In your bag No: 777 – Jussi Hellsten


by Bellamy /

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In your bag 777, Jussi Helsten
Jussi has been on the site before…a long time ago (link). And now he is back, with a superb bag-shot for us. Check it out.

Hey there Bellamy and fellow photographers!

I’ve been previously featured as bag #117 and since then my gear has been changing quite few times. Right now it feels like this setup is working nicely.

Back in 2012 I did a year long photo-a-day project called HELSINKI365. It was exploration to the city of Helsinki and it’s unique atmosphere to test myself and my passion for photography. Year 2012 was challenging but well worth it. After long preparation and planning, last November I started it again together with Helsinki Travel Marketing. Helsinki was selected Trip Advisor’s Travelers’ Choice 2013, so if you can’t personally come to Finland, you can explore Helsinki through new photo every day until the end of October 2014 at! This is my bag with gear used especially in this project to carry around almost every single day.


So, I still have that Billingham Hadley Large. It’s by far the best camera bag I’ve ever had. I sold my M9P just before new M was released in Photokina 2012 and started saving for it. Meanwhile I got Fuji X-Pro1. It’s a great camera, but far from the feel and quality of Leica. In May 2013 I finally got the M typ240 and I’ve been extremely happy with it. Switched the nylon strap to Finnish high quality leather strap (by Field Day but that’s about it. iPhone5 case is by Field Day too.

Most of the time I shoot with 35mm Summilux ASPH. It’s my deserted island lens. Wide enough and it’s easy to zoom with my feet. Second choice would be Voigtländer 50mm Nokton, but usually its bit too tight for me. I had 50mm Summilux ASPH for a very short time, but felt there was no point having it, cause I use it so rarely. I just got my 90mm Summicron (from the 70’s) back from Solms. It had some focus shift (already when I had M9P) and some dust between the glass elements, so Leica got it all fixed and it looks like new lens now. Great lens with loads of character. Voigtländer 21mm f1.8 Ultron for some special cases.

Latest addition to the bag is Panasonic GX7. Before I had Sony’s RX100 II, but it was a bit too small for my huge hands. Sometimes a camera with autofocus and option to close-focus is nice to have around. For GX7 I’ve got Panasonic Lumix 20mm f1.7, Lumix 14mm f2.5 and Olympus M.ZUIKO 12-40mm f2.8.

Olympus viewfinder for M which I use with the 21mm Ultron. Business and credit cards. Inside waterproof Peli Case I keep extra batteries, extra SD-cards and headache bills. Small Moleskin and RØDE Lavalier mic for iPhone for making notes and recording longer conversations. Leatherman has been very handy thing many times. Macbook Air 13″ for working and photo editing on the go. Btw, I don’t know if it’s intentional, but the 13” Air fit in Hadley Large (between the cushion and fabric) like a glove.

That’s it! Check the site for photos done with this setup. Have a awesome year 2014!

Twitter: @jussihellsten

Ystävällisin terveisin,
Jussi Hellsten

Thanks for sharing your bag with us again Jussi. It is great to see how things have developed.
Check out the links and make sure you come and comment.

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13 comments on “In your bag No: 777 – Jussi Hellsten”

    Thomas Roessler February 6, 2014 at 5:07 pm / Reply

    „To zoom with my feet” … That’s a great expression – and your photos show that you enjoy to do it.

      Jussi Hellsten February 6, 2014 at 9:27 pm /

      Thank you!

      Tobias W. February 7, 2014 at 9:18 pm /

      Very nice bag setup, a collection of envy! :)

      Zooming with your feet is a common expression when talking about fixed focal lenses and I understand people use that idiom without too much thinking to express what they want with it. Risking of being overly technical, zooming (changing focal length) and changing position are two entirely different things though and effect the frame in very different ways. Changing position (distance of lens to scene) changes the perspective. Just changing the focal length from one location only changes the image crop/magnification and leaves the perspective unchanged. With that in mind, if you need the combination of a specific perspective AND image crop, having the suitable focal length at hand cannot be replaced by “zooming with your feet”.

      Jussi Hellsten February 13, 2014 at 3:59 pm /

      Tobias, you’re absolutely right. There’s a big difference in the way the picture looks whether it’s shot with tele-lens or wider lens closer to subject. So yeah, like you said, it was just a idiom.

    Frederik February 6, 2014 at 6:07 pm / Reply

    Nice to see you back on the site Jussi! :-) And happy to hear you are quite satisfied with your new setup. Definitely need to come and visit you in Helsinki one day although this year it won’t happen…. Enjoy shooting!

      Jussi Hellsten February 6, 2014 at 9:26 pm /

      That would be awesome! FB me, if you’re coming!

    martin samm February 6, 2014 at 6:26 pm / Reply

    Jussi, the link to the Helsinki365 site just brings back an empty page with 2 links. is it down at the moment? Love the bag!

      Jussi Hellsten February 6, 2014 at 9:25 pm /

      Martin, maybe there’s too much traffic caused by this post. :) Should be working fine now.

    eric deM February 6, 2014 at 11:27 pm / Reply

    well no boots in the frame this time.
    By the way, if you go to
    there’s a trivia, try to spot his boots on the pics (beautyfull by the way).

    hint: on the first page, peoples putting skates on, look closely and you’ll find his boots.

    well jussi, can you confirm if i’m right.

      Jussi Hellsten February 8, 2014 at 3:21 am /

      Heh, funny! They sure look very similar, but unfortunately they’re not the same ones.

    M Ismail February 13, 2014 at 6:04 am / Reply

    Very nice Setup, and a lot of inspiring pictures of the familiar Helsinki, Well done.
    While i was looking through, i noticed my work place “Sushibar+wine Korjaamo” !! What a small world. i remember when you guys came to visit :) .

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