In your bag No: 642, Sacha Lenz
Sacha has a cool family name, Lenz…What could be more photography related. He also has a very interesting bag to share with us, not least for the valiant night protecting it.
My name is Sacha Lenz. I am 41 and from Switzerland. I work at a landregistry office close to Lake Constance which is in the very east of Switzerland. It is a very nice place to live but a very boring place in terms of Street photography. And that’s what I love to do when I don’t have to work: Street photography.
I started with Street photography less than two years ago with my then new Fuji X100. I made a trip to New York and suddenly got into shooting people in the streets. After that I started reading blogs and stuff about Street photography where I stumbled upon people like Eric Kim, Bellamy Hunt, Charlie Kirk, etc.
After a while and because of japancamerahunter.com I fell in love with Filmcameras and bought myself a Minolta CLE, a Yashica Electro 35 CC, a Minolta Hi-Matic, a Leica Minilux, a Contax T2 and a Nikon F65 for 11 Bucks including the lens.
Then I realised that I can’t afford buying my favorite Film, Kodak Portra 400, all the time because it costs almost 20 Dollars a roll here in Switzerland. So I sold all those beautiful Filmcameras and only kept the cheap Nikon which is a great camera: fast, responsive, light. Quite ugly though.
At the moment I mostly use my used and abused Panasonic GX1 with the 14 mm pancake-lens when I am in the streets. This camera is incredibly fast, small and the image quality is more than good enough for me. Also it was extremely cheap which does matter for me. The only thing I don’t like about it is the shutter sound which is too loud.
I still have my Fuji X100 which is a beauty and gives me great image quality. But for my style of photography it doesn’t fit because I only take unstaged photos in the streets and I have to be faster than fast. The Fuji X100 is way too slow and I missed too many good pictures with it.
As backups I have a Lumix GF1 and a Lumix LX7. Both very good cameras that can do everything I need. And from time to time I buy some film and use my Nikon. And I have to say that often enough I achieved my best pictures with the film camera.
I am not a very good photographer and I don’t want to become one. Good photographers are often too concerned about sharpness, detail, stuff like that. I am interested in capturing special, unusual moments that happen in everyday life. For me an ideal picture captures emotion, humour, grief. I don’t care too much about pure image quality.
I am far away from getting the pictures I want. But I feel that even though I am not really young anymore, I am still making progress in my photography. Plus: I just love doing this.
I love the photography of people like Saul Leiter, Matt Stuart, Siegfried Hansen. I am not anymore interested in B+W-Streetphotography at the moment. I find it quite boring. We are living in a colour world!
So what’s in my bag:
Panasonic Lumix GX1 with 14mm f2.5 pancake lens and electronic viewfinder and Gordy strap
Olympus Zuiko 45 mm f1.8 portrait lens
Panasonic Lumix LX7 on which the EVF of the GX1 also fits and Gordy strap
Fuji X100 with halfcase
The bag: Thinktank Retrospective 5
An armed Playmobil Knight that my son puts in my bag so that I always think of him which I do anyway
Thank you all for taking the time to read about me and my gear. The gear, that means less and less to me. My GAS is almost cured I think.
All the best to you Bellamy and your readers.
Thanks for sharing your bag with us Sacha. I am happy to hear that the site has been helpful for you. It is sad to hear the prices of film in switzerland though. Unreal.
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