You must fully accept and comply
to these terms or you must not use any of the Nikonians sites.
using Nikonians implies its acceptance and obligation to comply.
1.1. This site, hereafter also referred to as Nikonians,"we",
"us", "the community" and "the site", is privately
funded, owned and managed by Bo Stahlbrandt of Germany and José
Ramón Palacios of Mexico. Both of us are Nikonians, that
is, we believe in the Nikon technology and we use Nikon photography
equipment extensively. This site is not related or affiliated
in any way to Nikon Corporation nor to any of its subsidiaries
We want to provide an open, easily accessible and honest
for Nikon users on the web. All of our members are encouraged
to openly and respectfully communicate on this platform.
believe in good manners, that friendliness is good manners
and that all have a right to friendliness. We don't take
2. BASIC GUIDELINES
Our guidelines are based on the following principles:
We believe everyone has something to contribute to the community,
no matter the level of expertise. No questions are stupid; they force us to re-think on issues and the answers. In other words, don't hesitate to post. The more you post, the more you read, the more you read the more you and all of us learn.
We believe that each member is basically honest and is capable
of showing respect towards other community members and be friendly.
Basically, we do not perform censorship of contributed material,
but we feel that sometimes it may be necessary to disable certain
contributions. This is especially true if the material includes
or refers to violence, is of a pornographic nature or if it
bashes other community members. Images containing nudity are
not allowed in the forums or at the galleries. Exception to
this is the Fine Art Nude Photography Gallery and Forum (please
see Section 2.9 below). You should also refrain from contributing
material which does not show respect for the living, e.g. pictures
of animals being killed. Images of people being murdered are
not allowed. Human respect being a keyword here.
Promoting type of contributions are not allowed. If you want
to advertise your own business please get
in touch with us. If you are a registered,
paying member at Nikonians, you
can though post at the I
Want to Sell forum. Other types of promotions and/or ads
will be removed without prior notice. You may though place an
advertisement in our newsletter. If you're interested in becoming
a sponsor or an advertiser please get
in touch with us
Do not place references in the forums to items you're selling
on another site. Links of any kind to online auctions are not allowed
and will be removed. Auctions at Nikonians are not allowed.
This is a photographic site for Nikon camera users, no debates will
be allowed on political, ethnic, sexual or religious issues;
any message that is considered to incite a debate on such subjects
will be considered off-topic and deleted at the sole discretion
of moderators and/or administrators. Similarly, images which
are overtly provocative based on political, ethnic, sexual or
religious issues may be deleted at the sole discretion of moderators
and/or administrators. Possible exceptions to the above are
reporting news images in the Photojournalism Photography forum,
where moderators may allow more discretion latitude.
We therefore encourage good discussions and interesting contributions,
but reserve the right to disable any contributed material in
our sole discretion and without prior notice. That is, even
if we often may give a warning in advance, this may not happen.
Nikonians is now a resource quoted all over the WWW and indexed
in major search engines. We will appreciate your efforts to
check correct spelling for clear readability, improved search
ability and to avoid misunderstandings. If you are using MS-Windows
Internet Explorer you may download a free spell check utility
The Nikonians Nude Gallery and its companion, the
Nude Photography Forum, are the only places
where nudity is allowed. These are intended for mature audiences
only, therefore they have a built-in safeguard age requirement.
In addition, they are only available to Silver,
Gold and Platinum contributing members. We expect nude images
to be artistic. Use Nikonians Nude Photography Gallery
Baetens' work as a reference. Your work presented should
be focused on photography/vision and not on trying to show explicit sex acts or any
physical attributes in a overly erotic way. If you're insecure
if a contribution fits, just say so in an email sending it to
team including the photograph before posting. It's for sure
a fine line, but we do not want to see unnecessary censorship,
nor pictures which might be offending or abusing. Again, human
respect being a keyword here. Should you have moral or religious
objections or impediments to nudity, please do not enter the
Nude Photography Gallery and/or Forum.
