In your bag No: 1577 – JT White

Josh is an OG submitter and checks in again with his latest arsenal; perhaps he’s finally found peace with these lovelies.

I guess this is the 4th or 5th time I’ve sent one of these? I think I was originally one of the first bags in this section. I got kind of embarrassed by how often I changed gear so I thought it ridiculous to keep sending them. That being said, lately I have been using the same stuff for a while so thought I might share again. I guess I should introduce myself as well. I am JT White, a street and documentary photographer based in South Korea. I am originally from Newfoundland, Canada.

 This is my current setup:

 So, I used to be one of those guys that changed gear constantly. I had a hard time sticking with anything. I dunno if this happens to a lot of people who are similar, but it stopped for me with one camera:

 My Leica M3 has been with me for a couple of years and has been the camera that goes everywhere with me. Me and it have a long story, so I figure that is why it has stuck. It feels like a lifer to me. I got married in the last year and bought a house so other things in my life have changed as well. Maybe I’ve learned to appreciate what I have more. The M3 is from a later batch (1964). It was repainted, which is fine. It is a lovely camera to shoot with and has never given me any problems. The lens I use with it is a v2 50mm Summilux in black. It was a lens that originally belonged to one of my closest friends, Nicholas Dominic Talvola (perhaps has also been on your site before?). The lens and the camera both have great stories now, and I love them for that. A camera certainly can be more than just a tool.

For “work” I use a couple of Olympus cameras. These also have been around a while although I rarely talk about them. I guess I barely talk about them because they just work. Again, I’ve used so many different kinds of digital cameras but I generally come back to these M4/3s cameras for anything important. The two I’m using now are the original OM-D EM-1 and the Pen-F. I use the OM-D EM-1 with the 17mm f1.8 for most everything I do. I keep a tiny kit lens in my bag just in case. When working, I put the Summilux on the Pen-F and use it as a 100mm portrait lens. In tandem with the 17mm (34mm) Olympus lens I can cover mostly everything I need.

The mic, is a Rode Videomicro. I use it on the OM-D EM-1 for some Youtube stuff I have been working on. I don’t need anything special and it does the trick.

I also carry the small Olympus flash that comes with the Pen-F, spare batteries and a charger, and an SD card adapter for my iPhone. I use the iPhone X for a lot of photo stuff as well. These new phones have kinda killed the digital compact camera for me. I use a Macbook charging end to make the Olympus charger more portable.

The white case is the Japancamerahunter film case. I usually keep 4-5 rolls of Tmax or HP5 in there. I prefer Tmax normally when it isn’t too expensive since I also develop in Tmax developer. Just makes things faster, haha.

There is no “bag” per say because I don’t really like camera bags anymore. I kinda just throw my gear into whatever backpack I happen to be using that day. Lately, I’ve been using the Targus “Seoul” backpack but that changes quite often.

 Anyway, that about does it!

My links are:


Instagram: (@jt_inseoul)

Thanks for updating us on your latest gear Josh. Agreed, a camera certainly can be more than just a tool.

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