The Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) member magazines convened on 20th March for their General Assembly to vote for the best photo and imaging products launched by the industry in the last 12 months.
TIPA membership comprises 28 leading photo and imaging magazines from 15 countries on five continents, and also has a cooperative partnership with the CJPC (Camera Journal Press Club), representing 11 top photography magazines in Japan.
The TIPA Awards are renowned as the most influential photo and imaging product awards in markets around the world. All products and their advertising media bearing the TIPA Awards logo indicate that these have passed evaluations by TIPA’s technical committee and magazine editors. A TIPA Awards endorsement is the highest accolade for any photo and imaging product.
Source: TIPA website
Four TIPA awards for Canon
EOS 7D Mark II – Best Digital SLR Expert
TIPA says: With specs that appeal to photographers who know what a DSLR is capable of delivering, the 20.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor in the Canon EOS 7D Mark II resides within a weather- and dust-resistant magnesium alloy body along with dual DIGIC 6 processors. The camera features 10 frames-per-second shooting rate, a 65-point (all cross type) AF system, and a 100% field of view viewfinder. Exciting features include HDR and multi-exposure modes, intervalometer and bulb timer for long exposure capture. The camera has dual card slots for both SD-type and CF cards. To support Full HD video quality there is Dual Pixel CMOS AF and dedicated stereo microphone and built-in headphone jack ports.
EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM – Best Expert DSLR Zoom lens
TIPA says: Designed for full frame but equally beneficial for APS-C DSLRs users who want to gain even more zoom range, the the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM incorporates a 4-stop Image Stabilizer and a fast near-silent AF motor (USM). The lens is constructed of 21 elements in 16 groups, including Fluorite and Super UD (Ultra-low Dispersion) lens elements for high image quality across the frame and also features Canon’s Air Sphere Coating (ASC) for reduced ghosting and flares. A nine-bladed circular aperture delivers smooth and impressive bokeh. The rear focusing design, with a floating element, enhances AF speed and ensures uniformity in image quality at all focusing distances. Additionally the zoom operation includes a mechanism for adjusting zoom ring torque. The lens package includes a tripod mount collar.
EF 11-24mm f/4L USM – Best Professional DSLR lens
TIPA says: Canon users now have access to the widest angle of view yet achieved for a rectilinear full-frame DSLR zoom lens. With a minimum focusing distance of 11 inches (28cm), the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM delivers minimally distorted images throughout its range. It is constructed of 16 elements in 11 groups with a three-group zoom system and rear focus. The new design incorporates four aspherical elements to minimize distortion from the centre to the frame edge and an optical array that provides straight lines with minimal curvature throughout the entire range. The lens also features one Super UD and one UD lens element to significantly reduce chromatic aberration and Canon’s SWC coating to reduce flare and ghosting. It is well sealed for dust and water resistance and allows for manual focusing overrides even when in AF mode.
IXUS 160/165/170 – Best Easy Compact Camera
TIPA says: Canon has gone against the tide that supposedly swept away the possibility of new and exciting entrants in this camera category, and has done so with compact and very affordable units that provide what cameraphones lack: long range optical zoom and stunning image quality. For example, the IXUS 170 is an exceptionally slim camera (only 22.6mm thick) with a very long-range optical zoom: 12X (25-300mm equivalent). It has a 20MP sensor and Intelligent IS, Canon’s adaptive Optical Image Stabilizer that aids in capturing shake-free stills and 720p HD video. Users can rely on the Smart Auto Mode, which automatically chooses the best settings for the scene, or from a number of special effects modes. The IXUS 165 also comes with Intelligent IS, whilst both IXUS 165 and IXUS 160 house an 8x zoom and 20MP sensor.
Manfrotto BeFree Carbon tripod gets TIPA award too
Manfrotto’s excellent BeFree Carbon tripod also picked up a TIPA award this year for Best Tripod.
TIPA says: Everyone knows that using a tripod enhances image quality, yet many photographers do not carry one because they assume they will be burdensome and heavy. The compact and portable Manfrotto Befree Carbon series should overcome these concerns. Offered in both aluminium and now carbon fibre models with camera/lens combinations under 9 lbs (4 kg), the design results in a 15.7 inch (40cm) folded length and the Quick Release Adaptor makes for very tight packing of the legs. The carbon fibre version weighs a mere 2.4 lbs (1.1kg). Both versions have handy lock/release leg extensions and two leg-spread options, with a maximum extension of 144 cm (56 inches) with the centre column extended.