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A quick pictorial review of my new inserts:

The standard insert that comes with the F-2 just doesn't work for me. I was improvising using optional Domke inserts as seen HERE.

These two inserts provide me with elegant solutions to carry different sets of gear with my F-2 and F1X: Domke 720-250Kexternal link & Ciesta flexible partition (large)external link.

As can be seen in the links above, both can be customized in many variations, making the F-2 even more versatile than it is with the standard insert. These links and my pictures (below) speak for themselves. These are both available from Korean dealers and are of high quality. This 720-250K is different from the 720-250D version, as can be seen.

Domke 720-250K insert:

135L, 85L-II, 100L, 16-35L II, 5D-II + 35L. Hood reversed on all the lenses.

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Ciesta flexible partition (large):

16-35L II, 24-105L, 100L, 5D-II + 70-200/2.8 IS. Hood reversed on all the lenses.

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Ooh... I like it. Who did you order it from?

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Jason Kim wrote in post #9689945external link
Ooh... I like it. Who did you order it from?

Yep, both are very cool. I got the Domke 720-250K from a seller in Gmarketexternal link, and the Ciesta flexible partition from a seller in eBay: "pricejin". He doesn't list it, but you can ask him to setup an auction for you (large size). Hope that helps. Cheers.

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sabesh wrote in post #9690129external link
Yep, both are very cool. I got the Domke 720-250K from a seller in Gmarketexternal link, and the Ciesta flexible partition from a seller in eBay: "pricejin". He doesn't list it, but you can ask him to setup an auction for you (large size). Hope that helps. Cheers.

Domke insert is very expensive with overseas shipping charge. US$50.33 including shipping. Is this about right to you?

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It's not surprising.. their normal inserts go for 25-30. This one has quite a bit with it.

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jcothron wrote in post #9690206external link
It's not surprising.. their normal inserts go for 25-30. This one has quite a bit with it.

Listed price is under $24 but shipping cost is a killer. :(

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Is this Insert Domke 720-250K the same as this Domke 720-250D linked below? Thanks.

http://www.amazon.com ...d=1267234970&sr=8-1-fkmr0external link

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Jason Kim wrote in post #9690187external link
Domke insert is very expensive with overseas shipping charge. US$50.33 including shipping. Is this about right to you?

Hey Jason,

Yep, it was expensive. Initially, I was charged USD $42.93 inc. shipping. Then, the seller requested USD $5.08 more for shipping. So, USD $48.01 to Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

The Ciesta cost me USD $42 including shipping. There's another seller listing the insert, however, he has zero feedback & only has the medium version (you need the large one for F-2). The seller is "ciesta0".

However, I'm quite happy with these two inserts and am OK with what I paid for them. The F-2 & F1x are more convenient to use now :)

Sammy.

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mufutau55 wrote in post #9690606external link
Is this Insert Domke 720-250K the same as this Domke 720-250D linked below? Thanks.

http://www.amazon.com ...d=1267234970&sr=8-1-fkmr0external link

Mufutau

No, they are configured differently. See this thread for a discussion of it:

http://www.fredmiranda​.com/forum/topic/76876​3/0external link

Hope that helps. Cheers.

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Thanks. I don't mind paying $48 for that 720-250K, but I can even navigate anything on their website.. How do I purchase this?

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Hey Jason,

Yep, it was expensive. Initially, I was charged USD $42.93 inc. shipping. Then, the seller requested USD $5.08 more for shipping. So, USD $48.01 to Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

The Ciesta cost me USD $42 including shipping. There's another seller listing the insert, however, he has zero feedback & only has the medium version (you need the large one for F-2). The seller is "ciesta0".

However, I'm quite happy with these two inserts and am OK with what I paid for them. The F-2 & F1x are more convenient to use now :)

Sammy.

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Thanks for the link. Wonder why this 720-250K is not available in USA?
Shame in Tiffen, USA.

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No, they are configured differently. See this thread for a discussion of it:

http://www.fredmiranda​.com/forum/topic/76876​3/0external link

Hope that helps. Cheers.

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mufutau55 wrote in post #9690771external link
Thanks. I don't mind paying $48 for that 720-250K, but I can even navigate anything on their website.. How do I purchase this?

Mufutau

You need to register first:

http://english.gmarket​.co.kr .../fmember_registrati​on.aspexternal link

Somehow, I could not register using Chrome, Firefox or Safari on my Mac. I then used Internet Explorer on Vista to register properly. After that, I clicked "add to cart" in the link I provided before and followed along. Sometimes I flew "blind" as it's not totally in English ;) I just had the confidence of using Paypal, so wasn't too worried about my Credit Card. I can now assure you that they are legit, as I have the product in my hand now :)

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Alright, I see Canada shipping is bit cheaper than US. Before I order one, one more question to Sam, will I be able to fit 70-200/2.8 IS hood reversed, 100-400 hood reversed, 16-35 II and 135L (that's 2 fat lenes and 2 normal) plus 5D+24-70 mounted inside the insert? My bag in question is F2.

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Jason Kim wrote in post #9690874external link
Alright, I see Canada shipping is bit cheaper than US. Before I order one, one more question to Sam, will I be able to fit 70-200/2.8 IS hood reversed, 100-400 hood reversed, 16-35 II and 135L (that's 2 fat lenes and 2 normal) plus 5D+24-70 mounted inside the insert? My bag in question is F2.

Jason, I don't have a 100-400 or 24-70. However, I took a couple of pics with this setup: 70-200/2.8IS (hood reversed), 85L-II (one fat lens with hood), 135L (no hood), 16-35L II (no hood), 7D + 17-55, hood reversed (17-55 is thicker than my 24-105L and the 7D is the same size as my 5D-II). It's a tight fit once packed. However, it becomes loose once the 7D is removed (easy to take out lenses). If you want pics of any other combo, let me know. My gear list is in my signature. Hope this helps. Sam.

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