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Grays of Westminster & Nikon Owner Annual Christmas Event on Saturday, 7th December 2019 at The Royal Air Force Club

Grays of Westminster & Nikon Owner

Present An Unmissable Christmas Evening

With A Unique Presentation By Neil Lucas & Michael Pitts

 

Cost of the evening:

£155 per ticket, £125 for standard Nikon Owner subscribers, with a very special price of £95 for current Nikon Owner gold, platinum and diamond subscribers and their families and guests.

HOW TO BOOK YOUR TICKET(S):

To book a place or places at the Christmas event, please contact Gillian Greenwood by email only, on gillian.greenwood@nikonownermagazine.com with your full name, subscription number if available, postal address & postcode, daytime contact number, your menu choice (traditional or vegetarian) and the name of any guest or guests you would like to bring with you, together with their choice of menu. We will then contact you to go over your booking.

Neil LucasMichael Pitts

Neil Lucas, photographer, award-winning director & filmographer, was a producer with the BBC’s world renowned Natural History Unit for over 20 years. During that time he worked on many international award-winning productions, including Sir David Attenborough’s Trials of Life, The Private Life of Plants, The Life of Mammals, Planet Earth and the highly acclaimed Life Series.

Michael Pitts is widely regarded as one of Britain’s foremost underwater cameramen. However, he is equally happy shooting on the surface or from the air. The many awards he has received include EMMYs for cinematography on two BBC landmark series, David Attenborough’s The Private Life of Plants and Blue Planet.

Michael and Neil have worked closely together on many assignments and they will relate the successes and the disasters they have experienced during their extraordinary careers, including the complications of sinking a ship in the Caribbean and searching for the rare plant Amorphophallus titanum in the Sumatran rainforest.

Join us on Saturday, 7th December at the Grays of Westminster and Nikon Owner Annual Christmas Event at The Royal Air Force Club, 128 Piccadilly, London W1J 7PY for a unique evening and the adventure of a lifetime.

The Royal Air Force Club

Located in London’s Mayfair, overlooking Green Park, the Royal Air Force Club offers luxurious and peaceful surroundings and a ‘home from home’ to serving and former officers of the RAF and Allied Air Forces.

Founded in 1918 and opening its doors in 1922, the Club’s elegant interior has been enhanced to its present high standard. As a charity, their aim is to continue to support the Royal Air Force by preserving and fostering the esprit de corps and traditions of the RAF.

With striking aviation artwork lining the walls, eye-catching stained glass windows and the unique squadron badge corridor, a truly fascinating history has been brought to life at 128 Piccadilly.

The Royal Air Force Club 2

Date: Saturday evening, 7th December, 2019

Place: The Royal Air Force Club, 128 Piccadilly, London W1J 7PY

Introduction and Welcome: Champagne Reception: 6.30 p.m.

Dinner: 7.15 p.m. Traditional Christmas Dinner or a Vegetarian Option (chosen in advance)

The Neil Lucas & Michael Pitts Presentation: 9.15 p.m., introduced by Gray Levett Founder Grays of Westminster

 

NIKON OWNER SUBSCRIPTION BENEFITS

 

Gold subscription: special price when you make your booking: £155 for two years of subscription instead of £231.

The benefits of a gold-status subscription:

  • 2-year subscription to Nikon Owner as above
  • 5-year warranty on all new Nikon products from Grays of Westminster
  • 2-year warranty on all second-hand Nikon from Grays of Westminster
  • Gold Priority waiting list for new Nikon releases (top of the waiting-list)
  • Nikon Owner magazine, a superb, glossy full-colour 60-page magazine that is 100% Nikon. Each issue delivers benchmark technical reviews of the very latest Nikon equipment, thought-provoking interviews and articles with world-class images
  • All back issues (over 65) available on line
  • Private user-name and password to subscribers-only website
  • Simon Stafford’s Technical Helpline: free technical consultation and support from one of the top Nikon experts in the world, best-selling author Simon Stafford; you will be able to benefit from his formidable knowledge and have all your technical questions fully answered by email. This
  • Significant discounts on training sessions, workshops, seminars and photo-walks by a variety of different presenters, many of which are exclusive to Nikon Owner subscribers.
  • Special offers for Gold subscribers only throughout the period of subscription
  • 15% off Think Tank bags purchased at Grays of Westminster discounted for gold subscribers.
  • Substantial discount on the Nikon Owner Grand Christmas Dinner
  • 10% off any training courses run at the Nikon School of Excellence
  • A range of complimentary meetings and outings organized by local Nikon Owner Groups. There are active Nikon Owner regional groups in the North Midlands, the Cotswolds, London, and the South Coast. Unique presentations with guest-speakers on a variety of photographic topics or exciting photo-outings are arranged regularly by the group organisers, which all Nikon Owner subscribers can attend no matter where you live in the country.

 

Diamond subscription: special price when you make your booking: £395.00.

