Fun Facts - Technical Image Press Association (TIPA)

TIPA

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''It all started in Paris on April 16'th, 1991. After several years of discussions and meetings about the idea of the creation of a photo press association, editors representing 25 European photo magazines finally met at the Hotel Meridien for the foundation of the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA). Founders knew they wanted to start a large non-profit association, not a lobby of a few selected members, nor a marketing tool. So they invited all the European photo magazines eligible for membership to join. Instantly, TIPA became the largest family of independent European photo & imaging magazines made up of the most expert editors.''

''Since 1991, TIPA members meet at least once a year at the General Assembly to discuss projects, share opinions and comment on industry innovations and trends. During these three-day meetings, TIPA editors also vote for the best photo & imaging products of the year. The association also often organizes visits to historical or well-known photographic sites or arranges meetings with managers and engineers at factories of large as well as small companies.''

TIPA Awards 2012
Best Entry Level DSLR Lens
Sigma 18-200mm f/3,5-6,3 II DC OS HSM f/3,5-6,3 18-200 mm
"The Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 II DC OS HSM offers users of a DSLR camera with APS-C size sensor one lens that will most likely cover all their needs. In practical use, the lens offers the 35mm equivalent of 27-300mm coverage, making it a highly versatile lens that is enhanced by Sigma´s original Optical Stabilizer function and HSM movement. In the view of TIPA members, the Sigma makes possible the use of this one lens for a wide range of different subjects, offering photographers a compact and highly competent optical tool for landscape, portrait and even wildlife photography. "
 
Best Expert DSLR Lens
Sigma EX 180mm f/2,8 HSM OS DG Macro f/2,8 180 mm
"This lens is the first 180mm image stabilized macro in the world with a reproduction ratio of 1:1 and a maximum aperture of F2.8. It also benefits from the Sigma´s original Optical Stabilizer function that allows a gain of about 4 stops. Three special FLD (”F” Low Dispersion) glass lenses ensure exceptional correction of chromatic aberrations. Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces ”flare” and ghosting, and creates sharp, contrasted images even when fully wide open."
 
Best Professional DSLR Lens
Canon EF 8-15mm f/4 L USM Fisheye f/4 8-15 mm
"Fisheye lenses allow photographers to shoot spectacular pictures with extreme viewing angles. In combination with a 24x36mm full frame sensor DSLR camera, the Canon EF 8-15mm allows for either full frame or circular fisheye images; with smaller sensors it covers the full frame. Its 180-degree field of view offers exceptional creative capture capabilities. This Canon premium L-series lens features exceptional optical design, quality and durability. The patented SubWavelength Structure Coating (SWC) reduces ghosting effects and flare, while the additional Fluorine coating aids in easy cleaning of the large front element."
 
 

TIPA Awards 2011
Best Entry Level Lens
Tamron AF SP 70-300mm f/4-5,6 Di VC USD f/4-5,6 70-300 mm
"This premium, state-of-the-art, telephoto zoom lens provides users of full-frame and APS-C format digital SLR cameras with a myriad of features that make it stand out in the telephoto zoom class. Built to exacting SP (Super Performance) standards, it features the first-ever Tamron USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) for enhanced auto-focusing speed and responsiveness. To assist in handheld, low light shooting the SP 70-300mm incorporates VC (Vibration Compensation); Tamron´s exclusive low-friction tri-axial image stabilisation system. "
 
Best Expert Lens
Sigma EX 70-200mm f/2,8 APO HSM DG OS f/2,8 70-200 mm
"This bright, high quality telephoto zoom lens contains 22 elements (including 3 SLD and 2 FLD glass elements) in 17 groups. This lens covers 24x36mm “full-frame” sensors and has an optical image stabilisation system (OS) that compensates approximately four stops. Its HSM function assures smooth and silent auto focusing. Chromatic aberration is reduced to a minimum and sharpness is at a very high level over the entire focal length range. "
 
Best Professional Lens
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2,8 L IS II USM f/2,8 70-200 mm
"The new Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM improves the autofocus speed, the optical image stabilisation and the optical quality of its legendary predecessor, which is no easy feat. The EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM has an increased optical quality and features reduced chromatic aberration thanks to one fluorite and five UD lens elements. The newly developed optical image stabilisation now provides up to 4 stops of correction at all focal lengths. What remained was a rugged, dust-proof and moisture resistant design, for use under the most extreme shooting conditions. "
 
 

