April 28, 2021
Discover Art by Nikonians
Join us on a virtual gallery tour where you discover the photography artwork of fellow Nikonians in a new way, using this 3D-styled exhibition on your regular PC/Mac.
We have started a new "three dimensional" format to let you discover photography made by Nikonians and in the current exhibition over 70 artworks are on display.
In the 3D-styled exhibition rooms, you can "walk around" using your keyboard and/or mouse and some of the photographs contain additional information on a small plaquette located beside the artwork.
The round icon in the top right corner of the exhibition room is the menu. In the menu you can select "Enter full screen" mode, which allows the images to show even better. There is also a menu item to "Start a tour" to run an automatic show and a "List of works" showing a catalog of all the artists and their work in this exhibition.
Our plan, based upon that this format is enjoyed by many of us, is to expand upon it and to launch new exhibitions throughout the year. We on the team would love to get your feedback on this format and hope you take the time to give us your input, both what you like and what you think could be improved.
Please do use the comment possibility on the exhibition page to let us know your thoughts once you have visited the exhibition.
Scheduled Maintenance Downtime
We have a scheduled maintenance downtime 15-MAY-2021 05:00h UTC+0 - 12:00h UTC+0 (01:00 AM EDT - 08:00 AM EDT) where the community site will not be available. We are keeping our twitter feed (@nikonians) up-to-date on the progress of the maintenance.
Nikon Studio NX webinar fully booked
There is a strong interest in the May 4th webinar with Vincent Versace where he will discuss his workflow using Nikon Studio NX and all of our available webinar seats (500 seats) are occupied.
Even if you have registered for the webinar, you may not be able to join the live session due to this. We recommend that you join the Zoom webinar earlier than the 7:00 PM EDT session starting time since Zoom has a "first come first serve" policy on the access.
Should you not be able to get into the webinar live session, remember that we will provide a video recording of the webinar some days after the live event.
More webinars coming
We have a series of great photographers and digital artists lined up for our upcoming webinars, available to all members on Silver membership and higher.
Adobe expert Julianne Kost joins us 18-MAY-2021 07:00 PM EDT, bird photographer Arthur Morris will be with us 15-JUN-2021 04:00 PM EDT and Nikon Ambassador Ami Vitale is online with us 14-DEC-2021 07:00 PM EST.
Dave Black, Kristi Odom and Pascal Baetens are being scheduled and more great photographers and digital artists are to come.
We are keeping an up-to-date list of all current and future webinars at Nikonians. Make sure you bookmark the page.
Friends of Nikonians
We have started a new feature, Friends of Nikonians, where skilled photographers, formerly or currently on the Nikonians team, are running workshops and online courses in their own capacity. More information in the blog
Posted by bgs at 9:35 AM
April 16, 2021
Video w Vincent Versace & Virtual Exhibition
We have our brand new 3D Virtual Exhibition online and the latest video from our webinar series is now available, this time with Nikon Ambassador and Nikon Legend Behind the Lens, Vincent Versace.
If you are not a Gold member yet, this is your chance. Between now and April 20th, you can use the voucher GoldenSight and you'll get 50% off on a Gold Membership.
Vincent Versace discussed photography and a wide array of topics of being a photographer.
The webinar with Vincent Versace was very interesting and he covered a variety of topics. You will find the video on the webinar page. If you are interested in our earlier webinars, you'll find them all on our webinar overview
Nikonians Virtual Exhibition opens its doors with The Best of Nikonians 2020 Annual Photo Contest, displaying over 70 great artworks from the finalists and winners.
Thanks to the team members Tom Jacob (sevendayimages) and David Summer (dm1dave), our new Virtual Exhibition, featuring all of the finalists and the winners of the Best of Nikonians 2020 Annual Photo Contest is now available for you to enjoy.
Make sure you use the full screen mode in the virtual exhibition (menu is top right icon in the exhibition).
Posted by bgs at 7:30 AM
October 16, 2017
European trip autumn 2018
Are you interested in going for a week of shooting in Europe in the autumn of 2018?
Maybe combined with the largest imaging and photography exhibition there is, Photokina in Cologne, Germany which is taking place 26th-29th of September?
Before starting the planning on this, it would be great to get your feedback on this and your ideas of what you would like to see.
We could include the alps region of Switzerland/Austria/Germany to get some great shooting opportunities at castles, medieval towns, birds, wildlife in general and then to end the week at the Photokina for a day or two of tons of industry updates, photography arts and everything else around imaging.
The overall design of the trip would be in line with our regular "ANPAT" trips, but it would potentially include one additional leg of flying (e.g. from the alps to Cologne).
Please do chime in on the post to discuss this in the Café
Posted by bgs at 10:57 AM
October 19, 2011
Nikonians in Slovakia
Nikonians is exhibiting at the Foto Slovakia event held October 21st and 22nd.
Also co-founder Bo Stahlbrandt will be holding a presention about the community on the 22nd at 10:45h - More info on the event, which targets photographers in the Slovak and Czech Republics can be found here (in Slovak language)
Posted by bgs at 11:59 AM
October 3, 2010
Epson launches new printers and premium media at Photokina 2010
During the 2010 Photokina in Cologne, Germany Epson had plenty to show at their booth and for those of you who missed it, we're providing the following brief re-cap (and links) .
New Epson 17-inch printer offers professional photographers a super-wide colour gamut
Epson® launches the Stylus Pro 4900 – a compact, 17-inch production printer setting new standards in colour precision for the photography market. Delivering the best print quality for commercial photographs and fine art reproduction, the printer boasts outstanding colour consistency and accurate colour matching, and can reproduce 98% of PANTONE®1 colours.
Epson® also launched two large format printers offering an ideal combination of accurate colour reproduction with unbeatable productivity. The 24-inch Epson Stylus Pro 7890 and the 44-inch Epson Stylus Pro 9890 have been designed to help professional photographers and the fine art
Signature Worthy Media
Building on the success of its quality-assured Digigraphie print solution, and responding to its customers’ requirements for a dedicated, high-quality fine art and photography media range, Epson has launched its Signature Worthy brand; a way for users to clearly identify the products in its premium media line-up.
Posted by flashdeadline at 8:49 PM
September 25, 2010
Photokina attendance strong, Nikonians Team on the prowl
Our Nikonians Team at Photokina 2010 has been taking a few minutes every now and then to go have a look at the massive collection of exhibitors….
----and of course a "must visit" is the Nikon Booth (shown here during a rare quite moment before the crowd hits).
We hear there's a bit of disappointment from some booth visitors who were truly expecting to see the unveiling of a brand new top-of the-line FX format Nikon DSLR. Most visitors to the booth were occupied taking in some of the lectures and (of course) handling the gear, which included Nikon's newly unveiled Nikon D7000, two new lenses geared for the pro-market and the SB-700 Speedlight.
Nikonians Team volunteer Thomas Berg (twberg) borrowed a Nikon D3 from Albert Esschendal (alberte) and an AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8G ED VR II lens to focus on a pair of models posing for photographers at the show. Thomas has good taste -- that lens is retailing in the ball-park of $9,000 USD.
The Photokina 2010 Press Room is estimating 50,000 visitors in the first few days arriving at a rate of seven percent higher than the figure recorded at the equivalent point in 2008.
The trade fair is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The Nikonians booth is in Hall 5.1 -- which carries the theme "Meet the Communities at photokina."
Social networks, photography festivals, associations, and publishing houses are offering photokina visitors a unique platform with diverse highlights on and beside the big stage.
Posted by flashdeadline at 2:21 PM
September 24, 2010
Busy at the Booth - Nikonians Team welcomes old friends and distinguished guests
Photokina 2010 Nikonians Team members at Hall 5, Booth A010 have been busy greeting the steady stream of visiitors attending Photokina 2010 in Cologne, Germany.
Our communications and marketing director Hendric Schneider tells us one of the highlights has been the appearance of one of our own members, Dennis Owens (DennisOwens) who has been presenting classes on the Nikon Creative Lighting System.
One tutorial session ended with a round of applause
Dennis is from Gangelt-Niederbusch, Germany. He's a Platinum member witha sports shooting background and a very heavy camera bag.
