The Domke F-5XC is a slim, squarish shoulder bag, perfect for an ungripped DSLR with a few extras or a flash. A walk-around camera bag that does not look anything like a camera bag. Until you start pulling cameras and lenses out of it, off course...
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The bag itself, in all it's glory. Notice the grey strips on the shoulder strap. They're rubber, woven into the fabric to keep it from slipping. Not only does it make sure the camera stays on your shoulder, it also makes sure that once you sling it onto your back, it stays there. I took mine hiking recently and unlike all the other shoulder bags I've tried, this one stayed where I put it instead of swinging wildly all over the place.
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Note to self: clean the bag before shooting it next time.
Here you can see the two front pockets and the bottom opening to the main compartment. The bag ships with two articulated dividers so you can tailor it to fit just about anything. I carry an ungripped 5D with primes so I use one of the dividers as a "floor" just above the bottom opening. My 5D then fits neatly inside (lying down) with any of my lenses. The other divider is folded at the bottom to make way for two other lenses like this:
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24L on the left, 85mm F/1.8 on the right. Sterlingtek BP-511 holding down the flap.
The bag is made of canvas and feels like it was built to outlive me. Seriously, this thing is made to LAST! Everything about it just feels so solid and well thought out. Examples:
Nice, strong zipper. And the bag is even machine washable....
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Strong, swiveling metal clamps.
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This is my only dislike about the bag. The velcro is a tad much and VERY loud. Like "wake up the kids sleeping in the other room"-loud. My wife never stops pointing that out.
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This is what I currently carry in the bag:
Canon EOS 5D
Canon EF 24L mk I (left)
Canon EF 50mm F/1.4 (mounted)
Monkeys (Long story)
Canon EF 85mm F/1.8 (right)
Moo Business cards
2 extra Sandisk extreme III's
Conclusion: I love this bag. I friggin love it. I keep kicking myself for not getting it sooner, it's perfect for my needs and VERY, very versatile. It is my first Domke, but the second one (F-1X) is on its way.
My love for LowePro started when I got my first DSLR. It ended when I got my first Domke.