In your bag No: 479 – Benjamin Jay Shand


by Bellamy /

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In your bag 479, Benjamin Jay Shand
It’s a bag Jim, but not as we know it captain. Benj has a case for us. Filled with interesting and retro bits and bobs. Including a Konica recorder. You don’t see many of them.

The ‘bag’ i present to you all today takes the form of a late 50s light bar case. Sourced in Williamsburg, where i’m currently based, the retrofitted case fits everything one could need – not to mention the collapsable lighting once within still functions perfectly. This kit is somewhat minimized for travel, but nevertheless has all the favourites.

The Zeiss. Purchased slightly-used from Map Camera in Shinjuku at the beginning of last year, the Voightlander 35 1.4 (s.c.) was chosen to accompany after some recommendations backed by solid reviews. Frequently buying/selling cameras, parting with the Zeiss has never been an option. The build quality is as impressive as the optics making it perfect for the urban geometries i shoot. The next, the Ricoh, is a neat little rangefinder but perhaps my least used of late. The 40 2.8 is fast and the construction surprisingly robust. It has gained the reputation as a ‘light leaks machine’ due to the disappearing interior foam but, combining this with the multi-exposure slider lends itself to some really neat images.

To the point + shoots. The Chinon Bellami, a pocketable 1981 barn-door, is perhaps the ‘more’ manual of the two with scale/zone focusing from one meter to infinity. The optics are often compared to the more-popular Lomo LC-A, however the Chinon has a side-mounted flash unit and is, in my mind, the more desirable unit. The advance is solid, the retractable lens novel but a pleasure and the images crisp. I’ve had the best results with low speed color films such as Portra – which i’ll get to later. Onto the Konica Recorder. With all of the above taken into account, this would have to be my most looked-to piece of kit. I’ve had two of these, with this particular unit sourced by Bellamy not too long ago. This was my first half-frame, with the vertical loading and niche 80s Japanese design all but selling the format to me. A 24 4.0 with film speed capped at 400 means that this is a camera for the daylight. The CDS meter alternates the shutter, it focuses and it advances for you – it’s essentially fully automated. The form is slim and the lens sharp – i’ll never let it go.

As for film, i shoot 35mm primarily, solely when travelling – and i’m Portra’s biggest fan. Although the colors/tones are orientated around the world of portraiture, i find these aspects, and the fine grain perfect for capturing architecture and built forms as the film doesn’t depend upon a studio set up. As far as my less-frequent black & white shooting is concerned, the Neopan is rich in gradation, but i’ll occasionally grab the cable release and step up to a higher speed Delta.

The notebook and 0.4mm fineliner combination is essential as is a decent lintless paper – this now-discontinued Kodak being the favorite. The A. McDonald wallet never falters, nor does the ’78 Seiko, or the Bang & Olufsen Form 2s, recently re-released after celebrating their 25th anniversary.

…and that’s the box.

Thanks Benj, it is good to see the recorder again and I am happy to know it is serving you well. Keep it up and good luck with your upcoming exhibition.

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.


15 comments on “In your bag No: 479 – Benjamin Jay Shand”

    Greg Williamson April 11, 2013 at 9:47 am / Reply

    I’d like to hear how you like the Voigt 35/1.4… I am in shopping for a fast 35 and wondering whether to spend the extra money on the 1.2.

      Benjamin Jay Shand April 11, 2013 at 1:21 pm /

      I love it – lots of character but with it comes barrel distortion and the like. I’ve never been of the opinion that a faster lens is a better lens. Factor in size + weight differentials – i’ll be hanging onto the 1.4.

    David April 11, 2013 at 11:33 am / Reply

    I hate hipsters!!!!

      Benjamin Jay Shand April 11, 2013 at 11:04 pm /

      good luck with the iphoneography, mate.

      David April 12, 2013 at 2:40 am /

      Was that suppose to be a quip? You just solidified why I hate you unoriginal fucktards! And iphoneogrphy is not all I do

      Bellamy April 12, 2013 at 6:54 am /

      Gentlemen, please. Either pistols at dawn, or take it elsewhere.

      JS April 17, 2013 at 3:25 am /

      You have a lot of unnecessary rage. Perhaps you should address this.

    Mark April 11, 2013 at 1:59 pm / Reply

    Nope no mention of the spectacles…..

    Jukka Watanen April 11, 2013 at 2:54 pm / Reply

    I can say Voigt 35mm 1,4 is a sweet, great lens I swapped a 35mm 1,2 to it and with film, I cannot see the difference above :2 So sweet and small, really a street shooters dream. I don`t see any reason to spend four or five times the money on a lens for film shooting. maybe on a digital M there is a difference but negible.

      Greg Williamson April 11, 2013 at 9:21 pm /

      It’s certainly a saving. But I’m considering teaming up the 1.2 with an M5. The bigger camera is likely to balance the bigger lens well I’m thinking. I got a 50/1.2 Nikkor recently and adore it.

      Still thinking. I noticed a shop in Sydney has the 1.4 on special though. Tempting…

    Very metal April 12, 2013 at 12:53 pm / Reply

    @David, Williamsburg is definitely dildo central. Much respect to a writer from the late 80’s, when NY was way more NY. What did you write, what crews did you push?

      David April 13, 2013 at 3:58 am /

      I wrote ONE-D and I Pushed T.S. , T.A.T , B.D.P , B.D.B

    Rich April 12, 2013 at 10:37 pm / Reply

    Hey, what brand of sunglasses are those?

    ZDP-189 April 13, 2013 at 3:31 am / Reply

    Ooh, very nice. I’ve been looking for one of these. Even eVILbay prices are sky high.

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