Speaking of tutorials, an old pro in the field is Joe McNally, who's more than 30 year career has been an inspiration to many Nikonians members. Joe was the featured guest in the 100th episode of the Nikonians Image Doctors podcast.
Joe has been appearaing as part of the Manfrotto School of Excellence at this Photokina.
Joe is shown here flanked by Hendric (on the left) and Patrick Ludolph (at right). Patrick is head of the new German Podcast "Knackscharf" (translation: Extremly Sharp).
And now for something completely different
Our photos from the Photokina are being collected by the heavily jet-lagged Albert Esschendal (alberte) who traveled directly from the 10th ANPAT on the USA West Coast to the Photokina in Germany. Albert has a unique way of bringing out the best in his subjects, like this distinguished trio giving us their interpretation of the "Three Monkey's Story."
From left to right: Dennis Owens (DennisOwens), Joe McNally, Bill Frakes, Dave Black, Joe Feser (JoeF) and Jurgen Plessing (Joschi).
Joe Feser has been coordinating the opening of our new Nikonians Academy, Europe, and Jurgen manages our Nikonians Photo Pro Shop.
Posted by flashdeadline at 10:38 AM
September 23, 2010
Visit the Nikonians via video with FotoTV
Nikonians interested in a peek at the Photokina in Cologne, Germany should check out the internview with our co-founder Bo Stahbrandt (bgs), posted by FotoTV.
Bo's interview with host Marc Ludwig runs almost ten minutes and covers a wide range of Nikonians background information.
Posted by flashdeadline at 1:25 PM
September 21, 2010
Photokina Nikonians Team is on the scene
All set for the biggest show in the photo imaging world, our team has set up their booth and they are ready to meet and greet with fellow Nikonians.
This year's Photokina team includes (from left to right) Albert Esschendal (alberte), Hendric Schneider (Nikonians Marketing and Communications), Jurgen Plessing (Nikonians Photo Pro Shop), and Thomas Berg (twberg).
They will busy helping Nikonians co-founder Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs) with daily booth activities and they will also be digging for news of the latest releases and announcements from the more than 1,500 companies on the scene in Cologne, Germany.
One booth they are sure to check out fairly quick is our friends from Think Tank Photo (hall 02.1 and stand A037).
The Think Tank Photo Team will be displaying Version 2.0’s of their popular Urban Disguise and Digital Holster product lines:
SANTA ROSA, CALIF – For photographers operating in urban or dangerous environments, carrying thousands of dollars worth of photo equipment can be an invitation to have their gear stolen. Now, with Think Tank Photo’s completely upgraded and larger Urban Disguise® shoulder bags available in October, photographers can travel in style while still protecting their valuable equipment from prying eyes.
The Urban Disguise V2.0 Series is specifically designed for professional digital SLR equipment, with some models including special laptop compartments. Each model features multiple pockets, YKK lockable zipper sliders, a comfortable, padded shoulder strap, and a seam-sealed rain cover. Specifically:
- Urban Disguise 35 V2.0 – Carries a 13.3” laptop with a regular size DSLR or a 10” netbook with a pro size DSLR. Also carries a 70-200 f2.8 attached to a DSLR with two to three additional lenses.
- Urban Disguise 40 V2.0 – Carries regular or pro size DSLR with a standard zoom lens attached and two to four additional lenses.
- Urban Disguise 50 V2.0 – Carries up to a 15.4” laptop, a regular or pro size DSLR with a standard zoom attached, and two to four additional lenses.
- Urban Disguise 60 V.20 – Carries up to a 17” laptop, a regular or pro size DSLR with a standard zoom attached, and three to five additional lenses.
- Urban Disguise 70 V2.0 – Carries up to two pro size DSLRs with lenses attached in main compartment. Can fit a 70-200 f2.8 attached to a pro size DSLR.
“This design concept is the culmination of years of observation of photojournalists and other photographers who have jury-rigged their bags to decrease their public exposure,” said Think Tank Photo founder and lead designer Doug Murdoch. “Whether you are a professional who wishes to maintain a lower profile in dangerous situations or a serious amateur who wishes to lessen the risk of having your gear ripped off, the Urban Disguise’s low profile allows you to carry the right gear with less fear.”
SANTA ROSA, CALIF – Sometimes all photographers need in the field is one digital SLR body and one lens attached. Other times, just additional lens or accessories need to be added to the kit. To meet this need, Think Tank Photo has completely redesigned its line-up of Digital Holsters™. Available in early October in five sizes, their expandable “Pop Down” section allows them to hold lenses of two different vertical heights with the hood in position or with it reversed. A feature new to V2.0 is the built-in side attachment system compatible with most Modular, Skin, or Multimedia components.
The Digital Holsters also feature a side pocket for holding memory cards, a soft flap to cover the camera’s LCD, a shoulder strap, and an externally accessible seam-sealed rain cover in every model. They fit most tripod plates while attached to the camera.
They come in five sizes:
- Digital Holster 10 V2.0 – Form fitting to a small, regular size DSLR with a zoom lens attached.
- Digital Holster 20 V2.0 - Form fitting to a regular size DSLR and a 24-70 f2.8 with lens hood in position or reversed. When the “Pop Down” feature is extended it will also hold a 70-200 f2.8 with the hood reversed.
- Digital Holster 30 V.20 –This is the only top loading bag for a DSLR that can hold a 70-200 2.8 with its lens hood attached, while connected to a regular DSLR.
- Digital Holster 40 V2.0 – Designed for a pro size DSLR and a 24-70 f2.8 lens with hood in position or reversed. When the “Pop Down” feature is extended it will also hold a 70-200 f2.8 with the lens hood reversed.
- Digital Holster 50 V2.0 – Designed for a pro size DSLR and a 70-200 f2.8 with the lens hood reversed or in position, ready to shoot.
Posted by flashdeadline at 4:29 PM
August 23, 2010
Nikonians at Photokina 2010
Nikonians will be at Photokina in Cologne, Germany September 21st-26th, Hall 5, Booth A010. Stop by and check out the latest gear including new Magica tripods, chat with other Nikonians, learn about the upcoming workshops with Nikonians Academy Europe, learn to use Aperture 3 and more.
Posted by bgs at 10:24 AM
April 22, 2010
Spring Fever Drawing
ThinkTankPhoto (TTP) started a unique contest and will draw a random user from their follower groups at Facebook, Twitter and Flickr.
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.
Posted by joef at 4:03 PM
April 20, 2010
"Spring Expo and Sale" in Indianapolis
Roberts 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
March 25, 2010
Photo Exhibition in Fort Lauderdale
The '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.
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
May 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
March 27, 2009
Photo Book Now International Competition
Photography.Book.Now is a celebration of the most creative, most innovative, and finest photography books – and the people behind them. Now in its second year, this international juried book competition is an opportunity for photographers of all stripes to showcase their work to a world-renowned panel of judges, and take a shot at a $25K grand prize.
Photography books have become a natural extension to the photographic process, and are shaping the future of photography as we know it. Long gone are the days where only professional and internationally renowned photographers could publish their work. With print on demand technologies, all photographers can create bound collections of their work, while retaining full control of the creative process – forever changing the face of publishing.
Photography.Book.Now salutes the innovators of this newly accessible medium, and the great work created as a result.
The field of contemporary art is the arena to which many photographers now aspire. Whether your working methods are conceptual or stylistic, your aesthetic deadpan or modernist, or your artistic practice rooted in the world or performance, this is your chance to showcase your best photography in book form.
Photography can create compelling narratives, especially in book form. Whether it's a long-term project, a photo-documentary, or a series of editorial spreads, this category celebrates the photography book as an experience that is more than just the sum of its parts.
Superb commercial photography—which can include fashion, corporate, and advertising work—goes beyond just a great product shot. The commercial photographer understands the importance of distinctive visual aesthetics and arresting branding. From fashion to advertising photography, we invite you to showcase your most compelling commercial work in book form.
