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Nikon Owner West Midlands Group Photo-Outing, 2nd May 2014

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Slimbridge Wildlife and Wetland Trust
Dursley, Gloucestershire
Friday, 2nd May

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Peter Jepson, who kindly arranges the meetings and photo-outings for the very popular Nikon Owner West Midlands Group, would like to invite everyone to a unique photographic opportunity to visit the Slimbridge Wildlife and Wetlands Trust in Gloucestershire on Friday, 2nd May.

The Wildlife and Wetlands Trust of Slimbridge is one of nine wetland centres across the UK founded by Sir Peter Scott in 1946. It is a world-renowned conservation reserve for water-birds set in 120 acres of ground. With a spectacular range of wildlife from water voles to waders, kingfishers to dragonflies, Slimbridge is also home to the world’s largest collection of wild swans from Russia, geese and ducks, as well as being the only place in the world where you can see all six species of flamingo.

Slimbridge holds international significance as the headquarters of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) and it is here that the world-renowned experts of WWT Consulting and Species Conservation are based.

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Venue:

The Car Park
Slimbridge Wildlife and Wetlands Trust
Dursley
Gloucestershire
GL2 7BT

Tel: 0871 716 2318 or 01453 891900

Time to meet: 10.00 a.m.

Road Directions: WWT Slimbridge is located between Bristol and Gloucester. Follow the signs from M5 (junction 13 or 14). The nearest railway station is Cam/Dursley, a short taxi journey away.

Booking – IMPORTANT:

If you would like to join Peter Jepson on this photo-outing, would you kindly send an e-mail to me, Gillian Greenwood gillian.greenwood@nikonownermagazine.com In addition, please add your name to the invitation on the message board.

Peter hopes that you will take advantage of this rather special opportunity. You may attend, no matter where you live in the UK, and family members are welcome. A restaurant and picnic areas are also available. Please note that there is no charge for the outing, but that the admission price to Slimbridge is £6.70.

With best wishes,
Gillian Greenwood
Features Editor / Events & Training Coordinator

DISCLAIMER: With regard to any events, meetings or photo-shoots including this one, held outside of the premises of Grays of Westminster and Nikon Owner, both Grays of Westminster and Nikon Owner magazine and their staff are only taking the initiative of arranging and facilitating these meetings on the strict understanding that they are solely acting in an introductory capacity and anyone planning to come will be deemed to have agreed that they fully understand this as a condition of enrolling and that no liability whatsoever is accepted either by any of the organisers, Grays of Westminster or Nikon Owner magazine in this regard.
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Buy a new Nikon D800 or D800E and get up to £300 extra in part-exchange for your old Nikon DSLR camera!

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Grays of Westminster is pleased to inform you that significant enhanced part-exchange offers are now available when you trade-in your old Nikon DSLR for a new D800 or D800E camera.

 

We are able to offer you the following over and above the amount we would normally allow you for your old Nikon DSLR:

Buy a Nikon D800E, receive £300 extra in part exchange

Buy a Nikon D800, receive £200 extra in part exchange

This offer is valid from 11th April – 31st May 2014.

Please contact us to arrange an evaluation of your equipment on:
+44 (0) 207 828 4925
or e-mail us:
info@graysofwestminster.co.uk

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AF-S DX NIKKOR 18–300mm f/3.5–6.3G ED VR

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AF-S DX NIKKOR 18–300mm f/3.5–6.3G ED VR
Nikon extend its range of zoom lenses with a brand new 18–300mm DX-format super-zoom

RRP: £629.99
Sales start date: 24th April 2014

London, UK, 10th April 2014 Nikon today introduces the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18–300mm f/3.5–6.3G ED VR, a powerful 16.7x zoom lens with wide-angle to super-telephoto reach and remarkably compact build.
If you want a single lens that can cover every imaginable shooting situation and doesn’t weigh down your bag, this is it. Offering the same incredible reach as Nikon’s acclaimed AF-S DX NIKKOR 18–300mm f/3.5–5.6G ED VR lens in a much more compact body, this new NIKKOR is ideal for budding photography enthusiasts looking for a lightweight option that captures diverse perspectives. A truly versatile ‘all-in-one’ lens, Nikon’s advancements in lens design ensure a remarkably compact build without compromising image quality: ED glass and aspherical lens elements deliver sharp, high-contrast images, and Nikon’s Vibration Reduction system ensures dramatically clearer still images and video capture even when shooting handheld at the super-telephoto end of the range. Perfect for travel as well as amateur sports or wildlife photography, this lens is a strong performer with remarkable reach.

