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Legends of 2022

Posted on Oct 4, 2022

With the largest number of votes received to date, image creators the world over picked the gear they thought deserved to be inducted into this year’s Hall of Fame. Come and meet the class of 2022

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Now in its third year, the Photo and Video Kit Hall of Fame is an innovation of MPB’s – one of the world’s leading pre-loved kit retailers – to recognise the outstanding contributions made by the very best imaging equipment; kit that has redefined the industry. A nominating committee comprising leading photographers and expert journalists shortlisted 25 products, five in each of the five categories.

This year’s ballot attracted a phenomenal response, with 117,955 votes from 105 different countries. Five lucky voters each won a Fujifilm X100V.

Leica got its first product inducted into the Hall of Fame, while DJI’s Mavic took the Game Changer category for the second year running. Fujifilm scooped two categories.

“I’m delighted by this year’s response,” says Matt Barker, CEO and founder of MPB. “Each year, the Hall of Fame gets bigger and bigger. This year’s votes have exceeded the past two combined, which is an incredible achievement and testament to how much excitement and debate there is around the best photo and video kit. We launched the Photo and Video Kit Hall of Fame to give visual creatives around the world an exciting way to engage in their passion, with a chance to immortalise their favourite kit. The votes are an attestation of the love people have for camera kit.”

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CLASSIC

The nominees in this category stand as benchmarks for quality in an ever-changing world of gear. A Classic is a valued piece of kit for anyone looking to get into photography.

Inductee: Fujifilm X-T2

When it comes to crop-sensor mirrorless cameras, the Fujifilm X-T2 is surely one of the greatest ever made. Its all-metal body is adorned with intuitive controls that can help any photographer make the most of any scene or subject. This camera looks, feels and acts like an instant classic, and it’s supported by a massive range of superb X Series optics.

Also nominated

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM

Nikon D3

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

Sony Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA

GAME CHANGER

The photo and video kit that disrupted the fields of photography and videography by ushering in new technology, expanding product capabilities, or making quality more accessible.

Inductee: DJI Mavic 3 Pro

The DJI Mavic 3 Pro won this category for the second consecutive year, but it was close between the first and second spots – with just 1000 votes separating the two.

Capture stunning imagery with a legendary Hasselblad camera and enjoy smooth flight with omnidirectional obstacle sensing. Every improvement on Mavic 3 sets a higher standard for aerial photography.

Also nominated

Canon EOS R5 C

GoPro Max

Sony A7R III

Sony A9

TRENDSETTER

The Trendsetter shapes conversation about how it looks, as well as the images it captures. Previous winners include the Fujifilm X100F (2020) and the Sony A7 III (2021). The Leica Q2 is the brand’s first inductee.

Inductee: Leica Q2

Safe within its weather-sealed body, the full-frame sensor flourishes with the fixed 28mm f/1.7 Summilux lens and superfast autofocus. When seeking to capture candid moments or fleeting encounters, time is of the essence – and this camera fights for every millisecond. It’s the deluxe future of street photography – a stunner!

Also nominated

Canon EOS M50 Mark II

Canon EOS R3

DJI Osmo Pocket

Sony A7R IV

ICONIC

The crème de la crème of photo kit. Iconic cameras are the ones you idolise – they’re symbols of quality and inspiration.

Inductee: Fujifilm X100

A truly popular inductee, the Fujifilm X100 received more votes than the four other nominated products combined. Kicking off the X100 series a decade ago, the original camera married the look of visually pleasing analogue SLRs to the nascent mirrorless technology of its time. And what a result! Still, it is adored and used by street photographers.

Also nominated

Hasselblad H3D-39

Hasselblad X1D-50C

Leica M8

Phase One P65+

ROAD TESTED

The kit workhorses, the Road Tested nominees are the tried-and-true gear you reach for when you have to get the shot, delivering time and again.

Inductee: Nikon Z 7

Alongside the Z 6, the Z 7 was Nikon’s first-ever full-frame mirrorless – and what a debut! This camera is responsible for countless Nikon DSLR users making the move to mirrorless, thanks to superb all-round skills and beautiful handling. In this year’s vote, the Z 7 gained 29% of all the votes received within its category.

Also nominated

Canon EOS 1D Mark IV

Canon EOS R

Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM

Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS

ABOUT MPB

MPB is the world’s largest resale platform for digital photography and filmmaking kit, transforming the way people buy, sell and trade-in photo and video gear. It is a destination for everyone, whether you’ve just discovered a passion for visual storytelling or you’re already a pro.

MPB recirculates more than 350,000 used items every year, extending the creative potential for creators around the world. Headquartered in the creative communities of Brighton, Brooklyn and Berlin, the MPB team includes trained experts and seasoned photographers and videographers, who bring their passion to work, to deliver outstanding service. Each piece of kit is inspected by our specialists and comes with a six-month warranty. This gives our customers peace of mind that buying used doesn’t mean sacrificing reliability.

For more information, visit mpb.com.

Appears in Issue 101 of Photography News. Read the full publication here.

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