3. POSTING, LINKS TO IMAGES, UPLOADING AND ATTACHING IMAGES
The uploading of images to our forums and the members galleries
are a privilege we grant, as our way to say thank you to those
who currently contribute to our operations costs in amounts
of or above 25 (less than 7 cents a day) for Silver
Membership status and higher. We must nevertheless limit quantity,
size and weight of photo posts in the forums in the interest
of a pleasurable experience for all visitors. All registered members
may post topics and link to their photographs at other sites,
but we ask all to abide by the same rules as if posted at Nikonians
In the forums, do not post any images not made by a Nikon
camera or a Nikon mount camera. If you want to share images
taken with other cameras/formats, these pictures can be be posted
in the Other
Camera Systems forum only.
Do not post anywhere images not belonging to you. Do
not create combined images of pictures not belonging
to you. Do not post combined pictures of which you are
not the legal owner. If you want to post an image which was
not taken by you (i.e. you do not have the copyright), please
ask both the originator and the editorial
team for permission before doing so. Failing to abide to
international copyright laws is illegal.
3.4. Traffic is an important cost component but Nikonians is
more concerned about a big number of visitors who are not
on broad band Internet and/or may go through numerous hops
to get to our sites; please
posting in the forums a prudent number of images
per post; or a reasonable
to outside images
In the forums, please limit the image size
to no more
than 1,200 pixels on the longest side. This is to accommodate
those who have smaller monitors, members who have monitors
at low display resolutions and those not on broad band Internet
connections or in remote areas of the globe.
In the forums, there is a maximum 300KByte limit to each
posted, and you will get an error message trying to upload
any bigger image file. This makes for a better experience
for users and helps keep network traffic costs down.
of re-sizing process to reach under 300KB from Photoshop
process in other tools):
a. Open your file.
b. Image > Image Size
Set the longer dimension to 1,200 Pixels (maximum) and resolution
to 72 or 96 pixels/inch.
c. File > Save for Web Option
d. Verify file size (or set to under 300KByte)
e. Save as a jpg type file
Do not post your image, or reference/link to your image more
than once, i.e. do not repeat your postings or references/links.
Whenever you include an image in your postings, it is expected
from you to include the technical data of the shot, camera,
lens, film, etc. so viewers can see what various combinations
If in your post you are linking to your own images from your
web site or from any other server (including the Nikonians galleries),
please try to link only to images complying with the size requirements
above. Please also state the size of the image in terms of pixels,
and file size. This will warn those on slow modems.
If you add a signature to your posts please make it short and
not political, ethnic, religious or controversial. You may include
a link to your personal homepage if not commercial, however
we ask that you reciprocate by becoming an Official
Nikonians Webring member and add to your homepage the links
provided. Sites in the webring will get greater exposure to
a wider audience and user feedback. Signatures may not contain
to sites owned by corporations or institutions. These sites
are nevertheless welcome to apply
Making a post in the Forums solely to attract traffic to
personal website is not allowed; such posts will be removed.
You are nevertheless welcome to apply
4. REGISTERING AT NIKONIANS
4.1. Registering at
Nikonians gives you a free of charge trial
membership that may be extended indefintely if you are active. We ask you though to adhere to the rules mentioned
on this page when registering. Member registrations not complying
with these rules will be removed without prior notice. See also
Section 6, Member conduct below.
who is interested in, owns or plans to buy Nikon photography
equipment may register at Nikonians.
You must use your real first and last name when
filling out the first and last names in the registration
Using an email account in the registration where this account
is from a site which is not considered proper, such as sites
with content of sex, violence or devil worshipping are not accepted
and will automatically terminate the account.
Using an inaccessible email account when registering will automatically
terminate the account.
Making multiple registrations will automatically terminate all
registered accounts. Exception to this rule are new registrations by members whose Basic membership has been deactivated and cannot afford to reactivate at a Silver or higher level. In such cases, members can re-use the same email account they previously registered.
It is not allowed to use an offensive or controversial username.
