In your bag No: 1269 – Michael Hood


by Bellamy /

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In your bag No: 1269, Michael Hood
Michael shares with us a very fancy setup inside, all prepped for a trip to Rome. This is a Leica lovers dream bag. Perfect for a Sunday. Come and check it out.
Here is my travel kit ready for my trip to Rome in a few months. This is an all 50mm lens, all film, all Leica bag. I usually shoot my local area with my M6 TTL(LSHA special edition) and Summilux 50. For this trip I wanted a backup camera so picked up a really nice M3 and one of the new Leica 50mm f/2.4 Summarit lenses. This may seem like a pretty uninteresting combination to some but I really like having a reliable, predictable tool without any distractions. The difference between the bodies is subtle, but real and I think on reflection the M3 is actually a bit nicer. The finder is better and the cheaper lens is lighter and usually fast enough. Also trying some Adox Silvermax film on this trip for something a bit special.

Leica M6 TTL LHSA Special Edition (Black Paint)
Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH

Leica M3 (chrome, single stroke)
Leica Summarit-M 50mm f/2.4

Artisan & Artist ACAM-1100 Bag – This is also new. Fits everything nicely and is not too big
Sekonic L-758 Light Meter – for when the light get tricky using the M3
Artisan & Artist #290 Leather Wrist Strap on both bodies

I mainly shoot in Black and White and this trip I have a selection of three films:
Ilford HP5 Plus Black and White Negative Film (50 rolls)
Adox Silvermax 100 Black and White Film (40 rolls)
Fujifilm Fujichrome Provia 100F Professional RDP-III Color Transparency Film (15 rolls)

Thanks for letting me show my gear Bellamy, love your work!

My portfolio is up at:

Thanks for sharing your bag with us, Michael. I hope that your bag is safe in Rome, I have heard reports that there are thieves targeting Leica gear in Rome. Keep your eyes peeled.
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8 comments on “In your bag No: 1269 – Michael Hood”

    MJH September 27, 2015 at 8:34 pm / Reply

    Cheers JCH! Nice timing there, I leave for the trip tomorrow morning. I am pretty paranoid about the thieves so will be vigilant and keep it safe. Decided to also take my Hasselblad as well and take out insurance on the lot (may as well use the gear while I have it).

    Alex_M_V September 28, 2015 at 1:56 am / Reply

    That’s a high-end film setup. Watch your gear (and your wallet) while in Rome.

    I use two M-bodies and a Sekonic spot meter as well, it doesn’t get much better for street photography.

    Mike September 28, 2015 at 2:47 am / Reply

    I love the Leica and 50mm too, Michael. Rome is great but as mentioned, watch your cameras and wallet. I had my wallet picked in Rome by a bunch of children, some of them barely in their teens. The crowd distracted me but I knew something was wrong and I caught the hand – and my wallet.
    Rome is probably no worse than any major city but you just have to be aware of the problem. I’d love to return there. Enjoy!


    Nelson Tan September 28, 2015 at 11:21 am / Reply

    Love your images!

    Norbert Steinkamp September 28, 2015 at 5:22 pm / Reply

    In my view your setup is not uninteresting at all. Limiting yourself to one or two focal lengths shows you’re aware of, and faithful to your own way of seeing. A bit of redundancy can be inspiring, especially when a second camera is such a nice M3.
    Lovely portraits on your website btw!

    MJH September 30, 2015 at 3:43 am / Reply

    Thanks all for the advice and kind comments! So far Rome is amazing

    Stephen September 30, 2015 at 4:16 pm / Reply

    The new chrome Summarit on the M3 looks smokin’. Enjoy Rome.

    Eric de montigny August 29, 2016 at 8:18 am / Reply

    Any comment about film and airport?

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