I submitted the following as part of Japan Camera Hunter's "In Your Bag" series:
Here's my bag and its contents that I carry around with me whenever I'm out and about in the City of Music.
My first camera is the Konica Autoreflex TC in the photo that I rescued from a dumpster. My uncle had planned on throwing the camera and his small collection of lenses away since he had not used any of it in years. I was dirt poor and had been itching to get a camera for a long time, so I obviously snatched the camera and lenses out of his hands once he told me it was all in perfect working order and merely old. That was the moment that really got the ball rolling for me in my photography and that was only a few short years ago. I've since thrown myself into my hobby/passion and never looked back.
I especially enjoy documenting daily life in Vienna, Austria. There is a Facebook page called Vintage Vienna that regularly posts images from the past and I hope that in several decades I can look back on my old photos and inspire the same feeling of nostalgia or help someone remember a trip to the big city as Vintage Vienna has done for me. My Lowepro Slingshot is actually perfect for this because I can literally swing it around my body, open my bag and grab one of my cameras quickly and capture the moment - all before anyone realizes that I was there. This is absolutely ideal because walking around the streets of Vienna away from the popular tourist destinations with a camera activates the instinctual paranoia inherent in most German-speaking people (Austrians and Germans are notorious for their staunch positions on privacy) towards anyone with a camera. That being said, my cameras have opened more doors than they have closed - it's a medium that unites people and pervades our daily lives nowadays in so many different ways, making the hobby a true pleasure.
I started shooting with film and although I've gone digital (Nikon D5100), I still love taking out my little Konica. While it's certainly not as exotic as a TLR, it is most definitely a conversation starter. People actually seem to be more relaxed once they realize it's an old film camera rather than a digital. Not only that, but its small size makes it very discreet and perfect for getting a quick shot.
Here are the contents of the bag:
- Lowepro SlingShot 202 AW
- Nikon D5100 w/ Tamron 28-75mm F2.8
- Nikon 35mm F1.8
- Konica Autoreflex TC w/ Konica Hexanon 50mm F1.7
- Konica Hexanon 40mm F1.8 (the classic Konica pancake)
- LG Nexus 4 (for storing Exif data)
- Lip balm (now that it's cold and windy outside in Vienna, it's best to be prepared)
- Box of matches (in a country where most people smoke, it's a great way to start a conversation with a stranger looking for a light)
- Spare battery for the Nikon
- Spare hearing aid batteries for the Konica
- Business card holder
- Lens brush and lens cloth