My photo bag

Here is the content of my actual photo bags (of something I have multiple copies, like flashes etc.).

Obviously I don’t take everything with me all the time; instead, I try to choose the right tool for the job depending on the assignment, the location, the light I’m likely to find and so on. Some of this stuff simply lives in a particular place, like the car, my jacket during the winter, or in the panniers of each one of my bikes. Yeah, I really don’t like be out without a camera!

On average I carry just a couple of lenses if I already know something about the place where I’m going to shoot; on a multi-day hike, or if I’m clueless about the location, I can bring up to 4 lenses and a couple of bodies. When I carry more is usually some kind of “special effect” lens, like a fish-eye or a long lens (long lens, for me, is anything more than 100mm). This happens usually only if the location or the subject calls for it, or if I’m working on a specific project for which the look of this kind of lens is needed. A tripod is always with me.

Lastly: yes, I do indeed have too many lenses. Some of them simply came with cameras that I wanted,  in a lot with other lenses I was interested in or because I bought them for some specific project, but given that they don’t have that much value by themselves I don’t bother selling them. Others I keep because different lenses give you different looks, like for a painter different shaped brushes, so it is always useful the ability to choose the more appropriate instrument for each particular job.

And the worst of the bunch, not listed here, make anyway good paperweights!

 

Digital cameras 

Fuji X-T10 > Review (relatively low in terms of megapixels, but so much more fun to shoot with than the Sony I’m actually thinking of switching completely…)

 

Olympus OM-D E-M10 > Thanks to the tiny m4/3 lenses form factor, the perfect setup to carry when out on the bike

 

Sony A7r > Review: almost perfect, if it just didn’t had the loud and earth-shattering shutter, and if it behaved less like a Windows PC and more like a proper camera (see Fuji)

Sony LA-EA4 adapter

 

 

Film cameras 

Busch Pressman Model D 4×5″ + Kodak Ektar 127mm

 

Canon Eos 50E / Elan IIE > Bought über-cheap (for the price of a battery!) to temporarily replace the Contax ST that just broke; with a proper Canon lens eye-AF works WONDERFULLY. Why did they choose not to implement this feature on a digital camera is beyond me.

 

Contax ST > Noisy winder, but built like a tank (as heavy as well…), quite snappy too

 

Holga 120FN

 

Mamiya RB67 + 127mm K/L

 

Minolta Hi-Matic FP

Minolta SRT-101 [my father’s camera and my first one]

 

Nikon L35AF

 

Olympus Mju-1 > Perfect size and form factor for a carry around; why no digital version???

 

Rollei 35T > FANTASTIC little street / take anywhere camera you can buy for a song

Rolleicord IIb

Rolleicord III > Review

 

Voigtlander Perkeo IIIE > Review

 

Lenses

 

Canon Eos 50mm f/1,8 STM

 

Contax Zeiss 35mm f/2,8 Distagon

Contax Zeiss 50mm f/1,7 Planar > a compact and extremely sharp lens

Contax Zeiss 60mm f/2,8 Makro S-Planar  > Review &  > Review

Contax Zeiss 28-85mm f/3,3-4 Vario-Sonnar > from Zeiss MTFs, as sharp as the corresponding fixed focal lengths (28/2.8, 35/2.8 and 85/2.8)

Contax Zeiss 100-300mm f/4-5,6 Vario-Sonnar  > Review

 

Jupiter-3 50mm f/1,5 > Review

Jupiter-9 85mm f/2 (m39 Leica screw mount) > Review

 

Konica AR 40/1,8 Hexanon Pancake > from 2.8 on, way sharper than the (excellent) Minolta M-Rokkor 40/2

 

Leica R 180mm f/4 Elmar > beautiful, sharp lens

 

Minolta M-Rokkor 28mm f/2,8 for Leica M > Review

Minolta M-Rokkor 40mm f/2 for Leica M > Review

Minolta M-Rokkor 90mm f/4 for Leica M > really good on the Nex 7, but unbelievably sharp on the A7r (due its larger pixel pitch)!

 

Minolta Rokkor 24mm f/2,8 MC > sharper than the Olympus 24/2.8

Minolta Rokkor 50mm f/1,7 MD (DIY converted to Canon EF mount)  > Review

Minolta Rokkor-PF 50mm f/1,7 MC  > Review

Minolta Rokkor 100mm f/2,5 MD

Minolta Rokkor 135mm f/3,5 MD

 

Tamron for Minolta AF 17-35mm f/2,8-4 Di LD IF Asph

Minolta AF 50mm f/1,4 RS

Minolta AF 100mm f/2,8 Macro D

Minolta AF 100-300mm f/4,5-5,6 Apo

 

Olympus 14-42mm f/3,5-5,6 M.Zuiko > excellent kit lens, a bit weak at 42mm but still competent

Panasonic G Lumix 25mm f/1,7 Asph > Review

Panasonic G Lumix 35-100mm f/4-5,6 Asph Mega O.I.S. > basically as sharp as the f/2,8 version, but this one you can throw it in a jeans pocket

 

Pentax SMC M 50mm f/4 Macro  > Review

 

Vivitar [for Contax] 2x Macro Duplicator [it performs pretty well with the Makro-Planar]

 

Voigtlander 15mm f/4,5 Super Wide-Heliar (m39 Leica screw mount) > Review

 

Zenitar 16mm f/2,8 fish-eye > my copy (Russian glass has a lot of variation) is really sharp from f/4 on, and usable wide open; pretty resistant to flare as well

 

Flashes

Nikon SB-25