I have been shooting nikon since 1965 and have been with nikon nps since the 70's, but this yr i renewed my membership and they have made it , you have to have 2-3 pro bodies and lens, at my age i do not need to have all the new things and i like the D300 and have 3 bodies which still is a pro but in a yr or so they will not be pro, things i have were pro yrs ago but not know . I do not fee they should shut us old users and have used nikon over 40yr + need all the new things. They told me if i did not up date by 2011. I use the nikon 80-200 2.8 which was pro but not now, u have to have the new 70-200 2.8. I feel that is wrong and us old guys still shoot like film , know how to read light and shoot with out all the new things. just wanted to know if any one else feels this way. They should have a member ship for us old photographer.
what do u thing of nikons NPS rules(16 posts) (12 voices)
I am also a young nikon user (mid 20s) and i am not a nps member. i cannot afford the new equipment, so i buy old stuff (like the 80-200 2.8). i probably wont be a nps member for the next years while being a student. i own some old pro stuff, but you have to keep going with the new stuff to get those privileges you get with nps.. they want their service paid well... and they want those people who work every day with their current stuff at next hand, to keep them informed and offer cheap and fast support. thats the thing. if you like what you get you keep adding stuff or replacing it with the new things they make.
i really would appreciate the service, as i also won't be able to afford the service myself. i do work as a photographer .. without nps :/
i should raise my price tag :)
Sounds like Nikon is trying to increase pro sales. I'm a retired pro and never have belonged to NPS. Personally...I would tell them to "pound sand"!
But do you still make a living with your gear? Most "pros" understand that gear has to be updated within a few years. It's just another business expense. I usually update about every three or four years. Technology moves a lot faster than it did in the past. I personally dont mind the rule. And as for film cameras, the F6 still qualifies.
But is a pro somebody using the current pro bodies and current pro lenses?
I would say no;
The results are counting and a pro could create amazing results using Nikon D300 even D90 or D50;
and a Non-Pro his pictures made with Nikon D3s - they look like my first trials with Digital Photography.
Something is wrong here
But do you make a living with your gear or do you just want to be in NPS because you are a long time Nikon user? Like Robert said there are lots of pros who don't belong to NPS. It's not the end of the world. It doesn't seem like NPS would benefit you anyway.
I have been shooting nikon since 1965 and have been with nikon nps since the 70's, but this yr i renewed my membership and they have made it , you have to have 2-3 pro bodies and lens, at my age i do not need to have all the new things and i like the D300 and have 3 bodies which still is a pro but in a yr or so they will not be pro, things i have were pro yrs ago but not know . I do not fee they should shut us old users and have used nikon over 40yr + need all the new things.
NPS is clearly not for you. I wonder why you waste your money on the subscription.
they're allowing cameras like the D7k now. . .I think they're expanding their market reach!!
What's their tear-sheet requirement now?
On one of these forums we describe professional as someone who makes their income through the art or business of photography. NPS is "is an organization for qualified, full-time professional photographers who earn their living using Nikon equipment." If you use older equipment and still are working full time with this equipment making a living then you should be able to join. I understand nikon wanting their NPS members to have.buy their newest products but they should not have to. They should start NLGO "Nikon latest gear owner" then.
People who use older or vintage equipment and are still making a living might have something to share to us as photographers as a whole, a better business plan, better skills, or maybe they just use something on a older camera that nikon should think about bringing into newer models. It should be based on the nikon brand and the photographer not the newest equipment.
Its just someone who has been shooting nikon a long time and want the prestige of being a NPS member.
Nikon let those who might have paved the way for us newer guys in the business stay if their work and portfolio allow.
oh and welcome hutch48 to the forum.
I still make part time living but in the old day and until this year you had to have pro body's and i had to show published work, i agree with the above to buy new as u go but you will come to the same as u get older why do i need the new stuff when my old works and at one time was good enought to be a member. they gave me a year to buy new lens witch will not happen i am not sold on the v lens i have one and in the last 4 yr it has been back , i shoot 50,000 + - a year . so i guess i will not be a member anymore. I have used the service but i am insured and have coverage to cover but all mis is getting a body to use when yours go down .
The current NPS membership requirements seem appropriate for new members, but if it were up to me, FWIW, I think they should allow some consideration for "grandfathered" bodies for long-time NPS members such as yourself. Welcome to the forum!
So if I buy an F3 at a rumage sale for $20 dollars Nikon should let me join NPS? When my F3 breaks down Nikon should send me an F6 replacement to use while I wait for them to fix my F3. That's just crazy isn't it?! Who would sell an F3 for $20 dollars!
guys, please remember that the NPS rules varies from country to country. In US even the d7000 qualifies as a pro body, in Poland the cheapest camera to qualify is d700 = in a country of app 40 000 000 ppl there's app 300 NPS users :) - good thing, once You in it's free :)
I've been in and out of the NPS program over the last 40 years and managed photography shops in bigger organizations where it mattered and individually (for me) where it really didn't.
Since I don't keep up with it anymore, I don't know what one gets for it. We used to get _Nikon World_ magazine and a nice newsletter, and the equipment that needed repair supposedly went to the top of the queue.
I don't think I own any bodies that currently qualify.
FWIW, if you really need their services, you'll become a member, but if you don't really, really need their services, it won't make a bit of difference.
My best to all and Happy Holidays,
So if I buy an F3 at a rumage sale for $20 dollars Nikon should let me join NPS?
If you can show that you use it for your living, yes. Why should the cost of your equipment have anything to do with your need for NPS membership? As far as getting a vastly newer camera on loan when yours goes in for repair......seems like a good idea, hopefully it will give you the urge to trade up.
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