Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Jim Brandenburg & Neil Lucas to Speak at Grays of Westminster & Nikon Owner Magazine Grand Christmas Dinner

One of the world’s greatest nature photographers, Jim Brandenburg will be speaking at the Grays of Westminster and Nikon Owner magazine Grand Christmas Dinner, to be held at the Institute of Directors in Pall Mall, London. Mr Brandenburg will be introduced by David Attenborough's distinguished television producer, Neil Lucas.

Arctic Wolf by Jim Brandenburg

London – The exclusive London-based Nikon-only dealer, Grays of Westminster, together with Nikon Owner magazine are to hold their Grand Christmas Dinner at the Institute of Directors, London on 10th December 2010.

The evening will be spent with one of the world’s greatest nature photographers, Jim Brandenburg and with Neil Lucas, David Attenborough's distinguished television producer. Following the superb three-course Christmas dinner, served in the IoD’s magnificent period restaurant at 116 Pall Mall, there will be a unique opportunity to listen to Jim Brandenburg’s extraordinary stories as he presents some of his breathtaking images. This promises to be an extremely special never-to-be-forgotten experience.

The IoD’s 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, and the period restaurant is a most fitting venue for such an elegant, traditional Christmas celebration.

Venue: Institute of Directors (IoD) at 116 Pall Mall.
Date: Friday, December 10th, 2010
Champagne reception: 6.30 p.m.
Dinner (Traditional Christmas Dinner with a Vegetarian Option): 7.15 p.m.
Presentations in the morning room: 9.15 p.m.
Cost of the evening: £155 per ticket (only £95 for current Nikon Owner subscribers. If you are not already a Nikon Owner subscriber, and would like to attend the event, you may subscribe to Nikon Owner and receive the special discount on the price of the evening.)

Grays of Westminster’s events are extremely popular so early booking is recommended. To book, please call Gillian Greenwood or Katrin Ruckert between 12.00 p.m. and 5.00 p.m. Monday to Friday on +44 (0)20 7828 4925.

About Jim Brandenburg
Jim Brandenburg travelled the globe as a photographer with National Geographic Magazine for several decades. His extensive body of work has been published throughout the world and his photographs have won a multitude of national and international awards. He was the recipient of the ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year’ award by the Natural History Museum-London and BBC Wildlife Magazine, and twice was named ‘Magazine Photographer of the Year’ by the National Press Photographer's Association (NPPA) for his National Geographic work. Brandenburg was presented with the ‘World Achievement Award’ from the United Nations in recognition of his use of nature photography to raise public awareness for the environment.

Jim Brandenburg’s presentation will explore the full circle of his career with highlights starting with the early days at a small rural newspaper. From there, he went directly to National Geographic Magazine where he worked on assignments all over the world for the magazine, book division and television. He will show a selection of his outstanding work with wild arctic and grey wolves. After publishing several books on wolves, he set himself the assignment of only shooting one picture per day for the entire autumn season. His book and DVD Chased by the Light followed, as well as the sequel Looking for the Summer. He will tells us about his philanthropic work that now entails saving the remnant native prairies in the land where his ancestors settled after immigrating from Europe and Scandinavia; the land where their new lives began by plowing up that native prairie – thus completing the circle.

About Neil Lucas
Neil Lucas worked for the BBC Natural History Unit as a producer for over twenty years. During that time he worked on many internationally acclaimed and award winner productions, including Sir David Attenborough’s ‘The Trials of Life’ ‘The Private Life of Plants’ The Life of Mammals’ and ‘Planet Earth’, as well as the latest outstanding BBC landmark Series ‘Life’ where he produced two of the most technically challenging programmes within the whole series.


About Nikon Owner
Nikon Owner magazine and its interactive website, www.nikonownermagazine.com is considered by many to be the world’s number 1 user group for Nikon owners. It was initially founded with the purpose of assisting Nikon users to make full use of the Nikon equipment they own, to give advice on a wide spectrum of photographic queries and problems, and at the same time to offer ideas to bring about an increase in photographic skills.

For more information, please contact:

Gillian Greenwood
Features Editor and Events & Training Coordinator
Nikon Owner magazine
40 Churton Street
London
SW1V 2LP

+44 (0)20 7828 4925
info@graysofwestminster.co.uk
http://www.nikonownermagazine.com

Monday, 27 September 2010

Breaking News! Win an Adjuste Panoramic Head worth £700 at Michael Eleftheriades' Definitive Panoramic Seminar

Breaking News!
Win an Adjuste Panoramic Head worth £700
at Michael Eleftheriades'
Definitive Panoramic Seminar
Saturday, October 23rd, 2010


360Precision have generously donated one of their Adjuste panoramic heads worth £700 (£595+ VAT) as a prize to be won at Michael Eleftheriades' Panoramic Seminar on Saturday, October 23rd, 2010!



It will take place from 2.00 p.m. until 5.30 p.m. The cost of the session will be £155 with a special price of £95 if you are a current Nikon Owner subscriber. To book, please email me with your full name, daytime mobile and landline, or call between 12.00 p.m. and 5.30 p.m. Monday to Friday on 020 7828 4925 or for International calls telephone + 44 (0)20 7828 4925, and ask to speak to me, Gillian Greenwood, or my colleague Katrin Ruckert. There are limited places available, so please book as soon as you are able to, in order to avoid disappointment.

gillian.greenwood@graysofwestminster.co.uk


Panoramic Seminar Agenda
The aim of the seminar is to demonstrate the principles, tools and software behind panoramic photography and to provide attendees with the knowledge to apply these to panoramic as well as to general photography, for example to photograph interiors or landscape vistas with more mainstream equipment.

The event will cover the following and will end with a showcase of projects:

Part 1: The Principles
  • Panoramic theory & principles
  • Selecting the right camera and lenses
  • Shooting techniques
  • How to set the exposure and white Balance
  • High Dynamic Range shooting
  • Using Tilt & Shift lenses
Part 2: Post Production
  • Image processing
  • Creating cylinders and spherical images
  • Creating photospheres
  • Stitching with Photoshop and more advanced tools
  • Creating virtual tours
Part 3: Presenting Panoramas
  • Printing panoramas
  • Publishing on the web
  • Playback on portable devices
Part 4: Panorama showcase
  • Examples of recent work, including panoramas from the Nikon Owner trips to Japan, Thailand and Cambodia.


About Michael Eleftheriades
A Nikon Owner subscriber since 2002, Michael is an architect and photographer who fuses his particular passion for architecture, virtual reality, computer graphics and photography in the creation of large-scale panoramic imagery.

Michael had been photographing virtual reality scenes using Nikon film cameras since 1986, and subsequently moved into digital usage and implementation with the launch of Nikon's Coolpix range in 1998.

He has exhibited his photographs at three exhibitions in London and lectured on panoramic creation to wide acclaim in the UK, Europe and the United States. When not photographing, Michael directs the efforts of Media Synthesis, a media development and consultancy company established in 1993, and is responsible for virtual reality tours and interactive exhibits at many of the UK's leading museums, including the Maritime and Natural History Museums.

Michael has recently created the virtual tour for Grays of Westminster and has been the Nikon Owner London Group coordinator for the last two years.

Comments from the attendees of his Panoramic Seminars at the Nikon UK Headquarters

Thank you for a informative and enjoyable evening. I have been an architectural photographer for twenty something years and your seminar has enlightened me on how to offer clients alternative marketing, display and web site design possibilities. I will be very interested in attending any future workshops that you and Nikon might offer - C.B. & K. M.

