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Christmas Evening with….Richard Young Celebrating 40 Years of Photography

Grays of Westminster and Nikon Owner Magazine
Present a Christmas Evening with….Richard Young
Celebrating 40 Years of Photography

The Institute of Directors, Pall Mall, London
Friday, 5th December, 2014

6.30 p.m. – 10.30 p.m.
Champagne Reception: 6.30 p.m.




Enjoy a superb Christmas dinner in the magnificent Regency restaurant at the Institute of Directors (IoD) at 116 Pall Mall, London, followed by a unique opportunity to listen to Richard Young, one of the most remarkable social documentary photographers of our time, as he presents his extraordinary images from a monumental career spanning forty years.


“Richard Young is one of the most important photographers
of the 20th Century.”
Lord Snowdon


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Photographer Richard Young

Richard’s body of work contains a wealth of iconic images from a distinguished range of famous subjects, from Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, from Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Junior to Tom Cruise, Princess Diana and Jackie Onassis. Over the years, he has covered the Cannes Film Festival and the Oscars in Los Angeles, as well as visiting orphanages in Romania with Michael Jackson and accompanying United States troops to Iraq.

In 2012, Richard was presented with the Ischia Art Award at the Ischia Global Film and Music Festival in Italy, and in the same year was featured as the subject of a four-part Sky Arts Documentary: Celebrity Exposed: The Photography of Richard Young. In 2013, he was awarded Le Prix Champagne de la Joie de Vivre, and later in the year, an Honorary Fellowship and the title Honorary Doctor in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Field of Photography from The University of The Arts London.

The IoD is a grand Grade I listed Regency building and its sweeping marble staircase and vast walls covered in 18th and 19th century canvases provides a spectacular backdrop for the evening; the period restaurant at the IoD is a most fitting venue for this elegant, traditional Christmas celebration.


Venue: Institute of Directors (IoD), 116 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5ED

Date: Friday, December 5th, 2014

Champagne Reception: 6.30 p.m. Introduction and Welcome

Dinner: 7.15 p.m.

Traditional Christmas Dinner or a Vegetarian Option

Richard Young’s Presentation in the morning room: 9.15 p.m.

Cost of the evening: £155 per ticket, £95 for current Nikon Owner subscribers*


A chance to win a pair of Nikon high-grade binoculars worth £450.00 complete with case, courtesy of Nikon UK!


To book a place at the Christmas event, please email, Gillian Greenwood, on with your full name, Nikon Owner user-name / subscription number if available, postal address & postcode, daytime mobile and landline, your menu choice (traditional or vegetarian) and the name of any guest or guests you would like to bring with you.

Please note: We are unfortunately unable to take telephone messages with regard to your booking. As there are limited places available, may we also ask you to email as soon as possible.


*If you are not a current Nikon Owner subscriber, you are welcome to join or rejoin Nikon Owner when we call you to receive the benefit of booking the Christmas Event at the lower price.


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Nikon Owner Magazine Issue 47


Nikon Owner cover – issue XLVII


by Robert Falconer
Two generations of indefatigable Nikon shooters discuss their careers and the trials and jubilations of being a professional photographer with Robert Falconer.

The Long & Winding Road Across the World
Andrew Main Wilson’s epic photographic odyssey continues as he travels to every one of the world’s 200 countries. This time he is in China to shoot The Giant Buddha of Leshan, a 71-metre tall colossus.

by Heather Angel
Madagascar is known for its lemurs and as the chameleon capital of the world, but it is also home to many other intriguing animals and plants. Heather Angel meets the bizarre Male giraffe weevil.

by Simon Stafford & John Cumberland
Simon Stafford and long-term Nikon Owner subscriber John Cumberland describe their experiences using the Nikkor AF-S 800mm f/5.6E FL VR.

HOW TO… Use Picture Controls
by Becky Danese
A feature that has often been promoted by Nikon is the ability of their DSLRs and the Nikon 1 system to process images in-camera while the shot is being taken. Becky Danese shows us how…

Words by Gray Levett
In this issue, Tony Hurst shoots a rare 5cm f/3.5 Micro-Nikkor which was designed for Nikon rangefinder cameras.

by Simon Stafford
Simon Stafford presents an overview of Nikon’s latest FX DSLR, the D810


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Nikon’s Winter Cashback Offers Start Today!


Image copyright Tony McLean: D4 + 500mm f/4G AF-S VR

We are pleased to announce Nikon’s latest winter cashback offers. Receive up to £175 cashback on qualifying purchases from15th October 2014 – 25th January 2015 inclusive. Claims must be received by 28th February 2015.

Products covered by the cashback are as follows:

DSLR Cashback Amount
D3200 £20.00
D3300 £30.00
D5200 £40.00
D5300 £50.00
40mm f/2.8G ED MICRO £20.00
55-200MM f/4-5.6G IF-ED £20.00
55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR £30.00
18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR £50.00
18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II £50.00
105MM f/2.8G IF-ED VR MICRO £40.00
70-200MM f/2.8G ED R I £85.00
70-200mm f/4G ED VR £85.00
14-24mm f/2.8G ED £175.00
24-70mm f/2.8G ED £175.00
80-400mm /4.5-5.6G ED VR £175.00
SB-700 £25.00
SB-910 £35.00

Once you have purchased your qualifying item you can claim your cashback through the Nikon website here:

Promotion is open to UK and ROI residents only.

