Gear of the Year 2011: Best Advanced DSLR/SLT & Best Lens

Gear of the Year 2011


Best Advanced DSLR/SLT

WINNER:  Sony Alpha 77

Price: £1,149 (body only)

Website: www.sony.co.uk

Since Sony's A700 exited the range a couple of years back, many have felt there's been a hole left in the Alpha lineup. That is, until now.
The Alpha SLT-77 is one of those cameras that just gets you excited 
about digital technology again. There's 
a shedload of it crammed into the 
A77's shell, and then a bit more just 
for good measure.
As an SLT (Single Lens Translucent) camera, the A77 brings a 2.5-million-dot OLED electronic viewfinder to the fold - and while it won't meet everyone's expectations, it's a great tool that goes one step further to keep the EVF cynics at bay. Add to that a best-in-class 12fps burst mode with continuous autofocus, a high-resolution 24.3MP sensor, and weather-sealed body and this is one hot camera that has more than met its high expectations. A true DSLR-beater.

RUNNERS-UP 


Nikon D7000
Pentax K-5

Best LENS

WINNER:  Nikon 24-120mm f/4G

Price: £839

Website: www.nikon.co.uk

Having the right lens can be a huge aid to getting the perfect shot. Of 
the wide variety of glass available, we've seen numerous lenses this 
year - most, if not all, of which have truly impressed.
But Nikon's latest 24-120mm f/4G has to be the one to take the prize. A class update of the f/3.5-5.6 version of the same focal length, the latest model adds second-generation Vibration Reduction technology, has a Nano Crystal coating to reduce flare, and the 17 elements arranged in 13 groups make for image quality that's second to none. This will be the perfect all-in-one DSLR lens for many, whether using full-frame Nikon FX, APS-C Nikon DX or, indeed, both!

RUNNERS-UP 


Tamron 60mm Macro
Tokina 16-28mm
Panasonic Lumix 100-300mm (MFT)
Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6