Amsterdam Photosite

Hi there! I’m a great admirer of architecture, Pink Floyd, living in the city, fresh nurturing food, happy people and much more!

We live in Amsterdam, Europe with the 2 of us in a modest apartment just at the edge of the center of the city.

Why

Living in the City

One of my recent time-spending experiences is taking pictures around our habitat, it seems like a good idea to share these impressions.  And- it might be nice for you to get a glimpse of Amsterdam before coming to our beautiful city. 

Find some other spots where you could go and experience Amsterdam like the locals do: Stay away from the crowd and enjoy!

How

Sony

I started out with my pair of Sony’s A7(I) and A7(II). The wide-angle Sony zoomlens 16-35mm is on the (II) and the Sony 24-240 mm is stuck on the (I).  In dim light I use Sony’s (in my view) best prime , the Distagon T FE 35mm f1/4 ZA with the A7 (II).

Panasonic / Olympus

Nowadays I often use my pair of Panasonic GX8’s  and the ‘triplet: 7-14 mm, 14-140 mm and the 20mm/ 1.7 prime.  Usually the wide-angle zoom is on the primary cam. I enjoy the lesser weight of this set, and specifically I like the tilting GX8’s EVF. I use this set more and more while the fact that it can withstand rough weather conditons also helps.  Next on my wishlist was the 12-60 mm Zoomlens (Pana version) to be used as standard walkaround lens. In addition, I always have the 20 mm pancake with me, but I rarely have use for it.  My GX80 is always the perfect performer , used as a ‘standard’ walkaround camera. It is just a little smaller and lighter but does not come with a tiltable EVF. On this cam I always use the very small ‘standard’ 14-42 lens.

My pair of GX 8 ‘s

In 2019 I bought me an Olympus OMD EM1 Mark 2, with a selection of PRO lenses. This has become my favourite walkaround setup for City trips or general architecture photography, usually accompanied with two or three lenses, depending on the scenery.

Olympus OM D E 1 (II)

In my office bag I used to carry my GM1 (indoor use) or GM5 for outdoor use, as carry-around and for snapshots.  Depending on the occasion I also use my TZ100 quite a lot, also for indoor use. The size of my FZ1000 is often too much of a burden so the TZ100 usually wins due to weight.   For holidays I always either take the GM1 with the original zoom 12-32 plus the 14-140 as add-on or just the TZ100, if weight is the prime concern. But… ever since the Sony Rx100 came available I got more and more attracted to this little all in one amazing workhorse…. I now have an Rx100 version 5, which is quite capable of doing all I want for most of my needs…

Later, end of 2019, I aquired the Leica D-lux 7. A perfect balanced camera with a large 4/3 sensor and a very light-strong fixed zoomlens.

Leica D-lux 7

And- holidays trips are nowadays covered with my Sony RX100 V and my Samsung note 10… I.must admit that having 3 separate cams in 1 phone like the note 10 has, comes in very handy at times…

Which camera to choose

Choosing the right camera for a specific occasion is very personal.. Portability and weight, reach, weather conditions and so on… It all influences the choice of specific camera or camera’s.. My choices :

  • Holidays: Sony RX100 (I have a version V but any type is ok)
  • City trips: Olympus OMD 1 (II) with pro lens 12-40 mm 2.8. (24-80 mm ff equiv.) Or the Panasonic FZ 1000…
  • Architecture: Sony A7 (II) with the pro lenses 16-35, the 35 mm 1.4 prime for night shots and the 24-240 for long reach
  • Street: Leica D-lux 7 or the Olympus pen-f with 15mm pro lens
  • Wedding: Panasonic GX8 set with the Panasonic wide angle zoom and the 12-60 pro with topflash units
  • Studio: Canon D6 and D5 (3) with the proper lenses and the bunch of add-ons
  • Wildlife: Olympus OMD 1 (II) with the fast 40-150 mm pro lens
  • Museum: Leica D-lux 7 or the Panasonic GM5 (both without the flash unit)

When looking at the above list, in afterthought, I could.probably sell over 80% of my photo equipment…

My Panasonic MFT camera's

Editing

For online publishing I hardly ever edit the RAW files but I do always edit the published jpeg photo’s to the size that suits me and/or the color/brightness that I like best.