In your bag No: 1238 – Eric Velado


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In your bag No: 1238, Eric Velado
Who says ‘In your Bag’ is all about fancy Leica’s and whatnot? Here we have a nice little setup which offers up some nice little alternative to bigger names, some classic old Yashica SLR’s. Check it out.

Hi, JCH community!

My name is Eric Velado and I am a photographer since 1999. I’m from San Salvador, El Salvador and since 2001 I’ve been traveling between the U.S. and Central America. I lived in Los Angeles until 2009 then returned to my country for about four years, and now, I have settled down with my family in Houston, Texas.

I took my first photography classes in college in 1996, my first camera was a 35mm YASHICA TL ELECTRO X that I grabbed from my dad. I also used some other models as the YASHICA 2000 and the YASHICA 109 MULTIPROGRAM (you can see them in the picture). I’ve also owned a MAMIYA 645 with which I did commercial work and wedding portraits. In 2002, I continued developing my photographic career by attending a Contemporary Wedding Photography workshop in San Diego and since then, weddings have been my main focus.

During my career, I’ve been using different types of cameras. For ten years, my DSLR’s were CANON, until the Summer of 2014, when I switched to M43 (Micro Fourth Third) format and chose Olympus OM-D’s.

Last year, before switching to Mirrorless cameras, I picked up my old YASHICA TL ELECTRO X and was planning to shoot some film again, unfortunately that camera was not in great condition – I always had a lot of light leaks on every film with just a few nice frames. That was very disappointing, but if i try to do some experimental work like imitate to Miroslav Tichy, those light leaks are really awesome.
Around the same time, I discovered my other 35mm camera which I had forgotten was at my parent’s house, the YASHICA 109 MULTIPROGRAM, and I had better results with it. The switch to M43 opened new opportunities to my photographic world. I started to use my old YASHINON and CARL ZEISS glass more often, in combination with my OMD’s cameras, EM-5 and EM-1 respectively. But shooting and developing black and white film is a totally unique experience. To think about the frames before releasing the shooter button and getting grain on it is simply beautiful and worth the few days that I had to wait for the c-41 process.

The bag that I use is really simple, a Kenneth Cole Reaction leather bag, that I use for traveling, including passports, my Mini iPad, flight itineraries, some food, gum, souvenirs. It usually holds one camera and one lens, occasionally two lenses in the case of M43.

By the way, I discovered Japan Camera Hunter around a year ago, and since then I’ve been enjoying other photographers gear.

So here is my film gear:

PHOENIX 19-35mm 3,5


Thanks for sharing your bag with us, Eric. It is cool to see the Yashica’s being put through their paces. You don’t see many people shooting them anymore. I am digging that strap too.
Check out the links and please make sure you come and comment.

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5 comments on “In your bag No: 1238 – Eric Velado”

    Andy August 3, 2015 at 7:26 pm / Reply

    Nice to see a couple of Yashica SLRs getting used! I occasionally use an FX-D Quartz with a couple of Yashica ML lenses… it’s a lovely camera!

    ZDP-189 August 6, 2015 at 3:20 pm / Reply

    The sight of your Yashicas excites me more than a bag full of Leicas

    Lukasz kalinowski September 10, 2015 at 10:00 pm / Reply

    Very interesting negative storage method :)
    Could you please tell me what kind of sleeves do you use, where do you get them and how wide exactly are they? How do you store them if you have quantities? I thought about an empty cinematic 35mm film canister (500ft) but I am not sure if the negatives with sleeves would fit into that. Such a can is easy to freeze later on.

    Eric Velado September 14, 2015 at 10:49 am / Reply

    I love my Yashica’s… I started my career with them. I occasionally use them too, but I am sure I will use them more often.

    Eric Velado September 14, 2015 at 11:05 am / Reply

    Thank you so much ZDP-189, I believe the excitement is more about the sense of photography than own an specific brand.

    To Lukasz, this type of sleeves are provided for the photo lab. I also lived in Los Angeles and that was the first time I got these sleeves, never see them before, and that was definitely Ok with me. Now that I live in Houston, this lab is also gives me my film in this way. Is just the regular way they do it I guess. Regarding the storage, I just trying to be organize with the different types of cameras that I have, I don’t have a lot of film in my storage… I just keep the best ones or some that are very significant for my personal work. I think the canister will work, I remember to storage something like that when I worked in a studio during the film days.

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