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About Nikonians - Who we are

The Nikonians® Community motto reveals its purpose: To Share, Learn and Inspire.

Since the year 2000, we are helping photographers and videographers of all skill levels to shorten the learning curve, improving skills and results, hopefully while saving you both time and money. All this while making long lasting friendships across borders.

We are a not-for-profit community for all Nikon® users, their worldwide home.

We are independent and we have no advertising and no sponsors. This means we have the freedom to be open and honest, no hidden agendas, no paid content and there is no user tracking for serving ads.

Nikonians is for you, our member. You are the center of our universe.

We are here for you and our existence is because of you. If you are a professional or amateur photographer, an imaging professional or videographer and you

  • Need answers to your questions
  • Need information about certain gear
  • Want critique and feedback on your images
  • Need more exposure of your work
  • Simply want to expand your network and make new friends

...then you have come to the right place.


The Nikonians community was founded by Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs) and José Ramón Palacios (jrp) late 1999, launching officially April 2000.


The Nikonians founders

José Ramón Palacios (jrp) and Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs)

We wish to present this community as a humble tribute to:

  • The Nikon brand that has given us and so many others so much joy in photography
  • The pioneering efforts of all those anonymous engineers who have made, and continue to make extraordinary advances possible within photography
  • The generous Nikon corporate loyalty to all the users world wide, clearly manifested through the possibility to use nearly any Nikkor® lens on any Nikon camera ever made

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide the best possible practical advice on photography, in a friendly, creative and inspiring atmosphere for ambitious photographers and videographers of all skill levels and demanding imaging professionals where there is room for each of us to share, learn, inspire and to be inspired. We do this in an easily accessible and honest community where all members openly and respectfully communicate among each other.

Our Vision

Our vision is to be the worldwide home for all Nikon users, regardless of their level of expertise or location. With your help and support we know we can fulfill that vision.

Our Expectations

As an ad-free community we are completely dependent on receiving membership fees.

As a new member, we expect you to become a contributing, paying member as soon as you happen to like the community and appreciate its resources for your enjoyment and progress as a photographer. Your support is most appreciated and needed to help sustain the growth of the community.

To see the benefits of upgrading your membership, aside from having the pride of contributing to supplement the founders efforts, click here. Among those benefits are membership rewards and eligibility to participate in our photo contests.


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For the operations of Nikonians.org and NikoScope.com:

Nikonians EMEA Ltd.
Dögginger Str. 1
78183 Hüfingen
Director: Bo Stahlbrandt

For the operations of NikoniansAcademy.com:

Nikonians North America, Inc.
4224 Florida Avenue, Suite 5
Kenner, LA 70065
Director: José Ramón Palacios

No data is exchanged between the two entities.

We are not responsible for any linked content located on any other web sites. Legal content linking notice in German: 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 distanzieren wir uns an dieser Stelle ausdrücklich von den Inhalten aller von uns verlinkten externen Seiten.

Nikonians and NikoScope are registered trademarks and THE NIKONIAN is a trademark, owned by Nikonians EMEA Ltd.
Nikkor and Nikon are trademarks owned by Nikon Corporation. Our community is not related or affiliated in any way to Nikon Corporation nor to any of its subsidiaries and/or affiliates.