July 18, 2023
Nikon Z8 technical advisory
There is an issue with the lens mount on some of the Z8 bodies. To identify if your Nikon Z8 is affected, please visit one of these official Nikon sites.
For our European members, please check your serial number on this Nikon Europe website.
For our Australian members, please check your serial number on this Nikon Australia service advisory page.
For our members in Asia, please check your serial number on this Nikon Asia website.
We are discussing this issue in our Z8 forum.
Posted by bgs at 11:36 AM
November 3, 2022
Short downtime 03-NOV-2022
We are going to have a short downtime for maintenance today at Nikonians, 03-NOV-2022 approx 08:00 UTC+0 (03:00 AM EST). We expect the downtime to be no longer than 10 minutes. Image (c) by 7dayimages.
Posted by bgs at 3:00 AM
October 31, 2022
Gold Upgrade - Last chance
Last chance to use this seasons Gold Membership Upgrade opportunity, coming at nice 40% off, a $30 USD value.
There are a few days left on this seasons special on a Gold Membership Upgrade in the community.
As a Gold Member you have access to the Premium Critique forum with NEF upload, your own portfolio, your own Nikonians email address, private albums plus more, such as your custom made Photographer's Card.
Use the voucher "inspiration22" to take advantage of this 40% value. Make sure you are logged in before you access the upgrade page.
Jekyll Island Sunrise by Preston Moochnek (massulo)
Thank you for reading and for your support making our ad-free, independent community an even better place to be for Nikon photographers.
Enjoy the community!
Posted by bgs at 6:24 PM
October 22, 2022
Membership payments how-to
We have noticed that some of our members have had issues paying their membership fee using their credit or debit card. Here are some tips that should help to avoid that.
We provide two different payment optionsYour membership fee can be paid directly via Nikonians using a credit/debit card, namely "American Express, Visa, Mastercard" or you can select the payment method "Credit card via PayPal or PayPal" on the membership payment page. The second option will allow for card details to be entered manually at PayPal, or for you to use your PayPal account.
Selecting the second payment method "Credit card via PayPal or PayPal" has been shown to work well if the debit/credit card did not work using the first option.
Using the first payment methodIf you select the first payment method, "American Express, Visa, Mastercard", please make sure your card supports American Express SafeKey, Visa Secure, or Mastercard SecureCode.
Selecting this first payment method, your Internet browser will be redirected to a page hosted by IONOS and the Internet address starts with "https://ipayment.de". On that page you can enter the credit/debit card details.Please make sure...
- That your card has the feature American Express SafeKey, VisaSecure or MasterCard SecureCode enabled. Not having this feature enabled is the most common issue for members having an issue using their credit or debit cards. We are legally bound to do this extra verification step and some US cards, seemingly the ones provided by non-banks or small banks, may lack this feature.
- That your card can be used outside of North America: We are clearing your membership payment in Germany and you may need to advise your bank about this fact.
- That you enter your name exactly as it is printed on your credit card. If you have a very short name on the card, e.g. "P W Lee" the clearing company may refuse processing. If that happens, try to write out the full, first name.
- You enter your address exactly as in your credit card statement.
- If your zip code (postal code) contains spaces (like in Canada or the UK) do not enter these spaces.
- Your browser is not using an auto-fill feature: It may place correct information in the wrong entry fields.
Using the second method, the PayPal optionIf your card does not support this extra security feature as described above, or you want to use a card not listed e.g. Diners, you can always select this second payment method. By selecting this option, your Internet browser will be redirected to PayPal.com and the appearance of the page will be localized according to your country. The payment methods provided will vary as well, but typically you should be able to pay both with various credit/debit cards or to use your PayPal account.
Do not hesitate to contact us if you have a problemIf you need help with your membership, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will work it out. It is because of you, as a paying member that we exist. Without your support, we would not be around, not able to help you and other photographers and videographers.
The three dogs are patiently, but in full attention waiting for their master to return.
