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Nikon Special Offers: Nikon D750 Back In Stock!

Nikon D750

Now is the perfect time to upgrade – take advantage of up to £150 enhanced trade-in against a new Nikon D750 when you sell your old DSLR. This offer is valid until 4th March 2015 and while stocks last.

D750 body = £1749.00 inc. VAT

Get up to £400 enhanced trade-in
when you purchase a new D810!


Nikon D810

With the Nikon D810 back in stock we are offering up to a £400 enhancement when you trade in your DSLR, valid until the 31st March. Call or email us now for a quote on your old equipment.

D810 body = £2295.00 inc. VAT

Get a free Sandisk Extreme Pro SDHC memory card
with the purchase of any D5500


 nikon-d5500-offer

Purchase a new Nikon D5500 body only or kit and receive a free 8GB Sandisk Extreme Pro SDHC worth £30.00. The D5500 is the latest addition to the DX consumer range, with the lightest, slimmest chassis ever seen on a DX DSLR. It also boasts a flip-out vari-angled monitor, built-in wifi, incredible low-light performance, ergonomic design and will accept any Nikon AF-S lens.

D5500 body only = £639.00
D5500 + 18-55mm VR II DX kit = £719.00
D5500 + 18-140mm VR DX kit = £899.00
To claim your free memory card please mention this offer when ordering.
Prices include VAT.

For enquiries regarding this or any other Nikon product
please telephone us on 0207 828 4925 or email info@graysofwestminster.co.uk

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Grays of Westminster Wins Gold Good Service Award 2015

On 5th February, Amateur Photographer Magazine, now in its 131st year, held its annual Awards luncheon at the splendid One Whitehall Place, London to recognise the best of the best in 21 categories.

Grays of Westminster was awarded a Gold Retailer Good Service Award for the fifth consecutive year!

To everyone who voted for us – thank you again for your acknowledgement of our service!

Gold Retailer Good Service Award 2015

Grays of Westminster’s Gold Retailer Good Service Award 2015

Uri Zakay

Uri Zakay, Grays of Westminster’s Financial Director, with the award

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Raffi Silvanian and Uri Zakay of Grays of Westminster with their Good Service Award – presented by Amateur Photography’s Deputy Editor, Richard Sibley

We are also pleased to report that Enthusiast SLR Camera of the Year was won by the Nikon D750 and the Professional SLR Camera of the Year went to the Nikon D810

 

The Exceptional Achievement in Photography Award, sponsored by Grays of Westminster, went to René Burri of Switzerland – one of the world’s greatest post-war photographers, known for his his Che Guevara portrait, and his ‘four suited figures on top of a Sao Paulo skyscraper’ image – who sadly died last year.

René Burri

The Exceptional Achievement in Photography Award, sponsored by Grays of Westminster, went to René Burri

 

The Power of Photography Award went to Nikon user Benjamin Von Wong, already a giant in the photographic world, yet so young! Amateur Photographer: “Benjamin von Wong’s hyper-realistic style combines special effects and innovative concepts, and strikes a strange balance between ethereal and dynamic. For an example of this you need look no further than his hauntingly beautiful images of models under water.

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#apawards2015 at the splendid One Whitehall Place

sponsors

AP Awards 2015 was sponsored by Grays of Westminster, GfK, The Macallan and No 3 London Dry Gin

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Meet the exceptional D810A: Nikon’s first D-SLR for astrophotography

New-Nikon-D810A-DSLR

RRP: £2,999.99 Body Only

Sales start date: End of May 2015 (tbc)

London, UK, 10 February 2015  Nikon today announces the D810A, the first FX-format D-SLR engineered for astrophotography. With a host of specialised functions, this camera captures magnificent 36.3-megapixel images of the cosmos.

The phenomenal D810A is a specially modified version of Nikon’s high-resolution master, the D810. With a redesigned infrared (IR) cut filter, this specialised D-SLR is four times more sensitive to the H-alpha spectral line (a wavelength of approx. 656 nm). For the first time with a Nikon, the true colour of nebulae that emit on the hydrogen-alpha wavelength can be captured without the need to modify the camera. Working alongside the new filter, the camera’s ultra-high ISO, outstanding resolving power, and a host of specialised functions combine to ensure photographers can capture deep sky marvels in brilliant detail.

