Monday, 29 November 2010

Grays of Westminster News on the Second Day of Christmas

On the Second Day of Christmas my True Love Gave to Me...

The zoom lens I have been waiting for...

Nikon's Newest FX Zoom Lenses Nikkor 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S ED VR

One of the highest quality versatile zoom lenses around, any FX camera owner shouldn't be without one. This long-awaited all-purpose zoom is perfect for landscapes, reportage, general purpose, travel and even wildlife photography. If coupled with a DX body one effectively gets 42-450mm, which is a great range for those using DX format cameras, or planning to upgrade to full-frame at some future point.

Special Offer While Stocks Last - £799.00 inc. VAT (RRP - £869.99)

Sample Image taken with 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S ED VR
Shot taken at 28mm - f/8 -1/45s

An astounding upgrade of this lens's namesake, the 24-120mm f/3.-5.6G VR IF-ED, the new 24-120mm is ideal for those who don't need the vast range of the 28-300mm. Suitable for wider landscape work, portraits and general photography at very high quality, this lens offers a fixed aperture of f/4 throughout the range and the latest Vibration Reduction (second generation).

Special Offer While Stocks Last - £995.00 inc. VAT (RRP - £1049.00)

Sample Image taken with 24-120mm f/4G AF-S ED VR
Shot taken at 95mm - f/5 - 1/640s

And Last but not Least:

Special Offers on the D700 SLR Body

We are happy to announce several kit prices of the D700 with either of the above lenses, or alternative lens options, for those wanting a complete kit as a Christmas present to yourself or someone else.

Nikon D700 + 14-24mm f/2.8G ED AF-S + 24-70mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Kit
(RRP - £5,300.00) £4,169.00

Nikon D700 + 14-24mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Kit
(RRP - £3,883.00) £2,975.00

Nikon D700 + 24-70mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Kit
(RRP - £3,781.00) £2,890.00

Nikon D700 + SB-900 Speedlight Kit £2,020.00

Nikon D700 + 24-120mm f/4G VR ED Kit £2,665.00

Nikon D700 + 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S ED VR Kit £2,495.00

Nikon D700 + MB-D10 Grip Kit £1,890.00

Nikon D700 + 17-35mm f/2.8D ED AF-S Kit
(RRP - £4,087) £3,220.00

Sample image taken with D700 + 24-70mm f/2.8G AF-S ED

If you have any questions on the above equipment or to place an order please do not hesitate to call us on +44 (0)207 828 4925 between 10am-5:30pm Monday to Friday, and 10am-1pm on Saturday.

What Digial Camera - Good Service Awards 2010

Good Service Awards 2010
Rate the service you received

When you're buying a camera or any item of photographic equipment, the service you receive is as important as the price you pay.

Whether it's informative buying advice, swift delivery and equally swift action if things go wrong, good service is a precious commodity that should be shouted from the rooftops.

That's where the What Digital Camera Good Service Awards comes in, by recognising and rewarding those retailers who go that extra mile. There are three categories: Best Online Retailer, Best High Street Independent Retailer and Best High Street Multiple Retailer.

To vote is easy; all you need to do is complete the competition form on the voting page of the What Digital Camera website.

Competition ends: 14th January 2011.

Friday, 26 November 2010

Photography Exhibition: Last couple of days - Jessica Elizabeth Dyer Exihibition

Jessica Elizabeth Dyer has been invited to have her first one woman show at Putney Library from Sunday 14th to Saturday 27th November, because of the outstanding quality of her photographs and because she is a talented member of her community, educated at a local comprehensive school.

Venue Address:
Putney Library
1 Disraeli Road
SW15 2DR

Jessica completed her A Levels this summer gaining an A* in Photography, her marks putting her in the top 10 photography students in the county!

She shoots exclusively on Nikon.

Her work can be viewed at

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Grays of Westminster News on the First Day of Christmas

On the First Day of Christmas,
my True Love Gave to Me...

A D5000 + 18-55mm AF-S VR + 55-300mm AF-S VR

A perfect Christmas begins with a timely plan. The high streets are already bedecked with Christmas lights, decorations are up in the shops and the count down to December 25th has begun.

Our aim this year, as every year, is to provide our customers with a truly exceptional Christmas. Why not be prepared early and see some of the wonders Nikon have in store for you? As if there is ever a time to treat yourself or someone special, it's now in the run-up to Christmas (and before the VAT goes up in January!).

This week we are offering the Nikon D5000 with kit lens, 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR DX, plus the new super telephoto zoom, 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR DX Nikkor lenses at a very special price of £769 .00 inc. VAT (RRP £1009.98 inc. VAT) including a FREE 2GB SanDisk Ultra SDHC Memory card. This is an ideal camera for capturing those memorable Christmas moments, recording home videos in HD, and a perfect gift for budding photographers of all ages.

Sample image taken with 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR DX

For more details on the D5000, you can download the brochure here:

To place an order please contact a member of staff on +44 (0) 207 828 4925, or email us at:

Because we know that our customers have very particular wishes, we offer a 'build your own Nikon outfit' service.

We are here to help you to create the perfect Christmas. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

The Definitive Flash Workshop, Saturday, November 27th, 2010

Due to overwhelming demand, we are delighted to announce a very special speedlight workshop to be held in central London, at Fitzroy House, 37 Fitzroy Street, London W1T 6DX on Saturday, November 27th, 2010.

