Weekly Nikon related news/links #78 (part 2)

The second iPhone app is called Nikon (by Hands Communication, iTunes link), it has a much better interface but unfortunately it is not available in English. The app has a DSLR, Coolpix, Nikkor, Lens Guide and My Camera sections:

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  • Teun

    these refurbished parts are only available for US customers.

    • …as always… 🙁

      • panfruit

        Why do you hate Freedom?

        • what do you mean…?

        • Teun

          I really don’t believe that thomas’ expression was aimed at the US’ ideologic rethoric, but I think it was more an expression of sadness that he, nor any other person living outside the us could order one.

          I’ve bought my D50 refurbished, apart from the box, you really couldn’t tell the difference between this and a brand new one.

          • 100% True… 🙂

  • Some of those refurbished prices look pretty good. Anyone ever buy Nikon refurbished? If so how is your experience with it?

    • Dormant

      I have bought Nikon refurbished from B&H (who deliver worldwide).

      As good as new.

    • I bought a refurb body from Cameta camera once. No regrets. Sold for close to what I paid a year later.

    • panfruit

      My refurbished D300 I bought in June 2009 from Cameta is still humming strong, after 20,000+ clicks. 🙂 It came in brand new condition, with only a couple thousand clicks on it. I’ve been very pleased with it. 😀

    • Mock Kenwell

      I bought a refurbished Nikon 990 and 995. If it’s refurbed BY THE MANUFACTURER, it’s usually a great deal. Refurbed products typically go through more stages of quality confirmation than new products. So the odds of you getting a bum refurb are actually less than getting a bum new item. This is true across most electronics brands. I’ve had super luck with Epson, Canon and Panasonic items. Recommend it.

    • Bought a D300 refurbished from Adorama. Had a dial issue where it wouldn’t recognize changes between S, CL, & CH. Sent it back and got it repaired. (Fire multiple shots even when in S)

      Got it back a week later and it’s been going strong ever since.
      75,000+ actuations.

  • Any apps available for the Android here Admin? iphone isn’t the only phone out there…

    I’ll be putting up my D90 for auction once I get my D7000.

    • I already sold mine 🙂 Can’t wait for the d7000! I was fooled by local shop because they told me they’ll get d7000 on the first week of October, and now I read it is expected only on october 29… Can’t stand being without a camera, feels like being naked 🙁

      • Merv

        Can’t stand being without a camera? Perfect opportunity to rent something like a D3s for the short term.

        On a side note, I’m not terribly hopeful for any Nikon apps for Android

        • rafakoy

          Renting equipment? Just get Pentax K1000 with a 50mm f/1.7 lens and 10 rolls of Kodak Gold on Ebay for less than $50 and I can promise you’ll have a blast. We are too spoil with so many features, high ISO and HD video, and we totally forget what real photography is about.

          • Broxibear

            “We are too spoil with so many features, high ISO and HD video, and we totally forget what real photography is about.”

            Wise words rafakoy, unfortunately some think having a digital camera and photoshop makes them a photographer.

            • NOT wise words as you can be a photographer and use photoshop and a digital camera as film does not make the photographer!

      • Wow.. why would you even sell a camera if you don’t have a back-up? And haven’t you been reading the posts on when the D7000 is available? Not even close to the first week of this month. Seems pretty smart…

      • ennan

        My poor D3 is trapped inside a derelict building. It’s driving me nuts. I’d converted my D200 to IR so it’s useless. Can’t get a new camera cuz I spent all my money on a minilab which isn’t open yet. Gah!

    • see my answer (or more of a question) few lines below

  • Fred

    Itunes sucks.
    I cannot stand Apple.

    • Jivee

      Me too.

      • Global

        I also would like to hear about Android apps. I will admit that Apple tends to open up genres, but they lock down their software and sometimes it feels as bad as Nikon’s.

        –> Please start compiling a list of Android apps, so that we can have some competition in the market. Every time I heard an “iPhone” app listed without any consideration to Android it has annoyed me (not on a personal level, just as a user of Android Nikon user).

        • I am not aware of any Nikon Android apps. I am not even sure how to check (do not have an Android phone). Do they have a website with all of their apps? Maybe someone who has Android can check?

          • ok, is this the market place?


            you cannot even search for apps there

            • Mock Kenwell

              That’s because Android is actually the phone that sucks. People who hate Apple indiscriminately crack me up. I just spent all weekend trying to kill a virus on my wife’s PC laptop. Ended up having to wipe it and reload. It was like working on a Commodore 64 again. So unintuitive and clumsy. Never had to do that with any Mac I’ve owned.

              Love my iPhone, keep up the posts, Admin.

            • How is that Android sucks exactly Mr. Mock? Apple is an expensive control-freak that locks you into its fascistic ecosystem dictating what you can and cannot do, only for the benefit of themselves. Why people support this company is beyond me.

              Next time make sure you have AVG Free installed (takes 5 minutes for real) and you’ll be safe. Haven’t had a virus in over 3 years (because of my own blunder back then). I would also recommend upgrading to Windows 7 as there’s plenty of benefits, security and other good stuff in it.

            • Mock Kenwell

              See, it’s all just perception I guess. I’ve been using computers to make a living since the late 80s. Back then, PCs bit hard for graphics-related work. They were big brother, fascistic and thought every user was a total moron. Apple just worked and worked with no black screen, no trouble. Whenever I installed software, I decided where it went and what it did. PCs were, and still are doing tons of crap behind the users back. Nowhere near as much transparency.

