In your bag 312, Paul Coates
We have a bag from Japan today! I would love to see more of these. Paul is doing the job that I used to do, many moons ago. Come and have a look at this fantastic mix-up bag.

I have been meaning to do one of these for a while now, and have finally got around to doing it!

First, a little about myself. My name is Paul Coates, I am a 24 year British guy who currently lives in southern Japan. I work as an assistant language teacher at the moment but will be moving to a career in computer science at some point.

I have been interested in photography since about 12 years old, where I was a member of the dark room club and got to develop my own photographs. My biggest passion in photography is street photography, and what I have to show today is my street bag.

The contents:

1. Thinktank Retrospective 10. A good sturdy bag that I like because it protects my gear but doesn’t look like a camera bag

2. iPad.

3. Leica M7 and 35mm summicron. Love this camera. I bought it a few months ago, and it has become my main camera for street photography. I love everything about it.

4. Canon 7D. The beast. Covers all my photography. I can do street, portrait, event, whatever I want with this one. On it I have the canon 28mm f/1.8.

5. Lomo. My ‘always on me’ camera. I like the size because it fits in my pocket, and I love the colours it produces. Everyone should have a lomo.

6. Canon 50mm f/1.4. Great lens for low light, and on the 7D it’s perfect for portraits. Really good for bokeh.

7. iPod touch. For music.

8. Custom SLR strap. Most comfortable strap I have ever used. I like how it keeps the strap completely out of the way.

9. Film. Usually Kodak TriX. Usually push processed. I’m still searching for a favourite colour film. At the moment I’m using Kodak e100vs. I liked Velvia too.

10. Lens pen. Keeps my lenses clean.

11. Headphones. Good for zoning out when shooting on the streets.

12. Polarising filter.

I run a website that showcases some of my work, and keep a blog too. Find them at:

Thank you!
Paul Coates.

Thanks for sharing your bag with us Paul. I used to do the same job, and whilst I know it can be terribly uninspiring, you are afforded a great deal of spare time, which is great for shooting. Best of luck.
Check out Paul’s 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.