Started taking photographs when I was about 15 years old with a gift camera, an Agfa Click. A few years later I began with developing films in our basement. Bought an old 6x9 folding camera and an even older 9x12 cm camera with glass plates. An Opemus enlarger was added, soon followed by an LPL 6x6 color enlarger in a real darkroom. Developing in the strangest soups and enlarging, everything in black and white. 

The number of subsequently "worn out" cameras can no longer be determined exactly, but it is considerable, even for a camera freak, from half-35 mm to 6x9! I took photographs privately, but also for my work as a journalist, editor/editor-in-chief of trade magazines, often traveling in the Netherlands  and abroad.

When the first digital cameras came onto the market, I bought in 1998 a Kodak DC 260 with 1.5 Mp! See some amazing photos that came out of that camera!

Many more digital cameras followed …..

Photo made with a Kodak DC260 in 2000

In 2000 with Kodak DC260, 1,5 Mp!

In 2005 I stopped carrying around heavy camera gear and switched to my first Panasonic superzoom. 

I liked it so much that nowadays I still have a superzoom, a (unfortunately not so small, but very universal) Panasonic Lumix FZ10002 superzoom (1” sensor).

But if possible I prefer to use one of my other (small) 1” sensor cameras and lenses of my favorite old Nikon 1 series and …… sometimes my phone.


In case you would like to receive a digital copy of an original photograph, please email me and I will be happy to send it to you. Photos of guests are excluded.

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Something about camera sensors 

Here you will find an image showing the difference between some sensor sizes in cameras. The various "complicated" indications that you sometimes see on cameras, here simply shown in one image.

Different sensor sizes in digital cameras

Create an auto-biographical (photo)book!

Long ago I was asked to assist in the creation of a life story and ultimately produce it as a book. That was such a fascinating experience that it later led me to write such a book myself for my children, grandchildren, family and friends.

Why wouldn't you, as an (amateur) photographer, do something similar and write an autobiography based on your own photos? Can you imagine a more sensible way to spend it?

We already reported this on the homepage. This is the site for anyone who is looking for photos to use in his or her work or simply to make a poster for the wall at home. But also a site where every photographer, if he/she wants to make photos available, can easily upload photos.

A site that has been around for many years with lots of  tests and information about cameras and lenses.

Also a site with many (good) tests of cameras and lenses and - very special - a Comparometer, where you can compare cameras at a detailed level via standard test photos. Highly recommended!

This is a site where you can see for many cameras how many clicks (shutter movements) have been made in total by uploading a photo from that camera.

Thomas Stirr is a Canadian professional photographer who at some point in 2015 decided to no longer work with heavy full-frame cameras, etc., after he had done a test with a camera from the then existing Nikon 1 series. Since then he has had a preference for small  cameras that he considers better suited to his work.

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