In your bag No: 800 – Ming Thein


by Bellamy /

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In your bag 800, Ming Thein
Seeing as Ming was number 400 (link), it seems almost fitting that he is back at 800. And with a heart stopper of a bag. This is a very cool new direction. I am very much looking forward to the next 800 bags!

I recently purchased a large format camera, to satisfy my curiosity of technical movements. It does just about fit inside my Billingham 307, and that works much better if I’ve got to walk – however, large format is about planning and premeditation rather than serendipity. Plus, I’m out of dry cabinet space, so this thing will also have to do double duty as storage – preferably airtight to avoid the usual problems with humidity in the tropics. Without further ado, we have:


– Fitting inside a Pelican 1520, except the tripod of course:
– An Arca-Swiss F-Line 4×5″ monorail, fitted with a Schneider 150/5.6 APO-Symmar
– Four film holders – more are on the way, along with film from our host
– One dark cloth
– Cable release
– Voigtlander VC-Meter II
– A Nikon F2 Titan with 45/2.8 AI-P for spontaneous moments.
– The tripod is a Gitzo GT5562LTS Carbon Systematic with geared column and Arca-Swiss C1 Cube head. The 4×5 really needs as much stability as you can get; it can go on a 1-series Traveller, but you’d better be very careful with the ball head…




A big thank you to Ming for sharing this outstanding bag. And a huge thank you to you all for all of your support. You lot give me the energy to do this every day. I look forward to seeing lots more fantastic bags.
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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.


6 comments on “In your bag No: 800 – Ming Thein”

    Ming Thein March 1, 2014 at 7:43 pm / Reply

    I am glad there is some time between 800 and 1600 (or 1000, or 1200) – I have no idea how I’m going to top this one…

    Robert Lunak March 1, 2014 at 8:40 pm / Reply

    Ming, there is always 8×10″ waiting for you :D

    Philipp Ulrich March 1, 2014 at 9:51 pm / Reply

    That Cube head *drool*

    iamamro March 1, 2014 at 10:06 pm / Reply

    Always nice to see from the talented Mr Thein. Lovely kit, as always!

    gregorylent March 1, 2014 at 11:36 pm / Reply

    one of the best photo blogs there is, mr ming thein .. in another life, i will hope for the traits of personality that result in work like his .. meanwhile, kapow, etc :-)

    Alexandre March 5, 2014 at 5:52 pm / Reply

    name of the strap on the Nikon?

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