EISA Awards distributed. In addition to the cameras, the experts also chose the best lenses. What models were in the 2018 ranking?
EISA (European Imaging and Sound Association) is an association that includes representatives of selected media dedicated to photography and audio-visual systems. Every year, they choose the best models in several categories. We already know the best cameras 2018 according to EISA, now let's see what lenses were chosen.
The best professional lens
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f / 4E TC1.4 FL ED VR
The long range of focal lengths with a clear aperture, and the great optics make this lens an extremely interesting proposition when it comes to professional use.
The first Nikon lens with a built-in teleconverter is a dream come true for many professional sports photographers and action photographers. The easy-to-use teleconverter provides a focal length of up to 560 mm at the maximum f / 5.6 aperture. The lens allows you to obtain sharp images across the entire zoom range, even when shooting with a fully-open iris. Its effective stabilization allows shooting even at shutter speeds up to four times longer than would otherwise be possible. The lens is fully resistant to adverse weather conditions, among others, due to the fluorine coating on the front lens, which protects it against water, dust and dirt.
Sony FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS
The best telezoom for mirrorless
This lens is not only characterized by a long range of focal lengths, but also a great optics, which is very important in the case of a full Sony frame.
This varifocal super telephoto lens is ideal for sports and nature photography and has excellent sharpness throughout the focal range. The vignetting is negligible, and the distortion is very small and is not a problem for photos taken with these types of lenses. Autofocus is very fast, precise and quiet, and optical stabilization allows you to obtain sharp images even at slow shutter speeds. Built for use in adverse weather conditions, this is a great lens for very high image quality.
Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM
The best wide-angle zoom for mirrorless
Another Sony offer is a very expensive, but also universal lens. In turn a bright and constant stop guarantees a nice bokeh.
This is one of the premium G Master series lenses from Sony. This is an excellent wide-angle lens that allows you to achieve impressive sharpness over the entire frame. The lens has numerous seals, thanks to which it is resistant to adverse weather conditions and is solidly adapted for professional use, but is lighter than its competitors. Nevertheless, it outperforms most of them, not only in terms of sharpness, but also enables images with low vignetting and minimal distortion. It is an ideal lens for landscape photography, architecture and street photography.
The best prime lens for SLRs
Canon EF 85mm f / 1.4L IS USM
The 85th Canon combines a long focal length with a very bright aperture and optical stabilization. This guarantees not only photos with a bokeh effect, but also stable frames from the hand.
This unique lens combines built-in image stabilization with very high brightness. This combination allows you to shoot with your hand in very low light. The lens was created for professional work. It is resistant to bad weather conditions and has fast and accurate autofocus. The focus is better than previous Canon 85mm lenses, and the fuzzy backgrounds are very attractive. It is an ideal choice for portrait and wedding photographers photographing full-frame reflex cameras with high resolution matrices.
The best lens zoom for SLR cameras
Sigma 14-24 mm f / 2.8 DG HSM ART
The prize-winners could not be missing from the Sigma ART series. This lens offers a not too wide range of focal lengths, but it gives a bright aperture and great optics.
This Sigma lens is a really impressive construction. It is rare to find a bright extreme wide-angle zoom with very high sharpness, virtually no distortion and almost no chromatic aberration. Thanks to the exceptionally high quality of workmanship, good protection against dust and splashes, it is a lens that can be used without worries in bad weather conditions. It is ideal for landscape and architecture photography, and available in full-frame DSLRs at a very reasonable price, it stands out from the competition.
The best telephoto lens for SLR cameras
Tamron 70-210 mm f / 4 Di VC USD
Tamron has been creating glasses for years, which can be the budget alternatives for camera manufacturers' lenses. More and more often it creates models with high-quality optics, the advantage of which is not only low price.