March 2 – Competition launch, website live, begin accepting entries
July 16 – Competition ends, 12pm PDT
July – August – Judging takes place
September – Winners announced
September – October – Meet-ups take place
Posted by covey22 at 6:59 PM
March 3, 2009
Sigma Releases New Trio of DC HSM Lenses
Sigma unveils it's latest optics in time for PMA 2009 in Las Vegas. Leading the trio of new lenses is a 18-50mm f2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM that will appeal to DX shooters looking for a mid-range zoom, an improved 10-20mm DC HSM super wide-angle but at a constant f3.5 and a light consumer telezoom 50-200mm f4-5.6 DC OS HSM.
Posted by covey22 at 4:15 AM
September 27, 2008
Nikonians membership growing daily at Photokina
Saturday's activities at Photokina 2008 included a steady stream of visitors at the Nikonians booth in Cologne, Germany. The guests included Nikon representatives from all parts of the globe.
Nikon Nordic AB Key Account Manager Tobias Lehtinen (center) dropped in to say hello, carrying a brand new Nikon D90. Nikon co-founders Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs) and J. Ramón Palacios (jrp), discussed the new camera, which is capable of shooting high definition videos with the representative, who comes from Bo's home-country Sweden. Mr. Lehtinen and his associate Mattias Hjortzberg gave the Nikonians Team a quick demonstration of the D90's features.
Nikonians administrator Gerold Brinkema (Asgard) described the workings of our new MAGICA camera support system to a pair of interested visitors. Gerold and his fellow Nikonians Team members have been sharing "stations" at the booth, taking turns on membership assistance and Photo Pro Shop sales. The Team ws assisted by a volunteer force of Nikonians, who helped steer Nikon users to the booth. The result has been a steady increase in memberships daily.
The backbone of the Nikonians visual presentations was provided by Apple, with four Apple Mac Pro 8-core,Two 2.8GHz computers, feeding four 23" Apple Cinema Displays.
Daily operations with these units was assisted by Apple computer consultant Mitch Enzmann, shown here inspecting one of the Mac Pro towers.
Only One day left---
If you have the chance to come by, we are raffling daily prizes, including a Markins Q3, Nikonians t-shirts, camera straps and more. Just do not forget your username! :)
If you bring your favorite shot on a USB stick, you also have the chance to get it printed on a large format photo printer.
Gary Fong (USA) will be on hand for demonstrations during the weekend. Stop by the Nikonians booth (Hall 2.1, E014) early to double check on his demonstrations schedule for the day.
Hope to see you there!
The Nikonians team
Photokina, Hall 2.1, E014
Posted by flashdeadline at 4:24 PM
September 26, 2008
Fong fever hits Nikonians Photokina booth
Gary Fong, designer of the Fong Lightsphere series and other electronic flash accessories arrived at the Nikonians Photokina 2008 booth today to demonstrate his products and share tips and tricks.
Gary explained (and gave examples) of the best methods for using his flash attachments to control lighting indoors and outdoors. In this photo he's explaining how to mount the Universal Lightsphere. Nikonians co-founder J. Ramón Palacios (jrp) is behind him using the Fong pop-up flash diffuser (The Puffer).
Before the demonstration session began, Gary discussed his connection with the Nikonians community, saying he not only enjoys selling to Nikonians, but also appreciates the feedback in our forums. "In many cases if something is not working right I can see it being discussed," he said. "It rarely comes down to a need to change the product itself. In most cases I just need to improve, or clarify the directions."
During his demonstration he credits his reading of the Nikonians forums for learning of a "bonus" Lightsphere feature he had not intentionally included. "It turns out that the white dome on the Lightsphere is being used as a very handy tool to adjust white balance."
Gary Fong's line of innovative flash accessories is available at the Nikonians Photo Pro Shop.
Upstairs in the same Photokina hall, Nikonian Team members were taking a close-up look at the new AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G lens recenty introduced in time for the show.
The lens is scheduled to be available in December 2008 at an estimated selling price of $440 USD.
Nikon's Dirk Jasper (shown here discussing the new lens with Hendric Schneider, our Mass Media and Communications Director) said the small lens has been a popular item at the Nikon booth.
It is designed for full-frame use, but can quickly become a DX-shooter's favorite medium telephoto (at an effective 75mm range).
It's also been a much discussed topic among Nikonians, with some questioning the lack of Nikon's exclusive Nano Crystal Coat.
Jasper, a team leader in Nikon GMBH's Consumer Products Division, told us the Super Integrated Coatings (SIC) coating on this lens, which serves to cut down on lens flare and chromatic aberrations, was the right choice for this type of lens. "The Nano Coat is perfect for lenses that have large glass at the front or many elements -- like the wide angles, zooms and telephotos," he said. "But in this case you're talking about a fairly small prime lens with front and rear elements that are symmetrical to each other, and that's just a few of the technical factors in this design."
"The SIC is the right match for this lens." he said "Anything more would be like using a cannon to shoot a small bird."
Jasper added the Nano Coat technology is an expensive process that in this case was not required, with a net result of less costs in production as well as in selling prices.
Only Three days left---
If you have the chance to come by, we are raffling daily prizes, including a Markins Q3, Nikonians t-shirts, camera straps and more. Just do not forget your username! :)
If you bring your favorite shot on a USB stick, you also have the chance to get it printed on a large format photo printer.
Gary Fong (USA) will be on hand for demonstrations during the weekend. Stop by the Nikonians booth (Hall 2.1, E014) early to double check on his demonstrations schedule for the day.
Hope to see you there!
The Nikonians team
Photokina, Hall 2.1, E014
Posted by flashdeadline at 2:22 PM
September 25, 2008
Photokina Nikonians bracing for weekend rush
Each new days brings a heavier volume of visitors to the Nikonians booth at Photokina 2008, in Cologne, Germany. Thanks to a steady stream of Nikonians volunteers, the Team has been able to take time to welcome distinguished visitors, sell some Photo Pro Shop favorites, and award daily prizes.
Nikonians co-founders J. Ramón Palacios and Bo Stahlbrandt welcomed Markins President Byung-Ik Mah to the booth for a meet and greet session that included a nod of approval for the unveiling of our new MAGICA camera support system. Mr. Mah, founder of the Markins Company whose products are solely distributed through Nikonians.org, was asked if he had to design the MAGICA from scratch would he make any changes. His reply came after a big smile. With no official announcements of a Markins line of tripod products in the near future, Mr. Mah says he has been developing some prototypes for the past two years.
The prototypes have been available only to a select few close business contacts, while he continues testing to meet his design goal. Just as with his now famous Markins ballheads, Mr. Mah intends to have the lightest weight yet sturdiest product on the market. It took more than five years for his ballhead designs to go from design to production, so don't start placing any orders for a Markins tripod yet.
One of the hardest working volunteers at the Photokina has been Thomas Berg, shown here explaining the benefits of a Gary Fong Lightsphere to an interested visitor. He told us his positive approach during three day-long sessions on his feet came from experience. He's attended the Photokina shows since 1982 and as he explains it: "I've seen if from the visitor's side-- and I've always wanted a chance to be in the booth."
Nikonian Bram van de Kerkhof (Bamvdk), at left, is one of our recent daily drawing winners, earning a Markins Q3 Emille ballhead after registering at the our booth. The Nikonians prize award team is: Katarina Mintalova and Jürgen Plessing.
Free t-shirts will be handed out to a few lucky Nikonians from a limited daily supply throughout the week, and we also have a limited number of camera straps to give away to members. If you bring your favorite shot on a USB stick, you also have the chance to get it printed on a large format HP photo printer.
Hope to see you there!
The Nikonians team
Photokina, Hall 2.1, E014
Posted by flashdeadline at 12:09 PM
September 24, 2008
Photokina Update - Nikonians in line for a sweet deal
Day Two at Photokina 2008 in Cologne, Germany includes news of an HP printer cash back offer for Nikonians, the first Pascal Baetens fine art nude photo demonstration session
and a spotlight on a husband-wife team of volunteers.
The opportunity to receive free large prints produced by an HP Designjet Z3200 printer offered for Nikonians members drew many members to our booth in Hall 2.1. One of our members, shown here (on the left) admiring his fresh print is Lars Peter (EpsilonZero), who took advantage of the free offer to print a photo he took of his brother Arne kite surfing. Lars was standing in knee-high water when Arne nearly ran him over. His blow-up, which was prepared with the help of Apple computer consultant Mitch Enzmann (on the right).