The Benefits of the Diamond Subscription:

  • 10% off all second-hand kit at Grays of Westminster** (up to a maximum of £150 discount off each item)
  • 15% off vintage or collectible Nikon equipment at Grays of Westminster (up to a maximum of £200 per item)
  • Monthly discounts on a number of different offers from Grays of Westminster. These discounts will include a whole range of different items such as filters, accessories, manual lenses, etc.
  • A signed, numbered, limited edition of The Legendary Photography of Tony Hurst, recommended retail price £125, while stocks last
  • Free technical advice on the phone whenever needed (by appointment)
  • Diamond Priority waiting list for all new Nikon releases or hard-to-get items
  • 5-year warranty on all new Nikon products from Grays of Westminster
  • 2-year warranty on second-hand Nikon from Grays of Westminster
  • Nikon Owner magazine, both online and hard copy, as above
  • Private user-name and password to the subscribers-only website which includes a forum, message board, technical equipment reviews and use of a photo gallery
  • Simon Stafford’s Technical Helpline
  • 20% off Think Tank Bags purchased at Grays of Westminster
  • 20% off Hawkesmill Bags purchased at Grays of Westminster
  • Special trips and events
  • Substantial discounts on a number of training sessions, workshops and seminars. These include Simon Stafford’s photographic courses and workshops, Michael Eleftheriades’ Lightroom, ‘How-to’ seminars and London photo-walks, Graham Eaton’s Natural History workshops and Damien Demolder and Simon Weir’s events

**Please note that although this 10% discount on second-hand is not in addition to any other discount on second-hand equipment that might be offered at the time, it is a permanent feature of the Diamond subscription.

 

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Nikon Owner Magazine Issue 65

Nikon Owner magazine cover – issue 65

CONTENTS – ISSUE 65 2019

MICHAEL PITTS, DIRECTOR & CAMERAMAN:
SEA HUNT PART I
In Part I of this two-part series, Michael Pitts tells us the story of his extraordinary career as an underwater photographer, director & cameraman. It has taken him all over the world, from the Great Barrier Reef, shooting on a major BBC David Attenborough series, Coral Seas to the wreck of the Invincible, which sank in 1789.

NIKON Z 6 & Z 7 REVIEW: PART 2
By Simon Stafford
In the first of a two-part article by our esteemed technical specialist, Simon Stafford provides us with an overview of the Nikon Z-series cameras, the first FX-format mirrorless models released by the Nikon Corporation.

NIGER – THE WODAABE DESERT NOMADS
By Andrew Main Wilson
Adding yet another country to his ‘roads less travelled’ series, Andrew Main Wilson journeys to Niger, one of the world’s most challenging and unusual countries, which was ranked at the bottom of the United Nations Human Development Index. But, as he has so often illustrated, there are extraordinary people wherever one journeys.

THE THEORY OF PRE-VOLUTION USING VINTAGE LENSES IN A MODERN AGE
By Becky Danese
What do rabbit ears, Nikkor pre-AI, AI and AIS lenses all have in common and why are they relevant in a digital age? Becky Danese explains in her comprehensive article.

ON LOCATION
By Jeremy Walker
In a unique article written for Nikon Owner, award-winning photographer and Nikon Ambassador Jeremy Walker shares his thoughts and ideas on landscape photography with our readers.

TONY HURST GALLERY:
Words by Gray Levett
Tony Hurst has added yet another creation to his stunning images of Nikon equipment, the Nikon F2 High Speed camera, which was introduced at Photokina in 1978. Gray Levett tells the story.

LIFE IN THE ROCKS
By Heather Angel
The preeminent natural history photographer Heather Angel shows us that you can find life in the rocks in the exposed limestone areas in Yorkshire.

THE MUSICAL BOX OF MICHAEL PUTLAND: IMAGES FROM HIS ARCHIVE
By Gillian Greenwood
In the first part of an exciting new series, Gillian Greenwood examines the impact that music has had on all of our lives and takes us back to the time when Michael Putland, one of the UK’s most significant music photographers, was starting his career. One of his seminal photographs was a black and white image of the legendary singer and songwriter Scott Walker.

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Nikon Owner Magazine Issue 64

Nikon Owner magazine cover – issue 64

CONTENTS – ISSUE 64 2019

IN THE LAND OF CHINGGIS KHAN
By Julian Cook
Julian Cook visits Mongolia, a land full of incredible landscapes, stunning deserts and extraordinary history.

NIKON Z 7 REVIEW: PART 1
By Simon Stafford
In the first of a two-part article by our esteemed technical specialist, Simon Stafford provides us with an overview of the Nikon Z-series cameras, the first FX-format mirrorless models released by the Nikon Corporation.

ANDREW MAIN WILSON’S EPIC ADVENTURE
Costa Rica – The Trumpet Tree Sloths
Andrew Main Wilson discovers that although sloths may be the slowest- moving creatures in the world, they can be devilishly difficult to photograph.

A TRIBUTE TO SPRING, THE SEASON OF MAGIC AND ENCHANTMENT
By Gillian Greenwood
Gillian Greenwood looks at the way that spring can transform our lives as photographers as she casts her eye over Georgianna Lane’s latest photographic work New York In Bloom.

TONY HURST GALLERY:
Words by Gray Levett
Jacques Costeau, a world-renowned explorer, co-developed the Aqua-lung and pioneered marine conservation. Together with a brilliant Belgian engineer they created an all-weather underwater camera the Calypso Phot. This is their story….

