Hey Bellamy I’m a returnee, I was bag number 455.
Since then I’ve completely changed my setup and even my style of shooting as I’m diving more into photography, especially film.
Olympus Infinity Stylus (aka the MJU), 35mm 3.5
In the year and a half that I’ve been into shooting I’ve owned a little over 30 cameras and this is by far my favorite. It’s just a perfect camera in my eyes. Compact with beautiful ergonomics, fits comfortably in any of my pants. The clam-shell on/off switch is ingenious, has zero lag starting up(or focusing) this thing is quick! Meters great and 135 format what more could you want. I have this camera on me 100% of the time.
Canon EOS M, 22mm 2.0
I had a love/hate relationship with this camera at first. Loved the build quality, the brilliant touch screen, the fact that it was mirror-less so I could adapt my legacy glass. I hated the autofocus, even after the firmware update it was still crap. Hated that Canon was still recycling the same 5 year old 18mp APS-C sensor.
I stopped using it for a while, then two weeks ago I flashed Magic Lantern onto it and it became a whole new beast. It’s insane the amount of stuff their firmware unlocks:
Raw video(the results are stunning, especially considering the stock codec sucks) Dual ISO(Effectively it now has 14EV, that’s D800 territory!)
Magic zoom(picture in picture manual focus aid, the canon version is rubbish)
Silent picture(takes a shot without the shutter going down)
Those are just a few of the MANY amazing features it unlocks!
Polaroid 330 and 104 Land Cameras
When I’m out and about these are what I use to photograph people.
In street photography I sometimes feel that we can get a bit greedy, we photography people who most of the time would not like to have their pictures taken. With instant film cameras it’s a way to give back. No one ever says “no” to being photograph with a Polaroid. I always give them the print so they can keep it, the joy on their faces is worth every cent. Especially with young kids, their mind suddenly explodes seeing a print instantly come out of a camera.
My bag is a Doc Martens’ messenger that I’ve had for over 10 years. It’s survived trips through the Californian mountains and the Mexican jungle. Aside from a little fading it’s still great, doesn’t even have a single tear!
Yongnuo 560 II speed-light, with a sync cable for the lands.
Expired Tri-X 400, I develop it in Caffenol. Fujicolor 200, I’m also using it with Caffenol in a method called “Hobo Color” which gives you semi colored results. The 120 T-max and selenium GE light meter is for when I bring my TLR with me.
Thanks for sharing your bag with us again Alex. Very interesting to see how things have changed.
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