The HP Z3200 is big brother to many of the HP Photosmart Pro printers, and in Photokina special extended to all Nikonians, HP has set up a Photokina cash-back deal for HP B9180, B8550 and B8550 printers up to 100 Euros.
The offer is open to all HP customers; however, for those living outside of Germany, HP has set up a special phone number to call to make arrangements. The number in Germany is +49 7031 763 418.
For more information visit www.hp.com/de/promotions/photokina08.
Pascal Baetens kicked of the first of his twice daily fine-art nude photo sessions Wednesday morning. Within less than an hour, he demonstrated more than just lighting techniques and posing. The mini-workshop also showed visitors to the Nikonians booth how to work with models to make the shooting session comfortable for his model. The narrative, presented by Pascal with German translation provided by Nikonians Photo Pro Shop Director Jürgen Plessing, included real-time samples of his images on screens outside of the booth. This photo was taken by our own ¨on Location¨ podcaster Martin Joergensen, who was on hand to record segments for a special Photokina podcast he will be posting on Monday.
The Nikonians volunteers dropping in to help distribute flyers and direct Photokina visitors to the Nikonians booth included the husband and wife combination of Jan R. Smit (JRSMIT) and his wife Ella. They arrived ready for a full day, and spent the majority of their time traveling the many halls at Photokina, telling visitors to visit the Nikonians booth.
Tomorrow´s schedule includes two more Pascal Baetens fine art nude demonstrations.
Posted by flashdeadline at 6:04 PM
September 19, 2008
Photokina Countdown: Five Days to go
Pascal Baetens, Curator of the Nikonians Fine Art Gallery is preparing for another round of fine art nude shooting shows at Photokina 2008, in Cologne Germany. His shows two years ago were a popular Photokina attraction.
Pascal is ready to present his shows twice daily at the Photokina, which is open to visitors from Tuesday, September 23 to Sunday, September 28, 2008 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The fine art nude shooting shows are scheduled for two shows a day;
» 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Tuesday
» 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday.
When he's not busy with his shows, you will likely find Pascal gathered with the Nikonians Team at Hall 2.1, Booth E 014, where a number of other activities will be under way.
The Team will be ready to show you the latest gear available from our Nikonians PhotoProShop, including the unveiling of our new MAGICA camera support system.
Nikonians co-founders Bo Stahlbrandt & J. Ramón Palacios will be available for meet and greets as well as Jürgen Plessing from the PhotoProShop and Hendric Schneider & Katarina Mintalova from our Ad Sales Team. They will be joined by a dedicated group of volunteers who will help bring visitors to the booth throughout the week.
Once the visitors arrive they will be eligible to register for a daily raffle of a Markins Q3 Emille Ball Head (Value 284 Euro). They will also be able to see demonstrations of XXL prints produced by an HP Z3200 Printer and XL Prints from an HP9180.
For a full listing of Nikonians Booth activities check our Photokina page.
Posted by flashdeadline at 6:28 AM
September 18, 2008
All eyes focus on Photokina
The Nikonians gathering spot will be in Hall 2.1, Booth E 014. Highlights for the week (23-28 Sept) include a full schedule of events:
- A daily drawing to award a Markins Q3 Emille Ball Head (Value 284 Euro).
- Two live model shooting sessions a day hosted by fine art nude shooting expert Nikonian Pascal Baetens.
- Opportunities to meet Gary Fong (Founder of Gary Fong Inc.) and Mr. Byung-Ik Mah (Founder of Markins Professional Photographic Products).
Posted by flashdeadline at 5:03 AM
August 11, 2008
Photokina magazine includes Nikonians article
Nikonians co-founder Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs) was invited to share his perspective on the growth of photography and imaging communities on the Internet for the first edition of the World of Imaging magazine and Web site.
The magazine helps share news and insights about imaging in general and Photokina in particular. It is an "Event Loyalty Media" (ELM) product that is produced in contract by Koelnmesse , the organizer of the Photokina exhibition. You can read Bo's article here.
If you come to Photokina, make sure you visit our Nikonians co-founders J. Ramón Palacios (jrp) and Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs) for a chat at our booth: Hall 2.1 E014.
You can also give us a short ping through the contact form at Nikonians. If you want to schedule an appointment to discuss media or marketing opportunities, you should get in touch with Hendric Schneider.
Posted by flashdeadline at 4:10 PM
June 4, 2008
Thank You Photokina Volunteers!
The response to our request for Nikonians (www.nikonians.org) volunteers for Photokina 2008 has been great and we still have a few slots available as we are fine-tuning our schedules.
We are looking for volunteers who are ready to help distribute flyers and inform visitors what Nikonians is all about for at least half a day.
Our volunteers will receive a special Photokina edition t-shirt and a free day pass.
The Photokina 2008 exhibition dates are September 23-28, 2008 in Cologne, Germany. The fair is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. to trade visitors and the public
Let us know which day(s) you can help out.
Send us an email: photokina-2008 (at) nikonians.org
Don't forget include your full name, username, membership level, languages you speak and country where you are from.
We are giving priority to Silver, Gold and Platinum members.
Posted by flashdeadline at 2:54 PM
February 20, 2008
Nikonians User Convention 2009
Posted by bgs at 7:07 PM
January 24, 2008
PMA 2008: The Heat is Turning Up
With only seven days to go before PMA 2008's opening in Las Vegas, manufacturers are turning up the heat with their pre-show product announcements. Read on to get the scoop about the latest salvos in the camera wars!
First up - Pentax strikes back with a vengeance. Their heavy-hitting multi-page spreads in major magazines not withstanding, Pentax is determined to get some of the market share dominated by Nikon and Canon, with updates to their Digital SLR line. The K20D ups the resolution wars to the magic 14MP number, with an improved buffer, a 2.7" Live View LCD and a Dust Alert system that helps pinpoint troublesome spot locations. The 10MP K200D refreshes the well-received K100D with many of the K20's features, such as the LCD and expanded shooting modes that complement a variety of skill levels. The latest arrivals will be accompanied by a bevy of new lenses, including a 200mm f2.8 SDM, a 300mm f4 SDM and a 55-300mm f4-5.8 among others.
Speaking of Nikon and Canon, no major announcements were anticipated - after all the D3 and the 1DS Mk III were keeping everybody busy, right? The folks at Lake Success snuck in a couple of quick jabs and announced the replacement of the popular Digital Rebel XTi with the new Rebel XSi. The new stable mate is not just another 12MP upgrade; it encompasses the best features from its higher-tier siblings; Anti-Dust, 3" Live View LCD, Image Processing and new for the line - a narrow 4% Spotmeter. Canon also brought back a classic lens in the form of the EF 200mm f2L USM (a direct descendant of the super-fast EF 200mm f1.8L) and a monstrous EF 800mm f5.6L USM, both equipped with Image Stabilizers.
Every year we think the compact digital wars have to be over, and we're proven wrong again. Hot on the heels of their pro-body E-3 announcement, Olympus rolls out a series of new FE shooters (known as the Ã‚Âµ/Mju series globally) sporting 8MP sensors, Face Detection technology, image stabilization and Perfect Shot Preview. Fujifilm continues it's onslaught with a volley covering all the possible ranges; from fashionable party cameras all the way to ZLRs with 18x zooms. Finally, Canon continues to raise the bar with updates to the rugged PowerShot A and the ultra-slim PowerShot SD lines.
Posted by covey22 at 3:23 PM
December 3, 2007
Nikonians complete Nikon Solutions Expo appearances
Nikonians Team Leader Joachim Feser reports Day Two in Cologne was even better than the previous day. They had more visitors and more interest at the booth. "The feedback on the concept of Nikonians was very positive," he said. "We also had a lot of interest in our PhotoProShop."
Joe tells us it was a well organized event "especially if you consider that it was the first of its kind in Germany."
"A special thank you goes to our volunteers who helped us in spreading the word. Every member who agreed on helping out showed up as promised and they all helped Katarina and me a big deal. We also want to thank HP for the use of a Photosmart Pro B9180 Printer at our booth."
