Nikon products honoured with EISA Awards 2021-2022
The Z series mirrorless cameras and NIKKOR Z lenses have been recognized by experts as the best imaging products in their own categories
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – Nikon in South Africa is pleased to announce that four products from its Z series camera and NIKKOR Z lens lineup have been successful at the EISA Awards 2021-2022, presented by the Expert Imaging and Sound Association (EISA).
The Nikon Z 6II mirrorless camera won the Advanced Camera award, Nikon Z 5 mirrorless camera received the Best Buy Camera (full-frame) award. NIKKOR Z lenses were also winners, with the NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S receiving the Professional Telephoto Zoom Lens award, and the NIKKOR Z MC 50mm f/2.8 given the Macro Lens award.
EISA Awards 2021-2022 Winning Products
BEST ADVANCED CAMERA: Z 6II
The Nikon Z 6II is a versatile camera with a 24.5-million-pixel BSI-CMOS full-frame sensor which can record video up to 4K Ultra HD at 60fps. Its next-generation autofocus system can work in light levels as low as -4.5EV, while two EXPEED 6 processing engines provide faster image processing and a larger buffer capacity for continuous shooting compared to its predecessor.
The Z 6II also gains dual card slots, one for CFexpress/XQD and one for standard SD. It can be powered via its USB-C interface and is fully compatible with a vertical battery grip. It’s one of the most accomplished cameras available for serious enthusiast photographers.
BEST BUY CAMERA (FULL-FRAME): Z 5
The Nikon Z 5 is a compact and lightweight camera equipped with a 24.3-million-pixel full-frame sensor mounted on a mechanical stabilisation system. It’s very pleasant to use thanks to a large grip, a joystick to change options quickly, a touchscreen and a sharp 3.6-million-dot electronic viewfinder. With a maximum sensitivity of ISO 51,200, the Nikon Z 5 can keep shooting in difficult light. Its 273-point autofocus system is very effective and will automatically identify human eyes and faces, as well as those of some pets. The camera can also shoot 4K video, although with a 1.7x crop. Overall, it’s the best-value full-frame camera on the market.
BEST PROFESSIONAL TELEPHOTO ZOOM LENS: NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S
As to be expected of a lens that’s made for high-end, professional use, this fast telephoto zoom is as advanced as it gets. Optically it’s superb, combining high levels of sharpness with effective suppression of aberrations. Other desirable features include weather-resistant construction, autofocus that’s fast, silent and accurate, and effective optical stabilisation. A customisable control ring, two programmable buttons and a top-plate display panel provide an unmatched level of control. The result is a fantastic lens that’s ideal for a wide variety of uses, ranging from wildlife and sports to portrait and wedding photography.
BEST MACRO LENS: NIKKOR Z MC 50mm f/2.8
This affordable, compact and lightweight standard macro lens for Nikon Z cameras provides 1:1 reproduction at its minimum focus distance of 16cm. The optical design uses both aspherical and extra-low dispersion glass elements to minimise chromatic aberration. A fluorine coating protects the front lens element, and the barrel is sealed against dust, dirt and moisture, allowing it to be used in challenging conditions. It features a silent control ring with which you can set the aperture or ISO sensitivity. When used with a DX-format Z-series camera, the lens has an angle of view equivalent to 75mm, making it a great choice for both macro and portraits.