Simon Iddon Group Product Manager (D-SLR Lenses and Accessories) at Nikon UK says: “We’re excited to introduce the D810A, Nikon’s first FX-format camera that’s been specifically designed for deep sky photography. The D810A is built on the powerful, high resolution D810 – an obvious choice considering the need for fine detail and absolute precision in this field: the D810A delivers on both counts.”

High-definition astrophotography

As a modified version of the camera that boasts the most outstanding resolving power of any Nikon D-SLR, the D810A is a very special beast. Designed to deliver the ultimate in image detail, the FX-format sensor enables high-contrast 36.3-megapixel images with minimised false colour. The standard ISO range of 200­–12800 can be extended up to 51200 ISO (equivalent) and 3D noise reduction enables clean, well-defined images at high ISOs. Nikon’s fast and powerful EXPEED 4 image processor boosts the camera’s overall performance and minimises colour fringing.

New-Nikon-D810A-DSLR-front

Modified infrared (IR) cut filter

A truly exceptional camera, the D810A delivers results that are impossible to achieve with a regular D-SLR. The D810 is a popular camera with astrophotographers: it has the power to photograph the night sky, but a standard camera sensor is not the best way to capture images of nebulae that emit on the H-alpha wavelength. In order to prevent red colour cast, the optical filters in general D-SLRs restrict transmission of reddish light in the visible light range. In contrast, the characteristics of the D810A’s optical filter have been modified to increase the transmission of reddish light from the hydrogen-alpha spectral line by approximately four times (compared to the D810). As a result, photographers can now capture the beautiful, “true-red” colour of nebulae that emit along the H-alpha wavelength without modifying the camera. The benefits of the D810A’s modifications are apparent, even when photographing starfields and star landscapes.

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Sample images courtesy of Nikon UK

Specialised features

Equipped with a number of specialised functions, the D810A effectively counters some of the challenges astrophotographers face. Alongside Bulb and Time settings, a new Long Exposure Manual mode allows exposures of up to 900 seconds. To minimise internal vibrations during exposure, photographers can activate the camera’s electronic front-curtain shutter and reduce the risk of micro-blur in even subtle details. When shooting in Live view, a virtual exposure preview for Bulb and Time settings aids focus and framing. And, as with the D810, the Live view image can be magnified up to 23x, allowing critical focus checks to be made with absolute precision. When shooting through the viewfinder, a new red-lit virtual horizon display lets you confirm leveling.

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Extended shooting power

Designed to keep you shooting for long periods of time, the D810A’s energy efficient design ensures the camera will reliably capture thousands of images with long exposures. The camera’s high-capacity EN-EL15 battery can capture up to 3,860 still images1 on a single charge, and additional power sources will keep you shooting for even longer. Nikon’s optional MB-D12 Multi-Power Battery Pack works seamlessly with the camera and can capture up to 10,660 still images on a single charge.2 The sequence of battery use can be selected and set via the camera. To extend shooting time further, use the optional EH-5b AC Adapter with the EP-5B Power Connector.

NIKKOR lenses

A great advantage of the D810A is the chance to use NIKKOR lenses. Acclaimed by astrophotography enthusiasts worldwide, NIKKOR lenses will draw out the full potential of the camera’s 36.3-megapixel sensor with ease. The highest calibre optics are vital for such a high-megapixel camera: from fast wide-angles like the AF-S NIKKOR 14–24mm f/2.8G ED lens, to a high-performance telephoto like the AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II lens, FX-format lenses ensure outstanding results.

