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Grays of Westminster & Nikon Owner Christmas Event

Grays of Westminster & Nikon Owner
present an unmissable Christmas Evening

A Photographer’s Life:
Behind the Lens with Joe McNally

Introduced by Gray Levett, founder of Grays of Westminster, and Michael Eleftheriades of the Nikon Owner London Group

Date: Saturday, 4th December 2021
Start time: 7.00 pm GMT
Duration: 2 hours

Please note that this event will take place as an online webinar and please see the Registration section on how to sign up.

Grays of Westminster & Nikon Owner are pleased to invite you to this special Christmas event, ‘A Photographer’s Life: Behind the Lens with Joe McNally’. The event will be held on Saturday, 4th December 2021 as an online webinar.

Joe McNally became a professional photographer in 1978. Starting with newspapers, and moving onto magazines and commercial work, he has been thrown the kitchen sink of assignments, from news and sports to big production jobs, celebrity portrait sessions done in less than five minutes and assignments from the National Geographic that went on for a year. Known as a candid and humorous presenter, Joe will show work and discuss the ups and downs, the successes and the failures to be had when encountering the world with a camera in hand. He has been to approximately 70 countries and remains just as anxious and excited about his next job as he was when he first started working. He will offer notions about longevity, durability and versatility in this industry, and the stubbornness you have to demonstrate to get projects done in the face of obstacles and naysayers. In addition to showing work, Joe will engage in a lively Q&A, answering questions about technique, approach, the photo business and simply staying alive and engaged as a photographer.

Special Christmas Raffle:

First prize: Signed, limited edition copy of The Legendary Photography of Tony Hurst, celebrating Nikon’s 100th Anniversary, worth £125.00

Two runner-up prizes: a choice between a Nikon gilet, a t-shirt or a polo shirt. 

About Joe McNally

Joe McNally is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning photographer whose prolific career includes assignments in nearly 70 countries. McNally is known worldwide as not only one of the top, technically excellent photographers of his generation, but his charming demeanour, confidence and humour also make him a sought-after choice from CEOs to celebrities and commercial and magazine clients alike. He is among the rare breed of photographer who has bridged the world between photojournalism and advertising, amassing an impressive commercial and advertising client list including FedEx, Nikon, ESPN, Adidas, MAC Cosmetics, Land’s End, General Electric, Epson, MetLife, USAA, New York Stock Exchange, Lehman Brothers, PNC Bank and the Beijing Cultural Commission.

McNally is equally comfortable climbing buildings or lighting a telescope to capturing quiet, sensitive subject matter with confidence in medical surroundings. He has shot numerous cover stories and highly complex features for the National Geographic, LIFE and Sports Illustrated, where his research skills and unmatched preparedness were highly valued. McNally won the first Alfred Eisenstaedt Award for Journalistic Impact for a LIFE coverage titled, “The Panorama of War.” He has been honoured numerous times by Communication Arts, PDN, Graphis, American Photo, POY and The World Press Photo Foundation. He has also adapted to the Internet-driven media world where his work is regularly cited in social media surveys as sources of inspiration and industry leadership. McNally is a proud Nikon Ambassador and also a recent member of the Capture One Ambassador Team.

His website can be viewed at: https://joemcnally.com

Webinar Requirements

A computer, laptop (Mac or Windows), tablet or phone (iOS or Android).

Internet access (Wi-Fi, ethernet connection preferred).

Speakers or headphones (audio out) to listen to the audio stream.

A webcam or microphone connected to your computer for audio input (optional, if you are using a laptop, tablet or phone these will be built-in).

Even without sharing your video/audio stream you will still be able to type questions using a chat feature.

You will need to download and install the Zoom application on your computer or laptop, or app on your tablet or phone. Detailed instructions will be sent to all attendees before the event.

Registration

The cost of the event, payable in advance, is £25 per person for current Nikon Owner subscribers and £85 for non-Nikon Owner subscribers.

To reserve your place, please click here 

If you encounter any difficulties or have any other questions, please email Katrin Ruckert at katrin@nikonownermagazine.com

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, 4th December 2021 for this unmissable Christmas evening!

Cancellation Policy

Please kindly note that a cancellation policy applies and that unfortunately a refund or a credit towards a future event can only be provided when you give us 7 days prior notice of cancelling your place(s).

