Camera GP Japan 2019 Awards


Camera of The Year
Camera Grand Prix 2019 Camera of the Year is to be awarded to “LUMIX S1R”, produced by Panasonic Corporation.

Lens of The Year
Camera Grand Prix 2019 Lens of the Year is to be awarded to “FE 24mm F1.4 GM”, produced by Sony corporation.

Readers Award
Camera Grand Prix 2019 Readers Award is to be given to “OM-D E-M1X”, produced by Olympus Corporation.

Editors Award
Camera Grand Prix 2019 Editors Award is to be given to “RICOH GR III” produced by Ricoh Company, LTD. and to “28-75mm F/2.8 Di III RXD (Model A036)” produced by Tamron Co., Ltd.


Reasons for choice
This large-aperture prime lens provides the widest angle as of today in Sony G Master series, in which the company has achieved, with its advanced optical technology, high resolution as well as spectacular bokeh at the same time.

Although it is a large-aperture, wide angle lens, the image quality is well preserved even towards the image peripheries in both sagittal and meridional directions, so an unwanted spreading of point light sources is thoroughly suppressed, offering a high resolution, beautiful picture with little aberration. It gives spectacular resolution even at the widest F1.4 aperture, realizing the long-awaited capability for shooting a starlit sky. Furthermore, its glassy bokeh is not only beautiful but natural as well.

Unlike other manufacturers’ large-aperture lenses, this one is highly small and light, going against the current trends of higher-performance, larger and heavier lenses. With little distortion, its great usability goes beyond scenic photography.


Reasons for choice
This model expresses Tamron’s very essence, with which the company provides interchangeable lenses with distinctive uniqueness that no camera makers could match with their original lenses.

This lens, with the wide-angle end at 28mm, is surprisingly small, although it has the maximum F2.8 aperture in all the zoom range and is for a 35mm full-frame mirrorless camera.

It gives a high-quality image to the image peripheries, with high resolution befitting a latest high-performance image sensor, while maintaining beautiful bokeh as a large aperture lens.

Compact enough to carry around, it lets you take photos with a shallow depth of field quite easily. Its short MOD (minimum object distance) is handy for so many shooting purposes that you may find any other lenses unnecessary.

Moderately priced on top, it seems to have been developed and offered with keen attention to users’ needs.

This well-balanced, carefully designed lens would help increase the users of full-size mirrorless cameras.

via cjpc

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