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Summary of key features:
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  • 36.3-MP FX-format sensor: delivers spectacular high-contrast images with minimised false colour.
  • Modified infrared (IR) cut filter: four times more sensitive to the H-alpha spectral line (a wavelength of approx. 656 nm) than the D810.
  • Long exposure M mode: allows exposures of up to 900 seconds.
  • Electronic front-curtain shutter: minimises internal vibrations during exposure for the sharpest possible results.
  • Spectacular ISO: the standard ISO range of 200­–12800 can be extended up to 51200 ISO (equivalent).
  • Unlimited continuous shooting: produce spectacular light-trail photography. Record as many high-quality JPEGs as your media cards and battery life allow.
  • Live view: image can be magnified up to 23x, and boasts a virtual exposure preview for Bulb and Time settings.
  • Red-lit virtual horizon: confirm leveling when shooting through the viewfinder.
  • EXPEED 4: boosts the camera’s overall performance to a whole new level.
  • Picture Control 2.0: ease postproduction with Flat setting for maximum dynamic range; fine-adjust detail with Clarity.
  • Flagship AF performance: Multi-CAM 3500FX 51-point AF system configurable in 9-point, 21-point, and 51-point coverage settings and sensitive down to -2 EV (ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F).
  • Colour-tune monitor: anti-reflective 8.0-cm (3.2-in.), 1229k-dot RGBW LCD monitor. Push the colour balance and brightness in any direction.
  • Multi-area D-Movie: Full HD (1080p) movies in FX- and DX-format at 50p/60p. Access the full light sensitivity range while filming, and control shutter speed, aperture, and audio levels, too.
  • RAW Size S: delivers richly graded 12-bit uncompressed Nikon NEF files that enable faster image transfer and smoother postproduction.
  • Fast, durable shutter: Kevlar/carbon fibre-composite shutter unit with 52 ms shutter lag, standard life cycle rating of 200,000 releases, and a shutter speed of 1/8000 to 900 s.
  • High-capacity EN-EL15 battery: ultra-compact and lightweight lithium-ion rechargeable battery with a capacity of 1900 mAh (7.0 V). Capture up to 3,860 still images1 on a single charge.
  • Storage media: two card slots for a smooth shooting experience. One CF card slot for high-speed UDMA 7 cards, and one SD card slot for high-speed, high-capacity SDXC and UHS-I cards.
  • Durable magnesium alloy body: extensive weather and dust sealing ensure the D810A is moisture and dust resistant.
  • Wired and wireless connection: supports Ethernet and wireless LAN. To connect, use the optional UT-1 Data Transmitter together with the WT-5 Wireless Transmitter.
  • Optional accessories: extend shooting time with the MB-D12 Multi-Power Battery Pack, or the EH-5b AC Adapter with the EP-5B Power Connector.

 

FOOTNOTES:
1 Based on Nikon tests where the built-in flash was not used, and images were not played back. According to CIPA standards, approximately 1,200 images can be captured on a single charge with the built-in flash fired for half of the exposures.
2 Based on Nikon tests without using a built-in flash. Based on CIPA standards, approx. 3,270 images are captured with a built-in flash fired for half of exposures.
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And the winner is…

This month’s competition was quite the challenge: to take a photograph that would express our ‘New Beginnings’ theme. Very well done to the winner, Tim Gurney, who submitted some amazing images and won with this shot:

A baby flamboyant cuttlefish emerges from its egg. Nikon D300 + 105mm f/2.8 Micro: f/22, 1/160", ISO 200

A baby flamboyant cuttlefish emerges from its egg.
Nikon D300 + 105mm f/2.8 Micro: f/22, 1/160″, ISO 200

Congratulations to Tim who wins a £50 gift certificate!

D5500 Body & Kit now in stock!

D5500

Nikon’s latest top-end consumer DSLR is lighter and thinner than any of its predecessors, with a large vari-angled touch screen monitor, faster AF and better low-light capabilities, along with built-in GPS and WiFi.

It is available as a body only or in kit form with either the AF-S DX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II or versatile AF-S DX 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G VR.

D5500 = £639.00
D5500 + AF-S DX 18-55mm VR II = £719.00
D5500 + AF-S DX 18-140mm VR = £899.00

PLUS, WHILE STOCKS LAST: Get a free 8GB SDHC Sandisk Extreme Pro 95mb/s (633X) memory card with the purchase of any D5500 body or kit!

Telephone or email now to place your order.

Our new competition theme:
Streetlife

Image courtesy of Pablo Monteagudo

Image courtesy of Pablo Monteagudo

The theme for this competition is Streetlife, so brave the cold and step outside with your camera! The winner will receive a £50 Grays of Westminster gift certificate. No more than two submission per person, under 10mb in jpeg format to be emailed to: info@graysofwestminster.co.uk

Photographs must be taken on Nikon equipment and please include a list of what was used along with a brief description. Competition closes 31st March 2015. Good luck!

