In your bag No: 588 – Phil Thomas


by Bellamy /

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In your bag No: 588, Phil Thomas
Phil brings us his bag from sunny Newcastle. And what a bag it is. A lovely simple street bag with a classic Canon SLR chucked in for good measure. Come and have a look at this great bag.

My name is Phil, I am a (spare time) photographer from Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. I would say my style is mostly travel photography, I love seeing and shooting new places, preferably some exotic country far from home.

This is what I carry with me when going out shooting. I like to keep things light and simple.

Cheap, inconspicuous shoulder bag.

Canon AE-1 SLR with 28mm lens.

Fuji X100.

Olympus XA-2.

Manfrotto padded case for the X100.

Loads of spare SD cards in a case.

Spare X100 battery.

Film (whatever I find for cheap).

Tiny USB flash stick.

SD card reader.

BlackRapid FastenR.

Star Wars Moleskine & Pen.

Cheap BlackRapid style shoulder sling.


A bottle of water and some business cards for when travelling (not pictured).

I have had many DSLRs and heavy zoom lenses in the past and got sick of the weight of all my gear. I also wanted to concentrate on improving my composition and so decided to sell it all and get the Fuji X100 for its compactness and fixed focal length. This is now my main camera that I use 90% of the time. Since switching I have never looked back and think I have shot some of my best work with this camera.

For film I have an Olympus XA-2 and a Canon AE-1 with 28mm lens. The Olympus is great for throwing in my bag everyday when I’m more likely to take quick snapshots. The Canon is a recent addition for when I want to get more control and spend a bit more time on photos.

I think my next upgrade will be a proper camera bag with some padding and compartments, I can never find anything in there! Probably a nice 50mm for the Canon too!

I keep all my photos on my personal site at

Thanks for shaing your bag with us Phil. That is two days in a row that people have been sharing classic Canons, there must be something in the water.
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: 588 – Phil Thomas”

    Mike July 30, 2013 at 10:29 am / Reply

    Phil, I just spent time at your website and I am impressed. You have got the gift, well done!

    Paul July 30, 2013 at 10:44 am / Reply

    Very nice shots on your website, great job !!!

    Jay July 30, 2013 at 12:24 pm / Reply

    I have to agree, Philip, you do very good work. Congrats!

    Phil Thomas July 30, 2013 at 4:01 pm / Reply

    Thanks so much for featuring my bag! And thank you for the kind comments folks!

    Keep up the great work on the site Bellamy, definitely one of my favourites!

    Mark July 31, 2013 at 7:17 am / Reply

    Great work, love the shots from your travels – REALLY makes we want to go backpacking again! I wonder if I can fit two small children into a rucksack… ;)

    Paul August 1, 2013 at 1:49 pm / Reply

    Very nice, Phil. But you might want to rethink the 50mm; otherwise you might have to also invest in a new domain name. ;)

      Phil Thomas August 1, 2013 at 4:37 pm /

      Haha yeah, I still have just the 28mm actually so it still fits! The domain is from a while back when it was used for something different and I’ve just stuck with it.

    Kevin Allan August 20, 2013 at 6:14 am / Reply

    A great range of shots on your website Phil. I particularly liked the shot from the roof of Durham Cathedral – I live in Newcastle too and need to schedule another visit to Durham and get on that roof.

    Good to see a simple and uncluttered bag contents.

    Manson January 2, 2014 at 8:25 pm / Reply

    Wow thank you, your shots are amazing, I was looking though them and got to the end, wishing there were more.

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