ashley  (Scottashley), from Colorado, USA with his image titled Spotlit trees in the Smokies.
3. -- Macro - "Your Personal Best of 2016" theme winner Geoff Baylis (GBaylis) from The United Kingdom, England with his image titled Abutilon Pictum.
4. -- Travel  - "Into the Shadows" theme winner Huw Thomas (HUW) from New South Wales, Australia with his image titled Into the Shed.
5. -- Digital Artistry -  "Holiday" theme winner James Buch (jimray) from Oregon, USA  with his image titled Father Frost Needs Help.
6. -- Assignment  -  "Bottles" theme winner Dan Wiedbrauk (domer2760) from Michigan, USA with his image titled Wavy Glass.

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 winners here.

The current (January) assignment is "You Decide" - and this one lets us choose our own artistic direction.

Here is Rob's description:
February is a short month. Rather than burden you with a specific assignment that you may or may not be able to perform during this short month, I am instead letting you decide what your subject will be. The assignment is wide open - you decide! Shoot anything you want. Have fun with the assignment, but make sure the image is wall worthy.

Melissa is angry

Silver member Melissa OGarr from Western Australia is a bit mad (actually she used a much stronger descriptive) with her Nikon D3300.
It seems the camera has gone "dead" on her and she's not happy with any of her fixing options.

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Here's a small (condensed) portion of her post:
I wanted a good Macro camera, and was advised to buy Nikon. The Nikon is terrible at macro, see a previous post, now I'm stuck with four lenses that are no good to me at all and severely out of pocket). Now the hardware seems to be failing and I haven't even had it a year! I bought it in China, so getting warranty in Australia could prove difficult.

Two days ago, this Nikon stopped being able to download any pictures onto my laptop or PC. We have tried everything, to find out what's gone wrong. The cable has charge, the camera works, but I can't get any communication between camera and computer. I tried taking out the card (which I initially thought was the problem as my Canon card (only 4mths old - just suddenly died two days earlier) it was able to be read on a friend's PC, but I have no card reader on my PC or laptop. I'm a pensioner so a $300 charge and a cost to drive 400km to Perth to get it repaired is out of the question. I also thought that maybe there was a driver/windows conflict - so downloaded over 2GB worth of drivers from Nikon, which put me over my monthly data limit and now I'm throttled at a slow crawl.  None of those drivers were of any use, so it was back to square one.What the hell do I do now? The camera is USELESS if I can't access the photos.

This problem has caught the attention of many of our members and we're expecting someone to come up with the best answer at any time. If you had a similar experience -- Check it out.

Hasselblad changing hands

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The Nikonians community has always held quality gear from other manufacturers in great regard. Industry legends like Leica and Hasselblad are not only respected but also owned by some of our members. That is one of the reasons we found this discussion, led by founder Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs) of interest:

In case you have missed it, Swedish Hasselblad now Chinese, going the way Volvo and other iconic Swedish manufacturers went.

When will we see the first Hassi with integrated propellers?

More info over at luminous landscape by Kevin Raber.

Kevin's article includes this important disclaimer: Information relayed in this article was obtained from numerous credible and reliable sources.  

Although the final conclusion has not yet been confirmed by Hasselblad or DJI, I am confident in my sources and believe that a formal announcement is forthcoming.

As the discussion progressed, it was highlighted by a bit of industry background provided by Gold member Steven Licht (SteveDotNet) from New York, USA. If legendary gear is one of your passions, join the conversation.  One more thing -- our image of a camera under a drone is pure imagination. 

Sun Shooting Safety

We have more members planning to shoot the Solar eclipse in August, and now the conversation is shifting towards safe filters. The consensus so far comes from those who are advising extreme caution.

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Here are some samples:

● Don't even think about using anything but real, purpose-built solar filters. Many are available from the astrophotography world.

● It's worse to use the wrong filter than to use no filter at all. Some ND filters do not block the full spectrum of IR and UV light. Some filters are drop in filters positioned at the back of the lens stack so light and heat is not blocked until passing through the lens.

● I would strongly recommend an external filter. While the internal filter would prevent damage to your sensor, everything "in front" of the filter could still be damaged by heat or IR.

If you have ever aimed your camera at the sun for an extended period of time, this discussion is a must read

Posted by flashdeadline at 6:09 PM

FedeoJanuary 3, 2017

Congrats November Contest winners

contests-Nov-2016-SQ_110.jpgNikonians Contest Coordinator David Summers (dm1dave) has posted the results of the November contests. Congratulations to our winners!

Specials congratulations go to Geoff Baylis (GBaylis), who took top honors in two categories for the month of November.

Our member driven contests are unique in many ways. Unlike most other photo contests the workings of our contests are transparent. Our members choose the monthly themes, all entries are visible to the entire community as they are posted and you are the judges not an invisible behind the scenes "expert."

Check our winning images legend below and scroll down for the names of the winners.

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1. -- Wildlife -  "Raptors - Big and Small." theme winner Koos Erasmus (Rassie) from Ontario Canada with his image titled Gliding Snowy.

2. -- Landscape -  "Fall Colors" theme winner Thomas Sprunger (Melman59) from Indiana, USA with his image titled Church in Cade's Cove.

3. -- Macro - "Food" theme winner Tom Jacob (sevendayimages) from Spain with his image titled Garlic Food Pin-up.

4. -- Travel  - "Off the Beaten Track" theme winner Gary Paige (JazzDoc) from New York, USA with his image titled Brown Bear Family; Katmai NP

5. -- Digital Artistry -  "My Favorites" theme winner Geoff Baylis (GBaylis) from England, The United Kingdom with his image titled Tender Moment.

6. -- Assignment  -  "Abstract Body" theme winner Geoff Baylis (GBaylis) from England, The United Kingdom with his image titled Eye'm Watching You!

On the blog, 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.

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 winners here.

The current (January) assignment is "Fluffy" - and this one has zero input at the current publication time. Here is Rob's description:

"What more can I say - let's start the new year with a fun assignment - submit images where the subject is fluffy. Have fun with this assignment, but make sure the image is wall worthy."

Posted by flashdeadline at 2:41 PM

FedeoSeptember 30, 2016

Image sharing forum now takes 50MB images

The image sharing forum "A picture I took" at Nikonians now allow for large image uploads. You can attach images of up to 50MB each to your post. If the image is larger than 1800 pixels widest side, it will be reduced to that size.

For smaller devices and screens, the image is automatically reduced to fit the screen.

Enjoy your community!

Posted by bgs at 6:59 PM

FedeoMay 31, 2016

Weekly Hot-5 - May 31 - 2016

Butterfly_WH5-SQ.jpgWhat's "hot" this week in our forums?

Our editorial staff and Moderating Team members run across much more topics and images than the average member, and we realize a lot of very interesting material deserves to be highlighted and shared in our community.

The Weekly Hot 5 and Trending Blog encourages you to join in the discussions, or have a look at a photo that we think will inspire you to grab your Nikon gear and capture equally outstanding images.

We start with this image by Silver member Larry Jordan (ljordan316) from Florida, USA.

WH5-SQ-1_75x75.jpgButterfly_350.jpgLarry was responding to a question seeking comparisons between the Nikon D810 and D500.
Other replies include one member who decided to get both:
"No one camera is ideal for each and every situation. Far better to have a two camera kit and not try to find the single perfect camera as it does not exist. For me at the present time the best combo is the D810 with the D500.

Both use EN-EL15 batteries and both can use SD cards is very advantageous for general field use and when traveling. Being able to buy both cameras and spend $1800 less than the cost for a single D5 camera also makes them a better value."

Do you have a comparison example between the D810 and D500 to share?



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Silver member Douglas Amsbury (dglas_1) from Washington, USA has a question in the Nikon D810/D800 forum regarding the AF-area mode. The answers so far are very informative. Check it out.

WH5-SQ-3_75x75.jpgBushes-Camera.jpg------------------------------------------------------Silver member Jesse Smith (Jesse Smith) from Montana, USA has a unique situation going on when he's out taking pictures:

I've spent most of my life NOT living in town. I have some property in town and I hate to even do yard work there because I feel like I'm on display for all the neighbors. I'm sure they don't actually care about me or what I'm doing, but that's just the sort of feeling I have when doing stuff out in public view like that.

Similarly, I find myself driving somewhere after work to take pictures and then going somewhere else instead, because there's already people there and I feel like they are going to be watching me the whole time. Wondering why I'm taking a picture of whatever it is, or thinking me a fool for laying on the ground to get a certain angle, or whatever. Worse yet, they might ask what I'm doing and then I'd have to tell them I have no idea.

I'm kind of embarrassed to even admit this here, but I'm wondering if others felt the same way when they started photography and did you get over it?


WH5-SQ-4_75x75.jpgarrows-default-view_200.jpg------------------------------------------------------Nikonians founders Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs) and J. Ramón Palacios (jrp) advise they have switched Nikonians main areas to use our white theme as default.
If you do not like it, switch to our classic, black theme using the top right corner arrow icon. Your preferences are automatically stored in your settings.

Which version do you use most often (and why)?

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------------------------------------------------------New member Robert Young (youngres3) from the England, The United Kingdom is looking for lens advice.

I'm contemplating the purchase of a new 'standard' zoom lens to go with my Nikon D3s. I have been happy with my 24-85mm f3.5/4.5G ED but have been talked into perhaps replacing this with the much bulkier 24-70mm f2.8G ED - as I'm told the quality is much better. This is an expensive piece of glass (even second-hand) so I'm contemplating the older 28-70mm f2.8 IF ED that it replaced. Is this earlier lens of the same quality as its replacement? What is the advantage of the new lens?
Any advice very welcome.
Robert

If you have a similar question-- check the replies on this so far.

Posted by flashdeadline at 5:26 AM

FedeoMay 24, 2016

Weekly Hot-5 - May 24 - 2016

Tugboat_covey_SQ_110.jpgWhat's "hot" this week in our forums?

Our editorial staff and Moderating Team members run across much more topics and images than the average member, and we realize a lot of very interesting material deserves to be highlighted and shared in our community.

The Weekly Hot 5 and Trending Blog encourages you to join in the discussions, or have a look at a photo that we think will inspire you to grab your Nikon gear and capture equally outstanding images.

We start with this image by Gold member Aart Louw (AartPapaya) from South Africa. In his post titled A few Impala studies he shared interesting images taken at Kruger National Park with his Nikon D810.

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AArt explains:
"Impala is by far the most common antelope in the KNP and is therefore not regarded as worthy of a photo. They are however graceful and well worth spending time with."







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Moderating Team member Jonathan Kandel (JonK) posted a link to the description of a newspaper photo shoot featuring a political candidate.
You will recognize that candidate (Donald Trump), but that's not why Jon posted it.
In fact he wants you to ignore the politics: "Seriously, forget who the candidate is. Just enjoy this shoot, the concept of confetti, buying it, picking out one color, cutting rectangles into squares, "distributing" it -- and cleaning it all up after the five minute shoot."



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Lady-Boat_350.jpgGold member John Wilson (Travjohn) from North Carolina, USA has started an informal name that lady session:
"A face that has graced every digital Nikon that I've owned, standing patiently while the same boat sails behind her. I wonder if she even has a name -- if not, maybe we should give her one."
Check it out.
We already have some interesting suggestions.






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Can you capture great images involving boats without going out to sea?
Moderating Team member Armando Heredia (Covey22) proves the answer is a solid yes with a series photos taken at a shipyard.
He was using his Nikon D7000 on this shoot.






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NIKON-LOGO-SQ-125.jpgGold member John Hernlund (Tokyo_John) from Japan has been following economic trends affecting the photo industry in his area and shares his thoughts in a post titled Nikon business in a tough period.

Posted by flashdeadline at 6:10 AM

FedeoMay 17, 2016

Nikonians Academy photo destinations abound

Academy-Logo_Galap_SQ_110.jpgNikonians Academy instructors are preparing for workshops in outstanding photo destinations.

Steve Simon is running his Passionate Photographer workshop in New York City this week and then leaves for Cuba next week to run a similar class that focuses on the streets of Havana.
If you missed out on both of these, then don't wait to sign up for his June 16-21 Passionate Photographer workshop in New York City.

In class, we will look at a selection of your best work from the previous day. These daily critiques are of crucial importance, where we share ideas and constructive criticism as we look through each others' images. The workshop will be a "safe place" for group discussions with suggestions and new ideas put forward. We will visit New York photography galleries and museum shows and participate in lectures and critiques every day.

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hagen_iceland_hdr_300.jpgMike Hagen still has open slots for his Iceland Photo and Bird Adventure this July.

Summer in Iceland is unbelievably beautiful, with gorgeous light for most of the day. In fact, it never gets truly dark in Iceland in the summer because of its high latitude near the arctic circle.

During our journey, we'll photograph some of the most amazing scenery and wildlife Iceland has to offer. From verdant rolling hills to rugged mountains, the landscapes of Iceland are famous for their interplay between light and sky.

Join Mike and his business partner Tim Vollmer, as they take you to places off the beaten path in the pursuit of stunning images and grand adventure.

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Galapagos_Yacht_300.jpgLater this year, join Mike Hagen in the Galapagos Islands for a yacht-based photo adventure that is guaranteed to tickle your wildlife fancy.

This trip is designed around capturing the unique fauna of the Galapagos Islands including birds and marine life that you'll only find in this special part of the world.

Our group size is small and our expedition yacht is perfectly designed to get us into small bays teeming with animals.

Each day will feature a different area of the amazing Galapagos Islands. Our expedition yacht has the ability to anchor close to our attractions and our small group size means that we can be nimble while photographing nature's splendor.

The adventure begins on September 18, 2106.

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CRLV-30percent_300.jpgOur online workshop partners at CreativeLive just let us know that all classes are 30% off this week through May 22nd. Also, if you buy any class, then you get a chance to win access to the entire CreativeLive catalog. A new winner is chosen every day. Winning this allows you full access to over 1,000 online workshops!

Posted by flashdeadline at 9:25 PM

Weekly Hot-5 - May 17 - 2016

WH5_Monte_Sq.jpgWhat's "hot" this week in our forums?

Our editorial staff and Moderating Team members run across much more topics and images than the average member, and we realize a lot of very interesting material deserves to be highlighted and shared in our community.

The Weekly Hot 5 and Trending Blog encourages you to join in the discussions, or have a look at a photo that we think will inspire you to grab your Nikon gear and capture equally outstanding images.

We start with this image from the I have been published forum:

WH5-SQ-1_75x75.jpg------------------------------------------------------ Congratulations to Silver member Lindrel Thompson (lindrelt) from Texas, USA for scoring his first cover shot.

Cover-Pelican_200.jpgHe posted his cover of the Galveston Monthly Magazine.

Lindrel tells us: "The picture was taken at Pier 19 after some returning fisherman released leftover bait fish.

I saw a flurry of Pelicans splashing and fighting over the fish.

Not until back home and reviewing the pictures taken at a fast shutter speed did I realize what had happened.

While Brown Pelicans dive for fish, the White Pelican scoops them right out of the water with their impressive pouched bill!"

Have you had an image of yours appear in print or published on a web-site (not your own of course)?
Share the good news with us in our I have been published! forum.



WH5-SQ-2_75x75.jpg------------------------------------------------------ Reading and writing posts, articles and critiques at nikonians.org does more than just share information.

In many ways, members have embraced the original concept of our founders, making Nikonians not just a knowledgeable and friendly environment but a family environment.

We like to call it a community, and as such we should also have a look at the backgrounds of some of our fellow members.

Monte_325.jpgModerating Team member Marsha Edmunds (meadowlark2) has started an ambitious series of articles aimed at providing that background.

The series title is "I am Nikonians" and at the heart of each article will be Marsha's goal of letting us know more about these family members we share our time with during each visit to nikonians.org.

Check out the first edition, featuring Silver member Monte Comeau (BCRose) from British Columbia, Canada.

In the coming months, don't be surprised if you get an email from Marsha, asking you to participate.

WH5-SQ-3_75x75.jpg------------------------------------------------------ Silver member Steven Greenbaum (Steve6344) from Florida, USA is looking for suggestions on saving large files in Photoshop.
The answers so far may help fellow members with a similar problem.


WH5-SQ-4_75x75.jpg------------------------------------------------------ We have brisk and informative conversation going on regarding Nikon Batteries.

EN-EL15-Battery_325.jpgSilver member (Richard Walliker) from Wales, the United Kingdom kicked it off my asking about high battery drain with the Nikon D500.

His question has evolved into a deeper look at who is actually making batteries for Nikon use, and numerous comments about assorted battery life experiences from fellow members.

Some are happy and some are not.

WH5-SQ-5_75x75.jpg------------------------------------------------------If you post your raw NEF photograph in our NEF processing skills forum, we will help you improve it. The forum is open to all members on Silver or higher membership.

NEF-forum-Bird_325.jpgA good example is this photo of a Goldfinch, taken by Gerry LoSardo (JerryLoSardo) from Maryland. Gerry invited our members to have a look and tweak it for sharpness.

Gerry tells us:
"I recently purchased a Nikon 300mm AF-S II (non-VR) and a TC20EIII and have begun the long (but enjoyable) process of learning how to use this lens/TC combo. My post processing efforts in LR (see attached jpeg) have resulted in an image where the bird is too soft, so I'm trying to see if I can create a sharper image."

Remember, don't upload JPEG images. Just RAW images.

Posted by flashdeadline at 8:17 PM

FedeoMay 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

FedeoApril 27, 2016

Get published with your best Nikon D500 image

We are working on getting the best images together for the upcoming NikoniansPress Rocky Nook book "Mastering your Nikon D500" by Digital Darrell.

If you have an excellent D500 shot, this is a good chance to get more visibility still.

Posted by bgs at 11:11 AM

FedeoApril 20, 2016

Android Nikon "SnapBridge" App Now Available

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

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

SnapBridge Microsite: http://snapbridge.nikon.com/

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

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

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

Posted by flashdeadline at 2:18 PM

Nikon D500 summary

The Nikon D500 seems to be in high demand and our members are waiting for their preorders to be fulfilled.

While we wait, we have this D500 information to digest, including the D500 user manual - enjoy!

Posted by bgs at 12:45 PM

FedeoJanuary 14, 2016

Is the Compact Flash format doomed (anytime soon)?

CompactFlash-MemoryCards_BGS1062a-400 copy.jpgWith the Nikon D5 and D500 preferring the XQD format for storage, is the Compact Flash card format doomed (any time soon)?

My take on this is, yes. Of course the format is doomed over time, but it will be around for quite a few more years, just that manufacturers will not produce much of any new camera models supporting it. One reason being reduced manufacturing costs to support XQD vs. higher costs for supporting CF. The CF format is physically great, being robust. The size of these cards reminds me of video cassettes somehow and it is clear that smaller cards are often more practical, ignoring any speed advantages newer specs provide in addition.

For us CF dinosaurs, we can order the D5 with CF slots, for anyone else, get the one for XQD cards. Maybe we can come up with some DIY projects, things to create out of old CF cards, something to put in the window, or to have the kids playing with.

Join the discussion on the future of the Compact Flash in our forums.

More about the XQD card format (on wikipedia)

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

Posted by bgs at 12:29 PM

FedeoDecember 22, 2015

THE NIKONIAN # 60 is now available

TheNikonian60.pngFreely available to all Silver members and higher, the latest issue of our eZine, THE NIKONIAN, is available.

This latest edition of THE NIKONIAN features:


  • Images from the 15th Anniversary ANPAT in the Fall

  • How to do the Basics of Panoramic and Mosaic Image Shooting

  • Meet Nikonians. An interview with Kathy Cavalaro (Cavy2), by Dan Wiedbrauk (domer2760)

  • Latest from the NikoniansPress/RockyNook, Nikon and more

You can also read THE NIKONIAN on your iPad, iPhone, Android device. More info here.

Posted by bgs at 3:46 PM

FedeoNovember 10, 2015

Nikonians Academy Director pens new book

Hagen-Autofocus-Book-2015-SQ_125.jpgNikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen's new book titled The Nikon Autofocus System, Mastering Focus for Sharp Images Every Time is now available for purchase.

Created in conjunction with Rocky Nook and NikoniansPress, this book is aimed at photographers who want to improve their autofocus skills with Nikon DSLR cameras.

With today's advanced camera technology, achieving focus on a photographic subject seems like it should be a straightforward task. But many photographers know that it can be deceptively difficult, especially when shooting moving subjects or in challenging situations. Now, there is a complete guide available for Nikon shooters that will help them get tack-sharp photos every time.

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In The Nikon Autofocus System, photographer Mike Hagen, author of the bestselling The Nikon Creative Lighting System, takes his deep knowledge of Nikon technology and concentrates on its focus features. 

In this book, which covers all current Nikon DSLR models, Hagen fully explains how Nikon autofocus works, including detailed discussions of all the autofocus modules, drive systems, and camera buttons and menus. 

He also devotes an entire chapter to explore how focus works with Nikon?s lenses.

Armed with this general knowledge, Hagen then dives deep and offers camera setups, settings, and best practices for specific field techniques that address the photographic genres that are notoriously challenging for focus: action and sports (indoor and outdoor), wildlife (including birds in flight), and macro photography. 

