In your bag No: 1321 – Ronald Giebel


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In your bag No: 1321, Ronald Giebel
Still sticking in Europe so far in 2016, we are off to Belgium now. Ronald has quite a different bag, from the outside you would expect to see something compact and digital, but open up the bag and you are in for a bit of a surprise. Check it out.

Hi, my name is Ronald Giebel and I’m a Dutch photographer living in Brussels, Belgium.

I work for a cultural organisation, where I use my photography skills, but I don’t work as a full time photographer.

Photos of mine have been published on local websites and in national newspapers and I try to have an exhibition once in a while.

A few years ago I graduated as a photographer at the Brussels’ Sint-Lukas Art academy. I was an enthusiastic photographer already before, but one day my girlfriend (desperately looking for a present) gave me a photography course as birthday present. She thought she had inscribed me for a five hour ‘how does my camera work’ course, but actually inscribed me for the first year of the photography education at the Brussels art academy. Another five years of photography classes followed and since then I can officially call myself photographer, specialised in documentary and architecture photography.

The art academy brought me back to film photography. I had just replaced my Nikon 601 SLR by a D70, but could blow the dust off the good ol’ 601 and put the D70 in the drawer instead. Since then I actually take more film photos than digital frames. I almost exclusively use Kodak tri-x400 films, so my analogue photography is mainly black and white. I love the slightly rough & contrast full negatives the tri-x400 films give.

Brussels is paradise for photographers, but also for camera collectors. Areas regularly organise a street flea market for inhabitants and while checking out these markets, I came across several camera beauties in the past years. I don’t consider myself to be a real collector, but who would leave a Pentax MX behind when it’s offered for the price of a starter in a restaurant? Correct, neither would I.

By now I have about 40 cameras, ranging from old medium format balge cameras, an Olympus Pen EE2 half frame camera, Hasselblad 501 medium format, a Yashica 635 TLR and Minox 35GT to one of the early digital cameras, the Nikon Coolpix 950. For special digital assignments I use a Nikon D700, and for family snapshots I use a Sony RX100.

I have two cupboards for my photography gear and a mutual (?) agreement with my girlfriend, stating that the maximum storage capacity will remain as it is right now. If I want to buy another camera, I will have to sell one first. So once in a while, with a bleeding heart, I’m obliged to sell a camera and I always keep space for one in the cupboard, for the occasion I would come across a good Olympus Pen F or a mint Rollei 35.

More than a year ago, I discovered JCH via twitter and I am a true follower of the ‘In my bag’ series. There are a lot of Leicas in the bags, but I especially like the bags containing ‘different stuff.’ It’s great to see the unique combination of equipment some photographers carry along.

I have a Crumpler backpack to carry my gear when I travel, but when I go out to take pictures I use a Lumix shoulder bag. I found it in a 70%-off sales-box at a local photography store and it suits me well. The size is just big enough to fit two cameras, a light meter, a (little) extra lens and an extra role or two of Kodak tri-x400. The bag keeps me from bringing along too much equipment. 

I change the combination of cameras regularly, and for the coming weeks, my two Voigtländers will come along. They’re actually among my favorite cameras, not just for the great lenses, but also for the technical aspect. I love the fact that they are built so complicated (if you turn a wheel on the left, a knob on the right pops out) and the amount of pure German steel used in these cameras makes them very heavy. 

You don’t have to worry that the camera moves when you push the release button. Another advantage of the original Voigtländers is that you don’t need to fill your bag up with Victorinox pocket knives, Moleskine notebooks, Iphones, Ipads and sunglasses to do some automatic fitness when you go and shoot. The two cameras will do to give you a sore shoulder at the end of the day.

But enough chat now, what’s in the Lumix shoulder bag?

1 Voigtländer Vitessa T rangefinder.

2. Voigtländer Color-Skopar 1:2.8/50 mm lens

3. Voigtländer Super-Dynarex 1:4/135 mm lens.

4. Voigtländer Bessamatic SLR.

5. Voigtländer Septon 1:2/50 mm lens

4. Kodak tri-x400 B&W film.

5. light meter Kenko KFM-110

If necessary, I bring along a Voigtländer Super-Dynarex 5.6/350 mm lens for the Bessamatic, but it comes along in a special leather holder. If I bring along that lens, I will have two sore schoulders after a day of photography.   

The result of my walks with the Lumix bag can be seen on my photography website .

On my flickr page  I also upload pictures I take with my mobile phone, pictures also tweeted to my twitter account: Giep68

I hope to see you back on my website and hope you enjoy my pictures. 

And keep on shooting film!



Thanks for sharing your bag with us, Ronald. It is cool to see those awesome Voigtlander’s in your bag. Nice and old school.

Check out the links and make sure you come and comment.

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4 comments on “In your bag No: 1321 – Ronald Giebel”

    ZDP-189 January 3, 2016 at 8:22 pm / Reply

    I love your choice of film!

    Kemal January 4, 2016 at 4:42 pm / Reply

    Thank you Roland, very nice read!

    Thibault January 5, 2016 at 10:31 pm / Reply

    Hello Ronald, I’m also living in Belgium but rarely go to Brussels. If you have any advice to share about where to shop for cheap film cameras let me know ! I’m looking for some lenses for my olympus SLR and also want to buy my first rangefinder !

    Your bag look lovely btw ! It looks like a really enjoyable set up

    Ronald January 16, 2016 at 5:59 am / Reply

    Hi Thibault, good to see that you like the kit. In Brussels, there’s PCH pro shop at the rue du Midi, Campion at Place St. Boniface and Alpha photo at the avenue des Celtes. They all sell analogue equipment too. Alpha photo also has a shop in Liege, and one in Nivelles.
    Campion has most of the analogue equipment and also most ancient cameras for sale. I wouldn’t call all the shops cheap, but at least they sell analogue cameras and lenses.
    What also might be an option is the TROC shops all over Belgium, but you don’t get a guarantee when you buy a camera. But I have bought two cameras there and they’re great. Good luck and if you need any info, just send a message. Have a good weekend, Ronald

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