NIKON IN THE MOVIES: HOLLYWOOD TO BROLLYWOOD: A CONVERSATION WITH GRAY LEVETT
By Becky Danese
The arrival in the mail of a movie poster sparks off a conversation about Grays of Westminster’s role in supplying Nikon equipment for some of the most popular films of our time.

NIKKOR AF-S 500mm f/5.6E PF VR
By Becky Danese
Becky Danese describes in brief the features of this stunning new lightweight Nikkor lens that has become the must-have optic.

ANGEL EYES
By Heather Angel
Heather Angel’s wonderful image shows us that young snow monkeys enjoy making snowballs and playing in the snow as much as we do.

FANTASTIC FILTERS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM
By Becky Danese
One of the most used, yet least understood of all photographic accessories, filters can make your photographs technically perfect or transform them according to your imagination. Becky Danese is your guide through the maze of filter options.

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Nikon Owner Magazine Issue 63

Nikon Owner magazine cover – issue 63

CONTENTS – ISSUE 63 2019

PHOTOGRAPHING ROCKY SHORES
By John Archer-Thomson
Britain’s coastline contains some of the most photogenic and bio-diverse areas on the planet. In this comprehensive article, long-term Nikon Owner contributor John Archer-Thomson examines the photographic potential inherent within our rocky shores.

The AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR
By Moose Peterson
Nikon Ambassador Moose Peterson makes a welcome return to the pages of Nikon Owner with his review of this extraordinary new zoom lens from Nikon.

ANGEL EYES
By Heather Angel
The preeminent photographer, biologist and author Professor Heather Angel invites us on one of her many trips to China and explains how she captured this very unusual shot of a newt.

CUSTOMIZATION CONUNDRUMS
By Becky Danese
Becky Danese guides us through the customisable options available on Nikon’s DSLRs cameras.

REMEMBERING RHINOS & REMEMBERING GREAT APES – BOOK REVIEW
By Mike Eleftheriades
Michael Eleftheriades reviews two very important books: Remembering Rhinos and Remembering Great Apes, which are not just curiosities for the lovers of animals, but poignant records of species facing an uncertain future.

ANDREW MAIN WILSON’S EPIC ADVENTURE
Tanzania – The Ancient Dhows of Zanzibar
Almost 30 years on from his first visit and armed with his new Nikon D850, Andrew Main Wilson returns to Tanzania to visit the country’s world-class Wonder – the Spice Island of Zanzibar.

TONY HURST GALLERY:
Words by Gray Levett
The master of light and composition Mr. Tony Hurst shoots the extremely rare Nikon F-36 Type 1motor drive from 1959.

CRACKING STACKING Part 2
By Simon Stafford
In the second part of his two-part article our award-winning technical editor Simon Stafford offers some advice on how to process images captured using the Focus Shift Shooting feature of the Nikon D850.

 

 

 

 

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Nikon Owner Magazine Issue 62

Nikon Owner magazine cover – issue 62

CONTENTS – ISSUE 62 2018

CREATING NATURAL LIGHT PORTRAITS: AN INTERVIEW WITH HOLLY WREN
By Michael Eleftheriades
In June this year, Holly Wren gave a popular talk to the Nikon Owner London Group at the Hellenic Centre. Nikon Owner London Group coordinator Michael Eleftheriades interviews Holly for this issue.

NIKON’S FACTORY OF DREAMS: THE END OF OHI BUILDING 101
By Gray Levett
This is the story of the Ohi Building 101, Nikon’s first factory that is, alas, no more. This building was the setting for the creation of the first Nikon, the Model I 35mm rangefinder as well as the legendary Nikon F and F2 up to and including the F3.

PANDA SLIDE
By Heather Angel
Heather Angel managed to capture this wonderful shot of a panda sliding down a snowy slope. Over the years, it has been reproduced in advertisements, on calendars and greetings cards as well as in textbooks, panda books, newspapers and many magazines to become her best-selling panda image.

SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW – PART II
By Becky Danese
In Nikon Owner Issue 52 (LII), Becky Danese explored the merits of using the Nikon ES-1 slide copying adapter to digitize 35mm slides. It was a very popular article. In this issue she turns her attention to the new ES-2 Film Digitizing adapter.

ANDREW MAIN WILSON’S EPIC ADVENTURE
Saudi Arabia – The Car Crash Cube
As Andrew Main Wilson nears the end of his global journey, having completed shoots in 175 of the world’s 200 countries, he tells us of an encounter that struck him as particularly symbolic of the changing world we live in today.

TONY HURST GALLERY:
Words by Gray Levett
Nikonos RS was the world’s first underwater SLR camera. After a six-month search Gray Levett tracked one down along with a R-UW AF 20-35mm f/2.8, the world’s first underwater zoom. Master photographer Tony Hurst then captured it in all its glory.

CRACKING STACKING Part I
By Simon Stafford
In this, the first of a two-part article, Simon Stafford offers some observations on the Focus-Shift Shooting feature of the Nikon D850.

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