Awards 2010 - Lens

Winner

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II

Awards 2010 - Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II

There have been several excellent lenses launched this year. The new Compact System Cameras have brought with them a range of new mounts, and as such have presented new opportunities for lens development. However, the lens that really caught our eyes this year is the new 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II zoom from Nikon.

Featuring Nikon's latest vibration-reduction technology, as well as its silent wave motor technology, the lens also features a pro-spec build, as well as a three-mode focusing slider mechanism. Where the lens really excels, however, is in its optical capabilities. It achieved a near-perfect score on optical testing charts and, thanks to a recent drop in price, it's the stand-out candidate from the year.

Runners Up

Sigma 8-16mm

Awards 2010 - Sigma 8-16mm

Leica 45mm (MFT)

Awards 2010 - Leica 45mm (MFT)

Tamron 180mm macro

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