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Wednesday Challenge: Downsizing

This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge: Downsizing.

On reading the prompt one thing came to mind immediately so I decided to go with that rather than the topic discussed in the prompt.

The thought that came to mind was my downsizing of the camera equipment I carry for my personal work. I started downsizing about three years ago, I was looking to get back to basics and shoot the way I used to in the 1970s and early 1980s. A small bag with a handful of manual focus prime lenses.

Then an accident 16 months ago left me with restricted movement in the right shoulder and a weaker right arm. Another reason to further downsize.

 

A Fan Of..... Old Fashioned Camera Bags

My original small kit in the very early 1980s, a Tenba P595 in the snow. The P595 was the smallest bag in the range. A decade later I had two larger bags in the range and the P595 was stuck in the bottom of a wardrobe.

 

Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge: Downsizing

What I wanted to downsize from a few years ago, my Domke F-2 containing a DSLR and three weather sealed fast zooms. This is already downsized from what I used to carry in the film era. In the 1990s and early 2000s I carried my film equipment in a backpack.

 

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My current downsized bag, a Domke F-10 JD containing a small, mirrorless camera and three manual focus prime lenses. I can’t explain why all the photos were taken in the snow.

 

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Friendly Friday: Essential Tips and Tools

This is my contribution to the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Essential Tips and Tools.

Having got interested in photography in the mid 1970s, studied it in the late 1970s and working as a professional from 1980 some of my essential tools date back decades.

 

A Fan Of..... Old Fashioned Camera Bags

My Tenba Pro Pak P595 in the snow in the early 1980s. Having purchased a Tenba P595 when they were first imported into the U.K. I have grown to appreciate camera bags with easy access to the equipment. It makes them quick and easy to work out of.

 

A Fan Of..... Old Fashioned Camera Bags

My Domkenstein F-6 in the snow a couple of years ago. Tenba stopped making the Pro Pak bags in the mid 2000s so when I needed a smaller bag a few years ago I picked up a Domke F-6. The reason I call it Domkenstein is because it has a Ciesta padded insert divided up with Tenba dividers and a third party memory foam shoulder pad.

 

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Essential Tips and Tools

One of my UNI-LOC tripods and my Domke F-10 JD on the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline at sunrise. I am a habitual tripod user with a selection of models used in different situations and conditions. My newest tripod is now 24 years old. The UNI-LOC dates back to mid 1990s, I’m not sure if the company is in business anymore.

 

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Friendly Friday: Surprise

This is my contribution to the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Surprise.

Something different from me for a surprise, a post about being surprised by some of the photos I have discovered while digitising my film archives.

When I was digitising some of my black and white negatives I discovered a photo of a camera bag in snow taken in the early 1980s. Shortly after that I was backing up photos on an old tablet and discovered another photo of a camera bag in snow. At that point I realised I had quite a few photos of various camera bags in snow taken over the decades.

I don’t know why I took them unless it was simply a record of the conditions. So a thought a selection of the photos would be a surprising contribution to the challenge.

 

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My Tenba P595 in the snow in Hatherton, Cheshire in the early 1980s. Tenba bags were newly imported into the U.K. back then.

 

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Surprise

My Tenba P895 in the snow on the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline at sunrise. By the time the photo was taken this bag was around 30 years old.

 

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Surprise

My Domke F-6 sitting in the snow on the South Bruce Peninsula. A smaller bag I got for my DSLR and kit of manual focus prime lenses.

 

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Surprise

My Domke F-2 sitting in the snow on the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline. My bag for a DSLR and fast zoom lenses.

 

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On the Hunt for Joy: Switch It Up

This is my contribution to Cee’s On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Week 14 – Switch It Up.

The first thing that came to mind when I read the prompt was camera bags. Or rather the interiors of various camera bags as I have changed the way they are divided up. As a result one of the bags is a Frankenstein’s monster of a camera bag nicknamed Domkenstein.

 

On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Switch It Up

My Tenba P595 in the snow in Hatherton, Cheshire, England in 1982. The dividers in the bag will reappear later.

 

On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Switch It Up

35 years later my Domke F-6 sitting in the autumn leaves on the South Bruce Peninsula. The bag has a Ciesta padded insert divided up with the Ciesta dividers.

 

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A month or so later and my F-6 still has the Ciesta padded insert inside but it’s now divided up with the dividers from my Tenba P595. There’s also a third party memory foam shoulder pad and as a result the bag is now known as Domkenstein.

 

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Fan of… Old Fashioned Camera Bags

This is a contribution to Jez Braithwaite’s Fan Of… #53 challenge and a long, rambling post about camera bags.

I used the same brand and model range of camera shoulder bags for years. I got my first Tenba Pro Pak, a P595 in 1981. They were so new to the U.K. I picked it up from the importer/distributor as they didn’t have any retailers in place. I went on to get two more sizes of the bags over the next decade. I tried different brands of shoulder bags over the years but ended up going back to the Pro Pak bags every time.

My P595 in the snow at Hatherton, Cheshire, England in 1982.

A Fan Of..... Old Fashioned Camera Bags

 

Tenba discontinued the range around 2003 but it was no big deal, my bags were still going strong. They had a few stains that wouldn’t wash out but all the zips and closures still worked as if new.

However, as a result of going digital I was carrying less equipment and on occasions my smallest Tenba bag was now too big. Plus the Pro Pak bags with all their external pockets were never exactly discrete and there was times a more understated bag would have been nice. So after researching what was available I picked up a Domke F-6, a small and plain looking bag in sand canvas.

To show that some things stay the same here’s the Domke F-6 in the snow a few years ago. Around 35 years after the photo of the Tenba in the snow was taken.

A Fan Of..... Old Fashioned Camera Bags

 

I liked the simple design of the F-6 so much that two or three years ago I got the larger Domke F-2 in RuggedWear to haul my DSLR and large auto focus zoom lenses around. RuggedWear is the Domke name for waxed cotton fabric used in some waterproof jackets.

The design of the F-2 goes back to the 1970s and it’s basically a bag with a flap, a pocket at each end and two small, open pockets on the front.

Just for a change, the F-2 sitting on a rock rather than in snow.

Domke F-2 in brown RuggedWear.

 

That’s not the end of this long, rambling story however. Last spring I fell of a ladder and ended up with restricted movement in the right shoulder and a weaker right arm. As a result I had to make some changes to my kit. I went to a smaller, lighter mirrorless camera and for a lot of my personal work I put together a lightweight kit of three manual focus primes that fit into a tiny Domke F-5XB.

The Domke F-5XB hanging from a tripod on the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline at sunrise.

My small and light mirrorless camera kit.

 

I should add that I’m not recommending Domke to anyone. They’ve gone out of fashion with a lot of photographers due to their lack of padding and security. I use very flexible third party padded inserts in the F-2 and F-6 rather than the poorly designed Domke padded inserts. I have always preferred a quick to open and access bag so don’t care about the lack lack of security. Indeed, the extra security of the zip on the Domke F-5XB is proving to be a minor annoyance.