In your bag No: 346 – Nathan Thompson


by Bellamy /

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In your bag 346, Nathan Thompson
Check out this mega bag full of Leica goodness. This one has been inspired by another bag on the site, which is pretty cool. It is nice to know that the ‘In your bag’ series is inspiring people to go and put together the items that they want. Check this one out.

Hi Bellamy, love the info on your site!  It’s very helpful for me to see other’s solutions for carrying gear.  I’m a professional product photographer by day which allows little creative outlet as a photographer so I make up for it by shooting nights and weekends for myself.  Up until a month ago I was shooting exclusively Canon DSLRs.  Started with a 10D and most recently sold my 5DmkII after buying the M9-P.  I had always convinced myself a Leica was out of the question but then I bought the M3 to get back into film and it snowballed from there.  Quite an awesome mistake!  The price of admission is surely high, but I’m having just as much fun shooting as I did with my Dad’s Pentax ME-Super when I was very young.  I’m also much happier with my photos now.

I had seen Jason Howe’s Wotancraft bag on your site a few weeks back and knew instantly it was the perfect bag setup for me.  It is a large bag but I prefer it that way.  I can carry the whole system or as little as I want anytime.  I was skeptical that the quality would be up to the standards of the price-point of the bag.  I haven’t had much luck with products like this made in Taiwan.  My doubts were quickly put to rest as I opened the cloth bag it ships in.  It’s a very well made product that meets quality standards of other premium bags I’ve inspected.  Throw in the level of waterproof this bag offers and it’s a clear winner for me.

I’ve been enjoying shooting film so much lately I went through your DIY developing post and got all the needed supplies to start developing myself!  Big thanks to your site for opening my eyes to that.  Never knew it was such an easy process.  My future goals in photography will be learning how to enlarge film to prints and getting into Medium & Large Format.

Here’s the list of what’s pictured and fits in the bag:

Leica M3 SS

Leica M9-P

Fuji X-Pro1

Leica 50mm Summicron DR

Leica 50mm Summicron Collapsible

Leica 90mm Tele-Elmarit

Leica 135mm Hektor (in Maxpedition Cocoon Case)

Leica 28mm Elmarit-M

Leica 35mm Summilux FLE

Voigtlander 15mm Wide-Heliar

Fujinon XF 35mm

Fuji EF-X20 Flash

Sekonic L-358

Here’s a link to my flickr page


Nathan Thompson
Illinois USA

Thanks for sharing your bag with us Nathan, great to see such an inspiring story. And I am really glad that JCH could help.
Check out Nathan’s flickr page and come 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.


5 comments on “In your bag No: 346 – Nathan Thompson”

    David Whitelaw November 29, 2012 at 6:14 am / Reply

    I wish i was rich :( haha

    Martin November 29, 2012 at 2:10 pm / Reply

    That’s a nice setup. Interesting you are using both M9-P and XP1. I actually don’t like using Leica lenses on the Fuji, because the x-lenses are too good. The Wotancraft is really is a good looking bag but unfortunately they are way above my price limit for bags. Nice to know that it offers good quality.
    Thanks for posting!


    Nathan November 30, 2012 at 3:14 am / Reply

    Yeah the XP1 is used as a backup/compliment to the M9. I use it mainly for low-light or long lens shots where focus magnification is put to good use. Got a visoflex recently too so some macro playtime will be happening. I agree though, the Fuji XF 35mm is a fantastic lens, I did some comparison shots with the 35 Summilux on my flickr page. I’d like to have a wide option too, either the 18 or the future pancake.

    I must add too. I recently got stuck in pouring rain on a motorcycle outing. What a great peace-of-mind to have this bag! Not one drop of water made it inside the main bag. And having that inner bag zipped up, I wasn’t concerned at all about my gear getting ruined. My All-Weather Lowepro bags would eventually soak through in that instance.

    Jason Howe November 30, 2012 at 3:24 am / Reply

    Hi Nathan

    I’m really pleased you like the bag, it is large but that suits some of us. I do have a smaller option for the times I need it. Great gear also.

    Cheers, Jason.

    Nathan July 31, 2013 at 12:34 am / Reply

    Worth noting. I had one of the main closure snap rivets fail recently. A simple photo and email to Wotancraft and one week later I’m putting the replacement buckle/snap back on my bag. I feel this day in age, even a reply to an email seems a rare occurrence.

    Still really happy with the functionality of this bag. If you carry multiple bodies and lenses, it’s really a good option.

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