In your bag No: 1389, Lorenz Gohlke
A grand bag for a Sunday. Lorenz shares his film setup for us, including some of the film and a few pieces of his work. Some lovely classic cameras in this one, check it out.
My name is Lorenz Gohlke, I live in a small town in Germany, actually really close to Munich and I started taking pictures quite early, around 8-9 years old, when I got my first camera, a cheap Donald Duck inspired 2 megapixel point and shoot. Some cheap point and shoots and entry level DSLR’s followed and I finally saved up and bought a 5D mIII. I really liked the image quality I got from that camera, but the size is just too big for street photography, which is my favorite type of photography!
Don’t get me wrong, I love the 5D for weddings, event and that sort of photography and I still use it for that. But for street, I needed a smaller and not as “OMG! I am a PHOTOGRAPHER look at me” looking camera, as well as that I really started getting interested in film photography,and that made me pick up a Yashica Electro 35 GSN, but I quickly realized that that camera wasn’t for me, way to automatic. After that I bought a Olympus OM-1n, which probably is my favorite camera now!
But now to my bag! As most of you should have realized by now, the bag is a Billingham Hadley Pro in tan. After watching Kai and Lok praising the Billingham Hadley series of bags so highly, I decided to get one because of it’s small footprint and the “Hipster-Factor” aka. the cool look.
As I already said, I shoot a Olympus OM-1n as my main camera, the small form factor, mechanical design and the amazing viewfinder really pay off when you try to look out for that “decisive moment”. My most used lens is definitely the Vivitar 28mm f/2.5 lens. I love the 28mm focal lenght and the lens is just so incredibly cheap (about 25$) that i couldn’t resist buying one. And what surprised me most, is that the lens is actually reasonably sharp across the frame when stopped down to f/8 and further,and since I mostly shoot street and need zone or Hyperfocal focusing anyways, the then slow aperture doesn’t really matter to me. If you have the money, you should definitely go for a more expensive version from Olympus, but for the price this lens is more than just good enough.
I also like to use a Vivitar 200mm f/3.5 lens for portraits, this lens on the other hand is exceptionally sharp wide open and only gets better stopped down. It is very cheap as well, a near mint version usually goes for 25$-35$.
My prize possession, a Leica Minilux with it’s AMAZING 40mm f/2.4 lens and great metering. I simply love this camera for shooting parties and “social stuff” (That basically means that I take pictures of my drunk friends). The built in flash helps out with shooting in low light and the beauty of a modern Leica camera gets the photographer (me) all the girls ;)
BUT! The big issue with this camera is the fu***** E02 error, which happened to my Minilux some time ago and which keeps on happening with basically every Minilux out there. It basically renders the camera useless and seems to not be repairable by Leica directly anymore. I actually managed to get mine repaired by a shop in Munich and it is working great ever since.
When I am too scared to take my Minilux with me (E02…), I carry the Olympus Stylus II. It really is quite a solid little point and shoot, which has a 2.8 lens and a great meter/flash. But the lens isn’t that sharp and it just feels cheap, even cheaper than some throw away cameras.
I usually use some different types of films. For black and white, I usually shoot HP5+ at 800 ISO. It’s probably my favorite film for everyday shooting and can quite easily be pushed to 1600, but I prefer Ilfords Delta 3200 for low light shooting. I am currently trying out the Ilford XP2 super, just because I want to know how b/w pictures, developed with C41 look like. For color I only shoot Kodak Portra 400. It offers almost true to life color and has great latitude. The HP5+ almost always lives in my OM1, the Delta 3200 in my Stylus and the Portra in my Minilux.
When it comes to non photography related stuff, I carry Sunglasses, a Notepad + Pen, some batteries and some sort of creme for my hands. Of course, I basically take a phone, wallet, keys and a watch with me, all the time.
I hope you enjoyed my bag, and if you like social media, you can follow me on Instagram: @lorenzgohlke
Thanks for sharing your gear with us, Lorenz. Yes, the Minilux error is a real pain, they are seemingly so fragile.
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