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Simon Stafford Wins a Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016 Award

A spotted hyena stands on the bank of the Mara River, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya; behind lay the carcasses of numerous wildebeest killed in a stampede as they attempted to climb the river bank having crossed the river during the annual migration.

The Aftermath – Winner of the Mammals Category – by Simon Stafford, Technical Editor of Nikon Owner magazine

The contrast between the eerie silence of the scene that confronted me that morning could not have been greater to the cacophony of thundering hooves, splashing water and cries of the stricken animals I had experienced the previous afternoon, when several thousand wildebeest had crossed the Mara River, Kenya’s Masai Mara Nation Reserve, during the annual migration. In the stampede that ensued, as they attempted to climb the steep river bank, many animals fell and were trampled to death, or left dying.

I returned at first light the following morning knowing that scavengers would have been drawn to the location. A rancid stench hung in the damp air, and sure enough there where a number of hyena picking their way silently among the carcasses, gorging themselves. As I watched a lone animal moved to a ledge above the river, apparently to investigate a group of hippos in the waters below, and then, for no longer than a few seconds, it looked straight toward my camera and the moment was captured.

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit/wpy/gallery/2016/images/mammals/5050/the-aftermath.html

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Nikon Equipment: Meet the new Nikkor Lenses

AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8E FL VR

afs_70_200_2-8e_fl_ed_1-sid Nikon makes the FX-format telephoto zoom of choice for professional photographers faster, lighter, and more agile than ever. Engineered to excel, the new AF-S NIKKOR 70–200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR will keep photographers working with Nikon’s fast-shooting DSLRs one step ahead.

Whether shooting sports, action, news, or reportage, the latest incarnation of this renowned lens boasts a range of enhancements that make a real difference in the field. Improved AF tracking and exposure control, as well as VR SPORT mode, combine to deliver exceptional burst shooting. Compared to its predecessor, edge-to-edge performance is improved, and light fall off has been reduced. The closest focus distance is now an impressive 1.1 m, and the maximum reproduction ratio has increased from 0.11x to 0.21x. Configurable buttons on the barrel make operation smoother, and the zoom and focus ring positions are reversed for more balanced handling. Thanks to a new magnesium alloy lens barrel, and HRI and fluorite elements, this lens has never been so light, yet the build is as tough as ever.

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Price: £2649.00 inc. VAT
Available after 10th November 2016

PC Nikkor 19mm f/4E ED tilt-shiftpc_19_4e-for-web

Nikon takes compositional flexibility to a new level with the first FX-format perspective control (PC) lens to employ two PC rotation mechanisms. Ideal for architectural, fine art, and landscape photography, the PC NIKKOR 19mm f/4E ED is made for photographers who have a keen sense of space.

Thanks to its picture angle and unique tilt, shift, and double-layer rotation capabilities, this manual focus lens enables photographers to shoot from the perfect starting point. Both tilt and shift can be engaged individually, and in combination, essentially replicating the movements of a large-format view camera. Photographers can exercise extensive control over the lens’ focal plane, and easily shift to create images unaffected by convergence. Or tilt to create landscapes that are sharp from the foreground to the background, without the need to close the aperture as you would with standard lenses. The 19 mm angle of view is ideal for large structures and spaces, and the unique optical construction ensures the distortion common in wide-angle lenses is minimised, even at the edges of the frame.

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Price: £3299.00
Available after 27th October 2016

Grays of Westminster are now accepting orders for these lenses so please contact us on 0207 828 4925 or info@graysofwestminster.co.uk for further information

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Nikon Special Offers: Extended offer at Grays of Westminster

EXTENDED OFFER
10% off Second Hand
Nikon camera bodies and lenses

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Excellent stocks of new & second hand products

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At Grays of Westminster we pride ourselves on having the largest range of Nikon cameras, lenses and accessories under one roof, including digital equipment and manual 35mm equipment. To view our full listings of new and second hand stocks or to take a virtual tour of our shop please visit:
http://www.graysofwestminster.co.uk/index.php

As always, if we can be of any assistance please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Grays of Westminster are seeking Second Hand Nikon DSLR Bodies and Lenses

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When considering upgrading your equipment for new Nikon, please note that after a successful Summer Grays of Westminster are keen to re-stock shelves with fine second-hand items. It is an ideal opportunity to obtain the best part-exchange (or outright purchase) quotation.

Grays of Westminster are seeking excellent second-hand examples of the following items:

D4 Series, D3 Series, D810, D800/E, D750, D700, D610, D600, D7000 series
and entry-level DSLR Bodies,
Prime lenses and prime telephoto lenses,
Speedlights and flash kits,
FE, FE2, FM and FM2N cameras.

If you are considering selling your equipment you are welcome to email us a list of the items you have and we can provide you with estimated quotes, subject to final inspection. We can be reached by telephone on 0207 828 4925 or by email at info@graysofwestminster.co.uk.

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10% Off Second Hand Nikon Cameras & Lenses Until 15th October 2016

We are pleased to announce that until 15th October 2016 we are offering 10% off second hand bodies and lenses with a maximum discount of £100 for your total order. Payment by finance is not included in this discount and please do mention the offer when ordering in order to qualify for your reduction.

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We now have excellent stocks of the following new Nikon items:
BODIES
D5, D810, D750, Df, D500, D7200, D3400, D5500 plus many more!

ALL NEW NIKKOR LENSES INCLUDING:
AF-S 105mm f/1.4E
AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E VR
AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E VR
AF-S 70-300mm 4.5-6.3G DX (VR & non-VR)

We stock the full range of Nikon prime and zoom lenses from wide-angle to telephoto. If you are seeking any advice regarding your equipment or photography please contact us on 0207 828 4925 or email us at info@graysofwestminster.co.uk

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