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Savouring the Sights of Tokyo with Lukasz Palka and Nikon

- 7 years ago

As Nikon commemorates its 100th Anniversary next week, take a look through this original series of images, captured in the company’s birthplace, Tokyo. Shot to show the capabilities of a selected range of telephoto lenses, built for travel photography

For this project, Nikon worked with notable Polish travel photographer, and Tokyo resident, Lukasz Palka, to capture an individual view on the city. Lukasz adopted a range of specialist NIKKOR lenses and utilising his expert techniques, cut through the madness of the metropolis and captured the aspects that make it so distinctive. 

From its neon-drenched nightlife, unique balance between tradition and modernity, and beautiful, yet frenetic urban spectacles, Tokyo offers opportunities and challenges for travel photographers. Images from the series vary from the heights of Mori Tower to thecrowds of Shibuya Crossing via Buddhist monks and Tokyo’s street life.

Speaking with PhotoBite on his experience, Lukasz said: “As a travel photographer I’m looking for robust and versatile equipment that ensures I can capture a range of shots from just one camera body and lens. Tokyo offers a huge variety of potential shots, and each of the four lenses I used on this shoot gave me the scope to cut through the chaos of this incredible city and isolate the key elements that make it so special. The resulting images reflect my passion; giving people an insight into this iconic metropolis from a different perspective.”

Lukasz shot the image series using the D5, D500 and D7500 and the following NIKKOR lenses:

  • AF-S DX NIKKOR 18–300mm f/3.5–6.3G ED VR: The remarkably compact ‘walkabout’ lens is ideal for those who want to travel light without sacrificing image quality or the ability to capture diverse perspectives. Incorporating Nikon’s Vibration Reduction system, the lens delivers clear images, even when shooting handheld at the super-telephoto end of the range
  • AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR: Compact and versatile, the 5x zoom lens delivers outstandingly sharp images, even in low light conditions. Its Nano Crystal coat greatly reduces the effects of ghosting and flare
  • AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR: This high-power FX zoom lens with versatile wide-angle to telephoto zoom range offers an ultra-high 10.7x zoom and wide 28-300mm focal range that easily covers the most commonly used focal lengths, making it ideal for travel photographers seeking maximum quality from minimum kit
  • AF-S NIKKOR 80–400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR: This high-performance telephoto zoom lens for use with FX-format SLRs provides a broad focal range that’s ideal for landscape shots. It also features Nikon’s Vibration Reduction system that lets the user shoot at shutter speeds up to four stops slower, for steady images when shooting handheld

Celebrate with Nikon as they reach their centenary; take advantage of the current cashback promotions on Nikon’s all round zoom lenses.

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Simon Skinner

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Having spent many years working in various pockets of the music industry, and always with a camera in hand, Simon has worked with organisations such as Warner/Chappell, Food Records and ultimately, co-founding the innovative independent record label, Izumi Records before moving fully into the world of publishing in 2007. Amongst numerous other projects in the last decade, he has been responsible for a number of specialist photo trade magazines and journals for the filmmaking and photography communities, along with a coffee table book entitled, "Great Britons of Photography' which he produced with Peter Dench and Leica. Now heading up PhotoBite, Simon and the team have set themselves a task of delivering informative and inspirational content for photographers of all levels, from the beginner, shooting with smartphones, to the seasoned photographer and filmmaker.