In your bag No: 484 – Mark Raugas


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In your bag 484, Mark Raugas
Mark brings us a very cool bag with a camera that you don’t see people shooting everyday, a massive Mamiya 645 AFD. Simple and smart, this is the sort of bag I would love to have.

I use a Patagonia Black Hole Messenger bag as my camera bag — it is sturdy and waterproof — basically bombproof.  I have a Timbuktu padded insert I use inside when carrying my gear.

Pictured is my Leica M7 with a Thumbs Up grip, Artisan and Artists strap, and some electrical tape to tone down the red dot, along with a medium format Mamiya 645 AFD II.  I have a 90mm Summicron lens on the Leica, which is the lens I am concentrating on getting good with.  I carry a 50mm Summicron as well — it so small I don’t even notice it in my bag.  Film — one of your cases with Fuji Neopan Acros 100 and Ilford PanF 50 film.  I also have a dark slide for the Mamiya and the same film in 120.  I included my iPhone in the shot — not because of its camera but instead as sometimes I use an app as a meter, and for developing tables.  And one never can forget the music. . .

I started photography with a Yashica 35mm camera I borrowed from my parents. My grandfather had a Leica M3, which got me enamored with rangefinders, thus the M7 once I could afford a used copy.  In college I used a Canon EOS Elan, and then moved to digital with an EOS 10D and then much later upgraded to a 5D Mark III.  The Canon DSLR is not pictured with my bag, but right now it is my only digital camera and I enjoy it as well once I figured out how to set it up — I have 3 prime lenses I use exclusively (one Canon and two Zeiss).  I had a short infatuation with the Fuji X-Pro 1 but decided to focus on using the M mount lenses with the M7 for now as they were originally intended.

I am still learning the Mamiya, but was very excited when I saw the first couple scans from my first roll of film.  We’ll see if it stays in the bag on a daily basis.  I normally carry the M7 and the Canon.  I also will use a Canon EOS-1v 35mm film body if I am packing more than one Canon lens in the bag, to cut down on weight of lenses.

Mostly I take pictures in urban environments, and I lean towards black and white, focusing on structure — I am not a good enough photographer to do very much effectively with color yet.  When I do, it is largely an accident.  I do look forward to shooting some Provia with the Mamiya and seeing what happens…

Kind of all over the place, I have to admit, but having a lot of fun along the way.  I have some galleries online at Smugmug:

Take care and keep up the good work on your site!
Mark Raugas

Baltimore, Maryland

Thanks for sharing your bag with us Mark. It is awesome to see the film case and that great big Mamiya. Happy shooting.
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11 comments on “In your bag No: 484 – Mark Raugas”

    Jeff Snyder April 16, 2013 at 12:45 pm / Reply

    I have the same bag and insert combo. Works perfectly and is pretty inconspicuous. Cool camera’s.

    James April 16, 2013 at 2:44 pm / Reply

    I like that he said he uses electrical tape to “tone down the red dot”, but he uses a bright red strap -_-

      Mark Raugas April 18, 2013 at 3:39 am /

      Yes. I realized that too after a while. I have swapped it out for a black strap.

    Ebb Bayarsaikhan April 16, 2013 at 4:23 pm / Reply

    How’s the thumbs up grip with the M7? I’d imagine it would be a little awkward with the film advance lever…

      Olivier Sylvestre April 16, 2013 at 8:27 pm /

      I’m curious about that too…

      Mark Raugas April 18, 2013 at 3:40 am /

      It works well, and doesn’t interfere with the advance lever, but you have to get the right one. I tried re-using one from my Fuji X-Pro 1 but it blocked the lever. I like it for the extra grip.

      Paul Coates April 18, 2013 at 1:15 pm /

      Which is the right one to get? I have contemplated getting on but didn’t want to part money with something that might become a nuisance.

    Alfonso April 17, 2013 at 9:49 am / Reply

    I’m surprised to see that the Mamiya is not that big. I guess it’s not much bigger than the Canon 5D right? What are your feelings about the Mamiya (AF speed, handling, etc) respect to the DSLR?

      Mark Raugas April 18, 2013 at 3:43 am /

      It is a little deeper but overall about the same size to carry around. The Mamiya handles well and its auto-exposure seems to work well for me. The AF is slow and noisy but accurate. I bought a manual focus screen to help, and for when I don’t want to make a lot of noise. You can’t focus manually with AF on — you need to turn it off to adjust. It is not like Canon USM. The first body I had, there was an issue with AF being off, but I was able to swap it for another.

      Alfonso April 18, 2013 at 2:57 pm /

      Cool, thanks for the comments.

    Suraj April 18, 2013 at 3:23 am / Reply

    Love the Mamiya, almost went with a Mamiya 645 before deciding to get my RZ67. Great bag for sure man.

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