I really enjoyed the talk you gave, and was fascinated by the capability of both the software and pano heads. When I got home that night, I told my wife that I had seen true magic! Those are powerful tools, and you have personally done some amazing things with them - J. W.

I was lucky enough to attend both your recent Seminars at Nikon House. It's an interest I have had for a long time and I found your seminar most interesting and informative - M. H.
I just wanted to thank you for the two seminars that I attended, I found both seminars very informative and inspiring. Both seminars were very well presented - K. P.

I should like to let you know, how much I enjoyed the talk by Mike Eleftheriades - I found it most inspirational - T. J.

Fast, but a great deal to cover. Excellent friendly manner, presentation by a master of his art - E. C.

Fantastic, a real eye opener! Excellent! - S. H.

Absolutely fascinating - R. J. S.


Travelling to Fitzroy House, 37 Fitzroy Street, London W1T 6DX:
the nearest underground station is Warren Street, but please do make sure that it is open – it is occasionally closed on a Saturday – if so, Goodge Street station is a good option.

What is Nikon Owner?
Nikon Owner Magazine and Interactive Website is considered by many to be the world’s number 1 user group for Nikon owners. It was initially founded with the purpose of assisting Nikon users to make full use of the Nikon equipment they own, to give advice on a wide spectrum of photographic queries and problems, and at the same time to offer ideas to bring about an increase in photographic skills. Subscription to Nikon Owner magazine and interactive website provides a bridge between theory and practical, technical knowledge and accomplishment. As a subscriber to this group, you will receive an array of offers and assistance, as well as the unique photographic publication:

Nikon Owner Magazine CoversNikon Owner Magazine
From the cold reaches of the Arctic to the muted ocres of The Palio, from the panoramic sweep of an alien landscape to the microscopic detail of a leaf in bud, Nikon Owner magazine is both inspirational and informative. With its mix of stunning images, illuminating articles to assist and enlighten the photographer, and the very latest reviews on Nikon equipment, it is the essential magazine for the Nikon user, and is 100% Nikon.

Nikon Owner subscriber benefits additionally include:
  • Private user name and password to subscribers-only website which includes a lively forum, message board, technical equipment reviews, events’ page and use of a photo gallery.
  • Simon Stafford’s Technical Helpline: free technical consultation and support from Simon Stafford who is widely recognized as one of the top Nikon experts in the UK; you will be able to benefit from his formidable knowledge and have all your technical questions fully answered by email. This service is exclusive to Nikon Owner subscribers.
  • FREE 3-year warranty on all new Nikon products from Grays of Westminster within your year of subscription.
  • FREE 18-month warranty on second-hand Nikon from Grays of Westminster within your year of subscription.
  • 10% off Think-Tank bags purchased at Grays of Westminster.
  • Special trips: past visits have included a two-week trip to Japan and a personal tour of the Nikon factory, a visit to Nikon Thailand, Angkor Watt, Cambodia.
  • Substantial discounts on events and training sessions such as Mike Maloney’s House of Lords Photographic Workshop, Heather Angel’s Wildlife & Natural History Workshops, Chris Weston’s Photographic Courses, Simon Stafford’s Definitive Flash, Portraiture and Macro Seminars.
  • 10% off any training courses run by Nikon UK.
  • A range of complimentary meetings and outings organized by local Nikon Owner Groups.
  • Nikon Owner Grand Christmas Dinner at the Institute of Directors, Pall Mall, London.
The cost of a standard annual subscription to Nikon Owner is currently at the special price of £59. (Quote ME59 when you call or email.)

With kindest regards

Gillian Greenwood
Features Editor and Events & Training Coordinator

Friday, 24 September 2010

Grays of Westminster & Nikon Owner magazine Grand Christmas Dinner

Grays of Westminster & Nikon Owner magazine Grand Christmas Dinner at The Institute of Directors with Guest Speakers Jim Brandenburg and Neil Lucas


Arctic Wolf by Jim Brandenburg

Spend an evening with one of the world’s greatest nature photographers, Jim Brandenburg and Neil Lucas, David Attenborough's distinguished television producer. Enjoy a superb three-course Christmas dinner in the magnificent period restaurant at the Institute of Directors (IoD) at 116 Pall Mall, followed by a unique opportunity to listen to Jim Brandenburg’s extraordinary stories as he presents some of his breathtaking images.

Institute of Directors (IoD) at 116 Pall Mall

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, and the period restaurant is a most fitting venue for an elegant, traditional Christmas celebration.

Venue: Institute of Directors (IoD) at 116 Pall Mall.

Date: Friday, December 10th, 2010

Champagne reception: 6.30 p.m.

Dinner: 7.15 p.m.

Menu: Traditional Christmas Dinner with a Vegetarian Option

Presentation in the morning room: 9.15 p.m.
Cost of the evening: £155 per ticket, £95 for current Nikon Owner subscribers*

Our Christmas events are extremely popular and early booking is recommended. To book, please call Grays of Westminster between 12.00 p.m. and 5.00 p.m. Monday to Friday on 020 7828 4925 or for International calls telephone + 44 (0)20 7828 4925, and ask to speak to Gillian Greenwood or Katrin Ruckert.

About Jim Brandenburg

Jim Brandenburg travelled the globe as a photographer with National Geographic Magazine for several decades. His extensive body of work has been published throughout the world and his photographs have won a multitude of national and international awards. He was the recipient of the ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year’ award by the Natural History Museum-London and BBC Wildlife Magazine, and twice was named ‘Magazine Photographer of the Year’ by the National Press Photographer's Association (NPPA) for his National Geographic work. Brandenburg was presented with the ‘World Achievement Award’ from the United Nations in recognition of his use of nature photography to raise public awareness for the environment.

Jim Brandenburg’s presentation will explore the full circle of his career with highlights starting with the early days at a small rural newspaper. From there, he went directly to National Geographic Magazine where he worked on assignments all over the world for the magazine, book division and television. He will show a selection of his outstanding work with wild arctic and grey wolves. After publishing several books on wolves, he set himself the assignment of only shooting one picture per day for the entire autumn season. His book and DVD Chased by the Light followed, as well as the sequel Looking for the Summer. He will tells us about his philanthropic work that now entails saving the remnant native prairies in the land where his ancestors settled after immigrating from Europe and Scandinavia; the land where their new lives began by plowing up that native prairie – thus completing the circle.

Jim Brandenburg was part of the production team for the 'Plants' section of the BBC LIFE documentary series with David Attenborough. Jim Brandenburg and BBC Wildlife Producer Neil Lucas spent months filming Minnesota's north woods at Ravenwood, Jim Brandenburg's home near Ely, and the prairies of Southwest Minnesota.

About Neil Lucas

Neil Lucas worked for the BBC Natural History Unit as a producer for over twenty years. During that time he worked on many internationally acclaimed and award winner productions, including Sir David Attenborough’s ‘The Trails of Life’ ‘The Private Life of Plants’ The Life of Mammals’ and ‘Planet Earth’, as well as the latest outstanding BBC landmark Series ‘Life’ where he produced two of the most technically challenging programmes within the whole series.

Many of Neil’s programmes have also been nominated for BAFTAs and Emmys over the past years. He is now a freelance film director and photographer specializing in more challenging and technical shoots, using the same filming and photographic techniques he has mastered throughout his career.

Jim and Neil first made contact with each other back in the early 1990’s but actually didn’t meet up until the filming of Sir David Attenborough's ‘Life of Mammals’ Series, where Jim played an important role in setting up and filming along side the crew for one of the main sequences.

Over the years Neil Lucas and Jim Brandenburg have forged a strong personal and professional working relationship, so it was no surprise when Neil wanted to show the beauty and severity of a frozen northern landscape for the ‘Life’ Series he again sought the help and photographic and filming expertise of Jim Brandenburg once again.