He also covers genres such as portrait, landscape, underwater, low-light, and street photography. 

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Hagen not only advises on the best ways to set up the camera and focus systems, he gives helpful tips and tricks throughout the book.

 

The Nikon Autofocus System also covers:

? Live view autofocus methods and settings

? Achieving great focus in video

? AF tracking

? AF shooting styles, such as back-button AF and shutter-release AF

? HDR, panoramas, and other techniques for shooting with a tripod

? An entire chapter on additional terms and techniques, such as hyperfocal distance, calibrating lenses, focus and flash photography, and more

Ebook versions are available for purchase right now and paperback versions will be in stores during the first few weeks of November, 2015.

Links:

The Nikon Autofocus System eBook at Rocky Nook

 Paperback

? The Nikon Autofocus System at Rocky Nook

? The Nikon Autofocus System at Amazon

? The Nikon Autofocus System ? Autographed Copies

Posted by flashdeadline at 9:23 PM

Scheduled maintenance 11 Nov 2015 07:00 AM UTC

We are performing maintenance on our systems and we will have a scheduled downtime of up to 15 minutes starting

11 Nov 2015 02:00 AM EST (07:00 AM UTC)

During this time Nikonians.org and NikoScope.com will not be reachable.

Posted by bgs at 4:59 PM

FedeoJune 2, 2015

Congratulations April Contest Winners

Contests_125_THU_SQ.jpgNikonians Contest Coordinator David Summers (dm1dave) has posted the results of the April Contests. 

Congratulations to our members who submitted the images in our composite key (below).

Scroll down to find links to the original entries, along with explanations behind the photographs and an overall look at the competition. 
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Here are the winners of the April contests:

1. Wildlife ? ?Animal Pairs? theme winner Mark Kraus (pipco) from Ohio, USA with his entry titled ?Dinner Time." 

2. Landscape ? ?Signs of Spring? theme winner Charlie Choc (cchoc) from Georgia, USA with his entry titled "Spring in the Smokies." 

3. Macro ? ?Round or Circular? theme winner Richard Dubiel (Dubes) from Ontario, Canada with his entry titled ?Glass Eyes.? 

4. Sports ? ?Score? theme winner Stephen Hindley (tembo) from Dubai, United Arab Emirates , with his entry titled ?The Stretch.?

5. Travel ? ?Second Tier Destinations" theme winner Robert Cranna (robcran) from New South Wales, Australia with his entry titled "Norfolk Island Cemetery."


Are you ready to join in the exchange of great images?

Check the latest contest update from David Summers for details.

Posted by flashdeadline at 11:24 PM

FedeoOctober 29, 2013

Academy feedback spells success

Nikonians-Academy-Feedback_130.jpgNikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen has been on the road for a good portion of the year, and as 2013 reaches the busy months of November and December, he takes time to share some very uplifting feedback.

Here is Mike's report:

Nikonians Academy workshops are some of the best in the industry. We work incredibly hard to bring the best professional instructors to cities all around the world in our never-ending quest to teach others how to be better photographers.

We strive to run the best classes and would love to have you join us to see for yourself. Photo education is our passion and previous attendees love to talk about how we inspired their passion for photography as well.

Iceland-comp1.jpgHere's just some of the feedback we've received from customers over the last few months for workshops ranging from our Master's series to The Passionate Photographer to our portrait workshops to Lightroom.

Greg, this class has stuck with me and has been very beneficial to my photography. When it comes to actual photography this class has done more for me then any class I have taken and believe me I have taken a bunch. So much from what I learned at this class has stuck with me and I use every day in my photography. I believe that this class would be extremely valuable to anyone who wants to photograph people. Now a month after the class I appreciate it more then when I was in it. It is simple, it stuck with me and I use what I learned.
- B. Bendit

Steve,
I just wanted to take an opportunity to thank you once again for your workshop on the D7000. I feel like I know my camera much better now. I especially enjoyed your explanations of not just how to setup the camera but the WHY. I'm following many of your recommended settings including trying to get used to back focusing (I'm also trying to learn to close my left eye and become a right eye shooter). I'm better prepared now to spend more time thinking about the pictures I want to get and less on the camera.
Thanks again.

- D. Tait

Great class, Mike, I learned a lot. You're a great teacher! You can bet I'll be taking more classes.
- Paul Watanabe

Mike,
Thanks. Every time I take a class from you I am inspired.

- V. Thompson

Steve,
I just wanted to thank you for your wonderful class yesterday. I went to the class hoping I would be leaving with some good tips and would be able to remember how to do what I have learned. Not only did you give me fabulous tips, but, having the camera remember the settings for me is far beyond what I could have dreamed for! Your humor is great and your teaching style was perfect for my learning style.

- H. Richards

I recently attended the Lightroom 4 Workshop presented by Mike Hagen in Fairfield, New Jersey. The program was absolutely first-rate - well-planned, well-organized, well-presented. I came away with a much better understanding of not only how to navigate through Lightroom which is complex and initially intimidating but with a greater appreciation of its potential - and mine. More than that, however, was the confidence and satisfaction that I was being taught by and was learning from a consummate professional photographer - Mike Hagen.
He's tops in my book!

- J. Collins

Academy-Workshops_200x.jpgThanks for the great class!! I learned a lot. Too often at photo workshops the presenter is a great photographer who is a poor presenter and the workshop falls flat. Mike, you are both a great presenter and a great photographer. Please keep up the good work! I don't know when you are traveling home but safe travels!
- Bill

Dear Steve,
I've attended other Nikonians workshops, all of which were excellent.
Your Toronto workshop was superb! My reading your book "The Passionate Photographer" before attending the workshop enhanced the experience. I'm still marveling about your skillful manner in critiquing a photo, first pointing out the positive qualities of the photo, then without any hint of sarcasm or arrogance subtly suggesting ways to improve the photo.
After you pointed out ways I could improve my photos I left the workshop energized by your critique, eager to improve and committed to becoming a better photographer.

Thank you for such a positive experience."
- R.Hansen

The ANPAT experience was fantastic!!! I know that you put your heart and soul into planning it and then when things changed, your scramble to find other things to do was incredible. This certainly was a great learning experience. Thanks for your teaching, and letting me hang with you. This was a positive changing experience for me and my photography.
- D. Patterson

You're a class guy, Mike! I look forward to your Philadelphia area courses. I need one on lighting and you're the best. I got your book.
- Jim

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for such a wonderful workshop. You are a gifted instructor. The pace and the detail of the information was perfect and I had a really great time.
- Dax

Dear Mike,
I just wanted to personally thank you again for all of your efforts yesterday. I learned so much and you made it fun! As someone who has taught in the past (at UCLA medical residency program), I know first hand that is not easily accomplished (especially in an all day workshop!) and is therefore a compliment to your talents and knowledge.
Again, my heartfelt thanks. Hope to see you in the future.

- Paul

Sign up for any of our classroom workshops or field photography trips
here: www.nikoniansacademy.com

Here's a refresher on our workshops coming up in November and December:


Looking ahead to November:

Stangl_Portrait_Comp2_200.jpgGreg Stangl brings his Secrets of Studio and Environmental Portraiture 3-day interactive workshop to Richmond. VA starting November 4th.

This class is a must-have for any photographer considering a career in professional portraiture or anyone that needs to increase their understanding of photographing people.

Greg strongly believes in “learning by doing” so come prepared to be an active part of the class. He has a proven track record of helping students become better photographers.

His detailed workbook guarantees that the lessons you learn will become a permanent part of your creative arsenal.
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Steve Simon takes the Masters series to New York City starting November 6th,
His schedule includes:
- Master the Nikon D600, D7000 & D7100 - In Depth 1 (November 6)
- Master the Nikon D600, D7000 & D7100 - In Depth 2 (November 7)
- Master the Nikon D800 and D4 - In Depth 1 (November 8)
- Master the Nikon D800 and D4 - In Depth 2 (November 9)
- The Passionate Nikon Photographer Two-Day Mastery Workshop (November 10-11)

Steve will be taking the same series to Boston, starting November 14.
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Looking ahead to December
Steve Simon will be hosting his Masters series in Atlanta, starting December 4, while Winston C. Hall takes the series to Phoenix, starting December 5.

Steve's next workshops will head to Philadelphia starting December 10 while Winston Hall's next stop takes him to Las Vegas beginning December 12.

Mike Hagen finishes out the year hosting the Masters series in San Diego, starting December 12.

Posted by Ronny89 at 2:34 PM

FedeoOctober 28, 2013

Nikon Capture NX2 Techniques: Active D-Lighting Use Example

There seems to be some confusion about the use of Active D-Lighting. As a reminder, Active D-Lighting (ADL) is a setting in the camera that is used for high contrast scenes. It potentially applies an exposure adjustment to reduce exposure, and applies a complex curve to brighten shadows while protecting highlights. Find out the best setttings, what implications are met in photo editing software, and more!

Posted by Ronny89 at 11:57 AM

FedeoOctober 21, 2013

Photo Techniques: Autofocus Tracking with a Cluttered Background

coverphoto_birds.jpgt's a bird, it's a plane! Ok, they're just birds, not superman. But with Autofocus Tracking techniques like this, you'll feel like you've conquered a lot in getting those epic shots. Photographing small birds, fast in flight, is one of the most difficult things to photograph. Learn here, how you can overcome this challenge, and practice, practice! Don't forget to share your shots in our Forums or even on Facebook page. We'd love to see your Progress In Flight #PIF :)

Posted by Ronny89 at 7:45 AM

FedeoOctober 1, 2013

ThinkTank THINKS about you!

Glass Taxi.jpgUsing a long lens for sideline shooting or birding this fall? Our friends at Think Tank Photo just announced a special offer on their two long lens backpacks, the Glass Taxi and the Glass Limo.

Should you order one of these backpacks between now and September 30th, you can select to RECEIVE FOR FREE from among the following lens cases and pouches: a Slim Changer, Lens Changer 25 V2.0, Lens Changer 50 V2.0, Lens Changer 75 Pop Down V2.0, or a Strobe Stuff. When you place your order, a popup will show the Free Gift options.

The Glass Taxi holds up to a 500mm f/4 lens, 300mm f/2.8 lens with DSLR attached, or a DSLR with 70-200 attached with hood in position.

The Glass Limo carries up to an 800 f/5.6, 600 f/4.0 unattached or a 500 f/4 with Pro body attached, or an 800 5.6 with aftermarket neoprene lens cap , or a 200 - 400 f/4 with Pro body attached, or a standard pro kit with pro DSLR and 5-8 lenses.

Both backpacks are designed to hold these heaviest of lenses with stability and comfort.

PS. Pssssst! ThinkTank's raffling off a new Apple 15" MacBook Pro Retina in one of our new My 2nd Brain laptop cases, along with our new Powerhouse power “brick.” Just enter here!

Posted by Ronny89 at 8:37 AM

FedeoSeptember 30, 2013

Camera & Flash Cookbook for Any Lighting Situation

lightbulb.jpgDon't you ever wish you could read all there is about your Camera and Flash lighting situations, all in one neat place? Reading this article will act as a "Cookbook" approach that should lead to excellent results.

Posted by Ronny89 at 2:23 PM

FedeoSeptember 23, 2013

Why use Camera Manual with Flash Indoors?

17.why-M-mode_interiors-flash_cover.pngShould you use your camera in Manual Mode when shooting flash in low ambient conditions? What about what's better than shooting Aperture priority? Here you'll find all the reasons as well as detailed images explaining various scenarios and showing the effects of Rear Sync vs. Front Sync when movement is involved in photographs. Have a read and enjoy!

Posted by Ronny89 at 10:11 AM

ThinkTank & MindShift Gear Promo!

mindshift-logo.pngOur friends at Think Tank Photo just alerted us to a fun promotion their sister company, outdoor backpack company MindShift Gear, just announced.

MindShift is sponsoring free, on-fire random drawing called “Pack It In” where one lucky winner scores a rotation180° Professional Deluxe backpack loaded with cool covetable stuff, such as a Wimberley Head, an REI gift card, a Camelbak hydration bladder, and more. Here's your chance to score this mega-prize package valued in excess of $1,100. Get yours now!
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Posted by Ronny89 at 10:06 AM

FedeoSeptember 16, 2013

Does moving the focus points affect flash power?

cover-shot-#16.jpg"Lately there have been several comments made by experienced photographers stating that selecting different focus areas in the camera will change the place in the image that the flash meters from. I knew that this wasn't true based on my knowledge gained by designing flash and camera integrated circuits. I knew that the flash meters the entire frame based on center weighted brightness. However, I needed some proof, so I took the following series of images." Get your proof, here!

Posted by Ronny89 at 10:16 AM

FedeoSeptember 10, 2013

Back to school ThinkTank bags? Not exactly!

mybrainsingle.jpgOur friends at Think Tank Photo just launched two new product lines whose intention is to help those us using Apple® devices have an easier time of organizing our accessories and ourselves.

My 2nd Brain.JPGMy Second Brain – The four ultra thin My 2nd Brain™ bags were created with pockets specifically sized for Apple® computers and accessories and all the tools needed to support a digital lifestyle. Slide a MacBook Pro® or iPad® into the zippered padded pocket that also has an organizer for pens and more. Keep an iPhone in the top pocket with a pouch for earbuds or a Bluetooth headset. Unzip the main compartment to organize and secure adapters and small items in clear zippered pockets. Stow documents in the rear pouch. Even the removable padded shoulder strap has a clip for full-size headphones.

Powerhouse – Created for MacBook Pro® laptop power adapters and AC cable plus pens, small cables, USB drives, and other small accessories.

Don’t forget, as my friend when you click on these links and order $50 or more of Think Tank Photo gear you receive a free gift, such as a Pixel Pocket Rocket memory card holder.
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Posted by Ronny89 at 9:50 AM

FedeoSeptember 9, 2013

When is Full Power Flash NOT Full Power

15.when-full-power_cover.pngWhen you set your flash in Manual mode and full power, you expect to get a full power flash, right? Mwahaha, think again! Many of us will be surprised to learn that even with your flash in Manual Mode, it will not produce a full power of flash - there are restrictions. Find out why though.
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Posted by Ronny89 at 9:11 AM

FedeoSeptember 2, 2013

Basics of Flash Brackets and Diffusers

14.basics-brackets-diffusers_cover.pngDiffusers and brackets? What do they do, and which ones are best to use? Well, both the bracket and the diffuser were introduced into photography to solve problems of the small flash. What's small flash and what problems do you face with it and how do you overcome it, you ask? We can't tell you everything here, but read this article, and you'll find out all there is to know and more :)

Posted by Ronny89 at 12:29 PM

FedeoAugust 27, 2013

Battery Life Care Tips

powerex.jpgThose of you who use NiMH rechargeable batteries (especially photographers who use them in their flash)...

Ever wonder why your batteries start to lose its capacity over time even after a full charge? You need to keep them conditioned every so often. What this means is a slow charge and a slow discharge to break up any large crystals forming in the cells that could affect performance. It also breaks up any high resistance compounds that might have formed on the electrodes. I do this every two to three months.

It is also recommended to cycle your new batteries before using them. This consists of fully discharging the cells first, then a slow charge, followed by another discharge. Repeat this 2-3 times.

It would be a total pain in the behind to do this if you don't have the proper equipment. Luckily, there are a few really good/high-end chargers in the market that can do this for you. My personal favourite is the Powerex MH-C9000. If you have $60 to spend on a charger see availability for purchase at Canada Computers. If you can find them elsewhere, let us know!

Also, don't use cheap batteries. Not all brand name cells are good. Two of the best are Sanyo Eneloop XXX are my choice (regular Eneloop are good as well) and Powerex Imedion. Just my thoughts!

/rant
agnes.

Posted by Ronny89 at 8:39 AM

FedeoAugust 23, 2013

theQ - Shut up and Shoot

mustangQ.jpgWell it seems that there's something new, and flashy in the digital camera world that is definitely taking a few nations by storm. theQ camera, is the world's first social camera, uploading your photos and videos to the internet, automatically. Storage you say? Well, with their unlimited amount in theQ Lab, there's no worry about ever running out of space. They say you can cope with any lighting conditions thanks to theQ ring flash (lights up too, which looks pretty nifty). Not to mention, it's waterproof and as they say, idiot-proof also. So, does it really stand out to any other waterproof cameras, and features that can be found on the market? Let's have a look.

More will come on a full review, with full usage and scopes described to the max, however, for now, let's have it be known for what it claims to do, and see how the interest has grown and why.

cupcake.jpgSo how did theQ come to be? Well, they attest that like many great stories, theQ's started in a bar. While the founders Joe, Brandon, and Andrea were on a night out drinking, they were discussing how displeased they were with their digital cameras. They all came to the conclusion that they could create one that they all like. These three talented folks knew next to nothing about making cameras, or running a business, but, with enough ambition, drive, and passion not to mention A LOT of hard work, they came up with setting up their Headquarters Office in Sweden, and Hong Kong and were well on their way - all in a year. With a unique design, interesting functionality, their team comprised of artists, photographers, musicians, skaters and designers allowed for a chic, modern design, with the "Q" incorporated in the design. See if you can spot it.

Screen Shot 2013-08-23 at 11.02.30 AM.pngFirst off, the camera comes in an array of 9 colours, making this very customizable to your personality. I personally like the Mustard Yellow - probably because I'm a Nikon lover at heart; black and yellow being the brands prime colours, as we know, but also do take a liking to the Peppermint, offering a light robin's egg shell colour - very light and breezy. I'm a pretty cheery person, so I think these colours pretty much suit me and my moods best.

ice,baby_Fotor_Collage.jpgNow, the simple specs on this camera aren't too extraordinary, however for those quick shots, while out and about, giving a bit of a hipster/vintage feel to photos, it's suitable for the die hard #IHaveToPostMyEveryMoveInSocialMedia and simply having the ease of sharing among so many, worldwide. It's very lightweight with only weighing 120grams and measuring 65mm (2.6") in height, 100mm (4") wide, and 16mm (0.64") in depth. Personally speaking, I like a camera with a little more weight, just so that I don't feel like i'm going to lose it, mid shot, but it's definitely got "heavyweight quality and lightweight size"! (in a good way). The camera pixels itself are at a max of 5, offering manual rotation, LED ring flash to really customize to any lighting conditions, and it also offers three capture modes -- Outdoor, Indoor, and Night; as well as 9 new filters. With a 24MM wide lens and F2.4 Aperture, you'll have enough coverage to shoot wide and be able to manually rotate for focusing and getting that macro you want. A neat little feature I find it has, which makes for great ease when you just can't remember where you were at the time of the photo taken, is a simplified Geo-tagging. While uploading to theQ Lab, you'll be able to let everyone know where you were (if you want), making it as memorable as possible.

gallery-img-9.jpg The camera's Micro SIM memory card (same data-enabled Micro-SIM cards in your Smartphones) itself holds 2GB. Now, this seems small, compared to what standard cameras can offer, but surprisingly it does store up 1000 still images. The power and battery consist of a Li-polymer battery 800mAh, and allows for an average of 200 pictures per charge. theQ comes with a USB to computer system or adapter making it easy to take with you and charge on the go. ***Note, this isn't to extract photos from the Micro SIM to your computer -- photos are stored in the online Q Lab. In fact, the only time theQ stores pictures internally is when it can't find a data signal. Might be a bit of downside, considering theQ is a 3G connected camera, thus it only works together with a SIM and a data service, meaning - Call your local carrier for more services and prices. OR! What if I take out my Micro SIM card from my phone, which has an unlimited data plan…hmmmm. Well, either way, I think that's about the only serious downside, if you don't have an extra data plan external from your Smartphone. The display however, is something the team at theQ hasn't skimped out on. With a wide 2.7 inch (6.75 cm), and a resolution of 320 x 240, it's surely enough to see your images and make the mods you need.

theq-camera-explode-view.jpgWhat I like about this camera is that it's not only suitable for those quick shots here and there, but hey! If you decide to go for a little dip in the pool, lake, ocean, or accidentally fall in an aquarium, you're safe! It's rugged ratings being waterproof 1Px7 - 1 meter (3.3 feet) underwater for about half an hour and is dustproof 1P6x. So, besides making it fun for those funny faces underwater, or those National Geographic wannabe River Monsters Documentaries, you can be worry free through a mild sandstorm.

theQ Lab offers a simple way to interact with all your Social Media networks with the push of a button, and if you're not quite ready to have the world see your creations - maybe you haven't applied the right filters yet, or just want to sit on it, no need to worry... With an unlimited amount of storage online, you can save them automatically to your private archive and come back to them at a later time. You can also, download the images from online to your computer (I know, a little redundant, but considering it is a Social Media camera, it's prime goal for that was to upload images right then and there, simple). If we could just extract the pictures from the camera AFTER we had a great night out on the town, well.. that would defeat the purpose of it being socially immediate, we could very well use our "normal/non-social point and shoots". It's to represent the immediateness like status updates, check-ins etc. No one goes out for a 5 hour evening spent at the Fair, only to come home and check yourself into that Fair on Facebook -- lame. Clearly, it's a right here, right now, see what i'm up to camera (without the phone...and waterprooflyness :P ).

