Welcome to Ricks Reviews
My name is Rick Roeven. I’m an amateur photographer, tech and gadget lover and I have started this blog to share my passion with others.
On my blog I write about cameras, lenses and accessories. I only write about products I’ve used for some time and when I feel I know enough about the products. I write about my experiences in day to day use, so you will not find any laboratory tests or pictures of photo-charts on my site (there are enough sites on the internet that do those tests, and do them very well).
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Photography has been my hobby for about 20 years. In the first years I used a simple Minolta bridgecamera with 3.2 MP and 10x zoom. Had a lot of fun with this versatile camera. After some time I was looking to upgrade, and bought my first DSLR. In 2005 I bought a Nikon D50, one of the first affordable DSLR camera. I used it with several lenses, a Nikon 18-35mm f3.5-5.6, Nikon 18-70mm f3.5-4.5 and a Nikon 50mm f1.8.
In 2011 I switched to the prosumer Nikon D7000. A great, but bulky and heavy camera. I used my D7000 with the Nikon 18-105mm kit lens and the very good and affordable Nikon 35mm f1.8. In 2014 I was fed up with the bulk and weight of the D7000 and moved to a mirrorless Sony Alpha A6000 with the 16-50mm kitlens, with the Zeiss 24 mm f1.8, the Zeiss 16-70 f4 and several vintage lenses (like the SMC Pentax 50mm f1.7, Minolta Tele Rokkor 135mm f2.8 and Panagor 24mm f2.5). In 2015 I had the chance to upgrade to full frame with the Sony A7. I’ve had several lenses with it, like the Sony Zeiss 35mm F2.8, the Sony 50mm f1.8 and the LA-EA4 adapter with the Minolta AF 50mm and AF 70-210 ‘beercan’.
In 2016 I’ve moved back to Nikon with a D700 and a D800 with the AFS 28mm f1.8, AF-D 50mm f1.8 and AFS 85mm f1.8 lenses. Recently I’ve sold my D700 an have been able to trade my D800 in for a new Nikon Df and I coudn’t be happier. Instead of the D700 I’ve bought a real nice Nikon Coolpix A, a camera that deserves a lot more love than it ever got. I’ve also changed my lenses, so my current lenses are a Sigma 35mm f1.4 Art, the Nikon AF-S 50mm f1.8G special edition that came with my Df lenskit and a Nikon AF-S 105mm 2.8G Macro VR. I mainly use the 105mm macro for portraits and product photography. For flash photography I’ve got a magnificent Hähnel Modus Pro kit with two Hähnel Modus 600 RT speedlights and a wireless commander.
Bag wise I use a Tenba (Cooper) shoulderbag as my daily bag or a Lowepro backpack when I need to carry all my stuff. I enjoy using both brands and I haven’t found any other brands that suit my preferences as good as Tenba or Lowepro.
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