In your bag No: 1234 – Joseph Szymanski


by Bellamy /

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In your bag No: 1234, Joseph Szymanski
Joseph shares with us not his daily carry bag, but the bag he puts together for long distance, and apparently it has taken him quite a while to find the setup that he really wants to take with him. I know exactly how he feels. Check it out.

Really dig your site, all kinds of interesting gadgets as well as images. Thought I might throw my bag in the mix if you’re still taking submissions. This isn’t my every day carry, but it is the bag that I take anytime I travel any distance away from home. It took me some years to sort it out, but eventually I put a bag of tricks together that I feel I could take anywhere in the world and not want for anything… Set up is as follows, left to right, top to bottom…

A well seasoned Domke F-2B Ballistic Nylon bag – been schlepping this thing around for probably 15 years now.

Voigtlander R3m with Grip and a thread mount Voigtlander 21mm f/4 and accessory finder – relatively new addition to the kit, wanted something a little lighter for the 21mm as it’s often around my neck all day. Also wanted something with 75mm bright lines.

Leica M3 single stroke with a Leica 50mm f/1.5 – I know a lot of people hate on this lens, but I really love it’s character.

Voigtlander thread mount 75mm f/2.5 – don’t find myself using this piece of glass much on the street, but I absolute love it for portraits.

Leica M2 with Grip and a Zeiss ZM 35mm f/2 – I really love the depth and clarity of this lens, I carry this one pretty much everywhere, everyday, 35mm is by far my favorite focal length.

Sekonic L-398 Light Meter – I love old analog meters, and despise carrying around batteries. I’ve had this L-398 for years and it’s never let me down.

As for the bits and pieces…

A tiffen pouch with some orange and red filters, a handful of Ilford HP5, a couple extra take up spools for the old M’s, pens, a couple notebooks, my Android, and last but not least, the Ray-Bans…

And that’s about it…

Cheers from San Francisco,

Thanks for sharing your bag with us, Joseph. I have the same issue and have been trying to figure out my ultimate travel bag for a long time. I am glad you have found yours.
Check out the links and please 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. Optimum size is 1500 across. Please ensure there is a bag in the shot, unless you don’t use one. The more you can write about yourself the better, make it appealing and tell us a story.

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: 1234 – Joseph Szymanski”

    alex t July 26, 2015 at 9:30 pm / Reply

    Wonderful and simple bag! I looked at your homepage. Have to say I like the photos, especially the ones from Sweden and the old ones in colour from Westbank.

    Tobias W. July 26, 2015 at 9:50 pm / Reply

    Great setup. The bag must be heavy though with the two Leicas… I know my M3 with its 50mm weighs enough to fill a small bag for my taste! You’ve got nice pictures on your site!

    Alex_M_V July 27, 2015 at 10:48 am / Reply

    very excellent nude shots on the site. i travel with 2 film M-bodies as well. having more than one body has saved my behind several times.

    Alex Austin July 27, 2015 at 6:24 pm / Reply

    Your website is not displaying images on my Mac, I am running Safari 6.2.7

      Bellamy July 27, 2015 at 10:42 pm /

      Have you tried clearing your cache? That usually works. Please let me know how you get on.

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