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Grays of Westminster August Bank Holiday Opening Hours and Offers

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Final Days of the Nikon Summer Cashback

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Nikon’s summer cashback ends on Wednesday 26th August – these are your final days to claim up to £60 on a new Nikon DSLR and up to £50 on a new Nikkor lens. Claims must be submitted before 30th September 2015.

Enhanced Part-Exchange on D750 & D810
Extended until 30th September 2015

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There is still time to trade in your old Nikon DSLR for a new Nikon D750 or D810, and until the 30th September 2015 we will be offering £150 extra for your camera towards a new Nikon D750 or an extra £350 for a new Nikon D810.

Contact a member of sales staff on 020 7828 4925 or email us at info@graysofwestminster.co.uk for a quote on your equipment today.

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Gray Levett and Simon Stafford chosen as judges for Daily Mail’s Great British Photography Challenge for second consecutive year

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The winning prize includes a one-year subscription to Nikon Owner magazine and a four-day masterclass in photographing brown bears, wolves, lynx and deer in Slovakia by Nikon Owner’s Simon Stafford

The winning prize includes a one-year subscription to Nikon Owner magazine and a four-day masterclass in photographing brown bears, wolves, lynx and deer in Slovakia by Nikon Owner’s Simon Stafford

The Daily Mail Weekend magazine has just launched its second annual Great British Photography Photography Challenge and on its judging panel is our founder, Gray Levett, and Nikon Owner magazine’s Technical Editor, Simon Stafford. The other judges are: Ben Fogle, Bill Oddie, Ellie Harrison, Martin Hughes-Games and Philippa Forrester.

“I am delighted to once again be part of the distinguished judging panel for this year’s Great British Photography Challenge in the Daily Mail Weekend magazine. It is almost impossible to accurately describe the meaning and emotional impact of a good photograph – however, they do all have one thing in common, that is they instantly communicate with the viewer. There is a sort of two-way communication that is achieved – the photographs speak to you. That is the magic of a great image,” says Gray Levett.
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The Great British Wildlife Photography Challenge is open to all amateur photographers. There are five categories: 1. Mammals; 2. Birds; 3. Insects; 4. Fish, Reptiles, Amphibians and Molluscs; 5. A special category for under-18s. Entries must be submitted by email by 18 September 2015 and the winners will be announced in Weekend magazine. Category winners will have their photographs published in the magazine and put on display. They will also receive a state-of-the-art Nikon D5500 digital camera, lenses, a memory card and a one-year subscription to Nikon Owner magazine, as part of a £1,000 package. The overall winner will also receive a four-day trip to Slovakia with professional photographer Simon Stafford, one of our judges, who will run a masterclass in photographing brown bears, wolves, lynx and deer.

For details on how to enter the competition click here www.facebook.com/nikonownermag/posts/1161467847201707

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New Nikon Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G Prime Lens

Widen your creative vision with the fast new
AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G prime lens

AF-S_NIKKOR_24mm_f_1_8G_prime_lensRRPs: AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G: £629.99

Sales Start Date: TBC

London, UK, 4th August 2015: Nikon extends its versatile f/1.8 line-up of prime lenses with the all-new AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G ED. Lighter and more compact than its brother, this fast FX-format lens easily captures dynamic, immersive images.

Edward Allinson, Junior Product Manager for Lenses & Accessories at Nikon UK says: “The 24mm lens has always been a popular model when it comes to exaggerating perspectives and capturing imaginative images; this new lens is a great addition to Nikon’s f/1.8 line-up and gives the wide-angle series a definitive edge. It offers exceptional image quality and low-light performance, ensuring photographers can capture beautiful scenes and atmospheric shots. Not only this, movie shooters who want to create a cinematic feel can achieve this and deliver excellent video. The compact and lightweight design also makes it an ideal travel companion, and ensures that it is built to last.”

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Credit: Alex Soh: AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G Nikon D750

 

Dynamic, immersive images

Dramatic architecture. Impressive landscapes. Bold streetscapes. Spacious interiors. To capture shots like these, the lens has to be wide and it has to be fast. An excellent match for high-resolution D-SLRs, the new 24mm f/1.8G from Nikon delivers exceptional still images and video. The fast f/1.8 aperture offers shallow depth of field, smooth bokeh, clear low-light images, and a bright viewfinder image. The close focus distance of just 0.23 m offers additional versatility and creative freedom. The compact and lightweight design makes this ultra-wide-angle a great travel companion.

Superior edge-to-edge performance

The new NIKKOR 24mm yields superb clarity and contrast throughout the frame. The optical construction includes 12 elements in nine groups. Two extra-low-dispersion (ED) glass elements, two aspherical lens elements, and Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat ensure crisp, brilliant images. Distortion is well controlled, as are any potential flaws that typically occur at the periphery of a wide-angle lens, such as light fall-off or loss of sharpness.

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Yves Paternoster: AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G Nikon D750

Ultra-wide FX. Classic DX

Offering a DX-format focal length equivalent of 36mm, this new lens is interesting for DX photographers too. Now DX users can take advantage of high-quality FX glass that comes close to a classic 35mm focal length when used on a DX camera. The traditional 35mm focal length creates timeless, compelling images. It’s a firm favourite amongst photographers who want to capture images with a classic perspective. In addition to the focal length advantage, the tough but lightweight construction of this new FX lens ensures it balances well on a DX body too.

