Weekly Nikon related news/links

  • Dandelion chip is designed to be installed on adapter rings and manual lenses so that they could then be used on Nikon AF digital and film cameras. See how it's done here. Has anyone tried this? Update: more info on the Dandelion chip available here (details instructions with pictures).

The chip is also available on eBay for $34.50:

More after the break:

"On the backend, the Learn & Explore app is fully integrated into Nikon’s enterprise content management system. On the front end, the app allows iPhone users to read and bookmark informative and inspirational articles from the site, and provides free access to “Nikon World" magazine. iPhone users also get access to Nikon digital assets such as stunning images, video lectures and slideshows. iPhone users can share all of the Learn & Explore content with their social network through Twitter and Facebook."

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  • I got LR 3 and its a major improvement. Much faster than LR 2.

    • Elmo

      Iam so happy for you that you have L3…..

      • I am giving feedback on LR3.

        • Anonymous

          Do you use the photomatix or NIK plug ins and will they work in LR3?

          • Both photomatix and the Nik plug ins work just fine in LR3.

      • PHB

        Software is at least as important as hardware.

        $300 is cheap compared to what kitting out a darkroom used to cost. And the function is exactly the same.

        Case in point was that I just retouched a family photograph I took last year prior to the next family gathering. With 70 people in the photograph and likely demand for 45 copies, that makes for quite a bit of expense at most printers, and even printing at home.

        After some tweaking with photoshop to match the colors to the printer at the local CostCo, I can print out 8×12 copies at $1.49 each that look just like the picture on the monitor. Without tweaking them to the color profile of the printer they look like crap (but still better than some of the ‘professional’ photos from past years).

        Digital photos need post processing just like film did. The only difference is that tools like Lightroom can automate it for you.

        • Teun

          I just can’t understand why adobe charges europeans 25% more 🙁

          • krach

            Just because Adobe knows that EU will charge them with fine for monopoly or something like they did it do MS 🙂

  • T140Rider

    Leeks are what you eat.

    Leaks are what you have when you suddenly find water all over your floor, or light where it shouldn’t be in a lens.

  • Thunder

    “plus free upgrade to Viveza 2 when released”

    Viveza 2 was actually released last year in December…

  • I have tried this chip, and it works great! Have a look at the tutorial:


    • thanks – I added a link to your site

    • iamlucky13

      Excellent! That looks like a good tutorial.

      I’ve got a growing collection of AI lenses, and while I’m getting pretty good at guessing exposures and will probably be getting a light meter at some point, this Dandelion gadget could be a slick way to simplify using them when I don’t have time to do incident metering.

  • Thanks for the Nik Software deal shoutout. Just ordered my copy and even with shipping to the Netherlands it’s a great deal!

  • D40-owner

    Oh, man!!!! I didn’t know about the Dandelion!!
    I’m gonna order one Monday for my 50mm f/1.4 AI-S. I have been using it in guess-manual mode with my D40, this is great news!!!!

  • longtimenikonshooter

    24-70’s light-leaking distance window has been known since its release among many pro shooters. and a simple workaround is to use piece of blank gaffer tape to cover it when doing long exposures.

    • Well I didn’t know about it and I’ve recently encountered this exact problem with my 24-70mm doing some long exposures and couldn’t for the life of me work out what the hell the issue was. I presumed it was a problem where I hadn’t screwed on my ND110 properly or something – whatever I did I clearly changed the focal length for the next shot because it didn’t happen to me again and I put it down to my own error. Now I need to try and replicate the issue again because the light leak I had was a big thick bright line in the top left corner, just identical to the images shown on the forum.

      Presuming I can replicate it again, I guess the question is whether I can be bothered to return it to Nikon for a repair given that now I’m aware of it I can change my focal length by a couple of mm to avoid it in the unlikely event I need to shoot more ND110 exposures at that exact focal length.

      Regardless I am however once again thankful for this NR for bringing it to my attention….