So, I bet we're all wondering what this little bundle of joy costs? It's a fair price, to say the least, for all it's tiny, light, colourful, and jam packed mechanisms - $199.00. Careful now, you might want to test them out prior, but they can only be found online, and not in stores. Hopefully this doesn't scare consumers away, but they really do make for an interest live-pocket-snapper that's with you on the go, and offers instant social media interactions and more.

For more information, or to purchase your very own please visit their site.

Cheers!
agnes

Posted by Ronny89 at 10:55 AM

FedeoAugust 21, 2013

Nikonians Academy is gettin' pretty Jammy!

57.jpgNikonians Academy is getting all sixes and sevens! Are you by any chance going to visit Her Majesty's Pleasure? We sure hope not! (that's British, for England's Prison, yikes!) However, if you do visit and fancy a cup of tea, or a good pint, and in the midst want to learn more about photography, be inspired and share - in a beautiful city, then join in!

Join the Nikonians Academy and Steve Simon in London, England next month for five days of photography workshops. Steve will be running some of our most popular classes on topics ranging from the newest Nikon cameras to his signature workshop, the Passionate Nikon Photographer. We'd love to see you there and know you'll thoroughly enjoy the classes.

London Schedule
18 September - Master the Nikon D600/D7100/D7000 In Depth 1
19 September - Master the Nikon D800/D4 In Depth 1
20 September - Master the Nikon D800/D4 In Depth 2
21/22 September - The Passionate Nikon Photographer 2-day Workshop

London Venue
Bankside House
24 Sumner Street, London, SE1 9JA
+44 (0)20 7107 5750
bankside.conference@lse.ac.uk
https://www.lsevacations.co.uk/

Sign up now!
www.nikoniansacademy.com

London Bridge is falling down, falling down, falling down, London Bridge is falling down, my fair lady!

Posted by Ronny89 at 7:22 AM

FedeoAugust 19, 2013

Speedlight Trick #1

speedlight-trick-1_cover.pngTips and Tricks? Yes, please! Ever run into a situation where you're fairly far from a subject who is in a dim ambient setting, and there is something closer to you that will affect the flash metering? It could be a bird, a plane! a wall!?, a plant! Well, whatever it may be, guaranteed it will reflect the pre-flash pulses back to your camera, and your shot may not look as you'd have wanted it to. What do you do, you ask? Find out with this article that gives you the answer, step by step!

Posted by Ronny89 at 9:01 AM

FedeoAugust 13, 2013

ThinkTank August Sizzler

ThinkTankaugoffer.pngOur friends at Think Tank Photo just announced a special offer for August. With this offer, when you order ANY of their highly-regarded photography backpacks you will receive FOR FREE their Camera Strap and Support Kit. This combination Camera Strap V2.0 plus Camera Support Strap shifts the weight of your camera and lens from your neck to the backpack’s frame, thus reducing stress on your neck and shoulders.

The Camera Strap V2.0 features non-slip material on both sides so the strap will not slip off the shoulder, even if the strap is upside down! Designed for less bulk and increased portability, the Camera Strap V2.0 also attaches to Think Tank backpacks by using the Camera Support Straps (included in kit). Using this kit is a convenient and comfortable way to attach one or two cameras to backpack straps - Not to mention it's worth $44.50, yours FREE, yup...Free. Snag yours, here!

Posted by Ronny89 at 12:40 PM

FedeoAugust 12, 2013

Auto FP High Speed Sync Explained

10.auto-fp_cover-image.pngOne of the most confusing aspects of the Nikon flash system is this thing called 'Auto FP High Speed Sync'. And before you can understand FP High Speed Sync, you first need to understand what FP means and how the Normal Flash Sync works. This article will hopefully clear up the mystery about this mode!
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Posted by Ronny89 at 9:45 AM

FedeoAugust 5, 2013

TTL and TTL-BL Study - Distance and Subject Positioning

9,TTL_TTL-BL_Study_cover.pngSo! You've read nearly as much theory as possible and seen some on hand workflows as to how one operates Flashes with their DSLRs. However, let's have a more practical study to see for certain how TTL and TTL-BL work with respect to the off-center subjects and distances that you use. All you Wedding Photographers out there, this is your article to read.

Posted by Ronny89 at 2:23 PM

FedeoJuly 29, 2013

How The Built-In Flash Metering Works

8.built-in_flash_metering_cover.pngHow do built-in flashes work on your Nikon? It might be a simple thought, overlooked, but at the same time, understanding its true functions and capabilities is what really enhances not only your photography skills, but your overall outcome of you taking photographs. See for yourself and be at ease knowing you've got yet another how-to under your belt! Read here.

Posted by Ronny89 at 1:34 PM

FedeoJuly 24, 2013

How to Shoot Large Groups with Nikon CLS

7.how-to-large-groups_cover.pngTrying to achieve accurate focus on a specific point in your photos? What settings are you using, and are they the best option? With so many modes to choose from, learn a few tips and tricks about AF-S mode in Release Priority, AF-ON, AF-S mode, and more! Find out How to Shoot Large Groups with Nikons CLS.
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Posted by Ronny89 at 11:19 AM

FedeoJuly 22, 2013

Sequence of Events for TTL Flash

6.Sequence_of_events_TTL-Flash.cover.pngThere are several conditions we are faced when using TTL Flash, and some are not so familiar, while others make for easier use. What takes place in: Flash in a Hotshoe, or Remote Wireless Flash? Which sequence is better to use when. Read more, and find out!

Posted by Ronny89 at 9:30 AM

FedeoJuly 15, 2013

What is Lightroom? Is it necessary in my workflow?

blog_boat.jpgWhat is Adobe Lightroom? Would this program benefit my overall workflow? Find out how to manage, edit, and convert your photos quickly and easily, with Lightroom.

It's a basic program that sometimes gets overlooked. For those minor fixes, but in a quantified amount, you just might have your go-to fixer-picker-upper! Read the full Lightroom Article.

Posted by Ronny89 at 10:59 AM

FedeoJuly 9, 2013

A Study on Camera Compensation when using Flash in TTL Mode

The SB-800 Flash Instruction Manual (as all the manuals for iTTL capable Nikon speedlights) says that when using the flash in5TTLFlash.jpg TTL mode, adjusting Camera Compensation will lighten or darken the entire image, which means it must increase or decrease flash power.

So, let's find out for certain, what takes place and examine through various conditions that we'd all use in our photography!
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Posted by Ronny89 at 11:17 AM

FedeoJuly 3, 2013

Print it or (Potentially) Lose It

YTB_1241.jpgTo print, or not to print? - That is the question! With everything becoming digitized now a days, it's becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with taking pictures, processing them and then printing.

Remember when you simply took out your camera, made a few clicks, and then went to get your pictures developed? Easy as pie! Well, now a days taking a few hundred clicks is in the norm and that could end up being both time consuming and costly. So, what are your options? Find out here.

Posted by Ronny89 at 8:45 AM

FedeoJuly 1, 2013

So, What is Flash Lock Value?

4.so-wat-is-flash-value-lock_cover.pngFlash Value Lock is used to make sure the subject is exposed properly by the flash. Knowing key features and the many useful shooting scenarios make all the difference when using this in photography. What about those fast blinkers in your shots? All your questions answered here, just read more.
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Posted by Ronny89 at 3:32 PM

FedeoJune 24, 2013

Nikon TTL-BL Flash

3.nikon-ttl-bl-flash_cover.pngEver wonder which Camera Mode is best to shoot fill flash? Is it P, or S? What about the coupling between the camera's metering system and the flash metering systems? Or what about the steps the camera and flash go through as you press the shutter? Find out all your answers in this weeks article here!

Posted by Ronny89 at 9:21 AM

FedeoJune 17, 2013

Nikon TTL Flash Metering System

Nikon TTL flash.jpgDid you know that the Nikon TTL Flash Metering System is not actively coupled to the Camera metering system? They use the same metering sensor in the camera, but act independently. Find out what else is important that isn't always documented, and learn the tricks of the trade!
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Posted by Ronny89 at 1:30 PM

FedeoJune 10, 2013

Nikon Flash - Two Separate Metering Systems

1.nikon-flash_2-metering-systems_cover.pngIn a 5 part series of articles - Nikon CLS Practical Guide, you'll have an in depth view of Separating Metering Systems, TTL Flash Metering System, TTL-BL Flash, and more. Learning to adjust different backgrounds at will, especially with Flash Photography can be complex. However, a few concepts, tips & tricks, and with plenty of practice, you'll be a pro in no time! Let's read the first, in this 5 part installment.
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Posted by Ronny89 at 11:06 AM

FedeoJune 3, 2013

Understanding Nikon Picture Controls

cover-image.jpgcover-image.jpgNikon Picture Controls - lets you control how your image appears in several ways. Each control has a specific effect on the image’s appearance. If you’ve ever shot film, you know that there are distinct looks to each film type. No two films produce color that looks the same. Want to learn more?

Posted by Ronny89 at 3:09 PM

FedeoMay 29, 2013

Understanding Nikon’s Three Light Metering Systems

metering_modes_blog_entry_image.pngTired of being stuck in the same setting to get "excellent results". Step onto the wild side, and try using something other than your regular Matrix Metering. You just might get Supreme Results! Don't worry, if you don't like it, you can always set it back. But for now, let's dip your toes into different waters :)

Posted by Ronny89 at 9:35 AM

FedeoMay 22, 2013

Understanding Your Camera's Histogram

RGB-tonal-histogram copy.jpgWant to make better pictures, but are having a hard time finding the right techniques? Well, using your Camera's Histogram Screens, might just do one of the many tricks out there! It'll guarantee you a much higher percentage of well-exposed images. Find out how!

Posted by Ronny89 at 9:09 AM

FedeoMay 20, 2013

Test Drive - ThinkTank

Our friends at Think Tank Photo just announced an exciting new Test Drive program and the release of a new version of its monster rolling camera case, the Logistics Manager™ 30.
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With the Test Drive program you get to try out any of Think Tank’s very popular Retrospective® soft shoulder bags for 30 days for free! Should the shoulder bag meet your needs, then your credit card will be charged at the close of the 30 days. Should it not meet your needs, return it within the Test Drive time period and your card won’t be charged. The Retrospective series was created as an homage to classic photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Frank. Designed for the photographer who wants to remain inconspicuous in any situation, its "old-school" look mixes with "new-school" features giving tribute to the days when bags were visually simple but highly functional. It comes in nine models and three colors. This offer is good only on shipments to U.S. addresses.

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And, Think Tank just released a new version of its largest rolling camera case, the Logistics Manager™ 30. Its roomy internal dimensions of 13.75”W x 27.5”H x 8.25 – 10”D (35 x 70 x 21 – 25.5cm) allow it to hold multiple combinations of cameras and lenses, lighting gear such as strobes and reflectors, and accessories of all kinds. Use this link and you will receive a free gift with your orders from Think Tank.

And don’t forget, there is free FedEx ground shipping on all U.S. orders through May 31, 2013.

Enjoy!

Posted by Ronny89 at 8:12 AM

FedeoMay 15, 2013

Nikon D600 Delicacies

nikon-d600_sm.pngFind out more about your Nikon D600. Browse through our PDF selection on an array of topics covered. At Nikonians, we aspire to Share, Learn, and Inspire! Be ontop of your gear and know all there is to know. Read more!

Posted by Ronny89 at 9:02 AM

FedeoMay 13, 2013

ThinkTank Mirrorless Movers New Collection

Mirrorless Mover 30i[5].jpgOur friends at Think Tank Photo just announced their first camera bag collection for Mirrorless cameras, the Mirrorless Movers™.

The Mirrorless Movers come in four sizes that range in size from the Mirrorless Mover 5, which fits one small size mirrorless body with a small telephoto or pancake lens attached, up to the Mirrorless Mover 30i, which fits one medium to large size mirrorless body plus two to four lenses and an iPad.

As is their design philosophy, Think Tank placed a premium on quality. The new bags utilize metal hardware instead of plastic buckles, and only high quality fabrics, YKK zippers and a new, magnetic closure. In the words of their president and lead designer Doug Murdoch, “The Mirrorless Movers offer photographers quality in their camera bags worthy of their investment in these sophisticated, expensive camera systems.

When you click on this special link you will receive free gear with all orders of $50 or more and free shipping on all orders.

Four sizes of bags offer a wide choice to consumers; from the smallest case, the Mirrorless Mover 5, designed for one mirrorless camera, on up to the largest, the Mirrorless Mover 30i, which will accommodate a camera, lenses, accessories and an iPad.
“Unlike many other bags in this class, our Mirrorless Mover collection does not cut corners in materials or craftsmanship,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo’s president and lead designer. “We utilize metal hardware instead of plastic buckles, high quality fabrics, YKK zippers and a new, magnetic closure. The Mirrorless Movers offer photographers quality in their camera bags worthy of their investment in these sophisticated, expensive camera systems.”

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Gear Profiles:
• The Mirrorless Mover 5 fits one small size mirrorless body with a small telephoto or pancake lens attached. It is sized for the Canon EOS–M, Leica D–Lux, Nikon 1 series, Olympus E–PM2, E–PL5, EP–3, Panasonic GF3, Sony NEX–C3, or similar sized bodies.
• The Mirrorless Mover 10 fits one medium size mirrorless body plus one to two lenses and additional accessories. It is sized for the Leica V–Lux, Olympus OM–D E–M5, Panasonic G3, GF5, GH2, Samsung NX5, NX11, NX210, Sony NEX–5, NEX–6, NEX–7, or similar sized/smaller bodies.
• The Mirrorless Mover 20 fits one medium size mirrorless body plus two to three lenses and additional accessories. It is sized for the Leica V–Lux, Olympus OM–D E–M5, Panasonic G3, GF5, GH2, Samsung NX5, NX11, NX210, Sony NEX–5, NEX–6, NEX–7, or similar sized/smaller bodies.
• The Mirrorless Mover 30i fits one medium to large size mirrorless body plus two to four lenses, iPad, and additional accessories or a small–size DSLR and one to three small telephoto lenses or primes. It is sized for the Fuji X–Pro 1, Leica M8, Panasonic GH3 or similar sized/smaller bodies. Small DSLRs: Canon Rebel, Nikon D3200/D5200, Sony SLT–A55/A37 or similar sized bodies.

Key Features:
• Designed specifically for mirrorless equipment.
• High quality YKK zippers and metal hardware.
• Multipurpose divider with smart phone slot and two SD card slots (excluding smallest size).
• Dedicated iPad pocket (Mirrorless Mover 30i).
• Easily accessible front organizer pocket.
• Stretchable side pockets fit accessories.
• Padded non-slip flexible shoulder strap (Mirrorless Mover 30i).
• Poly–ballistic fabric ensures durability.
• Seam–sealed rain cover included in front pocket.
• Internal mesh pocket on lid for batteries or other accessories.

Materials:
Exterior: All fabric exterior treated with a DWR coating while fabric underside is coated with PU for superior water resistance, YKK® RC zippers, 1680D ballistic polyester, 600D brushed polyester, Ultra-stretch pocket, antique nickel plated metal hardware, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.

Interior: removable closed cell foam dividers, 200D polyester, laminated non-woven backed nylex liner, polyester 190T seam-sealed taffeta rain cover, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.

Specifications:

Mirrorless Mover 5
• Internal Dimensions: 3.5” W x 4.7” H x 3.1” D (9 x 12 x 8 cm)
• External Dimensions: 4.7” W x 5.9” H x 3.9” D (12 x 15 x 10 cm)
• Weight (with all accessories): 0.4 lbs (0.2kg)

Mirrorless Mover 10
• Internal Dimensions: 4.9” W x 5.3” H x 3.7” D (12.5 x 13.5 x 9.5 cm)
• External Dimensions: 5.3” W x 6.1” H x 4.5” D (13.5 x 15.5 x 11.5 cm)
• Smart Phone Slot: 2.8” W x 4.8” H x 0.6” D (7 x 12.3 x 1.6 cm)
• Weight (with all accessories): 0.5 lbs (0.2 kg)

Mirrorless Mover 20
• Internal Dimensions: 8.5” W x 5.3” H x 3.7” D (21.5 x 13.5 x 9.5 cm)
• External Dimensions: 8.9” W x 6.1” H x 4.5” D (22.5 x 15.5 x 11.5 cm)
• Smart Phone Slot: 2.8” W x 4.8” H x 0.6” D (7 x 12.3 x 1.6 cm)
• Weight (with all accessories): 0.7 lbs (0.3 kg)

Mirrorless Mover 30i
• Internal Dimensions: 10.6” W x 8” H x 3.9” D (27 x 20.5 x 10 cm)
• External Dimensions: 11” W x 8.9” H x 5.7” D (28 x 22.5 x 14.5 cm)
• Smart Phone Slot: 2.8” W x 5” H x 0.6” D (7 x 12.7 x 1.6 cm)
• iPad pocket: 9.8”W x 8.1”H x 0.9” D (25 x 20.5 x 2.3 cm)
• Weight (with all accessories): 1.0 lbs (0.5 kg)

Think Tank Photo is a group of designers and professional photographers focused on studying how photographers work, and developing inventive new carrying solutions to meet their needs. By focusing on “speed” and “accessibility,” they prepare photographers to Be Ready “Before The Moment,” allowing them to document those historic moments that reflect their personal visions and artistic talents. They design products that help photographers travel easier, take pictures faster, and organize their gear more efficiently.

Posted by Ronny89 at 10:54 AM

FedeoMay 2, 2013

ThinkTank May Promo!

Airport_TakeOff_500.jpegGET READY FOR SUMMER!

To help you get ready for traveling with your photography gear this summer, our friends at Think Tank Photo have announced two fun promotions.

· Free Shipping! – For the month of May all orders placed on their website or by phone will be shipped for free, with no minimum order amount.
· Free 15” Laptop Bag with every order of their popular Airport Rolling Camera Bags! Think Tank’s rolling camera bags are renowned for their durability, security systems, and sizing so that they can be carried on board airlines, as opposed to you having to check your valuable gear at the gate. Sizes range from the Airport Security, which fits on board domestic flights and holds a 600mm lens unmounted or a 500 f/4, 400 f/2.8 and smaller lenses mounted to a pro-size camera body, to the Airport TakeOff combination roller and backpack, which fits on international and domestic flights and holds up to 400 f/2.8 and other assorted lenses or two pro or regular size DSLR bodies with or without lenses attached. Check it out!

This is a great opportunity to save money and get a free laptop bag from the world’s best camera bag design company. And don’t forget that with Think Tank’s “No Rhetoric” product warranty they guarantee and warrant their products against any defects in material or workmanship for as for long as you use the product.

Posted by Ronny89 at 1:30 PM

FedeoApril 26, 2013

Understanding User Settings U1 & U2 in the D7000

figure_1.0_sm.jpgJust when you thought you knew everything about your Nikon D7000... Simplicity is key, and making sure you can just grab and shoot is ideal. But, how do you get there? Learn a few simple User Settings tweaks and configure your camera for specific shooting situations so you can change to them quickly. Find out more!

Posted by Ronny89 at 12:16 PM

FedeoApril 16, 2013

Think Tank Photo: April Specials

Our friends at Think Tank Photo have just made three announcements that I thought would interest you. Check out your exclusive offers!

Airport-4Sight-1.jpg$50 Rebate on the

Airport 4-Sight rolling camera bag. The Airport 4-Sight, Think Tank’s first four-wheeled roller, was released to popular acclaim. Between now and the end of April 2013, when you order one of these popular rollers you will receive $50 back! With the Airport 4-Sight Think Tank set out to design a more ergonomic roller to reduce fatigue and strain on traveling photographers. The result is the first four wheel roller designed specifically for photographers. It meets International airline carry-on standards. Weight has been dramatically reduced through innovative bag design and a strict focus on features that photographers identify as most beneficial. A lockable zipper provides security.

Lucky 13! With this promotion, which runs through the end of April, every other day Think Tank will randomly pull the name of one lucky person who will win an Airport 4-Sight, a Sling-O-Matic 20, and a Change-Up multifunction belt pack. And that’s not all, in each prize package Think Tank will be including additional surprise gifts.

Posted by Ronny89 at 3:11 PM

FedeoMarch 19, 2013

Google says: So long, Snapseed!

Snapseed-Desktop.jpgIt all started with creative, ambitious and hardworking individuals at Nik Software, that created a Mobile App called, Snapseed...

Now, you may have heard of this app popularly used on iPhones, selling on iTunes for a near $5.00 (I should know, I purchased it because I was so floored with awe and creativity that could be done with my photos), that later became FREE *eye twitch*... and available for Android phones, and desktops Mac/PC. Google later appeared to be in the same awe as myself, and bought the photo editor - or was it just a scheme to rid of competitors?