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New Nikon Announcement

Today Nikon announced the Z 9, its most advanced flagship camera ever. The Z 9 is a significant step forward for both Nikon and professional imaging. The mirrorless camera boasts a new, stacked 45.7 MP full-frame CMOS sensor designed by Nikon engineers and an ultra-fast EXPEED 7 processor. It features Nikon’s most sophisticated autofocus system and 3D tracking to date, class-leading video capabilities, an exceptional electronic viewfinder display, speeds of up to 120 fps with full auto focus and exposure metering and more. Alongside the Z 9, Nikon is also announcing the NIKKOR Z 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR S – the first Z series super-telephoto zoom lens – and the Mount Adapter FTZ II, which further improves the usability of the existing Mount Adapter FTZ.

Nikon also introduces its latest zoom lens, the versatile NIKKOR Z 24-120mm f/4 S. With a lightweight build, advanced optics and a broad zoom range, this is the lens for any scenario. From ancient architecture and lively street photography to detailed portraits and sweeping landscapes, it allows users to capture all angles without having to change lens.

Alongside the Z 9, Nikon is also announcing the NIKKOR Z 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR S – the first Z series super-telephoto zoom lens – and the Mount Adapter FTZ II, which further improves the usability of the existing Mount Adapter FTZ.

You can see the Nikon Z9 – Camera Launch here.

And here you can see today’s Grays of Westminster live stream Nikon Z9 First-Hand Impressions.

On the 5th of November from 13:00 to 21:00 CET, tune in to #Nikon Days: an exclusive virtual event to celebrate its Z series system. Photography enthusiasts and professionals alike can enjoy sessions in French, English and German.

There will be Zoom product presentations and roundtables, with the opportunity to get up close and personal with Nikon’s leading wildlife, sports, automotive, fashion and wedding photographers from across Europe. In-depth looks at the Z 9, Z System and several NIKKOR lenses will also take place. The event is free to attend, please register your place here: https://nikondays.nikoneurope.com

 

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New Nikon Release

Nikon releases the NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2 – a compact and lightweight prime lens for the Nikon Z mount system

RRPs: NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2 – £249.00 UK | €289.00 ROI

Nikon is pleased to announce the release of the NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2, a compact and lightweight prime lens compatible with full-frame (Nikon FX-format) mirrorless cameras for which the Nikon Z mount has been adopted. The beautifully lyrical NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2 is an everyday superhero: sharp, fast, and small enough to wield discreetly, it’s great for everything from vlogs to vibrant snapshots.

Nikkor 40mm f2

*The appearance of the product may differ from the photo shown above.

This bright, standard prime lens offers a natural angle of view that is ideal for candid portraits, interviews, and how-to videos. Without a big lens in their face, subjects will feel more comfortable, and the lens is so small and light that it’s ideal for filming engaging first-person perspectives too.

The wide Z mount combines with the lens’ wide f/2 maximum aperture to deliver great low-light performance, ideal for capturing the mood of dimly lit situations. The rounded 9-blade aperture enables soft, natural-looking bokeh: photographers and movie shooters can capture images with softly blurred, super-creamy backgrounds that really make their subject stand out.

Rob Harmon, Senior Commercial Lead, Nikon Northern Europe, says: “We are thrilled to welcome this versatile prime lens into the ever-growing Nikon Z system. This lens is a great value-for-money entry point into the world of Nikon Z. It’s so compact and lightweight that it’s ideal as a main walk-around lens or a lightweight second lens.”
Z50 with Nikkor 40mm f2

Summary of key features: NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2

Bright f/2 standard prime lens: 40 mm angle of view on Z series full-frame cameras. 60 mm angle of view on a Z series DX-format camera.

True to life: the lens renders stills and movies with beautiful detail, depth, and colour.

Artful bokeh: putting subjects in sharp focus against beautiful, softly blurred backgrounds has never been easier.

Great up close: minimum focus distance of just 0.29 m. Sharpness is superb, even up close.

Fast, silent autofocus: powered by an ultra-quiet stepping motor and enhanced by the additional light gathered by the Z mount, focusing is fast, accurate—and silent.

Made for video: videos won’t be ruined by focusing sounds. Focus breathing is dramatically reduced so you can adjust focus without affecting the shot’s angle of view.

Pocketable: small enough to keep on the camera or slip into a coat pocket.

Adaptable: the silent control ring can be set to control focus, aperture, exposure compensation, or ISO.

Protected: sealed to protect from dust and water droplets.1

Z5 plus Nikkor 40mm f2

FOOTNOTES

1 The lens is not guaranteed to be dust- and drip-resistant in all situations and under all conditions.

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LEE Filters Expands LEE100 System

LEE Filters Expands LEE100 System with New Filter Holder for Ultra-wide NIKKOR Zoom

Lee100 System Filter Holder

LEE Filters, a leading manufacturer of high-quality lighting gels and photographic filters and a member of the Panavision family of brands, is expanding its award-winning LEE100 filter system with the addition of a new LEE100 holder specifically developed for Nikon’s NIKKOR Z 14-24mm f2.8 S ultra-wide zoom lens.

