In your bag No: 787 – TJ Nelson


by Bellamy /

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In your bag 787, TJ Nelson
A real film geek bag for you today. This is the sort of stuff you would see in my bag when I was studying photography at college (except replace the Leica with a Minolta). Check it out.

Long time lurker, first time sharer! My name is Tj Nelson, I reside in Portland OR.
On Sundays I go to a photo center called Newspace to make prints from the past week’s shots and here’s what I pack with me:

Heschel Heritage Backpack. Black, simple, big enough yet small enough.

Patagonia Super Cell. Black, Gore-Tex, packable, pricey but I believe in the company’s mission and guarantee and I know it’ll last forever.

Coal X Heart Coffee beanie. Black, simple and warm and, in my humble opinion, makers of the best coffee in Portland.

Leica MP .72 w/ 35mm Summicron v4. They don’t call it “Mechanical Perfection” for nothing. Usually loaded with TriX. With the compactness of the body and lens, I can fit this thing in under my jacket or in a pocket.

50mm Summilux pre-ASPH. Classic look wide-open, sharp where it needs to be. After having just about every M-mount 50, this one fits me like a glove.

Contax T3. Black, simple, sharp, just enough control for a point-and-shoot, usually loaded with 3200 for quick snaps.

Extra roll of film. You never know.

Notebook. This one is from my friends at Red Clouds Collective. Always carry paper.

Assortment of writing devices. Pilot G-2, extra-fine point Sharpie and fine point Sharpie (this one is the “industrial” flavor)

Photo paper. 5×7 Ilford MGIV RC Deluxe in glossy. The glossy was initially a mistake. I usually go for pearl, but I figure might as well like it cause I’ve got 100 sheets – haha!

iPhone. Music / communication device. I don’t treat these things nicely, but the 5 is the first one to last me though the generation change.

Happy New Year and thanks for helping keep film alive!
Tj Nelson
@tjnelsonjr just about everywhere on the internet

Thanks for sharing your bag with us Tj. I love the notebook, I shall have to look them up.
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10 comments on “In your bag No: 787 – TJ Nelson”

    csriis February 16, 2014 at 11:06 pm / Reply

    wow – one of the best I have seen.

    The black T3 is one of the most desirable cameras I can think of.

    clean bag bro.

      tjnelsonjr February 17, 2014 at 11:25 pm /

      thanks man. and thanks bellamy for the highlight!

    Bob Rogen February 19, 2014 at 2:28 am / Reply


    Wonderful bag. My kind of contents, including the jacket and pack. Next time I visit Portland let’s connect. (Coffee at Coava perhaps?). I’ll bring some Leica lenses and my Zeiss 21mm f4.5 on my MP and we can swap and try. All the best, Bob in Sacramento

      tjnelsonjr February 20, 2014 at 1:41 pm /

      thanks! sounds good man. hit me up next time you’re in town.

    luca March 2, 2014 at 7:13 pm / Reply

    Great combo the perfect compact and rangefinder.
    I’m curiosly to know what the ilford paper have to do with a camera bag, I miss something?

      tjnelsonjr March 5, 2014 at 2:29 am /

      Thanks luca.

      from the first paragraph: “On Sundays I go to a photo center called Newspace to make prints from the past week’s shots and here’s what I pack with me: “

    Sam Milianta March 5, 2014 at 12:59 pm / Reply

    TJ is the best! So privileged to be friends with such an amazing person!

    Piers April 2, 2014 at 1:24 pm / Reply

    So black. I love it.

      tjnelsonjr April 20, 2014 at 2:59 am /

      Thanks Piers!!

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