Photography News 111 - Newsletter



construction and use advanced coatings to cut down on problems caused by flare and ghosting – well that is reflected in our nominations too. Your vote will likely be greatly influenced by the genres of photography you’re interested in, as well as brands you own. But PN’ s experts have scoured the ranges from all major lens brands, camera makers and indie producers to give you plenty of choice when it comes to picking the all-important winners.

IN RECENT TIMES, lenses have become wider, longer and faster than ever – and that’s great news for image makers of all genres. Our categories may cover the usual suspects – wide angle, standard, telephoto, superzoom and macro – but our nominations are anything but. We have auto and manual focus, superfast- aperture primes and wide-ranging, powerful telephotos, all at a range of prices. Of course, many optics now boast exotic glass in their

 BEST STANDARD LENS Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L USM Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM Fujifilm XF16-80mm f/4 R OIS WR Irix 45mm f/1.4 Dragonfly Laowa Argus 35mm f/0.95 FF Nikon Z 28-75mm f/2.8 OM System M.Zuiko Digital 20mm f/1.4 Pro

Panasonic Lumix S 50mm f/1.8 Samyang AF 35mm f/1.4 FE II Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG DN Art Sony FE 50mm f/1.4 GM Tamron 35-150mm f/2-2.8 Di III VXD Tokina Opera 50mm f/1.4 FF Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4

 BEST WIDE-ANGLE LENS Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM Fujifilm XF8mm f/3.5 R WR Irix 21mm f/1.4 Laowa Argus 28mm f/1.2 FF

 BEST TELEPHOTO LENS Canon RF 100-300mm f/2.8L IS USM Canon RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1L IS USM Fujifilm XF56mm f/1.2 R WR Fujifilm XF150-600mm f/5.6-8 R LM OIS WR Nikon Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S Nikon Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG DN OS Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG DN OS Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS II Tamron 150-500mm f/5-6.7 Di III VC VXD Zeiss Otus 100mm f/1.4 Samyang AF 75mm f/1.8 FE Samyang AF 85mm f/1.4 FE II

 BEST MACRO LENS Canon RF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Fujifilm XF30mm f/2.8 R LM WR Macro Fujifilm XF80mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro Irix 150mm f/2.8 Macro 1:1 Laowa 58mm f/2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO Nikon Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 90mm f/3.5 Macro IS Pro Sigma 105mm f/2.8 DG DN Macro Voigtlander 110mm f/2.5 Macro APO-Lanthar

Nikon Z 14-24mm f/2.8 S Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8 Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-35mm f/2.8 ASPH Power OIS Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8 Sigma 14mm f/1.4 DG DN Art Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art

 BEST SUPERZOOM LENS Canon RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM Canon RF-S 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM Fujifilm XF18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR Nikon Z DX 18-140mm f/3.5-6.3 VR Nikon Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Samyang AF 35-150mm f/2-2.8 FE Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD Tamron 28-200mm f/2.8-5.6 Di III RXD

Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG DN Sony FE 14mm f/1.8 GM Tamron 20-40mm f/2.8 Di III VXD Voigtlander 29mm f/0.8 Super Nokton


WHILE IT’S SHINY new cameras and lenses that tend to hog the limelight when it comes to column inches, it’s accessories that have a real day-to-day impact in our image making. Go out for a photo walk and you’ll need a rucksack or shoulder bag to keep your kit safe and sound; when the light drops off, it’s your three-legged friend that you turn to for sharp shooting; and if you get the urge to go all creative, it’s time to reach for the camera filters to give your shots an individual look. Because videography now plays such a central role in imaging, our awards reflect this evolution, embracing those accessories dedicated to helping in the creation of high- quality video content that both looks and sounds great. We have categories for video tripods, microphones as well as on-camera monitors, so you can honour the moviemaking essentials that make a real difference. Reward the enormous role accessory producers play in your imaging by voting for your favourite kit from these shortlisted nominations, chosen by PN ’s roster of experts.

 BEST TRIPOD: ALLOY Benro Bat 15A + VX20

 BEST TRIPOD: CARBON FIBRE Benro Tortoise 24CLV K&F Explorer Carbon Fibre TC-2834L Kingjoy Solidrock C83 Leofoto Poseidon LP-324C Manfrotto Befree GT XPro Carbon Novo Helix T200 Carbon Fibre Tripod Kit Peak Design Travel Tripod – carbon fibre Slik Pro CF-933 Vanguard VEO 3+ 303CT

Benro MeFoto Globetrotter Aluminium Kenro Karoo Ultimate Travel Tripod Kit – aluminium Manfrotto 190XPro Aluminium 4-Section Peak Design Travel Tripod – aluminium Slik Pro 400DX Vanguard VEO 3T+ 234AB 3 Legged Thing Charles 2.0 Magnesium Alloy Tripod System

 BEST TRIPOD FOR VIDEO Benro KH26P Benro Rhino FRHN05C + VX20 Benro Rhino FRHN34C + VX30 Libec TH-Z Manfrotto 645 Fast Twin Carbon Sachtler Flowtech75 Aktiv MS Sirui BCT-2203

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