Physically larger than the standard LEE100 holder, this new filter holder is made from aluminium alloy and features a bespoke compression system for safe and secure placement on the lens barrel with optimised vignette performance. Visual “smart alignment” markings help the user correctly position the holder on the lens, and an integrated gasket and anti-reflective coating protect against light leak.

Lee 100 Filter Holder

The new holder uses the same interchangeable, modular guide blocks as the standard LEE100 system, and innovative quick-change filter frames enable photographers to continue using their existing LEE 100x100mm standard and 100x150mm grad filters. Integrated handling tabs on the filter frames allow for easy positioning without having to directly touch the filter surface, mitigating fingerprints and increasing the filter’s usable visible area. A physical stop on the filter frames optimizes the filter’s position relative to the lens, ensuring the filter’s edge won’t drop into the shot. For optimum wide-angle performance with the new holder, LEE Filters is also introducing a newly designed line of foamless 100mm Stoppers.

The new LEE100 filter holder for Nikon’s NIKKOR Z 14-24mm f2.8 S is available globally through LEE Filters’ dealer network and in the UK through select LEE Filters dealers and LEE Direct.

About LEE Filters

Since 1967, LEE Filters has maintained a market-leading position as the world’s manufacturer of lighting gels and professional photographic filters designed for the B2B entertainment and B2C photographic markets. Ongoing R&D and extensive product testing have kept the company at the forefront of new technologies, adapting to the ever-changing needs of photographers, cinematographers and lighting designers. LEE Filters is part of Panavision’s portfolio of renowned brands, which includes Light Iron, Panalux, Direct Digital and Island Studios. For more information and locations worldwide, visit www.panavision.com. To learn more about LEE Filters, please visit www.leefilters.com.

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Nikon Z fc, Micro Lenses Launch & Z Products Update

Nikon Owner Special Webinar:

Nikon Z fc, Micro Lenses Launch
& Z Products Update
By Neil Freeman & Ricci Chera

Friday, 20th August 2021

Start time: 7.00 pm BST
Duration: 2 hours

Please note that this event will take place as an online webinar.
Please see the Registration section for the link to the online sign-up.

Nikon Owner London Group coordinator Michael Eleftheriades is pleased to invite you to this special event, ‘Nikon Z fc, Micro Lenses Launch & Z Products Update’ presented by Neil Freeman and Ricci Chera of Nikon UK. The event will be held on Friday, August 20th, 2021 as an online webinar.

On June 29th, 2021, Nikon surprised with the launch of the Z fc DX-format mirrorless camera, inspired by the iconic design of the Nikon FM2, with a similar size, traditional dials and Nikon logo. Alongside came the NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8 (SE), a compact and lightweight lens also featuring a design matching the Nikon lenses of the time, and development news of the NIKKOR 18-140mm f3.5-6.3 VR zoom lens.

Earlier, on June 2nd, 2021, the two eagerly awaited macro lenses for the Z system were launched, the NIKKOR Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S micro and mid-telephoto, and the compact NIKKOR Z MC 50mm f/2.8 standard microlens. Alongside, came news of the development of additional compact lenses, including the NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2. Neil and Ricci will present the new products in detail, as well as their evaluations on their features and performance. There will also be an opportunity to ask Neil and Ricci questions on all aspects of the new camera and lenses.

It promises to be a very exciting evening, so please book your places early!

Webinar Requirements

A computer, laptop (Mac or Windows), tablet or phone (iOS or Android).Internet access (Wi-Fi, ethernet connection preferred).

Speakers or headphones (audio out) to listen to the audio stream.

A webcam or microphone connected to your computer for audio input (optional, if you are using a laptop, tablet or phone these will be built in).

Even without sharing your video/audio stream you will still be able to type questions using a chat feature.

You will need to download and install the Zoom application on your computer or laptop, or app on your tablet or phone. Detailed instructions will be sent to all attendees before the event.

Registration

The cost of the event is free for current Nikon Owner subscribers and £60 for non-Nikon Owner subscribers.

To reserve your place, please click here

If you encounter any difficulties or have any questions, please email Katrin Ruckert at katrin@nikonownermagazine.com

Michael Eleftheriades looks forward to seeing you on Friday, August 20th!

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