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Grays of Westminster Photo of the Month for May/June – Reflections

And The Winner Is…

Thank you to everyone who submitted entries to our Reflections themed Photo of the Month Competition. We had over a hundred amazing entries and are pleased to announce our winner and runners-up as follows:

First Place Prize: £50 Grays of Westminster Gift Certificate
Edward Delaney – ‘Frog Reflection’

edward-delaney-frog-reflectionNikon D800E & Nikkor 60mm f/2.8 Micro, 1/20, f/5.6, ISO 200.
The camera was placed in a plastic container to get to frog level!

Second Place Prize: £25 Grays of Westminster Gift Certificate
Allan McKenzie – ‘Iceberg & its Reflection’

Allan-McKenzie-Iceberg-and-its-ReflectionNikon D800 & Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G AF-S, 1/1000, f/6.3, ISO 320.
Taken at Scoresby Sund on the east coast of Greenland.

Third Place Runner-Up
Amanda Hawes – ‘Raptor Ball’

Amanda-Hawes-Raptor-BallNikon D300 & Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G AF-S Micro VR, 1/60, f/22, ISO 200.

Amanda says, “Raptor balls are used to deter Sparrow Hawks and other birds-of-prey from dining on garden birds. So that I was not in the photo, I stood behind the front door and shot through the little diamond window.”

Fourth Place Runner-Up
George Robertson – ‘Reflections’

George-Robertson-ReflectionsNikon D300 & Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S @150mm, 1/40, f/10, ISO 200.

The image is a metal clad building in central Glasgow with reflection from a red truck parked near by.

July’s competition theme is Macro

Submit your images to: info@graysofwestminster.co.uk
Photographs to be taken on Nikon equipment. Please submit a jpeg image no larger than 10mb. Maximum of two entries per person. First place prize is a £50 Grays of Westminster gift certificate.
Competition closes 31st July.

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New Nikon D810 – I AM A Modern Masterpiece

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Introducing Nikon’s new high-resolution master: the astonishingly versatile D810

RRP and Sales Start Date
Body Only: £2699.99 / €3229.00
Sales start date: 17th July 2014

London, UK, 26th June 2014 Nikon today introduces the D810, the new high-resolution master that’s ready for anything. From delicate textures to high-speed movement, this astonishingly versatile 36.3-megapixel camera will exceed every expectation.

Offering incomparable image quality, high-speed performance, and Full HD video flexibility, the completely redesigned D810 surpasses its predecessor to deliver a new benchmark for high-resolution shooting. Its all-new FX-format sensor, ultra-wide ISO range, and EXPEED 4 image processor deliver unprecedented sharpness, impressive tonality, and reduced noise across all sensitivities. Flagship AF performance, a burst rate of up to 7 fps, and Full HD movie recording at 1080/60p enable any scene to be captured with rigorous precision, and Nikon’s Picture Control 2.0 provides exceptional in-camera image processing and optimisation flexibility. In the studio or on location, this is the ultimate imaging machine for serious photographers who want to realise their vision in exquisite detail.

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Simon Iddon, Group Product Manager for D-SLR products at Nikon UK says: “Feedback from professional photographers has been integral to the development of this product, upping the game of high resolution photography.”

He adds: “Significant increases in speed and ISO versatility, along with new features that minimise the camera’s internal vibrations during shooting for incredible stability, make the Nikon D810 the ultimate tool for visionary photographers working across a broad range of genres.”

High-resolution master
Taking creative freedom to a whole new level, the D810 opens up spectacular new possibilities for high-resolution shooting. The camera’s brand new FX-format sensor offers a class-leading count of 36.3 megapixels, and is designed without an optical low-pass filter to deliver the ultimate in image detail in both stills and movies. In a first for a D-SLR, the D810’s ultra-wide native ISO range starts at ISO 64 for cleaner, better-defined images when shooting in bright light, and you can shoot at up to ISO 12800, or extend the range from 32 to 51200 ISO equivalent. Equipped with the same EXPEED 4 image processing engine as used in the flagship D4S, the D810’s overall performance gets a significant boost: image rendering and ISO capability is vastly improved in both stills and video, with sophisticated new algorithms enabling remarkable clarity and enhanced gradation with a tangible sense of depth across the entire sensitivity range.

