The Camera Store Shares Its Picks for Best and Worst Cameras and Lenses of 2013

Everybody is coming out with their editor’s choices and best of’s and holiday gift guides, but The Camera Store added another facet to their “best of 2013″… the “worst of 2013.” From lenses, to still cameras to video cameras, take a gander at what was really good and, inevitably more entertaining, what was really bad.

The “best of” choices are hard to argue with. At the top of the “best of” list for lenses was the exceptional Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8, Sony’s F5 and F55 topped the video cameras list, and (no surprise here) the Sony a7 and a7R took the crown for still cameras.


Worst lenses weren’t identified, but both the video and stills guy took their shots at the most horrendous releases of 2013. Again, no surprises here, but we’ll let you discover those on your own. After all, if we give away the entire video you would miss seeing the increasingly ‘tipsy’ Camera Store guys tear into some terrible gear.

But once you do watch the video, drop us a line. This is just one site/store/group’s opinion, what did they miss? Any other awesome or awful lenses and still cameras you’d like to put up for consideration? Let us know in the comments down below.

  • Barry MacKenzie

    I’m surprised the Nikon DF didn’t make the list.

  • Rafael Alencar

    Is it a paid ad ?
    Where’s the entire Canon line?

  • Jeff Davis

    As if Canon makes anything good.

  • Rob S

    Nice to see someone recognizing Pentax. I would love to get a K3 for the IQ/ISO performance but I am really mad Pentax decided to produce yet another battery grip. Really, you had to make the new camera .5mm larger so the BG4 most of us already have wont work?

  • Samuel Horne

    I’m not! Ha. The image sensor wasn’t quite as good, and the price tag was worse than that of the D800. It’s a no-brainer.

  • Barry MacKenzie

    You must be drunk. The price is exactly the same as the D800, it has the sensor from the D4 and the best high ISO performance of any camera made. Furthermore, it looks bad ass!

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  • John Oliver

    The Df is a fine camera and will take great photos in the right hands. However, and as far as “shutterbuggery”, it’s too bulky with its mirror box. Too, its imager, while very noise resistant in low light is several years behind the D-800. And another “too”, it’s very expensive relative to the D-800. I’m not sure the Df will have as much product life as Nikon would hope. It wins high points for sentimental value but the mirror box days are very near their end and that applies to Canon too.

  • tttulio

    The guys are spot on.

  • robin

    Nikon DF is a brilliant camera… but just is way overprice…

  • nikonian

    I’m not suprised as it would probably sat at 5th… The price, lack of video, and a few other things are what made it not a winner.If they had put a 1/16000 Shutter speed and 1/500 sync in the existing model it would have made the Df worth the $2800

  • TomSelleck

    Agree with the mirror box point. How hard would it have been to make this camera mirrorless and hence half the size? All they would have needed was three new primes to launch with, an F mount AF lens adapter, and a heads up to sigma to make a few low cost lenses to add tho the pile, and they would have been off and racing. The DF could have been a perfect stepping stone for Nikon into mirrorless, the start of a new lens line-up, and a future proofing option for the company should DSLR crash and burn like many are predicting.

  • Diane

    no love for pinterest? that’s where i keep and share lots of photo articles. do your research. pinterest has high end users and they do buy from the site.

  • Tipsy

    At least Canon actually got something on this list :3