A special "News Blog Thanks" goes to Nikonian Albert Esschendal (alberte), who supplied us with images during the Expos. He has also taken the initiative to post a collection of his Expo images, and a quick summary of his participation in our "About Nikonians" forum. In additon, Albert was a popular attraction, while demonstrating his skills with the Gary Fong WhaleTail® Studio - Flash Diffuser.
Posted by flashdeadline at 10:51 AM
December 1, 2007
Nikonians set up at Nikon Solutions Expo in Cologne
Nikonians Team leader Joachim Feser reports yesterday's arrival at the Nikon Solutions Expo found plenty of Nikon enthusiasts on hand.
The Nikonians Booth 175 was in the wonderfully renovated 100 year old Expo XXI location. Joe tells us his Nikonians volunteers were a great help and they all had a great time enjoying the abilities of the large format HP Photosmart Pro B9180 Printer provided by HP, which enabled them to print hi-resolution images on the spot.
Just like in London, many of the visitors were highly interested in the Gary Fong Lightsphere-II which is available through our PhotoProShop. It was being expertly demonstrated by Nikonian Albert Esschendal (alberte).
Posted by flashdeadline at 4:17 PM
November 29, 2007
Nikonians Team wraps up in London, heads for Cologne
It was another steady day of meeting and greeting fellow Nikonians at the final day of the Nikon Solutions Expo in London's Olympia Conference Centre Wednesday.
Traffic at the Nikonians Booth 110 kept pace with the previous day and Team Leader Joe Feser reports he was pleased to find many of his visitors were already familiar with the Nikonians community.
Joe didn't get a chance to visit as many booths and attractions as he had hoped on the second day, but he did get some help from Nikonian Tony Barr, who shared an image (shown below) he took with a Nikon D3, sporting an AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G IF-ED.
The photo, taken at one of the fashion shooting venues, was the result of a 1/60th second exposure, using auxiliary flash, at f/3.5 with the zoom maxed out at 200mm. This highly reduced version does not even begin to illustrate the clarity and detail available in the original image, but a closer look at the eyes of the foreground model gives a hint.
Next on the Nikonians Team travel plans is the Nikon Solutions Expo in Cologne, hosted by Nikon Germany (Friday, November 30 - 10a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, December 1 - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.). If you are one of our European Nikonians planning to attend, the invitation is still available to come and help the Team by by spending a short time handing out information flyers and referring Nikon shooters to our Booth 175. For your help, the Team will equip you with a Nikonians T-Shirt and a Nikonians Baseball Cap which you can take home after the event.
Posted by flashdeadline at 2:17 PM
November 27, 2007
Nikon Solutions Expos in full swing
Nikonians have been taking full advantage of the robust Nikon UK Solutions Expo schedule through November, meeting first in Manchester, then Bristol for the Road Shows, and now in London.
Nikonians Team member (and moderator of a number of our forums) Brian Tilley was the first to report in, following his day-long visit to the Bristol Solutions Expo Road Show on November 21. Brian's trip has resulted in an article which will be published in the next edition of The Nikonian in a couple of weeks. Brian, shown at right with a Nikon D3 he was happy to try out, says his time with the camera could be described in one word - "fantastic." "I've always been entirely happy with the performance of my D2Xs," he said, "...but the D3 simply blew it away in many areas."
The London Expo began November 27 and still has a full day scheduled for the 28th at the Olympia Conference Centre. Our Team was ready to meet Nikonians at Booth 110, which had a steady stream of visitors. Team leader Joe Feser reports he had great support from Nikonians volunteers who helped hand out flyers and guide visitors to the Nikonians Booth. He counted approximately 250 visitors on day one, with 25 who identified as Nikonians members and two who signed up on the spot! A popular item at the booth turned out to be the Gary Fong Lightsphere-II®;, which is available through our PhotoProShop. Joe adds that he heard unofficial crowd estimates for the first day of the London Expo topping 1,800 and he expects an even larger turn-out at the Nikonians Booth for the second day.
A popular feature at all of the Expos so far has been the seminars and demonstrations featuring award winning photographers. Nikon UK professional representative Gareth Jones, shown on the right, joined a distinguished list of industry experts hosting masterclasses and seminars. Brian Tilley reports that when he arrived for the Bristol Road Show the first thing he did was sign up for a Gareth Jones seminar. In an excerpt from Brian's soon to be published article on his trip he says that during one of the seminars (presented by Nikon UK Pro Business Development Manager John McDonald) he got some Nikon "insight" on the reasoning for providing the D3 in the new FX format.
"I got the impression that FX is seen simply as a means to an end," says Brian. "...not as the 'holy grail' that some pundits seem to view it. DX is certainly not dead, as evidenced by the statement that the D300 is now seen as the flagship DX pro camera, supplanting the D2X(s) and exceeding its performance in just about all areas."
Nikonians also visited the Nikon lens and camera booths, paying particular attention to the new Nikon D300. If handling the new gear was not enough, the Expo offered shooting opportunities in both Stage and Studio settings.
The Wednesday schedule will once again find Team Member Katarina Mintalova, at left with her laptop, ready to answer questions and greet Nikonians at Booth 110, and Joe says with her help and that of his volunteers (who have provided these images of the London Show) he hopes to be able to catch some time for a closer look at the many other attractions available at the Nikon Solutions Expo.
Posted by flashdeadline at 10:06 PM
June 14, 2007
Press Release: Heather Angel's 11th Wildlife & Natural History Workshops
She's back! World renowned photographer Heather Angel is gearing up for the 11th Wildlife & Natural History Workshops at Saint Hill Manor in West Sussex with Nikon U.K. on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th July 2007. Hosted by exclusively Nikon dealer Grays of Westminster and backed by Nikon U.K., the acclaimed wildlife photographer will deliver two one-day workshops at Saint Hill Manor in East Grinstead.
Hosted by exclusively Nikon dealer Grays of Westminster and backed by Nikon U.K., the acclaimed wildlife photographer will deliver two one-day workshops at Saint Hill Manor in East Grinstead.
For more than a quarter of a century, Heather Angel has been at the forefront of wildlife photography throughout the world via her prodigious writing, her workshops and lectures. Her exhibition Natural Visions toured the U.K. from 2000 - 2004 and was also on show in Kuala Lumpur, Cairo and Beijing. She is the internationally acclaimed author of fifty books and writes regularly for the worldwide photographic press. Through her lectures, workshops, and writing Heather has been recognized with worldwide honors and awards.
With Heather's inspiring and expert tuition in one of the most beautiful locations in the U.K., her yearly Wildlife & Natural History Workshops provide a rewarding opportunity to improve your photography. There are two one-day workshops from which to choose. These workshops have become one of the highlights of the photographic calendar.
Heather's presentation this year will have a distinctly oriental theme and be the premiere showing of exciting new images from the East. Featured topics will include baby snow monkeys from Japan in spring, as well as new panda images and bamboo forests, stone forests, tropical rain forests with monkeys and birds, mountains and alpine flowers from China.
The afternoon session will include a still life macro demonstration with Heather Angel and John McDonald from Nikon Solutions U.K.
Heather will demonstrate how to portray still life subjects indoors to the best advantage, selecting the lighting which is most appropriate for the subject - whether it is window light, flash, a light box, a light tent or fibre optics. You will then be able to try your hand at using one of several workstations which John will set up for use with the Creative Lighting System using the latest wireless technology with Nikon Camera Control Prosoftware. Flowers, fruits, shells and fossils will be provided for this still life session. This is a marvelous opportunity for you to gain instant feedback on composition and lighting from Heather.
The tickets, which include refreshments and lunch and dinner on the terrace, cost GBP175.00 for the day, and GBP150.00 for Nikon Owner subscribers. The workshop starts at 9.15 a.m. and runs until 5.00 p.m. Dinner is at approximately 6.30 p.m. To book your ticket(s) contact: Grays of Westminster today by telephone: ++44 (0) 20-7828 4925 or book online at www.graysofwestminster.co.uk
Posted by covey22 at 7:51 PM
April 17, 2007
PhotoWorld Dubai 2007
For our members near or in the Gulf States, PhotoWorld Dubai opens it's doors starting today through Thursday 19-April, with over 75 top vendors from 16 countries showcasing the latest in imaging technology.