Advanced Multi-CAM 3500FX autofocus sensor module

Multi-CAM 3500FX autofocus sensor module

High-speed fidelity: fast, powerful, and ready for anything
Engineered to excel in any environment, the D810’s powerful high-speed capabilities deliver exceptional versatility, ensuring you can capture even the quickest, most unpredictable subjects in a big way. Faster continuous shooting speeds and the flagship Multi-CAM 3500FX 51-point AF system enable precise, uncompromised full-resolution images at up to 5 fps, plus the camera can shoot 15.3-MP images at up to 7 fps in DX crop mode. 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. A new shutter/mirror box mechanism reduces image shake for a steady viewfinder image with minimal blackout during high-speed shooting, and you can activate the new electronic front-curtain shutter to minimise internal vibrations and reduce the risk of micro-blur in subtle details. For faster image transfer and smoother post-production, Nikon’s RAW Size S file format delivers richly graded 12-bit uncompressed Nikon NEF files.

Cinematic movie-making freedom
Shooting movie footage on a camera as powerful as the Nikon D810 is an enriching and liberating experience. A powerful and flexible tool that will satisfy even the most demanding cinematographers, the D810 records Full HD (1080p) movies at 50p/60p frame rates with markedly reduced noise, moiré, and false colour. The camera offers FX and DX sensor crop formats as well as clean HDMI out, plus simultaneous capture of full-resolution footage in-camera and on an external recorder. You can set sensitivity from ISO 64 all the way up to ISO 51200 equivalent in M mode, and the auto ISO function lets you configure the maximum ISO settings you want to work with. 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.

Nikon-D810-Filming

Creative flexibility
No matter which kind of photography you focus on, the D810 will perfectly realise your creative vision. 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; the new Clarity setting lets you precisely adjust contrast and differentiate fine structures. When shooting, the camera’s 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 new Live View split-screen zoom makes it possible to check levelling and sharpness with complete precision and is ideal for architectural or product shot photography. Additional creative capabilities include unlimited continuous shooting that lets you capture countless JPEGs and produce spectacular light-trail photography.

Nikon-D810-topTotal Digital Imaging System
Augmenting the D810’s spectacular imaging potential is the full power of Nikon’s total imaging system. The highest calibre optics are vital for such a high-megapixel camera and Nikon’s wide range of NIKKOR lenses will draw out the full potential of the D810’s 36.3-megapixel sensor with ease. 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 D810 works with a range of versatile Nikon Speedlights for creative flash photography on- or off-camera.

D810-Nikkor

Summary of key features:

  • Nikon-D810-backNew 36.3-MP FX-format sensor: offers the ultimate in image detail and excellent cropping flexibility.
  • Ultra-wide light sensitivity: ISO range of 64–12800, extendable from 32–51200 ISO equivalent.
  • Up to 7 fps burst rate: uncompromised full-resolution images at up to 5 fps. 15.3-MP images at up to 7 fps in DX crop mode.
  • EXPEED 4: boosts the camera’s overall performance to a whole new level.
  • 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).
  • Group Area AF mode: fast acquisition and improved background isolation even in challenging lighting conditions.
  • Nikon-D810-card-slotsMulti-area D-Movie: Full HD (1080p) movies in FX- and DX-format at 50p/60p. Access the full light sensitivity range, from ISO 64, 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 post-production.
  • Picture Control 2.0: ease post-production with Flat setting for maximum dynamic range; fine-adjust detail with Clarity.
  • Ultra-sharp: new shutter/mirror box architecture and electronic front-curtain features ensure the sharpest possible results.
  • 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.
  • Live View split-screen zoom: check levelling and sharpness with complete precision. Nikon-WT_5Accessed via the camera’s ‘i’ button.
  • 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 30 s, with flash synchronization at up to 1/250 s.
  • Unlimited continuous shooting: capture countless JPEGs and produce spectacular light-trail photography.
  • High-capacity EL-15a battery: ultra-compact and lightweight lithium-ion rechargeable battery with a capacity of 1900 mAh (7.0V). Capture up to 1,200 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 D810 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.
FOOTNOTE:
1. Based on the CIPA standards.
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Grays of Westminster – Nikon Summer Bargains

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“Wild Horses” by Jim Brandenburg

 Nikon Summer Bargains

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 Grays of Westminster are pleased to offer an excellent range of deals on this summer’s most exciting Nikon cameras.

