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It’s TIPA time

Roll up, roll up, to the competition where everyone is a winner! Yes folks, it’s TIPA time – where the love is shared around like it’s 1969 and we are back at Woodstock.

TIPA Sigma fp
Sigma’s first full-frame mirrorless camera, the Sigma fp, was named TIPA’s Full-Frame Camera – Expert category winner. As a relatively unfamiliar name in cameras, Sigma has moved fast to promote the fact on its website and no doubt its product packaging as well.

This year, due to Coronavirus, the editorial representatives of the 26 magazine editors who comprise the TIPA judging panel had to cancel their expenses-paid annual junket/awards dinner in Las Vegas. Bummer – but they hope to re-schedule. Last year it was held in Tokyo. In 2018, Bangkok was the location.

Starting out with a modest five product categories in 1991, there are now 40 TIPA awards. A crowded field of excellence, you might think, but when you understand that companies with winning products pay a hefty fee to use the TIPA Awards logo (‘the highest accolade for any photo and imaging product’), the logic of  TIPA’s incredible expanding product categories is clear. And it’s probably just a co-incidence, but having a spread of awards across a large number of prospect manufacturers has a certain business model logic to it too.

In the weeks after the TIPA announcements the email in-tray becomes home to multiple TIPA press releases. This year the Canon spinmeisters were first off the mark with this morning’s: Canon awarded five prestigious 2020 TIPA World Awards – demonstrating its commitment to innovation. Nikon, Sony, Fujifilm will be among those who follow in the next few days outlining what their collection of prestigious perspex trophies demonstrate about them. They will all get a run on a range of undiscerning websites, generally word for word, because, well, it would be rude not to run a press release when a potential advertiser has taken the trouble to send it in.

Actually, there was one notable absence from the list of leading manufacturers winning a gong this year: Olympus didn’t get a look-in. Perhaps because there was no Micro Four Thirds category – who knows? There were some other weird category omissions. TIPA gave an award for a chintzy little portable printer but none for any desktop photo printer or a wide format printer. There is an award for a travel tripod but not just a tripod. Two awards for portable lighting options but nothing for studio flash. Anyways, here’s the full list of  2020 TIPA Awards:

DSLR Advanced Camera: Canon EOS 90D
DSLR Expert Camera: Nikon D780
DSLR Professional Camera: Canon EOS-1D X Mark III
APS-C Camera Advanced: Nikon Z50
APS-C Camera Expert: Sony α6600
APS-C Camera Professional: Fujifilm X-Pro3
Full Frame Camera Expert: Sigma fp
Full Frame Professional Camera: Sony α7R IV
Full Frame Photo/Video Camera: Panasonic Lumix S1H
Medium Format Camera: Fujifilm GFX100
Expert Compact Camera: Sony RX100 VII
Vlogging Camera: 
Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III
Premium Compact Camera: 
Fujifilm X100V

DSLR Professional Lens: 
AF-S Nikkor 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR
DSLR Prime Lens: 
Tamron SP 35mm f/1.4 Di USD
DSLR Macro Lens: Venus Optics Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO
DSLR Wide Angle Zoom Lens: 
Tokina atx-I 11-16mm f/2.8 CF
MFT Lens: 
Panasonic Leica DG VVario_Summilux 10-25mm f/1.7 ASPH
Mirrorless Prime Standard Lens: Nikon Z 58mm f/0.95 Noct.
Mirrorless Prime Wide Angle Lens: Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8 RF
Mirrorless Wide Angle Zoom Lens: Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG DN | Art
Mirrorless Standard Zoom Lens: 
Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG DN | Art
Mirrorless Telephoto Zoom Lens: 
Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Professional Portrait Lens: Canon RF 85mm Ff/1.2L USM (DS) 

Portable LED Light: 
ARRI Orbiter
Portable Flash: 
Nissin MG80 Pro Flash

Inkjet Photo Paper: Hahnemühle Natural Line
Portable Printer: Fujifilm instax mini Link
Imaging Software: DxO PhotoLab3
Imaging Storage Solution: SanDisk Extreme Pro CFexpress 2.0 Type B memory cards
Travel Tripod: Manfrotto Befree GT XPRO
Tripod Head: Gitzo 3-Way head
Photo Monitor: BenQ PhotoVue SW321C
Professional Video Monitor: LG UltraWide 38WN95C
Photo Smartphone: Huawei P90 Series
Mobile Accessory: Godox R1
Colour Management Solution: X-Rite i1 Display Studio / i1 Display Pro Plus
Photo Lab: 
WhiteWall MasterPrint
Photo Service: 
CEWE Photobook with leather and linen
Photo Innovation: Sony Real-Time Tracking technology



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