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Studio Photography Readers' Choice Winners
This Year's Best in Show

The votes are in, results have been tallied and the winners are being announced, in Studio Photography magazine's 3rd annual Readers' Choice Awards. We've asked you to vote for which products you absolutely couldn't live without, and which products maybe you would've liked to have lived without (though we'll keep the latter to ourselves). We're announcing the top picks made by our readers--from top lighting equipment to favorite image-management software and top DSLR to favorite media card, in addition to many more categories. This year we've also added some new categories to the mix, including the best website solution for photographers, and asked for your top pick for the ultimate camera store and prolab. So without further adieu, here are your winners...

Overall Top Products of 2008

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 ( was voted the overall Top New Product of 2008. Version 1 was the Overall winner in 2007. Adobe is also our readers' first choice for top Image Management Software. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 software's dual-monitor support, non-destructive localized image correction, and streamlined search capabilities were just some of the features that resonated with our readers.

Adobe Photoshop Plug-In

Onone Software ( is the winner of the Adobe Photoshop Plug-In Software category. Top picks include Genuine Fractals, Essentials 2, Mask Pro, PhotoTools, PhotoFrame, and FocalPoint, which are all part of the Suite--and, of course, the Plug-In Suite itself.


GraphiStudio ( was voted top pick in the Albums category three years in a row, claiming the number-one position in 2006, 2007, and again in 2008. Favorite album designs included both the Coffee Table/Custom and Metal Cover books.


GNP ( was our readers' first choice for Frames. Their lineup of custom picture frames and picture frame moldings, including wood, metal, and graduation frames, make them an asset to any studio.


Denny Manufacturing Co., Inc. ( is a three-time winner of our Backgrounds category and is tied for top choice in the Props category. Photographers' favorites include Wheatfield, Black, Canvas, Folding, Muslim, Flex Tex Series, Freedom Cloth, Old Masters, and Scenic designs.


Backdrop Outlet ( tied for first place in the Props category. Offering a variety of props, including Canopies and Curtains, Trunks and Cases, Screens and Mirrors, Trikes, Wicker, Buggies, Beach, and Garden embellishments. Denny shares in the "props" from our readers in this tie vote.

Bags & Cases

Lowepro ( won for its sturdy bags and cases. Backpacks including Slingshot, Stealthy Reporter, Photo Trecker, and Magnum 35 were first-choice designs. Lowepro took home our Readers' Choice Award for their backpacks in our bags & cases category in 2006 and 2007 as well.

Color Management Solution

X-Rite ( took home its second Readers' Choice Award for Color Management Solution, winning this category in 2007 too. Our readership selected Eye-One Photo as the winner, with ColorMunki and Eye-One Display 2 not far behind.

Digital Back

Phase One ( won first place in our Digital Backs category. Industry stalwarts, including the H10, P65+, P20, P25, P30, and P45+ solidified Phase One's hold on this category three years in a row.

Digital SLR

Canon ( won this year's Digital SLR Camera category with the 5D as the top choice among our readers. The Canon EOS 5D has a full-frame, 12.8-megapixel CMOS sensor. Its lightweight body and advanced features made the 5D the industry's most sought-after DSLR.


Nikon ( landed on top in the Interchangeable Lens category. The current lens collection offers photographers remarkable versatility and a broad focal range. Nikon also was selected best in class for their Portable Flashes.


Fujifilm ( Velvia won top pick in our Film category. Velvia is a daylight-type color-reversal film with high image color saturation and vibrancy. Other popular Fujifilm emulsions include Provia, Astia 100f, Pro, NHGII, NPH, NPS, NPZ, and Reala.

Medium-Format Camera

Hasselblad's ( 500 C/M captured the top spot in the Medium-Format Camera category. The 500 C/M, 501CM, 503CW, and H System were among some of the most popular models our readers chose as their favorites.


Adobe's ( Lightroom secured the top spot in the Image-Management/Workflow category. As mentioned before, Lightroom was our readers' favorite choice for Overall Top Product as well. Adobe Bridge, Adobe Photoshop CS2 and CS3, and Photoshop are among other software title notables voted for by our readers.

Inkjet Media

Epson, Inc. ( was named best in class for its papers in our Inkjet Media category for the last three years. Epson offers a variety of different paper sizes, weights, and finishes. Our readers voted for the entire range of Epson media, including Premium Luster, Premium Semigloss, Premium Semimatte, and Premium Glossy photo papers, as well as the fine-art media, which features popular printing options such as the Premium Canvas Satin, Canvas, Premium Canvas Matte, and UltraSmooth Fine Art Paper.

Inkjet Printer

Epson Inc. ( won top pick for Inkjet Printers because of their advanced quality printing and relatively high engine speeds. The Epson Stylus Pro 2400 garnered the most votes, with the classic 2200 not far behind. Other models receiving kudos include the 1800, 3800, 4800, 9180, 1280, and 7800. Epson has won this category hands down, three years in a row.

Lighting Equipment

Paul C. Buff Inc. ( won the Lighting Equipment category for its White Lightning flash units. Our readers' lighting needs have many using the White Lightning X series, including the X800, X1600, and X3200 models.

Light Meter

Sekonic ( was our readers' top choice for Light Meters. Favorite models include the L-358, L-758, and L-558. Sekonic also took home the prize in our 2007 Readers' Choice Awards in the Light Meter category.

Media Card

SanDisk ( has been the first choice by our readers for their needs in the Media Cards category three years in a row. SanDisk's Extreme Series was the prevailing favorite among those who voted. SanDisk Extreme IV CompactFlash memory cards are offered in 4GB, 8GB, and 16GB capacities.

Portable Flash

Nikon ( won the Portable Flash category for the second year in a row. The top winner, hands down, was the SB-800DX, a high-performance Speedlight with a flash head that tilts up to 90 degrees or down to 7 degrees, and rotates horizontally 180 degrees and 90 degrees, enabling bounce flash or close-up photography.

Portable Storage Device

Epson America, Inc. ( secured the top spot in the Portable Storage Device category. Favorite choices include the P-5000, P-2000, and P-3000, which provide an innovative way to download, store, and display photos and videos.

Professional Lab

White House Custom Colour ( was voted the industry favorite for Professional Labs by our readers. WHCC is 100 percent digital, offering services ranging from proofing and enlargements to greeting cards and bookmarks, business cards and posters, as well as a special two-day service.

Photo/Camera Store

B&H ( won top pick for Photo/Camera Specialty Store. Offering digital camera, pro video, pro audio, lighting, post-production, camcorder, computer, printer, and scanning equipment, B&H covers the entire gamut when it comes to all of our readers' photographic needs.

Studio-Management Software

Successware ( is our readers' first choice for Studio Management Software two years in a row. Successware manages day-to-day business for professionals with three applications: Success Tracking, Success Pricing, and Success Planning, which helps to streamline workflow and planning.


Manfrotto ( won our Tripods/Monopods category for its 190XPROB. Newly redesigned, the 190XPROB makes the Manfrotto-patented horizontal center-column feature easier to use. Close runners-up were the 055XDB, 3001PRO, 3021BPRO, and the company's Carbon Fiber models.

Website Solution

Blu Domain ( was chosen as the best website solution for professional photographers. Blu Domain provides a quick, easy way to get flash photography sites live; so photographers can connect with their clients.