In your bag No: 1484 – Christopher Sturm
Today we have a very simple bag. A little old and a little new, Christopher shares his gear from the streets of Oakland in California. Check it out.
Here is what’s in my bag:
My main camera is my Fuji XE-1. Now I know its over four years old, but this camera hits every mark for me. Amazing image quality, light, small, quiet, and intuitive. It will be upgraded to a Fuji X-Pro2 in the next few months, at which point it will serve as a backup. I have shot a ton of professional commercial and personal work with it since I got it about two years ago. I don’t leave home without it.
Mounted to the XE-1 is the Fuji XF 35mm f/2 R WR lens. This thing is brilliant. Sharp, fast, beautiful bokeh, light weight. Since receiving it, I haven’t taken it off the camera much. Its good for almost everything. I also have the XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS zoom which despite its label of “kit lens” is insanely sharp and incredibly useful. I use it for portraits, landscape, or whenever I need a little more space. Then theres my Canon/B&H 50mm f/1.4 S.S.C. that I purchased last year. This is a bokeh monster. Don’t get me wrong, this thing is softer than a kitten wide open, but for portraits its gorgeous. Stopped down to 2.8 or 4 and its sharp as heck. Also heavy. I dropped this thing on my foot once. Yes there is a scar. No you can’t see it.
My other essential camera is the Olympus XA. Clearly I’m into the rangefinder style of camera, and this little guy is almost perfect. Its tiny so it fits in my pants pocket. Its a true rangefinder with a bright accurate patch and an f/2.8 35mm lens. Its the perfect street shooter. I keep it loaded with Ektar or JCH Street Pan (shameless) and zone focus. Every frame is sharp and contrasty. I love this damn thing.
I carry an extra Wasabi Power NP-W126 or two along with the charger for my Fuji cuz it eats batteries if I’m shooting a lot. I also have my SD Wallet with a few Sandisk 16 and 32GB cards, though I rarely fill up a card unless I’m on a shoot, and even then, its rare. To round out my kit, I carry a Moleskine journal and ball point pen with my bands name on it (Unconditional Arms) from a promotion we did with Stumptown Coffee (we had our own coffee blend!) to write down settings, ideas, editing direction, film info, etc. These days I prefer to carry around a Field Notes notebook because of the size, but this just happened to be in my bag when I decided to submit.
Only things I usually have with me that aren’t pictured are my WD Passport Ultra 1TB hard drive, my apple headphones (pre-wireless, obviously) and knit cap. The picture is just prettier without them.
My bigger kit is a ThinkTank Airport Commuter with everything here PLUS a Mamiya RB67 with 120 and polaroid backs, a bunch of 120 film (mostly Ektar, Portra 160, and Acros) three Yongnuo flashes and a transmitter, a Sekonic light meter, cable release, fold up reflector, and various other small things. I really prefer a simple setup, but most of my work is Medium Format and there are so many little trinkets that go with it.
You can find my work at ghostfotographics.com as well as @ghostfoto on Instagram. I also have a twitter that I post photo related stuff too as well, but its mostly devolved into me complaining about how awful the US Government is right now. You can follow me at UA_Chris. I am based out of the San Francisco Bay Area, living in Oakland. I work as a photo assistant/photographer for a small creative agency, John McNeil Studio in Berkeley.
If you’re interested in checking my band out, you can find us on Spotify or Apple Music under Unconditional Arms. We are influenced by/get compared to Explosions in the Sky, This Will Destroy You, Toe, Mogwai, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, etc.
Thanks for sahring your bag with us, Christopher. I shall be sure to check out the band.
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Good looking bag and a great read.
I agree with him, I also own a Fuji Xe1 with an X-mount/Nikon F mount adapter, Sorry I could not afford the Fuji line, but I do have my Collection of Manual focus Nikkor non AI lenses since I still have my Nikon Film cameras, but it is true my 50mm F 2.0 has to be the Sharpest lens that I own, along with my 20mm 3.5 UD, 24mm 2.8, 28mm 3.5 as my street lens, my 35mm 2.8, 50mm 2.0, 105mm 2.5, 135mm 3.5 and my 43~86 3.5 All Nikon Nikkors, as I was blown away of the Quality of these old time lenses the contrast, sharpness, that where met for the Press Photographers, and since my XE1 has the film simulation software that I could shoot Neopan 100 & 400, Provia at also programmed to ISO 400, I love this camera, I also have the Fuji S3pro, also my very first Fuji camera the Finepix 4700. I love the format of the XE1, and planning to get another one.
By the way, I popped on over to your site – excellent work! Great portfolio.
What bag is that?