In your bag No: 1597 – Jan Kollmetz

Like so many of us, Jan also got into film photography from paternal forebears and carries these classic hand-me-downs in the streets.

Hey Guys, my name is Jan Kollmetz, I’m 18 Years old and from Germany. I do street photography in Cologne and when I’m traveling. I started off from scratch when I was 15 with a small point and shoot camera. I watched Youtube Videos about photography and learned about framing and image composition. Then 2 years later, Art became my major course in school where I often used photography in art projects. At the time I knew that I wanted to take photography more seriously so I wished for a better camera for my birthday and got the a6300.

My grandfather also gave me a few old film cameras which drew me into analog photography. As a digital native who never got in touch with analog photography before. It was refreshing to try something new and interesting. I soon discovered many films, I think my first roll was a roll of Fuji Neopan, but I’m not 100% sure. 

Today I like to shoot analog besides digital so that I can have the best of both worlds. I think you really can’t get the same shooting experience with digital that you can get with analog cameras. It just feels more honest in my opinion. 

In my Bag:

  • (Eastpak Messenger Bag)
  • Rhodia DIN A5 Dotpad
  • Mechanical pencil – Rotring 600 + Pentel eraser + Uniball eye pen
  • Custom color reference & exposure card
  • Honor 5X Phone (Also my lightmeter)
  • Manfrotto pocket tripod
  • Swiss-Army knife (Victorinox) “Work Champ”

Cameras & Lenses

  • Olympus Mju – I (Stylus 1)
  • Minolta X-700
  • Minolta MD Rokkor 50mm f1.4 
  • Minolta MD Zoom 24-35mm f3.5
  • Sony a6300
  • Kit lens 16-55mm f3.5-6.5
  • AUTO Revuenon 55mm f1.4 (adapted)

My favorite Film

  • Fuji Neopan Acros 100
  • AGFA Apx 400
  • JCH Streetpan 400
  • Kodak Ektar 100
  • Kodak Portra 160




Thanks for sending us your bag shot Jan. The Minolta X-700 was my hand-me-down too!

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