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Getting a start ahead of the other regional groups, Paul Stillman, who kindly offered to coordinate the next activities of the South-East Group, has announced the first event: A World of Wildlife at the Arundel Wetlands Centre in West Sussex, taking place on Wednesday, 11th March 2020.

This is an all-day event in a 65-acre reserve of lakes, reed beds and channels home to a wide variety of British water birds, as well as a large collection of international wildfowl including rare and endangered species. Close to the visitor centre are open pools full of captive and wild birds, with paths and boardwalks leading to several hides overlooking lakes, open water, reeds and woodland. A dream of opportunity for the bird and wildlife photographer as winter is usually a good time to see these birds. The day also includes a one-hour guided walk of the main pathways and an explanation of the work of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust.

Nikon Owner Regional Groups are coordinated by Nikon Owner subscribers on a voluntary basis and are open to other Nikon Owner subscribers and their partners and families.

These are the current Nikon Owner Regional Groups:

Cotswolds Group

London Group

North Midlands Group

North Yorkshire Group

South-Coast Group

South-East Group

For more information please email


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London, United Kingdom, 7th January 2020: Nikon adds to its impressive line-up of bridge cameras with the COOLPIX P950, which boasts an impressive 83x optical zoom. This robust superzoom camera updates the COOLPIX P900 with a range of sought-after features that make it exceptionally easy to capture distant subjects in extraordinary detail – in stunning close-up images and strikingly sharp 4K movies.

With its extensive reach, the COOLPIX P950 is the ideal companion camera for photographers who want to photograph birds or wildlife, or for keen aircraft spotters. The 83x optical zoom offers a focal length range of 24–2000 mm 1, while the 166x Dynamic Fine Zoom digitally extends the upper limit to an incredible 4000 mm 2.

Wildlife or bird photographers shooting at first light or at dusk get great results thanks to the bright NIKKOR lens with wide f/2.8 maximum aperture. Image quality is sharp, even when shooting at high zoom. Video shooters can record breath taking 4K movie footage of elusive subjects and users can adjust key exposure settings while filming, which is ideal in changing light. The COOLPIX P950 also supports RAW (NRW) image capture so users can make the most of advanced processing/editing programmes. And a full-size hot shoe enables use of Nikon accessories like mics or scopes.

Gabriela Januario, Commercial Planning Manager at Nikon UK, comments:

“The COOLPIX P950 is a feature-packed update to the COOLPIX P900, which changed the market for superzoom cameras with its 83x optical zoom. This new camera keeps the impressive zoom range of its predecessor and adds many of the features people have been asking for, including: 4K movies, an improved eVF, RAW support, and a hot shoe for accessories. It’s a great addition to the Nikon family of superzoom cameras: people can choose between an 83x optical zoom and the extraordinary 125x optical zoom of the COOLPIX P1000 depending on their passions.”


Summary of Key Features

Incredible Zoom. 83x optical zoom (24–2000 mm) 1 and 166x Dynamic Fine Zoom (4000 mm) 2.

Bright NIKKOR lens. With f/2.8 maximum aperture and Super ED glass to help reduce distortion at high zoom.

Standout Shots. 16 MP backlit CMOS sensor, fast EXPEED image processor, and Dual Detect Optical Vibration Reduction.

RAW Support. Save and export uncompressed RAW (NRW) images to processing/editing programmes.

4K movies. Easily record stereo 4K/UHD 30p footage, or Full HD (1080p) video at frame rates of up to 60p. Record in stereo sound and manually adjust key exposure settings while filming.

In-Camera Time-Lapse. Record time-lapse movies of approx. 10 seconds duration, which play back at 25 fps or 30 fps.

Vari-angle LCD monitor. Bright and larger 8.1 cm (3.2 in) 921k-dot LCD monitor can be tilted and twisted in almost any direction.

Clear Electronic Viewfinder. Twice as large 1 cm (0.39 in) 2360k-dot OLED electronic viewfinder with eye-sensor.

Smooth & Functional Control. The large grip, side dial for auto focus, side zoom control, and snap-back zoom button ensure steady handling.

SnapBridge. Sync photos to your smart device or use the smart device to shoot remotely, even for RAW files.

Full-size Hot Shoe. Mount Nikon accessories like Speedlights and mics. Or try Nikon’s DF-M1 Dot Sight, a foldable scope that helps track even fast-flying birds.

Connectivity. Connect using Wi-Fi, USB and Bluetooth.

SnapBridge Compatibility

Nikon’s SnapBridge app for iOS and Android must be installed on a compatible smart device before SnapBridge can be used with this camera.



1 35mm equivalent.

2 Magnification of Dynamic Fine Zoom is calculated from the maximum wide-angle position of the optical zoom.


The Nikon COOLPIX 950 will be available nationwide from early spring 2020 at an RRP of £799.00 inc. VAT


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London, United Kingdom, 7th January 2020: Today Nikon introduces a high-performance DSLR that gives creative photographers everything they want from a full-frame camera—and more. A reliable partner for bold creators everywhere, the D780 nails stills or movies with equal brilliance.

