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.

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. 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 almost always with me.

Lastly: yes, I do indeed have too many lenses and camera bodies. Some I keep because different lenses and formats will give you different looks, like for a painter different shaped brushes, or because it is always useful the ability to choose the more appropriate instrument for each particular job; others quite simply because I like them.

Anyway I have highlighted the stuff I use the most, i.e. for 90% of what I do.


Digital cameras 

Fuji X-T10 > Review


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 wasn’t so hard to nail the colors (buy an ExpoDisc)

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


Hasselblad 500c/m > Review


Holga 120FN


Mamiya RB67 


Minolta Hi-Matic FP

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


Nikon F > Review

Nikon F4s > Review

Nikon FM

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




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


Fujifilm XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS

Fujinon XF 55-200 f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS


Hasselblad Zeiss 150mm f/4 Sonnar


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


Mamiya RB67 127mm f/3,5 K/L


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


Nikon Nikkor-N 24mm f/2.8 (pre Ai)

Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Series E Ai

Nikon Nikkor-P 105mm f/2.5 (pre Ai, Sonnar scheme)

Nikon Nikkor 200mm f/4 Ai


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 > Review



Nikon SB-25