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NIKON RELEASES THE POWERHOUSE Z6III

Nikon Z 6 III front

Nikon has expanded its acclaimed lineup of midrange Z series cameras with the Z6III full-frame hybrid camera. Built on the spirit of the Z8 and Z9, the small but tough Z6III is a flexible creative powerhouse that offers exquisitely detailed stills and internal 6K/60P (RAW) video recording.

The all-new Z6III introduces a new level of performance to mid-range full-frame cameras and is an exciting upgrade for photographers and videographers who want to hone their skills or go big on creativity, while keeping their setup ultra-compact. At the heart of the camera is the world’s first partially stacked full-frame CMOS sensor—designed to let the Z6III perform big and stay small, it delivers in every way with incredible image quality and eye-widening dynamic range and colour fidelity.

The partially stacked sensor at the heart of the Z6III is backed by the same EXPEED 7 processor that drives the Z8 and Z9—and this powerful duo fuels the camera’s blazing AF calculations and EVF refresh rates, as well as its impressive light sensitivity. Stills shooters get a consistently smooth view through the viewfinder and can unleash up to 120 fps without worrying about rolling shutter distortion. Video shooters can deliver pristine 6K and 5.4K footage straight from the camera or create detail-rich 4K UHD video oversampled from 6K in-camera. In addition, both stills and video shooters benefit from Nikon’s intelligent subject detection, with tenacious tracking on the eyes in people or animal modes, and they can keep on shooting into the night thanks to the sensor’s broad ISO range and AF sensitivity down to –10 EV.

The Z6III also boasts the brightest electronic viewfinder in its class—and this is the first mirrorless camera ever to have an EVF with a wide DCI-P3 colour gamut.1 With next-level views like this, details won’t be hidden in the shadows and users can confidently create in-camera, secure in the knowledge that final files will display colours as intended.

Nikon Imaging Cloud2, a free cloud service that offers direct-to-camera firmware updates as well as camera-to-cloud image storage, and exclusive image recipes will be available soon.

Nikon Z6III back

Summary of key features: Z6III

Partially stacked 24.5 MP full-frame sensor: blazing sensor-scan rates power full-pixel readout for clean, detailed images with superb dynamic range and colour fidelity. The native ISO range goes from 100 to 64000 (expandable to 50-204800).

6K RAW video in-camera: Internal 6K/60P (RAW) and 5.4K/60P (YUV) recording. You can create 4K UHD/60p video oversampled from 6K in-camera and shoot footage at 240p (10x slow motion).

Pro-quality sound: The camera’s external mic input can be used as a line-level input for pro-quality sound.

Bright EVF with ultra-wide colour gamut: with refresh rates of 60 fps, the 4000-nit, 5670k-dot EVF displays consistently smooth, high-definition views. A wide (DCI-P3) colour gamut displays lifelike colours with no colour banding.

Up to 120 fps with AF/AE and Pre-Release Capture: 120 fps (10MP DX-format JPEGs), or 60 fps (24MP full-frame JPEGs). The Z6III nails the decisive moment, even if it happens before the shutter is released.

Flagship AF features: blisteringly fast AF calculations power consistently reliable tracking that won’t let go. Subject detection and AF work down to –10 EV for video and stills.3

Powerful Vibration Reduction and focus-point stabilisation: 8.0 stops4 of 5-axis image stabilisation built right into the camera’s body, and E-VR for video. Focus Point VR stabilises the area around the active focus point.5

High-resolution vari-angle monitor: fully articulating 2100k-dot touchscreen for a clear, highly detailed view of the scene from any angle.

Small, lightweight, tough: Weighs just 750 g (approx.), with premium weather sealing and cold resistance all the way down to –10 C/14 F.

Two card slots: one slot supports CFexpress Type B cards or XQD cards, and one slot supports UHS-II SD cards.

Optional vertical battery grip: Nikon’s new Power Battery Pack MB-N14 can be used as a grip for vertical shooting, or to counterbalance telephoto lenses, as well as for extended all-day shooting.

Sales start: July 2024

RRPs: Z6III Body – £2,699 (UK) | €3,099.00 (ROI)

Pre-order from Grays of Westminster here: https://shop.graysofwestminster.co.uk/product/z-6-iii

 

FOOTNOTES:

1 Among full-frame/FX-format mirrorless cameras as of 17 June 2024. Based on Nikon research.

2 The Nikon imaging cloud service will be available soon. Please continue to check Nikon’s website for updates.

3 AF sensitivity down to –10 EV. Measured in photo mode at ISO 100 and a temperature of 20°C/68°F using single-servo AF (AF‑S) and a lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.2.

4 8.0-stop Vibration Reduction measured using the telephoto end of the NIKKOR Z 24-120mm f/4 S. Based on CIPA Standards.