In the name of the whole team
JRP and Bo, founders of Nikonians
Posted by bgs at 4:20 PM
October 11, 2022
Maintenance in our blog system
We are doing maintenance of our blog system during 11-OCT-2022 and 12-OCT-2022. On these days, our blog pages ('news') will be offline and not available. Thanks for your support and understanding :-)
Posted by bgs at 4:43 PM
May 2, 2018
Limited time upgrade offer
Between now and 12th of May 2018 you get $25 USD (25 EUR) off on an annual Gold Membership ($50 instead of $75) at Nikonians using the voucher "goldenmay18"
As a Gold member you have your own portfolio showcased at the Nikonians homepage plus under your unique address nikonians.org/portfolio/YourUserName
There is more information on how to get started with your portfolio right here.
You further have access to the Premium Critique forum with NEF and large JPG uploads, where you get advice and critique to bring your photography to new heights, plus you get your unique @nikonians.org email address.
The voucher for upgrading from Basic or Silver membership to Gold is: goldenmay18
If you are on a Silver membership now, the value left will be converted and added to your gold membership, plus you get one additional month as a bonus. We are looking forward seeing you :-)
J. Ramón Palacios (jrp) & Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs)
Founders of Nikonians
Please note: The voucher cannot be used for renewing existing Gold memberships.
Posted by bgs at 11:40 AM
September 12, 2017
Save 50% on a Gold Membership in September
If you are a member on a Basic or Silver membership in the Nikonians community, you can right now upgrade to a Gold Membership at a 50% discount, giving you a full year of Gold benefits for $37.50 instead of the regular $75 USD.
As a Gold Member, you have access to our NEF skills forum, where you can post your RAW files for help on processing, receive tips and tricks.
It's a Golden Autumn
Yes, I want to upgrade now. This offer is valid until 30th of Sep 2017. The voucher to use is "GoldenSep2017". Please note, this is only valid for upgrades and reactivations, not renewals on Gold level.
As a Gold member, you also have access to the Premium Critique forum, where other photographers help you with giving you the critique you may need to bring your photography to new heights.
The Nikonians Photographers ID Card and your own, unique @nikonians.org email address are included in the Gold membership as well, to name a few more benefits.
Posted by bgs at 4:29 PM
September 4, 2017
We have started our fundraising campaign September 4th, 2017 and its objective is to raise enough funds to further improve the way photographs are being managed and shared in the community.
We need your support and hope that you can contribute, any amount counts.
Here at Nikonians we are all working together to achieve mastery in our photography. We know that only through our continuous dedication, staying strongly focused on learning, we will achieve our goal of mastering the art of photography.
We know that learning is easier and more fun together, letting us inspire each other and share our joy, and sometimes pain.
A dancer high up in the air. By Pascal Baetens (pbaetens)
With your support, we can improve the learning experience further. Any amount is helpful.
Posted by bgs at 4:32 PM
September 2, 2017
Issue with accessing us fixed 01-SEP-2017
We have had "a bug in the system" resulting in some members and visitors seeing blank pages or "error 500" pages when trying to access certain areas of Nikonians.
This bug was fixed 01-SEP-2017 ca 16:40h UTC+0 (12:40 PM EDT)
It was (obviously inadvertently) introduced 16-AUG-2017 by us.
- Was not logged in and
- Was accessing us from an IP address that we could not look up and
- Was accessing the login page, the password retrieval page, the deeper forum pages or galleries. It did not happen on e.g. the homepage, wiki, blog, newsletter subscription or search (NikoScope).
For details, please see the About us forum (login required).
Our former rack system, meanwhile replaced - there is always something to do.
Posted by bgs at 12:52 PM
August 31, 2017
Some members cannot access us
We have recently been notified that some members cannot access us and see an 500 error page or a blank page in their browser, trying to access certain areas of the community.
We believe the problem relates to the infrastructure in use between us and you, since some members are plagued by this no matter which browser they use, but the issue disappears when they use another provider.
We have now made some re-configurations on our side, changes that might be relevant to the issues experienced by some. So, if you have experienced recent problems accessing the community, please try again.
Posted by bgs at 12:58 PM
August 25, 2017
Get the Nikonians photographer's card
How do you get your own, personalized Nikonians photographer's (ID) card?
Our popular card is available for all members on a Gold or Platinum membership.