Thuan Bui, Product Manager, Lenses, Accessories & Software, Nikon UK, says: “The NIKKOR lineup boasts a wide range of excellent lenses that excel in capturing specific subjects or situations, but the trade-off with such lenses is often versatility, and size or cost. In contrast, the new NIKKOR 18-300mm is a compact, affordable option for enthusiast photographers looking for the same incredible focal range as the current DX-Format 18-300mm that’s both lightweight and portable.”

Incredible reach, compact build

The high-power AF-S DX NIKKOR 18–300mm f/3.5–6.3G ED VR puts practically any subject or composition well within your reach, while the surprisingly compact design makes this lens the smart choice when you want to travel with minimum kit. The incredibly versatile 16.7x zoom range goes from wide-angle to super-telephoto (35mm equivalent: 27–450mm), easily covering countless situations: from group shots to vast landscapes and exciting cityscapes; from distant sports action to wildlife photography, this is a super-zoom that has all the angles covered. Built to offer maximum flexibility and maximum portability, the lens’ sophisticated optical and mechanical design allows a compact design that doesn’t sacrifice image quality: by suppressing the open aperture at the maximum telephoto position to f/6.3, Nikon’s engineers were able to realise a more compact design than the larger AF-S DX NIKKOR 18–300mm f/3.5–5.6G ED VR. As its smaller and lighter sister, this new NIKKOR 18–300mm VR lens answers the demand for a powerful, and more affordable, all-in-one lens that can go anywhere and tackle any kind of subject.

Smooth and steady

Equipped with Nikon’s Vibration Reduction system, this super-zoom delivers clear, blur-free images, whether you’re taking a wide-angle group portrait in low light, or zooming in to capture distant subjects. Designed to enable more stable handheld shooting, Nikon’s VR technology lets you shoot at slower shutter speeds, without the image-degrading blur that can be caused by camera shake. The optical VR system also stabilises the viewfinder image, enabling more accurate autofocus acquisition and framing, especially at the longer focal lengths of the 300 mm zoom range. In addition, Nikon’s compact Silent Wave Motor (SWM) technology delivers fast, accurate and whisper-quiet AF operation across the extended zoom range with intuitive manual override.

Strong optical performance

Crafted to draw stunning results from high-resolution DX-format D-SLRs, the optical design of the new NIKKOR 18–300mm VR lens features 16 elements in 12 groups. Three ED glass and three aspherical lens elements are employed to effectively manage the risk of aberrations that can occur with super-zoom lenses: Nikon’s extra-low dispersion (ED) glass elements minimise chromatic aberration, even at the widest aperture settings, and the aspherical lens elements virtually eliminate aberrations.

Go light zoom

Weighing in at an economical 550g, the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18–300mm f/3.5–6.3G ED VR is incredibly light for a lens with this kind of range. The lens features a weather sealed lens mount and boasts a zoom lock switch, which prevents ‘zoom creep’ (the lens moving under its own weight when tilted during transportation) and maintains compact dimensions when not in use.

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Nikon 1 J4 – I AM THE SPEED OF LIFE

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Nikon 1 J4 in three colours: Black, Orange and White

I AM THE SPEED OF LIFE
Own the moment with the new Nikon 1 J4: Speedy performance, solid body, and winning looks

RRP: Prices to be confirmed ahead of sales start date
Sales start date: June 2014

London, UK, 10th April 2014 – Nikon today adds the speedy Nikon 1 J4 to its growing range of portable Nikon 1 system cameras.

Perfect for those who won’t let life pass them by, the Nikon 1 J4’s powerful combination of acclaimed technology, extraordinary speed, and hassle-free operation leaves nothing to chance. Whether you want to record your baby’s first steps or a photo finish, this is an exceptionally quick system camera that captures the thrills of life with precision. Nikon’s game-changing hybrid AF system now boasts 171 autofocus points, 105 of which are phase-detection points that lock onto movement at breakneck speed. With continuous shooting speeds faster than a D-SLR and remarkably short shooting time lag, the Nikon 1 J4 is ready to capture the action.

