In your bag No: 695 – Carlos Cabalu


by Bellamy /

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In your bag No: 695, Carlos Cabalu
I am not really sure if this is the coolest,or strangest bag shot that I have featured. If you could call it a bag. Whatever it is, I like it. Check it out.

Greetings from Philadelphia!
This is my budget kit.

The camera was new old-stock, having only seen the sun for the first time this spring. Even though it was packaged in its original box and sealed plastic sleeves, it still reeked of patchouli of all things.
I love the simple film transport. It might just be in my head, but I like to nudge it before shooting to take up the slack. Its simple lens takes great swirly photos.

The film case is just perfect for the day-to-day! Though I still transfer my rolls to a clear bag for airport security.
The bag itself is pretty bare bones. No padding, no protection from the elements; it needs to be supported from the bottom on humid days. Still… it’s fairly cheap, pretty low profile, breathable, and comes in a pack of 100 pieces. You can’t beat that.

This simple kit would be pretty effective for upskirts, but I mostly take pictures of my dogs.
Hope you enjoy my submission and keep up the good work!

Carlos Cabalu

Thanks for sharing this awesome setup with us Carlos. It is a weird kind of low budget, ultra stealth for the street.
Check out the link and 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. Please understand that there is a long wait now as there is a backlog of submissions. Not all make the cut, so make sure yours is funny/interesting/quirky. And please make sure the shot is of good quality, as the ones that are not do not go up.


10 comments on “In your bag No: 695 – Carlos Cabalu”

    ZDP-189 November 15, 2013 at 4:57 pm / Reply

    If I catch you shooting up my kilt with that, a beating shall ensue.

    But seriously, I have a technical question. I am sure you focus and compose with the bag open, but how to you (1) make sure the taking lens is not obscured (2) operate the crank, focus, and exposure settings?

    Grace November 15, 2013 at 8:48 pm / Reply

    Kind of gave yourself away on the upskirt thing (I shouldn’t laugh it really is wrong) but seriously I have never seen such a…bag. I question how the paper bag can hold the weight of the camera though. It’s hardly reliable for my son’s lunches. I love tlrs so you have me there…but definately question how you go about this and the bag.

    alexandre November 15, 2013 at 9:30 pm / Reply

    obviously he’s being ironic/humourus about the bag…

    Joseph November 16, 2013 at 12:09 am / Reply

    Hey, I know this guy! I always wondered what he was doing with that paper bag under the table. Busted Carl!

    Iamamro November 16, 2013 at 2:34 am / Reply

    Congratulations. This has go be one of he most unique bags I’ve seen here on JCH. Bravo!

    Nice to see something to which we can all aspire and not the usual £££££ Japanese/German handmade unicorn leather.

    Jason November 16, 2013 at 2:56 am / Reply

    Fantastic site, love all the CX shots, the digital images have a nice film treatment. Feels like you shoot 6×6 with reckless abandon, that is what more of us should do with those boxes.

    drsmoothdeath November 16, 2013 at 3:39 am / Reply


    graham November 16, 2013 at 4:20 am / Reply

    I think he was teasing about your insistence that a bag be in the shot.

    Anthony November 16, 2013 at 9:34 am / Reply

    Legit! One of my favorites for sure. Check out Carlos’s site if you haven’t he’s shooting cross races and has some great stuff.

    Carlos November 19, 2013 at 8:14 am / Reply

    Thanks all. Your kind words are much appreciated.

    As far as managing the camera/bag combo, mounting the Yashica on a tripod pulls the bag taut against the lens board and prevents vignetting.

    Just kidding… I still get a bit of vignetting.

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