The latest Zoom Telephoto lens combines high-quality optics with a constant maximum aperture of f / 4, fast and quiet autofocus and optical stabilization, all at a fraction of the cost of analogous lenses. It allows you to get impressively sharp images with minimal deviations, as well as attractive blurring of the background. A relatively light, moisture-resistant construction should also appeal to photographers who regularly photograph outside. By creating a very attractive balance between image quality, solidity of performance and portability, this lens is an excellent choice for photography enthusiasts.
The best standard zoom for mirrorless cameras
Tamron 28-75 mm f / 2.8 Di III RXD
This lens is an ideal, universal glass, with a wide range of focal lengths and a fixed aperture. Well suited to situations where you are looking for just one lens for many tasks.
The award-winning Tamron is a bright standard zoom designed for full-frame mirrorless cameras. Compact and light, just 550g, it fits perfectly with small cameras such as the Sony α7 family. It was designed for the latest high resolution image converters to get enough detail, while the high brightness makes it easy to blur the background with a beautiful bokeh effect. A fast, silent autofocus motor is able to maintain focus on moving objects. In general, this lens has a very good quality / price ratio.
On the next page you will find archival proposals – these are the lenses awarded by the EISA association in previous years.
The best EISA lenses in 2017
You have reached the archive list of the best lenses according to EISA specialists in 2017. The following proposals were rewarded in previous years, but now they have given way to newer and (usually) better models. To see the current overview, take a look at the current TOP of lenses.
Canon EF 16-35 mm f / 2.8L III USM
The best professional lens for SLR cameras
We were waiting impatiently for this lens. The new Canon EF 16-35 mm f / 2.8L III USM is a great proposition for both APS-C SLRs and full-frame cameras, hence deservedly included on the list of proposals awarded by EISA.
Canon EF 16-35 mm f / 2.8L III USM, long awaited by many professional photographers, its parameters exceed their expectations. It is better built than its predecessor and gives amazing sharpness over the entire frame even when the aperture is fully open (f / 2.8). At 16 mm focal length, it reproduces images much better than many of the leading ultra-wide angles. The distortion is small, and the anti-reflective coating very effectively reduces the effects of afterglow and flare. Canon EF 16-35 mm f / 2.8L III USM is designed for everyday professional use and allows you to obtain image quality that will satisfy even the most demanding users.
Sigma 135 mm f / 1.8 DG HSM Art.
The best lens for SLR
A well-praised and appreciated Sigma 135 mm f / 1.8 DG HSM | lens Art is, without a doubt, one of the best 135 we have in our hands. It's worth checking.
Sigma 135 mm f / 1.8 DG HSM Art. Is an extremely capable "artist." The sharpness at the maximum f / 1.8 aperture is greater than that offered by competitors. There is simply no reason not to use this lens at the so-called full hole. Sigma has managed to improve the lens system AF, which is even faster and more accurate, which is impressive for such a bright lens, in which the wide opening allows for exceptionally beautiful background blur (bokeh).
Tamron SP 150-600 mm f / 5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
The best zoom lens for SLR
Interesting zoom returns in a new release – faster, more accurate and with better stabilization. We have not yet had the opportunity to test Tamron SP 150-600 mm f / 5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 , but with one we have to agree with EISA – it is glass with a huge potential.
The second generation (G2) of the ultra-telephoto ultra-telephoto lens Tamron SP 150-600 mm f / 5-6.3 Di VC USD is even more attractive than the previous one. Corrected the speed and accuracy of the autofocus system, as well as the efficiency of the embedded VC (Vibration Compensation). The 'Flex Zoom Lock' mechanism allows you to lock the lens at any chosen focal length. The fluorite coating and splash-proof design make the lens less prone to dirt, dust and moisture. The optional TAP console allows the owner to easily update the lens software, as well as adjust the effectiveness of the AF system and the VC level of vibration compensation to suit our needs.
Sony FE 70-200 mm f / 2.8 GM OSS
The best professional lens for mirrorless
A good and bright zoom for photojournalists and wedding photographers is the basis of any professional system – no wonder that the premiere of Sony FE 70-200 mm f / 2.8 GM OSS has caused quite a stir. As you can see, deservedly.
