In Your Bag: 1729 – Denis Sandmann
I’m a social media manager / photographer based in Lingen, Germany. I’ve been running my own social media agency for ten years. Time flies!
For client work I use a Fuji X-T3 as long with several Fuji lenses, but I like to shoot my personal projects on analog cameras.
I started out with random cameras I bought at flea markets. I even bought broken ones and repaired them. Then, I decided to buy a refurbished Canonet. Shot with it for two years and got addicted. I converted my storage room / closet to a mini darkroom and started making my own prints also around this time.
Inspired by the pre 2000 photojournalists shooting the magic combo (Leica Rangefinder and TRI-X Film) I always wanted to do the experience this photographic lifestyle and even develop the film myself. So I got myself an MP and somewhat later an M6 and started shooting.
My bag is a DOMKE F-6. I carry two Leica bodies, the MP and the M6 as well as the 35 mm Summicron and a 50 mm Summicron.
As far as accessories go I carry a Sekonic light meter, lens blower, micro-fibre cloth, one medium format spool (in case I need one when shooting pinhole or anything else medium format), spare camera batteries, a notepad with pen and a sharpie to write on film canisters. I usually note what is on each roll, and what ISO I shot. It is easier to remember how to develop a roll that way. I also don’t rewind fully so I don’t have to use a film retriever and without marking the rolls it can get very confusing.
I use the outer zip pocket for fresh film and one inner pocket for exposed film. In my car I have a cooling box for storing extra film I need on my trips.
I also carry 2 ziplock bags for storing photography project related items such as brochures, things I found at the place I photographed, etc.
At the moment I am digging Rollei Retro 400s. I bought a ton and just came back from shooting two weeks of road tripping in Denmark with these cameras and film. Still have to develop about 30 rolls of film waiting for me in the fridge.
So far I enjoy shooting with this.
I’m quite active on Instagram and TikTok. I post a lot of analog photography related videos. Not going anywhere without a camera ;).
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Wonderful to see the analog cameras ;-)
Great bag, great photographer.
Nice kit. I also use a Domke bag and it is a great one to work from. Mine is about the same size and has two pockets on the sides for carrying spare lenses. My M6 has been a challenge with some electronic issues and from user error I stripped out the film rewind lever mechanism. I don’t like that lever, I much prefer the post on the M3. Your two lenses are my go to lenses, both render wonderfully. Thanks for the post. Louis.
I do prefer the MP over the M6. Its pretty near to the M3 I’d say.
You can ‘shoot the world’ with your kit.
I tried the Rollei retro 400s and didn’t care much for the results. However, it just might be that I’ve shot HP-4 through HP-5 plus for so long (45+) years my film DNA has changed, and it won’t accept new film.
The bits we carry are important. My bag has a small notebook, pen, business cards, extra film, a couple of candy bars, lens cloth and the tiny Kodak Master Camera guide.
I use a smaller Domke bag (F9?) and carry a M4-P w/the 35mm Summarit-M. An aging back demands a lighter load.
Thanks again for sharing,
Ha ha, true. I used to carry a medium format as a second body. Gonna stay 35 mm for a while now. Just came back from shooting with this kit for two weeks in Denmark. What makes you carry the Kodak Camera Guide?