In your bag No: 394 – Winston Chua


by Bellamy /

3 min read

In your bag 394, Winston Chua
I know that Winston has been waiting for a while to have his bag featured, so here it is finally. A lovely mix of old and new, with a secret camera somewhere inside. Come and have a look.

Mabuhay! That’s how we say hello in the Philippines. I’m Winston Chua from Manila, just a hobby photographer. Pictured here are the different gear that goes into my bag, of course not all at the same time. I mix and match depending on my needs but the Leica M9 and the Canon S100 are staples.

I started with film photography in my teens (80’s) with my dad’s beautiful SLRs. I wasn’t too successful back then because I was just experimenting by my self. Shooting with digital for the past so many years, I started to dabble with film again a few months ago, hopefully to succeed where I have failed as a teenager. As of now, I enjoy using vintage cameras and the interaction film provides but honestly have not fully appreciated the result of film yet. I know I will see the light as I progress with film but it will be unlikely that I will drop digital because I know the pros and cons of each medium.

Here goes the gear run down.

1) Plaubel Makina 670 medium format camera. Great Nikkor 80mm f2.8 lens, gorgeous looks and the most compact MF camera I’ve seen. I just love this beast.

2) Leica M3 dual stroke with rigid 50mm Summircron.

3) Leica M9 with 35mm f2.0, red dot and M9 logo covered. I like the stealth look and it’s also fun to see the puzzled look of the guys in the Leica boutiques, trying to determine which model it is:)

4) Canon S100 as back-up camera or if I need a shot using flash.

5) Canon 7 in black paint with 50mm f1.8 lens. Just got it 2 days ago from Bellamy. Haven’t even finished a roll of film yet. It feels solid and I was surprised the selenium meter still works accurately (compared reading w/ other meter).

6) Leica 50 f1.4 ASPH, 21 f3.4 ASPH and 21mm view finder.

7) Seikonic and Voigtlander meters.

8) JCH Bikkuri case with random films inside. Good quality case.

9) Reflector

10) There is a 6th secret camera in the photo for you to find out :)

I’m not active in any photo sharing site so I’m just attaching here some of my shots.

Thanks for looking everyone.

Thanks for sharing your bag and your shots Winston. Sorry it took so long, but there is a bit waiting list. Love seeing that Plaubel, they are amazing.
Check out Winston’s images and 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.


13 comments on “In your bag No: 394 – Winston Chua”

    SilverChrome7 January 16, 2013 at 9:48 am / Reply

    Does the Swiss Army Knife have a built-in camera? :-)

      Winston Chua January 16, 2013 at 10:22 am /

      I’m working on it SilverChrome 7:)

    Winston Chua January 16, 2013 at 1:09 pm / Reply

    Thanks for the feature Bellamy. As a follow up, the Canon 7 I got from you is fantastic! I love the image quality of the 50 f1.8 lens. Unfortunately it is overshadowed (popularity wise) by the monstrous 50 f0.95. The Canon 7 is one on my favorite in my collection.

    Dirk Essl January 16, 2013 at 3:02 pm / Reply

    I guess the 6th camera is your second S100 which took the shot. Oh and I’d love to see more of your shots!

      Winston Chua January 17, 2013 at 12:52 pm /

      I’m sorry Dirk, it’s not the 2nd S100. I will reveal the answer on a separate post. I will set up a Flickr account soon. Thanks for the interest in my photos:)

    Bob Rogen January 17, 2013 at 5:10 am / Reply

    Great bag! And now I know who got that sweet black Canon 7. I have no idea what camera lurks under the reflector, but to my eyes it is making an image: I see a left side 3/4 profile of a face, with left eye, nose profile, and lips. Interesting….Finally, I hope these acollades (I”ve heard many) for the Plaubel Makina 670 do not make me seek a one…or should I?

      Winston Chua January 17, 2013 at 1:06 pm /

      Good observation and interpretation Bob but the 6th mystery camera is not under the reflector. I don’t want to be such a tease so I will reveal the answer immediately on a separate post. About the Makina, it is a fantastic camera! Very sharp lens and good bokeh. The camera is easy to operate and is very slim when folded. I’ve had mine for only a few months and so far everything is working smoothly. Most complaints would be the meter going bust due to a wire that breaks in due time, when folding and opening the bellows. You can always have it fixed (I read expensive) or use an external meter. It is aptly called “Makina” (machine) because you really feel like operating a machine. The shutter release produces a relatively loud “clunk” compared to other vintage cams I’ve used but I love it! Go for the Makina Bob.

    Winston Chua January 17, 2013 at 1:14 pm / Reply

    Ok for those who tried to guess the mystery camera, here is the answer. The collage of photo gear forms a huge rangefinder. The reflector represents the lens, the Makina as the viewfinder, the Canon 7 as the brightline finder, the lens cap as the Leica red dot and finally the Canon S100 as the focus patch finder. Can you see it now? :)

      Dirk Essl January 17, 2013 at 3:45 pm /

      Wow, now as you say it, I see it all the time. Very well done!

      Quentin Carbonell January 19, 2013 at 8:27 am /

      Haha, clever!

    Hugh January 20, 2013 at 8:26 pm / Reply

    How do you feel carrying kit in Phils? I used to have a house in Lapu x2 and I was always very paranoid about showing my beloved camera kit in public just incase I heard the words “Hold up ni! Ambi imong Leica oi!”

      Winston Chua January 21, 2013 at 7:27 am /

      I have the same concern as you so I choose the places where I shoot carefully. I often travel abroad, where I do about 80% of my shooting. Just like in any other country, there are areas to be avoided. I hope this does not discourage people from visiting the Philippines.

    StillThrill April 3, 2013 at 4:40 am / Reply

    That Plaubel is where its at! Forget everything else ;-)

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