WDC gets a sneak peek behind the scenes at Nikon's onsite service centre and the world's most famous tennis tournament.

Wimbledon, the most famous and prestigious tennis tournament in the world, generates massive interest across the globe.

Watch it on TV, and you’ll always see an army of photographers on Centre Court, firing away and filing their images in the hope that their picture will make the back pages of tomorrow’s newspaper.

To ensure these photographers can keep shooting and get the winning shot, Nikon provides an on-site service centre.

Nikon at Wimbledon

This is all part of the Nikon Professional Services (NPS) scheme, and What Digital Camera was lucky enough to have a sneak-peek behind the scenes to see how it worked at Wimbledon this year.

Situated in the Media Centre at SW19, The NPS area is there to support the registered Nikon shooters covering the event – with 198 accredited photographers there, 50% were using Nikon gear.

Photographers can come along to the NPS area and drop kit off to get looked over – even though pro equipment is built to withstand heavy use, some pieces of kit will require a little bit of TLC during the two week event, while swapping lenses constantly will mean sensors will need a clean and a once-over too.

While their kit is being looked at, photographers can pick up loan equipment, allowing them to carry on shooting. Not only that, but Nikon’s onsite office has shelves stacked full of exotic lenses and camera bodies, giving pros the chance to try out the latest kit.

Nikon at Wimbledon

The most in-demand lens while we were there was the new 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II AF-S, though the 16mm fisheye and tilt and shift lenses also proved popular as photographers try to get a different angle on the event. On the body front, the D3S was in high demand, but the whole DSLR range was available – the new D5100 was a popular choice for those shooting video footage.

At the end of the event, over 250 items had been loaned out, with Nikon engineers carrying out over 400 check and cleans and minor repairs.

With the British Grand Prix just round the corner, the NPS team will be on hand again for the world’s press.

Nikon at Wimbledon

  • Bruna

    Hmmm This veiorsn of the manual from the (as opposed to the UK site) seems to be a slightly older veiorsn, but may still prove useful if the UK site is permanently broken as far as downloading the manual is concerned.

  • Mike B

    Given this is now available for £730, about the price of the lens on its own, it makes this a good star buy!

  • david kramer

    This small/simple camera, is a “game changer” like the Sony TRV900(which I own as well as the GH1) Nothing beats it price/value. Leica/Aspheical w/enabling “Legacy” “old”, manual Canon FD lenses….

  • wafawdf

    next time you upload footage. do it un compressed or it is pointless. amateurs

  • Mat Gallagher

    With a price difference of £850 between the G1 with 14-45mm and GH1 with 14-140mm that is suggesting you are paying nearly £1000 for the lens. Nikon’s 18-200mm VR is only £550.

  • Alex

    Hi, you guys completely missed the point about price and value. The 14mm-140mm kit lens is superior to most (if not all) kit lens that are included with other DSLR and thus much pricier. You have to compare it with similar lenses such as the Nikon 18-200 AF-S VR f/3.5-5.6 and Canon EF-S 18-200mm F3.5-5.6 IS. Add the price of either of those lenses to the Nikon D5000 or Canon EOS 500D (accordingly) and you get a very similar price tag to the GH1. It’s not the video features that make the camera expensive, it’s the lens!