It has been most rewarding to hear what others have to say about our community in the unsolicited comments below. Our highest appreciation to all of you. Below a sample.
Rainbow Falls. Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Nikon F5, Nikkor AF-S 80-200mm/2.8D ED IF, L37C filter, RGB Matrix Metering, on Konica Impresa 50
This is what Nikon (USA) said about us
"Nikonians (www.nikonians.org) - Although the name might sound like an intergalactic nation from Star Trek, Nikonians are a group of passionate Nikon users, spread across the globe. It's a first-class site and deserves to "Live Long and Prosper!" Nikon Recommends: Check out the extensive glossary."
Member Martin Turner from the UK on us
"Interestingly, Nikonians is the only online community I've ever paid to join, and the only community which I think is worth an admission price.
Here are my thoughts:
1. Nikonians is the most actively moderated community I've ever been part of.
Threads that get out of hand get locked, users that are rude, or post unhelpful information, get contacted. Persistent offenders get actively removed. I've been part of a number of communities which I've left when particular threads degenerated into mud-slinging and name calling.
2. Nikonians is the most helpful community I've ever been part of.
I don't ask for help very often, not because I think I know a lot, but because I discovered that the search function is very good and, generally, any question I've got has already been answered. That's how I found Nikonians in the first place. But what I have noticed is that requests for help are almost always dealt with helpfully. On lots of other forums, any request for help immediately prompts a series of criticisms of the poster's skills, equipment, or even their right to be asking 'stupid' questions.
3. Nikonians is the most informative community I've ever been part of.
The number of 'clueless experts' is remarkably few, and their posts tend to get challenged, courteously, fairly early on. Urgent requests for information get answered very fast - far faster than Nikon's own helpdesk ever does.
4 Nikonians is the most stimulating community I've ever been part of.
I've learned enormous amounts researching answers to questions where my first thought would be to reply saying 'this is what I do', and then realising that I actually have no clue why I do that, and whether it's good or bad. I discovered FocusMagic and Portraiture while trying to find the answer to someone's questions, which, together, have been the post-processing result of the decade for me.
5. Nikonians is the most adventurous community I've ever been part of.
Most sites offer whatever it is their software offers, and that's it. New features come along when the software offers more features. Nikonians, with its podcasts, academy, RSS, wiki and so on is always developing new, high quality stuff, based on what is wanted or needed, not just on what is available.
6. Nikonians is the only online community I've ever been proud to be a member of.
Most online communities are a slightly guilty secret. This one is an investment. The best photographic investment after my camera.
7. Nikonians is the most inspiring community I've ever been a part of.
The online assignments, the Best of Nikonians, and the stuff that gets posted for comment on forums I go to has me constantly amazed, and inspires me to take better pictures."
Martin Turner, Nikonian in the UK
Scott Kelby on Nikonians
"Larry Becker (NAPP's Executive Director) ran into a NAPP member at the Tampa seminar last week who told him about an online community for Nikon Shooters called The Nikonians (https://www.nikonians.org). The site is very professionally designed, and they have different levels of membership available, and one of the benefits is a printed "Photographers ID Badge." Worth checking out."
Scott Kelby, Nikonian in the USA (Editors note: Best seller author of Photoshop books)
And, though many are not listed here, some more sample testimonials
"Hello, I was referred here by Nikon tech support. It was so cool I signed up Silver."
Dennis Driscoll (dennisd70) California, USA
"Thank you all for making Nikonians such wonderful place. Thank you for thousands of pictures, for tons of knowledge and for making every photographer feeling home. We wish you all a wonderful year. May it be full of success, luck and happiness."
T McBrian (duffergirl) Ontario, Canada
"Nikon shooters have NIKONIANS! And that's probably one of the best reasons to go with Nikon. Cheers!"
Jason Preiss (jspreiss) USA
"For many years I was on a strict budget and used a couple of Minolta film cameras. One with an integrated meter and one without. I enjoyed the art of photography and compensated for the equipment. About 3 years ago I was ready to make the jump to Digital and quickly realized that the big questions was Nikon or Cannon. My analysis let me to believe that for my needs Both companies had great technical products and were in a leapfrog development cycle, swapping places for who was top dog at any given time. It was when I discovered Nikonians during this time that the decision became easy. The quality of Nikonians became the tie breaker for me. I started with a D70. I now have a D200 and oodles of accessories and a few fast lenses. With enough funding, anyone can make a great camera. but Nikonians is Priceless!"