TIPA Awards 2010
Best Entry Level Lens
Sigma 17-70mm f/2,8-4 DC HSM OS Macro f/2,8-4 17-70 mm
"Designed to be used on APS-C sensor DSLR cameras, this versatile zoom corresponds to a 26-105mm (equivalent). It differs from standard models by its top diaphragm aperture (f/2.8-4), the stabilization OS function and its appreciated autofocus HSM system. This modern, good zoom makes high-end optical features accessible to all. "
 
Best Professional Lens
Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2,8 G IF-ED VR II f/2,8 70-200 mm
"The AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II telephoto zoom lens has been developed for use with digital and film based Nikon SLR cameras. A number of unique Nikon technologies have been adopted for this lens, including the use of seven ED glass elements, Nano Crystal Coat, a vibration reduction (VR II) system that provides camera shake compensation equivalent to increases in shutter speed by four steps, and a Silent Wave Motor (SWM). "
 
 

TIPA Awards 2009
Best Entry Level Lens
Sigma 18-250mm f/3,5-6,3 DC OS HSM f/3,5-6,3 18-250 mm
"The 13,8x zoom Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM integrates the exclusive Optical Stabilization system. Four special low dispersion (SLD) glass elements and three aspheric elements ensure very high quality. A minimum focus distance of 45 cm at all focal lengths proved a very appreciated solution. "
 
Best Professional Lens
Canon EF TS-E 17mm f/4 L f/4 17 mm
"The Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L has the widest view angle of any tilt and shift lens currently available for 35mm SLR cameras due to this it is the professional choice for architectural or landscape photography. The direction of the tilt and shift is independently of each other by mechanical rotation. The TS-E 17mm f/4L includes Canon´s sub-wavelength structure coating (SWC) minimising ghosting and flare caused by internal reflections. "
 
 

TIPA Awards 2008
Best Entry Level Lens
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5,6 IS f/4-5,6 55-250 mm
"This telephoto zoom offers a tremendous range of focal lengths and features an optical image stabilizer, which allows around 4 stops of light to be gained. This asset compensates for the modest aperture of f/4-5.6, and in terms of use, effectively converts a slow lens into a fast one. The optical construction of 12 lenses in 10 groups ensures that sharpness and distortion is well controlled, and on a Canon D-SLR, it offers an equivalent zoom range of 88-400mm. All this and it weighs only 390 grams, so it´s light enough for photographers to carry as a regular part of their shooting kit. "
 
Best Professional Lens
Nikon AF-S 14-24mm f/2,8 G ED f/2,8 14-24 mm
"This ultra-wide-angle zoom offers an extensive array of shooting opportunities for professionals and photo enthusiasts looking for superb optical quality. The lens construction consists of 14 elements in 11 groups with 2 ED glass elements and 3 aspherical lenses. A newly developed Nano Crystal Coating reduces ghosting and flare between the lens element and the sensor. The lens offers a constant maximum aperture of f/2.8 at all focal lengths – allowing for shooting in low light conditions – and the close focusing distance on offer is just 0.28m/0.9ft. A rounded diaphragm opening with 9 blades makes out-of-focus elements appear more natural (Bokeh effect). The SWM (Silent Wave Motor) allows quiet and fast autofocus, and permits manual override at any time with no delay. "
 
 

TIPA Awards 2007
Best Entry Level Lens
Nikon AF-S DX 55-200mm f/4-5,6 G ED VR f/4-5,6 55-200 mm
 
Best Professional Lens
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2,8 L USM II f/2,8 16-35 mm
 
Expert Lens
Sigma EX 70mm f/2,8 DG Macro f/2,8 70 mm
 
 

TIPA Awards 2006
Entry Level Lens
Sigma EX 10-20mm f/4-5,6 DC HSM f/4-5,6 10-20 mm
 
Professional Lens
Nikon AF-S 105mm f/2,8 G IF-ED Micro-Nikkor VR f/2,8 105 mm
 
 

TIPA Awards 2005
Entry Level Lens
Tamron AF 18-200mm f/3,5-6,3 XR Di II f/3,5-6,3 18-200 mm
 
Professional Lens
Nikon AF-S 200mm f/2 G IF ED VR f/2 200 mm
 
 

TIPA Awards 2004
Entry Level Lens
Sigma EX 17-35mm f/2,8-4,0 DG HSM f/2,8-4 17-35 mm
 
 

TIPA Awards 2003
Professional Lens
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM f/4 17-40 mm
 
 

TIPA Awards 2002
Professional Lens
Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM f/4 400 mm
 
 

TIPA Awards 1997
Entry Level Lens
Canon EF 300mm f/4 L IS USM f/4 300 mm
 
 

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