In your bag No: 531 – Tan Jyh Hern


by Bellamy /

2 min read

In your bag No: 531, Tan Jyh Hern
What is so special about this bag you might ask? Well, Tan is only 14 years old, but look at that kit. I would have broken my brothers arm to get a Nikon F2 when I was 14, but they were still ludicrously expensive. I remember looking at a brand new F5 when I was 17 and realizing that it was more expensive than the car I was driving. How times have changed.

I’m Tan Jyh Hern, I’m 14 and I come from Singapore. Been shooting for about one and a half years now, starting with my Nikon D5100. Time flies, and I now find myself in the possession of 5 cameras, of which I use only three regularly. I do bird photography, a bit of street and landscape. Also, I have “too many cameras than you actually need”, at a current count of 5, soon to be 6 (Leica M2 coming soon).

Moving on to the bag

The bag is a Lowepro Adventura 170. After some heavy usage by me, the rear of the bag has now molded to fit the shape of my bum!

My Nikon F2, which I bought second-hand (probably), is with a Nippon Kogaku Nikkor-H Auto 1:3.5 28mm, although the 50mm is usually on it.

The other one is the Nikkormat FT with the Nikkor-H Auto 1:2 50mm lens. Someone dropped this camera before, hard, as its upper left corner now bears proudly a massive dent. As a likely result of this, the whole metering is not working, from the one in the viewfinder to the one on the top of the camera. Adds character, I’d say! The lens is also really sharp, and is also the only lens in my arsenal that I can properly use with the fussy microprism screen in the Nikkormat which I can only use with relatively fast lenses.

Along in the shot are my handy blower and microfiber cloth, ready whenever my clumsy fingers leave fingerprints all over the lens. A roll of Kodak Ultramax 400 is also in there, more for longer trips. Not in this photo are my Praktica BC1 for times when I want automation to take over and allow me a bit more brain space for composition and my circular polarizer from Hoya. Also not present is the Nikon D5100, which is taking the photo.

My Portfolio:

Thanks for sharing your bag with us Tan. Such a great setup for one so young. I really hope you get the most out of it and learn a lot.
Check out the link and make sure you come and comment.

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15 comments on “In your bag No: 531 – Tan Jyh Hern”

    Zhemin June 2, 2013 at 10:53 am / Reply

    Bellamy at least you had a car at the age of 17 LoL

      Bellamy June 2, 2013 at 5:18 pm /

      I worked damned hard to get that car. A Renault 5 1.4L, and I was only the 3rd owner. Those were the days.

    Kevin June 2, 2013 at 11:00 am / Reply

    Wow must be nice to be a little rich brat. An M2 on the way? Some of us cant even afford that now when we are working. How times have changed indeed.

      tx June 2, 2013 at 12:49 pm /

      Might be hard to focus an M2 with your head that far up your ass, Kevin.

      Bellamy June 2, 2013 at 5:21 pm /

      I am leaving this comment up for context for the following comments. And to show people what an ass posts.
      This is not the first time either. Looks like we have a troll on our hands people.

    Nelson Tan June 2, 2013 at 12:55 pm / Reply

    Kevin, your comment was totally uncalled for. I don’t see how his financial ability to afford cameras offend you enough to justify your labeling of him as a “brat”. Times have indeed changed, so I suggest you move along with it. Jyh Hern, nice portfolio but try to go easy on the colour saturation.

    Warren June 2, 2013 at 3:37 pm / Reply

    Please ignore Kevin he’s just jealous.
    Its good to see another f2 fan putting this great old camera to good use.
    I have a few and also a nice old black ftn in good condition. Its refreshing to see someone so young embracing the medium of film, keep up the good work my young friend.

    Jushin June 2, 2013 at 5:17 pm / Reply

    hmm saw the portfolio. no offence but you should try to practice more with one thing before jumping to the next. Seeing as you are only 14 years old, which means most likely you are not yet working, film can get quite expensive after awhile and I would suggest trying to hone your basics with digital first. Going for the Leica M2 with your current portoflio seems like a waste. On the other hand, maybe the portfolio you showed us are the old ones and the good ones are kept somewhere else? :)

      sropt June 2, 2013 at 9:52 pm /

      I’m nearly at the same age, and I shot one roll of film in the week. With a scanner to use, film costs me 10$ for developing, and 20$ for the film. Its not that much money.

      mochi June 3, 2013 at 11:23 am /

      Whoa there. I’m just 20 years old. I’m still a student, probably like you. IMHO, $30 is a lot of money for many people, scropt, including me. I don’t think I can manage to afford $30 A WEEK to buy a roll of film, have it processed, and have it scanned. I agree with Jushin that the Leica M2 would seem like a waste.

      mochi June 3, 2013 at 11:38 am /


      It is good to see many young film enthusiasts. I’ll be actually happy to see more photos from Tan. :)

      sropt June 3, 2013 at 12:39 pm /

      Sorry, I ment 40$ a month.

      Jushin June 3, 2013 at 1:01 pm /

      I am not trying to discourage Tan to shoot film though. I should have avoided mentioning the thing about the expense involved with film and stick to the main point I was trying to deliver across. I just think that he currently have 5 cameras with an M2 on the way, but based from his portfolio, It would be better for him to focus on improving with what he currently have rather than buying another camera. Having 6 cameras wont be beneficial if you dont know how to use each one of them right? :) I would love Tan to become more in love with film and become better with it, i just dont want him to suffer from too much GAS and be perceived as a “brat” by people like the troll Kevin.

    Warren June 2, 2013 at 6:34 pm / Reply

    I am a moderator on a watch forum and have been for a few years now. I’m always amazed at how mean and selfish some people can be. They seem to take great joy in trying to put you down. I think it speaks more to the deficiencies in their lives then the people they try to hurt. I think it’s important to look at them with a pinch of pity and just ignore them. You have two choices, ignore them or ban them.
    One thing is for sure. You don’t need them on your forum.
    More power to this wonderful site and the work you put into it Bellamy

    Tom June 3, 2013 at 11:32 pm / Reply

    Sounds like a great youngster, Keep going Son. As for the disparaging remarks, I can only offer one bit of wisdom from my Grandfather : ” If people talk down about you, It is only one of two possible reasons. ” Either they feel sorry for you, or they are jealous of you. Nothing else is possible. “

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