In your bag No: 1507 – Daryl Boey

Daryl shows us understated efficiency with his daily go-to arrangement. A balanced trifecta of quality, speed and simplicity, the perfect setup for any grad student!

My name is Daryl and I’m an enthusiast weekend-photographer from Singapore who will be enrolling for graduate studies soon (hopefully this means more time to shoot)! I’ve spent a long time lusting over many bags featured on JCH, and would like to share my current kit which has been optimised (within financial constraints) for street shooting. It’s fairly light and straightforward to use, with film that’s ready for any light condition.

Billingham Hadley Pro
Leica M6
Leica 28mm Elmarit F2.8
Zeiss 35mm Biogon F2
Olympus XA2
Kodak Tri-X
Fujifilm Neopan 100 Acros
The Leica M6 includes a light meter which saves me from carrying a separate light meter, and 2 small M mount lenses, my favourite focal lengths for street photography. The 28mm focal length lends itself to street photography, being able to provide context and immersion, and is perfect for tight spaces. Unfortunately images dependant on facial expressions are difficult to execute with 28mm, hence the 35mm lens! The Olympus XA2 is a lightweight easy-to-use camera with a tack-sharp lens; lack of manual control is the only downside of this camera, but it serves nicely as a backup.
I prefer to shoot black and white film because composing is already daunting enough without thinking about colour. Black and white is simple and timeless, a great boon on the relentlessly changing streets. Tri-X is normally pushed to 800 in the daytime, and 1600 at night, grain being a price many of us gladly pay for a faster shutter and smaller aperture. Film photography is indeed more inconvenient than digital photography, but perhaps these inconveniences are what make it so much more involving.

Thanks for sharing your bag with us, Daryl. Your optimization within financial constraints is well thought out and commendable.

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