In your bag #140 – David Chen


by Bellamy /

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In your bag number 140, David Chen
Another great bag for you today, with a very interesting selection of stuff, from an i-pad to a mad old Polaroid camera. Come and see what David has in his bag…

Hello my name is David Chen and i’m a 24 years old living in good old San Francisco. I started following this forum after seeing all these cool collection of cameras from people all around the world and I thought it would be a nice idea to post a small collection of mine as well.

I’m no professional or intend to be any professional photographer, but I am ultra passionate about photography and it’s something I very much enjoy doing on my leisure time.
I used to own a 7D with 17-40 f/4 & 50 f/1.4 and loved the camera a lot but ultimately decided that I very much dislike carrying many gears and a heavy camera when I do my traveling.
That’s what got me into switching over to Leica. I actually bought this camera used (sweet mint condition) and invested the 35mm f/2 Summicron-M ASPH brand new.
Although the capabilities on a DSLR still triumphs over rangefinders, but I never regretted this choice one bit by switching over. Actually i’m more eternally damned to invest heavily on Leica stuff !
Unfortunately I can only afford one lens as of now, but in the future I think I will look into 90mm or something long to shoot with.
When i go out shooting, I like to bring my ipad along and upload images on a bigger screen. If any of you played with an M8 before you know how badly the screen suck haha.

I shoot mainly documentary stuff and street photography now that i switched over to Leica, but before I was into landscape photography when i had the 7D.

I also got back into shooting Polaroids and picked up the SX-70 on ebay when the hype of this camera was still low. There’s some exterior wears but I got it for roughly $60 and it works great!
The fuji instax is what i’m using currently for my polaroid project. I’m collecting a face shot of everyone i’ve met in my life and have them sign their name + date. I haven’t decided
what i want to do with it yet but I currently have collected over 600 polaroids! Thinking about scanning them and posting them on a website, but still need to get the scanning done first XD

I also have a Diana F+ Lomo Camera in my arsenal as well, but I only use it once in awhile.

The leather bag is actually a customized hand crafted bag that fits exactly my needs when i’m traveling (ipad + m8 + wallet + cell phone) . Not really sure if you can tell, but i’m a big fan
of vintage leather work. The M8 strap is actually from the same store.

My flickr is horrifically outdated and there aren’t any recent work on there.
Twitter :!/b0ober

Thanks yall,


Thanks David for sharing your bag and your gear. It is great to see such a mix of cameras. Check out David’s links and make sure you comment.

Keep them coming folks, we need more submissions, so get your bag on Send me a hi resolution image of the bag (please make sure it is horizontal) and its contents, with some details about yourself and what you shoot. Oh and don’t forget your contact details (twitter, flickr, tumbler et al). Send the bag shots here.

3 comments on “In your bag #140 – David Chen”

    steven May 7, 2012 at 1:35 pm / Reply

    nice to see someone else from SF. sweet bag.

    Dave May 17, 2012 at 11:22 am / Reply

    I love the SX70… I keep thinking I might get one of those one day…

      Bellamy May 17, 2012 at 6:30 pm /

      I could show you a fantastic store for these.

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