In your bag No: 1535 – Thomas Archer

Thomas discovered photography recently and became an analog purist; check out his go-to setup.

I am a new photographer, taking pictures in earnest for only about 6 months. That being said, I have been painting (oil, acrylics, mud, cement, etc.) for many years and love all creative outlets!

You will see from my bag that my approach to photography is similar to my approach to my life, which is to say, taking the hard way…..loving watches you must wind, cars you have to shift, and of course, film you have to develop!

So, the bag itself is a rather used and (to my eye) beautifully patina’d Filson padded computer bag. It’s not the lightest of bags (did I mention I like to do things the hard way?), but if I stay disciplined when packing I can keep it manageable. 

Disciplined, of course, is in the eye of the beholder. I usually carry two Leicas (M6 and MP) and two lenses for each. Due to my (imaginary) OCD I try not to mix black with silver….so I need four lenses to keep things “pure”! In this case, I’ve included a silver Summaron 35/3.5 & Summicron 50/2 and in black a Voigtlander Nokton Classic 35/1.4 & Summilux 50/1.4. I also always include my Olympus AX4 just in case the point-and-shoot mood strikes me……which it often does, especially in low light.

Other mentions: Custom soft-releases by The More Gooder, case by Leicatime (by Luigi) and straps from Monarch and Gordy’s. All very cool artisan stuff.

As far as film goes, I’ve landed on Kodak Portra 400 for color and Ilford HP5+ for Black & White. To be honest, I love the idea of the JCH Street Pan, but my ability to discern differences in the various films is very limited at this point. Maybe one day soon………

Other odds and ends include a Gossen Digisix 2 light meter, Photomemo notebook, and my prized Tidioute #45 Lumber knife, which I have never actually used…..not because I am “saving” it but because I am the least “guy-ish” guy I have ever known and I have no idea what to use it for. That being said, it is so cool and feels awesome to hold. So, it stays!

You can view my photos on Instagram at @rawarcher and my paintings at Thanks for reading……and thanks Bellamy, I love your site and love this feature!

Thanks for sharing your bag shot with us Thomas. Can’t argue with your choices. I guess not having to use the Tidioute knife yet is a good thing ;)

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