In your bag #143 – Chad VanWalsum


by Bellamy /

2 min read

In your bag number 143, Chad VanWalsum
JCH has a designers bag for you today. I always enjoy seeing designers bags, because they are so specific about the layout of the bags. And this one is no different.

My name is Chad VanWalsum and I’m a designer and front-end developer in Grand Rapids Michigan. About 5 years ago I took the plunge and bought my first rangefinder (a Canon A35F that I found at goodwill for $5) and have been hooked since then. It didn’t take me long to buy a Voigtlander Bessa R2A and a 35mm lens, and after a few different dSLR kits, sol it all and condensed it down to what you see here.

Lately I’ve mostly been shooting with the Fuji X-Pro 1 and the Nokton 35mm f/1.4, but I’ve put about 1,000 rolls of film through the Bessa with either the 35mm Color Skopar, or the Nokton over the past 5 years. All of this gets housed in a Timbuk 2 Snoop Medium bag along with my Macbook Pro for my daily commute to work. And for the first time, my kit feels right to me; granted I would love to put a few Leica’s in there, but for the time being this is the next best setup.

You can find me just about anywhere under the name of chadvw, but I’m mostly here:

Thank you!
Chad VanWalsum

Thanks for sharing your bag with us Chad. It is very cool to see such a simple layout. Check out Chad’s links and make sure you comment.

Keep them coming folks, we need more submissions, so get your bag on Send me a hi resolution image of the bag (please make sure it is horizontal) and its contents, with some details about yourself and what you shoot. Oh and don’t forget your contact details (twitter, flickr, tumbler et al). Send the bag shots here.

3 comments on “In your bag #143 – Chad VanWalsum”

    andisudjana May 10, 2012 at 9:54 am / Reply

    I always dream to have a setup like this.. except I prefer the Bessa R3A with the 1:1 viewfinder than the R2A, but overall I love all of them, thanks for sharing.

    bycostello May 10, 2012 at 10:52 pm / Reply

    love thses what is your bag slots you do…

    Martin May 12, 2012 at 9:45 pm / Reply

    What a minimalistic bag with a great setup. I really like your photography on flickr! Posting your bag was really worth to show us another great photographer. Thank you Bellamy!
    Martin (

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