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I spent way too much time on the internet searching for the perfect leather bag to transport my everyday carry (EDC) fountain pen pouch, Midori notebook, Filofax project book, reMarkable 2 digital notepad, pouch with various cables and chargers, 20,000mAh power bank, 13-inch laptop, tablet, phone, and audiophile listening gear pocket consisting of a mini DAC, some ridiculously expensive earbuds, various short audio cables and adapters, and other items I want to keep with me..

I want the bag to be stylish, spacious on the inside but small on the outside, gain character with use, not too expensive, and sturdy enough to survive a motorcycle trip on the backseat of my ZZR-1400 at 260 km/h on the German Autobahn. I don't know why the latter is so important to me since I live in Belgium, but there you have it.

I discovered that there is a lot of overpriced… bags out there, even from high-end brands. Apparently, fashion brands don't believe in the combination of style and spaciousness.

This led me to the Urban Bozz website in Breda, Netherlands, where I found myself eyeing a Peaky Blinders suit and a bag, for some reason. That's the problem with the internet; it's a rabbit hole that takes you to unexpected places. But that's also why I love it; it allows me to travel and discover new things without leaving my family behind. With a 5-year-old, traveling and adventure is on hold for now.

I highly recommend checking out Urban Bozz's products. I'm planning to visit their store in Breda with my eldest son for a men's day out and hopefully find the perfect bag.

And, it'll be fun to revisit the city after so many years. I grew up in neighboring Tilburg, bought my first car in Breda (a black 1978 Alfetta GTV 2.0L), and even had my first date there. I think.

#nicetoknow #lifestyle

-z, photographer © 2020 – 2023



While I don't agree with all Scott Choucino's opinion about certain aspects of the photography business, he mostly does make a valid point. If you're looking for a reliable source of information, his channel is definitely worth checking out.

In this video, he argues that camera reviews, with the exception of a very few, do not make any sense for professional photographers. He illustrates this point with an example of a camera review of the EOS 6D and 5DMkII.

I used to enjoy watching camera reviews on YouTube and reading them online. However, after watching and reading a few, they started to raise more questions than they answered.


James Popsys? Entertaining to watch. But useful? James is more of a YouTuber than a photographer. Peter McKinnon? To me, he's more of a videographer than a photographer. He's a good entertainer, though. Three Blind Men and An Elephant Productions? It's more entertainment than professional photography. DPReview TV? Sure, if you love specs that don't really mean anything.

The worst part is that YouTube channels run by real photographers are either boring or a continuous product placement. That's why Thin House Studios is such a useful source of information. Scott knows how to explain things with a specific, no BS approach.

I can relate to a lot of what Scott is saying. When I was in the market for a new system to replace my Fujifilm cameras, I had a hard time understanding what to focus on. Everyone was so hyped about Canon's new R system, but it felt like they were pushing it because it was the latest and greatest, not necessarily because it was the best alternative.

The same thing goes for the Nikon Z system. They are great cameras, but did you see the prices? If anything, the reviews were useful in pointing me to the second-hand market. That's how I found mpb.com.


I love great stuff, and most of the time, I will spend without necessarily using my brains. If I had listened to reviewers, I would have purchased two EOS R5's with a 24-70/2.8, a 15-35/2.8, and a 35/1.8.

But I didn't. That would have set me back €15,155, and that's without the memory cards, batteries, and boosters (grips). Keep that in mind.

In the End

I knew what I wanted. It was going to be a Canon.

Their color science is pleasing to my eye, and their reworked menu system was definitely a must-have. Fuji's was a continuous pain to use, and from what I heard and experienced, Sony was out of the picture from the start. It was confirmed when I rented an A7. I have never experienced a more convoluted menu structure than Sony's.

I needed a 20+MP camera for daily use (documentary and reportage) and a high-resolution model with 40+MP for fine-art work. I also needed two zoom lenses at f/2.8 because I want to do available light photography, handheld of course. The 40+MP camera was going to be a tripod camera anyway. There is no point in having a lot of pixels and blurred shots because of a lack of light. So, which Canon camera was affordable and had a ton of glass floating around in the second-hand market? The EF, of course.

In the end, I purchased an EOS 5DMkIII, an EOS 5Drs, two grips, 8 batteries, no memory cards, a 16-35/2.8, a 24-70/2.8, and a 35/2.0 for around €4,650.

Remember the initial price I would have spent if I had listened to the reviews? Exactly.

Main takeaway

Rent the device you're interested in. That is the only useful metric you will need.

-z, photographer © 2020 – 2023



Film photography has been around for more than a century, and despite the technological advancements in digital photography, it remains a popular and beloved medium among photographers. There is something special about the process of shooting with film that makes it a unique experience. In this blog post, we will discuss the reasons why film photography is still relevant and why it’s worth exploring this timeless technique.