If you are not already a Nikon Owner subscriber, and would like to attend the event, you may subscribe to Nikon Owner and receive the special discount on the price of the evening.

Nikon Owner Magazine and Interactive Website is considered by many to be the world’s number 1 user group for Nikon owners. It was initially founded with the purpose of assisting Nikon users to make full use of the Nikon equipment they own, to give advice on a wide spectrum of photographic queries and problems, and at the same time to offer ideas to bring about an increase in photographic skills.

Nikon Owner Magazine
Nikon Owner magazine is both inspirational and informative. With its mix of stunning images, illuminating articles to assist and enlighten the photographer, and the very latest reviews on Nikon equipment, it is the essential magazine for the Nikon user, and is 100% Nikon.

Nikon Owner subscriber benefits additionally include:
  • Private user name and password to subscribers-only website which includes a lively forum, message board, technical equipment reviews, events’ page and use of a photo gallery.
  • Simon Stafford’s Technical Helpline: free technical consultation and support from Simon Stafford who is widely recognized as one of the top Nikon experts in the UK; you will be able to benefit from his formidable knowledge and have all your technical questions fully answered by email. This service is exclusive to Nikon Owner subscribers.
  • FREE 3-year warranty on all new Nikon products from Grays of Westminster within your year of subscription.
  • FREE 18-month warranty on second-hand Nikon from Grays of Westminster within your year of subscription.
  • 10% off Think-Tank bags purchased at Grays of Westminster.
  • Special trips: past visits have included a two-week trip to Japan and a personal tour of the Nikon factory, a visit to Nikon Thailand, Angkor Watt, Cambodia.
  • Substantial discounts on events and training sessions such as Mike Maloney’s House of Lords Photographic Workshop, Heather Angel’s Wildlife & Natural History Workshops, Chris Weston’s Photographic Courses, Simon Stafford’s Definitive Flash, Portraiture and Macro Seminars, and Michael Eleftheriades' Panoramic Seminars.
  • 10% off any training courses run by Nikon UK.
  • A range of complimentary meetings and outings organized by local Nikon Owner Groups.
The cost of a standard annual subscription to Nikon Owner is currently at the special price of £59. (Quote JB59 when you call or email.)

With kindest regards

Gillian Greenwood
Features Editor and Events & Training Coordinator

* The cost of the evening for a partner or spouse attending with a Nikon Owner subscriber is at the Nikon Owner price of £95

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

GQ Men of the Year Awards: A Photographic Retrospective by Richard Young


The Richard Young Gallery is delighted to announce the GQ Man of The Year Awards: A Photographic Retrospective showing from September 16th 2010. The show will display a variety of striking images by celebrity photographer Richard Young, featuring some of the most memorable moments captured at the legendary awards ceremony.

The unique exhibition showcases photographs of cultural icons including Paul McCartney, Kylie Minogue, Ricky Gervais, Alexander McQueen, Simon Cowell, Madonna, Lewis Hamilton, Russell Brand, Jay-Z, Clive Owen, Tom Ford, Daniel Craig, Kanye West, Mickey Rourke, Take That, Justin Timberlake and Sacha Baron Cohen. This star-studded collection of images gives the public an insight into one of the biggest and best VIP parties of the year, allowing the viewer to see their favourite stars as they party the night away.

“I have loved working on the GQ Men of the Year Awards over the years. They always bring in fabulous people and you can be sure that people will party, let their hair down and some amazing photographs will follow. Like the magazine, the ceremony is effortlessly cool, sophisticated and chic and, arguably, one of the highlights of the social calendar. Each year is fresh and new and it never disappoints!” Richard Young.

Photographs will be available for purchase with prices ranging from £75.00 - £185.00.

Richard Young Gallery
4 Holland Street
London W8 4LT
T: +44 (0) 207 937 8911
E: office@richardyoungonline.com

www.richardyounggallery.co.uk
www.richardyoungonline.com

Nikon Lenses: Total Production of NIKKOR Lenses for Nikon SLR Cameras Reaches Fifty-Five Million


Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce that as of August 2010 total production of NIKKOR lenses, interchangeable lenses for Nikon SLR cameras reached fifty-five million. Moreover, total production of NIKKOR lenses equipped with the Silent Wave Motor (SWM), the autofocus motor developed by Nikon, has reached twenty million.

55 million NIKKOR lenses
Nikon (then Nippon Kogaku K.K.) released its first NIKKOR lenses for Nikon SLR cameras, among them the NIKKOR-S Auto 5cm f/2, in 1959 along with its first SLR camera, the Nikon F. In the half century since, NIKKOR lenses have been extremely well received by a great number of photo enthusiasts and professional photographers. Total production of NIKKOR lenses reached fifty million in August 2009 with production continuing at a steady rate over the past year.

20 million SWM-equipped NIKKOR lenses
The Silent Wave Motor, or SWM, is an ultrasonic autofocus motor developed by Nikon. Nikon's SWM converts "traveling waves" into rotational energy to drive the optics used for focusing. Any AF-S NIKKOR lens featuring the SWM delivers extremely smooth, quiet and comfortable auto focusing. Among the first lenses for which Nikon adopted the SWM was the Ai AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/2.8D IF-ED, released in 1996. In the fourteen years since its initial release, total production of NIKKOR lenses equipped with the SWM has reached twenty million.

Since its introduction, the SWM has been built into a total of 54* different lenses of all types, from ultra wide-angle to super telephoto DX- and FX-format lenses, zoom lenses, and micro lenses. Since 2007, more than 90% of NIKKOR lenses have been equipped with the SWM.

* Total number of NIKKOR lenses equipped with the SWM released since its introduction (As of September 15, 2010)

Nikkor Lenses
The NIKKOR brand
As the brand name for Nikon lenses, NIKKOR has become synonymous with high-performance, high-quality SLR lenses. The NIKKOR name comes from adding "R"—a common practice in the naming of photographic lenses at that time—to "Nikko", the Romanized abbreviation for Nippon Kogaku K.K. In 1933, the large-format lens for aerial photography was released with the name Aero-Nikkor.

NIKKOR has always been ahead of the times. The OP Fisheye-Nikkor 10mm f/5.6 fisheye lens for SLR cameras, released in 1968, was the world's first lens incorporating an aspherical lens element. What's more, NIKKOR lenses for the latest SLR cameras utilise a number of Nikon's own cutting-edge technologies, including Nano Crystal Coat, which virtually eliminates internal lens element reflections across a wide range of wavelengths.

The complete lineup of NIKKOR lenses for Nikon SLR cameras is currently made up of 65 lenses. Including the latest lenses:


Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Pixiq Beta Launched


Sterling Publishing announced the beta launch of a unique, new website for photographers. Destined to become the preeminent photographic site on the web today, Pixiq.com boasts an unparalleled roster of industry experts, professional photographers, and photo bloggers who publish, post, comment, review, and converse in a dynamic and vibrant online community. It will be the most exciting and informative place on the web for all digital image-makers—from beginners to professionals, and everything in between.

Website screenshot of Pixiq.com

Pixiq will pique the interests and indulge the techno-obsession of 21st century digital photographers, and teach the skills needed for everything from snapshots to commercial shoots. From gear reviews to shooting techniques to business and legal advice, Pixiq has it all! Pixiq launches with articles by respected authorities such as: Bob Krist, George and Kathryn Lepp, Jack Reznicki, Edward C. Greenberg, Michael Clark, Simon Stafford, Diane Berkenfeld, Rob Sheppard, Peter K. Burian, Steve Sint, Ralph Lee Hopkins, Ferrell McCollough, Nancy Brown, Heather Angel, Jim Zuckerman, Joseph Meehan, Jenni Bidner, Mitch Aunger, Paul Harcourth Davies, Andrew Darlow, and many more!