              I think OSX was the PC-ifying of Macs. Now tons of shit gets done behind my back on my Mac too. Only difference is—it still doesn’t crash. Stable, intuitive and smooth. I don’t want to spend my life downloading drivers, tracking down viruses and custom-configuring my system. I want to work on my computer, do what I need to fast, and get the hell off. Most casual users I know have constant issues with their PCs. I find it hilarious that you blame yourself for being stupid and let your computer off the hook. YOU SHOULDN’T HAVE TO NURSE YOUR PC! It’s not fair to you! I want to spend my time learning new apps and doing great work. Not spending entire Saturdays learning code, scripts and workarounds to clumsy interfaces. I don’t want to hack my iPhone. It works. My calls don’t drop. My phone never needs a reset. It makes my life easier, and it doesn’t require me to understand how it’s put together in order to enjoy it fully. I’m not curing cancer with this thing, I’m making calls, building lists, listening to music and getting e-mail. It does all that easily.

              For me, the Android is like every other non-Apple product before it. It’s emulating an Apple product—poorly. I have tons of apps that do cool things. Android’s app choices are pathetically limited in comparison. I don’t know. My iPhone just works. Maybe if you’re a more psycho-user, it’s limiting. I’m not.

            • Now that’s just ignorant. You think out of the near 100,000 apps that android has, you won’t be able to find some you like? Are you honestly in the state of mind where you think quantity succeeds in the end? That’s rather shallow of you. The irony is android and soon to be WP7 are way more free and customizable.

              I think you’re throwing a two-way curve-ball here. You say you’ve been working with computers for a while now, yet you seem as though you think everyone is a moron or spends too much time “customizing” their PC… (I’ve never needed to learn a line of code to “get something to work”, I don’t know where out of your ass you’re pulling this from.

              As users, we love to customize our our devices to our preferences (whatever that may include). I think its more to do with the fact that you’re arrogant with your apple products, in which they don’t let you customize them, but still turn a blind eye to say “oh I don’t really care~”.

              Since February, my computer (running windows 7) has frozen on me *once*, probably due to the fact I only turn it off about every month.

              If you think there’s no viruses/malware/etc for Mac, you’re extremely mistaken, and your ass will hurt for being so ignorant to that fact one day.

              I also don’t remember ever being a time where I couldn’t decide where I install my programs, C drive?

              I guess its fair you shouldn’t need to nurse your car either then? Just let the oil sit there, don’t lock the doors, leave your windows down during the rain, etc…

              You’re a snobby apple elitist.

    • there currently are 3 Nikon apps that work on the original Motorola Droid.

      First is a tilt and shift lens utility. It is used for Nikon or Cannon tilt and shift lenses and also has info for non tilt and shift.

      Second is a D90 Companion by O’Reilly books. Should be useful if you have a D90.

      Third is Nikon D90 Guide, and get this wait for it….. “Learn how to use your Nikon D90 camera from the world’s most respected instructor: Ken Rockwell” I about fell over in the middle of work as I read that! Come on I know a lot of people follow the stuff he writes, but come on World’s Most respected???????? How about world most disrespected?

  • The invisible man

    ***** OFF TOPIC *****
    I just receive my Nikon Ai-s 300mm f/4.5 IF-ED
    Very sharp but have chromatic aberrations on high contrast pictures.

    Here is a link to Nikon webside explaining how to get rid of the color franges with Nikon ViewNX, works very well, it’s magic ! Take a look !


    • The link is for Capture 😀 Just wondering, does this work for ViewNX as well?

      • The invisible man

        Yes, it works for ViewNX (that’s what I have).
        It’s work pretty well, free ED glass !

  • Gary

    Both of those apps are pretty good. The one in Korean is pretty cool, simply to figure it out in a language that I don’t understand. So the fact that it’s not in English can be seen as a positive.

    I would bet though that in time they will offer an English option for that app.

  • NikonFF&DxUser

    •FYI: Sony sensors can overheat in some cases only after 6 min of video recording. Sony is also going to outsource some production of their image sensors to Fujitsu.

    I hope the new D7000 does not have this problem.

    • This is exactly what I’ve thought when I read it.

  • Nicky

    About the D7000…
    I pre-ordered the body from Adorama. I got an email today saying that it is backordered. It says most backordered items ship within 10-14 days.
    I sure hope I get my D7000 in the first shipment.

    • Brent

      I recieved the same email when I ordered mine from Adorama over a week ago.

      • Nicky

        Hmmm…. Strange.
        I ordered it on the 25th.

  • Fred

    Mock, Did you know that more than 97% of “viruses” are actually “trojans”
    “A Trojan horse, or Trojan, is malware that appears to perform a desirable function for the user prior to run or install but instead facilitates unauthorized access of the user’s computer system. “It is a harmful piece of software that looks legitimate. Users are typically tricked into loading and executing it on their systems”, as Cisco describes.[1] The term is derived from the Trojan Horse story in Greek mythology.”

    Sooooo, you ought stop downloading so much crap.

    And… Yes, Apple’s can get hacked, worms, viruses, etc… Just remember, just because you or any one else you know has not had problem, doesn’t mean it exists.
    AND.. last time I checked, quicktime (apple software) is a easy back door into your computer.

    anyways, back on topic.

    • fxed

      Fred/Elph, don’t get your panties in a bunch because Mock Kenwell prefers Apple products. Good gosh Elph, your language is atrocious and hostile. Fred, back up your assumptions with links to reputable reviewers. And this all started over an App. Which I just downloaded to my iPhone and with no problems.

      Good day.

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