MPB, the world’s largest online platform for used photography and videography equipment, unveils the five legendary pieces of kit that have won the public vote to be crowned The Photo and Video Kit Hall of Fame Class of 2021.
The Photo and Video Kit Hall of Fame Class of 2021 is:
- Classic inductee: Canon EOS 5D Mk III
- Game Changer inductee: DJI Mavic 2 Pro
- Iconic inductee: Hasselblad 501C
- Road Tested inductee: Nikon D850
- Trendsetter inductee: Sony A7III
Having been shut out in the 2020 of The Photo and Video Kit Hall of Fame, Canon has claimed its rightful spot and this year sees the Canon EOS 5D Mk III honoured as the ‘Classic’ inductee. In another first, the DJI Mavic 2 Pro becomes the only drone to have ever been inducted. The DJI Mavic 2 Pro joins the GoPro HERO which was inducted as last year’s Game Changer, highlighting the growing trend of visual storytellers seeking out previously impossible-to-capture landscapes and activities.
A symbol of admiration by kit-lovers from around the world, The Photo and Video Kit Hall of Fame pays homage to the cameras and lenses that have redefined the photography and film industry. This year saw MPB call on a global nominating committee made up of some of the industry’s most highly regarded photographers and journalists. Drawing on their collective decades of experience, the eminent committee hand selected a shortlist of awe-inspiring kit to be put to a public vote.
The public ballot saw kit-lovers spread over 71 countries vote for their favourite cameras and lenses across five unique categories. From must-have classics to the most extravagant kit visual storytellers could dream to own, each category celebrates the brilliance of photo and video kit in its own distinct way.
Matt Barker, CEO and Founder, MPB, says:
“It has been an extraordinary experience to watch The Photo and Video Kit Hall of Fame grow from an idea to the event it is today. We are honoured to have built a space that allows photographers, videographers and tech-enthusiasts to express their passion for these products, as well as educating others on the vast and incredible world of photo and video kit. The final inductees give the perfect insight for visual storytellers to consider the kit that is right for them when they want to try something new, hone their skills, or pursue their passion.
“This year’s global nominating committee has been a brilliant addition to the process – they have brought a wealth of experience to the table and selected an impressive line-up of kit for voters to choose from. The Photo and Video Kit Hall of Fame is a testament to the amount of remarkable kit there is out there.”
Classic inductee: Canon EOS 5D Mk III
Since its release in 2012, the Canon EOS 5D Mark III has become a staple in any photographers and videographers kit bag. Its impressive specification is perfect for those who want to make the jump from hobbyist to professional. A Classic inductee stands as a benchmark for quality in an ever-changing world of gear; perfect for anyone looking to get into photography.
Game Changer inductee: DJI Mavic 2 Pro
As one of the most powerful drones on the market, The Mavic 2 Pro took visual storytelling to new heights, capturing standout quality images from incredible angles, all packed into a compact and portable design. Game Changers disrupted the field by ushering in new technology, expanding product capabilities or making quality more accessible.
Iconic inductee: Hasselblad 501C
The 500 series forms some of the most quintessential cameras in photographic history. A legacy of true craftmanship, the Hasselblad 501C is still one of the most lusted after medium formats nearly three decades after its release. Symbols of quality, idolisation and inspiration, an Iconic inductee is the crème de la crème of photo kit.
Road Tested inductee: Nikon D850
This high-resolution DSLR rises to the challenge every single time, the Nikon D850 is a fantastic all-rounder that offers quality and reliability in the most demanding of environments. Road Tested inductees represent the workhorses of kit. This gear is tried-and-true from rainforests to runways, these nominees deliver time and time again.
Trendsetter inductee: Sony A7 III
The Sony A7 series continues to pave the way for mirrorless technology. With outstanding image quality and 4k video packed into a sleek travel-friendly body, it’s no surprise the Sony A7 III is a popular model amongst content creators as well as professional photographers. A Trendsetter shapes conversation about how it looks as well as the images it captures.
The Photo and Video Kit Hall of Fame’s Class of 2021 will be formally inducted in the autumn. Follow @mpbcom to keep up with the latest information.
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