It is not allowed to use misleading usernames, e.g. "IAmTheModerator"
Members are expected to become financial contributing members if and as
soon as they happen to like this community and appreciate its
unique social value and the resource it is for their enjoyment
and progress as photographers. We really need your support to
sustain the growth of the community and keep enhancing it. Althoughh the main purpose of a paying membership is to have the pride to contribute to the growth of the community, Nikonians makes its best efforts to say thank you with rewards and other benefits. To
see the current benefits of upgrading your membership click
here. One of those benefits is the eligibility to participate
in our photo contest and in tours and workshops.
5. YOUR ACCOUNT, PASSWORD AND SECURITY
5.1. You will receive a password and account designation upon
completing the Nikonians registration process. You
are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of the password
and account, and are fully responsible for all activities that
occur under your password or account.
You agree to immediately notify Nikonians
of any unauthorized use of your password or account or any other
breach of security. Nikonians
cannot and will not be liable for any loss or damage arising
from your failure to comply with this.
You agree to keep your account information current, profile,
email address, etc.
If you believe that someone is misusing your account
in touch with us and inform us about it.
6. MEMBERS CONDUCT
6.1. You understand that all materials, such as data, information,
software, photographs, articles, reviews, stories, forum postings
or other materials ("content"), whether publicly posted or privately
transmitted, are the sole responsibility of the person from
which such content originated. This means that you, and not
Nikonians, are entirely
responsible for all content that you upload, post, email or
otherwise make available via the site.
Nikonians does not control the content
posted via the site and, as such, does not guarantee the accuracy,
integrity or quality of such content (see Disclaimer of
Warranty below). You understand that by using the site,
you may be exposed to content that is offensive, indecent or
objectionable to you.
You agree not to use these sites to:
a) Upload, email, post or otherwise make available any content
that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing,
tortuous, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, libelous, invasive of
another's privacy, hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise
Upload, email, post or otherwise make available any content
that you do not have a right to make available under any law
or under contractual or fiduciary relationships (such as information
from an employment relationships or learned under nondisclosure
Upload, email, post or otherwise make available or engage in
solicitation of illegal copies of software and/or, of any content
that infringes any patent, trademark, copyright or other proprietary
rights of any party.
Upload, email, post or otherwise make available any unsolicited
or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, "junk
mail", "spam" or any other form of solicitation.
Upload, email, post, or otherwise make available any material
that contains software viruses or any other computer code, files
or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality
of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment.
Interfere with or disrupt the site or servers communication
infrastructure connected to the site, or disobey any requirements,
procedures, policies or regulations of networks connected
to the site.
Engage in any form of solicitation of any illegal act.
Violate any applicable local, state, national or international
law, including, but not limited to, regulations of the US
Securities and Exchange Commission, any rules of any national
or other securities exchange, including, without limitation,
the New York Stock Exchange, the American Stock Exchange and
any regulations having the force of law.
Upload, email, post or otherwise make available any content
that deliberately and repeatedly bashes any brand, product
or company. If you wish to make a complaint or other negative
comment in respect of any brand, product or company, then
make it once and be sure you have documented facts to support
Nikonians reserve the right to terminate the account of any member
at any time for the convenience of Nikonians. Whether a termination
is made at the request of the member or for the above mentioned
reason, it shall be without refund of unused membership fees if
7. LICENSES, OWNERSHIP AND COPYRIGHT ISSUES
7.1. If you contribute material (information, data,
software, photographs, articles, reviews, stories, forum postings,
also automatically grant us an irrevocable, royalty-free, transferable
and worldwide right and license to modify, publish and reproduce
that material in perpetuity, for the purpose of operating, displaying,
distributing and promoting the community and its services
without any compensation to
you. This also means that you, as the legal owner of the contributed
material, automatically and implicitly - through the submission
- declare yourself as the rightful owner of the contributed material
and that all so called moral rights which may be raised out of
material have been waived. None of the material shall be subject
to any obligation of confidence on the part of Nikonians
and/or it's owners.