Posted by covey22 at 7:17 PM
March 20, 2007
UNDER THE BLUE Photography Competition
Underwatercompetition.com announces their newest photography and videography contest, UNDER THE BLUE, with over USD20000 in prizes, travel and equipment.
The sponsors of last year's popular DEEP Indonesia and Our World Underwater competitions have teamed up with the 2007 SCUBA Show in San Diego. Winners of UNDER THE BLUE will be displayed online and during the show June 2nd to the 3rd in Long Beach, California. Categories include:
1. Majesty of the Oceans
2. The Macro World
3. Man & the Sea
4. California Underwater
The deadline for image submission is 12-May-2007.
Posted by covey22 at 2:34 PM
March 18, 2007
PMA 2007 Interview with Nikon
Thanks to Nikonians Jeff Zhang, we are able to read a translation of a DCWatch interview with Nikon held at PMA 2007. The camera maker executive comments on the new D40, Anti-Dust, in-body VR and the future of the Coolpix line.
Posted by covey22 at 5:32 AM
March 12, 2007
Doctor Jay Meets Sigzilla
The buzz around Sigma's monstrous lens unveiled at PMA 2007 is growing daily. Jason Odell, co-host of the popular Image Doctors 'podcasts, gets up close and personal with the "Sigzilla" and gets the scoop on some details which many have been curious about.
"Weight is currently 28 lbs for the lens, 7lbs for the hood. I suggested they use a Carbon Fiber hood..."
Posted by covey22 at 4:59 PM
PMA Booth Reports
Unable to attend PMA this year? No problem - see what the floor looked like thanks to Imaging Resource's Booth Reports. Ogle at the hardware and behold the glitz and glamour at Nikon, Fujifilm, SanDisk and of course, Sigma with their monstrous 200-500 f2.8!
Posted by covey22 at 5:53 AM
D40X Goes Under with Fantasea Housing
Our colleagues from LetsGoDigital got a sneak peek at the new D40X underwater case from Fantasea. Product details were not available at press time, but it's sure to be just as popular as the camera it's intended to house.
Posted by covey22 at 5:27 AM
March 9, 2007
Adobe Offers Dual Versions of CS3
Adobe has widened the role of CS3, offering an Expanded Version suitable for digital imaging, but integrates 3D and motion graphics, as well as image measurement and analysis. Both CS3 versions are expected to be released on 27-March, during the program's formal launch.
Posted by covey22 at 4:04 AM
March 8, 2007
Tamron Joins The Image-Stabilization Club
Tamron has joined Canon, Nikon and Sigma in the image-stabilization club with the release of the 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR DI VC Aspherical zoom lens.
The new full-frame superzoom incorporates VC, or Vibration Compensation mechanism, enabling the photographer to handhold at lower shutter speeds without the benefit of tripods or monopods. The macro function allows a close-focusing 19.3 inches with a 1:3 reproduction ratio; all housed within a very compact 4 inch, 19 ounce package.
Also announced was a new SP AF70-200mm F/2.8 Di LD Macro zoom made of engineering plastics materials which makes the zoom very light at under 40 ounces. With a removable tripod ring mount, a one-touch AF/MF button (for Nikon and Canon only) and three LD elements, this new telephoto is sure to be a popular addition to the Tamron lens family.
Posted by covey22 at 5:43 PM
Sigma Unveils a Monstrous Lens
Sigma unveils at PMA one of the largest zooms in recent history - a gigantic 200-500mm f2.8 that easily displaces the so-called "Bigma" or the 50-500mm f4-6.3 for the bulkiest lens in their line-up.
Posted by covey22 at 4:45 PM
March 6, 2007
Nikon D40X and Nikkor 55-200 DX AFS VR
Nikon surprised the community by rolling out an update to the popular D40 entry-level digital SLR at PMA 2007. Updated with a 10MP sensor and a few other features, the D40X appears to be a refresh move to bring the hot-selling camera into parity with it's larger resolution competitors. Accompanying the new camera was yet another hardware refresh - the much anticipated 55-200mm DX AFS lens with Vibration Reduction.
While D3 fans may be disappointed by the development, the move by Nikon to update the easy-to-use D40 to an X model makes a lot of marketing and engineering sense. The original D40, while immensely popular, was seen by many consumers on the fence as a bit outdated due to it's 6MP CCD sensor. While the D40's performance was a showcase of how to maximize image quality, it was clearly not enough to overcome consumer perceptions. Enter the D40X, sharing the same 10MP CCD that is found in the D200 and the D80. Other improvements include a higher frame rate and a longer life battery.
The 55-200 VR was not as much of a suprise. Eagle-eyed Nikonians were quick to pick up on the existence of the lens when it was accidentally revealed in Nikon's own marketing videos touting the features of the original D40. The new lens is not signficantly different in size or heft from the original telephoto zoom. But with VR Generation II, shutterbugs will appreciate the potential four-stop difference in performance.
Posted by covey22 at 5:15 AM
PMA Pre-Show Announcements: 05-March-2007
The pre-show announcements continue to roll in - we're seeing Olympus refreshing their DSLR line including a much long-awaited successor to the E-1, and Vituri rolls out a wide variety of colorfully designed camera bags for the fashion-conscious shutterbug.
Posted by covey22 at 1:10 AM
March 1, 2007
PMA Pre-Show Announcements: 01-March-2007
PMA updates are starting to pour in; the pre-show frenzy is underway. For today's roundup - Corel and Lexar continue their bundling of PSP 10 Pro and Snapfire, Quantum announces a very portable softbox and XRite's latest i1 calibration device features an ambient light sensor.
Corel and Lexar are extending their offer of bundling a full version Paint Shop Pro 10 with select Professional media cards, and select Professional II cards will come with a full version of Snapfire Plus Standard Edition.
Looking for a very portable Softbox for your Quantum flash? The QF69 will fit your Quantum Q4d, 5d and 5d-R flashguns and thanks to it's near 180-degree coverage, it's a perfect diffuser match for wide-angle lenses.
X-Rite announces a new line of calibration devices called i1Display. The i1Display LT features a removable ambient light sensor and the i1Display2 has all the features of the LT plus the ability to color-match across groups of monitors.
Posted by covey22 at 7:52 PM
December 7, 2006
Nikonians gain friends, members at London Show
"Mission Accomplished!"" said Nikonians Team leader Kristina Nessl at the end of the final Nikonians participation at a major photo show for the year.
Nessl's Team greeted Nikon consumers ranging from the general public to working professionals during the Nikon Solutions Expo in London, England at the Olympia Conference Centre, Dec. 5-6.
Nikonian Magnus Enbom (menbom) provides another shot of a Team member in action -- this time pointing his lens at Noel Holland (on the right) who showed up for the second and final day with two Gary Fong Lightspheres and his Gitzo Tripod and Markins ballhead. You may notice Noel has a clever way of carrying his Lightsphere.
The Team reports they had great success with their corporate booth partners Phase One in sharing not only space, but also ideas with their many visitors.
One of the often heard comments was from surprised visitors who thought Nikonians was only a USA site.
Of course. Kristina and the volunteer team let them know we're an international community, and presented everyone with informative brochures to help them check on the site, as well as join up.
The presence of ProShop-available items at the booth helped gain interest says Magnus, who reports if they had a stockpile on hand they might have been busy making sales.
The Nikon Solutions Expo in London capped a busy year for the community, which has actively participated at the PMA in Florida held this spring, the Photokina in Germany in late September, and the PhotoPlus Expo in New York City in November.
Details and more photos on the Photokina in Germany and the PhotoPlus Expo in New York City are available in the current edition of The Nikonian.
Posted by flashdeadline at 3:14 PM
October 31, 2006
Darryll Schiff: Honored Nikonian
Nikonian Darryll Schiff (username DSchiff) has the honor of being one of the 100 photographers on display in "The Collectible Moment: Photographs in the Norton Simon Museum", in Pasadena, CA USA, from October 13, 2006 through February 26, 2007.
