Nikon DX format D5600 features
Nikon’s SnapBridge, which can be
used for remote shooting and
to automatically transfer
images from the camera to
a compatible smartphone or
tablet using Bluetooth.
BEST APS;C DSLR EXPERT:
The Pentax KP is a weather-resistant and dustproof camera
with a 24.3MP APS-C CMOS
sensor with no low-pass filter.
The camera offers an unheard
of ISO (819,200), a Pixel Shift
Resolution System, and AA filter
moiré reduction technology.
BES T FULL;FRAME DSLR
EXPERT: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
The EOS 5D Mark IV features a
full-frame 30.4MP CMOS sensor
and DIGIC 6+ processor that
can capture 7 frames per second
stills and 4K 30p video.
BES T DSLR
Sony α99 II
The α99 Mark II
has a 42.4MP
Exmor R CMOS sensor inside
its magnesium alloy body and an
enhanced buffer that can handle
up to 12 frames per second
shooting with AF/AE tracking.
BEST DSLR WIDE ANGLE
ZOOM LENS: SIGMA
12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art
Constructed with 16 elements
in 11 groups, with FLD (fluorite
equivalent) glass elements, an
updated Hyper Sonic Motor with
1.3X torque for fast AF, and use of
“the largest aspherical element
in the industry,” this constant-
aperture wide-angle zoom is
designed for full-frame DSLRs but
can also be used with APS-C sensor
cameras to deliver a still-impressive
18-36mm field of view.
BEST DSLR STANDARD
ZOOM LENS: Canon EF
24-105mm f/4L IS II USM
This updated version of a versatile,
constant-aperture zoom has a
new optical composition that
includes 17 elements in 12 groups,
including 4 glass-molded (GMo)
aspherical lenses that yield excellent
resolving power as well as increased
peripheral brightness for enhanced
BEST DSLR TELEPHOTO ZOOM
LENS: Tamron SP 150-600mm
f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
This long-range zoom is built for
full-frame DSLRs but can also be
used on APS-C DSLRs to deliver an
incredible 225-900mm focal length
range (approximate, depending
on camera). Tamron’s improved
VC (Vibration Compensation)
offers a 4. 5 stop advantage
with three modes for a variety
of shooting scenarios.
BEST DSLR PRIME LENS:
SIGMA 85mm F1.4 DG HSM Art
Aimed at portrait photographers
and those who want to create
dramatic shallow depth of field
effects, this full-frame 85mm lens
in Sigma’s Art series employs two
FLD elements and one anomalous-dispersion (AD) high-refractive
index element to achieve extremely
low levels of chromatic aberration.
19mm f/4E ED
Pros shooting architecture and tight
indoor spaces will appreciate the
quality and features of this tilt-shift,
full-frame perspective control lens.
FUJIFILM GFX 50S
Containing a 51.4MP CMOS
sensor ( 43. 8 x 32.9mm) and
X-Processor Pro engine, the
GFX-50S is a compact and
lightweight camera with a 2.36M
dot touchscreen LCD as well as a
detachable 3.69M dot EVF.
BEST MIRRORLESS CSC
ENTRY LEVEL: FUJIFILM X-T20
Housing an APS-C 24.3MP X-Trans
CMOS III sensor, the X-T20 records
both JPEG and 14-bit RAW stills
and 4K, Full HD, and HD video.
BEST MIRRORLESS CSC
EXPERT: FUJIFILM X-T2
The X-T2 contains an APS-C sized
24MP X-Trans CMOS III sensor
and X-Processor that can deliver
up to ISO 51,200 sensitivity. The
X-T2 has extremely impressive AF
performance in low light and for
low-contrast subjects as well as an
AF-C custom setting that allows
users to match subject movement.
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II
The lightweight and weatherproof
E-M1 Mark II has a 20MP Live MOS
sensor and TruePic VIII Dual Quad
Core Processor. It offers two very
high speed shooting sequences,
15 fps (mechanical) and 60 fps
(electronic), as well as 4K Ultra HD
video recording (30/25/24 fps)
with a built-in stereo mic.
BEST CSC STANDARD
ZOOM LENS: Panasonic
LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm /
F2.8 II ASPH. / POWER O.I.S.
Among Panasonic’s updated LUMIX
G lenses, this fast 12-35mm
GEAR & TECHNIQUES PRODUCT REVIEWS
Tamron SP 70-200mm
f/2.8 Di VC USD GS
PROS: Excellent value; rock-solid
image stabilization; good build quality.
CONS: Strong vignetting starting
at f/6 and wider.
switch from manual to autofocusing, turn
VC on or off as well as to set your desired
VC mode. Focusing range is visible
through a small window at the top of
the lens (we wish it was a tad larger)
and there’s a removable tripod collar.
Patiño shot the SP 70-200mm for
several headshots on both the Canon
5DS tethered through Lightroom and
the Sony a7R II with a Metabones
adapter tethered into Capture One.
The lens did an excellent job resolving
the details of both of these high-resolution
cameras, though Patiño found the Sony
files to be a bit sharper when viewed at
100 percent in Lightroom.
Patiño tells us he didn’t spot much
in the way of chromatic aberration,
but vignetting was surprisingly strong
starting at f/6 and got stronger as he
opened up the lens. The Lightroom
profile was able to eliminate it.
On the plus side, he tells us the VC
was excellent. “I would have no
problem hand-holding this lens”
under a variety of conditions, he says.
The lens focused quickly and accurately
on both camera bodies, Patiño says.
If you’re a full-frame shooter looking
to update your 70-200mm workhorse,
Tamron’s SP 70-200mm G2 makes a
compelling bid for your dollar. For one
thing, it’s considerably less expensive
than the equivalent offerings from both
Canon and Nikon. For Nikon shooters
especially, this lens is an attractive
alternative to the AF-S NIKKOR
70-200mm f/2.8 ED VR II. It focuses
closer, offers better image stabilization
and costs you about $800 less. You’ll
have to battle back some vignetting but
you’ll enjoy excellent image quality
and a versatile lens that handles well
indoors and out.
;;;; TIPA AWARD
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across a range of categories. In 2016, the Photo+ Group, which includes both PDN and
Rangefinder, became a member of TIPA and is proud to present this year’s winners.