In your bag No: 391 – James G. Best


by Bellamy /

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In your bag 391, James G. Best
James brings us a bag from Thailand, and a lovely bag it is too. With a knife, a great set of headphones and a great Russian rangefinder. Check it out.

Hey Bellamy,

Here is a submission for your ‘In the bag blog’.

So a little about me, I name is James and I am an English web designer living in Bangkok, Thailand. My wife was lucky enough to get a job out here and so I followed.

I started taking photographs about 6 years ago whilst travelling. Being a bit of a tech-head I dove straight into digital and harped on about not understanding why people would shoot film. I continued to shoot digital up to about 18 months ago when I discovered street photography and the joys of shooting film. Now my digital kit barely gets a look in.

So here is what I have in my bag.
From left to right:

·Shure headphones and an ipod shuffle. I find music helps me get over the fear of shooting street.
·Notebook, pen and pen knife.
·Film- living in Thailand I can’t be too fussy on the film I shoot. I like to try new film but when I can get my hands on it I like to shoot TriX 400.
·Olympus Pen EE3 – fantastic little camera, this is always with me and generally has colour film in it. I spent a long time trying to find one of these in mint condition.
·Olympus trip – this was my first 35mm camera and is still one of my favourites. This always has B&W film in it and a yellow filter. The lens on this camera is amazing. So sharp!!
·Kiev 4 – this is my first step in the world of rangefinders. This thing is built like a tank and weights as much too but once you get used to its quirks (the Contax grip) then it is a great camera. Unfortunately I think the coveted Leica will be out of my grasp for a while so will be looking at the Voightlander Bessa’s next.
·Cheap Chinese made android tablet (is great except for the battery).
·Blower and cleaning clothe
·And finally my Billingham Hadley (large). I think that this is the perfect bag. It is great for everyday and will last forever. Granted they are expensive but worth every penny.

Check me out at:

James G. Best

Thanks for sharing your bag with us James. I too use my Shure headphones when shooting street in Tokyo as the streets are deafening.
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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: 391 – James G. Best”

    Olivier Sylvestre January 13, 2013 at 9:34 am / Reply

    Man, a used leica isn’t that much more than a new Bessa R2-3-4… Look for usable M6 on ebay! You’ll always go after the holy grail. Nice kit! The Kiev is a nice camera!

    Jason January 13, 2013 at 5:03 pm / Reply

    I agree with Olivier. You already dipped your toes into the rangefinder minefield. And you haven’t shunned away. A Leica seems like an inevitability. I myself started with a voigtlander bessa r3m. Love it. But after I got my m3 about a year ago, a lot of dust has been accumulating on it.

    If you are still adamant about a voigtlander bessa, might I be so bold to recommend a bessa that can’t be replaced with a Leica. To that end, I highly recommend the r4m. It has a built in 21 mm viewfinder, so you can focus and compose in the same viewfinder. To the best of my knowledge, Impossible on a Leica.

    Greg Williamson January 14, 2013 at 5:10 am / Reply

    I’ll put in another good word for a Leica. An M3 or even a Barnack. The screwmount Leicas are so compact.

    I have a Kiev also, a 4A. If by “Contax grip” you mean the need to keep your fingers out of the way of the RF window I agree. It’s a great camera but I find it hard to hold.

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