In your bag No: 851 – James


by Bellamy /

2 min read

In your bag 851, James
James has a really great bag, with some amazing kit in it. But that is all I know. I am going to make a guess at Australia, going from personal experience. Come and check it out.

My first IMB shot ever last night, prepped the bag to go up the coast today to shoot some bushfire early regrowth.
That’s a Crumpler Dry Red, which has lasted two years now as a daily bag. Has a perfectly sized outer side slot for the Sekonic L398 light meter, and front pocket for the Velvia and ND filters.

Thats a Polaroid 195, with a crack sharp and contrasty lens that lends itself nicely to producing a Pola-neg from Fuji FP100C. Perfect combination for rendering skinny char-grilled trees in a sharply delineated manner.


The other curiosity is a 6x12cm Holga wide angle pin-hole camera body, with a Copal #3 shutter housing the f180 pin-hole. Mounted on top is a 14mm viewfinder and spirit level. The 6×12 image has the same horizontal field of view as a 14mm lens on a 35mm camera.

Shutter speeds (in good daylight) are usually 1sec for 100ISO, 1/4s for 400ISO, 1/8s for 800ISO, so it’s totally not mental to put a large format camera shutter on a $15 piece of plastic, for the sake of getting exposures right. Six images per roll is not cheap!!!


Thanks for sharing your bag with us James. We could do with some links or something though. And a complete name.
Please 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.


4 comments on “In your bag No: 851 – James”

    Sascha April 21, 2014 at 4:36 pm / Reply

    I would have loved to see some pictures from the Holga…

    James Modski April 24, 2014 at 2:03 pm / Reply

    James Modski here, from Sydney, Australia.
    Apologies for my lack of attention when introducing my bag.
    Thanks Flickr friends for the note.

    You can find other photos from both these cameras on my flickr site:
    Also, some of my film cameras here:
    Not a big fan of flickr anymore, but do recommend joining the ‘Roid Week groups (both past and upcoming) if you fancy the Polaroid legacy.

    That day I went up to the Central Coast of New South Wales, which wad been blazed away in recent bush fires. It was a pretty shocking site.

    In general, I’m and instant film and Velvia nut. At 14 I started developing and printing in the schools new darkroom. Pretty soon I was getting into all sorts of bother with the teachers as I insisted on alternative printing techniques; ruining all the chemicals:)
    Not much has changed.
    Personally, it’s the “Impressionists” vibe I get that attracts me to the Polaroid/Pinhole/Plastic set-up. Only works on film.


    ZDP-189 April 24, 2014 at 5:40 pm / Reply

    How easy was it to mount the Copal shutter on the Holga? Presumably just hack and glue, but is there a kit?

      James Modski April 25, 2014 at 12:13 pm /

      Was easy. No kit, no glue. Just remove the front of the holga and grind out a hole to match the Copal. Slide the Copal on and screw on with the Copals board retaining collar. Then get out the Dremel and grind away at the internal side of the Copals barrel (and some of the collar) to avoid massive vignetting.

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