Simon Stafford

The workshop will be presented by Simon Stafford, one of the world's foremost Nikon experts, who is the technical editor of Nikon Owner magazine and best-selling author of numerous Nikon books. It will take place from 12.00 p.m. until 4.00 p.m., and includes a light lunch and mid-afternoon tea and biscuits.

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. There are very limited places available, so please book as soon as you are able to in order to avoid disappointment. If you are not currently a subscriber, you are welcome to join whilst booking the workshop to receive the discount on the session.

About the Workshop
Following his highly successful series of Nikon Speedlight seminars presented earlier this year Simon has developed this entirely new workshop, based on the feedback and demand from delegates who attended those events. The emphasis is focused very much on the practical application of tools and techniques, and it will include an opportunity for delegates to practice applying settings their own Nikon cameras and CLS compatible Speedlight equipment (please note attendance of Simon's earlier seminar is not a prerequisite of this workshop).

Nikon's Creative Lighting System (CLS) offers a level of flexibility and control that provides a huge range of creative possibilities for off-camera flash and portable on-location lighting. Simon will share his in-depth knowledge of the CLS and 30-years of photographic experience, so that you can achieve professional looking portraits easily and swiftly using a minimum of equipment.

Simon will show you how to set-up, position, and control simple lighting that will have an immediate impact on your photography. He will lead you through a variety of lighting set ups with live demonstrations, so you will be able to observe first-hand how to improve your lighting techniques. Starting with a single Nikon Speedlight you will learn how to progress from the uncompromising light of direct, on-camera flash to well crafted lighting that complements your subject to best effect, then building on this foundation Simon will show you how you can introduce additional Speedlights and other lighting control accessories to expand your lighting repertoire.

Session 1
The simplest and most effective way to improve lighting with a Speedlight is to take it off the camera, as this enables you to direct the light at will. In this session you will learn how to:

Understand the relationship between the TTL metering of your camera, ambient light and the interaction with the Speedlight and camera settings for flash.

Work with flash output controls and flash sync options, so you can mix light from a Speedlight with ambient light for more balanced, natural lighting effects.

Modify the light from a Speedlight to emulate the "soft box" look without actually using a sophisticated lighting accessory.

Direct and control light from your flash on to the subject and avoid light spill by using some simple accessories

Session 2
Adding a second Speedlight will increase options and elevate the lighting possibilities to a greater level. In this session you will learn how to:

Set up and control your Speedlights wirelessly from the camera position for effective and efficient shooting

Establish a lighting set up starting with a single flash as a key light, and then introduce a second, or even third Speedlight as fill-lights

Use lighting ratios for creative off–camera lighting effects on both your subject and background

Set up multiple flashes on location quickly and easily using the minimum of equipment

Use light modifying accessories to improve the colour, direction and quality of the lighting

Session 3
Exploring a few of the more advanced flash techniques will help you expand your lighting creativity even further. In this session you will learn how to:

Apply Front -curtain, Rear-curtain, Slow-flash sync to achieve special effects when mixing flash with ambient light

Adjust the zoom head of your the flash manually to further refine the light output from a Speedlight

Understand and use the Auto FP High–Speed sync mode which will enable you to shoot with flash beyond the normal maximum sync speed of your camera

Exploit the FV Lock feature for consistent flash results

Session 4
The final session will be an opportunity for delegates to practice setting up their own camera and flash under Simon's supervision, while asking questions about the tools and techniques discussed during the previous sessions.

Travelling to Fitzroy House, 37 Fitzroy Street, London W1T 6DX:

Fitzroy House, London

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

Monday, 8 November 2010

Nikon Deals: Advance Preview of Our Huge Double-Page Second-Hand Nikon Advertisement in Amateur Photographer Magazine!

You may have heard that we have recently taken delivery of a third of a metric ton of second-hand Nikon equipment to add to our already very large stocks. You can see our next double-page advertisement in AP (Amateur Photographer) magazine (featuring most, but by no means all of our second-hand Nikon stocks), before it hits the newsstands.

If you have any questions about the equipment or indeed anything Nikon related, then our staff stand by ready to help you. Telephone us on 020-7828 4925.

Kind regards,

Gray Levett

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Don't miss a Christmas Evening with...Jim Brandenburg the Institute of Directors in London
Friday, 10th December 2010

A unique opportunity to see one of the world's most famous nature photographers and film makers

There are a just few places left....

Brother Wolf by Jim Brandenburg

A talk from Jim Brandenburg, one of the world's greatest living nature photographers, over Grand Christmas Dinner, at the prestigious Institute of Directors in Pall Mall, London - introduced by David Attenborough's distinguished television producer, Neil Lucas, (well known for his work on documentaries such as 'Life' and 'Secret Life of Plants')

Welcome address by Gray Levett, Founder of Grays of Westminster
The evening is hosted by the

Nikon-only dealer,
Grays of Westminster, and Nikon Owner magazine.


Venue: Institute of Directors (IoD) at 116 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5ED
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.

Nikon Owner magazine
About Nikon Owner
Nikon Owner magazine and its 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.

For more information, please contact:

Gillian Greenwood
Features Editor and Events & Training Coordinator
Nikon Owner magazine
40 Churton Street

+44 (0)20 7828 4925