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Well, we all know "Video killed the radio star" and in this case - Google Killed the photo editor, Snapseed. Google killed off Snapseed desktop for Mac and PC. In efforts of their "Spring Cleaning" which apparently began in 2011. Even though I may not have used the app in a steady workflow on the desktop as I do with my phone, it raises an eyebrow or two as to what else is to come?

snapseed-548x400.jpgSenior VP of Engineering - Vic Gundotra has reassured the imaging community that this (discontinuation) wasn't going to be the case for the Mobile App. The immediate discontinuation of Snapseed desktop doesn't quite sit well with that statement, especially considering the fact that neither desktop version has had a single update since the day after Nik's takeover was announced last year. Of course, one could argue that Snapseed hands-down, makes more sense to be operated on touch-centric mobile/tablet platforms rather than on a desktop, however, with that being said, it still means - from now on, we only have the possibility to buy (or acquire for free *eye twitching*) on 2/4 platforms for which it was available prior to Nik's buy-out. Desktop users are now left high and dry, because no further updates will be made to the desktop versions (not that there was), but worse, people who'd like to give it a try with more handle and ease on a desktop, rather than your big fingers on a tiny screen, are no longer possible to download to Mac/PC.

snapseedagi.jpegWhat do you think? Has Google gone back on its "word", or was the Snapseed desktop simply an answer to a question that you hadn't asked? Do you know of any other now-discontinued Google products you'll find it hard to live without? What do you say?

*Still urked Snapseed is now free...
agnes

Posted by Ronny89 at 8:25 AM

FedeoMarch 18, 2013

Which Image Format to use?

One of the most asked questions by new users of Nikon DSLR cameras is "Which image format should I use?" Three most common formats are JPEG, TIFF, or NEF (RAW). By the end of this read, you'll know which you want to use, through observation of all their pros and cons. Enjoy the read, and hopefully, it clears some confusion you may have.
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Posted by Ronny89 at 12:52 PM

FedeoMarch 11, 2013

Taking Close-up Pictures on a Budget

MacroPipevineSwallowtail.jpgEveryone wants to see the finer details in life. Sometimes, it's not visible by the naked eye, but that's why we have Macro/Micro Lenses! What's the difference between the two? How do you know what a "true" macro lens can do? Ratios, focus, and more are discussed in this article by DigitalDarrell. Let's have a closer look! Read more

Posted by Ronny89 at 2:06 PM

FedeoMarch 7, 2013

ThinkTank Offers HUGE

Our friends at Think Tank Photo have just released a lot of new gear and announced a rain cover special offer. Don’t forget, by clicking on the links below you receive free gear with every order over $50! Here are the details.

Hydrophobia[5].jpg Buy a Hydrophobia rain cover before March 31, 2013 and receive a free eyepiece! The Hydrophobia includes a Think Tank Camera Strap that is preconnected to durable metal D-rings on the rain cover. Proper use of the strap and rain cover does not require removing the strap attached to the camera. Nor does it require cutting holes in the rain cover or disassembling the camera's attached strap. The lens strap inside the Hydrophobia allows the external Camera Strap to fully support the weight of the camera and lens.

SUBURBAN_SERIES[3].jpg The Sub Urban Disguises are a new concept in premium quality camera shoulder bags. They are designed for the professional photographer seeking smaller capacity camera bags and amateur photographers upgrading their bodies or using one to two lenses along with their new body. The Sub Urban Disguise Series are available in four sizes. Their features include a flip-top lid that folds away from the body to provide quick and unencumbered access to gear.

CHANGE_UP_V2_5[4].jpg A chameleon of sorts, the Change Up V2.0 can change from belt pack to shoulder bag to chest pack via the harness system. In addition, many Think Tank Modular and Skin Components can attach to the waist belt straps. With the ability to carry a standard-size DSLR and a 70-200 2.8, (detached), it has a significant amount of capacity in a lightweight, body conforming shape. Alternately, it holds a standard-size DSLR with 24-70 2.8 attached, plus one to three additional lenses.

Low Rider Strap_low[3].jpg There is one bond that unites most professional photographers: the burden of having to roll multiple bags and heavy loads from one shoot to the next. To aid them in this task Think Tank Photo created the Low Rider Strap. With the Low Rider Strap you simply slip the split pad design over the handle of your rolling luggage and tighten the side straps. Once having done so you are now able to haul two bags with a far lower and stable center of gravity.

Limited Edition PPR[4].jpg Made of two-tone rip-stop nylon, the Limited Edition Pixel Pocket Rocket holds 10 CF cards while keeping them safe and organized. This CF card carrier was manufactured in a one-time production run and will be discontinued once inventory runs out. It truly is a one-time limited edition.

Pro Battery Holder[3].jpg The Pro DSLR Battery Holder is a soft, compact case for photographers carrying two pro-size camera batteries for either Canon or Nikon bodies.

Posted by Ronny89 at 1:15 PM

FedeoMarch 5, 2013

Nikon boosts COOLPIX line

New-coolpx.jpgNikon has announced three new additions to the COOLPIX line of cameras, the Nikon Nikon COOLPIX A, COOLPIX P330, and Nikon COOLPIX S3500.

• The Nikon COOLPIX A is the first COOLPIX camera to incorporate a DX-format sensor for capturing high quality images and videos with point-and-shoot convenience. It will be available this month for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $1099.95 (USD) and will be offered in Black and Silver.

• The Nikon COOLPIX P330 is an advanced performance compact camera that delivers beautiful imagery, even in low light conditions. It will also be available in this month for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $379.95 (USD) and will be offered in Black and White.

• The Nikon COOLPIX S3500 is an affordable yet stylish option for those who want a convenient and versatile camera that is compact enough for travel without sacrificing performance. It will be available this month for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $139.95 (USD) and will be available in five colors: Silver, Red, Purple, Orange and Decorative Pink.

Posted by flashdeadline at 2:24 PM

FedeoFebruary 27, 2013

New Nikonians Home Page

Home icon.pngNikonians®, is excited to announce the launch of their newly designed Nikonians Homepage, which goes live today, February 27th, 2013.

The site’s Homepage welcomes visitors with a bold new color scheme, a clean uncluttered design, and moving images with featured content focused on our mission to provide our community with the most accurate, informative, news/hot-topics, that share our knowledge and expertise in the field of Photography and our love for Nikon.

The new site is divided into (9) sections: Featured Articles, Now Talked About (Forums), Hot News, Podcasts, Videos, Photos, PressBooks, The Nikonian eZine, and the Photo Pro Shop. By Moving to a more user-centric layout, we allow our community and visitors to access endless information based on their own choice rather than sifting through everything to decide what is of interest to them. As well, no matter what browser, desktop, mobile or tablet device you use, you'll always have the perfect fit.

The newly designed Nikonians.org, will feature new types of rich content, inspired by our experienced writers, gathered materials and a great team of people working at Nikonians. You will find this content in the “Articles” section in the form of reviews/articles. As always, we strive to keep Nikonians up-to-date with the latest news of events, product reviews/launches, rumors, and discussions.

We hope you enjoy the new cyberlift, and find yourself eager to learn more, but be familiar with the tradition that still stands true - share, learn, and inspire!

Posted by Ronny89 at 2:01 PM

FedeoFebruary 25, 2013

Cameras vs. Lenses -Long Term Importance

Camera Bodies_sm.jpg"I’ve been shooting with Nikon SLR and DSLR cameras for about 33 years now. I’ve also been buying lenses for those same camera bodies. Looking back in time, I’ve come to some conclusions about the importance of camera bodies and lenses. Which is more important over time?" Read more...

Posted by Ronny89 at 10:44 AM

FedeoFebruary 21, 2013

Nikon adds D7100 to top of DX line

NIKON-LOGO_125.jpg Nikon has announced the new flagship of their DX-format HD-SLR lineup.
The D7100 features a 24.1-megapixel CMOS sensor and fast shooting (up to 7 frames per second in 1.3 crop mode). From the back you'll be able to work with your images on a 3.2 inch (8cm) high resolution LCD monitor.

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


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


For more details check Nikon's new D7100 page.


Posted by flashdeadline at 5:04 AM

FedeoFebruary 4, 2013

Sigma 17-50mm Review

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"Now, I'll admit, I suffer from the shakes when shooting. So much so that when I get down to an 80th of a second, it's questionable whether I'll get even a soft shot. So the OS functionality of this lens was something I was looking forward to, and I wasn't disappointed."
Read more.

Posted by Ronny89 at 12:57 PM

FedeoJanuary 28, 2013

Capture One Pro 7 Review

captureonepro7.pngCapture One Pro 7 is a significant advance on Version 6.0, but does it stand up to the rest that's out there?
Read more in our review by Nikonians Moderating Team member Martin Turner and find out if Capture One Pro 7 is for you.
(Upgraded Members)

Posted by Ronny89 at 3:23 PM

FedeoJanuary 21, 2013

Photo Ninja Review

001.jpgLooking for an easy to use image editing software?
Most important however, is achieving quality, crisp results, and Photo Ninja performs amazingly when it comes to color reproduction, exposure controls, noise reduction, and more. Find out here!
(Upgraded Members)

Posted by Ronny89 at 2:20 PM

FedeoJanuary 14, 2013

Time Lapse with Dennis Owens

ANPAT201203.pngSomething that has been an interesting topic and one that I'd like to give a try is, creating Time Lapse videos. And who better to talk to, then Nikonian, Dennis Owens (DennisOwens).So, who is Dennis, and how did all this all come together? Let's take a look, at an exclusive interview and find out more.
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Posted by Ronny89 at 3:26 PM

FedeoJanuary 8, 2013

Nikon unveils new gear at CES

CES-2013_Logo_V2.jpgNikon is showcasing its full line of imaging solutions including new products at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas starting today (Jan 8th).
Highlights at the Nikon Booth (#8643) in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center include the new Nikon D5200 D-SLR, and new Nikon 1 duo of cameras, the Nikon 1 J3 and Nikon 1 S1.

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

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

Highlights from Nikon's CES Press Release:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by flashdeadline at 5:47 PM

FedeoJanuary 7, 2013

Vision Quest Cards

21Steps-4_sm.jpgEvery photographer has moments of being stumped. What to shoot now? I've nearly shot all that I can think of, subject wise. What's something new and creative I can do, to add to my portfolio, or simply, just expand and do something you've never tried before. Read here, to find out more!
(Upgraded Members)

Posted by Ronny89 at 3:28 PM

FedeoDecember 31, 2012

Personal Projects

personalProject-3.jpg"Photography is tough. Making a living as a photographer is tough, whether it's from competition, or the lack of business, or both. Being a hobby photographer is tough - where do you find the time to make beautiful photographs in between work, family and everything else?" Read more.

Posted by Ronny89 at 11:22 AM

FedeoDecember 17, 2012

Self-Portraits

Portrait-lrk-thu.jpgIf you want to learn to take better portraits, then you need to learn about your subjects and what they're going through when staring down the lens.
Sure, you can pick some of this up through reading, but to really solidify this information and know it through personal experience, turn the camera on yourself for bit! See how, here.

Posted by Ronny89 at 5:34 PM

FedeoDecember 10, 2012

Street Photography: Approaching & Photographing Strangers

streetPortrait4_sm.pngBesides being the pro family photographer in your household, for all those birthday parties and holiday seasons you do, ever thought of going out into the world and getting up close and personal with your fellow citizens? Read what you'll need, how to actually go about asking strangers for permission, and more, here.

Posted by Ronny89 at 12:53 PM

FedeoDecember 3, 2012

Welcome PictureCode!

logo_160x50_2.gifWe are pleased to announce the entry of our newest Corporate Partner, PictureCode -- who profoundly stand by their reputation as a professional-grade RAW converter that delivers exceptional detail, outstanding image quality, and a distinctive, natural look, with Photo Ninja. If you think this is "just another RAW converter", you're in for a surprise. Photo Ninja is truly special, with unique capabilities for improving and optimizing your digital images. Click here to learn more about this powerful tool, and see how you can enhance your images to their truest, if not, best potential.

Posted by Ronny89 at 11:27 AM

Tips for Shooting Live Music

concert(3)_sm.jpgEver go to those intimate live music shows, and wish you had better pictures than the ones you take with your phone? You want to dive into taking your gear with you, and making memories last, but aren't quite sure; how, where to take things, what settings to use, and how close is too close. Read our Tips for Shooting Live Music, and make your first time a success!

Posted by Ronny89 at 8:55 AM

FedeoNovember 30, 2012

Traveling Tips

Thumbnail image for travel-4sm.jpgEver wondered where to start, what to pack, what to do, where to go, when you want to travel? How to get yourself organised, staying on the track, and overall, making it an enjoyable experience? Read about travel tips from one non-travel photographer, who's made their experience an enjoyable but self-taught, one!

Posted by Ronny89 at 4:21 PM

FedeoNovember 26, 2012

Contest to Nikonians

Banner_RFi_Nikonians_sm.jpgProfoto is holding a unique offer for Nikonians. Are you photo savvy? Click here to submit an answer to the question to enter, and win the newest product from Profoto, an RFi Softbox and a Nikon Speedring.

Posted by Ronny89 at 10:37 AM

Shooting at Twilight

Thumbnail image for flashOutside-3sm.jpgTaking it outside, as it turns out, using a flash outside to fill shadows, cross-light, and create stunning sunset portraits isn't much different from balancing flash with ambient indoors. The secret: expose for the background, light the subject. Read more.

Posted by Ronny89 at 9:55 AM

FedeoNovember 23, 2012

Balancing Ambient Light with Flash

flashflower.pngTired of nuked subjects and clipping in the shadow areas of your flash photographs? Balancing ambient light with flash will fix that, and here's a primer to set you on the right path. Read more!
(Upgraded Members)

Posted by Ronny89 at 9:00 AM

FedeoNovember 19, 2012

Specular Highlight Control

Use that knowledge you've gained in the Light Series and apply it to this week's: Specular Light Control. Find out what you can enhance with different materials, subjects, and make sure they shine!specular-2_sm.jpg

Posted by Ronny89 at 2:09 PM

FedeoNovember 16, 2012

Profoto RFi Review

Thumbnail image for RFi_Square_sm.jpgCheck out the latest from Profoto - Softbox RFi! Stunning results, easy to use, read more!

Posted by Ronny89 at 8:15 AM

FedeoNovember 12, 2012

Get to Know Your Gear!

Do you know your gear as well as you think you do? Do you ever have that feeling of having too much or too little? What are the essentials, what are the basics? Find out, here!

Posted by Ronny89 at 9:13 AM

FedeoNovember 9, 2012

Lightroom Black and White

Want to make those Black and White images really stand out from the rest? Try out these techniques and make your photos scream elegance. Read here.
(Upgraded Members)

Posted by Ronny89 at 7:59 AM

FedeoNovember 6, 2012

Nikon announces new DX-format camera: Nikon D5200

NIKON-LOGO_125.jpgNikon Tokyo has announced the new DX-format Nikon D5200, featuring 24.1-million pixels, 39-point AF system and a 2,016-pixel RGB sensor.
While rated as an entry level camera, the D5200 features enhancements rivaling some of Nikon's top models.
According to Nikon's Press Release, the image processing engine is equivalent to the EXPEED 3 built into high-end Nikon D4, D800, D800E, and D600 digital SLR cameras for superior resolution, and image quality with very little noise at high sensitivities.

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

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

You can read the full Nikon Press Release here.

Pricing and availability is not mentioned in the press release.

Posted by flashdeadline at 8:17 PM

FedeoNovember 5, 2012

Reflections

Explore what lit portions of an object count. This means, looking more into Diffuse and Direct Reflections. Read more, of the Light Series here.

Posted by Ronny89 at 9:49 AM

FedeoNovember 2, 2012

Control Over Your Lights With Distance

Learn how to acquire "Control Over Your Lights with Distance" distance-4Thumbnail.png
"...so the minute this little aspect of lighting came up it was a challenge for me to grasp. Fractions. Equations. Physics...I just wanted to make photographs."
(Upgraded Members)

Posted by Ronny89 at 9:49 AM

FedeoOctober 29, 2012

NEW: The Nikonians eZine#52


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The anticipated latest eZine issue is now available!
Enjoy many hot topics, news and product reviews.
This edition includes how-to articles by Josh Larkin and Mike Hagen, a new Photographer's Eye entry from Italy's Marco Barracco and a Darrell Young decision making guide for those members contemplating a purchase of the new Nikon D600.
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Posted by Ronny89 at 3:47 PM

Apparently, size does matter...

Now hold on people, we're keeping this strictly PG, don't you worry! asdm.png
Read the latest in the series of Josh Larkin's articles, and find out what we mean here.
(Upgraded Members)

Posted by Ronny89 at 1:48 PM

FedeoOctober 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

FedeoOctober 22, 2012

Learning to Light (Series 1 of 6)

Take the journey, to a learner's guide of Learning to Light. Feel at ease, that being a beginner in this realm, is a.ok! So breathe easy, and stay tuned for the series to learn, more! Read article, here.

Posted by Ronny89 at 8:13 AM

Get Your Flash off Camera for Better Photos!

Is it possible? To have just as good if not BETTER photos with the flash taken off your camera? Find out, here! (Upgraded Members)

Posted by Ronny89 at 8:08 AM

FedeoOctober 15, 2012

Making Hay When the Sun Doesn't Shine!

Ever had one of those days with Photography? Read the latest article and have a birds eye view, you can relate to, here!
(Upgraded Members)

There are days when we photograph, and things just couldn't be going better. And of course, there are days, when your gear doesn't want to cooperate, and maybe Mother Nature, too. This doesn't mean all your photos won't shine, see what you can do and relate to!

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Posted by Ronny89 at 7:17 AM

FedeoOctober 4, 2012

Want to know who’s tech savviest? Who’s a photo guru? Which articles are hot to read?

The Nikonians ask, and we give! There are new features that allow users to see, who’s recommended in the community, who’s mastered the art and science of photography, and what the current hot topics are. How, you ask?

“Recommend Member”
Now, you can see which of your fellow Nikonians is recommended in the community! We’d like to share recognition among our neighboring Nikonians for their support, wealth of knowledge and know-how. In a way, this acts as a “go-to” person, for having factual and substantial information in our forums/comments. Now, you may easily recommend a member in the Nikonians Community, simply by clicking on the link: “Recommend Member” in the forum and topic of your choice. For further details, please refer to our FAQ’s, for more step-by-step information on this.

“Rate Topic”
When entering into the forums, and reading up on your favourite topics, whether old or new, you will find the option to, “Rate this Topic”, on the top right hand side of your topic to read. A simple drop down menu labeled: “Rate this topic” allows you, the user, to express your thoughts about the topic in a numbered scale from 1-5, five being a Must Read. Through this, users are able to engage whether or not this topic was useful, inspiring and insightful. For further details, please refer to our FAQ’s, for more step-by-step information on this.

“Ribbons”
Ribbons are signs of recognitions. Much like, a badge of pride you pin to your chest after your win the potato sack race – only in this case, you have it pinned to your username! They are awarded to members in the Nikonians Community for their high skill levels of expertise and on-going contributions of sharing, learning, and inspiring. These are members who have helped us make Nikonians, what it is today. For further details, please refer to our FAQ's, for more information.

Posted by Ronny89 at 9:11 AM

FedeoOctober 3, 2012

Google malware notification revoked. Servers confirmed safe for all visitors.

Google site scanning found a piece of code on our site that could be interpreted as possible malware. We have made the appropriate substitutions and that has appropriately resulted in the warning status from Google being eliminated.

The site scanning technology was beneficial in alerting us of a possible problem; however, the automatic procedures, which necessarily followed, resulted in warning messages on numerous browser platforms. In addition, while we made our adjustments we had pages offline temporarily.

We are thankful for the opportunity to corroborate that we are clean and safe as we have been for over 12 years now. We are very sorry for the inconvenience and confusion that this may have caused.

As the technology that allows us the opportunity to share, learn and inspire each other with written text and images evolves, there will always be security risks involved and although the Google site scanning caused a temporary breakdown in the smooth flow of communications within the community, we are appreciative of their extra layer of security.

Bo Stahlbrandt and J. Ramon Palacios

Posted by jrp at 8:48 PM

FedeoOctober 2, 2012

Nikonians.org Technical Difficulties

Dear Nikonian members:
We are experiencing some technical difficulties with our webpage in conjunction to Google. We are working on resolving this matter. For the time being, to avoid this message from Google's search page, please simply visit us directly through: www.nikonians.org and click on "Proceed Anyways" as this link is verified to work. Save this address in your favourites!

Thank you for understanding, and our apologies for any inconveniences,
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Posted by Ronny89 at 1:39 PM

FedeoSeptember 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:

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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.

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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

FedeoAugust 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.


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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

P7700_275.jpg
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

S01_275.jpg
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

FedeoAugust 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

FedeoAugust 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

FedeoAugust 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

FedeoApril 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

Blog recommendation - Profoto Blog

D1x3.jpgTaking the step from shooting with only ambient light or speedlights to start using monolights or studio strobes might seem a little scary to some. Good thing there are a blogs such as the Profoto Blog out there, where photographers who have already mastered the art share the knowledge.

The Profoto Blog covers everything from wedding and portrait photography to product photography and high-end fashion. The blog has been going strong for a couple years now, so the list of featured photographers is pretty impressive by now – Mary Ellen Mark, George Holz, Kareem Black, Jeremy Cowart, DC Chavez, Tim Flach, Michael Muller and Blair Bunting to name just a few. 

