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After tens of thousands of votes over two rounds, the results are in. Late last year we asked you to vote for your favorite gear of 2014 in several categories, and last month we put the winners of those categories to an overall vote to find the best product of last year in your - our readers' - opinion. The voting was extremely tight, but we've counted up the votes and we're ready to announce the winners. Click through to see the results
VOTING ENDS MIDNIGHT JAN 31st (Pacific) Late last year we asked you to vote for your favorite products of the 2014 in four categories: best lens, best high-end compact camera, best enthusiast ILC and best high-end ILC. Voting ran through January 20th and the results are in! Click through to see the results of our 2014 readers' polls, and for a chance to vote on the overall winner, which we'll announce next month.
A lot more lenses are released every year than cameras, and while we can't use all of them, we know that you - our readers - are avid lens buyers, and have your own opinions about which of the many models released every year are the best. For this poll, we've selected what we think are the standout lenses of 2014 for enthusiast DSLR and mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. Click through for a chance to vote for your choice of best lens released in 2014.
The Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM 'Art' is a fast normal prime for full frame cameras, with an unusually complex optical design. However at $950 / £850 it's substantially more expensive than either its predecessor, or Canon and Nikon's 50mm F1.4 lenses. We've already published lab test data showing that it's optically excellent, but what does this mean in real-world use? Read our detailed review to find out.
The Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art is a fast 'normal' lens designed for full frame SLRs, and one of the most hotly-anticipated lenses of 2014. Sigma shook up the moribund 'fast 50' sector back in March 2008 when it announced the 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM, which we considered to be 'Highly Recommended' for its impressive optics, especially at larger apertures. This marked the start of string of excellent fast primes from the Japanese lens maker, including last year's stellar 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art (another winner of our top award).
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