In your bag No: 344 – Si Pham


by Bellamy /

3 min read

In your bag 344, Si Pham
A designer bag setup today. Si shares his fashion bag which is deceptive as it is full of top end camera gear. Check it out.

My name is Si. I’m from Canberra, Australia. I’ve only just recently become interested in film. I started out shooting the streets and socially with my first camera, a Sony NEX-5n I bought a year ago.
Buying M glass for that camera introduced me to the world of rangefinders and film.

After acquiring a 90 cron, 50 Lux and then a 35 Lux, I decided to pull the trigger on an M7. That was 2 months ago and I haven’t looked back. Being new to photography I soon realised that the rangefinder forced me to know my camera, know my lens and be aware of the light around me so that my exposure was taken care of before I even raised the camera to my eye. And when I did, all I needed to think about was focus and composition. It’s made my digital photography miles better! It’s made getting that shot, that decisive moment, a lot easier.

Curiously, it’s also helped my get over my G.A.S. and my B.A.S. (bag acquisition syndrome). In the same way that they say that a camera is just a tool, a bag is just a tool too and when you know how to utilise a single body with only 1 or 2 lenses for an outings shooting, you’ll know what you need out of a bag. Once I was comfortable with my M7 with only 1 or 2 lenses, I could search for my perfect bag and this is it.


This morning I’ve just returned from a fashion show and this was the contents of my camera bag. My newly acquired CSC bag from Korean based accessory maker Gariz, carried everything I needed and nothing I didn’t in a compact and stylish yet functional messenger bag: my M7 with a 35 Lux version II, 90 Cron e55, a roll of HP5 and Fuji Superia 200. The perfect 2 lens bag! It’s not too big and not too small. It’s rigid and secure. The shoulder strap is wide enough to be comfortable but not bulky. There’s custom partitions and the camera body slides in from the top into a perfectly cut hole for the lens. Getting the camera out simply involves opening the top flaps and lifting the body out with no loud velcro sounds and not disturbing anything else inside the bag.
In that same way my M7 doesn’t get in the way of my making photographs, this bag doesn’t get in the way of transporting my camera and lenses and other carry items too.


Thanks for sharing your new bag with us Si. An interesting bag for sure, I am quite taken by the design.
I would say click on the links, but there are none. Si, if you are reading this, please add some links in the comments.

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.


2 comments on “In your bag No: 344 – Si Pham”

    Martin November 27, 2012 at 2:12 pm / Reply

    That’s a very elegant bag! Hope you add some links soon, so that we can see the results of your passion for RF Photography! For what reasons do you prefer the Superia and the HP5?

    Martin /

    Si Pham November 28, 2012 at 7:22 pm / Reply

    Hi Bellamy! Yay, I made it! Thanks for publishing me. Sorry for not reading all of your instructions BTW. I don’t have a site but i do have a flickr account ( which has some pics from my NEX. I just haven’t taken the opportunity to digitize my film (about 19 rolls) taken on my M7. But during the holidays I will!

    Martin, I just buy what’s available from my local photoshop. FP4 for 125 speed, HP5 for 400 and they only sell Superia :S maybe I’ll order some film from B & H soon!

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