Grays of Westminster News – The Nikon D750 + Special Offer

The New Nikon D750
Full-Frame Freedom


Nikon’s latest addition to the FX range, the Nikon D750, allows photographers to take spectacular images no matter the shooting condition.

Designed to be both robust and lightweight but not cutting down on any of the internal specifications, the D750 sits between the D610 and D810 in the Nikon range.

Key features include:

  • Newly designed 24.3mp full-frame sensor.
  • 50-51,200 ISO range (extended) & native ISO range of 100-12,800.
  • EXPEED 4 Processor for perfect image rendering in both stills and video.
  • 51-point AF system including new Group Focusing mode as featured in the D810, sensitive auto-focus even at -3 EV and continuous shooting of up to 6.5fps.
  • Sturdy tilt-screen monitor and built-in WiFi for ultimate creative versatility.
  • High definition movie making at up to 1080/60p and full manual control during Live View movie mode as well as the use of Nikon’s noise-reduction, distortion and flicker reduction technology.
  • Robust monocoque design with weather sealing specifications matching those of the D810.
  • The D750 is more energy efficient shooting up to 1,230 stills and 55 minutes of movie footage on one charge of the standard EN-EL15 battery.

Nikon D750 body only: £1799.00 inc. VAT
Nikon D750 + AF-S 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G VR kit: £2249.00 inc. VAT
Nikon D750 + AF-S 24-120mm f/4G VR kit: £2349.00 inc. VAT (sales start date TBC)

Sales start 23rd September 2014

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Photo of the Month Competition for September is themed Waterscape

Waterscape example photograph. Image courtesy freedigitalphotos.net

Waterscape example photograph. Image courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net

The theme for September is Waterscape. Competition closes 30th September 2014. Submit your images to: info@graysofwestminster.co.uk - the winner takes home a £50 Grays of Westminster gift certificate.

Photographs must be taken on Nikon equipment. No more than two photographs per entrant, downsized to a maximum of 10MB per image. Please enclose the details of the Nikon equipment and settings used when entering your submissions.

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Nikon Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED – I AM IMMERSIVE

Nikon launches the ultra-wide AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED

 AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED

RRP: £679.99 / €809.00

Sales Start Date: 25th September 2014

London, UK, 12 September 2014  – Nikon today announces an exciting new lens for creative photographers: the AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED.

With a dynamic ultra-wide-angle perspective and fast f/1.8 maximum aperture, this FX-format prime lens is ideal when you want to exaggerate perspectives, expand space, and capture immersive images. The bright aperture delivers shallow depth of field, plus smooth bokeh, and ensures this lens excels in low-light settings. High-performance optics deliver edge-to-edge sharpness with minimal distortion, and the compact, lightweight design ensures easy portability.

Simon Iddon, Group Product Manager (D-SLR Lenses and Accessories), Nikon UK, says: “The Nikon 20mm f2.8D was first introduced 20 years ago and was a popular lens with creative photography enthusiasts. Today, Nikon introduces the 20mm f1.8G ED lens, a new version of the prime lens that has been brought up to date with a brighter aperture, snappier autofocus and improved optical performance as well as Nikon’s renowned Nano Crystal Coat and enhanced ergonomics. Photographers will enjoy the creative value and new perspectives that comes with the 20mm f1.8 lens.”

Immersive perspective

The new NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8 delivers superb performance in a broad range of situations. Compact and versatile, this lens is well suited to interiors, street reportage, broad landscapes, and even underwater photography, and it’s a great choice for filming immersive movie scenes. Photographers who want to draw the viewer in, or who want the flexibility to shoot in confined spaces, can take full advantage of the 20 mm focal length and the ultra-wide-angle of view to create arresting images. The fast f/1.8 maximum aperture and superb light gathering capability of this lens enable distinctive subject/background separation and beautifully smooth bokeh. Photographers get the flexibility to shoot with faster shutter speeds and attain clear shots in low light, in addition to benefitting from a brighter viewfinder image. Autofocus is smooth, quiet, and swift, thanks to Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor (SWM), and the minimum focus distance is 0.2 m, making it easy to get in close and have subjects fill the frame.

 AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED Sample

Sample image taken with the AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED – credit: Nikon.com

High-resolution images

Engineered to accommodate the high-resolution demands of modern sensors, the new NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8 enables stunning photos and HD videos. The modern optical design features 13 elements in 11 groups, including two Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass elements and two aspherical lens elements (AS). Nikon’s ED glass ensures sharpness and contrast even at larger apertures, and the AS elements ensure distortion is exceptionally well controlled for such a wide focal length. Nano Crystal Coat minimises ghosting and flare.

Stress-free portability

Lightweight, compact, and fast, this lens is ideal for photographers ready to get close and capture dynamic images from a variety of locations. Weighing in at just 355g, it’s incredibly portable and extremely comfortable to use handheld. Optimised for FX-format sensors, the AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED offers a wide 30 mm angle of view when used with a DX-format D-SLR.

The AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED comes with the CL-1015 Flexible Lens Pouch and the HB-72 Lens Hood.

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New Nikon SB-500 Speedlight Flash with built-in LED light

Nikon announces the portable SB-500 Speedlight with built-in LED light

Nikon-Speedlight-SB500RRP: £199.99 / €249.00

Sales start date: 25th September 2014

London, UK, 12th September 2014 – Nikon today announces its first Speedlight with a built-in LED light, the SB-500.

A great lighting accessory for photographers and moviemakers alike, the portable SB-500 is an incredibly handy way to control the quality and direction of light. In a first for Nikon, a high-intensity LED light is built into the front of the unit, which makes this Speedlight the smart choice when you want the flexibility to shoot movies without carrying extra lighting gear.

Compatible with Nikon D-SLRs and specific COOLPIX cameras, as well as the Nikon Creative Lighting System, the SB-500 also enables wireless control of multiple flash units. The flash head and LED light both cover a wide 24 mm angle of view in FX-format, and easy-to-understand controls on the rear of the unit ensure simple operation.

Simon Iddon, Group Product Manager (D-SLR Lenses and Accessories), Nikon UK, says: “The Nikon SB-500 is an ideal addition to a kit bag that offers photographers and videographers a lighting solution that comes in a compact, affordable and easy to operate package. The Speedlight is extremely flexible and fun to use, yet is a great tool for creating still images or movies that boast a professional look and feel.”


Built-in LED light

With a high-intensity (100 lx) LED light on the front of the flash unit, the SB-500 is a smart choice for moviemakers or photographers who want additional light. It’s ideal for shooting movies in dimly lit surroundings, and can be incredibly useful when shooting close-up still images. When used with compatible cameras, the colour information of the LED light can be transmitted together with that of flash, and the colour temperature control has a central value of 5400K, which enables more natural looking light. In addition, the LED unit features a surface light source with a built-in diffuser, which softens harsh light. A switch on the back of the flash unit alters the intensity of the LED light so it will shine at full power. For more subtle light, the LED can be set to shine at a half or quarter of its full intensity. The LED will illuminate a scene for approximately 60 minutes when using rechargeable Ni-MH batteries, and approximately 30 minutes when using alkaline-manganese batteries.

Creative possibilities

Nikon-Speedlight-SB500-standThe flash head tilts up to 90° and rotates horizontally through 180°, allowing the light to be angled just the way you want. Simple to operate, the SB-500 ensures even newcomers to flash photography will be able to use light to their advantage and add impact to daylight shots, expose subject detail in tough backlit situations, or soften light by ‘bouncing’ the flash off the ceiling. For more advanced lighting, the SB-500 can be used as a master flash for multiple off-camera flash setups (when used with cameras that feature a built-in flash commander mode). The flash fires 140 (or more) times on a single charge of rechargeable Ni-MH batteries, and will fire 100 or more times when using alkaline-manganese batteries. Minimum recycling time is approximately 3.5 seconds when using rechargeable Ni-MH batteries, and approximately 4 seconds when using alkaline-manganese batteries.

Easy does it

The SB-500 combines superior ergonomics with easy-to-understand controls on the rear of the unit for incredibly easy operation. Additional functions and flash mode can be set via a camera menu, which activates automatically when the SB-500 is attached to the camera. Firmware can be upgraded through the camera, and this Speedlight is powered by just two AA-size batteries.

The SB-500 comes with the SS-DC2 Soft Case and the AS-23 Speedlight Stand.

