In your bag No: 926 – Nathan Anderson


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In your bag 926, Nathan Anderson
Nathan shares with us his photowalk bag. And a pretty nifty bag it is too. Check it out.

Below I’ve included my photowalk bag. The bag itself is French military surplus, lined with leather, and is almost indestructible. The guy I bought it from said it was an ammunition case and came from the war in Algeria, so it needed to be strong to carry a lot of weight, but not metal, so it wouldn’t heat up and cook off the rounds in the desert. Regardless, it holds a camera and I waxed the canvas to make it mostly waterproof. It perfectly fits a small camera bag insert from Timbuk2, into which I put either my Nikon or Leica kit.

Leica M4 with Tap&Dye strap. I bought this after reading your article on “what is the best Leica M for your”, and I decided I wanted meterless to teach me how to do it, but I wanted the attached takeup spool and modern rewind knob.

35mm Summicron f/2 – fantastic lens, almost always my first choice

90mm Summarit f/2.5 – I only use it occasionally, but it’s been wonderful

Nikon FM3a – This is just about the perfect camera. I wear glasses, so the Leica viewfinder is occasionally a challenge, but this all manual masterpiece works just fine. I usually have the

45mm f/2.8P with its goofy cone shaped hood on there.

85mm f/1.4D I just like the longer focal length. You can see there’s a yellow filter for black and white film on it.

Ricoh GR – This is the perfect digital camera. I bought it as an upgrade from the GRD3, which was the first camera I used to get into street photography, after being inspired by Michael Penn’s work. ( Regardless of the film camera I’m carrying, I usually have this in the bag as well just because it is small and light, and can double as a meter in tricky situations.

Your 35mm film case, filled with Tri-X and Portra, both ISO 400 so I don’t have to worry about ISO when figuring out the metering on the Leica.

I too many cameras, as I’m recovering from a terrible case of gear acquisition syndrome, but I’m trying to simplify and focus more on the craft than the tools. For now this kit works for me for street work and general travel documentation. I have a medium format kit as well, which is great for landscapes, but is tough to carry around. When I get that sorted, I’ll send you a pic.

Check out my Flickr at

All the best,

Thanks for sharing your bag with us Nathan. Nice and simple.
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.

5 comments on “In your bag No: 926 – Nathan Anderson”

    Nathan July 8, 2014 at 9:57 pm / Reply

    Thanks for featuring me!

    cliff July 9, 2014 at 12:56 pm / Reply

    great setup! Do you have any dust issues by any chance with the GR?

      Nathan July 10, 2014 at 2:03 am /

      I’ve not had any dust issues with it. I did have two hot pixels about 8 months after buying it and had to send it back to Ricoh for repairs. They replaced the whole lens and sensor assembly and it’s been working fine since then.

    Grant July 9, 2014 at 1:57 pm / Reply

    I just love that bag! Someday I’ll find something antique, yet practical like that, certainly isn’t for want of searching!

      Nathan July 10, 2014 at 9:14 am /

      Thanks! I found this bag at but there are lots of similar sites. Good luck with your search, finding something unique and personal is always worthwhile, and if you do it at that site I mentioned, it might even be cheap. My bag cost about $15.

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