Nikon Owner Magazine Issue 46


Nikon Owner cover – issue XLVI


by Chris Weston
Distinguished author and wildlife photojournalist Chris Weston explores the purpose behind photography and how he was able to develop a better understanding of nature and the natural world, making it more possible to connect with the wildlife he photographs.

The Long & Winding Road Across The World
In the second instalment of the series in which he chooses one defining image to encapsulate each country he visits during his photographic odyssey, Andrew Main Wilson explains the planning, techniques and thought process behind his picture of the mighty Kaieteur Falls.

HOW TO… Use your Built-In Flash with the Nikon Creative Lighting System
by Becky Danese
In this comprehensive article, Becky Danese shows us how we can make full use of the Nikon DSLR’s built-in flash system which has far more capabilities than perhaps had been hitherto imagined.

by Heather Angel
In spite of some initial drawbacks, Heather Angel was determined to succeed in her quest to photograph Fiddler Crabs on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula. She tells us how she overcame the problems she faced.

by Simon Stafford
Following his preview of the Nikon Df in the last issue, Technical Editor Simon Stafford shares his hands-on experiences with this stylish new camera.

Words by Gray Levett
In this issue, Tony Hurst shoots a stunning black Nikon F Apollo + F-250 Motor Drive Bulk Film Back.

An Interview with Hidehiko Tanaka
Mr. Hidehiko Tanaka, Managing Director of Nikon UK, talks to Simon Stafford about his aims and aspirations for Nikon…and why he photographs seagulls.

by Simon Stafford
Simon Stafford reviews the Nikkor AF-S 58mm f/1.4G and takes the opportunity to draw some comparisons with the illustrious Noct-Nikkor 58mm f/1.2

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Grays of Westminster News – Summer Enhanced Part-Exchange

Grays of Westminster Summer Offers


New D610 Enhanced Part-Exchange

nikon-d610 Grays of Westminster are pleased to announce a new enhanced part-exchange offer of up to £150.00 on any Nikon DSLR camera body when traded-in against a new Nikon D610. This offer runs from the beginning of June to 31st August.

The Nikon D610 has introduced many enthusiasts to the wonders of full-frame at a price, size and level of usability that has never before been available.

With full automatic modes as well as complete manual control, the D610 suits any level of expertise. Key features include a 24.3mp CMOS sensor, 1080p full-HD video, 6fps continuous high-speed shooting, a new Quiet Continuous mode at 3fps and with the addition of the WU-1b wireless mobile adapter you can share your photos and videos from anywhere.

D610 Body Only = £1385.00 inc. VAT

WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter = £65.00 inc. VAT

Lens & battery grip kits also available.


D800 Enhanced Part-Exchange



The D800 and D800E are Nikon’s highest resolution cameras designed for those who need quality where it matters. While existing stocks last Grays of Westminster are able to offer an enhanced part-exchange of up to £200 on any Nikon body when traded against a D800, and £300 on any Nikon body when traded against a D800E.

D800 Body Only = £1995.00 inc. VAT

D800E Body Only = £2349.00 inc. VAT

Lens & battery grip kits also available.

 For any questions on these or any other Nikon products please reply to this email or telephone us on 0207 828 4925.




For the month of June only – we are giving away an extra 2 back issues of Nikon Owner when you take out a new subscription or renew your subscription, and 10% off all Sandisk Compact Flash & SD Cards.

On top of your regular 10% discount on ThinkTank products, free technical support and extended guarantees, any existing, new or renewing subscriber to the Nikon Owner magazine will receive a further 10% off all Sandisk memory cards stocked at Grays of Westminster. Contact us by email or telephone for further information and to take advantage of this offer. Expires June 30th 2014.

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An Aladdin’s Cave of Second-hand Nikon Equipment

An Aladdin’s Cave of Second-Hand Equipment


“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

We currently have excellent second-hand stocks of many popular FX & DX Nikon DSLR bodies. If you are looking for an upgrade or a second body we have many popular cameras at the moment, such as:

D800, D700, D3X, D3, D600, D7100, D7000, D300S, D200 and many more!


