Article by Scott Bourne If you’re familiar with my work, you’ve heard me talk about the joke I make when someone sees my photos and exclaims, “You must have a nice camera.” And yes I do. But I’ve NEVER said a nice camera is required to get a nice shot. In fact, most of the […]

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I am a very lucky guy. I’ve been able to shoot with almost every cool digital camera ever made. And the quality of the average digital camera has risen to unbelievable heights. To add to the good news, the cameras have not only improved dramatically, they’ve improved at breakneck speed. In five short years we’ve gone from good to great to fantastic.

But still, like all photographers, I yearn for the perfect camera. And while I love my D3 bodies, I still don’t see perfection on the horizon. With that in mind, I decided that the New Year would be a great time to let the camera companies know what’s on my wish list.

NOTE! This is not about brands. I would buy the camera I am about to describe even if Exxon made it!

1. I have fallen in love with the full-frame sensor and expect that the perfect digital camera should assume that as a baseline.
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I was looking for a mid-range telephoto zoom to use as a flight lens or a medium landscape lens.

Nikon* offers the 80-400 VR, but that lens doesn’t focus quickly enough for me. They also offer the 300 F/2.8 – but it’s too heavy for handholding.

This led me to research other options. Several people suggested the Sigma 100-300. Since I enjoy the Sigma 300-800 f/5.6 so much, I figured it was worth a shot.

The first thing that attracted me to this lens was its internal focusing. That means the lens doesn’t get longer as it extends to 300 mm. I also liked the fact that it had a relatively fast (f/4) constant aperture throughout the zoom range. Lenses with variable apertures tend to be less sharp and contrasty than lenses which have a fixed aperture. Continue reading

We listened to your nominations, read industry reviews, tested the finalists with our own eyes and came up with winners in the first annual TWIP Photo Hardware Product of the Year Award – the 2008 edition.

We picked two categories for this first year’s awards. Photo-related software and camera hardware. There were many products worthy of our award, but we had to narrow it down.

In the hardware category, we decided on cameras. Once we had that decision made, we needed to decide WHICH camera. We knew this could get political quickly, but also decided that we can’t control what other people think. We made the decision based on our interpretation of the facts. Continue reading

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

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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