Wednesday, 25 November 2009

A Christmas Gift from Grays of Westminster

"In the Company of Legends" by Gillian Greenwood

From now until the end of December 2009, or while stocks last, we are delighted to offer you the gift of a signed copy of the hardback book Grays of Westminster Exclusively Nikon…In the Company of Legends by Gillian Greenwood (value £25.00) when you spend £1000 or more at Grays of Westminster.

The new Nikon D3S

Grays of Westminster is not simply a Nikon camera shop, it is for many photographers around the world an institution, the epitome of a quintessential English store with a formidable reputation for service; in many circles the Grays of Westminster name has become a byword for excellence.

Gillian Greenwood's superb illustrated account of the history of this legendary camera shop and its relationship with the Nikon brand is an unusual and striking portrait of a unique business.

Gillian Greenwood offers a fascinating view of Grays of Westminster as she vividly describes the building, the people who founded the company and run the shop and some of its famous visitors. She tells the compelling story of Grays of Westminster's development from its modest beginnings as a mail order company to its present incarnation. Her anecdotal style provides an in-depth understanding of just what makes Grays of Westminster tick. The introduction is by the acclaimed society photographer Richard Young, with contributions from film director Stanley Kubrick, Emmy-award winning actor David Suchet, celebrated wildlife photographer Heather Angel, Garry Coward-Williams (former Editor Amateur Photographer), William Cheung (former Editor Practical Photography), Peter Bargh (Publisher ePhotoZine), Michael Bond (creator of Paddington Bear), The Duchess of York and many others. This beautiful hard-cover book is available as a gift while stocks last when you spend £1000 or more at Grays of Westminster and will be signed for you by the author.

Have a Merry Christmas with Grays of Westminster!

Monday, 16 November 2009

Nikon Owner Gadget Night

Friday, November 20th, 2009, 6.30pm-9.30pm, at the Hellenic Centre Boardroom, 16-18 Paddington Street, Marylebone, London W1U 5AS (nearest underground station is Baker Street)

Demonstrations of the latest, greatest and most useful photo-gadets

Mike Eleftheriades is pleased to invite you to the next Nikon Owner (London Group) meeting, "Nikon Owner Gadget Night", which will be held on Friday, November 20th, 2009 at the Hellenic Centre Boardroom.

We will demonstrate the latest, greatest and most useful gadgets, just in time for Xmas. These will include gadgets for white balance, colour profiling, panoramic heads, the latest ThinkTank bags and many others. We would also like to encourage everyone to bring their favourite photo gadgets and to share your experiences.

This will be our final meeting of the year, so let's make it a good one, please invite your friends and other members to participate!

Venue Details
Hellenic Centre Boardroom, situated on the first floor, from 6.30pm to 9.30pm, on Friday, November 20th, 2009.

The Hellenic Centre
16-18 Paddington Street
London W1U 5AS

Location Information:
Paddington Street runs from Baker Street to Marylebone High Street.

The nearest underground station to The Hellenic Centre is Baker Street (Bakerloo, Circle, Hammersmith and City, Jubilee and Metropolitan Lines).

The closest bus routes are: 2, 13, 30, 74, 82, 113, 139, 159 and 274.

Parking is available at Masterpark in Chiltern Street.

Parking restrictions are in effect until 6.30pm.

Note that the Centre is within the Congestion Zone (ends at 6.00pm).

The last word...
As on previous occasions, we would be grateful for a £5 contribution per person to cover the costs of the room.

Members are welcome to bring samples of their work for discussion, and for those wishing to socialise for longer, there's dinner afterwards at one of the local restaurants.

We look forward to seeing you on November 20th; please indicate your attendance by replying to the invitation on the Nikon Owner Message Board (via

Next Nikon Owner (London Group) meeting, Nov. 20th 2009, Nikon Owner Gadget Night

Kind regards,

Gray Levett
Editor Nikon owner magazine

Nikon Owner magazine
40 Churton Street
London SW1V 2LP
Tel: +44 020 7828 8971
Fax: +44 020 7976 5783

Thursday, 12 November 2009

A Christmas Evening with Grays of Westminster and Nikon Owner magazine

Institute of Directors, London
Friday, December 11th, 2009

The Institute of Directors, Pall Mall, London

“Shooting a NASA Space-Shuttle Launch”

On behalf of Grays of Westminster and Nikon Owner magazine, we are delighted to announce our celebratory 2009 Christmas Event and Dinner, which will be held at the prestigious Institute of Directors (IoD) at 116 Pall Mall on Friday, December 11th, 2009. This grand Regency building with its sweeping marble staircase and vast walls covered in 18th and 19th Century canvases provides a spectacular backdrop for the evening, which will take place in the magnificent period restaurant, a most fitting venue for an elegant, traditional Christmas celebration.

The venue: The Institute of Directors' restaurant

The Grays of Westminster and Nikon Owner Christmas Event will be a unique occasion this year. During the evening, Mr. Scott Andrews, the legendary former head of Nikon Professional Services for Washington, will be flying in from the USA to give us an extraordinary illustrated talk on photographing a Rocket launch with Nikon using remote applications, entitled: “Shooting a NASA Space-Shuttle Launch.”

