What's in my bag: Newspaper Edition

When I'm out on assignments, this is usually my setup.

  • ONA Bowery
  • Olympus OM-D E-M5
  • Olympus 25mm f/1.8
  • Olympus 12-50mm kit zoom
  • Yashica Mat 124
  • Kodak Ektar

The ONA Bowery is a terrific camera bag.  Small enough to stow away in larger bags (e.g. backpacks), but just large enough to carry a reasonable amount of equipment.

The OM-D and the 25mm prime are my workhorses.  It's wide enough to capture most of what you see, but long enough for intimate shots.  The short close focusing distance is well appreciated.  The lens is also fast enough for low-light situations.  In daylight, it's impeccably sharp.

I keep the kit zoom with me for the wide and long ends -- 24mm and 100mm equivalents.  I plan to replace it with the 14mm Panasonic Pancake and the Olympus 45mm to complete my "holy trinity."

I carry the Yashica Mat solely for myself.  It can also be used as a talking point for timid subjects, or seeing from a different perspective thanks to the waist-level finder.  I'll usually have the Gossen Digisix 2 lightmeter with me in my pocket when I'm shooting with the TLR.  If I left the little guy in my dorm, I'll meter with the Sunny 16 mnemonic.

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This is an example of some of my bag rollouts.  I'll post a film-centric version in the future.