In your bag No: 1579 – Kollin O’Dannel
Kollin’s caught the film bug since he last posted and found some economical means to pursue his new passion.
Last time I submitted a bag it was all digital. Since then I have transitioned my personal work to film. Shooting digital was feeling too much like my work and I greatly prefer the look and feel of film. In my last post I talked about my eyesight and why photography was important to me. I’ll link that here if anyone is interested in reading that.
I’m shooting mostly black and white film and have been learning to process at home. It’s been fun and interesting time. Once I got a few roles under my belt it became a lot less intimidating and now its a ton of fun and very economical, I never want to go back to a lab.
For the longest time I was intimidated by film due to the cost of materials, but once I stared I soon found that if done right it can be very economical. Currently I’m self employed and as much as I would like money to grow on trees it does not so I am trying to be creative with my spending and doing as much at home as I can. Once I run out of my roll film I’ll be transitioning to bulk loading since I found a LLOYD bulk loader at my local pawn shop for $10. Most likely I’ll use HP5 since its cheap in 100ft roles. I find part of the fun with film photography is not only being creative with the images but also being creative with your materials.
On to the gear.
Currently I’m using a black Pentax MX, It recently went in for servicing and the repair shop was intrigued that it was a black version. I’m not too sure on the history of this.
90% of the time I have a 28mm f3.5 mounted and a 50mm f2 for when I need a little more reach. I love the 28, its viewing angle works with my brain and its super sharp. I prefer the f3.5 over the f2.8 version since its sharper wide open. Mounted on top of the MX I have a Canolite D. This is a recent purchase, I wanted a super simple flash that was small is light. I know its designed for the Canonet and only runs at full power but its been fun experimenting with. I also have a Canonet QL17 that I want to try it on.
I found a Minolta Weathermatic with a bag and film case at thrift shop. The camera has a role of film in it and is being tested but for now I’ll keep the waterproof film case in my bag.
The rest of the bag holds some spare batteries, a cleaning brush, notepad, buisness cards and a pen.
The bag is a Lowepro Event Messenger 150.
Currently I’m working on a project where I document my neighborhood in an attempt to show how it is growing and changing. Its called “In Transition”. I have the book for sale on Etsy in paperback and PDF. If anyone is interested check it out. It was fun to lean how to layout a book, sort images and build a story out of them.
Thanks for reading.
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/kollinodannel
Website – www.kollinodannel.com
Book Link – https://www.etsy.com/shop/KollinPhoto
Thanks for checking back in with the update Kollin, best of luck on your projects!
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