In your bag No: 1384 – Michel van Weegberg


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In your bag No: 1384, Michel van Weegberg
Todays bag is seriously epic. This one has all the makings of a truly fantastic bag shot. The stunning camera, the utilitarian bag, the classic bits. And the setting, oh my. Come and check out Michel’s love for Lihhof cameras.

I unpacked my Austrian army bag for you, on the Metzler & Co piano from Berlin.
Out comes a beautiful Linhof Technika that was also made in Germany.
This bag is water proof and has a French army leather shoulder strap.
The camera has a nice fast Schneider-Kreuznach Radionar 1:2,9 / 80 mm. on it.
In the bag were two extra lenses: a Linhof selected Schneider-Kreuznach Symmar 1:5,6 / 150 mm.
and a Zeiss-Opton Tessar 1:3,5 / 105 mm. that was originally on the Linhof Technika when I bought it.
This is not a 4 x 5 inch camera but a 61/2 x 9 centimeters so called ‘study’ camera.
There is a Linhof roll film 6 x 9 cm. back and there are several 61/2 x 9 cm. Linhof double planfilm cassettes laying on the piano.
Last but not least there is a Zeiss-Ikon Ikophot light meter and a Koh-I-Noor pencil.

This is the bag I take with me on field trips.
Because the French Gitzo tripod with ball head is to heavy to hang underneath the bag, this one is attached to the racing bike which is coming along.
I cycle out of the city of Eindhoven in the Netherlands, into the countryside, until I come across something that captured my eye.
Put up the tripod with ball head, click in the camera, attach the home made reflex housing to view the subject right side up, shove in the planfilm cassette and take a photo.
Reverse these actions like the negative I just shot, step back on the bike and ride on to the next scene.
I love doing this, and it gives me a sense of enormous freedom.

On these trips I mostly expose photographic color paper in these cut film holders.
Develop them when I come home and scan these in, so I can work on them digitally.
If you are interested to see some results you can check my website:
Very nice to share this love for cameras and I hope you like my input.


Thanks for sharing your camera and bag with us, Michel. And that poster is fantastic, great work.
Check out the links and please come and comment.
Keep them coming folks, we need more submissions, so get your bag on

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10 comments on “In your bag No: 1384 – Michel van Weegberg”

    Frank Lehnen May 24, 2016 at 12:32 am / Reply

    That website of yours is just incredibly fantastic. Your photographs have soul!

    Thanks to you for making them

    Michel van Weegberg May 24, 2016 at 8:41 pm / Reply

    Thanks a lot Frank, that is really nice to hear!

    Ani May 24, 2016 at 10:12 pm / Reply

    Your photographs defines your aesthetics beautifully.

    Michel van Weegberg May 25, 2016 at 12:52 am / Reply

    Thanks Ani!

    Olybacker May 25, 2016 at 4:28 pm / Reply

    Do I understand this right, Michel? You are exposing cut up colour paper in the cut film holders and, when developed, scanning the negative print and ‘reversing’ it? What paper do you prefer to use?

    Brilliant thinking! Fantastic results on your web-site. Well done.

    Have you made ink jet prints from these files? What is the largest print you have made and think can be made before definition starts to be lost?

    Michel van Weegberg May 25, 2016 at 6:12 pm / Reply

    Thanks for your compliment Olybacker!

    Yes, I use photographic paper in the Plan Film cassettes, either color or black&white.
    The color paper I use is Konica (RA4 process), b&w I use ADOX mcp 312 and nice old ‘bariet’ (don’t know the English word for it) paper called ORWO.
    Lots of testing to get the right (long) exposing time for each paper…

    I don’t make ink jet prints but real photographic prints, I still like that the best.
    Usually not bigger than 20×30 centimeters, because I like the intimacy of a smaller photo.
    It is not so much the definition loss, but the paper texture also gets blown up.
    But then again, that is also its charm…

    Max Heimann May 26, 2016 at 2:28 am / Reply

    Stunning images Michel. They really leave something behind in the mind of the viewer. I also think the photo of your studio looks very nice. Especially those glass window elements – hmmm.
    Good light and good luck

    Michel van Weegberg May 26, 2016 at 3:23 pm / Reply

    Thanks a lot Max!

    Derek B. June 16, 2016 at 6:53 am / Reply

    Absolutely fantastic work – your colour photography really is something else, especially with that hand-coloured work! I like what you’re doing all that much more, knowing you appreciate 6×9 as much as I do! ;-)

    Michel van Weegberg June 30, 2016 at 5:58 pm / Reply

    Thanks for your comment Derek!
    It is always very nice to hear that somebody does care… :-)

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