Happy 100th Birthday, Nikon!

This year, on this day, July 25th to be exact, Nikon will have reached its 100th anniversary. One hundred years of continuous invention, evolution and constant re-invention. It is a cauldron of ambition, yet it is an ambition to provide quite simply the best optical designs, make the best cameras and merge the best technologies to give you the perfect vehicle for capturing your images. Over the course of the next twelve months we will be celebrating Nikon’s 100th anniversary milestone at Grays of Westminster and within the pages of Nikon Owner magazine.


David Douglas Duncan by Ray Fisher

David Douglas Duncan, who reached the age of 101 on 23rd January 2017, is perhaps the best war photographer of the 20th century. From his coverage of the Korean War, which gave birth to the celebrated book This Is War! to his intimate documentation of Pablo Picasso, Duncan has influenced generations of photographers.

In 1950, Duncan visited Japan for LIFE magazine to take pictures of traditional Japanese fine arts. While he was there he made a fortuitous discovery when a young Japanese photographer, Mr. Jun Miki, took his photograph. Duncan was so impressed by the results he asked to be taken to the manufacturer Nippon Kogaku (Nikon) to examine the Nikkor lenses and started testing a 35mm f/3.5 Nikkor on his Leica.

His encounter with Nikon changed the history of Japan’s optics industry. The favourable reception Nikon products received around the world helped establish the foundations of the domestic camera industry, as well as playing a key role in Japan’s export-led economic recovery in the post-war period. Duncan greatly assisted Nikon during their early years, and in 1965 he was presented with the 200,000th Nikon F. This was built for him in recognition of his phenomenal achievements as a photographer and the subsequent renown Nikon achieved as a result of his use of their equipment.

Why I Love Nikon…

Nikon One by Tony Hurst

I love the fact that Nikon have retained the original F-mount, virtually unchanged since its release in 1959 and noted for its rugged construction and outstanding reliability. Over the years there must have been a number of persuasive arguments to change the mount but Nikon remained loyal to their original design; having maintained its basic structure for the last fifty-eight years means that some 400 different Nikkor lenses are currently compatible with the system. The fact that you can fit a pre-AI Nikkor lens onto a Nikon Df and shoot straightaway is extraordinary! In fact, not only is the F-mount unique for its degree of compatibility with a whole range of present and past Nikkor lenses, but its singular design is also capable of accommodating future system advances.


Nikon D5 100th Anniversary Edition

Furthermore, I love Nikon because their DSLR cameras are always so well-made and from auto-focus to manual focus, the superb optics of their lenses is one of the core achievements of their remarkable skill in innovative engineering. In fact, Grays of Westminster sell a lot of second-hand manual focus Nikon lenses to the movie industry where they are mounted on high-definition cameras.

It gives me great pleasure to raise glass of something sparkling and say ‘Have a Very, Very Happy 100th Birthday, Nikon!’ A centennial is a very significant moment in the history of an individual and no less so for a company. Nikon have created products that have been used to photograph some of the most astonishing moments in the history of this planet and beyond. There has always been a passion and commitment to excellence which is an intrinsic part of the DNA of this most illustrious company and one which I am proud and honoured to be a small part of.







Gray Levett


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Ends Monday! Instant Discounts on New Nikkor Lenses

Ends Monday! Instant Discounts on New Nikkor Lenses

Our special offer of up to £300 discount on new Nikkor lenses ends on Monday, 24th July. The discount is applied at the time of purchase whilst stocks last, and prices on our New Nikon Digital Equipment list are already discounted.
Lenses included in the discount are:

AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G = £200

AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G = £120

AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E VR = £120

AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8E FL VR = £300 – PLUS £130 CASHBACK

AF-S 70-200mm f/4G VR = £180

AF-S 85mm f/1.8G = £35

AF-S 50mm f/1.4G = £30

To see all of our specials please visit our specials page: http://www.graysofwestminster.co.uk/products/specials.php

10% off Second-Hand Bodies and Lenses

If you find yourself in the Pimlico area why not come and visit our second hand show room, full to the brim with vintage and digital Nikon bodies, lenses and accessories. If you cannot visit us in person, we offer next working day delivery on all items and would be happy to take your order over the telephone on 0207 828 4925.

For the month of July we are offering 10% off second-hand bodies and lenses with a maximum discount of £100, but please do mention this offer when ordering to qualify and note that payment by finance is not included.

And for a virtual browse, you can visit our website: http://www.graysofwestminster.co.uk/products/secondhand.php

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Over 650 second-hand Nikon cameras and lenses

Over 650 Second-Hand Nikon Cameras & Lenses in store

It may be hard for those who haven’t seen the shop in person to believe that we have fit over 650 bodies, lenses, speedlights and motor drives in our second hand department. Whether you are seeking your first digital camera or taking a step back in time to shoot some film, we have a huge selection to choose from.

