In your bag No: 341 – Floyd Takeuchi


by Bellamy /

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In your bag 341, Floyd Takeuchi
Wow, check out Floyd’s bag…You don’t see many people shooting these any more. A classic Contax bag. Come and have a good look.

While almost all of my professional work is shot with a Nikon DSLR-based kit, I still prefer to shoot my personal photos with film gear. Among the film cameras/lenses l have left: a Zeiss Ikon Contax IIa kit; Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta BX; Zeiss Ikon Contessa 35; Rolleiflex 2.8F; and, Rollei B35.

I will often take a scaled-back version of my Contax kit with me on working trips, as I did this month while working on a project in Tokyo. I was able to use the film camera on two of the 11 days in Tokyo.

Here’s the full Zeiss Ikon Contax IIa lineup:

* Zeiss Ikon Contax IIa body with Zeiss variable focal length viewfinder and Zeiss Ikon 50mm Sonnar f/1.5 with hood;

(front row, left to right)

* Zeiss Ikon 135mm Sonnar f/4 with original lens pouch;

* Nikkor 85mm f/2 in Contax mount;

* Zeiss Ikon 35mm Biogon f/2.8;


* Sekonic L-398 light meter;

* Artisan & Artist “Image Smith” camera bag, and Artisan & Artist leather camera strap.


Thanks for sharing your bag with us Floyd. It is great to see this beautiful classic being put to good use.
Check out Floyd’s site 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.


6 comments on “In your bag No: 341 – Floyd Takeuchi”

    Greg Williamson November 24, 2012 at 11:04 am / Reply

    Now THAT is a lovely set of gear.

    Marcu Indra November 24, 2012 at 11:50 am / Reply

    wow… I like your gear .

    ZDP-189 November 24, 2012 at 1:02 pm / Reply

    Now that is a purist’s set up. Beyond the M4, M3, SP.

    Mark Wylie November 24, 2012 at 5:18 pm / Reply

    I don’t know if I would use that kit, or just admire it!

    Longwei November 25, 2012 at 12:45 am / Reply

    great bag ! the variable focal viewfinder seem a great stuff

    Floyd Takeuchi November 25, 2012 at 3:02 am / Reply

    Much thanks to Bellamy for featuring my Contax kit, and to posters for their very kind comments.

    This is very much a working kit, though I don’t use it as often as I would like. The camera, finder and lenses have all been either sourced and/or overhauled by Henry Scherer of, perhaps the best Zeiss guru in the U.S. In fact, he’s overhauled my Super Ikonta and Contessa 35, too.

    One of the best things of a Zeiss kit, of course, is the lenses (even that stunning circa 1954 Nikkor 85mm). I recently picked up an Olympus OM-D E-M5 body and a Zeiss Contax lens adapter to use the 35mm, 85mm and 135mm on a digitial body. The 50mm can’t be used, at is actually has a different mount. There is a 2x crop factor, so all of the lenses are telephoto lenses. The 35mm Biogon, which is effectively a 70mm, is a particularly good match for this combination.

    Thanks again, Bellamy.

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