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Simon Stafford Wins a Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016 Award


A spotted hyena stands on the bank of the Mara River, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya; behind lay the carcasses of numerous wildebeest killed in a stampede as they attempted to climb the river bank having crossed the river during the annual migration.

The Aftermath – Winner of the Mammals Category – by Simon Stafford, Technical Editor of Nikon Owner magazine

The contrast between the eerie silence of the scene that confronted me that morning could not have been greater to the cacophony of thundering hooves, splashing water and cries of the stricken animals I had experienced the previous afternoon, when several thousand wildebeest had crossed the Mara River, Kenya’s Masai Mara Nation Reserve, during the annual migration. In the stampede that ensued, as they attempted to climb the steep river bank, many animals fell and were trampled to death, or left dying.

I returned at first light the following morning knowing that scavengers would have been drawn to the location. A rancid stench hung in the damp air, and sure enough there where a number of hyena picking their way silently among the carcasses, gorging themselves. As I watched a lone animal moved to a ledge above the river, apparently to investigate a group of hippos in the waters below, and then, for no longer than a few seconds, it looked straight toward my camera and the moment was captured.

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Nikon Equipment: Meet the new Nikkor Lenses

AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8E FL VR

afs_70_200_2-8e_fl_ed_1-sid Nikon makes the FX-format telephoto zoom of choice for professional photographers faster, lighter, and more agile than ever. Engineered to excel, the new AF-S NIKKOR 70–200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR will keep photographers working with Nikon’s fast-shooting DSLRs one step ahead.

Whether shooting sports, action, news, or reportage, the latest incarnation of this renowned lens boasts a range of enhancements that make a real difference in the field. Improved AF tracking and exposure control, as well as VR SPORT mode, combine to deliver exceptional burst shooting. Compared to its predecessor, edge-to-edge performance is improved, and light fall off has been reduced. The closest focus distance is now an impressive 1.1 m, and the maximum reproduction ratio has increased from 0.11x to 0.21x. Configurable buttons on the barrel make operation smoother, and the zoom and focus ring positions are reversed for more balanced handling. Thanks to a new magnesium alloy lens barrel, and HRI and fluorite elements, this lens has never been so light, yet the build is as tough as ever.


Price: £2649.00 inc. VAT
Available after 10th November 2016

PC Nikkor 19mm f/4E ED tilt-shiftpc_19_4e-for-web

Nikon takes compositional flexibility to a new level with the first FX-format perspective control (PC) lens to employ two PC rotation mechanisms. Ideal for architectural, fine art, and landscape photography, the PC NIKKOR 19mm f/4E ED is made for photographers who have a keen sense of space.

Thanks to its picture angle and unique tilt, shift, and double-layer rotation capabilities, this manual focus lens enables photographers to shoot from the perfect starting point. Both tilt and shift can be engaged individually, and in combination, essentially replicating the movements of a large-format view camera. Photographers can exercise extensive control over the lens’ focal plane, and easily shift to create images unaffected by convergence. Or tilt to create landscapes that are sharp from the foreground to the background, without the need to close the aperture as you would with standard lenses. The 19 mm angle of view is ideal for large structures and spaces, and the unique optical construction ensures the distortion common in wide-angle lenses is minimised, even at the edges of the frame.


Price: £3299.00
Available after 27th October 2016

Grays of Westminster are now accepting orders for these lenses so please contact them on 0207 828 4925 or for further information

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Nikon Special Offers: Extended offer at Grays of Westminster

10% off Second Hand
Nikon camera bodies and lenses


Excellent stocks of new & second hand products


At Grays of Westminster they pride themselves on having the largest range of Nikon cameras, lenses and accessories under one roof, including digital equipment and manual 35mm equipment. To view their full listings of new and second hand stocks or to take a virtual tour of our shop please visit:

As always, if they can be of any assistance please do not hesitate to contact them.


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10% Off Second Hand Nikon Cameras & Lenses Until 15th October 2016

We are pleased to announce that until 15th October 2016 we are offering 10% off second hand bodies and lenses with a maximum discount of £100 for your total order. Payment by finance is not included in this discount and please do mention the offer when ordering in order to qualify for your reduction.


We now have excellent stocks of the following new Nikon items:
D5, D810, D750, Df, D500, D7200, D3400, D5500 plus many more!

AF-S 105mm f/1.4E
AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E VR
AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E VR
AF-S 70-300mm 4.5-6.3G DX (VR & non-VR)

We stock the full range of Nikon prime and zoom lenses from wide-angle to telephoto. If you are seeking any advice regarding your equipment or photography please contact us on 0207 828 4925 or email us at

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Voting has begun…Grays of Westminster have been nominated!


When you are buying a camera or any item of photographic equipment, the service you receive is as important as the price you pay.

Whether it’s informative buying advice, swift delivery and equally swift action if things go wrong, good service is a precious commodity that should be shouted from the rooftops.

That’s where the Amateur Photographer Good Service Awards come in, by recognising and rewarding those retailers who go that extra mile.

If you have dealt with Grays of Westminster and have found our service satisfactory, we would greatly appreciate your voting for us at the Amateur Photographer 2017 Good Service Awards’. You can use the link below to go straight to their voting form:

Please vote for Grays of Westminster in the: Which retailer would you like to vote for? section.

Thank you very much for your custom and support. Grays of Westminster’s customers can expect to be offered the finest level of service in the world, whether they are making a purchase of a 600mm Nikkor lens or a simple rubber eye-cup.

Please remember that whatever your photographic needs, you can rely of Grays of Westminster to be at your service.

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