So if you want to learn about light shaping from some of the best in the business, you should definitely check it out.
www.profoto.com/blog


Posted by hendric at 9:36 AM

FedeoApril 19, 2012

Nikon unveils new entry-level high level resolution DSLR

NIKON-LOGO_125.jpgNikon's newest entry in the Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) category has been announced, along with a brand new FX-format high speed wide andgle lens.

Details on the new Nikon D3200 are available at the Nikon USA pressroom in their news release.
Here are the highlights, courtesy of Nikon USA spokesman Matthew Kopacz:

Highlights of the Nikon D3200:
• 24.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor
• Full HD (1080p) video recording with fulltime AF, manual exposure control and stereo sound via a microphone input jack
D3200_300.jpg• Optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter lets users remotely control the Nikon D3200 and transfer photos for sharing from Android platform smartphones and tablets
• Intuitive Guide Mode to walk users through key camera functions and settings
• 4 fps high-speed continuous shooting at full resolution
• Standard ISO range of 100-6400, expandable to ISO 12,800
• EXPEED 3 Image Processing and an 11-point AF system that works with Nikon’s Scene Recognition System
• The Nikon D3200 outfit with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens will be available in late April for $699.95 (USD) SRP
• The optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter will be available in late May for $59.95 (USD) SRP

Highlights of the AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G:• Fast f/1.8 prime lens designed for shooting stills or recording HD video in low-light situations
• Engineered for Nikon FX-format D-SLRs (42mm focal length equivalent when mounted on DX-format D-SLRs)
• The AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G lens will be available in late May for $699.95 (USD) SRP

Posted by flashdeadline at 9:03 AM

FedeoApril 16, 2012

Nikon wins three TIPA awards

The Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) just announced the winners of their annual awards. Each year TIPA chooses the best products of the last twelve months in 40 photography related categories.

This year Canon is the big winner with 6 awards: Best Professional DSLR (Canon EOS-1D X), Best Video SLR (Canon EOS 5D Mark III), Best Professional Videocamera (Canon EOS C300), Best Expert Compact Camera (Powershot G1 X), Best Professional DSLR Lens (Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L USM fish-eye), and Best Multi-functional Photo Printer (Canon Pixma MG8250).

Nikon and Fujifilm both won three Awards. Nikon for Best Expert DSLR (Nikon D800), Best Entry Level DSLR (Nikon D5100), and Best Professional Flash System (Nikon SB-910). Fujifilm won the awards for Best Professional Compact System Camera (Fujifilm X-Pro 1), Best Superzoom Camera (Fujifilm X-S1), and Best Photo Service (Fujifilm Fotoservice Pro).

For a complete list of this years winners, please see the TIPA website.

Posted by Nikonians Academy Europe Head Instructor Hayo Baan. More photography news, reviews & tips, can be found at Hayo Baan's Photography Blog.

Posted by hrbaan at 4:39 PM

FedeoApril 4, 2012

Nikonians Northern Exposure podcast debut

nik-northen-expo_130.jpgWelcome to Peter Spence, host of our newest podcast series Nikonians Northern Exposure. Peter hails from Canada (which gives us a clue to the origin of the podcast series name).

His first podcast is now available for free download in the MP3 format, running just short of 30 minutes.

P_Spence_175.jpgThe first topic covers techniques for improving your image sharpness.

Peter draws on his experience as a workshop leader and a self-confessed “Photo Dad” now teaching his daughter how to take photos. He finds that the best way to teach is to ask his students what they are missing in their photography. Once he learns what the student is seeking to improve, he quickly goes into the “basics” mode.

He likes to urge his students to “take the next step” by turning off the full-auto program features on their cameras.

Regardless of your experience level, Peter’s relaxed style in describing the basics is sure to help improve your photography. Give it a listen today.

Posted by flashdeadline at 8:48 AM

FedeoFebruary 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 | Comments

FedeoFebruary 15, 2012

Last day for free photo magazine

Get your digital photography magazine for free - valid for new Gold & Platinum members.
Last day to sign up is today, 15th of February 2012. More info here

Posted by bgs at 12:52 PM

FedeoFebruary 7, 2012

Nikon announces new 36.3 megapixel D800 & D800E

logo_nikon.gifNikon's long rumored megapixel abundant full frame DSLR has come out of hiding. Our members are going through the features and specs just released and weighing in with their reactions.

Here is the short list of features courtesy of Nikon USA's Press room:

-- 36.3-megapixel FX-format CMOS Sensor
-- 91,000 pixel 3D Matrix Metering system with Advanced Scene Recognition System

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-- 1080p HD video with manual control
-- Headphone jack, and uncompressed HDMI out
-- Enhanced 51 pt AF system
-- 4 fps full resolution, 6 fps DX-mode with MBD-12 battery pack
-- ISO range of 100-6400, expandable to 50 (Lo-1)-25,600 (Hi-2)
-- Magnesium alloy for maximum durability
-- Dual card slots / CF and SD
-- Nikon D800 will be available in late March for $2999.95, and the Nikon D800E will be available in mid-April for $3299.95

What do you think?Join the conversation on the new Nikon D800 and D800 E in our English Café


Update:Berger-Bros.jpg
Our friends at the Ask Berger Bros. Camera forum are taking preorders.

Posted by flashdeadline at 6:23 AM | Comments

FedeoFebruary 6, 2012

Free Digital Photo Magazine for Nikonians

The excellent magazine c't Digital Photography is available for one year for free for Nikonians signing up for Gold Membership. The offer is valid until February 15th. More info

Posted by bgs at 2:22 PM

FedeoFebruary 4, 2012

Welcome Profoto

Profoto_120.jpgWe are pleased to announce the entry of our newest corporate partner, Profoto-- who proudly stand by their reputaion as the world's leading manufacturer of professional photography lighting and light shaping tools. They arrive just in time to offer our members the opportunity to a try a Profoto D1 monolight set before buying it. In addition to contributing to our community, they will also run several special discounts for our members in the coming months

Posted by flashdeadline at 9:55 PM

Nikonians Academy March highlights

Nikonians-Academy-News-Bog.jpgMarch is a big month for the Nikonians Academy with photo workshops all around North America.
Academy Director Mike Hagen kicks the month off with workshops in Los Angeles at Samy's Camera near Hollywood March 1-4.

Posted by flashdeadline at 7:03 PM

FedeoFebruary 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

FedeoFebruary 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

FedeoJanuary 21, 2012

The Nikonians Academy keeps on rolling its feature workshops for you

Coming up in February, showing only those with available seats:

February 16-19 Yosemite in Winter: A Season of Contrast with Michael A Mariant

February 23: Master the Nikon D7000 D90 and D80 in Phoenix, AZ with Winston C. Hall

February 26: Master Adobe Lightroom 3 in Phoenix, AZ with Winston C. Hall

Don't miss these opportunities; remember we may only come once a year to your area.

Posted by jrp at 12:05 PM

FedeoJanuary 6, 2012

Nikon unveils new FX format flagship and new lens

logo_nikon.gifNikon has announced their newest new FX-format camera and a medium format telephoto lens.

The Nikon D4 and AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G lens announcement comes just in time for the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next week.

Nikon-D4.jpgNikon's official D4 brochure is available for download.

Sample images are also available.

The Tokyo Press Release (in English) is available through the Nikon global site.

Nikon USA's official press release is also available

Moderating Team member Ned S. Levi (Ned_L) has started a discussion thread in the English Café to help gather up the reactions of our members.

Highlights of the Nikon D4 DSLR
• 16.1 megapixel FX format CMOS sensor
• ISO range from 100-12,800, expandable from 50-204,800
• 10 fps with full AF/ AE or 11 fps with AF locked
• Magnesium alloy body sealed to resist the elements
• Accepts CF and new XQD memory card format
• 91,000 pixel 3D Matrix Metering system
• 15 cross type points, with nine points that work with lens speeds of f/8 and below
• Advanced video features
• Uncompressed HDMI out
• Mic and audio jacks
• Full 1080p in FX, DX and 2.7X crop modes
• Full manual control of Exposure
• Available February for $5999.95

Nikon USA's Press Release on the new lens follows:

MELVILLE, N.Y. (January 5, 2012) – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the addition of the new AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G FX-format lens to its legendary line of NIKKOR lenses. The new 85mm is a fast, fixed focal-length lens with medium telephoto capabilities and a large maximum aperture of f/1.8 that is capable of performing a wide variety of imaging tasks with amazing sharpness and clarity.

AFS_85_1_8G.jpg“Whether a professional photographer who needs extreme sharpness or a photo enthusiast looking for an affordable, lightweight lens with amazing clarity, Nikon photographers appreciate and rely on the vast selection and dependability of NIKKOR lenses for their imaging needs,” said Lisa Osorio, general manager of marketing at Nikon Inc. “The new 85mm f/1.8 is fully optimized for capturing amazing photos and videos, while providing the ability to utilize background blur to compliment the subject of their photo.”

A welcome addition to Nikon’s growing line of versatile prime lenses, the new AF- NIKKOR 85mm is ideal for travel, general photography, low-light, landscape, portraiture and capturing movies with extreme depth of field. The 85mm is designed to capture photos utilizing beautiful image blur achieved due to its large maximum aperture. Furthermore, the lens is lightweight, easy to carry, and provides an equivalent focal length of 127mm when attached to a Nikon DX-format D-SLR camera body.

The construction of the 85mm f/1.8 consists of nine optical elements, with a seven-blade diaphragm which contributes to a substantially more circular bokeh for a natural appearance to out-of-focus background elements. Additionally, instances of lens flare and chromatic aberration are suppressed using Nikon’s exclusive Super Integrated Coatings, which also help ensure vividly accurate color balance.

The new lens also comes equipped with a carefully engineered optical system optimized to deliver superior image quality. The integration of an ultra-compact Silent Wave Motor (SWM) ensures fast, whisper-quiet AF operation, which is essential when recording movies. The 85mm also features two focus modes, M/A (manual-priority autofocus) and M (manual) to further enhance versatility and adapt to a shooters needs. Additionally, Internal Focus (IF) design prevents the front element from rotating, allowing for the use of filters and attachments.

Price and Availability
The lightweight AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G will be available in March 2012 for a SRP* of $499.95. For more information, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

To see the new AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G lens and other new Nikon products, visit Nikon at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) at booth # 11039 from January 10-13th, 2012 in Las Vegas, NV.

Posted by flashdeadline at 5:44 AM

FedeoDecember 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

FedeoDecember 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

Join Nikonians on Google Plus!

Nikonians has opened a new page on Google Plus. Join the thousands of photography enthusiasts in our community and get in on the latest news, conversations and offers!

Nikonians Google Page in English

Nikonians Google Page in German

Posted by covey22 at 2:26 PM

FedeoDecember 2, 2011

The Nikonians Academy in January

Mike Hagen, Winston C Hall and Steve Simon will be out there in January in Orlando/Kissimee FL, Fort Lauderdale FL, Seattle/Bellevue WA and San Francisco CA, bringing to you our signature workshops, teaching some of our most popular workshops as well as a brand new Lightroom workshop. Don't let this opportunity pass you by. For the itinerary ....

Orlando/Kissimmee Area - by Mike Hagen:
1/19/2012 Master the Nikon D700 & D3/D3s/D3x In Depth
1/20/2012 Master Nikon i-TTL Wireless Flash, CLS
1/21/2012 Master Adobe Lightroom 3
1/22/2012 Master the Nikon D300/D300s - In Depth

Fort Lauderdale Area - by Mike Hagen:
1/26/2012 Master the Nikon D700 & D3/D3s/D3x In Depth
1/27/2012 Master Nikon i-TTL Wireless Flash, CLS
1/28/2012 Master Adobe Lightroom 3
1/29/2012 Master the Nikon D300/D300s - In Depth

Seattle/Bellevue WA - by Winston C. Hall:
1/26/2012 Master the Nikon D700 & D3/D3s/D3x In Depth
1/28/2012 Master Nikon i-TTL Wireless Flash, CLS
1/29/2012 Master Adobe Lightroom 3

San Francisco CA - by Steve Simon:
1/26/2012 Master the Nikon D300/D300s - In Depth
1/27/2012 The Passionate Photographer
1/28/2012 Master the Nikon D7000 D90 and D80
1/29/2012 Master the Nikon D700 & D3/D3s/D3x In Depth

Don't let this opportunity pass you by

Nikonians Academy

Posted by jrp at 9:30 PM

FedeoNovember 16, 2011

The Nikonians Academy in December

The Nikonians Academy will be in Boston and in Las Vegas this December, 2011.
Don't miss the opportunity to learn more about your camera, your flash and your vision before the year is over.

Steve Simon will be in charge of the Boston classes:


  • Dec 1, 2011 - Master the Nikon D300/D300s - In Depth

  • Dec 2, 2012 - The Passionate Photographer (Sold Out)

  • Dec 3, 2011 - Master the Nikon D700 & D3/D3x/D3s - In Depth

  • Dec 4, 2011 - Master the Nikon D7000, D90 & D80

Winston C Hall will in turn teach in Las Vegas:


  • Dec. 8, 2011 - Master the Nikon D700 & D3/D3x/D3s - In Depth

  • Dec. 9, 2011 - Master the Nikon D700 & D3/D3x/D3s - Advanced

  • Dec 10, 2011 - Master Nikon i-TTL Wireless Flash, CLS

  • Dec 11, 2011 - Master the Nikon D7000, D90 & D80

Acclaimed as instructors and professional photographers they will share their experience and will surprise you with what you have been missing.

Hurry up. There are still a few seats available, but not that many.

Posted by jrp at 8:42 AM

FedeoNovember 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

FedeoNovember 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

FedeoOctober 31, 2011

Halloween Costume Idea: Be a Nikon DSLR!

Happy Halloween to all our Nikonians members! If you're stuck for costume ideas - take some inspiration from Tyler Card; he built a working Nikon D3 outfit that take photos, has a working flash and and a rear LCD! (Courtesy of Popular Photography)

Posted by covey22 at 2:53 PM

FedeoOctober 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 www.hoodmanUSA.com or call 800.818.3946.

Posted by covey22 at 3:01 PM

Limited Time Offer: $75 Off the Tamron 18-270mm Di II VC PZD

For a limited time only, Tamron is offering $75 off their award-winning Tamron 18-270mm 15x All-in-One Zoom lens.

The 15x power Tamron 18-270mm Di II VC PZD is a great addition to any photographer's bag. Featuring a convenient and wide focal range, fast-focusing and silent Piezo Electric Drive and Vibration Compensation that lets you take photos handheld even when light levels start to drop, it's the perfect travel companion.

Tamron is offering a $75 off Mail-In Rebate from now until October 17th, so don't delay - get yours today!

Posted by covey22 at 2:00 PM

FedeoJuly 10, 2011

Best of Nikonians Photo Contest unveils new twist

Logo_Nikonians-Contests-kl.jpgGet ready for an expanded eligibility Best of Nikonians - 2011 Images Photo Contest starting this month. All Silver, Gold and Platinum Nikonians members will now have the opportunity to enter in four categories representing a multitude of themes.

That multitude comes from an innovative approach to the first category, which will draw on a broad range variety of images based on past success. This will be a ground-breaking new twist in the contest because it opens the door for multiple submissions based on winning images of 2010-Win-Contest_250.jpgthe Online Assignments forum and challenges posted in our many specialized forums from January 1st to October 31st, 2011.

If you earned more than one win (in those forums and within those dates) you now have the opportunity to submit each of those wins for consideration by our panel of expert Nikonians photographers.

The other three categories (Themes) will be Nature, High Dynamic Range (HDR) and B&W (open to any subject with grayscale images that may have been originally shot in grayscale or converted during post processing).

Lowepro_99.jpgCategory winners and honorary mentions will be recognized in our News Blogs and General Newsletter and they will be eligible for prizes from our Contest Sponsor: Lowepro — The Trusted Original.

Ready to win?
Follow these important links:
Best of Nikonians - 2011 Images Photo Contest
Contest Rules
Contest Gallery
2010 Photo Contest Winners
▪ subscribe to our Nikonians General Newsletter (to make sure you get the contest updates).

Posted by flashdeadline at 2:55 PM

FedeoJune 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 | Comments

FedeoJune 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

FedeoMay 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

FedeoMay 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 | Comments

FedeoMay 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.

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Posted by covey22 at 3:21 AM

FedeoMay 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 | Comments

FedeoMay 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

FedeoMay 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

FedeoApril 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

FedeoApril 27, 2011

Spring Sale: Photomatix HDR now 25% Off!

Back by popular demand, Photomatix is again offering Nikonians Silver, Gold and Platinum members an exclusive 25% discount on the award-winning HDRSoft high dynamic range processing program!

This offer is for a limited time only and ends in June 2011. All Photomatix program owners are also eligible for free upgrades for at least one year, so your software investment grows as more improvements and innovations are added. Grab your copy today, and remember, Nikonians Membership has it's rewards.

Posted by covey22 at 9:47 PM

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

Increased Nikon support in Capture One 6.2

With tailor-made Nikon camera profiles, Capture One is the RAW converter for Nikon photographers. This week, Phase One released Capture One 6.2, a free upgrade for Capture One 6 owners, which includes new benefits for Nikon shooters.

The release features tethered support for Nikon D-7000 and adds additional Nikon camera controls. Download the free trial of Capture One 6.2 here

Posted by covey22 at 8:47 PM

Layers for Lightroom with OnOneSoftware

OnOneSoftware brings the power of Layers to LightRoom with a free Public Preview of Perfect Layers!

In addition to adding Layered File Functionality to Lightroom, Perfect Layers also provides Masking Brushes, a multiude of Blending Modes, and the MaskingBug applet from PhotoTools 2.6 to create smooth gradient masks. The program can also be used in conjunction with Adobe Bridge and Apple Aperture.

The Public Preview is available for free at OneOneSoftware and expires on June 30th, 2011. The production version is expected to be delivered mid-2011, as a standalone product for USD159.95 and as part of the Perfect Photo Suite 5.5.

Posted by covey22 at 8:14 PM

Nikon 50mm f1.8 AF-S Officially Announced

After an April 13th mis-step, Nikon officially announces their refresh of the classic 50mm f1.8, now with Silent Wave motor and an Aspherlcal element. The new lens will be available on June 16th, 2011 at the MSRP of USD219.95.

Posted by covey22 at 2:16 PM

FedeoApril 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 | Comments

Photography Book Now 2011 Contest

Are you an aspiring photographer seeking an opportunity to have your work reviewed by world-reknowned experts and a chance of winning the USD25,000 grand prize? Then look no further - the Photography Book Now 2011 Contest is now accepting submissions for their fourth annual juried competition.

Photography Book Now (PBN) is a celebration of the most creative, most innovative, and finest photography books – and the people behind them. Last year Blurb received more than 2,300 submissions from over 40 countries, and this year they’re hoping for even more submissions from Blurbarians and other self-published bookmakers worldwide.

Some of the new book categories for 2011 include:

  • Fine Art
  • Documentary
  • Travel
  • Student

This is the first time Blurb has opened up the PBN competition to non-professional student work, and the organizers are excited to reward and celebrate up-and-coming talent.

Also new to the competition are "best-of" category awards, including:

  • $5,000 cash prizes to the winners in each of the four categories
  • $1,500 cash prizes to each of the category winners of the People’s Choice competition

The submission deadline is July 14 – so head on over to PBN and put your book in the running for some excellent prizes and international recognition. Best of luck!

Posted by covey22 at 3:52 PM

FedeoApril 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

FedeoApril 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 | Comments

FedeoApril 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

FedeoMarch 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

FedeoMarch 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

FedeoMarch 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 | Comments

FedeoFebruary 9, 2011

PhaseOne Conducts CaptureOne Survey

PhaseOne wants to know about your photography style and how you use their premiere CaptureOne RAW conversion suite. If you're an owner/user, be sure to get your opinion heard.

Posted by covey22 at 2:27 PM

FedeoJanuary 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

HDRsoft Photomatix Savings!

HDRsoft is offering enormous savings to Nikonians Silver and above members - a 25% discount on their stunning Photomatix high dynamic range processing software. This offer ends soon, so reserve a copy today at Nikonians Rewards.

Posted by covey22 at 6:46 PM

FedeoDecember 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

FedeoOctober 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 | Comments

FedeoOctober 13, 2010

Nikonians Exclusive: CaptureOne Discounts

For a limited time, Nikonians members at all levels are eligible for a 50% discount on PhaseONE's Capture One RAW Converter or 40% off on CaptureOne PRO!

Discounts this deep are not available anywhere else but Nikonians.org, but you'll have to hurry - this offer is good only until October 17th, 2010. Redeem this discount and other valuable offers at the Nikonians Rewards Site now!

Posted by covey22 at 5:09 PM

Nikon D7000 DigiTutor Site is Up

For our members looking to get a head start on operating the latest DSLR arrival, Nikon has now put up the D7000 Digitutor site for your perusal. Enjoy!

Posted by covey22 at 4:23 PM

FedeoOctober 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

FedeoSeptember 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 "...in 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

FedeoSeptember 13, 2010

Nikonians earn NikoniansPress/Rocky Nook book photo credits

Congratulations to 12 of our members who have donated images for the newest book in the NikoniansPress/Rocky Nook series Mastering the Nikon D300/D300S, by Darrell Young, now available for pre-orders.


