Nikon Professional Services yesterday announced the details of the three Nikon Press Centers they will operate during next month's 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. Open to credentialed photographers, each will feature Mac and PC workstations, loaner cameras, support staff to service both film and digital equipment and more. All three Nikon Press Centers are expected to commence operation on February 4. A press release provides additional detail:
NIKON PROFESSIONAL SERVICES OFFERS COMPLETE PHOTO SERVICES TO PHOTOGRAPHERS AT THE 2002 WINTER OLYMPICS
NPS Teams Up With Partners To Accommodate Every Need For Sports Shooters In Salt Lake City
Melville, NY, January 22, 2002 - Nikon Professional Services (NPS), Nikon’s (www.nikonusa.com) organization to provide valuable assistance to professional photographers, will be on-site at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. NPS will have three full-service state-of-the-art Nikon Press Centers (NPC’s) stationed at various locations throughout the Games to fulfill the needs of sports shooters and professional photographers, providing the highest quality workstations, in both Mac and Windows format, complete digital imaging services and on-site photographic support for all credentialed (EP) photographers and sports shooters. Nikon professionals will also be on hand offering technical support, including Nikon camera and lens repairs. As an added service, all NPC’s will have D1X and D1H digital SLR cameras with Lexar CompactFlash™ digital film, F100 and F5 film cameras and the full line of Nikkor lenses available for a 24-hour loan period.
"The Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City present an incredible opportunity for photographers to capture once-in-a-lifetime images of action, competition, nationalism and emotions," said Bill Pekala, general manager of Nikon Professional Services at Nikon Inc. “The Nikon Press Centers are designed to provide photographers with a top-quality office away from home to produce their latest contributions to the world’s greatest pictures.”
With quality and convenience in mind, Nikon has set up in three locations including 255 Main Street, Suite B in Park City, and the 15,000 square-foot Nikon Press Center (NPC) 801-363-0155, located at 175 West 200 South, Suite 100 on the Lower Garden Level directly across from the main media center at the Salt Palace. Each NPC will be fully operational and ready to accommodate photographers by February 4th. NPS will also offer repair and loan services in the Main Media Center (MMC) located within the Kodak Press Center. Each of these hubs will serve as a photographers’ lounge where the working press can come in from the cold, have refreshments and use comfortable and efficient workstations to produce their photos.
Each press center location will be fully staffed with Nikon Professional Services members as well as tech and product support from Apple, Epson and Adobe®, Gitzo and Lexar™. The Nikon Press center at 175 West 200 South (Garden Level Basement) will offer workstations equipped with state-of-the art Apple and Windows PC’s, each with broadband internet access, Nikon Capture 2.0 software, a CompactFlash card reader and an Epson 1280 photo printer. Apple’s newly unveiled iMac computer will also be on display and available for demonstration.
Epson has also supplied their Model 10000 Large Format printer where selected photos will be printed for display at the Nikon Press Center during each day of the Games. Photographers can also view an ongoing daily slide presentation showcasing new Olympic photos captured during the course of day of competition.
Continuing a tradition born at the Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, Nikon will be offering a set of five Limited Edition collectible pins for all credentialed (EP) photographers. Each photographer can visit the 175 West 200 South location to receive their pins--two pins will be offered to each photographer, one to collect and one for trade. A new pin pair will be offered every three days, beginning on February 10, throughout the course of the Games. Any unclaimed pins will be destroyed increasing their collector’s value.
All credentialed photographers (EP) are also invited to join Nikon for some food, drinks and entertainment to kick off the 2002 Winter Olympics with a Hawaiian Luau party on February 6, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., at Nikon’s main location (175 West 200 South, Garden Level Basement, SLC). All EP credentialed photographers are encouraged to stop by and receive their Official Photographers’ Welcome Gift Pack specially assembled for Winter Games coverage.
About Nikon Professional Services (NPS)
Nikon Professional Services provides valuable assistance for pros in every segment of the photography field, including newspaper, industrial, police and forensic, medical photography, commercial studios, audio-visual production houses and even special movie productions as well as having long been known for intensive coverage of field events. NPS is also available to work with national photographic organizations offering advice and assistance, demonstrating the latest Nikon products, and lecturing on various photography topics.
Nikon Inc., the world leader in precision optics, 35mm and digital imaging technology, is recognized for setting new standards in product design and performance in consumer and professional photographic equipment. Nikon Inc. distributes Nikon’s Total Imaging System of consumer and professional 35mm film and digital SLR cameras, Nikkor optics, Speedlights and System Accessories; Advanced Photo System cameras; 35mm compact cameras; Coolpix® compact digital cameras; Coolscan® digital film scanners; Nikonos® underwater photographic systems; and Nikon sports and recreational optics. The company plays an active role in supporting aspiring and advanced photographers through a variety of organizations, educational programs, events and workshops. For product information, contact Nikon at (800) NIKON-US or visit www.nikonusa.com, which links all levels of photographers to the web’s most