In your bag No: 1375 – Chris Chan


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In your bag No: 1375, Chris Chan
Chris has a very tasty setup for us to kick off the weekend to. Some simple and classic cameras, a few lovely film cases and a very nice set of headphones. Check it out.

First time contributor, long time reader (and JCH customer) out of Los Angeles.

My name is Chris Chan and I started out shooting digital seriously about 9 years ago with a Nikon D80. Since then, I’ve attempted to incorporate various cameras into my bag but none have managed to make as big of an impact on my shooting enjoyment as the analog cameras in my weekend bag today. Now a true believer that Saturdays and Sundays are for film, that’s almost all you’ll ever catch me with.

I made the leap into analog photography about 17 months ago when a friend mentioned that she had a bunch of unused photographic paper. That pack of photo paper snowballed into a much larger collection of vintage and current cameras in addition to what you see here. Now I know JCH mentioned that “snapshots of [my] gear with a camera phone…” would not be featured but I just sold my last digital body, a Fuji X-T1, 2 days ago. So yeah… that’s how much film has taken over my life this last year and a half.

Anyway, on to the goods…

My bag is a Billingham Hadley Pro and clockwise from the top right are:
Rolleiflex TLR with the 80mm Planar 2.8 and an Artistan & Artist strap
Leica M6 and 35mm ASPH Summicron and the silk Artisan & Artist for Leica strap
Canon 50mm 1.4 STM “Japanese Summilux” adapted for M mount
Zeiss Ikon Ikonta 522/24 with the standard Leica strap
JCH 120 and 35mm film cases with Kodak Tri-X 400, Fuji Neopan 100, and Velvia 50
Note pad
JH Audio JH16 Pro IEMs (since music is my life’s other passion)

I haven’t been keeping up my website but plan to start that back up again soon. For now, I just post the random photo on Instagram as @chan031.

Well that’s about it for this bag. Hope you enjoyed it.

Thanks for sharing your bag with us, Chris. That Ikonta is lovely
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5 comments on “In your bag No: 1375 – Chris Chan”

    Ian Mccormick May 1, 2016 at 5:42 am / Reply

    Awesome Bag Chris. I have a yashica mat 24g, a poor mans version of your roli but your m6 silver is my dream. I contacted Bellamy a few months back about finding me one and I will pull the trigger when I can afford one in top notch shape. Anyway loving your gear and you have a new follower on Instagram.

    Tan Jyh Hern May 2, 2016 at 12:18 am / Reply

    Sweet setup Chris! Neopan is a really nice, high res film eh? And well, I noticed your CIEMs, I have a pair of Harmony 8 Pros myself :D

    Jaliya Pilimatalawwe May 2, 2016 at 5:25 pm / Reply

    Sweet set up. May I know what that shutter release button you have on . I too have a rollei and have been looking for something like that

    Chris Chan May 5, 2016 at 7:25 am / Reply

    Ian – Maybe it’s all mental but I found the M6 truly confidence inspiring getting me to shoot more and hopefully improve. If you can swing it, I’d recommend it. I don’t regret any of the sacrifices that I had to make to get it.

    Tan – Thanks! Great choice on the Harmony. There are so many excellent CIEMs these days it was difficult to settle on the JH.

    Jaliya – I’m currently using this soft release on my Rollei. It was a quick low budget solution that has proven to be effective so I stuck with it.

    Chris Chan May 7, 2016 at 4:38 am / Reply


    I changed my instagram username to @lifeasitdevelops

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