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What was in my bag #3

Early this year I embarked on a trip of a lifetime. I finally went to Japan, something I have been wanting to do for sooo long.

I was definitely decided on taking my Sony for general photography, and the Xpan for landscapes, the GoPro revelated itself a nice companion when I took it to Iceland, so I added it into bunch too. What kept me awake at night was if to take the Contax or not. I was thinking that it would be good for nights out, where I would not want to take the big Sony with me, but in the back of my mind, I was also thinking of how much value I would be carrying around with me in a single trip. It's size though, so appealing and practical ended up being the winning factor, always ready in a jacket pocket, was a nice camera to take out in the subway, or cozy dining places, or to use when I became one-armed after dislocating my forearm in the dangerous hills of Naoshima. Took the peak design clips with me which allow for nice and quick access to the cameras, the loops also help in just needing on neck and wrist strap, to shed some weight, since this was a proper heavy bag. A small tripod for quickly setting it up on top of something, with a long Arca place because of the Xpan's thread location. A bigger tripod for more serious and timed shots, still quite light though since it's made out of carbon. Empty JCH film cases, since I decided to get the film in Japan, as theoretically I would be able to get a tax return on it, but in the end I was not, because I was going to buy and use it in Japan. The refund only applies if I take the film out of the country and not use it while in it (kind of makes sense). Extra memory cards, batteries for all the cameras and some other accessories.


It was quite an amount of gear to carry around as a friend properly noted, I looked like an Asian when they come to Europe, to be fair, don't think they look this cool. While waiting in a queue on an Okonomiyaki place, a Japanese gentleman took notice of me, he was carrying an A7 with a vintage lens on it, so it was apparent that he knew his camera stuff as well. He was quite enthusiastic about how I looked and when noted that the Xpan was a film camera called me "Kaiko", with a big smile. I thought I had heard the word before and went to look it up shortly after, I was pleased with it's meaning.


On the way back we stop in Seoul for 2 days, to visit as well and my companion Kazoo caught the eyes of the security guard in Seoul airport, so I had to play a little serenade for him to see that it was not a smoking pipe. Suffice to say that everyone in the security line was amused. It was a great trip and I was glad I could fit everything and also use it.

The list:

  • Peak Design Everyday Backpack 20L
  • Peak Desing medium lens pouch (to have the Xpan 90mm within easy reach when I was out shooting)
  • Sony A7 MkII with 24-70mm f/2.8 and extra battery
  • Hasselblad Xpan with 45mm and 90mm lenses and a level
  • Contax T3
  • GoPro Hero 4 Silver with protective submergible case, open case, grip, and backpack adapter.
  • Rollei Compact Traveler No. 1 Carbon
  • Manfrotto Pixi Evo 2 with phone holder and long Arca plate
  • 2 Peak Design clips and key
  • Metal Kazoo
  • Traveler's notebook
  • Dune (book)
  • Wrist and Neck straps
  • Hama SD card pouch
  • Empty film canister for the analog camera batteries

What's in my bag!?

Hi Folks,

It has been a while, many travels and photo bags that I would have like to showcase, but I always pack the night before traveling, when the light sucks and time is of the essence!

Next Thursday I am going for a 10 days road trip around Iceland, with some friends, so I properly packed ahead and had the chance to take a proper picture of its contents. I am packing an all purpose bag, for video footage I am taking my GoPro Hero 4, for general photography the Sony Alpha 7 MkII, and to capture those breath taking landscapes the Hasselblad XPAN. In case we run out of money I also take my Kazoo, people pay me a lot to be quiet.

  • Love letter - card game
  • Kazoo
  • On love - book
  • A5 memo bottle
  • Hama Compact Traveler Pro Tripod (with modified head for Arca-Swiss mount)
  • Hama SD Card pouch with back up cards and mini to SD card converter
  • GoPro Hero 4, with grip, tripod mount, and backpack mount
  • HyperDrive ColorSpace UDMA2 for backing up photos and videos
  • Sony Alpha 7 MkII Leica SF-20 Flash
  • Leica 50mm Summicron-M F/2.0
  • Leica 35mm Summicron-M F/2.0
  • Voigtlander 21mm Color-Skopar F/4.0
  • Manfrotto PIXI Evo 2 + Arca-Swiss type mount
  • Manfrotto Cellphone mount
  • Japan Camera Hunter 5x film box with 5x Portra 400
  • Japan Camera Hunter 10x film box with 8x Ekta 100, 1x Fuji Neopan 100 Acros, 1x Kentmere 400
  • Hasselblad XPAN with 45mm f/4.0
  • Cleanning kit
  • Peak Design Everyday backpack (20L)

I could not resist to take some black and white film, and try to achieve the greatness of SebastiĆ£o Salgado black and white landscapes photography, we will see how that comes out.
Extra batteries, cables and chargers are, of course, part of bag too.

That's it for this time!