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... wonderful David!In front of me now is the black Billingham Leica bag and the military green Domke bag.
Since January, I have been shooting both my Nikon (FM2a/FE2) cameras, but more often than not, the M2.
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The M2… what can I say?
For me, it is as close as I can get to a pure photography experience and it resides in a Billingham bag for many reasons.
So, what could be better than having an M2 in an outfitted classic bag that begs to be used? Nothing in a normal sense, I suppose. At least… if life is normal.
But life changes profoundly, in a heartbeat. Literally.
For almost two months now, I have been aware that I needed both physical and emotional rehabilitation and I have been working on that with an unprecedented determination. More on that later.
In the first image above, I have two cameras in much lighter bags (fully outfitted for my needs). Each bag is rugged, comfortable, protective and accessible. And each bag weighs half of my outfitted Billingham bag which is somewhat larger.
Saving 3 lbs. of weight was never much of an issue in the past. After all, when I was shooting medium format full time, I was on location with the camera on a tripod most of the time. A shoot could last all day and only the hike in and out with my gear (and pushing a wheelchair with the love of my life enjoying being outdoors and watching me work) was physically demanding.
But I have not done a photo shoot in ages and I have been immersed in 35mm film format for over a year now. Medium format is now pretty much dedicated to special projects. In other words, occasional use.
Why is it now imperative to consider weight when carrying my gear?
More later……but as you can see, I have been pretty much confined to shooting around the house as I have refined my shooting black and white film, developing and processing.
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Things have changed. Tragically.
These look terrific.I was recently tempted to try out a roll of XP 2 Super which needs to be developed in C41.
Allthough the results are quite good I really missed the experience of developing the film myself at home.
So currently I'm back to FP4+ and HP5+ which I can develop at home much more easily.
But here's a few from the XP2 Super
Railway crossing, I waited ages to have a train appear in one of the tunnels but it didn't happen, so I finally settled for a train passing overhead
Summicron 50/2, v1, rigid
Chicane in the dry moat around the reduit of Fort 8 (Wilrijk)
GR5, running from the North Sea to the Mediterranean, passing within a few km from our house
All Leica M2, Ilford XP2Super exposed at ISO 400, developed in C41 (by a shop)
Scanned at home with an Epson 700 Photo as a negative, further processed in Lightroom using Negative Lab pro