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[ Updated 23 November 2021 ]

Medium Format 
Editor’s Choice:
Fujifilm GFX 50S Mark II
Fujifilm GF 63mm f/2.8 R WR lens
Fujinon GF100-200mm f/5.6 R LM OIS WR lens
Recommended
Fujinon GF 23mm f/4 R LM WR lens

DSLR Cameras – Pro 
Editor’s Choice:
Canon EOS-1S X Mark III
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

DSLR Cameras – Advanced
Editor’s Choice:
Nikon D7500
Canon EOS 7D Mark II

DSLR Cameras – Entry Level
Editor’s Choice:
Nikon D3500

Mirrorless Cameras – Full Frame
Editor’s Choice:
Sony Alpha 1
Nikon Z6 II
Panasonic Lumix DC-S5
Canon EOS R6
Panasonic DC-S1H
Sony ILCE Alpha 9 II
Panasonic Lumix DC-S1
Nikon Z7
Recommended:
Leica SL2-S 
Sony α7S III
Sony α7C
Nikon Z5
Canon EOS R5

Mirrorless Cameras – APS-C
Editor’s Choice:
Fujifilm X-T4
Fujifilm X-T3
Canon EOS M50
Sony ILCE-α6500
Recommended 
Fujifilm X-T30 II
Nikon Z fc
Canon EOS M50 Mark II
Fujifilm X-E4

Mirrorless Cameras – M4/3
Editor’s Choice:
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III
Recommended:
Panasonic GH5 Mark II

Lenses – Full Frame
Editor’s Choice: 
Sony FE 50mm f/2.5 G (SEL50F25G) lens
Tamron 150-500mm f/5-6.7 Di III VC VXD (Model A057) lens
Tamron 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD (Model B061) lens
Sony FE 14mm f/1.8 GM (SEL14F18GM) lens
Sigma 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens
Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III VXD G2 (Model A063) lens
Nikkor Z 40mm f/2 lens
Nikkor Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S lens
Nikkor Z MC 50mm f/2.8 macro lens
Leica APO-Summicron SL 35mm f/2 ASPH lens
Sony FE 35mm f/1.4 GM (SEL35F14GM) lens 
Tamron 28-200mm f/2.8-5.6 Di III RXD lens (A071)
Canon RF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM lens
Canon RF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens
Canon RF 24-105mm f/4-7.1 IS STM lens
Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L USM 
Canon RF 800mm f/11 IS STM
Canon RF 600mm f/11 IS STM
Sony FE 12-24mm f/2.8 GM
Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM
Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 Macro IS STM
Canon RF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM
Canon RF 50mm f/1.2 L USM
Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS lens SEL24105G
Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 G-Master
Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/4 S
Nikkor Z 35mm f/1.8 S
Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 Model A022
Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x
Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 VC USD (F004)
Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM
AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8 G ED
Recommended: 
Sony 50mm f/1.2 GM (SEL50F12GM) lens
Sony FE 40mm f/2.5 G (SEL40F25G) lens
Sony FE 24mm f/2.8 G (SEL24F28G) lens
Tamron 35-150mm f/2-2.8 Di III VXD (Model A058) lens
Sony FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS lens
Laowa 14mm f/4 Zero-D DSLR lens
Leica Super-Vario-Elmar-SL 16-35mm f/3.5-4.5 ASPH lens
Tamron 70-300 f/4.5-6.3 Di RXD III lens (Model A047)
Nikkor Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3
Nikkor Z 14-24mm f/2.8 S
Canon RF 85mm f/2 Macro IS STM
Panasonic Lumix S 20-60mm f/3.5-5.6 (S-R2060)
Canon RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1L IS USM 
Sony FE 28-60mm f/4-5.6 (SEL2860)
Nikkor Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR

Lenses – APS-C
Editor’s Choice:
Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Macro
Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3DC Macro OS HSM
Fujinon XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR
Sony SAL85F14Z Planar T* 85mm F1.4 ZA
Recommended: 
Fujinon XF 18mm f/1.4 R LM WR lens

Lenses – M4/3
Editor’s Choice:
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 8-25mm f/4.0 PRO lens
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400mm f/5.0-6.3 IS
Panasonic DG Vario-Summilux 10-25mm f/1.7 ASPH. lens (H-X1025)
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4.0 IS PRO
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II
Panasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 45-175mm f/4-5.6 ASPH/POWER O.I.S
Recommended
Laowa ‘C-Dreamer’ 7.5mm f/2 MFT

Fixed Lens Cameras
Editor’s Choice:
Fujifilm X100V
Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VII
Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II
Panasonic Lumix LX100 II

Fixed Lens Cameras – Waterproof
Editor’s Choice:
Olympus Tough TG-5

Fixed Lens Cameras – Long Zoom 
Editor’s Choice:
Sony Cyber-shot RX10 Mark IV

Fixed Lens Cameras – Travel Zoom
Editor’s Choice:
Panasonic Lumix DC-TZ220

Camera Bags
Editor’s Choice:
Lowepro Pro Trekker 450 AW Camera Backpack

Storage
Recommended:
SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD V2

Lighting
Recommended: 
Canon Speedlite EL-1

Software
Editor’s Choice:
Serif Affinity Photo
Recommended:
ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate 2021
PortraitPro 21

Monitors
Editor’s Choice: 
ASUS ProArt Display PA148CTV Professional Monitor 
Eizo ColorEdge CS2740
Eizo CG2730
Recommended: 
ASUS ProArt Display PA279CV
BenQ SW321C PhotoVue Photographer Monitor

Colour Management
Editor’s Choice:
Datacolor Spyder X Elite

Printers
Editor’s Choice:
Canon PIXMA PRO-200 A3+ Photo Printer
Canon PIXMA PRO-100S
Epson SureColor SC-P600
Recommended
Epson SureColor SC-P906
Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 printer
Epson Premium EcoTank ET-7700

Scanners
Editor’s Choice:
Epson Perfection V850 Pro Photo Scanner

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