In your bag No: 528 – Brandon Sartain


by Bellamy /

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In your bag No: 528, Brandon Sartain
Who says I only feature fancy pants bags full of fancy pants kit? What about this then? A genuine Vivitar set, complete with the original carry case.

My name is Brandon Sartain and I thought that I would share a special bag with you today.  This set-up was bought my dad on April 11, 1978 (one year after I was born). I think he used it a handful of times and then placed it in storage.  About two years ago I found it hiding under a guest bed in my parents home and asked my dad if he was ever going to use it again…his response… “where the hell was that thing”.  Needless to say, the camera has found itself a new home and is now used regularly.

So what’s in the pic?

– Marsand camera “bag” or case.  I thought this was one of the most interesting pieces in the set.

– Vivitar 400/SL with original hippie neck strap

– Vivitar 50mm f1.9

– Vivitar 200mm f3.5

– Vivitar 2X Automatic Tele Converter

– Some film, filters, and of course…cigars.

I love using this camera.  It’s not the sharpest, the quietest, or the most expensive but it reminds me what photography is all about…the feeling.  It was used by my dad to take pictures of my brother and I and now I’m using it to take pictures of my newborn son.  Let’s just hope film is around long enough so that my son can continue this tradition.  I have a few more bags that I hope to post soon.  Thanks for letting me share.




Thanks for sharing this bag with us. What a lovely bag and a lovely story. The camera has come full circle. I hope your son gets to use it too.

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.


5 comments on “In your bag No: 528 – Brandon Sartain”

    aurele May 30, 2013 at 5:59 am / Reply

    simple, but that’s all it takes to make good shots :)

    Sean May 30, 2013 at 10:28 am / Reply


    Thanks for sharing Brandon.

    Floyd Takeuchi May 30, 2013 at 12:20 pm / Reply

    This brings back memories. I had a camera bag similar to that for a Nikkormat kit back in the early 1970s. Good to travel with, all but impossible to use in the field, as I recall. That Vivitar is similar to an early 1980s Yashica FX-3, with a Yashica 50mm f/2 ML lens, that I’m currently using for a small project. I had it overhauled a few years ago by Mark Hama (, and while it has a noisy shutter/mirror, the lens is remarkably sharp and the center-weighted meter is usually dead on.

    Nick Duijnstee May 30, 2013 at 6:00 pm / Reply

    Awesome setup!

    Gil June 2, 2013 at 5:01 am / Reply

    Nice bag! I like the strap! I wish one for my nikon ^_^

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