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Dave Hodson
19th August 2017, 04:52 AM
My wife and I will be in The Netherlands for the month of October. We'll do some research before we go but does anyone have any tips or must-do's they'd recommend?

I'm looking for a camera store carrying vintage cameras and lenses also so if you know of one please let me know.

Thanks
Dave

John King
19th August 2017, 05:39 AM
Not a photographic tip but ones that may save you a lot of grief.

The Dutch border police carry out random breath tests on drivers before they leave the ferry ports. especially the Newcstle to IJmuiden (Amsterdam) route. This is designed to catch long distance freight lorry drivers, but to show fairness they check everyone.
I have been tested twice, once in a car and once on a motorcycle in my trips over to the Continent, (both negative) but if you are found to be over their limit (less than ours) you will be detained until you are sober.

It isn't every ferry they check, but it just isn't worth the risk.

Also this last June there was a considerable delay to pass through border checks and we were delayed by 90 mins - my vehicle wasn't in the last group either

Hughes
19th August 2017, 04:22 PM
Hi Dave, I think kinder dyke must be the best.
And for fun some roads go under a ship canal, such as half way along the main highway from Middleburge. The shot of coarse is to see a ship going over the motorway!
Regards Hughes

Dave Hodson
19th August 2017, 06:35 PM
Thanks for the heads up John - always good to keep these things in mind

Definitely on my list Hughes - I'd seen an article in one of the papers. Hopefully I can time it with a boat.

Regards
Dave

SanMiguel
19th August 2017, 09:48 PM
Hi Dave,

I'm just back from a week in The Netherlands, staying part of the time with an old friend who lives in the Drenthe region, near Assen. Orvelte Museum Village is well worth a visit if you are in that area - it's a living village but at the same time has many traditional Dutch houses and crafts on show - great photo opportunities. The National Prison Museum would run a close second - perhaps not so many opportunities for photographs but interesting none-the-less, if a little grim (expected given the subject matter!).

As for Camera Stores mkoptics in Delft appears to have a pretty big stock of old cameras and lenses - although I've never bought from them so can't recommend them one way or another. There was also a small store just down from the Central Station in Amsterdam that we passed - unfortunately closed when we were there. It mostly had digital cameras in the window but there were a couple of second-hand Zeiss/Hasselblad lenses and also Leica lenses in the window. I think it was Fotoprofessional in Nieuwendijk street.

If you're into street photography then Amsterdam is pretty good - certainly in August it was very busy with lots of colourful characters. But you need to be fast to catch them, since most of the time they are flying past on bicycles :)

Michael

Dave Hodson
25th August 2017, 02:41 PM
Hi Michael

Sorry for taking so long responding and thanks for the tips. We're looking forward to seeing as much as we can - I hear bicycles rule the roads there.

SanMiguel
25th August 2017, 07:17 PM
Bicycles certainly rule, Dave, although mostly they are on dedicated cycke paths, alongside but separated from the roads. If driving, you need to remember to check for bicycles & mopeds before turning off the road - they have right of way.

Hope you have a great trip,
Michael

MartyNL
25th August 2017, 11:24 PM
Sorry for not responding sooner. If you didn't already know, it's the Autumn school holidays in the Netherlands from the 14th until the 22nd October, so it could be a little busy.


Photography shops are quite poor and expensive in the NL especially for analogue.
Here are links to a few in no particular order so you can checkout what’s available online.

http://www.mkoptics.net/
http://www.fotofransen.nl/contents/nl/d5.html
https://www.cameraland.nl/tweedehands
https://www.fotodenboer.nl/c-3056200/occassions/
http://www.secondhandcamera.nl/?page_id=812
http://www.dewitcameras.com/categorie/vintage-en-curiosa/
http://www.collectcamera.com/index.php?lang=eng
https://www.schouten-select.nl/

Photo related
http://www.noorderlicht.com/en/photofestival/nucleus-imagining-science/exhibitions/
https://www.foam.org/
https://www.nederlandsfotomuseum.nl/
http://www.fotomuseumdenhaag.nl/
https://www.huismarseille.nl/
http://www.fotoexpositie.nl/exposities/index_oktober_2017.html

Things to do. I recommend tripadvisor.
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g188553-Activities-The_Netherlands.html

Personally, I like the nationaal park de hoge veluwe and kroller-muller museum and The Dutch Wadden Sea Islands.
https://www.waddensea-worldheritage.org/wadden-sea-world-heritage
https://www.hogeveluwe.nl/en
https://krollermuller.nl/visit

Hope this helps

Dave Hodson
27th August 2017, 05:12 AM
Thanks for putting that list together Marty - lot's of work and I appreciate it.

Rob Archer
27th August 2017, 07:45 AM
I'm following this with interest as I'm going to The Netherlands for a week from 23rd October. We'll be staying near Putten, north of Amersfoort. We don't drive so will be walking, cycling and using public transport. I love exploring old towns and villages with a camera so any tips on places in that area would be welcome.