Michael Boswell (Searider) USA
"I was referred to your site by Manfrotto in New Jersey!! The folks there have many nice things to say about the professional help that a beginning, amateur, or professional photographer receives from the valued membership. Thanks for being here Nikonians!!!"
Rod Donlon (rdonlon) New York, USA
"You guys run probably the best forum organization I have seen! Don't change a thing!"
Fernando Ortega (therager) USA
"My Silver membership is probably the single best investment in photography. I have learned more by reading, searching and salivating over the Nikonians postings. Funny (or sad, depending on how you look at it) story; last weekend, my wife & I were in a different city for a convention for her work. Of course, I had to check out the "best" camera shop. By reading Nikonians, I've been highly interested in the new Nikon 105mm micro VR lens. When I asked the store manager about it, he promptly laughed and said a macro lens would never be made with VR -- it just wouldn't be done. I told him I'd been reading about it at Nikonians and it was shipping; I was surprised as a Nikon dealer he didn't know about it. He proceeded to tell me I didn't know what I was talking about... before I walked out, my wife told him "my husband is a Nikonian--he DOES know what he is saying".
So, if I didn't score any other points, at least my wife thinks I'm smarter being a Nikonian! I will not argue with that since it tends to help with the NAS."
Dean Mueller (boatman) Tennessee, USA
"Nikonians has been a great experience helping me to come a long way in a short time. I love the respect that Nikonians offers to each other, which seems to adhere to an underlying philosophy that no matter your level of expertise, we were all beginners once."
Albert J. Valentino (Valentino) USA
"I just received written confirmation of my acceptance to go and study photography in Glasgow ... what I wanted to do was thank all those on Nikonians who have helped, encouraged and inspired me along the way. I have learned so much around here from reading and getting advice from top photographers who give so freely of their time. Ultimately it was the inspiring images from the likes of Shutterkid, Marsel, DaveC and others that made me think 'they learned, I can too' and this was probably the deciding factor to go after my dream. I was told Nikonians was a special place for photographers and all I can do is reiterate the assertion and offer my heartfelt thanks."
Anndra Dubhacan (Dubhacan) Nikonian in West Coast Highlands, Scotland
"I am truly impressed by how helpful and supportive the Nikonian Community is - Very. Many Thanks"
Paul McDougald (McPaul) Nikonian in Winnipeg, Canada
"Thank you, I keep coming back as I find this community a great source of inspiration.
It has helped me become a better photographer. Also, thanks, by using the NikoScope search engine I found out that there are many Nikonians from Slovenia. Best regards"
Igor Voljc (IgorV) Nikonian in Slovenia
Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Nikon F5, Nikkor AF 20mm/2.8, L37C filter, RGB Matrix Metering, on Velvia 50
"I need to thank everyone who contributes here. At the time I first found you I didn't know the difference between the manual lenses and the AF lenses, not to mention all the changes with "G" lenses and all the rest. I was completely overwhelmed! All I knew was that I wanted a 50. And after reading here, I also learned that I wanted the D70, so I saved up and bought it **happy dance** thanks guys! If it wasn't for the information that you all contribute here I would have been at the mercy of some sales clerk who may or may not know what they are doing."
Tami Sweitzer, Nikonian in Florida, USA
"After discovering this site and the D-70 forum in particular, I decided to purchase the D-70 kit"
Parker Waters, (Dubya) Nikonian in New Orleans, USA
"I used to be a moderator and server administrator for the main UK gamers website for a major first person shooter. Believe me, some of the tantrums I used to have to handle there were peanuts compared to what we see here. I know how hard it is to keep a balance between effective moderation which avoids letting someone abuse the forums and heavy handed censorship which stunts the sense of community a forum has. I visit here directly because I believe that this forum's moderators have gotten that balance just right."
Noel Holland, Nikonian in the UK
"I joined because I found the members warm and friendly. When I joined, I was a newbe at SLR and recovering from cancer treatment. It didn't matter what kind of technical or stupid question I asked, I was unfailingly met with encouragement and answers to even my stupid (ignorant, I guess) questions. Nobody treated me like I was ignorant, and that meant a lot. I've tried to give back to this forum as I learned a new trick or technique and could share that with someone who didn't know. Even though my photography usually pales to what I see posted by others."
Betty LaRue, (echo rider) Nikonian in Oklahoma, USA
"A friend from class recommended this site and it's been extremely helpful. People have been helpful and supportive. Thanks."
Mary Lincoln (incn) Nikonian in Michigan, USA
"The site is fantastic! I have particularly enjoyed the insights provided. Look forward to drawing on your expertise as I move forward with my education."