Grays of Westminster presents The Definitive Panoramic Seminar by Michael Eleftheriades

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

For a number of years, Grays of Westminster has presented and hosted many comprehensive photographic seminars and workshops. Due to overwhelming demand, we are delighted to announce a very special panoramic seminar to be held in central London, at Fitzroy House, 37 Fitzroy Street, London W1T 6DX on Saturday, October 23rd, 2010.

Fitzroy House, London

The seminar will be presented by Michael Eleftheriades, well known for his own stunning panoramic vistas and his inspirational lectures on the subject.

It will take place from 2.00 p.m. until 5.30 p.m. The cost of the session will be £155 with a special price of £95 if you are a current Nikon Owner subscriber. To book, please email me with your full name, daytime mobile and landline, or call between 12.00 p.m. and 5.30 p.m. Monday to Friday on 020 7828 4925 or for International calls telephone + 44 (0)20 7828 4925, and ask to speak to me, Gillian Greenwood, or my colleague Katrin Ruckert. There are limited places available, so please book as soon as you are able to, in order to avoid disappointment.

gillian.greenwood@graysofwestminster.co.uk


Panoramic Seminar Agenda
The aim of the seminar is to demonstrate the principles, tools and software behind panoramic photography and to provide attendees with the knowledge to apply these to panoramic as well as to general photography, for example to photograph interiors or landscape vistas with more mainstream equipment.

The event will cover the following and will end with a showcase of projects:

Part 1: The Principles
  • Panoramic theory & principles
  • Selecting the right camera and lenses
  • Shooting techniques
  • How to set the exposure and white Balance
  • High Dynamic Range shooting
  • Using Tilt & Shift lenses
Part 2: Post Production
  • Image processing
  • Creating cylinders and spherical images
  • Creating photospheres
  • Stitching with Photoshop and more advanced tools
  • Creating virtual tours
Part 3: Presenting Panoramas
  • Printing panoramas
  • Publishing on the web
  • Playback on portable devices
Part 4: Panorama showcase
  • Examples of recent work, including panoramas from the Nikon Owner trips to Japan, Thailand and Cambodia.


About Michael Eleftheriades
A Nikon Owner subscriber since 2002, Michael is an architect and photographer who fuses his particular passion for architecture, virtual reality, computer graphics and photography in the creation of large-scale panoramic imagery.

Michael had been photographing virtual reality scenes using Nikon film cameras since 1986, and subsequently moved into digital usage and implementation with the launch of Nikon's Coolpix range in 1998.

He has exhibited his photographs at three exhibitions in London and lectured on panoramic creation to wide acclaim in the UK, Europe and the United States. When not photographing, Michael directs the efforts of Media Synthesis, a media development and consultancy company established in 1993, and is responsible for virtual reality tours and interactive exhibits at many of the UK's leading museums, including the Maritime and Natural History Museums.

Michael has recently created the virtual tour for Grays of Westminster and has been the Nikon Owner London Group coordinator for the last two years.

Comments from the attendees of his Panoramic Seminars at the Nikon UK Headquarters

Thank you for a informative and enjoyable evening. I have been an architectural photographer for twenty something years and your seminar has enlightened me on how to offer clients alternative marketing, display and web site design possibilities. I will be very interested in attending any future workshops that you and Nikon might offer - C.B. & K. M.

I really enjoyed the talk you gave, and was fascinated by the capability of both the software and pano heads. When I got home that night, I told my wife that I had seen true magic! Those are powerful tools, and you have personally done some amazing things with them - J. W.

I was lucky enough to attend both your recent Seminars at Nikon House. It's an interest I have had for a long time and I found your seminar most interesting and informative - M. H.
I just wanted to thank you for the two seminars that I attended, I found both seminars very informative and inspiring. Both seminars were very well presented - K. P.

I should like to let you know, how much I enjoyed the talk by Mike Eleftheriades - I found it most inspirational - T. J.

Fast, but a great deal to cover. Excellent friendly manner, presentation by a master of his art - E. C.

Fantastic, a real eye opener! Excellent! - S. H.

Absolutely fascinating - R. J. S.


Travelling to Fitzroy House, 37 Fitzroy Street, London W1T 6DX:
the nearest underground station is Warren Street, but please do make sure that it is open – it is occasionally closed on a Saturday – if so, Goodge Street station is a good option.

What is Nikon Owner?
Nikon Owner Magazine and Interactive Website is considered by many to be the world’s number 1 user group for Nikon owners. It was initially founded with the purpose of assisting Nikon users to make full use of the Nikon equipment they own, to give advice on a wide spectrum of photographic queries and problems, and at the same time to offer ideas to bring about an increase in photographic skills. Subscription to Nikon Owner magazine and interactive website provides a bridge between theory and practical, technical knowledge and accomplishment. As a subscriber to this group, you will receive an array of offers and assistance, as well as the unique photographic publication:

Nikon Owner Magazine CoversNikon Owner Magazine
From the cold reaches of the Arctic to the muted ocres of The Palio, from the panoramic sweep of an alien landscape to the microscopic detail of a leaf in bud, Nikon Owner magazine is both inspirational and informative. With its mix of stunning images, illuminating articles to assist and enlighten the photographer, and the very latest reviews on Nikon equipment, it is the essential magazine for the Nikon user, and is 100% Nikon.

Nikon Owner subscriber benefits additionally include:
  • Private user name and password to subscribers-only website which includes a lively forum, message board, technical equipment reviews, events’ page and use of a photo gallery.
  • Simon Stafford’s Technical Helpline: free technical consultation and support from Simon Stafford who is widely recognized as one of the top Nikon experts in the UK; you will be able to benefit from his formidable knowledge and have all your technical questions fully answered by email. This service is exclusive to Nikon Owner subscribers.
  • FREE 3-year warranty on all new Nikon products from Grays of Westminster within your year of subscription.
  • FREE 18-month warranty on second-hand Nikon from Grays of Westminster within your year of subscription.
  • 10% off Think-Tank bags purchased at Grays of Westminster.
  • Special trips: past visits have included a two-week trip to Japan and a personal tour of the Nikon factory, a visit to Nikon Thailand, Angkor Watt, Cambodia.
  • Substantial discounts on events and training sessions such as Mike Maloney’s House of Lords Photographic Workshop, Heather Angel’s Wildlife & Natural History Workshops, Chris Weston’s Photographic Courses, Simon Stafford’s Definitive Flash, Portraiture and Macro Seminars.
  • 10% off any training courses run by Nikon UK.
  • A range of complimentary meetings and outings organized by local Nikon Owner Groups.
  • Nikon Owner Grand Christmas Dinner at the Institute of Directors, Pall Mall, London.
The cost of a standard annual subscription to Nikon Owner is currently at the special price of £59. (Quote ME59 when you call or email.)

With kindest regards

Gillian Greenwood
Features Editor and Events & Training Coordinator

Nikon signs-up Jamie Oliver to launch the new D3100

New I AM Nikon advertising campaign for the latest D-SLR features Jamie Oliver cooking at home with friends


Jamie Oliver Interview

Nikon UK, 20 September 2010 – Nikon today announces that Jamie Oliver, will feature in its latest I AM Nikon advertising campaign for the new D3100. The campaign, which features Jamie cooking at home with his friends, will be shown throughout Europe and South Africa to promote Nikon’s most easy-to-use D-SLR to date.

