In your bag No: 559 – Johan Niels Kuiper


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In your bag No: 559, Johan Niels Kuiper
Now this is what a bag shot is all about. The cameras and the bag. It could not be any simpler than that. Johan shares his super cool hybrid bag with us today. Check it out.

My name is Johan Niels Kuiper and I am from the Netherlands. I work as a photographer, writer and trainer. I shoot weddings, events and editorial portraits, I write editorial and fiction stories, and host various workshops on IT and internet skills, and photography.

‘Less is more’ is my creed, both in work and in the bag. Less stuff, more quality.

In my bag are:

2x Leica II (black and nickel 1932, chrome 1942) with Voigtländer Minifinder

Ricoh GXR Mount with VF-2

Leitz Elmar 3.5/50mm nickel for soft portraits

Voigtänder Heliar 2.0/50mm nickel for sharp portraits

W-Nikkor 1.8/35mm all-round wide angle

Canon 2.8/28mm all-round wider angle

iPhone 4S 64Gb (doubles as an exposure meter, recorder and videocamera)

Kaweco roller pen and fountain pen set (forgot to put the black leather note book in the photo)

1x Rollei Retro 100 and 1x Tri-X in a double box

Spare battery for the GXR

Business cards

The bag is a 1960’s US-made Perrin case, no.705. Real nice supple leather, strong and classic-looking. Everything fits in there nicely, even with lenses in 1970’s Tokina leather lens pouches, hoods etc attached.

In the picture you find the most extensive set I carry. Often, I already know what the assignment will look like and I carry either the digital kit and lenses, or the film kit and lenses. Sometimes a 1937 Zeiss Ikon Super-Ikonta B instead of the Leica. The film camera’s get most of the outdoor work, the GXR (which I totally love, I have two of ’em) gets anything over 800 ISO and always nails it!

When shooting on the streets, I often ditch the bag and bring a single body, two lenses, four rolls of film, the iPhone and my Dr. Dré Beats in the pockets of a jacket or pants. Less is more!

My website is My Twitter is @johannielscom. Also, find me on Facebook under I am admin on the Leica User Group and the Ricoh User group on Facebook. I am Buzzardkid on RFF.

Happy shooting!

Thanks for sharing your bag with us Johan, your bag is gorgeous and I love seeing the classic Leica next to the modern Ricoh.
Check out the links and make sure you come and comment.

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.


9 comments on “In your bag No: 559 – Johan Niels Kuiper”

    Philipp Ulrich June 30, 2013 at 9:03 am / Reply

    Pretty much every single piece in this kit drop-dead gorgeous. Just wow!

    Scott W June 30, 2013 at 9:25 am / Reply

    The W-Nikkor 1.8/35mm… Nice!

    Johan Niels June 30, 2013 at 2:36 pm / Reply

    Thanks guys, it took me a while to compile but the result is real sweet.
    The Mount module on the Ricoh only requires an adapter for all M39 lenses to fit, I’ve set it to B&W and it’s like a little GXR Monochrom, or a ‘piccolo M240’ ;-)

    stanis riccadonna zolczynski June 30, 2013 at 4:17 pm / Reply

    Johan, super to hear some praise of GXR. Right next to me there`s on my table GXR with Elmar 50/3.5 which renders beautifully old stile B/W. I love to use GXR with old lenses. I do have Leica II, too. My wide for it was Canon 25/3.5 and Mir 20/5.6 which is the flattest 20mm ever made. Try VC 15/4.5 on either GXR or Leica, it`s a life saver in tight places and price/performance couldn`t be better. All in all classic and very cool outfit.

      Johan July 1, 2013 at 4:41 am /

      Thanks Stanis!

      the Heliar 4.5/15mm in M39 is on my ‘want’ list indeed, or maybe even the 5.6/12mm…:-)

      Once I have found me one, I will post pictures of the GXR-M with this lens to my website!

    Johan July 1, 2013 at 4:43 am / Reply


    thanks for your compliments on my bag, it is much appreciated to see it as a featured bag on your great camera site!

    Cheers from The Netherlands,

    Johan Niels Kuiper

    Bob Rogen July 3, 2013 at 1:10 am / Reply

    Hup hup Johan! Glad to finally see your kit together in a photograph, as I know all about its components (except for the Perrin bag-great that you found one). Big cheers, Bob

    Peter July 4, 2013 at 4:47 am / Reply

    back a day later to take another look at this.

    stunning collection. you have an eye for design

    ZDP-189 July 5, 2013 at 12:09 pm / Reply

    That’s a great example of film and digital complementing each other.

    I have the A12 Module and I love the peaking MF assist

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