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|| SportsShooter.com: News Item: Posted 2010-01-26

Nikon Professional Services to assist photographers in Vancouver
How NPS will be supporting photographers covering the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.

By Brad Mangin, SportsShooter.com

Photo by Bill Pekala / Nikon Professional Services

Photo by Bill Pekala / Nikon Professional Services

Hundreds of Nikon lenses line up in Salt Lake City, Utah waiting to be loaned out by NPS to credentialed photographers covering the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.
The world’s best sports photographers will be gathering in Vancouver this February to photograph the world's best athletes. To support their efforts, Nikon will maintain two service facilities in the Olympic Press Centers. One located at the Main Press Center in downtown Vancouver, and the other in the Whistler Mountain Press Center.

Bill Pekala, General Manager of Nikon Professional Services (NPS) in the United States, has seen much change in the business since he worked his first Olympic Games for Nikon during the 1976 Summer Olympic Games in Montreal.

"We are always excited to do an international event like the Olympics. I was a tech rep with Nikon when I worked my first Olympics in 1976," said Pekala. "We would have been loaning out Nikon F2 cameras back then as they first came out in August of 1971 and were the professional workhorses at the time."

Following Nikon's support during the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, Pekala says he is looking forward to Vancouver.

"Beijing was very big for us," he said. "We came off a period of time when we had reached our lowest share of professional market. In Beijing we turned it around to over a 50 percent market share. We are looking to have a dominant amount of Nikon cameras on the sidelines of all the events in Vancouver."

Providing cameras and lenses for loans, as well as offering repair service to help over 700 credentialed photographers from all over the world is a huge task.

"We will have over 300 camera bodies that will be available for loan to credentialed photographers in Vancouver," said Pekala. "Most of them will be Nikon D3 and Nikon D3s bodies."

Photographers will be shooting everything from ice hockey to ski jumping and will need access to an arsenal of lenses to use in order to make pictures on tight deadlines.

"We will have close to 300 lenses to loan out, with most of them long, fast glass like the 300 2.8's, 400 2.8's and 600 4.0's. I would be willing to bet we will have several million dollars worth of equipment in Vancouver," he said.

Photo by
Nikon Professional Services in the Main Press Center
Nikon Professional Services (NPS) main facility will be located inside the Main Press Center in the Canada Place - Vancouver Convention Center

Nikon will gather an international staff of 50 Technical Representatives to meet the needs of the photographers assigned to cover this Olympics.

A complete clean and check service will ensure that the photographer’s equipment is ready for the grueling task of working in the Winter conditions. Nikon will have a complete repair facility on-hand for any equipment that might require servicing.

Additionally, NPS’s world class loaner service will be offered to assist with any additional last minute equipment for those special assignments that always present themselves. Loans will be available for a 24 hour period on a first-come, first-served basis.

Registration:
In order to make use of NPS’s service photographers will need to present their EP credential at the Main Press Center Nikon counter, and register. Nikon’s center will open Feb 7th through the 9th for registration only.

Starting on Feb 10th – full loan and repair services will be available at the MPC in downtown Vancouver.

Nikon Party
On Thursday, February 11th (19:00-22:00), Nikon and Canon will host an opening reception at The Vancouver Aquarium. Entrance to the party will be by invitation only so be sure to stop by the Nikon operation at the MPC and pick up your ticket.

NPS - Location Vancouver
Main Press Center
Canada Place / Vancouver Conference Centre
Located in the MPC Press area

Hours of Operation Vancouver:
Feb 7th -9th 9:00 am – 6:00 pm for registration
February 10th – 11th 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Feb 12th – 28th 7:00 am until Midnight (24:00)
March 1st – 8:00 am to Noon (returns only)

Location Whistler
Main Press Center
Whistler Conference Centre

Hours of Operation Whistler:
February 11th - 28th: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
*These times may change from day to day depending on the events schedule – Check with the Nikon Center in Whistler to confirm hours.
*Note: Only clean, check and minor repair services will be available at the Whistler Media Centre.

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