In your bag No: 362 – Ryan Robson


by Bellamy /

3 min read

In your bag 362, Ryan Robson
Ryan sends us a great bag from Canada today. A mixture of film and digital, and there is another knife in this one. What is it with you guys and knives?


My name is Ryan Robson and I am a 23 year old hobbyist photographer from Edmonton, Canada.

I’ve been doing photography since I took a class every year in high school. I wander around my city and take pictures of graffiti and any interesting scenery I come across. I love tight shots in an urban environment. I also do shoots for my cosplayer friends (A hobby based around costuming). I shoot a mix of film and digital and develop my own film. Though I’ll admit i do all my “important” stuff digital these days. The Canonet sits strapped over my shoulder instead of in the bag, unless I’m not carrying it in which case the GF1 takes it’s place.

My bag is pretty simple. From left to right:

Top row:

-My bag. A generic one strap tactical backpack I got at a comic shop. I have many other bags but this one is convenient.

-Pentax K-7 with Takumar 50mm f/1.4 mounted. My favorite combination, although due to weight I usually leave it at home unless I know I’m going to be doing a shoot.

-Sunagor auto 28mm f/2.8 Decent, cheap, and fills the gap when my 50 is too tight.

-Canon Speedlite 430ez I got from a pawn shop for $30

-Panasonic GF1 w/ accessory EVF and Wesley 24mm f/1.4 mounted. I usually have either this or the Canonet on me, usually both if I have the bag with me.

-Fujian 35mm f/1.7  very fun, cheap lens. Anyone who uses one knows the soft edges and weird swirly bokeh.

-Mechanics gloves and a hooded sweater. Sometimes it can get cold fast late in the day around here. Also my friends forget to bring a sweater a lot.


Second row:

-original iPad and extra SD cards for my digital cams

-Film, 3 rolls Fuji Superia 400 and 3 rolls of easypix 200 (I use easypix because I got a whole lot for dirt cheap)


Third row:

-First aid kit. Things happen. Set up for basic cuts and bruises as well as some stuff for minor trauma and CPR.

-Headphones. Motorola s10hd. The s9 was better but I lost my pair.

-iPod touch 4g. Also doubles as my light meter via an app until I go buy a real one.

-Blackberry cell phone. Pretty straightforward.

-Canonet GIII QL17 rangefinder. I can’t get the light meter to work, but with an iPod app light meter I get good results. Got it from an antique store for $30


Last row:

-My belt

-wallet pouch with all my cards and ID

-Gerber Truss 2.5 knife (it’s a tool, not a weapon. How often have you just needed something sharp and didn’t have it? I’d never fight with it.)

-Fenix LD12 flashlight. This thing is absurdly bright.


My photography blog is

Thanks for running such a great photo resource!


Thanks for sharing your bag with us Ryan. Nice to know your have sensible ideas about your knife. Unfortunately I am not allowed to carry mine in Japan, and I have really needed it sometimes.
Check out Ryan’s link 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.


9 comments on “In your bag No: 362 – Ryan Robson”

    eDo December 16, 2012 at 12:48 am / Reply

    a very interesting set-up.

    i have a pentax k-30, so what type of adapter would i need for the Fujian 35mm f/1.7 lens to work with it?

    thx in advance for any advice!

      Ryan Robson December 16, 2012 at 9:57 am /

      The fujian will not work on your k-30, sorry. The back focus distance is too short and the image circle won’t cover a aps sized sensor. You’ll only be able to use it on mirrorless micro 4/3’s cameras with an adaptor.

      eDo December 17, 2012 at 5:38 am /

      ah, got it. thought that might be the case, but wasn’t so familiar with all the peculiarities of the lens and mirrorless systems. know i understand why most references were for the Q system. thx!

    Bruno Candeias December 16, 2012 at 6:24 am / Reply

    This reminds me, I have to get a new knife :P

    Dieze December 17, 2012 at 4:36 pm / Reply

    “What is it with you guys and knives?” Haha True!
    I don’t know why.
    And I don’t know why too, but this is almost always an “army” knife, or a sophisticated knife. I wonder if it’s for style, or to cut sausage…
    Dangerous world.

      Ryan Robson December 18, 2012 at 3:48 pm /

      My knife (the gerber truss) is actually supposed to be a knife for climbers. The reason why it has all those weird stylized holes in it is to actually reduce weight while retaining strength. To a climber of any sort, every gram counts.

      Personally I use it mostly for trivial stuff, opening packages, tightening screws, trimming loose threads etc.

      Anyone who carries around a folding knife for the purposes of self defense/fighting is an idiot. They make poor weapons, but excellent tools.

      Dieze December 18, 2012 at 4:14 pm /

      Just kidding. :)

      I never needed this kind of stuff, but if one day my bag need one, I think I’ll buy a tool like a leatherman, or something equivalent.

    Scott W December 17, 2012 at 11:28 pm / Reply

    Nice bag. Where did you find the Wesley 24mm 1.4 lens? Can’t find it anywhere. I checked eBay too.

      Ryan Robson December 18, 2012 at 3:52 pm /

      I personally got mine on ebay. I got lucky, just keep looking. They aren’t nearly as common as the fujian 25mm but they are optically way better. if you keep your eyes peeled they’ll pop up now and then for around $40, sometimes cheaper.

      Also try searching ’24mm f/1.4′ without the wesley name, or in combination with “micro 4 thirds” “c mount” “cctv” etc. sometimes they name them weird to try to grab certain buyers attention.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.