Ted Prush (tedp105) Nikonian in New York, USA
"Hi, I just discovered your site and am very impressed. Anyway, I wanted to share this with you and hope to gain a lot from this site..."
Richard Gibson (Rich Gibson) Nikonian in Virginia, USA
"So, I'm looking for a good website to share some photos, get some feedback on what I shoot, and learn more about shooting ... Lo, Nikonians pops up on a search for Nikon users. What a great resource!"
Brendan Obrien (flightdaddy) Nikonian in Florida, USA
"This site has been a great source of information and help to me way out here in West Texas. I've enjoyed seeing Nikonians posting greetings from many places my wife and I have visited -- from Istanbul to Japan! I look forward to participating however and whenever I can."
Rex Vermillion (Rvermillion) Nikonian in Texas, USA
"I have discovered this great site about a week ago, and I've already found answers to some of my questions reading this forum. I wish one day I can be of great help to the members. Presently it seems that I will be on the other end, getting the most benefit out of this forum."
Tuluhan Ergunes (xn3ct) Nikonian in Istanbul, Turkey
"Just found this site and am looking forward to finding out more about it."
Natasha Mitsuhashi, Nikonian in Japan
"Nikonians, I am so glad to meet you all."
Peter Hols (phols) Nikonian in The Netherlands
"I learnt about this site from a forum where a lot of Indian photography enthusiasts hang out. I am pleased to be here. I hope I learn from you folks and learn about photography too."
Shailesh Kuber (SharpShooter) Nikonian in Mumbai, India
"I've been reading this forum and have learned so much. Such a wonderful site and I'm looking forward to contributing as I now seem to have more regular access to a computer. Long live Nikonians!"
Alan Li (Pongo) Nikonian in Ontario, Canada
"Just joined today and I'm very pleased to be a member of what looks like a great virtual community."
Murray Low, Nikonian in the United Kingdom
"I see the talented people from this site and it makes me SMILE. I am slowly remembering my photography and finding what I could do again. All of the photographs I see in this site are from not amateurs or professionals BUT PHOTOGRAPHERS, a group of people from across the world who may have never met but have communicated thru their photos. I am proud that this group has answered my questions and let me find a passion that I had put away for awhile. THANK YOU ALL!!!"
Dennis Benekos (DRB) Nikonian in Illinois, USA
"I've just signed up... how exciting."
Jenny Maresh, Nikonian in the United Kingdom
"I found this forum today searching the net for information about some Nikkors and I was astonished by the richness of interesting topics."
Kris B. Flasar (Grizzly) Nikonian in Austria
"This is a treasure. The information at Nikonians is great, and I am glad and honored to be part of this group."
Marcelo Mec (marcmec) Nikonian in Texas, USA
"I too have been in the shadows for the past few months; reading, learning, absorbing and occasionally contributing a thought here and there. You were very influential in my decision to go Nikon. I'm a former Mauian transplanted into the Pacific Northwest (better fishing)."
Ralph Ogata (rogata) Nikonian in Washington, USA
"I just registered after lurking around here for a week or so, enjoying not only the wealth of information but also (and perhaps most) the friendly atmosphere in the forums. I find it very refreshing compared to other sites I know, where the lack of courtesy and civility can sometimes be a bit tiring. Still not decided on what to get, but it will be a Nikon outfit. Glad to be here & looking forward to seeing you in the forums!"
Kenneth Nyberg (Humanist) Nikonian in Göteborg, Sweden
"I just stumbled across this site only a few hours ago, got excited with all the resources and helpfulpeople on the forums that I had to sign up and maybe get a @nikonians.org email address!"
"I'm a new Nikonian from Venezuela looking forward to share information with all this community. Great job in this page."
Hugo Padron (hpathe) Nikonian in Venezuela.
"You have a wonderful site and valuable resource for we Nikon users/lovers."
Dennis Fraser, Nikonian in Illinois, USA
"Well after about 3 months of trawling throught the net I have finally found my mecca, made even better by the shear passion and positivity for photography. Pleasure to see there are so many Nikon fans out there, and really looking forward to taking part in this wonderful site. There isn't a better Nikon site than Nikonians. Keep up the great work!"
"Did you know Nikonians is the first webby I visit each time my computer is switched on?"
Meng Yew Choy (mychoy) Nikonian in Singapore
"Thank you! I bought a D80 in November and I've been disapointed that it would'nt shoot anywhere even close to 3 frames per second. The dealer couldn't find out what was wrong and neither could Nikon tech support. I was about to box it up and send it in for warranty service and thought I'd register here and see if anyone here knew the answer. I found this thread: "How do I get anything close to 3 frames/sec on my D80". Problem fixed. This is obviously a group worth joining. Thanks again!"
