My name is Peter Stewart. I’m from Perth, Australia and have been travelling almost non stop for the past 3 years with my DSLR in hand. I have been slowly building up a travel portfolio based mostly around cityscape and landscape type HDR photography.
I only picked up my first ever camera in 2009 without any prior experience or interest in photography, but well you know what happens next!
I briefly dabbled in film with a Holga 120 which had disasterous results, I knew nothing about exposing correctly for slide film and almost always would take out the roll having not wound it fully or forgotten that there was actually film in there when I opened the back up. I also received a hand me down Ricoh XR-10 with a pentax 50mm f/1.8 which I shot a few rolls on and discovered the fun that comes with shooting on 35mm.
Fast forward to today and when I’m not out with 10kg worth of my digital gear, my carry bag is dedicated only to film.
My Nikon F3HP has been my prized possession. I bought this in Hong Kong about 6 months ago for pretty cheap considering it’s excellent condition. It’s an almost perfect camera, feels solid and very satisfying to shoot with. Meters perfectly although I never shoot with it in aperture priority mode.
The last few months I’ve really taken a keen interest in shooting film, with an aim to compliment my digital work with 35mm for street photography and portraiture. There is something infinitely beautiful about the texture of film, and I love the feeling of turning up at the lab to physically hold and view my negatives, and the surprises or disappointment that come with seeing if you got that “perfect shot” right or not.
So….last week I finally caved in to my desires and purchased the Leica M6, thanks to Bellamy and his guide on camera stores in Tokyo. This really is as good as it gets! I’ve been out in Shunjuku a few nights with it and already can tell this piece of metal will last my lifetime (or as long as film is still being made). I can highly recommend LemonSha in Ginza where I purchased this and my 35mm f/2 Summicron. The Japanese must really prize Leica’s as unlike Hong Kong where I am used to doing my camera shopping, in Tokyo all the cameras I tested were in immaculate condition.
So, here’s a summary of my gear.
– My bag is a Lowepro Slingshot Pro. Bought this for about $100 a few years back and it fits two camera bodies just nicely.
– Leica M6 TTL Black. The S**t!
– Leica 35mm f/2 Summicron ASPH. Sharper than a sharp sharpy thing!
– Nikon F3HP. Nikon’s finest film camera. Period.
– Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 AIS. A decent enough piece of glass, but don’t even try using it at f/1.4……unless you like that 80’s soft glamour look.
– Danbo. This little guy is great for impromptu fun shots, like when I’ve got 1 shot left on the roll and can’t find anything to shoot. Also good for getting laughs from passing Japanese teenage girls!
– Film picker. I don’t like to be tied down to a specific type of film. If I want to swap out negative for slide, I’ll make a note of the shot count in my iPhone and use the film picker later to pull out the leader.
– Cable release. My speciality has always been long exposure work at night, why let digital have all the fun!
– My Films. Velvia 100, Kodak Portra 400 & Kodak Tri-X 400.
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Thanks for sharing your bag with us Peter. Two lovely cameras.
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