When Naming Rights Collide with Reality

Fans attending a concert in the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater this summer might find it ironic that they're forbidden to use a DSLR camera, even one made by Nikon. Isn't that like being told that you can't pull out your credit card in Citi Field? Read the rules posted about the amphitheater at and it states: "No professional cameras. No audio or video recording devices."

5 Hiking Tips for Photographers

Photography and hiking have gone together for years and years. Whether you’re planning a day hike with friends or a 7-day solo trek, here are 5 tips to carry you through your journey. May your photos be second only to your adventures!

Nikon 200-400mm Gets the VR II Treatment

Nikon will be shipping an updated version of its popular 200-400mm f/4 telephoto lens in late May. Headline features include VR II (with up to 4-stops of shake savings) and Nano Crystal Coatings to keep colors consistent while reducing ghosting and lens flare. The optical formula and lens design are basically the same as the previous version -- no major changes in speed, size, weight, etc. Price? Under $7000.

Nikon's CoolPix S8000 Actually is Rather Cool

I'm always on the lookout for digicams that stand out from the crowd, and considering how crowded the marketplace is, most digicams tend to blend into the masses rather than stand out. An exception to this sad situation is Nikon's CoolPix S8000, a little hottie I've had an opportunity to tool around with for the past week or so. Clad in a brushed - but not brash-looking - red aluminum housing, the S8000 passes muster on several counts. First off, the camera features a 5.4 - 54mm/3.5-5.6 ED VR zoom lens that takes in the equivalent field-of-view of a 30-300mm lens.  Anybody looking for a good pocket-sized travel camera?

Diana Lenses for Video? Oh, Yeah!

Hey indie filmmakers! If your next flick calls for a wild dream sequence or soft focus under-the-influence, you should check out this little ditty from Lomographic. The Diana F+ Lens Adapter allows you to use the sweet, plastic-y goodness of a Diana lens on your video-enabled DSLR. Popular with fine art photographers and students, Diana glass plastic is bringing a new look to the moving image.

Nikon Rebate Bundles!

Been dreaming of some new Nikon glass? Need a body to go with it? Between now and March 27th, buy a new 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II, 24-70mm f/2.8, 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR II, or 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6 + a new Nikon DSLR and SAVE! There’re no coupons to clip, no forms to fill out - all rebates are instant!

New and Noteworthy Photo Gear

Nikon AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 85/3.5G ED VR

Designed for use with Nikon DX-format (APS-C) imaging sensors, the AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85/3.5G ED VR covers the angle-of-view (18º) of a 127.5mm short-telephoto lens on a full-frame (24x36mm) DSLR. The new lens focuses down to 10.8" (0.27 m) for sharp, life-size (1:1) reproduction of your subject.

New Nikon CoolPix Digicams

Just in time for the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival (and home of this year's World Tulip Summit) are a slew of new Nikon CoolPix digicams, which are available in a selection of styles and colors.

No Tripod, No Flash, No Problem

Not all that long ago, shooting under low-lighting conditions without benefit of a flash or tripod meant pushing your film 1,2, or 3 stops beyond its native ISO rating. When shooting black & white this usually meant rating Tri-X at 800, 1200, or 1600 instead of its usual 400 speed rating, which in practice meant underexposing the film and developing it longer to 'make up' for the loss of exposure time. Pushing film usually did the trick at the cost of additional contrast and graininess.

I Didn't Know a Camera Could Do That

You'd think that camera makers would run out of clever new tricks. But now Nikon has pulled a pair of point-and-shooters from its hat designed to astonish and enthrall users. The Nikon CoolPix S70 is the first handheld outside Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch to incorporate a multi-touch screen. The other rabbit is the Coolpix S1000pj, the first camera that is also a projector. When you see it in action, your jaw will drop.


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