In your bag No: 1610 – Ben Brown

Ben is mulling over and leaning toward this minimal setup to archive his nuptial jaunt through Europe.

Hello, JCH community. My name is Ben Brown and I live in the Triangle region of North Carolina, U.S. There’s a blast of growth, change and surprise here, which is why I nearly always carry a camera with me and spend my lunch breaks shooting the streets. This is a very special “In Your Bag,” for me, because I’m debating what camera gear to bring to Europe this fall. My lady (a photo-video pro) and I are getting married there and, well — all the wedding questions aside, do I bring my expensive gear and soar on quality? After all, it’s my marriage. Or bring the “good enough” and worry a little less about baggage losses, theft, shit-happens, etc? I’m thinking the latter. I did a “practice pack”  — in a military surplus shoulder bag Frankensteined with camera-bag innards — and here’s what went inside:

-Olympus OM-10 all-black with manual adapter (analog, overall joy)

-Ricoh GR (digital, street photography)

-Olympus E-M10 (digital, general photography + video)

-Ilford HP5 Plus 400

-Kodak Gold 200

-(JCH Streetpan 400 to be added, no doubt!)

-OM M.Zuiko 50mm 1.8 lens 

-OM M.Zuiko 135mm 3.5 lens

-OM-D M.Zuiko 14-150mm 4-5.6 lens

-Various accompaniments, extra batteries

The OM-10, recently serviced, works like a hummingbird. And I love the all-black. But there’s a part of me that wants to play even *that* more safely, and instead just bring along my much more modest Petri 7 S, a mid-1960s fully manual Japanese rangefinder that shoots well and wins its games. It has one of those around-the-lens selenium light meter systems that hasn’t let me down. Plus it just has the vibe of a travel camera. Last week someone stopped me on the street and asked if it was a Leica. Ha. I could feel the Petri blushing. 

I’d love to interact with more of you. My info below. 




Twitter @benbrownmedia

Instagram @_lenswalk_

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Thanks for sending us your bag shot Ben. I had the same issue last month on deciding if I should take medium format gear to Europe for my sister’s wedding. Swing for the fences!

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