In your bag No: 1543 – Dylan Barnes

Dylan shares a lovely shot of his daily essentials. Who said you have to sacrifice quality for portability?

Admittedly, it has been a long time since I have used an *actual* camera bag. For the past few years, I have been choosing a camera off the shelf and tossing it in the backseat of my car just to have the security blanket of having a camera with me always.

To carry everything, I have a tote-style bag from Muji. It fits my daily essentials quite well. So, whether I am working on my dissertation, going to work, shooting photographs, or want to read a novel, then I never have to change or grab different bags.

As a doctoral student, I need a bag that can carry both my necessities for coursework as well as photography. I have also been trying so hard to scale down on the amount of gear in my possession. My life has been very on-the-go for as long as I can remember and I need to simplify it as much as I can. While I enjoy, and appreciate all types of cameras, it seems that ones that are super portable with incredible build and image quality suit me the best.

I have the Contax T3 with me virtually every single day. I carry this camera as if it is an extension of myself. For everything that I used to use my phone for photography wise, I now use the Contax. Since I am aware that I am shooting on film, it makes me frame and compose even the most mundane shots that I find have some potential to be interesting images.

The Mamiya 6 is another camera that doesn’t really need an introduction, but it is my second daily shooter more often than not. The 6×6 format requires me to think a bit differently. Sometimes, I find that the square format fits certain scenes better or puts a better emphasis on a composition than 35mm.

I am still looking for my perfect 35mm rangefinder. The Leica CL I currently own is a great camera, but it’s not scratching the itch for me. So, the hunt continues for my ideal (and affordable) M-mount rangefinder.

I always carry a notebook both for my daily thoughts as well as coordinating calendar dates, and the like. Additionally, for the past eight months, I have carried a different Murakami novel as well. I have been sort of blasting through his body of work to find reprieve from my busy days while also attempting to make sense of everything in my late-twenties. I am currently reading Pinball, 1973, but 1Q84 is a favorite of mine.

All in all, my camera bag is not as much of a camera bag as it is the essential thing(s) I need to get through my day-to-day.

I’d like to thank Bellamy for the chance to showcase my bag and all of you for taking the time to check it out. Thanks so much.



Thanks for sharing your gear with us, Dylan.  Cameras are essential day to day items in my book. As for the hunt for your ideal M-mount, you know where to go right? ;)

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