CASHBACK OFFERS:

  • Buy a Nikon D3200 and receive £30 Nikon cashback
  • Buy a Nikon D3300 and receive £40 Nikon cashback
  • Buy a Nikon D5200 and receive £50 Nikon cashback
  • Additionally, there is a cashback offer on a variety of popular Nikon lenses such as the 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX, 40mm f/2.8G AF-S DX Micro, 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S DX and many more!

FURTHER OFFERS:

  • Buy a new Nikon D7100 + SB-700 Speedlight and receive £30 off the SB-700 when purchased with the D7100
  • Buy a new Nikon D610 + SB-910 Speedlight and receive £40 off the SB-910 when bought with a new D610

BONUS PART EXCHANGE:

  • Buy a new Nikon D610 and get up to £150 extra in part-exchange for your old Nikon DSLR camera! (This offer is valid until 31st August 2014).
  • Buy a new Nikon D800, receive £200 extra in part exchange or buy a D800E, receive £300 extra in part exchange on your old Nikon DSLR camera!

Please contact us for further details or to get an evaluation on your existing equipment if you wish to part-exchange and upgrade.

In addition, if you subscribe to the Nikon Owner Magazine for one year you will receive a 3-year warranty on all new Nikon equipment purchased at Grays of Westminster! Speak to a member of staff for more details.

 

Grays of Westminster’s
Vintage & Contemporary Second-Hand Department

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We currently have stocks of the following Nikon DSLRs:

D4, D3X, D3, D800, D800E, D700, D600, D300S, D300, D5300 and many more!

For our full list of bodies and lenses please visit:

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

Every second-hand camera and lens comes with a full one-year warranty, extendable to 18 months or two years respectively if you are a Nikon Owner Standard or Gold subscriber.

For any photographic assistance, enquiries about the above offers or indeed any Nikon matters, please contact us by replying to this email or telephoning on 0207 828 4925. We welcome visitors to our shop in Pimlico, but if you are unable to visit us in person we can deliver your order nationally or internationally.

We look forward to being of service to you.

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Nikon UK Sponsors ‘Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album’ Exhibition at the Royal Academy

Nikon UK Sponsors
Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album at the Royal Academy

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London, UK, 20th June 2014 – Nikon UK is pleased to announce its sponsorship of a photography exhibition titled, Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album to be hosted at the Royal Academy of Arts in London this summer.

The exhibition will present more than four hundred original photographs taken between 1961 and 1967 by Dennis Hopper, the American actor, film director, and artist. The photographs were personally selected and edited by Hopper for his first major exhibition at the Fort Worth Art Center in Texas in 1970, and the vintage prints were only re-discovered after his death in 2010. This will be the first time that this body of work will be seen in the UK.

Although not formally trained as an artist, Dennis Hopper created paintings and assemblages throughout his career and during the 1960s dedicated himself to taking photographs with a Nikon F camera given to him by his future wife Brooke Hayward.

Jeremy Gilbert, Group Marketing Manager at Nikon UK, comments: “Hopper shot some fantastic images that reflected a personal perspective of an interesting period in history. Knowing that Hopper shot his work on a Nikon camera, with no formal training is truly inspirational and we look forward to celebrating his work with support of the exhibition this summer.”

Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album presents both a personal visual diary and a document of America’s dynamic social and cultural life in the 1960s. The photographs move between humour and pathos, the playful and the intimate, the glamorous and the everyday. They are considered spontaneous, poetic, as well as political and sharply observant. Whether Dennis Hopper was in Los Angeles, New York, London, Mexico or Peru, he was interested in a vast range of themes and subjects. The influential American curator Walter Hopps described his photographs as “small movies, still photographs made on the sets and locations of imagined films in progress.”

