Gear of the Year Awards 2016 winners

Photography needs equipment, whether that is a biscuit tin with a pinhole, a bag to carry your kit around in or the latest camera complete with bells and whistles. The great thing nowadays is that the huge breadth of kit available to help us produce pictures means we don’t want for choice. In fact, if anything, there is too much choice. 

Our annual Awards, voted for by Photography News readers, aims to recognise truly outstanding kit and as you go through the roll call of winners we think you’ll agree that this year’s winning crop is quite exceptional.

Sadly, not everything can win, so our heartfelt commiserations to the nominees for getting there but not quite, as well as massive congratulations to the winners and thanks to our readers for your support.


Consumer DSLR: Sony A77 II 

Advanced DSLR: Nikon D500

Professional DSLR : Canon EOS 5D Mark IV 

Consumer CSC: Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II 

Advanced CSC: Fujifilm X-T2

Professional CSC: Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

Compact: Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II 

Medium-format: Hasselblad X1D

Innovation: Fujifilm GFX mirrorless medium-format camera system

Launch: Fujifilm X-Pro2

Movie camera of the year : Blackmagic Pocket Cinema 

360° Camera of the year : Kodak Pixpro SP360 4K


Wide-angle zoom: Sigma 12-24mm f/4 DG HSM Art 

Standard zoom: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM 

Telephoto zoom: Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5.6-6.3 Di VC USD G2

Superzoom: Nikon AF-S 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR 

Prime: Wide-angle : Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art

Prime: Standard: Fujifilm XF35mm f/2 R WR

Prime: Telephoto: Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4

Macro: Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Macro 

Video lens: Samyang 50mm T1.3 ED AS UMC CS 



Tripod: Travel : Benro FTA18CC Travel Angel  

Tripod: Aluminium : Manfrotto 290 Dual Aluminium 3-section

Tripod: Carbon-fibre:  Kenro Karoo Ultimate Travel Tripod 401C

On-camera flash : Pixapro Li-ION580 ETTL  

Portable flash : Elinchrom ELB 400 with Quadra HS head  

Monobloc flash: Profoto D2

Mains flash: POWER PACK: Profoto Pro-10

Continuous light: Westcott Flex Bi-Color mat 

Studio/lighting accessory : Rogue FlashBender 2 XL Pro

Filter: Lee Filters Big Stopper

Memory card: PNY Elite Performance SDXC UHS-I/U3 

External storage device: Samsung Portable SSD T3

Shoulder/sling bag: Nest Hiker 30  

Photo backpack: Lowepro Pro Runner BP 350 AW II

Roller/hard case Manfrotto Professional Roller Bag 50 

Inkjet printer: Epson SureColor SC-P600 

Inkjet media: Photographic finish: PermaJet FB Gold Silk 315gsm  

Inkjet media: Fine art finish: Hahnemühle William Turner 310gsm  

Colour management device: X-Rite ColorMunki Display

Monitor: BenQ PV270 Pro 27in IPS

Movie accessory of the year: G-Technology G Drive ev RaW


Best retailer: Jessops

Best Hire Centre: Calumet Rental 

Best Insurance Provider:  Aaduki Multimedia Insurance

Best Processing Lab: Loxley Colour

Best Book Service: CEWE PHOTOBOOKS

Photo Website Provider: Zenfolio

Training provider: Jessops Academy

Read issue 43 of Photography News to see the winner's accepting their awards at this year's Photography Show.