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Planning a classic - advice for Domke bags

 
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May 10, 2018 17:22 |  #1

Hey,

My friend is returning from the USA later this year, and I am planning to ask him to bring me back a Domke bag. What I'm asking for is insight on which bag I should get.

Currently, I own a Canon 1D series body with a 35-350mm L lens, a 17-35mm L, and a 50mm STM. I carry a flash sometimes, and a myriad of other accessories (lens hoods as well) just like most photographers.

Searching through the forum I am sure the F2 is a no-brainer, it should hold my gear, but then again, I would like some insight. Will the F2 be a stretch for all the gear I own, which, honestly, is not much, but the gear is rather large, heavy and bulky.

I am not planning on getting much more gear, maybe a backup body at a certain point in future, and the main camera will most definitely be a 1D series body. As far as lenses are concerned, the only possible addition would be a 70-200 f2.8, when and if I sell the 35-350mm. So the amount of gear I am carrying with me should not drastically change.

I already own a Lowepro Nova 190AW which fits this gear rather tightly, and I use it everyday, hence I am used to carrying around a somewhat heavy shoulder bag. I also own a Lowepro Classified 220 AW, which I don't use too much, and that thing can easily hold much more gear than I own, plus it weighs a ton fully loaded with a laptop.

Finally - the question - is the F2 a sound choice? I never saw a Domke bag in person, so I don't really know what to expect, but I've heard nothing but good stuff about the bags. I also looked into the F1X and the J series of bags, but they are overshadowed by F2's legacy. I plan on carrying the camera with a lens attached (probably the 50 or 17-35). I know they released a new generation of bags, which are indeed a bit pricey, but if it's worth it - leave your feedback here.

Thanks in advance!


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May 10, 2018 21:30 |  #2

the F2 is smaller than I expected when I got mine. I would certainly consider a bigger bag for what you are listing.




  
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May 12, 2018 19:44 |  #3

I own an F2 and easily carry both my 1D series and 6D bodies, 100-400L, 70-200 f/4L, 17-40L and Peak Design slide strap with ease in just the main body compartment alone. The 6D could even be mounted with my 40mm pancake in the same space no problem. Side pockets can carry flash, spare battery (1D III), teleconverter, etc. no problem. The front pouch can carry rocket blower, spare batteries (6D), extra memory cards, etc. It can get a bit heavy lugging all that around after awhile, but have your pal pick up the Domke FA-031 U.S.P.O SHOULDER PAD #725-310 and you're good.


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May 13, 2018 18:49 as a reply to  @ wyntastr's post |  #4

I don't doubt you but could you post a picture please? I'm interested in how you pack that.

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May 13, 2018 19:10 |  #5

Here's my F2 with the equipment I loaded into it for a trip to Africa a number of years ago. It is quite amazing how much you can fit in it. I did pack the hood and tripod ring for the 100-400 with my clothes.

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May 14, 2018 07:46 as a reply to  @ bpalermini's post |  #6

Wow-that is terrific. I am going to rethink how I pack my Domke.

Thank you for sharing, I have learned something new.




  
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May 14, 2018 07:49 |  #7


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Not as good a picture as yours, but I thought I would share this image of my Domke "in the wild" so to speak. :)



  
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May 14, 2018 13:17 as a reply to  @ Rainyday's post |  #8

I pack mine similar to how Bob's is shown. I'm at work, so I'll take a pic when I get home later and post it up. Like Bob said, I must pack the lens hood for the 100-400 separately. It's just too darn wide to fit as configured.


6D - 1D Mk III - 60D - Rokinon 8 fisheye - EF 17-40 f/4L - EF 40 f/2.8 STM - EF 50 f/1.8 Mk I - EF 85 f/1.8 - EF 70-200 f/4L - EF 80-200 f/2.8L Magic Drainpipe - EF 300mm f/4L - EF 100-400L

  
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May 14, 2018 16:31 |  #9

bpalermini wrote in post #18625210 (external link)
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i could do that but i so prefer to have a body with a lens on it, ready to go. i guess maybe its my old photojournalism brain working. i carried an AE-1 with winder, F-1n with 35mm f2 mounted, a 50mm f1.8, 24mm f2, 85mm f1.8, 200mm f2.8, sunpak 422D, quantum battery, 6-8 rolls of TriX, 6 rolls of Ektachrome 400, half dozen AA batteries, and then a myriad of filters in my F2...

leaving the 24-70mm f2.8 on a gripped 5D3, takes up half the bag now... went with the f7 Double (F-1X?) for more depth for the 70-200f2.8 but have the F-1X (F7 Double?) ready to go if i want lower but longer...

i never remember which bag is Deeper and which bag is Longer hence the confusion in model names




  
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May 14, 2018 17:10 as a reply to  @ Ltdave's post |  #10

I think Domke calls some of them "little bit bigger" in their names but I might be wrong. I also get hopelessly confused. Companies like Crumpler make it simple, theirs are named "3 million dollar home" "6 million dollar home" and so on. The higher the number, the bigger the bag. Domke's new line of bags are named after frequent newspaper names such as the Metro and the Telegraph. And they have their J series and a bunch of other stuff. It's impossible to keep it all straight.

Think Tank also uses simple numbers to describe the relative size, the 30 is bigger than the 20 and so on.

If I started a bag company, I'd name them "Little Bag" "Bigger Bag" "Even Bigger Bag" and the "OMG, get a forklift" bag. :)




  
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May 14, 2018 19:18 |  #11

Similar arrangement to Bob's above. I'm fine with packing the bodies without a lens mounted on them. I mount them when I get where I'm going, so that frees up a lot of space for packing more.


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6D - 1D Mk III - 60D - Rokinon 8 fisheye - EF 17-40 f/4L - EF 40 f/2.8 STM - EF 50 f/1.8 Mk I - EF 85 f/1.8 - EF 70-200 f/4L - EF 80-200 f/2.8L Magic Drainpipe - EF 300mm f/4L - EF 100-400L

  
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May 14, 2018 23:47 |  #12

Rainyday wrote in post #18625736 (external link)
I think Domke calls some of them "little bit bigger" in their names but I might be wrong. ...


yes! the bag that is the same height and width of the F2 but LONGER is the "Little Bit Bigger" bag. (F-1X?)...

the bag that is the same width and length of the F2 but TALLER is the "Double" bag. (F-7?)...




  
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May 15, 2018 12:03 |  #13

This isn't exactly how I have mine filled at the moment but here's how it looks: F-1X:

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I now have the 1DX2 with either a 100-400Lii or 70-200 f/2.8ii along the side.

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I don't remember which Domke this is, but it is one of the smaller ones. I use it for a fixed lens camera and assorted misc items like wallet, phone, keys.



  
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May 15, 2018 19:25 as a reply to  @ bpalermini's post |  #15

That's a helluva lot of gear. Tell me, does it get unbearable to lug it around for more than a few hours a day? Taking into consideration the postman shoulder pad?


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