Things are starting to move along as it looks like our Los Angeles home will be rented shortly. With that hurdle out of the way, my days are spent finalizing the packing for the movers to take our stuff to storage. Its time to take a break and reflect on what lies ahead. One of the things I am looking most forward to, aside from seeing my wife again, is exploring Hong Kong with my camera.
About 5 months ago, my wife and I visited Tokyo and it was my 3rd such overseas trip with a scaled down camera kit. Previously my kit consisted of big pro DSLR's but I have now fully embraced the the small form factor of smaller cameras. It all started with micro 4/3's but I have graduated to the Leica M9 and Sony RX1 :). Maybe someday I'll have the Leica M240 and Monochrome but that is going to have to wait.
Below is the kit that I took to Japan. This setup worked out VERY well for me and will likely be one of the variations that I'll have in Hong Kong. This kit had the following.
- Tenba Messenger Backback
- Leatherman Multi-Tool
- Surefire Flashlight
- Tiffen Filter Holder
- Leica M9
- Sony RX1
- Think Tank Photo SD Card Holder
- Leica Summarit 35mm 2.5
- Carl Zeiss 50mm 1.5
- Apple iPad
- Lens Pen
- Moleskine + Monte Blanc Pen
- Carbon Fiber Manfrotto Tripod
One of the other bags that I have is the ONA Union Street. This bag just keeps getting better as the canvas breaks in and its quickly becoming my favorite. It doesn't look like a camera bag and that is perhaps what I like best.
In this configuration, you'll see that I've added the Leica M6... Yes, a film camera. I've had the M6 TTL for a couple of years now but I don't take it out and exercise it as much as I should. I am making an effort to getting back to shooting film more often. Not shown is the Sony RX1 (because I took this photo with it) but it will remain a part of my kit. It is such a great performer in low light that it has become a favorite of mine.
As much as I complain about the number of purses my wife has, I am just as guilty with camera bags... Sorry hun, I'll never say another word! I say this because between now and my move, and probably well into my adventures in Hong Kong, I know my kit will morph into a lot of different variations.