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New Nikon D750 DSLR


Nikon launches a new FX-format powerhouse: the D750


Nikon D750 body only: £1799.99 / €2149.00

Nikon D750 body and 24-85mm VR lens: £2249.99 / €2679.00

Sales Start Date: 23rd September 2014

Nikon D750 body and 24-120mm lens: £2349.99 / €2799.00 (Sales Start Date: TBD)

New Nikon D750 DSLR FX-Format

London, UK, 12th September 2014 – Nikon today introduces the fast, versatile, and agile D750. Packed with professional imaging technology and streamlined for compactness, this camera gives photographers the freedom to realise their vision with outstanding flexibility.

Built to upsize your opportunities and downsize your load, the Nikon D750 delivers superb full-frame images regardless of shooting location or conditions.The newly designed FX-format sensor delivers exceptional image quality with cleaner results than ever before at high ISOs. Phenomenally sensitive AF performance, a burst rate of up to 6.5 fps, and Full HD movie recording at 1080/60p combined with the sturdy tilt-screen monitor to enable full freedom of expression. Built-in Wi-Fi makes it simple to share impressive FX-format photos in an instant. Nikon’s Picture Control 2.0 provides exceptional in-camera image processing and optimisation flexibility for still images and videos.

Simon Iddon, Group Product Manager (D-SLR Lenses and Accessories) – Imaging, at Nikon UK says: “The Nikon D750 is a new breed of camera that introduces full-frame photography to new audiences looking for high performance and amazing detail without compromising on convenience or cost.

He adds: “We’re really excited about the potential of the new model; it’s suitable for a wide range of shooting scenarios, from wildlife, to landscapes, to studio set ups and delivers outstanding image quality that can be shared instantly via the WiFi connectivity. Videographers will also be inspired to push the limits of their creativity with theD750, thanks to the impressive broadcast quality movie capability and the flexibility that comes with the tilt-screen for unique perspectives.”

Freedom to dare

Inspiration knows no limits, and the D750 knows no restrictions. The all-new 24.3-megapixel sensor offers wide dynamic range with clean performance across all sensitivities, delivering images with stunning sharpness and rich tonality. The ISO range of 100–12800 is extendable to 50–51200 (equivalent), and Nikon’s flagship EXPEED 4 image-processing engine ensures image rendering is superb for both stills and video. The flexibility you need to capture elusive or fast-moving subjects is assured thanks to the camera’s newly developed professional Multi-CAM 3500II FX 51-point AF system that is sensitive down to a remarkable -3 EV. Combined with the camera’s shooting speeds of up to 6.5 fps in both FX and DX formats, these capabilities ensure you’re free to lock onto your target and capture uncompromised full-resolution images with incredible precision. In addition, Nikon’s new Group Area AF mode offers fast acquisition and improved background isolation when shooting subjects that are comparatively small and close to a high-contrast or distracting background.


Free your vision

Equipped with a sturdy tilt-screen monitor and built-in Wi-Fi, the D750 offers photographers superior flexibility. The tilt-screen swings open and rotates up to 90º, or down to 75º, enabling you to shoot photos and movies from unique vantage points with ease. When shooting, this 8.0-cm (3.2-in.), 1229k-dot colour-tune monitor lets you push the colour balance and brightness in any direction to suit your personal workflow preference. The built-in Wi-Fi function means you can upload impressive full-frame photos via a compatible smartphone or tablet, or release the camera remotely via your smart device. Simply download the free Wireless Mobile Utility app to your smart device.1

Moviemaking freedom

Harness the speed, power, and agility of the D750 to capture impressive video footage whenever inspiration calls you. Nikon’s D-Movie offers broadcast-quality video in multiple frame formats, recording Full HD (1080p) movies at 50p/60p frame rates with markedly reduced noise, moiré, and false colour. A dedicated movie menu streamlines shooting by letting you store all movie settings in one place. The power aperture can be controlled while recording, and the camera offers clean HDMI out, plus simultaneous capture of full-resolution footage in-camera and on an external recorder. You can configure the ISO settings you want to work with from ISO 100 all the way up to ISO 51200 (equivalent), or fix the maximum Auto ISO range from ISO 200 upwards when shooting in M mode. Nikon’s 3D noise reduction reduces random noise, distortion, and flicker when filming at high sensitivities. Zebra mode shows you on the camera monitor exactly where highlights are blown. Superior audio control improves sound recording and offers greater overall flexibility: a stereo microphone input and an audio out let you fine-tune audio levels in isolation both before and during recording; you can select the sound range (wide/voice); and wind noise can be reduced when recording with the built-in microphone.

