In your bag No: 475 – Joaquín Sierra


by Bellamy /

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In your bag 475, Joaquín Sierra
Joaquín has something in his bag that is very special, a camera that has seen a great many things, and we have seen many of them. Come and see what I am talking about.

Hello, Bellamy and friends

I am Joaquín Sierra, from Spain. I´m 41 years old, I work as Engineering Manager at a Biotechnology company, and photography is my main hobby.
I always have a camera with me, althoug I don´t have plenty of time to shoot due to work and family. From time to time I manage to go for a shooting with my friends.
I shoot everything, from street photography to landscapes, travel or family photos.
Love to death to shoot film with my Leicas (someone has a M9 to spare?), my photography really improves with simpler cameras. In the past I used to carry heavy backpacks with big SLRs/DSLRs and big lenses, but with age comes some wisdom.
Usually I try to keep it simple, taking only one camera with a 35mm lens, but if I carry all, this is my gear :

– Domke J-803 bag, black ballistic nylon. I always liked Domkes, specially my trusty rugged wear F3X, but this one is more convenient for daily use.

– Leica M6. This camera is very, very special, as belonged to famous Magnum photographer Alex Webb. It´s signed by him at the bottom plate, and it´s quite nice to shoot it knowing it was used by him to make some of his great photos. Unfortunately, it seems to be the indian, not the arrow, because my photos haven´t magically improved with his camera  ;-)

– Leica M2, usually loaded with black and white film. This camera is really growing on me, sometimes I take it with no meter and practice to judge the light. I highly recommend this exercise, it may pay off if the M6 runs dry of batteries.

As for the lenses :

– Voigtländer 21mm f/4 with external finder, quite good lens for the price.

– Leica 35mm f/2 Summicron ASPH. My favourite prime lens.

– Leica 50mm f/2 Summicron

– Leica 90mm f/2.8 Elmarit-M

Other stuff :

– Filters for black and white film

– Sekonic L-308 meter

– Tabletripod

– “I love film” case, usually full of Fuji Acros 100, Kodak TMax400, Ektar 100 and Portra 400. I´m convincing my friends to get together some JCH film cases!

I develop my B&W film at home, and I´m starting also to develop color as it´s getting difficult and expensive to have it professionally developed here in Spain.

So that´s it, hope you enjoyed my bag!

Best regards
Joaquín Sierra

P.S. : Although I don´t post much of my work, you can have a look at my flickr :

Thanks for sharing your bag and the very special M6. I love the history behind cameras, and I often wonder what some of them have taken. With this one you actually know. Very cool.
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7 comments on “In your bag No: 475 – Joaquín Sierra”

    Rob McKay April 7, 2013 at 9:21 am / Reply

    Very cool!

    jon19003 April 7, 2013 at 9:31 am / Reply

    a lucky man with a camera that may have seen a lot.

    willd April 7, 2013 at 12:26 pm / Reply

    Hola Joaquin,

    Some great shots to go with a pair of great cameras. Where abouts in Spain are you? I’m in Madrid quite often (although from London) and occasionally bring my M6 and M9 to shoot some of the wonders that Madrid has to offer.


      Joaquín Sierra April 7, 2013 at 4:55 pm /

      Hi, Will
      I´m based at Galicia, the Northwest corner of Spain and here we have also some wonders to watch ;-)
      Feel free to contact me if you´re in the surroundings

    ZDP-189 April 7, 2013 at 6:42 pm / Reply

    Seems to me that the younger guys carry the most gear. Makes sense really. One camera, one lens has zen to it.

      Jeff Snyder April 8, 2013 at 1:13 am /

      Very nice. My sister lives in Ponteareas. Hopefully someday I’ll get to go visit. Anyway, thanks.

    Simnw April 8, 2013 at 10:30 pm / Reply

    Real nice bag, quite jealous to be honest….

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