In your bag No: 390 – Derek Clark


by Bellamy /

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In your bag 390, Derek Clark
Derek brings us a Fuji-centric bag today. Really. This bag is just about the most Fuji filled bag I have ever seen. Come and have a look at this great bag-shot.

My name is Derek Clark and I come from Scotland. My passion is documentary and street photography, but I also shoot more commercial jobs to help fund the passion! I haven’t found a bag that would carry my street/documentary equipment better than the Loweprow Event Messenger 150 (probably because I like to keep my iPad with me).

This is my carry everywhere bag (all day everyday). As you can see, I’m heavily into the Fuji X series. All of my street photography shots over at are shoot with these cameras, with the X100 probably being the best for street. I’m looking forward to the new Fujinon 23mm f1.4 in 2013 to give me that old school (and my favorite) 35mm focal length (full frame).

I also use this set-up when shooting documentary projects for , which is a new collective with members from Canada (Patrick La Roque), England (Paul Pride), Australia (Robert Catto), Denmark (Flemming Bo Jensen) and myself in Scotland (Derek Clark). Kage is Japanese and pronounced Kaji, which means Shadow, Shade, Other Side. My first story for The Kage Collective is called Running Into Darkness and was shot on the streets of Italy and all black and white. Shooting with Fuji X cameras is the one  thing that all of the Kage members have in common.

I also have film cameras in my arsenal, like Yashica Minister III and the Electro 35 GTN, or  my dad’s Rollei 35 and the Olympus Om2-n that I bought at the ripe old age of 15. I don’t carry them around with me though and to be honest, I have film in two of these cameras and can’t remember what I shot on them. Digital works for me!

The Fujifilm X-Pro1 is probably my favorite camera of all time (so far). I know a lot of people reading this will think it’s just because it’s a new toy, but I’ve shot with this camera since it’s release and it just gets better!

The Fujifilm X-E1 is the new kid on the block and with the same lenses and sensor, gives identical quality as the X-Pro1. The optical viewfinder and bigger body gives the X-Pro1 the edge over the X-E1.

The Fujifilm X100 is my baby and the camera that changed everything for me. I’ll never part with it…it’s an heirloom for my kids!

The Fujinon 35mm f1.4 is sharp as a tack, even at f1.4.

The Fujinon 18mm f2 is the quickest focusing of all the Fujinon primes.

Fuji EF-20 Flash (never gets used)

Apple iPad let’s me write on the move.

Zoom H2n is mostly for collecting ambient sound and will be used for interviews soon.

Moleskine notebook and pen lets me keep notes on all things photography.

SD cards (Sandisk & Lexar, both class 10)

Batteries (a lot of them) The Fuji’s are heavy on battery power.

iPad Camera Connection Kit let’s me get photos onto the iPad for quick edits.

You can find more from me at:

Thanks for sharing your bag with us Derek. Interesting to hear your passion for the Fuji cameras. They seem to be very popular with street photographers.
Check out Derek’s massive amount of links 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.


7 comments on “In your bag No: 390 – Derek Clark”

    Chris Gampat January 12, 2013 at 8:58 am / Reply

    I really, really wish that they would come out with a 24mm f1.4 equivalent but I know it’s not going to happen. A boy can dream, can’t he?

    Leo R January 12, 2013 at 1:51 pm / Reply

    Great bag, Derek! I love the Fuji X series! Are those all the Fuji brand cases and if so, how do you like them? Sold my x100 to fund my X Pro 1 purchase, but I really miss the size sometimes. Especially after reading this post. Normally, I keep everything, but not this time. Feels like the one that got away. Not to take away from the X pro 1 as I thoroughly enjoy it. Maybe I’ll pick up a used X100s in a couple of years. Great post and happy shooting.

      Derek Clark January 15, 2013 at 7:00 am /

      The X100 case is an original Fuji product, but the X-Pro1 and X-E1 both have Gariz leather half cases. You’ll find a review of the Gariz half case on my blog.

      You might find a low cost X100 now that the X100s has been announced :o)


    Ian Docherty January 12, 2013 at 6:47 pm / Reply

    Hi Derek,

    A bag full of lovely cameras. I too have a great liking for the new Fuji X series and have an X100 and XE1. I think I might just push myself to get every new incarnation of both of the cameras and keep all of them. They produce wonderful images and if as reported Fuji have remedied the focussing ‘problems’ on the X100, plus it being combined with the new sensor I am sure the X100S will be a worthy and worthwhile improvement.

    Love your recent Remembrance Day images on Kage Collective by the way.

    Keep up the good work.

      Derek Clark January 15, 2013 at 7:05 am /

      Thanks Ian, I’m glad you liked A Mute Reminder on the Kage Collective. I’m working on a new story right now, so should be appearing nearer the end of January.

      X100s looks as though it will be a welcome improvement to an already great camera.


    Alexandre January 15, 2013 at 9:51 pm / Reply

    The Kage Collective rocks!

      Derek Clark January 18, 2013 at 12:55 am /

      Thanks Alexandre, it’s nice of you to say . They’re a great bunch of photographers and I’m really happy to be part of Kage!


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