NOTE: The Coolpix model 900s & 950 cameras |
can use all of these lenses too !
Nikon 0.66x Wideangle Lens
Here's the Nikon WC-E24 wideangle lens for the Coolpix 900. It is a 0.66x wideangle converter and guess what -- it comes with a lens cap. This is a high-quality glass lens made specifically to match the Coolpix 900's excellent Nikkor zoom lens and well worth the $90.
Even though the book says not to use the flash because it won't cover the entire field of view I found it to do a very good job of it. As with all converter lenses a certain amount of darkening will occur when using it but this is easily corrected in software after the fact.
If you want to really cover the subject area try using SR Inc's DSF-1 Slave Flash. Note that the Nikon 900 triggers flash slaves with ONE flash pulse.
Nikon Coolpix 900 28-37mm Aluminum Stepup Filter Rings
Go to CK Power's web site for more information, photos and/or to place an order for one of these high-quality stepup rings.
Macro & Tele lenses for Nikon 900
The Raynox 3.5x macro and stepup ring is the ultimate closeup lens accessory for the Coolpix 900 - you can get so close to things that it is scary. Check out the pictures of the dime below.
The Raynox 1.8x and 2x telephoto adapters are perfect for getting even closer to those "far away" subjects that just don't fill the frame even when using the full telephoto.
And the Raynox clear lens protector is
always a good idea to keep fingerprints off of the optical lens cover of
the Nikon. Included in this kit is a ND (neutral density) filter and a
28-37mm stepup ring.
Sample 3.5x Macro PicsI took these three pictures using the Raynox MSN-200 3.5x MacroScan Close-up Lens set. The Nikon 900 was as close as possible to the subject which was a U.S. dime coin. Lighting was furnished by a small gooseneck lamp sitting about a foot away.
Raynox 2X Macro LensThis picture was taken using the Raynox 2X Macro lens that is part of the MSO-2000 MacroScan Close-Up set for the Olympus D-600L camera. The kit consists of two lenses, a 2X and a 4X Macro closeup lens and a stepup ring for the Olympus D-600L. These lenses are threaded for 37mm so they can also be used with the Nikon 900 with the appropriate stepup ring.
Raynox QM-1010 Copy Stand
Here's a picture of my newest toy, the Raynox QM-1010 Illuminated Camera Stand with my Nikon 900 mounted on it along with the Raynox 3.5x macro lens. Using this configuration I can easily copy 35mm slides and crop out whatever portion of it I want by just zooming in or out.
When using the 3.5x macro lens you do NOT have to use the Nikon 900's macro setting which means that you CAN use the self-timer to insure movement-free closeups.
You can use the builtin illuminator when copying slides or you can turn it off and use another source of illumination when photographing a non-transparent object on the top of the copy stand. The camera can be easily adjusted up or down with a geared wheel control and then locked firmly in place. As I said before - when using the 3.5x macro lens you do not need to use the macro setting which allows you to use the self-timer function.
Raynox 2X Telephoto
Here's a sample "before and after" using the Raynox 2X telephoto adapter lens. The before shot is full 3X zoom of the Nikon 900, the after shot is using the Raynox 2X with the Nikon 900 in full 3X zoom position.
QuickStitch: Instant Super-Wideangle
Some of the coolest software around is
QuickStitch and guess what?
You already have it if you own a Coolpix 900. It's on the CD-ROM
disc that's marked NikonView and can be found in the folder called
Enroute. Go to that folder and run the SETUP program and start
Here's a quick example that I did in less than five minutes using
the Nikon 900 handheld (no tripod) in my computer room.
A little cropping of this "stitched" picture and you would have
a super-wideangle shot that couldn't be taken no matter what lens you put
on the Coolpix 900. Click to see the BIG picture!
New NikonView 1.2 Software Available
Nikon has posted
NikonView v1.2 for the Mac for download on their web site.
The following are the new features and fixes in the Macintosh version 1.2:
A while back they posted NikonView v1.2 for Windows. This update (a complete installer) corrects the following problems that were present in NikonView for Windows.
CAME - Digital Camera Control ProgramSo you say you have the new Nikon 900 and hate that 30-second camera shut off feature? You're not alone - we all hate it. Stop complaining to Nikon Tech and download the CAME program by TsuruZoh Tachibanaya.
Note that the Nikon folks have really ticked TsuruZoh off by commenting
that his CAME program can damage the Coolpix 900/900S cameras so he has
dropped the Nikon 900 support from the latest version of CAME. You can
CAME version 0.8 from my web site.
P.I.E. Picture Information Extractor
Picture Information Extractor($19 shareware) will download your Nikon (and Agfa, Epson, Olympus and Sanyo) digicam images using the serial cable or directly from the CompactFlash card and optionally rename them using the actual time/date of each. This allows them to all be placed in the same folder without worry of duplicate filenames.
PIE can also perform lossless rotation (registered version) when the
image was shot in portrait mode. P.I.E. also shows you the
"hidden" camera info that is
imbedded in your image files such as time/date, shutter speed, f/stop,
zoom setting (on certain cameras) and more.
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