In your bag #247 – Ricky Montalvo


by Bellamy /

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In your bag number 247, Ricky Montalvo
Wow, today we have a bag from an Emmy nominated cinematographer. How cool is that? And the bag is pretty damned cool too. Coming out of San Francisco, Ricky has an awesome bag for us.

My name is Ricky Montalvo (, based in San Francisco where I am a digital cinematographer and editor for a major online media company.
Photography came to me as a means to supplement my digital video work – I needed another creative outlet and picked photography simply because I understood aperture/iso/shutter. That was in 2007. I travel a lot for work and it affords me a great opportunity to photograph. In 2011 I flew over 70k miles, traveled to Italy, swam in shark infested waters off Key West and even got an Emmy nomination in News & Documentary.
San Francisco is a great place to shoot, the flat light from the constant fog/clouds offers great light and there is a huge analog following here along with great local photographers that I admire.

Ask anyone and they’ll say there are 3 things you’ll always see me with: my eyewear, a camera and my bag.

This is my DAILY carry:
Belstaff messenger bag
iPad & SD connector – I use it for photoediting (I hate carry laptops)
Cosmonaut stylus
Joby mini tripod
Swiss Army Limited Edition Pocket knife
Scheaffer pens: ballpoint, roller ball, pencil
Moleskin notebook
Shure SE535 Headphones
2 Levi’s Handkerchiefs
Hill-Side Camo handkercief
Il Bisonte wallet
FujiFilm X-pro 1 + 18mm + 35mm lenses
Canon G1x + Speedlight 270EX
Contax G2 + Flash + flash cord (by far my favorite everyday camera)

Not shown: Leica M6 (There’s only so much room in my bag)

You can find me on the following social networks:
Instagram: “rickymontalvo”

Thanks for sharing your fantastic bag with us Ricky. I love the clutter and the Contax G2, one of my favourite cameras.
Check out the links and make sure you guys come and 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.


One comment on “In your bag #247 – Ricky Montalvo”

    ZDP-189 August 22, 2012 at 11:52 pm / Reply

    That’s the same Belstaff 556 that I use when carrying incognito. It’s rugged, stylish and I can fit a rangefinder with lens in a single front pocket. Best of all, it doesn’t look like a camera bag.

    I love the G2 as well!

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