Okay – it’s that time. We want to publish a list of suggested holiday gifts that cost approximately $500 or less. Here’s my list… 1) Drobo – no brainer – nothing you could do for the photographer you love would be better than helping them protect their data. 2) Gura Gear Kiboko Bag – a […]

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It’s every photographer’s nightmare. You park your car at the bank, or the dry cleaners for just 10 minutes. You come back and all your gear has been stolen from your car in a smash and grab.

You’ll certainly have that sick feeling in your stomach, followed by panic, rage and ultimately resolve.

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Sigma 100-300 Unboxing from Scott Bourne on Vimeo. If you want to see the full-res version watch it on my Vimeo page. As a bonus, I add a LensCoat lens cover to this lens.

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Photo by Scott Bourne Have you ever lost a piece of camera gear to an accident? Equipment disasters are well, disasters. Here’s some advice from an expert on how to prevent disasters. I interviewed Clay Wimberley, Co-Owner of Wimberley, Inc. who says, “Test your equipment when you have time and are not in the field. […]

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Here are some specific features to look for in a digital SLR camera body. *Depth of Field Preview button. In my opinion, this is essential. *High ISO noise reduction. *Full range of shutter speeds, from 30 seconds and bulb to at least 1/2000 second. *Spot meter capability. *Full range of exposure mode options, including manual, […]

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Photo by Scott Bourne Why DSLR over Point-And-Shoot? Shutter lag is the interminable span of time between the moment you trigger the shutter and the moment the camera actually captures the image. You won’t face this problem on a high-end SLR but point-and-shoot cameras are commonly slow. If your goal is to capture spur of […]

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This is part one of a three part series of articles I’m offering in answer to the most often asked question here at This Week in Photography; “What camera should I buy?” I know that beginners especially want this question answered. They are more likely to think that it’s the camera that takes the picture, […]

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Since we get lots of questions on the show that we don’t have time to answer, I’m going to try to answer some of the common questions here on the blog. And one very common question has to do with who to trust when buying camera gear online or through the mail.

Seen those ads in the back of the photo magazines for incredible prices on the latest DSLR? The photo magazines accept money for camera ads from people who, in my opinion, have very questionable ethics and business practices. They know these companies suffer from massive complaints that often go unanswered, but yet, the magazine publishers take the money anyway.

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As photographers we know that light is really important. But available light often needs a little help and this is why using flash well is so important. The best flash photography like much of the work from this week’s guest Joe McNally, looks so natural, you don’t notice the flash and get straight into the […]

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Article by Ron Brinkmann Hard-core macro shooters spend a lot of bucks on specialized gear – dedicated macro lenses, complex tripod rigs, custom flash setups. But before you go down this route whole-heartedly, it might make sense to look at low-cost options that can give you a good feel for whether or not you enjoy […]

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UPDATE: Scroll to the bottom of the list to see Fred Johnson’s gear list.

Here’s a list of Scott’s current photo gear…(minus all the little doodads and accessories that would take too much room to list)

Computers – Apple
Hard Drives – (Office) G-Drive
Hard Drives – (Portable) Sympletech
Printer – Epson 3800
Color Management – Eye1 Pro
Software – Aperture, Photoshop
CF Cards – Sandisk Extreme IIIs
GEAR

Hasselblad xPan II
Hasselblad 45mm Pano Lens
1 Canon 1DMK II-N DSLR
1 Canon 40 D DSLR
1 Canon 20 D DSLR
1 Canon G9 Digital Point And Shoot
2 Canon BG-E2 Battery Grip For DSLRs
1 Canon 600 mm f/4 IS “L” Lens
1 Canon 500 mm f/4 IS “L” Lens
1 Canon 400 mm f/5.6 “L” Lens
1 Canon 70-200 mm f/4 IS “L” Lens
1 Canon 50 mm f/1.2 “L” Lens
1 Canon 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye Lens
1 Tamron 14mm f/2.8 Aspherical IF Rectilinear Lens (For Sale – email me.)
1 Tamron 180mm f/3.5 Di LD IF Macro 1:1 Lens (For Sale – email me.)
1 Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 Macro Lens
1 Canon 580 EX MK-II Flash
1 Canon CP-E2 Battery Pack
1 Quantum Turbo Battery Pack (For Sale – email me.)
1 Bogen 3018 Monopod
1 Gitzo GT3530 Tripod
1 Gitzo GT3540XLS
1 Kirk BH-1 Ballhead
1 Acratech Ultimate Ballhead
1 Acratech V2 Ballhead
5 B+W Circular Polarizing Filters
1 Hasselblad Center Spot Filter
5 Kirk “L” Plates
9 Kirk Camera Plates
1 Boda Hip Bag
1 ThinkTank Photo Airport Addicted Backpack
1 Tamrac 614 Photo Bag

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