In your bag No: 1698 – Matt Choi

Matt’s street and fashion background is complemented by these lovelies you’ll find in his everyday bag

Hello, My name is Matt Choi and I am a New Zealander currently residing in Seoul, Korea.

My passion for photography started when I was in uni and me and my friends started a street fashion blog in Auckland. My first camera was a Sony alpha a200 coupled with a 50mm 1.8 lens which gave me pure joy of capturing random encounters on the street.

Having worked in the men’s fashion industry for over 10 years meant that I pay attention to the subtle details and silhouette on garments that make it sit beautifully on people. I have combined my attention to detail with my street portraiture experience, and I have been working as a high-end menswear photographer for the last four years. I have shot various editorials using digital and film in Auckland, London and Seoul.

I am also incredibly passionate about street photography. My favourite photographers are Garry Winogrand and Joel Meyerowitz and Shin Noguchi. Their archives and current works continue to inspire me when I am out shooting strangers and urban cityscape on a daily basis.

I have recently downsized my gear to two Leica bodies. Leica M2 and Leica M262. It is not the most efficient way to shoot especially when I am in a commercial setting, however I love the engagement with the camera when I am shooting and I have grown quite accustomed to shooting with the rangefinder. Being able to have a single line-up of lenses is also quite efficient.

I shoot alot of Kodak Portra 400 for commercial requirements, or a Kodak Tri-x for personal projects.
Also with this I carry a small Olympus Pen EE3 half frame camera which I have inherited from my grandfather. Before he passed away this year, he had always been a very special person for me and hence it always feels very special to shoot with this camera. The selenium meter is still in a mint condition and this is a fantastic camera to shoot street photography as it has a tiny form factor (nobody cares if you shoot them on the face!) equipped with a Zuiko 28mm 3.5 lens.

The Domke F-3 is a perfect sized bag which fits all my gear for a short haul travel. I like how it doesn’t scream like another camera bag.

My gear I have in my bag normally is as below:

  • Leica M2
  • Leica 262
  • Zeiss Planar 50mm f2
  • Zeiss Biogon 25mm f2.8 with a matching external finder
  • Voigtlander 35mm f2 Ultron
  • Voigtlander 75mm f2.5 Color Heliar
  • Olympus Pen EE3
  • Sekonic L-358
  • Domke F-3
  • Domke Camera wrap
  • Blower tool
  • Digi pen lens cleaner tool
  • Thanks for reading and best of luck for 2021 JCH!

Instagram:
@zungzin (personal) @zungzinphotography (work) @zungzinzone (street)

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/MattJungJinChoi

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