Gear Podcast: Fast, Wide-angle Lenses


On this month’s Gear Podcast, we take a look at wide-aperture, wide-angle lenses. With our guest, Neil Gershman, a lens expert from the B&H SuperStore, we touch upon the history of wide-angle lenses, their design and general applications, and then we discuss some pros and cons of wide-angle lenses with maximum apertures wider than f/2. Given the market demand and the technical capability, lens manufacturers have been introducing wide-angle prime and even zoom lenses with maximum apertures designed for better performance in low light and greater control of depth of field. We will discuss many of these newest lenses from Sigma, Nikon, and Canon and provide a run-down of all the fast aperture wide-angle lenses available from B&H. Join us for this educational episode.

Guest: Neil Gershman

Allan Weitz and Neil Gershman

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Host: Allan Weitz
Senior Creative Producer: John Harris
Producer: Jason Tables
Executive Producer: Lawrence Neves



Loved the podcast! Great to hear about all the different wide angle lenses and your guys' thoughts on them. Just wanted to know what you guys think about the Fujifilm 16mm 1.4. 

Thanks a lot!

Thank you for the discussion.  I did not hear much about the Sigma 18-35.  Your opinion is appreciated. Thanks! 


Thanks for teh comment Deb. We did make a brief mention of the lens but probably could have talked about it a bit more as it's a wonderful lens. I suppose we didnt go into it too much as its designed for APS-C cameras and therefore offers an approximate focal length equivalent of 27-53mm so is not complelety a wide-angle lens. But it is important as it is one of earlier Art lenses from Sigma and their first Art zoom. This link offers our hands-on review from 2013 when it was first released and in my limited experience, I found it a big lens, especially for an APS-C camera, but the set of focal lengths is ideal for the work I like to do and obviously, the f/1.8 max aperture allows for exceptional low light performance and depth of field control.