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TWO OUTSTANDING TELEPHOTO ZOOM LENSES

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

 

More images of the product available to download from:

https://www.nikon.co.uk/en_GB/press_room/press_library.page

 

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Nikon Owner Magazine Issue 66

 

Nikon Owner magazine cover – issue 66

CONTENTS – ISSUE 66 2019

WRITING WITH LIGHT
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.

WIDE APPEAL: THE NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4S REVIEW
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.

RUSSIA – THE MONSTER BELUGA OF TATARSTAN
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.

A WINTER FREEZE BONUS
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.

TONY HURST GALLERY:
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.

A NIKON LEGEND: MR. TETSURO GOTO
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.

THE THEORY OF PRE-EVOLUTION – USING VINTAGE LENSES IN A MODERN AGE
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.

THE MUSICAL BOX OF MICHAEL PUTLAND: IMAGES FROM HIS ARCHIVE
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.

MICHAEL PITTS, DIRECTOR & CAMERAMAN:
SEA HUNT – PART II
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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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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