Shooting a NASA Space-Shuttle Launch

Over the years, Scott Andrews has worked with the Washington Press Corps and the US Government in introducing new products and helping Nikon R&D gather ideas. He has also worked very closely with NASA in documenting the Space Shuttle and the evolution of the International Space Station, both in the United States and in Russia. Throughout the period, he continued to develop ways of using remote photography; that is mounting cameras in or on hazardous areas (aircraft, boats, etc) or areas where detection or threat is possible (surveillance, rocket launch). He has also worked with such august bodies as the US Government, National Geographic, Smithsonian Air and Space, US Navy, US Marines, US Air Force, US Army and with prestigious media outlets such as Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, US News and World Report, Reuters, Associated Press, United Press International, European Press Agency, New York Times and Washington Post. He has in addition acted as a consultant to many events such as Presidential Inaugurations, political conventions, Senate hearings, as well as space launches and sporting events.

Some of the Nikon equipment needed to shoot a NASA Space-Shuttle Launch

The Christmas dinner which is included in the event is a sumptuous 3-course meal, with wine, mineral water, coffee and chocolates.

Ticket price: £79.00 per head

Ticket price for current Nikon Owner subscribers: £59.000 per head (or the special price of £55.00 per person if you are bringing a guest or guests).

Please note, that if you are not currently a Nikon Owner subscriber, and would like to find out more, do send me an email with your name and daytime (mobile and landline) telephone numbers and I will be happy to call you and answer your questions.

To reserve your place(s) at the Christmas event and dinner, please email me with your name and contact details or call the Nikon Owner magazine office on 020 7828 8971 or Grays of Westminster on 020 7828 4925 (Monday to Friday between 10.00 a.m. and 5.30 p.m.). Please ask to speak to myself or Gray Levett. Do note that places are strictly limited so contact us as soon as you are able to in order to avoid disappointment. Your menu choices (please see the menu below) will be emailed to you to complete and return.

Venue: Institute of Directors, 116 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5ED

Tel: 020 7839 1233


Time: From 6.30 pm to 11:30 pm on Friday, December 11th, 2009.

The bar will be open from 6.30 pm to 10.30 p.m., and dinner will be served at 7.30 p.m.

Dress Code: Suits/cocktail dresses. (Trainers, jeans or T-shirts are not permitted.)

Christmas Menu

The meal includes ½ bottle wine, ½ bottle mineral water, coffee and chocolates


Game and Pistachio Terrine

with Spiced Plum Chutney

Cream of Fennel and Dill Soup

Orange and Dill Gravadlax

Baked Goats’ Cheese with Aubergine Caviar

Main Course

Fillet of Sea Bass, Anna Potatoes

Butternut Squash Purée

Roast Rump of Elwy Lamb Boulangère Potatoes

Honey-roasted Winter Vegetables

Roast Norfolk Turkey with the Traditional Trimmings

Roast Butternut Squash and Chestnut Risotto, Sage Cream


Christmas Pudding with Brandy Butter

Warm Chocolate Fondant with Vanilla Ice Cream

Poached Pear in Red Wine with Vanilla Ice Cream

Baileys Mousse with Espresso Cream

Coffee and chocolates

We very much forward to welcoming you to our very special Christmas evening.

With best wishes,

Gillian Greenwood

(on behalf of Nikon Owner magazine and Grays of Westminster)

Friday, 6 November 2009

School of Photographic Imaging Training Courses


The School of Photographic Imaging – in association with Nikon – is one of the largest and most vibrant photographic education communities in the world.

Their courses are informative and fun, guiding you through everything you need to know to take and process images of the highest quality.

No matter what level you are currently at, there are courses suitable for everyone.

They include full-colour photography manuals, free photographic kit and great discounts.

As these are home study courses, students are free to work at their own pace and in their free time. There are no classes to attend and you can enrol at any time.

Join one of their inspirational courses and let their faculty of professional photographers and tutors transform you into an accomplished photographer!

Thank you for your time and please don't hesitate to call should you need any help with your Nikon equipment!

Kindest regards,

Tabitha Hardy
Grays of Westminster - Exclusively... Nikon
40 Churton Street
London SW1V 2LP
Tel: +44 020 7828 4925
Fax: +44 020 7976 5783

Thursday, 5 November 2009

New Nikon Release Dates

Nikon D3S

For those people eagerly awaiting the arrival of the new releases, here are the dates we have been given by Nikon UK:
  • AF-S 70-200mm f2.8G VR II - due in stock on 27th November 2009
  • Nikon D3s camera - 27th November 2009
  • AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor on 85mm f/3.5G - 4th December 2009
If you are not yet on the waiting list but would like to be, please drop us an e-mail and I will add your details:

More Nikon special offers from Grays of Westminster

We are pleased to announce we have the following on special offer while stocks last:
  • Nikon D3 body - £2,999.00
  • Nikon D3 +14-24mm f/2.8G AF-S IF-ED kit - £4,199.00
  • Nikon D3 + 24-70mm f/2.8G AF-S IF-ED kit - £4,175.00
  • Nikon D3 + 17-35mm f/2.8D AF-S IF-ED kit - £4,649.00
  • Nikon D3 + 14-24mm f/2.8G AF-S IF-ED + 24-70mm f/2.8G AF-S IF-ED kit - £5,425.00
  • Nikon D300s body - £1,219.00
  • Nikon D300s + 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II kit - £1,865.00
The Nikon D3 has now been discontinued so our stocks of this are very limited.

Call us to place an order on +44 (0)20 7828 4925 and ask about available vouchers for further savings.
(Vouchers are available to UK and Ireland customers only)

Nikon UK Cash Back Offers

Nikon UK is celebrating 50 years of its pioneering F-Mount lens system by offering £50 cashback on D5000 and £30 cashback on D3000 during the 2009 Christmas period.

This promotion will run from the 5th November 2009 until the 10th January 2010 inclusive.

Terms and conditions apply and offer is subject to availability.
Please contact us for more information on +44 (0)20 7828 4925