Terrence S. Clausing, USA
"Suffice it to say I'm am furthered convinced the Nikonians truly is a "community" by your helpful assistance. The Silver membership was the best $25 dollars I've spent in sometime."
Gerard Pas, Canada
"I am so glad I found this site. I had a problem (I thought) with a lens and went searching for answers when I landed on this site. Dropped a help request on the forum last nite and 24 hours later have 6 responses that are all very helpful. I'm just getting started with the digital camera world and can tell that this site is a great learning asset and resource. Glad to be aboard."
John Moss, California, USA
"Thank you for providing the Nikonians site. All is well with the way you have it setup."
Regards, Jerry Litynski, Photographer
"Thanks for getting back....you guys are so good it is amazing! Appreciate how approachable you guys are and how much you listen to the users. Feel free to call on me to share any of the load I can in support of this site. Best single forum for Nikon nuts like me, and it is almost a one stop site. If only you guys had a direct connect venture with B&H Photo I wouldn't have reason to go to any other site!"
Jeff Wakefield (Jwake), Florida, USA
"By the way .. Excellent web site."
Roberto Balderas, Victoria, Mexico
"Thanks for having such a wonderful site for us to engage information and other of similar interests!!! I cannot praise your site enough. It is comprehensive, easy to use/access, free (!), supportive of my NAS, and informative. Good job!! Thanks again for a great site."
Bob Sigler, New York, USA
"THANKS, FOLKS! Just read your article on SU-4 prior to purchase and got more from it than Nikon site or equipment sellers. Appreciate your work in our behalf. Keep it up, please."
"Just wanted to give you a little compliment. Your Nikonians is a well designed, easily navigated web page, with enough information and news to keep an old guy like me busy all day, every day. Thanks for providing such a wonderful place to peruse my favorite topic, photography. My first Nikon was a Nikkorex F back in the early 50's and I went up from there to a Coolpix 990 now."
Maurice Gamache (Mauryg)
"Thanks for the awesome site. Keep up the good work. I use it a lot. Thanks"
Mahesh Kalambi (mklamb)
"Gentlemen, I wanted to send you an email to let you know how satisfied and happy I am to find your organization in the internet. I only registered this week and the information I am getting from the forums and resources as just priceless! The members are so professional and very nice. Thank you and more power to both of you."
Sincerely, Norman Timonea, USA
"Thank you very much for the service which you provide. As a Nikon lover for many years, this site holds anything and everything Nikon... and if it is not listed, then its not needed. Thanks again for the dedication to such a great enterprise."
Steve Guyer (Spguyer) Georgia, USA
"Deciding between Canon and Nikon was easy....although Canon has a full frame digital camera, Nikon has Nikonians.org!"
Raja Roy (roy3) from India, currently in the USA
"Thank you a lot for an interesting web-site which I enjoy a lot."
Best regards Allan Jensen, Denmark
"I've loved photography for a long time and purchasing a Nikon camera was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Took several photography courses at our local University and read many books. Nikonians members are a tremendous source for understanding equipment and the complexity of photography. Most importantly, the encouragement, support, and shared knowledge from all, continue to add to the desire for improvement."
Carolyn Patin-Jones (cpatinjone) Lousiana, USA
"Thank you for all the time, organization, and knowledge you have with the site in a creative manner.
I am like a child in a toy shop & so much outstanding information to read and to study. I cannot leave my computer this morning to do anything else! Thank you."
"Long Live Nikonians !!!! Never saw a more friendlier, decent and a civilized site than Nikonians."
Dr. Dinil Abeygunawardane (Fovea), Sri Lanka
"Just want to say Thanks to all you Nikonians out there !! I finally made my first Nikon purchase, a D2H after watching and reading everything I could about Nikon for over a year. The Nikonian website is by far the best run, and best place to get answers and advice from dedicated Nikon users. I look forward to participating in several fourms to get the most out of my Nikon equipment."
Jeffrey Mitchell (Panther_Nikon) NIkonian in Massachusetts, USA
"My "Nikon experience" with my beloved N80, is made immeasurably richer and more enjoyable by the Nikonians -- so much great info, insight, and good-natured fellowship. Thanks for all the great work you do!"
Ed Janci (Ed51502) Nikonian in Pennsylvania, USA
"Currently I teach photography to a group of students and I hereby ask for your permission to use your wonderful Nikonians page as a school reference textbook. With my regards."