In the event that Nikonians
would like to use the contributed material for anything not related
to the purposes mentioned in 7.1, we will contact the owner of
material to negotiate terms of usage beyond the rights already
granted through the submission of the material.
Copyright stays with the legal owner, the contributor.
Submitting the property of another, without the consent of that
owner, may also subject you to legal liability for infringement
of copyright, trademark, and/or other intellectual property rights
By registering, member agrees that although the member retains
copyright of his own images or other works posted on Nikonians
forums, all posts belong to and are the property of the Nikonians.
This is required for displaying such content at Nikonians. Nikonians
is not responsible for loss of posts, modifications, copying,
distortion, quoting or other use of the posts by other users
third parties. Member hereby waives any right to make any claim
against Nikonians or other users for any use of a post, including
but not limited to any modifications, copying, republications,
distortions, or quoting.
8. NO COPY AND NO RESALE
8.1. You agree not
to reproduce, recompile, duplicate, copy, nor to sell, resell
for any commercial purposes, any portion of the site, its content,
use of the site or access to the site.
You must not use the site to violate anyone's copyright, trademark,
or other intellectual property rights, including those of Nikonians.
9. LINKS TO THIRD PARTY SITES
9.1. Nikonians contains links to third
party web sites ("third party sites"). Nikonians cannot have control
of such sites and therefore it does not endorse, have not reviewed and is not
responsible for the content or availability of such third party
You acknowledge that you use third party sites at your own risk
and that Nikonians is not responsible or liable,
directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss which may result
of such usage in connection with products or services available
on third party sites, nor for the content or the quality of the
service(s) provided at such third party sites.
9.3. To keep its statistics complete, Nikonians reserve the right to modify links to third party sites.
10. RECEIVING EMAILS
10.1. As a registered user at Nikonians, you will receive emails
from us from time to time. We do not send out emails often, but
when we do we feel that the information is important and that all
registered users should be informed about that specific issue. Typically,
these emails are not sent out more than twice a month and are very
short. Our emails are only sent out to registered users.
If you don't want to receive any emails from our community, you
may send us an email and we will remove your account. This also
means that your registration at Nikonians
is canceled completely.
If you have received unsolicited email through the site
in touch with us and inform us about it.
11. DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTY
Nikonians assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions in any provided
information, software or other data (hereafter referred to as "materials").
ANY MATERIALS LOCATED ON THIS SITE ARE
PROVIDED "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESSED
OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES
OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR NON-INFRINGEMENT.
Nikonians further does not warrant
the accuracy or completeness of the information, text, graphics,
links or other items contained within these materials. Nikonians
shall not be liable for any special, indirect, incidental, or consequential
damages, including without limitation, lost revenues or lost profits,
which may result from the use of these materials. Nikonians
does not provide or support the provision of legal advice. The law
of the many jurisdictions represented by the membership vary widely
on the legal issues raised in questions and the answers you read
on the forums. Accordingly, you should seek authorized counsel for
your questions in your specific jurisdiction and not rely solely
on the general viewpoints expressed here.
The materials on these sites are subject to change without notice
and do not represent a commitment on the part of Nikonians
in the future. Nikonians does not warrant and disclaims any responsibility
or liability in regard to system performance, availability, data
protection, or reliability. By using Nikonians.org you release Nikonians
from any liability or loss of, or damage to, or errors in, data,
information, images, posts, member records, member status or any
information you post, upload or which pertains to you.
ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS?
If you have any questions
regarding these terms, or any other questions, you can get
in touch with us online.
Legal advice on links found on this site leading to external
pages according to German law:
Aufgrund des Urteils vom Landesgericht Hamburg
vom 12. Mai 1998 sind die Betreiber einer Homepage gegebenenfalls
verantwortlich für die Inhalte externer verlinkter Seiten. Aus diesem
Grund distanziert sich NIKONIANS.ORG an dieser Stelle ausdrücklich
von den Inhalten aller von uns verlinkten externen Seiten.