MPB, the world’s largest online platform for used photography and videography equipment, has announced the nominees for The Photo and Video Kit Hall of Fame 2021. Selected by MPB’s global nominating committee of industry-renowned journalists, photographers and videographers, the 25 nominees represent the most loved and highly regarded pieces of kit of the digital era. MPB now calls on the public to decide which kit will be the best of the best across five categories in this year’s Hall of Fame, and each voter has the chance to win prizes including a Hasselblad 500CM.

Now in its second year, The Photo and Video Kit Hall of Fame honours the most exceptional kit of the creative industry. Last year’s Hall of Fame saw 40,000 votes from kit lovers across 150 countries, with trailblazing models such as Fujifilm X100F, Nikon D810, and Hasselblad 500CM securing a place in the Class of 2020.

To capture the true breadth of photo and video kit, MPB this year commissioned a committee of world-class professionals who selected shortlists in the five categories: Classic, Trendsetter, Iconic, Game Changer and Road Tested. This year’s shortlists show Sony and Nikon to be popular manufacturers with the highest representation among the nominations, taking the crown from Canon in 2020. Fujifilm and Olympus make a strong return to the Trendsetter category, with Sony firmly embedded as a Game Changer.

The full list of categories, descriptions and nominees for The Photo and Video Kit Hall of Fame 2021 are:

  • Classic: A Classic stands as a benchmark for quality in an ever-changing world of gear; perfect for anyone looking to get into photography.

The nominees: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Nikon D750, Sony A7RII, Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 L USM, Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS

  • Game Changer: Game Changers disrupted the field by ushering in new technology, expanding product capabilities or making quality more accessible.

The nominees: DJI Mavic 2 Pro, Sony A7, Sony Alpha A7, Nikon Z6, Sony A1

  • Road Tested: The workhorses of kit, Road Tested gear is tried-and-true. From rainforests to runways, these nominees deliver time and again.

The nominees: Canon EOS 5D Mk IV, Sony A7R III, Nikon D5, Nikon D850, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM

  • Trendsetter: A Trendsetter shapes conversation about how it looks as well as the images it captures.

The nominees: Fujifilm X-Pro 3, Fujifilm X100V, Leica M10-R, Sony A7 III, Olympus PEN F

  • Iconic: The crème de la crème of photo kit. Iconic cameras are the ones you idolise, symbols of quality and inspiration.

The nominees: Leica M6, Hasselblad 501C, Leica M10 Monochrom, Rolleiflex 2.8 FX, Nikon FM2

Matt Barker, CEO and Founder, MPB, says:

 “At MPB we love kit, and The Photo and Video Kit Hall of Fame is an iconic moment to acknowledge the masterpieces that keep our creative economy thriving. Celebrating the life and legacy of these cameras is an important part of our mission as we transform the way people buy, sell and trade in kit.

 “The Hall of Fame showcases the most respected and beloved models in the field. We want to be great partners for tomorrow’s storytellers and content creators by giving them access to that kit, as well as advice and guidance from some of the leading experts on our nominating committee and in our business to nurture their creativity.”

Finn Beales, lifestyle and commercial photographer, and author of The Photography Storytelling Workshop, shares his experience joining this year’s nominating committee:

“I’m honoured to be part of The Photo and Video Kit Hall of Fame and have enjoyed working up the nominations with the rest of the committee from around the world. I’m intrigued to see what the public vote for this year and whether the nominations will encourage storytellers to experiment with different gear.”

 In addition to taking part in the ballot for the prestigious Class of 2021, voters can enter for a chance to win the 2020 ‘Iconic’ inductee, a grand prize of a Hasselblad 500CM with Zeiss Planar C 80mm f2.8 Lens in excellent or better condition, plus a video consult with an MPB expert and three runner-up prizes of £500 of credit at mpb.com.

To vote in The Photo and Video Kit Hall of Fame visit kithalloffame.com. Voting closes August 06 2021 and winners will be announced on World Photography Day August 19 2021.

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