We also have a variety of sought-after second-hand lenses including:

 28mm f/1.8G AF-S Nikkor

58mm f/1.4G AF-S Nikkor

105mm f/2.8G AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor

200mm f/2G AF-S VR Nikkor

24-70mm f/2.8G AF-S Nikkor

24-120mm f/4G AF-S VR Nikkor

70-200mm f/2.8G AF-S VR I and VR II Nikkor

200-400mm f/4G AF-S VR Nikkor


For our full list of second-hand items please visit our second-hand section on our website: http://bit.ly/1n9NoPu



A 3-Year Warranty on Every New Purchase
With Nikon Owner magazine


Launched in the year 2000, the Nikon Owner Magazine is the longest running independent Nikon-only magazine publication; every 60-page issue is filled with news, reviews, tips and articles to inspire Nikon photographers in over 30 different countries. Every subscriber receives a minimum of 3 years warranty on all new Nikon purchases from Grays of Westminster, and no less than 18 months warranty on all second-hand purchases.

In addition, the annual subscription provides the following benefits:

  •  Superb interactive website offering you:

- Simon Stafford’s Technical Helpline
- Technical Support Line FAQ’s
- Message Boards
- Your Personal Photo Gallery
- Subscribers-only Events
- Technical Equipment Reviews

  • The ability to download every back issue of Nikon Owner.
  • 10% discount on all ThinkTank Camera Bag purchases from Grays of Westminster.
  • 10% discount on selected website design and internet services from Amazing Internet.
  • Special workshops, seminars, tutorials and overseas trips.
  • Free estimates for servicing and repairs
  • 10% discount on the Nikon School training courses.

To subscribe for one year at the annual fee of £69 please contact us on 020 7828 4925 or reply to: info@graysofwestminster.co.uk. Alternatively, take advantage of the discounted fee of £59 for an annual subscription when making a purchase from Grays of Westminster.

Grays of Westminster Courses

Grays of Westminster have arranged a variety of photographic courses over the years including camera-specific workshops on the D800, the D600, practical workshops on Nikon Speedlights, Macro and Portraiture, as well as seminars on Black & White photographic, Lightroom, Colour Calibration and Video using a Nikon DSLR. We also co-ordinate a number of workshops and safaris including the following upcoming courses:

Skomer Island & Pembrokeshire Coast: 2nd – 4th June 2014

A Weekend Of Photography Workshops In Chester: 7th & 8th June 2014

Street Photography Workshop at the Marylebone Summer Fayre: Sunday, 15th June

Nikon Owner Photographic Safari to Tanzania: 5th – 12th July

Brown Bears of Katmai National Park: 24th August – 1st September

For more information visit: www.graysofwestminster.co.uk

From our Vintage Department
A rare Nikon S4 Rangefinder Camera


Photography by Tony Hurst

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A Photographic Safari To The Wild West Of Tanzania – November 2014

A Photographic Safari To The Wild West Of Tanzania
Led by Paul Joynson-Hicks & Simon Stafford
12th – 20th November 2014

Join photographers Paul Joynson-Hicks and Simon Stafford on this unique, authentic and adventurous 7-day photographic safari to the exhilarating and evocative wilds of western Tanzania, arranged exclusively for Nikon Owner.



Your tour will begin in the Katavi National Park; remote and untrammelled, the region is far from the popular safari routes and seldom visited by travellers from outside. Offering an insight to Africa as it would have appeared over a century ago, it is an untouched wilderness packed with exciting opportunities to explore the visually stunning landscape while photographing the abundant and diverse wildlife. Katavi is noted for its dense populations of hippo, elephant, buffalo and crocodile, as well as hippopotami-hunting lions.

Your second location will be Greystoke Mahale, an isolated haven on the shores of Lake Tanganyika and one of Africa’s greatest safari camps. From the base at Greystoke you will trek into the Mahale Mountains, undoubtedly the best place in Africa to photograph chimpanzees in the wild.


Day 1 – Wednesday, 12th November

On arrival into Kilimanjaro International Airport you will be met and transferred by road to Arusha. Accommodation will be at the Arusha Hotel, where Paul and Simon will host a meeting in the evening for everyone to meet each other and discuss the plan for the week ahead.

Day 2 – Thursday, 13th November

In the morning you’ll fly from Arusha down to Katavi National Park, roughly a 3-hour flight with a stop off along the way. On arrival to Katavi your safari guide will meet you and on route to camp you will get a taste of what’s to come. Katavi is a vast wilderness and a photographer’s dream.


After lunch, and when the heat of the day has subsided, you’ll head out on safari, with Paul and Simon on hand to answer any questions you may have. Return to camp for a night around the fire before heading to the comfort and safety of your tent as the sounds of the African bush come alive.

