Over the years Nikon have produced numerous display signs to advertise their camera equipment. Perhaps one of the most unique Nikon signs is the one shown in this image of me working at KJP (Keith Johnson Photographic), in London, in the late 1970s. The company is now owned by Calumet.
The sign was lit via fibre optics and a motorised colour wheel inside the unit caused the sign to change colour. Some years ago I was given one of these units, but it was in very poor condition. The colour wheel had faded and the old style lamp inside got terribly hot. The motor was noisy and the front was badly scratched. Additionally the metal housing was rusted in places. I sent it to a repair company but after a year, they returned it stating they could not repair it.
A few months ago I sent it to Stephen Willis of Bespoke Installations, who stripped it apart, replaced much of the original wiring, replaced the motor with a modern and much quieter version, fitted a LED lamp and created a new colour wheel. The unit was then sent to Mark Gibson, who incidentally made this film, who removed the scratches from the display panel, the rust from the metal chrome housing, and this splendid vintage sign is now proudly displayed in perfect working order at Grays of Westminster in 2017 in Nikon’s 100th anniversary.
Until the end of January we are offering 10% off second-hand camera bodies with a maximum discount of £100. Exclusions apply – please see our website for full details and a complete list of our second hand stocks: http://bit.ly/1HKXhx8
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NIKON 100th Anniversary Diary for New & Renewing Subscribers to the Nikon Owner Magazine
We have a limited supply of very special Nikon 2017 diaries with the 100th Anniversary Nikon logo imprinted on the front leatherette cover. To claim your gift you can subscribe, renew or upgrade your subscription by contacting a member of sales staff at Grays of Westminster on: 0207 828 4925
Place your order before 1pm Saturday 14th January to receive up to £510 cashback on new Nikon
Winter Photographic Inspiration
Although many associate January with long nights, short days and it can feel much like the greyest month of winter, there are still plenty of opportunities to take the camera out and capture images.
Whether it’s frost in the early morning (or snow!), capturing the dew on winter foliage after rainfall, or night photography which at this time of year can be done even at 5pm, there is always a chance to take photographs. We have some images from around the Nikon world which we hope will help to inspire you.
This black & white landscape was taken in Lyme Regis by Simon Newman on the Nikon D7200 + 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR handheld!
This clear-cut night shot of the Hoegh Trapper was taken by John Robinson on his new D5 coupled with the 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR with a 1.6 second exposure. Lovely work!
This dewy leaf was taken with the D750 & 35mm f/1.8G AF-S, spotted during a winter walk in London.
London, UK, 11th January 2017: Nikon will celebrate its 100th anniversary on July 25th 2017. Since its creation (as Nippon Kogaku Kogyo) in 1917, Nikon has provided the world with unique opto-electronics and precision technologies.
We at Nikon sincerely thank everyone who has been part of this journey for their support in the development of our company over its 100 year history.
As part of our 100th anniversary celebrations, we are launching the Nikon 100th anniversary logo and a special Nikon 100th anniversary website.
1. Nikon 100th anniversary logo
Designed by Nikon’s own design department, the logo will be widely used as the symbol of our celebrations sharing Nikon’s 100th anniversary activities with our customers around the world.
2. Nikon 100th anniversary site
The 100th anniversary site – http://www.nikon.com/100th/ – will offer special anniversary content, such as a celebratory movie and a record of our history over the past 100 years. Further content will continue to be added in the run-up to the anniversary, to share in the celebrations of Nikon’s 100th birthday.
The legendary award-winning Grays of Westminster is a charming period shop, specialising exclusively in Nikon. It offers what is probably the widest range of new and second-hand Nikon in the world. It is situated in a quiet location in central London and offers a fast and reliable mail-order service on any Nikon item - available to all world-wide destinations. Tax free shopping to non-European Community residents is also available.