In your bag No: 1428 – Derek McClure


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In your bag No: 1428, Derek McClure
Derek shares with us a very fancy bag today. Cool cameras and some very well considered accessories. This one has everything a street shooter might need. Check it out.

My name is Derek McClure and I’m a part time Art teacher and freelance photographer in Adelaide South Australia. I’ve been interested in film photography for a number of years experimenting with large and medium format. I love my RB67 and 5×4” MPP but find the bulk and set up so time consuming. 35mm never really captivated me earlier on as it still felt too similar to my digital cameras which I use for Weddings, Commercial and Corporate work, well, not until I was allured with the mystique of the Leica system.

At first I was convinced that the bloated price and general online hype was just a marketing scam, and that the Leica’s wouldn’t offer anything different to my film experience, until I tried one. Once I picked up an M7 in the store I was sold immediately, and so was the M7, tucked away in my bag. Since then I have added to my humble collection an M3 and a cool little Barnack Leica iiib.

Perhaps the coolest thing for me shooting with the Leica’s is just how involved I am in the overall photography process again. I studied Jazz at Uni a number of years ago and for me, analogue photography combines the improvisation and craft of playing music with the creative eye of composition and expression of my Art degree. Every time I walk the streets with my cameras I feel as though I’m composing a new tune with images. I know, it sounds a bit nerd.. I find that being a tourist in my own town helps me to relax and inspires me to see new things in the familiar, added to that the Leica’s are perfect for me to do Street Photography, which is a departure from the photography I get hired to do.

Anyway, so what’s in the bag..

Leica M7 (loaded with Kodak Tri-X)
-Hard Graft Hang Camera Strap/Coal
Leica M3 (loaded with Kodak Portra or some B&W ISO 100)
-Cecilia charcoal baby alpaca wool/leather strap
Ona Bowery bag
Leica Summicron 50mm
Leica Summarit 50mm (not pictured, I sometimes carry it if I know I’m going to shoot portraits)
Voigtlander Ultron 35mm f1.7
Voigtlander Super Wide Heliar 15mm f4.5
Voigtlander 15mm viewfinder
-kept in Artisan Obscura box

Both cameras fitted with an ebony Artisan Obscura soft release
Camera Hunter 35mm film box
-5x Kodak 400 Tri-X
Field Notes
Copic 0.1 pen (Though it can often be any 0.1 pen)
Trackr and spare change in the Leica leather filter pouch (It came with the M3)
Spare batteries for the M7
Lens Pen
Lumu light meter for when Im shooting with the M3
Moo business cards for my Instagram account
Moo business cards for my commercial photography, not pictured
B+W ND 0.9 filter for the Voigtlander Ultron
B+W Orange filter for the Voigtlander Ultron

To see my film work check it out on Instagram at

Thanks for the opportunity to show what’s in my bag!

Thanks for sharing your bag with us, Derek. I love the layout, it looks like you have it all just how you like it.
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4 comments on “In your bag No: 1428 – Derek McClure”

    Ian McCormick October 4, 2016 at 10:19 pm / Reply

    Lovely bag Derek, in fact almost my perfect setup :)

    Craig Maki October 6, 2016 at 12:19 am / Reply

    Your comparison of street photography with performing and improvising music rings very true.

    George Coppers October 6, 2016 at 5:46 pm / Reply

    INice to see people who still have the patience to see the real image. From one who saw many. George Coppers ,past owner,American Color Laboratory 1971/2010

    jukka vatanen October 7, 2016 at 3:04 pm / Reply

    How true is the similarity of playing Jazz as an experience to the direct vision of shooting with Leica M finder… You see “everything”, the reality with two eyes, with just framed outlines of what is your subject. You react immediately to the visual impulses in your brain and in seconds notice it is recorded for ever. Your mind is not occupied with technicalities, all is instaneous, every control preset, ready to capture the instant, when everytking “cicks” in your brain.

    My set now is about the same as Derek`s: Leica M6 with Abrahamsson rapidwinder, Leica M3 DS with leica grip, Voigt 35mm 1,4- Voigt 21mm:4- Canon 50mm 1,2 LTM. I have additional finders for 21mm- 35mm and 50mm that is 1:1 so it is possible to shoot both eyes open Then use exclusively the Leica Reloadable IXMOO casettes that I have had from 1964, when I got my first leica M. They are working still perfectly. I just wish Leica would introduce a new model again that uses these metal cassettes !

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