Day 3 – Friday, 14th November

The day will start early to make the most of the golden hour light, and once you have captured some great images, you’ll relax over a stunning bush breakfast. One of the most appealing aspects of Katavi is that you’ll pretty much have the place to yourself (there are only four other camps within the park). During the heat of the day Paul and Simon will hold tutorials in the comfort of a shady tent, while you’ll have ice-cold drinks to hand. In the afternoon you’ll head out on another game drive giving you the opportunity to try new ideas and practice skills discussed during these sessions.


Day 4 – Saturday, 15th November

You’ll have a chance to stretch your legs by going on an exciting walking safari; it’s a great opportunity to photograph some of the smaller wonders of the wild often missed when you are in a vehicle, so bring a macro lens if you have one!


Day 5 – Sunday, 16th November

To extend the variety of photographic opportunities, you’ll visit the local community just outside the national park and learn more about the culture in this region of Tanzania; a prime occasion to take some portrait pictures full of character!

Day 6 – Monday, 17th November

Today you’ll fly 45 minutes west to where the Mahale Mountains meet Lake Tanganyika; there are no roads here so the only way to reach camp is by boat transfer. Your camp sits on a white sandy beach with the Mahale Mountains forming a dramatic background; the remote nature of the location makes it a very special place. You will be able to spend the rest of the day as you please. If you feel adventurous, you can explore the edges of the forest in search of monkeys, baboons, bushbuck, birds and butterflies. Alternatively, you may wish to relax with a drink as you sit in a deck chair enjoying the views across Lake Tanganyika.


Day 7 – Tuesday, 18th November

The main reason for coming down to Mahale is to trek for the chimpanzees that live in the forest directly behind camp. Capturing chimps in their natural habitat is truly one of the most special wildlife events to witness in Africa. Trekking times can vary and you’ll need a good pair of shoes and some long trousers. Once you’ve found the chimps you’ll have an hour to photograph them as they play, fight, eat and sleep. The group will head back down to camp for lunch; during the afternoon there will be a photography tutorial and plenty of time to spend at your own leisure.


Day 8 – Wednesday, 19th November

After another amazing morning with the chimps, there will be an opportunity to try out some of the other activities available, such as fishing on Lake Tanganyika, a nature trail through the forest, bird-watching, kayaking or simply relaxing on the white sandy beach.

Day 9 – Thursday, 20th November

A boat transfer takes you back to Mahale airstrip where you’ll catch a flight back to Arusha or Kilimanjaro Airport if you’re flying home that evening. If you want to add on extra nights on safari or at the beach please let us know.

Photographic Tuition

Your tour leaders and photographic tutors, Paul and Simon, will be with you throughout the trip in order to help you learn and gain more from your passion for the photography of wildlife. They will help you acquire the photographs you have come to capture.

Your two tutors have a wealth of knowledge to share, so you will be encouraged to seek instruction and ask questions to ensure you make the most of the photographic opportunities. They will be on hand at all times in the field to offer guidance in a relaxed and informal manner. To support and enhance the field-based tuition, Paul and Simon will also provide further teaching in a more “formal” manner during breaks between game-drives and on some evenings. During these sessions they will discuss the creative processes behind recording exciting images of African wildlife, as well as provide inspiration for new ideas and describe photographic techniques for you to try out.


Feedback on your pictures is crucially important to help you develop and hone your wildlife photography skills; Paul and Simon will be keen to provide this at any time on a one-to-one basis and during the more formal tuition sessions, if you are willing to show your work, within the group.

Price & Booking

£ 4,550 per person (including a £300.00 discount for Gold subscribers to Nikon Owner)

Please note the price is based on twin-room sharing; there is a single person supplement of £1,000.00

A deposit of £1,150.00 is required to confirm a booking. The balance is due 45 days prior to the first day of the trip.


Please note the number of places will be limited strictly to just eight to ensure each guest has ample opportunity for photography and time with the tutors.

To register, please email your full name, postal address and postcode, as well as your daytime mobile and landline to Gillian Greenwood.

It is essential you register your interest with Nikon Owner in the first instance to obtain the discounted price. Please register by email rather than by telephone.

If you are also a current Nikon Owner subscriber, please add your user name / subscription number to the email. Due to the very limited number of places do register as soon as you are able to in order to avoid disappointment. If you do not subscribe to Nikon Owner currently, please would you be kind enough to make a note of this in your email – in order to receive the discount, you will be able to join, or re-join Nikon Owner when we call you to acknowledge your booking registration.