As well as starring in the advertising campaign, Jamie, a keen amateur photographer, has been using the new Nikon D3100 and shares his thoughts: “What I love about photography is that you can instantly capture all those important moments and have them immediately available to look back at. The D3100 is ideal for this because you can get great quality images and videos using an affordable, new generation camera that is really easy to use, has lots of extra features and gives you high-definition movies.”

Nikon D3100

The Nikon D3100 features a Guide Mode, which shows you sample images of what you can achieve using certain settings and teaches you the photography skills to get the most from a D-SLR, as Jamie explains: “The Guide Mode is brilliant, it took me 10 years to discover the photography techniques that this camera can show you in a few hours with the step-by-step guide.” The celebrity chef has also put the D3100’s full HD movie functionality to the test: “The level of video quality on this camera is fantastic and means that not only do I use it at home with my family but also as a tool for work.”

Ideal for families, the Nikon D3100 allows you to capture special moments in perfect quality, without worrying about complicated settings. Jamie adds: “I don’t just use a camera at home though, I always have one with me for work – if I go to a market and see interesting ingredients or I’m abroad and want to capture a technique or dish, I can take a picture or video and show my team at home. This can then provide inspiration for my recipes, books or the television series.”

The new advertising campaign for the D3100 includes four scenes, all of which follow the I AM Nikon theme launched in March this year. The full 30 second advert features Jamie with a little girl who is trying to copy his culinary creation, including the strap line ‘I AM Jamie Oliver Jr’. Also included in the advert is ‘I AM the extra mile’ showing a man running the marathon being encouraged on by his family, ‘I AM Marco Polo’ with professional photographer Vincent Munier taking photographs in Egypt and lastly a wedding ceremony with the strapline ‘I AM a yes’.

The D3100 is the successor to Europe’s best selling D-SLR*, the D3000, offering 14.2 megapixels, full HD movie and the popular Guide Mode, which now shows sample images of what you can achieve with certain settings. It comes in a compact, lightweight but tough body so it is easy to carry around for any outing.

The new D3100 ‘I AM Nikon’ campaign incorporates television, print and digital executions and will appear in Europe and South Africa. All advert material was filmed using Nikon’s D3S, the world’s first movie-enabled FX format camera with 720p HD Movie, including frame grab capability.

*Source: GFK, D3000 best selling D-SLR in Europe first half year 2010.

Friday, 17 September 2010

Nikon Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II: A Star Performer

AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II
RRP: £5299.99 / €6277
Sales start date: 1st October 2010

Nikon UK, 15 September 2010 – Nikon today announces a completely new professional telephoto lens AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II to replace AF-S VR NIKKOR 200mm f/2G IF-ED. The new lens features Nano Crystal Coat, the new generation of Vibration Reduction technology (VR II) and a new A/M focus mode, making it the ideal lens for serious photographers seeking uncompromised performance.

The lens retains the optical construction of its predecessor and delivers outstanding image quality with excellent sharpness, contrast and definition as well as smooth bokeh making it the perfect choice for photographers shooting stage events and indoor sports.

Zurab Kiknadze, Product Manager Lenses, Accessories and Software, Nikon Europe says: "The updates and improvements implemented in the new version of this highly regarded 200mm lens bring it in line with the latest NIKKOR technologies, providing even more shooting comfort and stability while delivering outstanding results."

The update of this popular lens follows feedback from professional photographers. The improved handling and usability combined with outstanding image quality is testament to Nikon’s commitment to meet the needs of professional photographers and to continually improve its line-up of professional, high-performance NIKKOR lenses.

Pin-sharp action shots
The AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II now features second generation Vibration Reduction technology (VR II), which provides compensation equivalent to a shutter speed four stops faster, making it easier to capture sharp images during hand-held shooting. The system incorporates two modes: Normal for general handheld shooting and Active to compensate for the vibration caused by, for example, moving vehicles.

The Silent Wave Motor (SMW) ensures quiet and accurate autofocus performance, so it won’t disturb the subject or event.

The A/M mode has been added to the existing M/A and M modes. This additional focusing mode gives the autofocus system priority, even if the focus ring is being handled during shooting.

Crystal clear
The lens construction of 13 elements in nine groups with three ED glass and one Super ED glass elements, together with Nikon’s unique Nano Crystal Coat, ensures highest-quality images. The ED glass construction delivers sharp and contrast-rich images whilst the Nano Crystal Coat effectively reduces ghost and flare, meaning the lens can be used with confidence, even when shooting into bright light. The lens also stands out because of its pleasing bokeh and subject-background separation, due to its large f/2 aperture combined with a rounded nine-blade diaphragm.

Built for the toughest of requirements
The AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II is built to meet the stringent demands of the professional photographer. The durable magnesium body and weather sealing means it’s ideal for even the toughest of shooting conditions, protecting from moisture and dust. For extra peace of mind, Nikon’s exclusive, detachable meniscus glass protects the large front glass element from accidental scratches.

The lens is fully compatible with all current Nikon teleconverters, increasing its versatility by allowing for extended tele reach. The AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II is supplied with lens hood HK-31, tripod-mount, drop-in filter holder and a high quality ballistic nylon case CL-L1 in the style of a shoulder bag.

For more information about Nikon’s award winning products please visit: www.nikon.co.uk

Nikon Flash: Let There Be Light: Nikon Introduces the SB-700


RRP: £289.99 / €343
Sales start date: TBC

Nikon UK, 15 September 2010 – Nikon today is pleased to announce a new Speedlight – the SB-700. Packed with features, this is an easy-to-use, yet sophisticated flash in a compact body. It will be a welcome addition to anyone looking to develop their lighting skills and explore the options of the Nikon Creative Lighting system.

Zurab Kiknadze, Product Manager Lenses, Accessories and Software, Nikon Europe BV says: “SB-700 offers users the opportunity to expand their creative potential beyond the built-in camera flash. It integrates flawlessly with Nikon’s DSLR cameras, taking advantage of i-TTL to provide optimal results with minimum of effort.”

Inheriting the advanced features of the professional SB-900 flash, the new flash also boasts an intuitive interface and easy-to-understand operating system. It features Nikon’s i-TTL, through-the-lens metering system, ensuring accurate light measuring as well as multi-step auto zoom, which automatically detects the lens focal length and adjusts the flash output accordingly for angles of view from 24mm to 120mm.

Users have the choice of three illumination patterns, which can be quickly selected to match different shooting scenarios. The high performance Speedlight is ideal for a wide range of applications, from portrait and studio to events and night-time photography.

Built for versatility
The SB-700 is compatible with FX and DX cameras and its fast wireless control will make the flash attractive for a wide range of customers, including advanced photographers seeking to extend their Creative Lighting System. It can act as a master, controlling up to two groups of flashes and their light ratios, and can also act as a remote unit in a flash set up.

With its rotating head and built-in bounce card, the photographer can use the flash to direct the light and bounce it off ceilings or walls. The SB-700 also comes with the practical Nikon Diffusion Dome to soften the light and even the shadows of direct flash.

The flash has a mounting foot lock lever, through which the flash can be securely attached to the camera, preventing it from coming loose. There is also an optional weather-sealed mount available for outdoor photography.

