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Domke F-5XC review

 
dkspook
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Apr 09, 2009 14:28 |  #1

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...

All images link to a 1024px version on flickr where you can click on to the 1600px version if you feel the need to count the stitches.

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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:

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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
Sterlingtek BP-511

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.

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Apr 09, 2009 14:38 |  #2

Nice writeup! I also have the f-5xc, I noticed mine picks up hair like no ones business :lol:

dkspook wrote in post #7699244 (external link)
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.

I too like mine, carry it with me everyday. On a day to day basis I have my XTi (with or without grip) with my Tamron 17-50 up top. I have my 580EX under the shelf similar to how you have your dividers setup. I also have other stuff like my ipod, work badge, jumpdrive, spare camera batteries, etc.

I have used it as strictly a camera bag before too, it works good for an inconspicous day pack. Here are some pictures of mine fully loaded.

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I've also swapped the flash for my 200mm 2.8L and 1.4x TC for certain situations.



  
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Apr 09, 2009 15:35 as a reply to  @ Redlineracer12's post |  #3

Great review

does it fit with


5D & attached 24-105 & hood (not reversed)

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Apr 09, 2009 15:47 as a reply to  @ omewilli's post |  #4

this is a great review i have the domke f2 i did have a billingham 335 and a others. as soon as i got my domke i sold all my other bags.this is the best camera bag ever.




  
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Apr 09, 2009 16:48 |  #5

I have 2 of these bags, one canvas (F-5XC), and one ballistic nylon (J-5XC), and really like the form factor. I don't use the bottom access cover, preferring to have my lenses vertical. It normally has the 5DII with 24-105 or 24-70 (hood reversed) mounted in the center, a 70-200 f/4 on one side, and a 580EX flash on the other side. The pockets carry the charger, extra battery, and extra memory cards.

My other one carries a XSi with 17-55 f/2.8, 10-22, 70-300DO, and a 430EX flash, again with the extras in the pouches.

The only problem I have had is that, on occasion, I have had the hood "catch" on the zipper lining for the lower access cover as I removed the camera/lens from the case. I may cover that with velcro or tape, or maybe just compressing it down may solve that.

The loud velcro noise can be reduced by just covering some of the exposed velcro with a spare piece of velcro of the opposite polarity. This can easily be removed when maximum security might be desired, although the zipper gives that as well.

This is another great Domke case in the F-5Xx family. The smaller F-5XB is great for walking around with just the camera/lens and the F-5XA is a great dual-lens case or for a DSLR with shorter lens mounted.

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Apr 09, 2009 17:04 as a reply to  @ hfgarris's post |  #6

...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...


Suggestion...

...Get some sew-on velcro and cover half (or more) of one side of the bag's velcro patch. This will make it much easier and quieter to open, yet still have enough to hold it closed.

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Apr 09, 2009 20:13 |  #7

omewilli wrote in post #7699619 (external link)
Great review

does it fit with
5D & attached 24-105 & hood (not reversed)

Thanks

The 5D with attached 24-105 with the hood extended in the ready-to-shoot position WILL easily fit either vertically or horizontally in the F-5XC bag.

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Apr 10, 2009 05:39 |  #8

is it possible to fit a 5dii, 24-70 and a 70-200/2.8 in there?
it would be okay not having the hoods on.


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Apr 10, 2009 09:50 |  #9

LennartW wrote in post #7702899 (external link)
is it possible to fit a 5dii, 24-70 and a 70-200/2.8 in there?
it would be okay not having the hoods on.

I would think that would fit fine. I have the 5DII, 24-70, 70-200/4, plus the large 580EX flash all side by side vertically with the hoods reversed. If the flash were removed, the larger 70-200 should fit even with the hood reversed (although not mounted to the camera). The inside bag dimensions are 10.25 x 10.25.

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Apr 10, 2009 09:54 |  #10

LennartW wrote in post #7702899 (external link)
is it possible to fit a 5dii, 24-70 and a 70-200/2.8 in there?
it would be okay not having the hoods on.

I've got a sigma 70-200/2.8 ex and 24-70/2.8 ex and those fit with the 24-70 mounted to my 5d.
edit: both with hoods reversed.


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Apr 10, 2009 10:41 |  #11

LennartW wrote in post #7702899 (external link)
is it possible to fit a 5dii, 24-70 and a 70-200/2.8 in there?
it would be okay not having the hoods on.

yes, the 100-400 fits, so the should 70-200 will as well.


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Apr 10, 2009 14:28 |  #12

awesome thank you guys!


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Apr 10, 2009 17:38 as a reply to  @ LennartW's post |  #13

Nice review, I've recently been debating between the F-5XB and F-5XC. Although I don't have a lot of gear right now, I think i will go with the F-5XC so in the future when i buy a new lens and flash, I wont need to buy a new bag to hold it all. Thanks for sharing your experience with the bag, it was definitely helpful for me.


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Apr 11, 2009 07:42 |  #14

Thanks for all your feedback guys & gals!


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Apr 11, 2009 13:44 |  #15

Thank you for the review.. I gotta walk-in to B&H and see the size of this bag, I have been thinking of getting the F-5XB.

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