Hi, my name is Ben Nickel from Germany.
As employee of Nikon Germany I have a special relationship to Nikon cameras. But nevertheless I´d like to shoot with every camera which is in my bag. I use different ones, depending on my mood and what´s the subject for the day. For me it doesn´t matter if it´s digital or analogue, but more and more I shoot film (Polaroid packfilm, integral film, diapositives, b/w).
I started with dad´s Olympus Pen FT back in the 80´s, later on with a Pentax ME super which is still working. After a long analogue absence I restarted shooting film 2 or 3 years ago – not only thanks the inspiring Japan Camera Hunter site! Since then I´m a passionate follower of JCH and all the great stuff here from all over the world.
For today I´m in a retro mood, so please allow me to show you a smallish setup for the urban photowalk:
Bag: It´s a swiss military leather bag from 1914. Inside I applied foam material. The leather is very strong and nearly waterproof. No one would assume that there are cameras inside. The bag is ideal for my three „heroes“.
Nikon 35ti (nearly new) with f2,8/35 mm
Contax T2 with Sonnar f2,8/38mm
Leica Minilux with Summarit f2,4/40 mm
Film: Fuji Velvia 50, Agfa APX 100 (made in Leverkusen, the old one), Fuji Natura 1600.
I prefer shooting with very small setups but with different cameras and formats and single focal length lenses like 28, 35, 50, 85 mm.
My photo bags have to be lightweight because I have to little kids … sometimes they ask me to carry them……. arrrggh!
Thanks for sharing your bag with us, Ben. I love seeing those three together.
Check it out and make sure you come and comment.
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