Nikon Owner Magazine Issue 76


Nikon Owner issue 76

By Becky Danese
Becky Danese re-visits the Big Cat Sanctuary in Ashford five years on to check out Nikon’s latest big zooms.

By Simon Stafford
Simon Stafford explains how to get the most out of Nikon teleconverters for F-mount and Z-mount lenses.

By Andrew Main Wilson
Andrew Main Wilson explains his unusual choice of image taken to represent Bangladesh.

By Martin Stones
For the past twelve years, photographer Martin Stones has been working on a personal photography project documenting the people of Transylvania and their way of life.

By Gillian Greenwood
Gillian Greenwood examines the extraordinary reign of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II and her selfless life of service. The article includes images graciously provided by Julian Calder.

By Heather Angel
Heather Angel explains why the Rose Chafer beetle is a surprisingly good pollinator.

By Gillian Greenwood
The Amateur Photographer Award Celebration this year took place at the historic Savoy Place in London, with a star-studded cast of award-winning photographers.

Words by Gray Levett
The Zenza Bronica Deluxe camera has been exquisitely captured by Tony Hurst.

By Simon Stafford
Simon Stafford remembers the life of Toru Iwaoka with affection.

Words by Gray Levett
Music photographer Michael Putland’s archive includes images of The Incredible String Band who were hugely influential in the music world as well as Gray Levett’s favourite band.


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Nikon has released their lightest full-frame wide-angle mirrorless zoom lens to date: the NIKKOR Z 17-28mm f/2.8. An essential lens for travel, events, and creative storytelling, this fast ultra-wide-angle zoom is built to let photographers and video shooters widen their creative palette—and carry less weight.



From epic views to frame-filling close-ups, the NIKKOR Z 17-28mm f/2.8 is the perfect lens with which to tell diverse visual stories from a unique point of view. Landscapes to cityscapes. Expansive skies to street scenes. Architecture to interiors. The 17-28mm focal length range lets photographers nail detailed, all-encompassing wide-angle shots—or play with a sense of scale and exaggerate perspectives. Video shooters can draw viewers into a scene with wide establishing shots, or create a sense of space when shooting in tight quarters.

Designed to enable confident and creative wide-angle photography, the NIKKOR Z 17-28mm f/2.8 is both versatile and easy to use. The f/2.8 constant aperture is great for shooting in available light or working creatively with shutter speeds—and the lens renders big, beautiful bokeh when shooting wide open. Users who want to go for dramatic ultra-wide-angle close-ups will benefit greatly from the minimum focusing distance of just 0.19 m, which allows sharp, clear results when shooting at close range. In addition, the lens’ wide zoom ring enables comfortable handling and steady framing. And Nikon’s responsive AF focuses quickly on subjects whether they’re positioned in the foreground or the background.

Zurab Kiknadze, Product Manager, Nikon Europe says: “If you travel, shoot events, or just love to tell stories, the NIKKOR Z 17-28mm f/2.8 puts intriguing compositions and dramatic perspectives firmly within your grasp. This ultra-wide-angle zoom is made to stay on your camera and go with you anywhere as you seek out new inspiration, or re-visit familiar places and capture them from bold new angles.”

Summary of key features: NIKKOR Z 17-28mm f/2.8

Lightweight 17-28mm ultra-wide-angle zoom lens: superb sharpness and less distortion—even when shooting at the ultra-wide 17 mm end of the zoom range.

Short close-focusing distance: a minimum focus distance of just 0.19 m*1 enables sharp, clear results when shooting up close to a subject.

Fast f/2.8 constant aperture: maintains consistent exposure across the zoom range. Great for shooting in available light—or working creatively with shutter speeds and depth of field.

Big beautiful bokeh: the large Z mount and f/2.8 rounded 9-blade aperture enable large, soft spheres of bokeh when shooting wide open, and bokeh is accentuated when shooting at close distances.

