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Community Calendar: Week of Dec. 25-31, 2013 | The Rock River Times

Community Calendar: Week of Dec. 25-31, 2013
Ethnic Heritage Museum - 1129 S. Main St. Sun., 2-4 p.m. Open every Sunday. "150th Anniversary of African-American History." Runs thru Dec. 22. "Holiday Traditions" Nov. 16-Dec. 22 every Sunday. Admission $5 adults, $3 student, $10 family. Info: 815-962-7402.
First Steps Support Group for the Newly Bereaved - Hosted by Northern Illinois Hospice. Meets periodically; call for schedule. Info: 815-398-0500.
Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Recycling Centers - 4665 Hydraulic Road, Rockford, off South Alpine Road, and 13125N. 2nd St., Roscoe, 1/2 mile north of McCurry Road. Hours: 9 a.m.-noon every Saturday. Info; 815-637-1343 or
Registration for 2014 Career Fairs - For NIU Students. Internship Fair (for all majors): Feb. 18. Job Fair (for all majors): Feb. 19. NIU's Educator Job Fair: Feb. 24. Call the Campus Recruitment office to reserve your interview space, 815-753-8346. Info and descriptions of Value Packages, visit:
Christmas Tree Drop-Off - Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful has 13 sites in Winnebago County where trees may be dropped off. Stand, lights and any decorations should be removed from the tree before drop-off. Artificial trees, wreaths, flocked trees, tree bags and tree stands are not accepted. Holiday lights and power cords may be droppedoff at the KNIB Recycle Centers, open 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays (unless wind chill is below zero) at 4655 Hydraulic Drive, Rockford, and 13125 N. 2nd St., Roscoe. Info on drop-off sites: 815-637-1343 or
Order Tickets for Comedian Brian Regan - Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., DeKalb. Date: Feb. 6, 2014, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $39.75, on sale Fri., Sept. 27 at 10 a.m. at,, via phone at 815-758-1225 or the Egyptian Theatre box office. Wednesday, Dec. 25
Saturday Spectacular: Out with the Old - In with the New - Rockford Public Library, Main Library Little Theatre, 215 N. Wyman St. 11-11:45 a.m. All ages. Info: 815-965-7606.
Pub Trivia - Hope and Anchor, 5040 N. Second St., Loves Park. 8 p.m. Info: 815-633-2552.
Have your free listing in the Thursday preceding our Wednesday publication. Listings can be e-mailed to , faxed to 815-964-9825 or called in to 815-964-9767.

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Monday, December 23, 2013
Posted by Karon

Nikon D5300 review

The Nikon D5300 offers a semi-pro spec with 24.2MP resolution, tilting LCD and Wi-Fi in the body of an entry-level camera, but is it worth your cash?
Nikon D5300 review
Recent Nikon DSLR releases have all been high-end and full frame, most notably the D610 and Nikon Df. But the Nikon D5300, updating yet not immediately replacing the Nikon D5200, shows that the manufacturer hasn't given up on the sub-£1,000 consumer market. And sensibly so, as industry figures suggest its entry-level Nikon D3100 was the best selling DSLR of 2013.

Like that camera, the higher 24.2 megapixel resolution D5300 is your regular APS-C sensor model. Its chip's physical dimensions are smaller than the 35mm film frame equivalent of the pricier Df and D610 models, but APS-C is standard fare at its price.

The D5300 is being aimed at the 'advanced beginner' according to Nikon, a class of consumers that sounds kinda mutually exclusive. Suggested cost is a high-ish £729.99 body only, or £829.99 if twinning the camera with a standard 18-55mm zoom lens, which any beginner would surely want, no matter how advanced.

Unusually for Nikon, as well as regulation issue black, the D5300's body is being offered in red or, our favourite, gun metal grey. However the single shell plastic construction - which Nikon claims has reduced overall weight - and finish does conspire to make it look like a shiny toy, which we can't say we're overly thrilled about.

But at least it stops the camera from looking overly serious and complicated to newcomers at first glance.

New this time around is the fact that the D5300 is Nikon's first DSLR to feature built-in Wi-Fi, complete with a dedicated 'i' button to select pictures for upload.

In terms of core photography, ISO range can be boosted from ISO12800 to ISO25600 for near see-in-the-dark performance and, of course, here we also get 1920x1080 pixels video with the benefit of stereo microphones located just in front of the camera's hotshoe. These are neatly tucked behind the pop up flash.

While this all sounds mostly positive, is the D5300 truly a camera worth spending £700 to £800 on, especially when a typical entry-level APS-C sensor DSLR, such as the Nikon D3200 or D3100, would cost you £500 or under?

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Posted by Karon

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