New Items in Stock
AF-S 600mm f/4E PF FL
Grays of Westminster now have limited supplies of the new Nikkor AF-S 600mm f/4E PF FL lens. If you would like to place an order or would like to be added to the waiting list for the new AF-S 500mm f/4E PF FL lens please contact us today.
The much anticipated wireless microphone is now in stock. Ideal for those shooting interviews or movies who require more flexibility than a wired mic. Grays of Westminsternow have excellent stocks of the ME-W1 at £239.00.
Enhanced Part-Exchange on the Nikon D750 & D810
Trade in your old Nikon DSLR body and receive an extra £150 towards the D750 or an extra £350 towards the D810 before the 31st July 2015. Contact us now for an evaluation on your existing Nikon equipment.
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As well as access to dozens of courses and workshops held throughout the year, a one year subscription to Nikon Owner also gives you a full 3-year warranty on all new equipment purchased from Grays of Westminster, as well as an 18-month warranty on second hand purchases.
The 60-page glossy magazine is produced with the keen amateur and professional photographer in mind and includes reviews on new equipment, technical articles, interviews with renowned photographers from around the world as well as how-to articles and anecdotes from Simon Stafford’s Technical Helpline.
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If you have dealt with Grays of Westminster and were happy with the service you received, their knowledge of Nikon and Nikkor products and the speed and efficiency with which you were served, they would be very grateful for your vote in the What Digital Camera/Amateur Photographer Good Service Awards 2016.
Voting ends Sun 10th January 2016
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Get a FREE battery grip when you purchase
one of the following Nikon D-SLRs
between 2nd July 2015 and 2nd September 2015 (inclusive).
Claims must be received by 30th september 2015.
Fast, versatile and fully connected, the sophisticated D7200 delivers sumptuous stills and outstanding video performance.
With a host of features inherited from Nikon’s renowned FX models, the D7200 has plenty to offer passionate photographers. This is a camera that’s ready to match the ambition of every photographer who wants to create exceptional images with a lightweight D-SLR system.
An exciting option for those who are ready to take the next step in their photographic journey, this 24.3-megapixel D-SLR allows keen photographers to develop their skills and define their style whilst enjoying the superior image quality that comes with the FX-format sensor.
Full terms and conditions apply for this offer, please find them on the nikon.co.uk website.
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Travel first class with the new AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR
AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR
London, UK, 2nd July 2015: Nikon today announces a brand new high-performance DX-format zoom lens. Equipped with the latest technology and boasting an incredibly compact build, the NIKKOR DX 16-80mm f/2.8-4E is made for photographers with high expectations of their gear.
The perfect go-to travel lens, this advanced, compact zoom weighs just 480g and balances perfectly on the camera. From sweeping landscapes to intimate portraiture, the broad 16-80mm focal length range easily covers most shooting situations. The bright f/2.8-4 aperture offers a distinctive low-light advantage, and Nikon’s impressive four-stop Vibration Reduction keeps images sharp even at slow shutter speeds. This is the first DX lens to boast some of Nikon’s most recent pro-grade technology, including an electromagnetic diaphragm and a protective fluorine coating. And it’s the first DX lens to include Nikon’s acclaimed Nano Crystal Coat.
Edward Allinson, Junior Product Manager for Lenses & Accessories at Nikon UK says: “The new 16-80mm is an exceptional lens that combines advanced NIKKOR technology with a superior design, encompassed in an extremely versatile and practical body. The incredibly light and compact build of the lens means it’s the ideal travel companion, as it won’t take up too much space in your bag and is guaranteed to capture stunning images. The fast f/2.8-4 aperture and adaptable wide-angle to telephoto coverage means you can use it in any situation, and the Nano Crystal Coat and powerful Vibration Reduction system ensures that you’re well equipped with the latest innovations. These excellent features are all packed into a small, slim-line body which translates into a zoom lens that’s ready for anything. The 16-80mm is proficient enough to cover most shooting situations, whether it is capturing broad landscapes or subtle portraits.”
Nikon Soft Lens Case – CL-1218
The new NIKKOR DX 16-80mm f/2.8-4 is an exciting new option for adventurous photographers. The versatile 5x zoom covers the equivalent of 24-120mm in full-frame format, while the fast maximum aperture opens up more shooting possibilities. Whether you shoot at the wide-angle or telephoto end of the zoom range, you can achieve pleasing background blur, clear low-light shots and distinctive subject / background separation. In addition, the minimum focus distance lets you get as close as 0.35m.
