In your bag No: 292 – Petr Vorel


by Bellamy /

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In your bag 292, Petr Vorel
Todays bag is really nice, and Petr should definitely not ba ashamed of it. Definitely an artists bag, lets have a look at what Petr has inside…

My name is Petr Vorel and I live in the Czech Republic. I’ve been waiting for a while before posting my gear because it seemed to me that a lot of photographers here have some expensive gear so I was a bit ashamed You shouldn’t be, everyone is welcome here – Bellamy). I started with photography about 5 years ago with a Canon DSLR then moving to the Nikon brand DSLR. I always had only one prime lens with them but I didn’t have much fun with digital photography and last year I sold it and switched to film photography.

I have a Minolta CLE with a Zhou black half case. The exposure meter wasn’t working well when I bought it but it turned out to be only a wiring problem. Nevertheless it was a costly repair. I also have a Minolta PX132 flash that I don’t use often.

My second camera is a Voigtlander R3A which is great. The shutter is a bit louder than Minolta’s but I have to say I really like the sound. The metering is better, center-weighted. Minolta has a bit tricky metering and I have to compensate a lot especially when shooting slides.

Two lenses for them:
Voigtlander 40/1.4 Nokton – superb lens.. Wide open shows some vignetting but that’s what I want sometimes. Really good for low light shooting.

Minolta 90/4 Rokkor – I have no issues with focusing it on the Minolta. Everything is nicely sharp even wide open.

I shoot mostly on Ilford. I am sometimes under the impression that I am the only one who doesn’t shoot Tri-X. Those cartridges in the picture contain Delta 400, FP4+ and Pan 400. I also shoot a lot of HP5+. I don’t have any preferences although if I want quality I shoot the Delta’s. On the last trip I shot some Velvia’s which I really fell in love with. They are just beautiful.

There are some Moleskine diaries and a notebook which I have for drawing. The bag is a wonderful Crumpler Jackpack 7500 that I bought just recently. Of course if I carry two cameras I can’t fit in the large notebook. Most of the time I carry only one camera but sometimes I have to loaded with films of different ISOs.

You can check some photos from my last trip here: but I don’t shoot too much. I concentrate on painting which is my main artistic activity. You can take a look at some of my works at where you’ll find links for my DA account and FB.

Thanks for sharing your bag with us Petr, it is nice to see someone with a CLE, they are great cameras (even if they are fragile).
Check out the links and make sure you come and comment. We love some comments.

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7 comments on “In your bag No: 292 – Petr Vorel”

    Tobias W. October 6, 2012 at 4:25 pm / Reply

    Hi Petr,

    your bag is lovely. Nothing to be ashamed of!! I’m a proud CLE owner myself and my CLE needed repair to for the meter to work correctly. As far as I know, the CLE has center metering as well. I never noticed any weird or unexpected results when metering with it. Here’s a fun fact though: the actual exposure is metered of the film while the shutter is open! This is pretty unique and advanced. No other rangefinder does this to my knowledge.

    I haven’t shot slides in my CLE yet, but the colour film I shot came out great always. In fact sometimes I am surprised about the low light and contrasty situations the little camera can handle.

    It’s good to know the 90mm handles well. I have been thinking about getting one as they are not overly expensive.

    Thanks for sharing your bag!


    Brian October 6, 2012 at 11:11 pm / Reply

    Damn yo…you’re jealous of that bag? I’m ENVIOUS! Even that bag is out of my league financially. Definitely can’t be ashamed of the gear you have, long as it works, produces results you like, and you’re having fun with it.

    Petr Vorel October 7, 2012 at 5:22 pm / Reply

    Thanks for your kind words. I really love those cameras. All of them are of course bought second hand.

    With the Minolta I learned to pay attention if there is any bright light like from the sky. Then I have to adjust the exposure a lot. The Voigtlander seems to be better at his. However, the CLE is great. I love the fact it that you just rest your finger on the shutter and it reads the exposure. Really unique.

    I think the 90/4 is the maximum. An f of 2.8 would be a bit of a problem I suppose. But if you’re not shooting anything moving, you have time to focus and correctly adjusted rf even that might be possible.

    Jon October 7, 2012 at 9:04 pm / Reply

    In view of the comments about the CLE, does anyone think a CL would be a better bet? I’m a sucker for small cameras!

    Tobias W. October 8, 2012 at 4:16 am / Reply

    Hi Jon,

    the CL is somewhat of a downgrade to a CLE. It comes with none of the convenient features, is harder to handle and is still more expensive as it’s perceived as a true Leica brand camera (although it’s a true Minolta in all aspects, just as the CLE).

    Get a CLE if you can.


    Tobias W. October 8, 2012 at 4:27 am / Reply

    For two example exposures of a CLE with a M-Rokkor 40mm take a look here:

    Both shots were made on cheap, re-branded Kodak film rated at ISO400.

    In both cases, I shot handheld, at f/2 and metered as framed. I don’t remember the metered shutter speed but it was a long exposure in both cases. It’s very easy to pull off a handheld 1/8s with the 40mm using the CLE.

    Tobias W. October 8, 2012 at 4:28 am / Reply

    Actually, I stand corrected. I looked up my notes and I didn’t even use ISO 400 rated film. The film used in both shots is Ektar 100. What about that? :)

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