Great for video too: footage won’t be ruined by focusing sounds. Focus breathing is dramatically reduced so users can smoothly shift focus while maintaining framing.

Confident focusing: AF is fast, smooth, quiet, and precise.

Easy control: customisable silent control and wide zoom ring, which is simple to operate when you have your eye to the viewfinder.

Travel-ready: lightweight—weighs just 450 g (approx.)—and the lens is sealed to protect from dust and water droplets.*2

Sales start: 27th October 2022

RRPs: NIKKOR Z 17-28mm f/2.8 – £ 1,199.00 inc. VAT


*1At the 17-mm zoom position.

*2 This lens is not guaranteed to be dust- and drip-resistant in all situations and under all conditions.



Nikkor Lens Line-up

The contents of this lineup are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer.

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Visit Nikon at The Photography Show on stand B600

Today Nikon UK announce they will be returning to The Photography Show to showcase their award-winning product line-up and host a series of inspirational photography talks. The event takes place from 17th – 20th September 2022 at the NEC in Birmingham.

This year, visitors will be able to try and test all of Nikon’s latest products, including the full Z Series range – from Nikon’s award winning and most advanced camera yet, the Z 9, to its best vlogging camera, the Z 30, there will be something for everyone. The stand will act as a base for inspiration and knowledge, complemented by engaging talks from compelling speakers.

Joining the Nikon School Stage this year will be #NikonCreators: maternity photographer Tianna Williams, wedding photographer Gurvir Johal, portrait photographer Carolyn Mendelsohn, as well as wildlife photographers Lara Jackson, George Turner, Alfie Bowen, and Ian Rice. Portrait and music photographers Scarlet Page and Shirlaine Forrest will discuss music photography and provide the audience with insider tips on how to take amazing images.

Meanwhile, some of the European Nikon Ambassadors will also be appearing. Wildlife photographer Andy Parkinson, automotive photographer Amy Shore, and landscape photographer Nigel Danson, will explain how Nikon’s equipment has empowered them to produce award winning photography.

Nikon School trainers Neil Freeman and Ricci Chera will be on-stage throughout the show with a schedule of informative talks on a range of photography subjects to educate and inspire photographers of all abilities.

Julian Harvie, Head of Marketing at Nikon Northern Europe says: “We are delighted to be exhibiting at The Photography Show again this year. With a raft of industry leading launches in the last 12 months across our range of Z Series cameras and lenses, we can’t wait to introduce photographers and videographers to our latest products. Our Nikon family and Nikon School team are also excited to share their stories, tips, tricks, and insights on the Nikon Stage, and we look forward to both inspiring and being inspired by the Photography Show community.”
Tickets are now on sale for The Photography Show 2022.

Visit Nikon at The Photography Show on stand B600.

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Nikon is pleased to announce that four of its products have been successful at the EISA Awards 2022-2023. Nikon’s flagship mirrorless camera, the Z 9, impressed the judges sufficiently to be crowned “Camera of the Year”. NIKKOR lenses also triumphed, with the NIKKOR Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S picking up the “Telephoto Lens” award, the NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S taking home the “Professional Telephoto Lens” award and the NIKKOR Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S winning in the “Macro Lens” category.

Seen as a game changer in the industry, the Z 9 is said to be “the most advanced and capable camera you can buy right now”, and has been commended for its outstanding image quality, high-speed autofocus and 8K video capabilities. Meanwhile, the NIKKOR Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S was praised for its “compact dimensions, low weight and affordable price tag”, making it a popular choice among wildlife photographers.

The NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S was recognised as being the first of its kind to feature a built-in 1.4x teleconverter and for its quick autofocus – perfect for sports photographers. Whilst the NIKKOR Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S was described as being a “nearly perfect macro lens,” with its short minimum focus distance and STM autofocus ensuring it stood out in its category.

These four awards demonstrate Nikon’s continued commitment to creating innovative and industry-leading equipment that enables photographers and videographers to push the boundaries of what is possible with their work.

