In your bag No: 866 – Daniel Sawyer Shaefer


by Bellamy /

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In your bag 866, Daniel Sawyer Shaefer
Daniel is bag, with his latest setup. Check out all of this film goodness. Including one of my favourite cameras.

This is the second bag I’ve sent your way I believe, but a good deal of the kit has shifted since the last time I was up to bat. (the first one is here

The bag I’m sending you today has a secondary motive in addition to the normal geekery, I’m heading to NYC for both business and pleasure from April 24th-29th. I need help picking out my kit for the trip, as well as potentially finding some shooting companions for my time there!

The kit –

Leica M9, paired with 40mm Minolta Rokkor F/2 lens. – This is my every day carry camera, no matter what else I’m carrying, this set always within quickdraw reach.

Nippon Kogaku 8.5cm f/2 – A vintage gem I found for mere pennies at a local pawn shop, this lens is becoming a fast favorite as a compliment to my 40mm.

Leica M6 w/ modified advance – This was my former primary carry camera, but with the rising price of 35mm, it’s seeing less and less use, sheerly for the financial strain this beauty puts on the rest of the kit.

Yashicamat 124G – The oldest member of the family, I’ve been shooting this camera into the ground since she was adopted just before I went off to college, if I shoot film, it’s typically with this.

Hasselblad X-Pan – The latest addition to the family, I’ve only put a roll through him, but It was love at first sight as soon as I got my slides back.

Polaroid SX-70 – Another recent addition to the family, I love the way this camera handles, but just can’t seem to fall in love with any of the Impossible project’s film for it.

My kit, no matter the members always slides nicely into a small and solid Domke bag  (peeking over the X-Pan) that I stole from my father, and I won’t be caught DEAD without my Sekonic L308s, Leatherman Skeletool, or JCH 120 film case (stuffed with portra, hiding behind the yashica).

So that’s my dilemma ladies and gentleman! A curse of luck and plenty, I wear my burden of good fortune with a heavy head and mischievous smile. I’m only taking three, so what should it be??

Additionally, you can find my work on either my website or blog –

Also, if you’d like to hear my discuss my methods for shooting street, head over to The Shooting Street Show and check out the interview series! (I’m episode 2)

Last but not least, for those who might not know, I work for Leica as a brand ambassador and social media consultant, based out of their global flagship, Leica Store Los Angeles. Readers who’ve yet to have the chance to stop by and say hi, please do!

-Daniel Sawyer Schaefer

Thanks for sharing your bag with us Daniel. The X-pan is soooo sweet.
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.


7 comments on “In your bag No: 866 – Daniel Sawyer Shaefer”

    Jack May 5, 2014 at 8:59 pm / Reply

    Nice bag! But hey, 35mm films are too expensive so I went out and bought an M9 instead…lol

      Daniel May 7, 2014 at 2:08 am /

      The way I shoot, portra 400 was getting pricey FAST! i’m a color shooter, so film has never been cheap.

      As a Leica employee, I get a friendly chunk off of used gear, and corporate just happened to have a beat to hell M9 sitting on the back counter, and I was able to pay via payroll reduction, so in the end, it was a deal!

      clifford cooper May 14, 2014 at 1:13 pm /

      Hey Daniel thats a lovely setup and I am quite jealous! Are you guys hiring by any chance in any position? even If I have to work in a mailroom! I want a opp to own a m9 to go with my m4!

    David May 6, 2014 at 11:39 am / Reply

    Hey! I don’t live too far away from the Leica Gallery in L.A, so I’ll try to stop by and ask about Daniel as soon as I can.

    David May 6, 2014 at 1:22 pm / Reply

    Daniel, GREAT photos at your website!

    Roberto May 6, 2014 at 3:32 pm / Reply

    Hello Rowan, I had a look at your tumblr and I must say your portraits are really strong and beatiful (the one of Rowan is magnetic), congartulation, really.
    Your NY trip is over now but my advise is to use only one or two cameras maximum with only one lens or two. If there is something I’ve learned from the photographers I worked for and from my experience is that to have too much gear with you gives you only confusion instead of opening possibilities (some years ago I knew a wedding photographer who shoot only with a Nikon FM2 and a 50mm lens…).
    I guess the M9 is your favourite camera and I think it’s great to shoot on digital to gain experience without “waste” money on bad shots which you can only realize after developing the film but I also want to suggest you to use your M6 and shoot some film (color or bw, up to you), the meaning of the pictures you will take on film is different, is more conscious (that’s for me and I guess it will be for you too).
    Roberto from Genova (Italy)

    Olybacker May 7, 2014 at 1:39 am / Reply

    I would take the M6 and the X-pan with B&W and colour – probably neg in my case but Daniel you may want to do some more transparencies. Have a great trip!

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