Secrets of Digital Photography

Nikon eBook Accessory Update



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Suppliers Continue to Keep Busy!

Third Party accessories continue to appear for the Nikon Coolpix 950, 990, 995, 885, 775, 4500, 5000 and 5700 cameras on a regular basis.

Interesting essentials currently include:


Q-pod. A.K.A. Cobra Mini-Pod. Table top, ultra light, flat-folding, inexpensive, super handy, extendable tripod.

Several models are available in a variety of colors from or Giotto.

Get two. I'm not kidding.

About $8 ~ 20.


Extra lens cap. I'll rush you one from my private collection for $15, but you should be able to beat that price all over the Internet.

About $2 ~ 4.


 Rings and adapters. Bernie Heins' collection of specialty rings and mounting adapters for both the CP5000 and CP5700 can't be beat. Some adjust. Some adapt third-party optics. All make photography easier. NextPhoto.

About $25 and up.


 Ring Light. Sort of. It's Nikon's answer to shooting macro and getting light on the subject. The 995/4500 cameras dominate the macro world and get so close to the subject that their own dark presence shadows the shot. Enter the SL-1 with eight white LEDs in a circular array around a 28mm mount.

About $80 on the street including shipping.


 Slave flash units. Some really great ones are as inexpensive as a nice lunch. And if you have an older hotshoe flash, you will want to know how to turn it into a slave.

Slave flash, $15 ~ $40. Trigger about $20.


IR flash filter. The exclusive black IR filter that lets your camera trigger slave flash units is available. Put it over your flash tube and say good bye to red-eye, on-camera flash look, and dumb lighting.

Notice how it triggered the slave unit hiding behind the vase, left.

About $5* (see article)


Monitor viewing assist. Several low-cost accessories let you see your monitor at noon in the middle of the Sahara.

Some slide viewers (left) adapt and become focusing magnifiers of sorts. Grind to shape and velcro onto your camera. It works!

$8 ~ $20.


 Monitor viewing assist II. Here is a new product that gives you an easy to velcro solution. ScreenShade.

It comes in four sizes to fit your every camera. All cost the same. Each collapses down to under 1/2 inch thick (12mm).

~ $20.


Camera bags. A number of them exist that are appropriate in size, padding and construction. The CoolPack from Nikon is an excellent package of elements.

From $16 to $100.


Lens filters. Polarizers, IR, and protective filters are the main ones to consider. Color ones are in your eBook.

Prices vary. eBook is about $50.


Memory cards. CF cards in the Type I format now hold over 512 megabytes. Enough for a world tour in the hands of many.

CF cards in the Type II format include solid state memory and the IBM MicroDrive with its 1 GB capacity.

Phil Askey did a great comparison of several brands and capacities to learn just what all the advertising hype really means.

Check out his article at DP Review for the low-down.

Prices and capacities vary greatly.

Panoramic Pan Head: Kaidan Kiwi VR pan-heads.

Models for CP 950, 990, 995, 885 and 5000 that facilitate acquiring correctly spaced series of images for manipulation into VR and Panoramic images.

Many features. Nodal points for fisheye, wide angle and zoom lenses, levels, click stops.

Well designed. Link:

Starting at around $200.


Remote Controls. Nikon makes the RC-EU1 which allows zoom, trigger and timelapse (from 2 minutes up) control.

HarborTronics makes the DigiSnap 2000 - 2100 - 2200 with similar controls, long-line remote cord capability and timelapse from 0 sec on up to 10 days. The DigiSnaps are firmware upgradeable in the field and there are several models to choose from. Some trigger the camera with Pocket Wizard and IR.

New: Harbortronics makes a small plate that fits under the CP5000 and one for the CP5700 (slightly different) that allows a $20 Canon remote button to trigger these cameras. Simple.

Read the Reviews.

Prices $130~$120 respectively.


 Brackets. Flash brackets, long lens brackets, cable release brackets, telescope brackets, microscope brackets, and filter holding brackets. Collect them all!

Pictured: EagleEye Universal Microscope and Telescope Adapter "DigiMount".

I have one of these on a large telescope. It's the best.

Prices vary.


 Flash Bracket. Here's one that surrounds the camera! The Coolpix sits inside a loop of extra strong aluminum that provides attach points for flash units making horizontal or vertical images.

Cable release socket, levels for horizontal and vertical shooting, several models for both the 990 and 950. Now including the CP4500.

(Nikon sync cord and cable release extra.)

The ROLLBAR. $50-$100. Check it out.


Converter optics. From Nikon's own excellent converters to the ones that give 5x, 8x, and more, the list is growing.

$30 ~ $3,000 (high-cost optic results pictured)


Object stages. For stamps, coins, flat jewelry, small objects and micro-close photography, the Happenstance stage can't be beat.

Nor can it's price. About $50, delivered.

Except by its impending unavailability. Better hurry if you have a 950 or 990.


Slide copier Happenstance. Simple carrier sits on your upturned lens. Perfect diffusion behind paper or plastic mounted slides (different models for each). Happenstance accessory. While they last (designer going back to school...)

About $50 delivered.


 Slide copier Nikon. Nikon's own has special carriers for slides and strips of 35mm film that are rather like film holders for enlargers. Images can be rotated and offset in two directions for critical crops.

Works well with 995's negative inverse command!

Watch out! The built-in diffuser makes hot-spots, so you will need a flat white illumination source.

About $80 in many places.

Cleaning supplies. You may be thinking lens tissue and cleaning fluids, but you should be thinking LensPen. About $10.

eBooks. Extra copies of Mastering Nikon Compact Digital Cameras make great gifts.

Especially nice now that the Version 5.0 is now shipping.

It includes camera operation chapters on the 950/990/995/775/5000/4500/5700.

Nikon eBook: About $50.


 eBooks. Not exactly a Nikon eBook, the Sony eBook is for photographers with the DSC-F717/707 cameras from Sony.

Same author, iNovaFX PS Actions customized to the Sony cameras.

Version 1.0 covers both twist cam models.

Sony eBook: About $50.


Batteries. There is only one current best choice: NiMH.

Chargers about $25. Batteries $2.20 ~ $4 each.

Except for the newer cameras, you want the EN-EL1s.

About $30-$40.

Get the cheaper batteries and the faster charger.


Printers. Photographic prints from film photographers are going the digital route. Several recommended printers have risen to the top of the food chain. Prices are very affordable for excellent images.

Range from $200 to $600. Or more.


 Flash Units. Believe it or not, the ones from Nikon are killer. The SB-50DX has features that work on the camera and off. It even synchronizes its energy with the camera flash in SLAVE mode by reading the timing of the camera flash. Making the two units work as if they were wired together.

Flash systems vary widely in cost.

Range from $150. Or more.

  Lens Cap retaining fiber. You may call it simplistic or even cheap, but it kept my 950's lens caps with their cameras for over a year.

Bright red (and cinnamon flavored) to match the accent panel on the 950 and European 990's, this tough, nearly unbreakable fiber attaches to the cap with a knot and to the camera body by simply inserting one end into the flash synch socket and screwing down the socket cap. The flat fiber material lays between the threads without causing damage to the camera.

Cinnamon Dental Floss: About $1. Smile!

Please Note: This page is incomplete. Prices are not quotes, they're merely guides. Postage and handling charges aren't factored in.

*The magic IR transmission filter for the flash units is not available at this time. Until it is, use a piece of black, unexposed, developed slide transparency film.

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