In your bag No: 1149 – James Low


by Bellamy /

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In your bag 1149, James Low
James has a an interesting bag, and an even more interesting strap, that wouldn’t look out of place in 50 Shades of Grey. Check it out.

Thanks for maintaining such a lovely site for all camera lovers and photographers. My name is James. I live in Singapore, a tiny overcrowded island country which houses more than 5 million people. I shoot for my own leisure as well as commercial photography assignments at times when I have time during weekends. I work in the finance industry in the day and photography is my way of unwinding from the number crunching madness that takes place in the world of never-ending greed.

I used to be a 100% digital guy in the past. I only started experimenting with analog photography in the last one year when I really felt too tired of spending hours in front of my computer at home playing with Photoshop after spending the entire day in office. Nowadays I shoot both analog for my personal shots and digital for my paid assignments. I wasted a lot of frames initially and boy, I really felt the pinch in my pockets

So this is a brief introduction of my bagshot:

Billingham Hadley Pro

This is hell of a hipster bag which is able to carry both my digital and analog toys

I am able to squeeze two bodies and a couple of primes (I use the 35mm and 85mm most of the time), some rolls of 35mm goodness, and memory cards into this bag.

Kodak love

I swear by Kodak films and I hope they continue to produce them in future, though at my point of writing, Kodak had already ceased production of the BW400 CN film…

Nikon gear

These 2 bodies are somehow related to one another in terms of their appearance. The Df was somehow built to resemble the FE2 as much as possible. Anyway, I think these two bodies are really the best of both eras.

Since I am a bokeh fan, I prefer to shoot with primes unless I have to use a zoom for my assignments. Those in the picture are AiS 105 f/1.8; 35 f/2 and the AFS 85 f/1.4G. I would love see the 58 f/1.4G in my bag someday, by for now, these are sufficient for me.

Holdfast Moneymaker

A cool-looking camera sling which allows me to hold 2 bodies at the same time. Although they are just two individual belts riveted together to make a camera sling, it is absolutely amazing to use!

Some of my non-commercial shots (NSFW):


Thanks for sharing your bag with us, James. I wouldn’t really call a Billingham a hipster bag though, a bit too expensive for that.
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7 comments on “In your bag No: 1149 – James Low”

    Max March 19, 2015 at 8:05 pm / Reply

    Loved your funny presentation. I really like your photos on flickr! How would you describe the weird mixture of analog and digital in the Df?

      James Low March 20, 2015 at 12:38 am /

      Hi Max, glad you enjoyed it. The Df to me is quite a contradicting piece of equipment. It spotted the latest sensor technology during its launch period but at the same time it seemed intentionally restricted in terms of its functions. Nevertheless I think it made me appreciate how photographers in the early days could create such beautiful images without the help of technology. To be honest, the Df is not too shabby at all despite how some pro reviewers wrote it off as junk! :)

    Tiago March 20, 2015 at 1:21 am / Reply

    Is it a swastika?

      alex March 20, 2015 at 8:50 pm /

      probably. it’s a symbol you see a lot in south-east Asia and has nothing to do with nazis. wikipedia is your friend.

      Paul R March 21, 2015 at 3:55 am /

      If you guys are referring to the symbol on the leather camera harness, you’ll see it’s not a swastika but the Holdfast logo.
      See their website:
      Closer observation and less superficial research is your friend.

      More to the point, those Nikon lenses and the Nikon FM are awesome, as is the Df, and the combo of Nikon film and digital.

    Matt Swaggart March 24, 2015 at 8:08 am / Reply

    Hey James, thanks for the shout out! Bellamy, in use its more like Clint Eastwood than 50 shades, have look at a few more images on the site! But I guesss if that’s where your mind is at…jk

    Matt Swaggart March 24, 2015 at 8:16 am / Reply

    BTW Bellamy, I picked up the Perar 24 F4 lens for my Leica due in part to your site, so thank you for that! I’ve enjoyed the MS Optical quite a bit.

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