The tough D780 boasts a fast, dedicated Hybrid-AF system for Live View shooting, and a fast, powerful 51-point Phase-Detection AF system for viewfinder shooting. When shooting in Live View, photographers and moviemakers benefit from the same AF system as found in the acclaimed Nikon Z 6 mirrorless camera. Users can lock onto expressions with Eye-Detection AF and take advantage of low-light AF, which powers reliable subject acquisition all the way down to -6 EV. Photographers shooting through the viewfinder benefit from flagship tracking performance and quick switching between advanced AF modes.

Fast burst rates add to the versatility of this camera: up to 7 fps in viewfinder shooting, and 12 fps in Silent Photography mode during Live View shooting. Other notable features include the blazing maximum shutter speed of 1/8000 s, which gives photographers the flexibility to sync with Nikon Speedlights. Or they can stretch time all the way to 900 s, perfect for capturing dramatic light trails and nightscapes.

Movie shooters will love the quality of the footage they can achieve with the D780. The camera uses its 6K image sensor resolution to produce ultra-high-resolution 4K/UHD footage at 30p/25p/24p with zero crop factor. Videographers can also use an external movie recorder to capture rich HLG HDR footage, which can be shown directly on a compatible TV or monitor.

Robert Harmon, Senior Commercial Planning Manager, Nikon UK, says: “Many photographers love DSLR, and they’ve been waiting for a model like the D780. If you’re a DSLR lover, and you want to shoot movies as well as stills, this is the perfect solution. If you want to explore mirrorless, we have the Z system for that too! Whichever system excites image makers, we’re thrilled to offer the versatility that lets them create without limits.”


Summary of key features

VIEWFINDER AF. The 51-point Phase-Detection AF system is sensitive down to -3 EV. You get flagship tracking capabilities and quick switching between advanced AF modes.

AF IN LIVE VIEW. The 273-point Hybrid-AF system is sensitive down to -4 EV, or down to -6 EV in Low-Light AF.1 Eye-Detection AF is available when shooting stills.

BURST RATES UP TO 12 FPS. Shoot at up to 7 fps with AF/AE, or up to 12 fps in Silent Live View Photography mode. Users get full resolution images, even when shooting in RAW.

OPTICAL VIEWFINDER AND TILTING TOUCHSCREEN. The 0.70x optical viewfinder gives a wide field of view and 100% coverage. The tilting 2359k-dot LCD monitor offers touch shutter release and AF.

SUPERB IMAGE QUALITY. F-mount lenses. 24.5 MP full-frame CMOS sensor. EXPEED 6 image processor. The same 180K-pixel RGB sensor and Advanced Scene Recognition system as the D850.

ULTRA-WIDE ISO RANGE. The D780 boasts a wider ISO range than the acclaimed D850. Work with ISO 100–51200, extendable up to 204800 and down to ISO 50.

FULL-FRAME DSLR MOVIES. Shoot ultra-high-resolution 4K/UHD footage at 30p/25p/24p with zero crop factor. Record in N-Log or capture rich Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) footage.

CREATIVE FREEDOM. In-camera time-lapse. 2 MP stills at a blazing 120 fps. In-camera digitising menu. And more.

FAST IMAGE TRANSFER. The camera’s high-speed data-transfer capabilities and wireless connectivity make it easy to get images out there. And SnapBridge lets users share JPEGs and RAW files with any smart device.


1 When shooting with a lens that has a maximum aperture of f/2 or wider.


The Nikon D780 will be available nationwide from early spring 2020


D780 body only – £2,199.00 inc. VAT

D780 and AF-S 24-120 f/4G ED VR – £2,619.00 inc. VAT


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London, United Kingdom, 7th January 2020: Nikon introduces two new professional telephoto zoom lenses: the AF-S NIKKOR 120–300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR for DSLR cameras, and the NIKKOR Z 70–200mm f/2.8 VR S for Nikon Z mirrorless cameras. These tough, telephoto zoom lenses raise the bar for lens design, delivering optical performance equivalent to a prime lens.

Whether shooting in sports venues or outside at night, the AF-S NIKKOR 120–300mm f/2.8E excels with its extraordinary resolving power and AF performance. This remarkable lens also marks the introduction of a much-anticipated focal length range. Now, DSLR photographers who want to shoot at 300mm no longer need to be tied to a single focal length. Nor do they need to risk optical performance by using a zoom lens with a teleconverter attached.

The fast, full-frame NIKKOR Z 70–200mm f/2.8 VR S is the second lens in the Nikon mirrorless family to be released. Whether shooting sports, events, or reportage, this S-Line telephoto zoom lens covers all the bases for stills and video. Focusing is fast, smooth, and silent. Sharpness is outstanding throughout the frame—even when shooting at the widest aperture. When shooting video, focus breathing is all but eliminated.

