My minimalistic camera bag loadout

I belong to the minimalist camp. I am intrigued by the idea of having just one camera body, one lens and one film stock. I usually end up grabbing a bit more than that, but it is a very small kit none the less. It all fits in a very small messenger bag.

Two cameras: film and digital, couple of rolls of films and perhaps one extra lens.

Film set-up
As my main camera, I carry my beloved Olympus OM-1 with 50mm f1.8 lens. I may also take my 28mm f3.5 lens. Depending on how much room I will have left in the bag. Fitting it all in can be a bit of a hassle.

I carry one or two extra rolls of film. It is pretty optimistic that I’d shoot that much on one sitting, but better to be safe than sorry. One extra roll would be just enough honestly, but I try to prepare for a scenario where I end up being in a middle of a major event or something else where I don’t want to run out of film. My film of choice is Tri-x 400.

Digital set-up
Now that I finally have a new digital camera that I actually like, it usually goes to the bag as well. Previously I only carried the OM-1. Fujifilm x100s is a pretty slim camera and doesn’t actually take much space. It’s a freaking awesome camera and I can’t leave home without it.

My small possibles pouch contains an extra battery for both digital and analog camera as well as small micro fiber rag for cleaning lenses etc.

The actual bag
I have a Olympus branded small messenger bag that can hold a very limited amount of gear. Even though some people repeatedly mistake it for a purse, I like the bag very much. I has a classical styling and natural materials like nice heavy duty cotton and brown leather.

Print of the legal rights to photograph
I’ve printed couple of copies of the local law concerning the right to photograph on public spaces. I have also memorised it pretty well, but I just know that the day will arrive when someone will get offended about picture taking and will try to convince me that it is somehow a criminal act.

Pretty simple set-up, eh? I don’t believe that you need to have a Lowepro backpack stuffed with three different zoom cannons and several camera bodies, not to mention all the crazy thingamabobs that I see many photographers dragging along. I like the idea of proving a point that you don’t need much gear to enjoy photography.

Before I purchased my Fuji x100s I carried only my OM-1, which was a super simple set-up. I still believe that carrying the Olympus with a 50mm lens would be enough for all my needs. It would be my one camera that I would take on a desert island.

Everything fits nice and snug.
Loving the brown leather and other natural materials.


    • Yeah the x100 cameras weigh almost nothing. Couple of years ago I was still using a Nikon DSLR which was a pain to carry around and never took it with me. That bugged me to extent that I’ve been ever since migrated towards lighter, smaller and more carryable cameras.

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