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Domke F-5XB vs F-5XC

 
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Dec 01, 2012 23:43 |  #1

I'm looking for a smaller bag that will just fit the basics:

5D mkII
24-105mm f4L
430EXII flash
Perhaps a small pocket for an extra battery, memory card, or lens pen. (optional)

I like the Domke's because they are pretty discrete. Crumpler's 5 Million Dollar Home was another consideration. Will the F-5XB fit the camera with lens attached, and flash comfortably though, or am I better off with the F-5XC or 5 MDH? The latter 2 just seem like they are so much bigger than what I'm looking for. On the other hand, it would be nice to have a bag that I can drop the camera into vertically, and it doesn't look like the F-5XB would be tall enough for that.

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Dec 02, 2012 07:18 |  #2

I had a F-5XC. Didn't like it much. The whole thing was a bit stiff. Adjusting the dividers was a pain since the inside of the case is all soft (velcro loop) material. If you put the dividers vertical, it disabled the lower zipper compartment.

I eventually settled on using one of the dividers to put a floor just above the lower compartment zipper. I could fit a 5D plus lens, laying on it's side, a 2nd small lens and a flash in the lower compartment.

Eventually I sold it for $40.


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Dec 02, 2012 10:08 |  #3

I assume this is an ungripped 5D2? I've stowed a 5Dc with 24-70 and a 550EX in the F5XB - had to bend the 550EX so the body/lens rested on part of the flash to get it to work, but it did work. If you've got a grip, you'll need to break everything down and forget about the F5XB.


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Dec 02, 2012 13:18 as a reply to  @ Jon's post |  #4

Thanks for the feedback, n1as. I've heard that the Domke's get more pliable as they age and wear in a bit. It's good to know that it might be a stiffer case than I'm expecting though.

It sounds like the F-5XB might work for what I'm looking for, but just barely. I don't have a grip on my 5D. I have a grip for my XSi, and just didn't find myself using it much, so I've decided to skip it for the 5D. Jon, it sounds like you had the camera and flash in the F-5XB together, without a divider between the two? Would a divider fit to keeps things from getting scratched up, or is space really too tight for that? I had my 430 folded in the compact camera bag I used with the XSi, so that doesn't bother me.


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Dec 02, 2012 16:01 as a reply to  @ mikepj's post |  #5

That's right - camera lens and flash with no separator. The hood took most of the lens/flash contact, but I wouldn't want to routinely put the camera away without a lens cap on.


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