Against the backdrop of recently concluded U.S. midterm elections, we salute the winners of Studio Photography’s first Readers’ Choice Awards. From August 3 through September 20, over 1,000 professional photographers voted for their favorite products and product lines by responding to an email blast, selecting the link in our September enewsletter, or by visiting our website, www.imaginginfo.com.
Voting was heavy and competition was tough. In most instances, there was a
clear product favorite. Where there were multiple product picks within a brand,
or where a brand or product line drew the most votes, we declared the brand
or product line the winner. The biggest surprise was the “photo finish” for
Overall Top Product Winner: the Canon EOS 5D DSLR and Nikon D200 DSLR. Another
contest highlight was Epson sweeping all four categories in which it was nominated.
We congratulate the winners, thank those who voted, and welcome your comments and suggestions as we plan for next year’s competition.
Presenting your 2006 Readers’ Choice Award winners. . .
Ovaerall Top Product Winner (tie): Canon EOS 5D Digital SLR / Nikon D200 Digital SLR
Canon's (www.canon.com) EOS 5D Digital SLR tied as Overall Top Product for Professional Photographers, and also took top honors in the Digital SLR category. The EOS 5D’s unique edge is its full-frame, high-resolution sensor (12.8 megapixels), with a lightweight, compact body. The newest addition to the EOS line is clearly a standout on our readers.
(also Winner: digital slr category)
Nikon's (www.nikonusa.com) D200 Digital SLR, enormously popular since its debut, tied for Overall Top Product for Professional Photographers. Featuring a 10.2-megapixel DX Format CCD image sensor, and large magnification (0.94x) optical viewfinder, it’s a big winner with our readers. With a list of new and favorite features and actions, including the ability to capture high-resolution images at 5 frames per second, Nikon’s newest DSLR was a standout with our readers.
Winner: Digital Back
The Phase One (www.phaseone.com) P 45 full-format digital back earned the number one spot from our readers in the Digital Back category. With a commanding 39 megapixels, a rectangular format sensor 4:3, 35 frames per minute, 50-400 ISO, and 3S technology (Secure Storage System), the P 45 is the portable, compact, lightweight choice of Studio readers, especially for location shoots.
Winner: Film SLR Camera
Nikon's (www.nikonusa.com) F5 SLR, a constant companion for many a film photographer, sailed into the winner’s circle as our readers’ top choice among Film SLR cameras. The classic F5 features a cross-ranged, five-area AF system, high-speed focus tracking up to 8 frames per second with Lock-On, 3D Color Matrix Metering, and durable body construction.
Winner: Photoshop Plug-In
NIK Software's (www.niksoftware.com) Color Efex Pro 2.0 is the Adobe Photoshop Plug-In our readers selected more often than any other. With 19 filters for varied photographic styles, the Standard edition offers Skylight, Midnight Blue, and Sunshine filters. The software corrects color, adds light, creates cinematic day elements for night effects, and diffuses light in images.
Winner: Thermal Printer
Kodak’s (www.kodak.com) professional 1400 Digital Photo Printer was selected by Studio readers more often than any other model in the Thermal Printer category. The Digital Photo Printer owes its popularity, for starters, to its speed (8x10 prints in 90 seconds) and efficiency (multiple photos per sheet).
Winner: Workflow Software
No stranger to the winners’ circle, Adobe (www.adobe.com) products secured the top spot in two award categories. In the first category, Workflow Software, The Adobe Creative Suite, in all its versions, was selected more often than any other software in the category.
Winner: Image Mgmt. Software
Adobe (www.adobe.com) scored its second victory with our readers in the Image Management Software category. Photoshop CS2 was the clear winner in this category.
Winner: Inkjet Printer (17”/larger)
Epson (www.epson.com) was the top pick for Inkjet Printers regardless of their size. Winner of the top spot in our 17” inkjet printer or larger category, the Epson Stylus Pro 7800 is a 24-inch, wide-format printer featuring 8-color Epson UltraChrome K3 Ink, and enhanced black-and-white printing technology.
Winner: Inkjet Printer (under 17”)
Epson (www.epson.com) aced both inkjet printer categories, for starters, because of its advanced quality printing and relatively high engine speeds. The Epson Stylus Pro 2200, winner for inkjet printers under 17”, features 7-color UltraChrome inks and individual ink cartridges, 2880x 1440 dpi resolution with ultra-fine 4-picoliter ink droplets, as well as interchangeable Photo and Matte Black inks.