What is included: All transport/transfers, domestic flights, emergency medical evacuation cover, full board accommodation and privately guided safaris at Chada Katavi Camp and Greystoke Mahale Camp, plus bed & breakfast accommodation at the Arusha Hotel

What is NOT included: Travel to/from Kilimanjaro International Airport, lunch and dinner at the Arusha Hotel, personal/travel/medical/photographic equipment insurance, drinks, tips, laundry services, all sundry expenses of a personal nature.

This trip has been arranged in association with Capture Safaris, who specialise in photographic safaris to Africa’s best wildlife events and destinations. The company, which holds an ATOL licence (number 10109), has a small team of dedicated and knowledgeable consultants who have travelled extensively through Africa to establish the best guides, camp locations and activities available in addition to accommodation of the highest standard. Capture Safaris will contribute $100 (US) per booking to the ‘Shoot Photos not Animals’ Anti-Poaching Initiative in Africa, for more information please visit the Capture Safaris website.

Please note that further details of the trip, plus the full terms and conditions of booking are available from Capture Safaris. Please contact Tim Golds, quoting: Nikon Owner/Tanzania/Katavi/2014

Contact details for Capture Safaris:

Tel: 020 7183 2607
Mob: 07921 059976

Additional note: Currently, there are no direct flights to Tanzania from the UK; however, both British Airways and Kenya Airways offer connecting flights via Nairobi. It is the sole responsibility of each guest to arrange travel to Kilimanjaro International Airport; Capture Safaris will be pleased to assist you in organising your international travel to Tanzania.

About Nikon Owner


Standard Annual subscription – normal price: £69; special price: £59 while registering for this safari

  • 1-year Subscription to Nikon Owner + 3-year warranty on all new Nikon products from Grays of Westminster
  • Nikon Owner magazine, a superb, glossy full-colour 60-page magazine that is 100% Nikon. Each issue delivers benchmark technical reviews of the very latest Nikon equipment, thought-provoking interviews and articles with world-class images
  • All back issues are now available on line as PDFs
  • Private user-name and password to subscribers-only website
  • Simon Stafford’s Technical Helpline
  • 18-month warranty on second-hand Nikon from Grays of Westminster
  • 10% off Think Tank bags purchased at Grays of Westminster
  • Special trips and events
  • Discounts on events and training sessions

Gold subscription – special price: £231 when registering for this safari

  • 3-year subscription to Nikon Owner
  • 5-year warranty on all new Nikon products from Grays of Westminster
  • 2-year warranty on second-hand Nikon from Grays of Westminster
  • Gold Priority waiting list for all new Nikon releases (top of the waiting list)
  • A half-hour tutorial on the phone or face to face, by appointment
  • A signed copy of Heather Angel’s Wild Kew while stocks last or a Simon Stafford Nikon Magic Lantern Guide of your choice
  • Nikon Owner magazine as above
  • Private user-name and password to the subscribers-only website which includes a forum, message board, technical equipment reviews, events page and use of a photo gallery
  • Simon Stafford’s Technical Helpline
  • 15% off Think Tank bags purchased at Grays of Westminster
  • Special trips and events
  • Substantial discounts on training sessions organised by Grays of Westminster, including Mike Maloney’s Workshops, Heather Angel’s Wildlife & Natural History Workshops, Simon Stafford’s Definitive Flash, Portraiture and Macro Training Sessions, Michael Eleftheriades’ panoramic and colour-calibration seminars and Chris Weston’s Photographic Courses
DISCLAIMER: With regard to any photo-holidays or safaris including this one, both Grays of Westminster and Nikon Owner magazine and their staff are only taking the initiative of arranging and facilitating these safaris on the strict understanding that they are solely acting in an introductory capacity and anyone planning to come will be deemed to have agreed that they fully understand this as a condition of enrolling and that no liability whatsoever is accepted either by any of the organisers, Grays of Westminster or Nikon Owner magazine in this regard.
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Grays of Westminster Photo of the Month Competition for May-June is themed Reflections

Reflections competition example

Reflections competition example


This month’s Grays of Westminster Photo of the Month Competition for May-June is themed Reflections. Submit your images to: info@graysofwestminster.co.uk for your chance to win a £50 Grays of Westminster gift voucher.

A maximum of 2 submissions per entrant. Please include a brief description and the Nikon equipment and settings used to take the photograph. Competition closes 30th June.

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