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NIKON S3M HALF-FRAME RANGEFINDER CAMERA + 5CM F/1.4 NIKKOR-SC LENS & S72 MOTOR DRIVE

The Nikon S3M was released in March 1960. It was the last rangefinder camera made by Nikon and it is unique in that it is also the first half-frame Nikon camera ever made. In the early literature it is described as follows: “An S3M camera, specially adapted for 18×24 single frame photography. It takes 72 pictures on a standard 36-exposure 35mm roll film. The viewfinder provides correct viewing field for 35mm, 50mm and 105mm lenses. Other features are the same as the Nikon S3. The S3M is equipped with an (S72) electric motor drive taking single, 2, 3 or burst exposures up to 72 frames at the rate of 4 per second.” The ‘M’ designation meant that is was designed for motorised use. The viewfinder of the S3M is unique to this model. Each etched frame line is keyed individually by sliding the chrome lever on the back of the camera next to the viewfinder. It is click-stopped for each frame line and the focal length is also visable below the frame. Factory records record that 195 Nikon S3M cameras were produced and apparently the ratio of black to chrome cameras is 50/50. However, not all chrome bodies were drilled to accept a motor drive. Apparently, only about 100 Nikon S3M ‘sets’ ever existed (S3M plus motor drive). Not only is the S3M the most unique of all rangefinder cameras but also the rarest, and a complete set with a proper motor is even rarer. It is the jewel in the crown of Nikon rangefinder cameras.

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Second hand offers at Grays of Westminster

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With our current enhanced part-exchange offers from Nikon we now have more DSLR bodies than ever before. The following are just a few examples:

D4S, D4, D3X, D3, D800E, D800, Df Black & Silver, D700, D610, D600, D7100, D7000, D300S plus many more ready to be put to work!

We also have a large range of lenses to accompany all cameras. Please visit our second hand listings or telephone the shop for further information:

http://www.graysofwestminster.co.uk/products/secondhand.php

D810 bodies in stock

 

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There are only two weeks left to take advantage of our £300 enhanced trade-in against the Nikon D810. Please telephone or email us if you would like an evaluation of your equipment for part-exchange.

Expanded Guides for the Df and D810 now available

 

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Newly arrived and hot off the press we now have the Expanded Guides by Jon Sparks for both the Nikon Df and D810. They are £15 plus £3 P&P to UK mainland. Please telephone the shop or email us if you would like to order anything from our book shop.

Photo of the Month Competition

 

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The theme for January is ‘New Beginnings’ which can include everything from budding flowers to fresh starts on a wintery day, and anything in between. Please submit your photographs, taken on Nikon equipment, to: info@graysofwestminster.co.uk

First place prize is a Grays of Westminster £50 gift certificate. Photos must not exceed 10mb. A maximum of two entries per person and please include a description along with a list of equipment and settings used when sending your photographs in. Competition closes 31st January 2015. Good luck!

 

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Nikon announces three new products: NIKKOR 300mm, NIKKOR 55-200mm and D5500‏

We are now taking orders for the three brand new Nikon products: AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR, AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II and the Nikon D5500.

I AM CLOSING THE DISTANCE

Fill the frame but not your bag with the new AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR‏

AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR

AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR

RRP

AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR: £1639.99
Sales Start Date: 29th January 2015‏

Close the distance with this FX-format 300 mm lens. As the first F-mount NIKKOR to be equipped with a phase Fresnel element, it offers the ultimate balance of compact build, telephoto reach, and high image quality.

Ideal for sports and wildlife photography as well as travel shots and tight, detail-oriented portraiture, this lens is the smart choice when you want to fill the frame but not your bag.

The combination of f/4 maximum aperture, 300 mm focal length, and impressive VR technology enables superb results in diverse conditions. The phase Fresnel lens element significantly reduces size and weight, and a fluorine coating repels water, dust, and dirt for enhanced durability.

I AM PORTABLE REACH

AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II

AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200 F/4-5.6G ED VR II

AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200 F/4-5.6G ED VR II

RRP
AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II: £279.99
Sales Start Date: 5th February 2015‏

DX-format telephoto lens that boasts a serious size advantage. With a versatile 55–200mm focal range and an ultra-compact design, this telephoto is the perfect partner for smaller DX-format D-SLR cameras.

Compact, light, and easy-to-handle, this lens is great for close-ups of distant subjects, travel shots, sporting adventures, and amateur wildlife photography. The compact design ensures comfortable handheld shooting, and the retractable lens mechanism enables superior portability. Autofocus is fast, precise, and super-quiet, and Nikon’s Vibration Reduction system enables blur-free images.

