In your bag No: 1286, Jeronimo Hill
Not only does Jeronimo have a cool name, but a cool bag too. A range of old and new gear with some classics in the mix. This is a lovely setup to take out in Mexico City.
Hello guys. I am Jeronimo Hill, a photographer and musician from Mexico City. I live down here with my dog Franka and this is my first submission, so very excited !!
So, I try to leave the bag back at the hotel most of the time, but when I do move with it, this is what I like to bring with me.
As I am still one of many who can’t (or won’t) decide between film or digital, I bring my favorite pieces of gear in both formats (until I can afford the new Leica Monochrom and can retire the FUJI X-). Although I have only been shooting seriously for three years, I have tried everything; DSLR’s, rangefinders, Holgas, Lomos, compacts, Nikon, Canon, Leica, Minolta, a 60’s Contarex (which my grandfather passed on to my father and then to me), smartphones, etc… and I can say I have narrowed it down to these.
LEICA M5 – I bought this on KEH after reading about it being the “ugly duckling” of the M family, which meant it was cheaper, easier to find in good shape and I personally think it is awesome. One of my favorite street photographers, Junku Nishimura, uses it and says it’s good. If it was good enough for him, I was down to buy it. With it I bought the VOIGTLANDER SKOPARr 35mm f 2.8 lens. It is sharp and small.
FUJI XE-1 – I love how light and versatile it is. Although I bought it with the Fujinon 18-55mm, I got the Fuji-M mount adapter for it, and so now I use it with my Leica lenses. This camera is the one that got me off DSLR’s. I was iffy about the digital viewfinder at first, but now I think it is perfect for the this type of camera.
LEICA SUMMICRON 50mm f 2 , LEICA ELMARIT 28mm f 2.8. I bought the 28mm cause I found a great deal and I love to shoot that length, but my M5 does not have the frame for it. I still use it with the M5 though.
RICOH GRs – It was very tricky to find this little ninja. I even emailed Bellamy about it while I was in Tokyo and he bid me good luck finding one on such short’s notice. I didn’t. So I ended up buying one from Ebay and was shipped to me all the way to Mexico City from Japan. It fits in every pocket, it is fast, quiet and the 28mm on it is excellent. I also own a Leica Minilux Zoom, which is sharper and awesome, bu the view finder is so tiny and it does not fit in your pocket. So there.
RICOH GR – This one I use when I want to go on a shooting binge. It is the quietest camera I have ever used and feels so solid. I have a lot of fun with it.
HOLGA PINHOLE (WIDE) – I just got started on pinhole cameras. But I recently developed my first couple rolls and I fell in love with it. It is the most meditative kind of photography in my short experience.
OTHER STUFF – A few memory cards, 120 Kodak Portra 160 and 35mm Ilford HP5. Filed Notes, Pen.
This bag is new and is great, water-proof, good size and tough. I bought it on a road trip I did this summer along the Pacific North West. I shot around 60 rolls of film in 15 days from Portland to Newport, OR and all the way to the border. I came back home and had the film developed. Long story short, they ruined about 60% of my film due to poor shaking and soaking (that’s what I researched read online). So, I am now learning how to develop my own, moving to digital for the meantime and setting up a little dark room at my house. You can see some of the ruined film and some other stuff on my sites:
Thank you all and all the best,
Thanks for sharing your gear with us, Jeronimo. Love the gear. Sorry to hear they ruined your film. But it is a good chance to learn the process for yourself.
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