      • alex

        like you couldn’t cover the lens with something…

        • I spend £1000+ on a lens from Nikon for a reason – why the hell do I want to start carrying around tape for? It shouldn’t be there, shouldn’t happen, period – it’s a quality issue and a poor one for me…

          • alex

            how much do you want for a crappy lens like that?
            i’d give you $200 tomorrow since it’s broken, maybe $250 as a favor

          • longtimenikonshooter

            It’s a known issue and sending in your lens means you risk for more. I’d rather gaffer tape it before doing long exposures.

          • Greenwood_Geoff

            I agree, for the cost of the lens no tape should be needed. I’d sort of expect this in a kit lens, but not pro quality glass

  • Kevin Y

    wait so the dandelion allows ai-s/ai lenses to meter on consumer bodies like a d80/d90?

    • ArtTwisted

      so it seems yes. If you already have the AIS lenses then this could be cool, not worth buying new AIS lenses for this though, except maybe the 50 1.2 IF this works.

  • Jack

    NR Admin, regarding to the 24-70mm f/2.8 light leakage issue you’ve found on DChome forum. I’m pretty sure that it is either an exceptional case or the tread OP did something stupid. DChome is a Hong Kong forum and I tell you that local HK people are good at creating problems from nowhere. I live in HK and got my 24-70/2.8 last xmas and I tested the light leakage problem @ 55mm that they mentioned, and nothing wrong with my lens.

    • Well it’s a clear a few people can replicate it and you’ll see a post further above in this thread which says the issue is well known. I bought my 24-70 about 3 months ago and now I’ve seen the evidence pretty sure that my lens has this issue too….

  • Ren Kockwell

    I’d be interested in the dandelion for my 50 mm f/1.2.

  • tferroato

    i don’t speak russian…can somebody point me in the right direction to purchase one of these chips?

  • John

    Oh, GREAT!!!!

    Nik has joined the ranks of hamfisted, massively overdone HDR tool vendors… [rolleyes]

    The real issue is that digital sensors don’t have the same dynamic range as our eyes, a great HDR tool will help the photographer capture that range for certain types of photographs — without turning the result into some gaudy, garish, post-psychedelic nightmare. Honestly, it reminds me of those early stereo records where everything was either panned hard left or hard right, with a complete lack of a delicate, artistic touch.

    From their little “sneak peak” hour-long video, it’s obvious that the good people at Nik really missed the mark on this one. Still, it hasn’t stopped them from pricing their johnny-come-lately tool above and beyond the existing HDR tools.

    • PHB

      Interesting thing with HDR is that while plenty of monitors can differentiate between 300 levels of color (or better!), the typical printer does not do anywhere near as good.

      So to see the HDR effect you need to view on a monitor. And at the moment the highest resolution monitors commonly available are 6MP.

      • Discontinued

        Sounds like you miss the point of HDR.

  • Just tried the leak test with my 24-70 ( new, two week ago ) – no problems.

  • Gordon

    I wish Nik would release all their plug-ins as Capture NX compatible, especially Sharpener Pro. It’s annoying that they are the authors of Capure NX yet only have a couple of their plug-ins as being usuable with their own product.

    • longtimenikonshooter

      with the release of ACR 6.1 and especially LR3, NX2 looks very unattractive now because its edge over previous ACR has decisively lost.

      • Tomaocron

        The retouch brush and the control point editing features of NX2 are quite handy once you start using them. I don’t see those covered in LR yet.

        • longtimenikonshooter

          If you have to use Nik’s U-Point stuff, you can still get their plug-ins for LR3, which includes Viveza 2. This way you just turn your LR3 into NX2.

          • Tomaocron

            Good point, do you know of any plug-in for LR3 that includes a retouch brush for cloning out small imperfections in photos? Cause if there were, I would consider making the switch to LR3 🙂

  • Donald

    Has anyone tried the Nik plug ins with the new Lightroom 3 ,or is it only compatible with Lightroom 2.3 ?

    • longtimenikonshooter

      Yes, it works with LR3. Pretty much the same as in LR2. I am not very big fan of it.

  • Anonymous

    Congratulations Nikon, it is exactly 8 months since you last announced a goddamn DSLR (D3s) and since it is most of the time out of stock. It is the longest period for over 4-5 yrs for Nikon not to releasing any new dslrs.

