In your bag No: 361 – Duncan Wright


by Bellamy /

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In your bag 361, Duncan Wright
I think the bags have been really good lately and this one is no exception. I rarely see Nikonos cameras anywhere, let alone in a bag. Let’s see what Duncan is using this lot for.

Hello! My name is Duncan Wright and I’m a photographer from the world’s most isolated city, Perth, Western Australia.

My main passion in life is photography, I’m going in to my third year of study in Photography and dip in and out of different formats. I shoot digital for work, borrowed a Hasselblad Kit for a bit and developed a new found love for square format and recently shot a bit of large format stuff.

I started out in photography about 6 years ago and became pretty obsessed with the whole process of shooting a roll of film about 4 years ago. What I liked then and love now about film is the motions you go through and the time it takes, from putting the film in the body and winding it through to taking it down to the camera lab or in to the darkroom and discovering what you’ve shot. I love just slowing down and really hunting for a decent shot instead of just snapping everything you see.

When it comes to film I’ve got 5 main cameras that I like to shoot with.

Nikon F2 – Pictured with a 28mm f3.5 lens.  I really really love this camera; it is an absolute workhorse and never gives up.

Voigtlander Vito II – Really lovely little camera, it has its quirks but it’s pretty damned solid and a joy to use.

Pentax 645 – It’s in mint condition and arguably my favourite camera.  I often say I prefer to look through the viewfinder of that than my own two eyes. The lenses are stunning and it’s great to use. I recently took it on a trip to Canada and pretty quickly discarded my 5D II and shot with the 645 for the entire trip. It is pictured with the 75mm 2.8 and 150mm 3.5 lenses.

Nikonos V – I watched the price of this camera drop at a thrift store from $800 down to $300, strobes, pelican case and all. Needless to say I snapped it up and it’s my main camera anytime there is any mention of the beach. Pictured with the 35mm f2.5 lens.

Yashica Electro 35 GS – I only got this recently when my mum picked it up for me on a trip through Europe. It only cost $40 (aus) it’s in mint condition; works like a dream and the lens on it is wonderful. I would highly recommend anyone who is looking for their first rangefinder to get one.

When I’m out shooting I don’t really like the restrictions of a bag so I pretty much stuff as much as I can in to my pockets; usually my phone, keys and a couple of rolls of film. The IPhone is great as I can store all my model releases on it as well as take down any notes.

When I do need a bag I use the Manfrotto Unica V Messenger. It’s huge, but I can fit all I need in it and more…and then some more.

I guess I dip in and out of different films too and am constantly testing out as many as I can get my hands on. I’m really in to black and white at the moment and really love HP5 and FP4. They’re both great to shoot and give great results. HP5 is also good for pushing. For a colour neg film it’s hard to go past Portra 400, amazing colours and great to use, I’m also quite partial to Ektar. I don’t mind a good slide film now and then and love the really rich tones and saturation of Velvia 50 and 100.

When I’m not shooting for myself I work with Canon Digital equipment, but that’s boring so I won’t talk about it.

Anyway if you’re interested in seeing some of my work have a gander at – my film dedicated blog

Or – my portfolio

Or – my blog

I’m also on Google + and Facebook


Many thanks for the awesome bag and the fantastic description. I love hearing how you came by these cameras.
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3 comments on “In your bag No: 361 – Duncan Wright”

    ZDP-189 December 14, 2012 at 10:51 am / Reply

    In the 90s, I shot a Motormarine EXII and like the poor craftsman blaming his tools, I hankered (lusted) after a Nikonos V. However, in retrospect, my failure to make good underwater images was probably due to my poor previsualisation of underwater photos, my400ASA film and inappropriate use of strobes. i.e. I wouldn’t have been much better off with a Nikonos. These days, even a basic digital camera will outperform a Nikonos in the hands of a newbie at least.

    I later learned that the Nikonos makes quite a respectable land camera, although I’m not sure if the design compromises required to make it work at depth make it ideal. I guess it’s like a Ferrari 308; there are better options now, but it’s something I wanted since I was a little boy with dreams of big boys toys.

    I remain jealous!

    stanislaw riccadonna zolczynski December 14, 2012 at 7:48 pm / Reply

    My five cents on Nikonos. It´s in a way pity that amongst the ikons of camera craftmenship in therms of precision and durability, Nikonos are missing. I wished that Nikon would get their ass out of deep water and give the world Nikonos Digital using the same interchangable lenses and the same phantastic lens mount. To the well know question as to which only camera one would choose, my answer would always be Nikonos II. Totally mechanical, totally reliable, shutter mechanism the simplicity itself that can be in emergency repaired with swiss army knife. Sprocketless wind up mechanism thus avoiding the risk of tearing up the film. Camera with lens can be sterilized and decontaminated. The universal lens Nikkor 2.5/35mm for land and underwater use down to 50meters which inner optical cell is spring mounted on the body thus impervious to the knocks to outer lens barrel. Wind-up arm serving as a shutter release giving one possibility of advancing the film and releasing the shutter from a distance with piece of cord. A truly survival camera. A down to basics beauty.

    Rod Dale July 3, 2014 at 10:28 am / Reply

    I have a Nikonos V with standard and 15mm wide-angle lens, close-up attachments and 102 strobe, all in padded Pelican case.

    please make an offer if interested.

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