A feature on Japan Camera Hunter’s ‘In your bag’

"...Todays bag is seriously epic. This one has all the makings of a truly fantastic bag shot. The stunning camera, the utilitarian bag, the classic bits. And the setting, oh my. Come and check out Michel’s love for Linhof cameras..."


"...I unpacked my Austrian army bag for you, on the Metzler & Co piano from Berlin. Out comes a beautiful Linhof Technika that was also made in Germany. This bag is water proof and has a French army leather shoulder strap. The camera has a nice fast Schneider-Kreuznach Radionar 1:2,9 / 80mm on it. In the bag were two extra lenses: a Linhof selected Schneider-Kreuznach Symmar 1:5,6 / 150mm and a Zeiss-Opton Tessar 1:3,5 / 105mm that was originally on the Linhof Technika when I bought it.

This is not a 4 x 5 inch camera but a 61/2 x 9 centimeters so called ‘study’ camera. There is a Linhof roll film 6 x 9 cm. back and there are several 61/2 x 9 cm. Linhof double planfilm cassettes laying on the piano. Last but not least there is a Zeiss-Ikon Ikophot light meter and a Koh-I-Noor pencil. This is the bag I take with me on field trips. Because the French Gitzo tripod with ball head is to heavy to hang underneath the bag, this one is attached to the racing bike which is coming along.

I cycle out of the city of Eindhoven in the Netherlands, into the countryside, until I come across something that captured my eye. Put up the tripod with ball head, click in the camera, attach the home made reflex housing to view the subject right side up, shove in the planfilm cassette and take a photo. Reverse these actions like the negative I just shot, step back on the bike and ride on to the next scene. I love doing this, and it gives me a sense of enormous freedom. On these trips I mostly expose photographic color paper in these cut film holders. Develop them when I come home and scan these in, so I can work on them digitally..."

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