In your bag #227 – Norman Montifar


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In your bag number 227, Norman Montifar
Back to the bag shots today, and this one is lovely. A professional photographer who shoots street in his spare time. Come and see what is in this simple and beautiful bag.

My name is Norman Montifar. I am a Philippine born New Yorker making a living as an in-house photographer for a toy company in New Jersey. I shoot kids and products for the company’s packaging, catalog, website, store displays and promotional campaigns.

A couple of years ago I started doing street photography for myself, which is totally different to what I do with my commercial work. In the studio, my shoots are routinely very controlled and precise, usually directed by the designers and art directors. The thing I like about street shooting is the freedom, spontaneity and unpredictability. Sometimes I will get great images but sometimes nothing too exciting but I learn to be more observant though and it sharpens my visual sensibilities more.

At work I shoot totally with digital cameras but in the streets I like to use film. I have several camera bags that I use depending to whatever gear I like to bring with me. Lately I’m limiting my choices to the most basic and the lightest gear I could physically carry comfortably. I usually don’t spend more than 3-4 hours street shooting unless I’m covering an event or traveling.

In the picture:
Generic canvas bag I bought in a military surplus store. I stuffed it with a generic insert divider.
A Leica M2, (I recently bought an M4-P and had been using it lately.)
Lenses; Voigtlander Color Skopar 35mm f2.5 and 21mm f4 (sometimes I also bring along a Canon 50mm f.18 LTM lens), Voigtlander 21mm viewfinder.
Sekonic L-308s light meter, 3-6 rolls of film, usually Kodak UltraMax 400, Fujicolor 200 or Kodak BW 440CN. I usually keep the film rolls in a small black plastic case that I bought from Spiratone more than twenty years but forgot it in another bag when I took this picture. A small roll of gaffer tape.

You can see some of my personal work on my blog:
and on Flickr;

Thank you very much and I hope you enjoy my work.

Warm regards,

Thanks for sharing your lovely bag Norman. I like the army surplus bag, it looks cool and not obviously a camera bag.
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3 comments on “In your bag #227 – Norman Montifar”

    ZDP-189 August 2, 2012 at 9:45 am / Reply

    That’s a beautiful set-up. Something I could see myself carrying, though I have lost my touch when it comes to eyeballing light levels.

    I also have the CV 21/4. I like it because of the focus click stops and depth of field.

    I don’t own versions of your other lenses, but my Canon 35/1.8 is small and renders with a vintage look. My Canon 50/1.4 deserves the praise it gets. I don’t own the 50/1.8 but I seem to remember shooting with one and finding it too soft for my liking. How do you find it?

      Norman Montifar August 6, 2012 at 5:36 am /

      Thanks, ZDP-189. I’ve been interested with the Canon 35/1.8 too, wondering how it performs wide open. I’m happy with 50/1.8 but prefers using 35mm for most of my street shots.

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