The camera boasts the same new 18.4-megapixel CMOS sensor as used in the new Nikon 1 V3, a wide light sensitivity range of ISO 160–12800, and Nikon’s new EXPEED 4A image processor—all working to ensure even low light photos and movies are beautifully detailed. The super responsive touchscreen lets you do everything with a tap or a finger swipe, and creative shooting modes offer intuitive artistic freedom; built-in Wi-Fi makes it easy to connect, share, and create on the go. Your perfect movie partner, the portable Nikon 1 J4 harnesses the full potential of its phase-detection AF system to capture precisely focused action footage, and new movie modes put the cinematographer in you centre stage. Fully compatible with the growing range of 1 NIKKOR lenses, the Nikon 1 J4 gives you the freedom to swap perspectives with ease, and the new 1 NIKKOR VR 10–30mm f/3.5–5.6 PD-ZOOM kit lens ensures you’re ready to capture stunning images right out of the box. As the world’s first interchangeable lens with an electronically controlled lens cover1, this new kit lens delivers instant shooting and superior portability.

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Nikon 1 J4 with 1 NIKKOR VR 10–30mm f/3.5–5.6 PD-ZOOM kit

Thuan Bui, Product Manager for Nikon 1 range at Nikon UK, says: “The new Nikon 1 J4 is perfect for active photographers who want more from their photography: unbelievable AF speed, lightning fast continuous shooting, and the new CMOS sensor combine with intuitive touchscreen operation and exciting creative functions to offer the ultimate in fast, portable shooting. Plus, the growing range of interchangeable 1 NIKKOR lenses means you can get creative with your photography using different focal ranges for new perspectives. Small, solid, and a pleasure to hold, the Nikon 1 J4 is a system camera that delivers quality performance, effortless handling, and a distinct sense of style.”

Remarkable images

With a large 18.4-megapixel CMOS sensor and ISO 160–12800, you can entrust your memories to the Nikon 1 J4. Designed without an optical low-pass filter, the fast CX-format sensor makes the most of every megapixel to deliver richly detailed images even when you shoot in dim light. You can crop photos without losing any detail, and movies are sharp and clear. The EXPEED 4A dual-engine image processor ensures high-speed operation and exceptional results: one engine enables superior noise reduction, extraordinary sharpness, and richly graded images. The other ensures fast, reliable performance and seamless continuous shooting.

Incredible speed—breath taking action

Ready in an instant, the Nikon 1 J4 won’t let you down when the action speeds up. Faster than a D-SLR, the camera offers quick continuous shooting speeds of up to 20 fps with continuous autofocus, and the camera can snap 20 RAW format images at up to 60 fps with focus fixed at the first frame. Every one of those split-second wonders is captured with pinpoint precision thanks to the Nikon 1 hybrid AF system, which uses 171 autofocus points (increased from 135 points) to lock quickly onto your subject. An impressive 105 phase-detection AF points—the same kind of AF as used in D-SLRs—are evenly spaced across the middle of the frame for spectacular action focusing and sharp movie shooting. Contrast-detect AF points extend to the edge of the frame and enable remarkably sharp detail, even in difficult lighting situations. The 1 NIKKOR VR 10–30mm f/3.5–5.6 PD-ZOOM kit lens enhances shooting speed by extending the instant you turn the camera on and retracting the moment you turn it off.

 

Touch panel simplicity

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Touchscreen Display

Equipped with a super responsive touchscreen and built-in Wi-Fi, the small, fast, and perfectly formed Nikon 1 J4 is a joy to use. The electrostatic 7.5-cm (3.0-in.) 1037k-dot LCD touchscreen enables you to focus, shoot, and adjust key settings, or preview creative functions, simply by tapping the screen. You can also combine touch operation with conventional controls: select the AF point by tapping on the monitor, then shoot with the shutter-release button. Built-in Wi-Fi makes it easy to do more with your images via a smart device: Send high-quality images straight from the camera to your smartphone or tablet for instant sharing2, store images on your smart device, or access creative photo apps. A pleasure to be seen with, the exquisite minimal design boasts precisely squared, seamless edges that enhance the beauty of the camera’s aluminium body.

Go cinematic

From Full HD movies to colourful travelogues, Nikon 1 is your perfect movie partner. The smart choice for fuss-free filming, the Nikon 1 J4 shoots smooth action footage and boasts exciting movie modes that make it easy to add a touch of cinematic magic. As with all Nikon 1 cameras, the Nikon 1 J4 lets you capture high-resolution stills while filming simply by pressing the shutter-release button; Nikon’s new Auto Image Capture function analyses every frame and automatically snaps photos when conditions are best. New movie modes make it easy to create arresting clips: energise street scenes with Fast Motion, put an animated stop-motion feel on the passage of time with Jump Cut, or get expressive with to-the-point 4-Second Movie clips (you can stitch 8 together). Film in advanced movie mode and you can achieve dramatic effects with Slow Motion, a function that plays back a three-second, 120 fps HD movie clip over 12 seconds.

