In your bag No: 1524 – Chris Whelan
Chris shares his minimal setup with just a legend that put the house of Yashica on the map.
My name is Chris and I’m a photographer-blogger based in Florida. I’ve been kicking around on this planet since the early 1950s and have had a camera in my hands since I was 7. I like to keep my bags on the simple side – one camera, 2 rolls of film, some accessories and a nice small bag to stow it in.
In this case my bag is a recycled canvas bag that’s super soft and loaded with flaps, zippered pockets and a generous shoulder strap. It was purchased at the National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum in Ft. Pierce, Florida. (a plug for them as some of the proceeds help ex-service members and their families)
The camera on this day is one of my favorite Yashicas – the Yashica-Mat EM medium format camera (6x6cm) negatives and slides. This one was built in 1964 at Yashica’s newest factory in Shimosuwa, Nagano Prefecture. It features a built-in exposure meter that’s been extremely accurate for me over the years – I seldom question its readings. The glass on the Yashica produces exceptionally sharp images with a pleasant contrast. Delivers high quality in both black & white and color. Shooting in the square format takes a bit of time to learn how to compose properly but once you get the handle on it it rewards you with outstanding pictures. I love to shoot Fujifilm – Neopan Acros and almost any of the Fujicolor films.
So there you have it – a lens hood (I rarely use it but carry it anyway), film and no additional light meter. Shooting a slow moving 6×6 will definitely teach you patience – and to a film photographer that’s everything!
Thanks for stopping by!
If you get a chance, please stop by my blog at www.yashicasailorboy.com
Thanks for sending in your bag shot, Chris. Those Yashinon lenses are razor!
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You do know you’ve reached photographic nirvana with your kit. I’m still on the journey, but got a few more miles to go. Good shooting.
Many thanks, Dan! The beauty of shooting with Yashica TLRs are that they are of excellent quality and still very affordable. A great way to experience medium format photography.
Great article! I’ve had a Yashicaflex C for 2 years now. I bought it because it was cheaper than any other TLR, thinking I would eventually go for a Rolleiflex. But I’ve come to love its simplicity and also it’s much lightler than most TLR. I decided I’ll just learn to get the best out of it.
Thanks, Francisco! I still use a very basic Yashica A and I like it for the same reasons – simple and lightweight. Yashica TLRs are still the best deal going if you want to shoot 6×6 and not break the bank. Chris