Selecting the Best and Worst Camera Gear of 2016… While Getting Drunk

It’s become something of a YouTube tradition for photographers. Every December for the past 3 years, The Camera Store TV hosts get together to reveal their picks for best and worst camera gear of the year… while getting drunk.

This is the fourth installment of this tradition, and whether you come to see Chris Niccolls and Jordan Drake get drunk or you’re genuinely interested in the Top 3 best (and worst) cameras and lenses of 2016, the video won’t disappoint.

We’ll count down the winners and losers below—skipping video cameras… because photography—but we definitely suggest you watch the video to dive deeper into why exactly this gear was worthy of praising (and bashing) in such a publicly inebriated fashion.


Best 3 Lenses of 2016

  • Honorable Mention – Sigma 30mm f/1.4
  • #3 – Nikon 105mm f/1.4
  • #2 – Sony GMaster 24-70mm f/2.8
  • #1 – Nikon EF-S 70-200mm f/2.8

Best 3 Cameras of 2016

  • Honorable Mention – Canon EOS 80D
  • #3 – Fujifilm X-T2
  • #2 – Pentax K-1
  • #1 – Nikon D500

Worst Lens of 2016

  • The Pentax 15-30mm f/2.8

Worst 3 Cameras of 2016

  • Dishonorable Mention – Leica M-D Typ 262
  • #3 – Olympus PEN-F
  • #2 – Nikon D5
  • #1 – Yi M1

That’s all folks. Watch the whole video up top to find out why each of these cameras and lenses were picked. And if you have a pick for best (or worst) camera or lens you’ve tried this year, share it with us in the comments!

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