Major features:
  • The new, improved LCD panel interface and an intuitive layout of switches make it quick and easy to set the features.
  • With a maximum guide number of 38 (for an FX camera, at the standard illumination setting at ISO 100 at 120mm) the flash is powerful and versatile to suit most lighting conditions.
  • The multi-step power zoom automatically responds to the current focal length of the lens attached to the camera and covers angles of view, ranging from 24mm to 120mm.
  • Three illumination patterns can quickly be selected to match each shooting situation, making it the ideal flash for a range of scenarios. The Centre-weighted pattern offers more power and higher guide number which highlights the subject from its surroundings. The Even setting works well for indoor group shots or a flat surface whilst the Standard setting has a slight emphasis on the centre.
  • The high-speed recycling time is only approximately 2.5 seconds with NiMH batteries and alkaline batteries and approximately 3.5 seconds with lithium batteries.
  • The quick wireless control mode allows the user to change the light ratios of A and B group Speedlight units and can also act as a remote unit in the Nikon Creative Lighting System.
  • The SB-700 automatically detects flash head heat and delays the recycling time if the temperature of the flash head rises, protecting the flash from heat damage.
  • The firmware of the flash can easily be updated through Nikon DSLR cameras.
  • The SB-700 comes with fluorescent and incandescent hard, plastic-type colour filters, which are more durable, heat-resistant and easier to use than the conventional film-type filters. The flash automatically detects these two hard-type colour filters and instructs the camera to set the optimum colour temperature. The optional colour filter set SJ-4 is also available.


Nikon Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G: Primetime Reporter

RRP: £1699.99 / €2013
Sales start date: 19th November 2010

Nikon UK, 15 September 2010 – Nikon today announces a completely new, fast-aperture NIKKOR lens – the AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G. This is the third f/1.4 prime NIKKOR lens to be developed in the past six months further extending creative opportunities for professional photographers.

Zurab Kiknadze, Product Manager Lenses, Accessories & Software, Nikon Europe says: “The AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G sets a new benchmark for reportage and news photographers. It combines amazing contrast and resolution with brilliant low-light performance. Seen alongside the 24mm f/1.4 and 85mm f/1.4 lenses announced recently, this new lens underlines Nikon’s ongoing drive to deliver the ultimate range of optics for photographers.”

Award winning photojournalist Kadir van Lohuizen of photo agency NOOR was amongst the first to view the new AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G. He said: “The 35mm is the standard ‘street’ lens for many of us at NOOR and we are really excited about this new version, it’s amazing. This fast prime lens will make it possible to shoot at almost every light condition at the highest-quality possible.” He added: “It’s going to take our documentary projects to a new level for sure.”

Light Command
The AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G has been developed to deliver stunning images in all situations. An entirely new optical design with ten elements in seven groups (including one aspherical glass element) and a rounded, nine-blade diaphragm enables the photographer to make full use of the shallow depth of field that f/1.4 aperture lenses offer. Crystal sharp detail with super smooth bokeh separation sets your subject in the spotlight and offers a different look from images taken with the professional f/2.8 zoom lenses.

Night Photography
The optical construction incorporates Nano Crystal Coat and minimises reflections and sagittal blur, which means this lens renders point light sources and shadows with natural clarity, ideal for night scenes and astrophotography. The fast aperture also provides a bright viewfinder and is great for exploring the creative potential that the shallow depth of field can bring to the work of fine-art photographers and photojournalists.

Streetwise
The AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G is built to work as hard as you do and is a robust and reliable performer wherever your photography might take you. The dedicated Silent Wave Motor (SWM) ensures discreet but accurate autofocus. It operates with smooth gearing and has a broad focus ring for fine manual focus accuracy down to the minimum focusing distance of 30cm. The tough magnesium construction features subtle grooves to assist a left-hand grip as well as rubber mount and switch sealing to deter dust and moisture. Weighing in at a solid 600g, it is designed to balance well with FX format DSLRs such as the D700 and D3 series.

The lens is supplied with a HB-59 hood, and a soft pouch.

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

The Definitive Simon Stafford General Photographic Technique Seminar: Only a few places remain available

Saturday, September 18th, 2010
from 2.00 p.m. until 5.30 p.m.
Fitzroy House, 37 Fitzroy Street, London W1T 6DX

Fitzroy House, London

The seminar will be presented by one of the world's foremost Nikon experts, Simon Stafford, who is the technical editor of Nikon Owner magazine and best-selling author of numerous Nikon books. It will take place from 2.00 p.m. until 5.30 p.m. and there will be a limited number of places so that each attendee will be able to benefit more fully from the tuition.

Simon StaffordSimon Stafford
The cost of the session will be £155 with a special price of £95 if you are a current Nikon Owner subscriber. To book, please email me as soon as you can to avoid disappointment, with your full name, daytime mobile and landline, or call between 12.00 p.m. and 5.30 p.m. Monday to Friday on 020 7828 4925 (or for International calls telephone + 44 (0)20 7828 4925) , and ask to speak to me, Gillian Greenwood.
gillian.greenwood@graysofwestminster.co.uk

General Photographic Techniques:
Agenda for the session

Part one: Camera skills
  • Understanding f/numbers & shutter speeds

  • Learn how to optimise white balance and ISO

  • Mastering camera menu settings

  • JPEG versus RAW: the pros and cons of both

  • How to achieve accurate exposures

  • Understand how your camera’s metering system works

  • Learn the benefits of digital histograms

  • Improve your focus techniques with AF and manual focus
Part two: Shooting skills
  • Learn good camera handling

  • Camera support systems, tripods, monopods, and alternatives

  • Understanding and using depth-of-field

  • Choosing and using filters

  • Imaginative use of shutter speed

  • Creative use of white balance
Part three: Beyond the camera
  • Planning and visualising the picture

  • Techniques of composition

  • Transporting photographic equipment

  • Tips for location shooting
Questions and Answers:
  • Please note that there will be ample opportunity to ask questions throughout the seminar.

Travelling to Fitzroy House, 37 Fitzroy Street, London W1T 6DX:
  • The nearest underground station is Warren Street, but please do make sure that it is open – it is occasionally closed on a Saturday – if so, Goodge Street station is a good option.
What is Nikon Owner?

Nikon Owner Magazine and Interactive Website is considered by many to be the world’s number 1 user group for Nikon owners. It was initially founded with the purpose of assisting Nikon users to make full use of the Nikon equipment they own, to give advice on a wide spectrum of photographic queries and problems, and at the same time to offer ideas to bring about an increase in photographic skills. Subscription to Nikon Owner magazine and interactive website provides a bridge between theory and practical, technical knowledge and accomplishment. As a subscriber to this group, you will receive an array of offers and assistance, as well as the unique photographic publication:

Nikon Owner Magazine

Nikon Owner Magazine CoversFrom the cold reaches of the Arctic to the muted ocres of The Palio, from the panoramic sweep of an alien landscape to the microscopic detail of a leaf in bud, Nikon Owner magazine is both inspirational and informative. With its mix of stunning images, illuminating articles to assist and enlighten the photographer, and the very latest reviews on Nikon equipment, it is the essential magazine for the Nikon user, and is 100% Nikon.

Nikon Owner subscriber benefits additionally include:
  • Private user name and password to subscribers’-only website which includes a lively forum, message board, technical equipment reviews, events’ page and use of a photo gallery.

  • Simon Stafford’s Technical Helpline: free technical consultation and support from Simon Stafford who is widely recognized as one of the top Nikon experts in the UK; you will be able to benefit from his formidable knowledge and have all your technical questions fully answered by email. This service is exclusive to Nikon Owner subscribers.

  • FREE 3-year warranty on all new Nikon products from Grays of Westminster within your year of subscription.

  • FREE 18-month warranty on second-hand Nikon from Grays of Westminster within your year of subscription.

  • 10% off Think-Tank bags purchased at Grays of Westminster.

  • Special trips: past visits have included a two-week trip to Japan and a personal tour of the Nikon factory, a visit to Nikon Thailand, Angkor Watt, Cambodia.

