London, UK, 27th July 2016: Nikon UK is pleased to announce that the total production of NIKKOR lenses* for Nikon interchangeable lens cameras reached one-hundred million in June 2016.
The history of NIKKOR, Nikon’s brand of photographic lenses, began in 1932 with Nikon’s (then Nippon Kogaku K.K.) registration of the NIKKOR trademark, soon followed in 1933 with the release of the Aero-Nikkor aerial photographic lenses. In 1959, Nikon released the Nikon F SLR camera, as well as its first NIKKOR lenses for Nikon SLR cameras, including the Nikkor-S Auto 5cm f/2.
The NIKKOR name arose from adding “r” – a common practice in the naming of photographic lenses at the time – to “Nikko”, the Romanized abbreviation for Nippon Kogaku K.K., the original name used when the company was established.
Nikon’s line-up of NIKKOR lenses currently consists of more than 90 types of lenses, including fixed focal length (prime) lenses covering ultra-wide-angle to super-telephoto angles of view, fisheye lenses, zoom lenses, micro lenses, and PC-E lenses that support a wide variety of applications, as well as 1 NIKKOR lenses, Advanced Cameras with Interchangeable Lenses.
The Nikon F mount has been used by Nikon for its SLR cameras and interchangeable lenses since the release of the Nikon F in 1959. Throughout its history, the F mount has adopted the cutting-edge technologies of the time, including aperture control and autofocus, and continues to do so, ensuring support for the latest digital cameras and lenses.
Nikon also upholds its work in the research and development of evaluating optical performance. In 2013, Nikon began the development and deployment of OPTIA*2, a device for measuring all forms of aberration*3 occurring with photographic lenses, as well as a dedicated image simulator, that is used with OPTIA.
The image simulator (software) enables simulation at the design stage that is equivalent to actual photography with lens prototypes. Consequently, lenses can be developed with greater control over not only resolution, but also a wide variety of lens characteristics, such as blur (as known as “bokeh”), reproduction of textures, and sense of depth.
One of the lenses designed using OPTIA is the new AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED. This lens embodies the “three-dimensional high-fidelity (superior reproduction characteristics)” design concept, with a more natural reproduction of three-dimensional objects on a two-dimensional photograph. It provides photos with a natural sense of depth and in which the primary subject is impressively rendered, while expressing beautiful bokeh characteristics that change gradually as the distance from the focus position increases.
AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED
Nikon has launched the www.nikkor.com global site to share a wide variety of captivating NIKKOR content, including photo and video galleries of works taken with NIKKOR lenses, interviews with lens designers, and much more.
* Interchangeable lenses for Nikon SLR cameras and Nikon 1, Advanced Camera with Interchangeable Lenses
*2 Optical Performance and Total Image Analyzer
*3 Aberration occurs when light from one point of an object does not converge into a single point after transmission through an optical system, causing image “bleed” or “blur”. Aberration may also cause the image of an object to be formed in a different shape from that of the object.
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RRP: £2,049.99 inc. VAT
Sales Start Date: 25th August 2016
London, UK, 27th July 2016: Nikon launches the AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED and adds another jewel to its line-up of fast FX-format f/1.4 prime lenses. As the only 105 mm autofocus lens on the market with an f/1.4 maximum aperture, this is an exciting addition to the NIKKOR range. Professionals who want to reach new levels of artistry in portraiture and fashion will be able to enjoy exceptional aesthetic control.
The AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED is a worthy successor to Nikon’s famed NIKKOR 105mm f/2.5 lens. Whether photographers are working with available light or in the studio, the all-new optical construction delivers unrivalled edge-to-edge sharpness and exquisite bokeh. The 105 mm focal length and 1 m shortest focusing distance allow for frame-filling head-shots without the need to crop. Wide-open performance is unbeatable, and subjects are rendered with perfect clarity even when shooting at the widest aperture.
In order to ensure optimum performance in portrait mode, Nikon’s engineers have paid special attention to resolution at the outer areas of the frame. As a result, Sagittal coma flare is effectively minimised for superior reproduction of point light sources as fine rounded points, even at the edges of an image. Peripheral light falloff is controlled to retain brightness across the frame, even when shooting at maximum aperture with focus set to infinity. Thanks to the unique optical design, the intensity of image blur transitions smoothly for bokeh with no rough edges. Images are rendered with a depth and dimension that’s truly memorable.
Zara Livingston, Junior Product Manager for D-SLRs, Lenses and Accessories at Nikon UK, says: “The new AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED is the latest in an already superb legacy of f/1.4 lenses in the NIKKOR line-up. Its optical performance and resolution are unbeatable, making it a very distinctive lens and the ideal choice for photographers looking to capture the finest details in their portraits.”
AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED on the Nikon D810
Additional key features
Rounded 9-blade diaphragm
Nine rounded aperture blades decrease diffraction, delivering faithful reproduction of a scene’s elements.
Quick, stable, smooth
An electromagnetic aperture mechanism enables exceptionally stable auto-exposure control—even during a high-speed burst. Autofocus is smooth, quiet, and swift as a result of Nikon’s SWM (Silent Wave Motor).
Legendary NIKKOR optics
Nano Crystal Coat reduces ghost and flare. Three extra-low-dispersion (ED) glass elements minimise axial chromatic aberration. Nikon’s fluorine coat protects the front and rear lens elements, and makes them easier to clean.
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Grays of Westminster are seeking
Second Hand Nikon
Grays of Westminster are seeking excellent second hand examples of the following items:
D4 Series, D3 Series, D810, D800/E, D700, D610, D600, D7000 series and entry-level DSLR Bodies,
Prime lenses and prime telephoto lenses,
Speedlights and flash kits,
FE, FE2, FM and FM2N cameras.
If you are considering selling your equipment you are welcome to email them a list of the items you have and they can provide you with evaluations.
Price Increase Clarification
Just as we are exclusively Nikon, we know that our customers often are as well and we aim to keep you as well-informed as possible when it comes to acquiring Nikon equipment. We have clarified a number of points as regards the upcoming price increase that we would like to share with you.
- New prices will be communicated to us on 1st August 2016.
- These new prices will go into effect on 15th August 2016.
- Prepaid orders for those items currently on back order will be honoured at the current price.
If you have any questions or queries regarding this please do let us know.
LENSES ON OFFER FOR A
AF-S 24-120mm f/4G VR – £645.00
The incredibly versatile Nikkor AF-S 24-120mm f/4G VR is the perfect pairing with any Nikon DX or FX DSLR, and also fits film SLR bodies with built-in aperture control.
Due to the conservative telephoto range of the lens, overall quality is maintained while still covering an extremely useful scope. Weddings, travel, portraits, landscape and interiors can all be covered with it, along with some telephoto work. With the latest Nano Crystal Coat, ED Glass and VR II technology it suits cameras of all resolutions.
Angle of view: 84-20°
Closest focusing distance: 0.45cm
D600 + AF-S 24-120mm f/4G VR: 120mm, f/4, 1/3200, ISO800
Grays of Westminster now have a limited supply of brand-new examples at this special price – please speak to a member of sales staff for more details.
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CONTENTS – ISSUE 53 2016
THE MICHAEL PUTLAND INTERVIEW:
A LIFE IN MUSIC by Gray Levett
Nikon Owner Editor Gray Levett interviews Michael Putland, the quintessential rock photographer, who over a formidable 50-year career has shot everyone from Abba to Zappa… and there is a further twist to the story.
THE FOREIGNER IN CHURTON STREETImages by Pablo Monteagudo, words by Gray Levett
The production for the feature film The Foreigner starring Jackie Chan was filmed in our street earlier this year. Pablo Monteagudo captured the excitement of a big film production.
Nikon Df Users’ Group Japan Exhibition
Daimi Tanaka the Chairman of the very active Nikon Df Users’ Group of Japan shares images from their Exhibition, which took place in February this year in Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan.
IT’S TIME TO SHUFFLE THE CARDS
Simon Stafford offers a few thoughts and observations on choosing memory cards.
ANGEL EYES XXV
by Heather Angel
Find out how the renowned nature photographer Heather Angel created the image she called ‘Nature’s Ephemeral Abstract’.
ANDREW MAIN WILSON’S EPIC ADVENTURE
Every September in central Papua New Guinea, 100 tribes attend one of the world’s most colourful and dramatic festivals. Andrew Main Wilson captured a stunning image of a chief in all his glory.
by Becky Danese
In an article that is both practical and comprehensive, Becky Danese explains how to fire your Nikon camera remotely.
IAN HUTCHINSON’S WORLD OF BUTTERFLIES
Long-time Nikon Owner subscriber Ian Hutchinson shares his wonderful pictures of butterflies with us and includes some hints and tips on how he achieves his images.
THE TONY HURST GALLERY Part XV
Words by Gray Levett
The Nikon S4 was introduced in the spring of 1959 to reduce the cost of entry into the Nikon system. Tony Hurst brings this rare fine example to life.
LONG RANGE REVELATION
by Simon Stafford
Simon Stafford reviews the Nikkor AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR lens in his very popular series written for Nikon Owner.
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