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Nikon Owner Magazine Issue 62

Nikon Owner magazine cover – issue 62


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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New From Nikon: D3500!


London, United Kingdom, 30th August 2018: Nikon introduces the new D3500, a compact 24.2 MP entry-level D-SLR that blends premium build quality with outstanding performance. From big days to every day, users can shoot photos and movies that outshine what’s possible with a phone. With ease.

The head-turning D3500 captures richly detailed images in any light. The large sensor and wide light-sensitivity range deliver the kind of detailed photos and Full HD movies that aren’t possible to achieve with a phone. The rendering power of NIKKOR lenses ensures crystal-clear results. And the camera’s tough lens mount makes it easy to explore the beauty of different NIKKOR lenses: even heavier telephoto lenses can be used without worrying about wear and tear.

For those new to D-SLR photography, this camera makes it easy to capture every big moment as well as everyday adventures. Its slim body, featuring the latest monocoque structure, is smaller and lighter than its predecessor, while the refined ergonomic design includes a new deep grip, making it easier to hold. A more simple and spacious button layout ensures the camera immediately feels comfortable in the hand, and the user’s thumb has plenty of space to rest on the back of the camera. Operating the camera feels steady and effortless. Nikon’s popular Guide Mode takes shooting to the next level, showing the user exactly how to adjust settings to capture the look and feel they want in photos and movies. And the long battery life means users can keep on shooting from dusk ‘til dawn – and beyond.

Tim Carter, Head of Product Management, Nikon Northern Europe, says: “The D3500 is the perfect entry into the world of photography. Its comfortable design and helpful shooting modes make it easy to capture photos and movies to be proud of. Plus you can connect a world of NIKKOR lenses to the tough, reliable lens mount. You’ll never need to stop exploring new ways to shoot great images and SnapBridge makes it easy to share your favourite photos from anywhere.”

Summary of key features

D-SLR image quality. The large 24.2 MP DX-format sensor and wide ISO range of 100–25600 ensure richly detailed photos and Full HD movies. Even when you’re shooting in low light.

Always your best shot. Razor-sharp autofocus keeps subjects perfectly sharp. Swift continuous shooting speeds of 5 fps let users capture five beautiful images for every second.

Crafted to enjoy. From telephoto zoom lenses to wide-angle primes, the strong metal lens mount means users can change lenses again and again.

Built to hold. The deep grip means this camera immediately feels comfortable in the hand. Spacious button placement makes operation easy. The long battery life will keep users shooting.

Too good not to share. The SnapBridge app for iOS and Android enables an always-on connection between this camera and a smartphone/tablet. Making it easy to share DSLR-quality photos in the moment.

The adventure starts here. This Nikon DSLR is part of an expandable photographic system that can grow with each user. Widening their creativity with renowned NIKKOR lenses, Nikon Speedlights, and more.

Sales price:

D3500 + AF-P DX 18–55 VR – £499

D3500 + AF-P 18–55 non VR – £479

Sales Start Date: 20th September 2018

Please contact us by e-mail if you would like to go on the waiting list for this new camera or if you have any other questions.

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Nikon AF-S 500mm f/5.6E PF VR – Arriving soon at Grays of Westminster

Arriving soon:
AF-S 500mm f/5.6E PF VR – Nikon’s lightest 500mm lens

As if this week in the world of Nikon couldn’t be exciting enough, we are pleased to announce that orders are open for the new lightweight AF-S 500mm f/5.6E PF VR lens, with the first deliveries only a few weeks away!

• Significantly smaller and lighter with the adoption of a Phase Fresnel (PF) lens element.
• Designed with consideration to a dust and drip-resistant structure, and adoption of Nikon’s fluorine coat that effectively repels dust, water droplets, grease, and dirt.
• Cutting-edge optics with which one PF lens element and three ED glass elements have been adopted for extremely sharp and detailed rendering that is compatible with high pixel-count digital cameras.


• Optical performance that is in no way sacrificed when the TC-14E III AF-S teleconverter is used.
• Materials used in the new PF lens element effectively control PF (diffraction) flare.
• The effective ghost and flare suppression achieved through the use of Nano Crystal Coat enables clear images.
• AF speed increased by making lens elements in the focusing group lighter.


Ideal for all sports and wildlife work as well as travel, expeditions, safaris and any situation where a lightweight telephoto is needed. At only 1460g this is the lightest 500mm yet and takes a 95mm front filter (the same as the AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E VR).

With a minimum focus distance of 3m and up to four stops handheld thanks to the impressive VR (Normal, Sports and Tripod modes available), this lens can be put to a variety of uses.


The lens is priced at £3699.00 including VAT. Deliveries begin on 13th September 2018. Place your order today!

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It’s Here – Nikon’s new FX Mirrorless at Grays of Westminster

Nikon Announces New FX
Mirrorless Cameras & Lenses

Nikon is pleased to announce the release of the full-frame, Nikon FX format mirrorless cameras, the Z 7 and Z 6, as well as NIKKOR Z lenses, featuring a new, larger-diameter mount.

The Z mount system is comprised of mirrorless cameras featuring a new, larger-diameter mount, as well as compatible NIKKOR lenses and accessories. This system has been realised through the pursuit of a new dimension in optical performance. It has inherited Nikon’s tradition of quality, superior imaging technology, great operability, and high reliability, all innovated from its digital SLR cameras.

To view the full specifications visit:

We have a waiting list for these cameras – to add your name to our waiting list please email: with your name, contact telephone number, which model or kit you would like to order and Nikon Owner Subscription status.

Three Nikon Z lenses & an adapter for all of
your existing equipment

Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/4 S


Nikkor Z 35mm f/1.8 S


Nikkor Z 50mm f/1.8 S


Nikkor FTZ Mount adapter

Sales for the Nikon Z 7 will begin at the end of September, while sales for the Nikon Z 6 will begin in November. Please add your name to the waiting list to continue to be informed on delivery and order dates.

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Development of a next-generation full-frame mirrorless camera and NIKKOR lenses

Development of a next-generation full-frame mirrorless camera and NIKKOR lenses – featuring a new mount that pursues a new dimension in optical performance

London, United Kingdom, 25th July, 2018: Nikon is pleased to announce the development of a full-frame, Nikon FX-format, mirrorless camera and NIKKOR lenses that features a new mount.

The mirrorless camera and NIKKOR lenses that are in development have enabled the pursuit of a new dimension in optical performance, with the adoption of a new mount. The mirrorless camera is the result of Nikon’s advanced optical and manufacturing capabilities gained through over a century of heritage, as well as superior image processing technology. The expertise built up through the development of Nikon’s digital-SLR cameras has also critically contributed to this development.

With this new mirrorless camera and NIKKOR lenses, we are committed to providing photographers with the ability to capture images that are richer and more vivid than ever before.

Additionally, a new mount adapter is being developed for the new mirrorless camera. This will work with the F-Mount NIKKOR lenses that are part of the Nikon digital-SLR system, adding to the variety of choices for photographers.

Nikon will continue to lead imaging culture with the launch of the new mirrorless camera, as well as with the continued development of Nikon digital-SLR cameras, providing consumers with the choices to enjoy the unique values of either system.

Special imaging content relating to this product is available for viewing at the URL below. Stay tuned for more content to come.

Details, including the release date and suggested retail price, will be shared at a later date.

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