This exhibit is a retrospective of the Museums collection in which they have chosen approximately 160 works to showcase their internationally known photography collection. Darryl's work "Untitled/Trees Lake Michigan" is a combination of three negatives shot in 1971 on what was his second Nikon, a F2, and is also in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, MOMA, George Eastman House, and others.
Since then, Darryll has used a F3 and a F5, and is currently working with a D200.
Posted by jrp at 4:58 PM
October 16, 2006
Fujifilm's Giant Panda Habitat To Open At Smithsonian Zoo
Visitors to the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington DC in October will have the unique opportunity to attend the grand opening of the Giant Panda Habitat as sponsored by Fujifilm.
The exhibit spans across six acres and provides a home for seven different animals including the Giant Panda, sloth bears, fishing cats, clouded leopards, a giant salamander and otters. Built at a cost of USD53 million, the grand opening will be held on October 17th.
Posted by covey22 at 12:09 AM
October 5, 2006
Nikonians Viral Video on YouTube
Posted by covey22 at 1:42 AM
September 27, 2006
See Photokina 2006 Through Nikon's Eyes
See Photokina 2006 through a series of Webcams set up at Nikon's booth. Once the intro completes (or you can skip it), click on the Webcam link on the bottom menu bar.
If you're wondering how the Nikonians Booth looks, here's a shot by JRP taken yesterday.
Posted by covey22 at 4:05 AM
September 26, 2006
Photokina Day One Updates
As we noted earlier, updates have been coming in fast and furious from the show floor. It would seem some vendors have been waiting for Day One to reveal some of their best stuff. While not a comprehensive report, here's what's been seen to date, courtesy of our colleagues at LetsGoDigital and Imaging-Resource.
Sigma has been saving up a lot of buzz energy for today - the SD14 Digital SLR specs were finally revealed and the good news is the camera is no longer a RAW only device - there's three JPEG recording modes. The 14MP Foveon X3 sensor should put the company back in the playing field. The new sensor also makes an appearance in the Sigma DP1 digital compact camera, featuring a 16.6mm/f4 fixed lens which gives a 28mm field-of-view. On the lens front, Sigma updated several lenses to the Four-Thirds family mount - the 18-50mm f2.8 DC lens with macro, the 24mm/f1.8 EX DG wide angle also with macro (7.1" at 1:2.7), the APO 135-400mm/f4.5-5.6 telephoto zoom and the supertele APO 300-800mm/f5.6 EX DG HSM lens. But the kicker came last - Sigma's second Optical Stabilization (OS) lens: The 18-200mm/f3.5-6.3 DC OS appears to be a direct competitor to the Nikkor 18-200 VR!
On the storage front, SanDisk updates their Extreme III family to a whopping 16GB CompactFlash card, and Pretec responds with their 80x version. SanDisk also made inroads in the Secure Digital segment with their new 4GB SDHC (High Capacity) card rated at Ultra II speeds. Epson updates their image tank/viewer line with the 40GB P3000 and the 80GB P5000, both have an enormous 4.0" LCD and fast USB 2.0 connectivity.
Finally, if you can't make the show, then enjoy some of the sights of the event from ground level with Imaging-Resource's roving reporter Mike Pasini.
Posted by covey22 at 3:12 PM
Photokina 2006 Begins!
The world's largest and most famous Imaging Fair has opened it's doors, and Nikonians is there to represent our great, knowledgable and helpful community! Be sure to visit us at Hall 2.1 A015 - we'll be having plenty of demonstrations of Nikon equipment, Gary Fong's LightSphere, Markins, Kirk and Katz-Eye, as well as model and portraiture shooting with our very own Pascal Baetens and more! And of course, you can keep up to date on Photokina show news with our colleagues LetsGoDigital and Imaging-Resource. We hope to see you there!
Posted by covey22 at 3:39 AM
September 25, 2006
Photokina 2006 Updates T Minus 1
With one day to go before the official opening of Photokina 2006, a last burst of announcements has hit the streets.
First off - the big news that many of our members have been waiting for - the Fujifilm S5 Pro Digital SLR has been announced. While not a complete product offering, the fact that it's in the queue has relieved much anxiety over the S3 Pro's successor.
Olympus took the covers off their E-1P prototype DSLR as well, but fans here will have to wait as this too was a product development announcement.
Canon has jumped on the "me-too" image tank bandwagon with the M30/80 series portable photo storage. Featuring a 3.7" TFT wide-angle viewing screen, CF/SD slots and kudos to the manufacturer - the ability to share BP-511 batteries with the Digital Rebel and EOSD series cameras.
In software news, Bibble 4.9 is released, with the much requested cloning/healing tool and Nikon D80 RAW support. Light Crafts Inc. updates LightZone to version 2.0 in beta format. Our friends at Nik Software have bundled all three of their popular programs; Color Efex 2.0 (Complete Edition), Sharpener Pro 2.0 and Dfine 1.0 into the Nik Professional Suite. And just hot off the presses, DxO Labs announced the immediate availability of DxO Optics Version 4 for the PC.
On the business front, it appears Leica is making moves into the medium and large format segment with it's majority share purchase into Jenoptik's Sinar division - known for it's manufacture of digital backs. No immediate plans were announced other than "This is a first step on the strategic path towards growing the business of Leica Camera AG," said the firm.
And the strange-but-true: Olympus reveals a digital camera body made entirely of cypress wood to showcase it's advances in molding technology. While stylish and unique, one would have to wonder how sturdy such an item would be. The good news - it would float on water...
Posted by covey22 at 4:29 PM
September 22, 2006
Seitz Produces 300MB Scan Back for Panoramas
Seitz Phototechnik AG will be showing three new products at Photokina 2006: a 300MB D3 Scan Back that claims to be 100x faster than the competition, and two cameras; a 6x17 Digital and the Roundshot D3 Panoramic. The makers claim the D3 will revolutionize digital panoramic captures, with speeds of one second for a 160-million pixel 6x17 and two seconds for a 470-million pixel 360 pan.
Posted by covey22 at 4:10 PM
September 15, 2006
Leica's One-Two Punch: M8 Digital and Digilux 3
Leica's latest announcements deliver a one-two punch that lands very solidly, just in time for the last week of pre-show disclosure frenzy leading to the opening of Photokina 2006. The previews are courtesy of our colleagues at Imaging-Resource.
Leading with a jab is the Leica Digilux 3, a copy of Panasonic's Lumix L-1 which features the Four-Thirds mount system and a Live-View MOS secondary CCD that enables live previewing through the rear LCD like most compact digital cameras.
But the real devastation is wreaked from the right - yes, Leica Rangefinder lovers, your ship has finally come in. The Leica M8 digital rangefinder features a 10.3MP CCD, 2.5" LCD and in absolute keeping with the product line's leadership in ambient-light shooting, an astounding ISO2500 rating (unboosted). The focal length conversion is a much more generous 1.33, so wide-angle traditionalists will not be impacted too much. Also in keeping with the Leica line is the price, a very steep USD4800. Nonetheless, this may be the camera that converts the many Leica film holdouts to digital.
Posted by covey22 at 4:32 PM
September 14, 2006
LetsGoDigital's Olympus E400 Preview
Continuing their pre-Photokina coverage, our colleagues at LetsGoDigital have had an opportunity to preview the latest arrival to the 10MP DSLR scene; the Olympus E400.
To get down to business: the Olympus E-400 is small, super small even, and combined with its weight of merely 380 grams for the housing, this ensures the new Olympus E-400 is the smallest and most light-weight digital SLR camera in the world.
Posted by covey22 at 3:08 PM
September 13, 2006
Stay Current with Photokina 2006 News
The clock is counting down to the biggest photo show in the world and our colleagues at Letsgodigital have all the scoop on the latest developments in the industry. Be sure to visit Photokina 2006 Report and keep the page bookmarked for breaking news and previews on all your favorite photographic products!
Posted by covey22 at 8:13 PM
September 11, 2006
Get a Free Nikonians T-Shirt and Cap...
...as well as entry into the most established industry show going, Photokina 2006, when you volunteer to help out Nikonians! Yes, for a manning our booth or helping distribute marketing materials and spreading the word about this great community, we'll get you into the show to see the latest and greatest developments in the photographic world, plus you'll get some snazzy and sharp-looking Nikonians apparel. Volunteer today!
