In your bag No: 1128 – Tim Lukian


by Bellamy /

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In your bag 1128, Tim Lukian
Tim is a graphic designer, and a thoughtful one too, as he has labelled all of his gear to make things easy for us. Check it out.

I’ve been thinking about sending in a bag shot for some time now, but what spurred me to finally get around to it was starting the process of finding a new bag, and wanting to document my present bag before its days are up.

I’m a graphic & user-experience designer by trade, and initially got into photography back around 1999, when a friend of mine who worked in a camera store in Toronto gave me a Pentax spotmatic and a few m42 lenses. That was followed by the purchase of a Nikon coolpix 990, which I shot literally to the point of self-destruction over the course of three years. The coolpix was replaced by an Olympus XA which I purchased while travelling in Australia, which in turn was supplmented shortly thereafter with a Nikon FM2n and a few lenses, which were purchased in Bangkok.
These cameras collectively kept me shooting primarily on film until 2010, when I picked up a Pentax K7, and got back into the digital world in earnest. I still shoot film—albeit at a reduced rate—with both an Olympus XA and a Konica AutoS3, though the latter needs a rangefinder adjustment, as it’s back-focusing considerably.  These days my primary cameras are a pair of Fuji x-trans bodies (an x-pro1 and an x-t1) with a handful of lenses, and I’m really enjoying how they complement shooting alongside film without forcing me to shift to a different interface and overall handling paradigm.

I tend to oscillate through periods of shooting a ton, and not shooting much at all, but since my son showed up 14 months ago, I’ve been making a point of packing a bit of gear wherever I go, both to keep in the photographic headspace in order to not miss the fleeting moments that have been coming fast and furious over the past year, and also to give myself a consistent outlet for a bit of personal creativity in the rare bits of spare time that I find myself with these days!
I’m interested in a pretty broad spectrum of photographic styles, but I’m primarily interested in street photography, portraiture, and occasionally landscape — but overall I’m an opportunist, and I’ll shoot whatever’s in front of me, as I’m equally switched on by light, texture, allegorical meaning… whatever. I’m certainly no purist.


Anyway — without further preamble, here’s the inventory of what’s in my bag : )

1. 2013 Retina Macbook Pro (my workhorse and livelihood)
2. Topo Designs Klettersack (love the bag, but I’m finding that I need more compartmentalization than it gives)
3. Pink Caran D’Ache ballpoint pen (my trusty note taker—originally bought a pink one so no-one would steal it, but it became kind-of a signature to the extent that my business’ primary brand color is roughly the same hue)
4. Benchmade Doug Ritter model Griptilian, w. s30v blade and custom Wilkins g10 handle scales (the most useful tool I own)
5. Ventolin
6. Cheap vented 62mm lens hood for the Fujinon XF23 lens
7. Fenix P2D cree LED flashlight (let there be light)
8. Olympus XA (nothing beats a little rangefinder in your pocket—or bag), presently loaded with “lomography” color film that I found somewhere. The irony of ironies being that I bought my first XA to avoid going anywhere near a Lomo…
9. Spare Fuji battery
10. Fujinon XF14 lens (either this or the XF35, depending on the day)
11. Fuji X-Pro1 w. leather Gordy’s strap & Abrahamsson soft release (either this or the XT-1, depending on the day)
12. Fuji EF-X20 ttl flash (again, let there be light…)
13. Eneloops
14. Cheapo Variable ND filter
15. Lenspen
16. Lens wrapping cloth
17. Wallet made from old seatbelts
18. Old lowepro neoprene memory card wallet

Not shown:
padded bag insert and/or domke wrap
iPhone 5
Large moleskine notebook
1991 Volkswagen Westfalia keys / house keys / office keyfob

Anyway — time to get some rest in order to take the wife and the wee lad out to the forest tomorrow for a little bit of hiking and a lot of sticking my cameras in their faces ; )

-Tim Lukian, Vancouver BC, Canada

p.s. here’s where you can find a brief profile about me, and links to my flickr feed, design company, (outdated) fabrication blog, recent travel blog, and a pile of other stuff:

Ta for now!

Thanks for sharing your gear with us, Tim. I am loving that little XA, it is just so convenient.
Check it out and make sure you come and comment.

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4 comments on “In your bag No: 1128 – Tim Lukian”

    lee February 21, 2015 at 3:49 am / Reply

    #12 is definitely not Eneloop…. yes, I am sure is a test to see if anyone actually match them. lol.

    Daniel February 21, 2015 at 11:21 am / Reply

    Nice bag. How do you like that EF-X20 flash?

    timichango February 22, 2015 at 5:53 am / Reply

    Thanks for posting the bag writeup, Bellamy! Yay!

    Lee: I think you mean #13? They’re definitely Eneloops. #12 is the EF-X20. Now — one detail that’s less obvious is that those eneloops are AAs, whereas the EF-X20 takes AAAs… I had the wrong set of eneloops in my bag due to having had my SB-28s on me the day before for a shoot that needed a bit more light than the EF-x20 can throw.

    Daniel: I love the EF-x20 — it’s small enough that it’s trivial to keep it on-hand, and ready to go in case of a moment that needs a bit of extra light. Even when I’m packing the x-t1, I tend to favour the ef-x20 as it can be triggered off-camera with TTL using a canon TTL cord (same pinout as canon, but different protocol, so only works with fuji strobes), whereas the EF-x8 flash for the x-t1 doesn’t work off-camera (needs the special power pin on the camera hotshoe that’s not yet present on any TTL cable). If you’re starting from scratch on the flash front, however, at this stage I’d recommend the Nissin i40 as a more versatile alternative, with way better output and battery life. More expensive, and less compact though, so your mileage may vary. If you just need to pop a bit of fill and want results similar to what you’d get from a contax g2 and TLA200, the ef-x20 really does the trick.

      Daniel February 23, 2015 at 12:35 pm /

      Cool! I’ve been considering it for off-camera fill for my Fujifilm X100, I’ve got the Canon cable too but I only use it if I need TTL. I bought a couple of Yongnuo flashtriggers, (no more cables!) I got the EF-42 but it’s too big sometimes. I’ll be on the lookout for one, thanks!

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