Nikon 1 innovations

Original Nikon 1 innovations offer quick and easy ways to always get the best shot or turn the ordinary into the extraordinary in-camera. The acclaimed Best Moment Capture mode now features Nikon’s new Active Selection function, which snaps up to 20 full-resolution shots in less than a second and lets you choose the one to keep. The all-new Creative Palette, available in the camera’s Creative Mode, offers a new way to apply artistic, studio-quality filters to photos before you shoot. Creative Palette adjusts brightness, saturation, and white balance as it cycles through various effects: all you need to do is slide your finger around the ring on the touchscreen, or rotate the multi selector, and the on-screen image changes to show you what you will capture the moment you take the shot.

Expandable system

Change perspectives with Nikon’s range of premium 1 NIKKOR lenses. All 1 NIKKOR lenses deliver the kind of high-performance optics you’ve come to expect from Nikon, and they are all optimised for movie recording. Their compact size and light weight contribute to the Nikon 1 system’s convenient portability, without sacrificing image quality. Pack the 1 NIKKOR 30–110mm lens to capture distant subjects. Grab the compact and stylish 10–100mm zoom lens with wide-angle capability for superb versatility, or use the 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm prime lens for portraits with smooth bokeh.

Nikon 1 J4 with the 10–100mm zoom lens

Nikon 1 J4 with the 10–100mm zoom lens

Summary of key features:

  • Large 18.4-megapixel CMOS sensor: fast CX-format sensor designed without an optical low-pass filter. Sharply captures fine textures and renders clean, crisp images.
  • ISO 160–12800: auto ISO extends from 160–6400, and you can increase sensitivity to ISO 12800. Two sophisticated noise reduction settings reduce noise when shooting at ISO 6400 or 12800.
  • EXPEED 4A: keeps you shooting spectacular images and HD movies at high speed.
  • Wi-Fi enabled: connect, share, and create. Quickly and easily share high-quality Nikon 1 shots, or tap into a world of creative photo apps via your smart device.2
  • Touchscreen operation: electromagnetic 7.5-cm (3.0-in.), 1037k-dot LCD monitor.
  • Advanced hybrid AF: 171-point AF system. Boasts 105 phase action points that lock onto action with incredible speed and precision.
  • Lightning-fast fps: shoot at up to 20 fps with continuous AF, or snap 20 RAW images at up to 60 fps with focus fixed at the first frame.
  • Movie magic: Full HD (1080p) movies (aspect ratio 16:9) at 60p/30p frame rates. Electronic VR enables blur-free footage for HD movies shot at 1080/30p or 720/30p. Capture high-resolution stills while filming, and view HD movies recorded at 120 fps in extreme slow motion.
  • Cinematic movie modes: Fast Motion, Jump Cut, and 4-Second Movie.
  • Nikon 1 innovations: Best Moment Capture (with the new Active Selection, Smart Photo Selector, and Slow View), Motion Snapshot.
  • Creative Palette: apply artistic, studio-quality filters to photos before you shoot via the touchscreen or the camera’s multi selector.
  • Portable Nikon 1 design: perfectly minimal, irresistible looks. The remarkably small and lightweight aluminium body is available in modern white and brushed black, silver, or orange.
  • 1 NIKKOR kit lens: keep the action in focus with the 1 NIKKOR VR 10–30mm f/3.5–5.6 PD-ZOOM lens.

Selected optional accessories:

  • WP-N3 Waterproof Case: keep on shooting to depths of 45 m. Designed to accommodate the Nikon 1 J4 with the 1 NIKKOR VR 10–30mm PD-ZOOM lens or the 1 NIKKOR 11–27.5mm f/3.5–5.6 lens attached.
  • SB-N10 Underwater Speedlight: compact flash unit that lets you add powerful bursts of light to murky underwater environments.
  • Nikon 1 body cases and body case sets: protect the camera, or the camera with a lens attached.
  • FT1 Mount Adapter: lets you attach a NIKKOR D-SLR lens to your Nikon 1 camera.

