The results are in! Best gear of 2019 – winners and runners-up

17 Dec

Winners and runners-up: Best gear of 2019

For the past few weeks, our readers have been voting on their favorite photographic gear in three categories: Best camera, best zoom lens and best prime lens. Now that the first round of voting is over, it’s time to reveal the winners.

Remember, it isn’t over just yet! It’s time now to pick an overall winner.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to exercise your democratic right to vote for something that doesn’t matter in the slightest! Cast your ballot now!

Best prime lens – Runner-up: Nikon Nikkor Z 58mm F0.95 S Noct

Essentially a demonstration of just what the ultra-wide Z mount is capable of, the Nikon 58mm F0.95 is a reimagining of the classic ‘Noct Nikkor’ for the 21st Century. The first thing that most people notice about this manual-focus lens is its sheer size, and substantial weight. Nikon didn’t cut any corners with the Noct, and it shows.

Although we haven’t yet been able to properly test it, our early samples suggest that while clearly a very specialized product the new Noct is capable of doing things that other lenses simply can’t. Clearly you agree, since it took a close runner-up position in our poll.

Best prime lens – Joint-winner: Canon RF 85mm F1.2L USM

We know you hate joint-winners, but when two products are separated by only 0.2% of the vote, what are we meant to do? Competition in this category was intense this year, and the first of our two joint-winners is the Canon RF 85mm F1.2L USM – a reference prime for portrait photography fans and a superb option for Canon RF shooters.

Best prime lens – Joint-winner: Sony FE 135mm F1.8 GM

Tied for the winning position was another superb prime lens – Sony’s FE 135mm F1.8 GM, taking 11% of the total vote.

Practically flawless in terms of common optical aberrations, and capable of beautiful rendering wide-open, this is another excellent option for a7-series and a9 photographers, especially those who are interested in portraiture. We really like this lens, and clearly you do too.

Best zoom lens – Runner-up: Nikon Z 24-70mm F2.8 S

Nikon has spent the year consolidating its Z-mount lens lineup, and the Z 24-70mm F2.8 S is one of the most impressive offerings yet, featuring a highly advanced optical construction including Nikon’s new ‘Arneo’ coating.

Fast and sharp, and capable of very good close focus image quality, the Z 24-70mm F2.8 S is exactly what a standard zoom lens should be: a reliable and versatile tool capable of everything from landscapes to portraiture.

Best zoom lens – winner: Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM

Topping the poll this year for best zoom by a comfortable margin was a very different kind of lens, but designed for a similar kind of photographer. The Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM is a high-performance fast telezoom aimed at professionals and high-end users, which offers stunning performance.

Its combination of excellent sharpness, very effective optical image stabilization and a compact form-factor (at 70mm) make this a winning zoom, in more ways than one. But was it the best product of 2019? Let us know by casting a vote in the final poll.

Best camera – runner-up: Fujifilm GFX 100

Fujifilm’s GF-series of medium-format mirrorless cameras continues to evolve and with the GFX 100, the company really pulled out all of the stops. The first medium-format camera to offer IBIS, the 100MP GFX 100 is a supremely capable product for both stills and video.

While its $ 10,000 asking price puts it out of reach of most non-professional photographers, there’s no denying that it’s an incredible impressive piece of technology, which garnered 12% of the total vote in our poll for best camera of the year.

Best camera – winner: Sony a7R IV

With 21% of the total vote, Sony’s a7R IV was the clear victor in our readers’ poll. The a7R IV also won our DPReview Award for best product of 2019, and apparently our readers like it just as much as we do.

Offering 60MP resolution, advanced autofocus and excellent 4K video features, the a7R IV is Sony’s most versatile mirrorless camera yet, and one of the most competitive in the entire market. Was it the best product of the year? Let us know by casting your vote.

Have your say

You helped determine the winners in these individual categories, so now’s the time to cast your vote in one last poll! Choose up to three favorites from this list of winners and runners-up between now and December 29th 2020 at midnight PT when the final poll closes. Watch for an announcement of the winners soon after.

As always, thanks for casting your votes and being a part of our community throughout the year.


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Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM

Canon RF 85mm F1.2L USM

Fujifilm GFX 100

Nikon Nikkor Z 24-70mm F2.8 S

Nikon Nikkor Z 58mm F0.95 S Noct

Sony FE 135mm F1.8 GM

Sony a7R IV

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