In your bag No: 1177 – Daniel Blanken


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In your bag No: 1177, Daniel Blanken
Well, after the debacle that was yesterdays bag, I am sharing with you something all together simpler and hopefully safer. Daniel shares with us his lovely bag and the awesome Graflex that is contained within. Check it out.

my name’s Daniel Blanken and I’m sending a „Hello“ (or „Moin“ as we say around here) from the area near Hamburg, Germany. I’m 34 years old and a hobby photographer who got bitten by the analog bug about 2.5 years ago. I’ve never recovered from being bitten by that bug so hard, but hey, I’m enjoying it, so what?! :-)

Here’s the bag I used for some shooting in the woods this afternoon:

– On the top right my Graflex Speed Graphic 4×5 Camera. Accd. to the serial number it was built in the early 1960’s, but it’s doing quite well for it’s age. It’s going to be interesting to see how well the first digital cameras hold up once they are 50 years old :) The camera has a 135mm Graflex Optar lens on it. To it’s left, there’s a self-made filter adapter for that lens and a Schneider-Kreuznach 90mm wide-angle. In the same corner you’ll find my Gossen Variosix llight meter and two 4×5 film holders with some Adox CHS 100 II in it.

– On the left side from top to bottom, there’s my current favourite SLR, a Pentax K1000 with a 50mm Pentax lens as well as a 28mm Sigma wide-angle. Right next to it there’s my Metz 52 Speedlite (which I purchased for my DSLR – a Pentax K-30 – but I’m shooting almost exclusively analog these days, so it’s used with the K-1000 more often). Below that there’s a number of rolls of Ilford HP5+ (I recently started bulk-loading my own film) and my filter assortment.

– In the bottom right… Hey, what’s that? There’s a bag in this bag-shot as well… Though there’s not much to say about it, it’s some no-name photo bag-pack I purchased a few years ago. Attached to it is my Joby Gorilla Pod which has proven it’s value time and again in a number of situations.

– Missing from the picture is my „real“ tripod, made by Calumet – as it was supporting the Pentax K-30 when it took this shot.

If you’re interested in seeing some of my stuff, you can do so at:

Best regards!

Thanks for sharing your bag with us, Daniel. That makes two Daniel’s in a row now. And both with wonderful cameras.
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