The Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) has announced the winners of the TIPA World Awards 2021, which brings attention to what it considers to be the best cameras and lenses for photographers across a range of skill levels.
While it is early in 2020, TIPA classifies products for its 2021 awards as those released from late last year through April of 2021. Nominations were originally gathered by the TIPA TEchnical Committee Editors — which consists of member magazines around the world — and equipment is then tested and evaluated. Any new technologies or emerging trends are considered and categories are adjusted accordingly and as needed. Final voting took place on April 30.
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Below are the winners in the camera category:
- Best APS-C Camera, Entry Level — Canon EOS M50 Mark II
- Best APS-C Camera, Advanced — Fujifilm X-S10
- Best APS-C Camera, Expert — Pentax K-3 Mark III
- Best Full-Frame Camera, Advanced — Nikon Z6 II
- Best Full-Frame Camera, Expert — Nikon Z7 II
- Best Full-Frame Professional Camera — Sony Alpha 1
- Best Photo/Video Camera, Advanced — Sigma fp L
- Best Photo/Video Camera, Expert – Sony Alpha 7S III
- Best Medium Format Camera — Fujifilm GFX100S
- Best Vlogger Camera – Sony ZV-1
- Best Professional Video Camera – Panasonic LUMIX DC-BGH1
Of note, Nikon and Sony swept the full-frame still camera awards, as Canon only managed to nab the best entry-level APS-C camera. Sony took the most awards of any camera brand, but overall the results are quite spread out among the major players in the industry.
Below are the winners in the lens category:
- Best Prime Wide-Angle Lens — Laowa 15mm f/4.5 Zero-D Shift
- Best Prime Standard Lens — Sony FE 50mm F1.2 GM
- Best Prime Telephoto Lens — Canon RF600mm f/11 IS STM
- Best Wide-Angle Zoom Lens — Nikon NIKKOR Z 14-24mm f/2.8 S
- Best Standard Zoom Lens — Tamron 17-70mm F/2.8 Di III-A VC RXD (Model B070)
- Best Telephoto Zoom Lens — Tamron 70-180mm F/2.8 Di III VXD (Model A056)
- Best Ultra-Telephoto Zoom Lens — Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS | Contemporary
- Best Portrait Lens — Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG DN | Art
- Best Macro Lens — Sigma 105mm F2.8 DG DN MACRO | Art
Sigma and Tamron are stand-outs in the lens category with multiple wins, though Sony, Canon, Nikon, and even Laowa claimed one award each. Sigma took the most awards with three followed closely by Tamron. It’s not clear if TIPA chose lenses that were best overall or best for the price, but it’s notable that third-party manufacturers racked up wins here over first-party optics.
TIPA World Awards also recognize accessories and Services, and those winners, as well as all of the above, can be seen on TIPA’s website here.