Gear of the Year Part 8: Wenmei's choice - Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6

Wenmei's Gear of the Year is a lens that forces her to step outside of her comfort zone and focus (softly or not) on the creative aspect of her photography. When she's capturing a quiet moment or special connection, she finds herself reaching for the Lensbaby 56mm f/1.6 portrait lens. Read more

Gear of the Year Part 7: Allison's choice - Olympus Tough TG-4

Allison's Gear of the Year is a camera that's been able to accompany her almost everywhere she's travelled this year, whether floating down rivers or just putting up with the rough-and-tumble of Florida's theme parks. Whether or not it's 'the best,' the Olympus Tough TG-4 ended up being the camera she had with her. Read more

DPReview Gear of the Year Part 6: Richard's choice - Fujinon 56mm F1.2R APD

Richard Butler's choice of Gear of the Year isn't a product launched this year (our choices of best products of the year were recognized in the DPReview.com Awards), instead it's the one that's prompted him to work on his photography. So what's so special about the Fujifilm 56mm F1.2 APD?

DPReview Gear of the Year part 5: Barney's choice - Sony RX1R II

A sucker for 35mm, DPR Editor Barney Britton found himself drawn to 2013's Sony RX1 and R for all of the obvious reasons, but shooting with them left him cold. But just when he was about to give up hope on seeing an improved replacement, the RX1R II arrived. Find out why it's pick for Gear of the Year. Read more

Gear of the Year Part 4: Dale's pick - Samsung NX1

Historically an SLR shooter who has used his fair share of mirrorless cameras, DPR editor Dale Baskin found the NX1 to be most impressive when he reviewed it. The camera may have looked like a moon at first, but over the course of his time with it the NX1 proved to indeed be a space station. Find out why it's his Gear of the Year pick, despite a recent disturbance in The Force. Read more

DPReview Gear of the Year Part 3: Sam's Choice - The Fujifilm Instax SP-1

Continuing our 2015 series of articles highlighting staff favorites of the past year, DPR studio manager Samuel Spencer takes a look back, yet simultaneously forward, at instant photography and the Fujifilm Instax Share SP-1 instant printer, and the experiences he had with it while shooting his sister's wedding last March. Read more

DPReview Gear of the Year part 2: Carey's choice - Fujifilm X-A2

DPReview's newest staff member finds surprise and delight in the Fujifilm X-A2, the least expensive model in Fuji's interchangeable-lens camera lineup. While its build quality can't compete with his X100's, the X-A2 proves itself with a large sensor, sharp kit lens and features that elevate it beyond its entry-level class. Read more

DPReview Gear of the Year Part 1: Dan's choice - Nikon D750

Kicking off our 2015 series of articles highlighting some staff favorites of the past year, DPR editor Dan Bracaglia writes about his experience with the Nikon D750. But this is less a story about his favorite piece of gear from the last 365 days, and more about a photographer and system owner holding out several years for the perfect camera. Read more