Hello JCH readers,
As usual with “what’s in my bag” submissions, I firstly would like to thank Bellamy for his great work and contribution in running this page.
It surely takes a lot of time, effort and sweat to provide interesting daily updates and content. It really shows the passion you have for photography and I am sure if you had any hair left, it would be shiny silver by now.
Regarding myself, I am a German born Austrian, who is living in Asia for the last 6 years.
I started photography when I was living in Tokyo, which in my eyes is a city destined to be photographed. As with many places in Asia, where you can find many people living closely together, interesting and crazy moments happen all the time and ask to be captured.
Although I shoot digital and film and see a need for both, I definitely prefer the analog experience. For me digital is a bit like a “quickie”, which is always welcomed and satisfies the initial urge. But film photography is the “tantric” experience, which takes preparation, time and skill and ultimately results in a more satisfied ending (sorry for this bad metaphor).
I furthermore prefer film, as it still let’s you mess up the whole process. Of course you can screw up your pictures with a digital camera as well when leaving the safe harbour of iAutomatic mode. But if that happens, a quick “chimp” on the rear screen and you can immediately correct your mistakes.
Not so with film. Here it might take you 36 exposures and the developing process, to find out that you have only blank, black or other horrible pictures.
And I think being able to mess things up is a good thing. It teaches you a lot. Next to humiliation and being humble, it also let’s you learn to appreciate this lovely hobby more. At least that is what I think.
Now to the content of my bag.
I usually carry a “tscherman” M6 with me, but since this beautiful masterpiece has been shown here for so many times, I would like to present my other two beauties today.
– Rollei QZ 35W with the super sharp S-VarioApogon HFT 28-60mm f2.8-5.6 lens … I got this F.A. Porsche designed jewel for a steal and am more than happy with it. It is clearly not a point & shoot, but rather a heavy monster (90’s Leica M9), but the pictures this camera can produce are really great
– Minolta SRT 101 with Rokkor 1:1.7 55mm … This is pretty much the same camera my father used and still has and I got it as he has some really nice lenses for it. So I thought I buy in the same system to share some of that glass. The camera is a joy to use and has all there is needed. It is actually my first SLR camera and although I always thought I would have issues with a loud mirror flapping around, I actually enjoy it very much
– Kultbag made of an old Swiss Army blanket
– Swiss Army knife to complement the bag (and because it is very useful in many situations)
– A lens pen to keep the equipment clean and tidy
– A notebook to scribble down ideas
– Space Pen as you never know where you might end up
– The famous JCH film case loaded with my favourite (because cheap) Lucky Chinese film
My Flickr link:
Thanks and wish everyone a great day!
Thanks for sharing you bag with us, Robert. Nice to see a Rollei on here.
Check out the links and make sure you come and comment.
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