Cameras:

Best professional digital SLR cameras of 2014

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Professional photographers require a level of customization, performance, and ruggedness that's at least a notch above what consumer dSLRs provide. Compatibility with a broad range of accessories and studio equipment is also a must. If you have professional aspirations or are a seasoned pro going digital, these are the models you should consider. They require a serious investment, but in exchange they'll give you state-of-the-art imaging technology and the breadth of creative control you need to produce professional results.

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Nikon D4 (Body Only)

For Nikon devotees looking for the fastest body available, the D4 delivers.

Price: $4,989.95 - $5,949.00 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

While it's not a no-brainer upgrade over the Mark II, the Canon EOS 5D Mark III is worth the price premium if better performance and configurability matter to you.

Price: $2,639.95 - $3,399.99 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding

Nikon D800 (Body Only)

An unsurprisingly great camera that's worth every penny of its higher price for its target market of professional nonsports photographers, the Nikon D800 should definitely please those who've been waiting patiently to replace their older Nikon equipment.

Price: $2,299.95 - $3,892.00 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding

Sony Alpha SLT-A99 (Body Only)

The Sony Alpha SLT-A99V is a generally great camera that's equally adept at both stills and video, but with a few caveats.

Price: $2,079.95 - $2,299.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

A great follow-up to the 5D and top-flight full-frame camera, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II delivers the fluid shooting experience and fine photos you expect from a professional model.

Price: $2,769.95 - $3,399.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Nikon D300S

The Nikon D300s is a great camera, especially if you need the burst speed or slightly improved low-light focus, but if you don't care about video you might consider looking for a really good deal on a D300 and using what you save to splurge on a good lens.

Price: $1,579.00 - $1,579.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent
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