Plus, for the remainder of the month we are offering up to £100 off our second hand bodies and lenses. To see our full listings visit: http://www.graysofwestminster.co.uk/products/secondhand.php



Hawkesmill Camera Bags & Straps
Available in store

We are proud stockists of the England-made Hawkesmill premium camera bags and leather straps. In addition to their original range of bags Hawkesmill now produce a range of smaller bags as well as a wide range of leather straps. With removable inserts for cameras and lenses, we can confirm that even the small range will hold a regular DSLR with a standard zoom or prime lens.

To see all of the products visit: https://hawkesmill.com/

Plus, for July & August only, order a Hawkesmill camera bag from Grays of Westminster and receive an exclusive leather luggage tag.


To order or for more information contact us on 020 7828 4925 or email info@graysofwestminster.co.uk

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10% off Second Hand & Nikon’s Newest Lens

                     Summer Special: 10% off Second Hand Nikon                       bodies & lenses in July

Enjoy 10% off second hand bodies and lenses for the month of July, with a maximum discount of £100. We stock the finest examples of used Nikon around, with a rigorous grading system, a minim 12-month warranty and 14-day returns period. Now is the perfect opportunity to pick up that lens you’ve been thinking of or upgrade your camera. To see our full listings please visit:


Nikon’s Newest FX Lens:

AF-P 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR

Nikon gives sports, wildlife, and travel photographers the power to achieve better handheld telephoto shots with the new AF-P NIKKOR 70–300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR. Faster AF plus SPORT VR mode hone in on the action without compromising sharpness. The lighter, weather-resistant build goes anywhere.

From the winner’s expression to birds in flight, the latest incarnation of this full-frame telephoto zoom captures exceptional stills and movies. As an AF-P NIKKOR lens it boasts Nikon’s Stepping Motor, which brings subjects into focus extra quickly and extra quietly. Vibration Reduction (VR) is now faster, quieter, and more effective. And this lens also benefits from SPORT VR mode, inherited from Nikon’s pro lenses. A firm favourite with photographers who shoot action, SPORT VR mode enables photographers to reliably track fast-moving subjects—even when they’re moving erratically. Additional features from Nikon’s pro lenses include an electromagnetic diaphragm, which ensures precise exposures at high frame rates. And A/M and M/A focus-mode switches that make it possible to control manual-focus override simply by turning the focus ring. The preferred option of sports photographers, M/A mode allows switching with virtually no time lag. The A/M focus mode is less sensitive to prevent unintentional switching to manual mode.

The lens is priced at £749.00 and the official sales start date is to be confirmed. To register your interest please contact us on 020 7828 4925 or email info@graysofwestminster.co.uk.

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Grays of Westminster are seeking fine examples of second hand Nikon cameras and lenses

Grays of Westminster are seeking fine examples of second hand Nikon cameras and lenses

We are currently on the hunt for fine examples of Nikon F3, F3HP, FM2N and FM3A bodies, along with digital cameras, AF lenses, AI and AIS lenses. If you are considering the sale of one of these models, or indeed any of the models that can be found on our Wanted for Cash list, you may wish to email us a list of your equipment for us to provide you with a quotation. Our full Wanted for Cash list can be found here: http://www.graysofwestminster.co.uk/wanted.php

New images released from Nikon’s latest lenses

We are pleased to be able to share some fantastic images provided by Nikon Europe of a recent trip to Norway, using the new AF-P 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR DX on the D7500, and the AF-S 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E fisheye-Nikkor on the D810 body. The pictures speak for themselves!

Both are perfectly suited for wide angle work including landscape and interiors, compatible with a variety of camera bodies. We have limited stocks of both lenses with more shipments arriving soon – call us on 0207 828 4925 to place your order or register your interest today.

Please note: AF-P (Stepping motor) lenses and E-type (Electronic diaphragm) are only compatible with select cameras. Please check your camera compatibility before ordering.

Enter our photo competition for July

Image courtesy of Nikon Europe – Nikon D5600

This month’s theme is What a Wonderful World. The winner will receive the top prize of a £50 Grays of Westminster gift certificate and prizes for two further runners up. Get out into the glorious summer sunshine and capture beautiful images with your Nikon!

T&Cs: Only one submission per entrant. Photographs must be taken by yourself using Nikon equipment and by submitting your photograph you give us permission to use the image with a credit to yourself in our email newsletter, blog and social media sites. Please send a file no larger than 10mb and with a brief description of the equipment and settings used to: info@graysofwestminster.co.uk

Competition closes 31st July 2017.

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