    Look at it this way, the 8 months is 2/3 of a an entire year! One more month and Nikon can be proud of hitting 3/4 of a year. Great job Nikon just try to throw us your 12MP since june 2005.

  • ok, I had to do some clean up again – please stay on topic otherwise things go out of control very quickly. If you have any feedback, you know how to contact me – there is no need to discuss your personal opinion/feelings here. And please don’t ask me if I have any new rumors – if I do, you will be the first to know, that’s why I am running this site. If you are bored, there are many other websites out there (disney.com for example). The lack of rumors means only one thing – no new announcements any time soon.

    • Anonymous

      yes sir. The disney site is actually really cool. 🙂 Even the invisible family would enjoy it

  • The invisible man

    I just received new informations from one of my customer in South Korea about the 3 sensors Nikon DSLR (18MP each).
    It should show up this summer.

    • Anonymous

      You should tell this to Stevie Wonder or Ray Charles. They would take great pictures with the 3 sensor Nikon dslr

      • The visible woman

        I agree, that guy from South Korea is only 19 years old, and he did not send any pictures. Hard to believe.

  • Pavel

    I tried a Nikon dandelion, obvously this model. Yes, it works, allows metering, quasi-autofocus and some EXIF. I’ve installed it on a preAI 200/4 K.

  • zzddrr

    Check this out: “June 14, 2010: Nikon Corporation (Michio Kariya, President) is pleased to announce that orders for one Nikon D3S and two Nikon D3X digital-SLR cameras, four interchangeable lenses including AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8G ED VR, software and various accessories have been received from S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia, the general contractor of the Russian Federal Space Agency on the program operating the International Space Station(ISS). This equipment will be transported to the ISS via the Soyuz TMA-19 spacecraft, to be launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on June 16, 2010.”

    Now this explains why we can’t get D3s…. all of them went out of space not out of stock. 🙂 To be honest, this is bit pathetic from Nikon but good excuse.

    • I saw that – yes, great news but was it really worth an official press release? For 3 cameras and 4 lenses? This probably means there is nothing else coming up anytime soon and Nikon is trying to keep the public interested. They haven’t announced a DSLR in 8 months which I think is a new record since the time the D70 was announced back in 2003. I will include it to the weekly Nikon links this weekend, not worth a separate post imho.

      • zzddrr

        Agree, that is exactly why I was a bit sarcastic with my comment of Nikon being pathetic. I think Nikon has a very serious issue. 8 months since the last dslr and since it is quiet then we can expect another month or two. This will make it 10 months. It is interesting that Canon seems to slowed down. It’s like a conspiracy how these two (the odd couple) are behaving.

        But I think there is no excuse for not addressing the 5DII for 2 years.

        • Maybe Nikon and Canon do plan the future together. I bet that they will release similar products only few weeks apart.

          • zzddrr

            Yep. Some people from canada reported on other forums that the 5DII is on sale out and maybe there will be a replacement. I don’t know but that sounds really similar to what we hear from europe that no d700 upgrade but perhaps a new model. I mean these two companies are really suspicious. The slip on the BP spill 🙂

  • DX2FX

    Gents, think about it.. Nikon is not sitting around idling. They are working flat out to develop & manufacture the next DSLR model. Thus the longer the wait could only mean a better product they’ll deliver to us.

    • Sure, I am just trying to figure out what’s coming.

    • zzddrr

      DX2FX – in this case let’s just give nikon 5 yrs to respond to the 5DII. For sure, I will not buy another low res item. I rather start saving for a Hassy. With this speed by the time Nikon will release something new I will have the money for the Hassy.

      Don’t forget, Nikon got badly hit in Japan by the sale of the NEX cameras. (I mean in the low end.) They cannot support the business by selling 4-10 cameras to nasa and the russian part of the ISS. Ok, that why on earth we cannot find D3s. 🙂

  • Alex Wong

    I remember Bangkok had a crisis earlier this year, wouldn’t that affect Nikon’s production since they have a manufacturing plant there?

  • Ken Rockwell

    Does anyone know if there is an adapter that make AI lenses autofocus?

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