Inside Dan James’ Camera Bag!

Inside Dan James’ Camera Bag!

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Inside Dan James’s Camera bag! (Bag No17)


I’m Dan James from Sussex, UK. I’m pretty new to street photography, and finding my style as I go. What I’m noticing attracts me most is not direct portraits and candids of people, but the traces and stories people have left on the streets themselves – weathered doors, discarded litter, abandoned buildings. The songs of the streets, written by those who’ve visited them. I’m also a big fan of simply capturing colours, shapes and perspectives that draw my attention and delight my eyes. After recently dabbling with digital again, via a Pentax DSLR and Sony NEX, both with vintage lenses, then a cheap Cybershot compact, I’ve realised it’s just not a media I can get excited about.

So I’ve returned to shooting 100% with film cameras. The experience of using these beautiful vintage objects with their unique personalities, sounds, and scents, helps me immerse more deeply in the whole experience.

Contents of bag:

Dan James Camera Bag


  1. Konica C35 EF3 with 35mm f/2.8 Hexanon lens. Auto exposure, zone focus, everything else manual. Quite possibly my favourite camera I’ve ever used. And a gem of a lens.
  2. Minolta AF-S Quartz Date with 35mm f/2.8 lens. So far the lens hasn’t quite rivalled the Hexanon, but the auto focus is very accurate and this camera is just a joy to use.
  3. Yashica Electro 35 GTN Rangefinder with Yashinon 45mm f/1.7 lens. Probably the most handsome camera I’ve ever owned, and a wonderful experience to shoot with. Only downside is it’s neither light nor small!
  4. Bag from River Island. Just the right size for a camera plus the few bits I take with me. (I only ever take one camera out with me at a time).
  5. Spare AA batteries (for both the Konica and the Minolta, conveniently).
  6. Spare film in home made holder (currently 1 roll each of Solution VX200, AgfaPhoto Vista Plus 200, Kodak ColorPlus 200 and Fuji Neopan 400CN b/w).
  7. ND4 filter for the Electro 35, to experiment with wider apertures or to slow the shutter speed when it’s sunny and I have ISO400 film (thanks for the tip Spyros!)
  8. Cleaning cloths for the camera lenses.


Thanks to Spyros, Andrew, Anton, Edward, Klaus and the other core members of the SHRC community who make it what it is. Finally, to anyone reading who hasn’t shot film (ever, or for a long time), please get yourself an old camera (my Yashica was less than £30) and give it a try.

It’s a whole other experience.


My best stuff gets uploaded to my Flickr –

Rules of participation

Each person that submits the contents of his bag will also be allowed 150 words to describe her / him self to the rest of the Readers via the website pages! We will even allow one link, back to your website! It will be loads of fun! Why? Well, because we will start to get to know each other through these small 150 word descriptions and of course through the contents of each one’s bags! Now, when we say Camera Bag, it doesn’t have to literally be a bag. It could be a pouch, a backpack, pockets of a jacket, whatever. All we need is the list of all the contents and a photo of those contents on a wooden or carpeted (preferably) floor from above. What must be included in the email you send us? Here is the list of things you need to provide us with in order to have a valid entry:

  • 150 word description of yourself and your Street Photography quirks, habits, tips, whatever. 150 words MAX.
  • Photo of the contents of your bag and your bag next to those contents on a floor, shot from 90 degrees above. High quality, big size.
  • List of items included in your camera bag.
  • Link to your website OR blog OR facebook page OR GooglePlus page OR whatever.
  • A closing remark 20 words MAX. You can say for example something like Thank for letting me share the contents of my bag, now stop looking into my privates and go take some photos!

We thank you in advance for your participation and we are really looking forward to finding out what YOU are hiding in your camera bags! Send everything in at! Stay Sharp & Keep Shooting!

About “What’s in your camera bag Street Hunter!”

In June 2014  we started sharing the contents of the Camera Bag of one of you, one of our awesome Readers every week! All images and text in these posts are written by the Readers presenting their camera bags.


      • I’ll have to submit again maybe in a few months time. My current shooters have changed already, though the Minolta and Konica probably remain my two favourite cameras right now.

        Think I’ll wait until I better get to know a tiny Olympus 35RC I bought a couple of weeks back and which promises to be a very special little camera… And of course until I’m invited again, ha ha!

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