Bruce Bowman

Lives in United States Currently Santa Fe, NM, United States
Works as a Retired
Joined on Aug 16, 2010
About me:

We're full-time RVers traveling the US & Canada. Currently in Santa Fe, NM for the spring & summer.

Bruce Bowman's current gear

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
Sony Alpha NEX-7
Sony E 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 PZ OSS
A wonderful almost-pocketable camera. Great images with a broad range of adjustability. With the EVF it does most of what I need within the limitations of the sensor. Raw & JPEG files.
An amazing, do-everything camera. Once they added better bracketing and allowed the video button to be disabled I stopped whining and never looked back. Love this camera! It's only shortcoming is the magenta cast from some wide angle lenses.
I'm skeptical about this lens since it requires a great deal of correction. Couldn't resist the size.
Sony E 16mm F2.8 Pancake
Sony E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
Sony E 30mm F3.5 Macro
Plus UWA and Fisheye converters.
I got this lens after I'd already gotten the 18-200mm, so I've never really gotten familiar with it. Sample images were sharp.
I wanted a macro lens and something of a walk-around lens (like a 50mm on a 35mm camera. As a macro it falls short as you have to get too close to the subjet to be of much use. As a walkaround it's only OK. Not my favorite lens.
Sony E 35mm F1.8 OSS
Sony E 50mm F1.8 OSS
Sony E 55-210mm F4.5-6.3 OSS
Amazing focus speed compared to the other E-mount lenses.
Wonderful short tele. Excellent in low light and for portraits. Color transmission is excellent.
Good 4X tele zoom. I prefer the SEL-18200, but I got this so I could mount a Sony 1.7X teleconverter (out of production). The combo extends the FL to almost 360mm. It was a cheap way to try shooting birds.
Other gear:
  • Crumpler 6 Million Dollar Home Used as a storage bag for NEX-7 plus gear listed
  • Minolta 500mm f/8 Reflex Interesting lens. It's a 500mm catadioptric (mirror) lens that was an inexpensive way to get more reach for bird shots. Strictly manual focus with a fixed aperture. Includes 4 filters.
  • Sony Alpha SEL18200 E-mount 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS Lens (Silver)
  • Sony E 16mm fisheye converter 9mm Fisheye when installed on the SEL16F28
  • Sony E 16mm UWA converter 12mm UWA when installed on the SEL16F28
  • Sony LA-EA1 Alpha-to-E-mount adapter Adapts Sony Alpha lenses to NEX-7. Allows native ccontrast detect AF via the NEX internal AF system. No IS; for Alpha (A-mount) lenses which have an internal focus motor (Alpha SSM lenses).
  • Sony LA-EA2 Alpha-to-E-mount adapter Adapts Sony Alpha lenses to NEX-7. Provides phase detect AF via Sony's translucent mirror technology in lieu of NEX native contrast detect AF. No IS on Alpha (A-mount) lenses which use IBIS. The EA2 includes a drive motor for focus.
  • Tamron 90mm f/2.5 SP Macro (52BB) Adaptall-II for Sony 1:2 macro lens. Requires a Tamron Adaptall-II -> Sony adapter. MF only.
  • Think Tank Photo Digital Holster 10 V2.0 My primary working bag. Used as a walk-around bag on supplied shoulder strap for NEX-7 with 18-200mm mounted plus a spare battery. I also bought the optional belt & shoulder strap but found them unnecessary... the supplied shoulder strap is all I need.
  • Think Tank Photo Retrospective 5 Used as a walk-around bag for NEX-7 with 2-3 lenses, flash and a few other things.

Bruce Bowman's wish list

Sorted by most recently added.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV
Sony a7R II
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10
Sony DT 16-80mm F3.5-4.5 ZA Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T*
Sony 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM

Bruce Bowman's previous gear

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Sony Alpha NEX-5N
Canon EF 16-35mm F2.8L USM
Had the battery grip, wrist strap, 430 flash, lots of filters. Very complete and very heavy.
In 12/2011 I could only find a body-only camera. I bought the SEL-18200 lens and that combo was excellent, though it felt a little unbalanced because of the weight of the 18-200mm. Images were excellent! AF was poor in low light, but DMF compensated nicely. If it had a built-in EVF I'd have kept it instead of going to the NEX-7.
Great lens. I didn't find it as useful as I'd expected though I did get some great double-rainbow shots in Santat Fe, NM!
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Canon EF 100mm F2.8L Macro IS USM
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
My main lens... did 80% of what I wanted. Amazing IQ for a zoom lens.
Great macro and portrait lens.
For a relatively inexpensive lens (as Canon lenses go), this was a great tele-zoom with the IS.
Other gear:
  • Think Tank Retrospective 30 camera shoulder bag This thing is huge. Filled with my 5D-II and lenses + flash it wieghed way more than I wanted to carry!