Full-frame portability

Superior ergonomics, a lightweight weather-sealed monocoque structure, and an energy-saving design ensure that the D750 offers true full-frame freedom. The deep grip enables a secure hold on the camera no matter what size your hands are, and makes it easier to hold the camera comfortably for long periods of time without tiring.The Kevlar/carbon fiber–composite shutter unit is tested to 150,000 releases, and you can capture up to 1,230 still images and up to 55 minutes of movie footage2 on a single charge of the ultra-compact and lightweight Li-ion rechargeable EN-EL15 battery.


New Nikon D750 DSLR top

Nikon D750 DSLR Camera – Top View

Creative flexibility

When inspiration strikes, the D750 is fully equipped to support your ideas. Whether shooting stills or video, Nikon’s newly introduced second-generation Picture Control System provides invaluable tools for before and after the shoot by offering total control over sharpening, contrast, brightness, hue, clarity, and saturation. For the ultimate freedom in post-production, the new Flat setting will retain all the details and preserve rich tonal information in both highlights and shadows, while the new Clarity setting lets you precisely adjust contrast and differentiate fine structures. Additional creative capabilities include an in-camera time-lapse function that lets you create time-lapse photography with smooth exposure transitions through simple menu operations.

Total Digital Imaging System

Shoot with the D750 and you have the full power of Nikon’s total imaging system to rely on. Draw out the full potential of the D750’s 24.3-MP sensor with the wide range of NIKKOR lenses. With their exceptionally high resolving power, NIKKOR lenses meet the demands of photographers in every field. Also fully compatible with Nikon’s industry-leading Creative Lighting System, the D750 works with a range of versatile Speedlights for creative flash photography on- or off-camera.

Nikon D750 DSLR with SB500

Nikon D750 DSLR with the new Speedlight SB500

Summary of key features:

New-Nikon-D750-DSLR-side-detailNew 24.3-MP FX-format sensor: offers phenomenal image detail and excellent cropping flexibility.

Spectacular light sensitivity: ISO range of 100–12800 is extendable to 50–51200 (equivalent).

Professional AF performance: Multi-CAM 3500IIFX 51-point AF system configurable in 9-point, 21-point, and 51-point coverage settings and sensitive down to -3 EV (ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F).

Group Area AF mode: fast acquisition and improved background isolation even in challenging lighting conditions.

Sturdy tilt-screen monitor: swings open and tilts up to 90º, and down to 75º.

Built-in Wi-Fi: upload impressive full-frame photos via a compatible smartphone or tablet.1

Up to 6.5 fps burst rate: uncompromised full-resolution images at up to 6.5 fps in both FX and DX formats.

Multi-area D-Movie: Full HD (1080p) movies in FX- and DX-format at 50p/60p. Access ISO 100 up to ISO 51200 (equivalent) while filming, and control shutter speed, aperture, and audio levels, too. A dedicated movie menu lets you store all movie settings in one place.

EXPEED 4: boosts the camera’s overall performance for extraordinary results.

Picture Control 2.0: ease post-production with Flat setting for maximum dynamic range; fine-tune detail with Clarity.

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.

Energy-saving design: shoot longer on a single charge of the EN-EL15 battery.

Full-frame portability: superior ergonomics and a lightweight, weather-sealed monocoque camera body combine to offer true full-frame freedom.

Creative modes: High Dynamic Range, in-camera time-lapse function, effects with Special effects and Scene modes, as well as unlimited continuous shooting.

Storage media: two SD card slots enable a smooth shooting experience. Both card slots are compatible with high-capacity SDXC and UHS-I cards.

Remote operation: to take further control over wireless shooting, use the WR-R10 Wireless Transceiver and the WR-T10 Wireless Transmitter, or control your camera settings with the WR-1 Wireless Remote Controller. To connect to Ethernet and wireless LAN, use the optional UT-1 Data Transmitter together with the WT-5 Wireless Transmitter.

1. The Wireless Mobile Utility is compatible with iOS™ and Android™ smart devices, and can be downloaded to your smart device for free from Google Play™ and the Apple App Store™. Android, Google, Google Play, YouTube, and other marks are trademarks of Google Inc.
2. Based on CIPA standards.
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