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The publication team had a hard time choosing from the many great submissions and the final list was verified last week.

Each of the following 12 members will receive a copy of the book bearing their credited photo (used as chapter opening images).

Apples – Courtesy of Neale Dyster (Digitwized)
Red-Tailed Hawk – Courtesy of Doug Sipes (Dsipes).
F-22 Raptor – Courtesy of Norman Paratore (carlysgranddad).
Bikes Catch Air – Courtesy of Ken Rutt (raxafarian).
Dawn on El Capitan – Courtesy of Russ Glindmeier (russg).
Free Climber – Courtesy of Octavian Radu Topai (Tavi).
Maine Coon Cat – Courtesy of Cindie Fearnall (Gipsi).
Sol Duc Valley Stream – Courtesy of Daniel Stainer (spiritualized67).
Father and Son – Courtesy of LaDonna France Huizinga (Cookies35).
Hello Cutie – Courtesy of Stephen J. Weston (stevezz1).
Bald Eagle Fishing – Courtesy of David Summers (dm1dave).
Contemplation – Courtesy of Richerd Reynolds (slartybartfast).

All books in the Rocky Nook/NikoniansPress series include a special Nikonians 50%-off voucher discount for a one year Gold Membership in the Nikonians community. This will save $37.50 on Gold Membership.

Posted by flashdeadline at 3:16 PM

Nikonians Academy Europe workshops in The Netherlands and Belgium

utrecht_hdr-kl.jpgStarting today the Nikonians Acdemy Europe is also offering workshops in Utrecht (The Netherlands) and Antwerp (Belgium). The workshops will concentrate on the Nikon camera bodies D300 / D300s, D700, D3 / D3s / D3x and D80 / D90 plus the Nikon CLS / iTTL flash systems.

The courses are available for the introductory price of 150 Euros (160 Euros in Utrecht since a lunch is included) and will be held in Dutch or English - depending on the audience.

Please find all details on the Nikonians Academy Europe website.

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Image of Utrecht by Nikonian John Driessen (johnnie5)

Posted by joef at 3:05 PM

FedeoSeptember 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

FedeoSeptember 6, 2010

Nikonians News Flash #161

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This week Ray passes along the latest photographic news relating to Nikon and Nikonians:
-One Year Completed
-Nikon's new On-Line store
-New lens preorders being taken
-More Nikon equipment coming soon
-Nikon school now in session
-Jack Howard's Practical HDRI 2nd Edition
-ACDsee joins Nikonians as Corporate Partner
-Tamron to give away 60 lenses to celebrate 60th Anniversary
-Nikonians in Cologne

Download Nikonians News Flash #161 (NPC-NF-2010-09-05.mp3; 3:33; 3.35MB; MP3 format)

Show Notes for 9/05/2010

Nikon On-line store

Nikon's latest lenses now shipping

Nikon School is now in session

Jack Howard on his New book

ACDsee
new Nikonians Corporate Partner

Nikonians Corporaate Partner Tamron's lens give away

Nikonians at Photokina

Nikonians Academy underway in Europe


For information on local Nikonians Chapters email here

Contact Nikonians News Flash: newsflash@nikonians.org

Thank you for joining me.

Your Nikonians podcaster Ray Valdovinos

Posted by rayvaldovinos at 4:53 AM

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

FedeoAugust 29, 2010

Nikonians News Flash Extra #12

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Today on News Flash Extra, Ray speaks with Jack Howard. Jack is a New Jersey based photographer, author, podcastor and photographic educator. Topics of conversation include Jack's photo bio and his new book, Practical HDRI 2nd Edition.

Download Nikonians News Flash Extra #12 (NPC-NF-2010-08-29.mp3; 15:40; 14.3MB; MP3 format)

Jack_Howard_150.jpgShow Notes for 8/29/2010
-Jack Howard's photographic biography
-Director of New and Social Media for Adorama Camera Podcasts and more
Practical HDRI 2nd Edition
-HDRI webcast
-Adobe Photoshop CS5
-Demo HDRI videos

For information on local Nikonians Chapters email here

Contact Nikonians News Flash: newsflash@nikonians.org

Thank you for joining me.

Your Nikonians podcaster Ray Valdovinos

Posted by rayvaldovinos at 7:12 PM

FedeoAugust 24, 2010

Nikon Updates Capture to Version 2.2.5

Nikon has released an update to Capture NX2 bringing it to Version 2.2.5.

Changes include:

  • Support for Mac OS X 10.6.4
  • Support for Nikon D3100 RAW Images
  • Multiple enhancements to the Picture Controls Utility
  • Addressed graduations display issue with certain RAW images
  • Addressed noise effects within Image Dust Off function

The update is available for both PC and Macintosh platforms (Nikon USA links).

Posted by covey22 at 7:52 PM

FedeoAugust 23, 2010

NIKONIANS NEWS FLASH #160

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This week Ray passes along the latest photographic news relating to Nikon and Nikonians:
-Nikons Big News the D3100 from Darrell Young
-Four new lenses
-Two new Coolpix cameras
-Fix for the 24-70 light leakage
-Instant Rebates continue from Nikon
-New version of View NX
-Adobe Photoshop Express
-Adobe Release Candidates for ACR 6.2 and Lightroom 3.2
-Berger Brothers discount for Nikonians


Download Nikonians News Flash #160 (NPC-NF-2010-08-22.mp3;
6:07; 5.61MB; MP3 format)

Show Notes for 8/22/2010

Nikon's new releases

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Fix for 24-70mm 2.8 Light leakage problem?

Nikon Instant rebates continue

Nikon View NX version 2

Adobe Photoshop Express

Adobe CameraRaw 6.2 and Lightroom 3.2 Release Candidates available

Berger Brothers is offering a special Nikonians discount

For information on local Nikonians Chapters email here

Contact Nikonians News Flash: newsflash@nikonians.org

Thank you for joining me.

Your Nikonians podcaster Ray Valdovinos

Posted by rayvaldovinos at 12:53 AM

FedeoAugust 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

FedeoAugust 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
  • Deep discounts on popular software from Lasersoft, Topaz Labs, Oxford Eye, Phase One, ImageNomic, and PhotoRecovery
  • Enjoy personalized photo products and service from LiveBooks, Nations Photo Lab, ScanCafe, Liberty Photo and ImageRights
  • Access the latest hardware and accessories from ThinkTank Photo, Berger Brothers, Photobert, Datacolor and buyGPSnow
  • Display your pride with Nikonians-branded items and software from our own ProPhotoShop
  • Expand your skills with the best photo instructors at Nikonians Academy

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

Nikon ViewNX 2 Released

Nikon has released ViewNX 2, an upgrade of their free browsing and editing utility. The program offers enhancements to select editing functions, a revised UI and closer integration to the my Picturetown photo service.

ViewNX 2's improvements include:

  • Three new workspaces - Browers, GeoTag and Edit - giving the program a more familiar look-and-feel
  • New editing functions such as Crop, Auto Red-Eye, Straighten and Auto Lateral CA Correction
  • Trim movies and Save Movie Frame as Still Photo
  • Enhanced Printing, including date/time shot, background color, selecting prints from Metadata and Header/Footers
  • Collaboration with my Picturetown including viewing stored photos without a web browser and Simple Upload

The View NX 2 utility is available for download here.

Posted by covey22 at 5:36 PM

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

FedeoAugust 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

FedeoAugust 8, 2010

NIKONIANS NEWS FLASH #159

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This week Ray passes along the latest news relating to Nikon and Nikonians:
-Nikon's profits on the rise
-Nikon's Learn & Explore-Controlling light
-The genesis of a Coolpix
-Novoflex lens adapter
-$2400 F mount Zeiss 35mm f1.2 is coming
-ANPAT 10 on the horizon
-Local Nikonians Chapters
-Product reviews-Tamron 60mm & Think Tank Hydrophobia lens cover
-Nikonians mGallery app

Download Nikonians News Flash #159 (NPC-NF-2010-08-08.mp3; 4:02; 3.69MB; MP3 format)

Show Notes 8/08/2010

Nikon's Profits up
Lighting videos in Nikon's July Learn & Explore
Genesis of a Coolpix
Novoflex lens adapters
$2400 Zeiss F mount coming soon
ANPAT 10

Northern Virginia Nikonians chapter
Tamron 60mm f2.0 review
Think Tank Hydrophobia review
Nikonians mGallery app

For information on local Nikonians Chapters email here

Contact Nikonians News Flash: newsflash@nikonians.org

Thank you for joining me.

Your Nikonians podcaster Ray Valdovinos

Posted by rayvaldovinos at 9:38 PM

FedeoAugust 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

FedeoJuly 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

FedeoJune 30, 2010

Deadline Approaching: Photography Book Now Competition

Photography Book Now is an international juried self-published book competition, and a celebration of the most creative, most innovative, and finest photography books – and the people behind them. With a grand prize of USD 25,000.00, this is one contest you don't want to miss out on! Other prizes include a photographic camera kit worth up to USD 4,400.00 and photo trips/workshops worth up to USD 2,400.00

The deadline for this competition is rapidly approaching. All entries must be received by 15-July-2010. Enter today for an opportunity to get your photographic talent recognized and rewarded!

Posted by covey22 at 8:29 PM

FedeoJune 16, 2010

Tamron Full Day Seminars with Sandra Nykerk

Tamron USA is hosting a feature-packed series of full day seminars with renknowned nature and fine-arts photographer Sandra Nykerk.

The seminar "Stepping Stones for the Photographic Trail: A Guide to the Creative Image" draws upon Ms. Nykerk's extensive experience with the back-country areas such as Yellowstone National Park and the ancient petroglyphs and balanced rock formations of the American SouthWest. Highlights of the full-day seminar include:

  • A Creative Look at Your World
  • Using Lenses to Enhance Your Creative Vision
  • Basic Editing Skills & Sandras Favorite "Stones"
  • Understanding the Histogram
  • The Two Pieces of Equipment You Can't Leave Home Without

The seminar tour kicks off July 13th in Seattle WA and makes it's way across the US to New York in August. Don't miss your chance to attend this exclusive educational seminar. Refreshments and snacks will be provided and there will be exclusive Tamron Offers and Door Prizes as well. All for the low cost of just USD59. For more information and to reserve your seat, click on Tamron Events.

Posted by covey22 at 3:27 PM

Sigma Posts Firmware Update for Telephoto Zooms

Sigma Photo has posted a firmware update affecting the latest batches of popular telephoto zoom lenses. Lenses affected include the new 120-400mm f4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM, the 150-500mm f5-6.3 DG OS HSM and the 50-500mm f4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM

A free firmware update is required to address the issue. No further details were provided by the notice. The affected unit serial numbers and a link to locating the nearest Sigma Photo repair facility are provided after the jump.

Posted by covey22 at 2:43 PM

FedeoJune 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

Adobe Lens Profile Creator Prerelease 2

Adobe has released a second iteration of their Lens Profile Creator utility for use with Photoshop CS5, Lightroom 3 and Camera RAW 6.1. The utility corrects for three typical optical aberrations; geometric distortion, lateral CA and vignetting. A specific profile for your lenses can be created; discussion boards are available to share common profiles with the user community. Get your copy today at Adobe Labs.

Posted by covey22 at 2:08 PM

FedeoJune 10, 2010

Nikonians Academy expands to Europe

NA-Hat.jpgMarking five years of successful growth, the Nikonians Academy expands to Europe and will start to offer workshops in Europe this year.

Started in 2005, the Nikonians Academy has been offering high quality personalized photography training in all topics related to modern photography in North America.

For this exciting new expansion we are looking for highly motivated instructors with photographic backgrounds.

Sound interesting? Please send your application if you are interested in becoming a Nikonians Workshop Leader or the Head Instructor for Europe.

You can find both job descriptions at the Nikonians jobs page.

If you live in North America: We are always looking for additional workshop instructors, so feel free to contact us!

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Posted by joef at 1:03 PM

FedeoJune 9, 2010

Revealed: Adobe Photoshop LightRoom 3

Adobe has released Photoshop LightRoom 3; the latest iteration of the popular workflow tool gracing PC and Mac desktops. Thanks to a comprehensive public beta started in October of 2009, the program received the feedback of a large community of photographers and addressed many core issues from previous versions.

Among the improvements Adobe has made to LightRoom 3 are:

  • A more responsive performance model in both loading and rendering images
  • Improved library handling, sorting and searching
  • Automatic Lens Correction and Perspective Straightening
  • Flickr gallery integration
  • Support for DSLR video files

Adobe Photoshop LightRoom 3 is available for purchase online now at https://www.adobe.com/store. The MSRP is USD299 with an upgrade price of USD99 for qualified owners of previous LightRoom versions.

Posted by covey22 at 10:05 PM

FedeoMay 31, 2010

Answer six questions and you may earn $50

You can earn a voucher worth $50 amongst all participants of our little questionnaire. To answer six easy questions will not take you longer than 1 minute, and all entries will be entered into a random drawing.

The winner will be drawn at the end of June when the questionnaire ends, and will receive a voucher worth $50 for the Epson Webshop.

 

Posted by joef at 1:33 PM

FedeoMay 30, 2010

Nikonians News Flash #154

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This week Ray passes along the latest photographic news relating to Nikon and Nikonians:
Nikon's instant rebates continue
Nikon's new 200-400 may be shipping soon
Nikon's My Picturetown
Round Two Nikonians photo contest winners
Tenth ANPAT months away
Brandy Fortune wins latest Welcoming Photo Contest
David Metta wins April's segment of Best of the Year Photo Contest


Download Nikonians News Flash #154 (NPC-NF-2010-05-30.mp3;
3:02; 2.77MB; MP3 format)

Show Notes for 5/30/2010
Nikon Instant Rebates continue
200-400 Nikon to ship soon
Nikon's My Picturetown
Rick Paul, Richard Hulbert and Noel Holland winners
Tenth Nikonians ANPAT
Brandy Fortune -winner
David Metta wins


For information on local Nikonians Chapters email here

Contact Nikonians News Flash: newsflash@nikonians.org

Thank you for joining me.

Your Nikonians podcaster Ray Valdovinos

Posted by rayvaldovinos at 11:25 PM

FedeoMay 28, 2010

Photoshop CS4 update tackles vulnerabilities

Logo_Adobe-kl.jpgThe update (version 11.0.2) addresses a number of critical issues and vulnerabilities discovered after Adobe Photoshop CS4 and Photoshop CS4 Extended (11.0 and 11.0.1) software were released.

Critical vulnerabilities have been identified in Photoshop CS4 11.0.1 and earlier for Windows and Macintosh that could allow an attacker who successfully exploit these vulnerabilities to take control of the affected system. A malicious .ASL, .ABR, or .GRD file must be opened in Photoshop CS4 by the user for an attacker to be able to exploit these vulnerabilities.

Adobe recommends Photoshop CS4 customers update to Photoshop CS4 11.0.2, which resolves these issues.

The Photoshop 11.0.2 update also addresses a number of problems with brushes, styles and gradient preset files discovered after Photoshop CS4 was released.

All details and the downloads for both Win and Mac can be found at Adobe's support
pages
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Posted by joef at 2:45 PM

FedeoMay 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.

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Posted by joef at 11:50 AM

FedeoMay 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.

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Posted by joef at 12:26 PM

FedeoMay 16, 2010

Nikonians News Flash #153

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This week Ray passes along the latest photographic news relating to Nikon and Nikonians: Nikonians Academy Sets us apart
Adobe offers Release candidate of Camera Raw 6.1
Adobe TV offers 24 free tutorials on Photoshop CS5
DxO Labs announces Optics Pro 6.2
Nikonian Darrell Young

Download Nikonians News Flash #153 (NPC-NF-2010-05-15.mp3; 5:06; 4.67MB; MP3 format)

SHOW NOTES 5/15/2010
Nikonians Academy

Adobe Camera Raw 6.1

Adobe TV tutorials for CS5

DxO Labs Optics Pro 6.2

Darrell Young's Mastering the D3000

Posted by rayvaldovinos at 11:25 PM

FedeoMay 11, 2010

Optics Pro 6.2 now available

Logo_DxO-kl.jpgDxO Labs has announced the immediate availability of Optics Pro 6.2 for Windows and Mac.

The new version now supports the Nikon D3s (Elite edition), it also features 85 new optical modules which brings the number of camera / lens combinations to 2,000.

Along with a more intuitive interface, there comes a new default preset that offers a better sharpening of the smallest details, a new automatic denoising setting that restores even more RAW image details, XMP data conservation to allow better integration with Adobe Lightroom, new and improved shortcuts and improved stability.

DxO Optics Pro v6.2 for Windows and Mac, both Standard and Elite editions, are immediately available from the DxO Labs' e-store and selected resellers at an exceptional discount until June 15, 2010:

Standard edition: €99 instead of €149 (for a savings of €50), Elite edition: €199 instead of €299 (for a savings of €100). USA Dollars discount prices are $99 for the Standard Edition, $199 for the Elite.

All customers who purchased DxO Optics Pro 5 or 6 after June 1, 2009 are entitled to a free upgrade to version 6.2.

All other users benefit from additional discounts until June 15, 2010 on the following: 

DxO Optics Pro Standard (any version) to DxO Optics Pro 6 Standard

DxO Optics Pro Elite (any version) to DxO Optics Pro 6 Elite.  

You can find more information on the new software (e. g. a list of the US resellers) at DxO Labs' homepage.


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Posted by joef at 6:44 PM

FedeoMay 10, 2010

Learning Photoshop CS5

Logo_Adobe-kl.jpgAdobe TV provides free videos that show you how to work with the new Photoshop CS5. And in case you want to have a look at the new software before buying it, you now can do with 24 tutorials available today.

They feature videos named "Photoshop CS5 Overview", "What's new for photographers in Photoshop CS5", "Complex Selections made easy in Photoshop CS5" and much more.

You will find the tutorials and more details about their exact content at Adobe TV. Enjoy!

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FedeoMay 7, 2010

Get your free trial version of Adobe CS5

CS5-kl.jpgIf you want to test the new Creative Suite 5 Design Premium before buying it, Adobe now offers the complete suite as a 30 days free trial downloadable version.

The full suite (6.2 GB / 7.2 GB for Mac) contains Photoshop® CS5 Extended, Illustrator® CS5, InDesign® CS5, Flash® Catalyst™ CS5, Flash Professional CS5, Dreamweaver® CS5, Fireworks® CS5 and Acrobat® 9 Pro* and can be downloaded for free here at Adobe.

To download not Photoshop CS5 but the full suite, please click at the link "Try Photoshop CS5 Extended as part of Adobe Creative Suite® 5 Design Premium software" given at the very bottom of the page. Then please select your language and if you use a Windows or a Mac computer.

If that's too much for your internet connection, you may as well order a DVD for $9.99 (free standard shipping).

The trial version can always be transferred to a full version, even when the 30 days are over.

* Acrobat® 9 Pro not available for Mac OS X

Posted by joef at 6:25 PM

FedeoMay 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.

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Posted by joef at 11:53 AM

FedeoMay 5, 2010

Sambesi Group sponsors Photo Contest

Logo_Nikonians-Contests-kl.jpgThe Sambesi Group, manufacturer of flash equipment, sponsors the May segment of your "Best of Nikonians - 2010 Images" photo contest.

The lucky winner will not only get the regular prize - an attractive product from Nikonians long-time partner ThinkTankPhoto - but additionally he will recieve a flash2softbox from the Sambesi Group worth $375.

The photography theme in May is "Transportation". Contribute your image on that subject and you may win both prizes!

All details on the contest can be found on our webpage, more information on the flash2softbox (including a video clip) on the Sambesi Group's website.

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Posted by joef at 12:21 PM

FedeoMay 4, 2010

Nikonians Enjoy Discounts at Joby

Joby, makers of the rough and tough, stick-'em-anywhere Gorillapods, is offering significant discounts to Nikonians.

Joby-Gorillapod_175.jpgContributing members receive twenty (20) percent savings on all purchases, including the Gorillapods tripods holders, Gorillamobile PDA/MP3 player cases and Gorillatorch hands-free flashlights. Go to your Rewards page now to start saving!

Posted by covey22 at 2:33 PM

FedeoApril 29, 2010

Adobe lens correction video

Logo_Adobe-kl.jpgAdobe has an interesting sneak peak video on the new lens correction solution for Camera Raw 6.1 (part of Photoshop CS5) and Lightroom 3.

Tom_Hogarty-Adobe-kl.jpgTom Hogarty, Product Manager for Lightroom, shows the possibilities the new tool offers. It is based on lens-related profiles and user adjustments. You can also find information at Adobe's Lightroom Channel at Facebook.

You may also be interested in the interview, our Image Doctors made with Tom Hogarty.

Posted by joef at 2:10 PM

FedeoApril 28, 2010

Update and Upgrade for Spyder3

Logo_Datacolor-kl.jpgDatacolor offers owners of the Spyder3Elite a software update with new features, owners of a Spyder3Pro may update to a Spyder3Elite.

The new features are:
"Software Brightness Control" allows owners of iMac and other displays with limited controls to work with displays in a more desirable, dimmer environment, and match them to other displays.

