In your bag No: 761 – Nelson Oliveira


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In your bag 761, Nelson Oliviera
From a tiny little fanny pack, to a monster whopper bag, that is the way it goes on JCH. Check out this multi format camera bag from portugal.

First submission here…
My name is Nelson Oliveira (31), from Lisbon, Portugal.
I recently found this blog through a friend and since i’m a camera porn addicted i just loved it.
So…i decided to share with you my bag too.

I’m just an enthusiast and during a good part of my “photographic life” i used to shoot film…low-fi photography with my Holga, Diana, some box cameras…stuff like that…
Then i wanted to do something more “serious” and since i was already with medium-format i started to collect some better MF cameras like a Zeiss Ikon for instance.
I don’t develop my film because i’m just too lazy for that but i make the scanning process…and i guess that’s one of the best moments when it comes to film.

In terms of digital i used to shoot with my DSLR cameras (Nikon D80 and Nikon D90) but i just fall in love with the ILC and mirrolesses cameras and i sold all my DSLR equipment (bodies and lenses).
Until now i don’t regret a bit my option.

That said…
In my actual bag (a common Rockland bag) i bring the follow:

– Mamiya 645 + Sekor 55mm 2.8 + MF Back + Grip

– Olympus Trip35

– Fuji X100s + BlackRapid Strap + 3 spare batteries

– Olympus OMD EM5 + BlackRapid Strap + 3 spare batteries

OMD Lenses:

– Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH (the perfect combo to do some street photography)

– Panasonic Lumix G 14mm f/2.5 ASPH (when i want to go wide)

– Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.8 (my portrait lens)

– Olympus 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 ED M.Zuiko EZ (just in case it starts raining since it’s weather sealed like the OMD body)


– Random MF film (always some Ilford HP5 400)

– Random 35mm film (always some Portra 400VC)

– Many SD Cards

Other stuff:

– MacBook Air 13″ (i don’t carry this one every time)

– Some business cards

– My Press Card

And…that’s it…
That’s all (and it’s already too much) what i carry in my bag.
Just one tiny “piece of advice”.
For the ones who are out there doing street with small cameras…BlackRapid straps (or others-alike) are a really must have…
Since i started using them i feel quite more comfortable caring both cameras with me at the same time.
It’s just a detail but it makes a huge difference to me.
Just my two cents.

About my contacts/links:

Hope you like it and thanks for reading / sharing…
Regards from Portugal,

Nelson Oliveira

Thanks for sharing your gear Nelson. That is a very interesting mix of cameras. Must be a lot of work to carry around.
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. 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.


2 comments on “In your bag No: 761 – Nelson Oliveira”

    stuart January 21, 2014 at 7:16 pm / Reply

    Cool Set-Up Nelson, but I must kindly (and strongly;-) disagree with you regarding the scanning/developing of film…it’s the scanning that I hate and the developing that I love! The most magical moment for me is when I open the developing tank and can barely wait to see the results. Especially with B&W Film taking the shot is only half of the story because there’s a whole world of different developers and techniques out there to be discovered! Plus the fact that nowadays most labs do B&W in a “standard soup” according to “standard times” with no real attention the needs of a particular film stock. Get a tank and some chemicals (there are even simple recipes for classics like kodak’s d-76 online, and ingredients can be found at most pharmacies) and knock yourself out-you’ll never go back! Seriously don’t be lazy because it’s so simple-there’s a tutorial onsite here too. Every time I develop a film successfully I feel like some sort of alchemist!

    jeff January 22, 2014 at 12:27 pm / Reply

    Nothing lazier than an M645 and 1 hour rodinal stand.

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