Posted by covey22 at 5:05 PM
September 9, 2006
Nikonians to Exhibit at Photokina 2006
The 1,600 suppliers from 50 countries at this year's "World of Imaging" Photokina in Cologne, Germany will be joined by the fastest growing international community of Nikon-oriented photographers on the Internet.
Nikonians have been attending the world's largest photography trade show for more than 40 years. They just didn't have an internationally recognized name, or a global Internet web-site to help them get organized, until now.
This year, they are not just fans and supporters of the Nikon brand. They are actively promoting excellence in photography by sharing their knowledge through the Nikonians community.
See the press release for more details.
Posted by covey22 at 9:36 PM
August 23, 2006
The Mill Starts Up Again: Canon DSLR with Anti-Dust?
Photokina is still over a month away, but the products rumor mill is already starting to grind. Our colleagues at LetsGoDigital are reporting the existence of a 10MP Canon EOS 400D with a dust-removal system. This, of course, begs the question - WWND - What Will Nikon Do? Nikonians will keep you posted on the latest developments...
Posted by covey22 at 4:17 PM
May 19, 2006
photo-london International Photography Fair
For our members in or near London, the the International Photography Fair "photo-london" is now running at the Royal Academy of Arts' Burlington Gardens from 18-May to 21-May-2006.
Christopher Bailey, Creative Director of Burberry, will provide an intriguing photographic portrait of London, past and present, through a new exhibition he has curated as part of Photo-London.
Bailey has chosen a selection of his favourite photographs of the many facets of London, in a celebration of the creativity, diversity and history of the city. From John Deakin's iconic images of 1950s Soho bohemia at The Colony Club, to Hedi Slimane's contemporary view of London hedonism, the exhibition will reflect the designer's fascination with the people and the places that have contributed to creative life in the city.
Among other photographers whose work will be part of the exhibition are Sam Taylor-Wood, Tim Walker, Mary McCartney Donald, Johnny Shand Kydd, Mick Rock, Daniel Farson, Roger Maine and Robert Whitaker.
For tickets, directions and more information, click here.
Posted by covey22 at 3:44 PM
April 30, 2006
Visit Salve Mater, Belgium with Nikonian Pascal Baetens
Meet Nikonian Pascal Baetens and more than 50 other photographers showing their work at the Salve Mater Photo Festival in Belgium, running until May 7th. Get the chance to meet and greet models, participate in workshops and more. Tomorrow, May 1st, Pascal holds a workshop on how to create a professional relationship between photographer and model.
Posted by bgs at 12:39 PM
March 23, 2006
Photo Imaging Expo 2006 starts today
Tokyo, Japan. Photo Imaging Expo (PIE) 2006 starts today.
Since last year, it is now a joint event of the four leading sector associations in Japan : the Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA), The Photo-Sensitized Materials Manufacturers' Association (PMMA), the Japan Color-Photo Finishers' Association (JCFA) and the Japan Photo & Video Accessory Association (JPV).
The Photo Imaging Expo is one of the most important imaging trade fairs in Asia and it may even bring some new announcements; newer than those made at the Photo Marketing Association (PMA) 2006 show last February. Nikonians will therefore keep a close watch.
Posted by jrp at 8:24 AM
March 1, 2006
Nikonians Talk Radio: The Image Doctors #8
|Here is your much awaited show report from The Image Doctors, "Live" from PMA 2006!
Posted by drjay32 at 2:57 AM
February 28, 2006
Images from PMA 2006
We had a very long day at PMA today, but here are some images you might enjoy. We were able to use the new 105mm macro for some test shots. I think this lens is quite nice. Also some shots from the Nikonians booth, where Mr. Rich Butkus was our winner of a Markins M-10 Ballhead!
To see the photos, click to continue reading...
Photos from the show (Click for a larger view):
Posted by drjay32 at 3:53 AM
February 27, 2006
Nikonians Caught On Camera at PMA
Member Alan Nusso posted a candid shot of the Nikonians team manning the booth at PMA, including co-founder JRP and Marketing Director Jason Odell. Be sure to swing by the booth to register as a member, get a chance to win Markins tripod head and meet some of the Team!
Posted by covey22 at 9:37 PM
PMA Report: Day 1
Here is our preliminary report from PMA on day one, Feb. 26, 2006.
We had a chance to hang out for a bit in the Nikon booth, and saw some new products from major manufacturers. We also (of course) had a smashing time at the Nikonians Booth.
We plan to do our podcast tomorrow-- we'll be "live" from Nikon's booth at PMA.
Until then, here are some tidbits from today...
We saw a brief demo of the new Capture NX and View Pro software. I think Nikonians are going to find that this software is worth the price of upgrading. One of the coolest things in Capture NX is the ability to apply selective image adjustments to the NEF without damaging the original image file in any way. For example, you could choose to do some Unsharp Masking to just a small part of the image, leaving the rest untouched. Or maybe adjust the hue and saturation of the background. All the while, the changes are saved as tags in your NEF file-- you can recover the original version at any time. This should vastly speed up workflow using Capture.
Rick and I had a chance to play with both the 18-200mm VR and the brand-new 105mm VR macro. All we can say is "wow". The 18-200 is very smooth, and the VR is as advertised. The new 105mm macro was INCREDIBLE. AF that was super-fast-- it was as close to instantaneous as it could be. Great build, and easy to hold. We hope to have more on this tomorrow. With a suggested price of $799 in the USA, this lens will be a must for serious macro shooters.
Of course, we also played around with the numerous "big guns" set up for people to play with on the booth, including the 400 f/2.8, 500 f/4 and 600 f/4. Sweet.
We saw some of the new Tamron lenses, but were unable to try them. We hope to do that later in the week. We can report that the Tamron 17-50mm Di II (designed for APS-C sensors only) should retail for under $500 USD.
At the Nikonians booth, we have two computers set up-- a 20" iMac and a PowerMac G5 with a 30" LCD Cinema display, courtesy of Apple Computer. They look GREAT! You should see it when we have three full-size windows open on the sections of Nikonians all on the same screen with no overlap!
Bo and JRP were both on hand to answer questions about the community.
We had the pleasure of meeting none other than Mr. Brad Berger, president of Berger Bros. Camera, who was in town for just two days. He is as nice in person as he is on the phone. Thanks, Brad, for stopping by!
Nikonians was proud to give away a Markins M-10 ballhead to a lucky winner today. We will do more raffles tomorrow.
Thanks to all our hard-working volunteers who came out to help us today. We hope to see more Nikonians during the next few days.
Tomorrow, we'll have reports on the new software from Bibble Labs, new products from Lowepro, and more! Also look for a short podcast live from the show.
Posted by drjay32 at 3:37 AM
February 26, 2006
Visit us on the PMA, booth 1759
We are at booth #1759 at the PMA, Orlando Florida today February 26th to March 1st. Visit us and learn more about our community, see Markins ball heads in action and more.
Posted by bgs at 1:23 PM
February 14, 2006
Visit Nikonians at PMA and win
Posted by bgs at 10:18 AM
January 25, 2006
Imaging USA a success for Nikonians
I've recently returned from Austin, Texas and the Imaging USA Expo. It was wonderful being on the show floor, where I met many Nikonians! Hopefully, those of you I met will enjoy your new Op-Tech Nikonians camera straps, courtesy of the Nikonians Photo Pro Shop. Thanks to all the friendly people at the Nikon booth who answered all my questions!
Posted by drjay32 at 4:13 PM
January 17, 2006
Volunteer at PMA 2006 and get free admission to the convention!
To our Silver, Gold and Platinum Nikonians: We are seeking enthusiastic volunteers to assist in spreading the word about Nikonians at the 2006 PMA Trade Show in Orlando, Florida.
In exchange for your help, Nikonians will provide you with a coupon good for free 1-day admission to the PMA Trade Show. We need volunteers for February 26th through March 1, 2006 at the Orange County Convention Center. Here's your chance to help our community and get the inside scoop on all the new product announcements at PMA. See the Nikon booth, and meet the Nikonians founders in person!
For more information, contact Jason Odell.