To place your order please email or telephone 020 7828 4925.

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Grays of Westminster News – The Nikon D750 + Special Offer

The New Nikon D750
Full-Frame Freedom


Nikon’s latest addition to the FX range, the Nikon D750, allows photographers to take spectacular images no matter the shooting condition.

Designed to be both robust and lightweight but not cutting down on any of the internal specifications, the D750 sits between the D610 and D810 in the Nikon range.

Key features include:

  • Newly designed 24.3mp full-frame sensor.
  • 50-51,200 ISO range (extended) & native ISO range of 100-12,800.
  • EXPEED 4 Processor for perfect image rendering in both stills and video.
  • 51-point AF system including new Group Focusing mode as featured in the D810, sensitive auto-focus even at -3 EV and continuous shooting of up to 6.5fps.
  • Sturdy tilt-screen monitor and built-in WiFi for ultimate creative versatility.
  • High definition movie making at up to 1080/60p and full manual control during Live View movie mode as well as the use of Nikon’s noise-reduction, distortion and flicker reduction technology.
  • Robust monocoque design with weather sealing specifications matching those of the D810.
  • The D750 is more energy efficient shooting up to 1,230 stills and 55 minutes of movie footage on one charge of the standard EN-EL15 battery.

Nikon D750 body only: £1799.00 inc. VAT
Nikon D750 + AF-S 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G VR kit: £2249.00 inc. VAT
Nikon D750 + AF-S 24-120mm f/4G VR kit: £2349.00 inc. VAT (sales start date TBC)

Sales start 23rd September 2014

Nikon Df Special Offer


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Nikon Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED – I AM IMMERSIVE

Nikon launches the ultra-wide AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED


RRP: £679.99 / €809.00

Sales Start Date: 25th September 2014

London, UK, 12 September 2014 – Nikon today announces an exciting new lens for creative photographers: the AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED.

With a dynamic ultra-wide-angle perspective and fast f/1.8 maximum aperture, this FX-format prime lens is ideal when you want to exaggerate perspectives, expand space, and capture immersive images. The bright aperture delivers shallow depth of field, plus smooth bokeh, and ensures this lens excels in low-light settings. High-performance optics deliver edge-to-edge sharpness with minimal distortion, and the compact, lightweight design ensures easy portability.

Simon Iddon, Group Product Manager (D-SLR Lenses and Accessories), Nikon UK, says: “The Nikon 20mm f2.8D was first introduced 20 years ago and was a popular lens with creative photography enthusiasts. Today, Nikon introduces the 20mm f1.8G ED lens, a new version of the prime lens that has been brought up to date with a brighter aperture, snappier autofocus and improved optical performance as well as Nikon’s renowned Nano Crystal Coat and enhanced ergonomics. Photographers will enjoy the creative value and new perspectives that comes with the 20mm f1.8 lens.”

Immersive perspective

The new NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8 delivers superb performance in a broad range of situations. Compact and versatile, this lens is well suited to interiors, street reportage, broad landscapes, and even underwater photography, and it’s a great choice for filming immersive movie scenes. Photographers who want to draw the viewer in, or who want the flexibility to shoot in confined spaces, can take full advantage of the 20 mm focal length and the ultra-wide-angle of view to create arresting images. The fast f/1.8 maximum aperture and superb light gathering capability of this lens enable distinctive subject/background separation and beautifully smooth bokeh. Photographers get the flexibility to shoot with faster shutter speeds and attain clear shots in low light, in addition to benefitting from a brighter viewfinder image. Autofocus is smooth, quiet, and swift, thanks to Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor (SWM), and the minimum focus distance is 0.2 m, making it easy to get in close and have subjects fill the frame.

 AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED Sample

Sample image taken with the AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED – credit:

High-resolution images

Engineered to accommodate the high-resolution demands of modern sensors, the new NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8 enables stunning photos and HD videos. The modern optical design features 13 elements in 11 groups, including two Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass elements and two aspherical lens elements (AS). Nikon’s ED glass ensures sharpness and contrast even at larger apertures, and the AS elements ensure distortion is exceptionally well controlled for such a wide focal length. Nano Crystal Coat minimises ghosting and flare.

Stress-free portability

Lightweight, compact, and fast, this lens is ideal for photographers ready to get close and capture dynamic images from a variety of locations. Weighing in at just 355g, it’s incredibly portable and extremely comfortable to use handheld. Optimised for FX-format sensors, the AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED offers a wide 30 mm angle of view when used with a DX-format D-SLR.

The AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED comes with the CL-1015 Flexible Lens Pouch and the HB-72 Lens Hood.

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