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The Lensrentals Podcast Bonus Episode – 2019 Gear in Review: Bests and Busts

Each week Roger Cicala, founder of Lensrentals.com, hosts conversations about the art and science of capturing images. From photography to videography, film, history, and technology, the show covers a wide range of topics to educate and inspire creators of all kinds.


2019 Gear in Review: Bests and Busts

We’re sharing our picks for best and worst photo and video equipment from 2019. Roger, Ally, Ryan, and Joey share their top two favorite pics from 2019, and one piece of gear that for whatever reason just missed the mark.

Favorite Gear Mentioned in this Episode
Easyrig Cinema Flex 500N Camera Support Vest
The L-mount Alliance
Profoto Connect
Alexa Mini LF
B4 system
Tamron 35mm f/1.4
Fuji GFX 100
Tentacle Sync E


Employee Spotlight on Lynn Green

Lynn is a customer service tech who recommends and troubleshoots gear. Outside of his day job he likes to have fun with his photography and recently is enjoying the Nikon Z7 as his go-to of late. His all-time favorite is the Hasselblad X1D II

Lynn’s Instagram


0:45 – Introductions to Ryan Hill, Joey Miller, Roger Cicala, and Ally Aycock-Patterson

1:20 – What was one of the biggest busts of 2019?

2:00 – Discussing how the Red Ranger fell short with its business model of making it a rental-only product

4:20 – How the Nikon Z mount didn’t live up to expectations

8:00 – Joey discusses how the Sigma fp let him down

11:45 – Roger discusses briefly what a Foveon sensor is, and how Sigma has the patient on the technology

13:20 – Ryan talks about the Atomos Sumo, and what makes it his dud of the year

18:00 – Ally discusses her favorite product of 2019, the Easyrig Cinema Flex 500N Camera Support Vest

20:30 – Roger talks about why the L-Mount Alliance is one of his favorite pieces of gear news for 2019

24:20 – Joey talks about how the Profoto Connect is among his favorites for 2019. (Note: The Profoto App is available for both iOS/Android)

26:30 – Ryan discusses the Alexa Mini LF, and what makes it such an incredible video camera

29:45 – BREAK

33:00 – Ally reveals her second favorite pick for 2019, the B4 system.

37:50 – Roger mentions his next favorite product of 2019 – The Tamron 35mm f/1.4, while discussing some of the history of Tamron.

43:00 – Joey states, with audible agreement from the room, that his other favorite product of 2019 is the Fuji GFX 100.

46:00 – Ryan finalizes the podcast episode with his pick of the Tentacle Sync-E


The Lensrentals Podcast is a production of Lensrentals, founded by Roger Cicala. Our production staff includes Drew Cicala, Ryan Hill, Sarah McAlexander, SJ Smith, Julian Harper, John Tucker, and Zach Sutton. Other contributors include Roger Cicala, Joey Miller, Ally Aycock Patterson, Joshua Richardson, and Philip Robertson.

Thanks to Jacques Granger for our theme song.

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  • Athanasius Kirchner

    Great episode, keep them coming 🙂

  • TrevorButterworth

    Great insightful discussion, despite your complaints about the Sigma FP (which I really like!); however, your music lead in is much too long. We should be hearing from you in ten seconds.

  • JP

    MORE with this group!
    Great chemistry, super informative, and super interesting!

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