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2014 Editors' Choice Awards

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2014 Editors' Choice Awards
Wouldn't it be awesome to have an interchangeable-lens camera that's virtually impervious to the elements, one you even could use to dive into underwater photography without the hassle and expense of underwater housings?
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Wouldn't it be awesome to have an interchangeable-lens camera that's virtually impervious to the elements, one you even could use to dive into underwater photography without the hassle and expense of underwater housings? The new Nikon 1 AW1, when paired with one of two new Nikkor lenses specially designed for it, is waterproof down to 49 feet, freezeproof to 14º F and can withstand drops of up to 6.6 feet. It's as fast as it is rugged, capturing photos at up to 15 fps with AF. It also does full 1080 HD video with a built-in mic for stereo sound. List Price: $799 (with 1 Nikkor AW 11-27.5mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 waterproof zoom). Contact: Nikon,—WP
SIGMA 18-35mm F/1.8 DC HSM
The constant-aperture record was broken this year by Sigma's 18-35mm F/1.8 DC HSM lens, which offers APS-C-based cameras an extremely bright constant aperture of ƒ/1.8 throughout the 35mm equivalent zoom range of 27-53mm. This is, interestingly, faster than the aperture you'll find on the majority of equivalent wide-angle primes. Since the lens is APS-C, it's also compact at less than five inches in length. It's compatible with Sigma's USB dock for making micro adjustments to focusing accuracy through Sigma Optimization Pro software, and it's available in Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sigma and Sony APS-C mounts. Estimated Street Price: $799. Contact: Sigma, —DW
Great for people with eyeglasses or who want a magnified view, the Flashpoint Swivi HD DSLR LCD Universal Foldable Viewfinder Version II with 3.0x Magnification Mode helps view details and obtain clear focus and accurate exposure on an LCD screen, even on a bright day. The viewfinder loupe attaches to the camera with a mounting plate and fits on most DSLRs with a 3-inch LCD. The rubber eyecup can be rotated for either right- or left-eye-dominant shooting. Estimated Street Price: $150. Contact: Flashpoint (Adorama), —AMT
When Adobe rolled out the Creative Cloud with its steep $49.99 monthly fee, it was predictably controversial. It offered access to a huge range of expensive, powerful software like Adobe Premiere, Photoshop, InDesign and more. For photographers who spend some time with Photoshop and almost no time with the rest of the software, the monthly costs didn't resonate. So when Adobe unveiled their Creative Cloud Photoshop Photography Program for $9.99 per month, they gave most of us exactly what we need at a good price. You get Photoshop CC, Lightroom and Bridge CC. This is a limited-time offer; it expires at the end of December 2013. Contact: Adobe, —CR
Traditional camera neck straps are popular because they let you be hands-free, but they're not necessarily the best choice for covering events like weddings or when going from tripod to handheld. Cotton Carrier's Hand Strap with Arca-Swiss-compatible mini-plate lets you shoot handheld compositions with greater security than the camera grip alone can provide. It also makes it easier to work with heavier camera bodies and lenses without the neck strain of a conventional strap. Pair it with your own quick-release plate for fast transitions from tripod to handheld. List Price: $20. Contact: Cotton Carrier, —WP
It's a pocket camera that shoots real pro 1080 HD video and costs just $995. The Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema camera looks like a typical mirrorless camera, but can shoot 1080 video at 23.96, 24, 25, 29.97 and 30p, in lossless CinemaDNG RAW and Apple ProRes 422 (HQ), with stereo sound via built-in or external microphone. Its 1920x1080-pixel Super 16 sensor delivers 1920x1080 video with a 13-stop dynamic range and none of the severe downsampling required by multi-megapixel DSLRs, and its size lets you position it where no DSLR could fit. The active MFT mount accepts Micro Four Thirds lenses. Contact: Blackmagic Design, —MS
I shoot more photographs and motion clips than ever before. Between my DSLR, mirrorless camera and my GoPro, I'm creating terabytes of files, and I'm always reluctant to permanently delete any of them. This ever-growing library of still images and motion clips has made storage a serious issue. The G-Technology Evolution series has removable drive cartridges that can connect via USB (USB 3.0) if I want to use one on the road, and the desktop enclosure has a Thunderbolt interface for maximum transfer speeds. The Evolution drive ships with two 1 TB drives. Estimated Street Price: $749 (2 TB). Contact: G-Technology, —CR

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