In your bag No: 1418, Max Lamdin
Max has been here before, with a very different bag. But now things have changed and he has a completely new setup.Come and check out how things have changed.

My name’s Max Lamdin, I posted a bag last year (no. 1209) however thought it was necessary to send another due to the complete overhaul I’ve had in camera gear since then!

I was very due to film photography when I sent that bag in and feel that in the last year I’ve honed in on what it is I want the achieve through photography, I was shooting with a Pentax K1000 (great camera for beginners), Pentacon Six (lovely camera but I never really got on with it) and a small Olympus Superzoom (bit too basic).

Since last year I have also made the decision to start studying Photography as university as of September which i’m incredibly excited about due to the fact that I will be able to shoot EVERYDAY (and get free c41 developing).

Now, as you can see from my most recent bag, I’ve upgraded to the Nikon F4 and the Bronica ETRSi! both of which i’m incredibly happy with, pictured is also a small amount of my film stock pile; from 120 Acros 100, to bulk loaded Kentmere 400 and Kodak Colorplus 200. I also made the decision to invest in a decent lens for the F4 and went with the 50mm 1.8G (which does work on the F4 no matter what people tell me), this has also allowed me to have an extra lens for my digital shots, as I use a Nikon D3100 (definitely not the best) and I think this has also allowed me to increase my photographic output as I was sick of the standard 18-55mm kit lens.

Story time; so not only has my gear improved since last year, I have also got a job! and this is very close to my dream job even though I am only 18, yes, I work in my local camera shop (Canterbury Camera Centre if anyone’s interested), this is mainly what has allowed me to improve my gear due to the ability to test and play with a massive range of cameras as well as seeing some wonderful cameras that customers bring in from time to time, another perk being the staff discount on film, developing and second hand items.

This is mainly how I ended up with the Bronica as I has borrowed a Mamiya 645 from work as I wasn’t getting on with the Pentacon and wanted to change things up a bit, after shooting with the Mamiya I knew I wanted to go 6×4.5 however wasn’t happy with the slow flash sync speed of the Mamiya (1/60th) as I enjoy studio whenever I can use it as school, this lead me to a deep conversation with a colleague about what to go for, before I finally settled on the Bronica due to its leaf shutter I can sync all the way up to 1/500th meaning less chance of people blinking!

The F4 was sort of a personal endeavour, I knew I wanted an autofocus SLR and wanted to stick with Nikon so I could then invest in lenses if I ever change my DSLR, I went for the F4 mainly because I like the dials and simple lay out of it, however I have more recently been considering also purchasing an F100 after an F5 came into the shop (F100 over F5 purely due to size), although i’d like to keep my F4, I also think it might be a tough one to sell as it’s not in the best shape, however shooting it is so much fun and the images it produces are so good!

However, that’s all the waffling out of the way, in my bag I have;

– Nikon F4 + 50mm 1.8G

– Bronica ETRSi + 75mm 2.8 PE

– Nikon 35-70mm 3.3-4.5 AF lens (just incase I need a 35 or a 70)

– JCH 120 case and 35mm case (with @themikepadua sticker for good measure)

– 120 Acros 100 (my favourite b&w)

– bulk loaded Kentmere 400 (cheap and cheerful, highly recommend!)

– Kodak Colorplus 200 (I get it super cheap because of staff discount so I can’t complain)

and this is all kept in in Bestek bag from Amazon (really need a new one).

Apologies for rambling again and thank you if you’ve read all of this!

I may also submit a ‘show us your film’ image in the future because my Kodak cool bag is overflowing with filmy goodness at the moment.

if you’d like to see my images you can follow me on:

Instagram 1: (this one’s relatively new and i’m posting my photography only)

Instagram 2: (much more gear and some photography)

Tumblr: or

(too much social media)

Thanks again Bellamy!

Thanks for coming back to us, Max. Very interesting to see how things have changed.
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