Sneak preview of our next AP advert including a very rare Nikon M – the 10th one made!

Nikon M Rangefinder Camera Advert

Nikon M Rangefinder Camera – A Very Early Example

In 1948 Nikon’s very first camera, the Nikon Model One, was destined for only a brief production run. Its 24 x 32mm format proved unpopular with the GHQ of the Occupation Forces under General MacArthur, who would not allow the camera to be exported to the USA because the 24 x 32mm format was not compatible with Kodachrome slide mounts. It was replaced by the Nikon M (the M standing for mutatio – Latin for change or alteration). The M used a 24 x 34mm format, but it was still smaller than the 36 x 24mm employed by Leica. In addition Nikon added the letter ‘M’ before the serial number which is the only time they ever identified one of their rangefinder cameras. According to factory records, the first Nikon M was camera M609760 assembled in August 1949.

The camera is marked “Made in Occupied Japan” on the base, a sign of the times following the 1945 Armistice and the US occupation of Japan which lasted from the summer of 1945 through Spring 1952. The number of this very rare example is M609769, which is possibly the 10th production camera! It is complete with a 5cm f/2 Nikkor-HC collapsible lens.

Photography by Tony Hurst

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Grays of Westminster News – And the winner is…

Streetlife Competition Winners

Thank you to everyone who submitted wonderful and imaginative photographs to the ‘Streetlife’ themed competition.

1st Place

Ernesto Rogata
A Cuban lady smokes a cigar on the streets of Old Havana

A Cuban lady smokes a cigar on the streets of Old Havana

D800 + AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G: ISO500, 1/100sec, f/14

2nd Place

Tim Gurney
‘Love is in the air’

A Parisian street scene.

A Parisian street scene.

D800 + AF-S 35mm f/1.4G: ISO800, 1/160sec, f/10

3rd Place

Rajen Makharia
‘Out to dry’

The picture was shot while touring the city of Varanasi (India) along the river Ganga (Ganges). On the steps of the embankment were strewn clothes of various hues and sizes spread out to dry in the sun after a wash in the river.

Out to dry

Nikon D90 + AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6D: ISO200, 1/500sec, f/10

4th Place

Sarah Deutsch
‘Here’s looking at you’

Taken on the streets of London

Taken on the streets of London

D700 + AF 50mm f/1.4

Very well done to all of you – your prizes are on their way!

This month’s theme is:
Making History

Please submit your photographs to: info@graysofwestminster.co.uk
Maximum of two submissions per entrant. Photos must be no larger than 10mb in total, must be taken on Nikon equipment and must be your own work.

Competition closes 31st May 2015 and the winner will receive a £50 Grays of Westminster gift certificate. Good luck!

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Nikon Owner Magazine Issue 49

Nikon Owner Cover - Issue 49

Nikon Owner Cover – Issue 49


KIMBERLEY FRENCH: Nikon in Hollywood North
Interview by Robert Falconer
Robert Falconer interviews photographer Kimberley French whose iconic images have been instrumental in promoting some of the most notable motion pictures of recent memory, including Brokeback Mountain, Shooter, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The Twilight Saga (New Moon and Eclipse), Red Riding Hood, The Grey and Elysium.

Andrew Main Wilson continues his quest to photograph every single country in the world. In this issue he shows us the breathtaking 40-metre tall statue of Genghis Khan, Ruler of all Mongolia, who conquered an area twice the size of the Roman Empire.

by Heather Angel
Heather Angel has visited China thirty two times, yet she is always looking for the unexpected shot that no-one has seen or captured before.

by Becky Danese
What are the benefits of shooting RAW, and why would one choose RAW over the much more straightforward JPEG? Becky Danese provides us with a comprehensive overview.

by John Archer-Thomson
When John Archer-Thomson and his wife Sally were contacted by some friends asking if they would like to share expenses on a self-drive trip to Namibia, it seemed rude to refuse. John tells the tale of their adventures in images and words.

by Gillian Greenwood
Now approaching their 30th year, Grays of Westminster became the first camera shop in the world to be granted their own Coat of Arms by Her Majesty’s College of Arms. Senior Features Editor Gillian Greenwood takes us on a journey from the twelfth century to the present day.