  • Substantial discounts on events and training sessions such as Mike Maloney’s House of Lords Photographic Workshop, Heather Angel’s Wildlife & Natural History Workshops, Chris Weston’s Photographic Courses, Simon Stafford’s Definitive Flash, Portraiture and Macro Seminars.

  • 10% off any training courses run by Nikon UK.

  • A range of complimentary meetings and outings organized by local Nikon Owner Groups.

  • Nikon Owner Grand Christmas Dinner at the Institute of Directors, Pall Mall, London.
The cost of an annual subscription to Nikon Owner is currently at the special price of £59. (Quote SSS59 when you call or email.)

With kindest regards

Gillian Greenwood
Features Editor and Events & Training Coordinator

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Nikon Launches the P7000, The Ultimate Coolpix

Sets new standards of response, low light performance and manual control

Nikon Coolpix P7000

RRP:
£489.99
Sales start date: 23rd Sept 2010

Nikon UK, 8 September 2010 – Nikon UK today announces the launch of a high performance COOLPIX model, the P7000, that sets a new benchmark for quality photography in a discrete and stylish package. The result of extensive research amongst professional photographers, the COOLPIX P7000 delivers outstanding images in a less intimidating form factor than a SLR.

The P7000’s superb image quality is guaranteed by a wide-angle 7.1x zoom NIKKOR lens giving a 28mm to 200mm range (35mm format equivalent), with optical Vibration Reduction (VR), two ED glass elements and Nikon’s brand new EXPEED C2 image processing system. The large 10.1 effective megapixel 1/1.7” CCD sensor facilitates wide dynamic range and exceptional low light performance whilst the 7.5cm (3.0”) high resolution LCD (920K dot) monitor assists composition, movie making and playback in brilliant detail.

Mark Pekelharing, Product Manager, Consumer Products at Nikon Europe B.V., says: “The COOLPIX P7000 boasts a raft of advanced features and ergonomics found in SLR cameras, making it the ultimate compact option for advanced SLR users and professional photographers who want high quality images in a discrete and responsive body.” He added, “Our professional customers have really helped to drive decisions about the feature set, and the results speak for themselves; great quality photography…anywhere”.

Only the best images
The P7000 is packed with cutting-edge technology to ensure the best image quality available, with a large 1/1.7” sensor and EXPEED C2 image processing system to provide enhanced low light performance and movie recording. Its 7.1x zoom NIKKOR lens has two ED glass elements to reduce chromatic aberration and fringing at longer focal lengths. What is more, it also includes a built-in ND filter to expand exposure options in very bright conditions.

The P7000’s wide sensitivity range of ISO 100 to 3200 is expandable to Hi 1 (ISO 6400 equivalent), while low noise night mode ensures fine results in extremely low light conditions, such as in candlelit interiors and a Noise Reduction (NR) adjustment function enables photographers to manage the impact of noise in their images.

For situations where choosing the right setting proves difficult, D-Lighting automatically ensures images look natural, rescuing underexposed shadows caused by very high contrast lighting conditions. COOLPIX in-camera Picture Controls, based on the technology from Nikon's award winning digital SLRs, allow the user to manage camera processing according to personal taste while the new bracketing functions enable the photographer to take sequences with slightly different settings, varying exposure, ISO sensitivity, or white balance, and select the one that best suits the intended effect. A newly-added Virtual Horizon can also be displayed in the LCD to make sure the camera position is perfectly aligned.

Enhanced recording and playback
Some occasions call for capturing more than a picture, so the COOLPIX P7000 comes with an HD movie recording (720p) function. Stereo sound can be simultaneously recorded using a built-in microphone, while the microphone jack enables the use of an external microphone. The extra large 7.5cm (3.0”) ultra-high resolution (920K dot) LCD display offers almost 100% sRGB colour space to make image reviewing a pleasure and the optical viewfinder features diopter adjustment. In addition to this, the HDMI port enables instant sharing on external HD displays.


The P7000’s in-camera editing allows users to take control over their pictures. Tone level information is displayed on a histogram, and exposure compensation, aperture, shutter speed and ISO sensitivity can be minutely adjusted while confirming highlights, shadows and intermediate tone.

For those who prefer to revise their images on a PC or Mac, images can be stored in the enhanced NRW+ (COOLPIX RAW) format, providing an uncompressed digital “negative” which enables advanced editing. NRW+ files are compatible with Nikon’s bundled ViewNX 2 software as well as the optional image editing software Capture NX2.

Easy operation, everywhere
The P7000 has been designed for those who wish to have complete control over their photography with the familiar intuitive layout of buttons and dials found on Nikon DSLR cameras such as Command dial and AE-L/AF-L buttons. The P7000 also features an ‘analogue retro’ dial to manage exposure compensation levels in 1/3 EV steps. Manual control over other commonly used functions is accessible via the Quick Menu dial. A User-Setting Function enables users to switch zoom position to a preset focal length, as if using interchangeable lenses. The settings at each zoom position can also be customised according to the user’s intention. Alongside this, the added Zoom Memory function allows one-touch switching to any focal length setting, using a new manual mode dial.


The compact system camera
The COOLPIX P7000 forms the core of a mini-system and is i-TTL compatible with Nikon’s acclaimed Speedlights, a new WC-75A wide-angle convertor for a 21mm equivalent field of view and infra-red remote control ML-L3. The P7000 also comes complete with ViewNX 2 software, long life battery MH-24 and charger EN-EL14. The camera can be further expanded using an external microphone (not available from Nikon). To protect the camera, an optional carry case is also available (CS-P06).

EXPEED C2
The original EXPEED image processing system incorporated all of the accumulated expertise and technologies developed throughout Nikon’s long history. Now the latest evolution of Nikon’s renowned system, EXPEED C2, expands the possibilities of photography even further, with enhanced movie recording, high-sensitivity performance and maximum image quality. EXPEED C2 maximizes sensor performance for clear, lifelike images that exhibit vivid colors, reduced noise and smooth tonal gradations for outstanding photos and movies.

ViewNX 2
ViewNX 2 is an all-in-one software package that enables users to quickly import, browse, edit and share still images and movies. Building upon the highly successful ViewNX software, ViewNX 2 is a user-friendly suite that offers a huge range of features, going well beyond those supplied as part of a PC’s operating system. Newly-incorporated advanced movie-editing functions have been taken directly from Nikon’s award-winning DSLR range, enabling users to trim clips and blend still images into stunning movie footage. ViewNX 2 comes with all Nikon digital cameras and is also available as a free download.

Nikon my Picturetown
You can now back-up your images safely and securely using my Picturetown, the free online digital photo storage and sharing service brought to you by Nikon. Easily share photo memories with friends and organise precious memories into online collections. You get 2GB of space free to use for storing thousands of memories and you can upgrade your membership to Gold Account at any time if you need to store more pictures.