Sony FE 70-200 mm f / 2.8 GM OSS is an impressive lens, covering the most popular angles of sport and action shooting with its focal range. Its sharpness is very high and steady, almost without a visible drop at the edge. It is maintained throughout the zoom range, even after connecting the converters. The autofocus system, implemented for the first time in the α zoom lens, allows you to shoot at a minimum distance of only 0.96 m. The 11 aperture blades allow for beautiful circular bokeh, while the AF system is very fast, especially when working with Sony α9. Finally, do not forget that the FE 70-200 mm f / 2.8 GM OSS is suitable for use in almost all weather conditions.
Sony FE 100 mm f / 2.8 STF GM OSS
The best lens for mirrorless
We had the opportunity to check how the Sony FE 100 mm f2.8 STF GM OSS falls out in practice and one thing we can write – it's a very nice portet.
This 100mm telephoto lens has excellent resolution, typical of the G Master series, which in combination with the STF (Smooth Trans Focus) element impresses with its breathtaking bokeh effect. This lens has been designed to give an exceptionally smooth, natural bokeh without vignetting. It is also equipped with a fast, precise and quiet DDSSM autofocus engine and enables shooting at 0.25x magnification. Built-in optical image stabilization SteadyShot minimizes blur caused by camera shake during long exposure times. The Sony FE 100 mm f / 2.8 STF GM OSS in all aspects reflects the idea behind the creation of the G Master premium lenses family.
M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-100 mm f / 4.0 IS PRO
The best zoom lens for mirrorless vision
Good image quality, good stability and universal functionality. Also, in our opinion, the latest M.ZUIKO DIGITAL lens is a valuable purchase for every mania of the m43 picture.
M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-100 mm f / 4.0 IS PRO is an amazing general purpose lens. It has an 8.3x multiplicity at a constant maximum f / 4.0 aperture and built-in optical stabilization. Resistant to dust, moisture and a solid, durable construction M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-100 mm f / 4.0 IS PRO draws so sharply that it can successfully replace many of the highest quality lenses from wide angle to tele, and smooth and quiet focus makes it a favorite lens for both filmmakers and photographers. In combination with the latest professional Olympus cameras, it reduces the effects of camera shake up to 6.5 degrees, and with a weight of 562g can be taken literally everywhere.
Tamron 18-400 mm f / 3.5-6.3 II II VC HLD
The most interesting innovation
Tamron 18-400 mm f / 3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD changes our initial ideas about what we can expect from a superzoom lens. In addition to offering the widest range of zoom, among 22.2x worldwide interchangeable lenses, it also has an effective 3-stage VC image stabilization system that "enhances" sharpness when using faster shutter speeds, and silicone gaskets make it possible to shoot without regard for weather conditions. Although it is particularly suited for taking pictures on the go, during safari and when photographing a sport, the Tamron 18-400 mm f / 3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD will also be an ideal solution for any photographer who is looking for one lens to satisfy the majority the needs of the photographer.
The best EISA lenses in 2016
You have reached the archival list of the best lenses according to EISA specialists in 2016. The following proposals were rewarded in previous years, but now they have given way to newer and (usually) better models. To see the current overview, take a look at the current TOP of lenses.
Canon EF 35mm F1.4L II USM
The best professional lens for SLR cameras
Canon EF 35mm f / 1.4L II USM allows you to get an exciting picture quality. It is the best lens with 35 mm focal length on the market. The sharpness of the photos is incredibly high, both in the center and at the edges, even at f / 1.4. Canon uses key technologies in the lens, including Subwavelength Coating (SWC) coatings that increase the transmission of light and minimize the presence of flares and so-called sprites in the pictures. In addition, the optical element Blue Spectrum Refractive (BR), made of organic material, allows very effective correction of axial chromatic aberration, which is impossible to correct by means of software. The 9-leaf aperture used in the lens allows for a very attractive background blur, and a sealed mount protects the camera from dust and moisture.
