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May 09, 2008 16:51 |  #1

As nobody has done a review of the F6, I thought that I would add my 2 cents.

I have a Burton Zoom backpack which I use when cycling somewhere or if I am going to be walking any great distances, but I needed something to use when walking around the city, or just to go to a friends of families house without getting a load of sarcastic comments about paparazzi and the amount of gear I had with me.

My criteria was to get a low profile, small bag which had enough for my 40D, a couple of lenses, flash and possibly a few other bits and pieces. I found Domke and knew they would have what I wanted.

So, here it is. The outside of the bag is made from a sturdy canvas and feels very rugged. It has metal clasps on the front which are fairly tough to undo. They are definitely not for one handed operation but may loosen up in time.

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The shoulder strap is also a tough material with rubber lines through it. This stops and sliding off your shoulder which is a nice touch.

There is a detachable short strap for carrying the bag in your hand.

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The bag has a padded bottom, but no padding on the sides. It comes with a 4 compartment removable insert (shown). The dividers are stitched in, which limits creativity of layouts. I bought a second 1 compartment insert to fill the gap, but unfortunately the 40D body does not fit in it with a lens attached. I have taken on side of the stitching out so that the camera goes in.

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The contents shot. The 70-200 stands about 2cm above the top lip of the bag, but due to the “saggy” look, it does not look stretched when closed. The zip compartment on the front can fit a surprising amount of accessories in it. There is an additional zip compartment in the underside of the lid too.

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Conclusion:

Pros:

  1. It is the perfect size for my needs.
  2. In Olive, it resembles a bag from an Army surplus shop and not a camera bag.
  3. Very rugged build quality and feels like it will last a long time.
  4. Comfy to cart around. The bag is soft and moulds itself to your side.


Cons:
  • No padding on the actual bag sides
  • Limited layout possibilities
  • Lid is a bit loose fitting... I would not want to be caught in the rain with this bag!


Overall:

Love it. :grin:

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May 09, 2008 17:20 |  #2

Welcome to the Domke family. I love my F3.


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May 10, 2008 15:54 |  #3

Thanks. I can understand why people love the Domkes so much now... there is nothing that really compares. (Looks wise at least. )


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May 10, 2008 16:07 as a reply to  @ Andy_Cam's post |  #4

Good review, Andy. I bought an F6 several months ago and really like the size as well. It fits both my G-series cameras, a couple of converters for my G7, and my new 5D, plus accessories like filters. It is larger than it appears, yet small enough to sling over a shoulder without excess bulk.

I also agree that the insert is somewhat limiting for my 24-105mm f/4 lens, but it does fit nose down w/o the hood. May need to find something that offers a little more stretch?

All in all, a very useful bag. Domke really impressed me with this initial purchase.


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May 10, 2008 21:23 |  #5

Thanks for the review! This is the bag I want to order in the coming weeks, I have a
20D with grip though, I see you don't have one (grip), do you think I'll be able to fit 20D and grip in there?

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May 11, 2008 02:30 |  #6

A mate of mine uses the F6 with his D300 and grip so it must be possible. He has cut the 4 compartment section up a bit though to fit it in.

The space on the right hand side will stretch out width wise as the bag is soft. If you dont put a lens in the spot where I have my 70-200 then a 20D + Grip should go in without a problem there. There is no padding on the bag there except on the bottom which is the downside.


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May 11, 2008 03:08 |  #7

I have just seen in the "Show me your camera bag" thread, somebody uses the F6 with a 1DMKIII so a 20D and grip will definately not be a problem. It just depends on what lenses you want to get in there too.


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May 11, 2008 04:22 as a reply to  @ Andy_Cam's post |  #8

Domke bags are great, but the inserts suck. I can't even fit my 17-40L in it with attached hood (doesn't matter if it's reversed or not).

Where did you buy this bag in the Netherlands by the way?


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May 11, 2008 04:37 |  #9

Foto Konijnenberg. They are the importer for NL.


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May 11, 2008 04:42 |  #10

Andy_Cam wrote in post #5501368 (external link)
Foto Konijnenberg. They are the importer for NL.

Thought so :) Thanks.


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May 11, 2008 20:27 |  #11

I use this same bag for my 1DMKIII and it fits my camera, 70-200 f2.8IS with hood on it (the fabric stretches eventually), 50mm f1.4 on camera, 85mm f1.8, and NIkon 18-35mm f3.5-5.6 or 24mm TSE. I also fit alot of other junk in the bag.

You should see what I can fit in my larger F1X (a clue is all the above plus a 300mm f2.8.).




  
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May 12, 2008 15:14 |  #12

sOid wrote in post #5501336 (external link)
Domke bags are great, but the inserts suck. I can't even fit my 17-40L in it with attached hood (doesn't matter if it's reversed or not).

To me that's actually a plus. The insert squares fit the lenses and only lenses, so I stack all my hoods together outside of the insert. This is actually a more efficient use of space than having each insert square be big enough to hold a 17-40L with hood attached.




  
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May 12, 2008 15:19 |  #13

By the way, I also have the F-6 and really love it for personal outings where I don't want to carry a whole bunch of stuff. It easily holds a smaller non-gripped camera like the 20D with lens attached, 3 more lenses, flash, hoods, etc. I've stuck a 1DII in there before, but it's not a comfortable fit--the top flap doesn't sit quite right with the 1DII in there.




  
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May 12, 2008 21:42 |  #14

I generally have my velocity 7 I carry around when I don't need to carry everything. I'm not liking it too much anymore, and have been contemplating this. My only gripe is the bag is not padded itself. I've noticed people like to run into me when I have a shoulder bag on... the padding would be nice to have.

The other issue is the cost and inserts :)

Thanks for the post. Good to hear the 70-200 fits, as I just picked one up (a shorter sigma, so I'll have a little more room).




  
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May 13, 2008 08:15 |  #15

Yohan Pamudji wrote in post #5510044 (external link)
To me that's actually a plus. The insert squares fit the lenses and only lenses, so I stack all my hoods together outside of the insert. This is actually a more efficient use of space than having each insert square be big enough to hold a 17-40L with hood attached.

I do the same. Also check out the J-series inserts. They are square, like the normal series, but the inner dividers are much more flexible for larger lenses.


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