In a step forward for optical performance, both of these pro-grade lenses use Nikon’s new SR glass, as well as ED glass to combat chromatic aberration. As a result, colour fringing is greatly reduced, and harder-to-control blue light (short wavelength spectrum) is thoroughly compensated for. Images are sharper than ever before and contrast is exceptional.

Robert Harmon, Senior Commercial Planning Manager, Nikon UK, says: “With the most advanced optical designs of any Nikon zoom lenses to date, these new telephoto zooms set a new benchmark for professional lens performance. Nikon’s intelligent ergonomics and extensive weather sealing complete the picture: whatever you shoot, you’ll be ready to go the distance. 


AF-S NIKKOR 120–300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR


Professional F-mount telephoto zoom lens. Covers the versatile 120–300mm focal length range with a constant f/2.8 maximum aperture.

Smooth, precise AF. Performance equivalent to a prime lens keeps pace with fast-moving or erratic subjects. An electromagnetic diaphragm ensures precise exposures at high frame rates.

Advanced optical design. 25 elements in 19 groups, with Nikon’s ED glass and SR glass as well as ARNEO and Nano Crystal coatings. Chromatic aberration, coma, ghosting, and flare are thoroughly countered.

Rock-steady VR. Nikon’s Vibration Reduction (VR) gives you a four-stop advantage, even with a teleconverter activated.

Renowned Nikon ergonomics. Assignable function buttons, smooth switching between horizontal and vertical orientations, and more.

Integrated tripod foot. Faces the front of the lens for optimum balance and more comfortable transportation.

Tough build. Solid construction and extensive sealing readies this lens for trackside conditions in any weather.


NIKKOR Z 70–200mm f/2.8 VR S


Pro-grade Z mount telephoto zoom lens. Covers the versatile 70–200 mm focal range with a constant f/2.8 maximum aperture.

Superb performance. Sharpness and contrast are exceptional throughout the frame. Focusing is smooth, fast, and silent.

Advanced optical design. 21 elements in 18 groups, with Nikon’s ED glass and SR glass as well as anti-reflective ARNEO and Nano Crystal coatings. Chromatic aberration, coma, ghosting, and flare are thoroughly countered.

Ready for video. Focus breathing is all but eliminated, and stable aperture control delivers natural exposure changes throughout the scene.

OLED lens information panel. Quickly confirm aperture, focus distance, exact focal length, ISO, and depth of field right on the lens.

Fn button. Assign as many as 21 different functions to the lens’ Fn button, from AF lock to metering, bracketing and more.

Workhorse. Tough, compact build with extensive sealing to protect from dust and moisture.


The AF-S NIKKOR 120–300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR will be available nationwide from early spring 2020 at an RRP of £9,499.00


The NIKKOR Z 70–200mm f/2.8 VR S will available nationwide from early spring 2020 at an RRP of £2,399.00


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Nikon Owner Magazine Issue 66


Nikon Owner magazine cover – issue 66


BY R. J. Ellory
The distinguished English bestselling thriller writer, musician and photographer R. J. Ellory tells us about his passion for photography in an article exclusively written for Nikon Owner.

By Simon Stafford
The Nikkor Z 14-30mm f/4 S is the first ultra-wide angle lens for the Nikon Z-series cameras; Simon Stafford has spent some time assessing it.

By Andrew Main Wilson
In the heart of Kazan, capital of Russia’s Republic of Tatarstan, Andrew Main Wilson discovered and photographed a giant beluga, the largest freshwater fish in the world.

By Heather Angel
During the first week of January 2009, a severe cold spell made it possible for Heather Angel to capture an unexpected shot of a little grebe and a mute swan at Kew Gardens.

Words by Gray Levett
One of our distinguished readers described Tony Hurst’s photography as ’beyond real’ and in the case of Tony’s shot of the rare 50cm f/5 Reflex-Nikkor his words ring true.

By Simon Stafford
Simon Stafford speaks with Mr. Tetsuro Goto General Manager of the Nikon Imaging Business Unit, a Nikon Fellow, about his long and illustrious career with the company. Mr. Goto was responsible for heading the teams that created the famed Nikon F5, D3 and the Df cameras, and was involved in the development of many other classic Nikon cameras beginning with the Nikon F3.

By Becky Danese
In Part I Becky Danese covered the merits of using manual focus lenses on Digital SLR bodies. Now, armed with a Z 6 and FTZ adapter, as well as some of her favoured AI, AIS and pre-AI lenses, she has found some points of interest for those who may wish to give their vintage glass a new lease of life.

By Gillian Greenwood
Gillian Greenwood continues to explore the work of the acclaimed music photographer Michael Putland. In this issue she examines his portrait of David Gilmour, the guitarist and vocalist of the British rock band Pink Floyd.

In Part II of this series, Michael Pitts continues to explore his extraordinary career as a photographer, director and cameraman, which has taken him to spectacular locations all over the planet.


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