In your bag No: 1297 – Gavin


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In your bag No: 1297, Gavin
Gavin not only shares with us his bag from a recent travel experience, but he also shares with us the gear that he scored during that trip. And what a score he made, so really stunning gear. Check it out.

I had an opportunity to go to Munich Germany for an exhibition (work related).  This gave me opportunity to go around and find gear and take photos.  What I found out a few days before my trip was that it was Oktoberfest.  What a great opportunity to take some photos.  I was also able to do a meet-up with Munich Photographers.  I also experience a rally of some sort (well don’t understand a thing they were saying but it seems very relevant).

 Initially I wanted to bring only with me Sony A7ii with 16-35 Zeiss lens, Minolta 135mm F3.5, Leica M7, Elmarit 28 F2.8 and Zeiss 50mm F/2 Planar.  But, in the end, I added the Minolta as a backup and assuming I go for all Tri-X for the M7, I will still have the opportunity to use film in color.  And, the fear of M7 breaking down.  Oktoberfest will surely be colorful and focusing on Tri-X will be crazy – I assume.  In the end, it was a very good decision I think although I looked so stupid bringing 3 cameras on my neck and 2 shoulders at times. 

People thought I was a professional and asked me to take their photos using their cellphone.  What an experience.  Some also looked and smile and wanted their pictures taken – tourists of course.

I just started this year and am learning what I will need in several situation.  This way when I get a little older I will lighten up my load.  My goal is to reduce my carried gear to minimum if possible.  Having a collection of film cameras and lenses is also another goal.

I was also able to find great gear in Munich to add to my collection and eventually my bag at certain times.

Cameras: Rolleiflex 3.5F, Yashica Mat 124 G and Minolta XD7. 

Lenses: Olympus OM System 28mm and 50mm, Pentax 135 F3.5 and a Minolta 50mm F1.4.

Regrets: Not buying the Hasselblad SWC/M (This is due to my decision to really go for Mamiya 7ii if I have opportunity to go to Japan)

I just started photography first quarter this year and I’m excited to learn more.

 Some Meet-up with Munich Photographers Pictures

I suggest you join them if your in Munich and there is a meet-up.  Great photographers here.

My Flickr page.  Just started this and will slowly add.



Thanks for sharing your bag with us, Gavin. That is a really beautiful bunch of cameras that you got. I might need to take a trip to Germany some time.
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5 comments on “In your bag No: 1297 – Gavin”

    Brent November 18, 2015 at 4:10 am / Reply

    Hey Gavin. Some great cameras there. Going to tell you what I wish someone had told me 30 years ago – there’s a lot of satisfaction in sticking with one camera for a while (and lens, and film). But GAS is fun, and cameras are beautiful, so I’m going to stop being a hypocrite now :)

    Daniel F November 18, 2015 at 4:20 am / Reply

    Cool! I just bought the 3,5f too. I’m always jealous of people with M7.

    mark November 18, 2015 at 8:19 am / Reply

    ‘fear of the M7 breaking down’ I know what you mean. I have an M7, it has moments where it decides to do its own thing with the metering going all over the place. However, I love using the M7 – even if sometimes it infuriates me when it stops working until I take the batteries out and put them back in again! It’s the one camera I can’t see myself ever selling though.

    P.S. I have a Mamiya 7ii as well – the images that camera produces are just incredible. If anything is thinking of buying one then get it as the shots look stunning. It is expensive to use however!

    ZDP-189 November 18, 2015 at 6:54 pm / Reply

    An interesting and varied selection. Thanks for posting.

    Gavin Go November 19, 2015 at 7:21 am / Reply

    Thank you guys.

    Rangefinder M7 is really very easy to use as compared to SLR. I guess getting familiar is the most important thing.

    Mamiya 7ii is really something I “want”. I will definitely buy one soon. Just waiting for Bellamy to lower his cost :). Now in Seoul and so many Mamiya 7!!! So tempting.

    Medium format is really different. I printed one and framed it. The printing was so smooth on Canon Pro-1 as compared to 135 scans. The sky was phenomenal with the blue printed so smooth without grain. I don’t pixel peep. I just want my photos printed and framed. It is a happy moment seeing it in frame and hanged.

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