There's an analogue voyeur inside all of us and we just know you guys love to see camera porn. The Lomography Magazine's new "Show Your Stash" series features the essential gear and gizmos film photographers carry in their bag. Up first is Paris-based Community member, @mikahsupageek!
Here is my traveling backpack with my film photography essentials. It might seem a lot for the term “essentials” to be appropriate but I guess that my needs are high. ;)
I mostly use medium format cameras. Simply because I love medium format film. Square, not so square, relatively detailed images on a wide negative. What’s not to like?
- Pentax 6×7 (with 105mm F2.4 Takumar and 165mm F4 LS Pentax lens): a fantastic robust all around medium format camera that doesn’t shoot square
- Hasselblad 500C/M (with Carl Zeiss Planar CF 80mm f/2.8 T lens): my all time favorite medium format camera. Sharp, efficient, robust but light-weight compared to the Pentax 6×7
- Holga 120 GCFN: my all time favorite plastic medium format camera still with glass lens, gotta love it’s sharpness. Some lo-fi never hurts :)
I also shoot a lot of instant.
- Polaroid 180: a full manual rangefinder with great sharpness. Add to that the portrait kit and you’ve got yourself a fantastic close-up instant camera
- Polaroid SX-70: a classic, a legend, and again square format
A camera backpack wouldn’t be complete with at least one 35mm camera.
- Contax T2: a great point and shoot which allows you, to keep control on some settings if you wish, like f/stops and manual focus, it has a Carl Zeiss lens on it which renders fantastic sharp images
My film selection will depend on what I want to shoot but I generally leave home with a bit of everything!
- Expired Kodak slide films: EPP, EPR, EPT, EPN, EPY EPL… You can never go wrong with these when cross processed
- Fuji Velvia 50: my all time favorite slide film to be processed as slide. Great color dynamic and naturally vivid tones
- Fuji Velvia 100F: my favorite Fuji slide when cross processed, also reacts well to over-exposure
- Kodak Portra 400/800: a great negative with warm and true colors. The 800 has a very small grain for a high sensitivity film
- Kodak Tri-X 400: will always be my first choice to shoot black and white. Amazing contrast and a grain which can’t be compared to any other film
- lford Pan F 50: the non-existing grain black and white film. I love to shoot portrait with wide apertures, not so easy when in direct sunlight, but with this baby, you can make it happen
- Lomography XR 50-200 : I mostly shoot this redscale film at 25 ISO to obtain a wider range of colors and it’s just magic
- Fuji FP-3000B: excellent black and white instant film for Pack 100 cameras
- cable release: this always comes in handy for long exposures
- Gossen light-meter: same reason as above
- rocket air blower: always useful to blow any dust speck on the cameras
- Moleskine and Powerball pen: notes & doodles
- Sennheiser HD-25-C II: I never leave home with out my music
- Nintendo DS 3DXL: I generally use it when I’m stuck in the train and can’t shoot
Thanks for showing us your stash, @mikahsupageek!
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