Words by Gray Levett
That quintessential jewel in the crown of Nikon rangefinders, the very rare Nikon S3M half-frame rangefinder camera, complete with motor drive, is captured by master photographer Tony Hurst.

by Simon Stafford
Simon Stafford takes a close look at the Nikon D750 and compares it with the D610 and D810.

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and get the most out of your Nikon Camera

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BPI Trade Award Winners… Grays of Westminster

Grays of Westminster wins Promotion of the Year
for the BPI News Trade Awards 2015



Grays of Westminster, Uri Zakay (Co Director) and Gray Levett seen here at the offices of Nikon Owner magazine.

BPI News: “We invited you to vote in your thousands for our overall winner of Promotion of the Year. Now we celebrate the triumphant overall victors from the votes cast… Why they won: Publisher Clive Insley says: “Gray Levett is a true winner as the first photographic retailer to be awarded his own Coat of Arms.”

BPI Trade Award 2015

Read the BPI News article ‘Gray’s Coat of many colours’ online here.


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New Nikon Firmware: Nikon D4S, D810 and D750 DSLR Cameras

Nikon develops new firmware for its Nikon D4S,
D810, and D750 DSLR cameras

Nikon Firmware Update

London, UK, 9th April 2015: Nikon Corporation is developing new firmware for its Nikon D4S, Nikon D810, and Nikon D750 DSLR cameras, for release this summer. The new firmware will provide support for timecode and recording command functions with HDMI output to external recorders.

With the new firmware, communication can be established between the cameras and external recording devices. Video recorders will be able to recognise the cameras’ own operations, enabling the start/stop recording commands to become synchronised and automated. Meanwhile, new support for timecode imprinting will improve editing capabilities, as sound and video can be aligned, to create a smoother editing process.

Nikon continues to expand and provide greater support for its video recording functions in response to the creative needs of professional photographers, videographers, video creators and advanced amateurs. With improved video recording capabilities, users will be able to take full advantage of the performance of Nikon’s range of products.

Demonstrations of the firmware currently under development will be held in the Nikon booth at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show, held in Las Vegas from Saturday 11th April through to Thursday 16th April[*].

Simon Iddon, Group Product Manager, D-SLR Lenses and Accessories, Nikon UK, says: “DSLR cameras are being used now more than ever for broadcasting, film and video production, so they are required to capture stills whilst being able to support high quality video recording and editing. This new firmware will make the process even easier, allowing greater communication between multiple systems when used professionally. Nikon’s continuing advancement and dedication to making our products better and even more capable is demonstrated in these innovative new changes.”

Nikon D4S

Nikon D4s

The Nikon D4S is Nikon’s 16.2-megapixel FX-format flagship designed to keep professionals ahead of the game. The D4S was designed by Nikon engineers to meet the needs of the most demanding photographers, with a wealth of improvements including the ultimate image quality, Nikon’s renowned 51-point AF system, and Full HD movie recording. The D4S boasts a brand new Group Area AF mode that allows much finer control over the size of the autofocus area, ensuring a superior image quality and phenomenal precision. The D4S is also equipped with a high-performance viewfinder that offers a more stable image, and a re-contoured design and smoother grip that make it easier to hold out in the field.

Nikon D810

Nikon D810

The Nikon D810 boasts incomparable image quality achieved with the camera’s brand new FX-format sensor that offers a class-leading 36.3-megapixels, and is designed without an optical low-pass filter. The latest EXPEED 4 image processor delivers unprecedented sharpness, alongside an ultra-wide ISO range of 64-12800 that delivers stunning sharpness and impressive tonality. The D810 also records Full HD (1080p) movies at 50p/60p frame rates, providing smooth and extremely sharp movies.

Nikon D750

Nikon D750

The Nikon D750 is a new model added to the Nikon FX-format DSLR lineup. It features a new 24.3-megapixel and FX-format CMOS sensor and Nikon’s flagship EXPEED 4 image-processing engine ensures image rendering is superb for both stills and video. It delivers exceptional image quality and is packed with professional imaging technology, all in a streamlined, lightweight, and compact body. It is also the first Nikon FX-format camera to feature a sturdy tilt-screen LCD monitor and built-in Wi-Fi® function.

[*] Demonstrations will be held beginning on April 13 (Monday). Nikon Inc., Nikon Corporation’s American subsidiary, will be represented at the NAB Show.
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