It’s been a while since I made my camera bag loadout post. To be completely honest, I’m not a huge fan of these kind of posts, but it just happens that the mailman kindly delivered my new, super cool, embroidered Kodak canvas patches today. I think they look incredibly cool and of course I attached them to my bag without wasting any time. Of course I needed a good excuse to take some photos of the newly decorated bag so while I was at it, I though I’d lay out my things to the table and share what I’m currently carrying.
A lot have changed since the last camera bag post. Nowadays I don’t carry no more than one camera and very little else. I love having a very minimalistic approach. Whenever I carry more than one camera, I just end up using one and carrying the rest for nothing. That’s why I don’t see much point in carrying more than I actually need. You know; one lens, one camera — that old thing.
Ah yes, just look at this radness! This patch is ordered directly from Kodak.com. Once I saw their advertisement about it, it didn’t take more than few seconds to bust open my piggy bank.
The bag itself is the small Olympus messenger bag. Not the finest of quality, but so far it has been the best bag I’ve used. It’s nice to use and carry. The buckle is quiet even though sometimes jams. The canvas looks heavy duty but has been wearing out surprisingly much in just couple of years. It has gone through some repairs and modifications over the time. Some of the patches are actually tactically attached to cover up damage, wear-and-tear etc.
The new Kodak patch in close up.
The list of contents
Here’s all my stuff laid out nicely on the table. As you can see, there’s not much inside. Here’s what I have:
- Camera: Leica M6 with ultra fast Noctilux 50mm f0.7 that costs closer to 10000€. Nah, just kidding — it’s just a relatively affordable Voigtländer Nokton 50mm f1.5 ASPH 🙂
- Film (usually four extra rolls of some good black and white film)
- Notebook, daily planner and a pen
- Something to read (Small pocket books only. Something light to carry.)
- Print-out of the law, concerning photography in public places.
- Some home made darkroom prints to hand out to people. These are also handy for explaining a concerned citizen what the heck I’m doing, in case someone happens to ask. Many people don’t realise that walking around with a camera is called photography. Photographs help to explain this.
- Extra batteries.
- Cloth for cleaning up the camera.
- Small Leatherman multi-tool for murdering and clipping toenails.
- And as mentioned, the bag itself is a small Olympus branded messenger bag.
- That is all. Maybe sometimes I’ll throw in my wallet and keys or something small like that.
Everything fits nicely inside and there’s plenty of extra space for other things as well, just in case. Notebooks, papers and other things actually create some really sturdy additional padding. The patches also reinforce the bag quite nicely.
I took some extra padding from another bag and placed that to the bottom, creating a nice little platform/socket that holds the camera nicely in place. The bag almost has like a double layer floor that can be used to store film rolls underneath it.
Here you can see how nicely the film rolls fit under the extra bottom padding.
Once the camera is placed to the bag, the lens actually leans nicely against the film rolls and the extra floor. This’ll keep the camera nicely in place and nothing flies around inside.
Originally the bag came with strap that was made out of a similar material than a safety belt in a car. It was really slippery. I replaced it with this old leather strap that I found from the flea market. Looks much nicer and feels better too.
I guess I’m a bit sucker for patches. On the other end I have a Norwegian flag. Don’t ask me why though! That was also one of my flea market finds and I thought it would make the bag look more adventurous or something. Plus I happen to like Norway. Beautiful country.
The benefits of a simple carry like this is light weight and the ease of use. It doesn’t feel like a burden and the camera just travels along naturally wherever you go. There’s really nothing much to say about it. Only few simple items for everyday use and not a whole bunch of stuff I don’t actually need. Works for me.