Armando Petricioli, Sonora, Mexico
"What is Nikonians? Just the best Internet community for Nikon owners; if you own a Nikon, you'll find you have to be a Nikonian."
Fabrizio Giudici (BlueKnight), Italy
"I came across this site looking for an answer and I'm so glad I did. I've learned more in 3 days than I have in 3 months."
Frances Jackson (fsjackson) Nikonian in Texas, USA
"Bo, Thanks so much for your prompt response. You and JRP do a great job managing the Nikonians site. We are all in your debt. I much appreciate you efforts and wish you a great and productive new year."
Richard Caldwell, Nikonian in Texas, USA
"Bo/Jrp: I am new to Nikonians, but have enjoyed its benefit within the first week. My humble contribution is a token of my appreciation for the fine setup you two have created for us. Go Nikonians!!!"
Buddhadev Mukherjee (dev)
"This site is awesome!!! I usually avoid discussion group sites because half the people are rude and the other half doesn't know what they're talking about. Man what a nightmare. I lost all faith in discussion groups. However, while watching the discussions on this site after being directed here by my instructor at the New York Institute of Photography, I decided to post my questions. It's really nice to be on a site where everyone is polite and knowledgeable. This is one site I will be visiting on a daily basis. Thanks to everyone who posts and responds in a friendly and educated way."
Dwon (gshot) - Nikonian in Oregon, USA
"You do all of us Nikonians around the world a great service and I, one of many, greatly appreciate all your hard work."
James Loy (jmike) North Carolina, USA
"Just wanted to offer a heartfelt thanks to the originators and the moderators of this forum. And let's face it folks, the visual format employed on Nikonians.org is, in my opinion, far superior to anything out there. I have transitioned from an initially dissatisfied digital camera user, into a better-informed photographer...thanks to many folks on this forum. In essence, my digital skills have substantially matured (and continue to grow) by tuning into this site."
Ben Harrmann, Nikonian in North Carolina, USA
"I've been a part of this site for a while now and I have to say what a treasure it is. I've told so many Nikon users about it. In fact I just bought my niece a Nikon N-50 as her first camera. I just had to say something."
Kelly McClure (Grip71) Nikonian in Illinois, USA
"Boy am I glad I found you guys (and gals). In two days since I ran across the site, I have learned more about my N80 and Nikkors than in the past 2 years. I look forward to learning more and posting some of my shots for analysis and critique."
Henry (nascarN80) Nikonian in Md. USA
"Hello all. I am new to this site and I must say at the out set that I am very impressed. I debated between Canon and Nikon, before stumbling upon this site. I can tell by all the enthusiastic participation that I will never doubt my decision to go with Nikon."
Brian Gupton (bgupton)
"Keep up the good work! Thanks for being there. Your site has been a great learning tool for me. The tips and info. are helping me each day." George Henry
"Just a few words of thanks for your highly informative, interesting and educational site. As a VERY CONFUSED owner of the D70, I turned to your site which has already solved many of my questions. I have found your members eager to be helpful and fully qualified to provide meaningful advice. I have now learned to love my D70, to respect all of the abilities it offers...and this is in large part the direct result of help with my specific "problems" as well as the learning process which comes with reviewing questions submitted by others. Keep up your high standards and the resulting member benefits."
Thanks again.Arthur P. Davis (Commodore) Nikonian in Florida, USA
"I must recommend you to take a look at the homepage of The Nikonians - an international and VERY GOOD homepage for owners of Nikon equipment."
Niels Juul Nielsen, Aarhus, Denmark
"JRP, thanks for all the work you and Bo have done for all Nikonians. I am new to photography (1 yr) and most of what I've learned has been through my interaction at Nikonians. I will support this site for as long as I can press shutter or click a mouse!"
Marcelino Cruz (shutterkid), Nikonian in NY, USA
"This morning has been the first chance that I've have to really spend much time in this site, and I can't begin to tell you how impressed I am�. It is very obvious that each of you are genuinely interested in helping each other. I can see that I will be spending some serious time reading through the many posts to truly learn how to use my new N80 it well. Even though I have been taking photos for over 20 years (w/ a Canon AE-1), I have not really had someone to tutor me, but I feel that NIKONIANS will be the tutor I never had. Thanks for making this great site available and for the wealth of information offered. I'm really looking forward to becoming a part of this community."
KenC (Old Rookie) Nikonian in OK, USA
Thanks to all of you who have taken the time to write us and tell us what you think about Nikonians.
Bo (bgs) & Ramón (jrp) - founders of Nikonians