In your bag No: 1303 – Rod Thompson


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In your bag No: 1303, Rod Thompson
Rod bring a totally digital bag to the table today. This is his setup from a recent trip touring the streets of Tokyo. Simple and includes a spoon….wait, what? A spoon? I guess you never know when one might come in handy…

Here is the kit I recently used for a trip to Tokyo.

After trying a lot of different cameras (and brands), my kit has finally settled on the ever reliable and efficient OMD EM5 mk1,s that I have had from the get go. I really have tried to find something to replace or at least support them, but all challengers have failed (I work in a camera shop, so there were no unturned stones!). My main interest in the last few years has been street and they are perfect for this, light, fast, small, quiet, great lenses and the useful M43 DOF bonus.

The kit comprised;

OMD Body on a Gordy’s 60″ strap, usually with a 17mm lens attached. This rig sits comfortably at hip level, zone focussed and instantly ready to react.

OMD body on my left wrist (must get another Gordy!) with my portrait or detail lens (25, 45 or 75mm), AF set to centre point with manual override. I can literally lift, aim and shoot with this. 

A scarf, spoon, headphones and note book, because you never know.

All packed into my favourite ever camera bag, a Filson (camera) field bag.

(I did pick up a Domke f3 in waxed olive in Tokyo, so the Filson has some competition)

Lots of cards and batteries (the EM5 goes through a few batteries if left on all day).

If interested, my photos from this and other trips are on my website

Cheers, and thanks for reading.

Thanks for sharing your bag with us, Rod. Though I am still baffled by the spoon.

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6 comments on “In your bag No: 1303 – Rod Thompson”

    Gavin November 28, 2015 at 9:09 pm / Reply

    Wow pictures on your site. I seldom comment. But I think we will learn a lot from your site. I had the chance to browse just a few and bookmarked it. Immediately. And the way you organized it.

    Robert Waehlt November 29, 2015 at 4:19 pm / Reply

    I agree with Gavin! Great imagery and very nice presentation as well.
    Me and my girlfriend were immediately reminded of the works of Michael Wolf esp.
    the Tokio Compression series.
    Keep up the great work Rod!

    Best from Vienna,

    Michael Reid November 30, 2015 at 6:18 am / Reply

    My partner usually carries a spoon, it’s come in handy a few times.

    Had some mousse that didn’t come with a spoon once. But, a-ha, tactical spoon!

    Life saver.

    Eric Velado November 30, 2015 at 1:20 pm / Reply

    Great imagery even though is not a film camera there is a great work to keep looking at. I also have that Silver one.

    Edmund Hawe December 3, 2015 at 4:50 pm / Reply

    Love your “Mono Works” series. Fantastic

    Rod December 19, 2015 at 5:03 pm / Reply

    Thanks Gavin (and everyone..Michael Wolf, wow), really stoked you like my site (and spoon, yep really useful, especially in Japan).

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