In your bag 361, Duncan Wright
I think the bags have been really good lately and this one is no exception. I rarely see Nikonos cameras anywhere, let alone in a bag. Let’s see what Duncan is using this lot for.
Hello! My name is Duncan Wright and I’m a photographer from the world’s most isolated city, Perth, Western Australia.
My main passion in life is photography, I’m going in to my third year of study in Photography and dip in and out of different formats. I shoot digital for work, borrowed a Hasselblad Kit for a bit and developed a new found love for square format and recently shot a bit of large format stuff.
I started out in photography about 6 years ago and became pretty obsessed with the whole process of shooting a roll of film about 4 years ago. What I liked then and love now about film is the motions you go through and the time it takes, from putting the film in the body and winding it through to taking it down to the camera lab or in to the darkroom and discovering what you’ve shot. I love just slowing down and really hunting for a decent shot instead of just snapping everything you see.
When it comes to film I’ve got 5 main cameras that I like to shoot with.
Nikon F2 – Pictured with a 28mm f3.5 lens. I really really love this camera; it is an absolute workhorse and never gives up.
Voigtlander Vito II – Really lovely little camera, it has its quirks but it’s pretty damned solid and a joy to use.
Pentax 645 – It’s in mint condition and arguably my favourite camera. I often say I prefer to look through the viewfinder of that than my own two eyes. The lenses are stunning and it’s great to use. I recently took it on a trip to Canada and pretty quickly discarded my 5D II and shot with the 645 for the entire trip. It is pictured with the 75mm 2.8 and 150mm 3.5 lenses.
Nikonos V – I watched the price of this camera drop at a thrift store from $800 down to $300, strobes, pelican case and all. Needless to say I snapped it up and it’s my main camera anytime there is any mention of the beach. Pictured with the 35mm f2.5 lens.
Yashica Electro 35 GS – I only got this recently when my mum picked it up for me on a trip through Europe. It only cost $40 (aus) it’s in mint condition; works like a dream and the lens on it is wonderful. I would highly recommend anyone who is looking for their first rangefinder to get one.
When I’m out shooting I don’t really like the restrictions of a bag so I pretty much stuff as much as I can in to my pockets; usually my phone, keys and a couple of rolls of film. The IPhone is great as I can store all my model releases on it as well as take down any notes.
When I do need a bag I use the Manfrotto Unica V Messenger. It’s huge, but I can fit all I need in it and more…and then some more.
I guess I dip in and out of different films too and am constantly testing out as many as I can get my hands on. I’m really in to black and white at the moment and really love HP5 and FP4. They’re both great to shoot and give great results. HP5 is also good for pushing. For a colour neg film it’s hard to go past Portra 400, amazing colours and great to use, I’m also quite partial to Ektar. I don’t mind a good slide film now and then and love the really rich tones and saturation of Velvia 50 and 100.
When I’m not shooting for myself I work with Canon Digital equipment, but that’s boring so I won’t talk about it.
Anyway if you’re interested in seeing some of my work have a gander at
www.friendsonfilm.com – my film dedicated blog
www.duncanwright.com.au – my portfolio
www.duncanwright.wordpress.com – my blog
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