Tom Boné with some gear and his first generation Nikonians photo card.
Even if Tom has pro credentials, the card is not a legitimate ID.
If you want to be as good looking as Tom Boné (flashdeadline) wearing your very own Nikonians photo card, then just visit "My Profile" and click on the "Membership" tab.
When in the "Membership" tab, click on the link
Go to create your photographer card ID
Fill out the data and hit submit. We are manufacturing the cards every two months, so please be patient :)
Posted by bgs at 2:25 PM
August 22, 2017
Nikonians FAQ: Issues with login?
Every so often, some members of Nikonians report having issues logging in to the site. This often relates to a few, common problems. Remedies are listed in this blog, but if they did not help, just contact us.
Waves hitting the beach in Los Cabos, Mexico in the early morning hours. Nikon D300
If you have issues to login to Nikonians, this should help:
1. If you are using Safari as your browser and you see a 500 error after successful login, please enter
in the browser's address field and press the return key
2. Do not use Microsoft Internet Explorer. Especially older versions are not supported by us. Microsoft Edge is probably a bad idea as well.
3. Stick to one browser you like. e.g. Chrome, Chromium, Opera, Firefox or Safari. This is especially true if you want to keep bookmarks organized and if you care about "remember my password" features.
4. If you are using an additional security/firewall software on your computer, make sure nikonians.org is set as a trusted site or granted similar trust. Security software can easily block parts or all of Nikonians to work properly in your browser.
5. Make sure cookies from Nikonians are stored and kept in your browser (cookies must be enabled in your browser for nikonians.org). Losing/deleting the cookies from us means new login required.
7. When you login at nikonians.org, checkmark "Remained logged on when I return later"
8. Once you are logged in, change your password to something you can remember. You do that under "My Profile".
More help can be found in our FAQs
And, enjoy the community! :)
Posted by bgs at 9:05 AM
November 10, 2015
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
August 26, 2014
Nikon D810 Service Advisory
Nikon issued a Service Advisory last week for the brand new Nikon D810.
The advisory warned that the D810 had a problem where, "noise (bright spots) are sometimes noticeable in long exposures, and in some images captured at an Image area setting of 1.2? (30?20)."
The problem is limited to the initial Nikon D810 cameras released worldwide. The problem was discovered and a fix put in place for D810?s released later. Nikon offers a serial number check point to see of your camera is affected by the spot problem.
Some Nikonians members have reported being able to duplicate this white spot problem by shooting at exposures longer than about 20 seconds, where small, white, long-exposure noise spots will appear in the dark areas of their images. Other Nikonians have reported not being able to cause the spots to appear. Below is a sample of the white spot problem in an exposure of 30 seconds and at 100 percent pixel-peeping level:
While this problem does affect photographers who regularly take long exposures, such as for star trails and certain other time exposures, for the majority of photographers this is not a serious problem. Images with normal exposure times from the Nikon D810 usually do not exhibit any sign of this problem.
According to Nikonian author Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell), "Having long exposure noise is a common problem for all digital cameras, which is why Nikon gives us the Long exposure NR (noise reduction) function. In fact, most members report that once Shooting Menu > Long exposure NR is enabled the problem disappears or is greatly reduced."
If you are concerned that your style of photography will be affected by this problem, it may be a good idea to send your camera in to Nikon, at their expense, to have the image processing system recalibrated. Nikon says the turn-around time for the repair is about 10 to 14 days. If you are currently using your camera heavily and do not have time to send it in immediately, you can wait until a more convenient time. A Nikonian member contacted Nikon and was informed that a service advisory lasts at least as long as the warranty of the camera and often longer. Therefore, during the warranty period of the camera, at the very least, fixing this problem will be a cost free process. If you are not seriously affected by the spot problem you may have some flexibility in choosing the best time for your camera to go in for service.
A general firmware update will not fix this problem because the camera must be connected to a computer at Nikon to recalibrate the image processing system during firmware installation. New firmware is installed as part of the recalibration process, with a firmware number of C 1.01.