"Automated Brightness Adjustment": Apple Cinema Displays, iMacs, MacBooks and PowerBooks screens are now adjustable by the Spyder software.

The "Iterative Gray Balance" option provides a gray balance algorithm.

"Display Graphing" allows users to compare the range of multiple displays to one another as well as to standard color spaces like sRGB and AdobeRGB.

"Monitor Quality Analyzer" provides the tools to determine which areas of the screen are most accurate.

Spyder3-Studio-SR.jpgThe update of the Elite software to version 4.0 with the mentioned features costs $19. Owners of a Spyder3Elite that was bought in 2010 get the update for free.

If you want to upgrade from Spyder3Pro to Elite and benefit from the additional functionality and the new features mentioned above, the price is $99.

The new software is available at the webpage of Datacolor.

And if you are considering buying a Spyder3Elite please have a look at our PhotoProShop!

 

Posted by joef at 2:03 PM

FedeoApril 22, 2010

Three Adobe software final versions released

Adobe_Lightroom2-kl.jpgAdobe Lightroom 2.7, Camera Raw 5.7 and DNG-Converter 5.7 are now available as final versions for both Mac and Windows systems.

Only two weeks after Adobe's announcement of so called "Release Candidates" the three software applications are now available as finalized versions.

As we reported earlier, the raw cache limit has been raised to 200 GB, with the Windows version a bug was fixed that could cause crashes of the application or the computer.

You may find all information on the updates and the links to the downloads at Adobe's corresponding webpages:

Photoshop Lightroom 2.7 (Mac)
Photoshop Lightroom 2.7 (Windows)

Camera Raw 5.7 (Mac)
Camera Raw 5.7 (Windows)

DNG Converter 5.7 (Mac)
DNG Converter 5.7 (Windows)

 

Posted by joef at 4:21 PM

Spring Fever Drawing

Logo_TTP-Thumb.jpgThinkTankPhoto (TTP) started a unique contest and will draw a random user from their follower groups at Facebook, Twitter and Flickr.

The winner gets TTP's Logistics Manager and all Think Tank Photo bags that will fit into the equipment case. These can be bags-within-bags-within-bags.

The drawing will happen on May 30th 2010 at 10:00 am GMT, get all the information about it at TTPs info page at Facebook.

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Posted by joef at 4:03 PM

FedeoApril 21, 2010

Interesting film workshop in New Orleans coming up

Logo_NOPA-kl.jpgIf you live near New Orleans and if you have piles of film left from the good old days, this might be of interest for you.

The New Orleans Photo Alliance (NOPA) hosts a workshop where you learn how to preserve your valuable negatives and transparencies. This evening workshop will present an affordable and rapid method for creating digital scans from your film by using a digital camera.

Higgins.jpgThe workshop will take place at 1111 St. Mary St, New Orleans, LA. Doors open at 6:00 pm, the program begins at 6:30 pm. The workshop is free!

Please find all details and how to register at NOPA's microsite on the workshop. If you want to learn more about The New Orleans Photo Alliance and what they do, please have a look at their home-page.

Nikonians has a strong link to New Orleans (aka NOLA) since the Nikonians PhotoProShop runs its business from there.

Posted by joef at 4:18 PM

FedeoApril 20, 2010

"Spring Expo and Sale" in Indianapolis

Logo_Roberts-kl.jpgRoberts Imaging, a long-time partner to Nikonians, presents their "Spring Expo and Sale" in Indianapolis, IN. this week.

Chris Butcher, National Sales Manager with another loyal Nikonians partner, Think Tank Photo, will also be there to show TTPs latest products.

The show starts Friday, April 23, 10:00 a.m. and ends Saturday, April 24, at 6:00 p. m. 

The address is: 255 S. Meridian Street Indianapolis, IN 46225

 

 

Posted by joef at 3:24 PM

Winners of the 2010 Pulitzer Prizes announced

Logo_Purlitzer_Prizes.pngThe 94th annual Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism, Letters, Drama and Music, awarded on the recommendation of the Pulitzer Prize Board, have been announced by Columbia University.

The winners in the two photography categories are Mary Chind (Breaking News Photography) and Craig F. Walker (Feature Photo-graphy). Both receive $10,000 - next to all the fame connected to these prizes.

Mary Chind of "The Des Moines Register" was awarded for her photograph of the heart-stopping moment when a rescuer dangling in a makeshift harness tries to save a woman trapped in the foaming water beneath a dam.

Craig F. Walker of "The Denver Post" was awarded for his intimate portrait of a teenager who joins the Army at the height of insurgent violence in Iraq, poignantly searching for meaning and manhood.

Congratulations to the winners! You may want to find more about them and The Pullitzer Prizes at the homepage.

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Posted by joef at 3:06 PM

FedeoApril 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

FedeoApril 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

FedeoApril 15, 2010

OnOne software $100 savings special available

OnOne_Plug_In_Suite5-frei-kl.pngNikonians on Silver level or higher can seize a great opportunity: From today until April 30 they can get $100 off on the award winning Photoshop Plug-In Suite5 from OnOne Software.

This software has earned an Editor's Choice Award from American Photo magazine and Best Plug-In for Adobe Photoshop from Studio Photography magazine.

The Photoshop Plug-In Suite5 tools solve the six most common problems photographers come across processing their images in Photoshop.

The suite consists of six tools:
• Genuine Fractals 6 (Resizing images)
• Mask Pro 4 (Removing unwanted backgrounds)
• PhotoTune 3 (Color correcting photos)
• FocalPoint 2 (Putting the focus where you want)
• PhotoTools 2.5 (Getting a professional look)
• PhotoFrame 4.5 (Adding the perfect finishing touch)

Get valuable background information from the reviews in the Nikonians Resources Area and all the official facts from the homepage of OnOne Software where you can also order the software.

The full version of the Photoshop Plug-In Suite5 costs $499.95 (U.S. Dollars); the upgrade $199.95. To get the rebate just retrieve your voucher code at your Nikonians Rewards page.

 

Posted by joef at 11:52 AM

FedeoApril 12, 2010

Adobe announces Photoshop CS5

photoshop_cs5ext-kl.pngAdobe today announced the latest version of its Photoshop Creative Suite 5. New features include full 64 bit support for PC / Mac and the ability to address more than 4 GB memory which increases performance.

Also new are 3D functions (Extended version only) and new refinement tools which allow easier and more concrete selections.

Photoshop_5_bckgrnd.jpgContent aware fills make things disappear by considering the surrounding when parts of the image get deleted or added.

As well, the functions for HDR images were improved, new painting brushes were added and an automatic lens correction (distortions, chromatic aberration, and vignetting) was implemented.

The handling of the software is easier, now that the workspace can be customized. Photoshop CS5 and Photoshop CS5 Extended are available as stand-alone applications or components of the Adobe Creative Suite 5 family.

The software is expected to ship mid-May. The US Dollar prices are $699 (Photoshop CS5) / $999 (Photoshop CS5 Extended) for the full versions; $199 (from Photoshop CS4 to Photoshop CS5) and $349 (from Photoshop CS4 Extended to Photoshop CS5 Extended) for the upgrades. Please check for different prices for upgrades from older Photoshop versions or from the standard version to the Extended version.

Details and pre-order information is available at the homepage of Adobe. At AdobeTV;you will find Videos on the new features.

Posted by joef at 2:54 PM

FedeoApril 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 Borrowlenses.com. The discount code can be retrieved at your Rewards Page.

 

Posted by joef at 3:34 PM

FedeoApril 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

FedeoApril 7, 2010

Blurb photo book contest could win you $25,000

Logo_Blurb.gifBlurb, provider of online photo books, started a competition for photographers "who are the age of 18 years or older, are self-identified photographers who currently receive or have received payment for their photographs".

If you meet these specifications you may submit your photo book (online or hard copy) and win the Grand Prize of $25,000.

The submission period started on March 25, 2010 at 11:59 PM Pacific Daylight Time (PDT), and ends on July 15, 2010 at 11:59 PM PDT.

We should mention that there is a contest submission administration fee of $35 for every submission.

The categories are "Fine Art", "Editorial" and "Portfolio", there is no limit to the number of submissions that any contestant can make in any category.

All details can be found at Blurb's micro page on the competition.

Blurb shipped more than 1.2 million books in 2009. If you intend to create a photo book with Blurb, please support your community by ordering through the Nikonians Partner Page, Thank You!

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Posted by joef at 3:53 PM

New firmware for Coolpix cameras

logo_nikon.gifNikon has new versions of the firmware for its Coolpix S640 and S4000 available.

In rare cases, images that were taken with the digital zoom of the S640 were not correctly saved. That was resolved.

With the S4000 the frame rate for the video mode HD 720p was changed from 24 images per second to 30 images per second.

The updates and detailed how-tos can be found at Nikon:
Nikon Coolpix S640 (Win and Mac)
Nikon Coolpix S4000 (Win and Mac)

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Posted by joef at 2:59 PM

FedeoApril 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 nikonians.org Berger Bros. Camera Forum for updates on this hot deal and many more.

Posted by joef at 1:52 PM

Release candidate of Lightroom 2.7

Logo_Adobe-kl.jpgAdobe provides a release candidate of its Photoshop Lightroom 2.7 for Windows and Mac. The Adobe ‘release candidate’ label is applied to software versions that are in the final stages of tweaking. Adobe describes it as "well tested but would benefit from additional community testing before it is distributed automatically to all of our customers."

The raw cache limit has been raised to 200 GB, with the Windows version a bug was fixed that could cause crashes of the application or the computer.

The final version shall be released soon. Owners of Photoshop Lightroom 2.x can update to the new version free of charge. For a recap of Nikon DSLR's and COOLPIX cameras already supported by Lightroom since version 2.6 and including version 2.7, check this listing.

Adobe has release candidates of Camera RAW 5.7 and DNG Converter 5.7, also supporting the new RAW formats.

You can find all information and the downloads of Lightroom 2.7 and Camera RAW 5.7 / DNG Converter 5.7 at their special Web pages.  Feel free to support Adobe with your feedback!

 

Posted by joef at 1:26 PM

FedeoMarch 25, 2010

Photo Exhibition in Fort Lauderdale

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Posted by joef at 3:39 PM

New correction modules from DxO

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

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

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

 

Posted by joef at 1:03 PM

FedeoMarch 23, 2010

Second beta version of Lightroom 3 released

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

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

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

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

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

 

Posted by joef at 3:37 PM

FedeoMarch 22, 2010

Topaz Adjust version 4

Topaz_Bundle.pngTopaz has reworked its Photoshop plugin, version 4. The new version features a redesigned interface and a better performance.

Topaz Adjust enables you to improve your images with "creative exposure, powerful detail enhancement and unique color manipulation tools."

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

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

Posted by joef at 4:54 PM

FedeoMarch 17, 2010

Nikon Image Authentication Updated to Version 1.1.1

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

Posted by covey22 at 1:05 PM | Comments

FedeoMarch 12, 2010

Protect Your Photos Using Image Rights

Curious about who's using your images? Worried about protecting your intellectual property from misuse? Are copyright violations eating away at your profits? Sign up now with ImageRights - a service that works ceaselessly and efficiently to look for your images online, identify who's using them and how. Subscribing Nikonians receive a 10% discount through the Rewards program.

Using innovative visual search and image recognitiion technology, Image Rights helps protect your photographs and illustrations by conducting discovery searches on the Internet, and empowering rights holders to reduce illegal image use and ultimately recover fees for the unlicensed use of their works. Click here to get protected!

Posted by covey22 at 2:13 PM

FedeoMarch 10, 2010

Jobo files for bankruptcy

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

 

 

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

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

 

Posted by joef at 11:56 AM

FedeoMarch 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 | Comments

FedeoMarch 4, 2010

New version of CorelDRAW Suite available

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

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

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

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

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

 

Posted by joef at 12:36 PM

Become your own boss -- Nikonians Rewards Benefit Alert

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

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

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

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

See how Zensario.ImagePool works in this demo movie.

 

Posted by joef at 8:00 AM

FedeoFebruary 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 | Comments

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 | Comments

FedeoJanuary 27, 2010

New PaintShop Photo available

corel_paintshop_pro_x3-kl.jpgCorel has introduced the latest version of its image processing software: PaintShop Photo Pro X3.

It is supposed to be perfect for users of DSLR cameras and combines image management, processing and presentation plus a slideshow tool with HD quality. It also provides a a RAW editor, which can read - according to Corel - over 350 RAW formats.

corel_paintshop_pro_x3.jpg A helpful feature is the possibility to save changes made to an image which can be easily adjusted to other images with no script needed.

Images and videos can be uploaded to Facebook, Flickr and YouTube directly.

The tool "Corel Painter Photo Essentials 4" is a free bonus!

The fulll version costs $99.99, the update $59.99.

More information and the possibility to test the software - or to buy it - can be found here at Corel.

 

Posted by joef at 1:17 PM

FedeoJanuary 21, 2010

Nikon Responds to "Rough" 70-200mm f2.8 VRII Internals

Nikon has posted an official response to customer inquiries about a "rough textured" internal element visible from the front of the lens.

The AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II lens features a component in the lens design which may appear to have surface irregularities or a rough texture when viewed through the front lens element. This rough surface appears in a very small confined area within the lens barrel and is caused by air holes remaining in the metal portion of the lens during component construction. Due to the magnifying effect of the front element this rough surface will appear greatly enlarged when viewed through the front of the lens.

This component’s function is to reduce and remove internal reflections and this textured surface will have no effect on the lenses performance or operation. Nikon would like to assure customers that the lenses optical performance remains unchanged and that this component will not release any dust or particles into the lens itself.

Posted by covey22 at 8:24 PM

Nikon Software Update RoundUp

Nikon released a round of updates in January, some long anticipated.

Posted by covey22 at 3:11 AM

FedeoJanuary 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 | Comments

FedeoDecember 12, 2009

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

The Nikonians Rewards for the holidays keep getting better and better with great discounts on the hottest software tools and outstanding used camera gear!

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.

Can't access our Rewards? Sign up today and enjoy this and many other benefits as a part of the Nikonians community!

Posted by covey22 at 2:51 AM

FedeoDecember 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

FedeoNovember 29, 2009

Nikon Delivers Windows 7 Compatibility for Capture NX

As a holiday gift, Nikon has delivered Windows 7 compatibility for Capture NX2 and Capture Control Pro 2 users. Mac users were not left in the cold, as Capture NX 2.2.3 also supports Mac OS 10.5.8 and Control Pro 2.7.0 works with OS 10.5.8 and 10.6.1 (links to Nikon USA downloads).

Posted by covey22 at 7:31 PM

Let Nikonians Help Your Holiday Shopping!

Still looking for that perfect gift for your favorite shutterbug? Let Nikonians help you with your Holiday Shopping! Every Nikonians member has access to the Rewards program, with exclusive deals and discounts on some of the finest and discriminating photography products from established and highly reputed retailers.

Just as an example of some of our discounts:

  • USD 200 off the amazing OnOne Suite filled with time-saving plug-ins (expires 12/5)
  • A free Gorillapod with select Nikon camera and lens purchases from Berger Brothers
  • 25% discount on Photomatix's amazing HDR software
These are a small sampling of the amazing deals, products and discounts that Nikonians members have exclusive access to. Be sure to visit the Rewards page and start checking off your holiday shopping list today!

Posted by covey22 at 7:13 PM

FedeoNovember 16, 2009

Berger Brothers Nikonians Deal

Berger Brothers is offering a great deal for Nikonians Members on the hot selling Nikon D3s and the latest Nikkor lenses like the 85mm f3.5 VR and the revised models of the 70-200mm f2.8 VR II and 18-200mm VR DX II. With every purchase of any of these items, you get the Joby GorillaPod Tripod free - a USD50 value. All these items ship free, so get started on your holiday shopping today!

Posted by covey22 at 1:58 PM

FedeoNovember 14, 2009

Nikon Film Festival - 100K for 140 seconds!

Now who wouldn't want to get paid big bucks for 140 seconds of work? The Nikon Film Festival celebrates outstanding media created using the latest hybrid cameras like the D300s, D90, D5000 and the D3s flagship. The winning video will garner USD100K (the audience favorite gets a consolation USD25K), but you've only got until 15-December, so get your best clips together and mind the time limit!

Posted by covey22 at 6:05 PM

FedeoOctober 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

FedeoOctober 27, 2009

Nikonians PhotoProShop Thanksgiving Sale!

40percent_78.jpgThe PhotoProShop is holding a special Thanksgiving Day celebration featuring 40% OFF on Nikonians clothing and a chance to get a classic "old style" Nikonians T-Shirt for just one dollar.

Your Nikonians cap is already worn out and looks like you've attended to the last 500 ANPATS? This is your chance to get new and discounted products to show that you're a Nikonian.


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We have gathered up nearly 300 of our original "You might be a Nikonian if... " T-shirts and discounted them to just one Dollar each. Once these are gone, they will not be re-printed (they have the original "old-style" logo).

The Thanksgiving Day Special includes 40% discounts on some of our absolute favorite Nikonians clothing such as the Nikonians Camouflage Cap, our new Nikonians Black/Gray Cap and the Nikonians Rain Jacket and Waterproof Photo Jacket.

To see all of our discounted products click here.

Your member discount code is available at your Nikonians Rewards page.


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This Thanksgiving Day Special is valid until Black Friday (29th of November). Remember, supply is limited, hence no rainchecks! Order yours today!

Posted by covey22 at 2:43 PM

FedeoOctober 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 | Comments

FedeoOctober 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 Photoshop.com account for web publication or to ensure backup. Get the free mobile app here.

Posted by covey22 at 9:52 PM

FedeoSeptember 28, 2009

Nikon Photo Unit Beats Estimates for First Half of 2009

Nikon's photo unit appears to be going against the tide of the global economic downturn. Despite being labelled as an "underperforming" share following the pessimistic August forecast, Nikon's latest sales figures out are reportedly "better than our estimate for the first half and the second half [of 2009]," according to a recent interview with Imaging Unit president Makoto Kimura. (via Bloomberg News)

Posted by covey22 at 4:37 PM

FedeoSeptember 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

Gitzo and Manfrotto Discounts Plus Free Shipping!

Berger Brothers, the Nikonians retail partner, is pleased to announce that all community members (Silver and higher) will receive a 10% discount on all Gitzo and Manfrotto plus free shipping! To take advantage of this and many other savings, check out the Nikonians Rewards page.

And you can confer with Berger Brothers staff at any time on their dedicated forum, for questions about tripods or any other camera gear.

Be sure to check the Rewards Page weekly as our partners update their offers frequently. Most of our partner incentives will often equal or exceed the membership fee after just the purchase, so it pays to be a Contributing Nikonian!


Posted by covey22 at 1:36 PM

FedeoAugust 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

FedeoAugust 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

FedeoAugust 6, 2009

View NX 1.40 Updated with Nikon D300s, D3000 Support

Nikon has updated the View NX utility to support the newly announced D300s, D3000 and the latest Coolpix models including the camera/projector S1000PJ.

Posted by covey22 at 5:05 PM | Comments

FedeoAugust 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

Topaz Labs Discount for Nikonians

TopazLaps.jpgTopaz Labs, makers of popular Photoshop Plug-Ins such as Adjust, Vivacity and DeJPEG are offering a very generous 25% discount for all contributing Nikonians at the Silver, Gold and Platinum levels.

Many of our members have discovered how easy and more powerful their image editing has become using these plug-ins. See the results for yourself by tuning into Topaz Labs online tutorials and keep up with the latest developments on their company blog.

Posted by covey22 at 2:32 PM

FedeoJuly 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

FedeoJuly 3, 2009

50th Anniversary of a Revolution

Nikon_F_150x150px.jpg It was back in 1959 that a new camera came to market, revolutionizing the photographic industry and transferring forever the epicenter of the photographic marketplace from Germany to Japan. The Nikon F, by Nippon Kogaku K. K.

This camera was conceived not as just as another camera but as the core of a system; a body with interchangeable lenses, viewfinders, finder screens, camera backs, meter coupling, film advance motor and many more accessories for the future. This 35mm film single-lens reflex (SLR) quickly gained the respect of professionals around the world for its reliability and durability even in combat zones.

Its lens mount, the 44mm internal diameter Nikon F-type bayonet, which allowed for speedy and secure lens mounting and switching, has been subject to refinements to adapt to new and forthcoming technology, but it basically remains the same. At the outset of auto focusing many experts said this mount could not be kept, and later again they repeated it at the advent of digital photography. Both times the naysayers were proven wrong by Nikon engineers.

That such a camera is to this date cherished by countless users and collectors is an undeniable tribute to Nikon Engineering. That the quality standards set then are kept to this date (when cutting corners for the sake of cost competitiveness is the norm) is a testament to the deeply ingrained values and pride of the Nikon Engineering of today.

And that is why the Nikonians community was presented as a humble tribute to:

  • The Nikon™ brand that has given us and so many others so much joy in photography

  • The pioneering efforts of all those anonymous engineers who have made, and continue to make extraordinary advances possible within photography

  • The generous Nikon corporate loyalty to all the users world wide, clearly manifested through the possibility to use nearly any Nikkor® lens on any Nikon camera ever made.


nikon_f_400x281.jpg Those of you who own a Nikon F, take it out for a spin in fresh air, shoot a roll, enjoy her shutter’s “clank” while taking gorgeous pictures (or not), but let her know you love her still — like the first day. Forget for the moment whether you’ll find a processor for your film or not; let her know you (we) wish her a very happy anniversary.

