In your bag No: 687 – Peter de Graaff


by Bellamy /

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In your bag No: 687, Peter de Graaf
Todays bag is cool, not just because it is a medium format beast, but because you have to see the bigger picture to take it all in. Come and check out this lovely setup.

My name is Peter de Graaff, and I live about 100km south of Sydney at Shellharbour, on the beautiful south coast of New South Wales. Our region has wild coastlines, beautiful beaches and rugged wilderness National Parks. I am a correctional educator who has had a lifelong interest in photography. In recent years I also spent 12 years working for the teacher union in this state, which meant writing lots of articles and taking photos of political campaigns and actions.

The first camera I owned was an Olympus Trip, which I bought when I was a teenager in the early 1970s. In recent years I have turned my back on digital photography, even though I was an early adopter of this technology, and re-kindled my love for film. I have built a sizeable collection of small, medium and large format cameras. During the last 12 months I have been teaching myself the basics of large format wilderness photography and also film development. I process all my own black + white, C41 and E6 film and love experimenting with development techniques.

For hiking in the wilderness I usually carry a number of cameras, lenses, and other equipment in my bag. Depending on factors such as distance, terrain, temperature and days out on the trail, I will set up the bag for the weight to be manageable, which sadly sometimes means leaving a treasured camera at home.


Always in the bag are my Toyo 45CF Field Camera with Nikkor-W 135mm and Nikkor-M 300mm lenses, cable release, and Sirui carbon fibre tripod. In addition I will often carry a Nikkor-SW 75mm and Nikkor-W 180mm plus lens filters.

Next to my bag for a day trekking in the wilderness are my: Olympus Chrome Six RIIB loaded with Reala, Olympus OM-1 with Zuiko 50mm f/1.4 lens loaded with Fuji Superia 400, Olympus-35 SP loaded with Ultrafine Xtreme 100, Grafmatic film holder loaded with Kodak TMax 400 sheets, 2 double dark slides loaded with Velvia 100 sheets, Gossen Lunasix light meter and a focusing loupe. I hasten to add that my Olympus OM-1 always goes with me everywhere on my chest. Inside the Kata bag are OM-1 extension tubes for wildflower photography, a  wilderness map of the Budawangs, a bottle of water, energy bars, Rodenstock lens tool, lens brush, lens cleaning paper, plus a few spare rolls of film depending on conditions (TMax, Velvia, Reala, Ultrafine, Superia 400 and NPH400).

My photography can be followed at

I also regularly contribute to

Peter de Graaff

Thanks for sharing your bag with us Peter. This one is lovely. I hope you are out using it again soon.
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6 comments on “In your bag No: 687 – Peter de Graaff”

    ZDP-189 November 6, 2013 at 5:46 pm / Reply

    Sorry in advance, I’m in a silly mood tonight…

    “Depending on factors such as distance, terrain, temperature and days out on the trail, I will set up the bag for the weight to be manageable, which sadly sometimes means leaving a treasured camera at home.”

    DARPA is developing all terrain pack-robots for just this reason. :-P

    I love the field camera. I guess you extended the bellows for visual impact for this bag shot.

    Presuming that’s the 135mm mounted, and the bellows are fully extended at 357mm,the lens equations says you are focussed about 20cm from the front nodal point; so it looks like you are doing 1:1.6x macro work rather than landscape!

      Peter de Graaff November 6, 2013 at 5:53 pm /

      The Nikkor-M 300mm was mounted at this point.

      Dominik November 6, 2013 at 6:37 pm /


      ZDP-189 November 6, 2013 at 6:58 pm /

      Arrrgh the flames! LOL. Still close-up focus.

    Xander November 6, 2013 at 7:18 pm / Reply

    Hey, I also drag my large format camera around everywhere, and I was just wondering what the brand of the actual bag itself? Always such a crap chute to find something to accommodate a mamiya 7 and linhof setup +holders/filters etc, but your bag seems to pull it off nicely.

      Filipe November 6, 2013 at 10:27 pm /

      It looks like a KATA bag.

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