Included accessories:

  • EN-EL22 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
  • MH-29 Battery Charger
  • UC-E20 USB Cable

Lens and colour combinations:

  • Nikon 1 J4 Body only (black / white)
  • Nikon 1 J4 + VR 10-30mm Standard Kit (black / silver / orange / white)
  • Nikon 1 J4 VR 10-30mm+30-110mm Twin Kit (black / white)

FOOTNOTES:

1. As of February 7, 2014: among power-drive zoom lenses for digital cameras with interchangeable lenses. Based on Nikon research.
2. To use the built-in Wi-Fi, simply download the free Wireless Mobile Utility to your smartphone or tablet. Compatible with iOS™ and Android™ smart devices, the utility can be downloaded for free from Google Play™ and the Apple App Store™. Android, Google, Google Play, YouTube, and other marks are trademarks of Google Inc.
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Nikon Owner South-Coast Group Event, Saturday, 26th April: Alternative Software Options

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Saturday, 26th April 2014
16:00 – 21:00
Venue: Upstairs Function Room
The Duke of Wellington
36 Bugle Street
Southampton, SO14 2AH

Alternative Software Options
(aka “PhotoShop is not the only fruit”)

Andrew Hewson and Adrian Cochrane, who organise all the meetings and photo-outings for the very popular Nikon Owner South-Coast Group, would like to invite everyone to the group’s next meeting on Saturday, 26th April from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.. It will take place in the Upstairs Function Room, at The Duke of Wellington, 36 Bugle Street, Southampton, SO14 2AH.

The subject of this meeting are the options available for alternative post-processing programs which do not include Photoshop. There will be a full discussion as to what is available at a range of price levels and Andrew and Adrian will be examining several programs in more detail, with an extended look at OnOne Software’s Perfect PhotoSuite 8.

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Visit the NIKON OWNER MESSAGE BOARD and leave a message to let Adrian and Andrew know if you would like to attend and whether in addition you would like to have a meal at the Duke of Wellington, so that Andrew can provide an idea of the numbers for the chef.

Please note: this meeting will start at 4.00 p.m. and there will be a £10 charge per person to cover the room hire

About Nikon Owner

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Standard Annual subscription – normal price: £69; special price: £59 while registering for this meeting

  • 1-year Subscription to Nikon Owner + 3-year warranty on all new Nikon products from Grays of Westminster
  • Nikon Owner magazine, a superb, glossy full-colour 60-page magazine that is 100% Nikon. Each issue delivers benchmark technical reviews of the very latest Nikon equipment, thought-provoking interviews and articles with world-class images
  • All back issues are now available on line as PDFs
  • Private user-name and password to subscribers-only website
  • Simon Stafford’s Technical Helpline
  • 18-month warranty on second-hand Nikon from Grays of Westminster
  • 10% off Think Tank bags purchased at Grays of Westminster
  • Special trips and events
  • Discounts on events and training sessions

Gold subscription – special price: £231 when registering for this meeting

  • 3-year subscription to Nikon Owner
  • 5-year warranty on all new Nikon products from Grays of Westminster
  • 2-year warranty on second-hand Nikon from Grays of Westminster
  • Gold Priority waiting list for all new Nikon releases (top of the waiting list)
  • A half-hour tutorial on the phone or face to face, by appointment
  • A signed copy of Heather Angel’s Wild Kew while stocks last or a Simon Stafford Nikon Magic Lantern Guide of your choice
  • Nikon Owner magazine as above
  • Private user-name and password to the subscribers-only website which includes a forum, message board, technical equipment reviews, events page and use of a photo gallery
  • Simon Stafford’s Technical Helpline
  • 15% off Think Tank bags purchased at Grays of Westminster
  • Special trips and events
  • Substantial discounts on training sessions organised by Grays of Westminster, including Mike Maloney’s Workshops, Heather Angel’s Wildlife & Natural History Workshops, Simon Stafford’s Definitive Flash, Portraiture and Macro Training Sessions, Michael Eleftheriades’ panoramic and colour-calibration seminars and Chris Weston’s Photographic Courses
DISCLAIMER: With regard to any photographic outings or meetings including this one, held outside of the premises of Grays of Westminster and Nikon Owner, both Grays of Westminster and Nikon Owner magazine and their staff are only taking the initiative of arranging and facilitating these events on the strict understanding that they are solely acting in an introductory capacity and anyone planning to come will be deemed to have agreed that they fully understand this as a condition of enrolling and that no liability whatsoever is accepted either by any of the organisers, Grays of Westminster or Nikon Owner magazine in this regard.
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