 

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A Christmas Evening with… Richard Young

Grays of Westminster Christmas Dinner: Exterior shot of IoD

Exterior shot of IoD

Friday 5th December 2014 – The London headquarters of the Institute of Directors are housed at 116 Pall Mall a magnificent Grade 1 listed building. On the outside, the flambeaux blazed a warm welcome to our guests for our Grand Christmas Dinner.

Inside the sumptuously appointed restaurant, a young gifted musician sat before a grand piano playing music which set the mood for the champagne reception as the room filled with those attending the sold-out event.

The Senior Features Editor of Nikon Owner magazine, Gillian Greenwood, warmly welcomed everyone to the 7th Annual Grand Christmas Dinner. The delicious Christmas meal was served, and after the coffee and chocolates, the guests adjourned to the Morning Room.

Grays of Westminster Christmas Dinner: The Menu

The menu for our Grand Christmas Dinner

 

In the Morning Room, Gray Levett, founder of Grays of Westminster introduced Richard Young, one of the most significant social documentary photographers of our time.

Richard Young is at the forefront of celebrity photography. With a career spanning 40 years in 2014, and no sign of stopping anytime soon, Richard’s exceptional eye and unique approach has cemented him as the most trusted and prolific contemporary photographer to the stars. As both a portraitist and photojournalist, his unerring ability to capture the moment and present a candid, inside view into the world of celebrity has resulted in iconic images that are celebrated in publications throughout the world.

In 2012, Richard was presented with the Ischia Art Award at the Ischia Global Film and Music Festival in Italy, and in the same year was featured as the subject of a four-part Sky Arts Documentary: Celebrity Exposed: The Photography of Richard Young. In 2013, he was awarded Le Prix Champagne de la Joie de Vivre, and later in the year, an Honorary Fellowship and the title Honorary Doctor in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Field of Photography from The University of The Arts London.

Richard Young’s highly entertaining talk was illustrated by a wealth of stunning images from a distinguished range of famous subjects, from Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, from Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Junior to Tom Cruise, Princess Diana and Jackie Onassis. Over the years, he has covered the Cannes Film Festival and the Oscars in Los Angeles, as well as visiting orphanages in Romania with Michael Jackson and accompanying United States troops to Iraq. Every one of these images told a story.

Grays of Westminster Christmas Dinner: Caroline Nolan, Tabitha Hardy, Becky Danese

Caroline Nolan, Tabitha Hardy, Becky Danese

 

Grays of Westminster Christmas Dinner: Richard Young, Elizabeth Ostermann, Susan Young

Richard Young, Elizabeth Ostermann, Susan Young

 

Grays of Westminster Christmas Dinner: Tom Hardy, Uri Zakay

Tom Hardy, Uri Zakay

 

Grays of Westminster Christmas Dinner: Caroline Nolan, Katrin Ruckert, Raffi Silvanian, Tara Gibson, Sarah Eicker

Caroline Nolan, Katrin Ruckert, Raffi Silvanian, Tara Gibson, Sarah Eicker

 

Grays of Westminster Christmas Dinner: Mike Eleftheriades, Helen Atkinson

Mike Eleftheriades, Helen Atkinson

 

Grays of Westminster Christmas Dinner: Pablo Monteagudo, Mike Eleftheriades

Pablo Monteagudo, Mike Eleftheriades

 

Grays of Westminster Christmas Dinner: Nigel Atherton Group Editor of AP, Gray Levett, Richard Young

Nigel Atherton Group Editor of AP, Gray Levett, Richard Young

 

Grays of Westminster Christmas Dinner: Debbie Hughes, Christina Eleftheriades, Steve Hughes

Debbie Hughes, Christina Eleftheriades, Steve Hughes

 

Grays of Westminster Christmas Dinner: Uri Zakay, Richard Young, Gray Levett, Gillian Greenwood

Uri Zakay, Richard Young, Gray Levett, Gillian Greenwood

 

This year, the winning raffle ticket in the Grays of Westminster 2014 prize draw for a pair of Nikon High-Grade 2012 Olympic binoculars worth £450, courtesy of Nikon UK, went to Adrian Cochrane.

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