In your bag 1005, Wolfi
For the medium format heads out there, this bag has everything you might need. Delve inside a physicists bag…

So, if it is of interest – here is my bag; I am a physicist working in Medical School here in Vienna, and my field of expertise is actually image processing. Since I am quite occupied with digital images professionally, I prefer analog photography for a hobby. And i love doing prints, which is, for me, the one thing that really makes a difference to digital photography. I mainly do scenic images, and I do not consider myself to be a very high-profile photographer.

However, I learned how to develop and to make prints as a teenager in the nineteen eighties, and at that time, everything that was affordable for a pupil was 135 mm cameras like my old Praktica B100 from former East Germany. Later on, I progressed to some more sophisticated models like the Olympus OM-1 and 2n, which I still have.

In 2000 something I decided to move to the digital age and got myself a Canon DSLR only to find out that I miss the darkroom, and that I actually do not want a pile of images on my hard drive.

So I got a Mamiya 645 1000s on ebay a few years ago, and immediately I was fascinated by medium format. My collection has grown ever since with TLRs, 6×7 cameras and so on – but still the one camera I love the most is my 645 – small, convenient, very versatile and built like a tank. Some say that 6×4.5 is not real medium format – however, I cannot see a difference when doing prints to 6×6, mainly since I usually do standard paper sizes such as 24×30 cm, and therefore all the 6×6 and 6×7 negatives are cropped anyhow.

A while ago I got a Fujica GS645 on a local ebay-type of platform and while I was mainly attracted by the funny look of that little plastic folder from the dawn of the analog age in the beginning, I realized that the one thing that is awesome about this camera is it’s lens – I just took a walk home from work and took a few shots on the streets with that one. After development, I saw the outcome and immediately sent it for service to Germany. What I got back was a well lubricated, cleaned and working little rangefinder. So I am stuck again with 6×4.5, and here is what I drag around:

– The Mamiya 645 1000s. While I have a prism finder, a couple of lenses and some other add-ons, I mainly use the 55 mm f2.8, the 80 mm f2.8 and the 110 mm f2.8. I also don’t like the prism finder and therefore I am usually happy with the waist-level finder
– The second one is the Fujica GS 645. Smaller than a digital SLR and very handy for taking photographs in portrait orientation as this is it’s natural format.
– My wallet, roll film boxes, lens covers and so on.
– A Gossen Sixtar light meter – maybe as old as I am but works like a charm with a cheap adapter that mimics a PX625.
– My favourite films. I am mainly developing using Champion Promicol and after some testing, I found that Ilford PanF, Ilford FP4+ and Kodak T-Max 400 (pushed to 800 ASA) work best for me. I also always have a roll of Ilford SFX 200 and a roll of Velvia 50 at hand.
– A set of Cokin Filters (yellow, orange, red, green and blue). I have no idea while I drag the blue and green with me …
– An old bag for a video camera …

What is missing is the Manfrotto tripod and the cable release, which were necessary to carry the Mamiya RB67 used for taking this shot on Ilford FP4+ …

I do not have a homepage, but once in a while I post scans of my prints on facebook and so on.


Thanks for sharing your bag with us, Wolfi. A very interesting selection of gear.
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