In your bag No: 597 – Max Teong

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In your bag No: 597, Max Teong
Today we have a super simple bag coming to you from Tasmania. Max walks the the beautiful countryside with just one camera. All you need. Come and have a look.

Hi,  I have submitted my bag before (sometime early last year if i remember right), but I have since moved to Tasmania from Perth and have also changed my setup a bit to suit my purposes better, so I thought I might contribute the current setup I’ve been using since I’ve moved here. I work as a physiotherapist and I enjoy bushwalking on the weekends, especially along the coastline and up mountains and bluffs.

When I was back in Perth, my main camera was a Leica M4-P with a 40mm Summicron-C. It served me real well and the quality of the images produced, along with the pleasure of handling the camera, were difficult to match. However, since moving here and getting right into bushwalking, more often than not, I have found myself wanting a more precise view of what I’ll actually be getting in terms of depth-of-field and framing. Also, there were a lot of shots that I had to miss because I couldn’t shoot closer than 0.8m.

As a result, I decided to pick up this Nikon FE2 with a Nikon 35mm f/2, but the lens was a bit bulky to carry around on my walks, so I finally settled for the Voigtlander 40mm f/2. The Voigtlander does not seem to render colour as nicely as the Nikon 35mm did, but I mainly shoot black & white, so  it doesn’t matter that much to me.

Anyway, this is the setup that I usually take with me to most places, and as you can see, I prefer to travel light.

Bag – no brand; $5 at the army surplus store; Have used it everyday for the last 2years and most likely for another few.

Leather Wallet – no brand; it has been holding my cards & cash together reliably for the last 9years and most likly for many more.

Ziplock bag – contains 4 spare rolls of Arista Premium film, a close-up filter, and spare battery for the Nikon. I stand-develop my film with mainly HC-110 at the moment, but have yet to get into wet printing.

Nikon FE2 + Voigtlander 40mm f2 – the lens-coupled metering ring gets stuck 85% of the time, so I have to always check that it’s in the right place whenever I open up the aperture. Other than that, it works perfectly fine.

Notebook + Pen – got the notebook from Bangkok, handy for scribbling random thoughts that feel important at the time.

Also, the earphones are Bowers & Wilkins C5 – great sound quality, but pretty disappointing in the mid-lower treble range..

I don’t have a personal website, but the places where I post most of my film shots are:
http://a-suhn-der.tumblr.com/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dubdubbadubdubbadee/

Cheers,
Max Teong

Thanks for sharing your bag with us Max. Sounds like a wonderful place to walk and shoot.
Check out the links and make sure you come and comment.

Keep them coming folks, we need more submissions, so get your bag on Japancamerahunter.com. 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.

Cheers
Japancamerahunter

10 Responses to In your bag No: 597 – Max Teong

ZDP-189 August 8, 2013 at 10:19 am

That bag is very close to my own philosophy of what makes the ideal camera kit. It’s nice and compact, simple and straightforward. It doesn’t cost the earth but with a single prime lens in the 35-58mm range, is good for 90% of any photographs I’d want to take.

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    Max T August 9, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    I’m completely with you on this. I still have my Leica, and a lot of times, I’ve thought about switching back to it, just because it’s such a pleasure to crank the film advance lever and trip the shutter, but I always come back to the FE2 because it’s more versatile.

    What set-up do you use?

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Jim August 8, 2013 at 11:04 am

I can see you coming from Leica that the Nikon and Nikkor Lenses must seem large. That FE2 is a great choice and I believe that one lens forces you to move your feet. Your photos on the Flickr site are really good. Thank you for sharing!

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    Max T August 9, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    Thanks Jim. The Nikon FE2 set-up is definitely bulkier than the Leica & Summicron, and not as sexy, but hey, it’s still a champion :)

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Heather October 25, 2013 at 11:36 pm

This specific article, “In your bag No: 597 – Max Teong – Japan Camera Hunter” was fantastic.
I’m impressing out a clone to present to my good friends.
Thanks-Williemae

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