Visiting Canon HQ & 80D with EFS 18-135mm Nano USM


Ohayo gozaimasu ..uh …Good morning”

I had the pleasure of visiting Canon HQ in The Netherlands for their newest DSLR camera, the EOS 80D with the new EFS 18-135mm Nano USM. This wasn’t announced yet so we had to sign a confidentiality agreement. Of course reviewing this new unannounced gear was great but also visiting Canon HQ …

The first thing that popped my mind when entering the building was the idea of seeing lots of Japanese people …well that wasn’t the case. It seemed like there were a lot of people from India and still a lot of Dutch people. So that Japanese language refreshing course (some books from my shelf) wasn’t needed …

EOS 80D & EFS 18-135mm Review

As I said earlier the camera was announced so we, my colleagues and I, secretly had to shoot the review video (down below) inside this meeting room with doors closed. If that wasn’t enough already we also had one of the Canon employees to accompany us the whole day, just to make sure we didn’t say anything strange for the review of leave this room.

I’m not about to go in-depth about the 80D and the new lens. What I can say is that it has an improved sensor technology which makes it faster and better with auto focus. What I honestly miss with this new camera is the lack of 4K video, I mean the 70D was the first DSLR that could do video with autofocus and great quality.

The new EFS 18-135mm Nano USM had a nice physical upgrade and the ability of mounting an autofocus adapter for an auto zoom functionality.

In short, my visit to Canon HQ was a nice experience, the people were friendly and quite cooperative.


Gear: Canon 1dX shutter test

canon 1dx shutter

People keep surprising me, for instance these guys who’re demonstrating the fast burst rate of the awesome and way to expensive Canon 1D X. This body is like one of my dream cameras and they make sure that you won’t be able to use it anymore …in just 15 minutes! Why people? Why? Being scientific?

VIDEO: THE VIEWFINDER | a glimpse of my day

the viewfinder video kevin van diest street style video

“…give you an impression.”

Hey guys, I decided to share a video with you that’ll give you an impression of my days on the streets. At that moment I was reviewing the Canon 24-105mm f4L (read review here) so I used this opportunity to test the video capabilities of this lens.

In this video I went to Amsterdam, straight from the office, for the event photography for the SS14 Launch Event of Fashionchick x Sacha Shoes x Kim Feenstra.

I hope you guys liked my first video, I think this way you’ll get a better impression by seeing everything in motion rather than only seeing photos and text.

Gear review: Canon 100mm f2.8L Macro IS

canon 100mm f2.8L review lens gear | ©THE VIEWFINDER-8042 title

This lens review was about to happen right? First it was the lower budget Canon 100mm f2.8 and now it’s time to review the high-end L-version of Canon. And after testing this lens I truly had trouble bringing it back to my partner Camex, who make my gear reviews possible.

This isn’t a lens which pops up in your mind when doing street photography, because it’s a macro lens. However the macro function can be very convenient, because you can shoot up close and gives you great details.

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I shot with it and it’s great ….yeah also a bit expensive and chunky. This lens delivers good portrait shots and Continue reading “Gear review: Canon 100mm f2.8L Macro IS”