Have a great time!

Posted by jrp at 6:26 PM

FedeoJuly 2, 2009

OnOne Software Summer Campaign - 20% Off for Nikonians

Nikonians Silver, Gold and Platinum members are going to have a great summer; OnOne Software has just increased the discount rate for Nikonians to 20% off their entire product line!

OnOne Software publishes an array of utilities, plug-ins and tools to make your post-processing, faster and easier to help create stunning images. Powerful programs such as Genuine Fractals 6, and the the versatile Plug-In Suite 4.5 help get you back to shooting images sooner.

To claim your summer campaign discount of 20%, login into your Nikonians account and go to our Rewards page.

Posted by covey22 at 4:38 PM

FedeoJune 26, 2009

nikonians.org continues its Welcoming Contest

nikonians.org — The World Wide Home for Nikon Photographers — continues its Welcoming Photo Contest for New Members. This time, members registering between June 22nd and July 19th will be eligible to enter and have a chance to win one of four Nik Color Efex Pro for Capture NX2 - Complete Edition software packs with 52 Filters by Nik Software, valued at $179.95 USD.

cep3_nx2.jpg Color Efex Pro 3.0 for Capture NX 2 offers a comprehensive, powerful, and easy to use set of filters to satisfy demanding enthusiasts and professional photographers.

Details on how to enter can be found at the Nikonians New Members forum here

A new winner will be selected every week for the next four weeks.
The first winner will be announced June 29th, 2009
The last one of this series on July 20, 2009

Posted by jrp at 2:19 AM

FedeoJune 8, 2009

Nikonians enjoy Photobook Savings with Blurb

Nikonians members can enjoy discount savings when creating high-quality photo books through Blurb.

Members can apply a USD 10 discount (on purchases of USD 29.95 or greater) towards any of Blurb's photo book products - wedding albums, portfolios, business books and more. Subscribing Nikonians members can access this and many other valuable savings in our discount program by clicking on https://www.nikonians.org/rewards.

Posted by covey22 at 4:17 PM

FedeoMay 26, 2009

Airshow Photography With Roberts Imaging

Are you looking to improve your airshow photography? Roberts Imaging can get you to the next level with their popular field events; featuring seminars from leading airshow shooters and one-of-a-kind access to live show events and equipment.

On May 30th, 2009, Roberts Imaging will be hosting a half-day seminar with veteran airshow shooter Bob Burns. In the afternoon, you'll be guided by Indy Airshow Chairman Ted Brindle for up close access to a select group of pilots and planes. Weather permitting, you'll then be treated to a live aerial display to practice your skills.

And on June 7th, 2009, join Roberts Imaging at their popular Indy Airshow Experience. Enjoy exclusive access to Roberts Imaging's chalet, right on the flight-line. While enjoying the great perspective, you can also chat with pro shooters and sample the top-quality equipment available for use during the show. Always wanted to try that 200-400 VR? Now you can, and you can grab some great aviation images while you're at it. Parking, lunch and admission included.

Both events are available for a nominal fee. To register, see the contact details on Roberts Imaging Events page.

Posted by covey22 at 12:53 AM

FedeoApril 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

FedeoApril 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

FedeoApril 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 | Comments

FedeoApril 4, 2009

Nikon D60 Sweetness

Chef Duff Goldman, otherwise known as the Food Network's Ace of Cakes, whipped up a delicious and appropos treat for his dad's recent birthday - a large-scale cake recreation of a Nikon D60 complete with an 18-55mm AF-S DX lens. Yummm....(via Engadget)

Posted by covey22 at 4:21 PM

FedeoApril 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.

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Update:

Capture One 5 PRO is now available:

Posted by covey22 at 4:21 PM

FedeoApril 2, 2009

Nikonians 41 features International perspective

eZine-41-Cover-85.jpgThe latest edition of our eZine THE NIKONIAN #41 is now available for download.

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Featured in this edition of our official Nikonians publication are photos and articles originating from all parts of the globe, including Italy, India, Germany, Mexico, Romania, Canada and the USA ((to name just a few).
You can right-click here for the free download (6,580 KByte PDF file).
You need Adobe's Acrobat® Reader to view in your computer or print it (and it would be best if you used "Save As..."

Highlights in this latest edition of THE NIKONIAN include:


  • Editorial (with a re-cap of the annual co-founder's meeting)
  • Membership Levels Update
  • Best of Nikonians 2008 winners
  • Imaging USA Convention by Rick Paul (rickpaul)
  • PMA-2009 Images and quick brief by Steven Lieber
  • Precautions for Photographers on the Road by Steven Shepard (sshepard)
  • Conflict Zone Photography by Ryan Lobo
  • Eye of the Photographer (Italy) by Marco Barraco
  • Photo Perfect Express review by Tom Boné (flashdeadline)
  • Spotlight on our NikoniansPress Books
  • “Must Read” Nikonians Bloggers (Martin Turner and Rick Paul)
  • New from Nikon
  • Calendar of Events

    Posted by flashdeadline at 4:14 AM

    FedeoApril 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

    FedeoMarch 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

    FedeoMarch 26, 2009

    ViewNX with P6000 RAW Support Posted

    Nikon posted updates this week to the ViewNX and TransferNX utilities. Notably, ViewNX (Windows and Mac) 1.3 now supports Coolpix P6000 RAW (.NRW) files and TransferNX (Windows and Mac) 1.4 adds some features for users of the Picturetown photo site.


    (Editor's note: the links above are to Nikon's UK & Ireland website. As of the publication of this article, Nikon USA has still not posted the latest versions to the KnowledgeBase)

    Posted by covey22 at 2:16 PM

    FedeoMarch 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

    NikoniansPress Mastering the Nikon D700 Book

    d700_cover_sm.jpgHere’s a sweet deal for Nikonians interested in sharpening their skills with the Nikon D700. The NikoniansPress book that will help you master this camera is being prepared for shipment and the current pre-order price at Amazon.com is currently only $26.37 USD.

    Mastering the Nikon D700, by Darrell Young and James Johnson is the third in a series of books in the joint venture between NikoniansPress and publisher Rocky Nook.


    Our members are already enjoying their copies of Mastering the Nikon D300 by Darrell Young and The Nikon Creative Lighting System: Using the SB-600, SB-800, SB-900, and R1C1 flashes by Mike Hagen.

    All three books include a special Nikonians 50%-off voucher discount for a one year Gold Membership in the Nikonians community. This will save you $37.50.

    According to a preview copy of the publisher’s notes made available to our staff from Rocky Nook, the D700 book "Is the end-product of a unique collaboration between the author of our previous and highly successful Mastering the Nikon D300 by Darrell Young and copy editor James Johnson. Following publication, Rocky Nook has received sterling reviews for its depth of content, breadth of coverage, and warmth of delivery."

    Mastering the Nikon D700 features full page Chapter Opening images taken with the camera by fellow Nikonians and as the project went off to press we’re told the images chosen for the book include those provided by Nikonians Sylvain Duford (Sduford), Josh Harris (DrRoebuck), Mark Rainer (mrainer), Tom Trujillo (tjtrujillo), Michael Alan Bielat (MichaelAlan) and Charles Penner (rolledmymazda).

    Posted by jrp at 6:09 AM | Comments

    FedeoFebruary 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

    FedeoFebruary 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

    FedeoFebruary 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

    FedeoJanuary 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

    FedeoJanuary 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

    FedeoJanuary 7, 2009

    Swarovski Optik and Nikonians Join Forces

    Two organizations with interests in high quality optics and Internet community information exchange have joined forces.

    Swarovski Optik, one of the leading suppliers of high-quality optical devices and Nikonians, the worldwide largest Internet Community for photographers using Nikon gear, have decided to start an extensive collaboration of their resources.

    Swarovski Optik, a family owned Austrian producer of binoculars, telescopes, rifle scopes, range finders and night vision and optronic devices, is collaborating with the Nikonians.org community to help merge the field requirements of good spotting optics used to locate nature subjects before camera lenses are ever pointed in their direction. Nature and wildlife photographers prefer a good lightweight binocular for reconnaissance before setting up their equipment, and once they have captured their image they are highly receptive to sharing them for discussion and critique. The Swarovski Wildlife Forum at Nikonians.org will be the common meeting ground for this information exchange.

    "We are glad to unveil this new Forum for our nature and wildlife shooting Nikonians members, said Hendric Schneider, Media and Communications Director for, Nikonians EMEA Ltd. "At first glance most of our members will notice only that the current Wildlife Forum now has a dedicated sole-sponsor, much like a sports stadium named after a sponsoring company. Our collaboration with Swarovski Optik will soon begin producing exciting new topics and vital information exchange in that forum."

    Posted by covey22 at 7:14 PM

    CaptureOne Version 4.6 with D3X Support

    Digital imaging innovator PhaseOne has updated their flagship software suite, CaptureOne, to Version 4.6. New features of interest to Nikonians include tethered shooting support for a variety of DSLRs, from the D3 to the D40 (Pro Version) as well as new driver support for the top-of-the-line D3X and Phase One's own P 65+ digital back.

    For complete details, see Phase One's latest newsletter and download a free 30-Day Trial.

    Posted by covey22 at 4:34 PM

    iPhoto '09 Now With Face Sorting and GeoTagging

    Apple unveiled iLife '09 at Macworld this week, and iPhoto received a number of feature updates, including the ability to sift images by face (using the Face Detection function), assign names and sort by that attribute. Geotagging has also been integrated, and Nikon Coolpix 6000 users or owners of the add-on Nikon GP-1 GPS receiver can take full advantage of the new capabilities of this categorization. (via MacNN and CNet)

    Posted by covey22 at 4:09 PM

    iPhone Gains MyPicturetown App

    Nikonians who also own Apple iPhones or iPod Touch PDAs will be pleased to hear that a My Picturetown application is now available on the iTunes store. The free app will let owners

    • gain ccess to the My Picturetown online storage site
    • create photo albums
    • tag and organize images
    • upload images taken via the iPhone camera

    Posted by covey22 at 3:52 PM

    FedeoDecember 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

    FedeoNovember 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

    FedeoNovember 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

    FedeoNovember 15, 2008

    Nikonians Photo Contest October Winner

    Thumbnail image for Contests_75px.jpgNikonians member Daryl Godkin (dgwpg) from Canada is the Nikonians Photo Contest Winner for October with his image "The Blue Room"

    Daryl's image will go on to the contest finals for the Best of Nikonians - 2008 Images

    Daryl will receive a PhaseOne Capture One - 4 software package for his October win

    Posted by jrp at 7:28 PM

    FedeoOctober 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

    FedeoMarch 4, 2008

    On Location - Martin Joergensen

    There will not be an episode of On Location (#10) this week as Martin has taken ill. Please send him your well wishes as we eagerly look forward to his next installment. For Martin's archived shows please click: Nikonians On Location

    Posted by jozef at 11:37 AM

    FedeoFebruary 21, 2008

    Master Society Member Earns Award

    Nikonians Master Society member Pascal Baetens has recently been recognized by the Federation of European Professional Photographers (FEP). Pascal earned the coveted Master QEP (Qualified European Photographer) award.

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    Photo: Pascal Baetens, center, accepts his Master QEP at the first European Congress for Professional Photographers in Valencia last week. He is congratulated by Luc Peeters, President of the Federation of European Professional Photographers,(at left) and Jack Reznicki, President of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA). (photo courtesy of Bruno Vetters, President of the Belgian Federation of Professional Photographers)

    Pascal earned the Master award in the category of Portraits (Nude) for his images which demonstrated exceptional personality, style and originality.

    The Nikonians Masters Society is composed of outstanding professional and distinguished advanced amateur photographers around the world.

    The European Congress for Professional Photographers was organized by the FEP, in co-operation with the member Spanish national association of photographers (FEPFI) and the association of photographers of Valencia. Over 700 professional photographers from all over Europe came to the congress.

    Posted by flashdeadline at 1:37 AM

    FedeoJanuary 2, 2008

    Loose Lithiums barred on airline checked baggage

    Thanks to some of our alert traveling Nikonians who recently made us aware of a new security measure. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT):

    Effective January 1, 2008, the Department of Transportation through the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) will no longer allow loose lithium batteries in checked baggage. These batteries may continue to be packed in carry-on baggage.

    We're not sure how this affects airline travelers not using U.S. carriers, but it would be wise to check your local airline with specific questions.

    Here is the TSA info link:
    www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/assistant/batteries.shtm

    Here is the DOT link:
    https://safetravel.dot.gov/whats_new_batteries.html

    Posted by flashdeadline at 9:49 AM

    FedeoAugust 22, 2007

    Houston---We have some Nikons

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

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

    Posted by flashdeadline at 8:25 AM

    FedeoMarch 22, 2007

    Nikon D40 wins DIWA Gold Award

    DIWA-awards-125.jpg Nikon's lightweight entry-level digital single-lens-reflex (DSLR) camera has earned the DIWA (Digital Imaging Websites Association) Gold Award for its high overall performance at a very competitive price. The DIWA press release announcing the selection of the Nikon D40 as winner of the award noted its "many internal technologies are inherited from its far more expensive siblings, the Nikon D80 and D200."


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    With its combination of 3D Colour Matrix II metering, high quality image-processing algorithms and fast performance, the D40 delivered an excellent quality to price ratio according to the announcement made today.

    The D40 win adds to an impressive list of DIWA awards already earned by the rest of the Nikon DSLR line up.
    The Nikon D50 was named the "Best Digital System Camera" when it earned the 2005 DIWA Platinum Award.

    The Nikon D200 was honored with a Gold Award announced in May 2006, and the Nikon D70 earned the 2004 Gold Award.

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    The full press release on the D40 Gold Award follows:

    Amsterdam, March 22, 2007 : DIWA (Digital Imaging Websites Association), a world-wide organization of collaborating websites, today announces a DIWA Gold Award to the Nikon D40 digital single-lens-reflex (DSLR) camera for its high overall performance at a very competitive price.

    Many people believe that high image resolution is synonymous with high image quality, but this is not always the case. High quality optics, first class image processing and ample image resolution is usually the best combination for optimum image quality and camera performance. When introducing the D40, Nikon claimed that 6 Megapixels is the ideal image resolution for the targeted consumers. After testing numerous samples of the D40, the international DIWA group of experts unanimously confirms Nikon's statement. The Nikon D40 is a quality built camera with good ergonomic design, user-friendly operation, fast and precise functions, excellent image quality and last but not least, at a very attractive price.

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    Kai Thon, DIWA's test manager says: "The DSLR camera market is booming and new models are introduced at rapid pace. DIWA members are pleased to confirm that the Nikon D40 is far more than just another DSLR. Built on Nikon’s long experience and indisputable reputation for quality, filled with the most important goodies from more advanced Nikon models, with priority on performance rather than marketing tricks and gimmicks, the D40 is currently as close to the perfect DSLR you can get for a reasonable sum of money".

    Over several decades, Nikon has built their remarkable reputation primarily as makers of top quality 35 mm system cameras and lenses. This legacy is forwarded into the digital age by maintaining the classic Nikon quality camera bodies and high performance Nikkor lenses, supplemented by state-of-the-art digital imaging technologies. This and a most competitive price tag make the Nikon D40 an obvious winner of a DIWA Gold Award.

    About DIWA

    A fast growing independent, authoritative, industry organization
    The Digital Imaging Websites Association (DIWA) is a fast growing group of independent Web-based specialist publications dedicated to digital imaging. DIWA harnesses the collective talent and expertise of its members, resulting in industry awards that command unparalleled confidence and value, both for consumers and the industry, alike. DIWA awards come in the form of bronze, silver and gold medals for various product categories.

    Unique bullet-proof test scoring procedure
    DIWA product test awards are exclusively decided through the analysis of multiple test scores from different DIWA testers, testing different samples of the same product. A very detailed and comprehensive standardized scoring procedure is employed, tailored carefully for each category of product. Multiple testing eliminates the chance of an isolated, unrepresentative product sample or test error, or even hidden bias, from affecting the trustworthiness of the overall result.

    Awards throughout the year
    DIWA is also unique in its policy in issuing awards for deserving products throughout the year, culminating in an annual best of the year Platinum medal awards in all product categories.

    DIWA Awards members:
    - Canada: www.photoxels.com
    - Czech Republic: www.fotoaparat.cz
    - Germany: www.digitalkamera.de
    - Hungary: www.fotovilag.hu
    - Netherlands: www.letsgodigital.org
    - Norway: www.digit.no
    - Poland: www.fotopolis.pl
    - Slovenia: www.e-fotografija.com
    - Spain: www.nuevafotografia.com
    - Turkey: www.diginorm.com.tr
    - United Kingdom: www.photographyblog.com

    The DIWA multi-lingual Web site
    At the heart of the DIWA organisation is its multi-lingual Web site, www.diwa-awards.com, where you can find links to the latest reviews published by DIWA member publications. The site also archives DIWA awards and is designed to aid consumers in their choice of imaging products.

    For further information about DIWA please visit our Web site - https://www.diwa-awards.com - or email us at info@diwa-awards.com.

    For a recent news article regarding a VIP visit from Panasonic representatives to DIWA member DigIT and the test lab, click here. DIWA Labs is is headquartered in Norway and managed by Kai Thon.

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    Want to share your experiences or get tips on the full line of Nikon DSLR's?

    Visit our Nikonians forums:

    The latest news and information regarding the D40, D40X and D50 is included in one of our fastest growing forums.

    Our Nikonians who have chose to focus on the D70 have their own active community.

    Our D80 forum is often a meeting site for those who are seeking high end performance features at an affordable price.

    The D200 and D100 users includes photographers with a variety of semi-pro and professional backgrounds.


    The D1 and D2 Users Group covers the upper end of the Nikon DSLR line up.

    Posted by flashdeadline at 7:34 AM

    FedeoFebruary 21, 2007

    Nikon D80 "How To" Class in Boston MA

    Recently spotted at the local RitzCamera were flyers for a three-hour seminar on D80 use and features sponsored by Nikon.

    The details promised an evening of "how-to" instruction and owners were encouraged to bring their camera. For those members within driving distance of Boston, MA; the class is being held on 28-February from 7PM to 10PM at the Marriott Boston Newton, 2345 Commonwealth Avenue. Registration is required and a USD50 fee is incurred - call 617-969-1000 for details. Attendees will apparently receive a USD25 gift certificate good at Ritz Camera Stores and related chain locations (Kits, Wolf, etc).

    Posted by covey22 at 5:33 AM

    FedeoFebruary 14, 2007

    Nikon Capture NX 1.1 updater

    Nikon has updated Capture NX to version 1.1. This free update to Nikon's NEF converter and image editor is available to Mac and Windows users of Capture NX from the Nikon USA website. New features include Windows Vista support, Native Intel Mac support, improved batch performance and resizeable histogram windows.

    Posted by drjay32 at 2:18 PM | Comments

    FedeoJanuary 29, 2007

    New Nikonians member-search function now available

    Nikonians now have a special feature available to our Silver, Gold and Platinum level members that allows them to find fellow Nikonians, listed by country, city and state.

    We have found with more than 73,000 members in over 140 countries that the community is filled with members who wish to meet and exchange ideas and projects. The new feature allows those members to choose to make their membership information searchable, based on location as well as camera types and photography interests, using our NikoScope search engine.
    Members will find a new search category tab in NikoScope on top of the search input box, labeled "Nikonians Users." By clicking that category, they will be able to find a fellow Nikonian.
    Recognizing the importance of privacy concerns from our members, we have also designed the search function to ignore those members who choose not to share their locations.
    Those members who wish not to have this search function apply to their membership information can simply navigate to a new option available in the "User Menu" tab. After clicking on to the User Menu they can select the first option on the left, marked "Edit Your Preferences."
    From there, they move to the tab labeled "Community Settings" where they will find the option: "Is my profile searchable?" near the bottom of the page.
    It is currently defaulted to "Yes."
    If the member sets this flag to "No" the profile cannot be found through NikoScope’s new search function.
    The new feature will help bond the international friendships we have made in the past six years, while recognizing the privacy concerns of those members who wish to limit their public exposure on the Internet.

    Posted by flashdeadline at 8:08 PM

    FedeoApril 22, 2006

    Roberts Imaging Joins the Nikonians Team

    Nikonians is pleased to announce that Roberts Distributors has joined our team as a Corporate Partner for 2006. The friendly people and excellent service from Roberts are worth checking out for yourself. Thanks to Roberts for their support of this community!

    Posted by drjay32 at 4:17 PM

    FedeoOctober 30, 2005

    We are up again

    After a severe down at 19:18h PM EST October 21st, the main site for the Nikonians community (Nikonians.org) is up and running again since Friday 28th. We want to take this opportunity and send out our thanks to all of you on the team who have supported the community - and who continue to do so throughout the last days. Also big thanks to all of our members who have been supporting us in different ways.

    Posted by bgs at 11:23 AM