2005-07-09

RFF Benelux group - first meeting

Here are some photos of the first outing of the Benelux Regional Club of Rangefinderforum.com, held in Amsterdam, Holland, on July 7 2005. There were three of us attending.

We decided to meet at Leidseplein at about 6 pm. Or was it 5 pm? Anyway, Onno and Rob had come together by train and were present right on time.

First, let's meet Onno....


Onno.
Epson R-D1
Voigtländer CV 15/4.5
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The weather was a bit dull but still it was nice enough to sit outside and have a drink. Before long the table was loaded with lenses and cameras. I got to try out the CV 15mm. Very nice lens! I think I'll get one for my R-D1 sooner than later.

Onno.
Epson R-D1
Voigtländer CV 15/4.5
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And, though he was sitting next to me, the 15mm was able to take in the whole 2 meters of Rob. :)

Rob.
Epson R-D1
Voigtländer CV 15/4.5
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After a few hours of chatting and drinking (hmm, sounds like we got wasted, but we didn't. Really!), we went for a walk through old Amsterdam, ending up in a nice Chinese restaurant on Damstraat, where we had some lovely food, more to drink and chatted for a few more hours.

Rob.
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Canon 50/1.4 (?)
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Onno is a student at the University of Leiden, reading Chinese. Rob is an architect. Both of them are waaay more knowledgeable about photographic gear than I am. And both are into developing and printing their own B&W film. It's good fun to see them discuss the finesses of lenses and cameras.

Onno & Rob.
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Voigtländer CV 15/4.5 (?)
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By 10.30 pm we went on our way to the Central Station. We walked through nightly Amsterdam and chatted some more. Lots of gabbin' going on. :) Rob and Onno took the 11.10 to Haarlem and Leiden. By that time I had already caught nr 16 tram and was on my way home. By 11.30 pm for me a long, tiring but enjoyable day had come to an end.

Damstraat.
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Damstraat.
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Bijenkorf window. Display for Mo√ęt & Chandon.
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Stationsplein.
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Boerenwetering, with view of Rijksmuseum.
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