In your bag No: 1308 – Jake Horn


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In your bag No: 1308, Jake Horn
Now this is a lovely bag. Simple and precise. With a real timeless classic of a camera. Jake has got it locked down tight with this one. Check it out.

My name is Jake Horn and I’m a mechanical engineer living in Nashville, Tennessee. My passion is for landscape photography where I shoot mostly medium format. My primary cameras for most of my shots are the Voigtlander Bessa IIIW and the Pentax 645IIn. I travel often and carry camera gear where ever I go. Sometimes I’ll pack my Bessa for urban exploration and weekend travel, but most often I take my manual Nikon film kit. I’ve been playing with different vintage Nikon lenses lately, and have found the following kit to be a joy to use.

Domke F-803 w/FA-230 Insert – I still get tempted by some fancier bags once and a while, but the 803 is perfect for a kit this size. It’s discrete and looks great. When this one wears out, I’ll be getting another.

Nikon F Photomic Tn (Kanto Repaint) – I can’t recommend Bellamy’s service and Kanto’s work enough!

Nikon F – Pairs very well with the 2.1cm Nikkor since you can not meter with this lens anyway. Most of the time I use the sunny 16 rule (practice makes perfect), but I sometimes use the Gossen Digisix. This may need the Kanto treatment some day…

Tap & Dye Legacy Wrist Strap – A new addition to my kit and it’s very comfortable.

Nikkor 2.1cm F4 w/Voitlander 21/25mm Finder – Very cool lens. It has a very old school look but is surprisingly sharp when viewing negatives and scans under close inspection. I was able to pick this up on the cheap since it came without the viewfinder and cold shoe adapter. This was actually perfect for me since I’m a big fan of Voigtlander finders.

Nikkor-H 28mm F3.5 – Gives a unique classic look and feel. Not the sharpest lens at 3.5, but gets better stopped down.

Nikkor 135mm F2.8 AIS – Great lens for compressed landscapes, I wish Nikon still made lenses with retractable hoods.

JCH 135 half case – Usually filled with a combination of Kodak Ektar 100, Portra 400 (@ ei 250), Cinestill 800 (@ ei 500), and Cinestill 50.

Fisher Space Pen

Moleskine Notebook w/Renaissance Art Leather cover

Cleaning Gear – Zeiss Wet Wipes, Lens Tissue, and a MagicFiber Cloth

Please check out my portfolio and projects at You can also visit my Instagram feed at jakehorn_photography. Please feel free to drop me a line.
-Jake Horn

Thanks for sharing your bag with us, Jake. I am loving that F, it was easily one of my favourite repaints. Thanks for the kind words, it was a pleasure to help you create it.
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9 comments on “In your bag No: 1308 – Jake Horn”

    Thibault December 9, 2015 at 10:29 pm / Reply

    Beautiful set up !

    Can’t agree more about the retractable hoods

    Foster December 10, 2015 at 1:20 am / Reply

    Great work on your website Jake! Nice to see a landscape photographer using film. I’ll be following your blog – lots of good info there.

    Robert Waehlt December 10, 2015 at 5:39 pm / Reply

    Jake. We need to talk about your website. It is filled with beautiful images and insights plus it is a joy to look at. Great work. Keep it up! Will follow your blog even though I am not a landscape guy.

    Best from Vienna, Austria

    Hilde Heyvaert December 10, 2015 at 5:58 pm / Reply

    Oh I definitely need to look into those wrist straps, I’ve been looking for something like that for a while now!

    Stan B. December 11, 2015 at 3:32 am / Reply

    Classic kit, class act…

    Paul Mee December 11, 2015 at 9:45 pm / Reply

    Brilliant website, well worth a look and some really nice proper classic photographers gear.

    erik December 13, 2015 at 11:02 pm / Reply

    Nice stuff Jake.

    Also nice to see you list the film/lens/camera on your site. I’ve often wondered what people shoot when looking at photos. Not that it matter, but I find it interesting.

    Dan Castelli December 14, 2015 at 12:06 pm / Reply

    I love my Domke 803…I’ve had 3 of them (one now worn out like a pair of old Levi’s, one stolen in a home break-in and a current olive-green with the identical insert you’ve got.)

    Back in the day (late 1960’s), our ‘kit’ was a Nikon FTn fitted w/a 105mm f/2.5 Nikkor and Leica M w/a 35mm f/2.0 or 35mm f/2.8 w/goggles. You could shoot the world with that combination.

    Still using the Leica M. Still shooting film.

    Jake Horn January 9, 2016 at 10:04 pm / Reply

    Thanks to everyone for you comments. I’ve only had my site up for a few months and I really like being able to share my work and thoughts with like minded individuals!

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