In your bag No: 983 – Jacob Cecil


by Bellamy /

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In your bag 983, Jacob Cecil
If you love Nikon then this bag is for you. Check out all of those cameras, what a haul!

My name is Jacob Cecil and I am a high school photography teacher in the US. After studying sculpture and going into teaching, photography has become my main area of instruction and my passion.
The first year and a half of photography courses in my county are all film, so I am introducing a new generation to analog processes and fostering a love of film. It is so exciting for me to transform the way my students see the world when taught photography through film rather than digital, I honestly believe it makes them better photographers.
I have great support in my county and know that traditional darkroom processes will be around in schools for awhile to come. With the many cameras I use for instruction and for my own work I thought I would start with my Nikon bag, so here it is:

The bag:

-ThinkTank Retrospective 30

Excellent for stuffing full of any combination of gear from 4×5 to 35mm and tons of film

The Cameras:

-Nikon D7000

Mostly used for demonstration or for when I need instant access to images

-Nikon F100

Excellent autofocus with flawless metering for using all of my lenses

-Nikon FM2N

I was craving a manual focus Nikon and this was the most barebones one that is fully mechanical yet also light

-Nikon 35Ti

My favorite little camera, beautifully crafted, flawless matrix metering. I was tired of the wrist strap and so I made the leather half-case along with the extra film roll holder. I make leather accessories as part of a business with my wife so I have access to all I needed.

The lenses:

-Nikon 35mm ƒ/2 AF-D

My favorite focal length and most used lens

-Nikon 20mm ƒ/2.8 AF-D

Wide angle that is a 30mm equivalent on my D7000

-Nikon 50mm ƒ/1.4 AI-S

Great low light lens

-Nikon 85mm ƒ1.8 AF-S

Beautifully sharp portrait lens

-Tokina 11-16mm DX

For when I need an ultra wide, 16mm works without vignetting on film

The Film:

-JapanCameraHunter Film Cases stocked with TriX, Portra, and a range of transparency film.

Not pictured: my Dad’s old Nikon F and F2

Check out my personal work on Flickr here:
personal Instagram:
teaching Instagram:

Jacob Cecil

Thanks for sharing your bag with us, Jacob. Great to hear that the students get to learn on film too. That is awesome.
Check out the links and make sure you come and comment.

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5 comments on “In your bag No: 983 – Jacob Cecil”

    Mark September 5, 2014 at 9:48 pm / Reply

    Nice kit. I had an FM2n for over 20 years – great little camera took it all over the world, never missed a beat – even when it fell off a mountain in the Dolomites! Sold it for a Leica. Love the Leica, but really regret selling the Nikon…

    Also, I love the ‘I thought I would start with my Nikon bag…’ I wonder what is coming next?

    Shawn September 5, 2014 at 11:42 pm / Reply

    *gradual building of applause, starting with one person clapping slowly*


    I find it funny how I have a slightly cheaper version of your bag:
    Swiss Army bag, Nikon D7000, Nikon N80, Nikon EM, Nikon L35af

    Ricky Lai September 6, 2014 at 6:14 pm / Reply

    Love the leather casing for the 35Ti.

    graham September 6, 2014 at 7:48 pm / Reply

    We have different Nikon bodies, but the whole sculpture/teaching to photography thing is sounding very familiar!

    Hernando November 3, 2016 at 11:30 pm / Reply

    Oh, my, your Ti’s case is beautiful and makes it easier to schlep around all day. I would love to get one, if you are willing to make another.

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