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Kevin Van Haesendonck

Kevin Van Haesendonck

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Belgian photographer living in Ecuador!

Cool photo accessories

Published November 14th, 2012

Today I want to tell you guys about some cool accessories every serious photo enthousiast should have.

I've been in photography for a while now, but only recently, I've tried to get that through in my personal lifestyle using photo related things. Here's a list, and a quick rundown of what it is, and why you should use/buy them.

These are not numbered according to preferences, just a random sequence;

1. Dodge and Burn T-shirts (29$/shirt)

http://www.dodgeandburn.com/

I love these T-shirts. They are pretty cheap, have a great design, and feel like high quality tshirts. They ship from America to Europe in just a few days, and the first time I even got one for free! As a welcome gift. I've got 6 tshirts, and I love every single on of them

2. Lance Camera Straps (23-65$)

http://lancecamerastraps.com/

Very nice, handmade camerastraps. I have 3, 1 for my Leica, one for my Fuji X100 and one for my Nikon F2. They feel solid, and are much nicer to use then the camera branded straps.

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Leica M6 review

Published October 16th, 2012

After 2 posts about the Leica M6, I decided to finally make a review about it. I'm not exaggerating when I say it's my best photographic purchase since my first DSLR.

INTRODUCTION

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I've been the owner of this particular M6 for about 2 months now. I've shot 10 films with it, and I'm nothing short of in love with it. I've been taking pictures with digital cameras for about 6 years now, and for a year now, I've been wanting to purchase a film Leica. I've been longing for a Leica for a while, but a digital is far from what I can afford, and a film camera comes with the charmes of developing the film yourself, a process I love and cherish.

EXTERIOR

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The M6, like most Leica's, comes in 2 colors, lightgrey-black duotone, or completely black, like mine. The body itself is the most solid build camera body I own, and I own a few camera's. It's fairly heavy for such a compact body, which adds to the solid feel, which I love.

There aren't a lot of buttons/sw ...

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Lowepro X100 Review

Published October 16th, 2012

I bought this bag over a year ago, travelled halfway around the world with it, and I'm very pleased of it, that's why I'm writing this review

First let's start of with the

DIMENSIONS

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Pro Roller x100

INTERIOR:

11.4W x 6.6D x 15.7H in.

29 x 16.8 x 40 cm

EXTERIOR:

14W x 11.2D x 20H in.

35.5 x 28.5 x 51 cm

NOTEBOOK:

12W x 1.1D x 15.3H in.

30.5 X 3 X 39 CM

FITS:

1-2 pro DSLRs with grip plus 4-6 lenses; accessories, up to 14″ notebook; airline carry-on size

As you can see, it's big enough to hold a lot of gear, yet small enough to fit in the overhead compartiment of an airplane.

USE

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I've used this bag to travel from Europe to South America and back, carrying everything photography related I needed to shoot a month in South America. I carried my Nikon D700 with 4 pro lenses, a gorillapod, laptop and all the small things like a blower, cleaning cloths and memory cards.

It's a very nice bag to travel with especially in airports, since you can hide the backpack straps, an ...

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GoPro HD Hero2 review

Published October 14th, 2012

Today I'm writing a review about my latest purchase. I've been wanting to buy the GoPro for a while now, but only recently I found a good reason to do it. So first of all, why did I buy it:

Simple: I wanted a small device that was able to make timelapse movies without wasting the shutter of my DSLR's, the fact that it's such a versatile camera only made my decision easier.

my experiences so far are pretty good. I made a time-lapse movie at work, where I put the camera on a raised location, and took a picture every 5 sec for about 3 hours. The amount of detail captured was pretty good for such a small thing, the only "problem" I have with it, is the fact that the waterproof housing adds a fair amount of flaring when there are bright lights in the picture. I filmed some boring stuff on the same day to see what 120fps does to something ordinary, and I was surprised of the quality of the slowmo capabilities of the camera.

Battery life is pretty decent. It was almost depleted after the ...

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Working with the Leica M6

Published September 4th, 2012

After buying the camera last month, I was really looking forward to experience that what millions before me experienced with Leica. All you read on the internet about Leica is how it changed the way people shoot, and enjoy photography. I was curious to see how it would affect my shooting.

The first thing I noticed was that it's not unlike any other camera I've had before. It's completely manual, but in an other way then my digital workhorse, the Nikon D700. I shoot most of my work with the Nikon on full manual, except for the autofocus, but manual on an DSLR is fairly easy, you adjust the aperture with the front scroll wheel, and the shutter speed with the rear scroll wheel. You see what's going on in the viewfinder, read the light meter and frame up the shot just by looking through the viewfinder. With the Leica it's quite different. To adjust the aperture you have to turn the ring at the end of the lens, and the size of the aperture changes mechanical instead of the electronic rela ...

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