Today Nikon is thrilled to announce that it has been successful across three categories at this year’s TIPA World Awards. The first product to take home gold was the Z 30, which was crowned the ‘Best APS-C Vlogger Camera’. In the lens categories, the NIKKOR Z 600mm f/4 TC VR S was the winner of the ‘Best Supertelephoto Prime Lens’ award, while the NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.2 S collected the award for ‘Best Portrait Lens’. The three awards demonstrate Nikon’s continued commitment to producing innovative equipment that enables photographers to push the limits of what is possible both creatively and technically.
The TIPA jury praised Nikon for quickly responding to the ever-growing interest in vlogging and live streaming by introducing the Z 30, which is positioned as the perfect next step for content creators transitioning from compact cameras and smartphones. Meanwhile, the jury was particularly impressed with the NIKKOR Z 600mm f/4 TC VR S, which was described as ‘a dream lens for wildlife photographers’. The NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.2 S was successful due to impressive features such as its ultra-fast maximum aperture, beautiful bokeh, and precise autofocus.
TIPA comments on the Nikon Z 30, winner of the ‘Best APS-C Vlogger Camera’ award
TIPA editors note how Nikon has quickly responded to the ever-growing vlogging and live stream activities of content creators by introducing a solution that offers greater creativity and more recording options and represents a step up from compact cameras and smartphones. The Nikon Z 30 offers 4K video at 30p, slo-mo options of 1080 video up to 120 fps, a fully articulating 3-inch monitor and a stereo microphone built into its top plate. Specially dedicated vlogging and creator accessories, available separately or in kit with the Z 30, make putting together a ready-to-go setup easy. These accessories include a SmallRig wind muff and a Nikon Bluetooth remote control unit that can be seamlessly combined with the also-available SmallRig mini tripod/selfie grip. The Nikon Z 30 can be purchased as body-only or with a variety of kit lenses, and can also accept full-frame Z lenses (with accompanying crop) for those with other Nikon gear.
TIPA comments on the NIKKOR Z 600mm f/4 TC VR S, winner of the ‘Best Supertelephoto Prime Lens’
A dream lens for wildlife photographers, the Z 600 incorporates a built-in 1.4X teleconverter that switches the lens to an 840mm f/5.6. Working outdoors often means challenging light and weather conditions, so a newly developed “Meso Amorphous Coat” offers the greatest antireflective performance from a Nikon lens while ARNEO and Nano Crystal Coats do their part to reduce ghosting, reflections and glare. AF is greatly enhanced with a “Silky Swift Voice Coil Motor” that uses magnets rather than gears to move focusing groups, benefiting both still and video recording. Vibration reduction with a lens like this is paramount, and here it’s up to 5.5 stops with compatible camera bodies. Atop a tripod, the build and design allow for a balance that makes panning smoother and more responsive.
TIPA comments on the NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.2 S, winner of the ‘Best Portrait Lens’
Portrait photographers will fully appreciate this classic focal length lens with its ultra-fast maximum aperture, beautiful bokeh, and solid construction, making it a perfect choice for capturing stunning fashion, wedding, boudoir and, of course, portrait images. Striking backgrounds can be achieved when shooting wide open, and at f/2 point light sources are rendered as soft and “dreamlike” orbs. As part of the Nikon’s premium S-line family, superior optics, operation and build quality are available for both still and video capture, aided by dual STM motors. Auto -Priority manual focus makes for an easy transition to manual during AF operation, while its programmable control ring allows for easy customization of operation to match each photographer’s individual style for every mood and scene.
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