5 Focus Point VR is available in Photo mode when a NIKKOR Z lens without built-in VR is used. Focus Point VR is not effective when multiple focus points are displayed.

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Andrea Jones wins Gold Medal for her exhibit ‘Gardens Illuminated’ at the Saatchi Gallery in London

We are delighted to announce that multi-award-winning photographer Andrea Jones, who is celebrating 25 years as a specialist photographer in the world of plants, flowers and trees, has been awarded a Gold Medal in the 2024 RHS Botanical Art & Photography Competition for her exhibit, ‘Gardens Illuminated’ at the Saatchi Gallery, London.

You can visit the RHS Botanical Art & Photography Show 2024, from

Andrea Jones was featured in our series ‘Women in Photography’ in Nikon Owner issue 82, which you can find here: https://nikonownershop.com/products/nikon-owner-magazine-issue-82

We look forward to the exhibition! Will we see you there?

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NIKON REACHES MAJOR MILESTONE IN THE PRODUCTION OF INTERCHANGEABLE LENSES

 

Nikon is pleased to announce that the production of NIKKOR lenses for Nikon interchangeable lens cameras has reached an impressive milestone of 120 million1 as of April 2024.

One of the few manufacturers globally to initiate its manufacturing process from the creation of optical glass, Nikon offers NIKKOR F lenses for single-lens reflex cameras and NIKKOR Z lenses for mirrorless cameras.

Celebrating the 90th anniversary of its inaugural product release in 2023, NIKKOR continues to draw inspiration from its remarkable history and technological advancements. Guided by a commitment to contribute to the development of imaging culture, Nikon remains dedicated to expanding possibilities for imaging expression, building upon the legacy of the NIKKOR brand.

The NIKKOR Brand

Since its inception in 1932 with the registration of the NIKKOR trademark by Nikon (then Nippon Kogaku K.K.), NIKKOR has been a pioneer in optical excellence. Beginning with the introduction of Aero-Nikkor aerial photographic lenses in 1933, Nikon is still one of the few manufacturers that crafts lenses starting from the production of optical glass.

From initial design to final inspection, every NIKKOR lens undergoes a meticulous process adhering to Nikon’s strict quality standards. This unwavering commitment lays the foundation for NIKKOR’s exceptional optical performance and superior quality.

Over the years, NIKKOR has consistently integrated cutting-edge technologies into its lenses, including features like aperture control, autofocus, and vibration reduction (VR). The legacy continues with NIKKOR Z lenses, specifically designed for Nikon mirrorless cameras, boasting a new mount with the industry’s largest diameter. This innovation unlocks new possibilities in lens design, increasing its capabilities in optical performance.

The wide variety of NIKKOR Z lenses released in recent years further exemplifies how Nikon is pushing boundaries. This includes the flagship NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct, which set records as the fastest lens in Nikon’s history with an aperture of f/0.952.

You can find an extensive range of NIKKOR lenses at Grays of Westminster online here https://shop.graysofwestminster.co.uk/ or call 020 7828 4925 for their legendary service.

 

1 Among full-frame mirrorless cameras, as of April 2024. Based on Nikon research.

2 Among interchangeable lenses for Nikon cameras.

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NIKON WINS BIG AT THIS YEAR’S RED DOT AWARDS

We are delighted to share with you that Nikon has received an impressive four Red Dot Awards for product design. Two of Nikon’s full-frame flagship mirrorless cameras, the Nikon Zf and Z8, have been recognised by the jury. While in the lens department, not one but two lenses took home an award which included the NIKKOR Z 600mm f/6.3 VR S and the NIKKOR Z 135mm f/1.8 Plena lens.

Products from 60 countries were submitted to the world-class design competition, which were then judged by a panel of esteemed design specialists from around the world. Degree of innovation, functionality, ergonomics and durability were all taken into consideration throughout the deliberation process before the winners were announced.

Nikon’s “Red Dot Award: Product Design 2024” prize winning products are as follows:

 

NIKON Z8

Nikon Z8 cameraThe Z8 brings the feature set of the Z9 to a body that is 30% smaller than the Z9 and 15% smaller than the D850. The 45 MP stacked CMOS sensor and impressive dynamic range. The phenomenal deep-learning AF system, and a subject- and eye-detection hit rate you can rely on. The blackout-free Real-Live Viewfinder and 4-axis tilting monitor. Video, stills, or both. You have the freedom to innovate while the Z8 reliably nails every frame.

 

NIKON Zf

NIKON Zf cameraThe Zf is where classic Nikon analogue camera design meets advanced Z series tech for next-level performance. It’s the perfect fusion of past and present. The black finish on the precision-milled brass mechanical control dials reveals an attractive patina over time. The more you use your Zf, the more it becomes one of a kind.

