Podcast: A Walk through PhotoPlus Expo 2017


New York City affords a photographer many opportunities, including the annual gathering of photo professionals at the PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo. Founded in 1983, it is the largest photography and imaging event in North America and features seminars, master classes, portfolio reviews, and a convention center filled with the latest cameras, lenses, and accessories from the major manufacturers and the not-so-major manufacturers. It is at the latter at whom we aimed our microphones as we wandered around the Expo floor.

It’s certainly beneficial to handle new cameras and test lenses, but at events like these, speaking with the functionaries from Canon, Nikon, Sony, etc. rarely elicits candid answers or information you can’t already find on a press release, so we decided to skip the big booths and concentrate on the vendors from smaller manufacturers to find out what they are bringing to market. We spoke with representatives of long-established firms like Beseler, Fotodiox, Denny Manufacturing, and Platypod to hear what’s new in their catalogs, and we also spoke with newer brands and services such as My Case Builder, Foto Op, COOPH and Film Toaster to better understand their new ideas and products, with hopes they will find a life in the competitive business of photography.

Guests: Charlie Knecht, Steven Holand, Robert Maclay, Bohuš Blahut, Cecil Williams, Ulrich Grill, Colbert Colin, Larry Tiefenbrunn

The expo floor of PhotoPlus Expo 2017 from the Javits Center entrance, New York
Bohuš Blahut, of Fotodiox, speaking with Allan Weitz
The Fotodiox booth at PhotoPlus Expo 2017
Steve Holand at the My Case Builder booth with examples of his company's handiwork
Bob Maclay, of Denny Manufacturing, speaks with Allan Weitz at PhotoPlus Expo.
Examples of backdrops at the Denny Manufacturing booth at PhotoPlus Expo 2017
Cecil Williams, of Film Toaster, describes the company's custom-built film carriers to Allan Weitz at PhotoPlus Expo.
Ulrich Grill, of COOPH, explains the features of their photographer apparel at PhotoPlus Expo 2017
The Beseler 23C III Enlarger on display at PhotoPlus Expo 2017
A Platypod Max on display outside the Javits Center, New York City
A visitor to Photo Plus Expo 2017 checks out Nikon cameras, lenses, and accessories.
An overview of the entrance to PhotoPlus Expo 2017, in New York City


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