Nikon could be affected by the new chip equipment export restrictions to China (Sony already moved 90% of camera production from China to Thailand)


Nikon could be affected by the new chip equipment export restrictions to China:

“Talks between the countries will conclude as early as Friday, with the Netherlands restricting ASML Holding NV from selling machines to China used to make certain types of advanced chips, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Japan would impose similar restrictions on Nikon Corp, the report said.”

Related: Sony moved 90% of camera production from China to Thailand.

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Weekly Nikon news flash #713


→ New: Nikon Z30 silicone protection cover.


→ BCN Ranking: interchangeable lens sales share by manufacturer in 2022.


15% of Think Tank camera rain covers.


→ The worst camera of 2022: vote here.


Nikon Corporation completes SLM Solutions takeover.

→ RED is destroying the camera industry.

Voigtlander NOKTON 40mm f/1.2 Aspherical lens for Nikon Z filed test.

 

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The first refurbished Nikon Z9 cameras started to show up online


Nikon USA started selling refurbished Z9 cameras for $4,499.95 – this is $1,000 off the regular price of $5,496.95:


Unfortunately, all refurbished Z9 cameras are already sold out, but here are a few other Z9 deals:

Refurbished Nikon gear is sold at Adorama, B&HAmazoneBay, and BuyDig.

More Amazon Renewed products can be found here. Additional information can be found here:

Renewed Nikkor Z lenses available on Amazon with up to 47% savings

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Acadia National Park Artist-in-Residence: Memories From Maine

Acadia National Park Artist-in-Residence: Memories From Maine by Ben Matthews (Instagram):


Boloney: An Artist’s Favorite Sandwich

For each highlight that occurs pursuing a life as a creative, hundreds of unsuccessful moments and rejections beat your spirit into starving artist oblivion. All one can do is pick up the scattered dreams strewn about from the ass-kicking and move forward. It’s an endless cycle of very high peaks mixed with low valleys that rarely has any middle ground.

This instance is one of the successful moments. I was heading to Acadia National Park to be an artist-in-residence. I would be staying at the Schoodic Institute in an apartment generously provided by the National Park Service. I believed I had wasted my time applying, but I received an acceptance letter around a year after I forgot about the program.


My artist statement below is the one I used for the application. I also refer to this as boloney needed to make it seem like I know what I am doing. Some artists excel at creating artist statements. It’s usually a page full of random adjectives and adverbs strung together that reads like a poem written by a mythological being, Oh! And don’t forget to list the highly esteemed MFA from Nobody Cares University.

Ben Matthews is a fine artist based in Pittsburgh, PA. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1995 and has exhibited his work locally and nationally since 1998. His work was represented by OK Harris Works of Art in New York City from 2000–2013 until its closing, and is represented by Mendelson Gallery in Pittsburgh, PA. Ben’s current work depicts mysterious adaptations and inventions from this not-quite time or place based on environmental concerns and social topics. His drawings combine visual puns and irony with social messages. His exploration into a unique, fantastical, and sometimes unsettling universe encourages viewers to think about current concerns by presenting a glimpse at futuristic flora, fauna, and manmade inventions that have resulted from our impact on the world.

Would you like some mayo or mustard on that boloney sandwich?

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Limited time offer: 20% off Skylum Luminar Neo and all extensions


For a limited time, Skylum Luminar Neo and all extensions are 20% off:

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The new Nikon Nikkor Z 40mm f/2.0 SE lens is now in stock in the US and Germany




The new Nikon Nikkor Z 40mm f/2.0 SE lens is now in stock in the US and Germany:

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Nikon discontinues the Speedlight SB-500 and suspends orders for the Speedlight SB-5000

     
Becuase of parts shortage, today Nikon Japan announced the discontinuation of the Speedlight SB-500 flash and suspension of orders for the Speedlight SB-5000 flash.

Most Nikon Speedlight units have been out of stock in the US for a while (check Adorama and B&H).

As previously reported, I think Nikon is done with developing flash units and has already outsourced that task to third-party manufacturers.

Full text of the announcement (translated):

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Nikon released new version 1.9.9 of the Wireless Transmitter Utility (for Mac)


Today Nikon released a new version 1.9.9 of the Wireless Transmitter Utility (for Mac) with support for the latest iOS:

  • Added support for macOS Ventura version 13.
  • Ended support for macOS Catalina version 10.15.

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