Gear Podcast: Third-Party Lenses


Today we present our inaugural Gear Podcast, a monthly feature of the B&H Photography Podcast that focuses solely on new cameras, lenses, and photo gear. We have always discussed photography equipment, but the Gear Podcast is branded to speak to our gear-head cohorts and those looking specifically for an insightful conversation on the latest available cameras, lenses, and accessories and the most appropriate applications for them. We will still talk about gear on other episodes and will not abandon our eclectic conversations on a wide range of photography subjects, but with the Gear Podcast tag appearing once a month, you can be sure gear will be the subject.

Our first Gear Podcast is on third-party lenses and the alternatives to the “glass” produced by the major camera manufacturers. From high-end optics to affordable knock-offs to respected lens makers, such as Tamron and Tokina, we will discuss what is new, what is being offered, and for what type of shooter they may be the right choice. Joining us is photographer, Product Specialist, and B&H trainer extraordinaire Levi Tenenbaum. In the first half of the program, we discuss the advantages and disadvantages of third-party lenses and why we are seeing an uptick in their numbers. After a short break, we return with a detailed list of the companies currently producing third-party lenses for DSLR and mirrorless cameras, and what you can expect from each one.

Guest: Levi Tenenbaum

Handevision IBELUX 40mm f/0.85 Lens

Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Primoplan 75mm f/1.9 Lens

Tokina FiRIN 20mm f/2 FE MF Lens

Yongnuo YN 50mm f/1.8 Lens

Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 Lens

Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens

Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di USD G2

Tokina AT-X 24-70mm f/2.8 PRO FX Lens

Voigtlander Nokton 17.5mm f/0.95 Lens

Jason Tables, Levi Tenenbaum, and Allan Weitz




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