According to Hopper, his interest in photography began in the late 1950s under the encouragement of James Dean, whom he had worked with on the set of Rebel without a Cause (1955) and Giant (1956). After living in New York from c. 1957-1961, Hopper returned to Los Angeles where he found himself blacklisted in Hollywood and photography became Hopper’s main creative outlet. For the next six years he worked obsessively, taking an estimated 18,000 photographs.

Hopper took iconic portraits of Paul Newman, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Jane Fonda and many other actors, artists, poets and musicians of his day. He photographed his family and friends and captured countercultural movements that ranged from Free Speech to Hells Angels and Hippie gatherings, taking in figures from the Beat and Peace movements such as Michael McLure and Timothy Leary. These often playful photographs were counterbalanced by images of tense and volatile events, such as the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery at the height of the African-American Civil Rights Movement, where he accompanied Martin Luther King. About his photographs, Hopper said “I wanted to document something. I wanted to leave something that I thought would be a record of it, whether it was Martin Luther King, the hippies, or whether it was the artist.”

Dates and Opening Hours

Open to public: Thursday 26 June – Sunday 19 October 2014

10am – 6pm daily (last admission 5.30 pm)

Fridays until 10 pm (last admission 9.30 pm)

For more information about the Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album exhibition please visit http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/22

About Dennis Hopper

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Dennis Hopper, credit: Film Star Vintage

Both his photography and his growing contemporary art collection led Hopper to be associated with the Los Angeles art world. Hopper and his artist friends Ed Ruscha, Wallace Berman, Larry Bell and Edward Kienholz gravitated to the influential Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles. Throughout the 1960s the gallery hosted a series of exhibitions that came to define the nascent West Coast art scene, while also introducing Los Angeles audiences to the work of East coast Pop artists like Jasper Johns, Rauschenberg and Warhol. Hopper’s photographs of artists, events, happenings and performances are unique in their intimacy and range of cultural subjects and acted as an important link between the film and art worlds.

When Hopper began to work on the film Easy Rider in 1967 he stopped taking photographs, although he continued to work across the spectrum of visual arts. However, the vitality and directness of the images taken from 1961-67 and the sense of time and place that they convey during a decade when American society was undergoing extraordinary upheaval, resonated strongly with cultural production of the period. They certainly informed the visual language of Easy Rider (1969), whose emphasis on realism and a youth-oriented counterculture, signalled the arrival of the New Hollywood Cinema of the 1970s. Excerpts from the film will also be showing within the exhibition, along with The Last Movie (1970).

Hopper’s on-screen performances in films such as Apocalypse Now (1979), Out of the Blue (1980), Blue Velvet (1986) and Colors (1988), as well as his off screen life and persona, made him one of the figures most closely associated with the achievements and failures, as well as the rebellious spirit of the counterculture of the 1960s.

About the photographs

The gelatin-silver vintage prints, both portrait and landscape formats, all have similar dimensions, approx. 24.1 x 16.5 cm (9.5 x 6.5 in.), which in some cases may vary by a few millimeters. They also include twenty large-format prints measuring approx. 33 x 22.9 cm (13 x 9 in.). The photographs are mounted onto cardboard and considering they lay undiscovered for thirty years, are in very good condition.

Admission

£10 full price; concessions available; children under 12 free; Friends of the RA go free

Tickets

Tickets for Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album are available daily at the RA or online at www.royalacademy.org.uk. Group bookings: Groups of 10+ are asked to book in advance. Telephone 020 7300 8027 or email groupbookings@royalacademy.org.uk

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Grays of Westminster is featured in the July 2014 issue of Digital SLR Photography

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Digital SLR Photography – July 2014 issue

“Grays of Westminster is an institution unto itself in the photographic industry and an Aladdin’s Cave of Nikon heritage. It’s a store brimming with rare, unusual and historic kit that will make any photographer as giddy as a school girl.” - Digital SLR Photography Magazine, page 21
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