Your Nikon D810 may not be affected due to being a camera outside the serial numbers Nikon provides at their checkpoint. Also, if your camera has firmware version C 1.01 installed and has a black dot inside the tripod socket, your D810 has already been recalibrated, even if it is within the serial numbers having the spot problem.
Darrell Young is currently working on his newest book, Mastering the Nikon D810, and he has praise for the quick reaction by Nikon:
"They are to be commended for issuing this service advisory very quickly after the problem was discovered and providing cost free relief for affected Nikon D810 owners."
Posted by flashdeadline at 11:36 PM
August 30, 2012
Exposure - little helpers
Posted by pkuzmin at 1:35 PM
August 29, 2012
Exposure - metering modes
Posted by pkuzmin at 9:21 AM
August 18, 2012
Posted by pkuzmin at 6:40 PM
May 8, 2012
Ball head maintenance tip
A ball head on a good tripod is a great supporting tool for the photographer. Very flexible and quick to adjust. The better ones you don't even have to loosen when you want to alter them. This can be a boon to the photographer and certainly adds to the precision and ease of handling.
A good ball head is pretty low maintenance; the very tight space between the different moving parts prevent dirt and other stuff to get in. Just wiping the ball head with a clean (lint free) rag after use is enough to keep it going and operating smoothly for ages. Even when you've used it in adverse weather.Sometimes, however, you'll notice your ball head isn't operating as smoothly as it should.
Continue reading the article...
Posted by hrbaan at 10:09 AM
July 21, 2010
Nikon Posts Possible Light Leak Notice on 24-70mm f2.8 AFS
Nikon USA confirmed today through a notice that a potential light-leak issue could occur with their flagship mid-zoom 24-70mm f2.8 AFS G.
The first indications of this issue were noted on various photographic discussion boards with a post from Nikon Korea.
The Nikon USA post clarifies that there is a possibility of a light leak occuring through the distance panel (the window on the front of the lens showing the focus distance currently in use).
Nikon USA statement on possible AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED distance panel light leak
We have received indications that when extremely bright light strikes the lens while shooting at high sensitivities, light other than that passing through the front of the lens may be reflected. This is not a problem with normal shooting and occurs very rarely under very specific conditions.We value our customer feedback, and if a user is inconvenienced by this issue, they may request an inspection of their lens. If deemed necessary Nikon will take the appropriate steps to address the issue
If you suspect that your lens is encountering this issue, start by contacting Nikon supprt in your region as the notice states. And feel free to join in with the discussions at Nikonians Forums.
Posted by covey22 at 2:55 PM
August 14, 2009
D5000 Advisory Redux: Twice is not Nice; Affected Camera Pool Grows
In a potential double-whammy, many Nikon D5000 cameras are subject again to "additional and enhanced procedures," despite having just completed the first round of repairs as noted in the July advisory.
Having just received their cameras back from the USA field repair depot in CT, several Nikonians members indicate Nikon has now sent them a second notification (including shipping boxes), urging them to send the unit in again for procedures that "further elevates the D5000's resistance to the power issue identified in the original Advisory." So it appears a stealthy Round Two is underway, but no public notification has been made, other than directly to the affected owners.
Additionally, Nikon has updated the official advisory page, indicating there is now an expansion to the affected serial numbers (as of 12-August). We'll update this story as more details become available.
Posted by covey22 at 4:03 PM
July 16, 2009
Nikon D5000 Service Advisory
Nikon has issued a service advisory for the D5000 digital SLR camera. Some components related to the power controls have been identified as faulty and may prevent proper operation.
UPDATED - Nikon has provided an applet page where you can enter your camera's Serial Number to see if it is affected.
Indications of this issue include:
- The camera cannot be operated when the power switch is on, even with a fully-charged battery.
- The camera cannot be operated with the EH-5a AC Adapter connected through the EP-5 Power Connector and the power switch on.
Nikon is preparing a maintenance process to identify, service, repair and return the affected cameras free of charge to owners. D5000 owners should check the service advisory page again on 23-July to see if their camera serial numbers are identified as being faulty and to obtain instructions on how to ship their cameras for repair by the manufacturer.
Posted by covey22 at 4:07 PM