 

NIKKOR Z 600mm f/6.3VR S

Nikkor Z 600 mm f/6.3VR SStills or video—capture the speed, power, and grace of distant subjects with the NIKKOR Z 600mm f/6.3 VR S prime lens. Lightweight and balanced for handheld shooting. Crisp and clear at any aperture.

 

NIKKOR Z 135mm f/1.8 S Plena lens

NIKKOR Z 135mm f/1.8 S PlenaStills or video—capture the speed, power, and grace of distant subjects with the NIKKOR Z 600mm f/6.3 VR S prime lens. Lightweight and balanced for handheld shooting. Crisp and clear at any aperture.

 

The Red Dot Design Award is a world-class competition celebrating the best in design and business, which has 67 years of rich history. Visit the website for more information https://www.red-dot.org/

 

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NIKON TRIUMPHS WITH FOUR WINS AT THIS YEAR’S TIPA WORLD AWARDS

We are TIPA World Awards logodelighted to announce that Nikon has been successful across four categories at this year’s TIPA World Awards. Nikon’s latest mirrorless camera, the sleek and stylish Z f was crowned the ‘Best Full-Frame Expert Camera’, while the Z 8 was awarded the prestigious title of “Best Full-Frame Professional Camera”. When it came to the lens categories, Nikon scored two awards with the NIKKOR Z 135mm f/1.8 S Plena being voted the ‘Best Professional Portrait Lens’, while the NIKKOR Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR took home gold for the ‘Best Super Telephoto Zoom Lens’ award.

The four awards showcase Nikon’s dedication to producing innovative equipment, combining advanced technology and superior performance to empower photographers to push creative boundaries, but above all, to ‘keep inspiring’.

TIPA members praised the 24.5MP Nikon Z f as an excellent
example of convergence between Nikon Z f cameraclassic design and modern technology. Combining a Nikon SLR retro style look with still and video features that invite creative engagement, the Z f camera has proven to have great appeal to photo enthusiasts young and old. On-camera controls include precision dials for settings and an easy flip switch for choosing still or video capture. Framing and POV flexibility are enhanced by a vari-angle LCD for live-view shooting that can also be used for quick menu selections. Plus, there’s a pentaprism-style OLED with 100% coverage. Advanced video recording and vlogging capabilities include UHD 4K 30p and Full HD 120p recording, and SnapBridge, Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity.

Nikon Z 8 cameraThe Z 8 was celebrated for its ability to pack a range of impressive Z 9 features into a ‘smaller, lightweight’ body – making it the perfect camera for both photographers and videographers on the go. Sharing many attributes with the flagship Nikon Z 9, the Z 8 hits a sweet spot in terms of size and weight for enthusiast and working pro on-the-go photographers and videographers. The choice between the two has more to do with the photographer’s mode, professional demands, and need to fit into a production regime than any major feature trade-offs. Lightweight at just 2 lbs. (0.90kg), the Z 8 is ideal for use with a gimbal for video and, being 30% smaller, is ideal for all day jobs, when kit bag weight is an important consideration. But being smaller and lighter does not mean a loss of features found in the Z 9, with sensor size, framing rates, and all the AI and tracking functions, among other specs, shared.

Image of Nikkor Z 135mm f/1.8 S PlenaThe NIKKOR Z 135mm f/1.8 S Plena was recognised for its ‘edge-to-edge buttery bokeh’. It’s rare for Nikon to name a lens, so we looked it up and Plena is defined as “the condition or quality of being full.” If the compliments paid to this lens by photographers from around the world are any indication, the appellation is apt. Aimed at commercial, wedding, portraitists, and even landscape and nature photographers, pro reactions have been overwhelmingly positive worldwide. In particular, there has been special praise for its edge-to-edge buttery bokeh for stills and cinematic video, thanks to its 11-blade diaphragm; its edge to edge brightness and minimization of ghosting, flare, and fringing, due to special elements and coatings; and its customizable control and function buttons, notable for cinemaphotographers who admire its smooth aperture transitions and Nikon’s Multi System Focus AF performance.

Image of Nikkor Z 1800600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR lensThe NIKKOR Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR being Specifically designed for nature, wildlife, and sports enthusiast photographers, this long-range zoom lens brings it all together in terms of focal length range, fast, responsive autofocus, an STM motor for quiet and smooth video capture, and weather-sealed construction with a fluorine lens coating that, to quote, “anticipates a high frequency of lens wiping.” TIPA editors know that in pro offerings it’s often the small touches that make a big difference in the field, and with this super tele it’s the ability to adapt 1.4X and 2X teleconverters, maintain lens size when zooming, only a 70-degree turn to zoom out to maximum focal length, 5.5 EV image stabilization, and a host of on-lens controls to switch or lock modes and settings.

The TIPA World Awards are universally recognised as celebrating top-class companies and the highest quality products in the industry. It also serves to provide an important benchmark and guide for consumers when making their purchasing decisions.

Please visit the TIPA website for more information: www.tipa.com

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