While 2013 has seen some awesome gear released, at the same time there has been some pretty big duds. Now that the year is pretty much over, I think it would be a great time to look back at some of the bright spots and some of the dark spots of the year.

We will be doing a whole vote on the subject for you guys later this week, but today I just wanted to share my opinion on the best and worst gear of 2013.

Best of 2013

The year 2013 has had a ton of great gear released so naming the top gear is a lot harder than it sounds. As always I can only base my opinions on my personal experiences, so you may not agree with me (and that is perfectly ok). So here we go…

      – Best Lens of 2013 – Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8


This revolutionary lens is the fastest zoom lens ever made for mainstream DSLRS (yeah I know Olympus made a few back in the day). Unfortunately, it is only available for crop sensor cameras. It is sharp throughout the range, and is incredibly cheap given what you are getting at only $799.

      – Best Camera of 2013 – Sony A7/A7r

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Again, another revolutionary device is what takes the cake in my opinion. The Sony A7/A7r series finally brought a full frame sensor to the mirrorless market, and not only did they do it, they did it well (for the most part). It has its quirks, no doubt, but those can be fixed. This may very well be the future of photography.

      – Best Tripod of 2013 – MeFoto

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I love the MeFoto tripods, not only are these some of the sturdiest “photography tripods” that I have used they are some of the nicest to look at! Coming in many different colors you can get one that fits your taste in addition to one that fits your needs. From the small travel sized to the larger sized, these MeFoto tripods are a great buy all around.

       – Best Trigger of 2013 – PocketWizard Plus X


This one was tough for me as I am a huge fan of many budget triggers from brands like Yongnuo. When it comes down to it though, you can’t deny that the Plus X triggers from PocketWizard are a great addition to the trigger market. They are cheap, well built, and have that Pocketwizard reliability.

Worst of 2013

Luckily, the ratio of good gear to bad gear released in 2013 is pretty heavily favoring the good gear, but as they say, there is always a bad apple here and there. I didn’t want to limit the worst of 2013 to categories (since they are all mostly cameras), so I’ve just listed the worst. Let’s take a look at some of the biggest head scratchers of 2013…

       – Hassleblad Lunar


This has got to be one of the ugliest cameras that I have ever seen. Let’s hope that Sony and Hasselblad take note of 2013 and realize that repackaging basic cameras in an expensive shell is not good business. Consumers are not stupid, an old junker car with a new paint job is still an old junker.

      – Nikon D610


OK, this is not so much about the camera itself and more about the whole situation surrounding it. The D610 (just as the D600) is a great camera, but the way that Nikon handled the whole D600 sensor oil issue really rubs me the wrong way. Rather than owning up to problem and replacing the shutter for D600 owners, Nikon elects to release a new camera body (where essentially the only difference is a new shutter that doesn’t spray oil on the sensor). Really bad form here from Nikon in my opinion.

      – Samsung NX Series


Samsung’s foray into the mirrorless markets with their android powered NX series of camera also makes my list as some of the worst gear of 2013. Again, the camera itself gets the job done for consumer’s but the whole idea of having a camera powered by android is just silly to me. You can download apps and everything, I mean who is going to get a camera so that they can play angry birds on it?

Nominate Gear for the Readers Choice Poll

What is your favorite or least favorite gear of 2013? Later in the week we are going to have our readers choice poll on the best and worst of 2013 and we need your help to make sure the polls have the best options available.

Please comment below with your best and worst of 2013, or if you prefer feel free to email me at athurston@slrlounge.com with your nominations.