Gear: Red Rings ….Canon 85mm f1.2 L II

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Here’s a small share about the legendary, Canon 85mm f1.2 L II lens. I decided to mount it on my DSLR for a few minutes and it was a nice experience. The barrel alone is quite a thing ….it is bulky but that’s because of all the glass elements within it.

In short …
I only got it mounted for a few minutes so there’s no deep review here. What I can say is that the lens performs good, but not good enough looking at the price tag. The photos show a lot of color fringing, nevertheless it does a good job at minimizing the vignetting at f1.2. The lens itself it heavy of course, but the worst thing is the slow focus. If I had owned this lens it would probably fill a empty space on my shelf because on the streets I need fast focus and less weight. But hey …it would be a pretty thing standing on my shelf 😉

VIDEO: THE VIEWFINDER | a glimpse of my day

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“…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

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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”

Lens review: Canon 100mm f2.8 macro USM

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“…see how it performs on the streets.”

You probably asking yourself why testing this macro lens? You don’t even shoot flowers or insects?! ….Well, that totally correct. Still it’s a nice lens and definitely one to consider. This lens, with its macro capability, is the perfect portrait lens. Especially to take shots real close to get nice face of clothing detail shots.

So I took this Canon 100mm f2.8 macro USM (made possible by my partner Camex)with me to see how it performs on the streets. Luckily I spotted this woman who was willing to pose for me as I was testing this lens. I took a nice full-body shot and also a macro shot of the Channel logo of her handbag (see below). Continue reading “Lens review: Canon 100mm f2.8 macro USM”

LENS REVIEW: Canon 17-40mm F/4 L

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Another lens review made possible by my partner Camex….this tim I had the pleasure of shooting with the Canon 17-40mm F/4 L wide angle zoom lens. And to be short it totally rocks! Of course I planned for the perfect situation so I could really test it under the right circumstances and with the right purposes. In my opinion this lens is perfect for events …the only thing left was to find that event and of course I did; Fashionchick Redesign Launch Event


Being a street photographer I just had to take this lens on a spin on the streets of course and I really delivers interesting results. A very important advantage of Continue reading “LENS REVIEW: Canon 17-40mm F/4 L”