Effective pixels10.1 megapixels
Image sensor1/1.7-in. RGB CCD, 10.39 total megapixels
LensOptical 7.1x zoom NIKKOR lens
Focal length6.0-42.6mm (35mm format equivalent to 28-200mm)
Aperturef/2.8-5.6
Lens construction11 elements in 9 groups (2 ED glass element, 4 aspherical lens elements)
Digital zoomMaximum 4x (35mm format equivalent to approx. 800mm)
Focus range (from lens)Approx. 50 cm (1 ft. 8 in.) to infinity (at wide-angle setting), approx. 80 cm (2 ft. 7 in.) to infinity (at telephoto setting), Macro mode: approx. 2 cm (0.8 in.) to infinity (at wide-angle setting)
Vibration Reduction (VR)Lens-shift type, Lens-shift type + electronic type
Other blur-reduction functionsMotion Detection (conventional type), BSS (Best Shot Selector)
ISO sensitivity (Standard output sensitivity)ISO 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 (3,648 x 2,736), can be set to Hi 1 [ISO 6400 equivalent (3,647 x 2,736)], Auto (ISO 100 to 800), High ISO auto (ISO 100 to 1600), Fixed range auto (ISO 100 to 200, 100 to 400), Low noise night mode (ISO 400 to 12800)
LCD monitor7.5 cm (3-in.), approx. 921k-dot, wide-viewing-angle TFT LCD monitor (VGA) , air gapless, anti-reflection coating, brightness adjustment
Storage mediaInternal memory (approx. 79 MB), SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card* *Not compatible with Multi Media Card (MMC)
Face-priority AF/ max. number of faces to be detected12, Face priority, Face-priority AE, Face Zoom-in
Skin SofteningDuring shooting/playback
Smile TimerUp to three smiling faces can be detected, can be switched ON/OFF
Blink WarningCan be switched ON/OFF
In-Camera Red-Eye FixAutomatically corrects red eye digitally, pre-flashes (ON/OFF)
Subject Tracking*Auto lock-on/AF activation/Tracking Restart not available *Tracks a designated subject automatically
Scene modes18 scene modes (Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night Portrait, Party/indoor, Beach, Snow, Sunset, Dusk/dawn, Night landscape, Close-up, Food, Museum, Fireworks show, Copy, Backlight, Panorama assist)
Scene Auto Selector6 scene modes + Auto mode (Portrait, Landscape, Night portrait, Night landscape, Close-up, Backlight)
MovieHD 720p: 1,280 x 720/24 fps, VGA: 640 x 480/30 fps, QVGA: 320 x 240/30 fps
Picture Controls6 kinds [Standard (default), Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome (B/W, sepia), Custom 1, Custom 2] (equivalent to P6000)
File-sorting functionsList by date mode
Interface/Direct print compatibilityHi-Speed USB/PictBridge
Supported languages24 languages (products for Japan feature Japanese/English only)
Power sourcesRechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL14 (74 v 1030 mAh), AC Adapter EH-5a (option)
Number of shots per charge (battery life)*Approx. 350 frames with EN-EL14 *Based on CIPA Standards for measuring life of batteries
Dimensions (width x height x depth)Approx. 114.2 x 77.0 x 44.8 mm/4.5 x 3.0 x 1.8 in. (excluding projections)
Weight*Approx. 360 g/12.7 oz. (including battery and SD memory card), approx. 310 g/10.9 oz. (camera body only) *Based on CIPA Guidelines, DCG-005-2009

*Availability dates can vary from region to region. Specifications and equipment are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer. September 2010 ©2010 Nikon Corporation.

Nikon Deals: Part Exchanges (and Equipment disposals) at Grays of Westminster


When considering upgrading your digital body for a shiny new Nikon, please bear in mind that Summer is over and Grays of Westminster are keen to re-stock shelves with fine secondhand items. It is an ideal opportunity to obtain the best part exchange (or outright purchase) quotation.

For a brief period, in order to replenish stocks, the company will be offering higher than normal rates for your fine Nikon bodies and lenses. In particular we are looking for D200, D300, D300S, D700 and D3 bodies and full frame lenses - please telephone us on 020 7828 4925 for a quotation today.

Kind regards,

Gray Levett
Founder

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

D3S Bodies Back in Stock



Good news! We now have good stocks of the Nikon D3s following a long period of sporadic deliveries.

Call us today on 020 7828 4925 to secure yours. I am also happy to say that we also have good stocks of the 14-24mm f/2.8, 24-70mm f/2.8 and 70-200mm f/2.8 as well as the recently released AF-S 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR and AF-S 85mm f/1.4G NIKKOR lenses.

So far the feedback I have had on the new 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR is extremely positive. This new FX format lens is very sharp and fills the gap for photographers wanting a compact zoom for their Nikon FX DSLR.

Please see our New Nikon Specials page for current kit prices and special offers on these items and telephone or email the shop to place your order.

Nikon Deals and Special Offers

Student Discount now available from Nikon


More good news for students studying photography! Nikon are pleased to announce a 10% discount on all new Nikon products to anyone attending a Higher Education Photographic or Media course. This offer is valid from 1st September 2010 until the 31st October 2010.

Please visit www.nikon.co.uk/studentcashback2010 for terms and conditions and to check your eligibility .


£200 Cashback on the Nikon D300S

Nikon D300S

For those looking at upgrading their DX body, Nikon are now offering a £200 CASHBACK on the Nikon D300S body when bought with a new Nikkor lens worth £400 or more.

The Nikon D300S provides HD movie capability, a faster frame advance rate of 7fps and dual CF and SD memory card slots to offer new opportunities to explore creative imaging. The camera incorporates a DX-format 12.3 megapixel CMOS sensor, professional 51-point autofocus system and commended EXPEED image processing in a compact body, aimed at the semi-professional photographer and serious amateur.

Both bodies and lenses are currently available straight from stock and available to order today.

Lastly, please do not hesitate to call if you have any questions regarding Nikon. With over 100 years of Nikon experience between us, we will be happy to help you!

Kindest regards,

Tabitha Hardy

Monday, 6 September 2010

Orbis UK Tour - FREE Lighting Workshops


The inventor of the orbis™ ring flash, James Madelin, is coming for a one-off free event!

Based around the concept of a Photowalk, James and Snapperstuff will host walks around three cities in September in Leeds, Birmingham and London.

James will be teaching some of his techniques for strobist-style photography using the orbis™ system and other portable and affordable lighting gear.
  • Meet British inventor and creator of the orbis™ James Madelin
  • Learn easy effective off-camera flash tips, strobist-style
  • Shoot a professional model using your new skills
  • Try out an award-winning orbis™ ring flash
  • Take home great pictures on your own camera!
  • 5:30pm start - Leeds 14 Sept, Birmingham 15 Sept, London 17 Sept
Orbis Photowalks – Leeds
when: Tuesday 14 September 2010, 17:30 prompt
where: meet at TFC, Leeds
email: events@enlightphotopro.com (enlight photo)
call: 020 7193 6769 (Snapperstuff)
book now: Places strictly limited so sign up now to avoid disappointment.

Orbis Photowalks – Birmingham
when: Wednesday 15 September 2010, 17:30 prompt
where: meet at Victoria Square, City Centre, Birmingham
email: events@enlightphotopro.com (enlight photo)
call: 020 7193 6769 (Snapperstuff)
book now: Places strictly limited so sign up now to avoid disappointment.

Orbis Photowalks – London
when: Friday 17 September 2010, 17:30 prompt
where: meet in front of City Hall, near Tower Bridge
email: events@enlightphotopro.com (enlight photo)
call: 020 7193 6769 (Snapperstuff)
book now: SOLD OUT (waiting list available)

Thursday, 2 September 2010

Nikon Deals: 10% Cashback on any Nikon Product for Students


10% cashback on any Nikon product - only open to students attending a higher education photographic or media course on purchases made between 1st September to 31st October and claims received by 30th November.

To claim students visit: www.nikon.co.uk/studentcashback2010 and send in proof of eligibility.

key points:
  • Promotion covers the UK & Ireland
  • This promotion is only available on new products purchased between 1st September to 31st October
  • Only one claim per person
  • Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer
  • Full time photographic/media course

Lecturers and technicians are also eligible by providing proof from employer of status for a full list of all terms and conditions and to claim please visit: www.nikon.co.uk/studentcashback2010