From landscapes to interiors, and candid street shots to intimate portraits, this fast zoom lens will help you capture stunning high-resolution stories wherever your travels take you.
The latest technology
A host of pro-grade lens technologies ensure this premium DX zoom lens achieves impressive performance. An electromagnetic diaphragm provides more precise exposures, especially when shooting at high frame rates. Nikon’s protective fluorine coat actively repels water, dust, and dirt without compromising image quality, and makes it easier to clean the glass without damaging the surface. In addition, this is the first DX lens to boast Nikon’s renowned anti-reflective Nano Crystal Coat.
Steady and quiet
The NIKKOR DX 16–80mm f/2.8-4 is equipped with the latest generation of Nikon’s impressive Vibration Reduction technology. This means you can shoot at up to four stops slower, without the image-degrading blur that can be caused by camera shake. VR operation is quiet and incorporates two modes (Normal for general handheld shooting and Active to compensate for mechanical vibrational frequencies), as well as automatic tripod detection. While VR keeps images steady, the compact Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enables fast, quiet and accurate autofocus across the zoom range, which is a particular advantage when shooting movies. For critical focus moments, the M/A focus mode switch allows seamless manual focus override.
Nikon HB-75 Bayonet Hood
High optical performance
Designed to maximise the performance of today’s high resolution DX-format D-SLRs, the advanced optical design of this lens features 17 elements in 13 groups. Alongside the Nano Crystal Coat and fluorine coat, there are three aspherical lens elements and four extra-low dispersion (ED) glass elements. Ghosting, flare and aberrations are minimized for high-contrast images under a wide variety of light conditions and across the zoom range.
Perfectly balanced— first class travel
Weighing just 480g, the size/performance ratio of the NIKKOR DX 16-80mm f/2.8-4 makes it an excellent general-purpose lens and the ideal choice for adventure and travel. The lens balances well on the camera body, and the barrel boasts a rubber ring for protection against the elements. Thanks to the advanced technology packed into its compact dimensions, this lens can satisfy both discerning enthusiasts and pros that want to travel light with a DX-format camera.
The lens is supplied with a dedicated HB-75 Bayonet Hood.
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Nikon lightens the super-telephoto load with the new
AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E and the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E
London, UK, 2nd July 2015: Nikon today announces two new professional super-telephoto lenses with the lightest build in their class: the AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR, and the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR.*
These new lenses see Nikon improve the performance and significantly reduce the weight of two renowned super-telephoto workhorses. The new 500mm f/4E is 20 percent lighter than its predecessor. The new 600mm f/4E is an incredible 25 percent lighter.
AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E
Both lenses have all-new optical designs that employ lightweight fluorite glass elements, as well as a Nano Crystal Coat and 3 ED glass elements. The impressive weight reductions are made possible with the use of fluorite elements, and a construction that incorporates a magnesium alloy. New technologies feature in both lenses. These include an electromagnetic diaphragm for consistent, more precise exposures during high-speed bursts: a feature that anyone who shoots fast-moving action sports will appreciate. Each lens also features the latest incarnation of Nikon’s Vibration Reduction technology, which offers an impressive four-stop advantage and includes SPORT mode for tracking fast action. Other new features include a rotating tripod collar with a Kensington lock slot, and completely new bearings for smooth switching between compositions. Also, both lenses feature Nikon’s proprietary fluorine coating, which actively repels water, dust, and dirt from the lens surface.
AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E
Edward Allinson, Junior Product Manager for Lenses & Accessories at Nikon UK says: “These brand new NIKKOR lenses tackle the issue of weight head-on with their new and improved lightweight build. Both super-telephoto lenses have a combination of exceptional performance with a significant reduction in weight compared to their predecessors, designed for comfortable and more flexible use in the field.”
Shifting the balance
Anyone who has spent time in the field with a large super-telephoto lens knows every gram counts and speed makes a real difference. Thanks to the use of fluorite glass, the lightweight build of these new lenses comes at no cost to image quality. At 3090 g (approx.), the new 500mm lens is 790 g lighter than its predecessor, and actually weighs less than the current 200-400mm f/4 VR II. The new 600mm lens weighs approximately 3810 g, and is an impressive 1250 g lighter than its forerunner. Both lenses are less ‘front-heavy’, and the use of fluorite elements contributes to improved optical performance too. Combined with the fast f/4 maximum aperture on both lenses, and Nikon’s impressive Vibration Reduction, these new super-telephotos deliver staggering clarity and precision. Sports and wildlife pros have less to carry, and more to shoot with.
