In your bag No: 470 – Dave Lam


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In your bag 470, Dave Lam
Dave brings us a regular bag today, well, regular compared to some of the stuff that I have had on here recently. But a lovely bag it is too. The very latest in digital next to the classic film cameras. Check it out.

My names Dave Lam, i’m 27 and live in Cleveland, Ohio.
I’ve never done a “what’s in your bag” ever because I generally don’t carry a bag honestly. I usually just wrap a Leica around my shoulder and go. But when i’m out shooting with the Rollei, and i’ll be doing quite a bit this coming month, this is the bag i’ll be taking.
I shoot primarily Black and White in both 35mm and medium format, and rarely use digital (beside product shots it seems!). I’m mostly interested in happenings in the street, and landscapes of wherever I am.

My bag:
– Bare Bones Classic Bag (CourierWare)
I was lucky enough to win this bag as a prize, and it’s amazing, Very little bottom padding but very versatile and rather unnoticeable. Great build quality and it can fit quite a lot for its size, Stefano can attest to this!

– Leica M2 with Summicron-C 40mm f2
I’ve spent a few years now going through as much gear as you’d ever want to wade through, and decided my second combo (first Leica M) was the best for me. Just had this CLA’d by Youxin Ye, I love the simplicity of the M2 and the compactness and performance of the Summicron-C 40mm f2. I’ve attached a HeavyStar Summicron V2/V3 focusing tab on it for easier use.

– Rolleiflex 2.8f
As far as medium format cameras go, this one suits me best. I also love how it operates. The images are stunning too.

– Sony RX-100
Great little point and shoot, that mostly gets used for product shots or random snapshots with the wide angle.

– JapanCameraHunter Film Case (Thanks Trevor!)
Trevor so kindly gave me this great film case, it does it’s job handily.

– Container Store little container for 120 film
I needed some way to carry 120 film in my pocket or in the bag easier and this fit the bill! Cheap too.

– LG Nexus 4 (doubles as light meter)
I use this as my light meter, using an app called “LightMeter” who would’ve known. It’s a pretty decent incident meter.

I’ll jam some more film in there like that Neopan box, and my business cards (which are absent for some reason)
This is probably as much gear as I would ever want to take at one time.
Not seen is my Olympus OM-2n with 50mm f1.8 MC as my trusty back-up.

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Thanks for sharing your bag with us, it is great to see a film case in there too!
Check out the links and make sure you some and comment.

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9 comments on “In your bag No: 470 – Dave Lam”

    Mark April 2, 2013 at 3:13 pm / Reply

    Nice set-up Dave. I think you are where I’ll be in a few years time.

    How you find framing the 40mm on the M2? Miss my M2 (and ZM 35/2.8) though really loving 40mm (CV40) on my SLRs (D700 and FM2n). Thinking about trading the SLRs and not so sure about bodies with native 40mm framelines – i.e., Bessa R3 and CLE – so be keen on your reply as I could get serious about 40mm on an M.

    Love your images….though I’ve been a flickr contact/admirer for some time ;)

      Sunny Hasija April 2, 2013 at 9:17 pm /

      I use the CV 40mm almost exclusively for street photography.

      I have the Bessa R3A, which has the right framelines, but is a pain to shoot wide open. I also use the CV 40mm on my M8 and although that brings up 50mm lines it is easy to “guesstimate” where the frame would be. Another thing I have seen people do is file down the mount to bring up the 35mm lines – so the actual frame is just a smidge smaller.

      Dave Lam April 4, 2013 at 9:25 am /

      Mark, Thanks for the kind words!
      I actually quite like framing the 40 on the M2, I used to own a few of these, and the first one I sanded down the mount to bring up 35mm lines. I haven’t had the time to do it to this one, and I think i’m okay with it just bringing up the 50. I just ‘know’ what it will bring me now.. Something you kind of get when you’ve been adjusted to this setup enough. It doesn’t take long to get adjusted, once you keep a mental note then develop the roll you kind of get the hang of it. If all else fails, just sand it down to bring up 35, and be a little conservative on the framing.
      I wear glasses, so when I see the 50 lines I Just can judge what 40 will bring me. Thanks for being a contact on Flickr by the way!!

    Vitor Silva April 2, 2013 at 8:03 pm / Reply

    Where did you get that case for 120 film

      Dave Lam April 4, 2013 at 9:26 am /

      If you have a “Container store” near you, you can purchase this little case which is just big enough for a few rolls of 120 film. Perfect for carrying in your pocket.

    N April 2, 2013 at 9:09 pm / Reply

    It’s a nice set you have. very similar to mine : M2 for 135, Yashica-mat for 120.
    I gave a shot to a random lightmeter app quite a long time ago, and was really disappointed (ergonomy sucked, as well as precision). I just gave a try to the LightMeter app you use, and it seems to be what I was looking for : seems quite reliable so far (at least the reflected light mode), and mimicking the old fashioned lightmeter is a really good idea, very consistent with touch interface. I will continue to test it and I expect it could serve me as a backup if my old meter had to run out of battery or died unexpectedly. Thanks for sharing this !

      Dave Lam April 4, 2013 at 9:27 am /

      Thanks for trying the app out, I usually guestimate metering these days but for those times when I am a little lost i’ll incident meter roughly holding the phone 45º and it’ll get me a general reading where i’ll use for some shots. Does a decent job :)

    Tom Higgins April 3, 2013 at 12:18 am / Reply

    I am 78, and have been doing mostly B&W in my own darkroom since I was 13. Gave up darkroom last year, but still shooting. Going thru hundreds if not thousands of my negatives and realized that all my best work was with my Rolleiflex TLR. You are right, it is a wonderful camera, and all those years that people thought that I was such a talented photographer, it was actually the camera. It was magic.

      Dave Lam April 4, 2013 at 9:29 am /

      Tom, I too must admit there is something special about a Rollei that can’t be seen in other cameras, whether Hasselblad or other medium format cameras. Must be something about the size and formula of the elements!

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