In your bag No: 1504 – Zeeshan


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In your bag No: 1504 – Zeeshan
Zeeshan is right, we don’t get many bag submissions from India, but when we do they are fantastic. I hope to see many more in the future. Enjoy this iconic setup.

This is Zeeshan from India. Don’t see many Indian bag submissions so hope this one finds it’s way to your feed.
I am a street photography enthusiast based out of Bangalore, India. I mostly shoot BW, largely because I relate to BW images more and partly because it’s easier to process at home.
Below is an image of my bag and my film cameras.
Nikon F5 with a 24mm2.8 afd lens – This is my work horse and most of my work in the past few years has been on this.
Leica M4 with a canon 35mm ltm lens – This is a recent acquisition and I’m loving the lightness and quietness of this set up. Zone focusing is a challenge but I am slowly getting better at it.
 Hasselblad 500c – It’s not conducive to street style so I restrict it shooting portraits or stills. The details in the 120mm negative always blows my mind. I’m contemplating replacing this with a medium format rangefinder to be able to shoot some street in medium format.
Contax T2 – I was more excited about this little powerhouse than my Leica when I got it. Sadly I’m facing problems loading this with bulk rolls. It also has a rewind issue. Have shot a couple of rolls with this and the quality is top notch. I want to make this my carry around camera if I manage to fix it.
The bag is a cheap one from Amazon. The F5 & M4 are always in the bag, sometimes they make way for the Hassy or the T2.
I recently switched from Kodak to Ilford since the Hp5 bulk roll was almost half the price of the TriX. Film sourcing and labs are scarce here in India but with the recent resurgence of film abroad I am hopeful things will get better here in India as well.

Flickr(film) –

Thanks for sharing your bag with us, Zeeshan. That is a cool setup. I hope India does pickup film again, it is such a beautiful place to shoot.
Keep them coming folks, we need more submissions, so get your bag on
Send me a high resolution image of the bag. Optimum size is 1500px across. Please ensure there is a bag in the shot, unless you don’t use one. The more you can write about yourself the better, make it appealing and tell us a story. Snapshots of your gear with a camera phone and no words will not be featured.
Oh and don’t forget your contact details (twitter, flickr, tumbler et al). Send the bag shots here. Please understand that there is a long wait now as there is a backlog of submissions. Not all make the cut, so make sure yours is funny/interesting/quirky. And please make sure the shot is of good quality, as the ones that are not do not go up.


9 comments on “In your bag No: 1504 – Zeeshan”

    Shreyas N September 1, 2017 at 12:19 pm / Reply

    Great setup @Zeeshan. I too am from Bangalore and have been shooting film from past 4 years. It feels good to see an Indian camera bag here on JCH site.

    Keep shooting,

    Bear Cieri September 2, 2017 at 4:11 am / Reply

    Zeeshan, nice work on instagram. Thanks for sharing and keep shooting.

    Danny Peters @dannypetersphoto September 2, 2017 at 9:00 am / Reply

    If that T2 doesn’t work out, you can sell it and buy an Olympus XA . . . and a few hundred rolls of film. It’s aperture-priority (not FULLY manual), but it’s a sweet beast and the most pocketable 35mm camera you’re going to find.

    As for the medium-format switch, the Lomography LC-A 120 is pretty sweet. It’s auto-exposure, so that might be a deal-killer, but a brand new one is probably cheaper than most any other used 120 RF. It’s also tiny. The only issues: non-interchangeable lens, ISO range is only 100-1600, and unless you’re shooting Fuji, you’ll only get 11 frames per roll.

    Danny Peters @dannypetersphoto September 2, 2017 at 9:01 am / Reply

    (CORRECTION: I said “other.” The LC-A 120 is NOT an RF. It has a viewfinder. But at least it’s centered!)

    Zeeshan September 4, 2017 at 7:47 pm / Reply

    Thanks Shreyas! Let’s catch up sometime for a shoot? Connect with me on insta @Floydizm_

    Zeeshan September 4, 2017 at 8:13 pm / Reply

    Thanks Danny. I actually moved from an XA2 to the T2. I am thinking of getting a Mamiya6/7 to replace the hassy, let’s see if I get access to one in the future. I did not know the LCA comes in a 120 format as well. I have always wanted to own the Russia day edition of the lca, looks rad.

    Zeeshan September 4, 2017 at 8:19 pm / Reply

    Glad you like the insta feed, haven’t been shooting much these days but I’m making up by spending time with darkroom prints(just learning now).

    devlin cook September 7, 2017 at 3:52 pm / Reply

    Hi Zeeshan, I miss Bangalore!! Used to go there quite a bit for work. Visit Prabhu Photos, just off MG Road if you need any developing done, they’re really good! I love the bag!!! What brand is it?


    Joe Blow April 13, 2018 at 7:22 pm / Reply

    I find color easier to process than B&W, particularly in places that get too warm for the standard 20-degree processing temp. When processing color film, you have less latitude to get “creative,” and that enforced consistency means you’ll probably be happier with your results.

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