Los Angeles, CA—The inaugural Lucie Technical Awards, a recent initiative of the Lucie Foundation, announced nominees for 14 imaging product categories. Winners will be revealed at a ceremony on October 20, 2015 at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway in New York City.
The Lucie Technical Awards aim to honor the large and small companies, as well as the individuals, who have advanced the photographic industry in a given year. All-inclusive, these awards intend to encompass products from cameras, lenses, lighting and accessories to inks, software and more. The Lucie Technical Awards Advisory Board is responsible for determining the winners, and the 2015 nominees in each category are as followed.
Best Crop Sensor Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mark II; Fujifilm X-T10; Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II; Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8; and Pentax K3 II
Best Full-Frame Camera: Canon EOS 5DS/5DS R; Leica M Monochrom (Type 246); Leica Q; Nikon D750; Sony a7R II; and Sony a7S II.
Best Medium-Format Camera: Hasselblad H5D-60C; Leica S (Type 007); Mamiya Leaf Credo 50; Phase One A-series system; and Phase One XF IQ3 system
Best Camera Bag: Johansen Bellbrook; Lowepro Echelon series; Manfrotto 20L Off road Hiking; MindShift Gear Rotation180º Horizon; ONA Berlin II; Peak Design The Everyday Messenger; and Think Thank Photo Airport Helipak
Best Tripod: Benro Aero 4 travel kit; Gitzo Traveler 1 series; Manfrotto Fluid Base; Platypod Pro; Sirui W 2204; and Vanguard VEO 265CB
Best Superzoom Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200–500mm f/5.6E ED VR; Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4E PF ED VR; Nikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/4E FL ED VR; Nikon AF-S Nikkor 600mm f/4 VR; Canon EF 100–400mm f/4.5–5.6L IS II USM; Fujifilm Fujinon XF90mm f/2 R LM WR; and Sigma 150–600mm f/5–6.3 DG OS HSM | S
Best Wide-Angle Lens: Canon EF 11–24mm f/4L USM; Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM; Fujifilm Fujinon XF16mm f/1.4 R WR; Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 7–14mm f/2.8 Pro; Tamron SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD; and Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 16–35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II
Best Zoom Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24–70mm f/2.8 ED VR; Nikon AF‐S DX Nikkor 16–80mm f/2.8–4E ED VR; Fujifilm Fujinon XF16–55mm f/2.8 R LM WR; Sigma 24–35mm f/2 DG HSM | A; Tamron SP 15–30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD; Tokina 24–70mm f/2.8; and Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 24–70mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II
Best LED Lighting Element: Adaptalux; Arri Skypanel; Fiilex Q500-DC; Lume Cube; Manfrotto Lumie series; Nova Bluetooth flashes; Rotolight NEO; and Westcott Flex
Best Software: Adobe 2015 Creative Cloud; Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6; Datacolor Spyder5; Defrozo; DxO ViewPoint v2.5; Flipboard; Lytro Desktop 4.3; Palette; Pixelmator for iPad; Serif Affinity Photo
Best Memory Card: Eyefi Mobi Pro; Lexar 1000x microSD UHS‐II; Lexar 3400x CFast 2.0; SanDisk High Endurance Video Monitoring microSDHC and microSDXC; and SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I
Best Action Camera: GoPro Hero+ LCD; GoPro Hero4 Session; Graava; Ricoh WG-M1; Sony FDR-X1000V; and TomTom Bandit
Best Instant Film/Camera: Impossible Project Generation 2 B&W film; Impossible Project Round Frame color film; Impossible Project Instant Lab Universal; Lomo’Instant white edition; Polaroid Snap; and Supersense 66/6 Instant Pinhole Camera
Best Darkroom: Bostick & Sullivan, New Mexico; CatLabs of JP, Boston; Contact Photo Lab, Los Angeles; Image Studios, Lab Darkroom, Los Angeles; and Labyrinth Photographic, London
The Lucie Foundation’s mission is to honor master photographers, discover and cultivate emerging talent, and promote the appreciation of photography worldwide. In addition to Month of Photography Los Angeles (MOPLA), the foundation presents year-round programming to support high school students through SNAPSHOP!, emerging and professional photographers through the Lucie Scholarship Program, and master photographers through the Lucie Awards. tech.lucies.org