Sony FE 85mm F1.4 GM
The best professional lens for system camera
Sony 85 mm f / 1.4 FE GM is a premium-class telephoto lens whose main target audience are the most ambitious portraitists. Optical construction, including the use of special optical elements, make the lens achieves the extremely high resolution required by modern cameras. The round aperture, thanks to 11 leaves, provides effective and attractive blurring of the background, while the original anti-reflective coating Sony Nano AR reduces flares and so-called. ghosts coming from objects backlit. The SSM ring motor with two position sensors enables fast and accurate operation of the autofocus system. As you might expect, a professional Sony 85 mm f / 1.4 FE GM lens is dust and moisture resistant.
Tamron SP 85mm F1.8 Di VC USD
The best lens for SLR
Tamron SP 85 mm f / 1.8 Di VC USD sets new quality standards for short telephoto lenses. This is the first of its kind to be equipped with optical image stabilization that allows the photographer to use exposure time up to 3.5 times longer than usual. The high optical quality is emphasized by the use of LD and Extra LD glass elements in the optical system, which minimize chromatic aberration and distortion. The lens body is protected against dust and moisture. Due to the appropriate optical construction, we managed to create the perfect balance between the precise focusing and obtaining a soft natural blurred background effect, making it the ideal lens for performing artistic portraits.
Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM Art
The best zoom lens for SLR
Sigma 50-100 mm f / 1.8 DC HSM Art is a bright telephoto lens optimized for SLRs with APS-C dies. This latest member of the popular Sigma Art series focuses on three popular values in one body (equivalent to 85 mm, 105 mm and 135 mm), which makes it a very useful part of any photographer's arsenal. The optical construction of the lens enables excellent image quality, and the ultrasonic HSM motor ensures quiet and accurate operation of the AF system. Thanks to the maximum f / 1.8 aperture, the lens allows the creative use of a small depth of field. High quality workmanship and excellent ergonomics are Sigma 50-100 mm features typical of the Sigma Art series lenses.
Fujinon XF100-400mm F4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR
The best zoom lens for the system camera
Fujinon XF 100-400 mm f / 4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR is a super telephoto lens. Its focal range is equivalent to 150-600 mm (for 35 mm) when used with Fujifilm cameras equipped with an APS-C type sensor. It is a very good supplement to the new X-T2 camera, which gives users of the X system the opportunity to photograph sport and wildlife. The latest technologies used in it, including ED elements, create the possibility of obtaining excellent image quality, even when the lens is used at the so-called. full hole. The AF system is quiet and very fast. The solid construction of the lens, which is dust and splash-proof, is very light. Thanks to effective optical stabilization, it will be much easier to photograph it without using a tripod.
The best EISA lenses in 2015
You have reached the archival list of the best lenses according to the EISA specialists in 2015. The following proposals were rewarded in previous years, but now they have given way to newer and (usually) better models. To see the current overview, take a look at the current TOP of lenses.
Canon EF 11-24 mm F / 4L USM
The best SLR lens: professional category
By creating the Canon 11-24 mm f / 4L USM lens, Canon engineers built one of the best wide-angle zoom ever. This world's widest "straight" zoom allows you to get the highest quality image with exceptional sharpness at every focal length, even when using the highest resolution sensors. Distortion, chromatic aberration and vignetting are extremely low. The super lens design has numerous seals, and the AF system is fast and quiet. Users of full-frame SLR cameras specializing in architectural, landscape and interior photography who demanded a lens with exceptional optical parameters no longer have to look. It's big and expensive, but for those who can afford it, it's an absolutely great piece of glass. – EISA.
