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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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NIKON ANNOUNCE NEW NIKON Z FC CAMERA

Body Promo

London, June 29th, 2021: The new Nikon Z fc is here.

The Z Fc is inspired by the FM film cameras of yore.

  • Retro styling including shutter speed dial, exposure compensation dial, ISO sensitivity dial
  • Electronic Viewfinder
  • Eye-Detection AF for stills and video
  • Animal-Detection AF for stills and video
  • SnapBridge app can be used to transfer photos and videos recorded with the camera to a smart device
  • Great in low light with ISO sensitivity up to 51200
  • Vari-angle touch-screen monitor for low-level, vertical or selfie shooting
  • Supports USB power delivery with the camera turned on as well as USB charging
  • Supports Webcam Utility, software that enables the Nikon Z fc to be used as a web camera
  • Video recording supporting 4K UHD without crop using the DX-based movie image area
  • Supports Full-time AF (AF-F) dedicated for video recording
  • Slow-motion video shooting is made easy by simply selecting an image size and frame rate

DESIGN INSPIRATION FROM A LEGENDARY CAMERA

Here, there is passion in the detail. The pentaprism design and the balance between black and silver elements on the Nikon Z fc’s body reflect the FM2, as do the adoption of a circular eyepiece for the electronic viewfinder (EVF), the design of the dials, and the inscribed Nikon logo from the 1970-80s. Reliable robustness, meanwhile, is achieved by employing magnesium alloy

SIMPLIFIED OPERATION AND CREATIVE EXPRESSION

The top of Nikon Z fc’s body features three dials and a small window that displays the aperture. The dials control shutter speed, exposure compensation and ISO sensitivity, enabling setting changes with simple operation. Further, the i button and i menu, which allow users to quickly adjust a variety of settings with the press of a button, can be customised based on the user’s individual shooting preferences.

The first time in a Nikon Z series camera, the Nikon Z fc supports exposure compensation during AUTO mode, enabling users to achieve their desired expression by increasing brightness and enhancing silhouettes, etc. The camera also features 20 Creative Picture Control options that deliver unique expressions. By selecting themes with different parameters such as hue, toning and saturation, users can express a variety of moods, as well as adjust effects to their taste.

ENHANCED FOCUS CAPABILITIES & VARI-ANGLE SHOOTING

The Nikon Z fc supports Eye-Detection AF and Animal-Detection AF with the shooting of stills and video—features originally introduced on the Nikon Z 7II and Nikon Z 6II. The wide-area AF (L) AF-area mode is supported, further ensuring the clear capture of eyes and faces by limiting the focusing area. Continuous focus on the eyes of the intended subject when there are several people in the frame or the tracking of eyes of a pet that’s moving can also be achieved.

The capture of clear stills and videos in dark situations is made possible by covering a wide standard sensitivity range of ISO 100-51200*. Additionally, vertical shooting from low or high angles is enabled with the adoption of the first vari-angle monitor among Z series cameras. When the monitor is rotated to the front, the camera automatically switches to self-portrait mode, enabling smooth selfie shooting with touch operation.

INCREASED CONNECTIVITY VIA SNAPBRIDGE VER. 2.8

The SnapBridge app can be used to transfer photos and videos recorded with the camera to a smart device**, making it easy for users to share them on social media. The latest camera firmware can also be obtained through the application.

Snapbridge Ver. 2.8, with a new user interface, now supports two automatic connection modes: foreground mode and background mode. The foreground mode connects with the camera only when the app is activated, reducing camera battery consumption. The background mode features a constant connection, transferring images automatically even when the app is not activated.

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