In your bag No: 359 – Allan Uhlmann


by Bellamy /

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In your bag 359, Allan Uhlmann
Todays bag is especially lovely, because it contains a camera that I found. Come and have a look at this lovely Nikon heavy bag.

My name is Allan Uhlmann from Brisbane, Australia.

About a year ago I made a conscious decision to explore my creative abilities more deeply – abilities that perhaps don’t get exercised as much as they should in my work and family life.

Photography appeals to me because of its combination of art and science. As an engineer I’m right into the detail of thinking through the various combinations of aperture and shutter speed to get the depth of field and look that I want – I have to work a lot harder at getting a worthwhile composition on the other side of the lens though.

If there’s a theme to the images my very modest talent produces it’s about keeping things uncomplicated – sort of how I’d like my life to be. For me anyway, this means trying to create feel that reminds me of the photographs from my childhood in the 70s and 80s.

“Uncomplicated” also meant a return to film – for the look and feel of the images and, for the pleasurable discipline of having to think before you release the shutter.

My bag is a Topo Designs Mini Mountain Bag which is big enough to fit camera gear and other bits and pieces but not so big it’s an embarrassment. The cameras either go in their ever-ready cases or in a Crumpler Haven protective pouch.

This is actually a bit of a multi-choice example – it’s rare that both the S2 and the F2 travel at the same time.

Anyway, what’s inside is:

– A Nikon S2 Rangefinder with a Nikkor-S.C 5cm f1.4 lens, Hoya 85B filter, Artist and Artisan strap – great fun for a 50-plus year old camera (just remember to focus when you switch back from the SLR), or,

– A Nikon F2 Photomic with a Nikkor 24mm f2.8 lens, Crumpler “Industry Disgrace” strap – one careful previous owner who was happy to see it go to a good home.

– A Konica Big Mini BM-201 – fantastic little backup.

– Sekonic Twin-Mate meter – I’m an engineer and therefore not into guessing.

– Topo Designs pencil case with lens cloth, pens, filters, etc etc.

– Field Notes notebook – ostensibly to record exposure information – actually full of phone numbers, recipes, shopping lists and other random jottings.

– And some film – Acros is my favourite (developed in the laundry) and, Elitechrome because I’m not beyond a little colour now and again.

That’s about it. Thank you for the opportunity to share.




Thanks for sharing your bag with us Allan, nice to see that lovely S2 being put to good use.
Check out Allan’s links and make sure you come and comment, we love that.

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.


3 comments on “In your bag No: 359 – Allan Uhlmann”

    darren December 12, 2012 at 8:55 am / Reply

    I have an FM2, a Konica Big Mini and a Sekonic Twin Mate too! Unfortunately, my big mini has been dropped a few too many times so it is prone to unpredictable double exposures and no longer lets me decide whether it’s going to flash or not. Lovely pocket camera though, so I’ll probably pick up another sooner or later. Nice bag, thanks for sharing!

    Warren December 12, 2012 at 10:32 pm / Reply

    Nice to see another F2 user . I have 2 of them and just love using them.
    It’s also a bit of a relief to not see yet another Leica as beautiful as they are, just saying.

    Rene April 18, 2014 at 4:00 am / Reply

    By any chance do you know if a 13in macbook pro will fit inside with 1 exact same nikon camera as yours?

    Thank you

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