One of the most significant advantages of shooting with film is the unique aesthetic appeal that it offers. Film has a certain look and feel that cannot be replicated digitally. The soft grain, color saturation, and contrast of film photos are often considered more pleasing to the eye than digital images. The inherent warmth and depth of analog images are often cited as the primary reasons why film photography remains a favorite among photographers. The character of film also allows for a more natural and authentic representation of the subject. The imperfections, unpredictability, and idiosyncrasies of film photography are part of what makes it so captivating.

While there are bad and very good simulations available: LR presets, Fujicolor recepes, etc., it’ll always be copies of the original. It’s a bit weird we’re using modern technology to imitatate old one? What’s the point? Why not use the original?

The Art of Slowing Down

In today's fast-paced world, we are often encouraged to rush through our tasks and complete them as quickly as possible. However, film photography forces us to slow down and take our time. With film, you only have a limited number of shots, and each one must be carefully considered before pressing the shutter button. This process encourages photographers to be more deliberate and intentional in their approach, resulting in more thoughtful and meaningful images. The process of developing film is also a deliberate and methodical process, which requires patience and attention to detail. The art of slowing down is not just about taking pictures; it’s also about the process of creating an image from start to finish.

The Joy of Experimentation

Another benefit of film photography is the opportunity for experimentation. Film comes in various types, each with its unique properties, which can be used to create different effects and moods. Different film stocks have different color palettes, contrast ratios, and grain structures, which can be manipulated to create a range of looks. Additionally, photographers can experiment with different developing techniques, including push and pull processing, cross-processing, and hand-developing, to create even more unique and creative results. The process of experimentation is not just about trying new things; it’s also about discovering new ways of seeing the world around us.

The Sense of Nostalgia

Film photography has a sense of nostalgia that transcends generations. The tactile experience of handling a film camera, the sound of the shutter, and the anticipation of seeing the final results all contribute to the sense of nostalgia that is associated with film photography. The process of developing film also has a sense of nostalgia that is hard to replicate in the digital world. Holding a negative in your hand, seeing a print come to life in the darkroom, these are all experiences that evoke a sense of nostalgia and connection to the past.

The Importance of Preservation

Finally, film photography is important for preservation. Film has a proven track record of longevity, with some film negatives lasting over a century. Digital images, on the other hand, are often lost due to hard drive failures, outdated technology, or accidental deletion. By shooting with film, photographers can ensure that their images will be preserved for future generations to enjoy. The process of archiving film negatives is also a deliberate and methodical process, which requires attention to detail and a commitment to preserving history.

The Environmental Impact of Film Photography

While film photography has many benefits, it is important to note that it also has an environmental impact. Film production and processing require the use of chemicals and resources, which can be harmful to the environment. However, there are ways to minimize the impact of film photography, such as using eco-friendly film stocks and developing techniques. It is also important for photographers to properly dispose of chemicals and waste products, to ensure that they do not harm the environment.

The “analog aesthetic” refers to the trend of seeking out something with more texture and soul in a world where everything is slick and digital. This trend has led to a renewed interest in film photography, as it offers a unique aesthetic appeal that cannot be replicated digitally. The soft grain, color saturation, and contrast of film photos are often considered more pleasing to the eye than digital images. Additionally, the character of film allows for a more natural and authentic representation of the subject. The imperfections, unpredictability, and idiosyncrasies of film photography are part of what makes it so captivating and contribute to the “analog aesthetic” that is sought after by many photographers today.

What does the future hold for film photography in 2023?

While it's hard to predict the future, there are several trends that suggest film photography will continue to grow in popularity:

  1. The rise of the “analog aesthetic”: In a world where everything is slick and digital, people are seeking out something with more texture, more soul. Film photography offers just that.

  2. The appeal of the “slow movement”: In a world where everything moves at lightning speed, film photography provides the opportunity to slow down and savor the moment. It's a form of mindfulness in a world that often feels chaotic and overwhelming.


In conclusion, film photography is not just a relic of the past but a timeless and captivating medium that continues to inspire photographers today. The aesthetic appeal, the art of slowing down, the joy of experimentation, the sense of nostalgia, the importance of preservation, are all factors that make film photography a unique and rewarding experience.


Q: Isn't film photography expensive and inconvenient compared to digital?

A: While it's true that film photography requires more upfront investment in terms of equipment and materials, many people find the process of shooting with film so rewarding that the extra effort and expense is worth it.

Q: Can I still get film developed in 2023?

A: Absolutely! While the number of film labs has decreased in recent years, there are still places to get film developed, and many labs have adapted to the changing times by offering online ordering and shipping.

Q: Do I need a fancy camera to shoot film?

A: Not at all! While there are certainly high-end film cameras out there, you can get started with film photography using a simple point-and-shoot or even a disposable camera. It's all about the process and the mindset, not the equipment.


-z, photographer © 2020 – 2023


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