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les dix
27th August 2017, 12:04 PM
I went here a couple of years ago.It is in the South.
http://www.zeelandmuseumland.nl/cameramuseum_zierikzee.html

I spent an enjoyable time in their reading room looking at old UK photo magazines!
Les

kiteboy
30th August 2017, 07:05 PM
If you are near Rotterdam the Dutch Photography Museum is an absolute must to see the Salgado exhibition.

I went in July it is awesome

vanannan
31st August 2017, 07:34 AM
:You won't need to take a spirit level:D

MartyNL
13th September 2017, 10:26 PM
I'm following this with interest as I'm going to The Netherlands for a week from 23rd October. We'll be staying near Putten, north of Amersfoort. We don't drive so will be walking, cycling and using public transport. I love exploring old towns and villages with a camera so any tips on places in that area would be welcome.

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My apologies for not getting back earlier Rob but I thought I'd check with my parents in law first. Unfortunately none of us are so familiar with Putten and the immediate surrounding area. But as you're probably aware the Netherlands is both cycle and public transport friendly and Putten has a train station making most of the major towns and cities accessible.

Here are some useful websites if you don't already have them, unfortunately not all in English (perhaps you can put the web page address into google translate). The vvv is the tourist info office and the other is from the local council.

https://www.vvvputten.nl/nl
https://www.putten.nl/Configuratie/Ondersteunende_navigatie_header/English/Out_and_About_in_Putten
https://nl-nl.facebook.com/vvvputten/

This is an overview of the dutch railways and their website of station to station walking routes.
http://trein-kaart.nl/
https://wandelnet.nl/ns-wandeltochten/kaart

I'm sure you will easily be able to fill your week and sorry for not being able to be more specific.

Rob Archer
15th September 2017, 08:37 AM
My apologies for not getting back earlier Rob but I thought I'd check with my parents in law first. Unfortunately none of us are so familiar with Putten and the immediate surrounding area. But as you're probably aware the Netherlands is both cycle and public transport friendly and Putten has a train station making most of the major towns and cities accessible.

Here are some useful websites if you don't already have them, unfortunately not all in English (perhaps you can put the web page address into google translate). The vvv is the tourist info office and the other is from the local council.

https://www.vvvputten.nl/nl
https://www.putten.nl/Configuratie/Ondersteunende_navigatie_header/English/Out_and_About_in_Putten
https://nl-nl.facebook.com/vvvputten/

This is an overview of the dutch railways and their website of station to station walking routes.
http://trein-kaart.nl/
https://wandelnet.nl/ns-wandeltochten/kaart

I'm sure you will easily be able to fill your week and sorry for not being able to be more specific.Thanks so much for that! It looks as if there will be plenty to keep me (and my camera) entertained. I've had a play with the train timetables and it looks like the historic towns of Utrecht, Amersfoort, Zwolle and Kampen are all within an easy hour's trip too.

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MartyNL
15th September 2017, 09:31 AM
Thanks so much for that! It looks as if there will be plenty to keep me (and my camera) entertained. I've had a play with the train timetables and it looks like the historic towns of Utrecht, Amersfoort, Zwolle and Kampen are all within an easy hour's trip too.

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Yes, for trains and for all public transport
http://www.ns.nl/en/travel-information
http://www.ns.nl/en/journeyplanner/#/

https://9292.nl/en

Dave Hodson
9th November 2017, 11:59 PM
Just back from our trip (5 weeks) and thanks for all the tips everyone provided. While 5 weeks sounds like a long time, there is so much to see and do I just scratched the surface. The grandkids set a quick pace and sometimes they lost me but I managed quite a few good touristy photographs.

I did get in to FOTOHANDEL DELFSHAVEN / MK Optics Int. in Delft - smaller shop but some classic merchandise and knowledgeable staff - lots I wanted but nothing I could afford unfortunately. You can see their online catalogue here

http://www.mkoptics.net/

Mike O'Pray
10th November 2017, 11:49 AM
If you are a Leica fan then it looks like it is the place to be. That's an amazing amount of stock

Mike

Dave Hodson
10th November 2017, 03:26 PM
Pretty amazing - no junk that's for sure. Prices reflected that but probably fair market given the quality (too much for me unfortunately). Fun browsing though.

Regards
Dave

Rob Archer
15th November 2017, 08:14 PM
Yes, for trains and for all public transport
http://www.ns.nl/en/travel-information
http://www.ns.nl/en/journeyplanner/#/

https://9292.nl/enGot back a couple of weeks ago and have just developed my films. Looking good so far :-) . Kampen was probably the most interesting town photographically and the light was lovely the day I went - bright but slightly hazy with an interesting sky. Plenty of old boats to keep me happy too. The Veluwe woods and heathland were productive too. I'll scan and post some in my album when I get them printed. Thanks for all the help advice.

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MartyNL
15th November 2017, 08:56 PM
Pleased to know you had a grand old time!