In your bag 1070, Matt Ings
Matt shares with us a proper travel setup, with some interesting cameras. Check it out.
My name is Matt. I live in Boston, MA in the US of A…but I am fortunate enough to travel to some cool places for work and pleasure. I really enjoy travel photography. Combining film (color & BW) and digital (normal & infrared) gives me a lot of options. Here are some shots from a trip I took to Cambodia: https://flic.kr/s/aHsk4rxU8a
…and here is the setup for that trip:
Bag / Case
Mountainsmith Daylight lumbar pack. This can fit 2 cameras, a few lenses, and lots of film / accessories. The weight distribution is mainly on your hips leaving your upper back is uncovered, making this a good hot weather bag. It is easy to undo the shoulder or hip strap to swing the bag around and add/remove gear. This is not a photography bag though – so internal padding or individual camera/lenses cases is needed.
Pelican 1300 Case for storing the fairly delicate Mamiya 7. Perfect size for the camera, 43mm lens, finder, and spare batteries. Indestructible.
Camera / Lens
Mamiya 7 medium format rangefinder w/ 43mm lens and finder. KRock says this is the world’s best camera – so it must be good. I am still trying to tame the ultra wide.
Mamiya 7 150mm lens – long, but very sharp and relatively cheap
Panasonic Lumix GH2 with 20mm f1.7 pancake lens. I really love the size / quality ratio of the GH2 & 20 mm. The GH2 multi-aspect sensor is great for 16:9 photos.
Panasonic Lumix GF1 with 14mm f2.5 pancake & B+W 403 (UG-1) filter. When I upgraded to the GH2, I found the GF1 gathering dust. Rather than sell it, I decided to have it converted to a ‘full spectrum’ camera that can record ultraviolet, visible, and near-infrared wavelengths depending on what lens filter is used. I have a lot of fun with this camera, and recommend people convert their old / spare cameras to infrared to see what our human eyes have been missing. Do it.
Olympus 75mm f1.8 lens. I love this thing – very sharp, great color, and not too big.
BW: Ilford HP5+ is my go-to film, but for bright days you can’t beat the insane lack of grain in Adox CMS 20 II
Color: Velvia for sunsets & landscapes, Fuji 400H (or Portra 400) for everything else
Holdfast camera leash, made from water buffalo leather – WICKED AWESOME!
Gitzo traveler Series 1 four section carbon tripod – small & light
Gitzo magnesium ball head with quick release
Assorted filters for different IR / faux color shots
Lens cleaning pen, liquid, and paper
Thank you Bellamy for this great website!
Thanks for sharing your bag, Matt. That is a very interesting converted camera.
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