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150 mm F2.8 PRO
The best lens for the bezlusterowca: professional category
The angles of view of the M.Zuiko DIGITAL ED 40-150mm f / 2.8 Pro lens correspond to the range of a full-frame 80-300 mm lens, but M.Zuiko is much smaller and lighter than it. Thanks to its large and constant f / 2.8 brightness, this lens replaces almost any fixed focal length construction in this focal range providing excellent sharpness and optical correction even at full aperture. Its quality and reliability is also exceptional, so that professionals can use it in all conditions. Adding to this very fast action, supported by best-in-class AF system and image stabilization function compatible with professional cameras, the Olympus M.Zuiko DIGITAL ED 40-150 mm f / 2.8 Pro stands out as a lens that you must have when shooting sports, wildlife or taking a photo of the press. – EISA.
Sigma 24 mm F1.4 DG HSM Art
The best lens for SLR
SIGMA 24 mm f / 1.4 DG HSM Art is a super lens, combining exceptional resolution with very little distortion and chromatic aberration. However, it is not the amazing sharpness of this wide-angle lens with high brightness that is so impressive, but the overall look of the images obtained with it with smooth, attractive blur outside the focus area. The design of an ergonomic shape lens with a smooth manual focus ring and a fast and quiet AF system is just as perfect. Available with mountings for the most popular digital SLR cameras, SIGMA 24 mm f / 1.4 DG HSM | lens Art has an attractive price compared to its direct competitors, and most importantly, it enables attractive photos with the minimum level of image distortion. – EISA.
Tamron SP 15-30 mm F2.8 Di VC USD
The best lens for a SLR camera: standard zoom
Tamron SP 15-30 mm f / 2.8 Di VC USD is simply a revolutionary design in which it was possible for the first time in the world to combine high brightness (f / 2.8) of the lens with optical stabilization. The focal range makes it possible to use the lens, due to low optical distortions, for landscape photography, architecture, interior photography, but it can also be used for street photography and moody portraits. The unique optical parameters of the lens ensure that images with a high level of contrast and a large amount of detail are obtained. Image stabilization and AF systems are very effective. The quality of this sealed construction is very high. It's a big and heavy lens, but it's worth the price. – EISA.
Sigma 150-600 mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports
The best lens for SLR: telephoto lens
Specially designed for nature and sport photographers, this state-of-the-art lens sets new standards in the design of telephoto lenses. The quality of workmanship is exemplary, as dust and splashproof is ideal for use in all weather conditions. Its length can be blocked at each of the marked focal lengths. The recorded images are very sharp and their creation is supported by an improved optical image stabilizer (OS), which helps to avoid blur caused by camera movement. Autofocus is fast and quiet, and compatibility with USB DOCK SIGMA gives you the option of personalizing your settings along with the possibility of updating the internal software. For sport and wildlife photographers, this is a class in itself. – EISA.
Sony FE 90 mm F2.8 Macro G OSS
The best lens for mirrorless
The Sony 90 mm f / 2.8 Macro FE G OSS is probably the best lens of its kind, as evidenced by some of the best test results that EISA experts have seen. At the maximum aperture, it retains, even in the corners of the frame, high sharpness and minimal distortion and chromatic aberration. Good contrast reproduction makes it possible to obtain high quality images, and thanks to the rounded apertures at f / 2.8 we get a beautifully blurred bokeh. Thanks to the solid quality of workmanship, the silent AF system and effective optical stabilization, it was possible to create a lens of the highest quality. – EISA.
Fujifilm Fujinon XF 16-55 mm F2.8 R LM WR
The best lens for mirrorless: standard zoom
16-55 mm f / 2.8 is an almost perfect general-purpose lens with image quality that is reserved exclusively for premium lenses. This is an extremely sharp lens, in the whole range of focal lengths and apertures, with very little distortion, chromatic aberration and minimal vignetting. His autofocus is very fast, almost silent and extremely accurate. 16-55 mm is a large and heavy construction with numerous seals, with a workmanship corresponding to a solidly made Fujifilm XT-1. The only missing element is optical stabilization, but the unique quality of the recorded image compensates for this lack. – EISA.
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