It seems to be a thing to talk about what you carry around in your camera bag, so I thought I’d join in. I’m packing for a bit of a road trip around the North East of England so now is an ideal time to show what I normally take with me (clue: I have a big car, so i’m not one to pack light!).
These are my camera bags, a Nikon special edition Crumpler shoulder bag (because i’m a Nikon fanboy) and a Think Tank Retrospective 20 (because lots of photographers that I like have this bag and i’m a shameless copycat).
Starting with the big bag first, this is typically what I carry;
There is usually a mix of film and digital, in this case the Big Guns D800 and F combo.
- Nikon D800 (with 16-35mm lens – the only one I really use on it)
- Nikon F with 24mm f2.8 prime lens (I usually pack a 50m f2 as well)
- Memory cards for the D800 (the big compact flash type so I can feel superior to SD users)
- Film for the F (Tmax 100, Tri-X 400 and Ektar 100 colour – to cover all eventualities)
- Clear and polarizing filters for the D800 and a dark red for the F
- Lens pen and cleaning cloth
- caps and hoods
- Sketchbook and pencils
And in the second bag, some Old Skool medium format film love;
- Yashicamat 124G
- Sekonic handheld light meter
- Film (Ilford FP4+ and HP5+ along with Kodak Ektar 100 colour film)
- Caps and hoods
Quite often i’ll bring the Bronica instead of the Yashica, but i’m in a 6×6 phase at the moment.
I’ve packed with a purpose as I’ve several different ideas in mind for shooting images on my trip. I’ve packed the F for shooting architecture in Newcastle as it is packed full of the kind of industrial buildings and bridges that I love to shoot in monochrome and create striking and abstract images from. The D800 is going to be called upon to try and capture some of the rugged beauty of the North York Moors. It’s great at capturing vast quantities of image data so even if the weather is a bit flat I can produce some decent images – and i’m finally starting to find my style when it comes to colour landscapes.
Finally the Yashica, I have a specific purpose in mind as I plan to visit the National Rail Museum in York which is packed full of the glorious old machinery of the steam train era, and I want to capture some closeup details of various famous machines to create some abstract images. The yashica has some big benefits for this kind of work, it focuses close, it’s shutter is very quiet, it shoots big negatives for cropping later, and they way you hold it (looking down into it) saves a lot of crouching at funny angles to get close up to the subject. Plus at 16 frames per roll I can probably shoot a roll of colour and a roll of monochrome without running out of subjects.
So there you go. That is what is in my bag and how i plan to use it.