What’s in your bag? Dr. J Caldwell

Dr. J Caldwell has been a long time supporter of the blog. He has been featured in our Artist Spotlight section, he was part of the 600 on a 600 project, and he has done a few How To videos for the blog. When ask if he would share what was in his bag, he obliged and sent along photos that were taken from the gear on that days shoot. Please take a moment to check out more of Dr. Caldwell’s work at the following links.

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Full disclosure: I don’t use a camera bag in my normal workflow. If I am traveling I have a chrome bag that only fits a couple of cameras/keeps me honest. So this is a rundown of some of my go-to cameras from my bag and what I used during my most recent shoot with Janelle Starret

Polaroid 680 SLR – A glorious little objet d’art. If I had to scap all of my instant cameras and keep one it would be a tie between this and the Polaroid Spectra AF/Minolta Pro (not pictured). Beautiful optics, elegant design. It never fails to deliver. If only it had the control panel like the Spectra! I shot with the new Impossible Project Hard Color framed B&W film. Pleased with the results, I’ll definitely be shooting more. I also shot with the Impossible Project pioneer Generation 2 Color 600. The color pallette is really splendid. I’m not sure if this particular iteration has “hit the shelves” yet.



Mamiya Universal Press – I would never cary this in an actual camera bag because it weighs so much and is pretty clunky, but it’s an incredible camera with full manual control; in this regard it is the effectively the antithesis of the 680 SLR. In addition to the Polaroid packfilm back I also have a 4×5 back that never gets used and medium format back that has a missing M adaptor plate (who wants to sell me one?!). I shot Polaroid Chocolate, the greatest peel apart film ever created.



Automatic 250 – The packfilm camera I would travel with. The 250 is my second favorite of this style after the 100 (recently retired because lots of pieces went haywire). I rewired this to accept standard batteries. It does a lot for a simple machine. With two shooting modes (sunny or shady) and four ISO settings (75, 150, 300, 3000) it keeps you covered. I shot the recently retired Fuji 3000-b and some of those shots didn’t turn out. Hoping this isn’t a trend.



Pentax k1000 – I wrote extensively about this camera, my absolute favorite of all time, for a forthcoming blog post via Film Ferrania http://www.filmferrania.it/ , so I won’t go on about it here. Just know that I had to pick one camera for the rest of time, it would be this one. And you can’t go wrong with Kodak Tri-X.


Various and et cetera not pictured that would make it in my “bag” – Sharpies. Polaroid SX-70. Koni Rapid Omega 100. Holgaroid. Nikon 6006.

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