Steady and reliable
A host of new features ensure Nikon’s new 500mm and 600mm lenses deliver exceptional shooting stability. The latest generation of Nikon’s VR technology gives both lenses an impressive four-stop advantage, effectively minimising the blur that can be caused by camera shake. VR operation is quiet and both lenses feature Nikon’s SPORTS VR mode, as well as automatic tripod detection. SPORT VR delivers a stable viewfinder image when shooting high-speed movement, and allows a continuous shooting frame rate and release time lag similar to those that can be achieved when VR is turned off. The lenses also feature an electromagnetic diaphragm. This specialised mechanism enables Superior AF tracking and stable auto-exposure control, especially when shooting at high frame rates.
Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor provides ultra-fast, ultra-quiet autofocus performance with seamless manual override. Two autofocus modes are employed in addition to Manual mode: A/M prioritises autofocus even when the focus ring is in use, and M/A allows instant switching from autofocus to manual operation in AF mode. A new focus limit employed on both lenses allows photographers to limit the focus area so the lens can focus even more quickly. The switch offers two positions: FULL and ∞ – 10 m on the 600mm lens, and FULL and ∞ – 8 m on the 500mm lens. In addition, the minimum focus distance is now down to 3.6 m on the 500mm lens, and 4.4 m on the 600mm lens.
Enhanced optical performance
Each lens features completely redesigned optics with 16 elements in 12 groups.
The 600mm lens incorporates four Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) glass elements, and the 500mm lens boasts three. Nano Crystal Coat and two fluorite lens elements are employed in both lenses. Chromatic aberration is minimised, and flare and ghosting are effectively controlled. Additionally, both lenses feature a nine-blade rounded diaphragm that creates natural looking out of focus areas for clear separation between the subject and the background.
A host of ergonomic improvements mean these new lenses offer dramatically better handling. The new fluorite glass elements don’t just help reduce overall weight: they also make the front end of each lens lighter, shifting the centre of gravity to the rear for more stable operation.
Both lenses boast tripod collar rings with completely new bearings for smoother switching between horizontal and vertical orientation. To make the lenses easier to carry, the tripod mount has been repositioned closer to the rear, a change that also enables the included one-piece hood to be easily reversed. In addition, monopod collars supplied with each lens offer increased stability when shooting with a monopod. And both lenses maintain the same slot for 40.5 mm drop-in.
From motorsports to field sports, and from big game to birds, these lenses cover great distances, perform well in nearly any light, and deliver images with outstanding sharpness and contrast. Since wildlife and action often mean harsh conditions, both the 500mm and 600mm models now boast a fluorine-coated protective glass element on the front of the lens. The coating repels water, dust, and dirt as well as making it easier to clean the glass without damaging the surface. Combine this with their tough construction and a Kensington lock on the tripod collar, these lenses have what it takes to withstand the rigours of professional use.
C-PL405 circular polarising filter
The AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4 E FL ED VR, and the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4 E FL ED VR are compatible with a wide range of AF-I/AF-S Teleconverters, up to and including the TC-20E series, which allows AF operation when attached to an f/8-compatible camera body. Both lenses are also compatible with the new (optional) C-PL405 circular polarising filter that features a filter wheel, which makes it easier to rotate the filter after you have inserted it into the lens.
New trunk cases – CT-608 (left) and CT-505 (right)
And Nikon is launching two new trunk cases. The CT-505 is designed for the 500mm lens, while the CT-608 protects the 600mm lens. Both of these sturdy yet lightweight trunk cases boast a fold-in handle that makes them easy to stack, and an extra compartment for filters and teleconverters.
One-piece lens hoods HK-40 (left) and HK-34
In addition, the 600mm lens includes the new HK-40 one-piece lens hood, and the existing HK-34 one-piece lens hood is supplied with the 500mm lens. Other accessories supplied with both lenses include Nikon’s monopod collar, as well as a 40.5 mm drop-in NC filter, a slip-on front lens cap, and the LN-2 strap.
*Amongst full-frame (35mm-format image sensor) D-SLR compatible, f/4, single-focal-length AF 500mm and 600mm lenses available as of April 3, 2015. Statement based on Nikon research.
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