TIPA 2016 Winners—Best Accessories and Software Category
The Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) declared the winners for the best photo and imaging products launched over the last one year. The actual voting took place on 1 April in San Francisco, USA, and the awards were announced on 18 April 2016. Better Photography, the only member of TIPA from India, was represented by Deputy Editor—Technical, Shridhar Kunte. The trophies for the 26th year of TIPA Awards will be presented to the winning companies during Photokina in Cologne, Germany on 20th September. From a pool of several contenders, the voting committee chose the following top 10 winners of the Best Accessories and Software caegory:
Best Mobile Imaging Device
Using an iPhone as a viewfinder and connecting the small, lightweight (108g / 3.8oz; 6.7 x 4.8 x 2.54cm / 2.65 tall x 1.9 x 1 inch) DxO ONE camera via the Lightning port results in a portable imaging solution that delivers superior image quality while retaining all the connectivity features of the smartphone itself.
Quality image results begin with the unit’s 1-inch type BSI-CMOS sensor, which offers high dynamic range and superior low light capability. The 32mm (equivalent) f/1.8 aspherical lens has six elements and a six-blade aperture. The option also exists to capture images without the iPhone and to save them on the DxO ONE’s internal microSD card.
Best Photo Printer
Combining the ease of desktop use and a 17-inch wide cut sheet printer with many features from Canon’s higher-end pro printer models, the PRO-1000 uses 11-colour (plus Chroma Optimizer) LUCIA PRO inks. Inks are delivered via a FINE print head with a tubular ink delivery system that results in faster print speeds and enables stable high quality printing.
There is a newly formulated Photo Black ink, both Photo and Matte black have their own channels so no ink swap is needed when changing papers. The vacuum paper feeding system keeps paper flat during printing, thus more accurate ink placement regardless of paper weight and type.
Best Inkjet Photo Paper
Made expressly to match the look and feel of traditional fibre-based darkroom paper, ILFORD Galerie Gold Fibre Gloss offers an ideal surface and look for black and white images as well as reproducing a wide gamut for colour images. The paper range is available in both roll and cut sheet, is made with 100% cotton rag and no optical brighteners, yet has a crisp white and deep black response.
The 310gsm weight means a durable surface that is perfect for framing and presentation portfolio prints. The “Baryta-like” surface is akin to a subtle gloss look, and while the paper can be used in dye and pigment ink printers, the latter will certainly deliver both the best quality and longevity the paper can offer.
Best Imaging Software
Affinity Photo is an affordable, non-subscription based software that offers just about every option enthusiast photographers could need for image processing and creative effects. The software includes comprehensive Raw file format editing, numerous colour space options, compatibility with the most common file formats, and live previews as effects are applied.
Other options include photo stitching, new alpha selections, black point selection, advanced lens corrections, and more, including a large range of high-end filters such as lighting, blurs, shadows and tilt. Indeed, Affinity offers most of the most used tools found in more expensive and even pro-level image editing software.
There is no question that a tripod both enhances still and video images as well as opens up many more shooting possibilities, yet their weight and size often discourage photographers from carrying them. Manfrotto has responded with an emphatic Go with their new 190 Go! Carbon, a full featured tripod that is light and collapses down to a very portable size.
When fully extended the tripod can achieve a maximum height of 147cm yet it can be collapsed down to a bit over 47cm. The new model weighs just 1.4kg. It features twist lock legs, a 90 degree centre column that can be used for horizontal and macro work, and a low shooting height of 7cm. The tripod can support up to 7kg.
Best Storage Media
The ability to transfer images wirelessly from camera to other devices has numerous manifestations, some of which require fairly complicated procedures. The new Toshiba Class 10 SDHC card features a TransferJet system that allows any camera to become a wireless transmitting device.
TransferJet is a close proximity, wireless transfer technology that offers a safe and simple connection with a high data throughput. Touching two TransferJet devices together automatically initiates transfer: TransferJet adapters are available for USB, micro USB and Lightning ports to allow compatibility with numerous devices.
Best Professional Flash System
Designed for both studio and location work, the Phottix Indra360 TTL (360 Ws) has a built-in Phottix Odin Flash Trigger/Receiver for up to 100 metres radio coverage and 12 metres indoor optical coverage with Canon and Nikon systems.
The unit’s smaller Li-ion battery makes for an ideal setup for wedding and event photographers who generally have to move about with some ease during the job. It also comes in handy when doing daylight off-camera fill and lighting of other ambient lighting situations due to its high-speed sync capability.
The units offers 8 stops of power adjustment, from full power to 1/128th with TTL exposure levels adjustable in +/-3EVs.
Best Portable Flash
The Nissin i60A is a shoe mount flash that can be used with Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Fujifilm cameras. The flash has an integral 2.4GHz radio receiver that is compatible with the Nissin Air System and Air 1 radio Commander unit. The i60A has a Guide Number of 60 metres (ISO 100, 200mm lens) and can be zoomed to optimize coverage in a 24-200mm range.
The back of the unit has a colourful LCD display and two control dials; the flash can be battery powered with a high voltage powerpack port connection. The i60A also has a TTL Optic Wireless Slave Mode as well as settings for 8 channels in A/B/C groups
Best Photo Monitor
BenQ’s SW2700PT 27-inch monitor is aimed specifically at photographers who want IPS technology and 99% Adobe RGB colour space coverage, as well as a brightness level of 350 lux and high contrast for rendering deep blacks. The monitor’s other remarkable assets include inputs and outputs such as Display Port, DVI and HDMI, with USB 3.0 ports, SD card reader and a unique OSD controller.
BenQ SW2700PT can be hardware colour calibrated which is essential for serious photo retouchers and graphic designers alike. Last but not least, a detachable hood underlines the professional attributes of this affordable but in essence high-end monitor.
Best Imaging Innovation
Easy and fast camera “connectivity” has been a goal for many years that has all too often eluded manufacturers. SnapBridge offers a seamless, one-time setup and energy efficient Bluetooth Low Energy powered connection. Once installed, SnapBridge enables the continuous and immediate transfer of images from the camera to up to five paired mobile devices as they are captured; this does not preclude mobile connectivity during transfer.
Images are transferred to smart devices as 2MP (Full HD) images in JPEG format with the ability to include two types of embedded information, including copyright. In addition, the app’s remote shooting function can be used as a viewfinder and, in certain cameras, a control panel for settings.Tags: Best Accessories, Best Software, better photography, flash, Inkjet Photo Paper, lights, Mobile Dvice, photokina 2016, Printer, Shridhar Kunte, Storage Media, TIPA, TIPA Awards 2016, Tripod