Do your world justice with the Nikon D5500

The first compact DX-format D-SLR with a vari-angle touchscreen‏

Nikon D5500

RRPs
Nikon D5500 body only (Black or Red): £639.99
Nikon D5500 body and 18-55 VR II lens (Black or Red): £719.99
Nikon D5500 18-140mm VR (Black): £899.99
Sales Start Date: 5th February 2015‏

Do your world justice and capture your best images yet with the D5500. Lightweight and powerful, this slimline D-SLR with familiar touchscreen operation frees you to do more with your photography.

From fast movement to challenging low-light situations, the D5500 doesn’t disappoint. Even when printed large or shown on a big screen, your photos and movies will be crystal-clear reflections of the way you see the world.

The responsive vari-angle touchscreen offers intuitive operation, and built-in Wi-Fi makes it simple to share your high-quality photos via a smart device. Exceptionally portable and incredibly comfortable to handle, this D-SLR puts perfection within your reach.

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Nikon Owner Magazine Issue 48

Nikon Owner 48 Issue - XLVIII

CONTENTS – ISSUE XLVIII 2015

RICHARD YOUNG: DECISIVE MOMENTS by Gillian Greenwood

Over the last forty years, Richard Young has become not just one of the most important, highly respected and well-loved photographers of our time, but a formidable legend in his own right. We celebrate his remarkable achievements in a unique interview in this issue of Nikon Owner.

TAKEDOWN: THE DNA OF GSP by Michael Bright and Neil Lucas

Canadian filmmaker Peter Svatek of Triplex Films wanted to make a major film about GSP, George St. Pierre, the French-Canadian martial arts fighter. Michael Bright and Neil Lucas tell the story of how they were suddenly thrown into the world of sophisticated cage-fighting.

THE TONY HURST GALLERY Part XI Words by Gray Levett

Tony Hurst shoots the highly specialized and unique Nikon F2A Data camera for this issue.

ANDREW MAIN WILSON’S EPIC ADVENTURE

Andrew Main Wilson continues his quest to photograph every single country in the world, and takes us on a trip to the amazing Iceberg Lagoon of Jokulsarlon Glacier.

TANTALISING TANZANIA by Simon Stafford

Simon Stafford introduces a small potpourri of guests’ photographs taken during their adventures on safari with Nikon Owner magazine through northern Tanzania in July 2014.

ANGEL EYES XX by Heather Angel

In Ice Roamers Heather Angel describes how she shot a picture of a polar bear and her cubs which was chosen for the front jacket of the BBC book Planet Earth – the Photographs. The book was based on the ground-breaking television series Planet Earth, presented by Sir David Attenborough.

TEN OUT OF TEN: THE NIKON D810 REVIEWED by Simon Stafford

Simon Stafford takes a close look at the Nikon D810 and compares it with its predecessors the D800 and D800E.

Join the Nikon Owner users’ group today and get the most out of your Nikon Camera

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Grays of Westminster Photo Competition Winners!

Happy New Year from all of us here at Grays of Westminster!

Winners of the 2014
Winter Photo Competition

Congratulations to our Week 6 winner
Yves Wauthier

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Week 6: Yves Wauthier’s ‘Lost in the Mist’ taken on a Nikon D200 + 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR DX f/10, 1/90 sec

Yves said, “I arrived on snowshoeing at the top of the hill where the fog was so heavy; it was impossible to find your way without GPS. The fog took also all the colours away from this picture, leaving these trees alone against the elements.” Taken in Vosges, France.


Our overall winner and runners-up:

Week 1: Russell Childs

Week 1: Russell Childs

 

Week 2: Bryan Shaw

Week 2: Bryan Shaw

 

Week 3: Adrian Moysey

Week 3: Adrian Moysey

 

Week 5: John Gorrigan

Week 5: John Gorrigan

 

Week 4: John McDowall

Overall First Place Winner: John McDowall

Well done to our Week 4 winner, John McDowall, for winning the first place prize of a £100 Grays of Westminster Gift Certificate with his picturesque winter scene. Our above runners-up will also receive some Nikon goodies for their spectacular shots.

Thank you to all participants of this year’s competition. We wish there had been more weeks in the run-up to 2015 to show all of the wonderful entries!

January 2015 Competition

We are pleased to start the new year with another monthly photo competition. The theme for January is ‘New Beginnings’ so please submit your photographs, taken on Nikon equipment, to: info@graysofwestminster.co.uk

First place prize is a Grays of Westminster £50 gift certificate. Photos must not exceed 10MB. A maximum of two entries per person and please include a list of equipment and settings used when sending your photographs in.
Competition closes 31st January 2015.

We look forward to being of service to you in the coming year.

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