In your bag No: 1411, Greg Large
We have a proper travel bag for you all today. Greg has put this bag together for a 3 month journey to Japan, and he is packing a monster of a camera for the journey. Check it out.
I am a Hungarian born nature and landscape photographer. I am 27 and have been in the “business” for more than 12 years. My photography has been through some big changes in the recent years, with one of the biggest being a return to film photography. I have written a post about this on my blog: www.greglargephotography.com/blog/personal-evolution-in-photography
These days, my portfolio only consists of black and white digital and analog pictures.
Since I finished high school, my life has revolved around photography and finding freedom. I have traveled in many countries, mostly by hitchhiking. It has become a saying for me that, I am either travelling, or saving money for travelling. I’ve had many different jobs in the past, from being a tour guide, to a kitchen hand.
I love making connections with people and I love to find amazing landscapes and places. However, I am not good at photographing people, and never have been. My main profile has always been centered around nature.
On my first six months of traveling (from Hungary to Australia), I was geared up with Nikon cameras and lenses. My bag was more than 30 kilograms. It was unbearable, especially when it came to hitchhiking. I promised myself: never again! Right after I returned home, I sold all my gear and I changed to a Fuji system. However, I wasn’t totally satisfied. It was then that I decided to buy a medium format camera. I knew that the 35mm’s quality wouldn’t be enough for me, but I also knew I couldn’t handle a 4×5 camera, only because the style of my traveling.
Initially, I had a Fuji GW690III, but for my photography a range finder system was unusable. There were too many possibilities for error with framing because of parallax and uncheckable depth of field.
Now I have a Mamiya RZ that I am more than satisfied with.
The Mamiya RZ is for my personal work, like the “See the forest” (www.greglargephotography.com/see-the-forest/). With only two lenses. The 65mm when I need a little more of a wider angle, and the 110mm for tree portraits. I always use a tripod – mirror lockup – cable release combination for landscapes. My favorite film is Ilford fp4.
I use the Fuji X-E2 with the 18-55 for my “Sky and Land” (www.greglargephotography.com/sky-and-land/) project that consist of random nature pictures; most of the time handheld. Moreover, I use my iPad Mini to post pictures onto different social media sites.
I realized soon enough that none of the camera bag manufacturers are capable of satisfying the needs of a nomadic traveller with camera gear. I always bring my tent, mattresses, and sleeping bags with me, so I needed enough space for everything. I could only manage it with a proper hiking bag. 65-75l is usually enough, and I put my Lowepro Stealth Reporter in it. Like this, I can remove my gear any time I have to shove my big bag into a belly of a bus or airplane.
Lowepro Stealth Reporter D300 AW
Osprey Aether 85
Mamiya RZ67 Pro
Mamiya 110mm f/2.8
Mamiya 65mm f/4
Minolta Spotmeter F
Fuji X-E2 with 18-55mm f/2.8-4
Induro CT213 Carbon Fiber tripod with Induro BHD1 ballhead
If anyone needs any advice of long term traveling and photography, together feel free to write:) I am more than happy to help.
Thanks for sharing your bag with us, Greg. Those spot meters are so hot right now.
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