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Old 17th of March 2008 (Mon)   #16
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You feel the difference? Worth the money?!
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Old 17th of March 2008 (Mon)   #17
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Yea it is a nice shoulder pad. I have one and move it between bags.
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Yep - I've weighed a couple of my bags (not more than once, and not recently; I decided I Don't Want To Know!!!) at somewhere over 30 lb. It helps!
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Thanks for the great pics. Are there handles on the bag? Or is the only way of carrying the J-3 (or any other Domke, for that matter) the shoulder strap?

I am ready to get a new bag, my Minolta bag is really not cut out for me, but I really like the handles that it has. I usually have a backpack on a shoulder as it is (my laptop) and can't hang another thing off it (the shoulder, that is). Since 80% of my camera bag use is to lug my stuff into work every day for my lunch time PaD, this is a very important feature/function. . .
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Old 17th of March 2008 (Mon)   #20
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Thanks for the great pics. Are there handles on the bag? Or is the only way of carrying the J-3 (or any other Domke, for that matter) the shoulder strap?

I am ready to get a new bag, my Minolta bag is really not cut out for me, but I really like the handles that it has. I usually have a backpack on a shoulder as it is (my laptop) and can't hang another thing off it (the shoulder, that is). Since 80% of my camera bag use is to lug my stuff into work every day for my lunch time PaD, this is a very important feature/function. . .
Yeah there is a short handle strap to pick the J-3 up without using the shoulder strap. I thought it was an additional piece I had to order later one so i was surprised to see it on the bag when I get it.
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Old 30th of March 2008 (Sun)   #21
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hey, I know this is completely random, but thats an awesome french press, I have the same one and the 8 cup model too!

and, well, awesome gear as well :P
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Old 30th of March 2008 (Sun)   #22
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Mmmmmm... coffee!

We have a 12-cup for company (or really rough mornings) and for Christmas I bought my wife a very cool "travel Bodum." It is stainless steel and looks like any other coffee travel mug except that it has a Bodum plunger and filter built into the top. You fill it with grinds before you leave and then any time during the day you can pour in hot water and 4 minutes later you have 1.5 cups of personal press coffee... talk about making people around you jealous.
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Just wanted to post a quick link to the photos of my J-3 that I finally got around to uploading. On flickr the photos have notes added them, so after the link mouse over the images to read the notes.

http://flickr.com/photos/efroten/set...234992/detail/



After using the bag for a while now I can say that I don't really have any big complaints about it. It's very easy to get in and out of the bag to change lenses quickly, especially since it includes a velcro seal on the top flap. I only use the metal fastener for travel as it is just too hard to open quickly. Most importantly, it holds my gear perfectly.

As you can see in the photos, I had to use a few small dividers from my LowePro Mini Trekker backpack to divide up my two smaller lenses.

Thanks again to TheHoff. Without his review I may not have found this great bag.
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Thanks, efroten! Nice gear and bag. Looks like we have a similar setup. I'm assisting at a wedding today and I hate not having something I want, so here is what I have somehow stuffed into my J3 today:

1D Mk III w/ 16-35 / 2.8 mounted, hood reversed
5D w/ grip
24 / 1.4
35 / 1.4
85 / 1.8
200 / 2.8 + 1.4x TC
580 EX II, demb flip-it
ST-E2
L-398 meter
lens cleaners, rocket blower, etc

Wow... that is more than I fit in my J1 somehow... I'm missing some of the hoods in this pack but I don't mind that; I like wedding flare. I may leave the 35 at home since I don't see much need for it with the 24 on a crop, but I wanted to see if it would all fit in securely.
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Great job Hoff!!!! Thanks for the review!
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Fabulous review, Hoff.

The J-3 is the bag I reach for most often and that's saying something 'cause I have a bunch of various size Domke's and a Crumpler 7M$ bag, too.

I happen to love the ballistic black better than the canvas but that's a personal thing.

Compared to the J-3 I found the F3X far less useful and accomodating and I let my wife sell it on Amazon.
I LOVE the big pockets on the J-3 as well. I shove my 1DsIII body into those pockets, no sweat. It's also tres cool that this bag comes with the fabulous 725-53B J-series short handle - I use that frequently and in fact I bought some more of those for other bags and soft long lens cases - they're great.
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Old 21st of September 2009 (Mon)   #27
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I think all bags are coming with short handles these days; I got one on my last purchase, a black canvas F-804... but yea, I use it all the time. The J3 is my most reached-for bag as well. I shoot a 1DS2 now and I love that I can fit my that or my film body (1N with grip) in the side pockets. Glad you liked the review!

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