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The AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G ED is supplied with a bayonet lens hood and a soft lens pouch.

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New Nikon Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR

Faster. Stronger. Steadier.
Meet the all-new AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR

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RRPs: AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR: £1,849.99

Sales Start Date: 27th August 2015

London, UK, 4th August 2015: Nikon updates its ‘holy trinity’ of fast zoom lenses with the brand new AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR. The beneficiary of a complete overhaul, the most widely used professional zoom lens in the NIKKOR line-up is now faster, stronger, and steadier than ever.

Credit: Chris McLennan: AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR Nikon D4S

Credit: Chris McLennan: AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR Nikon D4S

The addition of Nikon’s impressive Vibration Reduction (VR), a brand new optical construction and a more sturdy build breathe new life into this renowned lens.

Edward Allinson, Junior Product Manager for Lenses & Accessories at Nikon UK says: “The 24-70mm is a new and improved update to the already successful 24-70mm f/2.8G. Nikon has improved every aspect of this legendary lens in terms of image quality, construction, build and speed, as well as adding more stability with VR, minimising camera shake and allowing photographers to shoot at slower shutter speeds. This is an exceptional lens built to keep up with the demands of the professional photographer.”

Advancing a legend

Although the current 24-70mm (introduced with the Nikon D3 in 2007) is still widely acclaimed, the new incarnation of this lens takes performance to another level. In a first for any NIKKOR lens, the new optical design includes an aspherical ED glass element. Developed to combat chromatic aberrations and coma, this new element reduces light fall-off and enables uncompromised resolution at the peripheries. The brand new VR system minimises camera shake and lets you shoot at shutter speeds up to four stops slower.1 AF is also improved thanks to Nikon’s exclusive Silent Wave Motor (SWM), which is up to 1.5 times faster than the SWM used in the 24-70mm f/2.8G. The addition of an electromagnetic diaphragm enables consistent, more precise exposures during high-speed bursts, reducing the risk of accidental damage that can be associated with mechanical lever mechanisms.

Credit: Chris McLennan: AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR Nikon D4S

Credit: Chris McLennan: AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR Nikon D4S

Workhorse

Nikon’s new 24-70mm lens is ready to withstand the punishment that comes with years of daily professional use. While the optical design is complex, with 20 elements in 16 groups and Nano Crystal Coat, Nikon has strengthened the construction of this lens to create a tougher product. The included hood is a small but important improvement. Nikon listened to pro feedback and placed the release lock in a recess to prevent accidental removal. Naturally, the lens is fully weather sealed. A fluorine coating applied to the front and rear elements of the lens actively repels water, dust, and dirt without compromising image quality. And the coating makes it easier to clean the glass without damaging the surface.

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FOOTNOTE:
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Nikon Owner Magazine Issue 50

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Nikon Owner Cover – Issue 50

CONTENTS – ISSUE 50 2015

PRESERVING OUR WILDLIFE FOR THE FUTURE – THE MOOSE PETERSON INTERVIEW
by Michael Eleftheriades
Michael Eleftheriades interviews Nikon USA Ambassador and celebrated wildlife photographer Moose Peterson, following his popular lecture to Nikon Owner subscribers earlier this year.

NIKON Df – SPECIAL GOLD EDITION
Nikon produced the Nikon FM Gold commemorating their 60th anniversary in 1977. In December 2014 they released the Nikon Df Gold, a very special limited-edition black and gold model.

JANET WILLIAMSON – A LIFE IN ART, MUSIC & PHOTOGRAPHY
by Gray Levett
Janet Williamson studied art under David Hockney, creating some of the most significant rock music posters and album covers of the 1970s; Gray Levett examines her life as a Nikon photographer and her involvement in the music world.

ANDREW MAIN WILSON’S EPIC ADVENTURE SAMOA – THE STRANGLER FIG TREEHOUSE OF UPOLU
by Andrew Main Wilson
On September 29th 2009, a massive earthquake, measuring 8.1 on the Richter Scale, triggered a 40ft high wall of water, crashing onto the southern shores of Samoa. Hoteliers David and Carol Batchelor only survived by clinging to a tree. Andrew Main Wilson follows their story.

CLOSE-UP AND PERSONAL
by Becky Danese
In Part I of this article Becky Danese takes up the subject of the many uses of the Nikon SB-R1C1 close-up commander kit, a flash system specifically designed for close-up photography.

THE TONY HURST GALLERY Part XIII
Words by Gray Levett
In its time, the Nikon MF-2 750 Exposure Bulk Film Back provided the largest bulk film transport capacity available for the Nikon F2 series. Tony Hurst was tasked with bringing this scarcely known and rare accessory to life.

ANGEL EYES XXII
by Heather Angel
On her third trip to India Heather Angel visited The Khana Reserve and caught an extraordinary image of a wild bolting boar.

MIGHTY MIDGET
by Simon Stafford
Simon Stafford reviews the diminutive Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/4E PF ED VR, the first interchangeable Nikkor lens to feature a Phase Fresnel lens element.

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