Gear of the Year 2011: Best Advanced DSLR/SLT & Best Lens
Best Advanced DSLR/SLT
WINNER: Sony Alpha 77
Price: £1,149 (body only)
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.
WINNER: Nikon 24-120mm f/4G
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!
Tamron 60mm Macro
Panasonic Lumix 100-300mm (MFT)
Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6