In your bag No: 300 – Jason Howe


by Bellamy /

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In your bag 300, Jason Howe
Well, today is number 300, a bit of a milestone really. So I thought it might be a good time to put up a really special selection of bags. Jason has been on the site before, and now he is back with some more amazing pictures for us.

Well in the last couple of weeks I got myself a lovely new bag which I have just reviewed on my Blog, I thought it would be a great opportunity to send you an updated bag shot as my gear has evolved considerably since my last one.

I went for the traditional “overhead” shot last time but I decided to be a a little bit more creative with this submission, also as I don’t always shoot the same gear I decided that I would take three images as apposed to throwing all the gear in to one image so as to make more sense of it.

I live in New Zealand where I shoot both film and digital, developing my own B&W’s. I think we’re experiencing a bit of a resurgence in film shooting in New Zealand which is really encouraging, I’ve now met a lot of togs shooting film and we even have pro film labs opening like Film Soup in Wellington.

I try to keep busy photographically by finding little projects and running my blog. I enjoy Street Photography but I would say that I’m happy photographing anything that interests me. When I’m not out with the camera I may just be buying one as it’s developed in to collecting also.

There is an obvious Camera Porn feel to my shots, admittedly I have left out items like Memory Cards, Lens Cleaner etc…….

This is my most used setup –

Wotancraft – City Explorer 002 Ranger – This is the bag I’ve been searching for, ideal for my needs.
Leica M9 – Gordys Strap Black Leather Strap, Mr Zhou Half Case & Soft Release.
50mm Summilux f/1.4 Asph FLE
Leica M6 – Leica Strap, Mr Zhou Half Case & Soft Release.
35mm Summilux f/1.4 Asph FLE
15mm Voigtlander Super Wide Heliar f/4.5 with 15mm Finder
Sekonic L-358 Meter
White & Grey Cards
11″ Macbook Air
B&W 135 Film – Ilford HP5+400 – Kodak 400 TMAX – Kodak 100 TMAX & Kodak 400TX (These are my favorite B&W films although I do like to experiment)
Business Cards from

More recently I’ve moved in to Medium Format and I like this little nostalgic setup –

Wotancraft – City Explorer 002 Ranger – This is the bag I’ve been searching for, ideal for my needs.
Hasselblad 500c with A12 Back.
80mm Zeiss Planar f/2.8
50mm Zeiss Distagon f/4
150mm Zeiss Sonnar f/4
Additional A12 Back
Lens Hood
Leica IIIf (Always loaded with Ilford HP5+400)
50mm Elmar f/3.5
Gossen Pilot Light Meter
Cable Release
B&W 120 Film – Kodak TMAX 100
Colour 120 Film – Kodak Portra 400
Business Cards from

My 35mm film setup is usually a little different to this, my M5 is currently at DAG for a bit of love so I have been using the Canon P as a stand in –

Wotancraft – City Explorer 002 Ranger – This is the bag I’ve been searching for, ideal for my needs.
Leica M3 Double Stroke – Gordys Strap Black Leather Strap, Mr Zhou Half Case
50mm Summicron f/2 Rigid Type II
Canon P
50mm Canon f/1.4
35mm Summicron f/2 (pre Asph) v.I
35mm Leitz Finder
IROOA 35 & 50mm Leitz Lens Hood
Leitz Filter Set – UVa – 1 – GGr – CR1.5 – R
Gossen Pilot Light Meter
B&W 135 Film – Ilford HP5+400 – Kodak 400 TMAX – Kodak 100 TMAX & Kodak 400TX
Colour 135 Film – Kodak Portra 400
Business Cards from

The only thing missing from my bag are the JCH film holders that I’ve ordered, I can’t wait to use them.

Check out my site and flickr:


Thanks for sharing your bags with us all Jason, I am very happy to have these as number 300. They are fantastic. It has been an amazing ride so far and I would like to thank you all for being part of it and for showing your support.
Check out Jason’s site and his links and make sure you 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.


12 comments on “In your bag No: 300 – Jason Howe”

    noss October 14, 2012 at 9:41 pm / Reply

    The “In your bag” photos published here are quite useless, with a resolution of 700×465.
    How can I watch these in normal resolutuion of at least 1600×1200?
    (Nowadays even a video is 1080 or at least 720 pixels tall!!)

      Bellamy October 14, 2012 at 9:59 pm /

      Well, if you would like to pay for the hosting of several hundred high resolution images then please be my guest. Unfortunately, I cannot pay for that, so you will just have to make do.
      Oh, and I use the images that I am sent by people, sometimes they are high resolution, sometimes they are not. Often they are taken with cellphones.
      I am sorry your JCH experience was not satisfying, have you considered writing a letter (please make it on absorbent paper).

      Jon October 16, 2012 at 10:26 am /

      Sounds like noss is saying is that a resolution of 700×465 is useless because there’s not much point in stealing such small photos. But I could be wrong…

    ZDP-189 October 15, 2012 at 12:40 am / Reply

    Lovely! My return-to-film camera after a few years in the digital abyss was the Canon P and 50/1.4.

      Jason Howe October 16, 2012 at 9:31 am /

      Thanks, you don’t need me to tell you what a cool combo they are then, a worthy substitute for my absent M5! :-)

    Paul October 15, 2012 at 8:29 pm / Reply

    Hey I really like the look of your bag! I have a thinktank retrospective 10, but I’m looking for something smaller, seeing as I mostly use just a rangefinder with a single lens. I saw the Messenger and the Paratrooper on the Wotancraft website, do you know if they’re much smaller?


      Jason Howe October 16, 2012 at 9:30 am /

      Hi Paul, I don’t know for sure. What I would say is if you email these guys they seem to be on the ball at answering queries and I get the impression they know about cameras, which helps…..:-) Cheers, Jason.

    Bob Rogen October 16, 2012 at 2:07 am / Reply

    I love a small world, and it certainly is one for me here, as I have the exact same set-ups as the medium format bag and the 35mm bag (M3 DS with Canon P, and I also use M2 or M6 with Canon L1). Same lenses, too! Great coincidence, and heart warming, too. Thanks Jason, thanks Bellamy. Now if only I could photograph my bags as well as these, I could send in some of my bag pictures….

      Jason Howe October 16, 2012 at 9:32 am /

      Thats bought a smile to my face Bib, great to hear someone else enjoying this awesome gear!! Cheers, Jason.

    Jon October 16, 2012 at 10:27 am / Reply

    Beautiful kit Jason. And very nicely presented!

    Bob, we are awaiting you bag shots!!!!

      Jason Howe October 16, 2012 at 11:01 am /

      Thanks Jon, appreciate that. I might need to do this again when my latest folly arrives……:-)

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