In your bag No: 499 – Francois Gaboury


by Bellamy /

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In your bag 499, Francois Gaboury
A cracking bag for today. The perfect bag for the lover of medium format, with a triplet of amazing cameras. Check it out.


Here’s my bag, an old billingham. I sometime travel lighter with only one camera, but every camera serves a purpose.

From left to right, a leica cm that replaced a minilux that died (err02), currently trying to find another one to have the lens modified to an M body.
A polaroid sx 70 se picked up at a flea market an using it with Impossible films.
A lightmeter but i’m also using my IPhone with a lightmeter app.
An hasselblad swc for wide angle shots, a plaubel 67 and a rolleiflex 3,5 planar.

The cm has an amazing lens with great contrast. I have owned and sold my other leicas M and R but currently thinking about getting an M5 or an M4.
I like medium format for 1) the negative size hence the details and 2) i prefer looking at the contact sheets of 120mm. The plaubel offers in my view great images a in a camera that fits in a pocket (decent size). I’m still looking for the ideal camera, but Now my ideal camera is the one that i carry with me.
I live in Montreal, Canada and still have access to pro labs so getting supplies is not currently an issue. If i had to pick only one, i would pick the plaubel. However, i miss the 50 1,9 kern macro swiftar made for the alpa bodies. I like those Zeiss “wipes” when needed. Film wise, Kodak portra 160 and 400 and T max or ilford films for b&w.

My website:

François Gaboury

Thanks for sharing your bag with us Francois. I love seeing the Plaubel, they are such beautiful cameras.

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4 comments on “In your bag No: 499 – Francois Gaboury”

    Dave Lam May 1, 2013 at 7:47 am / Reply

    Fantastic kit, Plaubel has been a camera that’s been on my list awhile, it may possibly be the only camera that’ll elude me!

    Olivier Sylvestre May 1, 2013 at 8:35 am / Reply

    Hey! C’est l’fun qu’un autre montréalais se fasse feature ici haha!
    Nice le kit!

    Francois March 4, 2014 at 9:12 pm / Reply

    Update as of March 2014, SWC, Plaubel and Rolleiflex are gone, replaced them by a couple of old Polaroid (100, 450), 500cm with 50, 80 and 120mm, and 4×5 Horseman HD 150mm lens, any regrets…maybe the plaubel.

    Francois Gaboury June 6, 2016 at 5:32 am / Reply

    Funny how my current setup is totally different, only kept the Polaroid and lightmeter. Even the bag is gone…as of now: Leicaflex SL2 and Elmarit 35, another leica minilux found and sent for lens modification (Thanks Bellamy), Leica M8 and 35 summicron asph….first entry in digital M and quite liking it so far even with its limitations, camera is about 10 years old which in digital is probably near 50…

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