Roll out the red carpet! Photographers from around the world have voted on the inaugural inductees for MPB’s Photo and Video Kit Hall of Fame. The cameras selected for the Class of 2020 have made their mark and passed the test of time. Photographers from 157 countries cast more than 40,000 votes for photo and video kit in in five categories—Classic, Game Changer, Road Tested, Trendsetter and Icon. And the winners are (drumroll please):
This Classic inductee is a timeless, incredibly well-built honoree renowned for its outstanding image quality and reliability, even over two decades after it was first launched.
Known as the Game Changer inductee, the sports camera offers a revolutionized point-of-view filming approach for action and otherwise-impossible-to-capture activities.
The Road Tested inductee is a near-perfect all-rounder, bringing high resolution to a familiar package, with trusted and reliable ISO performance.
A Trendsetter inductee like this one is both beautiful and portable. It’s the retro camera everyone wishes they had in their kit right alongside their pro body.
The Icon inductee features a legendary shape from an iconic manufacturer, and it has helped create much of the world’s finest work.
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“We launched the Photo and Video Kit Hall of Fame to give creative people around the world an exciting way to engage in their passion and a chance to help make photo history. The votes for our Hall of Fame inductees are testament to how much people love their camera gear,” says Matt Barker, CEO and founder of MPB.
One might ask, then, what truly defines a Classic, a Game Changer, a Road-Tested workhorse, a Trendsetter and an Icon? At MPB, each 2020 Photo and Video Kit Hall of Fame inductee embodies these designations without question.
Take, for example, the Classic. The Nikon D700 stands as a benchmark for quality in an ever-changing world of gear, perfect for both amateurs and pros who appreciate a legendary piece of equipment. Many photographers have learned to shoot with and have traveled the world with the D700. Built like a tank, the D700 has endured over time, rendering beautiful colors, skin tones and exceptional image quality.
Game-Changers, like the GoPro HERO, are marked as such for their ability to disrupt the field by ushering in new technology, expanding product capabilities and making quality more accessible. Upon its original debut, the GoPro HERO turned heads with its compact build and light weight, its ability to record HD/4K Video (60 fps) and take incredible wide-angle shots.
From rainforests to runways, the Road-Tested Nikon D810 is a tried-and-true workhorse, a full-frame digital SLR that features a 36.3 megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor (without an optical low-pass filter), along with Nikon‘s EXPEED 4 image processing engine, and an ISO range of 64 to 12,800 (which expands to 32 to 51,200.)
As a Trendsetter, the Fujifilm X100F spurs conversations about its sleek look and its quality of images. Debuting as one of the smallest Fujifilm cameras on the market when it launched in 2017, everybody is still talking about this gem of a little point-and-shoot. Reviewers often remark on how it has the “guts of an X-Pro 2 and a tack-sharp 23mm f/2 lens in a pocketable form factor.” What more can you ask for in a trendsetter?
Last but not least is the Iconic Hasselblad 500CM, the crème de la crème of photo kits and a camera that continues to be idolized as a symbol of quality and inspiration over time. As Seattle-based wedding photographer Benj Haisch recently outlined on YouTube, the classic look and modular design gives the medium-format camera tons of functionality. It inspired him to bring it along on countless trips and assignments over the years. “It’s one of my favorite cameras of all time,” Haisch says, explaining that the Hasselblad has been in his family for decades. The 500CM is a special and meaningful camera that stands incomparably to modern digital cameras. Its modularity, lens interchangeability and multiple backs, among many other options, make the system unique, incredibly functional, and loved by all.
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