IN YOUR BAG 1763 – Gabe Whitney
This is my grab-and-go 35mm setup. The bare bones, do-it-all kit. Why so many lenses you may ask? Well, why not? Isn’t that the beauty of the Leica M? Compact, stellar lenses built to perform and take a beating. I love having options – my photography tastes are wide-ranging. From 15mm to 90mm, I find myself grabbing for each one. Overkill? Maybe.
While traveling in Tanzania last year, I had someone try to open it behind my back in a busy market. Thanks to the closed zipper underneath the Velcro flap, they weren’t able to get into it before I noticed. Also, made in the USA. Thanks, Domke.
Leica MP: My favorite 35mm body, ever. Before I got the MP, I used an M4. The metered and flareless viewfinder, hotshoe, and 28mm Framelines upgrades have made my life easier. I use flash frequently with my 15mm f/4.5 Voigtländer Super Wide Heliar to document skateboarding, and not having to deal with a flash sync cable is awesome. Not much needs to be said about the Leica MP, as you all well know.
Voigtländer 15mm f/4.5 Super Wide Heliar ASPH and 15mm Viewfinder: This is my skateboarding lens. It is an LTM mount, so I use an adapter. It isn’t rangefinder coupled, but no matter. I rarely open this lens past f/8.
Leica M 28mm f/2.8 Elmarit ASPH v1 + : Probably the greatest 28mm lens ever, in my opinion. Its size, even with the hood attached, is tiny. I don’t hesitate to shoot this lens wide open, it’s amazingly sharp.
Leica M Summicron 35mm f/2 v4 KOB: This lens stays on my MP the most. It replaced the 35mm Zeiss Biogon f/2.8 (which was somehow too clinically sharp for my tastes). It’s the smallest 35mm lens I’ve ever used, and renders amazing images and color. This lens combined with Kodak Portra 400 is a match made in Analog Heaven.
M Summicron 50mm f/2 DR: A great 50mm with a reputation that speaks for itself. I prefer using it with black and white film; that’s where I find it performs best. Not pictured: Close Focus Goggles. They come in handy quite often.
Leica M 90mm f/4 Elmar-C (German Version): This lens is a hit and miss for me, but was so inexpensive that I can’t complain. For bright conditions, it’s a great option. I use it primarily for landscape work, or a rare close-up portrait here and there.
Panasonic PE-20S Flash – This compact flash is a trusted tool. Switch it to the Auto setting, set Lens at f/8, and fire away. I snagged this lens after John Sypal recommended it – thanks for the tip, John!
I seem to always have several rolls of Kodak Portra 400 at the ready. For Black and White, it’s Ilford HP5+. Both of these films just don’t miss. Pictured today is also a roll of Ilford Delta 3200 for those late nights.
Well, that’s my average bag these days for shooting 35mm film. This kit has been with me around the world, and can’t be beat for its size. Yes, it all fits in there. Thanks, Japan Camera Hunters!
Thanks for sharing your gear with us Gabe. I love the skateboarding focus of this setup.
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