In your bag 395, Mike Coughlin
A lovely bag for you today from the sunshine state. Mike has a lot of enthusiasm for his photography and you can tell that by the fantastic contents of his bag. Come and have a look.

Hey! My name is Mike Coughlin, I’m a 22 year old amateur photographer from a relatively small town called Cape Coral, Florida. I’ve always been a little into photography since my father enjoyed it as a hobby when I was a kid, but the past few years I’ve grown much more attached to it. I went to community college here and took a few black and white photo courses and plan on transferring to the Savannah College of art and design this summer to major in Photography and advertising.
I run the social media for a small restaurant chain here and get to do a little bit of photography as a part of my job. I’ve been going on a lot of short road trips lately and that’s when I’ve been doing most of my recent shooting. I really like to capture truly candid moments with my friends, so I bring my gear with me often.
I prefer to shoot film and have even been trying to shoot with it at work! For B&W I usually shoot with the Arista EDU film from my college, which I believe is rebranded kodak film. Lately I’ve been using Fuji Neopan and I think I’m starting to prefer it over the arista. For color I use ektar or whatever cheap kodak/fuji I can find online. I have just shot my first roll of Fuji Velvia 50 but it hasn’t been developed yet, I’m pretty excited.

For my bag I have a Billingham Hadley pro I got about 6 months ago and I love it. I wanted something not too big and obtrusive that will last me a while and this works perfectly.

For digital I have a Nikon D3100 which isn’t pictured because I used it to take these photos, I’ve got a Nikon 35mm f/1.8g and a Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 for it. Both great lenses, I didn’t think I would use the tokina wide as much as I do, it’s a really sharp and fun lens. I also have a Manfrotto 190XPROB tripod which isn’t in the pictures.

For film I have a Nikon FE with a nikkor 50mm f/1.4. This camera is very special to me and I’ve grown pretty attached to it because it belonged to my father who passed away about a year and a half ago. It’s a pretty awesome camera with a simple interface that just works. I’ve got an SB-15 flash, motor drive, and other accessories for it as well.

I bought this Contax G1 with 45mm F/2 planar a few months ago and I love the results I get with it, except for the out of focus photos. You really have to double check the focus because of it’s quirky AF system. Other than the AF this camera is great, it’s built pretty solid, the lens is super sharp and the interface is easy to use.

I also have a cheap Minolta point and shoot that I got from a thrift shop for $5. I use it sometimes for quick snap shots with friends.

As for the future, I’d really like to get into medium format and shoot some more of this Velvia as well!

You can view some of my work at my Tumblr!


Thanks for sharing your bag and your enthusiasm with us Mike. I like the cheap Minolta, great for $5.
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