The Gateway Arch in St. Louis photographed from the Mississippi side. “Fisheye lenses are gimmicks.” Lots of photographers think so. Most have never used one. I don’t travel without one. The 15mm f/2.8 fisheye lens from Sigma is less than three inches in diameter and length. It weighs in at less than twelve ounces. This […]
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could buy one thing and it would make you a better photographer? Yet, as I read forums I always see comments like, “You can’t buy your way to better photos” or “There are no magic lenses that make you better.” Well, I’m telling you right now, no strings attached, […]
Normal is defined as conforming to a standard, the usual, the typical or the expected. When it comes to photography, normal most often refers to the standard focal length lens on a camera. A normal lens sees about the same angle of view as the human eye. Let’s delve into what normal means and why […]
Whenever I do any type of travel, whether it’s domestic or overseas, I always joke that it’s difficult for photographers to not look like traveling hoarders. After all, along with the standard luggage (for me, that’s one normal-sized suitcase and a small carry-on), we also have our camera gear to deal with, which is one […]
Here are the basics: 13 lens elements, 10 groups of lenses 1:1 reproduction ratio (photos will be 17.5mm across at closest focusing distance) Aperture range F2.8 – F22 Minimum focus distance of 19cm (7.5 inches). Dimensions 82mm x 56mm, weight 185 grams Filter size 46mm The Olympus MSC ED M. 60mm f/2.8 Lens is a […]
UPDATED January 2012 – there have been several cool new lenses released since I first published this list and those changes are reflected herein. I’ve also added a few more of the older lenses I’ve had time to test and fall in love with. I’ve also added a section briefly explaining the difference between prime […]
Many of you contacted me after I wrote my post about the Olympus EP3 and my excitement over their addition of two stellar prime lenses, the 12 and the 45 respectively. The questions often revolved around why I wasn’t more excited about zoom lenses. For those who are new, a prime lens is merely a […]
UPDATE: Yes – sometimes I am a bit stupid. Turns out the lens isn’t blue – well it is blue but you can remove the blue cover and then it’s not blue – so ignore anything I said about blue lenses and Olympus, don’t fire that guy after all :) It’s long been THE problem […]
I was privileged to sit on a panel of advisors for one of the lens manufacturers last year. I was allowed to give my input to a design team that was working out the lens of the future. I doubt I’ll live long enough to see most of these recommendations come to life, but I […]
I had some fun shooting at the classic car show in Gig Harbor this weekend. I’ll have another post on how to shoot car shows, but for now, suffice it to say that with some “challenging” backgrounds, focusing on details is usually the safe bet. I really liked the hood ornament on this old Buick […]
What lens should I buy? That question is sent to me hundreds of times each month. The answer is always the same – it depends. It depends on your budget, your experience and the subject(s) that you want to photograph. So without that basic information, I can’t tell you what lens you need. But I […]
You’ve seen the claims: “This is the sharpest lens I have ever used.” But how does a person know whether or not a lens is truly sharp? And is sharpness the only criteria by which we should decide to use a lens? I have used nearly dozens and dozens of different lenses in my career. […]
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
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.
One of the best ways to decide if you want to purchase a lens is to rent it first. Additionally, some photographers will so rarely use a speciality lens that it doesn’t make sense to do anything BUT rent. The problem is, unless you live in a very large city, you probably don’t have a […]
I was excited to see this lens. Several Nikon pals had raved about its sharpness and here it is. The Nikon AF-S 14-24 mm F2.8G ED The lens came with a very nice pouch/case, although it’s too bulky to fit in my camera bag that way so I’ll just leave the case at home. There […]
As promised, I am posting some images from the Nikon 200-400. I made these images at the LA Zoo. I am very pleased with the autofocus. The ability to frame in the 200-400 range was tremendously valuable. The lens acquired focus quickly and accurately. I also like the VR. It works. While I was using […]
A while back – before my latest trip to Europe – I bought a new lens: The Sigma 30mm F1.4 HSM. I twittered about it at the time and several people asked me for a review of the thing and so here, finally, is me getting around to doing that.
As with Scott’s lens reviews I’m not going to give you any measurebatory MTF charts or anything – you can find those online if you look around a little bit – I just wanted to give a few general impressions about the thing from the perspective of using it in real-world conditions.