EISA comments for the Z 9 “Camera of the Year” award 2022-2023

The Nikon Z 9 is the most advanced and capable camera you can buy right now. Its stacked 45.7-million-pixel full-frame CMOS sensor and fast EXPEED 7 processor deliver outstanding image quality and high shooting speeds of up to 30 fps in JPEG, and 20 fps in RAW, in full resolution. The fast autofocus system with Nikon’s Advanced 3D Tracking locks onto moving subjects effortlessly. For video shooters, the Z 9 offers a wide range of resolutions and frame rates, up to 12-bit raw 8K/60 internally. With its dual-grip form factor and sturdy build quality, the Z 9 is a ground-breaking and powerful tool.

EISA comments for the NIKKOR Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S “Telephoto Lens” award 2022-2023

Ultra-telephoto lenses are usually associated with enormous size, heavyweight, and a hefty price. Nikon’s new 800mm telephoto lens is therefore a pleasant surprise, with its compact dimensions, low weight, and affordable price tag. Nikon has achieved this using a Phase Fresnel element, which allows the lens’ length to be greatly reduced. Additionally, several lens elements have been positioned to shift the centre of gravity close to the body, which makes handheld shooting a real possibility. Despite its reduced size, it still provides excellent image quality, ensuring this new telephoto offering will be a bestseller among wildlife photographers.

EISA comments for the NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S “Professional Telephoto Lens” award

A 400 mm f/2.8 lens is the industry standard for sports photography and is often used with a teleconverter. The NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S is the first of its type to sport a built-in 1.4x teleconverter, which is activated using a conveniently located switch. This allows photographers to quickly increase the focal length to 560 mm. Despite this, the lens is 20% lighter than its F-mount predecessor. As can be expected from a lens built for professional use, this versatile telephoto lens offers high build quality, quick autofocus and excellent optical performance.

EISA comments for the NIKKOR Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S “Macro Lens” award 2022-2023

This is a nearly perfect macro lens. With a completely new optical design, it is significantly sharper than its F-mount counterpart. The performance is already excellent at maximum aperture, distortion is absent, and vignetting is almost unnoticeable. Focusing is fast thanks to dual STM autofocus motors that move two groups of lenses and the 4.5 stops of vibration reduction make it easy to shoot handheld. The lens offers a short minimum focusing distance of 0.29 m and includes a limiter switch to reduce the working range to a maximum of 0.5 m. Finally, the lens is weather-sealed for use in adverse conditions.

Every year, the EISA Awards celebrate those new products that combine the most advanced technology and desirable features with class-leading performance. The EISA Awards extend from the most affordable, high-value products to the most aspirational expressions of modern consumer electronics. Award categories change from year to year, reflecting the evolution of product design and connectivity, but every EISA Award winner remains the very best in its class.

Please visit the EISA website for more information:

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Nikon is pleased to announce the release of firmware version 2.10 for its flagship, full-frame mirrorless camera, the Nikon Z 9.

The update introduces a new High-Frequency Flicker Reduction function which, when enabled in photo shooting mode, allows the shutter speed to be fine-tuned in smaller increments. Previously, shutter speeds could be adapted to 1/3 or 1/2 EV, however, the new advancement allows users to adjust shutter speeds to those as small as 1/96* EV.

The ability to adjust shutter speeds more precisely than ever before makes it possible to control the effects of flicker – even when signboards and high-frequency LED lighting are in view whilst shooting.

The update will also improve AF tracking performance, particularly when shooting small subjects – especially those that take up a tiny portion of the frame. Further to this, the focus accuracy has been refined for when eye or face-detection AF is used with continuous-servo AF (AF-C). These updates will help photographers and videographers with more stable shooting.

Nikon continuously strives to meet users’ needs through regular firmware updates, providing useful functions.

* When High-Frequency Flicker Reduction is enabled, shutter speed can be fine-tuned in very small increments at speeds between 1/8000 and 1/30s.


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